Tag Archives: Travis County Commissioners Court

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say they were caught off guard Tuesday when they were told that in-person family visits at the Travis County Jail have been replaced by a video system.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…

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 by Jimmy Maas

County, promoter at impasse over background checks at gun show

Travis County Commissioners and the promoter of the Saxet Gun Shows reached an impasse Tuesday over a contract provision that would require the promoter to perform background checks on all gun sales. Negotiations for a year’s lease to hold eight…

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Commissioners still pondering prevailing wage questions

Travis County Commissioners found themselves in the middle of tug-of-war Tuesday over proposed policy changes to the county’s Economic Development and Construction Procurement Practices. The issue of the county requiring a prevailing wage of $11 per hour for all construction…

Thursday, December 12, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Current long-term plans do nothing to improve Austin’s I-35 headaches

Current long-term plans – such as the 2035 CAMPO Transportation Plan – will do little more than maintain the current level of traffic bottlenecks on Interstate 35 and won’t take enough vehicles off the road to significantly cut commute times,…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County finds just $4.3 million to buy flood-ravaged homes

Travis County officials say they have searched their budgets, bond programs and possibly even the couch cushions to come up with $4.3 million to buy out damaged and destroyed homes from the Halloween floods.   But it will be another…

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 by Elizabeth Pagano

ZAP cites density issues in denying planned Steiner Ranch project

The last residential project proposed for the Steiner Ranch development failed to win over a concerned Zoning and Platting Commission last month.   “It’s like we’re holding this hostage, and that’s really not appropriate… (But) I don’t want to read…

Wednesday, November 27, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County official says damage from Halloween flood likely underestimated

A Travis County official says that estimates of the damage from the Halloween flood may have been “grossly underestimated,” and further examination of the damage could bring the total high enough to trigger federal aid.   Travis County Emergency Management…

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Travis Commissioners add $1 million to child care program

Travis County Commissioners have approved investing an additional $1 million over the next two years to bolster early childhood programs, particularly those offering child care for low-income families.   Commissioners approved a two-part plan that will change the procurement process…

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Commissioners vote to move heritage tree for road expansion

After assurances that the state would pay for most of the cost, Travis County Commissioners voted Tuesday to remove and transplant a 30-inch Heritage Oak tree standing in the way of an expansion of Frate Barker Road in South Austin.…

Thursday, October 31, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County ponders how to deal with heritage tree in path of road extension

Travis County Commissioners will face a tough decision next week as they decide the fate of a 100-year-old oak tree that is in the way of an extension of Frate Barker Road in South Austin.   The item came up…

Tuesday, October 29, 2013 by Mark Richardson

County developing five-year plan for social service contracts

Business in Austin and Travis County may be booming, but ironically, officials say as the economy expands, so does the need to provide social services for those whose boat does not rise with the tide.    To meet that growing…

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 by Mark Richardson

Travis Commissioners balk at plan to use tax districts for Lone Star Rail

Travis County Commissioners were asked to get on board with developing a funding mechanism for the Lone Star Rail District’s future operations on Tuesday, but the plan may be in for a bumpy ride, as some commissioners say they need…

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