Notice of Intention Regarding Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation, April 27, 2021

NOTICE OF INTENTION REGARDING CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS
COMBINATION TAX AND REVENUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that it is the intention of the City Council of the City of Georgetown, Texas, to issue one or more series of interest bearing certificates of obligation of the City entitled “City of Georgetown, Texas Combination Tax and Revenue Certificates of Obligation” (the “Certificates”) for the purpose of paying contractual obligations incurred or to be incurred by the City for: (1) constructing, improving, extending, expanding, upgrading and developing City streets, bridges, sidewalks, intersections and related traffic improvement including purchasing any necessary right-of-way and equipment, including for Aviation Drive; (2) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s Solid Waste transfer station; (3) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s public safety operation and training center; (4) acquiring and upgrading city vehicles, including fire and police vehicles and related equipment, an inspection vehicle and a traffic signal bucket truck; (5) constructing, improving, expanding and renovating the City’s municipal airport, including construction and/or improvement of a maintenance and equipment storage facility; (6) acquiring and upgrading public safety equipment including, cardiac monitors and self-contained breathing apparatus fire safety equipment; (7) constructing, improving, renovating, expanding and equipping City parks and recreation facilities, including renovation of the Teen/Senior Recreation Center, HVAC improvements, park master planning, tennis center facility improvements, and the development of neighborhood parks, including Heritage Gardens neighborhood park; (8) constructing and installing accessibility improvements at City buildings, facilities and parks in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act; (9) acquiring and upgrading City radio communication equipment; and (10) professional services including fiscal, engineering, architectural and legal fees and other such costs incurred in connection therewith including the costs of issuing the Certificates.

The City Council tentatively proposes to consider for first and final reading at a meeting to commence at 6 o’clock, p.m., on the 27th day of April, 2021 at Council Chambers, 510 W. 9th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626, the passage of an ordinance authorizing such Certificates which ordinance shall be entitled “ORDINANCE AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF CITY OF GEORGETOWN, TEXAS COMBINATION TAX AND REVENUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION, SERIES 2021; LEVYING AN AD VALOREM TAX AND THE PLEDGE OF CERTAIN REVENUES IN SUPPORT OF THE CERTIFICATES; APPROVING AN OFFICIAL STATEMENT, A PAYING AGENT/REGISTRAR AGREEMENT AND OTHER AGREEMENTS RELATED TO THE SALE AND ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES; AND AUTHORIZING OTHER MATTERS RELATED TO THE ISSUANCE OF THE CERTIFICATES.” The maximum amount of Certificates of Obligation that may be authorized for such purpose is $25,000,000. The City Council presently proposes to provide for the payment of such Certificates from the levy and collection of ad valorem taxes in the City as provided by law and from the surplus revenues of the City’s utility system in an amount not to exceed $10,000, being the combined waterworks, sewer and electric system, remaining after payment of all operation and maintenance expenses thereof, and all debt service, reserve and other requirements in connection with all of the City’s revenue bonds or other obligations (now or hereafter outstanding) which are payable from all or any part of the net revenues of the City’s utility system.

Due to the ongoing public health concerns regarding the COVID 19 virus, and as may be authorized by Executive Order of the Governor of Texas, such meeting and public hearing regarding the Certificates to be held on April 27, 2021 may be conducted via a free public video conference or other lawful electronic means. In such event, information regarding how to access the meeting and public participation in the meeting will be available on the City’s website and in the agenda posted no less than 72 hours before the April 27, 2021 meeting at the following internet address: https://government.georgetown.org/

The following information is required pursuant to Texas Local Government Code, Section 271.049: As of February 9, 2021, the aggregate principal amount of all outstanding debt obligations of the City secured by and payable from ad valorem taxes is $222,670,000. As of February 9, 2021, the combined principal and interest required to pay all outstanding debt obligations of the City secured by and payable from ad valorem taxes on time and in full is $283,895,475. The estimated combined principal and interest required to pay the Certificates on time and in full is $33,785,883.

The estimated interest rate for the Certificates is 3.00%. Such estimates take into account a number of factors, including the issuance schedule, maturity schedule and the expected ratings of the proposed Certificates. Such estimated interest rate is provided as a matter of information but is not a limitation on the interest rate at which the Certificates may be sold. The maximum maturity date of the Certificates is August 15, 2041.

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City hosts 2019 Water Summit on Oct. 29

The City of Georgetown is hosting the 2019 Water Summit on Oct. 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

During the summit, representatives from the City’s water utility, Texas Water Development Board, and other area water experts will meet with residents and community leaders to discuss water resources, infrastructure planning, and water utility rates.

Other topics will include conservation and drought management, and attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and presentations start at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and seating is limited. Interested individuals are asked to RSVP at 2019watersummit.eventbrite.com.

Natural gas outage for 630 customers

UPDATE: As of 2 a.m. Sunday, gas was restored to the interrupted area and appliance relights began based on customer availability.

Thirty-seven service technicians began knocking on doors around 7 a.m. Sunday for those that had not already contacted Atmos for a relight.

By 5 p.m. Sunday, service to 573 gas meters had been restored, six were inactive accounts and did not need restoration, and the remaining 76 are awaiting customer availability.

If you have additional questions or need assistance, please call 1-866-322-8667 to talk with an Atmos Energy Customer Service Representative.

While continuing to test portions of Atmos Energy’s natural gas system, natural gas service was inadvertently shut off to approximately 630 customers within the 3000-3900 blocks of Williams Drive, east to Canyon Rd, and Axis Loop Area. Customers who have lost gas service can remain in their home as Atmos Energy works to restore services.

Evacuations are unnecessary.

Restoration of service is a three step process:

Step 1: Atmos Energy crews turn off gas service at each meter affected by the outage.

Step 2: Atmos Energy then purges the distribution system, to ensure that air is not in our pipelines.

Step 3: Atmos Energy crews go door-to-door to safely restore gas service and relight appliances.

Atmos Energy crews began shutting off service to each meter late Saturday evening. Atmos is deploying extra resources to work around the clock to safely restore natural gas service to the area.

Atmos plans to begin restoring service and relighting appliances at approximately 7 a.m. on Sunday, March 10.

Attached is a FAQ that will hopefully answer any questions customers may have. If you have additional questions or need assistance, please call 1-866-322-8667 to talk with an Atmos Energy Customer Service Representative.

FAQ for Atmos Energy outage on March 9, 2019.
Outage map for Atmos Energy for March 9, 2019.

City holiday string lights recycling available through Jan. 31

The City of Georgetown has partnered with Texas Disposal Systems to offer free holiday string-light recycling to all Georgetown residents. Georgetown was the first city in Central Texas to offer this service when the program launched in December 2017.

Residents can drop off their old or broken string lights through Jan. 31 at one of three collection stations:

  • City of Georgetown Collection and Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Road
  • Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

Sun City residents may also drop off old or broken string lights at the Cowan Creek Pavilion, 1433 Cool Spring Way, in Sun City.

The program is limited to string lights. Yard art, inflatables and other holiday lighting will not be collected. Lights must be taken to a collection station. String lights should not be placed in residential or commercial recycling bins because they can damage the sorting machines at the recycling center.

Last year, residents recycled more than 1,300 pounds of Christmas lights.

City of Georgetown water customers unaffected by Austin or Belton boil water notices

No portion of the City of Georgetown’s water service territory is under a boil water notice. The City of Georgetown’s water supply comes from the Edwards Aquifer, and two lakes that are part of the Brazos River system, Lake Georgetown and Lake Stillhouse-Hollow. At the current time, Georgetown water supply and water treatment facilities are operating normally and no special actions are required of Georgetown utility customers.

Any changes to the current status or updates will be posted at Georgetown.org.

Georgetown Water Service Territory

The City of Georgetown serves about 44,000 water accounts representing about 110,000 customers in a 450-square-mile service area that includes Georgetown, western Williamson County and north into Bell and Burnet counties.

Modified irrigation schedule released for customers affected by water pump repair

Thanks to our great customers! Their efforts to reduce outdoor irrigation allowed water service to return to normal much earlier than originally projected. The repaired pump is working properly and the system is fully operational.

As promised, Georgetown Utility Systems is releasing a modified two-day per week outdoor irrigation schedule for the affected area.

Modified Irrigation Schedule for Affected Customers – 

  • Tuesday / Friday:  Addresses ending in 1, 5, 9
  • Wednesday / Saturday: Addresses ending in 2, 4, 6, 8
  • Thursday / Sunday: Addresses ending in 0, 3, 7

For a map of the area where irrigation is limited to twice per week, please click here.

If you need assistance adjusting your irrigation controller, please call Customer Care at 512-930-3640. A reminder to ALL Georgetown Utility Systems customers – #NoWateringMonday

This chart summarizes the modified irrigation schedule. The first row is the day of the week, and the boxes underneath indicate the last number of the address. For example, on Tuesday any addresses ending in 1, 5, or 9 can irrigate.
Area where automatic outdoor sprinkler use is limited to two days per week.

Area where automatic outdoor sprinkler use is limited to two days per week.

Water pump repair update for June 28

This past weekend there was a large water pump failure that reduced pumping capacity. The repair was successfully completed last night and the pump has been placed in service. City staff is monitoring and testing the system to ensure the replacement pump is operating correctly. All customers should be experiencing normal water pressure. If you do not have normal water pressure please call 512-930-3640.

Suspension of outdoor irrigation and unnecessary water use is still in effect until the City ensures the system is operating at full capacity. Hand watering is permitted at this time. The affected area is generally west of the City of Georgetown and around Liberty Hill. For a map of the area where irrigation is still suspended, please click here.

All notices related to lifting the boil water notice were hand-delivered by 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Updates on this situation will continue to be posted at Georgetown.org. A reminder to ALL Georgetown customers – #NoWateringMonday!

Crane lifting the motor that powers the repaired pump
Placing the motor on the repaired pump.
Finishing the motor installation on repaired pump
Installing the motor on the repaired pump
Repaired pump and motor installed
Map of area where outdoor irrigation is suspended.

Water pump repair update for the afternoon of June 27

Thanks to the good work of our customers, the water system is maintaining adequate pressure allowing the City to lift the boil water notice. The boil water notice was due to low pressure in the system. In situations like this, the City follows state protocol to ensure customer safety.

An independent laboratory has confirmed there are no contaminants in the system. The water is safe for consumption.

This past weekend there was a large water pump failure that reduced pumping capacity. Currently, the repaired pump has been delivered and city employees are working to reinstall and test the pump.

Suspension of outdoor irrigation and unnecessary water use is still in effect. Hand watering is permitted at this time. The affected area is generally west of the City of Georgetown and around Liberty Hill. For a map of the area where irrigation is still suspended, please click here.

Updates on this situation will be posted at Georgetown.org. A reminder to ALL Georgetown customers – #NoWateringMonday!

Repaired pump delivered to North Lake Pump Station
City employees using a crane to place the pump at the pump station
City employees dropping the pump into “the can”
Reinstalling the repaired pump at North Lake pump station
Preparing the motor to test the repaired pump

Council to consider voluntary annexations

The City Council is hosting public hearings for four voluntary annexations at the Aug. 8 and Aug. 22, 2017, meetings. Council will consider action on these items on Sept. 12, and a second reading is to be determined. Most of the described properties below are being annexed in anticipation of future development.

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 244.54 acres in the Fredrick Foy Survey, Abstract Number 229, located approximately along and between the intersections of Ronald Reagan Boulevard at CR 245 and Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard to be known as Highland Village.  Location Map – Highland Village

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 133.1 acres in the Fredrick Foy Survey, Abstract Number 229, located approximately along and between the intersections of Ronald Reagan Boulevard at CR 245 and Ronald Reagan at Sun City Boulevard to be known as Berry Creek Highlands.  Location Map Berry Creek Highlands

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 120.5 acres in the Lewis P. Dyches Survey, Abstract Number 171, located approximately west of the intersection of Ronald Reagan Boulevard and CR 245 to be known as Somerset Hills – 1.  Location Map – Somerset Hills 1

Public hearing for the voluntary annexation of 314.5 acres in the Burrell Eaves Survey, Abstract Number 216, located approximately northwest of the intersection of Hwy. 195 and Shell Road to be known as Somerset Hills – 2.  Location Map – Somerset Hills 2

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexations at dates to be determined. For additional information, contact the Planning Department at 512-930-3575 or email planning@georgetown.org.

Unified Development Code Amendments Office Hours

The City of Georgetown Planning Department will be hosting office visiting hours for anybody interested in learning more about the amendments, running through specific development examples, and addressing any questions you may have. Dedicated office hours will be held Wednesday, January 4 from  4 to 6 p.m.

To sign up for a specific appointment please email planning@georgetown.org. If a different time or day works better for you please do not hesitate to email us so we can arrange a separate time. UDC proposed changes can be found at udc.georgetown.org/udc-amendments.