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Austin City Council Considers Austin Pets Alive Lease

The city council will discuss what will happen to the old Town Lake Animal Shelter.
Photo for KUT News by Ihwa Cheng
The city council will discuss what will happen to the old Town Lake Animal Shelter.

Today the Austin City Council will consider changes to a temporary lease agreement with Austin Pets Alive. Austin Pets Alive has been using a portion of the Town Lake Animal Center since the city shelter moved five miles east to the Austin Animal Center, and now the nonprofit wants to operate out of the entire building.

Also on the agenda at today’s work session, beginning at 9 a.m., is a resolution that would establish an advisory task force on drawing geographical districts for city council elections. The proposal is similar to what was proposedby the city's Charter Revision Committee.The council will also look at one-time exemptions to the city’s smoking ban in city parks for the upcoming Austin Food and Wine Festival and Eeyore’s Birthday Party. The exemptions would create designated smoking areas at the parks during the festivals.

As always, you can watch today's meeting online. Council will convene again to act on today's discussion items at its regular meeting Thursday, April 26.

Laura first joined the KUT team in April 2012. She now works for the statewide program Texas Standard as a reporter and producer. Laura came to KUT from the world of television news. She has worn many different hats as an anchor, reporter and producer at TV stations in Austin, Amarillo and Toledo, OH. Laura is a proud graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, a triathlete and enjoys travel, film and a good beer. She enjoys spending time with her husband and pets.
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