Neighborhood traffic management policy proposed

The City of Georgetown is asking for feedback on a proposed neighborhood traffic management policy. The goal is to take a holistic approach in addressing concerns expressed by residents about traffic speeds or volume on residential streets.

The intent of the draft policy is to provide an objective and comprehensive framework to better address adverse levels of speeding and traffic volume on residential streets and be responsive to resident concerns.

The policy works to identify issues, involve the public and City Council in the decision making process, develop possible solutions to mitigate the issues, ensure compliance with City policies, and create a budgeting process to implement approved solutions.

There will be a public meeting on the proposed policy on Monday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.  Comments from the public on the proposed policy will be collected, recorded, and shared with City Council prior to their next workshop on the policy.

To review the draft policy, click here. The City Council reviewed the initial draft of the policy at the regularly scheduled workshop on June 12, which is available to watch at gtv.georgetown.org. You can download the presentation here. Residents can submit comments on the policy via this survey. The comment period will close Friday, June 29, at 11:59 p.m.

2018 online Citizen Survey now open

Earlier this year, the Texas State University Center for Research, Public Policy, and Training conducted a survey of Georgetown residents on behalf of the City of Georgetown. The Citizen Survey was conducted by mail and included questions about City of Georgetown services, programs, and projects.

In tandem with the mailed survey, the City is also asking residents to participate in an online version of the Citizen Survey. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete. Community feedback is extremely important to the City for planning and decision-making purposes.

Responses are completely confidential. Contact Dr. Thomas Longoria at tl28@txstate.edu or 512-245-6899 if you have any questions regarding the content of the survey. Please only complete this survey one time per household and do not complete this survey if your household received a survey in the mail.

Click here to take the survey. The deadline to complete the survey is July 15 at 11:59 p.m.

Results for both the online and mail survey will be presented to City Council in the fall.

2017 Annual Report now available

An annual report for the City of Georgetown for the 2017 fiscal year is now available online and in print copies. The report, titled A Blooming City, highlights projects, initiatives, and financial information for the 2016-17 fiscal year that started on Oct. 1, 2016, and ended on Sept. 30, 2017.

The report highlights projects and initiatives related to the City’s growth, including planning for growth, new construction projects, as well as new initiatives and achievements. 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 Andy Sharp 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 2017 fiscal year with key financial information. The Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which is a much longer report for the 2017 fiscal year, is available online at finance.georgetown.org. Click the green box for “Annual Budget/Publications.”

Juneteenth celebration June 16

The 66th annual Juneteenth celebration in Georgetown is Saturday, June 16, at the Georgetown Community Center at 445 E. Morrow St. in San Gabriel Park. The Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association hosts the annual public event which is from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Juneteenth event schedule

The event starts at 11 a.m. with a special program until 12:30 p.m.

The event also includes jewelry and specialty items vendors, food vendors, college readiness information, representatives from area nonprofits, a DJ, music from “The Groovers,” and games for youth and adults.

Juneteenth history

Juneteenth marks the day on June 19, 1865, when Union soldiers landed at Galveston and reported that the Civil War was over and slavery had ended. The Emancipation Proclamation freeing the slaves had been in effect since January 1, 1863, but word did not reach Texas for more than two years. Juneteenth was declared an official state holiday in Texas in 1980.

Contact information

For more information, please contact Paulette Taylor, president of GCCMA, at (512) 863-2109.

Music on the Square summer concerts start June 8

The Music on the Square summer concerts start on Friday, June 8, on the Courthouse lawn. These free concerts start at 6:30 p.m. each Friday, with the exception of First Fridays, in June, July and August. Bring a lawn chair or blanket, grab dinner-to-go from a local restaurant, and enjoy an evening of great live music.

Here’s the lineup:

  • June 8: Jeremy McBee
  • June 15: Georgetown Fire Department Pipes & Drums
  • June 22: Bluegrass Showmen
  • June 29: Xander Ortiz
  • July 13: Lexxi Garza
  • July 20: Wilson String Band
  • July 27: The Staylyns
  • Aug. 10: Roland Waits & The Wayward Travelers
  • Aug. 17: Mr. Thrill (Engelbert Humperdinck and Neil Diamond songs)
  • Aug. 24: Steel Country Outlaws
  • Aug. 31: Them Duqaines

Concerts are sponsored by the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Williamson Museum.

For a complete schedule, go to the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau website at VisitGeorgetown.com.

Urban forester hosts information session on tree ordinance

Georgetown Urban Forester Heather McFarling will present an information session about the City’s tree ordinance Tuesday, June 5, at 6 p.m. at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1101 N. College St.

The session will cover information about the City’s tree ordinance, which covers every new subdivision platted in the city limits and extraterritorial jurisdiction, or ETJ. The ordinance also covers all new commercial development projects within the city limits and ETJ.

The session will also include some information about selecting tree species and tree planting.

To see a copy of the tree ordinance in the Unified Development Code, please visit library.municode.com/tx/Georgetown.

City receives recognition for transparency from Texas Comptroller

Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar announced the City of Georgetown is the latest local government entity to achieve specific transparency goals through the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars program. Georgetown received a star in the area of debt obligations, which recognizes entities whose websites show visual and narrative detail on outstanding debt, tax-supported debt obligations, historical bond elections and more.

“By providing taxpayers with essential debt information in a variety of formats, Georgetown has shown a true commitment to Texas taxpayers. This effort achieves the goals set by our Transparency Stars program,” Hegar said. “I am pleased to award Georgetown a star for its accomplishments.”

The Transparency Stars recognizes local government entities that provide easy online access to important financial data. Georgetown is one of 27 cities in Texas to receive the debt obligations star.

Georgetown’s debt transparency website is finance.georgetown.org/debt-transparency. The site features access to financial reports, graphs of financial information, and downloadable data on the City’s debt obligations.

The Comptroller’s office launched the Transparency Stars program in March 2016 to recognize cities, counties and school districts making important strides to greater government transparency. Local government entities can apply for stars in the areas of traditional finances, contracts and procurement, economic development, public pensions, and debt obligations.

After receiving an initial star for Traditional Finances, remaining stars may be awarded in any order. The City received the Traditional Finances star in 2017. For more information on the program, including specific guidelines and information on how to apply, visit the Comptroller’s Transparency Stars website at comptroller.texas.gov/transparency/local/stars.

U.S. Senator John Cornyn to speak at Memorial Day Ceremony

The annual Memorial Day ceremony in Georgetown will be held at Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sun City Texas. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 28. This annual service to honor the men and women of our armed forces who have given their lives in service to our country is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker is U.S. Sen. John Cornyn. Music will be provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard.

The program begins with a presentation involving color guards from the East View and Georgetown high schools. The ceremony also includes singing of the national anthem, presentation of wreaths at both Memorial Walls, and sounding of taps.

Seven-hundred folding chairs will be placed at the Memorial, or guests are invited to bring their folding chairs and sit under the trees. The Community Association will serve refreshments on the Social Center patio after the ceremony.

The event is free and open to the public. Please join us to pay tribute to our country’s fallen servicemen and women.

Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza is located at 2 Texas Drive, behind the Social Center in the Sun City neighborhood in Georgetown.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the Social Center Ballroom and seating will be limited to 600.

Memorial Day facility closings and pool schedule

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday. This includes the following:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Historic Light and Water Works Building, 406 W. Eighth 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.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

The Visitors Center, located at 103 W. Seventh St., will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Monday, May 28.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no service Monday, May 28.

Pools open Memorial Day weekend

All seasonal outdoor pools will open Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27, but will close May 29-31. The pools will reopen June 1 and remain open for normal summer hours. Below are hours for City pools on Memorial Day.

Seasonal Outdoor Pools: The Village, River Ridge, and Williams Drive pools will be open 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 28. The Tennis Center Pool will be closed on Monday, May 28.

Outdoor Play Pool at the Recreation Center will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 26. The play pool will be closed May 27-May 31 and will reopen for normal hours Friday, June 1.

Splash pads: The splash pads at San Jose Park, 1707 San Jose St. and Downtown, 816 S. Main St. are both open 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. each day through Sept. 30.

For details, go to parks.georgetown.org/aquatics or call (512) 930-3596.

Solid waste and recycling

There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Monday, May 28. Carts should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, May 28, for the Memorial Day holiday.

Garey Park Grand Opening Celebration planned for June 9

The City will celebrate the grand opening of Garey Park on June 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

“We are excited to celebrate the opening of this green oasis within our city that is sure to become a regional destination for outdoor recreation and special events,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “We hope many of you are able to join us for this historic event.”

Park gates will open at 9 a.m. for the event that will feature tours of Garey House, food trucks, pony rides, a petting zoo, fly fishing demos from the San Gabriel Fly Fishers, information from the Good Water Master Naturalists about wildlife viewing and the nature trail along the river, a temporary tattoo station from the Georgetown Public Library and more. The Georgetown Animal Shelter and Ride On Center for Kids will also be at the park for the opening event.

The ribbon cutting will be at 10 a.m., and other activities will be available throughout the event. The park will remain open to visitors until 8 p.m.

Amenities at the park include a playground, a splash pad, a dog park, an equestrian arena, the Garey House event space, pavilions, two fishing ponds, 4.7 miles of hiking trails, and 4.2 miles of equestrian trails.

At 525-acres, Garey Park is one of the largest city parks in the state and is roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin. To maintain and plan programs for the City’s largest park, Garey Park will be staffed with six full-time and three part-time employees, including a park foreman, recreation coordinator, recreation specialist and group sales and servicing coordinator.

To help offset some of the operating and maintenance costs, there will be an entry fee for residents of $5 for two people, and for nonresidents of $10 for two people. Each additional person will be $2. The City is also offering annual park passes for $100 for residents and $150 nonresidents. These fees only cover a portion of the City’s annual operating costs and will allow the City to run this regional park in a manner in which Georgetown and the Garey family can be proud.

Park entrance fees will be waived for the first two weeks of operations. Park admission fees will begin on June 25. No admission fees will be collected on Tuesdays from Sept. 1-May 31. Park hours are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. from April 1-Sept. 30 and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. from Oct. 1-March 31.

The park, which is located along the South San Gabriel River at 6450 RM 2243, was donated by Jack and Camille Garey in 2004 along with $5 million for park development. In 2008 Georgetown voters approved a bond for an additional $10 million for the park’s construction. The total project cost of $15 million included $1.5 million for design and $13.5 million for construction.

For more information about the park, visit parks.georgetown.org/gareypark.