Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County seeks new way to appoint attorneys for poor defendants

Travis County is considering revamping its system to assign court-appointed attorneys. For years, its system was a model for defending the poor. But now, judges and staff are looking west for a new model to adapt to the county’s needs,…

Thursday, April 3, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis Commissioners again delay decision on condo project

Developers of a proposed condominium project on Lake Travis — and those who oppose it — are still waiting for a decision from Travis County Commissioners. For the second week in a row, commissioners heard from neighbors and developers, but…

Wednesday, March 26, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Residents complain about development at Commissioners Court

A development near Lake Travis brought a contentious public hearing to Tuesday’s Travis County Commissioners Court.  A developer is looking to create a detached-condominium subdivision tentatively called the Summit at Lake Travis.   The project is slated for land off…

Thursday, March 13, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

County may join city in developing local sobriety center

Travis County Commissioners took a step Tuesday toward developing a sobriety center for the Austin area. The resolution passed unanimously, though it came with a few caveats.   Commissioners instructed their staff to work with the City of Austin and…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Battle over SH45SW features argument between Biscoe and Bunch

The never-ending case of SH 45 Southwest has dogged County Judge Sam Biscoe for the past 25 years of his public life. But at Tuesday’s Commissioners Court meeting – with his December retirement date in sight – the normally reserved…

Wednesday, March 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County still working on finalizing flood buyout program

Four and a half months after the devastating Halloween floods, the county still doesn’t have a definitive buyout plan for all of the affected properties in the Bluff Springs Road area.   After an hour of public discussion, and even…

Thursday, February 27, 2014 by Mark Richardson

As county grows so does campaign spending

As Travis County grows, so apparently does the amount of money required to run a campaign for County Judge. According to campaign finance reports filed this week, candidates Andy Brown and Sarah Eckhardt raised a combined $1.1 million since mid-2013…

Wednesday, February 19, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Travis employees sound off over plans to change parking rules

Travis County Commissioners recently found out that the quickest way to rile Texans is to mess with their ability to buy or sell a gun. Court members may have found out Tuesday that the second quickest way to upset them…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County Commissioners back LCRA emergency drought order

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to back the Lower Colorado River Authority’s 2014 emergency drought order that would again limit the release of Highland Lakes water to agriculture interests downstream.   The three-member Texas Commission on Environmental Quality are expected…

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis Commissioners approve plans for new office building

The Travis County Commissioners Court approved design plans Tuesday for the county’s planned office building at corner of 11th and San Antonio streets. The plans for the building, which will house the District Attorney’s Office, were approved by unanimous vote.…

Wednesday, February 5, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Gun show a no go with background checks in contract

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to offer the promoters of the Saxet Gun Show a new contract containing language requiring background checks on all gun sales, even private transactions. However, show promoter Todd Beiter said late Tuesday that he will…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County ponders paying employees to leave car at home

Travis County employees, Pct. 2 Commissioner Bruce Todd wants you to leave your car at home. And if the plan goes through, the county will pay you to do so.   In what turned into a long and wide-ranging discussion…

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 by Michael Kanin

Rapidly developing winter storm catches city officials off guard

A relatively quick and unexpected change in weather conditions early Tuesday morning resulted in a considerable scheduling confusion in the Central Texas region. Among other changes, Austin City Council members found themselves suddenly without a work session Tuesday morning. Travis…

Thursday, January 23, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Commissioners postpone resolution to support Project Connect

There was no resolution this week from Travis County Commissioners about supporting Project Connect, the high-capacity, cross-agency transit plan for the Austin metropolitan area.   The court mainly heard from supporters of Project Connect Tuesday.   “I have been in…

Wednesday, January 22, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

No contract between Travis County and Saxet Gun Show promoters

This weekend’s Saxet Gun Show at the Travis County Exposition Center will likely be the last one at that venue for the foreseeable future.   For the second time in three weeks, the Travis County Commissioners Court heard public comment…

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis County approves economic development incentives rules

Finalizing an effort that has been months in the making, the Travis County Commissioners unanimously approved revised economic development incentives for the county Tuesday.   “It’s been a struggle working on this and I think we’ve done a pretty good…

Friday, January 17, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Still a horse race for Brown, Eckhardt in quest for County Judge spot

The two Democrats battling to replace long-time Travis County Judge Sam Biscoe have raised a combined $464,000 in campaign cash through Dec. 31. Andy Brown and Sarah Eckhardt are waging the first real battle for the top job in Travis…

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Commissioners to investigate loss of in-person jail visitation

Several members of the Travis County Commissioners Court say they were caught off guard Tuesday when they were told that in-person family visits at the Travis County Jail have been replaced by a video system. And a majority of commissioners…

Wednesday, January 15, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

Travis Commissioners approve fee increases for county parks

Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to raise fees for visitors to Travis County parks, but it is not clear exactly when that hike will happen. Commissioners approved the increase to close a potential budget gap.   This is the first…

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 by Mark Richardson

Civil rights groups: Video jail visits too costly, may be violating civil rights

A two-way video conferencing system that has all but replaced in-person visits by friends and family members with those incarcerated at the Travis County Jail is coming under fire as being too expensive, too impersonal and possibly even dangerous to…

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