Phone Scammers Pose as City Employees

Phone scammers who claim to be requesting payment for a City of Georgetown utility account have recently called Georgetown utility customers. Seven local businesses have contacted the Customer Care Center for the utility to report someone calling and trying to get them to pay a utility bill over the phone.

Don’t be fooled.

A similar phone scam targeted local businesses and residents last year. The Georgetown Police Department has been notified of the current scam attempt.

The City utility does not call customers and demand payments over the phone says Leticia Zavala, customer care director for Georgetown Utility Systems. If a bill payment is overdue, Zavala says there is a three-step notification process:

First, late notices are mailed to customers with unpaid balances the day after the billing due date.

Second, an automated phone call is provided to the phone number on the account two weeks after the billing due date.

Third, a second automated phone call is provided to the phone number on the account three weeks after the billing due date.

It is strictly against policy for any customer service representative to accept payment in the field.

If customers have questions about a utility bill, call the Customer Care Center at (512) 930-3640 before giving out financial information regarding your utility account.

Recreation Center Outdoor Pool Closed

The Recreation Center Outdoor pool will be closed for the remainder of the day. We apologize for the inconvenience. The Recreation Center Indoor Pool, Williams Drive Pool and the Tennis Center Pool are currently open until 7PM this evening.

Street Resurfacing August 6 – 21

Street resurfacing with a chip seal treatment on several Georgetown roads is scheduled for August 6 – 21 in the area south of University Ave as shown in the map.

Chip seal resurfacing involves applying a layer of emulsion to the roadway followed by a layer of small-sized gravel. Unless otherwise noted, the entire length of the roadway will be resurfaced.  The chip seal wear surface will extend the life span of the asphalt on the street by slowing oxidation and sealing cracks in the asphalt. This will also help defer costly street reconstruction.

Chip sealing operations will begin after 7:30 a.m. and will end by 5 p.m. each day. Look for electronic message boards or door flyers in the neighborhood with information about the resurfacing schedule.

This schedule is weather-dependent and could be changed if there is rain.

Drivers should expect delays and look for flaggers in a moving work area. Drivers should reduce their speed and increase the spacing distance between vehicles to reduce problems with loose rock on roadway.

Following the application of the chip seal, street sweeping will occur within 24 to 48 hours to sweep up any loose chips. Once the sweeping operation has been completed a sealing material called Fast Set will be applied to the chip seal surface. The Fast Set sealant will require a drying time of 20 to 30 minutes prior to being open to traffic.

The sealant will improve the driving surface and increase protection from the weather. Public notification about the street sealant work will be done before work starts.

Low Water Crossing along Randy Morrow Trail

The U.S. Army Corp of Engineers is releasing water from Lake Georgetown due to high lake levels caused by recent rainfall.

A release rate over approximately 250 cubic feet per second will close the low water crossings along the Randy Morrow Trail. Please do not attempt to cross any part of the trail that water is flowing over, and obey any barricades that may be present.

Visit the Lake Georgetown website at www.swf-wc.usace.army.mil/georgetown to see the current release rate.

The Parks and Recreation Department is evaluating options for the replacement of damaged sections on the pedestrian crossing over the San Gabriel River in San Gabriel Park. The bridge was damaged in the Memorial Day weekend flooding.

Rec Center and Pool Holiday Hours

On Friday, July 3rd, the Rec Center will be closing early at 6:00 p.m.  The Indoor and Splash Pools will also be closing early, at 5:30 p.m.

On Saturday, July 4th, the Rec Center, Tennis Center (facility & pool) will be closed.

  • Village Pool OPEN 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • River Ridge Pool OPEN 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.
  • Williams Drive pool OPEN 1:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Volunteer Needed to Serve on Library Advisory Board

Call for a Volunteer to serve on the City of Georgetown’s Library Advisory Board

The Library Advisory Board was established for the purpose of participating in the continual update of the Long Range Plan for the City of Georgetown Library and to serve to promote library programs and services in the community.

Members must reside in the Georgetown city limits or the ETJ.

If you are interested in serving on the Library Advisory Board, please complete a 2015 Library Advisory Board Application. You may also attach a resume (no more than 2 pages).

Please mail applications and resumes to:
Shelley Nowling
City of Georgetown
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627
or
Email it to shelley.nowling@georgetown.org and jessica.brettle@georgetown.org

The deadline to submit an application to the Library Advisory Board is June 12, 2015.

Please contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651 with any questions.

Bluegrass & Country Live at the Library for Father’s Day

The Sieker BandBluegrass and country musicians The Sieker Band will appear next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. They will perform on Sunday, June 21, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby, performing a special Father’s Day concert.

The Sieker Band maintains a busy performing schedule, including playing at the Kerrville Folk Festival in May.

Rolf & Beate Sieker started their professional music career in Berlin, Germany. They played many concerts in Germany, toured throughout Europe, appeared on television and radio, and recorded five albums, two in Nashville and three in Berlin. In 1997 they moved to Nashville and since 2000 they have lived near Austin, live music capital of the world.

Rolf Sieker was one of the first 5-string banjo players in Europe. In 1975 he recorded the first bluegrass album in Germany. In Europe, Rolf played with Bill Monroe, Byron Berline, Dan Crary, Mark O’Connor, Dave Dudley, Bill Clifton and many more. He won the Texas State Banjo Championship in 2001. He recorded studio sessions with Ray Benson & Asleep At The Wheel, Kelly Willis, Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Dale Watson, Red Volkaert, Trace Atkins, Rod Moag, Julie Chadbourne, Lantana, Bruce Robison, The Carper Family, Malford Milligan and many others. Rolf now also plays with Bob Schneider’s Texas Bluegrass Massacre, which was named ‘Best Performing Bluegrass Band’ at the 2008 and 2009 Austin Music Awards.

Beate Sieker plays acoustic guitar and occasionally upright bass. Her vocals have become the trademark of The Sieker Band, generating a lot of fans. Influenced by Texas singer/songwriters, her repertoire consists of songs written by Bill & Bonnie Hearne, Steven Fromholtz, Willie Nelson, Steve Gillette, Karla Bonhoff, Ian Tyson, Townes Van Zandt, Bill Monroe and many others. Beate is one of the finest rhythm guitar players around.

For more information about The Sieker Band, visit siekerband.com or read this interview with Rolf Sieker from the Central Texas Bluegrass Association Newsletter.

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Come and go, or have a seat in the library lobby and enjoy the concert. Come enjoy a Father’s Day concert with us!

The Georgetown Public Library is located at 402 W. Eighth Street in Georgetown.

Art in the Library: Works by Alice Stultz

Work by Alice StultzThe Georgetown Public Library hosts a solo exhibit of paintings by Alice Stultz May 17-June 12 in the upstairs gallery area.

Alice Schorre Stultz lives in Georgetown.  She attended Southwestern University and has a degree in anthropology from the University of Texas.  Alice is an artist who enjoys using watercolor, acrylic, pastels, collage, and oil in her paintings. She is also a photographer, an avocational archaeologist, and an Archeological Steward with the Texas Historical Commission.  She has won several awards from the San Angelo Art Guild.

As a member of the Waterloo Watercolor Society and the 620 Group she participated in art shows in Austin and Round Rock.  Alice has shown her paintings in four galleries, at Angelo State University in San Angelo, and in Tom Green County Library.

Alice volunteered in the Collections Department of the Texas Archeological Research Laboratory. Working with the Gault Site artifacts and participating in recording pictographs and petroglyphs for the Texas Archeology Society and the Center for Big Bend Studies have been some of her favorite activities. Currently, Alice is a volunteer in Special Collections at Southwestern University’s library.

The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 W. 8th Street. Exhibit hours are Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

Building Standards Commission Vacancy

The City of Georgetown is recruiting highly qualified and dedicated individuals with Building Experience to serve on the Building Standards Commission, an important advisory board for the City. The Building Standards Commission hears appeals and renders decisions on rulings by City Building Inspectors or Officials in regard to code interpretation, enforcement, and substandard housing or structures within the City.

The City Council depends on citizen board members to assist in evaluating local issues to enrich and promote the community. This board would benefit with members experienced in electrical contracting, real estate profession, architecture, engineering, building construction, fire protection, mechanical contracting (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, hvac) or plumbing.

If you are interested in serving on the Building Standards Commission and have pertinent experience, please complete the 2015 Building Standards Application. You may also attach a resume (no more than 2 pages).

Please mail applications and resumes to:

Shelley Nowling
City of Georgetown
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627

or

Email it to shelley.nowling@georgetown.org

The deadline to submit an application to the Building Standards Commission is June 12, 2015.

Please contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651 with any questions.

Transportation Bond Approved, Gipson Wins District 5

Georgetown voters have approved the transportation bonds on the May 9 ballot.  These are the unofficial final results for the transportation bond election from Williamson County Elections:

Votes:Percent:
For: 2,281 75.18%
Against: 753 24.82%

These are the unofficial final results in the District 5 City Council election from Williamson County Elections:

Votes:Percent:
Ty Gipson 456 68.67%
Paul Nadeau 208 31.33%

To see a complete May 9, 2015 election results, go to www.wilco.org/elections.