Scott Crosby (left), River Place HOA board President, and attorney Randy Wilburn respond to residents questions at  a special meeting July 29.The River Place Homeowners Association reached a settlement July 21 with the city of Austin regarding a lawsuit it filed in December protesting the city’s water and wastewater rates, board President Scott Crosby said at a July 29 HOA meeting.

River Place will be fully annexed by Austin in 2017. Under the annexation terms, the city took over supplying the community water and wastewater service from the River Place Municipal Utility District in mid-October.

Under the agreement, the city of Austin will refund River Place customers the amount it charged in excess of the rate the former MUD charged for October utility bills, the group’s attorney Randy Wilburn said. The total refund will be about $125,000 for the approximately 1,000 customers impacted by the charge, he said. The settlement is still subject to Austin City Council approval, he said.

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MoPac Intersections Environmental Study public hearing July 30

Residents examine roadwork plans as part of the MoPac Intersections Environmental Study public hearing July 30 at Bowie High School.

Residents expressed opposition and support at a public hearing July 30 for a proposed project to improve mobility on MoPac at its intersections with Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue in Southwest Austin.

Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and Texas Department of Transportation representatives were on hand at Bowie High School for the presentation and public hearing about the MoPac Intersections Environmental Study, which began in May 2013. If the study is environmentally cleared in 2015, TxDOT would design and construct the project.

Proposed improvements would extend the MoPac mainlanes through both intersections by going under Slaughter Lane and La Crosse Avenue. An innovative intersection called a Diverging Diamond Intersection, or DDI, is proposed at MoPac and Slaughter Lane to help address traffic congestion. From 1990 to 2012 the populations of Travis and Hays Counties have increased by 86 percent; from 2012 to 2035 they are expected to grow by another 61 percent, adding to traffic, according to the presentation.

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