Precinct One Events

Commissioner Cook Joins City of Round Rock and TxDOT to Celebrate Opening of New I-35 Ramps at McNeil Rd. and RM 620

Ribbon Cutting Held Sept. 5, 2018

  • 10 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2829

The project included construction of braided ramps (where one ramp crosses over the other) along the northbound I-35 mainlanes between Hester’s Crossing and RM 620 to enhance safety and mobility along I-35 between U.S. 79 and SH 45 North.  Commissioner Cook wrote and read the poem below for the ribbon cutting ceremony.

Commissioner Cook cuts the ribbon with Terry McCoy, Texas Department of Transportation Austin District engineer. Also participating were Round Rock Mayor Craig Morgan and others involved with the project.Over, Under and Thru                                                                                         Commissioner Cook reads the poem she wrote.

Commerce, shopping, sports, the arts,

it is our road for everything.

One of the busiest, yes, we face congestion,

wrecks and some missing car parts,

but we all agree one option’s better than nothing.

Our daily routine has long been to hurl

in traffic as moving darts,

weaving, braking, avoiding a ding.

Gulping down coffee, developing indigestion

in traffic with stops & starts,

tapping fingers on the wheel to music or something.

But a plan at TxDOT brewed and unfurled

as relief for racing hearts as

at 70 cars are all merging.

This design planned to give us collision reduction.

Gone will be visual arcs,

merging frenzies, rapid lanes slides and frantic braking.

Beams one hundred fifty feet long,

these huge joists carry us far

past the jammed highway traffic slowing

Over, under, away from the highway seduction.

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Commissioner Cook invited to speak on Senior Fraud Prevention during Senior Citizens Christian Women's Luncheon in Taylor

The event was held at Grace Place--a Retirement and Assisted Living Community on Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

  • 4 September 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2839

Commissioner Cook and Susan Komandasky, Coordinator of the August luncheon.Commissioner Cook encouraged the attendees to hang up on calls they don't recognize, sound suspicious or are too good to be real. She asked the group, "When does the government call you?" in reference to fraudulent IRS calls. 

Every month a local Taylor Church sponsors the Women's Luncheon and in August Susan Komandasky coordinated the event as a member of the Tenth Street United Methodist Church.Commissioner Cook is pictured with Ed Komandasky and Grace Bulgerin Lidell.

Grace Bulgerin Lidell founded Grace Place in 1985. 

Grace Place is an independent living community located in Taylor. Independent living can involve home ownership in a retirement community or senior apartment rentals for individuals who can still live independently. 

Third Annual Overdose Awareness Day Held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock

Sponsored by LifeSteps Council on Aug. 25, 2018 to remember those who were lost, who are struggling and who are in recovery!

  • 28 August 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2912

Commissioner Cook is carrying flowers to toss into the Old Settlers Park lake in memory of those battling substance abuse, in recovery or who overdosed.International Overdose Awareness Day is Aug. 31


LifeSteps Council Observed Overdose Awareness Day as part of the International Overdose Awareness Day, a global event held Aug. 31 each year. It is dedicated to remembrance, awareness, education and action that will help eliminate overdose deaths. On Aug. 31 – and throughout the month – you can help raise awareness, memorialize a lost loved one, inspire change and save lives.

A large group of people are seated beneath the Lakeview Pavilion at Old Settlers Park listening to various speakers.

What you can do

  • Invite people to a local gathering at a community center, library, park or other public space:
  • Hold a candlelight vigil
  • Offer an educational program, such as one related to preventing opioid use, in partnership with a local organization
  • Provide a safe space for telling the stories of overdose victims
  • Offer a large canvas and washable paint for survivors to add a handprint in memory of their loved one
  • Display empty hats or shoes to represent the number of lives lost in the community
  • Use the NSC Community Action Kit as a planning guide

Everyone can participate in IOAD with one of these activities:

Commissioner Cook attends LifeSteps Council's 40th Anniversary and Fundraising Luncheon on Aug. 16, 2018

Commissioners Court Honors LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs with a Proclamation on Aug. 21

  • 22 August 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3057

Commissioner Cook is smiling and preparing to leave Old Settlers Hall with other guests in the background.

Prevent. Intervene. Promote Recovery.

LifeSteps’ vision is a safe, supportive, drug-free community with healthy, nurturing families; where all who experience alcohol or drug-related problems have affordable, easy access to the services that they need to help them become productive, empowered and substance free.

Our mission is to improve our community’s health, safety, and well-being by preventing substance use disorders, providing early intervention, and supporting long-term recovery.

Our target population includes individuals and families in Williamson, McLennan and Travis Counties.

Help us to carry this mission out by donating or volunteering!

http://lifestepscouncil.org/                                                   Seated facing forward are Barbara and George Brightwell who were honored as founders of LifeSteps with other members also seated.

Get informed, Be Prepared and Hang up on Senior Fraud Calls

Opinion Editorial by Commissioner Cook

  • 19 July 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3508

The front of the Senior Fraud Prevention Placemat with images of the County logo, Precinct 1 map, N. Austin Springwoods Park Gazebo, Champion Park in Cedar Park, the round rock and Round Rock water tower, Brushy Creek,  and local nature scenery.

You may have gotten that “IRS” call threatening that if you don’t pay a certain amount of money for some bogus tax owed you will be arrested, deported or have your license revoked. And if you’re a senior, you’ve more than likely gotten such a call.

I hope you hung up.

To address this and other types of fraud among our senior population, I recently introduced the Williamson County Senior Fraud Prevention Program.

At our first event in June at the Court at Round Rock, an independent and assisted living facility, we invited local organizations that sponsor programs to identify and end this fraud, as well as provide other resources for golden agers in Williamson County and throughout Central Texas.

The 2015 True Link Report on Elder Financial Abuse estimated that scams and identity theft cost American seniors a total of $36.5 billion per year, and this number continues to rise. If a senior is not on social media or email, fraudsters will find other means to steal from them through a landline, cellphone or other means.

Precinct 1 Constable Vinnie Cherrone advised residents to hang up on any callers asking for money or making threats if they refuse to give their financial information. He also recommended everyone to lock their social security cards in a safe place and not carry them around in wallets or purses.

Information on a social security card easily allows a criminal to steal a person’s identity. The federal government is even sending out new Medicare ID cards minus social security numbers. If you qualify, yours may be in the mail now.

The National Council on Aging warns that financial scams targeting seniors have become so prevalent that they’re now considered “the crime of the 21st century” because many believe seniors have significant amounts of money in their accounts. But this doesn’t mean low-income seniors don’t have to worry.



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