City of Georgetown hosts Pirate Party on Aug. 4

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents the fourth annual Pirate Party on Friday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

This end of summer celebration is for children ages 2-8 years old. In addition to swimming in the outdoor pool, there will be a variety of pirate-themed games and activities, along with a raffle drawing featuring prizes from Edible Arrangements, Sonic, Raising Cane’s and Pinot’s Palette.

Regular pool fees apply: free (age newborn-3), $2 (ages 4-18 and seniors age 55 and older) and $3 (ages 19-54). Georgetown Recreation Center members get in free.

For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/pirate-party.

Citizen Police Academy fall session begins Aug. 24

The Citizen Police Academy is a 10-week course to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. The fall 2017 academy, which begins Aug. 24, is instructed by police officers from various divisions of the police department. The deadline to apply is Aug. 14.

Session topics include the history of policing, laws and code of criminal procedure, criminal and accident investigations, lethal and less-lethal weapons, crime scene investigations, officer safety, the court system, fire department response, and other community support services.

Weekly classes begin on Thursday, Aug. 24, and finish with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 26.  Each class starts promptly at 6:30 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Most classes 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 or by emailing a request to randy.mcdonald@georgetown.org.

A background check will be conducted on all applicants. No one under the age of 18 is eligible to apply. Persons with a prior felony conviction will not be accepted.  Unless otherwise requested, applicants will be notified of acceptance through the email address listed on the application. For additional information or questions, please call (512) 930-8457.

City hosts open house for GoGeo ADA plan

The City will host a transit open house for the American’s with Disabilities Act plan related to the GoGeo fixed-route and paratransit bus service, which begins Aug. 21.

The open house will be July 13 from 4:30-7 p.m. in the Friends Room of the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

A draft of the ADA plan and ADA eligibility application to qualify to ride the new GoGeo paratransit service is available online at gogeo.georgetown.org/accessibility.

Public input about the plan and application is being accepted and will be gathered at the July 13 meeting.

If you are currently riding the curb-to-curb service you will need to fill out an ADA Eligibility application to qualify to ride the new ADA paratransit service and qualify for reduced rate fares on the fixed-route system. If you do not qualify for paratransit service, contact the Office of Mobility Management (OMM) at mytxride.com or call (512) 369-6047 to discuss other transportation options.

For additional information and to learn about this new service, visit gogeo.georgetown.org.

City hosts open house for Historic Resources Survey update

The City of Georgetown will host an open house meeting July 13 at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 101 E. Seventh St., to discuss the 2016 Historic Resources Survey cumulative results.

The survey, which is an update of the 1984 and 2007 Historic Resources Surveys, was completed by consultants Cox-McLain Environmental Consulting Inc. The survey included properties in the Historic Overlay Districts as well as those in the 1984 and 2007 surveys that are outside of the overlay districts that were constructed prior to 1975.

The 2016 survey identifies 1,677 properties: 191 high priority resources, 589 medium priority resources, and 897 low priority resources. Of the properties that were also documented on the prior surveys, 236 properties on the 2016 Survey changed priority status, including:

  • 57 properties that were upgraded in priority of which five properties went from medium to high priority, three properties went from low to high priority, and 49 properties went from low to medium priority.
  • 179 properties were downgraded in priority of which 14 properties went from high to medium priority and 165 properties went from medium to low priority.

Property owners with questions about their property’s classification or who would like to provide more information about the history of their property are asked to contact the Planning Department by email at historic@georgetown.org or by telephone at (512) 930-2545 to set up an appointment. Individual meetings for property owners to meet with the historians are available July 13. Additional meeting dates are available upon request.

For more information and to view the Historic Resources Survey, visit historic.georgetown.org/introduction/historic-resource-survey.

 

July 4 Celebration at San Gabriel Park

The 34th annual Sertoma Club Family July 4 Celebration and fireworks display will be held at San Gabriel Park on Tuesday, July 4. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Sertoma Club service organization with assistance from the City of Georgetown.

Activities begin at 11 a.m. at San Gabriel Park with live entertainment throughout the day at the gazebo. The festival also includes arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, a petting zoo, classic and antique cars, and rides for children and adults.

Miss Georgetown and her court kick off the live music at the gazebo with the National Anthem. Musical performances will include Rocky Shaw, Rachel Lauren, Celeste Castillo, Valor and Lace, Southern Tropics, JJ Rapscallions, Crosstown Traffic, Caleigh and Katie, and Mike Elliot performing an Elvis tribute. Sydney Enos will sing the National Anthem to begin the fireworks show.

Hometown Parade July 4

A July 4th Hometown Parade in San Gabriel Park begins at 11 a.m. at the low-water crossing near the College Street Bridge and ends at the gazebo. Participants should gather at 10:30 a.m. at the low-water crossing. Kids are encouraged to decorate their wagons or bicycles for the parade. Motorized vehicles and pets are not permitted in the parade. The annual parade is sponsored by the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce and Union State Bank.

Fireworks July 4

The fireworks display begins at approximately 9:30 p.m. Fireworks will be launched from the McMaster Athletic Fields on North College Street. Fireworks can be viewed from San Gabriel Park, VFW Park, and other areas in Georgetown. The main entrance to San Gabriel Park is via Chamber Way on North Austin Avenue.

Parking

Limited parking in San Gabriel Park includes the parking lots at the Show Barn and the Rodeo Arena. Attendees also are encouraged to park at Georgetown High School and carpool to San Gabriel Park. Limited handicapped parking is available in designated areas in San Gabriel Park.

Both the McMaster Fields parking lot and the Parks and Recreation Administration parking lot at North College Street and W.L. Walden Drive will be closed on July 4 due to their proximity to the fireworks fall zone.

 

College Street and McMaster Fields Closure

Due to the fireworks fall zone, North College Street will be closed on Tuesday, July 4, from approximately 9 to 11 p.m. between the traffic circle and Holly Street. Parking, standing, or sitting along North College Street in that segment will not be permitted during this time.

The McMaster Athletic Fields will be closed all day on Tuesday, July 4.

Fireworks Prohibited

By City of Georgetown ordinance, fireworks are not allowed in the city limits of Georgetown or within 5,000 feet of the city limits, unless they are used in a permitted display authorized by the Georgetown Fire Department. This area outside city limits includes, but is not limited to, the neighborhoods of Cedar Hollow, Crystal Knoll, Escalera, Fountainwood, Indian Creek, Logan Ranch Road, Lost Rivers, Oak Crest, Olde Oak Estates, Serenada, Shady Oaks, Turtle Bend, and Woodland Park, and areas along D.B Wood Road.

Violations can lead to fines of up to $2,000 per firework. To view a map showing the 5,000-foot boundary, go to maps.georgetown.org/fireworks-ban-area-map.

CARTS service to transition to GoGeo bus service in August

The City of Georgetown is launching its first fixed-route bus system this August, which means some changes for the City’s current on-demand bus riders.

The GoGeo fixed-route bus and American’s with Disabilities Act paratransit service will hit the streets Aug. 21 with four routes meeting at a transit hub at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The service will operate Monday-Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. within the service area.

If you are currently riding the curb-to-curb service you will need to fill out an ADA Eligibility application to qualify to ride the new ADA paratransit service and qualify for reduced rate fares on the fixed-route system. A draft ADA plan and application for the paratransit service is available online at gogeo.georgetown.org/accessibility.

If you do not qualify for paratransit service, contact the Office of Mobility Management, OMM, at mytxride.com or call (512) 369-6047 to get more information about transportation services in the area.

For additional information and to learn about this new service, visit gogeo.georgetown.org.

Georgetown receives 2017 National Main Street accreditation

The City of Georgetown’s Main Street Program has been designated as an accredited Main Street America program for meeting rigorous performance standards set by the National Main Street Center.

Each year, the National Main Street Center and its coordinating program partners announce the list of accredited Main Street America programs in recognition of their exemplary commitment to preservation-based economic development and community revitalization through the Main Street Approach.

“Thanks to our incredibly dedicated board, volunteers and staff, we are pleased to have earned accreditation once again from the National Main Street Center,” Downtown Development Manager Kim Mcauliffe said.

The Georgetown Main Street Program is a preservation-driven, economic development organization. In just the past 10 years, Georgetown has seen a total reinvestment of $53.5 million in private and public projects, which has resulted in a net gain of 40 businesses and 320 new jobs created in the community.

“Main Streets are the heart of our communities, and the work they do to create quality public spaces, catalyze local entrepreneurship, and support downtown housing is more important than ever. Across the county, Main Street America programs truly strengthen the economic, social, and cultural fabric of their entire communities,” said Patrice Frey, president and CEO of the National Main Street Center.

Evaluation criteria determine the communities that are building comprehensive and sustainable revitalization efforts and include standards such as fostering strong public-private partnerships, securing an operating budget, tracking programmatic progress and actively preserving historic buildings.

Main Street America is a program of the nonprofit National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

 

City Facility Closings on July 4

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

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth 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 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 Tuesday, 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 and downtown at Ninth and Main streets also will be operating on July 4.

Regular solid waste and recycling collection

There will be regular solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Tuesday, 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 Tuesday, July 4.

Parks and Recreation Department awarded $200,000 trail grant

The City of Georgetown was awarded a $200,000 trail grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in early June.

This grant will help fund a nearly half-mile concrete trail expansion from San Gabriel Park along the San Gabriel River to the Katy Crossing subdivision. The project will also include bridges, fencing, signage and a drinking fountain.

Design of the trail will coincide with Phase 2 of San Gabriel Park improvements, which is underway. Construction is expected to start in spring 2018.

The grant is a part of a $3.46 million grant program to help enhance 22 motorized and non-motorized recreational trail-related projects throughout the state, according to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

2016 Annual Report now available

An annual report for the City of Georgetown for the 2016 fiscal year is now available online and in print copies. The report, titled America’s Fastest Growing City, highlights projects, initiatives, and financial information for the 2015-16 fiscal year that started on October 1, 2015, and ended on September 30, 2016.

The report highlights projects and initiatives related to the City’s growth, responding to growth, preserving what makes Georgetown special and preparing for the future. A financial section includes details on revenues, expenses, assets, assessed valuation, and taxes.

The annual report is available online at files.georgetown.org/annualreport. The document was designed by Presley Design Studio and features photographs by Rudy Ximenez and City staff.

A limited number of free printed copies of the annual report are available at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. Pick up a copy near the book drop in the lobby or at the Reference Desk on the second floor.

The annual report provides a brief overview of the 2016 fiscal year with key financial information. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is a much longer report for the 2016 fiscal year, is available online at finance.georgetown.org. Click the green box for “Annual Budget/Publications.”