Thanksgiving holiday city facility closings

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23, in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. There is no solid waste or recycling collection on Thanksgiving Day (details below).

City facilities and offices closed Nov. 22-23 include the following:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive

Other Facility Closures

The facilities listed below will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22, and open these hours on Friday, Nov. 23:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive, open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Collection Station, 250 W. L. Walden Drive, open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The Georgetown Public Library will close at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 21, and reopen for normal hours at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 24.

GoGeo bus service

There will be no GoGeo bus service on Thursday, Nov. 22, or Friday, Nov. 23. Buses will resume normal operation on Saturday, Nov. 24.

Solid Waste & Recycling

There will be no trash or recycling pickup for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Thursday, Nov. 22. Solid waste collection for Thursday and Friday slides one day:

  • Thursday slides to Friday
  • Friday slides to Saturday

Solid waste and recycling carts should be placed at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. For questions, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

The Collection Station at 250 W. L. Walden Drive will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 22 (Thanksgiving Day), but open regular hours, which are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Friday, Nov. 23.

Note that the Williamson County Recycle Center at 495 CR 156, which accepts vouchers for household hazardous waste, is closed Sunday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 25.

Lighting of the Square on Nov. 23

Celebrate the holiday season on the day after Thanksgiving at the annual Lighting of the Square event Friday, Nov. 23.  The event will be held on the east steps of the historic Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main St. The festivities include entertainment from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis and Mayor Dale Ross will flip the switch illuminating the courthouse lights and grounds at approximately 6 p.m. The lights around the Square are supported by Georgetown Utility Systems, your community-owned utility making our city 100% renewable.

Entertainment during the Lighting of the Square will be provided by the Austin Carolers, and refreshments will be provided. Stores will be open until 8 p.m.

Visit The Williamson Museum from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and children will be able to make their own stick ribbon tree. Enjoy live music by Evelyn Billington in front of the museum. This is free and open to the public.

Williamson County Brown Santa will offer photos with Santa for a $10 donation inside the courthouse after the lighting event from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Enter the courthouse on the south side on Eighth Street.

Toy donations to Williamson County Brown Santa and the Georgetown Police Department Blue Santa are encouraged. Williamson County Brown Santa and Georgetown Blue Santa have gone paperless for applications. Both organizations will be on the Square to accept applications. More information and applications are available at www.wilcobrownsanta.com for Brown Santa or bluesanta.georgetown.org for Blue Santa.

For details on holiday events and activities in Georgetown, call the Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau at (512) 930-3545, or visit or VisitGeorgetown.com.

Parks and Recreation offers Thanksgiving camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer camps for students during the Thanksgiving break. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from three camps:

  • Camp Goodwater is offered on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 from 7 a.m.to 6 p.m. for children ages 5-11. The camp includes a variety of activities, such as gym games, trips to local parks, and seasonal arts and crafts Daily fees are $35 for Georgetown residents and $45 for nonresidents.
  • Junior Tennis Academy is offered on Nov. 19, 20 and 21 from 9-11 a.m. for children ages 7-18. Ages 7-10 will focus on developing a solid foundation of stroke development providing the child with the skills to reach the next level. Ages 11-18 will focus on learning, consolidating and perfecting the basics of the game. Daily fees are $20 for Georgetown residents and $25 for nonresidents.
  • Adventure Camp is offered on Nov. 19 and 20 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. for children ages 11-14. The camp offers a unique opportunity for youth to be exposed to outdoor adventure activities and challenges in a fun, safe and healthy environment. Daily fees are $45 for Georgetown residents and $55 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

Community Thanksgiving on Nov. 22

Organizers of a communitywide dinner on Thanksgiving Day are seeking volunteers and monetary donations. Community Thanksgiving will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. Event organizers plan to serve a traditional Thanksgiving meal, free of charge, to 500 people.

The Community Thanksgiving will be served at two Georgetown locations:

  • Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.
  • Georgetown Housing Authority – Activity Learning Center, 210-B W. 18th St.

A sit-down dinner, as well as boxed take-out meals, will be served at these locations.

Community Thanksgiving is being planned and supported by the City of Georgetown, City of Georgetown Police and Fire departments, Do Yourself a Flavor Catering, CJ’s Catering, GW Pyro, and The Salvation Army of Williamson County.

The menu for the dinner includes turkey, dressing, gravy, cranberry sauce, green beans, rolls, and sweet potatoes. Water and tea will be served.

This event is free and open to the public. There is no ticketing involved. Meals will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis at each location.

Monetary donations to help fund the event can be made to Sertoma Club of Georgetown, with “Community Thanksgiving” in the memo line.

Donations may be mailed to Sertoma Club of Georgetown, P.O. Box 1501, Georgetown, TX, 78627, or call 512-565-1613 to make arrangements for someone to pick up the donation.

In addition to monetary donations, volunteers are needed to assist with event set-up, food preparation, serving, logistics, and clean-up. If you or your organization would like to help volunteer, or if you have questions, please contact the organizing committee at gtxthanksgiving@gmail.com or signup online at bit.ly/gtxthanksgiving18.

 

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.

Applications for City boards and commissions now being accepted, due by Jan. 4

The City of Georgetown is recruiting highly qualified and dedicated individuals to serve on one of Georgetown’s Advisory Boards or Commissions. The City Council depends on citizen board members to assist in evaluating local issues to enrich and promote the community.

Individuals interested in serving as a board member must complete an application. Resumes no longer than two pages may also be attached. Applications may be printed and submitted or completed online.

Printed applications should be mailed to:
Mayor Ross & the City Council
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 4. Board and Commission appointments are made in February, and new members begin serving in March.

For more information regarding the variety of boards and commissions and their roles in City government, visit georgetown.org/council-boards-agendas. Applications are available at government.georgetown.org/application-to-serve-on-a-city-board-or-commission.

For more information, contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651.

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.

Election Day today, get a ride to the polls

Voters in Georgetown may cast ballots at any Vote Center location in Williamson County from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 6. Ballots in the City of Georgetown include Proposition A, which is the reauthorization of a dedicated 0.25 percent sales tax for street maintenance.

Vote Centers

Vote Centers are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today on Election Day. Vote at these Vote Center locations in Georgetown:

  • County Central Maintenance Facility, 3151 SE Inner Loop
  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Spring Way
  • The Delaney at Georgetown Village, 359 Village Commons Blvd.
  • First Baptist Church-Georgetown, 1333 W. University Ave.
  • Georgetown Housing Authority, 210 W. 18th St., Bldg. 1
  • Georgetown ISD Administration Building, 603 Lakeway Drive
  • Main Street Baptist Church-Ministry Center, 111 W. 10th
  • Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1101 N. College St.
  • Randalls, 5721 Williams Drive
  • Sun City Social Center, 2 Texas Drive
  • Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop

Voters may cast a ballot at any Vote Center location in Williams on County on Election Day. For a complete list, go to www.wilco.org/elections.

Photo ID: Voters are required by Texas state law to show photo identification if they have one. For a list of acceptable ID go to www.wilco.org/elections.

To find out more about the Nov. 6 election in Georgetown, go to Georgetown.org. To look up a sample ballot, go to www.wilco.org/elections.

Election Day rides

For Georgetown residents, rides are free on GoGeo buses on Election Day, Nov. 6, to help get voters to the polls. Note these GoGeo bus stops near Election Day Vote Center locations on Nov. 6:

  • Orange Route stop on Eighth at Myrtle streets: 4 blocks to Vote Center at Main Street Baptist Ministry Center, 111 W. 10th St.
  • Purple Route stop on 17th at Hart streets: 2 blocks to Vote Center at Georgetown Housing Authority, 210 W. 18th St.
  • Blue Route stop on River Bend at Westwood Lane: 3 blocks to Vote Center at Georgetown ISD Admin, 603 Lakeway Drive

Georgetown residents can also use the City’s Lyft promo code to get up to $10 off rides that originate in the Georgetown city limits. Passengers are responsible for the first $2 of the cost of the ride. To use the promotion on a Lyft ride in Georgetown, download the Lyft app on an iPhone or Android smartphone and set up a Lyft account using a credit card. Then add the code GTOWNTX18 to the promo section of the Lyft app before requesting a ride.

Uber is also offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day. Visit https://www.uber.com/newsroom/update-uber-drives-vote for more details.

Early in-person voting ends Nov. 2 for Nov. 6 election

Tomorrow, Nov. 2, is the last day of in-person early voting for the Nov. 6 election.

Ballots in the City of Georgetown include Proposition A, which is the reauthorization of a dedicated 0.25 percent sales tax for street maintenance. The 0.25 sales tax was approved in 2002 and was re-approved by the voters in 2006, 2010, and 2014. It must be reauthorized every four years.

Early Voting

Polling location hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vote at these Early Voting locations in Georgetown:

  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Springs Way
  • Georgetown ISD Administration Building, 603 Lakeway Drive
  • Georgetown Parks and Recreation Administration Building,
    1101 N. College St.
  • Randalls, 5721 Williams Drive
  • Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop

Voters may cast a ballot at any Early Voting location in Williamson County during Early Voting. For a complete list, go to wilco.org/elections.

Photo ID: Voters are required by Texas state law to show photo identification. For a list of acceptable ID, go to wilco.org/elections.

To find out more about the Nov. 6 election in Georgetown, visit Georgetown.org. To look up a sample ballot, visit wilco.org/elections.

Election Day rides

For Georgetown residents, rides are free on GoGeo buses on Election Day, Nov. 6, to help get voters to the polls. Note these GoGeo bus stops near Election Day Vote Center locations on Nov. 6:

  • Orange Route stop on Eighth at Myrtle streets: 4 blocks to Vote Center at Main Street Baptist Ministry Center, 111 W. 10th St.
  • Purple Route stop on 17th at Hart streets: 2 blocks to Vote Center at Georgetown Housing Authority, 210 W. 18th St.
  • Blue Route stop on River Bend at Westwood Lane: 3 blocks to Vote Center at Georgetown ISD Admin, 603 Lakeway Drive

Georgetown residents can also use the City’s Lyft promo code to get up to $10 off rides that originate in the Georgetown city limits. Passengers are responsible for the first $2 of the cost of the ride. To use the promotion on a Lyft ride in Georgetown, download the Lyft app on an iPhone or Android smartphone and set up a Lyft account using a credit card. Then add the code GTOWNTX18 to the promo section of the Lyft app before requesting a ride.

Uber is also offering $10 off a single ride to the polls on Election Day. Visit https://www.uber.com/newsroom/update-uber-drives-vote for more details.

Georgetown wins $1 million in Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge

Michael R. Bloomberg today announced Georgetown as a winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, a yearlong competition that challenged city leaders to uncover and test bold, inventive ideas to confront the toughest problems faced by cities today.

Nine cities will receive $1 million to begin implementation on potentially breakthrough solutions to homelessness, the opioid crisis, mobility, climate change, and economic opportunity.

Georgetown was selected as a winner for their innovative approach to developing a “virtual power plant.”

Georgetown aims to lease rooftop space for solar panels and ground space for batteries from residential and commercial properties, offsetting the future need to purchase additional power from outside sources to meet growing peak power demand in this completely renewable energy-powered city.

While Georgetown is the first and largest city in Texas to secure 100 percent of its purchased power from renewable sources, there are cost uncertainty and reliability concerns related to transporting that energy over long distances. This plan will help shore up some of those uncertainties.

“Last year, the Georgetown City Council adopted a new vision statement: Georgetown: A caring community honoring our past and innovating for the future. Like all cities, we know in this radically changing world we need to be agile and innovative to remain sustainable, competitive, and resilient,” Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said. “Bloomberg’s iterative approach helped us engage with the public in a way that dramatically improved our idea. With Bloomberg’s support, we’ve developed a model with greater community support and better financial viability. We look forward to making the ‘virtual power plant’ a reality.”

Georgetown joins Denver, CO; Durham, NC; Fort Collins, CO; Huntington, WV; Los Angeles, CA; New Rochelle, NY; Philadelphia, PA; and South Bend, IN as winners of the U.S. Mayors Challenge.

“Mayors across the country are tackling the big issues that Washington is ignoring. This competition is designed to help them do even more, by incentivizing and supporting big – and achievable – new ideas,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, founder of Bloomberg Philanthropies and three-term mayor of New York City. “Congratulations to all of the winning mayors, who represent cities large and small, in regions across the country. We look forward to seeing the results of their work — and to helping the ideas that prove most effective spread far and wide.”

The Mayors Challenge Selection Committee, co-chaired by Former Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and Former Xerox Chairman & CEO Ursula Burns, is comprised of distinguished policy experts, artists, academics, business executives, and social innovation leaders. The committee evaluated the cities applications based on their idea’s vision, potential for impact, implementation plan, and potential to spread to other cities to choose Georgetown as among the nine winning cities.

New to the Mayors Challenge this year was a 6-month “test and learn” phase where each of the 35 Champion Cities received up to $100,000 and technical assistance to test and build support for their ideas. Cities tested core components of their ideas with residents, improved and refined their proposals, and developed a plan for implementation and impact measurement.

“The process the City has undergone to test this idea is counterintuitive to how we typically work. Bloomberg’s iterative approach allowed us to present a rough outline of an idea and solicit public feedback that dramatically shifted the concept,” said Jack Daly, assistant to the City Manager of Georgetown. “This pivot helped us structure a new concept that had greater community support and better financial viability. Already the City is using the “test and learn” method in other programs like our ridesharing pilot and the update of our comprehensive plan.”

The U.S. Mayors Challenge builds on the success of previous Bloomberg Philanthropies-sponsored Challenges in the U.S. (2013), Europe (2014), and Latin America and the Caribbean (2016). Previous Mayors Challenge winners include São Paulo, Brazil with a program to increase farmers’ income and reduce urban sprawl; Barcelona, Spain for work to create digital trust networks that support at-risk elderly citizens; and Providence, RI, for a program to measure and reduce the “word gap” among low-income children during pivotal brain development years. For more information, visit mayorschallenge.bloomberg.org.