Four state legislators, who also served on CAPCOG’s Executive Committee for 2016, provided highlights of issues likely to get attention when the 85th Session starts; Representatives Paul Workman, Jason Isaac, Eddie Rodriguez, and John Cyrier commented on issues outlined by CAPCOG as well as other topics likely to see legislative action.
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CAPCOG’s current offices in southeast Austin will be expanded significantly in 2017 to allow the City of Austin’s back-up Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) to double in size, add an adjoining PSAP to be used for back-up call taking by the other PSAPs throughout the ten-county region, and to expand the training center for emergency communications. The expansion adds 17,000 SF at the Bergstrom Tech Center on Burleson Road – projected completion of work is June 2017.
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has made available about $1 billion in credit assistance for water infrastructure projects under the new Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act program.
The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) is accepting applications for Fiscal Year 2017 Agricultural Water Conservation Grants. Applications are due to the TWDB no later than noon Feb. 15, 2017.
The Office of the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division is accepting applications from governmental and nonprofit organizations for four grant programs which anticipate distributing $8.5 million in the ten-county CAPCOG region during the 2018 fiscal year to improve victim services, reduce crime and increase public safety. Entities seeking 2018 funds must apply to the appropriate program by 5 p.m., Feb. 20, 2017.
CAPCOG’s new Executive Committee for 2017 will meet on Jan. 11 with five new committee members taking seats on the council of governments’ (COG) governing body after the December General Assembly elections. New to the committee are: Round Rock Council Member Frank Leffingwell, Pflugerville Mayor Victor Gonzales, San Marcos Council Member Jane Hughson, Smithville Council Member William Gordon, and Taylor Mayor Pro Tem Brandt Rydell.
CAPCOG is hosting the Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX) to conduct an Wide Area Search course. The course is applicable to jurisdictions that would need to conduct wide area searches due to a natural disaster or terrorist incident.
The Capital Area Emergency Communications District's Strategic Advisory Committee will meet to assist in planning and reviewing policies and infrastructure for operating emergency communications.
The next Census in 2020 will require counting an increasingly diverse and growing population of around 330 million people in more than 140 million housing units. To get an accurate count, the Census Bureau must build an accurate address list of every housing unit, maximize self-response to the census, and efficiently follow up with those who do not respond.
The Capital Area Regional Environmental Task Force will meet to discuss environmental issues at its quarterly meeting.
The Capital Area Council of Governments Homeland Security Task Force, which meets the first Thursday of every month, will meet to discuss regional Homeland Security initiatives.
Hear about issues affecting older adults in the 10-county capital area at its quarterly meeting.