Airport runway rehabilitation to begin in February

Beginning in February, the City will start rehabilitation work on one of the Georgetown Municipal Airport’s runways.

The work includes reconstructing a portion of Runway 18-36, the airport’s main north-south runway. The project also includes repaving the remaining portions, as well as striping and marking the runway. The runway will be closed during most of the construction period, and Runway 11-29 will be closed intermittently during construction.

The project is expected to be completed in late May.

The schedule is subject to change due to weather conditions. Updates on runway closures will be made at airport.georgetown.org.

Land investment firm relocating to new downtown development

WBW Land Investments will relocate to the new Riverplace development in downtown Georgetown at Second Street and Austin Avenue.

The investment group includes WBW Construction, WBW Development, and Yalgo Engineering and is focused on developing starter and first move-up homes throughout Central and Southwest Texas.

“After more than 30 years running our business from Killeen, I am looking forward to moving our entire company to the City of Georgetown, where we expect to be a part of the community for many generations to come,” said Bruce Whitis, CEO of WBW Development and Yalgo Engineering. “We considered a number of alternatives and we were ultimately attracted by the vibrancy of downtown Georgetown and the opportunity to be a part of its future.”

Company leadership said they decided to relocate to Georgetown to help attract talent and grow their employee base.

“We appreciate all the hard work of City staff, and the generosity and vision of the leadership of the City of Georgetown, as we embark on our plans for a new headquarters building for WBW Development and Yalgo Engineering in the historic district,” WBW Development Vice President David L. Peter said.

The company is partnering in the mixed-use development that will include office, residential, retail, covered parking, and outdoor amenities, which fits in with the type of development called out in the City’s Downtown Master Plan.

“Every two years, the City conducts a citizen survey, and one of the top needs identified in the 2018 survey is continuing to recruit quality businesses and employment opportunities to our community,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “WBW is a great match for Georgetown and we are excited to have another high-quality corporate headquarters relocate to Georgetown.”

At its Feb. 12 meeting, City Council approved an agreement that includes up to $320,000 for infrastructure improvements and job creation over six years.

According to the agreement, the company is expected to create 40 jobs with an average salary of $90,000 a year and invest $3 million in capital improvements.

Black History Month events in February

The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association will host several events in Georgetown to help celebrate National Black History Month in February. This year’s theme is The Black Migration—Empowerment to New Social Realities.

Events will kick off with a panel discussion on Black Migration—Georgetown Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow on Feb. 10 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The association will also host tours of the Historic Shotgun House, 801 West St., on Feb. 17 from 2 to 4 p.m. There is no cost to attend the discussion or the tours.

This year’s annual Black History Month Banquet on Feb. 22 will include a presentation by Quincy Dunlap, president and CEO of the Austin Area Urban League.

The 37th annual banquet is from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. The banquet is open to the public. The suggested donation is $15 per person age 17 and younger, and $25 per person age 18 and older.

For more information, contact Regina Durden at (512) 636-4576 or Paulette Taylor at (512) 630-5273.

Real Estate Agent Workshop on Feb. 14

The City of Georgetown, Georgetown ISD, and the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce are hosting the third annual Real Estate Agent Workshop on Thursday, Feb. 14.

The free workshop starts at 9 a.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. Coffee and breakfast will be provided.

Nearly 200 real estate professionals attended last year’s presentation.

Scheduled speakers include City Manager David Morgan, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce President Jim Johnson, and Georgetown ISD Superintendent Fred Brent.

The purpose of this event is to equip real estate professionals and those interested in real estate with the information they need to know to effectively market Georgetown to homebuyers. Information tables will also be staffed by representatives from:

  • Georgetown ISD
  • Georgetown Chamber of Commerce
  • The City of Georgetown
    • Police and Fire
    • Parks and Recreation
    • Visitors Center
    • Georgetown Utility Systems
    • Development Services, including Economic Development, Building Inspections, and Planning

If you plan to attend, please register at Georgetown.org/LoveGeorgetownTX. Presentations begin at 9:30 a.m., and the event will conclude at 11 a.m.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces spring break camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer spring break camps for students March 11-15. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from three camps:

  • Camp Goodwater (ages 5-12; $150 resident/$185 nonresident) includes a variety of activities, such as games, crafts, and weird science projects. The week will end with a field trip to Mt. Playmore.
  • Tennis Camp (ages 7-12; $150 resident/$185 nonresident) focuses on stroke instruction, footwork drills, court games, and match play.
  • Teen Adventure Camp (ages 12-17; $250 resident/$315 nonresident) will travel to the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge near Lawton, Oklahoma, for a week of camping, hiking, rock climbing, and rappelling.

Spring Break Camp registration begins Friday, Feb. 1, at 8 a.m. For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call (512) 930-3596.

Applications for spring Citizen Police Academy due March 4

The Citizen Police Academy is an 11-week course taught by police officers and firefighters to educate citizens about the Georgetown Police and fire departments’ protocols and procedures. Classes in the spring 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 5 p.m. on March 4.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on March 21 through May 30. 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.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation hosting breast cancer recovery course

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting The Pink Plan, a recovery course for survivors of breast cancer, on Saturday mornings in February.

The program will provide breast cancer survivors who have undergone breast surgery with comprehensive tools for managing post-mastectomy syndrome.

The four-part course provides participants with information, techniques, and tools for self-management to reduce adverse effects such as limited range of motion, loss of functionality, muscle atrophy and muscle weakness. The course will be taught by certified personal trainer Shanna Cahill, a non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and breast cancer survivor.

The Pink Plan will be held Saturday mornings from 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. Course fees are $45 for Georgetown residents and $55 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/the-pink-plan.

City staff moves to new City Hall building Jan. 22-25

The City of Georgetown will move into the new City Hall at 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St. starting Jan. 22.

The City’s Human Resources Department will move Jan. 22, with the City Manager and City Secretary offices and Finance Department moving Jan. 23-24. Additional departments, including communications and economic development, will move into the building on Jan. 25.

City Hall will be closed Jan. 23-24 during the transition and will reopen Jan. 25 in the new facility.

A grand opening celebration with a ribbon cutting and tours of the new facility is being planned and will be announced at a later date.

The old City Hall, located in the historic Post Office at 113 E. Eighth St. will be redeveloped as a ballroom, restaurant, and bar.

Candidate filing period for May election begins today

The filing period for candidates who wish to run for a seat on the Georgetown City Council begins today, Jan. 16. The places for Districts 3, 4 and 7 will be on the ballot for the election this spring.

Steve Fought is the current council member for District 3, John Hesser for District 4 and Tommy Gonzalez for District 7.

The filing period ends Feb. 15. Completed applications for candidacy should be submitted at City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street, through Jan. 22 and at 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St. after Jan. 25. (City Offices are moving to the new City Center and will not be open Jan. 23-24).

To see maps of council districts, go to maps.georgetown.org/council-district-maps.

Georgetown City Council members serve three-year terms representing one of seven single-member districts. A candidate for city council must be 21 years of age and a citizen and qualified voter of the state of Texas and the City of Georgetown. Candidates for council district seats must be a resident of the council district the member would be representing for a period of twelve months as of the last legal date for filing.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 4.

Early in-person voting is April 22-30. In the early voting period, voters may cast ballots at any early voting location in Williamson County.

On Election Day on May 4, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times will be listed at wilco.org/elections.

For details about the city election, contact Robyn Densmore, city secretary for the City of Georgetown, at Robyn.Densmore@georgetown.org or (512) 930-3652.

MLK Day closings on Jan. 21

City of Georgetown offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 21, in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection on Jan. 21.

City offices and facilities closed Jan. 21 for MLK Day include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Library, 402 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.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

The Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Monday, Jan. 21.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

There will be normal residential solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Monday, Jan. 21. For questions about solid waste collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.