City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, Sept. 3, for the Labor Day holiday. This includes these locations:
- Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
- Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
- City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
- Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
- Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
- Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
- Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
- Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St.
- Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
- Public Safety Operations and Training Center lobby,
3500 D.B. Wood Road
- Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
- Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive
The Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St., will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Swimming Pools and Aquatics
The Williams Drive pool at 3201 Williams Drive will reopen for three days starting Saturday, Sept. 1, through Monday, Sept. 3. The hours will be 1 to 7 p.m. each of those days. Other outdoor seasonal pools have closed for the summer season.
The splash pads at San Jose Park, 1707 San Jose St., Rabbit Hill Park, 1109 Blue Ridge Drive, and at the Art Center, 816 S. Main St., will remain open through the month of September. The splash pad at Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243, will be open through October, weather permitting.
GoGeo bus service
There will be no service Monday, Sept. 3.
Recycling and solid waste
There will be regular recycling and solid waste collection for City of Georgetown customers on Monday, Sept. 3. Please place carts at the curb by 7 a.m. on your scheduled pickup day. For questions, call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.
The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 3.
Construction crews will be performing road repairs on NE Inner Loop between FM 971 and Stadium Drive on Aug. 21 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The section will be closed to through traffic and completely closed between FM 971 and Stone’s Automotive during that time. Traffic will be detoured to CR 152.
On Aug. 22, crews will repave the roadway with lane closures and flaggers to allow through traffic in the area.
The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents “A Wrinkle in Time” (PG) on Friday, Aug. 17 in San Gabriel Park. The event will take place on the soccer fields located behind the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.
This is a free community event. The event starts at sunset, around 8:30 p.m. Moviegoers are welcome to bring blankets, chairs and picnics, and are encouraged to arrive early for free popcorn and children’s activities and games beginning at 7:30 p.m.
For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/sunset-movie-series.
Georgetown Utility Systems launched a new utility billing system on Aug. 6. As part of the new system, all auto-draft customers need to create a new online account.
This page will provide step-by-step instructions on how to set up a new account online: gus.georgetown.org/guspay.
Customers calling the Customer Care number for assistance in setting up a new account are experiencing longer than normal hold times, continual ringing, or busy signals due to very high call volume. Customers may experience continual ringing when calling which signifies that the call did not reach the call center phone system. Customer Care representatives are working to respond to every customer call or message as soon as possible. The number for Customer Care is (512) 930-3640 or 1 (888) 474-4904. Customers can also email email@example.com.
Customer Care staff will be available for in-person assistance at several locations through Aug. 28. For a list of times and locations go to gus.georgetown.org/customercare/paying-your-bill.
Customers may still pay their utility bills with a check by mail or at the Utility Customer Care Center, located at 300-1 Industrial Ave., Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Note that while customers need to update their account information, they have the entire month to do so. This month the City is waiving late fees and disconnections for non-payment.
For more information, please visit gus.georgetown.org.
The first day of classes for schools in the Georgetown school district is Thursday, Aug. 16. The Georgetown Police Department reminds drivers to slow down in school zones. As students go back to school, police will be monitoring school zones throughout the city.
Look for the school zones at most of these Georgetown ISD schools:
• Carver Elementary, 4901 Scenic Lake Drive
• Cooper Elementary, 1921 NE Inner Loop
• Ford Elementary, 210 Woodlake Drive
• Frost Elementary, 711 Lakeway Drive
• McCoy Elementary, 401 Bellaire Drive
• Mitchell Elementary, 1601 Rockride Lane
• Pickett Elementary, 1100 Thousand Oaks Blvd.
• Purl Elementary, 1953 Maple St.
• Village Elementary, 400 Village Commons
• Benold Middle School, 3407 Northwest Blvd.
• Forbes Middle School, 1911 NE Inner Loop
• Tippit Middle School, 1601 Leander Road
• Wagner Middle School, 1621 Rockride Lane
• East View High School, 4490 E. University Ave.
• Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Ave.
• Georgetown Alternative Program, 502 Patriot Way
• Richarte High School, 2295 N. Austin Ave.
• Williamson County Academy/Lott Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Wilco Way
School zone speed limits are in effect during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $10 per mile over the limit, plus state court costs. This would mean a $100 fine plus $129 in state court costs for driving 30 mph in a 20 mph zone, for example.
State law prohibits the use of a wireless communication device in a school zone during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing.
The City of Georgetown’s Arts and Culture Board has issued a call for artist proposals for the new City Hall and Council and Court buildings, located at MLK Jr. and Ninth streets. Three areas have been identified for artwork.
A theme has not been selected for the spaces to allow each artist an opportunity to present their own vision for the spaces.
Areas selected for artwork include the City Hall rotunda, the area above the Municipal Court transaction window, and the Council and Court Building lobby wall.
The call for art includes a $3,000-$5,000 for each award. Proposals are due by midnight September 30. Artists may submit up to two proposals per area. A separate proposal must be submitted for each area.
The artist will be selected by the Georgetown Arts and Culture Board and notified by Oct. 19.
For more information about the project, including submittal requirements, go to arts.georgetown.org.
Roads, firefighters, and upgraded utilities are among the key requests for the fiscal year 2019 budget. The proposed spending plan maintains the current tax rate while preparing the City for the incredible growth that is expected to continue for the foreseeable future.
The City’s property tax rate will remain 42 cents per $100 of valuation. This is one of the lowest rates in Central Texas. However, home values continue to rise, so the average homeowner will pay approximately $57 more in property taxes to the City. These increases go directly towards maintaining and improving Georgetown’s quality of life.
Even with incredible growth, maintaining Georgetown’s high standards for safety is critical. Fire Station No. 7, located near Hwy. 29 and Inner Loop, is under design. Fourteen new firefighters will be hired to help staff Fire Station 7 to maintain response times across the City. Additionally, a school resource officer will be hired for Wagner Middle School. This ensures an officer is located at each high school and middle school in Georgetown.
Traffic and parking are always key concerns highlighted by citizens. This budget includes the design work to widen three roadways, including Leander Road, Southwestern Boulevard, and SE Inner Loop, to help improve mobility. Voters approved these projects in the 2015 road bond. The City is also planning to construct a new parking garage at Sixth and Main streets and a new parking lot across from the Public Library.
The City owns and operates water and electric utilities. Once again, water rates will remain stable for the coming year. While maintaining rates, the City will be investing significantly in the water system. These investments include improvements to the intake structure at the Lake Georgetown Water Treatment Plant, new water lines to increase water distribution capacity, and new pump stations in areas west of Georgetown and north of Liberty Hill to increase pumping capacity.
There will be a $1.35 increase in the monthly wastewater fee to help cover the cost of new wastewater lines, expanding a treatment plant, and reducing our environmental impacts on the aquifer. Even with this increase, Georgetown has one of the lowest combined water and wastewater bills for the average user in the region.
The city’s electricity is now purchased from 100 percent renewable energy sources. While purchased power costs are fixed, this year the City will increase the monthly base electric charge to cover costs related to needed improvements in the electric system, including replacing poles, relocating electric lines, and increasing system capacity. Georgetown electric customers will see an increase of $4.80 on their monthly bills. This increase helps Georgetown maintain one of the most reliable electric systems in the state.
The City is also taking steps to plan for the future. The budget includes a position to enhance information technology security, a position to expand the business process improvement team, and increases to financial reserves across the City. This budget includes the first full year of operations for Garey Park, as well as a new parks maintenance position. Resources for planning, permitting, and engineering to help respond to the City’s growth also are included.
The total budget is $354 million. This includes 31 new positions, as well as performance-based merit increases for current employees.
The proposed budget is available at finance.georgetown.org. Public hearings on the budget and property tax rate will be held Aug. 14 and 21. The City Council is expected to vote on the adoption of the budget on Aug. 28 and Sept. 11.
The segment of NE Inner Loop from Farm to Market 971 to Highway 29 will be closed on both days starting at 9 p.m. until 6 a.m. the next day.
The closure is for the rebuilding of the Georgetown Rail Road crossing on NE Inner Loop that is about 0.5-miles south of FM 971.
Traffic will be detoured to Austin Avenue during the road closure. This construction work is weather-dependent.
The City of Georgetown will hold a ground breaking for the Rivery Boulevard Extension project on Tuesday, Aug. 7. The event is at 10 a.m. on Northwest Boulevard at Washam Drive, which is the north end of the future Rivery roadway.
The new Rivery Boulevard segment will extend from the north end of the existing Rivery Boulevard at Williams Drive to Northwest Boulevard. The 0.5-mile long boulevard includes four lanes with a divided median. The road will include a traffic circle at the intersection with Park Lane.
The construction cost for the roadway project is $5.1 million. Rivery Boulevard Extension was approved by Georgetown voters in the 2015 transportation bond election. KPA is the design engineer on the project and Joe Bland Construction is the contractor.
When complete, Rivery Boulevard Extension will provide a link from I-35 to the Rivery retail, hotel, and convention center development. On the north end, the road will connect to the new Northwest Boulevard bridge over Interstate 35, which is scheduled to begin in 2019. The Rivery Boulevard and Northwest Boulevard projects provide an alternate to Williams Drive, which is one of the busiest roads in the city.
Ground breaking location
The Rivery Boulevard Extension ground breaking will be held on the south side of Northwest Boulevard across from the T-intersection at Washam Drive.
Street resurfacing on city streets with hot-in-place recycling has begun and is expected to continue through late September. Additional street resurfacing projects include a double-course surface treatment beginning Aug. 6 and a high-performance surface seal treatment, which is expected to begin later this summer.
The work schedule can be affected by weather conditions, mechanical issues, and product availability.
For a complete list of projects with a map as well as an up-to-date schedule, visit transportation.georgetown.org/2018-street-maintenance-projects.