Austin Java opens in Dripping Springs, city of Austin utility agencies issue apology for inaccurate meter readings and more for South Austinites to know this week

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1.

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1.

Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1 that includes a brewery, coffee roasting facility and a full bar and restaurant. Here are some other news stories for South Austinites to keep in mind this week.

Travis County commissioners appoint two members to Mobility Authority board of directors
In a meeting Jan. 30, the Travis County Commissioners Court appointed two members to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority board of directors. The terms of the county’s current board representatives, Charles Heimsath and David Armbrust, expired Feb. 1.

Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In moves pop-up location to Vulcan Video
Drive-in movie theater Blue Starlite Mini Urban Drive-In relocated its pop-up location Feb. 1 from the Graceland Oaks Event Center in Oak Hill to Vulcan Video, 4411 Russell Drive, Austin. The theater offers classic concessions and features classic films and fan favorites.

Council member Troxclair seeks to make utility bills more affordable with new resolution
Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair, whose district includes a portion of Southwest Austin, brought a resolution to her follow council members last week that will establish affordability standards for Austin’s water and garbage bills. The resolution directs city staff to conduct a study of other public and private water and solid waste utilities in Texas. Through those study findings, city staff can form recommendations for affordability standards for adherence by Austin Water and Austin Resource Recovery.

City of Austin utility agencies issue apology for high water bills, announce plans to credit customers affected
Austin Water and Austin Energy apologized to its customers Jan. 31 after discovering meter reading errors for over 7,000 customers throughout the city. In a press conference, agency officials confirmed the unusual pattern in high water bills and issued an apology to all customers. It also announced a plan to reimburse customers.

Take a look inside Austin Java’s first Dripping Springs location
Austin Java opened its first Dripping Springs location Feb. 1 at 3799 E. Hwy. 290. The facility features a full-service restaurant and brewery, coffee roasting facility, lounge, playscape and beer garden, seats close to 300 people and includes a lounge and deck. This is the cafe’s fifth Austin-area location.


Susan Bailey was elected president of the American Medical Association in June 2020. (Courtesy American Medical Association)
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Valentina’s offers breakfast and lunch tacos as well as barbecue. (Courtesy Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ)
South Austin's Valentina’s Tex Mex BBQ will move to Buda in next year

The business announced it will be moving within the next year.

Under the city of Austin's phased enforcement plan released May 10, citations at public encampments will begin in mid-June to be followed by arrests and clearances in July as necessary. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin's homeless ordinances back on books May 11, but arrests, camp clearings won't start until July

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Pfizer vaccines could become available to kids 12 and up as soon as next week. (Courtesy Adobe Stock/Graphic by Justin Howell/Community Impact Newspaper)
FDA expands Pfizer vaccine authorization to children ages 12 to 15 years old

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Butler Park Pitch & Putt reopened to the public in April. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
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I-35 traffic
State now accepting public input on North Austin I-35 overhaul project

The public now has the ability to review and provide feedback on planning materials for a $400 million I-35 project.

Austin Bouldering Project currently operates a gym on Springdale Road in Austin. (Courtesy Austin Bouldering Project)
Local rock-climbing gym to open new location in South Austin this fall

The new gym will have comparable offerings to the original in East Austin.

Tents have become a common sight throughout Austin including along Cesar Chavez Street downtown, but with the passage of Proposition B the city may now consider moving unsheltered homeless individuals to designated sites. (Ben Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Hall notebook: Designated campsites for the homeless are back on the table

City staff had previously dismissed developing official camping locations in 2019, but new directives from City Council this week could revive the concept in Austin.

Wag-A-Bag is headquartered in Round Rock. (Megan Cardona/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Stephanie Hayden-Howard will become an assistant city manager in Austin on May 10. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Role changes coming for health officials leading Austin-Travis County COVID-19 efforts

Dr. Desmar Walkes will take over as Austin's next medical director and local health authority as Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard transition to new roles with the city.