This story about City Council delaying a vote on the "consent agreement" with Metro seems to me to be less bad than it sounds.
Among council members' concerns were sidewalks, street beautification, the impact of construction, the danger of trains operating in residential neighborhoods and uncertainties about routes. After more than two hours of discussion, committee chair Sue Lovell adjourned the meeting.
"When we have votes, I like for them to be informed votes," she said. "We have some work to do to go back and get some answers."
A May 13 meeting on the agreement also ended without a vote. Lovell said private meetings would be set up next week so committee members can put their questions to Mayor Bill White and Metropolitan Transit Authority CEO Frank Wilson.
The proposed agreement could come back to the committee for a vote in June or go directly to the full council if members' concerns are addressed, she said.
"Some of us feel that this is our last shot," [Council Member Peter] Brown said. "Once we sign the consent agreement, the partnership may crumble. Metro may not listen."
Councilwoman Melissa Noriega agreed, saying, "We have leverage to impact this."