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


Email it to

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

Classical Guitarist Peter Fletcher Performs May 17

PETER FLETCHER 6687 8X10 croppedClassical guitarist Peter Fletcher plays next in the Georgetown Public Library’s popular “Live Music at the Library” series. He will perform on Sunday, May 17, at 2 p.m. in the library lobby.

This concert is part of a nationwide tour to promote Fletcher’s new Edvard Grieg CD, released in 2014 on Centaur Records.

Fletcher will perform selections from this new CD, an all-Grieg album for which he wrote the guitar transcriptions. CDs will be available at the concert. He performed this same concert at Carnegie Hall in April.

Other works on the program will include Bach’s Jesu, Joy of Man’s DesiringCourante from the Third Cello Suite, and Prelude in C minor and Fugue in G minor, BWV 999 and 1000.

Fletcher will also perform music from Michael Praetorius’ Terpsichore; Prelude No. 1 by Villa-Lobos; a Fandango by Spanish composer Joaquín Rodrigo, and two Catalonian folk songs arranged for guitar by Miguel Llobet.

In addition he will perform a very special version of the traditional Shaker Hymn Simple Gifts, transcribed by John and B.J. Sutherland. The last half of this guitar setting modulates down a step to C major. To accommodate this key change, the bass string of the instrument must be tuned down one whole step in performance, producing a sound reminiscent of a country fiddler.

The final work on the program will feature Fletcher’s transcription of Paganini’s dazzling Caprice no. 24.

For more information about Peter Fletcher, visit

Free and open to the public, this performance is a gift of the Friends of the Georgetown Public Library. Peter Fletcher’s tour is conducted under the auspices of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists. Come and go, or have a seat in the library lobby and enjoy the concert. For more information, contact Dana Hendrix, GPL Fine Arts Librarian, at (512) 930-3624.

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

Red Poppy Classic Car & Truck Show

The 2015 Red Poppy Festival Classic Car & Truck Show will be held April 25, 2015. To enter this classic car and truck show vehicles must be from 1990 or earlier. Awards will go to the Top 20 with an additional award for Best of Show. There will not be vehicle classes, meaning the best vehicles will be recognized regardless of make, model and year. New this year, there will be participant voted awards. Once again, we will have the Red Poppy Flair competition, so dress up your vehicle and yourself with your best Red Poppy Flair for a chance at an award. Cars will be displayed on the most beautiful town square in Texas!

To register, fill out the registration form and mail in with your check payment prior to April 17, 2015. Registrations will not be accepted after April 17, 2015. Registrants will receive a Car Show T? Shirt. There will not be day of registration and registration is limited to 100 vehicles.

The show has filled up the last couple of years, so act fast!

The Classic Car & Truck Show is brought to you by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick, Hewlett Volkswagen and the City of Georgetown.

Red Poppy Car Show Registration Application

2015 Art for Animals: May 9

logoTickets are now available for the 2015 Art for Animals auction, to be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, 4;00-7:00 p.m., at the Georgetown Community Center, located at 445 E. Morrow St. in San Gabriel Park.  At Art for Animals, guests will enjoy art, wine or coffee, and chocolate desserts—the perfect combination for animal lovers!

The fundraiser is sponsored by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter and is their biggest fundraiser.

Tickets are $10 per person (or $12 at the door), which includes light appetizers, chocolate desserts, and beverages. Wine tickets will be sold for $5 per glass.

This year there will be a silent auction and raffle, but no live auction. Themed gift baskets (e.g., golf outing, spa weekend) will be raffled at the event. For $10, each attendee will receive 25 raffle tickets that can be apportioned to the available gift baskets as desired. Drawing winners for the gift baskets will take place at 6:30, and the drawing for a $250 gift to Walmart will be at 6:45.

Tickets can be purchased at the Visitor Center, 103 W. Seventh Street; Georgetown Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive; or Framers Gallery, 610 S. Main Street. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive next to the McMaster Athletic Complex. 

Floyd shows off his still life
Floyd shows off his still life

  “The proceeds from Art for Animals have a huge positive impact on the   animals at the shelter.  We were recently able to upgrade our adoption trailer to better showcase the dogs and increase their chances of finding forever families. The Friends is able to provide equipment and services to the shelter to improve the lives of the animals while they are there, and to help animals throughout the community,” said Christy Hullum, last year’s president of the Friends group.

Donations of framed artwork and hand-crafted items, such as pottery,  jewelry, and glass work, will be accepted through April 17. Other donations being accepted for the auction include gift baskets, travel packages, and other unique items. Paintings made by the animals at the shelter also will be auctioned.  Donors will receive two tickets to the event.

To make a donation for the auction, contact the animal shelter at (512)930-3592. Donations may be taken to the Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive. The shelter website is

Call to Artists: Mural Project in Downtown Georgetown

The City of Georgetown Arts and Culture Board is issuing a call for artist proposals for a mural to be located on the rear wall of 711 S. Main Street, Georgetown, TX.

Mural Details:
• The goal of the mural is to provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to the downtown of Georgetown.
• The mural will be approximately 23 X 15 ft. (please see photos of site below).
• The exterior wall is stucco.
• The mural should include the metal gutters, air conditioning unit, door, pipes, vent, and meters.
• The address “711” is required to be on the door. The mural can incorporate the number 711 on the door or should leave space to accommodate the address.
• The owner is open to ideas from the artist, but prefers bright colors and a mural with a narrative. The owner does not want a mural consisting of just geometrical shapes.
• The wall contains two windows. The owner is open to proposals incorporating the windows or covering the windows in some fashion.
• Special note: The building is the oldest building on the historic downtown square. However, the owner isn’t requiring the mural refer to the history of the building or Georgetown in particular.
• There is no application fee.

Proposal Deadline:
5:00 P.M. Friday, April 24, 2015

E-mail proposals to:

Artist will receive $3,000 stipend.

Initial Payment:
50% of the stipend will be paid within two weeks of a signed letter of agreement. 50% of the stipend will be paid upon completion of the mural.

Material reimbursement:
Artist will receive up to $500.00 in material reimbursements (with receipts and subject to a signed letter of agreement). Artists will be asked to include a budget in proposal. Additional funds may be approved by the Arts and Culture Board if appropriate.

Completion Date:
All work must be completed prior to Saturday, August 1, 2015.

Please structure and label the proposal sections using the headings:
Part 1: The Written Proposal
Contact Information:
Full Name
Telephone Number
E-mail address
Illustrations of Proposed Work
Proposals must contain between 1 and 5 sketches or digital illustrations of the proposed mural.
Detailed project Description (1 page maximum, 12 pt. font)
Please include the following descriptions:
• A literal description of the mural.
• A description of the concepts in the proposed mural.
• How will this work contribute to a visitor’s experience of downtown Georgetown?
• List maintenance the mural will require, if any.
• An artist statement describing mural experience and interest in the project.
Materials budget
Material reimbursement is available up to $500.00. The materials budget may be increased depending on justification and approval of the Arts and Culture Board. Please submit a detailed materials budget.
Part 2: Support Materials/Previous Work
• Proposals should be accompanied by 5 to 10 images of previous work. Files should be submitted in a .pdf format and will be acknowledged upon receipt.
• Resume – Maximum 2 pages per artist.

Additional requirements:
Artist shall be responsible for preparation of the surface to ensure strong adhesion for durability and longevity. This may include a primer and other preparation necessary for the optimum bond of the paint to the wall.
Two applications (two coats) of Anti-Graffiti/ultraviolet protective coating must be applied on the surface and top of the finished art that will provide resistance to vandalism and the weather. Please include the cost of the protective coating in the budget. The mural must be approved by Eric Lashley, Library Director, before this protective coating is applied.

The artist will be selected by members of the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and the owner of 711 S. Main St., Georgetown, TX 78626. The Board and owner will select a proposal they feel fits the building and will provide a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to downtown Georgetown.

Submissions must be received by 5:00 P.M. on Friday, April 24, 2015.

Send electronic submissions to Lawren Weiss at

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Eric P. Lashley at 512-930-3551 or

711 S. Main Street View 3
Historical marker on front of 711 S. Main St.
711 S. Main Street View 1
Back of 711 S. Main St., showing entire mural site
711 S. Main Street View 2
Detail of mural site


Grants Help Fund Wide Variety of Georgetown Arts and Culture Opportunities

Georgetown arts and culture nonprofits received grants totaling $20,000 in the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board awards process for 2015. The grants will fund events taking place in Georgetown this year between February 1 and September 30. Events that are free to the public received special consideration in the grant process.

Grants awarded were:

$500 East View High School Band, for the Rodney Klett Band Clinic
$1,000 East View High School Percussion Ensemble, for percussion and steelpan drum clinics
$2,500 Georgetown Art Center, for the Kumbh Mela exhibit and events
$2,500 Georgetown Festival of the Arts, for a free concert and fireworks
$2,500 Georgetown High School Jazz Program, for a Jazz Festival
$2,500 Georgetown Symphony Society, for the 2015-16 symphony season
$2,500 Palace Theater, for shows adapted to audience members with special needs
$1,500 SU Native organization, for its 11th annual Powwow
$2,000 Williamson County Symphony Orchestra, for its Pops Concert
$2,500 Williamson Museum, for the Courage and Contradiction exhibit

The organizations that received funding will recognize the Arts and Culture Board in their advertising and programs, and will submit a report to the board after the event with a description of the use of the grant funds.

The next call for Georgetown Arts and Culture Board grant applications will be issued in 2016.

Adopt True Love

Dog of the week 01-03-15 orion
Orion is at the Georgetown Animal Shelter, looking for a new home or perhaps a foster home during his heartworm treatment.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is gearing up for a Valentine’s Day themed adoption weekend February 13 – 15 at the PetSmart in Round Rock located at 201 University Oaks Boulevard, Round Rock, TX 78665 (near Ikea off of I-35).

Several other adoption partners will join the Georgetown Animal Shelter from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on these days and, collectively, strive to adopt out 75 animals. There will be many homeless dogs and cats from which to choose, varying in age, size, breed, and personality.

Other groups in attendance will be Austin German Shepherd Rescue, Double E  Rescue Ranch, PAWS Shelter for Animals, Pflugerville Animal Shelter, and Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter.

Each pet available for adoption will be spayed or neutered, current on vaccines, and microchipped. PetSmart will even provide adopters with free goodies and valuable coupons to help assimilate the new pets into their forever homes.

Are you looking for true love this Valentine’s Day? Join us at this family friendly adoption event and you are guaranteed to fall in love!