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General Assembly approves CAPCOG FY 2015 Budget

Saturday, October 04, 2014

Capital Area Council of Governments General Assembly representatives in September approved a $23.8 million budget for expenses during the 2015 fiscal year.

The FY 2015 budget will continue to support CAPCOG’s numerous programs such as nutrition assistance of older adults, air quality planning, and the regional law enforcement academy. But it also allows for the expansion of other programs to include the creation of an Aging and Disability Resource Center and a Homeland Security Emergency Management disaster debris management plan.

Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area’s portion of the budget included $7.9 million in expenditures and the Capital Area Emergency Communication District’s budget included $11.9 million in expenditures.

The General Assembly also appointed the nominating committee that will help select CAPCOG’s 2015 Executive Committee.

The next General Assembly meeting will be Dec. 10.

> Download the CAPCOG Fiscal Year 2015 Annual Budget and Work Plan.
> Read more about the General Assembly.

Regional Law Enforcement Academy graduates 23

Thursday, October 02, 2014

CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy cadets of the No. 72 Basic Peace Officer Course prepare to enter their graduation ceremony at the Texas Capitol on Sept. 26.

Eight of the 23 cadets from the CAPCOG Regional Law Enforcement Academy No. 72 Basic Peace Officer Course filled positions in area policing agencies right after graduation on Sept. 26. The remaining cadets are expected to also obtain jobs in the region after completing testing for peace officer positions in area communities.

With the region’s growth, there are plenty of opportunities for cadets to serve the public as law enforcement officers. CAPCOG and the academy are honored to help fill that need by providing practical training and exercises to ensure cadets become TCOLE certified before serving their communities.

The cadets also learned about opportunities outside the region when police departments from Houston, College Station, Flower Mound, Pasadena and Lubbock pitched their agencies to the cadets during the five-month course.

Other departments coming to the academy is a testament to the training CAPCOG is offering, said Mike Jennings, RLEA director. “I would like to think that it says our academy is recognized as one of the best for producing a quality police officer.”

The eight cadets will become officers for San Marcos and Llano police departments, Caldwell and Williamson counties sheriff’s offices, and the Travis County Fire Marshall’s Office.

Another full-time, day class is accepting registration for a course beginning in January 2015.

> Learn details about the January 2015 Basic Peace Officer Course.
> Discover more training opportunities offered by CAPCOG.

Lee County Commissioner earns statewide leadership award

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Lee County Commissioner Maurice Pitts poses with Penny Redington, Texas Association of Regional Councils executive director, after receiving the TARC Regional Leadership Award given in honor of Wilbur R. Dunk.

The Texas Association of Regional Councils (TARC) in late September presented Lee County Commissioner Maurice Pitts with its 2014 regional leadership award.

Pitts earned the award, which is given in honor of former Kimble County Judge Wilbur Dunk, because he has shown extraordinary dedication to the purposes and possibilities of regional cooperation through his work with councils of governments, stated TARC.

Commissioner Pitts, having served on Capital Area Council of Governments (CAPCOG) boards and committees for more than two decades, is a true advocate and spokesman for regionalism, said Betty Voights, CAPCOG executive director. Pitts always has been a board member who is consistently active in CAPCOG's programs and committees.

Pitts, a current CAPCOG Executive Committee member, is the 19th person to earn the award since its inaugural year in 1995. Elected officials on the TARC Board of Directors and members of its Executive Directors' Council selected Pitts after soliciting nominations from all 24 regional councils in the state.

TARC is a statewide organization established in 1973 that provides training, outreach, legislative representation and other support to area councils of governments.

CARTPO selects U.S. 290 projects as top regional transportation priorities

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Elected officials from eight counties selected two U.S. Highway 290 projects to be the highest ranking priorities for the Capital Area Regional Transportation Planning Organization, a rural planning organization.

The number one ranked project proposes to widen and reconstruct U.S. 290 in Lee County from the Bastrop County line to Navarro Street in Giddings as a four-lane, divided highway. The proposed project would span about 7.5 miles and has an estimated cost of $31.1 million.

A U.S. 290 project in Bastrop County earned the second highest ranking based on elected officials’ scoring. The Bastrop County project, with an estimated $12.6 million cost, would stretch about 3 miles from Ranch to Market 2104 to the Lee County line. The project also would make the highway a four-lane, divided roadway.

Both projects ranked the highest during CARTPO's previous prioritization in March 2013. They were selected this year among 23 submitted projects from eight counties.

By prioritizing the projects, CARPTO is providing Texas Department of Transportation with guidance on the region’s most pressing transportation needs, so the state agency can make informed decisions about funding highway construction.

County and city officials from Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Lee, Llano, and Williamson counties ranked the 23 projects. They scored the projects based on six criteria: safety enhancement, congestion relief, air quality improvement, system preservation, economic opportunity and local participation in the project.

> Find out how the remaining 21 projects ranked.
> Discover more about CARTPO.

CAPCOG promotes vehicle grant opportunities to improve air quality

Monday, September 22, 2014

Area grant opportunities for purchasing or retrofitting vehicles to help improve the region’s air quality now can be found in one location on the CAPCOG website.

> Visit the Drive Clean webpage.

The Drive Clean: Get help buying a cleaner vehicle webpage provides information on multiple grants residents, businesses and governments can use to purchase, lease or retrofit vehicles, so they can replace their old vehicles with newer, cleaner ones.

Purchasing newer, cleaner model vehicles is only one way to help improve air quality by reducing emissions that can produce ground-level ozone.

> Read more about ground-level ozone and CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program.

Justice Department launches website for crimes relating to elderly

Friday, September 19, 2014

The United States Department of Justice launched the Elder Justice website earlier this month. The site provides the elderly and people who support them with information about crimes affecting older Americans.

Justice.gov/elderjustice/ is a resource for victims, their families, practitioners, law enforcement agencies, prosecutors and researches seeking to understand and address elder abuse and financial exploitation, stated the website.

The website hosts a number of databases for each group to include a searchable list of local resources for reporting crimes, thousands of articles and reviews with information about elder abuse and financial exploitation, and information and resources on how to prevent elder abuse and assist older crime victims.

> Go to the Elder Justice website.
> Discover other resources for older American and their families.
> Learn about Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area.

CAPCOG uses homeland security grant for cyber-attack recovery

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Capital Area Council of Governments will use a recently awarded $135,000 State Homeland Security Program grant to assist in preparing the region to respond and recover from cyber-attacks.

Funds from the grant will be used to perform a cyber-attack vulnerability analysis for CAPCOG’s 10-county region. The analysis will help identify how such an incident could affect business processes, critical infrastructure, and the financial stability and viability of businesses. It will have an emphasis on small and medium-sized businesses.

Determining the impact of such an attack is the initial step in the planning process which will help the region and its businesses and governments develop a stronger, more responsive approach to handling cyber-security and cyber-attack recovery.

Ultimately, the work performed in the analysis could be used to facilitate the creation of economic recovery plans for individual businesses.  After the analysis is concluded, CAPCOG plans to facilitate workshops with businesses and local governments during the 2015 year. The workshops will help businesses and governments identify their own risks and plans for economic recovery to include job restoration.

Cyber terrorism was identified as one of six possible threats to the region in the 2013 Regional Threat and Hazard Identification and Ricks Assessment.

> Discover more about CAPCOG's Homeland Security Division.

A caregiver’s balanced life provides for better care

Friday, September 12, 2014

Everything seemed to be happening all at once for Cheri and Barry Krockover. In 2009, Cheri lost her job as a software analyst and tester, and Barry, her husband of 22 years, started to show behavioral changes related to memory loss.

By 2010, Barry, who is now 78, was diagnosed with dementia.Cheri Krockover

“In 2010, I officially felt like my life was over,” said Cheri, who is now 64. “Then I came to the realization, that ‘no, my life is not over. It is just going to be different.’ What I have learned during the last four years is that your love for your spouse continues, but it also is very different… but it is still a powerful force.”

In hindsight, Cheri sees losing her job as a blessing. It allowed Cheri to notice the signs of dementia early and Barry and her to spend the next few years being active together. But outlining a support system, learning about resources, and handling stress ensured Cheri stayed her positive, fun and happy self. More importantly, it helped her remain a great caregiver for her husband.

Early during her caregiving years, Cheri joined a job club where she discovered other unemployed caregivers. Rallying around their commonality, the caregivers created a second support group that let members share resources about caregiving. It also provided an outlet to discuss the common problems they faced and had to overcome.

“We shared ideas on how to cope, and other caregivers can find humor in some of the stresses and issues that arise while providing for a loved one,” Cheri said. Having a connection with people who are going through similar trials and tribulations is almost priceless, she said.

The support group led Cheri to programs such as the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area’s Stress Busting Program for Family Caregivers. The nine-week course helped explain the grief Cheri felt, she said. It also let her accept her role as a caregiver and taught her techniques to manage the pressures of providing for an Alzheimer’s disease or dementia patient.

> Become a Stress Busting Program for Family Caregivers volunteer.
> Discover more about AAACAP.

To further mitigate stresses, Cheri created a resource wheel to organize her support system. Each person or group in the wheel is a different spoke that helps manage a different stress in life such as money, your spirit and caregiving.

Communication plays a key role in using a resource wheel, Cheri said. Telling your friends and associates about their role, lets them know exactly how they can help. It also lets them understand your situation. Some friends can help you relax during daily routine stresses such as shopping. Others, such as fellow caregivers, can make awkward caregiving moments funny, which helps you stay optimistic.
“That is a key to being a healthy caregiver, holding onto that optimism,” Cheri said. “The better my own mental outlook it is, the more able I am to care for him. I was always the fun person in our marriage, and he still needs me to be the fun person.”

Cheri is now a Stress-Busting course master trainer and will be speaking during the Striking a Balance 2014: the 13th annual conference for nonprofessional caregivers. Barry is doing well in a living and caregiving facility. The Krockovers see each other almost every day and still laugh with and love each other.

> Register for Striking a Balance 2014: the 13th annual conference for nonprofessional caregivers.

NCoA and AAACAP remind seniors about flu shots

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Flu season can begin in October, last until May and peak in January and February. With the start of the season nearing, the Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area (AAACAP) and the National Council on Aging (NCoA) wants to remind seniors to get their flu shots.

Seniors, 65 and older, are one of the demographics at risk of experiencing complications after contracting the contagious respiratory illness caused by the flu virus.

Annually between 5 to 20 percent of U.S. residents become infected with the virus, but people 65 years of age or older make up 9 of 10 flu-related deaths and 6 of 10 flu-related hospital stays, according to NCoA and flu.gov. Getting a flu shot is the best preventive against the virus.

It is recommended that older adults receive one flu shot, preferably the high dosage shot, before flu season begins. The shot is free for people with Medicare who uses a provider that accepts the assignment. Medicare Advantage members also cannot be charged for the flu shot if it is given by an in-network provider.

> Read more about the flu shot and other routine vaccines.
> Learn more about the flu.
> Discover more resources for seniors to stay healthy.

TCEQ seeks emission reduction grant projects

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) Texas Emissions Reduction Plan Program is accepting applications for the Emissions Reduction Incentive Grants (ERIG) Program.

The program provides grant funds to upgrade or replace older heavy-duty vehicles to include school buses; non-road equipment; locomotives; marine vessels; and stationary equipment.

Applications for the grant must be submitted by 5 p.m., Dec. 2, 2014.

> Get a grant application.

Eligible CAPCOG counties include Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson.

Because of several changes to the ERIG program this year, the TCEQ has scheduled grant application workshops, dealer trainings, and application assistance sessions to provide an overview of the application process. All workshops are free and don’t require registration. 

> Review the workshop schedule.

Contact the TERP program at 800-919-TERP (8377) or terp@tceq.state.tx.us.

> Read more about Central Texas Air Quality.

AAACAP and WellMed Senior Center offer aging resource fair

Friday, September 05, 2014

A resource fair, for people 60 or older, will provide aging adults with a variety of resources to benefit their wellbeing. The fair is from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Friday, Sept. 26 at the WellMed Senior Community Center, 706 W. Ben White Blvd. Suite 125A in Austin.

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and WellMed Senior Community Center are presenting the event. Attendees will have access to AAACAP staff that assists with benefit counseling, care coordination, health and wellness and medication screenings. Other local agencies also will be present to provide health and wellness information and resources.

To receive a medication screening one must be 60 years of age or older; take five or more prescription and/or over-the counter medications, supplements, or vitamins; and agree to participate in a short safety survey before and after the medication screening report is completed. Attendees wishing to have their medications screened also must bring their prescriptions or a list of their drugs to include any supplements.

Area Agency on Aging staff works with a pharmacist to review medications to identify potentially harmful interactions, reactions and related issues. 

> Contact Amy Flanigan, AAACAP health & wellness coordinator, for questions.
> Read the event flier.
> Learn more about AAACAP.

CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program coordinates clean air outreach campaign

Friday, August 29, 2014

Air quality in Central Texas is traditionally at its worst in August and September, which is why the Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality Program launched a new radio advertising campaign. The campaign encourages residents to help reduce emissions that lead to high ozone levels.

Ground-level ozone can cause breathing problems for children, seniors and people with asthma. Reducing ozone is also important in order to avoid expensive regulations required for areas that violate federal air quality standards.

The radio campaign targets drivers to tell them how they can reduce their impact on local air pollution by carpooling, reducing idling, and replacing older vehicles.

Using about $54,000 in regional air quality outreach funding provided by the City of Austin, CAPCOG purchased 450 radio spots on six radio stations during the next month. The advertisements will air during the busiest drive-time hours, 6 to 10 a.m. and 3 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

CAPCOG's radio spots are anticipated to reach a significant number of people, but local governments, school districts, businesses and nonprofits also can help increase that number by participating in the campaign. They can download or share the campaign's scripts and audio files to post on their own websites and social media platforms.

> Read the scripts.
> Listen to the Drive Clean radio spot.
> Listen to the Drive Clean radio spot in Spanish.
> Listen to the Back to School radio spot.
> Listen to the Back to School radio spot in Spanish.

Regional caregivers to gather during annual Striking a Balance Conference

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area and AGE of Central Texas will host the Striking a Balance 2014: 13th Annual Caregiver Conference from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20.

Held at the Norris Conference Center, 2525 W. Anderson Lane in Austin, the conference will bring together about 200 regional, nonprofessional caregivers of older residents for an educational and networking experience.

 “Striking a Balance is a day for pampering caregivers and providing them with meaningful information to help care for their loved ones and themselves,” said Rene Oldstein, Area Agency on Aging care coordination program manager.

Attendees of the conference can learn about local resources available to them, hear from aging experts and network with other caregivers. 

The conference will feature keynote speaker Wendy Lustbader, a nationally-renowned expert on caregiving and author of "Life Gets Better" and "Taking Care of Family Members".

Following Lustbader, there will be breakout sessions on caregiving topics from other experts, area volunteers and caregivers. Several vendors will be on site to provide information about resources available to caregivers.

“Caregivers are so enthralled with their day-to-day lives, they don’t get a lot of chances to find resources or learn how to cope with the stress they face,” Oldstein said. “This is a place where they can capture all that information. It gives them an opportunity to educate themselves.”

The conference also will offer a free lunch for caregivers and free off-site respite by reservation only at AGE’s Austin Adult Day Health Center, 3710 Cedar St., Austin, TX. Call 512-458-6305 by Sept. 17 to request respite care.

> Register for the conference.
> Download the event's flier.
> Learn more about AAA of the Capital Area.

CAPCOG updates training website to improve registration

Monday, August 18, 2014

Capital Area Council of Governments will launch a new training course website this month.

The website will provide better navigation through CAPCOG’s available training courses by allowing users a clearer search of topics, targeted audiences and dates. Course registrants also will have access to a list of similar and related training opportunities while signing up for courses. Other added features include an improved map display to the course’s training location and more course details.

To accommodate the update, access to CAPCOG’s training website will be closed from Aug. 18 to Aug. 22. Registration for training opportunities will resume at capcog.org/training once the new website is available.

Emergency communication equipment available for purchase

Friday, August 15, 2014

The Capital Area Council of Governments is offering to sell equipment no longer in use by the 9-1-1 emergency communications program, the Capital Area Emergency Communications District.

About 1,000 items are listed in the sell to include computers, phones, servers and switches, and other communication equipment.

Quantity and descriptions are provided by CAPCOG in good faith, but it is recommended that interested buyers contact the Emergency Communications department for an appointment to view the items offered for sale. All property is sold “first come, first serve” on a "where is/as is" basis, without warranty.

To respond to the offer, prospective buyers must complete an Offer to Sell form, sign and return it to CAPCOG before 5 p.m., Friday, Sept. 5, 2014.

> Download the form, instructions on the bid process, and the complete list of equipment.
> Contact Gregg Obuch, CAPCOG emergency communications director.
> See other opportunities to do business with CAPCOG.

TCEQ issues first 2014 ozone action day for Austin area

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality issued an Ozone Action Day for the Austin area for Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014.

Area residents are encouraged to help prevent and lessen ozone pollution they produce throughout the day. They can do so by sharing a ride, walking or riding a bicycle when traveling; taking their lunch to work; avoiding drive-through lanes; conserving energy; and keeping vehicles properly tuned.

> Learn more ozone prevention tips from Take Care of Texas.

Ozone action days occur when atmospheric conditions are expected to be favorable for producing high levels of ozone air pollution. While stratospheric ozone is helpful, ground-level ozone can cause acute respiratory problems to include coughing, respiratory irritation and aggravated asthma symptoms.

Ground-level ozone is created by sunlight causing chemical reactions between nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds. Emissions from industrial and electrical facilities, vehicle exhaust, gasoline vapors and chemical solvents are a few major sources that contribute to ground-level ozone creation.

> Get more TCEQ ozone facts.
> Watch the ozone forecast at EPA Air Now.

Thursday will be the first 2014 ozone action day issued for the Austin area during its ozone forecast season. The season runs through April 1 to Oct. 31, when ozone is predicted to be more concentrated. Traditionally, the Austin area experiences more Ozone Action Days later in its forecast season.

> Read about Capital Area Council of Governments Air Quality program.
> Learn about CLEAN AIR Force of Central Texas and get involved.

CAPCOG grant seeks diesel engine replacement projects

Friday, August 08, 2014

CAPCOG’s Air Quality Program is calling for project submissions for a grant that could pay up to 25 percent of the replacement cost for diesel-powered vehicles and non-road equipment.

The grant’s call for projects started Aug. 8, 2014 and will end Sept. 5, 2014 and is meant for vehicles and non-road equipment primarily used in Bastrop, Bexar, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, and Williamson counties.

It is the grant’s intention to pay for the incremental cost of lower-emission engines in order to accelerate fleet turnover. Replacement of existing vehicles and non-road equipment funded under this grant must occur earlier than the owner would normally have planned.

Diesel-powered on-road vehicles with a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) of 16,001 pounds or more that have a model year from 1989 to 2003 are eligible for replacement funding. Diesel-powered non-road engines, equipment, and vehicles that are used in construction, handling of cargo (including at port or airport), agriculture, mining, or energy production (including stationary generators and pumps) also are eligible for replacement funding.

About $650,000 is available for organizations, to include private sector firms, governments, and non-profits, with vehicles and non-road equipment that meet the grant’s criteria. The funding is the remainder of $1.02 million U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, National Clean Diesel Funding Assistance Program grant under the Diesel Emission Reduction act which CAPCOG received in 2012.

Grant recipients will need to place an order for new vehicles or equipment no later than Dec. 31, 2014, and physically acquire the vehicles or equipment no later than June 30, 2015.

> Read more details about the call for projects and the grant.
> Download the EPA’s non-road engine eligibility list.
> Get the non-road equipment replacement application form.
> Get the vehicle replacement application form.
> Contact Andrew Hoekzema for more information.

Interoperable communication systems help save two lives and apprehend suspect

Thursday, August 07, 2014

When two visitors to Horseshoe Bay in Llano County sustained serious injuries from an attacker in June, communication teams responded with a number of regional tools to save their lives and apprehend their suspected attacker.

Response to the incident used technology developed through the cooperation of CAPCOG members. The technology helped 9-1-1 dispatchers communicate with a non-English speaker and allowed police officers to arrest a suspect more than 80 miles away from the crime scene while investigations were still under way.

On June 10, the Marble Falls Communications Center received a 9-1-1 call from an address in Horseshoe Bay. The seriously injured caller did not speak English, but the 9-1-1 operator quickly linked the caller to the Language Line translation service. The service, which is available through the regional 9-1-1 system, assists 9-1-1 center operators with translation when processing a call.

The caller spoke German and provided critical details to the 9-1-1 operator, enabling rapid dispatch of Horseshoe Bay police, fire and emergency medical services. Fire and EMS units staged at a safe location until police arrived and secured the scene. Due to the severity of the injuries, requests were made for additional EMS units and the support of Air Evac and STAR Flight for patient transport.

> Read more about 9-1-1 technology

While medical assistance was being summoned, information about a possible suspect was disseminated to regional law enforcement agencies. Personnel from the Horseshoe Bay Police Department, Marble Falls Police Department, Llano County Sheriff’s Office, Burnet County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Public Safety used a regional law enforcement talk-group on the newly implemented Western Region Radio System to communicate. This allowed multiple units from several agencies to coordinate their efforts and receive real-time updates about a possible suspect.

The 9-1-1 center processed additional calls for suspicious activity, and field units searched for and made contact with vehicles matching the suspect’s description. Upon learning the suspect was likely en route to a residence in Bastrop County, personnel at the Combined Transportation and Emergency Communications Center in Austin were contacted. They connected the talk group being used by law enforcement agencies in Horseshoe Bay with a regional talk group on the Greater Austin-Travis County Regional Radio System, The connection enabled law enforcement agencies in Llano and Burnet counties to talk directly to their Bastrop County counterparts.

The Bastrop County Sheriff’s Office used information from personnel in Llano County to locate the suspect and possible evidence related to the attack at a Bastrop residence.

While police apprehended the suspect, EMS personnel used the regional radio system to communicate with fire department personnel and the Air Evac and STAR Flight staff to coordinate treatment and transport the victims to University Medical Center-Brackenridge in Austin.

> Discover more about CAPCOG's Communications Interoperability Planning

CAPCOG reviews waste facility expansion and proposed sites

Friday, August 01, 2014

The Capital Area Council of Governments is in the process of reviewing proposed a municipal solid waste facility application submitted to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

CAPCOG is one of 24 regional planning commissions provided the opportunity by Texas statute to review a municipal solid waste facility when such a site either plans an expansion or is being proposed. CAPCOG reviews plans for the facility for conformance with regional and local solid waste management plans.

To ensure a facility's application is reviewed properly, CAPCOG developed Conformance Review Process Guidance and a Checklist to provide direction on reviews conducted within the region. The process focuses on ensuring the following objectives:

The use of a site for a facility does not adversely impact human health or the environment by evaluating and determining impacts of the site upon counties, cities, communities, groups of property owners, or individuals in terms of compatibility of land use, zoning in the vicinity, community growth patterns, and other factors associated with the public interest.

  • The use of a site for a facility does not adversely impact human health or the environment by evaluating and determining impacts of the site upon counties, cities, communities, groups of property owners, or individuals in terms of compatibility of land use, zoning in the vicinity, community growth patterns, and other factors associated with the public interest. 
  • Facilities comply with local zoning requirements, ordinances, and other local government land use regulations.
  • Facilities’ impacts on roads, drainage ways, and other infrastructure are assessed for existing and planned future land uses. 
  • Facilities are good neighbors, by assessing and considering every applicant’s five-year compliance history in Texas to the fullest extent allowed by TCEQ.
  • Encourage programs that provide incentives for using landfills instead of illegal dumping.
  • Avoid, or minimize if avoidance is not possible, concerns about visual and aesthetic impacts from facilities on adjacent land uses.
  • Address local land use concerns about the long term and cumulative effects off facilities and protect the public interest in a natural landscape.
  • Avoid, or minimize if avoidance is not possible, nuisance conditions associated with facilities that generate community concerns.

TCEQ’s permitting process is done independently, and while CAPCOG is required to review the application, it can abstain from making recommendations about the applications to the state agency.

CAPCOG’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee and then the Executive Committee vote to recognize the project in conformance, deem it as nonconforming, or waive taking a position.

> Read more about CAPCOG’s Conformance Review process.
> See the Conformance Review Checklist.
> Discover the CAPCOG Solid Waste Program.

AAA of the Capital Area heads to Bastrop and Buda

Monday, July 28, 2014

The Area Agency on Aging of the Capital Area will conduct outreach and informational sessions in Bastrop and Buda during August.

Benefit counselors will assist Medicare beneficiaries with Medicare inquiries and provide information or services about other programs available through CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging. They will explain and assist with applications for low income programs such as Medicare Savings Program and the Extra Help Program. They also will assist with Benefits Checkup and prepare a report to help individuals find resources and benefit programs that can help pay for medications, health care, food and more.

Benefits Checkup is a free service of the National Council on Aging.

Counselors will be at the following locations at the following times:

  • 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 11, 2014
    1100 Church St., Bastrop, TX 78602, the Bastrop Public Library
  • 10 a.m.-4.30 p.m., Monday, Aug 25, 2014
    303 Main St., Buda, TX 78610, the Buda Public Library

Benefit counselors are available to schedule other individual appointments by calling 512-916-6062 or toll free 888-622-9111, ext. 6062.

> Find additional locations where benefit counselling will take place.
> Learn more about CAPCOG’s Area Agency on Aging.

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