Neighborhood News

Women’s Transportation Seminar-Heart of Texas Chapter Chooses Commissioner Cook as Honorary Member

  • 23 January 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 3731

Commissioner cook speaking to the HOT Chapter group with a mic in her hand.

Each year the Women’s Transportation Seminar - Heart of Texas Chapter selects and invites two transportation leaders in the community to be honorary members of the organization, and Commissioner Cook was chosen. She is only one of two recipients selected this year!

The honor includes membership to WTS International with an affiliation to the WTS - Heart of Texas Chapter for one year. Lindsay Wood, P.E, president of the Heart of Texas Chapter said, “We sincerely appreciate your continued leadership of the advancement of women in transportation through your contributions to the greater transportation community in Central Texas.”

Commissioner Cook is shown in the photo speaking to the group on Wednesday, Jan. 17, about a county official’s role in transportation. She explained that state law allows a county to create or participate in a regional mobility authority, which is an independent government agency that addresses roads. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) was created in 2003 to improve the transportation systems in Williamson and Travis counties. In her speech she also discussed possibilities that could help pay for roads, such as raising the money with bonds, tolls and taxes, and creating road districts.

Williamson County Precinct 1 Participates in Martin Luther King Day of Service Monday, Jan. 15

Commissioner Cook and her staff cleaned out landscaping and gardens at Callison Elementary School along with other groups helping Charlotte Reemts, Nature's Classroom PTA Committee Chair

  • 17 January 2018
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 4139

Garry weedingCommissioner Cook pruning a tree.Doris Sanchez raking
Garry Brown, Charlotte Reemts, Commissioner CookGarry Brown, Dorris Sanchez, Commissioner Cook

Top photos shown working hard on the school landscaping are Garry Brown, Commissioner Cook, a master gardener, and Doris Sanchez. Charlotte Reemts is pictured in next to last photo with Garry Brown to her left and Commissioner Cook to her right. Doris Sanchez is in the center of the last bottom photo.

Commissioner Cook attends meeting of the Wood Glen HOA on Oct. 23, 2017.

She presents and explains issues of importance to the Board and the neighborhood.

  • 27 October 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 5291


Members of the board are Bill Peeples, President, Seat 7; Nancy Melancon, Secretary, Seat 6; David Schell, Treasurer, Seat 3; Tracy Gialusis, Seat 1; Prashant Nadkarni, Seat 2; Marvin Knight, Seat 4; and Roy Wiederkehr, Seat 5.


Commissioner Cook Speaks at Round Rock Rotary Sunrise Club Meeting on Oct. 20, 2017

  • 20 October 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 5080

The 2017-2018 Club Board of Directors are: Marty Ellman, President; Selicia Sanchez-Adame, President Elect (Membership/PR); Lee Buckland, Secretary; Joe Sculock, Treasurer; Rick Arnold, Past President. 



Tech College is Williamson County’s hidden gem

Opinion Editorial by Commissioner Cook

  • 12 October 2017
  • Author: Doris Sanchez
  • Number of views: 5352
Commissioner  Cook listens to instructor Darren Block, left, about precision machining, while Michael Smith, field development officer with Texas State Technical College, looks on.

My brother, Randy Riddle, sponsors interns at his heating, ventilation and air conditioning business in Greenville, North Carolina, to expose them to a career path they hadn’t thought of before. His daughter and business manager, Rachel Davis, has been encouraging Pitt Community College, also in Greenville, to expand their trade and technical programs.

Nationally, companies are desperate to find well trained workers who want these jobs, instead of training people not suited for these jobs or who leave after time and money was spent instructing them.

I commend my family members for their efforts and recently informed them of my tour of Texas State Technical College inside the East Williamson County Educational Center in Hutto. The center is housed in a 112,000-square-foot facility located on 54 acres in Hutto, and their master plan calls for a total of 13 buildings.


Texas State Technical College, along with Temple College and Texas A&M University-Central Texas, partnered with the Hutto community to create this visionary and multi-institutional teaching center that provides a variety of educational opportunities and workforce readiness programs.

I didn’t know what to expect as we pulled into the parking lot of this campus out in the middle of large, grassy fields when I first began my tour on Sept. 8. Michael Smith, field development officer, conducted the tour, and Edgar Padilla, provost, warmly welcomed me to the campus.

One of the most jaw-dropping facts I learned was...