New rules for city cemeteries
Austinites may soon have to think twice about what they bring to a passed loved one.
Austin's city cemeteries are once again under the city's care, and city leaders want to enforce rules that have been on the books for 40 years.
But as YNN's Jeff Stensland explains in the video above, those rules are upsetting some.
Tubing now banned in East Austin
City Council voted Thursday to ban tubing along the Colorado River east of Longhorn Dam.
The new rules target East Side Tubes, a tube renal company which opened up this summer.
Neighbors complained that the business brought unwanted traffic and litter to their neighborhood. Code compliance also cited East Side Tubes for using a trail to access the river that it did not own.
Under the new rules, inflatable tubes will not allowed between Longhorn Dam and Highway 183.
Kayak, canoe and fishing boat rentals are still allowed.
City plans transit funding
The region's long-term transit plan is gaining traction, but member cities must first choose how they'll cover the cost.
Austin’ City Manager Marc Ott is working on a financing plan for Project Connect.
City leaders want Ott to especially look at how much money Austin stands to get back from bus and train revenue.
Project Connect looks at car, bus and rail projects for six Central Texas Counties.
Among the key initiatives are urban rail through Central Austin and regional rail between Georgetown and San Antonio.
Red River Street deemed culturally significant
If you love live music, you likely know Red River Street well.
City Council voted Thursday to create the Red River Cultural District between Sixth and 10th streets.
Longtime venues like Mohawk, Stubb's and Club DeVille have attracted a lot of new music venue neighbors in recent years.
The city will also look at parking and band loading areas in the new cultural district.