Warrant Round-up is underway

The 2017 Statewide Warrant Round-up is currently underway. Starting on Feb. 25, more than 300 law enforcement agencies in Texas will concentrate their efforts to find those with outstanding arrest warrants. Warrant Round-up is an annual multi-agency effort involving local law enforcement agencies in Texas. Law enforcement officers will be going to residences and workplaces to serve arrest warrants. Those with outstanding warrants should act immediately to avoid going to jail.

To make a payment on an outstanding class C misdemeanor offense in Georgetown, go to the Municipal Court located at 101 E. Seventh Street. The court accepts cash (in person only), money orders, cashier checks, Visa, Discover, and MasterCard. Personal checks are not accepted. To contact Municipal Court by phone, call (512) 930-3625.

If you are indigent or otherwise unable to pay your fine and court costs, you may qualify to resolve your case by other options.

Contact the court for additional information at Georgetown Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown, TX, 78626.

Hours for Municipal Court are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Thursday.

In addition to regular weekday hours, Municipal Court will have special Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to noon on March 4. Those who wish to resolve their case(s) and avoid arrest can come to the court at that time.

You also may appear during open court hours on Wednesday mornings if you wish to speak with the municipal judge about your warrant. You must check in prior to 9 a.m. on a Wednesday.

Payments can be made online at any time using a credit card through the City’s web site at court.georgetown.org/paying-fines.

Black History Month Banquet Feb. 18

Education will be a focal point this year at the annual Black History Month Banquet in Georgetown on Feb. 18. The theme for the banquet this year is “The Crisis in Black Education: How to Empower, Enrich and Engage.”

The 35th annual banquet is sponsored by the Georgetown Cultural Citizen Memorial Association. The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Health Foundation Community Rooms, 2425 Williams Drive.

The keynote speaker who will address the theme of the banquet is Dr. Terrence Eaton, associate superintendent for middle schools for Austin ISD. Eaton was previously an assistant superintendent for Pflugerville ISD and also served as a principal at schools in the Round Rock and Temple school districts. Eaton earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from the University of West Florida and has a doctoral degree in educational administration from Texas A&M University.

The annual Black History Month Banquet is open to the public. The suggested donation is $5 for students and $10 for adults. A table can be reserved for $150.

For more information contact Regina Durden at rbdlivelife@gmail.com or Paulette Taylor at ptofgt@aol.com.

Citizen Police Academy Spring Session

The Citizen Police Academy is an eight-week course taught by police officers to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. Classes in the spring 2017 academy include code of criminal procedure, accident investigations, use of force, crime scene investigations, hostage negotiations, special weapons and tactics, and victim services. The deadline to apply is March 18.

Weekly classes are on Thursday evenings starting on March 30 through May 18. 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.

Octavio Garza Starts as Public Works Director

A civil and environmental engineer with more than 21 years of experience started yesterday as public works director, a new position for the City of Georgetown. Octavio Garza comes to Georgetown from the City of Waco where he had been the public works department director since 2014.

In Georgetown, Garza will oversee the City’s Street Maintenance, Transportation Planning, and Storm Water Drainage departments, in addition to the Georgetown Municipal Airport and solid waste and recycling services.

“Octavio brings a significant amount of quality experience to the City of Georgetown and is a great addition to lead the newly formed Public Works Division to meet the demands of our growing community,” says City Manager David Morgan.

In Waco, Garza was responsible for the city’s Engineering, Traffic, Streets, and Solid Waste departments, as well as the city’s digital mapping, development, and floodplain administration services. The Solid Waste department encompassed operating a city-owned municipal landfill.

Prior to Waco, Garza served for six years as city engineer and capital programs manager for the City of New Braunfels where he had oversight for developing and implementing an $87 million bond program. The bond program approved by voters in 2013 funded transportation, parks, and economic development projects. Garza also led the engineering division, negotiated professional services contracts, and managed the street maintenance program in New Braunfels.

Garza’s other experience includes management of capital projects and environmental investigations for the cities of San Antonio and San Marcos as well as serving as a project engineer for water and environmental projects for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and the San Antonio River Authority.

Garza has a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree in agricultural and civil engineering. Both degrees are from Texas A&M University in College Station. He also is a certified public manager and a certified floodplain manager.

Candidate Filing Period for May Election

The filing period starts today for candidates who wish to run for a seat on the Georgetown City Council. The places for District 2, District 6, and the mayor will be on the ballot for the election this spring.

Keith Brainard is the current council member for District 2, Rachael Jonrowe is the council member for District 6, and Dale Ross is the mayor.

Today Dale Ross filed to run for re-election as mayor, Rachael Jonrowe filed to run for re-election for District 6, and Valerie Nicholson filed to run for the District 2 seat on the council.

The filing period ends on February 17.  A packet of information for prospective candidates is available at City Hall at 113 E. Eighth Street. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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. The mayor serves a three-year term and is elected at-large. A candidate for city council or mayor 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 6.

Early in-person voting is April 24 through May 2. In the Early Voting period, voters may cast ballots at any Early Voting location in Williamson County.

On Election Day on May 6, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times are listed at wilco.org/elections.

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

City Boards and Commissions: Apply by Jan. 6

The City of Georgetown is recruiting highly-qualified and dedicated individuals to serve as volunteers on one of Georgetown’s advisory boards or commissions.  The deadline to apply for a volunteer position is Friday, Jan. 6.

Vacancies for volunteer positions need to be filled on the Building Standards Commission, Georgetown Transportation Enhancement Corporation, Georgetown Village Public Improvement District Advisory Board, and Youth Advisory Board. (Applicants to the Youth Advisory Board need to be students enrolled in the 8th through 12th grades.) Persons interested in serving on any of the boards and commissions are encouraged to apply.

The City’s boards and commissions advise the City Council and guide City staff.  Boards address a range of civic areas including accessibility, aging, animal services, arts and culture, building standards, civil service, community services, economic development, ethics, finance, historic preservation, housing, library, main street, parks and recreation, planning, tourism, transportation, utilities, youth, and zoning.

An online application to apply as well as descriptions of boards and commissions can be found at georgetown.org/council-boards-agendas. Applicants may include a resume of no more than two pages with the application. An application also may be printed and mailed to Mayor Ross and the City Council, PO Box 409, Georgetown, TX, 78627.

Terms for City board and commission members begin in March. Most board and commission members serve two-year terms and most boards and commissions meet monthly or as needed.

If you have questions about City boards and commissions, contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651.

Holiday Closings for City Facilities

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
  • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth Street
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 DB Wood Road

City of Georgetown facilities with weekend or evening hours will observe these closures:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
  • Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: open Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24 – 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 3 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street: closing weekdays at 6 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 19, closed Dec. 23 – 26 and Jan. 1 – 2, regular hours resume Jan. 3
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24 – 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 (opening at 8 a.m.)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24 – 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open. Jan. 2 (opening at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Jan. 1 – 2

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

There is regular solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers on all days Monday through Saturday. This includes regular collection on Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Dec. 31, and Jan. 2.

For questions about solid waste and recycling collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

Parks and Rec Day Camps in December

Camp Goodwater, a day-camp sponsored by Georgetown Parks and Recreation, offers a variety of programs for children during Georgetown ISD holiday breaks. Holiday camps are offered for students from ages 5 to 12, and may include activities such as swimming, gym games, trips to local parks, seasonal arts and crafts and more.

Camps are offered December 19 – 21 and December 27 – 29 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The camps are held at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue, Georgetown, TX, 78626. The fee per day is $35 for residents and $45 for nonresidents.

Day camps also will be offered on two GISD student holidays next year on February 20 – 21.

For more information or to register, visit parks.georgetown.org or contact Arica Keilers, recreation program coordinator with Parks and Recreation, at arica.keilers@georgetown.org.

Swim with Santa at Recreation Center

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Families are invited to swim with Santa on Friday, December 16 at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue. Grab your suits and your camera and bring the entire family for a chance to swim with the big man himself! The event takes place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

This holiday event will also include a Quote-Along with the movie Elf, and hot chocolate and candy canes will be provided.

Advanced registration is recommended, but onsite registration will be accepted. This event is free for Georgetown Recreation Center members. Entry fees for non-members are: infants (0-3 years) – free, youth (4-18 years) – $2, adults (19-54) – $3, and seniors (55+ years) – $2.

For more information and to register online, visit parks.georgetown.org or contact Melissa Trahan-Pecorino, special events and marketing coordinator, at melissa.trahanpecorino@georgetown.org.

Breakfast with Santa on December 17

pancake-line-2a-webThe 16th annual pancake Breakfast with Santa event is Saturday, December 17, 2016 at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park. Georgetown firefighters will be making pancakes and sausage served with juice and coffee. The event is 7:30 to 11 a.m.

At the event, children can climb on board a fire truck, visit with firefighters, and have a free picture taken with Santa.

Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Rotary Club of Georgetown – Sun City, Assistance League of Georgetown, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, and Georgetown ISD.

All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa as well as other fundraising provides clothing, food, and gifts for children in the Georgetown area. Breakfast with Santa aims to help 180 children in need in Georgetown, provide clothing and gift cards to homeless teenagers in Georgetown served by The Georgetown Project’s NEST program, and provide help to Jarrell’s UMC Christmas outreach program.

santa-and-boy-red-hat-2-webTax deductible donations are accepted to help fund Breakfast with Santa. Checks should be made out to “Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation” with “Sun City Rotary – BWS” on the memo line.

Mail the donation check to Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, 116 West Eighth Street, Suite 203, Georgetown, TX, 78626.

For details, contact the Georgetown Fire Department at (512) 930-3473.