Neighborhood News

Commissioner Cook Announces End of Wilco Burn Ban

From the Williamson County Public Information Office Media Release

  • 9 September 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2648

On Sept. 4, 2020, Williamson County Judge Bill Gravell signed an order terminating the outdoor burning ban prior to its 90-day expiration period. 

A burn ban was issued August 25, 2020, due to circumstances that posed possible safety hazards in unincorporated areas in Williamson County. The Williamson County Fire Marshal and Office of Emergency Management recommended for the County Judge to lift the burn ban as a result of improved conditions. 

For more information visit https://www.wilco.org/williamson-county-lifts-burn-ban.  

Commissioner Cook Announces Completion of Improvements to the Sam Bass at RM 1431 Intersection

Press Release by Wilco's Public Information Office

  • 20 August 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2509

Road sign of narrows indicating restriping of Sam Bass Rd for cars to follow.Williamson County and the Texas Department of Transportation are pleased to announce the completion of improvements to the intersection at Sam Bass and RM 1431 in Round Rock. The modifications were completed by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). 

The project added a second left-turn lane for northbound traffic on Sam Bass Road at the intersection with RM 1431, helping to reduce delays for drivers turning westbound onto RM 1431. Overall, the improvements included new signage, lane striping, and associated signal programming that accommodates the dual turning lanes. 

“The new signal and lane configuration on northbound Sam Bass Road will allow more left-turning traffic through the intersection,” said TxDOT Georgetown Area Engineer Bobby Ramthun. “That will reduce backups and improve mobility and safety in the area.”

The installation of these additions was fully funded by TxDOT, at no expense to the County. TxDOT expedited the work utilizing an existing traffic signal contract. Austin Traffic Signal (ATS) was the contractor that performed the work.

Commissioner Cook Encourages Residents To Lend A Helping Arm By Donating Blood

Event will be sponsored by Texas A&M Agrilife Extension Services Williamson County - Family and Community Health

  • 24 July 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2548

The blood drive will be held at 100 Wilco Way in Georgetown on Wednesday, August 19 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come lend a helping arm to support your community and save local lives. It’s easy, just click here to make an appointment online.

For information about blood donation at this time of the COVID19 Coronavirus please see this link.


Commissioner Cook Announces 30-Day Countywide Burn Ban Effective July 22

Media Release by Wilco's Public Information Office

  • 21 July 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2576

Williamson County Issues Countywide Burn Ban Effective July 22   

   Today, Williamson County Commissioners Court approved the implementation of an Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning in the unincorporated areas of Williamson County to commence on Wednesday, July 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. and continuing for a period not to exceed 30 days and to authorize County Judge Bill Gravell to lift the ban if conditions improve during the effective period of the burn ban.   

  People violate this order if they burn any combustible material outside of an enclosure which serves to contain all flames and/or sparks, or orders such burning by others. The burn ban prohibits the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings.  It also prohibits burning to clear land of trees, stumps, shrubbery, or other natural vegetation.  This order may be enforced by any duly-commissioned peace officer.  It is a Class C Misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine up to $500.  For additional restrictions, requirements and details relating to the Order Prohibiting Outdoor Burning, the Order may be viewed at www.wilco.org.   

Commissioner Cook Urges Caution Using Fireworks

Information below is from Williamson County's Public Information Office.

  • 24 June 2020
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 2595

Fireworks Safety Tips 

When many people think of Independence Day celebrations, they think of fireworks; however, most jurisdictions have city ordinances prohibiting the use of fireworks within or near the city limits.  If you are unsure of the ordinances, it is always safer to check with the city or local fire department prior to the purchase or discharge of fireworks. Fireworks are not permitted in Williamson County parks. To check an interactive county map with the fireworks free buffer zone area, go to this link  https://gis.wilco.org/maps/?viewer=countymap.  

Officials believe the safest way to enjoy fireworks is by attending a professional fireworks display sponsored by various jurisdictions and organizations throughout the area. Consumer fireworks can be dangerous when used improperly, causing serious burns and eye injuries.  Always check with your local fire department/district for recommendations or suggested precautions to follow before deciding to use them.  

The Williamson County Fire Marshal’s Office has these tips for keeping you safe: 

Before you shoot: 

  2. Only buy from reliable fireworks sellers 
  3. Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks 
  4. Store fireworks in a cool, dry place 
  5. Find a smooth, flat surface, away from the house or other buildings, dry leaves or grass 
  6. Be sure to have water handy in case of a malfunction or fire 

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