Historic Tax Credit Workshop March 17

The City of Georgetown is holding a Historic Tax Credit Workshop for commercial properties on March 17 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be in the training room at the Georgetown Communications and Technology building at 510 W. Ninth Street.

Learn about tax credits that provide a preservation incentive for the rehabilitation of commercial properties. Valerie Magolin, Texas Historical Commission tax credit program specialist, and Steph McDougal, principal with McDoux Preservation, will speak about federal and state rehabilitation tax credits for commercial properties.

For more information about the tax credit program, go to the Texas Historical Commission website at www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs.

City Offices and Facilities Open at 10 a.m.

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will open at 10 a.m. Thursday due to the winter storm warning. Non-essential personnel should report at 10 a.m. Essential personnel should report at regular times.

Yard Trimmings Collections

For City of Georgetown residents in the city limits, seasonal curbside yard trimmings pickups started March 2 and continue through May 29.

Collections are every-other-week. Branches should be bundled with twine and no more than four feet in length. Compostable brown paper lawn and leaf bags need to be used for leaves, grass, or other organic material. Containers marked as “yard” also can be used. A maximum of 20 bags, bundles, or containers can be picked up per collection.

Yard trimming collections are done with a special truck. Branches, leaves, and other material that is bundled or in compostable bags is mulched or composted at the Texas Disposal Systems landfill and then made into gardening products.

Look up your schedule at recycle.georgetown.org or call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

Women in Law Enforcement Career Night March 12

The Georgetown Police Department is hosting a Women in Law Enforcement Career Night on March 12. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from women in the department and learn about career options. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the training center at the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road in Georgetown.

The department seeks to hire qualified women to serve in a growing department. Women currently serve as leaders throughout the department in a variety of areas, including officers at the rank of captain, lieutenant, sergeant, and officer, as well as non-sworn supervisors in emergency communications, code enforcement, records, administration, and animal services.

The career night is open to all women who are interested, even those who do not have a law enforcement background. “Experience is not necessary,” says Capt. Evelyn McLean, who is coordinating the event. “We want women who may have never considered law enforcement previously.”

At the event from 6 to 7 p.m., four Georgetown Police Department officers—Capt. Evelyn McLean, Sgt. Renee Koog, Officer Shannon Hall, and Officer Delta Jolly—will each share their story. The officers will talk about how they got into law enforcement and the ways that they each enjoy their career. Afterwards there will be a chance for questions and answers. From 7 to 8 p.m. is a tour of the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center.

If you have questions about the event or would like more information, contact Capt. Evelyn McLean at (512) 930-8408 or evelyn.mclean@georgetown.org.

Election Candidates for District 1 and 5 Seats

In the May 9 election in Georgetown, Ty Gipson and Paul Nadeau are running for the District 5 seat on the City Council. Anna Eby is unopposed in District 1. Friday was the last day for candidates to file for a place on the ballot.

A resolution to cancel the District 1 election will be placed on the City Council meeting agenda for March 10. To see maps of council districts, go to files.georgetown.org/council-district-maps.

In addition to the City Council election for District 5, all Georgetown residents will vote on a transportation bond item on the May 9 ballot. The bond election is for 20 projects that would be funded with a $105 million authorization.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 9.

Early in-person voting will be April 27 through May 5. In the Early Voting period, voters may cast ballots at any Early Voting location in Williamson County.

On Election Day, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times are listed at wilco.org/elections.

Downtown Parking Study Public Meeting on March 11

The City of Georgetown will hold a public meeting to gather input on downtown parking on March 11. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the Friends meeting room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street.

Parking and engineering consultant Carl Walker, Inc. has been hired by the City of Georgetown to assess the available parking in downtown and provide options for future parking needs. A representative with Carl Walker will begin with a brief presentation at the meeting and then be available for comments and questions.

Take a quick Downtown Parking Survey to help to the City understand public use patterns and perceptions about downtown parking. The survey deadline is March 3.

Initial data findings and the results of the downtown parking study survey also will be presented at the meeting.

Warrant Round-up Starts March 7

The 2015 Statewide Warrant Round-up starts on March 7 when more than 300 law enforcement agencies in Texas will concentrate their efforts to find those with outstanding warrants. Law enforcement officers are going to residences and workplaces to serve arrest warrants. Those with outstanding warrants should act immediately to avoid going to jail.

To make a payment on an outstanding class C misdemeanor offense in Georgetown, go to the Municipal Court location at 101 E. Seventh Street. Money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted. To contact Municipal Court by phone, call (512) 930-3625.

In addition to regular weekday hours, Municipal Court will have special Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 7 and on March 14. Those who wish to pay fines and avoid arrest can come to the court at those times or during regular business hours.

Payments can be made online at any time using a credit card through the City’s web site at court.georgetown.org/paying-fines.

Sheraton Hotel at Rivery Breaks Ground Feb. 19

Construction kicks off Thursday for a 224-room Sheraton hotel and conference center in Georgetown. Novak Brothers and Hines host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Starwood-operated hotel at 2 p.m. on February 19. The event is at Rivery Boulevard and Wolf Ranch Parkway at the Summit at the Rivery Park development.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts will operate the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center that is expected to open in the summer of 2016.

The Summit at Rivery Park project includes multiple restaurants and shops also expected to open with the hotel. The development also includes 223 luxury rental units available next month and 114 single-family brownstone residences. Novak Brothers, the developer for the Summit at Rivery project, has already constructed 31 brownstone residences at the site. Hines, an international real estate development firm headquartered in Houston, is a partner in the hotel and conference center.

A new multi-level public parking garage will be constructed with the project and available for users of the hotel and conference center, Rivery Park, and the public. The Rivery Park Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, a partnership including the City of Georgetown and Williamson County, will reinvest revenue generated by the project to fund the parking garage, improvements in Rivery Park, public roads, and utility infrastructure.

The Summit at Rivery Park project on I-35 will serve as a northern gateway to the Austin metro area and an anchor for future retail, office, and residential development in the center of Georgetown.

Citizen Police Academy Spring Session

This session of Citizen Police Academy is now full. Those who are interested should apply when the next session is offered.
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The Citizen Police Academy is a 10-week course to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department.

Class sessions include topics such as use-of-force, calling 911, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, hostage negotiations, Emergency Response Team and SWAT, victim’s assistance, interviewing and interrogation, shoot or don’t shoot, warrants, Municipal Court and Teen Court, Williamson County courts, and Volunteers in Police Service.

Police Chief Wayne Nero typically teaches the class in use-of-force covering the types of weapons, lethal and non-lethal, that are available to officers. The class also assesses scenarios when use of force is justified. The class is often an eye-opener for citizens regarding the use of force by police officers.

Another class with a big impact on past participants is called Shoot, Don’t Shoot. In the class, participants play the role of a police officer via an interactive life-sized video.  Armed with a laser weapon, participants must decide when or when not to shoot in different situations. The video also shows the end-point of each laser shot when participants fire a laser gun. The class provides an accurate depiction of situations that officers must be prepared to face on any given day.

Classes are Thursdays from March 26 through May 28. Sessions are 6 to 8 p.m. in the training room at the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road.

To apply, go to cpa.georgetown.org, or stop by the Police Department at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center. The application deadline is March 13. A background check will be conducted on all applicants, who must be 18 or older.

Survey on Downtown Parking

The City of Georgetown has hired consultant Carl Walker, Inc. to assess the available parking in downtown and provide options for future parking needs. Take this quick online survey to help to the City understand public use patterns and perceptions about downtown parking.

The survey deadline is March 3.

Your responses will help the City to determine the best future options for providing parking in the downtown area.