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TipSheet: Travis County, 1.9.18

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 by Caleb Pritchard

The Travis County Commissioners Court is easing back into business after the holiday break. This week’s agenda for the weekly 9 a.m. meeting is lighter than usual, both in quantity and, for our interests but certainly not local democracy’s, quality. Still, as is our weekly routine, we’ve posted here the highlights. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy of the full agenda at its website.

8. Consider and take appropriate action on the Civil & Family Courts Capacity Project. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: In the parlance of a kind of well-known Twitter meme: Tick tick tick tick tick tick. County Judge Sarah Eckhardt has teased that major news about the civil courthouse project could drop this month. Seeing as there are four meetings on the schedule, there’s a 25 percent chance Tuesday could be the day.

22. Consider and take appropriate action on Travis County appointments to the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Board of Directors. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Eckhardt has also indicated that the county’s delegation to the CTRMA could be in for an adjustment. That means that either David Armbrust or Charles Heimsath (or both) could be replaced with someone new. Both men’s terms expire on Feb. 1. Today, Intergovernmental Relations Director Deece Eckstein will update the court on the number of applicants who have cast their hats into the ring. According to the original timeline created in November, a subcommittee of the court will concoct a list of finalists by Jan. 15. Interviews will take place on Jan. 25, and the court is scheduled to vote on Jan. 30.

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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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