Zimmerman constituents raise questions at town hall

AUSTIN (KXAN) — District 6 City Council member Don Zimmerman is known to raise questions at city council meetings, but on Saturday at a town hall meeting his constituents had questions of their own and were unimpressed with the answers.

Glenda Velji has lived in Northeast Austin for 16 years. She says she isn’t convinced with Zimmerman’s track record in District 6.

She says she has had drainage issues for 10 years and yet nothing has been done. She brought the issue up at the town hall and was disappointed.

“They have no clue what is going on in their own backyard. This is his district he should know the issues going on in his district,” Velji says.

A city spokesman asked her to send in a complaint to 311 so he can check the status of her claim. Zimmerman says while that is being processed it is no surprise that this issue has not been fixed because there is a lack of funding for their area.

“The city has been downtown centric for many decades. It has been a city government of downtown, by downtown, for downtown,” Zimmerman exclaims.

That is why he says his district struggles with getting projects done like Glenda’s drainage issue.

“If the money is concentrated downtown, that means for your local area there is no funding. You have no funding you can’t get  your projects done,” Zimmerman explains.

Glenda says Zimmerman and their district is a work in progress and town halls like this is a step in the right direction.

“Reaching out, you know, not during an electoral process. This kind of stuff is beneficial,” Velji says.

But drainage issues was just one topic of the meeting. Zimmerman also addressed the high water bills.

He says the only explanation could be an oversight of the person actually reading the meters in their area.

“Typically when a meter fails it underreads the water not overreads. It doesn’t overread it underreads. So from our investigation so far we are not reading the meters on time and we are not reading them accurately,” Zimmerman says.

He also tells us that he has been hosting town halls since February. If you are interested in attending he says they are the last Saturday of every month.


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