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Tip Sheet: Travis County Commissioners 1-13, 1-15

Sunday, January 11, 2015 by Mark Richardson

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday in regular session and at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in a work session. In the interest of space, we have decided not to post the entire agendas here. The County Clerk’s office posts a copy at its website.

Items of interest for Commissioners Court include:

3. Consider and take appropriate action on Travis County appointments to the Travis County Healthcare District (dba Central Health) Board of Managers. (This item may be taken into Executive Session under the Consultation with Attorney exception.)

14. Consider and take appropriate action on Travis County appointment to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Board of Directors.

Monitor’s Take: Commissioners will consider the processes under which they will name two people to the Central Health board and one to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Aurthority board. County staff is now recommending a timetable to name the Central Health replacements by Jan. 27. Staff is recommending extending the deadline for nominations for the CTRMA post. As of Jan. 6, the county had not received any nominations for the position.

  1. Consider and take appropriate action regarding board and committee assignments and appointments for Commissioners Court members. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Commissioners will vote on finalizing board and committee assignments discussed at last week’s meeting. There could be some further changes considered by the Court.

  1. Consider and take appropriate action on request to amend Travis County Code Chapter 1, Commissioners Court Rules of Procedure. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: A housekeeping item made notable only because it will bring Travis County into the 21st Century, allowing digital recordings of future executive sessions, as opposed to the use of cassette tapes, which are currently mandated.

A1. Consider and take appropriate action on Barton Springs Edwards Aquifer Conservation District (BSEACD) consideration of amendment to the Consent Decree between BSEACD and Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) as it relates to TxDOT’s proposed SH 45 SW project. (This item may be taken into Executive Session under the Consultation with Attorney exception.) (Commissioner Shea)

Monitor’s Take: Commissioners and other have requested that the BSEACD delay discussion with TxDOT over amending the 1990 Consent Decree regarding building the SH45 SW project. The item was postponed last week due to a posting error but is back on the aquifer district’s agenda this Thursday.

WORK SESSION, Jan.15, 1:30 p.m. 700 Lavaca St.

Receive update from County staff and URS consultants on Civil & Family Courthouse Project and discuss the following (including but not limited to)

1. Project concept and program overview

2. Project budget update

3. Project schedule update

 Monitor’s Take: New Commissioners Court will take up discussions in a work session Thursday over plans for the Civil and Family Courthouse Project, left up in the air by previous Commissioners in November, Will hear the results of a study ordered to determine if the cost estimate given for the project are accurate, and may adjust the project’s schedule accordingly.



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Travis County Commissioners Court: The legislative body for Travis County. It includes representatives from the four Travis County Precincts, as well as the County Judge. The County Judge serves as the chair of the Court.

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