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TipSheet: Travis County, 2.2.21

Tuesday, February 2, 2021 by Seth Smalley

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets every Tuesday at 9 a.m. To help our readers stay informed, each week we offer a selection of interesting items from the voting session agenda. The entire agenda is available at the Travis County website. The meeting will be streamed live on the Travis County website.

Special Joint Meeting

Monitor’s Take: The Austin City Council will once again be joining the Commissioners Court remotely for a special joint meeting. Council members and commissioners will receive a Covid briefing from Austin Public Health officials Dr. Mark Escott and Stephanie Hayden-Howard. Last week, we heard that Covid cases in the county were declining for the second week in a row, an outcome, Escott says, that was driven by effective Covid policy and public safety measures. Tune in today to hear whether the trend continues. Expect the Covid brief, and the subsequent Q&A, to occupy the majority of the morning.

Item 2: Capital Area Council of Governments 50th anniversary celebration and update.

Monitor’s Take: Commissioners Brigid Shea and Ann Howard will oversee a discussion and update from Betty Voights, the executive director of Capital Area Council of Governments, as part of CAPCOG’s 50th anniversary celebration. CAPCOG has been administrating regional services, including 911 calls and law enforcement training, since 1970.

Item A1: Audit of ESD 2.

Monitor’s Take: Last fall, Pflugerville City Council petitioned to create a new emergency services district in Travis County – ESD 17. As part of that conversation, the commissioners will discuss Pflugerville’s request that Emergency Services District 2 undergo a financial and operational audit.

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Key Players & Topics In This Article

Austin City Council: The Austin City Council is the body with legislative purview over the City of Austin. It offers policy direction, while the office of the City Manager implements administrative actions based on those policies. Until 2012, the body contained seven members, including the city's Mayor, all elected at-large. In 2012, City of Austin residents voted to change that system and now 10 members of the Council are elected based on geographic districts. The Mayor continues to be elected at-large.

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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