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Commissioner Cook's Air Quality Awareness Week Proclamation Approved in Commissioners Court

Commissioners Court was held Tuesday, May 5, 2020

  • 6 May 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2201


WHEREAS,  air quality can threaten our environment, economy, and the health of the residents of Williamson County; and

WHEREAS,  the 2019 ozone design value in the Austin-Round Rock-Georgetown MSA is 68 parts per billion (ppb), which is just 2 ppb below the National Ambient Air Quality Standard for ground level ozone of 70 ppb; and

WHERAS,  while air quality is improving in Central Texas, regional air pollution levels were considered “moderate” or worse on twenty-seven percent of days in 2019, according to the National Air Quality Index; and

WHEREAS,  children, older adults, people with lung disease, and people with heart disease make up about two out of every five residents of Central Texas, and are particularly affected by poor air quality; and 

WHEREAS,   Williamson County supports public awareness about the quality of local and regional air quality and steps that members of our community can take to reduce their exposure to air pollution and to reduce the emissions that contribute to poor air quality in the region; and,

WHEREAS,  Williamson County is a member of the Central Texas Clean Air Coalition of the Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) and supports the Coalition’s effort to promote regional air quality.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Williamson County Commissioners Court proclaims May 4 – 8, 2020 as

Air Quality Awareness Week 

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Commissioners Court Discusses Filming for LivePD in Williamson County

Discussions held Tuesday, April 28, 2020

  • 1 May 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2212

To watch the Commissioners Court proceedings on this matter, please go to https://williamsoncountytx.swagit.com/play/04282020-1746

Click on Agenda Item 12 on the screen, and it will take you to that part of the meeting. 

Commissioner Cook Encourages People to Stay Safe as COVID-19 Cases Increase in Wilco

Keep wearings masks, practicing social distancing, washing hands for 20 seconds with soap, and refrain from touching your face in public.

  • 29 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2176

The WilliamsoEmoji of smiling face with mask over mouth.n County and Cities Health District (WCCHD) regularly, and almost daily, announces new positive Coronavirus cases  in Williamson County. To date, Wilco has seen 293 cases and eight deaths. Fortunately, many patients have recovered or are recovering, but others are still hospitalized and some have been on mechanical ventilators.

Additional COVID-19 deaths and cases are also reported on the dashboard located atwww.wcchd.org/COVID-19/dashboard.php. The dashboard information is updated just past noon daily. Cases are a combined total that include cities with populations below 20,000 and unincorporated areas of Williamson County to protect the privacy of residents.

If you have symptoms of respiratory illness including cough, fever and shortness of breath, please contact your health care provider. It is important to call ahead before arriving at a clinic, urgent care or emergency department to avoid potential spread. For more information, visit www.wcchd.org/COVID-19 . For information on the county response to COVID-19, go to  www.wilco.org/COVID-19

We also now have a new public testing site in Williamson County for people experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. This test does not require a visit to a physician and is free. For more information, log onto http://www.wcchd.org/COVID-19/testing.php

Commissioner Cook Encourages Interested Job Seekers to Register for Local Virtual Career Expo

  • 28 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2229

Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area Partnering with Local Employers Across 9 Counties to Host Virtual Career Expo on May 6

Join us online May 6, 2020, from 8 a.m. to  6 p.m. for the Rural Capital Area Virtual Career Expo. Register today to virtually connect with hiring recruiters from multiple local companies. Learn about their exciting career and internship opportunities in the Rural Capital Area (Bastrop; Blanco; Burnet; Caldwell; Fayette; Hays; Lee; Llano; and Williamson counties), and take part in virtual career-enhancement workshops right from your own computer, or mobile device. All job seekers welcome.

Job Seekers, Pre-register todaybit.ly/wsrcavirtualcareerexpo

Employers, Free Recruiting Booths Are Available: https://ruralcapitalarea.getyourbooth.com/ (Link may not work temporarily. Checking status)

Planning Sustainable Jobs Now and After COVID-19

Oped by Commissioner Cook

  • 16 April 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2444

Commissioner Cook gathers with  Bill Turner, Workforce Solutions Rural Capital Area (WSRCA) Deputy Project Director; Carl Braun, WSRCA Business Services Manager; DeWayne Street, ResCare Regional Director of Workforce Services; Mike Crane, WSRCA Project Director; Commissioner Cook; August Alvarado, District Director, U.S. Congressman John R. Carter to celebrate TDIndustries Registered Apprenticeship Kickoff March 12, 2020.

I offer my condolences to those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19 and prayers for those battling this disease.

As we look towards a brighter future, we must also consider employment, including for those displaced by the coronavirus.

On March 16, Wilco issued the order restricting gatherings to no more than 50 people to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. Four days before, I offered the keynote speech at TDIndustries’ registered apprenticeship kickoff in Round Rock.

TDIndustries provides a 20-week training program for HVAC and plumbing employees as their first step of apprenticeship. Participants learn the basics of their trade in the first course and receive advanced training in subsequent semesters.

Apprenticeships are geared for occupations, not just skills. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 94% of apprentices who complete an apprenticeship retain employment, with an average annual salary of $70,000.

 The Department of Labor can provide guidance and certification for apprenticeships, but programs differ among states and regions. Certified apprenticeships can then become registered, but there are other programs not certified.

Workers over age 45 comprise 53% of skilled trades occupations in this country alone, yet many will be retiring in the next 15 years. 

Industries—including every kind of restaurant—are worried. If technical schools could produce twice the current rate of graduates, the demand for skilled workers still would not be satisfied.


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