Georgetown Animal Shelter sees uptick in Parvovirus cases

Since Sept. 24, Georgetown Animal Shelter has confirmed 12 cases of Canine Parvovirus in dogs that have been brought in from different parts of the city.

To prevent Canine Parvovirus or “Parvo” animals should be fully vaccinated. Until a puppy has received its complete series of vaccinations, pet owners should not take them to public places where the virus could be living, such as grassy areas, pet shops, parks, puppy classes, dog parks, doggy daycare, kennels, and dog groomers. To protect adult dogs, pet owners should be sure that their dog’s Parvovirus vaccination is updated every 1-3 years. Finally, do not let puppies or adult dogs come into contact with the fecal waste of other dogs. Always promptly dispose of your own dog’s feces.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter will host a low-cost vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 8:30-11 a.m. Three vaccinations for dogs are available including Rabies for $5, Bordetella for $5, and Distemper, Adenovirus, Parainfluenza, and Parvovirus for $10. Vaccinations also include a free microchip. Only cash payments are accepted.

Parvo is a highly contagious disease that can affect all dogs, but unvaccinated dogs and puppies younger than four months old are the most at risk. The virus affects the gastrointestinal tract and is spread by direct dog-to-dog contact and contact with contaminated feces, environments, or people. The virus can also contaminate kennel surfaces, food and water bowls, collars, leashes, and the hands and clothing of people who handle infected dogs. It is weather resistant and can survive in the environment for long periods of time.

Signs of Parvo include lethargy, loss of appetite, abdominal pain, abdominal bloating, fever or low body temperature, vomiting, and severe, often bloody, diarrhea. Persistent vomiting and diarrhea can cause rapid dehydration and damage to the intestines and immune system, which can cause septic shock. Most deaths from Parvo occur within 48 to 72 hours following the onset of clinical signs. If your dog or puppy shows any of these signs, you should contact your veterinarian immediately.

For more information on Canine Parvovirus, visit www.avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/canine-parvovirus.aspx.

Father Daughter Dance returns to Georgetown on Oct. 27

Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation is hosting the annual Father Daughter Dance on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 7-9 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

Girls age 4 and older are invited to attend with their father or another acceptable escort. The theme is Halloween Costume Ball, and attendees are encouraged to wear a costume.

In addition to dancing, the event features refreshments and light snacks. To remember the special occasion, professional portrait packages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $15 per person through Oct. 26, and $20 per person at the door. Advance tickets are now on sale at parks.georgetown.org or at the Georgetown Recreation Center, Georgetown Tennis Center or Parks and Recreation Administration Building. Tickets are nonrefundable.

All proceeds benefit Friends of Georgetown Parks and Recreation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization who supports the City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department in providing programs and facilities to promote the social, cultural and recreational well-being of all Georgetown residents.

For questions, contact Georgetown Parks and Recreation at (512) 930-3596.

Council approves agreement for Westinghouse Business Center

Georgetown City Council approved an economic development agreement at its Oct. 9 meeting that paves the way for the construction of a 98,000-square-foot business park on Westinghouse Road between FM 1460 and Mays Street.

The Westinghouse Business Center will provide speculative space for a variety of commercial uses, such as medical, technology and professional services, as well as retail space.

Mayor Dale Ross said the development aligns with the City’s target industries and meets the economic development department’s strategic goal of encouraging speculative development.

“The Westinghouse Business Center is a win for Georgetown because it meets the biggest need we have, which is available space for businesses to move into quickly,” Ross said. “We identified the need for speculative development in our economic development strategic plan, and this 98,000-square-foot business park will not only provide that but also provide the type of space that every one of our target industries can utilize.”

According to the agreement, the City will provide a $500,000 infrastructure reimbursement grant to assist with the development’s cost to install utilities and a left-turn lane.

The project will be developed by TIG Real Estate Services, which has completed a similar project—Scottsdale Crossing—in Cedar Park. The groundbreaking for the nearly $16 million project is expected to be later this month with construction taking about 8 months to complete.

“TIG Real Estate Services is excited to announce the Westinghouse Business Center, a mixed-use business park on Westinghouse Road in the dynamic City of Georgetown,” said Tom Pardee, senior vice president of TIG Real Estate Services. “The park will contain office, light manufacturing and research uses in addition to two retail pads with Westinghouse Road frontage. We would like to thank the City Of Georgetown for their support and look forward to providing an employment center and participating in the continued growth of Georgetown.”

Last day to register to vote is Oct. 9

The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 6 election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.

To register in person, go to the Williamson County Elections office in Georgetown at this address:

Inner Loop Annex
301 S.E. Inner Loop, Ste. 104
Georgetown, TX 78626

The elections office will be open until 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Registration forms can also be mailed to the above address if it is postmarked by the Oct. 9 deadline. Download a registration form from the Williamson County Elections page at www.wilco.org/elections. Texas Voter Registration Application forms also are available at a number of locations including Georgetown City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St. and at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

For voters in the City of Georgetown, the Nov. 6 ballot includes Proposition A on the reauthorization of a dedicated sales tax for street maintenance in Georgetown. Proposition A reads, “The reauthorization of the local sales and use tax in the City of Georgetown, Texas, at the rate of one‐fourth of one percent to continue providing revenue for maintenance and repair of municipal streets.” The sales tax for street maintenance has a four-year sunset provision and must be reauthorized by the voters every four years. Proposition A is the only municipal item on the Nov. 6 ballot.

The sales tax was first approved by voters in 2002. Since 2003, the 0.25 percent tax has raised more than $31 million to fund street maintenance projects in the City of Georgetown.

Early in-person voting is Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. Election Day is Nov. 6.

For polling locations, dates, and times in the early voting period or on Election Day, go to www.wilco.org/elections.

City celebrates Downtown Georgetown as one of five Great Neighborhoods in U.S.

The City will celebrate the recent naming of Historic Downtown Georgetown as a Great Neighborhood by the American Planning Associations with an ice cream social on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn, 710 S. Main St., on Oct. 15 from 4 to 6 p.m.

The event will feature ice cream from All Things Kids and will include a proclamation from Mayor Dale Ross.

“It is exciting to learn that Georgetown’s historic downtown district, centered around the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas, has been named one of the Great Places in America,” Ross said. “Our downtown, with art galleries, museums, our public library, and street festivals, is also a state-recognized cultural district. This wonderful recognition for the heart of our community is a tribute to our citizens who have cared for the historic buildings as well as the people who live and work and visit here.”

According to the APA, the Great Places in America Program recognizes the streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces in the U.S. demonstrating exceptional character, quality, and planning—attributes that enrich communities, facilitate economic growth, and inspire others around the country.

The Great Neighborhoods of 2018 are places that are unique and exemplary in their amenities and infrastructure, cultural identity, and use of sustainable and innovative practices.

“Great Places take decades to create, maintain and evolve into the spaces we have the privilege of enjoying today,” Georgetown Planning Director Sofia Nelson said. “It is through the leadership and work that happens every day by citizens, property owners, elected and appointed officials, city staff and the community at large that we have the Historic Downtown Georgetown we have today.”

Historic Downtown Georgetown was one of five neighborhoods to make the APA’s Great Places in America list. Other Great Neighborhoods include:

  • Canalway Cultural District – Lowell, Massachusetts
  • The Village of Shelburne Falls – Shelburne & Buckland, Massachusetts
  • Guthrie Historic District – Guthrie, Oklahoma
  • Ghent – Norfolk, Virginia

For more information about the award, visit www.planning.org/greatplaces/neighborhoods/2018/georgetown.

On The Table event on Oct. 2

The City’s Planning Department invites residents to participate in the On the Table Georgetown event on Oct. 2 as part of the public input process for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update.

The City and its community partners are asking residents to put all their ideas for the future of Georgetown on the table. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your voice in the 2030 Plan, which will be a roadmap to guide the City’s growth and future development decisions.

“This process helps guide the City’s land development decisions and set the vision for Georgetown. This is a great opportunity for residents across the city to give input on the future of our great city,” Mayor Dale Ross said.

On the Table Georgetown is a citywide engagement effort that will allow residents from across the City of Georgetown to participate in small group discussions all on the same day, at any location. The City is asking the public to bring the discussion to their own tables, collect input from their peers and report it back.

“On The Table conversations will bring the opinions of individuals and businesses to the attention of those leaders who are directly involved with the strategic vision for Georgetown,” said Jim Johnson, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, everyone in Georgetown is invited to host a conversation with up to 12 of their friends and neighbors. Conversations can be hosted anywhere: homes, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, offices, parks, or places of worship. Residents participating in National Night Out are also encouraged to consider hosting an On The Table discussion before, during or after their gathering.

Several community organizations, including the Georgetown Health Foundation, the chamber, Southeast Georgetown Community Council, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, and Southwestern University, will be hosting multiple discussion groups open to the public. Times and locations can be found at 2030.georgetown.org/how-do-i-get-involved/ott.

Teachers and students at several Georgetown ISD schools will also be engaging in discussions throughout the day.

“We believe that community engagement enhances the educational experience of our students, and On the Table is a perfect opportunity for students to share their ideas and have a voice in the community where they live and play,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said. “We’re proud to participate in this event and support our city partners in planning for the future.”

For more information and to sign up to host or attend an On the Table Georgetown discussion, click on the On the Table icon at 2030.georgetown.org.

Parks have re-opened after flood, cleanup continues

Update: Sunday, Sept. 23: Flooding on the South San Gabriel River and the San Gabriel River has subsided. San Gabriel Park and Blue Hole park have re-opened. Flood damage assessment and debris cleanup is continuing. Sections of the pedestrian bridge on the trail in San Gabriel Park were removed by the floodwater, so the pedestrian crossing is out at that location.
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San Gabriel Park and Blue Hole Park are closed due to flooding on the South San Gabriel River, which just crested at 24 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet. Pedestrian crossings on the hike and bike trail also are flooded and are closed. The floodwater is fast moving and contains a large amount of debris.

At this time, there are no reports of any home flooding inside the City of Georgetown. However, please  be aware of the following:

  • Please avoid the rivers and all trails within the City of Georgetown. River conditions and areas around the rivers are currently very dangerous.
  • For any county resident that has experienced flooding, please contact (512) 864-8285 for current sheltering options.
  • Liberty Hill High School, 16500 Hwy. 29, is currently the only designated shelter area.

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City hosts Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Nov. 3

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will host the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Georgetown residents can register in advance to receive one free 5-gallon tree per household. Trees are intended to be planted on private property. Four hundred trees across three varieties, including Shumard Oak, Cedar Elm and Tuscarora Crape Myrtle (20 foot tall hot pink variety), will be available. These trees are native or adapted to the Central Texas climate and soil. Tree species and quantities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Trees can be picked up at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.

For more information about the giveaway, visit parks.georgetown.org/tree-giveaway.

City extends pilot program with Lyft

The City of Georgetown has extended its partnership with Lyft to offer discounted rides to new and existing users through the end of October or until all available funds are expended, whichever comes first. The extension of the promotion will allow the City to learn about rideshare use in Georgetown.

Rides that originate in the Georgetown city limits are eligible for the Lyft partnership. Lyft passengers are responsible for the first $2 of the cost of the ride. The City will then pay up to $10 above that initial passenger payment. The passenger is responsible for any additional cost of the ride. The promotion allows for up to 10 rides per customer, per month until all funds for the pilot program are expended.

To use the promotion on a Lyft ride in Georgetown, download the Lyft app on an iPhone or Android smartphone and set up a Lyft account using a credit card. Then add the code GTOWNTX18 to the promo section of the Lyft app before requesting a ride. Note that you must be in “personal” mode for the code to apply. You will only need to enter the code one time. Once you have requested your ride, “applied credit” is displayed on the ride payment screen.

Data from the limited-time promotion will help the city to better understand ride use patterns for a transportation network company. Ride data available to the City after the pilot will not include names or addresses of riders or any credit card information.

K-9 Kerplunk postponed to Sept. 22

UPDATE: Due to the high chance of thunderstorms on Sept. 8, the K-9 Kerplunk event has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 22.

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents K-9 Kerplunk on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at the outdoor pool at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

The entry fee is $5 per dog, and pet owners get in free. Pet owners must provide a copy of each registered pet’s current vaccination records to gain entry. Only shot records will be accepted. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times during the event.

For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/k-9-kerplunk.