Animal Shelter Closed Jan. 16-26

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is undertaking some major renovations to the shelter and will be closed January 16-26.

The building was used as a pump house by the City until the shelter took over the building in 2005, almost ten years ago, and the floors are badly worn.  Renovations include sandblasting the floors and resurfacing them and repainting the interior of the building.

Services will be provided on a limited basis during the time that the shelter is closed.  Frequently-requested services are listed below, along with directions on how to proceed:

  • Pet licenses – Send paperwork and payment (if applicable) to Georgetown Animal Shelter, PO Box 409, Georgetown, TX 78627. License tags will be mailed back to you.
  • Animal Control issues, such as loose dogs or animal-related complaints – Call the non-emergency police number at 512-930-3510. Dispatchers will send out Animal Control Officers, as usual.
  • Lost and found animals – Call the shelter at 512-930-3592 and/or email animalsvc@georgetown.org with a description.
  • Surrendering a pet – Call the shelter at 512-930-3592 to schedule an appointment.  Pets will be accepted through the gates at the rear of the shelter.
  • Adoptions – Cats/kittens may still be adopted from PetSmart (Wolf Ranch) during this time, and dogs may be seen at two adoption events – January 17 and 24 at the PetSmart near Ikea in Round Rock.

Georgetown Fire Department is Hiring Paramedics and Firefighters

Our Department is growing and so can you…consider joining the Georgetown Fire Department and take your career to the next level.

Ask yourself a few questions…

Are you a paramedic or firefighter who loves to help others?

Do you have a passion for learning, teaching and serving?

Do you want to be part of a culturally sound organization?

If you answered “yes” to the above, please consider joining our family!

We have immediate plans to hire up to fifteen (15) candidates and are actively seeking paramedics with a strong work ethic and work history.

This is a unique opportunity to join a highly respected and professional organization that is best known for providing a caring and professional service to the community.

The Georgetown Fire Department was founded in 1881 and provides a broad level of service that includes EMS, Fire, Rescue, Haz-Mat, Dive and Recovery, Rope Rescue, Swift-Water Rescue, Fire Inspection, Code Enforcement, Community Outreach and more.

Benefits

Salary: $42,502 – $55,455 (annual)

Hiring range is $42,502 + Paramedic Cert and/or Assignment Pay, if applicable.

Overtime & Longevity Pay

Competitive benefits package can be viewed by visiting benefits.georgetown.org.

More information available online.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted at georgetown.org/jobs.

Hiring Process may include:
Application Deadline: Nov. 9
Written Test: Nov. 15
PAT/Fitness: Nov. 22 – 23
Interview: Dec. 1 -12
Chief Interview: Jan. 5 – 9, 2015
Drug Test/Physical: Jan. 12 – 21, 2015
Academy: Begins Feb. 2, 2015
*Dates and times are subject to change

 

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Public Hearings for Voluntary Annexations

The City Council is considering six voluntary annexations at the July 8th and July 22nd meetings. Council will consider action on these items on August 12th and a second reading to be determined. Most of the described properties below are being annexation in anticipation of future development.  Below are the properties with a location map of each:

  • Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation of 753.3 acres in the Perry, Thompson, Donagan, and Stubblefield Surveys, to be known as Wolf Ranch Hillwood, generally located at West University Avenue and Wolf Ranch Parkway. ANX-2014-006_Location
  • Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation of 406.3 acres in the Eaves Survey, to be known as Sun City, Queens Tract, located on Highway 195 near Sun City Boulevard. ANX-2014-005_Location
  • Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation of 768.9 acres in the Foy and Dyches Surveys, to be known as Sun City, Somerset Hills Tract, located near CR 245 and Ronald Reagan Boulevard. ANX-2014-004_Location
  • Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation of 54.54 acres of right-of-way for the future Southwest Bypass and Wolf Ranch Parkway. ANX-2014-003_Location
  • Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation of 10.76 acres in the Stubblefield and Thompson Surveys, located near DB Wood Road, for First Baptist Church Georgetown. ANX-2014-008_Location
  • Public Hearing for the Voluntary Annexation of 41.57 acres in the Roberts Survey, located off of Shell Road, to be known as the Hills at Georgetown Village. ANX-2014-007_Location

Capital Improvement Projects Proposed for 2015

Learn about proposed transportation and utility infrastructure projects in Georgetown for the upcoming fiscal year.

Citizens are encouraged to view the proposed City of Georgetown 2015 Capital Improvement Plan summary to be presented to the Georgetown Utility Systems Advisory Board and Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board on Friday, May 9, 2014 (linked to below).

Projects in the proposed Capital Improvement Plan for 2015 include street overlay and street reconstruction projects, curb and drainage improvements, water line upgrades, wastewater system improvements, and electric system improvements.

Both the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board and the Georgetown Utility Systems Advisory Board will make a recommendation on the 2015 Capital Improvement Plan to the City Council at their respective Friday, May 9, 2014 meetings. The CIP is scheduled for review and approval by the city council in June as an element of the overall 2014/15 city budget.

All Capital Improvement Plan documents can be viewed at the following location: http://records.georgetown.org/weblink8/0/fol/421931/Row1.aspx

Questions about or comments on the proposed capital improvement projects for 2015 can be emailed to cipcomments@georgetown.org.

Georgetown 3rd on Best American Suburbs Ranking

A recent analysis of 75 cities in the top 25 U.S. metro areas ranked Georgetown third on the list. The top ten list of America’s Best Suburbs, placing Georgetown at no. 3 in the country, was done by Movoto, a real estate company in California. The ranking was based on several factors including shopping, dining, and entertainment offerings as well as cost of living, low crime, education, and employment.

The article notes that Georgetown’s crime rate is 45 percent below the national average and that the cost of living is nearly 9 percent lower than the national average. The article also cites Georgetown’s low student-to-teacher ratio.

Movoto provided an explanation of the appeal of the major metro cities on the list. “These smaller cities and towns offer proximity to everything their larger neighbors have to offer, while oftentimes being safer and less crowded.”

“This ranking is a wonderful tribute to our history, our vitality, our values and our fantastic citizens,” says Mayor George Garver. “Good schools, good public safety personnel, and a great living environment make this city very desirable. We take pride in this ranking knowing that others have discovered what we already know about Georgetown—it’s a great place to live.”

The ranking was based on an analysis of data from sources such as the U.S. Census Bureau and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

To see the list of the 10 best American suburbs, as well as the full ranking of metro 75 cities, go to http://www.movoto.com/blog/top-ten/best-suburban-cities-in-america.

Hazard Mitigation Plan Survey

The City of Georgetown is currently in the process of completing a Hazard Mitigation Plan.  Input from the community is needed for the project team to identify and analyze potential hazards affecting residents and recommend possible actions to reduce their impact. Hazards can include droughts, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, and other major disasters.

A public participation survey is available online at www.surveymonkey.com/s/CityofGeorgetown.

The goal of the Hazard Mitigation Plan is to minimize or eliminate the long-term risk to human life and property from known hazards by identifying and implementing cost-effective mitigation actions. Mitigation is defined by the Federal Emergency Management Agency as sustained actions taken to reduce or eliminate long-term risk to people and property from hazards and their effects.

Questions about the Hazard Mitigation Plan should be addressed to H2O Partners, planning consultants for the project. Contact Cathy Meek with H2O Partners at (888) 328-4151, ext. 2, or by email at cathy@h2opartnersusa.com.

Airport Tower Funding From TXDOT and City Approved

Update: Today the FAA has delayed tower closures until June 15th.  So the City contracts and funding of the tower will not begin until June 16th if TxDOT allows the grant to be extended to that date.

The Georgetown city council voted this morning to accept an emergency short-term grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to help fund staffing of the control tower at the Georgetown Municipal Airport. The TXDOT grant provides 90 percent of the funding for tower staffing by air traffic controllers. The City will fund the remaining 10 percent of the staffing cost. The city council approved the funding arrangement in a special meeting to address the tower funding issue.

The 90/10 funding arrangement is on an emergency basis for 90 days. The state and local money replaces federal funding from the Federal Aviation Administration that ends on April 7. Funding was cut for FAA contract employees at airport control towers as a result of sequestration federal budget cuts that took effect in March.

Yesterday, the Texas Transportation Commission approved the emergency state funding program for control towers at 14 airports in Texas. The TXDOT funding program is a reimbursement grant in which the City of Georgetown will pay the expected $158,687 cost to staff the tower for 90 days and will later be reimbursed by TXDOT for 90 percent of the cost. The City’s portion of the 90-day cost is projected to be $15,868.70. City funding will come from the Airport Fund or General Fund programs that have experienced cost saving in the 2013 Budget.  Staff will present those options to City Council at the April 23rd regular meeting.

The city council also approved a contract with Robinson Aviation to provide the air traffic controllers to staff the control tower. Controllers with Robinson Aviation have worked under an FAA contract to staff the Georgetown control tower since it opened in 2007.

If FAA funding for tower operations is restored before the 90-day period, then the TXDOT and City funding for tower operations would be discontinued.

I-35 Exits in Georgetown

These are the exits on Interstate 35 in the Georgetown City Limits from north to south:

Exit 268, FM 972 – Walburg
Exit 266, Texas 195 – Florence
Exit 265, 130 Toll Road
Exit 264, Spur 158 – NE Inner Loop – Lakeway Drive – Austin Avenue
Exit 262 (southbound only), RM 2338 – Lake Georgetown – Andice
Exit 261A (northbound only), RM 2338 – Lake Georgetown – Andice
Exit 261, Texas 29 – University Avenue – Burnet
Exit 260, RM 2243 – Leander Road
Exit 259, Spur 26 – SE Inner Loop
Exit 257, Westinghouse Road

Rivery Park

Rivery Park is located at 1448 Rivery Blvd.

From Austin Area:
Take I-35 north Exit 261A.
Stay in the far left lane on the feeder road.
Take the turn around at Williams and head back south on the feeder.
Get into the far right lane.
Take a right after the Wendy’s onto Rivery Blvd.
The 2nd driveway on the right past Wendy’s will be the entrance to the park.

From Waco Area:
Take I-35 south Exit Williams Dr./Lake Georgetown/Andice.
Stay in the right lane on the feeder road.
When you see Wendy’s, move into the farthest right lane.
Take a right after the Wendy’s onto Rivery Blvd.
The 2nddriveway on the right past Wendy’s will be the entrance to the park.

Williamson County Recycle Center

Physical Address:

495 County Road 156
Georgetown, Texas 78626
512-864-3240

Hours of Operation:

OPEN: By appointment Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
To the general public on Thursday and Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm;
Saturday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm.
CLOSED:  Sundays and Mondays

The Williamson County Recycle Center, located at 495 County Road 156, is approximately 8 miles east of Georgetown, just off FM 971.

From north Austin Avenue, turn east on FM 971 and proceed for approximately 8 miles until you reach County Road 156.  Turn right, go over the railroad tracks, and the facility is just ahead on the right.

For information about what products the Recycle Center takes, please visit this page, https://recycle.georgetown.org/household-hazardous-waste/