Household hazardous waste vouchers available

The City initiated a new program this month for collection of household hazardous wastes such as antifreeze, fertilizer, motor oil, paint, pesticides, pool chemicals, or solvents.

Georgetown city residents may request to receive a voucher from the City of Georgetown to take household hazardous waste items to a facility in Round Rock. Email Georgetown Customer Care at hhw@georgetown.org to request information or a voucher.

The City of Round Rock offers household hazardous waste collection on the first Wednesday of each month from 3-6 p.m. at the recycling center, 310 Deepwood Drive. Visit Round Rock’s household hazardous waste site to learn about collection events and acceptable materials: roundrocktexas.gov/departments/utilities-and-environmental-services/solid-waste-recycling/household-hazardous-waste-disposal.

What is household hazardous waste?

Household hazardous waste products should never be poured out on the ground, down the drain, or put out for collection with regular household garbage. Improper disposal can contaminate groundwater and drinking water and injure those who come into contact with the waste since they are ignitable, corrosive, toxic, or reactive.

Household hazardous waste products are often labeled with words such as caution, toxic, poison, corrosive, or danger. Examples include:

  • Aerosol spray cans
  • Antifreeze
  • Art and hobby chemicals
  • Automotive products
  • Fluorescent lights (tubes or CFLs)
  • Household cleaners and disinfectants
  • Mercury (from thermometers, thermostats)
  • Motor oil or transmission fluid
  • Paints and stains, especially oil-based
  • Pesticides and poisons
  • Pool and spa chemicals
  • Thinners and solvents
  • Vehicle batteries (wet cell)

The City of Round Rock household hazardous waste collection site does not accept vehicle tires, mattresses, appliances, explosives, medical waste, or radioactive materials.

Find out more about the new household hazardous waste vouchers or solid waste and recycling programs at recycle.georgetown.org.

Applications for fall Citizen Police Academy due Aug. 12

The Citizen Police Academy is a 12-week course taught by police officers and firefighters to educate citizens about the Georgetown Police and Fire departments’ protocols and procedures.

Classes in the fall 2019 academy include code of criminal procedure, criminal and accident investigations, lethal and less-than-lethal weapons, crime scene investigations, victim services, response to resistance, officer safety, and Fire response. The deadline to apply is Aug. 12 at 5 p.m.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on Aug. 22 through Nov 7. Class sessions are 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The first class will be held in the training room of the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

There is no charge to attend the academy, but seating is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Applications are available at the Georgetown Police Department reception desk at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center or by emailing a request to randy.mcdonald@georgetown.org. All applicants will be notified of acceptance via email.

City hosts riverbank clean up event July 20

The City of Georgetown is hosting a riverbank clean up event in San Gabriel Park on Saturday, July 20 from 8-11:30 a.m.

During the event, trash bags and gloves will be provided. Participants are asked to wear appropriate clothing such as long pants, hats, and sunglasses, as well as comfortable closed toe shoes.

Individuals interested in volunteering can register online and find more information at transportation.georgetown.org/river-cleanup.

SportClips Way street renaming event July 11

On Thursday, July 11 at 9:30 a.m., the City of Georgetown will officially change a street name to SportClips Way to honor the headquarters of Sport Clips Haircuts in Georgetown. New street signs for SportClips Way will be revealed at the event to mark the renaming of Briarwood Drive.

Sport Clips representatives, City of Georgetown officials, and Georgetown Chamber of Commerce members will be at the street renaming event, which will be at the Sport Clips headquarters location at 110 Briarwood Drive. The new Sport Clips headquarters office address will become 110 SportClips Way.

Sport Clips is a national hair care franchise with more than 1,800 locations in the U.S. and Canada.

Blazin’ Beer Crawl on Aug. 3

You’re invited to Georgetown’s first craft beer crawl event on Saturday, Aug. 3.  The Blazin’ Beer Crawl from 3 to 6 p.m. is a self-paced walking event featuring craft beer tastings from Central Texas breweries inside of our Downtown retail stores and restaurants. Ticket holders will receive a map of all of the participating locations and can choose which order to sample and visit merchants. Hot and spicy snacks will be available at various participating merchant locations.

($25) General Admission Ticket includes a keepsake tasting glass and a map of all of the participating merchants (Ticket sales are limited to ages 21 and over; identification will be verified at pickup).

($55) VIP Admission Ticket includes a keepsake tasting glass, event hat, swag bag, and a map of all of the participating merchants (Ticket sales are limited to ages 21 and over; identification will be verified at pickup).

Go here to purchase tickets.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Georgetown Main Street Façade and Sign Grant Program, which has awarded over $469,000 in grant funds to downtown business and property owners.

Be aware of risks associated with swimming in rivers and lakes

While places along the San Gabriel River like Blue Hole as well as Lake Georgetown are popular summertime destinations, those using these natural water bodies should be aware of potential risks. Stormwater runoff flowing into our rivers and lakes often contains bacteria and other organisms, especially after rainfall.

During the summer months, warmer temperatures can lead to higher levels of bacteria in our rivers, streams, and in Lake Georgetown. Some of the highest levels of bacteria and other organisms can be found in areas where the river current slows or pools due to natural barriers or dams. Slow-moving water combined with higher temperatures can allow organisms to multiply in the water.

Swallowing natural water while swimming or diving or exposing cuts or open eyes to natural water can lead to a variety of illnesses or skin conditions. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has more information about how to avoid recreational water illnesses.

If you have questions about health-related problems which you suspect may be the result of recreation in natural waters, or you would like more information, contact the Williamson County and Cities Health District at www.wcchd.org or call 512-943-3660.

Public invited to cast ballots for People’s Choice Award in library sculpture exhibit

For twelve years, the Georgetown Public Library has hosted the Texas Society of Sculptors’ annual summer show. The competitive, juried exhibit is a popular tradition in Georgetown that includes sculptures throughout the building on both the first and second floors. Participating sculptors work in wood, glass, bronze, ceramics, and more. Most pieces in the exhibit are available for purchase.

This year’s exhibit opened Sunday, June 23, and lasts through Saturday, Sept. 20. This year’s show includes a People’ Choice Award decided by library visitors, who cast votes for their favorite three pieces out of the 72 pieces in the show. To cast a vote, pick up a ballot in the library’s lobby and place it in the ballot box no later than 8 p.m. on July 16. The sculptor of the piece with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award and a cash prize at a reception in the library on Sunday, July 21, at 1 p.m.

Other prizes include the Librarians’ Choice decided by library staff, along with additional prizes for select categories.

The library will also host a sculpture demonstration featuring several of this year’s sculptors demonstrating their techniques and processes in clay, bronze, wood, stone, and glass. The free event will be held in the library lobby, 402 W. Eighth St., on Saturday, Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 p.m.

For more information about this year’s exhibit and events, contact Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix at dana.hendrix@georgetown.org or TSOS Exhibit Coordinator Linda Wilde at lzorawilde@gmail.com.

City 2020 budget town hall July 8

The City of Georgetown will host a town hall meeting on July 8 to present projects and programs being considered in the 2020 budget and listen to public feedback. The meeting will provide an overview of the budget process and highlight challenges the City facing in adopting a budget that maintains service levels and responds to growth.

City Manager David Morgan will talk about programs and projects being considered in the 2020 fiscal year budget and then answer questions at the town hall. The meeting is an opportunity for anyone in Georgetown to learn about the budget process, ask questions, and share concerns related to the 2020 budget. The meeting starts at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 8 at the Council and Court Building, 510 W. Ninth St.

The town hall meeting also will be livestreamed on GTV channel 10 available online at gtv.georgetown.org.

The City Manager’s proposed budget for 2020 is scheduled to be presented to the City Council on Aug. 6. The first public hearing on the proposed tax rate is planned for Sept. 3. Additional public hearings and meetings on the tax rate and budget are planned for Sept. 10 and Sept. 24. The 2020 fiscal year starts Oct. 1.

Linda McCalla awarded 2019 Main Street Star Award

Long-time resident and business owner Linda McCalla was recognized as the 2019 Georgetown Main Street Star Award recipient June 22 at the Texas Main Street Reunion held in Georgetown.

The Main Street Star award recognizes individuals for outstanding activity promoting downtown Georgetown, contributions making a lasting impact on downtown Georgetown, and meeting the Main Street Program’s mission of enhancing downtown vibrancy and historic preservation. The Georgetown Main Street Advisory Board voted to recognize McCalla for her service to downtown Georgetown during its annual retreat in early June.

McCalla was the first Main Street Manager in Georgetown, helping to develop the foundation of the program and start the revitalization of downtown in 1982. Since that time, she has been actively involved in further improvements to downtown. She has served on many boards and committees, including the Main Street Advisory Board, Historic Architecture and Review Commission and as past president for Preservation Georgetown. She now serves on the 2030 Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee. She recently completed a restoration project on her downtown property and worked with the Main Street Program, receiving a façade grant to complete the work.

“Linda is a great steward of her own property and as a past HARC commissioner has helped enhance preservation and new construction projects in downtown,” Downtown Development Manager Kim McAuliffe said. “She was one of the first people that reached out to me when I started working in Georgetown, and as soon as we met, I knew she and I would be fast friends. She has been a great resource and supporter.”

Since the establishment of the award in 2014, the Georgetown Main Street Program has recognized seven individuals in downtown Georgetown, including. Lucas Adams, Chet Garner, Rusty Winkstern, Judy and Len Lester, and Beverly and Don Adams.

The Georgetown Main Street Program, established in 1982, is a preservation driven, economic development program within the City of Georgetown’s Economic Development Department. To learn more, visit mainstreet.georgetown.org.

City facility closings on July 4

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Thursday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday. Facilities closed on Thursday, July 4, include:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 510 W. Ninth St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. (facility and splash pool closed)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive (facility and pool closed)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.

Pools Schedule for July 4

On Thursday, July 4, the outdoor pools at River Ridge, Village, and Williams Drive will be open from 1 to 7 p.m. The outdoor splash pads at San Jose Park, Rabbit Hill Park and downtown at Ninth and Main streets also will be operating on July 4.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Thursday, July 4.

Regular solid waste and recycling collection

There will be regular solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Thursday, July 4. For questions about trash or recycling collection, call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open normal hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, July 4.