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Williamson County and Cities Health District Williamson County Board of Health

  • 4/16/2020 6:30 PM
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NOTICE OF EMERGENCY MEETING VIA VIDEO/TELEPHONE CONFERENCE CALL
DUE TO THE EXISTENCE OF AN EMERGENCY RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS EPIDEMIC WITHIN THE MEANING OF SECTION 551.125, TEXAS GOVERNMENT CODE, MAKING THE CONVENING OF A MEETING AT ONE LOCATION OF A QUORUM OF THE BOARD DIFFICULT OR IMPOSSIBLE

April 16, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
Round Rock Public Health Center
Scott D. Evans Conference Room
355 Texas Ave., Round Rock, TX 78664

Members of the public may participate using the toll-free call-in number:
877 853 5257; Meeting ID: 926 2318 0450#
Or the video link: 30TUhttps://zoom.us/j/92623180450U30T; Meeting ID: 926 2318 0450

A copy of the agenda packet may be obtained by submitting an email request to: Cindy.Botts@Wilco.org

Board of Health Directors
Ed Strout (Cedar Park, 12/21)

Joan Maxfield (Taylor, 12/20)
Mary Faith Sterk (Georgetown, 12/22)
Terrance Owens (Hutto, 12/22)
Scott Parker (Leander/Liberty Hill, 12/21)
Cynthia Flores (Round Rock, 12/21)
Joan Maxfield (Taylor, 12/20)
Marlene McMichael, Chair (County, 12/22)
Joanne Land (County, 12/20)
Derrick L. Neal, Executive Director


 


Agenda

Call special session to order:

  1. Roll Call
  2. COVID-19 Board Objectives
  3. Update on COVID-19 Response (Case numbers, trending, planning/ops efforts)
  4. Funding update (Response expenditures)
  5. Data requests and City needs (Types of info requested, HIPAA discussion)
  6. Crisis CoAg Grant Pre-Approval
  7. WCCHD activities (Non-response, remote work)
  8. Upcoming items (BOH Briefing document, City liaising)
  9. Adjourn.

Certification

I certify that the above notice of an emergency Board of Health meeting was posted in the main entrance of the Health District office at 355 Texas Ave., Round Rock, Texas before 5:30 p.m. on March 23, 2020 and remained posted for at least one hour preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.

The open session may be recessed at any time to convene an executive session for any purpose authorized by the Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551, or by Texas Government Code Section 418.183. Any subject discussed in executive session may be subject to action during the open meeting.

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Derrick L. Neal, Executive Director

Notice of Meeting of the Fire Commissioners of Williamson County Emergency Services District #8

  • 4/15/2020 6:00 PM
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The Board of Fire Commissioners of Williamson County Emergency Services District #8 will meet on Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at 6:00p.m. at 3500 D B Wood Road, Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Georgetown, Texas.
DUE TO THE STATE OF EMERGENCY AND/OR LOCAL DISASTER CAUSED BY THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC AND THE FEDERAL, STATE, AND LOCAL GUIDANCES, ORDERS AND DECLARATIONS OF DISASTER RELATED THERETO, THE DISTRICT MAY EXERCISE ITS AUTHORITY TO HOLD THE MEETING VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE CALL OR OTHER REMOTE PROCEDURES BECAUSE OF THE DIFFICULTY AND RISKS OF CONVENING A QUORUM IN ONE LOCATION. THE MEETING MAY BE ACCESSED BY THE PUBLIC VIA TELEPHONE TOLL FREE AT 512-672-8405 AND THE PIN TO JOIN CONFERENCE IS 557 645 143#.
Williamson County Emergency Services District #8 Board Members: Bobby Bunte, Bennie Piper, Troy Rodriguez and Ira Wood.
Call to Order
Board may, at any time, recess the Regular Session to convene in Executive Session at the request of the Chair, Board Member, or legal counsel for any purpose authorized by the Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551, and are subject to action in the Regular Session that follows.
A. Public Comment.
B. Consideration and possible action to approve the minutes from the Regular Session Meeting held on March 18, 2020.
C. Presentation of the monthly Treasurer’s report and payment of bills by Ron Barrick.
D. Monthly presentation, report(s) and updates by City of Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan.
I, Nancy Rangel, do hereby certify that this Notice of Meeting was posted on the ESD8 website, a place readily accessible to the general public at all times and with the County Clerk’s Office on the April 10th at 3:00 p.m. and remained posted for at least 72 continuous hours, preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.
______________________________
Nancy Rangel

Criminal: Revised Criminal Hearing Order

  • 2 April 2020
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This General Order supersedes, in its entirety, the “General Order Regarding Court Hearings in Felony Cases if the Courthouse is Inaccessible due to the Exigent Circumstances Created by COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus” issued on March 24, 2020.
Due to the continuing state of emergency ordered by the Governor, and in an effort to ensure that defendants in felony cases may be heard, in compliance with the relevant orders of the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals, the Court ORDERS that, until further order, hearings in felony cases are restricted to the following issues:

  1. Pleas;
  2. Emergency Hearings; and
  3. Bail Hearings.

Additionally, because of the public health risk associated with in-person gatherings as articulated in various executive orders issued by the President, Governor, and County Judge, the court ORDERS that EFFECTIVE MONDAY APRIL 6, 2020 hearings in felony cases shall continue to be conducted exclusively on an electronic basis, and in conformance with the “Revised Procedure for Setting and Conducting Electronic & Telephone Court Hearings in Felony Cases” attached as Exhibit A. Counsel should note that the procedure outlined in Exhibit A contains important refinements related to deadlines and eFiling that result from input from the bar and other participants in the justice system.
As in previously adopted orders, the Court reminds counsel that we take seriously our obligation to balance the interest of justice and the health and safety of our courthouse community and the community at large, and we request patience as our processes continue to evolve with this exigency.

Criminal: General Order: Regarding Public Access to Court Proceedings Under the 2020 State of Disaster COVID-19 and Related Coronavirus

  • 1 April 2020
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This General Order is issued in response to the Local State of Disaster that has been declared by the County Judge of Williamson County, as well as the state of disaster declarations by the Governor of the State of Texas, and by the President of the United States. This General Order is also issued after considering and in conformance with Emergency Orders Regarding the COVID-19 State of Disaster issued by the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals1.

WHEREAS, the Courts of Williamson County are open, “and every person…shall have remedy by due course of law.” (Tx. Const. Art. I Sec. 13).

WHEREAS, the Courts of Williamson County have determined that there is an overriding or compelling interest to protect the health and safety of the public, parties, and employees of the Court from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and related coronavirus;

WHEREAS, the Courts of Williamson County have determined that the exclusion of the public from in-person court proceedings is essential to reduce the risk to the public, parties, and employees of the Court from the risk of exposure to COVID-19 and related coronavirus;

WHEREAS, the Courts of Williamson County have considered that there are reasonable alternatives to total exclusion or closure of court proceedings that will serve the interest of reducing the risk of exposure to COVID19 and related coronavirus while balancing the public’s access to court proceedings.

It is therefore ORDERED that, effective immediately and continuing until further order, if a member of the public desires to observe any court proceedings held in the courts of Williamson County, Texas, the requestor shall contact the court administrator of the court in which the case is scheduled at least 24 hours prior to the date and time of the court hearing to arrange for the requestor to view the proceedings being conducted through remote technology.

Nothing in this order precludes a court in Williamson County from broadcasting hearings in a manner chosen by each individual court.

The contact information for each court administrator is located on Williamson County’s website.1

If you are viewing, please mute your connection to prevent disruption to the court proceedings. VIDEO OR AUDIO RECORDING OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS PROHIBITED.

1 Misc. Docket No. 20-9042 (Tex.) Misc. Docket No. 20-007 (Tex. Crim. App.), accessed at https://www.txcourts.gov/media/1446056/209042.pdf (2. Subject only to constitutional limitations, all courts in Texas may in any case, civil or criminal—and must to avoid risk to court staff, parties, attorneys, jurors, and the public—without a participant’s consent: … b. Allow or require anyone involved in any hearing, deposition, or other proceeding of any kind—including but not limited to a party, attorney, witness, or court reporter, but not including a juror—to participate remotely, such as by teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or other means; c. Consider as evidence sworn statements made out of court or sworn testimony given remotely, out of court, such as by teleconferencing, videoconferencing, or other means; d. Conduct proceedings away from the court’s usual location, but in the county of venue, and only with reasonable notice and access to the participants and the public; … f. Take any other reasonable action to avoid exposing court proceedings to the threat of COVID-19….” Misc. Docket No. 20-9044 (Tex.) Mics. Docket No. 20-008 (Tex. Crim. App.), accessed at &am

Civil: Court Procedures for Civil Cases During COVID-19 Disaster

  • 31 March 2020
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In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the state of disaster declared by the Governor, the Stay Home Stay Safe Order issued by Williamson County and the Emergency Orders that have been issued by the Supreme Court of Texas,1 and to protect the due process rights and public health of all citizens, the 26th District Court has suspended in-person hearings until at least May 11, 2020 and all jury trials until at least June 1, 2020. In the interim, hearings may be conducted via Microsoft Teams video conference application as deemed necessary by the Court. For specific instructions on obtaining and using the Team App, see Hearing Procedure and How To’s below.

All in-person hearings and jury trials currently scheduled during this state of disaster are hereby postponed and will be rescheduled. Contact the Court to reset your case to a date after May 11, 2020. It should be noted that this date is subject to being extended as conditions change. All updates will be posted on the 26th Judicial District Court webpage. https://www.wilco.org/Elected-Officials/District-Courts/26th-District-Court

Attorneys and litigants are strongly encouraged to continue to diligently work their cases in order to reach an agreement or otherwise prepare for trial. To that end, and to ensure the civil justice system functions as efficiently as possible under the circumstances, lawyers and litigants may request telephonic or video hearings to resolve their disputes. Submission requests will be considered for all uncontested matters.

  1. All pleadings must first be filed and accepted by the district clerk's office before requesting a hearing.
  2. The court will determine whether to grant a requested hearing and the procedures for introducing evidence.
  3. If approved, requested hearings announcing less than 1 hour will be heard on Tuesday mornings of each week. Approved hearing requests announcing for more than 1 hour will be heard on Wednesday mornings. To request a hearing via Microsoft Teams application, contact court administrator, Deb Lewis, at 512-943-1226 or by email at dlewis@wilco.org.
  4. Some matters may be considered upon written submission. Written submission requests must include any affidavits, declarations or other necessary supporting records. This method is encouraged for all agreed motions and orders, as well as for non-testimonial matters. After receiving a submission hearing request, court staff will then advise whether any further communication or briefing will be required from any party.

HEARING PROCEDURE

In the event a Teams hearing or meeting is scheduled, you will receive an email with a calendar invitation to the meeting. Counsel may access Microsoft Teams to

  1. The court administrator will send a Teams Hearing/Meeting invitation at least 24 hours in advance of the setting to the following distribution list:
    1. Attorneys for all respective parties
    2. The Judge, and
    3. The Court Reporter
    4. Any designated parties or witnesses. Plaintiff and Defense Counsel must provide a list with email addresses&
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