City to provide loans to music venues
The local music scene is getting a little help from the city to keep quiet.
On Thursday, the Austin City Council approved a new Music Venue Assistance Program. It will help concert venue owners install sound barriers and better speakers.
A couple of venues tested the program and found a dramatic drop in noise complaints from neighbors.
Venues like Cheer Up Charlie's on East Sixth Street have been at odds with neighbors as Austin's music scene continues to sprawl out of the Downtown area.
The city will provide low-interest loans up to $35,000 for venue owners to make the improvements.
$200,000 approved for water conservation
Austin leaders are looking to outside help for water resource management.
Forecasters with the Lower Colorado River Authority expect the drought to last for some time and the city may be required to cut water use by another 20 percent this October if lake levels reach an all-time low.
Austin-based Alan Plummer Associates will be working with Austin Water to find ways to further cut water usage.
Consultants will also explore options to be used in future droughts, so the city can be proactive at water conservation and account for growth.
The city is paying Alan Plummer Associates $200,000 for its work.
APD teams up with Texas State University to curb smoking
Texas State University is helping Austin Police crackdown on illegal tobacco sales.
The university is giving the Austin Police Department $2,600 dollars to target sales to underage teens.
Over the past year, officers with APD held 350 stings across the City of Austin.
The partnership that began in May of last year will continue through next August.