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Juvenile Justice Transformed, Youth and Community Safer

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 17 December 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 951

Head shot of the Honorable Stacey Mathews, 277th District Court Judge, in her judicial robe.

Four years ago, Williamson County’s juvenile system was based on punitive measures but thanks to a great Judge and juvenile justice staff, today it is focused on youth rehabilitation and development.

Appointed to the 277th District Court in October 2013 by former Gov. Rick Perry, Judge Stacey Mathews, as the county’s juvenile Judge, is fulfilling her goal to ensure that both juveniles and young adults are treated supportively but not enabled to continue unlawful behaviors.

In Texas, children ages 10 to 17, and those over 17 alleged to have committed an offense which has a statute of limitations that exceeds juvenile age can be processed through the juvenile court.

The Juvenile Justice Code—in the Texas Family Code—is a hybrid system providing resolution for legal conflicts through both civil and a few criminal procedures. 

Almost all cases begin with law enforcement bringing a child into the juvenile detention center. A prompt detention hearing is held to determine if the child is a likely danger to him/herself or the public, and if probable cause (a set of circumstances leading a prudent person to believe a person is subject to the charge) exists.

Williamson County Judge Terminates Burn Ban (Updated 12/31/2020)

Media Release from the Wilco Public Information Office

  • 15 December 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 891

Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell has lifted the burn ban for unincorporated ares of Williamson County effective 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2020, terminating the outdoor burning ban prior to its 90-day expiration period. 

 For additional information, please visit www.wilco.org.    

Wireless radio communications benefit Wilco public responders and residents

Column by Commissioner Cook

  • 19 November 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 1172

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: 1160

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: 1122

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.





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