Stories by Caleb Pritchard

Thursday, March 26, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County postpones Correctional System master plan

Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has temporarily halted preliminary steps toward a new County Correctional System master plan.At Tuesday’s Commissioners Court voting session, Eckhardt agreed to delay a vote on whether to proceed to the second part of a two-phase…

Wednesday, March 25, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners keep parking garage plans alive

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to keep the three new levels of underground parking that had been designed to accompany the planned district attorney’s office in downtown Austin.The decision to approve the proposed $3.05 million garage beneath the future Ronnie Earle Building came…

Wednesday, March 11, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis Commissioners settle DA building drama

Travis County Commissioners Court settled the final act Tuesday in a lengthy drama surrounding a proposed new district attorney’s office building.In a 3-2 vote, the commissioners gave the green light to a moderately revised version of the Ronnie Earle Office…

Monday, March 9, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners back new vehicle registration fee

The Travis County Commissioners Court has endorsed a proposal to raise vehicle registration fees to bolster funding for transportation projects. At their regular voting session Tuesday, the commissioners unanimously backed two bills at the Texas Legislature that would charge county…

Thursday, March 5, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

TravCo to study Hamilton Pool Road improvements

Travis County Commissioners took the first step Tuesday toward potentially adding big changes to a section of Hamilton Pool Road, despite some opposition from area residents.At the end of their regular voting session, commissioners unanimously agreed to award $530,000 to…

Wednesday, March 4, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners nearly boot plans for DA’s office

Travis County Commissioners came dangerously close Tuesday to scrapping plans to build a new office tower for the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.The clash between two county agencies over cost almost ended the project when Commissioner Gerald Daugherty seconded a…

Friday, February 27, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Sheriff Hamilton addresses Secure Communities

A special briefing on how President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration is changing local law enforcement policies left several questions unanswered Thursday at a Travis County Commissioners Court work session.Sheriff Greg Hamilton updated the commission on the new trends…

Thursday, February 26, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County advances plan for new community center

Travis County Commissioners inched closer toward approving a project to replace an aging community center in Del Valle on Tuesday afternoon.With a 4-0 vote, they approved the reallocation of $161,805 for the early stages of work on a proposed new…

Wednesday, February 25, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Travis County eyes redevelopment of key properties

Travis County officials are attempting to plot the future of nine separate properties, some that have fates hinging heavily on a mercurial electorate this November.If voters approve a $291.6 million bond to build a new Civil and Family Courthouse, new…

Monday, February 23, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

County pitches courthouse plan to Downtown group

Travis County officials presented plans for a proposed $291.6 million Civil and Family Courthouse to Austin’s Downtown Commission last week in an early bid to shore up city support before taking the plan to voters ahead of November’s bond election.…

Wednesday, February 18, 2015 by Caleb Pritchard

Commissioners delay action on DA’s office complex

Two absences at the Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday forced a delay on a decision over a building to house the district attorney’s office.Commissioners Ron Davis and Gerald Daugherty were not on the dais, leaving a three-person quorum with…

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