Precinct One Events

Commissioner Cook Speaks at Rotary Club of Round Rock Sunrise

Meeting held Friday, March 1, 2019 at the Baca Center in Round Rock

  • 4 March 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Commissioner Cook explains maps of the new Apple location on a screen behind her as Rotarians listen.  Commissioner Cook spoke to the apropriately named Rotary Club--Sunrise--at 7 a.m., their regular weekly meeting time, about the county budget and property taxes, and the recent Wilco-Apple 381 Agreement.

Rotary is an international humanitarian service organization of business and community leaders and volunteers who are willing and able to support Rotary's mission. They are a global network of volunteers: men and women doing incredible things together to create positive change in our community and our world. They give their time and resources to help others, while enjoying what they do.

They believe improving people's lives leads to a better and more peaceful world. In conjunction with Rotary International, they participate in and support service projects that address critical issues. Targeted for elimination are poverty, disease, hunger, illiteracy, and pollution.  They commit time, talent, experience and resources to make a positive difference.

Commissioner Cook Officiates at North Mays Street Expansion Groundbreaking

Ceremony was held Monday, Feb. 25, 2019

  • 26 February 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Officials from the County, City of Round Rock, Design Engineer LJA and contractors with Capital Excavation hold shovels of dirt to break ground on the north end parking lot of the Round Rock Public Safety Facility.The groundbreaking commemorated work to begin the extension of North Mays from Paloma Drive to Oakmont Drive. The project is anticipated to be completed in Spring 2020. The project is funded with county voter approved road bonds and by the City of Round Rock.

The current awarded budget is $10,775,835.75, with the city responsible for 24 percent of the construction costs currently at $2,586,200.50 but not to exceed $3,800,000.

Commissioner Cook lauds projects that improve mobility and traffic safety in Precinct 1 and around the County.

Commissioner Cook Officiates at Neenah Avenue Widening and Pearson Ranch Road Traffic Signal Ribbon Cutting

Event was held Monday, Feb. 11 at Pearson Ranch Middle School

  • 13 February 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 157

Commissioner Cook is ready to cut the ribbon with her giant scissors surrounded by the Pearson Ranch Middle School Choir and Director, and Principals, staff and a PTA President from Pearson Ranch and Elsa England schools, Austin Council Member Jimmy Flannigan and staff, City of Austin Engineers, and representatives from MA Smith Contracting, Stantec Consulting Services and HNTB.The two road improvement projects were critical to increasing safety near Elsa England Elementary School and Pearson Ranch Middle School.

Neenah Ave. was widened from the existing two-lane roadway to a four-lane roadway from Olive Hill Drive to the end of Neenah Ave. The project was less than one mile in length.

A traffic signal was installed at Neenah Ave. and Pearson Ranch Road.

Construction was completed in 10 months for a cost of $2.5 million.

Commissioner Cook Sponsors Mental Health First Aid Class

At J.B. and Hallie Jester Annex in Round Rock on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019

  • 28 January 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 639

MHFA can save a life, just like CPR can help save someone who is having a heart attack.

Commissioner Cook welcomes participants at the Mental Health First Aid Training.Esmeralda Pinones-Hux, instructor with Integral Care, checks in people arriving for the mental health first aid training.

The program offered a 5-step action plan to help someone who might be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health crisis.

The 8-hour training was provided by Integral Care and Bluebonnet Trails Community Services with support from St. David’s Foundation. MHFA was first introduced in the U.S. in 2008 and since then, thousands of people from throughout the county have taken the course.

Role-playing and simulations taught participants, including Commissioner Cook, how to offer initial help in a mental health crisis and connect persons to appropriate professional, peer, social and self-help care.

Participants learned the warning signs, symptoms and risk factors of mental illness and received information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis and substance use disorder. They also learned what to say in these situations that is helpful and appropriate, and what to avoid saying.

Participants were also provided information about additional regional resources, including NAMI Austin, a non-profit organization offering no-cost educational resources, support groups and workshops throughout Central Texas for you or your loved ones affected by mental illness. For more information, visit www.namiaustin.org.

For more information or questions about Mental Health First Aid, please email mhfa@integralcare.org or visit www.integralcare.org/en/mhfa.

Commissioner Cook Celebrates Completed TxDOT Projects at Ribbon Cutting with Rap Song

Ceremony held Jan. 11, 2019, at Denny's parking lot at 2700 N. I-35 in Round Rock

  • 14 January 2019
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 274

Local leaders and elected officials joined TxDOT representatives for the ribbon cutting ceremony of two projects in Williamson County Precinct 1 (in Round Rock):

The I-35 at FM 3406 (Old Settlers Blvd.) bridge reconstruction project and the I-35 from RM 1431 to FM 3406 (southbound), improved entrances and exits to I-35 (which includes a shared-use path for cicyclists and pedestrians).

Commissioner Cook wrote and performed a rap song for the event. (Click on Read More for the lyrics)

Commissioner Cook Performs her Rap "Yo, Flatiron" outside on Denny's parking lot with I-35 in the background.Local and elected leaders visit with TxDOT representatives before the ribbon cutting ceremony outside.