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.

Low Cost Shot Clinic for Pets Nov. 10

Dr. Puss Puss will see you now.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter will conduct its final low-cost vaccination clinic of the year on Saturday, November 10, 8:30-11 a.m.  The walk-in clinic is for cats and dogs.  Help protect your pet from diseases they can pick up outside!

Pets may also get a FREE microchip with the purchase of any vaccine. No appointments. Cash or check only. The shelter is located at 110 Walden Dr., Georgetown, next to the McMaster Athletic Fields.

Dog Vaccines:
Rabies $5
DHPP Combo $10 (Distemper, Hepatitis, Parafluenza, Parvo)
Bordetella $5 (Kennel cough)

Cat Vaccines:
Rabies $5
FVRCP Combo $10 (Rhinotracheitis, Calicivirus, Panleukopenia)

All dogs must be on a leash and cats should be in a carrier.  Payment is by cash or check only. (Debit or credit cards not accepted.)

The dates for low cost shot clinics in 2019 are listed here. The clinic will be held at the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

Open house to discuss historic resources and districts survey results

The City will host an open house meeting Oct. 29 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Council Chambers, 101 E. Seventh St., to discuss the results of surveys related to properties on the City’s historic resources survey and in historic overlay districts.

Individuals interested in providing feedback on the development process for historic properties can also sign up to meet with the City’s planning staff in 15-minute increments on Oct. 24 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. by emailing historic@georgetown.org.

The results of the City’s outreach efforts will be used to make informed decisions regarding what is working and any improvements that are needed to the development process related to historic properties.

For more information on the current processes, visit historic.georgetown.org.

City of Georgetown water customers unaffected by Austin or Belton boil water notices

No portion of the City of Georgetown’s water service territory is under a boil water notice. The City of Georgetown’s water supply comes from the Edwards Aquifer, and two lakes that are part of the Brazos River system, Lake Georgetown and Lake Stillhouse-Hollow. At the current time, Georgetown water supply and water treatment facilities are operating normally and no special actions are required of Georgetown utility customers.

Any changes to the current status or updates will be posted at Georgetown.org.

Georgetown Water Service Territory

The City of Georgetown serves about 44,000 water accounts representing about 110,000 customers in a 450-square-mile service area that includes Georgetown, western Williamson County and north into Bell and Burnet counties.

Early voting is Oct. 22-Nov. 2 for Nov. 6 election

Early voting starts today for the election on Nov. 6. The early voting period is Oct. 22 through Nov. 2.

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

Early voting is Oct. 22 through Nov. 2. Polling location hours on those days are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., except on Sunday, Oct. 28, when polling hours are 1 to 6 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.

Adults with Disabilities Dance at Georgetown Community Center on Oct. 26

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities on Friday, Oct. 26, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Haunted Mansion and costumes are encouraged.

Admission is $5 for participants and includes a meal. Advanced registration is recommended. Only cash or check will be taken at the door. There is no charge for family members or caregivers, and they must remain present at all times.

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

Upcoming dances:

Jan. 4, 2019
Lumber Jack Bash

May 24, 2019
Masquerade Ball

Oct. 25, 2019
Haunted Mansion

 

 

City Vendor Meet and Greet on Nov. 7

Do you have a business in landscaping, printing, plumbing or electrical services, graphic design, road construction, automotive maintenance, civil engineering, or architectural services? Do you sell vehicles, gravel, asphalt, medical supplies, or specialized software?

If so, you may have an opportunity to do business with the City of Georgetown.

Find out more at the City Vendor Meet and Greet on Nov. 7, 2018. Sponsored by the City of Georgetown Purchasing Department, the event is from 10 a.m. to noon at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

At the event there will be an opportunity to meet with employees in the purchasing department and find out more about the City’s process to accept bids, proposals, and qualifications. A variety of City staff will also be present. Light refreshments will be provided.

If you have any questions about the event, please contact the Purchasing Department at (512) 930-8141.

City hosts Halloween Festival on Oct. 25

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Halloween Festival on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

The Halloween Festival, now in its 24th year, will feature a free Trick-or-Treat Village, as well as carnival-style games and food.

Attendees are encouraged to participate in the free costume contest, sponsored by Suddenlink. The contest will be held by age group: newborns-age 2 at 6 p.m.; ages 3-5 at 6:30 p.m.; ages 6-8 at 7 p.m.; and ages 9-10 at 7:30 p.m.

Carnival games are 25 cents per ticket, and one or more tickets are required for each game, activity or concession. Pumpkin painting tickets are $2. Only cash will be accepted, and quarters and small bills are appreciated.

Music will be provided by the Georgetown Project in partnership with the Assets After-school Alliance as part of the national Lights On Afterschool event, which calls attention to the importance of after-school programs for America’s children, families, and communities.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/halloween-festival.

Low Water Crossings closed along Randy Morrow Trail

[Updated: Oct. 22, 2018]

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

A release rate over approximately 517 cubic feet per second will close the low water crossings along the North San Gabriel River on the Randy Morrow Trail, including the crossings at River Road near Booty’s Road Park, the crossing under the I-35 bridge, and the crossing upstream from Rivery Park. 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 and check ATXFloods.com for the status of road closures at low water crossings in Central Texas.

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 during flooding in September 2018.