Hearing tonight about surprise Guerrero dealThe Parks and Recreation Board is meeting tonight (Monday, April 17) at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the City's surprise idea to move place a Green Water Treatment Facility on top of one of a handful of East Austin parks. The move was a surprise to the whole community, as Council has been secretly negotiating the deal in closed session.
This has been another case of "done deal first, public disclosure second." The public is just now finding out about a major project mere weeks before Council votes on the issue. Perhaps if Council had opened up discussions with the community earlier in the process, there wouldn't be such an outcry going on right now. If the Open Government Online amendment (Prop 1) had been in place, the people of Austin might have been a part of the process.
Today's Statesman has an editorial asking "Is a park the right place for water plant?"
Come out and express your views at the meeting tonight:
One Texas Center
3rd Floor Conference Room
505 Barton Springs Road
Agenda available here.