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[00:00:04]

HEY, THANK YOU

[CALL TO ORDER]

EVERYBODY.

IT IS MAY 3RD, 2022, UH, FIVE OR 7:00 PM, AND WE HAVE A QUORUM.

SO WE'RE GOING TO BRING THE URBAN TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION MEETING TO ORDER.

THE FIRST ITEM

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

ON THE AGENDA IS PUBLIC COMMUNICATION, CITIZENS, COMMUNICATION FOR ITEMS, NOT ON THE AGENDA FOR WHICH WE HAVE ONE SPEAKER SIGNED UP.

OH, WAIT, DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR CHRIS? I DIDN'T NOTICE HE WAS GONE.

DID WE? ONCE I GOT THERE, DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR CHRIS TO DO THIS OR NO, WE DON'T NEED CHRIS.

OKAY.

UM, OKAY.

YEP.

YOU COME UP, UH, THREE MINUTES ON THE, UM, MIKE, MAYBE I FORGET.

OH WAIT, HOLD ON ONE SECOND.

TURN ON YOUR MIC.

IF YOU DON'T MIND.

THERE YOU GO.

THERE YOU GO.

IT'S FINE.

NO, YOU'RE GOOD.

IS THAT GOOD? YEAH, THAT'S GOOD.

UM, WE WOULD PROBABLY BETTER WITH TWO CANS AND A STRING, BUT THAT'S ANOTHER STORY.

UH, MY NAME'S MIKE LAVEY, UH, MOM LIFTED 95.

DAD LIFTED 92.

UH, THEY REQUIRED MOBILITY DEVICES.

I HAD A WRITER SHOT IN MEXICO, JAY, AND READ BULLET LODGE IN ITS, UH, SPINE.

UH, THEY SAID HE WOULDN'T WALK.

HE WALKED, YOU COULD LEAVE HIS FACE.

CONSTANT PAIN, NEVER BE ABLE TO HAVE A GOOD DAY, THE REST OF THEIR LIFE.

UH, MY OFFICE IS SIX IN CONGRESS THAT BIG BLACK TOWER I'M ON THE STREET ALL THE DAY, EVERY DAY, MOM AND DAD AND JAN WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO WALK IN DOWNTOWN AUSTIN BECAUSE OF ALL THOSE SO-CALLED MOBILITY DEVICES, SCOOTERS THAT ARE ON EVERY SIDEWALK, LYING DOWN, UH, FOLKS WHO ARE MOBILITY IMPAIRED ARE CITIZENS.

THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO BE ABLE TO, UH, HAVE THE SAME DEGREE OF USAGE OF SIDEWALKS AND CROSSWALKS AS ANYBODY ELSE.

THIS CITY IS BEING CRUDE, UH, CRUEL TO THESE FOLKS, UH, TALKING TO THE PEOPLE WHO TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT, UH, ABOUT NOT ONLY THE RIGHTS OF THE DISABLED, UH, THEIR EYES GLAZE OVER, BUT YOU KNOW, YOU TALKED TO THEM ABOUT ALL OF THE FOLKS THAT ARE BEING HURT AND KILLED WITH THESE SCOOTERS, UH, GAVE YOU ALL WHEN YOU'RE IN THE HANDOUT IS AN ITEM.

IT'S A STUDY BY, UH, PUBLIC HEALTH ON SCOOTER INJURIES.

UM, YOU KNOW, DOZENS EVERY WEEK AND MANY OF THEM ARE PROFOUND HEAD INJURIES.

UH, THEY'LL NEVER HAVE A GOOD DAY FOR THE REST OF THEIR LIFE, ASSUMING THEY LIVE.

UH, BUT LET'S GET BACK TO MOM AND DAD AND JAN, THEY CAN'T MOVE AROUND.

THEY COULD NOT WHOOP.

THE THREE OF THEM WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO MOVE AROUND DOWNTOWN AUSTIN.

AND EVERYBODY, I SEE THAT HAS A MOBILITY DEVICE, A WHEELCHAIR, A CANE, A WALKER.

THEY CAN'T USE OUR, UH, UH, OUR SIDEWALKS.

UH, YOU GUYS HAVE THE ABILITY BECAUSE SCOOTERS ARE EVIDENTLY UNDER THE PURVIEW, ACCORDING TO PEOPLE WITH TRANSPORTATION UNDER THE PURVIEW OF THIS, UH, COMMISSION, IF YOU WOULD JUST THINK ABOUT THE HUMANITY OF IT ALL, I'D BE GRATEFUL.

I MEAN, RIGHT NOW, THESE ARE, THESE ARE FOLKS.

I THINK EVERYBODY AT THIS COMMISSION KNOWS FOLKS WHO WERE OLDER, WHO WERE IMPAIRED ONE WAY OR ANOTHER.

I THINK ABOUT THEM WHEN YOU WALK DOWNTOWN AND YOU SEE THAT THERE'S NO WAY THEY CAN USE THE SIDEWALKS BECAUSE YOU HAVE SCOOTERS LYING EVERYWHERE.

EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD IN THE STREETS, UH, WE HAVE 14,000 TRANSPORTATION, LICENSED AND TRANS, UH, TRANSPORTATION.

CAN'T JUSTIFY WHY 14,000 SCOOTERS ARE NECESSARY.

AND AUSTIN, THANK YOU FOR MY TIME.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

OKAY.

UH, THE NEXT ITEM ON THE AGENDA

[1. APPROVAL OF April 5th, 2022 MINUTES]

IS THE APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM APRIL 5TH, WHICH WERE EMAILED TO PEOPLE ARE IN YOUR PACKETS.

IS THERE A, UM, QUICK ORDER QUESTION? DO WE HAVE TO HAVE ALL COMMISSIONERS HAVE THEIR CAMERAS ON, UH, UH, I REMEMBERED SOMEONE SAYING THAT, UM, I'M NOT PERSONALLY, I DON'T CARE EITHER WAY, BUT JUST SO WE DON'T GET IN TROUBLE IF COMMISSIONERS DON'T THAT'S CORRECT.

IF YOU COULD TURN ON YOUR CAMERAS, IT'D BE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED.

YES.

YEAH.

OKAY.

I KNOW IT MAKES IT EASIER TO SEE HANDS.

ALL RIGHT.

IS THERE A MOTION TO APPROVE THE MINUTES FROM LAST TIME YOU APPROVE THE MINUTES? NOPE.

THERE'S TWO.

DID YOU, DID YOU SAY IT HERE? OKAY.

OKAY.

SO OKAY.

UH, ANY DISCUSSION ALL IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES, RAISE YOUR HAND OR SAY AYE.

AYE.

ANY, ANY OPPOSED? ANY ABSTENTIONS? ALRIGHT.

MOTION CARRIES.

THE MINUTES ARE APPROVED NOW WE'LL MOVE ON TO NEW BUSINESS.

[2.A. Austin Transportation Department Budget Overview]

UM, WE HAVE A KIND OF PACKED AGENDA.

SO FIRST UP DIRECTOR, ROB SPILLER AND THE AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT WITH A BUDGET OVERVIEW.

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LET'S SEE THAT.

YES.

THANK YOU, CHAIR AND COMMITTEE, UH, FOR ENTERTAINING US, UH, TO ALLOW US TO PRESENT YOU ARE F Y 23 BUDGET PROPOSAL THAT WE ARE TAKING FORWARD TO COUNCIL, UH, AND CERTAINLY INVITE, UH, INPUT AS WE MOVE FORWARD TODAY.

I'M JOINED BY ANTHONY SEEGER, MY ASSISTANT DIRECTOR THAT'S, UH, UH, OVER, UH, OUR FINANCE, UH, PROGRAM AND HAS HELPED PUT THIS BUDGET TOGETHER.

SO THANK YOU FOR THAT.

UM, LET'S SEE, HERE WE GO.

UM, I'M GOING TO RUN THROUGH THIS FAIRLY FAST, BUT PLEASE, UH, UH, ANY OF THE COMMITTEE MEMBERS, UH, PLEASE STOP ME AND ASK QUESTIONS.

UH, YOU KNOW, THIS IS JUST TO REMIND YOU, UH, THE FIRST SLIDE HERE, UH, AS TO, UH, WHAT ATDS RESPONSIBILITY IS.

UH, OUR DEPARTMENT HAS A PRETTY DIVERSE AND OPERATION OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM.

UH, YOU KNOW, IT'S EVERYTHING FROM, UH, 5,000 MILES, A ROADWAY MARKINGS, UH, TO, UH, 800 ON-STREET, UH, PAY STATIONS.

AND SO IT REALLY RUNS THE GAMBIT.

ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I WANT YOU TO KEEP IN MIND AS WE MOVE FORWARD THROUGH THIS PRESENTATION IS THAT, UH, INCREASINGLY WE WERE AT A POINT WHERE WE NEED TO START PLANNING FOR A GREATER MAINTENANCE OF THESE, UH, DEVICES THAT WE'VE BEEN PUTTING OUT OVER THE YEARS, WHETHER THEY BE BICYCLE DELINEATORS OR, OR THOSE PAY STATIONS, AS I TALKED ABOUT, UH, OR THOSE, UH, THAT STRIPING, WE NEED TO, UH, UH, BEGIN TO RECONFIGURE OUR BUDGET SO THAT WE'RE THINKING ABOUT THE LONG-TERM OPERATIONS AND MAINTENANCE OF THOSE, UH, ITEMS. UM, THE NEXT SLIDE I WOULD JUST WANT TO TALK ABOUT IS REMEMBER, WE ARE AN ENTERPRISE DEPARTMENT, WHICH, UH, LIKE YOU WILL ALSO HEAR FROM PUBLIC WORKS.

UH, WE GENERATE OUR OWN REVENUE AND SURVIVE OFF OF THAT.

I KNOW EVERYONE'S GOING TO WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE STREET IMPACT FEE.

I'LL TALK JUST BASICALLY ABOUT THAT WHEN I GET TO THE CAPITAL FUND, BUT IN TERMS OF OPERATIONS, I WANT TO REMIND FOLKS THAT IT'S NOT JUST THE TRANSPORTATION USER FEE THAT, THAT WE COLLECT AND, AND USE AS PART OF OUR TRANSPORTATION PROGRAM, BUT IT'S ALSO A DEVELOPMENT FEES, COST OF SERVICE FEES, TRANSPORTATION, PERMITS, PARKING METERS, A VALET SPACE AND SIDEWALK CAFES, AND A USE OF THE RIGHT OF WAY.

I THINK SOMETIMES IT'S REALLY EASY TO TALK ABOUT PARKING FUNDS AND THE TRANSPORTATION FUND AND FORGET THAT THOSE TWO FUNDS THAT WE'LL BE FOCUSING ON ARE REALLY MADE UP OF A WHOLE COLLECTION OF FEES, UM, UH, THAT, THAT GENERATE EVERYTHING FROM QUARTERS TO DOLLARS.

UH, AND THAT THIS IS A MAJOR ELEMENT OF THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT IS FOCUSED ON GENERATING THESE FEES SO THAT WE CAN REINVEST THEM BACK INTO THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM AND THE OPERATIONS THERE.

UM, JUST A DEPARTMENTAL SUMMARY, UH, AS YOU SEE THERE, UM, UH, AS PART OF OUR MOBILITY FUND, UH, WE ARE PROPOSING FOR TRANSPORTATION AND INCREASE IN THE TRANSPORTATION USER FEE OF ABOUT $9 MILLION THAT EQUATES TO 85 CENTS PER MONTH.

UH, YOU'LL ALSO HEAR FROM PUBLIC WORKS THAT THEY ARE, UH, PROPOSING AN INCREASE IN THEIR PORTION OF THE TUFTS.

SO COLLECTIVELY, UH, THAT'S GOING TO LOOK LIKE A $2 AND 34 CENT PROPOSAL.

UM, MUCH OF THAT IS BEING DRIVEN BY COST INCREASES DUE TO SUPPLIES AND MATERIALS AND, AND COMMODITIES THAT WE HAVE VERY LITTLE CONTROL OVER, UH, AS WELL AS WAGES.

AND SO, UH, JUST KNOW THAT, UH, WITHIN THE TRANSPORTATION, UH, DEPARTMENT SIDE, WE ARE INCREASING THE TUFTS SOMEWHAT TO PAY FOR ADDITIONAL VISION ZERO SERVICES, UH, AND SOME GROWTH IN SPECIFIC, UH, EFFORTS THAT WE THINK ARE IMPORTANT TO CONTINUE MOVING FORWARD.

UH, THE PARKING MANAGEMENT FUND, UH, WE ARE INCREASING REVENUES BY EXPANDING OUR MANAGEMENT PROFILE IN THIS NEXT YEAR.

WE PROJECT AN INCREASE OF ABOUT ONE, 2.2 MILLION IN PARKING MANAGEMENT FEES.

AND SOME OF THOSE THOUGH WILL BE SHARED WITH PARKING MANAGEMENT DISTRICTS.

AND SO, UH, NOT ALL OF IT, UH, COMES TO, UH, TRANSPORTATION.

ALL OF IT GOES INTO TRANSPORTATION SERVICES.

SOME OF IT, WE ALLOW INDIVIDUAL DISTRICTS TO HELP DECIDE ON THOSE DISTRIBUTIONS, A LITTLE PICTURE OF THE REVENUE YOU SEE THERE.

THE TRANSPORTATION USER FEE IS THE BIGGEST INCREASE, BUT ALSO LICENSE AND PERMITS.

UM, WE JUST SEE AN EXPLOSION IN DEVELOPMENT, UH, ACTIVITY THAT USES THE RIGHT OF WAY.

AND SO YOU'LL SEE THOSE DRAMATIC INCREASES IN THOSE TWO AREAS, BUT REALLY ACROSS OUR PORTFOLIO OF REVENUES, WE ARE INCREASING REVENUES, UH, THROUGHOUT THE DEPARTMENT TO HELP US REINVEST, UM, EXCUSE ME.

AND YOU'LL SEE THAT OUR FY TWENTY-THREE PROPOSED REVENUE IS JUST OVER A HUNDRED MILLION AND ALL OF THAT GOES BACK INTO THE TRANSPORTATION OPERATIONS, UM, IN THAT YEAR.

UH, SO,

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UH, YOU SEE THE EXPENDITURES THAT, THAT, THAT WILL THEN TAKE THOSE, UH, INCREASED REVENUES.

ACTUALLY, WE'RE GOING TO BE SPENDING A LITTLE BIT MORE THAN WE BRING IN NEXT YEAR.

WE'RE DRAWING DOWN SOME OF OUR RESERVES, UH, TO MAKE SOME CRITICAL INVESTMENTS, UM, UH, ACROSS THE DEPARTMENT, UH, THE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT, UH, YOU'LL SEE THERE AS A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE, UH, THAT IS WHERE OUR VISION ZERO, UH, SIGNS AND MARKINGS, UH, AND ARTERIALS ARE LOCATED.

THAT'S REALLY WHERE WE'RE EXPANDING OUR, OUR MAINTENANCE OF, UH, DEVICES, UH, AS WELL AS IN PARKING FUND.

UH, I'LL TALK ABOUT THAT IN A SECOND.

UH, BUT THE VISION ZERO, UH, INVESTMENT, UH, WE'RE CONTINUING TO LOOK TO INVEST IN, UH, MAKING SURE THAT ENFORCEMENT, UH, IS BACK OUT ON OUR STREETS, UH, ENFORCING SPEED LIMITS AND DANGEROUS ACTIVITIES, AS WELL AS THE INCREASED MAINTENANCE.

UH, THE PARKING FUND EXPENDITURES ARE, ARE INCREASING AS WE EXPAND, UM, THAT AREA OF SERVICE, UH, AND TRY TO CLOSE UP THE REMAINING, UH, HOLES IN OUR NETWORK WHERE THERE ARE UNMANAGED PARKING, UH, WITHIN PARKING MANAGEMENT AREAS.

AND SO WE'RE MOVING THAT FORWARD AS WELL.

UH, THIS JUST SHOWS YOU THE TWO FUNDS.

UH, THE BLUE LINE IS THE MOBILITY FUND AND THE PARKING IS THE GREEN FUND.

UM, WHAT'S CRITICAL HERE IS THAT BOTH REMAIN POSITIVE OUT INTO THE FUTURE.

FYI 27, THEY REMAIN POSITIVE WITH ENDING BALANCES OF 1.1 AND 1.6.

THE FACT THAT THE TWO LINES CROSS IS INSIGNIFICANT.

IT JUST MEANS THAT FOR THAT PARTICULAR YEAR AND FYI 23, UH, THE TWO FUNDS CROSS EACH OTHER, IT DOESN'T, THAT'S NOT SIGNIFICANT AS MY POINT.

UH, WHAT'S SIGNIFICANT IS THESE ARE INDEPENDENT FUNDS AND THEY BOTH REMAIN POSITIVE AS WE GO FORWARD INTO THE FUTURE.

CAN I ASK YOU ONE QUESTION? SURE.

WHY ARE THERE A BIG SPIKE IN F Y 19 ON THE, IN THE BLUE LINE, IF YOU KNOW, UM, THE, YOU MEAN THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE TWO? SO THAT FY 19 REMEMBER WAS JUST BEFORE, UH, THE PANDEMIC.

AND SO WE HAD TO SPEND A FUND BALANCE TO KEEP THE OPERATIONS GOING.

AND SO THAT'S WHY YOU SEE THE BIG DROP.

UM, THE REASON THE TWO SEEM TO DIVERGE IN FY 19 IS BECAUSE, UH, THE PARKING TOOK A SPECIFIC KIT IN TERMS OF THE REVENUE THAT YEAR.

AND SO WE WERE HAVING TO FUND THE PARKING FUND TO KEEP IT SOLID.

SO IT REALLY IS THAT THAT'S, THAT'S D-DAY FOR THE PANDEMIC AS IT WOULD BE.

YEAH.

YEAH.

THANK YOU.

UM, WHY, WHY DID DEPENDENT MICROFACTORY REVENUE IN YEAR THAT THE PANDEMIC WAS NOT IN A, I THINK, I DIDN'T UNDERSTAND.

CAN YOU SAY THE QUESTION AGAIN, PLEASE? YEAH, I'M SORRY.

UH, YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT FYI 19, UH, FUND BALANCES, EH, IN, IN REFERENCE TO THE PANDEMIC.

AND I DON'T KNOW, I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW THAT CORRELATES, UM, WELL AT FY 19 PETE, AND THEY WENT DOWN RIGHT AFTER, UH, THE PANDEMIC, UH, IN TERMS OF FUND BALANCE BECAUSE WE WERE USING THE FUND.

AND SO WE WERE PLANNING A BIG YEAR IN FY 19, AND WHEN THE PANDEMIC HIT, WE WEREN'T ABLE TO SPEND ALL OF OUR FUN.

AND SO THEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER THAT, UM, OUR REVENUES WERE NOT SUFFICIENT TO KEEP OUR OPERATIONS GOING DURING THE PANDEMIC.

AND SO WE SUPPLEMENTED THAT WITH FUND BALANCE, IF THAT HELPS THE ANSWER.

I THINK JAMES ONE THING MIGHT BE THAT IF YOU LOOK AT , YOU SEE THAT IT GOES DOWN AND THAT WOULD MEAN THAT MAKES F Y 19 LOOK LIKE A PEAK BECAUSE IT WAS GOING THEN THE PANDEMIC WHEN YOU SEE IT, WHICH REALLY WASN'T LIKE IN 2020 IS YOU'RE SAYING RIGHT.

THAT THERE WAS LESS THERE.

SO THAT'S WHAT THAT PEAK APPEARS LIKE THAT, BECAUSE THAT'S HOW I UNDERSTAND THAT.

YES.

THANK YOU FOR HELPING TO EXPLAIN THE MARIO.

I APPRECIATE THAT.

YEAH.

OKAY.

UH, SO MOBILLY FUND SUMMARY, UH, AS PROPOSED, UH, YOU CAN SEE HERE THE FY 21 ACTUALS IN 22 ESTIMATED, AND THEN FYI 23, UH, YOU'LL SEE THAT WE'RE SPENDING DOWN THIS YEAR AND NEXT YEAR, THOSE FUND BALANCES, UH, REVENUES WILL BE GOING UP IN FY 23, UH, AS THEY DID AN FY 22.

UM, AND, UH, AT THE END OF THE YEAR, UM, UM, THE FUND BALANCE WILL BE, YOU KNOW, OUR TARGETS ABOUT 1 MILLION FOR THE END OF .

UH, WE ARE PROPOSING 27 INCREASE OF 27 FTE IN .

AND SO THAT, UH, UH, EATS INTO THAT INCREASED REVENUE THAT WE TALKED ABOUT BUILDING.

AND SO OUR FTS WILL GO UP TO ABOUT 3 35, UH, IN FY 23 WITH THE INCREASE OF 27 POSITIONS.

UH, THOSE WERE ALL FOR GROWTH POSITIONS AND, AND TO MAKE THAT WE ARE ALSO, UM, COMPLETING OUR EFFORTS, UM, THE PARKING FUND SUMMARY, UH, AS PROPOSED, YOU'LL SEE, UH, THE SIMILAR INFORMATION THERE,

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BEGINNING BALANCE, AND, AND WE'RE STARTING TO RECOVER INTO FY 23.

AND SO WE'RE REBUILDING OUR RESERVES IN PARKING.

REMEMBER WE USE PARKING TO MAKE INVESTMENTS, UH, UH, CITYWIDE, UH, WE'RE ADDING 10 FTE.

THEY'RE MOSTLY IN SMART MOBILITY AS WELL AS, UH, IN ENFORCEMENT STAFF.

UH, SO ON THOSE INVESTMENTS, THESE ARE INVESTMENTS THAT ARE PROPOSED IN FY 23.

WE CONTINUE TO CONTRIBUTE OUT OF THE PARKING FUND INTO THE GREAT STREETS.

UH, UM, WE'RE STARTING TO PAY BACK, UH, UH, GEO DEBT, GENERAL OBLIGATION DEBT.

YOU'LL REMEMBER WE HAVE AN AGREEMENT WITH PARKS, UH, TO METER THEIR PARKING IN SPECIFIC AREAS.

PARKS OF COURSE, GETS THAT REVENUE.

UH, BUT OUT OF THAT REVENUE THAT WE KEEP BACK AS PART OF OUR EXPENSE, WE HAVE TO BUY THE STATIONS THAT SUPPORT THOSE ACTIVITIES, WHETHER THEY'RE USING THEM TO GET INTO, UH, BARTON SPRINGS OR TO PARK IN THE PARK ITSELF, THE REVENUE GOES TO THEM.

BUT PART OF OUR EXPENSES THAT WE PULL OUT IS TO PAY FOR THAT GENERAL OBLIGATION DEBT.

UH, AND YOU SEE A RANGE OF OTHER INVESTMENTS THERE, UH, UH, RANGING FROM RADIOS TO WORKER COMPENSATION, TO, UH, COMPENSATION ADJUSTMENTS, UM, THROUGHOUT THE YEAR, A TOTAL INVESTMENT ESTIMATE OF 5 MILLION, A LITTLE BIT OVER $5 MILLION THERE OUT OF THE PARKING FUND.

UH, SO SOME CAPITAL HIGHLIGHTS, UH, APPROPRIATIONS, UH, IN , UH, IS 11 MILLION WITH A SPINNING PLAN OF 230 MILLION, UH, OVER FYI 21.

AGAIN, THOSE, THOSE TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PREVIOUS, UH, UM, APPROPRIATIONS THAT HAVE ALREADY BEEN SET.

AND SO FYI TWENTY-THREE WE'LL REALLY SEE A KICKUP IN THE AMOUNT OF, UH, CAPITAL INVESTMENTS GOING ON, UH, SOME KEY PROJECTS.

UH, YOU KNOW, WE CONTINUE TO WORK WITH THE STATE, OUR PARTNERS AT THE STATE, I 35, UH, COORDINATION PROJECTS.

UH, MIKE TREMBLE IS LEADING THE LID EFFORT.

AND SO THERE'LL BE A MAJOR EFFORT TO CONTINUE THE DESIGN PROCESS AND MOVE TOWARDS HOPEFULLY FUNDING AND INVESTMENT ON TOP OF WHAT, UM, TECHSTOP PROPOSES THAT THE INVESTMENT, UH, EAST BREAKER LANE IS A NEW EXTENSION, A NEW ROADWAY.

IT'S ACTUALLY THE FIRST ROADWAY THAT WE ARE FUNDING IN ADVANCE WITH ANTICIPATION OF, UH, SIF, UH, FUNDING.

REMEMBER THE SIF STREET IMPACT FEES, UH, CAN ONLY GO TO NEW CAPACITY.

THIS IS AN AREA OF HIGH GROWTH.

SO WE HAVE THE ABILITY TO, UH, BUILD AN ADVANCE, A ROADWAY THAT'S NEEDED, UH, TO ALSO ASSIST WITH EXPANSIONS AT SAMSUNG AND THAT PART OF NORTHEAST TRAVIS COUNTY, UH, AND THEN, UH, SUBSTANDARD STREETS, UH, WE'RE BUILDING OR KICKING OFF THE CONSTRUCTION OF A NUMBER OF MAJOR SUBSTANDARD STREETS, ROSS ROAD, JOHNNY MORRIS, BRADSHAW, AND KNUCKLES CROSSING.

UH, AND THEN ALSO SLAUGHTER LANE SIGNAL IMPROVEMENTS WILL MATCH THE SIGNIFICANT IMPROVEMENTS IN TERMS OF BIKE FACILITIES THAT ARE UNDER CONSTRUCTION TODAY.

UM, THAT BRINGS THIS TO THE CIP STREET FUNDS.

UM, YOU KNOW, THE STREET IMPACT WILL START TO GENERATE REVENUE STARTING THIS JUNE.

WE'LL START TO COLLECT THAT.

UH, BUT BECAUSE IT'S AN UNPROVEN, UH, REVENUE SOURCE, IT WILL REALLY BE THE FOLLOWING YEAR BEFORE WE'RE ABLE TO START, UH, HOPEFULLY SPENDING THOSE FUNDS.

REMEMBER THOSE ARE OVER 17 DISTRICTS.

UH, EACH IS ESSENTIALLY A SEPARATE FUND OR A SEPARATE BANK ACCOUNT.

WE CAN CERTAINLY SCOOP, UM, UH, CAPITAL PROJECTS WITHIN EACH OF THOSE AREA FUNDS, UH, TO SPEND ON PROJECTS THAT ARE IN THE PLAN, BUT WE CAN'T MOVE, CANNOT MOVE MONEY BETWEEN THOSE DISTRICTS.

AND SO, BUT THIS IS HUGE IN TERMS OF FLEXIBILITY OVER WHAT WE'VE HAD IN THE PAST.

AND SO, UH, CERTAINLY IN THOSE DISTRICTS WHERE, UM, UH, GROWTH IS RAPID, WE WOULD EXPECT TO BE ABLE TO START DOING PROJECTS SOONER THAN LATER.

UH, AND THAT NORTHEAST DISTRICT IS ONE OF THOSE, UH, ITEMS. SO WE DON'T EXPECT ANY MAJOR REVENUE PROJECTIONS UNTIL 24 UNTIL THEY BEGIN TO, TO, TO PROVE THEMSELVES OUT.

AND I KNOW YOU GUYS HAVE BEEN WATCHING THE, UM, UH, SIF PROCESS VERY CLOSELY.

AND SO, UH, CERTAINLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO KEEP ASKING US TO COME BACK TO, TO REPORT ON THAT AS WE START TO GET THAT EXPERIENCE OF COLLECTING, BUT, BUT WE'RE PRETTY CONFIDENT THAT THAT'S GOING TO BE, UH, A POSITIVE INFLUENCE FOR THE CITY AS WE GO FORWARD, HELPING GROWTH PAY FOR ITS FAIR SHARE AS WE GO FORWARD, UH, HORIZON ISSUES THAT, THAT, AND CHALLENGES THAT WE REALLY JUST NEED TO BE AWARE OF VISION ZERO.

UM, YOU KNOW, IT CONTINUES TO BE A CHALLENGE WE'RE GROWING AT SOMETHING BETWEEN 160 AND 180 PEOPLE PER DAY.

UH, IF YOU'VE, UH, BEEN ON THE ROADWAY SYSTEM AND STOPPED AT A SIGNAL OR WALKING ON THE SIDEWALK, I TRY TO PAY ATTENTION TO HOW MANY OUT-OF-STATE LICENSE ARE GOING BY.

UH, THEY ARE SHOWING UP LEFT AND RIGHT.

AND SO, UM, WHAT WE DO KNOW IS SPEED CONTINUES TO BE

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A MAJOR CONTRIBUTOR TO THE HIGH RATES OF CRASHES.

UH, WE ARE GOING TO SET A RECORD THIS YEAR, UH, FOR FATALITIES AND SERIES INJURIES.

THERE'S NO WAY TO GET AROUND IT.

A LOT OF THAT HAS TO DO WITH, UH, NUMEROUS PEOPLE, UH, OR THE GROWTH REALLY, UH, THAT'S OCCURRING IN TOWN.

UM, BUT WE ALSO ARE SEEING AN INCREASINGLY, UH, ACCELERATING TREND THAT, YOU KNOW, 80% OF OUR SEVERE INJURIES IN FATALITIES ARE ACTUALLY ON STATE ROADWAYS, NOT THE CITY'S ROADWAYS.

WE COUNT THAT AS PART OF OUR TOTAL, BECAUSE THOSE ARE RESIDENTS AS WELL AND VISITORS.

UM, BUT INCREASINGLY IT'S BECOMING NOTICEABLE THAT, THAT WE HAVE A CHALLENGE WITH THE STATE SYSTEM.

AND SO, UH, WE WILL BE WORKING WITH OUR PARTNERS AT THE STATE AND SHE TELL HER, MADE TO HELP THEM UNDERSTAND, UH, WHERE THEY MAY BE ABLE TO MAKE SOME, UH, IMPROVEMENTS ON THAT.

UM, ONE SYSTEM, UH, AS WE APPROACH THE MAJOR CONSTRUCTION IN 2025, I LIKE TO CALL IT 2025 D-DAY BECAUSE IT'S DEMOLITION DAY THAT'S WHEN I, 35 IS PROBABLY STARTING TO KICK INTO GEAR, UH, SOUTH MOPAC, UM, UH, THE RAIL PROJECT AND MANY OF OUR QUARTERS WILL BE IN CONSTRUCTION.

UH, WE NEED TO START THINKING AS A ONE SYSTEM.

UM, OURS IS THE ONLY MAJOR METROPOLITAN AREA IN TEXAS THAT DOES NOT HAVE A COMBINED TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT CENTER.

UH, EACH AGENCY ESSENTIALLY HAS ITS OWN, UM, THAT THE BENEFIT OF THAT IS WE'VE GAINED A LOT OF, UM, UH, EXPERIENCE MANAGING ARTERIALS AND COORDINATING WITH OUR PARTNERS.

UH, THE DISADVANTAGE IS WE CAN'T LEAN ACROSS THE CUBICLE AND SAY, HEY, ARE YOU SEEING WHAT I'M SEEING? WHAT CAN WE DO TO, YOU KNOW, TAKE PEOPLE OFF THE FREEWAY OR TAKE PEOPLE OFF THE ARTERIAL SYSTEM.

AND SO THAT IS SOMETHING THAT, THAT WE NEED TO DEVELOP IN THIS REGION TO GET READY FOR THE MAJOR CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS AND COORDINATION ACROSS A, UH, INCREASED FOCUS ON, ON TRAVEL DEMAND.

UH, WE ARE SHIFTING OUR, OUR FOCUS OF TRAVEL DEMAND MANAGEMENT, UH, TO OUR PARTNERS THAT MOVEABILITY, UM, AND WE ARE DEVELOPING A, UH, A, UH, UH, IMPROVED REGIONAL RIDE MATCH PROCESS THAT, THAT IS BASED ON A, UH, HANDLE, IF YOU WILL, UH, CALL GET THEIR ATX OR GET THEIR CENTRAL TEXAS, UH, TO TRY TO BUILD A VERY STRONG, UM, INFRASTRUCTURE AROUND TDM.

THAT WILL BE VERY IMPORTANT AS WE HEAD INTO THIS DECADE OF CONSTRUCTION.

UM, MAINTENANCE FUNDING IS ALSO ANOTHER ISSUE THAT, THAT THIS COMMISSION SHOULD, UH, I BELIEVE CONTINUE TO BE FOCUSED ON AS WE ARE.

UH, AGAIN, A LOT OF THESE NEW PRODUCTS AND NEW INFRASTRUCTURE WE'VE BEEN PUTTING OUT NEEDS TO NOW BE MAINTAINED.

AND SO YOU'LL SEE AN INCREASED FOCUS ON MAINTENANCE.

YOU'LL SEE US SHIFTING OUR CREWS TO MAINTENANCE AND MORE OF THE BOND PROGRAM TO CONTRACTORS, UH, AS WE GO FORWARD AND THEN LONG FUND LONG-TERM FUNDING, STABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY, YOU KNOW, ONE THING THAT THAT HAS BECOME, UH, VERY APPARENT TO ME IN TERMS OF HUDSON TRANSPORTATION, AS WELL AS PUBLIC WORKS IS OUR FUNDING MECHANISM ALL DEPEND ON CURRENT TRAVEL PARADIGMS. AND I BELIEVE LIKE MANY PEOPLE THAT WE ARE ON THE VERGE OF A MOBILITY REVOLUTION, THAT, THAT PEOPLE WILL START TO DO THINGS VERY DIFFERENTLY IN THE NEAR FUTURE, WHETHER IT'S AUTOMATED VEHICLES OR NEW RIDESHARE SERVICES OR, OR TELEWORKING.

AND THAT WILL CHANGE OUR ABILITY TO COLLECT CERTAIN FEES, WHETHER THEY BE GAS TAX AT THE FEDERAL AND STATE LEVEL TO PARKING REVENUE, UH, FROM PEOPLE PARKING VEHICLES.

AND SO WE NEED TO START THAT PROCESS NOW OF EXPANDING OUR THINKING ABOUT HOW WE FUND TRANSPORTATION.

UM, I DON'T HAVE A SOLUTION.

THAT'S WHY I SAY WE NEED TO START NOW TO START TO THINK ABOUT THAT.

UH, BUT I THINK THAT THERE'S A HIGH VULNERABILITY OF ALL OF OUR MOBILITY, UM, REVENUE SOURCES BEING TIED TO SIMILAR CHARACTERISTICS, A PRIVATE AUTOMOBILE DRIVING, EITHER PARKING USING GAS OR, OR, UH, PAYING THE TRANSPORTATION USER FEE.

IT'S REALLY BASED ON THE VEHICLE.

SO WE NEED TO EXPAND OUR THINKING THERE AND THAT'S IT.

SO THAT'S THE TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT BUDGET PROPOSAL IN SHORT.

UM, WE ARE GOING STRONG, UH, AND I, I'LL JUST, I'LL JUST TALK ABOUT THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM.

UH, YOU ALL KNOW THAT I, I HAVE INDICATED THAT I PLANNED TO STEP DOWN AT THE END OF THE MONTH FROM THE DIRECTORSHIP.

UH, WE HAVE A STRONG, UH, EXECUTIVE TEAM AND A STRONG PARTNERSHIP WITH PUBLIC WORKS, AS WELL AS OUR ASSISTANT CITY MANAGER.

AND I AM CONFIDENT THAT THIS BUDGET WILL CARRY THE DEPARTMENT THROUGH, UM, VERY STRONGLY AND THAT THERE WON'T BE A GAP IN SERVICE, UH, AS WE MOVE FORWARD.

SO THERE YOU GO.

ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU SO MUCH.

ALL RIGHT.

JUST A COUPLE OF QUESTIONS BEFORE YOU BACK UP.

NUMBER ONE, THANKS FOR THE PRESENTATION AND FOR KEEPING IT AT A GOOD BULLET POINT LEVEL.

HAVING SEEN THIS FOR MANY YEARS, SOMETIMES IT'S SO IN THE WEEDS THAT IT'S, IT'S A LITTLE BIT TOUGH, BUT THIS IS, THIS IS A GOOD LEVEL, AT LEAST FOR ME, I LIKED IT.

AND

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I, I WROTE A QUESTION EARLIER, WHICH YOU ACTUALLY ADDRESSED SORT OF RIGHT AT THE END, BUT I WANT TO ASK SOME DETAIL ABOUT IT.

SURE.

IF YOU IMAGINE 10 YEARS FROM NOW AND PEOPLE, I MEAN, I'M NEVER GOING BACK TO MY OFFICE.

IF I CAN AVOID IT, YOU KNOW, I USED TO RIDE A BIKE, BUT A LOT OF PEOPLE DROVE.

YOU CAN SEE IN THIS ROOM HERE, WE USED TO HAVE IT PACKED WITH PEOPLE.

WE DON'T MORE THAN HALF OF THE PEOPLE ARE THERE.

UM, HOW, HOW DOES THE CITY THINK ABOUT 10 YEARS FROM NOW? AND, AND ARE THESE PLANS THE RIGHT KIND OF PLAN? YEAH.

WELL, NONE OF US HAVE, YOU KNOW, MAGIC MONITORS THAT TELL US HOW THE FUTURE'S GOING TO BE.

UM, YOU KNOW, I GUESS I HEARD OF A REPORT THE OTHER DAY THAT AUSTIN HAS ABOUT A 60% OFFICE OCCUPANCY RATE IN THE CITY, WHICH IS THE HIGHEST IN THE CITY AND ONE OF THE HIGHEST, IF NOT THE HIGHEST IN THE COUNTRY.

UM, AND SO WHAT I THINK THAT'S DIRECTLY ATTRIBUTABLE TO IS THAT AUSTIN IS A DESIRABLE PLACE TO MOVE TO.

AND SO AUSTIN IS IN A UNIQUE SITUATION THAT EVEN AS MORE OF OUR CURRENT RESIDENTS AND VISITORS CHOOSE TO GO VIRTUAL AND ELECTRONIC, UM, THERE'S 10 MORE COMPANIES WANTING TO MOVE DOWN OR 10 MORE OR 180 MORE PEOPLE THAT WANT TO MOVE TO TOWN.

RIGHT.

AND SO WHAT I THINK INCREASINGLY YOU'RE GOING TO SEE IS THAT INDIVIDUAL COMPANIES, FOOTPRINTS IN THE COMMERCIAL SPACE IS GOING TO SHRINK, BUT YOU'LL HAVE A LOT MORE PLAYERS IN THE MARKET.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, OUR TDM PROGRAM HAS ALWAYS BEEN, UM, NOT FOCUSED ON REDUCING TRAFFIC AND THAT MAY BE ANTITHETICAL, BUT, UH, IT'S BEEN ABOUT MAKING ROOM FOR THE NEXT COMPANIES THAT COME TO TOWN.

AND I STILL THINK THAT THAT IS A VIABLE STRATEGY, UM, THAT WE NEED TO CONTINUE TO FOCUS ON A BROAD RANGE OF MULTIMODAL APPROACHES, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, NOT TO GET INTO INDIVIDUAL PROJECTS, BUT HOPEFULLY YOU'VE SEEN, UH, THE CITY SUPPORTING, UH, TRANSIT AND ALTERNATIVE MODES, WHETHER THEY BE SCOOTERS, BIKES, OR WHATEVER, IN TERMS OF, OF FREEWAY CONSTRUCTION, I, 35, UH, I'M FIRMLY BELIEVING THAT MOST OF THE NEW CAPACITY IS MANAGED.

UM, YOU KNOW, UH, W WE'VE BEEN IN A DEBATE WITH THE STATE ABOUT HOW TO MANAGE IT, BUT THE FACT IS IT'S MANAGED, IT'S HOV IN TRANSIT, UH, IN THE FUTURE CENTER BULLET, UM, AND ARTERIAL STREET LEVEL, THE FRONTAGE ROADS.

UM, YOU KNOW, WE'LL STILL WAIT TO SEE WHAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROCESS, UH, EVOLVES IN, BUT, YOU KNOW, THAT'S REALLY AN ARTERIAL STREET AND, AND YOU NEED TO DEVELOP IT BASED ON THE MOVEMENTS THAT ARE OCCURRING.

AND SO I THINK THAT WE HAVE PREP THE CITY THE BEST WE CAN FOR THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

YOU KNOW, I MEAN, I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT THE CONSTRUCTION OVER THE NEXT 10 YEARS IS GOING TO BE SIGNIFICANT.

UM, OUR NEXT WAVE, UH, FORTUNATELY WE'D ALREADY BEEN INVESTING IT IS, IS THAT, UM, UH, TELECOMMUTING AND THE TRIP THAT'S MADE VIRTUALLY, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, SECRETARY BUDDHA JUDGE JUST ANNOUNCED THAT IT'S THE LAST NEW TRANSPORTATION MODE.

UH, WE'VE ALL ALWAYS MEASURED IT AS THE TRIP NOT TAKEN.

WE NEED TO MEASURE IT AS THE TRIP TAKEN OVER THE INTERNET.

UM, YOU WILL SEE ON THIS COMING COUNCIL MEETING THERE, THAT WE ARE PROPOSING TO COUNCIL TO PURCHASE, UM, UH, WHAT'S CALLED NET, UH, SYSTEM, WHICH IS A CONDUIT SYSTEM THAT CIRCLES THE CENTRAL PART OF AUSTIN, UH, THAT HAS EXCESS CAPACITY.

AND WE ARE BUYING IT FROM THE PRIVATE MARKET TO PRESERVE ROOM FOR THINGS LIKE, YOU KNOW, NEW CONNECTIONS FOR, UM, UH, YOU KNOW, UNIVERSAL COVERAGE OF A WIFI AND, OR FAREWELL MESSAGE SIGNS OR WHATEVER THAT MAY BE NEEDED BY THE NEW SYSTEMS. IT'S AN OPPORTUNITY THAT CAME FORWARD.

SO, UH, AGAIN, WE'RE INVESTING IN EVERYTHING.

I KNOW WE CAN DEBATE THE SPECIFICS OF ANY, ANY GIVEN STRATEGY, BUT I, I REALLY DO BELIEVE THAT'S THE BEST STRATEGY MOVING FORWARD.

YOU MENTIONED TALKING TO TEXTILE ABOUT WHO, WHO IS GOING TO MANAGE.

I HAVE 35.

I HAVEN'T READ ANYTHING IN THE PUBLIC PRESS.

IS THERE ANYTHING THAT IS, YOU CAN TELL US ABOUT? YEAH, ACTUALLY I GO AHEAD.

I'M SORRY, MR. WELL, IN HOUSTON, UH, IT'S THEIR TRANSIT AUTHORITY THAT ACTUALLY MADE, MANAGES THE HOT AND HOV LANES, RIGHT? WHAT'S THE PLAN FOR US.

UM, SO MR. BROOKS ACTUALLY SAID HOW IT WOULD BE MANAGED VERSUS, YOU KNOW, HOV IN TRANSIT OR TOLL LANES OR ET CETERA.

AND SO, UM, I DON'T KNOW THE ANSWER.

I DON'T THINK ANYONE DOES YET WHERE, WHERE WE'RE AT ON HOW IT GETS MANAGED OR WHO MANAGES IT.

I THINK THAT IS PART OF THE ONGOING PLANNING PROCESS, BUT I WAS SPECIFICALLY TALKING ABOUT HOW IT GOT MANAGED.

UM, SO YEAH, I WILL TELL YOU, IN HOUSTON, THE REASON THE TRANSIT AGENCY MANAGES THE HOV SYSTEM IS THEY PAID FOR THE HOV SYSTEM VERSUS HERE IT'S THE STATE IS HELPING IN THE LOCALS.

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I COULDN'T FIND ANY PLACE ELSE WHERE TECH STOCK ITSELF MANAGED HOV PLANES.

SO THIS WOULD BE THEIR TEXT DOTS FIRST.

UH, I, I DON'T KNOW THAT ANSWER.

OKAY.

SO DID YOU EVER, NO, BUT YOU TOUCHED A LITTLE BIT ON, ON, ON, YOU KNOW, BUYING, IT SOUNDS LIKE FIBER AND THINGS OF THAT CAPACITY FOR FUTURE CAPACITY.

WHAT ELSE IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE WE'RE DOING? UM, AND I KNOW IT'S KINDA, LIKE YOU SAID, THERE'S NO CRYSTAL BALL, BUT IT JUST SEEMS LIKE WITH THE CHANGING TECHNOLOGIES, 5G, WIFI, EVERYTHING COMING IN, YOU KNOW, THEY REALLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITIES TO NOT JUST CHANGE HOW WE MOVE, BUT, YOU KNOW, FUTURE FORECASTING OF WHERE PEOPLE ARE MOVING, ALL SORTS OF STUFF.

WHAT ELSE IS THE CITY DOING IN THAT, IN THAT CAPACITY TO BE ABLE TO KIND OF, TO THE EXTENT WE CAN KIND OF PREPARE FOR THE FUTURE OF TRANSPORTATION, I CAN ONLY TALK FOR AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION, WHAT WE'RE DOING.

I CAN'T, OF COURSE I WISH I KNEW EVERYTHING THE CITY WAS DOING, BUT THAT'S JUST NOT POSSIBLE FOR ME.

BUT, UM, YOU KNOW, W WE ALSO ALLOW TECHNOLOGIES TO USE OUR SIGNAL POLLS, UH, IN DOWNTOWN.

UH, SO YOU SEE THE NEW SIGNAL BOWLS WITH THE BOXES AT THE BOTTOM AND ELECTRIC METERS ON IT.

THAT'S OTHER TECHNOLOGIES USING OUR, UH, SIGNAL POLES TO HANG, UH, TECHNOLOGIES ON.

SO THAT'S ANOTHER AREA WE'VE WORKED ON.

UH, AND, UH, WE, UH, ENCOURAGE NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO COME INTO TOWN THAT, THAT OFFER THOSE CAPABILITIES.

UH, WE HAVE A SMART, UH, OUR, UH, WHAT'S IT CALLED SPAT SIGNAL, PHASING AND TIMING, UH, DEMONSTRATION CORRIDOR, UH, HERE IN AUSTIN.

SO SMART VEHICLES CAN INTERACT WITH THOSE TECHNOLOGIES AND THOSE THAT, THAT INFRASTRUCTURE.

AND SO, YOU KNOW, WE ARE DOING EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENCOURAGE NEW TECHNOLOGIES TO COME TO TOWN.

UH, ONE OF THE BIGGEST DILEMMAS IS HOW TO MEASURE THAT TRIP.

AGAIN, TRADITIONALLY, YOU KNOW, A TRIP, UH, TAKEN OVER THE INTERNET HAS BEEN A TRIP NOT TAKEN, BUT IT'S NOW BECOMING OBVIOUS THAT IT'S IMPORTANT TO MEASURE THAT.

AND IT'S HARD TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO MEASURE THAT OTHER THAN THROUGH SURVEY.

UM, UM, WE'RE LOOKING FOR WAYS TO DO IT, UH, WITHOUT HAVING TO ASK A PERSON, ARE YOU TELEWORKING TODAY? YOU KNOW, AND I DON'T KNOW IF THERE'S TECHNOLOGIES OUT THERE WHERE WE'RE EXAMINING, YOU KNOW, UH, THE INTERNET AND WE'RE ASKING, UH, PROVIDERS, IS THERE A WAY TO TELL HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE TELEWORKING ON ANY GIVEN DAY? I ACTUALLY THINK THAT IF WE INCORPORATE TELEWORKING INTO OUR SORT OF, UH, UH, PERCENTAGE PIE, IF YOU WILL, OF HOW PEOPLE ARE TRAVELING, THAT WE'LL FIND THAT WE ARE CLOSER TO THAT 50 50 GOAL THAT WE'RE STRIVING FOR.

UM, AT SOME POINT I DO HAVE ONE MORE QUESTION.

UM, THIS IS NOW GOING BACK TO OLD SCHOOL STUFF.

YOU TALKED ABOUT MAINTENANCE FUNDING, UM, AND I'M NOT TRYING TO HOLD YOUR, HOLD YOU TO ANY NUMBER YOU THROW OUT THERE, BUT JUST OUT OF CURIOSITY, WHAT IS THAT? LET ME, LET ME PREFACE THIS BY SAYING IF WE'RE LIKE ANY, EVERY OTHER CITY JUST ABOUT ANYWHERE IN THE U S WE'RE PROBABLY IN A DEFICIT OF MAINTENANCE FUNDING.

NO DOUBT.

RIGHT.

UM, WHAT IS THAT BALLPARK, YOU KNOW, WHETHER IT'S A PERCENTAGE OF ROADWAYS OR IF IT'S A GENERAL BALLPARK FIGURE OF WHAT WE NEED TO GET OUR STREETS UP TO PAR, UM, WHAT WOULD THAT BE? WHAT COULD WE BE, I, I DON'T, I CAN'T TELL YOU OFF THE TOP OF MY HEAD.

I'M SORRY.

UM, YOU KNOW, UH, DIFFERENT STRIPING HAS DIFFERENT LIFESPANS, UH, YOU KNOW, UH, UH, UH, WHEN WE PUT PAINT OR THERMOPLASTIC, UH, WHICH IS ANOTHER, UH, TECHNOLOGY DOWN ON THE STREET TO MARKET, UM, IT USUALLY LASTS TWO TO THREE YEARS, BUT IT DEPENDS ON HOW MUCH WHERE THERE IS.

IT DEPENDS ON IF THE COLOR IS WHITE OR IF IT'S YELLOW, UM, GO FIGURE WHITE DISAPPEARS WHEN THE SUN'S AT ABOUT A 30 DEGREE ANGLE AND, AND IT'S A LITTLE BIT WET, IT ALL DISAPPEARS.

AND SO, UM, WE'RE REALLY, UH, TRYING TO CREATE DATABASES TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THAT.

SO I WOULD TELL YOU, PAINT TYPICALLY GOES 2, 3, 3 YEARS, BUT SHORT LINES, WHICH ARE THE CROSSWALKS, UH, OFTEN NEED TO BE DONE EVEN MORE FREQUENTLY.

UM, THE, UH, CANDLESTICKS OR THE DELINEATORS, UH, A REALLY, YOU KNOW, THERE REALLY IS A SCIENCE TO WHERE THEY'RE PLACED.

WE'RE, WE'RE TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW FREQUENTLY WE NEED TO PLACE THOSE DELINEATORS AND HOW CLOSE TO CORNERS SO THAT WE REDUCED, HOW MANY PEOPLE, UH, RUN OVER HIM ACCIDENTALLY OR HIT THEM.

AND SO, UH, IT, IT'S AN ONGOING ANALYSIS.

UM, PUBLIC WORKS DOES HAVE METRICS FOR THE PAVEMENT, UH, AND HOW LONG PAVEMENT LASTS AND YOU KNOW, WHAT THEY'RE SPENDING AND WHAT THEIR DEFICIT IS PROBABLY.

AND SO I'D ENCOURAGE YOU TO ASK THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR WHEN HE PRESENTS HERE ON BEHAVIOR QUALITY.

YEAH.

DIFFERENT QUESTION ABOUT ALL THE SCHOOL STUFF.

IS THERE THE EQUIVALENT OF A DASHBOARD FOR TRAFFIC IN AUSTIN, OR EVEN

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A DATA PORTAL WHERE SOMEBODY GRABBED THE DATE? SO WE DO HAVE A, A PRETTY RICH DATA DATA PORTAL, UH, AND IN TERMS OF DATA ACCESSIBILITY, UH, WE'RE WORKING ON A MORE COMPREHENSIVE DASHBOARD.

AND SO WE'LL GET THAT TO YOU.

UM, THE LINK TO WHERE THAT INFORMATION IS, UH, WHAT WE TENDED TO DO IS EACH, EACH SPECIALTY, WHETHER IT BE SIGNALS OR STRIPES OR MARKINGS, OR THE BIKE PROGRAM, THEY CREATED THEIR OWN DASHBOARDS, BUT NOW WE'RE PUTTING THEM ALL TOGETHER.

SO THEIR OVERALL TRAFFIC, YES, YES, WE DO HAVE THAT.

YES.

IS IT GOING UP, IS IT GOING DOWN? YEAH, WE ARE STILL JUST A LITTLE BIT BELOW PRE PANDEMIC, UM, WHICH IS, BUT, BUT WE'RE RIGHT.

OR WE'RE, WE'RE AT KEEP LOOKING OVER AT JIM CAUSE HE KEEPS THAT DATA.

SO YOU'LL KNOW THAT THAT'S WHY I'M NOT, UH, WE'RE, WE'RE PRETTY CLOSE TO PRE PANDEMIC, BUT WHAT'S INTERESTING IS BECAUSE THE OCCUPANCY RATES ARE ONLY 6%.

THAT'S TRAFFIC ARE NOT HEADED TOWARDS THE NORMAL COMMUTE TO, YOU KNOW, INTO THE CITY IN THE MORNING AND OUT IN THE AFTERNOONS.

UH, IT'S MUCH MORE VARIABLE.

UH, WHEN I TALKED TO MY PEERS NATIONWIDE, THEY ALL SAY THE SAME THING.

OUR MODELS ARE ALL NOT ABLE TO PREDICT WHAT'S GOING ON.

YOU KNOW, WE'RE ALL ACROSS THE INDUSTRY TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO BETTER PREDICT WHAT'S GOING ON POST PANDEMIC.

AND A LOT OF IT IS BECAUSE OF TELEWORKING, YOU KNOW, PEOPLE CAN DELAY THEIR TRIPS IN OR, OR GO BACK, GO HOME EARLY AND FINISH UP THE DAY OR, YOU KNOW, COME BACK TO WORK AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT AND DO WHAT THEY NEED TO DO.

SO, UH, UH, IT IS A DILEMMA FOR EVERYONE TRYING TO BETTER PREDICT HOW TRAFFIC IS MOVING FORWARD.

I HAVE ONE, I THINK IT WILL BE VERY QUICK.

UM, YOU MENTIONED, UM, THE QUARTER CONSTRUCTION AT SOME POINT IN THE PRESENTATION, AND I KNOW THAT, UM, SOME PORTION OF THAT IS REALLY HEADING INTO MORE SERIOUS CONSTRUCTION THIS YEAR.

UM, ARE THERE THINGS THAT ATD IS DOING IN COORDINATION WITH THE, IS AS FAR AS THE UPCOMING BUDGET TO COORDINATE WITH THAT, OR IS THAT PRETTY MUCH JUST, YOU KNOW, SOMETHING THAT CORRIDOR OFFICE IS DOING AND WITH MANAGING THE BOND PROGRAM? NO, ABSOLUTELY.

THE, THE CORRIDOR PROGRAM IS, UM, UH, THE QUARTER PROGRAM BUDGET IS PART OF ATD BUDGET.

IT IS, IS, UM, SEAMLESS SINCE, UM, UM, FACTUAL QUARTER PROGRAM IS OWNED AS A PRODUCT OF AUSTIN TRANSPORTATION.

PUBLIC WORKS DEPENDING ON THE INDIVIDUAL PIECE.

AND SO YES, WE, WE ARE CONNECTED AT THE HIP AND FULLY COORDINATED.

YEAH.

SO ARE THERE ANY OTHER QUESTIONS FROM THE COMMISSIONERS ONLINE? NOPE.

UM, OKAY.

ANY OTHER QUESTIONS HERE? OKAY.

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

MOVING ALONG THE NEXT ITEM

[2.B. Public Works Department Budget Overview]

WILL BE THE PUBLIC WORKS DEPARTMENT AND BUDGET OVERVIEW TAKING THEIR SEATS NOW.

GOOD EVENING, COMMISSIONERS CHAIR, UH, I'M RICHARD MENDOZA.

I'M THE PUBLIC WORKS DIRECTOR AND A THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO COME AND SHARING OUR, UH, FYI 23 PROPOSED BUDGET, AS WELL AS OUR FIVE-YEAR FINANCIAL FORECAST.

I'M GOING DO SOMETHING A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENTLY THIS THAN IN PAST PRESENTATIONS.

I'M JOINED BY OUR DEPARTMENT, UH, FINANCE DIVISION MANAGER, MS. CHRISTIE FENTON.

I'M AN OPEN THE PRESENTATION WITH JUST A OVERVIEW AND THEN A DESCRIPTION OF OUR BUDGET PLANNING PROCESS, WHICH WE STARTED TO, UH, MODIFY THIS PAST YEAR.

AND THEN MS. FENTON IS GOING TO DIVE INTO THE NUMBERS FOR US.

SO WITH THAT, I THINK I HAVE THE CLICKER RIGHT HERE.

OKAY.

SO AGAIN, I'M GOING TO GIVE AN OVERVIEW OF THE DEPARTMENT, UM, AND THEN A DESCRIPTION OF THE PLANNING PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING THE BUDGET, WHICH WE STARTED TO MODIFY THIS, UH, PAST YEAR.

AND THEN MS. FENTON IS GOING TO GO OVER THE FINANCIALS FOR OUR THREE MAJOR SERVICE AREAS ARE AROUND THE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS AS CAPITAL DELIVERY SERVICES.

UM, THE MOBILITY OUTCOME, WHICH INCLUDES SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, AS WELL AS TREATING BRIDGE AND MOBILITY OPERATIONS.

AND SO BY THE END OF OUR PRESENTATION, UH, MY HOPE IS THAT WE WILL LEAVE YOU TODAY WITH A PICTURE OF OUR BUDGET AND PLANNING PROCESS IN TERMS OF HOW IT SUPPORTS OUR CITY AND DEPARTMENT STRATEGIC GOALS, JUST A QUICK OVERVIEW OF OUR DEPARTMENT.

AGAIN,

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OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD AND MAINTAIN A BETTER COMMUNITY BY DELIVERING SERVICES TO EVERY CORNER OF AUSTIN.

UH, WE DO THAT THROUGH THE DELIVERY OF SOME, UH, CORE SERVICES AROUND MOBILITY INFRASTRUCTURE, NAMELY STREET MAINTENANCE, WHICH INCLUDES ALMOST 8,000 LANE MILES OF STREETS, UH, NETWORK OF SIDEWALKS, TOTALLY IN ABOUT 2,700 CURB MILES, ABOUT 60 MILES OF BUILT URBAN TRAIL NETWORK, UH, OVER 13,000 BRIDGES, CULVERTS, AND OTHER CONCRETE STRUCTURES OF WHICH ABOUT 460 OF THOSE ARE MAJOR BRIDGES WITH SPANS OVER 20 FEET THAT ARE INSPECTED BY TXDOT.

UH, WE ALSO MANAGE AND PROVIDE SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL PROGRAMS, PROVIDING 200 CROSSING GUARDS AT OVER AT 200 ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, LOW CATIONS, AND, UH, PROVIDE THE NEIGHBORHOOD PARTNERING PROGRAM, WORKING WITH NEIGHBORHOODS FOR CAPITAL PROJECTS WITHIN THEIR NEIGHBORHOOD.

AND THEN FINALLY CAPITAL DELIVERY, UH, MANAGING A PORTFOLIO OF OVER 490 PROJECTS TO INCLUDE THE MOBILITY BOND PROJECTS FOR VARIOUS, UH, ENTERPRISE DEPARTMENTS.

OKAY.

UH, THIS IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN OUR PAST BUDGET PRESENTATIONS.

AND THE REASON I WANTED TO SHOW THIS LIKE QUICKLY IS THAT IN THE PAST, WE'VE ALWAYS APPROACHED OUR, OUR BUDGET PLANNING FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF, OF BASELINE BUDGETING.

AND THAT IS WE WOULD TAKE PRIOR YEAR BUDGET, ASSESS WHAT OUR NEEDS ARE FOR THE NEXT UPCOMING YEAR.

AND THEN WE WOULD EITHER ADJUST UP OR DOWN A DIFFERENT SERVICE AREAS OFF THAT PREVIOUS YEAR.

UH, THIS YEAR WE'VE, WE'RE FINDING, OF COURSE THE FINANCIAL CONSTRAINTS ARE GETTING MORE CHALLENGING.

WE'RE EXPERIENCING LIKE A T D ESCALATION IN COSTS FOR SERVICES, MATERIALS, AND LABOR AND ACROSS THE BOARD AND CONTRACTS.

AND SO WE, UH, OUR GOAL IS TO START APPROACHING OUR BUDGET FROM AN OUTCOMES-BASED BUDGET.

SO HOW DO THOSE BUDGET RESOURCES TRANSLATE INTO OUR CORE SERVICES AND, UH, LEVELS EXPECTED BY THE COMMUNITY? AND SO WE ALIGNED OUR PLANNING PROCESS.

IT STARTED ACTUALLY LAST YEAR AND WE PRIMARILY IN PUBLIC WORK SUPPORT TWO OF OUR COUNCIL PROTEA OUTCOMES, THAT BEING MOBILITY AND GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL.

AND THIS ALLOWED US TO ENSURE THAT OUR DEPARTMENT GOALS AND OUR PLAN BUDGET WERE ALIGNED WITH THOSE COUNCIL PRIORITY OUTCOMES.

AND THEN WE ALSO DID A TOUCH BASE WITH THE COUNCIL TOP 10 INDICATORS FROM STRATEGIC DIRECTION, 23, AND PROVIDE A LITMUS TEST THERE TO MAKE SURE WE WERE ON TARGET.

AND THAT HELPED US THEN DEVELOP AND BUILD OUT OUR FIVE-YEAR FINANCIAL FORECAST.

SO IN THIS CHART HERE, WHAT I'D LIKE FOR YOU TO FOCUS ON IS THAT THE PUBLIC WORKS GOALS THAT WE HAVE ACROSS THE BOTTOM DIRECTLY SUPPORT THREE OF THE CITY COUNCIL'S TOP 10 INDICATORS.

AND THOSE THREE PRIORITY INDICATORS ARE ACCESSIBILITY AND EQUITY TO MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION CHOICES, ACCESSIBILITY TO QUALITY PARKS, TRAILS, AND RECREATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES, AND THEN FINALLY CONDITION AND QUALITY OF CITY FACILITIES AND INFRASTRUCTURE AND EFFECTIVE ADOPTION OF TECHNOLOGY.

SO IN SOME PART, EITHER FROM A HUMAN RESOURCE PERSPECTIVE, TECHNOLOGY PERSPECTIVE, MATERIAL, CONTENT TRACKS, ALL OF THESE GOALS SUPPORT UP TO THE CITY OUTCOMES AND KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATORS.

AND THAT'S HOW WE FRAMED OUR BUDGET PLANNING AND RESOURCE NEEDS AROUND.

SO THE FINAL TWO SLIDES ARE A LITTLE MORE DETAIL ON THOSE SPECIFIC PUBLIC WORKS GOALS.

AND THEN MS. FENTON IS GOING TO COVER THE SPECIFIC, UH, BUDGET PROPOSALS IN F UH, Y 23, AS WELL AS THE FIVE-YEAR FORECAST THAT SUPPORT BOTH THE GOALS, THE OUTCOMES, AS WELL AS SUPPORT, UH, SERVICES, UH, TO PROVIDE THOSE RESOURCES AND ALL OF THE SUPPORT OUTCOMES AROUND THE SMP AROUND VISION ZERO AROUND HEALTH ACTIVE MOBILITY AND, UM, THE CONDITION OF CRITICAL INFRASTRUCTURE.

THERE WAS A QUESTION THEY ASKED ABOUT HOW DO WE GET OUR STREETS UP TO PAR UH, OUR STREET NETWORK IN TERMS OF THE, UH, THE CONDITION OF THE PAVEMENTS.

WE MONITOR VERY CLOSELY, TAKES A TREMENDOUS AMOUNT OF INVESTMENT TO MAINTAIN QUALITY RIDE SURFACES FOR ALL OF OUR USERS TO INCLUDE NOT ONLY SINGLE OCCUPANCY VEHICLES, BUT ALSO TRANSIT AND, UH, MICRO MOBILITY AND, AND OTHER, UM, ACTIVE MOBILITY SOURCES.

SO WITH THAT, I'M GOING TO GO AHEAD AND HAND IT OVER TO MS. FENTON.

SHE'S GOING TO COVER OUR DIFFERENT SOURCES OF FUNDS AND OUR PROPOSAL FOR FY 23.

GOOD EVENING, THE RED LIGHT.

THANK YOU.

UH, SO I WILL GO OVER IT.

OUR SOURCES OF FUNDS, WE HAVE, UH, SEVERAL DIFFERENT, UH, SOURCES OF REVENUE.

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UH, WE SHARED THE, UH, TRANSPORTATION USER FEE, THE TOUGH, UH, WITH ATD.

SO, UH, PUBLIC WORKS PORTION OF THAT IS PROJECTED TO INCREASE OF ABOUT 11.6 MILLION OR ABOUT 9%.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE, UH, FUNDS FROM OUR CAPITAL MANAGEMENT.

UM, THAT FUND IS, UH, REALLY, UH, SET UP TO FUND ITSELF AND NOT HAVE A HIGH ENDING BALANCE.

SO WE HAVE JUST COLLECTIONS FOR JUST COVERING OUR SERVICES AND THAT'S IT.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE, UH, REIMBURSEMENTS FOR UTILITY CUT REVENUES FROM THE AUSTIN WATER DEPARTMENT.

UH, WE, UH, GO THROUGH AND, UH, HELP WITH UTILITY CUTS AND WE PARTNER WITH THEM ON THAT, UH, SERVICE.

AND THEN WE GET A COLLECTION FROM THEM.

FROM THAT WE COLLECT REVENUE FROM A CIP SOURCE.

THIS IS FROM OUR SIDEWALKS AND CONCRETE REPAIR.

WE DO SOME IN-HOUSE WORK, UH, FOR SOME OF THE CIPS.

AND SO THAT, UH, COLLECTION FOR THAT WORK GOES BACK TO THE TRANSPORTATION FUND.

AND THEN WE HAVE SOME MISCELLANEOUS REVENUES FROM LICENSE FEE AGREEMENTS, UH, AND SOME OTHER SOURCES.

AND OUR CHILD SAFETY HAS REVENUE FROM THE COUNTY, FROM DRIVER'S LICENSE, REGISTRATION FEES, AND SOME TRAFFIC FINES.

UH, FOR OUR USES OF FUNDS.

UH, YOU CAN SEE THAT, UH, THESE ARE SUPPORTIVE OF OUR OUTCOMES AND OUR GOALS AND OUR PROGRAMS, UH, FOR BRIDGE MAINTENANCE OFF STREET ROAD, MAINTENANCE, COMPUTERS, COMPUTER SERVICES, COMMUNITY SERVICES, FORESTRY, AND OFFICE OF THE CITY ENGINEER.

WE ALSO SUPPORT SIDEWALKS AND WE HAVE A DEDICATED SIDEWALK FUNDING WITH APPROXIMATELY A 1.4 MILLION INCREASE FOR .

AND THEN, UH, FOR OUR POSITIONS, WE ARE REQUESTING A TOTAL OF 38 NEW POSITIONS.

AND THE SPLIT AT THAT IS 20 UNDER THE MOBILITY OUTCOME AND 18 UNDER GOVERNMENT.

THAT WORKS FOR ALL.

SO LET'S TALK A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE MOBILITY OUTCOME OPERATIONS FIRST.

UH, SO THE BULK OF, UH, SOME OF OUR COSTS, UM, INCURRED ARE DUE TO SOME CITY-WIDE COST DRIVERS.

WE HAVE ABOUT 1.8 MILLION IN INCREASES FOR .

UH, THESE INCLUDE THINGS LIKE WAGE ADJUSTMENTS, INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES.

THERE ARE SOME ALLOCATION COSTS FROM CTM ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT, UH, WORKERS' COMP, UH, FLEET FUEL FLEET MAINTENANCE, AND THEN SOME TO GENERAL DEBT OBLIGATION SERVICES.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE, UH, SOME INCREASES IN COMMODITIES.

UH, WE HAVE SEEN, UH, COMMODITY PRICES, UH, INCREASE FOUR TIMES, UM, JUST IN THE LAST COUPLE OF MONTHS.

IT'S SOMETHING THAT WE'RE, YOU KNOW, TRYING TO STRIVE, STRIVING HARD TO KEEP UP WITH AND, UH, HAVE AN ACCURATE PREDICTION OF WHAT THOSE COSTS MIGHT NEED.

UH, THOSE INCLUDE, UH, ASPHALT AND HOTMIX HAS HAD ABOUT A 10%, 10% COST INCREASE FOR THE CONTRACT TERMS. UH, WE'VE SEEN STILL, UM, MESH WIRE.

THERE ARE CURRENTLY TWO TIMES TO FOUR TIMES THE PRICE OF COST INCREASES.

SO THAT IS DRIVING A LOT OF OUR, UH, COSTS.

ADDITIONALLY, UH, WE HAVE, UH, SOME CORE SERVICES FOR VEHICLES, EQUIPMENTS REPLACEMENTS.

THIS IS ABOUT 2.4 MILLION ANNUALLY.

UH, THIS INVESTMENT, WE ARE, UH, CASH FUNDING, AND WE'RE JUST, UH, IT'S HAS A MINIMAL IMPACT BECAUSE WHATEVER DEBT SERVICE THAT WE'VE PAID OFF, WE ARE JUST USING THE SAME AMOUNT TO CASH FUNDS.

WE'RE NOT INCREASING THAT FUNDING SOURCE.

IT'S JUST STAYING THE SAME AND CHANGING THE METHOD THAT WE'RE PAYING FOR IT.

AND THEN WE HAVE AN ENDING BALANCE TARGET.

WE WOULD LIKE TO KEEP A TARGET OF AROUND 2.5, UH, TO 5 MILLION IN THAT RANGE, SO THAT WE ARE ENSURED THAT WE CAN COVER, UH, AT LEAST 30 TO 45 DAYS OF OPERATIONS, UM, TO HAVE, AND SO THAT WE ENSURE WE DON'T GO NEGATIVE IN THE FUTURE.

SOME OF THE OTHER OUTCOMES THAT WE'RE TRYING TO, UH, ACCOMPLISH, WE HAVE CONTRACT OVERLAY.

UM, YOU SEE SOME INCREASES IN THAT OF ABOUT 4 MILLION OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

UH, WE ARE ADDING A DEDICATED BRIDGE MAINTENANCE, UH, CREW, UH, TO SUPPORT OUR BRIDGES.

WE HAVE NEVER HAD A CROUP FOR, UM, THAT SUPPORTS THE BRIDGE IT'S ALWAYS BEEN DONE, UH, KIND OF AS NEEDED.

SO WE FEEL LIKE THIS IS AN IMPORTANT THING THAT WE NEED TO START, UH, FUNDING AND MAINTAINING OUR BRIDGES.

AND ONCE I HAVE SOME DEDICATED SUPPORT FOR THAT, UH, WE'RE ADDING ANOTHER MILLION DOLLAR INCREASE ANNUALLY FOR THE SIDEWALKS AND THE ADA TRANSITION PLAN.

THIS IS SOMETHING THAT WE'VE STARTED IN THE PAST AND ARE TRYING TO CONSISTENTLY, UH, BUT THEN IN SLOW INCREMENTS, ADD MORE FUNDING

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TO THAT TO SUPPORT OUR SIDEWALK NETWORK, URBAN TRAILS, UH, IS ANOTHER OUTCOME.

UH, WE DON'T HAVE A LARGE INCREASE TO THAT FUND IN THE OPERATING.

UH, WE FOUND WAYS TO MITIGATE SOME OF THAT.

AND, UH, WE'VE HAD, UH, SOME POSITIONS THAT WE'RE GOING TO ADD, UH, THREE FORESTRY POSITIONS TO HELP, UH, WITH SOME MAINTENANCE AROUND, UH, THE RIGHT OF WAY ON THOSE TRAILS.

AND THEN WE HAVE, UH, SEVERAL OTHER POSITIONS IN OUR DEVELOPMENT REVIEW, UH, THAT ARE NEEDED TO HELP REVIEW THE PROJECTS TIMELY.

AND ALSO A LOT OF POSITIONS WITH OUR SUPPORT SERVICES THAT INCLUDE FINANCE, UM, OUR PUBLIC, UH, PUBLIC INFORMATION OFFICE, OUR, UH, TECHNOLOGY, UH, SYSTEM INFORMATION SUPPORT AND OUR SAFETY GROUPS.

SO ALL OF THE OUTCOMES THAT WE HAVE, UH, SUPPORTING THE MOBILITY OUTCOME, THERE'S A LITTLE SUPPORT SERVICES THAT HELP, UM, HELP THEM DO THEIR JOB AS WELL.

SO WE ARE FUNDING THE SUPPORT BEHIND THAT.

SURE.

WHAT, WHAT EXACTLY ALL, YOU MENTIONED 40 POSITIONS DEVELOP INTERVIEW AND PROJECT CONNECT.

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE PROJECT CONNECT STUFF, WHEREAS THAT OVERLAPPING WITH ATP AND YOU KNOW, WHY ISN'T THAT GOING INTO UNDER ATP'S BUDGET? YEAH.

YES, SIR.

UM, EXCELLENT QUESTION OF THOSE POSITIONS WE'VE GOT PROPOSED TO, UH, TO, UH, REVIEW THE PLANS, UH, THAT, UM, AT THE 30, 60, 90% REVIEW TO ENSURE THAT THE CONSTRUCTION THAT OCCURS WITHIN THE RIGHT OF WAY, UH, IS RECONSTRUCTED TO OUR DESIGN STANDARDS.

AND IT'S PART OF THE STANDARD DESIGN REVIEW PROCESS, AND THERE'LL BE AVAILABLE FOR, UH, THE PROJECT CONNECT, BUT WE'RE ALSO SEEING DEVELOPMENT RISE ALL OVER THE CITY AND REVIEW TIME STARTING TO SLIP, UM, UH, FOR THOSE.

SO THE OFFICE OF CITY ENGINEER WILL ACTUALLY HOUSED THESE TWO ENGINEERS TO REVIEW THOSE PLANS AND ENSURE THAT THE PUBLIC INFRASTRUCTURE IS, UH, RESTORED, YOU KNOW, TO OUR DESIGN STANDARDS.

YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT REVIEWING PLANS ON ACTUALLY GOING OUT THERE AND ENSURING THAT THEY'RE IMPLEMENTED IN THE WAY.

SO THOSE ARE OTHER POSITIONS IN OUR CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT DIVISION.

SO WE HAVE CONSTRUCTION INSPECTORS, UH, FOR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS, UH, FOR PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT.

UM, THOSE INSPECTIONS WILL BE DONE BY BUILDING SERVICES OR DEVELOPMENT SERVICES DEPARTMENT, UH, AND LESS PRIVATE DEVELOPMENT OR PROJECT CONNECT IS RECONSTRUCTING, UH, SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS LIKE PUTTING IN, UH, SIDEWALKS, UM, SO THAT WE WOULD ASSUME THE MAINTENANCE FOR IT.

THEN WE WOULD GO OUT AND INSPECT THOSE OUT OF OUR, UM, CAPITAL PROJECT DELIVERY.

AND SO THESE ARE JUST PLAN REVIEWERS.

AND I DON'T MEAN THAT IN A DISPARAGING WAY, NOT THE JUST PART, THESE ARE PLANNING FOR THOSE FOUR OF THOSE ARE YES.

AND FOR PROJECT CONNECT SPECIFICALLY TO, FOR PROJECT CONNECT AND THEN TWO OTHER, JUST FOR THE INCREASE IN DEVELOPMENT OVERALL THROUGHOUT THE CITY, WHEN WE OPENED THE ONE-STOP SHOP, THE DEVELOPMENT SERVICES, UH, WE COMMITTED TO PROVIDE TWO FULL-TIME EMPLOYEES TO, UH, CO-LOCATE, UH, WITH THE OTHER PLAN REVIEWERS.

SO YOU GOT WATERSHED PROTECTION, YOU'VE GOT, OF COURSE OUR OWN TRANSPORTATION.

AND SO THERE'S A PROCESS BY WHICH THOSE GO THROUGH TO GRANT THOSE PERMITS AND OUR PLAN REVIEWERS.

UH, THESE TWO WILL BE SEATED RIGHT THERE SO WE CAN FACILITATE, UM, THOSE PERMIT APPLICATIONS.

THE NEXT PART OF OUR MOBILITY IS FOR SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL, UM, OR OUR CHILD SAFETY FUND.

UH, THIS FUND, ADDITIONALLY HAS SOME, UH, COST DRIVERS AND THAT INCLUDE WAGES INSURANCE FOR EMPLOYEES, AND SOME ADMINISTRATIVE, UM, FUNDING FOR CTM WORKERS' COMP AND SOME FUEL AND FLEET MAINTENANCE.

AGAIN, THE REVENUE FROM THESE ARE, UM, COMING IN FROM FINES, UH, WITHIN, UH, SCHOOL ZONES OR FROM YOUR DRIVER'S LICENSE, REGISTRATION FEES.

AND THE REST OF IT IS SUPPLEMENTED WITH THE TRANSPORTATION USER FEE.

UH, WE'RE UH, EXPECTING THAT TO BE FLAT FROM .

WE'RE NOT PROJECTING ANY INCREASES, NEED TO SUPPORT THAT.

AND, UH, WE'RE EXPECTING AN ENDING BALANCE OF AROUND $200,000, UH, TO END THE YEAR, THERE IS ONE NEW STAFFING POSITION, UH, THERE'S NO COST IMPACT FOR THAT.

WE'RE DOING ATTEMPT TO A PERM CONVERSION.

UM, SO WE HAD, UH, SOME TEMPORARY COME IN AND HELP WITH THAT STAFFING

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AND THE COST FOR TRANSFERRING A TEMP TO A PERMANENT POSITION IS VERY MINIMAL UH, SO, UH, WE ARE SHOWING OUR FIVE-YEAR FORECAST PROJECTION OF FEES WITH THIS SLIDE.

I WANTED TO JUST KIND OF POINT YOU IN THE DIRECTION OF, FOR .

WE HAD A ONE POINT, UH, A DOLLAR SEVEN INCREASE, AND WE HAD ACTUALLY FORECASTED ORIGINALLY THAT TO BE QUITE HIGHER.

UH, AND WE DID NOT, UH, GET AS MUCH FUNDING AS NEEDED WITH THAT.

UH, SOME OF THE PROJECTED IN THE OUT YEARS WAS A LITTLE BIT HIGHER THAN WHAT YOU WOULD NORMALLY EXPECT BECAUSE WE WEREN'T COVERING OUR TRUE COST OF SERVICE.

UH, SIMILARLY TO WHAT 80 DID, DID, WE ARE DRAWING DOWN OUR FUND BALANCE AND WE USED OUR FUND BALANCE TO COVER SOME OF THOSE COSTS DURING THE PANDEMIC TO, UH, KEEP THE MINIMAL IMPACT TO THE CITIZENS.

BUT WE ARE, HAVE BEEN DRAWING OUR FUND BALANCE DOWN FOR THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS.

AND WE'RE REACHING THAT POINT WHERE WE NEED TO ASK FOR A SIGNIFICANT INCREASE TO COVER SOME OF THE COSTS, UH, TO KEEP FROM GOING IN A NEGATIVE POSITION.

SO OUR, UH, REQUEST FOR IS A DOLLAR $49 49.

UH, THE IMPACT FOR PUBLIC WORKS TO THE SINGLE FAMILY IS A DOLLAR 24, AND THAT'S A COMBINED INCREASE WITH ATD OF $17 AND 30 CENTS UH, SO AS I STATED BEFORE, WE HAVE BEEN DRAWING DOWN OUR FUND BALANCE.

AND SO THIS GRAPH JUST SHOWS WHAT THAT LOOKED LIKE, AND YOU CAN SEE THE SIGNIFICANT DECLINE FROM, UH, WHERE OUR BALANCES, UH, CONSISTENTLY GOING DOWN.

AND THAT WAS BY DESIGN.

UH, WE HAVE ON THE ORANGE LINE, YOU'LL NOTICE THAT'S A 5 MILLION MARK.

THAT'S KIND OF A TARGET WHERE WE WANT TO KEEP OUR FUND BALANCE SO THAT WE HAVE ENOUGH FUNDING TO SUPPORT OPERATIONS BETWEEN 30 TO 45 DAYS.

UM, AND YOU'LL SEE A DIP A LITTLE BIT BELOW THAT, AND WE'RE GOING TO SLOWLY TRY TO RAMP THAT UP TO KEEP SOME FUND BALANCE IN PLACE AS WE GO, BUT NOT AT A RATE THAT IT'S GOING TO BE AS PART OF AN IMPACT TO THE CITIZENS.

AND SO I'LL GO OVER THE GOVERNMENT THAT WORKS FOR ALL OUTCOMES.

A GOVERNMENT WORKS FOR ALL IS IN OUR CAPITAL DELIVERY PROGRAM AREAS.

UH, SO WE HAVE, UH, AGAIN WITH THIS FINE, WE HAVE SOME CITY-WIDE COST DRIVERS, UH, FOR WAGES AND INSURANCE.

UH, WE ALSO HAVE A LEASED FACILITY, UH, THERE'S, UH, A LITTLE BIT OF AN INCREASE FOR THAT LEASE.

UH, BUT IT DOES GO THROUGH FOR THE FIRST TERM, AND THEN WE HAVE THE OPTION TO RENEW OR NOT.

WE ARE LOOKING AT THOSE OPTIONS TO SEE IF THAT'S SOMETHING THAT WE WOULD RENEW OR THAT WE WOULD LET GO OF THAT LEASE.

UH, GIVEN THE NEW ENVIRONMENT WE'RE IN, WE'RE REALLY TAKING A HARD LOOK AT WHO'S COMING INTO THE OFFICE AND WHAT THAT LOOKS LIKE FOR OUR ORGANIZATION.

SO POTENTIALLY SOME COST SAVINGS IN THE FUTURE.

IF WE DO NOT RENEW THAT LEASE, UH, WE HAVE POOR, UH, VEHICLE REPLACEMENTS FOR THIS GROUP.

UH, THESE ARE, UM, EMPLOYEES THAT ARE OUT IN THE FIELD AND THEY'RE LOOKING AT OUR PROJECTS AND MAKING SURE THAT THEY'RE BEING MANAGED PROPERLY AND THEN DOING INSPECTIONS ON THIS SUCH.

SO WE HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A FLEET COST FOR THAT.

UH, WE'D LIKE TO HAVE AN ENDING BALANCE, UM, VERY MINIMAL.

THE TARGET IS BETWEEN, YOU KNOW, TWO 50 TO 450,000.

WE DO HAVE A LITTLE BIT OF A HIGHER BALANCE IN THIS FUND RIGHT NOW.

SO WE'RE PLANNING ON A, PASSED THAT SAVINGS DOWN TO THE OTHER DEPARTMENTS IN OUR CUSTOMERS, UM, TO LOWER THE IMPACT OVER THE YEARS FOR THEM.

AND THEN OUR INDIRECT RATE, UH, CURRENTLY IT'S 163, AND WE'RE TARGETING TO TRY TO GRADUALLY REDUCE THAT TO 150, UH, BY A FY 27 SO SOME OF THE DETAILS, UH, FOR THE, UH, CAPITAL DELIVERY, UH, SERVICE, WE HAVE, UH, 33 NEW BILLABLE POSITIONS OVER THE NEXT FIVE YEARS.

UM, SO THE COST TO THAT IS APPROXIMATELY 5.6 MILLION, AND THAT INCLUDES THE VEHICLES AND, UM, THE OTHER THINGS THAT THEY NEED TO PERFORM THEIR JOB.

UH, THERE IS SOME SUPPORT STAFFING, UM, THAT IS, UM, PROJECTED TO HELP WITH THAT.

WE HAVE SOME COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST.

UH, THIS POSITION IS GOING TO BE BILLABLE AS WELL.

THESE ARE FOLKS THAT GO OUT AND, UH, HELP EDUCATE THE PUBLIC ABOUT THE PROJECTS THAT WE'RE BUILDING, UM, AND HAVE SOME TALENT ACQUISITION COSTS, UH, FOR OUR HUMAN

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RESOURCES AND, UH, SOME OTHER, UH, POSITIONS TO HELP WITH INVOICE PROCESSING, UH, DIRECTLY RE RELATED TO THE CAPITAL PROJECTS.

UH, WE HAVE A TEAM OF INDIVIDUALS THAT PROCESSES INVOICES FOR THE ENTIRE CITY, UM, FOR THE CAPITAL PROJECTS AREA.

SO WE'VE SEEN SOME, UM, INCREASED IN THOSE CAPITAL PROJECTS THROUGHOUT THE CITY, AND SOME OF THAT WORK HAS INCREASED AS WELL.

AND THEN WE HAVE A COUPLE OF IT POSITIONS THAT ARE THERE TO SUPPORT, UH, SOME OF THE DEVELOPMENT.

UH, ONE OF THEM IS DIRECT SUPPORT FOR THE, UH, PMI S UH, SYSTEM THAT IS BEING PROJECTED TO COME ONLINE.

AND THEN SOME OTHER THINGS ARE SUPPORTING, UM, UH,