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Wireless radio communications benefit Wilco public responders and residents

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 19 November 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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A tower in Liberty Hill transmits and receives radio frequency signals throughout Williamson County from the antennas visible at the top.

Just as phones connect us to one another, wireless radio communications connect law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics to emergencies.

The Williamson County Radio Communications System ensures every programmed wireless radio worn by a first responder or installed in an emergency vehicle communicates across the county.

An advisory board of representatives from the cities of Cedar Park, Georgetown, Hutto and Round Rock provides recommendations to the program manager/Williamson County on the  system’s overall health, direction and operations.  

Other board members include Wilco Commissioners, department officials and Chief Chris Connealy, senior director of Emergency Services.   

Each subscriber pays $28.18 per radio per month for use of the system. The revenue-based fund from the more than 4,200 subscribers (total number of radios on the system) provides greater purchasing power, radio interoperability throughout the county, centralized command and control, and priority support for public health and safety.

Interoperability means the ability of emergency responders to communicate among

jurisdictions, disciplines and various levels of government, using a variety of radio frequency bands, like UHF for EMS paging, VHF for fire paging, 800 for radio transmitting and microwave for simulcasting.  Also, certain radios are dual band–they use 800 and VHF. 

The Round Rock school district’s new police force is the latest to join the system.

Virtual Workforce Townhall To Be Hosted By Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area

Presentation by Texas State Rep. John Cyrier, House District 17

  • 16 November 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 93
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Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) is proud to host a virtual community town hall discussion with State Rep. John CyrierHouse District 17 (Bastrop, Caldwell, Gonzales, Lee, and Karnes Counties), on Wednesday, November 18, at 2 p.m., to review how local businesses and job seekers can connect with resources at any stage of their workforce journey.

Voting Locations for Nov. 3 General Election in Austin and Round Rock

For a complete list of voting locations in Wilco, click on link below.

  • 2 November 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 178
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To search for a voting location near you, or to find the list of all voting locations, please visit https://www.wilco.org/Departments/Elections/Voting-in-Person/Election-Day

Wilco registered voters may vote at any location in Williamson County on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

City

Location

Address

AUSTIN

Anderson Mill Limited District

11500 El Salido Parkway

Bethany United Methodist Church

10010 Anderson Mill Road

Gateway Church

7104 McNeil Drive

Hartfield Performing Arts Center

5800 McNeil Drive

Pinballz Lake Creek

13729 N US 183 Hwy

Kelly Reeves Athletic Complex

10211 W Parmer Lane

Lord of Life Lutheran Church

9700 Neenah Avenue 

Rattan Creek Park Community Center

7617 Elkhorn Mountain Trail

Spicewood Springs Library

8637 Spicewood Springs Rd

Halloween Face Mask Costume Contest

Sponsored by the Williamson County and Cities Health District.

  • 28 October 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 202
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Poster of Halloween Face Mask Costume Contest flyer.

Link:http:// http://www.wcchd.org/services/health_education/index.php

Commissioner Cook Encourages Wilco Residents To Use Caution During Halloween To Prevent Spread of COVID-19

Information from the CDC website: Steps to Take when Trick or Treating

  • 26 October 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
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illustration of adults and children participating in a Halloween costume paradeTraditional Halloween activities are fun, but some can increase the risk of getting or spreading COVID-19 or influenza. Plan alternate ways to participate in Halloween.

Make trick-or-treating safer

  • Avoid direct contact with trick-or-treaters.
  • Give out treats outdoors, if possible.
  • Set up a station with individually bagged treats for kids to take.
  • Wash hands before handling treats.
  • Wear a mask.
  • Make your cloth mask part of your costume.
  • A costume mask is not a substitute for a cloth mask.
  • Do NOT wear a costume mask over a cloth mask. It can make breathing more difficult.
  • Masks should NOT be worn by children under the age of 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing
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