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Sage Advice and Information for Those Pondering College

Oped by Commissioner Terry Cook

  • 15 November 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Pictured left to right are Jim Johnson, WGU Community Relations Manager; Nancy Fitzgerald; WGU Texas Office Manager; Commissioner Cook; Emily LaBrecque, WGU Enrollment Counselor, Business College; and Ann Cruz, Enrollment Counselor, Business College.

If you’re a Wilco resident with a high school diploma or GED looking for a more flexible and much more affordable degree or certification program, I recommend two unbeatable options.

Last fall, I toured and wrote about the East Williamson County Higher Education Center in Hutto. Texas State Technical College, Temple College, and Texas A&M University-Central Texas that comprise EWCHEC, which formed a partnership with the Hutto community.

EWCHEC, through its three colleges, provides an opportunity to obtain associate degrees, coursework to finish bachelor’s and graduate degrees, and certification/licensure in programs like industrial maintenance, precision machining, welding and even cybersecurity.

EWCHEC’s campus buildings and programs continue to expand and excel. For more information, please visit http://ewchec.net/ .

Now Wilco residents—particularly working adults—can finish or obtain degrees from an accredited and reputable online university.

Who Is In Charge Of Elections In Texas

Video by the Texas Association of Counties

  • 31 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 96
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Premiered Oct 26, 2018

Did you know? Counties make sure your vote counts! No matter what you're voting on, your county handles the election.

For video of who is in charge of elections in Texas, please visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qL_4pdF3IBI

Learn more about how your county serves you at http://www.TexasCountiesDeliver.org

WATER BOIL REQUIREMENT ENDED OCT. 28, 2018 - NO MORE WATER DISTRIBUTION

Water Distribution was at Kelly Reeves Athletics Complex, 10211 W Parmer Ln, Austin, Texas 78717

  • 24 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 113
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Cases of water are being unloaded from a flatbed truck at the Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex distribution center.

Water Distribution Took Place During Water Boil Requirement but Austin Lifted the Water Boil Requirement Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. 

Story below is what took place during the water boil requirement.

Williamson County Emergency Management in coordination with the City of Austin have made arrangements to provide extra water for those with special needs, who are unable to boil water, or need bottled water for work. A distribution site has been established at:

  • Kelly Reeves Athletics Complex, 10211 W Parmer Ln, Austin, Texas 78717

The distribution site is now open and will be open until 7 p.m. tonight. It will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day, excluding Friday, which will run from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. due to a previously scheduled district football game. To receive bottled water, customers will be asked for their zip code and the total number of people in the household, where they will receive one gallon per person.

Traffic will need to enter the stadium parking lot from the south-bound lane of Parmer and turn right into the stadium, where residents will be directed on where to pick up their water. Residents traveling in the north-bound lane on Parmer from SH 45 will not be able to turn left into the stadium at Cassandra Drive and will need to travel past the stadium to Avery Ranch Blvd. and turn around to travel south and turn right into entrance of the stadium.

As a preemptive measure, Austin Water issued a self-imposed, city-wide boil water notice on the morning of Monday, October 22, advising customers to boil water before use. On Tuesday, October 23, Austin Water experienced a brief spike in turbidity levels which triggered an official mandatory boil water notification, as required by state law, and has notified its customers. The spike in turbidity does not require any change to precautionary measures already in place and does not put the public at additional risk. Approximately 80,000 Williamson County residents receive their water from Austin Water, either directly or through the indirect purchase, with an example being purchased through a Municipal Utility District (MUD). Other water sources in Williamson County, including water from other cities, are not under the boil water notice. City of Austin officals are also advising customers conserve their water usage, as the water reservoir levels are reaching minimal levels.

Please continue to monitor the Williamson County website, Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates on water distribution in Williamson County.

For more information on the Austin Water Boil Water Notice, including a map of those affected by the notice, visit: 

Keeping Williamson County’s History Alive and Recorded

by Commissioner Cook

  • 18 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 167
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If you’re curious about anything historical regarding Wilco, just check with the Williamson County Historical Commission.

State law directs county historical commissions to initiate and manage preservation programs for their counties. CHCs must also follow recommendations of their County Commissioners Court and the Texas Historical Commission. 

According to the THC, in 1953, the legislature created the Texas State Historical Survey Commission and in 1973 changed the agency’s name to the Texas Historical Commission. Most counties, including Wilco, also called their organizations historical survey commissions and removed “survey” from their designations after the THC did.

This year, to increase geographic diversity on the WCHC, we appointed 10 new members, and I was privileged to select two highly qualified people from several—also highly qualified—applicants to represent Precinct 1. I want to thank all who showed an interest in serving and encourage them to volunteer with the WCHC.

Commissioner Cook and the WCHC Board members are pictured at the front of the Williamson County Historic Courthouse at one of their meetings.

My two recommendations were Round Rock resident Jane Digesualdo, historian, author, community volunteer and a former member of the WCHC. The other Round Rock resident and native I recommended, Tina Steiner-Johnson, is a middle and high school teacher, and has been involved with the Round Rock Preservation Committee, as well as numerous other community organizations.

Formerly nine Georgetown residents, two from Taylor and one from Cedar Park comprised the WCHC. Now nine are from Georgetown, four from Round Rock, one from Leander, two from Cedar Park, three from Taylor, one from Hutto and one from Circleville for a total membership of 21 and one ad hoc member.

Texas law requires that at least seven residents on a CHC be from the county, and currently all 21 members are. It also requires that members of a CHC be individuals who broadly reflect the age, ethnic and geographic diversity of the county, and we’ve broadened this diversity!

Eloise Brackenridge from Taylor, originally appointed to the WCHC by Commissioner Larry Madsen of Precinct 4 in 2015, was elected chair by the WCHC members this past February and approved by the Commissioners Court. She hit the ground running.

She immediately garnered every member’s support in selecting two primary goals for the WCHC to address, in addition to several ongoing projects. One was to identify the most significant historical sites in Williamson.

The sites they’ll consider currently may not bear historical markers (or plaques) but they will also include those already marked.  Buildings, cemeteries or even empty fields can be considered historical sites. Sometimes fields were sites of significant battles or other human events. Once these sites are all identified, the WCHC will publish this information and post it on their website at http://tinyurl.com/yclbej8m.

Berry Creek Wastewater Interceptor Project Meeting To Be Held On Oct. 4

Stakeholder Meeting

  • 1 October 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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Berry Creek wastewater line stakeholder meeting

The City of Georgetown will hold a stakeholder meeting on Oct. 4 to provide information on the Berry Creek Wastewater Interceptor project. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1101 N. College St. in Georgetown. 

Information about the potential alignment of the 4.4-mile wastewater line project will be provided. The interceptor follows Berry Creek from the Berry Creek subdivision to the Pecan Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on Farm to Market 971 near Weir. Construction on the wastewater line is expected to begin next year.  

A team of environmental, engineering, and archaeological experts from the City of Georgetown and Walker Partners will be in attendance to provide information to property owners, businesses, and others interested in the project. There will be an opportunity to provide written comments at the meeting. 

Several routes will be shown; one goes right through the park, including the very narrow neck near I-35.

If you go to the park, please note the stakes with pink dayglow vinyl tape and you will see where the sealed boreholes are from subterranean exploration.

To view a schematic of the proposed route that goes through Berry Springs Park and Preserve, please visit http://tinyurl.com/y8sqv923 and take a pictorial walk in the general vicinity of the proposed trenching and tunneling.

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