The Austin City Council approved $15 million in funds for the completion of a new water treatment plant during a busy session on Thursday.
Water treatment plant number 4, or WTP4, is slated for completion in 2014. Austin Water Utility executives have stated that the extra funds, while unforeseen but still necessary, will cover some of the cost of the finishing projects before the plant is completed.
The new water treatment plant has caused a lot of controversy—with many critics saying that the new half a billion dollar treatment plant will not help solve the city's water problems.
During today's session, the City Council also discussed whether or not to give VISA more than $1.5 million in incentives to expand its operations to northwest Austin. If approved, the credit card company has pledged to bring close to 800 jobs to the city, with an average salary of more than $100K.
Council members also discussed the issue of eliminating the curfew on the Hike & Bike Trail. Currently, the trail has a 10:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. curfew in place. Some argue it could cost the city of Austin millions of dollars to make the changes necessary to accommodate usage between those hours.