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Posted: May 20, 2022
Categories: Public Meetings
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Author: bawassink

Event date: 5/25/2022 1:30 PM

Board of Health Directors

Chris Copple (Cedar Park, 12/24) Jeffery Jenkins (Taylor, 12/23)
David Morgan (Georgetown, 12/22) Kathy Pierce, Chair (County, 12/22)
Bob Farley (Hutto, 12/22) Ed Tydings (County, 12/23)
Robert Powers (Leander/Liberty Hill, 12/24) Caroline Hilbert, Executive Director
Laurie Hadley (Round Rock, 12/24)

Agenda

Call regular session to order

  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  2. Roll Call
  3. Acknowledge staff and visitors; hear any comments. This will be the only opportunity for public comment. The Williamson County and Cities Health District (“WCCHD”) invites comments on any matter affecting the WCCHD, whether on the agenda or not. Speakers should limit their comments to two minutes. Note that members of the Board may not comment at the meeting about matters that are not on the agenda.

REGULAR AGENDA

  1. 4) Presentation – WCCHD Investment Options, Scott Heselmeyer, Williamson County Treasurer
  2. 5) Discuss, consider, and take appropriate action regarding WCCHD Draft Investment Policy
  3. 6) Adjourn

The next meeting is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 8, 2022, 1:30 p.m. at 231 E. Main Street, Round Rock, TX 78664.

This Regular Session may be recessed at any time to convene an Executive Session for any purpose authorized by the Open Meetings Act, Texas Government Code Chapter 551, or by Texas Government Code Section 418.183. Any subject discussed in executive session may be subject to action during the open meeting

Certification

I certify that the above notice of a regular Board of Health meeting was posted in the main entrance of the Health District office at 355 Texas Ave., Round Rock, Texas before May 20, 2022, at 6:00 PM and remained posted for at least 72 continuous hours preceding the scheduled time of said meeting.

Dr. Caroline Hilbert, Executive Director

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Posted: May 19, 2022
Categories: Hot Topics
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Column by Commissioner Cook

Williamson County Commissioner Cook: Spotlight on transformative justice (statesman.com)

In 2018, a program began in Williamson County diverting young adults ages 17 to 24 accused of nonviolent felonies, such as drug charges, from the traditional criminal justice system to services that address their development needs and help them make wise decisions to develop a strong foundation for adulthood.

Judge Stacey Mathews of the 277th District Court presides over the Transformative Justice Program, based on the model of stakeholder and community partnerships. The TJ program team includes court staff, prosecutors from the Williamson County’s district attorney’s office, members of the defense bar and county's Juvenile Services staff.  The county aggressively seeks grant-funding for such programs to offset costs and reduce the burden on the taxpayer. The Commissioners Court proudly partners with the Texas Indigent Defense Commission and the Texas Bar Foundation to help us fund this important program.

Does a community-based program led by decision-making teams improve emerging adults’ physical and mental health and reduce recidivism compared to the current criminal justice system? I interviewed two alums of this program. I changed their real names to protect their identities.

“Laura” was born into an unstable environment in a Michigan inner-city home. Her father left the family after fathering four children in as many years. Mom, who drank heavily, moved with her three kids to a trailer home in Georgetown, leaving one son behind. When Laura was 9, CPS removed the kids from the home. She, along with the older and younger brother, were placed in a neighborhood home for two weeks and ultimately moved to a group home of strangers. While there, Laura’s mom gave up her parental rights. Later, a foster family with big hearts adopted the three children. 

Laura thrived in her first two years of high school, joining ROTC, the Color Guard and becoming active in community service. However, her fragile life foundation began crumbling during her junior year, and she lost interest in the programs she had so enjoyed. Lacking friends outside of her prior groups, she drifted. In her words, “everything became meaningless.” Then her new parents divorced, and she moved again with her adoptive dad.

She started associating with troubled kids and began making poor decisions. She was arrested in Leander with a bag containing drugs and paraphernalia (the result of a group purchase) on a felony charge to the terror of her younger brother who witnessed her being handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle.

At the jail, J.R. Hancock, a defense attorney for the Transformative Justice Program and whose position is partially funded by the Texas Indigent Defense Commission grant, contacted Laura about the new program. Unbeknownst to her, Hancock was part of Laura’s adoption legal team. Recognizing the value of joining this program, Laura agreed to become one of its early clients. The next day Laura walked out of jail to her adoptive dad and her two siblings with a business card<

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Posted: May 17, 2022
Categories: Alerts, PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

On May 17, the Williamson County Commissioners Court voted to increase property tax exemptions, providing tax relief to all residential homesteads in the county.  Property tax exemptions for persons 65 and older increased from $90,000 to $125,000. Property tax exemption for disabled persons increased from $75,000 to $125,000. In addition, the Commissioners Court increased the homestead property tax exemption for all homeowners from 1.5% of their homestead’s assessed value to 5% or a minimum of $5,000. In order to qualify, property owners must apply for the homestead exemption through the Williamson Central Appraisal District. More information is available on their website: https://www.wcad.org/online-exemption-information/. Applying for exemptions is free.

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Posted: May 17, 2022
Categories: PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter, 1855 S.E. Inner Loop in Georgetown, will open one hour later than usual at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022, due to a staff training session. The shelter will close at its normal time of 6 p.m. The shelter will resume normal open business hours on Thursday, May 19. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes our customers.

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Posted: May 17, 2022
Categories: PIO
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Author: Connie Odom

The office of Precinct 2 Constable Jeff Anderson, 350 Discovery Boulevard, Cedar Park, will be closed for mandatory personnel training on Monday, May 23, through Wednesday, May 25, 2022.  The office will resume normal operations on Thursday, May 26, 2022, at 8 a.m.  We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our customers.

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