Updated 03/19/2011 09:11 PM
Mayor’s office releases additional emails
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The City of Austin released 75 additional emails Friday afternoon.
YNN received the messages as part of the city’s continuing compliance with a freedom of information request filed by the Austin Bulldog earlier this year.
At least one email shows Mayor Lee Leffingwell was aware of how his messages could violate the Open Meetings Act.
“I’m not copying all others on this because I think this email, if there are responses among Council Member to a quorum of members, violates the Open Meetings Act,” Leffingwell said in a message to planning commission chair Dave Sullivan.
In a later email copied to multiple council members, Leffingwell tips his hand on a potential vote on the relocation of the Pease Park disc golf course, adding “my two cents."
The rest of the messages detail normal city business in a notable departure from the sometimes harsh tone of the first round of emails.
City officials said the emails were excluded from the initial request for several reasons having to do with Microsoft Outlook technicalities.
The city’s technology management staff accessed 16 of Mayor Leffingwell’s emails that were automatically archived by the email client. Others were either “inadvertently excluded” from the initial request, or not included because city staff were not among the original addressees.