Veterans Day events

Update, Friday, Nov. 9–The Veterans Day ceremony in Sun City on Nov. 12 will be held in the ballroom at the Sun City Social Center due to the forecast for rain. The maximum seating capacity for the ballroom is 600.

The annual Veterans Day Ceremony in Georgetown is at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza, 2 Texas Drive.  All veterans and their families attending will be recognized and several veterans will participate in the program. The Georgetown High School band, orchestra, and choir will provide music beginning at 10:45 a.m.

During the ceremony, wreaths will be placed at the Memorial Walls in honor of all those who have served in the armed forces and in memory of the persons from Williamson County who lost their lives in combat.

Parking is available at the Sun City Social Center at 2 Texas Drive and across the street at the Activities Center at 1 Texas Drive. Seven-hundred folding chairs will be placed at the Memorial for event seating. Guests also may bring a folding chair and sit at the plaza under the trees. The Sun City Community Association will serve refreshments on the Social Center patio after the ceremony. The event is free and open to the public. In case of rain, the event will be held in the ballroom at the Sun City Social Center, 2 Texas Drive, Georgetown, TX, 78633.

Field of Honor

The Rotary Club of Georgetown is hosting its annual Field of Honor in San Gabriel Park, 445 E. Morrow St. in cooperation with the City.

The event features a field of approximately 2,000 American flags each purchased to honor a veteran, active or reserve duty military individual or first responder.

Flags will be on display through Nov. 12. More information, including a schedule of events, can be found at www.georgetowntxfieldofhonor.org.

Prop A street maintenance sales tax election results

The Williamson County Elections office has posted unofficial final results for the Proposition A street maintenance sales tax election on Nov. 6 in Georgetown. The proposition is for the reauthorization of a 0.25 percent sales tax dedicated to the maintenance of city streets in Georgetown.

These are the unofficial final results:

Votes Percent
For 21,742 80.11
Against 5,399 19.89

To see a complete Nov. 6, 2018, election results, go to wilco.org/elections.

San Gabriel Park and Blue Hole Park re-opened

Update, Wed., Oct. 17, 4 p.m.: Blue Hole Park has re-opened and all areas of San Gabriel Park have re-opened.

Update, 6:30 p.m., Tuesday: San Gabriel Park has reopened with the exception of access to Lower Park Road.  Blue Hole Park will remain closed until further notice. The South San Gabriel River has dropped to about 8 feet, which is one foot below flood stage. Berry Creek has dropped to just under 15 feet, which is the flood stage level.

Update, 11:15 a.m., Tuesday: The South San Gabriel River appears to have crested at nearly 17 feet.

Berry Creek and the South San Gabriel River are both currently above flood stage. As of 9:45 a.m. on Tuesday, the South San Gabriel is at 16 feet and rising. Flood stage is 9 feet.

 

Berry Creek is at nearly 17 feet. Flood stage is 15 feet.

Blue Hole Park and San Gabriel Park are both closed, as are pedestrian crossings in Blue Hole Park and at San Gabriel Park.

Mosquito sample positive for West Nile in Southeast Georgetown

A mosquito trap sample collected Tuesday in southeast Georgetown has tested positive for West Nile Virus. The positive test was indicated in lab results received yesterday afternoon from the Texas Department of State Health Services lab in Austin.

The sample was collected from a trap on S. Maple Street on Oct. 9. The species that tested positive for West Nile Virus was Culex quinquefasciatus, also known as the Southern house mosquito. There were 52 Culex mosquitoes in the sample. The number of mosquitoes with the West Nile Virus in the sample is not known. This species of mosquito has a flight range of about one mile.

The mosquito testing is part of the City of Georgetown’s participation in the Williamson County and Cities Health District’s Integrated Mosquito Management program. There are currently no reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Williamson County. Mosquito traps are in other locations in Georgetown and across the County. The mosquitos in those traps, including the trap location on S. Maple Street, will continue to be tested for WNV this fall.

Insecticide spraying this evening

The City of Georgetown Public Works Department is planning to use a trailer-mounted sprayer to apply insecticide within a half-mile radius of the trap location. After dusk on Friday, Oct. 12 and again before dawn on Saturday, Oct. 13, the City will use a permethrin-based insecticide along the street right-of-way and in public parks, weather permitting. Permethrin is a synthetic derivative of a pyrethrum, which comes from Chrysanthemum flowers.

A map is included showing the area where application of the insecticide is planned in Southeast Georgetown. The use of the insecticide will reduce the adult mosquito population in that area. Spraying will be done if the wind speed is less than 10 mph and it is not raining.

What you can do

Mosquitoes breed in standing or stagnant water. Eliminating places where mosquitoes can breed and reducing the chances of mosquito bites are the most effective lines of defense against exposure to West Nile Virus.  As part of its Fight the Bite campaign the Health District recommends the 3 Ds of mosquito safety.

·         Drain standing water in flower pots, pet dishes, or clogged gutters so mosquitoes don’t have a place to breed and treat water that can’t be drained,

·         Defend by using an EPA-approved insect repellent, and

·         Dress in long sleeves and pants when outdoors.

For more information, go to the WCCHD website at www.wcchd.org or visit the Texas Department of State Health Services West Nile website at www.txwestnile.org.

Negotiations for downtown building sales underway

The Georgetown City Council approved the real estate contract for the sale of two downtown buildings at their meeting on Oct. 9. The proposal for the historic Post Office at 113 E. Eighth St. includes a ballroom, restaurant, and bar. The proposal for the Municipal Court/City Council Chambers at 101 E. Seventh St. includes a restaurant and micro-distillery.

Earlier this year, the City of Georgetown undertook a process to solicit proposals from potential buyers for three city-owned buildings: the historic Post Office, the Municipal Court/City Council Chambers, and the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St.

On May 22, City Council gave direction to negotiate with City Post Partnership for the sale of 113 E. Eight St. and to negotiate with Loyal Spirits Distilling Company / URBAN Eat. Drink for the sale of 101 E. Seventh St. City Council did not proceed to negotiate with any proposer for 103 W. Seventh St. The Council approved the proposed terms for the sale of two downtown buildings at their meeting on Aug. 7.

Tentatively, the City hopes to close on the properties in early-2019 in advance of moving to new facilities west of downtown at Eighth and Martin Luther King streets.

Bicycle Master Plan community workshop on Oct. 11

The City of Georgetown is seeking input from the community as the first step in developing a Bicycle Master Plan. Opinions of cyclists and non-cyclists are sought at a community workshop from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The purpose of the workshop is to learn from community members about existing conditions for cycling as well as types of cycling activity in the city.

The City of Georgetown Public Works Department is working with graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin to create a Bicycle Master Plan for Georgetown. The Plan will serve as a blueprint for potential cycling transportation enhancements in the future.

An online survey to gather community input for the Bicycle Master plan is at: surveymonkey.com/r/BikeGeorgetown. For questions or concerns about this survey or the Bicycle Master Plan, please contact Mady Akers, transportation analyst intern for the City, at (512) 930-6552 or mady.akers@georgetown.org.

Berry Creek wastewater line stakeholder meeting Oct. 4

The City of Georgetown will hold a stakeholder meeting on Oct. 4 to provide information on the Berry Creek Wastewater Interceptor project. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1101 N. College St. in Georgetown.

Information about the potential alignment of the 4.4-mile wastewater line project will be provided. The interceptor follows Berry Creek from the Berry Creek subdivision to the Pecan Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on Farm to Market 971 near Weir. Construction on the wastewater line is expected to begin next year.

A team of environmental, engineering, and archaeological experts from the City of Georgetown and Walker Partners will be in attendance to provide information to property owners, businesses, and others interested in the project. There will be an opportunity to provide written comments at the meeting.

GoGeo offers free rides for Southwestern students, faculty, and staff

By showing a Pirate ID card when boarding, Southwestern University students, faculty, and staff can take a GoGeo bus for free to destinations in Georgetown. The program started on Aug. 15 and is funded by an agreement between the City and Southwestern.

To mark the start of free GoGeo service, Southwestern University and the City of Georgetown will hold a kickoff event at 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 29. The kickoff will be on the Academic Mall on the Southwestern campus near the flagpoles in front of the McCombs Campus Center. Southwestern President Edward Burger will speak at the event as well as Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross and Todd Hemingson, executive vice president of strategic planning and development for Capital Metro. Capital Area Rural Transportation System or CARTS, which operates the GoGeo buses, will also be at the event.

The GoGeo Orange Route 471 has two stops on Maple Street on the Southwestern campus. With a transfer to other routes at the Georgetown Public Library, students can take the bus to locations such as HEB, Wolf Ranch Town Center, the Rivery retail area, City Lights Theatres, the City Recreation Center, or shops on Williams Drive. Free bus service serves an important mobility need for many Southwestern students who do not have their own vehicle on campus.

GoGeo service hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Details about routes, service hours, and more is at gogeo.georgetown.org.

New utility customer account set-up

Georgetown Utility Systems launched a new utility billing system on Aug. 6. As part of the new system, all auto-draft customers need to create a new online account.

This page will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set up a new account online: gus.georgetown.org/guspay.

Customers calling the Customer Care number for assistance in setting up a new account are experiencing longer than normal hold times, continual ringing, or busy signals due to very high call volume. Customers may experience continual ringing when calling which signifies that the call did not reach the call center phone system. Customer Care representatives are working to respond to every customer call or message as soon as possible. The number for Customer Care is (512) 930-3640 or 1 (888) 474-4904. Customers can also email customercare@georgetown.org.

Customer Care staff will be available for in-person assistance at several locations through Aug. 28. For a list of times and locations go to gus.georgetown.org/customercare/paying-your-bill.

Customers may still pay their utility bills with a check by mail or at the Utility Customer Care Center, located at 300-1 Industrial Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Note that while customers need to update their account information, they have the entire month to do so. This month the City is waiving late fees and disconnections for non-payment.

For more information, please visit gus.georgetown.org.

NE Inner Loop closed overnight Aug. 14 and 15

NE Inner Loop will be closed to traffic in the overnight hours on Aug. 14 and Aug. 15 for road construction work.

The segment of NE Inner Loop from Farm to Market 971 to Highway 29 will be closed on both days starting at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day.

The closure is for the rebuilding of the Georgetown Rail Road crossing on NE Inner Loop that is about 0.5-miles south of FM 971.

Traffic will be detoured to Austin Avenue during the road closure. This construction work is weather-dependent.

Map of closure on NE Inner Loop