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TipSheet: Travis County, 7.12.16

Tuesday, July 12, 2016 by Caleb Pritchard

TipSheet: Travis County Commissioners, July 12.

The Travis County Commissioners Court meets at 9 a.m. Tuesday. In the interest of space, we’ve decided not to post the entire agenda here. The County Clerk’s office hosts a copy at its website.

2. Receive comments regarding the petition for the creation of the WildHorse Ranch Public Improvement District in Precinct One. (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: The obligatory public hearing on the WildHorse Ranch PID is a sign that this large development is moving closer and closer to actual construction. In past appearances at Commissioners Court, WildHorse seemed to enjoy warm support from the dais, the developers, and even the Workers Defense Project, which secured guarantees that its Better Builder standards will be used on the site.

4. Consider and take appropriate action on an order concerning outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of Travis County. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: Fresh from the Austin Monitor’s meteorology desk: It’s hot out there, folks. And dry. And windy. In our deep and learned judgment, we would guess that conditions are ripe for a burn ban.

7. Consider and approve the termination of the Interlocal Cooperation Agreement between Travis County and the Village of Point Venture for law enforcement services provided by the Travis County Sheriff’s Office. (Judge Eckhardt)

Monitor’s Take: The Village of Point Venture, population 800, is on the verge of losing its local law enforcement. Since 2006, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office has acted as the community’s police force under an interlocal agreement. However, in a letter to Judge Sarah Eckhardt written by Sheriff Greg Hamilton and appended to the backup, Hamilton said TSCO “no longer feels that we can provide the services required by the agreement.” Deputies will still enforce state law in the village, Hamilton said.

24. Consider and take appropriate action on potential violations by Austin Park, LLC at Navarro Creek Road, Texas 78617, of Texas Health and Safety Code Chapter 341 and Travis County Code Chapter 61A. (Commissioner Gómez)

Monitor’s Take: Last Tuesday, the Court voted to file a lawsuit against Austin Park, LLC, the outfit building the Nland Surf Park east of Austin Bergstrom International Airport. At issue is the legal definition of “a pool,” something Austin Park doesn’t believe its massive wave-generating reservoir is. This item will likely be discussed in executive session.

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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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