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Williamson County Historical Commission Has Openings

Please see information and application links below

  • 29 May 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 4771

 I want to encourage our Precinct 1 constituents to apply for consideration to serve on the Williamson County Historical Commission. The WCHC is dedicated to the preservation of the history of the county. For more information on what this organization does, please visit http://www.williamson-county-historical-commission.org/

The County will be accepting applications for membership in the WCHC until the positions are filled. Members are appointed by the Williamson County Commissioners Court and serve for two-year terms. The Commissioners Court also appoints people to fill expired positions. 

Individuals wishing to serve on the WCHC should fill out an application and submit it to their Williamson County precinct commissioner or the county judge. Voting members must be 18 years of age or older. Applications and a copy of the WCHC bylaws are available on this website at http://www.wilco.org under Commissioners Court under Historical Commission Applications or at this link http://www.wilco.org/Portals/0/Departments/CommCourt/Appointment%20Form.pdf?ver=2017-05-15-105138-293.

Below is my contact information for Precinct 1 constituents:

Precinct 1 Commissioner Terry Cook

1801 E. Old Settlers Blvd.

Round Rock, TX 78664



Living the AgriLife in Williamson County

Oped by Commissioner Cook

  • 17 May 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 5946

Commissioner Cook stands before a meal prepared by Wilco's Agrilife Family and Community Health Program Agent Chelsea Stevens.

I recently learned how to prepare a full meal for four in 30 minutes that was economical, low-fat and delicious. This dinner even included a healthier version of tres leches cake for dessert. 

A group of about 50 attended the Williamson County AgriLife Healthy Cooking School, the first held in Round Rock, on April 16 led by Chelsea Stevens.

Trained specialists incorporate basic nutrition, food safety, shopping on a budget and food preparation skills into these free classes. They also explore the relationship between agriculture and healthy eating.

The Healthy Cooking School is part of the Family and Community Health Program headed by Stevens, one of five AgriLife agents for Wilco. This event has been hosted seven other times in the county since 2014, four in Georgetown and two in Liberty Hill.

The Family and Community Health Program is one of many educational programs of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, that oversees a network of 250 county Extension offices covering all 254 Texas counties with 900 professional educators. (Click on Read More Below)

Commissioner Cook Speaks at Ribbon Cutting for Brushy Creek Regional Trail and Dam 7 Improvements

April 18, 2018

  • 19 April 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 5145

Commissioner Cook speaks with a mic at a podium outside at Dam 7 with two people sitting behind her.Commissioner Cook speaks on the expansion of the Brushy Creek Trail at the Dam. Below are her remarks:

We’ve waited far longer than we had hoped to have continuity in the Brushy Creek Regional Trail, however, this section reflects an upgrade in our trail design to resist erosion and continuous maintenance challenges.  With the backdrop of a newly rehabilitated dam reminding us the importance of flood control in the Brushy Creek watershed, this deeply loved trail will prevail thru our many heavy rains and give us many, many years of support for our outdoor endeavors.

I want to thank all of you for coming today.

To Jonathan Wagner and Brent Baker of studio 16:19, thank you for all your work on the landscape design for this trail.

My gratitude to the work of ESD Southwest and Robert Mashewske for the testing of our concrete – counting on it lasting for my lifetime despite the heavy load of people who will be using this section of the trail.

And finally, thank you to Lamont Navarrette and Mark Williamson of Westar Construction for persevering and making this trail a reality.

Several people are holding the ribbon and the man at the front is cutting the ribbon.

Right: The Ribbon Cutting with everyone involved in the improvement of Dam 7, six miles west of Round Rock in the Upper Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District (WCID) and those responsible for the design and expansion of the Brushy Creek Regional Trail. 


Still Standing After All These Years:

The Saga of the Brushy Creek Water Control and Improvement District Dams

  • 19 April 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 5412

A view of Coupland dam and land surrounding it.

Floods and droughts are the bane of Central Texas. Seems to be either too much water or not enough. Today, we have a series of dams across the southern region of Williamson County in the Brushy Creek Watershed. How did they come to be?

Historical records show that in 1921, a serious storm hit central Texas and the town of Thrall that received over 38 inches of rain in 24 hours. A worst-case storm would rain 44 inches in 24 hours. Of course, there was no warning. About half of Williamson County and western Milam County were under significant amounts of water.

In Milam County the flooding washed out approximately one mile of the International and Great Northern train tracks, including a trestle 20 feet high. A lake about 10 miles wide formed in the area where the Brushy Creek and San Gabriel River converge. Over 200 fatalities were reported.

(Picture of the Coupland Dam)

In 1955, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service (now the U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service) conducted a comprehensive study of the Brushy Creek watershed and recommended that 56 dams be constructed, which they would design and pay for. However, they needed a local entity to be the owner/operator of the dams and reservoirs.

The Texas Housing Foundation


  • 16 April 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 6679

Is it true the THF could exercise its eminent domain authority in Williamson County even though the the county does not join the THF? 

Answer:  Yes

By joining the THF, can the county forbid the THF from using its eminent domain authority?

Answer:  Yes, because the resolution agreement being considered on April 17, 2018 to join the THF at the Williamson County Commissioners Court hearing expressly denies THF the ability to use eminent domain to acquire property for the purpose of developing workforce housing.      

The Commissioners Court currently has authority to contract (or not) in relation to a project that would be proposed outside of a municipality.  Would the court lose that authority once it joins the THF and appoints a commissioner?

Answer:  The Court would not be subject to "THF's approval" for any future contracts, and would not somehow be subject to additional state or federal regulation by virtue of its participation within THF. The Williamson County Commissioners Court would not lose any level of authority by virtue of joining the THF and appointing a commissioner. 


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