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Austin City Council considers upgrading Austin Energy’s communications platform

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Here are some of the key items that will be discussed at the Austin City Council meeting on Thursday.

Austin Energy Software Upgrade

The board will decide whether to modify the contract with KUBRA Arizona, Inc. to upgrade Austin Energy’s Hurricane Center software. The goal is to improve communication with customers during power outages, according to board document. The docs say the upgrades will live up to expectations listed in the city’s post-action assessment of the February winter storm response.

The contract amendment will upgrade Austin Energy’s platform for incident reporting and support communication with customers’ mobile devices, like their cell phones or iPads. The project is promised to increase written alerts to Austin Energy customers during power outages.

Council papers said that while these plans were in place, Austin Energy was reviewing the proposed upgrades to see if they would mask concerns posed by the February winter storm.

The city’s current contract with KUBRA Arizona, Inc. will expire in September 2022, but if a contract amendment is passed, it will extend the agreement by one year. The upgrade will add $925,547 to the city’s contract with KUBRA Arizona, Inc.

City code modification to accommodate more residential housing

The Council will decide whether to adopt a Resolution began amending the city code to create a voluntary housing incentive program that allows residential use in commercial zones.

This happened after the leaders discussed affordable housing options in a special meeting last month. Council members later explained that allowing housing construction in some commercial zones would boost home inventories and drive prices down.

ZACH theater repair

Two items on the agenda involve repairs to the ZACH Theater for damage caused by the February winter storm.

First item will approve a contract with a water damage recovery company to provide cleaning and repair services to the theater, costing $136,373.

Second item will allow execution of the construction contract with the same restoration company, cost $569,000.

Council documents say a pipe burst during a winter storm, causing “significant water damage” to the theatre. “The theatre, theater floors, facility walls, plumbing, bathrooms, entrance areas, hallways and studios were all damaged,” documents read.

https://www.kxan.com/news/local/austin/austin-city-council-to-weigh-upgrades-to-austin-energys-communication-platform/ Austin City Council considers upgrading Austin Energy’s communications platform

DUSTIN JONES

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