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Commissioner Cook Urges Caution Using Fireworks

Information below is from Williamson County's Public Information Office.

  • 24 junio 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2858

Fireworks Safety Tips 

When many people think of Independence Day celebrations, they think of fireworks; however, most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits.  If you are unsure of the ordinances, it is always safer to check with the city or local fire department prior to the purchase or discharge of fireworks. Fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks. To check an interactive county map with the fireworks free buffer zone area, go to this link  https://gis.wilco.org/maps/?viewer=countymap.  

Officials believe the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display sponsored by various jurisdictions and organizations throughout the area. Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries.  Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them.  

The Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office has these tips for keeping you safe: 

Before you shoot: 

  2. Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers 
  3. Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks 
  4. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place 
  5. Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass 
  6. Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire 

Wilco Volunteers Answering Call To Serve During Pandemic

Oped by Commissioner Cook

  • 18 junio 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2883

Supplies are neatly arranged in stacks on tables at the warehouse set up at the First Baptist Church in Georgetown ready for pick-up and delivery by volunteers.When the call to organize and help vulnerable residents during the COVID-19 pandemic came, the answer was swift. 

As part of the county’s Emergency Operations Center response, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell and Michael Shoe, director of Emergency Management, tasked Annie Burwell, director of the Mobile Outreach, to lead the Wilco COVID-19 Community Organizations Active in Disaster team.

Shortly after, they reassigned Pamela Ward from the County’s Parks Department to the COAD, and both began their work in earnest.

They also formed an advisory board that included Mel Stauber, Missions Pastor, Celebration Church; Doug James, Community Impact Pastor, Hill Country Bible Church; and Derick Zwerneman, Church Development Manager, Austin Disaster Relief Network.

A COAD is a networking group linking people and organizations needing help with necessities such as food, clothing and shelter to businesses and the faith-based community. It focuses primarily on vulnerable populations such as the elderly, and those in fragile health and/or experiencing homelessness.  

The COAD’s advisory board immediately recognized that many vulnerable, disabled and senior citizens needed hard-to-obtain personal protective equipment likes face masks, gloves and cleaning supplies. 

Commissioner Cook Invites Residents To Read the Williamson County 2020 Property Value Update

This report is in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus impact on property values by the Williamson Central Appraisal District's Chief Appraiser Alvin Lankford.

  • 21 mayo 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3010

Please log onto this link to read the report dated May 19, 2020 https://agenda.wilco.org/docs/2020/COM/20200519_1531/24180_2020_Williamson_County_Valuation_Update_5.19.20.pdf

For additional information on property taxes, please visit https://www.wcad.org/

Commissioner Cook Offers Remarks and Poem at Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Central Texas Iftar Marking Start of Holy Lunar Month of Ramadan

The virtual event was held Saturday, May 9, to also commemorate 100 years since the establishment of this oldest Muslim organization in the United States.

  • 11 mayo 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3720


by Terry Cook

One day rolls into the next

No jolt, no transition, it just does.

Left alone am I.

In silence I sit, read, sigh.

I miss my family.

I miss the touch of a friend.

The warm hug that told me ‘we are well’.

The kiss on the cheek,

The humorous glint in their eye, now too distanced to see.

The jokes we told now muffled behind the mask.

Laughter, ahh, laughter that warmed the soul.

Hands clasped, we strolled together each day, now too distanced to be.

That which has happened, not our doing.

But it neither our undoing.

Does God wish us to be malcontents or filled with love?

Do we long for the past or relish the known and unknown of the future?

We still have each other; friendship does not whither under the winds of isolation.

But is patient, full of anticipation of its coming resumption.

What Restrictions Lifted by Governor On COVID-19 Mean For Us

Commissioner Cook continues to urge safe practices and to use caution at all times.

  • 26 marzo 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3118
Commissioner Cook urges everyone to stay home as much as possible. Lifted quarantines around the world have resulted in spikes in the numbers of coronavirus cases, sometimes with dramatic increases!
Williamson County's Stay Home Stay Safe order will expire at 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, April 30. Starting May 1, Williamson County businesses will follow Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s executive orders issued April 27, 2020, which allow businesses to reopen in phases, with an effort toward minimiznig the spread of COVID-19.  
No date is set for reopening Wilco County Offices. Facemasks, gloves and 20-second handwashing are still the best we can do if we go out to protect ourselves and our loved ones. 
To view what types of businesses can open and with what restrictions, please read Texans Helping Texans: The Governor's Report to Open Texas. This report explains Phase I by outlining the new protocols, guidance, and recommendations. 
A copy of the report and executive orders can be found on the county’s website at www.wilco.org.  

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