Racial profiling, burn ban discussed by Travis County Commissioners Court

Entry at Travis County Commissioners Court (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)
Entry at Travis County Commissioners Court (KXAN Photo/Tom Rapp)

TRAVIS COUNTY (KXAN) — Travis County Commissioners Court plans to meet today to discuss numerous topics important to Austin; from racial profiling to family courts, and the burn ban.

Burn ban

Court will consider taking action on an order banning outdoor burning in the areas of Travis County that are unincorporated. The burn ban was issued two weeks ago by the fire marshal and how now been lifted in Travis County. The court will discuss extending the burn ban to those unincorporated areas. The extended proposal comes after 3.6-percent of Texas, including Austin, returned to drought status.

Fire Marshal

Also on today’s agenda is the Fire Marshal. The court will consider a term and salary for the current assistant Fire Marshal Anthony Callaway. He is expected to take over the job when Hershel Lee steps down at the end of this month.

Racial Profiling Statistic

Additionally, the court will review a report on racial profiling statistics from 2015. According to the Internal Affairs division of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office there were no reported complaints in 2015 of racial profiling. However, 161 records of patrol citations were excluded from reports, officers claim was from errors made in the release category.

Housing Authority Audit

The County Auditor’s Office will give a presentation on travel and training issues for the Housing Authority of Travis County (HATC). Specifically they will be reviewing travel costs for HATC and the Strategic Housing Finance Corporation. The review comes after allegations were submitted anonymously of members using advances for traveling.

Family Courts

Members of the Citizen Advisory Committee will be appointed to consider taking action regarding the additional capacity for the Civil and Family Courts System, according to Judge Sarah Eckhardt. They will also be determining a timeline for evaluation of work for the site.

County Facility Safety

Court will look at security issues at Travis County facilities.

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