review board only days later, received formal
approval, and made it to the planning and zon-
ing meeting the following day.
getting us close to nowhere.
inquired about a pay increase. Like clock-
work, the third week of March Andy popped
the question. His timing couldn't have been
worse. The only thing on my mind was com-
pleting the airport. At the top of my list was
getting approval for our cut and fill variance
and our other construction permits. The next
handful of items on my list had to do with the
details of grading the area, constructing the
concrete ramp, building the massive 223-foot
by 130-foot jet hangar, and breaking ground
on the terminal building. Andy's pay raise
was low on my list.
lieved would unite our interests. "All right,"
I said. "Here's what I'll do. I'll give you a five
"The way this works," I said. "You get three
cent if we get our permits by the end of April."
two percent raise drops to one percent. If no
permits by the end of May, then you're stuck
with a three percent raise this year."
gineers and my own lawyer to get a move on,
or else. Until I had put the new pay plan in ef-
fect, any delays only hurt me. Now they hurt
both of us.
Andy's phone ding--e-mail arriving. He sat
there thumbing through his message. Over
my headphones I heard him say, "This can't
"We have a small problem," Andy said.
We believed we were days from receiving
items were the exact language of the fine
print of two agreements required by the City:
1) an easement granted to the City of Austin
that prevented Austin Executive Airport from
building on the new wetland for the next 100
years, and 2) a Unified Development Agree-
Zschiesche property, yet because the 370-acre
Zschiesche tract was itself composed of sev-
eral smaller parcels of land, the City required
an agreement that treated the entire tract as
one unit with rights to the new wetlands in