Bring a toy to Sun­day’s Rein­deer Run 5K

Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - — HALEIGH SVO­BODA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — MELISSA B. TABOADA, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF —MAR­QUES G. HARPER, AMER­I­CAN-STATES­MAN STAFF — LAKE TRAVIS VIEW — LAKE TRAVIS VIEW bw­er­mund@states­man.com Con­tact Ben­jamin Wermund at 246-1150. Twit­ter: @Ben­jam­inew

The Rein­deer Run 5K is sched­uled to take place at 9 a.m. Sun­day at Camp Mabry, 2200 W 35th St., fol­lowed by the kid’s 1k at 9:45 a.m.

The event ben­e­fits the U.S. Marine Corp’s Toys for Tots pro­gram and par­tic­i­pants are asked to do­nate a new, un­wrapped toy. To reg­is­ter or for more in­for­ma­tion go to www.austin­rein­deer­run.com.

The Pflugerville school board will de­cide Thurs­day whether the district will of­fer in­surance ben­e­fits to domestic part­ners.

The board will meet at 7 p.m. in the cafe­te­ria of Pflugerville High School, 1301 W. Pecan St.

In Oc­to­ber, the district be­gan hand­ing out in­for­ma­tion on its 2013 in­surance ben­e­fits, of­fer­ing cov­er­age to same-sex and het­ero­sex­ual domestic part­ners for the first time. If the board up­holds the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s de­ci­sion to of­fer such ben­e­fits, it would be­come the first district in Texas to do so.

At a board meet­ing last month, Trustee Jimmy Don Havins called for the is­sue to be put on the agenda and said he plans to make a mo­tion to re­vert to the cur­rent cov­er­age, which does not in­clude un­mar­ried part­ners, and wants “an up or down vote” on the is­sue.

Five em­ploy­ees signed up for the domestic part­ner­ship ben­e­fits dur­ing the en­roll­ment pe­riod. The ben­e­fits are to go into ef­fect Jan. 1. Those em­ploy­ees were re­quired to sign an af­fi­davit stat­ing they have jointly shared a per­ma­nent res­i­dence for at least a year and had to show proof of at least two of the fol­low­ing: a joint lease, mort­gage or deed; joint own­er­ship of a ve­hi­cle; joint own­er­ship of bank­ing or credit card ac­counts; or proof of power of at­tor­ney or a will at­test­ing to the domestic part­ner as a ben­e­fi­ciary of life in­surance.

The district pays only for em­ployee cov­er­age. Em­ploy­ees pay the pre­mi­ums for fam­ily mem­bers, and the same prac­tice would be in place for domestic part­ners.

City of­fi­cials are re­mind­ing res­i­dents of the rule that re­quires an an­nual $10 per­mit for all res­i­dences and com­mer­cial prop­er­ties with se­cu­rity sys­tems.

The per­mit form in­cludes con­tact in­for­ma­tion for po­lice. Per­mits can be picked up from the Pflugerville Jus­tice Cen­ter, 1611 E. Pfen­nig Lane, and forms are avail­able at the city’s web­site at www.pflugervil­letx. gov/alarm­per­mit.

The dead­line to re­new or reg­is­ter a sys­tem is Jan. 1.

The Lake Travis High School DECA pro­gram will host Dunk for the Cure, a fundraiser ben­e­fit­ting the Dell Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal Blood and Can­cer Cen­ter.

T-shirts will be on sale and sev­eral ac­tiv­i­ties will take place dur­ing boys’ bas­ket­ball games. For in­for­ma­tion, go to ltis­d­schools.org/page/10534.

Lake Travis Fic­tion Writ­ers will gather from 7 to 9 p.m. Tues­day for a work­shop ti­tled What’s Your Genre? The Evolv­ing Tar­get at the Old Bee Cave School House, 13333 Texas 71, Suite A.

Pre­sen­ter Pat Evans will com­pare and con­trast in­dus­try def­i­ni­tions for fic­tion gen­res. To at­tend, e-mail austin­writer­girl@ya­hoo.com.

Go to lake­trav­is­fic­tion­writ­ers.blogspot.com.

By Ben­jam­inWer­mund GE­ORGE­TOWN — Wil­liamson County will pay a $751 fee to the Texas Com­mis­sion on En­vi­ron­men­tal Qual­ity for fail­ing to get nec­es­sary clear­ances be­fore con­duct­ing work near Ed­wards Aquifer recharge zones.

Com­mis­sion­ers voted unan­i­mously Tues­day to pay the ad­min­is­tra­tive fee for the en­force­ment charge, which said an April 19 in­ves­ti­ga­tion found that the county failed to ob­tain ap­proval of an Ed­wards Aquifer pro­tec­tion plan be­fore com­menc­ing ad­di­tional work on O’Connor Drive, which runs along a recharge zone.

A no­tice of en­force­ment is gen­er­ally the more se­vere of two charges the en­vi­ron­men­tal agency hands down, TCEQ spokes­woman An­drea Mor­row said.

The work in ques­tion was on two drive­ways along the road that the county did not orig­i­nally plan to build when they re­ceived ini­tial project ap­proval from the en­vi­ron­men­tal agency, county spokes­woman Con­nie Wat­son said.

The county submitted an ex­cep­tion re­quest for the con­struc­tion of the two drive­ways, she said, but the rest of the project was cov­ered un­der the orig­i­nal water pol­lu­tion abate­ment plan.

The ex­cep­tion was submitted for ap­proval prior to the drive­way con­struc­tion, but that work was com­pleted be­fore the county re­ceived of­fi­cial ap­proval of the ex­cep­tion, Wat­son said.

“(The orig­i­nal plan) was submitted, that was ap­proved, but our er­ror was, we had started and com­pleted the con­struc­tion prior to get­ting the of­fi­cial ap­proval,” Wat­son said.

Wat­son said the county worked to pro­tect the aquifer while do­ing the road work.

“All of the storm water was prop­erly treated dur­ing that con­struc­tion,” Wat­son said. “It wasn’t that there was any prob­lem with fol­low­ing our plan.”

The charge could come at a bad time for the county, which has been fight­ing a pro­posal by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Ser­vice to list four Cen­tral Texas sala­man­ders as en­dan­gered, ar­gu­ing in part that the county’s ex­ist­ing re­gional habi­tat con­ser­va­tion plan is enough to pro­tect the species.

Fish and Wildlife spokes­woman Lesli Gray said it’s too early to tell if or how the charge would af­fect the de­ci­sion whether or not to list the sala­man­ders as need­ing pro­tec­tion un­der the En­dan­gered Species Act.

The charge could fall un­der one of the five fac­tors used to de­cide if ex­ist­ing reg­u­la­tory mech­a­nisms of­fer enough pro­tec­tions for the species, Gray said.

“The ser­vice could po­ten­tially con­sider the in­for­ma­tion as part of that,” Gray said.

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