Road projects and a potential roads and parks bond top March meetings in Williamson County

The Williamson County Citizens Bond Committee met for the first time on March 21.

The Williamson County Citizens Bond Committee met for the first time on March 21.

The Williamson County Commissioners Court allocated the remaining 2013 road bond money and established a committee to look into potentially calling a roads and parks bond in November during its March meetings.

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  1. $29 million allocated for Williamson County road projects

Commissioners allocated $29 million toward road projects during a special workshop within the March 5 meeting.

The $29 million budget includes the remaining balance from the voter-approved $275 million road bond from 2013, which included 60 projects the county promised to complete. With those projects and others completed or in the works, $23 million remains to be allotted to other projects.

The additional $6 million in funding comes from the Long Range Transportation Plan funding in the approved Williamson County budget, according to county spokesperson Connie Odom.

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2. Newly appointed committee to review by July 4 if Williamson County needs bond election

Williamson County Commissioners have taken the first steps toward a potential bond election in the fall.

Commissioners formed a citizen’s bond committee at a meeting March 5 to review if the county needs bond funds for county roads and parks. The committee must report back to Commissioners Court with specific needs no later than July 4. The commissioners will then decide whether to hold a bond election in November.

The committee held its first meeting March 21.

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3. Williamson County Commissioners updated on growth of the Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute

Representatives from Bluebonnet Trails Community Services and Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute provided a six-month update on the growth of the Extended Observation Unit at the Behavioral Health Institute to the Williamson County Commissioners Court.

Andrea Richardson, executive director of Bluebonnet Trails, and Monica Ochoa, chief executive of the Behavioral Health Institute, informed the court March 19 of strides the partnership has made in light of owing at least $62,500 in fines since 2016 and facing a whistleblower lawsuit from a former employee.

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4. Williamson County Commissioners declare April 7-13 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in the county

The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a resolution March 26 marking April 7-13 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week.

NCVRW is commemorated across the U.S. to celebrate the progress made by those who have suffered from violent crime and to look to the future of crime victim services. The week raises awareness of victims’ rights and services, highlights local programs, celebrates progress achieved and honors victims.

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