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AND, UM, COULD I HAVE SCREEN ON FOR COMMISSIONERS, BROCK, ENNIS, AND C**N, SO I CAN CALL THIS MEETING TO ORDER.

THANK YOU.

UM, IT IS THE JUNE 14TH MONTHLY

[CALL TO ORDER]

MEETING OF THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION.

I'M CALLING THIS MEETING TO ORDER AT 3:07 PM THANK YOU FOR, UM, BEARING WITH THE DELAY.

UM, I'D LIKE TO ASK IF THERE ARE ANY, UM, PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS.

THE FIRST ONE IS ANNA AGUIRE.

WAIT, DO I NEED TO CALL, DO I NEED TO TAKE ROLL? YES.

OF THE COMMISSIONERS? YEAH.

YOU WILL NOT ACKNOWLEDGE WHO IS HERE.

OKAY.

UM, PRESENT FOR THE MEETING IS MYSELF, CHAIR WENDY TODD, UM, VICE CHAIR BAKARI BROCK, VIRTUAL SECRETARY PATRICK ROSE, PRESENT COMMISSIONER, ME COMMISSIONER.

NEW COMMISSIONER, UM, VALDEZ.

UM, COMMISSIONER ENNIS.

AND COMMISSIONER C**N.

THANK YOU.

UM, AND I WOULD LIKE TO WELCOME COMMISSIONER VALDEZ, AND IF YOU HAVE A MOMENT AND ARE WILLING, WOULD YOU TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHY YOU'RE HERE TODAY? OH, SURE.

UH, MY NAME'S DOYLE VALDEZ.

I'M A NATIVE AUSTINITE, UM, AND, UH, LIVED HERE ALL MY LIFE AND TOO OLD TO LEAVE NOW.

I TOO ORNERY.

AND, UH, AND, UH, I HAVE A, A, MY BUSINESS THAT'S A MOBILITY BLUEPRINT.

IT'S A EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS HERE IN AUSTIN.

I'VE, UH, PREVIOUSLY I'VE SERVED ON THE AUSTIN ISD SCHOOL BOARD FOR EIGHT YEARS AS VICE PRESIDENT, PRESIDENT.

AND, UM, I BELIEVE IN GIVING BACK TO THE COMMUNITY, AND I THOUGHT THIS COULD BE ANOTHER WAY THAT I COULD POSSIBLY HELP.

SO THAT'S WHY I'M HERE.

AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH EACH ONE OF YOU.

WE ARE THRILLED TO HAVE YOU, AND I THINK THE BENCH GOT A WHOLE LOT DEEPER.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, AND I WILL NOW RESUMES, UM, PUBLIC COMMUNICATION.

[PUBLIC COMMUNICATION: GENERAL]

ANNA AGUIRE.

GOOD AFTERNOON CHAIR, UH, TODD AND COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS ANNA AGUIRE.

I'M A D TWO RESIDENT AND AM SPEAKING ON ITEM EIGHT.

SPECIFICALLY, THANK YOU FOR THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK BEFORE YOU.

I AM PRESIDENT OF THE AUSTIN NEIGHBORHOODS COUNCIL, BUT I'M NOT SPEAKING FOR OR ON THE BEHALF OF THE COUNCIL.

I AM THE IMMEDIATE PASTOR OF THE SOUTHEAST COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD LAND CONTACT TEAM.

AND I AM ALSO, I WANNA THANK COMMISSIONER YOUNG FOR PRESENTING THIS RECOMMENDATION AND FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

UM, I HOPE WE HAVE IT.

UM, WE ALSO WANNA THANK THE AUSTIN, UH, STROM, UM, AIRPORT STAFF FOR HOSTING THEIR FIRST OPEN HOUSE THIS PAST JANUARY IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD.

UM, THE CONTACT TEAM WE'RE A GROUP OF RESIDENTS, PROPERTY AND BUSINESS OWNERS AND NONPROFITS IN 78 7 44, WHOSE RESPONSIBILITY IT IS TO IMPROVE THE NEIGHBORHOOD PLANS IN THE FRANKLIN PARK, MCKINNEY AND SOUTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING AREAS.

THESE PLANS WERE ORIGINALLY DEVELOPED BY THE RESIDENCE WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE CITY OF BOSTON PLANNING DEPARTMENT.

AS YOU CAN SEE, THIS MAP SHOWS YOU THE, THAT WE ALSO INCLUDE NOT A I S, NOT ONLY A I S D NEIGHBORHOODS, BUT ALSO DELL VALLEY SCHOOL NEIGHBORHOODS.

YOU CAN SEE THAT THE MCCALL NEIGHBORHOOD IS WITHIN THE EASTERN SOUTHEASTERN COMBINED NEIGHBORHOOD PLANNING AREA.

AND IT'S GONNA BE THE LARGEST ORANGE SECTION, THE TOP, UM, TRIANGLE, IF YOU WILL.

UM, AS WE RE WHEN WE REVIEW, WHEN OUR CONTACT TEAM REVIEWS ZONING CASES, WE WORK WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY.

WE ARE ALWAYS CONSIDERING THE RESTRICTION OF RESIDENTIAL DEVELOPMENT WITHIN THE AIRPORT OVERLAY, WHICH IS UNIQUE TO OUR CONTACT TEAM COMPARED TO OTHER CONTACT TEAMS IN THE CITY.

WE ALSO HAVE A HUGE, UH, SIZE OF INDUSTRIAL ZONING.

SO WE'RE ALSO VERY COGNIZANT OF ANY ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, INCLUDING FLOODING, CRITICAL WATER QUALITY ZONES, WETLANDS, AS WELL AS AIR, GROUND, AND WATER QUALITY.

THE SECOND MAP, WHICH IS, UH, THE, AT THE BOTTOM FOR YOU THAT ARE HERE AT THE, AT THE MEETING IN PERSON, THE SECOND MAP SHOWS ALL OF 78, 78, 7 44, AND ALL OF THE ZONING, UM, THAT WE HAVE INCLUDE.

AND THIS INCLUDES, UM, THE ATLAS 14 DATA.

SO WE HAVE A HUGE CONCERN IN THAT REGARDS.

IN THE PAST FEW YEARS, WE HAVE SUCCESSFULLY COLLABORATED WITH THE DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY IN SECURING AFFORDABLE HOUSING FOR CITY, COUNTY, AND STATE PUBLIC SERVANTS, INCLUDING A B I A, EMPLOYEES, FIREFIGHTERS, POLICE, EMS AND TEACHERS TEXDOT AND THE TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE AGENCY HEADQUARTERS ARE ALSO WITHIN OR ADJACENT TO OUR AREA.

WE HAVE BEEN WORKING WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT TO ENSURE OUR RESIDENTS AND WORKERS PUBLIC SAFETY FOR MANY YEARS.

UH, WE HAVE MET SPECIFICALLY WITH THE FIRE DEPARTMENT CHIEFS, INCLUDING CHIEF BAKER, TO COLLABORATE WITH THEM TOWARDS ADDRESSING SOME OF THE PUBLIC SAFETY CONCERNS FOR THE MCCALL

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NEIGHBORHOOD.

WE'RE WORKING ALSO CLOSELY WITH COUNCIL WO WOMEN FUENTES, AND APPRECIATE HER SUPPORTING THIS ENDEAVOR.

WE'RE CONTINUED TO WORK WITH OUR CITY LEADERS AND CITY STAFFING, WORKING TOWARDS CREATING A SAFE AND HEALTHY ENVIRONMENT FOR OUR RESIDENTS.

AND LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH A B I A STAFF AS WELL.

WE RESPECTFULLY ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT ON THIS ITEM AND THIS RECOMMENDATION, COLLABORATING WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

I'M HAPPY TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS YOU MAY HAVE.

I ALSO APPRECIATE YOU HAVE PREVIOUSLY SERVED ON THE ZONING AND PLANNING COMMISSION AND ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, SO I APPRECIATE YOUR VOLUNTEER WORK AND WHAT YOU DO FOR OUR COMMUNITY AND YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU, MS. AGUIRE.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE, TAKING THE TIME TO, UM, BRING THE PRESENTATION ALONG.

UM, COMMISSIONERS, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS FOR, UM, ANNA AGUIRE? OKAY, THANK YOU.

NEXT SPEAKER IS CHRIS RILEY, AND, AND AFTER CHRIS RILEY WILL BE, UM, ROBERT FOSTER, YOU EACH HAVE THREE MINUTES.

GOOD AFTERNOON COMMISSIONERS.

MY NAME IS CHRIS RILEY AND I'M ON THE BOARD OF SAFE STREETS AUSTIN, ALONG WITH MY COLLEAGUE ROBERT FOSTER HERE, WHO WILL SPEAK RIGHT AFTER ME.

WE'RE HERE TODAY TO TALK ABOUT BICYCLE PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT AND RELATED ISSUES.

AND THIS HAS BEEN A PARTICULARLY PRESSING ISSUE OVER THE LAST COUPLE YEARS BECAUSE OF SOME IMPROVEMENTS THAT C T R M A HAS GONE AHEAD WITH.

IF YOU COULD MOVE TO THE NEXT SLIDE, I'M GONNA HAVE TO MOVE THROUGH THESE PRETTY QUICKLY.

UH, IN 2021, C T R M A ACTUALLY OPENED A NEW TRAIL ALONG THE OLD BASTROP HIGHWAY N 71.

AND, AND IT ACTUALLY TAKES YOU RIGHT UP THE SPIRIT OF TEXAS DRIVE.

NEXT SLIDE.

THIS TRAIL ACTUALLY CONNECTS TO, AND WELL, AS YOU SEE THE, THE, THIS, THIS TRAIL IS, IS DESCRIBED AS HAVING PROVIDING ACCESS FROM THE AIRPORT TO DOWNTOWN BECAUSE IT CONNECTS TO THE, TO, TO THE 180 3 TRAIL, WHICH CONNECTS TO THE LANCE ARMSTRONG BIKEWAY AND ALL THE MAJOR TRAILS, THIS OTHER WALNUT CREEK TRAIL, ALL THE OTHER TRAILS.

SO THE TRAIL TO THE AIRPORT IS ACTUALLY VERY WELL CONNECTED TO THE CITY'S WHOLE BIKE NETWORK NOW, EXCEPT, UH, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, THE PROBLEM WE HAVE IS ACTUALLY REACHING THE TERMINAL ITSELF.

RIGHT NOW, IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, RIGHT NOW, IF YOU LOOK AT GOOGLE MAPS TO GET DIRECTIONS ON HOW TO BIKE TO THE AIRPORT, IT WILL TELL YOU TO GET ON BASTROP HIGHWAY LIKE THIS, LIKE WHAT YOU SEE HERE, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THEN TO GET TAKE PRESIDENTIAL BOULEVARD TO THE TERMINAL.

THAT IS NOT A COMFORT, THAT IS NOT A VERY INVITING ROUTE FOR MANY OF US.

AND SO, UH, UH, THERE ARE, THAT RAISES THE QUESTION OF WHAT OTHER OPTIONS ARE THERE.

IF YOU GO TO THE NEXT SLIDE, IF YOU LOOK AT THE CITY'S BIKE MAP, IT ACTUALLY SHOWS A VERY NICE ROUTE ROUTE, WHICH I'VE LEARNED HAS ACTUALLY BEEN INSTALLED, WAS ACTUALLY INSTALLED IN 2016.

UM, IF YOU COULD START GOING TO THE NEXT SLIDE.

YOU SEE THIS IS ON, THIS IS CONSIDERED A HIGH PAVED COMFORT ROUTES, A HIGH COMFORT ROUTE THAT IS PAVED, THAT IS FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE LOOKING FOR THE NICE, COMFORTABLE, EASY GREEN ROUTES.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, YOU SEE THAT IT, THERE ACTUALLY IS A SIGN RIGHT THERE AT WE TEXAS DRIVE POINTING YOU INTO THE BIKE ROUTE, BUT THAT'S ACTUALLY THE LAST SIGN THAT, THAT WILL, WILL GUIDE YOU ON YOUR WAY TO THE TERMINAL.

AND IF YOU COULD JUST START GOING THROUGH THESE PRETTY QUICKLY, NEXT, NEXT SLIDE, YOU'LL SEE AS, AS YOU, AS YOU GO AROUND, AS YOU CROSS CROSS THE HIGHWAY, YOU'LL SEE, YOU CAN KIND OF SEE THAT THERE IS AN EXISTING ROUTE THAT TAKES YOU, THAT TURNS THIS WAY RIGHT AT, UH, UH, TAKES YOU DOWN SPIRIT AT TEXAS DRIVE.

KEEP GOING.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, THIS IS A STRANGE LITTLE TURN.

IT'S NOT MARKED, BUT IF YOU, BUT IF YOU TAKE IT RIGHT THERE, YOU CAN HIT ON DOWN SPIRIT AT TEXAS DRIVE.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, AND YOU GET TO, TO EMPLOYEE, UH, OR AT THEIR HOTEL DRIVE YOU, AND IT'S, AGAIN, IT'S NOT MARKED, BUT THERE IS AN EXISTING PATH THERE IF YOU, IF YOU TAKE A LEFT THERE.

NEXT SLIDE.

YOU GO ON PAST THE HOTELS, GET TO THE EMPLOYEE AVENUE AGAIN, THERE'S NO SIGN AT ALL, BUT IF YOU TAKE A RIGHT THERE, THERE, THERE IS A PATH, UH, AND NEXT SLIDE.

AND IT TAKES YOU RIGHT UNDER PRESIDENTIAL BOULEVARD AND THE EMPLOYEE AVENUE PASSES RIGHT UNDER.

SO THERE IS A VERY NICE ROUTE.

NEXT SLIDE.

UH, AND IT TAKES YOU ON AROUND.

NEXT, NEXT SLIDE.

AND THIS IS THE CONFUSING PART.

THIS NEXT SLIDE, IF YOU COULD SHOW THE NEXT YEAH, I JUST WANT TO POINT OUT, IF YOU COULD JUST ZIP THROUGH, IT'S VERY HARD TO, I WAS HOPING I WOULD'VE CONTROL TO THESE, TO THESE THINGS.

IF YOU COULD ZIP ON THROUGH.

YEAH.

IT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE TERMINAL.

THERE YOU GO.

IT TAKES YOU RIGHT TO THE GARAGE WHERE YOU FIND THESE RACKS.

THERE ARE SOME EXISTING RACKS, UH, THERE ARE OTHER POTENTIAL ROUTES, INCLUDING THAT, THAT'S WHAT YOU GET.

THERE'S A COUPLE OTHER ROUTES THAT WOULD, THAT COULD BE DONE.

BUT, BUT THE ONE I'VE SHOWED YOU EXISTS TODAY.

SO WE ONLY HAVE THREE ASKS.

ONE IS WE REALLY NEED SIGNAGE ALONG THAT EXISTING ROUTE JUST TO POINT YOU TO THE WAY.

SECOND, WE NEED SECURE BICYCLE, BICYCLE PARKING.

OTHER AIRPORTS OFFER STORED BICYCLE STORAGE ON DEMAND.

AND THIRD, WE NEED ONLINE INFORMATION

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ABOUT WALKING AND BIKING.

THE CURRENT, THE CITY'S API WEBSITE CURRENTLY OFFERS NOTHING.

OTHER PEER AIRPORTS LIKE IN DENVER, SAN FRANCISCO, ALL, ALL THESE OTHER AIRPORTS, THEY DO PROVIDE INFORMATION ABOUT AC ABOUT WALKING AND BIKING.

AUSTIN IS IN A POSITION TO BE COMPETITIVE WITH THE VERY BEST CITIES IN THE WORLD ON BIKE ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT.

WE HAVE THE INFRASTRUCTURE NOW.

WE JUST DON'T HAVE THE SIGNAGE.

WE ARE NOT TELLING PEOPLE IT'S THERE.

WE JUST NEED TO GET OUR ACT TOGETHER, PUT THE SIGNAGE IN PLACE, LET PEOPLE KNOW IT'S THERE, AND PROVIDE SOME EXTRA AMENITIES.

AND AUSTIN COULD BE A WORLD LEADER IN BI BICYCLE, PEDESTRIAN ACCESS TO THE AIRPORT.

THERE ARE MANY PEOPLE IN AUSTIN WHO WOULD WELCOME THIS AND EMBRACE IT.

AND ONE OF THEM IS, IS ROBERT FOSTER, WHO WILL SPEAK NOW.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

UM, JUST A SECOND, CHRIS.

MR. RILEY, WE HAVE A QUESTION FROM COMMISSIONER, JUST JUST TO COMMENT.

I WANT TO THANK YOU FOR YOUR LONG STANDING SERVICE TO OUR COMMUNITY.

I RESPECT YOU AND THANKS FOR BEING HERE.

WELL, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR THE PRESENTATION AND THE, THE, THE, THE SAFER BIKE ROUTE FROM, FROM SITTING IN MY CHAIR HERE.

, WE, WE WOULD LOVE TO WORK WITH Y'ALL AND THE AIRPORT STAFF TO, TO DECIDE ON THE ACTUAL ROUTE AND GET THESE IMPROVEMENTS IN PLACE.

OKAY.

ROBERT FOSTER, UM, MAKE IT SNAPPY.

, YOU HAVE THREE MINUTES OR LESS.

THANK YOU.

HELLO, MY NAME'S ROBERT FOSTER.

I'M ALSO A BOARD MEMBER WITH SAFE STREETS AUSTIN.

AND, UH, I THINK CHRIS LAID OUT, I THINK SOME OF THE THINGS THAT WOULD MAKE IT A LOT MORE COMFORTABLE.

AND I WANTED TO JUST MENTION THAT.

I THINK ONE OF THE IMPORTANT REASONS FOR GETTING THIS RIGHT IS SINCE WE'VE MOVED THE AIRPORT FLYER TO THE 20 BUS, IT'S NOW FOR IF YOU'RE IN CENTRAL AUSTIN, IT'S NOW SIGNIFICANTLY CHEAP OR FASTER FOR YOU TO BIKE TO THE AIRPORT THAN IT IS TO TAKE THE BUS.

SO FOR PEOPLE LIKE ME THAT ARE A LITTLE BIT MORE COST SENSITIVE, UM, THIS WOULD BE GREAT.

UM, I CURRENTLY BIKE THERE.

MY DAD CURRENTLY BIKES THERE AND IT'S FINE, BUT THE FIRST FEW TIMES WE GOT REALLY LOST.

SO THE SIGNAGE WOULD BE GREAT.

AND OTHER THAN THAT, I'D LIKE TO THANK YOU GUYS FOR YOUR SERVICE.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE AND FOR BEING ADVOCATES FOR, UM, ALTERNATIVE TRANSPORTATION.

WE HAVE AN ITEM COMING ON THE AGENDA LATER THAT RELATES MORE TO TRANSIT, BUT, UM, I THINK THIS IS A TOPIC OF INTEREST, I HOPE TO OTHER MEMBERS OF THE COMMISSION BESIDES MYSELF.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, MOVING ON.

OUR NEXT AGENDA ITEM IS THE

[1. Approve the minutes of the AAC regular meeting on May 10, 2023.]

APPROVAL OF THE MINUTES FROM THE MAY 10TH, 2023 MEETING.

DO I HAVE A MOTION TO APPROVE? SO MOVED.

COMMISSIONER ROSE MOTIONS TO APPROVE.

IS THERE A SECOND? SECOND.

COMMISSIONER MEALL.

UM, BEFORE, UM, WE HAVE A VOTE, THERE ARE A COUPLE OF CORRECTIONS TO THE AGENDA.

UM, DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY CORRECTIONS BESIDES THE ONES THAT I NOTICED BEFORE I BEGIN? AND WELCOME COMMISSIONER YOUNG.

I SEE YOU.

UM, OKAY.

UH, A COUPLE OF THINGS THAT I HAD THOUGHT WAS THAT WE ARE, FORTUNATELY, I I HAD REQUESTED THAT PERHAPS THE VACANCIES OR THE DISTRICT NUMBERS BE PLACED ON THE, THE ROLL CALL FOR FUTURE AGENDAS.

THAT IS NOT NECESSARY CUZ WE ARE SLOWLY BUILDING THE BOARD HERE.

UM, BUT IN, IN TERMS OF AGENDA ITEM NUMBER, UH, 13, THERE WAS A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A WORKING GROUP THAT, UH, THE THE MINUTES REFLECT NO ACTION TAKEN WHEN IN FACT THAT MOTION FAILED.

AND I, I WOULD LIKE THAT TO BE RECORDED CORRECTLY IN THE MINUTES.

AND I THINK THAT'S ALL.

SO WOULD YOU ACCEPT THAT, UM, CHANGE BEFORE WE VOTE TO APPROVE AS THE PERSON WHO MADE THE MOTION, I ACCEPT THE AMENDMENT.

YEP.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, THAT'S RIGHT.

ALL RIGHT.

SO ALL IN FAVOR OF, WAIT, WENDY, COULD YOU SAY WHAT YOU'RE, WHAT YOU WERE CORRECTING? OKAY.

OKAY.

SO DO YOU, I'M SORRY.

DO YOU HAVE, UM, COMMISSIONER ENNIS, DO YOU HAVE THE MINUTES IN FRONT OF YOU FROM UM, THE PRE I DO.

OKAY.

SO ITEM NUMBER 13 WAS THE ITEM THAT THERE WAS A DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A WORKING GROUP BETWEEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AND THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION.

AND MY RECOLLECTION IS THAT THERE WERE FIVE IN FAVOR OF ONE OPPOSED.

AND THE, AND BECAUSE WE DID NOT HAVE A QUORUM, THE, UM, THE, THE RECOMMENDATION FAILED.

SO THE, THERE WAS NO ACTION TAKEN, BUT IT FAILED.

AND I THINK THAT, THAT, THAT THOSE VOTES SHOULD BE RECORDED.

MADAM CHAIR? YES.

YEAH.

UH, TO CLARIFY, WE HAD A QUORUM, BUT WE DIDN'T HAVE A MAJORITY COMMISSIONER OF SIX VOTES IN FAVOR, WHICH I THINK IS REQUIRED PER OUR GOVERNING.

RIGHT.

SO

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QUORUM, BUT NOT A MAJORITY OF SIX MINUTE FAILED AT FIVE.

GOTCHA.

OKAY.

YES.

THE MINUTES SHOULD REFLECT THAT.

SO I THANK YOU FOR THAT.

PLEASE.

YOU ARE WELCOME.

SOME VOTE ON NUMBER 14 AS WELL.

UM, NUMBER 14, UNFORTUNATELY I DID NOT CALL FOR A SECOND.

WE HAD A MOTION, WE HAD A DISCUSSION.

WE HAD UN UNANIMOUS VOTE, BUT THERE WAS A PROCEDURAL PROBLEM.

TOTALLY MY FAULT.

BUT THE RECORDING DID NOT REFLECT A SECOND TO THE MOTION.

SO WE'RE GONNA BE A LOT MORE CAREFUL THIS TIME AND STAFF IS GONNA, SO SHOULD THE MINUTES REFLECT THAT THE, UH, MOTION DIED FOR LACK OF A SECOND, SPEAK TO THE ACCURATE OH, FAIR.

YEAH, I ACCEPT THAT.

OR WELL, WHOEVER MADE THE MOTION TO APPROVE.

YES, I ACCEPT THAT SECOND AMENDMENT.

YEP.

THANK YOU.

ALRIGHT, UM, RAYMOND YOUNG, UM, WELCOME.

AND I'M GONNA NEED TO SEE YOU ON SCREEN.

ALL OF THOSE IN FAVOR OF APPROVING THE MINUTES FROM THE MAY MEETING.

AYE, I OR HAND RAISE? AYE.

COMMISSIONER YOUNG, ARE YOU PRESENT? CAN'T SEE YOU.

WELL, THE, A QUORUM PRESENT.

AND DID YOU YES.

ALL IN FAVOR, UH, RAYMOND YOUNG.

NOT VOTING ON THAT ONE.

ALL RIGHT.

ITEM NUMBER TWO, WE HAVE A NUMBER

[2. Air Service Update provided by Jamy Kazanoff, AUS Air Service Development.]

OF STAFF BRIEFINGS, UM, RAJIV FOR THE FINANCIAL RESULTS.

ARE YOU MAKING A PRESENTATION TODAY? YES.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

HEY, GOOD AFTERNOON.

UM, SO THE APRIL RESULTS, THE FINANCIAL RESULTS, UM, STARTING WITH THE PASSENGERS, UH, FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THE PANDEMIC, UH, WE HAD A YEAR OVER YEAR DECLINE IN PASSENGERS FOR THE MONTH OF APRIL.

UH, IT WAS ABOUT 1.2% TOTAL PASSENGERS AND 0.9% ON THE IN PLAINS.

UM, WE, WE'VE HEARD THAT, YOU KNOW, LAST YEAR THERE WAS A LOT OF PENT UP DEMAND FOR TRAVEL, AND SOME OF THAT IS EASING, SO IT COULD JUST BE RELATED TO THAT, BUT STILL IT'S 30%, ABOUT 2019 LEVEL.

SO THE TRAFFIC LEVELS ARE STILL PRETTY HIGH.

SO THAT RESULT RESULTED IN OPERATING REVENUES OF ABOUT 23 MILLION.

AND THAT WAS, UM, ABOUT, UM, OH, SORRY, ABOUT 6% OVER LAST APRIL.

AND OUR OPERATING EXPENSES ARE ABOUT, UH, 12% HIGHER THAN, UH, LAST YEAR, WHICH IS EXPECTED.

AND YEAR TO DATE, THE, UH, OUR REVENUES ARE 15% OR 15.7% ABOVE APRIL, 2022.

AND OUR OPERATING EXPENSES ARE 22% HIGHER THAN 22 YEAR TO DATE.

UH, BUT AGAIN, BOTH OF THOSE NUMBERS, UH, EXCEED THE BUDGETS, UH, IN TERMS OF REVENUE, WE ARE EXCEEDING THE BUDGET AND THE OPERATING EXPENSES WE ARE BELOW ON THE BUDGETED NUMBERS.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

I THINK THAT'S THE WAY YOU WANT IT TO BE.

AND I APOLOGIZE.

I DID.

I CALLED YOU OUT OF ORDER.

UM, THE STAFF BRIEFINGS THIS MONTH ARE AGENDA ITEM TWO, AIR SERVICE UPDATE, PROVIDED BY JAMIE COFF IN OUR PACKET, THERE'S INFORMATION, UM, REGARDING AIR SERVICE UPDATES.

UM, ARE THERE ANY STAFF MEMBERS PRESENT WHO HAVE ANYTHING TO SHARE WITH US ABOUT THAT? NO, BUT I'M PLEASED TO TAKE ANY QUESTIONS BACK TO JAMIE AS FOLLOW UP IF ANY COMMISSIONERS HAVE A QUESTION.

THANK YOU, ANNA, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS FROM COMMISSIONERS? NOT AT THIS TIME.

OKAY.

WE'LL MOVE ON TO ITEM NUMBER

[3. Journey with AUS (AUS AEDP/Capital Improvement Program) Active Projects Update provided by Lyn Estabrook, Division Manager, Planning and Development]

THREE, WHICH IS THE JOURNEY WITH A U S, UM, CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM PROVIDED BY LYNN, ESTHER BROOK.

LYNN, YOU ARE PRESENT.

UM, ARE YOU MAKING A PRESENTATION TODAY? NO, IT WAS PROVIDED IN YOUR BACKUP.

IF YOU GUYS HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, I'M OPEN TO ANY OF THOSE QUESTIONS.

I AM OPEN TO A COUPLE OF, OF LIKE TWO OR THREE SENTENCES ABOUT HIGHLIGHTS THAT WE SHOULD BE AWARE OF.

OKAY.

WELL, WE'LL ROLL FOR IT THEN.

UH, HOW, WELL, I MEAN, JUST OH, SPECIFIC ONES.

IF, IF SOMETHING OF NOTE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US, ANYTHING THAT'S CHANGED SINCE THE PRESENTATION'S BEEN, UM, UPLOADED OR, UM, ANYTHING THAT WE SHOULD BE, THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO HIGHLIGHT? ALL RIGHT.

UH, NOTHING'S REALLY CHANGED, BUT I WOULD HIGHLIGHT THE FACT THAT WE ARE WORKING ON ALL OF OUR PROCUREMENT SCHEDULES AND WE WILL BE COMING TO YOU GUYS SOMETIME IN AUGUST OR SEPTEMBER FOR AN ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY SELECTION APPROVAL.

THAT'S NOT PICKING A CONTRACTOR, BUT THAT'S, UM, A STEP THAT WE HAVE TO DO FOR TEXAS LAW TO GET CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE USE OF ALTERNATIVE DELIVERY DESIGN, UM, AND CONSTRUCTION.

AND SO WE'LL BE BRINGING THAT APPROVAL OF METHODOLOGY TO YOU GUYS IN AUGUST

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OR SEPTEMBER AS WE START TO REALLY HONE IN ON PROCUREMENT AND REALLY GET THE PROGRAM KICKED OFF AND UNDERWAY.

THAT'S GREAT.

AND WE DO NOT WANNA BE IN YOUR WAY FOR THAT.

HOWEVER, WE DO, WE WILL HAVE A COUPLE OF NEW COMMISSIONERS AND COMMISSIONERS THAT ARE NOT MAYBE AS WELL VERSED AND HAVEN'T BEEN BRIEFED ON THAT.

IF YOU COULD PROVIDE A ONE PAGE MEMO WITH WHAT CMR IS AND GMP AND, AND ALL OF THE DIFFERENT, UM, DELIVERY METHODS THAT ARE USED, JUST A, A HIGH LEVEL, SO THEN THEY CAN, WE CAN ALL COME BACK AND ASK YOU QUESTIONS ABOUT GUARANTEED MAXIMUM PRICE CONSTRUCTION MANAGER AT RISK AND OTHER DELIVERY METHODS FOR KEEPING THE, UM, THE EXPANSION PROGRAM MOVING.

YES, NOT A PROBLEM.

THANK YOU.

THANK YOU.

ALL RIGHT.

UM, AGENDA ITEM FOUR.

WE ALREADY DID THAT.

THANK YOU RAJEEV, FOR BEING SO, UH, FLEXIBLE THERE.

AND AGENDA ITEM FIVE, UM,

[5. Update regarding status of litigation related to the Concession and Lease Agreement for the South Terminal Facility provided by Tracy Thompson, Chief Officer - Administrative and External Affairs]

TRACY THOMPSON HAS AN UPDATE REGARDING THE STATUS OF LITIGATION RE REGARD RELATED TO THE CONCESSION AND LEASE AGREEMENT FOR THE SOUTH TERMINAL FACILITY.

YES.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UM, IN YOUR PACKET, THERE IS A MEMO, UH, FROM JIM SMITH REGARDING, UH, THE UPDATE OF THE, OF WHERE WE ARE, UH, SUBJECT TO THE CITY COUNCIL APPROVAL OF FUNDING FOR THE SETTLEMENT OF THESE LAWSUIT.

SO I'M PLEASED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THAT I'M STILL ABLE BY, UH, BECAUSE THE LITIGATION IS STILL ONGOING, SO THERE'S NOT A LOT I CAN SAY, BUT I'M WILLING TO ATTEMPT TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS THE COMMISSIONERS MAY HAVE.

COMMISSIONERS, ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS? UM, THANK YOU FOR PUTTING THAT FOR THE RECORD.

UM, SURE.

INTO THE, INTO THE, UM, AGENDA AND THE MINUTES.

UM, AND THEN YOU ALSO HAVE ANOTHER ITEM.

ITEM NUMBER SIX

[6. Update regarding Austin-Bergstrom Landhost Enterprises, Inc. operation of the Hilton Austin Airport Hotel presented by Tracy Thompson, Chief Officer - Administrative and External Affairs.]

IS ABOUT SPEAKING OF ABEL, THE AUSTIN BERGSTROM LAND HOST ENTERPRISES, THE HILTON AUSTIN AIRPORT HOTEL.

YES.

FOR, FOR NEW MEMBERS, I THINK IT WOULD BE IN INSTRUCTED.

THAT'D BE GREAT.

WOULD YOU LIKE FOR ME TO STAGE AT THE PODIUM OR IS THIS FINE? WELL, I'LL DO IT EITHER WAY.

I CAN SEE YOU REALLY WELL ON THE SCREEN COMMISSIONERS.

THAT'S GREAT.

OKAY.

YOU'RE WELCOME TO REMAIN SEATED.

OKAY.

WELL I'M PLEASED TO DO THAT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

AND THANK YOU FOR IT FOR ADVANCING MY SLIDES.

SO YOU ARE RIGHT CHAIR.

UM, THE COMMISSIONERS DID ASK, UH, FOR THERE BE AN UPDATE FOR, UH, REGARDING THE HILTON HOTEL, WHICH IS O OWNED AND OPERATED BY, UH, AUSTIN BERGSTROM LAND HOST ENTERPRISES.

SO FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE OF YOU WHO ARE NEW, WE'RE GONNA DO A BRIEF RECAP OF WHAT'S GOING ON AT YOUR, UM, YOUR HOTEL ON THE AUSTIN AIRPORT CAMPUS.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO WE'VE BRIEFED THIS, UH, COMMISSION SEVERAL TIMES SINCE I HAVE BEEN HERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION, AND I GOT HERE IN 2020.

SO YOU CAN SEE, JUST FOR HISTORICAL REASONS, THE, THE, ALL THE BRIEFINGS THAT WE'VE HAD AT THE COMMISSION REGARDING THE HOTEL, THE REASON WHY THERE HAVE BEEN SO MANY BRIEFINGS WAS BECAUSE DURING THE COVID YEARS, THE HOTEL WAS SUFFERING AS MUCH AS THE AIRPORT WAS.

AND SO THERE WERE SOME REMEDIAL ACTIONS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION, UM, YOUR AUSTIN AIRPORT HAD TO UNDERTAKE TO KEEP THE HO HOTEL, WHICH IS AN ASSET OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UM, UP OPERATIONAL AND SUSTAINING.

AND BECAUSE WE GOT TO DO THAT, BOTH COUNCIL AND THE COMMISSION WERE UPDATED, UM, FREQUENTLY WITH RESPECT, UH, TO THE HOTEL OPERATIONS AND ITS PERFORMANCE AND ITS RECOVERY THROUGH THE PANDEMIC.

I WANNA ACKNOWLEDGE RASH THOMAS, OUR DEPUTY CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, HE AND I WERE PRETTY MUCH ELBOW TO ELBOW FOR SEVERAL YEARS, UM, WORKING ON THIS PROGRAM, BUT HAS A VERY, VERY GOOD RESULT.

SO WE'RE PLEASED TO, UM, VERY HIGH LEVEL GIVE YOU, UH, AN OVERVIEW OF OF WHAT'S GOING ON.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO, UM, AREN'T FAMILIAR WITH THE, UM, HILTON HOTEL, IT WAS THE FORMER HEADQUARTERS OF THE BERGSTROM AIR FORCE BASE.

SO IT'S HAD MANY NAMES IN THE PAST THAT, THAT ARE UP HERE ON THE SLIDE, THE DONUT.

UM, AND IT IS CONSTRUCTED IN ATYPICAL MATERIALS FOR A HOTEL.

SO IT HAS BUNKERS, IT HAS PLASTER, IT HAS STEEL REINFORCEMENT.

SO ANY TYPE OF RENOVATION OF THIS OLD AIR FORCE BASE, UM, HEADQUARTERS, UM, WAS QUITE A SIGNIFICANT, UH, CAPITAL PROGRAM UNDERTAKING, BUT IT WAS DONE.

AND SO IN 19, UH, 99 WHEN THE AIRPORT OPENED, UM, THE HOTEL OPENED AS WELL.

IT IS, IT DOES HAVE A HISTORICAL DESIGNATION.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THE, UH, FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WANT DATA, HERE'S YOUR DATA REGARDING THE HILTON HOTEL.

UM, I'M SORRY, IT OPENED IN 2001.

IT'S A FULLY FULL SERVICE HOTEL, THE NUMBER OF GUEST ROOMS, NUMBER OF STORIES, UH, IN THE HOTEL MEETING SPACE AND PARKING SPACE.

SO, SO IT IS A FULL SERVICE HOTEL AND IT, UM, REALLY SUPPORTS THE, UH, PASSENGER'S WHOLE TRAVEL JOURNEY, UM, TO, UH, THROUGH, THROUGH YOUR AIRPORT.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY PLEASED TO HAVE THAT FACILITY ON OUR CAMPUS.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

THERE WAS A RENOVATION PROGRAM OBVIOUSLY THAT NEEDED, UH, AFTER THE, AFTER THE HILTON HOTEL WAS FIRST RENOVATED INTO A HOTEL, UM, IT, IT WENT AND IT UNDERWENT

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STARTING IN 2017, ANOTHER RENOVATION TO BRING IT UP TO, UM, TO BE ABLE TO GET THE MOST, UH, REVENUE THAT WE COULD PER, PER AVAILABLE ROOM.

SO THERE WAS DONE IN THREE PHASES.

PHASES ONE AND TWO HAVE ALREADY BEEN COMPLETED.

PHASE THREE WAS STOPPED BECAUSE OF COVID.

THERE WAS NOT ENOUGH, UH, REVENUE TO DO PHASE THREE, WHICH ARE THE PUBLIC SPACES OF THE HOTEL, WHICH WOULD BE THE, YOUR BAR AREA, YOUR LOBBY AREAS, AND THE RESTAURANT AREA.

SO WE'RE LOOKING, UM, TO DO THAT IN THE FUTURE.

BUT THE ROOMS ARE NICE, THE MEETING SPACES ARE UP TO SPEED, UM, AND LOOK NICE.

AND SO WE'RE REALLY PLEASED WITH THE RENOVATIONS SO FAR.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO HOW IS THE HILTON HOTEL STRUCTURED? SO IT, IT, SO THE NAME OF THE CORPORATION THAT, UH, OWNS AND MANAGES THE HOTEL IS THE AUSTIN BERKSHIRE MILAN HOSTS ENTERPRISES INC.

THE ACRONYM IS ABEL, AS YOU CAN SEE IN THE BULLETS.

IT IS A TEXAS NONPROFIT PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION CREATED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN, UH, AND HOW IT'S AUTHORIZED, UM, ABEL ACTS ON BEHALF OF THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION IN RUNNING THIS ENTERPRISE AT THE AIRPORT.

THEREFORE, IT IS SUBJECT TO FAA REGULATIONS.

SO ANYTHING THAT IS, UH, TRUE FOR THE AIRPORT AS AN ENTERPRISE IS ALSO TRUE FOR THE HOTEL ON OUR CAMPUS.

UM, ONE OF THE REASONS WHY THIS PUBLIC FAC THIS, UH, NONPROFIT PUBLIC FACILITY CORPORATION WAS, UM, UM, CREATED BY THE CITY OF AUSTIN WAS SO THAT IT WOULD HAVE A STANDALONE BONDS FOR THE RENOVATION.

IT WOULD ALSO HAVE A STANDALONE, IT HAS A STANDALONE BOARD OF DIRECTORS, IT HAS A STANDALONE STAFF, UM, AND CONTRACTS.

SO, BUT THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION STAFF, RAJIV, MYSELF, MOOKY PATEL, THERE ARE SEVERAL OF US THAT ACTUALLY SERVE ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OR ACTUALLY SUPPORT THE OPERATION OF THE, THE HOTEL.

SO IT'S A COMBINATION OF INDEPENDENT FOLKS AND NOT INDEPENDENT FOLKS THAT MANAGE THE HOTEL.

SO THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION DOES HAVE OVERSIGHT AS THE THIRD BIG BULLET DOWN DOES HAVE OVERSIGHT OF ABLE AND OVER THE, UH, HOTEL OPERATIONS, WHO KNEW I WAS GOING TO BE IN THE HOTEL BUSINESS.

AND WE ALSO HAVE SOME, UM, LEGAL CONTRACTS, ONE OF WHICH IS A GROUND LEASE BETWEEN THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION AND ABLE FOR LEASE OF THE LAND.

AND THERE'S ALSO A GRANT AGREEMENT.

AND THAT BECAME IMPORTANT DURING COVID BECAUSE THE GRANT AGREEMENT UNDER THE BOND, UH, DOCUMENTATION REQUIRES THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION SUBSIDIZE THE HOTEL REVENUES IN THE EVENT THE HOTEL CAN'T PAY ITS BONDS, WHICH WAS A CIRCUMSTANCE THAT HAPPENED DURING, UM, DURING COVID.

SO THOSE ARE THE PRIMARY, UM, AGREEMENTS THAT WE HAVE WITH THE ABLE CORPORATION.

AND THEN THE ABLE CORPORATION HAS PRIMARY CONTRACTS FOR HOTEL OPERATIONS, INCLUDING THE FRANCHISE AGREEMENT WITH HILTON AND, UH, THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, WHICH IS BOYKIN PROSPERA AND WE CALL THEM PROSPERA.

SO ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING HOW THE HOTEL IS SET UP? OKAY.

THANK YOU FOR COMING FORWARD WITH THE GOVERNANCE ABOUT AND THE, THE REVENUE STREAMS FOR THE AIRPORT.

I THINK IT WOULD BE INSTRUCTIVE FOR THIS BOARD TO, TO KNOW WHEN YOU MEET AND WHAT THE PROCEEDINGS ARE.

JUST AT A VERY HIGH LEVEL.

WE, WE DON'T, WE'RE NOT MANAGING IT, BUT WE'RE INTERESTED TO KNOW.

I AND I NOW KNOW THAT IT'S IN GOOD FINANCIAL SHAPE.

THAT'S THE MOST IMPORTANT THING THAT WE NEED TO KNOW JUST IN THE NEXT FEW SLIDES.

YEAH, YEAH.

THANK YOU.

OKAY.

YEAH, ABSOLUTELY.

AND JUST FOR YOUR GENERAL INFORMATION, UH, THE BOARD IS SCHEDULED TO MEET, UH, QUARTERLY.

ON A QUARTERLY BASIS.

THERE'S NOT A LOT OF, UNLIKE THE AIRPORT COMMISSION, THERE'S NOT A LOT OF, UH, CONTRACTS AND, AND OTHER ITEMS THAT NEED TO GO TO THE BOARD.

SO WE HAVE SCHEDULED, UH, QUARTERLY MEETINGS FOR THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

WE ALSO MAKE, UH, PERIODIC UPDATES TO THE AUDIT AND FINANCE COMMITTEE OF COUNCIL, CUZ THEY'RE ALSO INTERESTED IN THEIR CORPORATE, THEIR NONPROFIT CORPORATIONS AS WELL.

SO WE UPDATE THEM PERIODICALLY AS WELL.

SO, NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

SO I THINK THE NEXT ONES WERE ABOUT THE OPERATING RESULTS.

SO NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UM, DURING THE COVID YEARS, UH, THERE WAS A LOAN FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION TO ABLE, UM, AS KIND OF A BACKSTOP TO COVER NOT ONLY THE, UH, TO COVER THE OPERATING EXPENSES, SHOULD THERE BE A SHORTFALL IN KEEPING THE ACTUAL HOTEL OPEN AND KEEPING THE, UM, EMPLOYEES EMPLOYED.

SO WE, UH, WORKING WITH CITY COUNCIL AND WITH THIS COMMISSION, THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION, UM, STRUCTURED, UH, LOAN AGREEMENT FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION TO THE ABLE CORPORATION AS A BACKSTOP, NOT KNOWING AT THE TIME WHEN COVID 19 WOULD BE OVER AND WHAT THE FINANCIAL, WHEN THE FINANCIAL IMPACTS WOULD BE RESOLVED.

YOU CAN SEE UNDER THE LOAN REPAYMENT SECTION OF THIS SLIDE, UM, THAT WAS 2.6, WAS THE LOAN LIMIT THAT WE HAD STRUCTURED.

UM, THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF PRINCIPAL BORROW, BUT IT WAS, HAS ALL BEEN PAID IN FULL AS OF APRIL OF THIS YEAR.

SO, UH, THE LOAN WAS ORIGINALLY STRUCTURED FOR, I THINK RECEIVED THREE YEARS.

THREE YEARS, AND A REPAYMENT FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AFTER THAT, OR VICE VERSA.

BUT NONE OF THAT ENDED UP BEING NECESSARY.

SO, BUT, UM, REALLY PLEASED FOR THE, UM, THE COLLABORATIVE NATURE

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OF ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS AND PUTTING TOGETHER THAT LOAN AGREEMENT AND COMING UP WITH A SOLUTION TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY STAYED OPERATIONAL.

UM, THE SECOND ONE, UNDER THE GRANT AGREEMENT THAT I MENTIONED ON THE LAST SLIDE, WE, UH, THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION DID HAVE TO REPLENISH THE DEBT SERVICE RESERVE FUND WHEN THE HOTEL COULD NOT PAY ITS DEBT SERVICE REQUIREMENTS.

AND, UM, YOU CAN SEE, I THINK WE'VE GOT IT BLOCKED, BUT IT WAS APPROXIMATELY ONE POINT, UM, FIVE, YEAH, TOTAL 4.8, THANK YOU.

4.8 MILLION IN TOTAL.

AND THAT WAS, UM, THAT IS NOT TO BE REPAID.

THAT WAS JUST OUR OBLIGATION UNDER OUR GRANT AGREEMENT THAT ALL THE PROCEEDS FROM THE LOAN HAD BEEN REPAID.

BUT LET'S SEE HOW GREAT THE HOTEL'S DOING NOW.

AND RAJEEV'S GONNA CORRECT ME IF I STATE ANY OF THIS WRONG.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO THERE ARE A FEW DIFFERENT METRICS THAT HOTELS USE THAT ARE COMPLETELY DIFFERENT THAN WHAT AN AIRPORT USES AND HOW THEY MEASURE THEIR PERFORMANCE.

UH, ONE IS AN OCCUPANCY, WE HAVE A LEGEND AT THE BOTTOM, BUT ONE IS YOUR PERCENTAGE OF OCCUPANCY, UH, FOR TOTAL ROOMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE, PLUS YOUR AVERAGE DAILY RATE FOR THOSE ROOMS. AND THEN, UH, YOUR OPERATING REVENUES.

AND THEN, AS RAJIV LIKES TO SAY, THE IETA, WHICH I WOULD HAVE TO READ THE LEGEND TO KNOW WHAT ALL THAT WAS, BUT IT'S KIND OF YOUR, UM, YOUR NET RESULTS.

AND SO YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE 2019 THROUGH, UH, CALENDAR YEAR 2022 NUMBERS.

AND I THINK IF YOU CAN READ THOSE, IT, IT SPEAKS, UM, SPEAKS HIGHLY OF OUR OCCUPANCY RATES IN 2022 RELATIVE TO EVEN TO 2019 AND CERTAINLY DURING THE PANDEMIC.

SO I THINK, UH, IN A NUTSHELL, THE, UM, AUSTIN, UM, HILTON AIRPORT HAS FULLY RECOVERED TO PRE PANDEMIC LEVELS AND BEYOND.

NEXT SLIDE, PLEASE.

WE, THEY ALSO, UH, WE ALSO MEASURE THE PERFORMANCE OF THE WHOLE HOTEL NEXT TO A COMPETITIVE SET OF HOTELS BOTH HERE LOCALLY IN AUSTIN, AS WELL AS OTHER AIRPORTS, UH, OTHER AIRPORT HOTELS.

EXCUSE ME.

SO, UM, STAR PERFORMANCE IS THE THIRD PARTY, UM, FIRM THAT DOES THESE, THIS COMPARATIVE METRICS.

AND SO, UM, AS YOU CAN SEE, WE'VE GOT THE HILTON AUSTIN AIRPORT AT THE TOP.

THE MIDDLE BAND OR THE MIDDLE, UH, ROW IS THE AUSTIN MARKET IN GENERAL, THE HOTELS WITHIN THE AUSTIN AREA.

AND THEN THE PRIMARY COMPETITIVE SET ARE LOCATED BELOW.

AND THOSE ARE THE AIRPORTS THAT THE HILTON SPECIFICALLY COMPETES WITH FOR THEIR DEMOGRAPHIC OF, UH, NOT ONLY MARKET AREA, SUBMARKET AREA, BUT ALSO, UM, UH, CUSTOMER GUEST, UH, PROFILE.

SO YOU CAN SEE WE HAVE OUTPERFORMED THE AUSTIN MARKET AS WELL AS THE, UH, OUR PRIMARY COMPETITIVE SET OF HOTELS FOR OUR REGION.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO OTHER HIGHLIGHTS? NO, I'M SORRY.

NEXT SLIDE PLEASE.

SO, UM, WHAT WE HAVE ALSO WITH THE, WITH THE, OUR, UM, VERY RESPONSIVE MANAGEMENT COMPANY, PROSPERA, AS WELL AS THE, UM, THE PRESIDENT OF THE ABLE CORPORATION, WHICH IS A, A PAID CONSULTANT, UM, HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY HARD, UH, OVER THE LAST COUPLE OF YEARS IN ALIGNING.

AND THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS APPROVED RESOLUTIONS WHERE WE ARE ALIGNED WITH WHAT THE CITY OF AUSTIN WILL REQUIRE OF ITS OWN DEPARTMENTS, ITS OWN CONTRACTORS.

SO WE HA ARE WE ADOPT AT THE HOTEL, THE LIVING WAGE REQUIREMENTS OF THE CITY OF, OF AUSTIN, THE BETTER BUILDER PROGRAM.

ALL OF THE MAJOR, UH, POLICIES OF THE CITY OF AUSTIN, AS THEY WOULD APPLY TO A HOTEL, ARE INCORPORATE INCORPORATED, UM, THE OPERATION OF THIS HOTEL.

IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE'VE BEEN WORKING WITH UNITE HERE LOCAL 23 OVER THE LAST SEVERAL YEARS, UM, REGARDING, UH, AND, AND THERE IS IN PLACE A LABOR PEACE AGREEMENT.

AND STARTING THIS MONTH, THEY'RE GOING TO BE DOING A COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, UH, WITH THE PROSPERA, THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

AND WE LOOK TO HAVE PRETTY GOOD RESULTS, UH, FOR THAT.

AND WE CAN UPDATE THE COMMISSION AS A RESULT OF THE COLLECTIVE BARGAINING, UM, NEGOTIATIONS AND, AND POTENTIAL AGREEMENT THAT WOULD COME OUT OF THOSE NEGOTIATIONS.

SO THE NEXT SLIDE, THAT MAY BE IT.

SO THAT WAS REALLY A VERY HIGH LEVEL UPDATE.

I HOPE THAT WASN'T TOO MUCH INFORMATION, BUT, UM, HOPEFULLY GAVE YOU ENOUGH INFORMATION TO HIT ALL THE WHOLE BUTTONS YOU MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR BRINGING THAT, FOR PREPARING THAT AND BRINGING THAT FORWARD.

AND, UM, VERY GOOD NEWS ABOUT, UM, THE, THE LOAN REPAYMENT AND THE PERFORMANCE OF THE PROJECT RIGHT NOW.

AND MAYBE THIS IS A, A LITTLE BIT OF A COMMERCIAL, BUT IT DOESN'T GO WITHOUT SAYING THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

PROSPERA BOYKIN IS A, IS A VERY SOLID MANAGEMENT COMPANY AND THEY'RE VERY COOPERATIVE AND THEY REALLY WORK WELL WITH THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION.

SO IT'S REALLY NICE TO HAVE AN OPERATION.

AND THE BOND HOLDERS, THE TRUSTEES, EVERYBODY WORKS REALLY WELL TOGETHER FOR THE BENEFIT OF THIS ENTERPRISE, WHICH DOESN'T ALWAYS HAPPEN.

SO I JUST WANTED TO, AND THE UNION AS WELL.

SO I JUST REALLY WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE ALL THE STAKEHOLDERS THAT ARE INVOLVED IN THIS PARTICULAR BUSINESS AT THE AIRPORT.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

UM, COMMISSIONERS, DO WE HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS?

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OKAY.

UH, MOVING ON, AGENDA ITEM SEVEN.

[7. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation by the Airport Advisory Commission to Project Connect, Austin Transit Partnership and CapMetro regarding transportation alternatives to Austin-Bergstrom International Airport – Requested and presented by Airport Advisory Commission Secretary Patrick Rose.]

UH, THERE IS A, I UNDERSTAND THAT, UH, A MEMBER OF THE PUBLIC WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO IT, BUT HE ALREADY SPOKE.

SO I'M GOING TO, UM, ASK YOU TO PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMISSION LIAISON OR IF YOU HAVE ANY COMMENTS ABOUT IT, TO JUST WRITE TO US IN WRITING BECAUSE YOU ALREADY SPOKE AND I'M GOING BY THIS, SO I DON'T WANNA BREAK ANY MORE RULES THAN I, THAN I ALREADY HAVE.

SO THANK YOU.

THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE.

UM, DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION ON A RECOMMENDATION BY THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION TO PROJECT CONNECT AUSTIN TRANSIT PARTNERSHIP IN CAP METRO REGARDING TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES TO AUSTIN BERGSTROM INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.

AND THIS AFTERNOON IT WILL BE REQUESTED AND PRESENTED BY, UM, AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION SECRETARY ROSE.

THANK YOU, MADAM CHAIR.

THIS IS THE SAME IN PRINCIPAL, UM, RECOMMENDATION THAT WE VOTED ON LAST TIME, UH, BUT IMPROPERLY AND THAT WE DIDN'T HAVE THE APPROPRIATE SECOND.

SO IT'S A LITTLE CLEANER LANGUAGE FORMAT AND, UM, I WOULD, UH, MEGA MOTION THAT WE ADOPT IT.

IT IS IMPORTANT AS WE MOVE THROUGH THE PROCESS OF EXECUTING, UH, AN AN ENHANCED PHASE OF TRANSIT KNOWN AS PROJECT CONNECT IN OUR COMMUNITY THAT WE LIVE WITH IN OUR MEANS.

AND I THINK THE CITY, UM, AND THE OTHER STAKEHOLDERS, CAP METRO, UH, A ATP, HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB OF REVISING THAT, UH, PROGRAM.

AND THIS RECOMMENDATION, UM, SEEKS TO, UH, ENCOURAGE THE STAKEHOLDERS CAP METRO IN PARTICULAR, TO CONTINUE ITS BEST SERVICE AND ENHANCE IT.

UM, BECAUSE CONNECTIVITY TO THE AIRPORT FROM A TRANSIT STANDPOINT, SO IMPORTANT.

I DON'T WANNA TALK AT THE DEATH.

IT'S THE SAME THING YOU SAW LAST MONTH, AND I WOULD MAKE A MOTION IN FAVOR OF ADOPTION.

LOOKING FOR A SECOND.

DO WE HAVE, RIGHT, DO WE HAVE A SECOND TO SECRETARY ROSE? I'LL SECOND.

OKAY.

THAT'S, HI, I'M GONNA CALL IT FOR SCOTT HERE.

COMMISSIONER MEDU.

AND NICE TO SEE YOU AKARI.

UM, IS THERE ANY COMMENTS, QUESTIONS, EDITS, AMENDMENTS, CHANGES, COMMISSIONERS.

HEY, UH, UH, PATRICK, YOU SAID THERE WERE SOME SLIGHT CHANGES.

CAN YOU TELL ME WHAT THOSE ARE? IF IT IS, IT LOOKS GOOD.

I'M JUST CURIOUS WHAT CHANGE LENS WE YEAH, JUST THE, THE, THE FORMATTING, UM, COMMISSIONER.

YEP.

THIS IS A LITTLE LESS, LITTLE LESS, WHEREAS HERE, AS YOU KNOW, THEREFORE THIS IS A LITTLE BIT MORE PLAIN ENGLISH.

THIS YEAH.

IT LOOKS EXACTLY TO ME.

REMEMBERING LAST MONTH.

IT LOOKS EXACTLY THE SAME.

YEAH.

THE SUBSTANCE IS WHAT I, YEAH, THE SUBSTANCE IS, UM, FOR, FOR EVERYONE'S BENEFIT, UM, THE CITY HAS TWO TEMPLATES YOU CAN USE, YOU CAN USE THE WHEREAS, WHEREAS, WHEREAS THEREFORE, OR YOU CAN USE THIS MUCH MORE STREAMLINED ONE.

AND I THINK THAT FOR OUR PURPOSES, I LIKE TO MOVE FORWARD USING THESE.

SO IF YOU HAVE OTHER RECOMMENDATIONS TO MOVE FORWARD, THIS WILL BE THE FORMAT AND, UM, THE STAFF LIAISONS, OR I CAN PROVIDE YOU WITH THE TEMPLATE.

IT'S POSTED ONLINE UNDER THE BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, UH, CITY CLERK'S TAB ON THE WEBSITE.

OKAY.

SO WE HAVE A, A MOTION FROM SECRETARY ROSE, AND WE HAVE A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER MEALL.

WE'VE HAD A QUESTION AND COMMENT.

UH, COMMISSIONER KUHN, UM, IS THIS, IS THIS IN OUR PACKET? I'M LOOKING THROUGH THE PACKET AND I SEE EXACTLY WHAT IT'S, THAT WE'RE YES, IT'S PAGE, THIS IS VERY COMPLICATED HERE, BUT IT'S PAGE 61 OF THE BACKUP.

UM, AND THIS IS, UH, I, I'LL MENTION THIS NOW AND I'LL TRY TO REMEMBER TO BRING IT UP IN FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS. AND I KNOW THAT I HAVE HAD SOME COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC, OTHER BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS CALL OUT ALL, IT'S NOT ONE BIG FLOWING DOCUMENT, AND WE'RE GONNA TRY TO WORK WITH STAFF TO HAVE THAT HAPPEN MOVING FORWARD.

SO YOU'LL BE ABLE TO SEE IT CLEARLY.

IT'LL SAY AGENDA ITEM ITEM SEVEN, AND YOU CAN JUST HIT A, A HOT LINK ON THE WEBSITE AND IT'LL BE A BACKUP FOR THAT.

BUT IT'S, IT IS PAGE 61.

YEAH.

SO I'M LOOKING AT IT, YOU KNOW, IS IT BASICALLY THE FOCUS THAT WE'RE, WE'RE, WE'RE RECOMMENDING THAT LIGHT RAIL GO TO THE AIRPORT? N NO.

UM, COMMISSIONER, IT'S, IT'S ABOUT THE BUSES BEEN STOPPED, BUT YEAH.

YEAH.

IT'S ABOUT EXTENDING THE HOURS OF THE HIGH FREQUENCY ROUTE 20 MAINER ROAD, RIVERSIDE DRIVE BUS, PROVIDING ADDITIONAL SERVICES AS WE CAN.

YOU KNOW, AS YOU KNOW, UH, THE CITY CAP METRO AND ATP JUST UNANIMOUSLY VOTED OR NEAR UNANIMOUSLY, I THINK THERE WAS ONE ABSTENTION ON THE COUNCIL IN FAVOR OF THE REVISED ROUTE.

WE'RE NOT SPEAKING TO OR GRADING

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THEIR PAPER ON THAT.

WE'RE MOVING BEYOND THAT AND SAYING IN THE CONTEXT OF THAT REVISION, THAT IT'D BE GOOD TO EXTEND BUS TRANSIT AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE 6,000 WORKERS THERE.

AND THOSE, THOSE, UM, WHO ARE PASSENGERS, COMMISSIONER MEALL, UH, IF I CAN MAKE ONE COMMENT, UH, THAT IS SOMEBODY THAT'S, UH, USUALLY AT THE, UH, VISITOR'S CENTER ON FRIDAYS.

UH, THERE ARE SEVERAL PEOPLE THAT SHOW UP WANTING TO GO DOWNTOWN, UH, YOU KNOW, THAT, UH, ARE VERY, THEY'RE VERY SURPRISED ABOUT HOW NICE IT IS TO HAVE PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION, REASONABLY PRICED PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION TO GO DOWNTOWN TO MEET THEIR NEEDS.

AND I, I THINK THAT'S, THAT'S ONE OF THE THINGS, IT'S AN ALTERNATIVE THAT WITHOUT IT, UH, WE REALLY LOSE OUT.

I THINK.

I COULDN'T AGREE MORE.

YEAH.

OKAY.

THANK YOU.

WE HAVE A, A MOTION AND A SECOND.

WE'VE HAD SOME CONVERSATION.

ARE WE READY TO VOTE ALL IN? YES.

GO AHEAD.

WAIT, VOTING OR YOU WANNA SPEAK? NO, YOU CAN GUESS.

YOU SHOULD GET SOMEBODY QUESTIONS AS I JUST, I'M GONNA VOTE IN FAVOR OF, I'M A BIG FAN IN IMPROVING MASS TRANSIT IN AUSTIN.

WE SUPPORTED PROJECT CONNECT.

UH, I WISH WE HAD SOME NOTE ON HERE THAT SAID WE, WE WOULD LIKE THE CITY TO AT LEAST.

I KNOW COMMISSIONER HENDRICKS OBJECT OBJECTION TO THIS LAST TIME HE'S SAT HERE TODAY.

UM, IT SEEMS LIKE WE SHOULD AT LEAST CONSIDER ALTERNATIVES TO LIBRARY RAIL, AT LEAST, AT LEAST STUDY THE NOTION OF, OF HAVING A TUNNEL.

UM, I GUESS THERE'S SOME CONTROVERSY ABOUT WHO MIGHT MAKE THAT TUNNEL, BUT STILL IT IS WORKING VERY WELL ON VEGAS.

IT SEEMS LIKE SOMETHING WE OUGHT AT LEAST LOOK AT.

I SUSPECT WE WOULDN'T DO IT, BUT IT SEEMS TO NOT, AT LEAST NOT CONSIDERATE IT'S WAY FOR US TO JUST HAVE A LITTLE NUDGE JUST TO ADD LIKE LIGHT RAIL MAYBE WHEN IT SAYS, OR OTHER OPTIONS, INCLUDING, YOU KNOW, WHETHER OR NOT THE TUNNEL MIGHT, MAY OR MAY NOT BE FEASIBLE.

BUT I GUESS I DON'T KNOW HOW TO DO THAT.

AM I SUGGESTING AN AMENDMENT? WOULD THAT WORK? YEAH, COMMISSIONER, I, I'LL JUST SAY, UH, A LITTLE BIT LIKE WE TALKED ABOUT ON MAY 10TH, RIGHT? I'M GONNA RESPECTFULLY OPPOSE THAT AMENDMENT BECAUSE I REALLY THINK THAT QUESTION, IT'S AN IMPORTANT QUESTION AND IT'S AN IMPORTANT DISCUSSION, IS BEST, UH, FORWARDED TO AND, AND, UM, AND ADVANCED AT THE A T P CAP METRO CITY COUNCIL LEVEL.

THIS RECOMMENDATION HERE, I THINK IS A CLEAN AND REASONABLE ONE ABOUT EXPANDING BUS SERVICE, BUT I DON'T, I DON'T WANT TO GET THIS COMMISSION IN THE BUSINESS OF THAT RECOMMENDATION.

UM, AT LEAST ON THIS MOTION, RESPECTFULLY, CAN YOU JUST PUT ON THE BUS ON ON THE BUS THEN AND TAKE OUT THE PART ABOUT LIGHT RAIL? CAUSE IT MENTIONS LIGHT RAIL AND THEN I, I'M TOTALLY SUPPORTIVE OF, OF THE BUS.

IT MENTIONS LIGHT RAIL.

IF IT DIDN'T KNOW WOULDN BROUGHT UP, UH, THIS TUNNEL, UH, ISSUE.

IF IT DIDN'T MENTION LIGHT RAIL, UM, I WOULD SAY THAT, UM, ARE YOU, THAT THAT IN THE LANGUAGE FOR THAT MIGHT COVER A TUNNEL OR LIGHT RAIL, IS THAT WE'RE TRYING TO WORK WITHIN THE BUDGET THAT PRETTY MUCH THE CITY HAS RIGHT NOW.

PARDON ME FOR JUMPING IN HERE.

GO AHEAD.

BUT THAT IT PROPOSES TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES THAT EXTEND THE HOURS.

SO A TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVE COULD BE ANYTHING.

IT COULD BE LIGHT RAIL, IT COULD BE A TUNNEL, IT COULD BE PEDESTRIAN BIKE ACCESS.

THE TRANSPORTATION ALTERNATIVES MEANS ACCESS FOR ALL MEANS.

AND YOU CAN TAKE THIS, YOU CAN TAKE THIS RECOMMENDATION PERSONALLY TO WHO, YOU KNOW, WHO MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN EXPLORING THIS AT ATP OR CAP METRO OR AT THE CITY LEVEL OR AT ANY KIND OF ADVOCACY GROUP FOR ANY KIND OF TRANSIT.

BUT THAT, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THIS, WE WERE TRYING TO GET THIS OUT QUICKLY BEFORE THE CITY APPROVED, UH, A SCHEME.

THEY'VE ALREADY APPROVED IT, BUT, UM, WE WOULD LIKE TO SUPPORT THAT.

WE'D LIKE TO SUPPORT WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW.

AND THIS IS NOT LIKE A SUPER FUTURE PROOF DOCUMENT.

IT'S JUST SOMETHING THAT SAYS, HEY, THE 20 BUS MAYBE ISN'T ENOUGH.

LOTS OF PEOPLE WHO WORK AT THE AIRPORT LIVE EAST OF THE AIRPORT AND SOUTH OF THE AIRPORT, AND WE NEED OTHER TRANSIT ALTERNATIVES.

VERY, UM, OPEN-ENDED.

AND, UM, I WOULD LIKE TO CALL A VOTE UNLESS YOU HAVE ONE MORE COMMENT.

I, I JUST WANNA ADD, COMMISSIONER AND, AND I HAVEN'T HAD THE PLEASURE OF MEETING YOU IN PERSON YET, BUT I LOOK FORWARD TO IT AT ONE OF THESE MEETINGS OR BETWEEN THEM, UM, LIGHT RAILS MENTIONED TWICE IN HERE ON THE RECOMMENDATION PORTION OF PAGE 61, IT'S LIGHT RAIL OR ANOTHER OPTION.

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I WOULD THINK YOU WOULD FEEL REAL GOOD ABOUT THAT LANGUAGE THERE, GIVEN YOUR COMMENTS ON TUNNEL OR OTHER OPTIONS.

UM, THE THRUST OF THIS, UM, COMMISSIONER IS WE JUST NEED TO BE BETTER CONNECTING OUR TRANSIT SYSTEM TO THE AIRPORT.

FULL STOP.

WELL, I THINK WE ALSO AGREE ON THAT.

THEY MENTIONED I'M GONNA REPORT IT, UM, BUT IT FEELS LIKE WE HAVE OPPORTUNITIES HERE AND THERE TO, TO NUDGE AND SUGGEST THINGS.

SO I WAS SUGGESTING A NUDGE IF YOU'RE UNCOMFORTABLE WITH IT OPPOSED TO IT, MAYBE WE SHOULD HAVE THAT MEETING WE TALKED ABOUT LAST TIME BETWEEN NOW AND THE NEXT MEETING.

JUST I'D LIKE TO BETTER UNDERSTAND YOUR POSITION.

I'D LOVE THAT.

UM, THE COMMISSIONER ANDREWS IS OPPOSED EVEN THE STUDY OF IT, SO I THINK YOUR POSITION IS NOT AS STRONG AS THIS.

AS I SAID LAST MONTH, I'LL BUY THE COFFEE.

ALL RIGHT, SOUNDS GOOD.

ALL RIGHT, LET'S CALL A VOTE HERE.

STOP ASKING QUESTIONS.

OH, YOU ASK AS MANY QUESTIONS AS YOU LIKE, ALWAYS HERE FOR THAT, BUT I AM GONNA CALL, I'M GONNA ASK THIS QUESTION.

ALL IN FAVOR OF THE MOTION FROM SECRETARY ROSE, SECONDED BY COMMISSIONER MEALL IN FAVOR OF, UM, THE RECOMMENDATION.

AYE.

A AYE.

COMMISSIONER YOUNG, I NEED TO SEE YOU IN PERSON TO COUNT YOUR VOTE.

COMMISSIONER ENNIS, IS THAT A YES? AN A YAY OR AN NAY? IT'S A YAY.

THANK YOU.

OKAY, I ALL IN.

IS THAT A YAY OR A NAY? THAT'S AN AYE.

THANK YOU VERY MUCH.

UNANIMOUS.

THANK YOU.

UM, WE'RE GONNA MOVE ON, BUT COMMISSIONER YOUNG, ARE YOU DRIVING AT THE MOMENT BECAUSE YOU ARE THE NEXT, UH, YOU ARE THE NEXT ITEM.

I'M GONNA, UM, I'LL, I'LL KICK IT OFF HERE AND YOU'LL SEE IF WE CAN JUMP, JUMP IN.

I DON'T WANNA, UM, HAVE ANYTHING DANGEROUS HAPPEN THOUGH.

UM, ITEM NUMBER EIGHT IS A

[8. Discussion and possible action on a recommendation by the Airport Advisory Commission to establish a cooperative relationship between the Environmental Commission and Joint Sustainability Committee with the Airport Advisory Commission – Requested and presented by Airport Advisory Commission member Raymond Young.]

DISCUSSION OF ACTION ON POSS ON A RECOMMENDATION BY THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION TO ESTABLISH A COOPERATIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AND THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION AND EXCUSE ME, THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION.

UM, THE AGENDA READS REQUESTED AND PRESENTED BY ME, BUT IN FACT, IF THE SPONSOR OF THAT IS DISTRICT TWO COMMISSIONER RAYMOND YOUNG.

SO I HAVE THAT CHANGED TO THE AGENDA AND IT SHOULD, IN YOUR PACKET ON PAGE NUMBER 65, UM, COM, UH, I LOST COMMISSIONER YOUNG, UH, UM, COMMISSIONER YOUNG.

I'M GONNA NEED YOU ON SCREEN TO MAKE THE MOTION TO APPROVE.

I HAVE MOTION APPROVE.

I KNOW.

THERE YOU ARE.

OKAY, THANK YOU.

DO WE HAVE A SECOND? I'LL SECOND.

COMMISSIONER MEOLA AS A SECOND.

OKAY.

ARE THERE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, CONVERSATION ABOUT THIS ITEM? COMMISSIONER ROSE.

JUST SECRETARY ROSE? YEAH.

THANK, THANK YOU.

MUCH SHORTER THAN MY COMMENTS LAST MONTH ON THIS.

IT'S JUST THAT, UH, I WANTED TO STATE FOR THE RECORD THAT WE ARE ALIGNED IN HOW IMPORTANT MOVING FORWARD ON THE AIRPORT EXPANSION IS WITH ALL DUE SPEED.

CORRECT.

AND THAT THIS IS ABOUT DOING SO IN A QUALITY WAY, NOT SLOWING DOWN THE IMPORTANT PROCESS.

THAT IS CORRECT.

AND, UM, I WOULD LIKE IF, IF, IF, IF I MAY, UM, COMMISSIONER YOUNG TO ADDRESS THE, UM, PREVIOUS DISSENSION ON THIS ITEM THAT I BELIEVE THAT IT WILL, UM, MAKE THINGS MOVE MORE QUICKLY.

AND I THINK THAT STAFF IS ALREADY WORKING WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION WATERSHED PROTECTION IN A MORE OPEN, COMMUNICATIVE WAY.

AND THAT ANOTHER, UM, THE JOINTS, THE, THE REASON THIS IS DIFFERENT THAN WHAT WE HEARD LAST MONTH IS THAT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION RECOMMENDATION WENT TO THE JOINT SUSTAINABILITY COMMITTEE THAT HAS MEMBERS FROM MANY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, INCLUDING URBAN TRANSPORTATION AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION, THE DESIGN COMMISSION, AND OTHER COMMISSIONS.

AND THEY ALL SUPPORT A WORKING RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION FOR THE AIRPORT.

SO WE DON'T HAVE TO BACKTRACK ON ISSUES MOVING FORWARD.

SO WE HAVE A MOTION FROM COMMISSIONER YOUNG, A SECOND FROM COMMISSIONER MEALL.

ANY OTHER CONVERSATIONS OR QUESTIONS? I HAVE A QUESTION.

UM, OKAY, WE HAVE TWO.

GO AHEAD.

GO AHEAD.

COMMISSIONER ANNIS.

OH, WE, YOU JUST SAID SOMETHING ABOUT, YOU KNOW, SO WE DON'T HAVE TO BACKTRACK AND I DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT CAUSE I HAVEN'T,

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IN THE YEARS I'VE BEEN ON THIS BOARD, I HAVEN'T SEEN HAVE TO BACKTRACK ON, ON ANYTHING.

UH, AND, AND AS FAR AS ENVIRONMENTAL STUFF, UH, IT SEEMS LIKE THE AIRPORT DOES A GOOD JOB OF BORROWING ALL ENVIRONMENTAL REGULATIONS AS A RULE.

UM, SO CAN YOU YOU TELL ME WHAT WHAT THE, WHAT THE THOUGHT IS THERE? CAUSE I DON'T REALLY GET THAT.

UM, I I THINK IT RELATES SPECIFICALLY TO THERE WAS A LANDFILL CASE THAT MAY HAVE BEEN BEFORE YOUR TENURE AND ALSO THE FUEL FACILITY THAT, YOU KNOW, THE, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE MASTER PLAN, THE 20 20 40 MASTER PLAN HAD SOME, THE, THE PUBLISHED DOCUMENT PRIORITIZED CERTAIN THINGS AT A CERTAIN TIMEFRAME AND THEN DURING AND AFTER COVID OTHER PROJECTS CAME FORWARD WITHOUT ANY PUBLIC HEARING.

THEY JUST HAPPENED BECAUSE THEY WERE LEASE AGREEMENTS.

AND I'M HAPPY TO TALK TO YOU, UM, OFF THE RECORD ABOUT THOSE.

BUT ON THE RECORD TODAY, THIS, THIS IS NOT INVENTED TO MAKE MORE REGULATORY ISSUES.

IT'S JUST THAT THERE ARE THINGS THAT HAPPEN AT THE CITY LEVEL THAT HADN'T HAPPENED AND WERE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN.

AND THERE WAS COMMUNICATION THAT WAS LOST FOR WHATEVER REASON, UM, THAT MADE IT, THAT SLOWED THINGS DOWN.

UM, OKAY.

THAT'S, THAT'S REALLY HIGH LEVEL AND HARD TO MAKE A, A DECISION OFF OF.

UH, BUT IT, IT SEEMS TO ME WE'RE JUST ADDING ANOTHER STEP IN HERE FOR, I I DON'T SEE THE PROBLEMS AND I'M NOT GETTING TO EXPLAIN TO ME THAT WE'RE TRYING TO SOLVE HERE.

OKAY.

WELL MAYBE I NEED TO TAKE YOU FOR A CUP OF COFFEE, LIKE, UM, , LIKE SECRETARY REZ OFFERED, UH, COMMISSIONER KUHN AND WE CAN DISCUSS THIS.

I WANNA KEEP THE CONVERSATION GOING.

MAYBE THE, THE, THE ANSWER TO YOUR QUESTION WILL COME FROM A COMMENT.

I HAVE A COMMENT FROM, UM, COMMISSIONER MEOLA, AND THEN I DID I SEE YOU JONATHAN KUHN, DO YOU HAVE A CO QUESTION AS WELL? OKAY, GO AHEAD, SCOTT.

I, UH, MY COMMENT IS SIMPLY THAT, UH, I'VE HAD SOME EXPERIENCE MUCKING AROUND WITH ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND, UH, AS IN MY PAST CAPACITY, I FOUND THAT THE MORE YOU BRING ON, UH, THE, UH, CONVERSATION AND INVOLVE PEOPLE, ACTUALLY THE FASTER IT IS BECAUSE YOU CAN SOLVE THAT, THOSE PROBLEMS, UH, FACE TO FACE.

IT MAY BE A BIG ISSUE OR A SMALL ISSUE, BUT YOU CAN WORK THAT HARD AND NOT DELAY A PROGRAM THAT, UH, AND YOU, YOU'RE REALLY TRYING TO MAKE HAPPEN.

AND BELIEVE ME, ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES WILL, CAN REALLY STALL THE STALL A PROBLEM.

SO BASICALLY WHAT I'M SAYING IS THE MORE PEOPLE YOU HAVE HEARING IN THE CONVERSATION, THE BETTER OFF YOU ARE.

THAT'S, THANK YOU.

WHAT I WOULD SAY, COMMISSIONER KUN? YEAH, I, I'M JUST READING THE, THE LANGUAGE AND YOU KNOW, IT'S, IT'S HARD TO, IT SOUNDS LIKE IT'S THE ONLY REQUIREMENT, UM, IS THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF AVIATION REPORT ENVIRONMENTAL MATTERS TO THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMITTEE AND THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

SO I'M GUESSING RIGHT NOW THE, YOU REPORTED TO THE AIRPORT ADVISORY COMMISSION, THERE'S CURRENTLY NO REQUIREMENT TO SIMULTANEOUSLY REPORT TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION.

IS THAT REALLY ALL THIS IS DOING IS JUST PROVIDING NOTICE OR IS THERE SOMETHING MORE TO THAT? WELL, I THINK GIVEN THE SCOPE OF THE, UM, OF THE EXPANSION AND WHAT, WHAT CHANGES MAY, MAY OR MAY NOT NEED TO BE MADE, I THINK IT, IT IS WHAT COMMISSIONER DULL SAID, YOU KNOW, IT, IT SHINES MORE LIGHT ON IT'S WHAT, WHAT THE SPONSOR, COMMISSIONER YOUNG HAS SAID THAT THE, WE WERE SORT OF STARVED FOR INFORMATION.

I DON'T KNOW IF YOU REMEMBER, THERE WAS A, A, UM, A MUD RELEASE WHEN THEY WERE DRILLING A TUNNEL TO TAKE THE FUEL FROM THE, THE NEW LOCATION OF THE JET FUEL FACILITY BACK TOWARDS THE TERMINAL.

IT WAS HA IT HAPPENED SEPTEMBER, 2022.

IT WAS NOT REPORTED IN REAL TIME TILL EARLY 23 TO US.

AND IT NEVER WOULD'VE GONE TO THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION HAD THEY NOT LEARNED ABOUT IT.

SO THOSE SORT OF THINGS, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A MEETING, IT DOESN'T HAVE TO BE A HEARING, BUT IT COULD BE A MEMO FOR YOUR INFORMATION.

LET'S KEEP SO WE CAN KEEP MOVING FORWARD INSTEAD OF GOING BACK TO SORT OF HEAR IT AFTER THE FACT.

AND I KNOW THAT THERE IS LIKE A MANAGEMENT STYLE WHERE YOU, YOU KNOW, YOU DON'T ASK FOR

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EXCUSES.

YOU, YOU ASK FOR A, YOU KNOW, PARDONS LATER.

BUT THIS CAN HAPPEN AGAIN.

I MEAN, WE, WE WOULD, WE DESERVE TO KNOW AS MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC AND IT ALSO AS, AS COMMISSIONERS WHO ARE REPORTING TO CITY COUNCIL THAT WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE AIRPORT IN REAL TIME AS MUCH AS, AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE FOR STAFF.

I MEAN, WE DON'T WANNA MAKE IT BURDENSOME IN ANY WAY FOR STAFF.

THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB AND WE HAVE GREAT RESPECT FOR THE, FOR THE ENVIRONMENTAL OFFICERS.

AND THIS MAY ADD, UH, SOME TIME TO WHAT THEY'RE DOING, BUT THEY'RE ALREADY REPORTING IT TO OTHER BODIES.

SO THEY COULD ALSO INCLUDE US IN THE CONVERSATION SO WE CAN SENSE THOSE THAT THIS WILL HELP THINGS GO FASTER.

I MEAN, CUZ OBVIOUSLY ONE OF OUR, YOU KNOW, OUR CONCERNS IS, UH, THAT IF WE DON'T EXPAND THE AIRPORT QUICKLY, YOU KNOW, FAIRS ARE GONNA SKYROCKET.

I MEAN, IT SEEMS LIKE A LOGICAL CONCLUSION.

IF WE HAVE INCREASING DEMAND AND WE DON'T HAVE INCREASE IN SUPPLY, YOU KNOW, FAIRS ARE GONNA BECOME REALLY UNAFFORDABLE FOR FOLKS IN AUSTIN.

UM, AND SO TRY TO FIGURE OUT LIKE, IS THIS GONNA HELP US GO FASTER? THAT'S A QUESTION WE ASK EVERY TIME EXPANSION COMES UP.

WHAT CAN WE DO TO HELP SUPPORT THAT EFFORT SO THEY COULD GO FASTER IF WE THINK THIS CAN HELP GO FASTER.

I'M ALL, I'M ALL FOR IT.

IF THERE'S CONCERN THAT IT COULD HELP US GOES, MAKE, MAKE THINGS GO SLOWER, THEN I'D, I'D HAVE SOME CONCERNS ABOUT IT.

I DON'T THINK THAT EVERY LAST THING IS GONNA HAVE BE REPORTED ON THIS, BUT MAJOR ISSUES THAT HAVE PUBLIC COMMENT, LIKE THE FUEL FACILITY OR THE MUD RELEASE AND YOU KNOW, I'M, I'M GOING TO DEFER TO COLONEL, RETIRED COLONEL MEDU HERE WHO BROUGHT THE AIRPORT WHO WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR TURNING THE AIRPORT FROM A SUPERFUND SITE TO AN AIRPORT.

I MEAN, IT STILL IS A SUPERFUND SITE.

AND SO WE, WE WANT AS MUCH TRANSPARENCY AND ACCOUNTABILITY AS POSSIBLE.

THIS IS JUST ONE STEP.

I DON'T THINK THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMMISSION IS GONNA DEMAND A WHOLE LOT RIGHT NOW, BUT IT'S TO PR IT'S TO MAKE IT MORE LITTLE D DEMOCRATIC AND HAVE BETTER REPORTING FOR THE PUBLIC.

AND I THINK IT WILL, IT, I WILL, I THINK IT WILL ADVANCE THE EXPANSION MORE QUICKLY.

I SHOULD, DOES IT, SHOULD IT MENTION THAT LIKE, ONE OF THE GOALS IS TO BETTER COORDINATE COMMUNICATION SO THAT WE CAN ADVANCE THE AIRPORT EXPANSION MORE QUICKLY? THAT IT'S NOT, IT'S NOT CAPTURED IN HERE THAT THE GOAL IS TO ADDRESS ENVIRONMENTAL CONCERNS, BUT CO COORDINATE IN A WAY THAT'S MOVE MORE QUICKLY? UM, I THINK THAT, OH NO, WE LOST COMMISSIONER YOUNG.

WE LOST THE SPONSOR OF THIS.

HOW DOES THAT WORK WHEN THE, WHEN THE SPONSOR GOES OFF SCREEN? I I THINK YOU HAVE TO ASK, YOU HAVE TO ASK THE SPONSOR.

YEAH, YEAH.

MAYBE WE GIVE HIM A SECOND.

HE MIGHT BE BACK.

HE'S BACK.

YEAH.

I THINK THAT ON AND OFF, YES.

YOU WANT ME TO FILL SOME TIME? NO, I DON'T.

I MEAN, UM, WELL, I MEAN, I'VE GOT ANOTHER COMMENT.

OH, YOU DO HAVE ANOTHER COMMENT? OKAY, GO AHEAD.

YEAH, COMMISSIONER, THE EXPERIENCE I HAD IS AT THE TIME WE PUT TOGETHER A WORKING GROUP, UH, WHERE THE, UH, REPRESENTATIVES WERE NOMINATED TO THAT WORKING GROUP THAT MET ABOUT EVERY TWO WEEKS FOR CLEANUP OF THE AIR FORCE BASE.

AND WE HAD REPRESENTATIVES FROM