Bicycle Master Plan community workshop on Oct. 11

The City of Georgetown is seeking input from the community as the first step in developing a Bicycle Master Plan. Opinions of cyclists and non-cyclists are sought at a community workshop from 3 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The purpose of the workshop is to learn from community members about existing conditions for cycling as well as types of cycling activity in the city.

The City of Georgetown Public Works Department is working with graduate students from The University of Texas at Austin to create a Bicycle Master Plan for Georgetown. The Plan will serve as a blueprint for potential cycling transportation enhancements in the future.

An online survey to gather community input for the Bicycle Master plan is at: surveymonkey.com/r/BikeGeorgetown. For questions or concerns about this survey or the Bicycle Master Plan, please contact Mady Akers, transportation analyst intern for the City, at (512) 930-6552 or mady.akers@georgetown.org.

Berry Creek wastewater line stakeholder meeting Oct. 4

The City of Georgetown will hold a stakeholder meeting on Oct. 4 to provide information on the Berry Creek Wastewater Interceptor project. The meeting will be from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Community Room at the Parks and Recreation Administration Building, 1101 N. College St. in Georgetown.

Information about the potential alignment of the 4.4-mile wastewater line project will be provided. The interceptor follows Berry Creek from the Berry Creek subdivision to the Pecan Branch Wastewater Treatment Plant, located on Farm to Market 971 near Weir. Construction on the wastewater line is expected to begin next year.

A team of environmental, engineering, and archaeological experts from the City of Georgetown and Walker Partners will be in attendance to provide information to property owners, businesses, and others interested in the project. There will be an opportunity to provide written comments at the meeting.

On The Table event on Oct. 2

The City’s Planning Department invites residents to participate in the On the Table Georgetown event on Oct. 2 as part of the public input process for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update.

The City and its community partners are asking residents to put all their ideas for the future of Georgetown on the table. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your voice in the 2030 Plan, which will be a roadmap to guide the City’s growth and future development decisions.

“This process helps guide the City’s land development decisions and set the vision for Georgetown. This is a great opportunity for residents across the city to give input on the future of our great city,” Mayor Dale Ross said.

On the Table Georgetown is a citywide engagement effort that will allow residents from across the City of Georgetown to participate in small group discussions all on the same day, at any location. The City is asking the public to bring the discussion to their own tables, collect input from their peers and report it back.

“On The Table conversations will bring the opinions of individuals and businesses to the attention of those leaders who are directly involved with the strategic vision for Georgetown,” said Jim Johnson, Georgetown Chamber of Commerce president.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, everyone in Georgetown is invited to host a conversation with up to 12 of their friends and neighbors. Conversations can be hosted anywhere: homes, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, offices, parks, or places of worship. Residents participating in National Night Out are also encouraged to consider hosting an On The Table discussion before, during or after their gathering.

Several community organizations, including the Georgetown Health Foundation, the chamber, Southeast Georgetown Community Council, Georgetown Ministerial Alliance, and Southwestern University, will be hosting multiple discussion groups open to the public. Times and locations can be found at 2030.georgetown.org/how-do-i-get-involved/ott.

Teachers and students at several Georgetown ISD schools will also be engaging in discussions throughout the day.

“We believe that community engagement enhances the educational experience of our students, and On the Table is a perfect opportunity for students to share their ideas and have a voice in the community where they live and play,” GISD Superintendent Fred Brent said. “We’re proud to participate in this event and support our city partners in planning for the future.”

For more information and to sign up to host or attend an On the Table Georgetown discussion, click on the On the Table icon at 2030.georgetown.org.

Parks have re-opened after flood, cleanup continues

Update: Sunday, Sept. 23: Flooding on the South San Gabriel River and the San Gabriel River has subsided. San Gabriel Park and Blue Hole park have re-opened. Flood damage assessment and debris cleanup is continuing. Sections of the pedestrian bridge on the trail in San Gabriel Park were removed by the floodwater, so the pedestrian crossing is out at that location.
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San Gabriel Park and Blue Hole Park are closed due to flooding on the South San Gabriel River, which just crested at 24 feet. Flood stage is 9 feet. Pedestrian crossings on the hike and bike trail also are flooded and are closed. The floodwater is fast moving and contains a large amount of debris.

At this time, there are no reports of any home flooding inside the City of Georgetown. However, please  be aware of the following:

  • Please avoid the rivers and all trails within the City of Georgetown. River conditions and areas around the rivers are currently very dangerous.
  • For any county resident that has experienced flooding, please contact (512) 864-8285 for current sheltering options.
  • Liberty Hill High School, 16500 Hwy. 29, is currently the only designated shelter area.

For updates, please follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Nextdoor.

City hosts Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Nov. 3

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department will host the Arbor Day Tree Giveaway on Saturday, Nov. 3, from 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Georgetown residents can register in advance to receive one free 5-gallon tree per household. Trees are intended to be planted on private property. Four hundred trees across three varieties, including Shumard Oak, Cedar Elm and Tuscarora Crape Myrtle (20 foot tall hot pink variety), will be available. These trees are native or adapted to the Central Texas climate and soil. Tree species and quantities are limited and available on a first come, first served basis.

Trees can be picked up at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.

For more information about the giveaway, visit parks.georgetown.org/tree-giveaway.

City extends pilot program with Lyft

The City of Georgetown has extended its partnership with Lyft to offer discounted rides to new and existing users through the end of October or until all available funds are expended, whichever comes first. The extension of the promotion will allow the City to learn about rideshare use in Georgetown.

Rides that originate in the Georgetown city limits are eligible for the Lyft partnership. Lyft passengers are responsible for the first $2 of the cost of the ride. The City will then pay up to $10 above that initial passenger payment. The passenger is responsible for any additional cost of the ride. The promotion allows for up to 10 rides per customer, per month until all funds for the pilot program are expended.

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. Note that you must be in “personal” mode for the code to apply. You will only need to enter the code one time. Once you have requested your ride, “applied credit” is displayed on the ride payment screen.

Data from the limited-time promotion will help the city to better understand ride use patterns for a transportation network company. Ride data available to the City after the pilot will not include names or addresses of riders or any credit card information.

K-9 Kerplunk postponed to Sept. 22

UPDATE: Due to the high chance of thunderstorms on Sept. 8, the K-9 Kerplunk event has been postponed until Saturday, Sept. 22.

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department presents K-9 Kerplunk on Saturday, Sept. 22. The event will take place from 10 a.m.-noon at the outdoor pool at the Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.

The entry fee is $5 per dog, and pet owners get in free. Pet owners must provide a copy of each registered pet’s current vaccination records to gain entry. Only shot records will be accepted. All dogs must be accompanied by an adult, age 18 or older, at all times during the event.

For details, visit parks.georgetown.org/k-9-kerplunk.

Senior Dance at Georgetown Community Center on Sept. 14

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a Senior Adult Dance on Friday, Sept. 14, from 6-9 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St.

The event is designed for, but not limited to, adults age 55 and older. Dress is casual, and light refreshments will be served.

Advanced registration is encouraged. Tickets are $5 per person in advance, $7 per person the week of the dance and at the door. Register online, in person at the Georgetown Recreation Center, or by contacting Senior Program Coordinator Robert Staton at (512) 930-1367 or robert.staton@georgetown.org.

For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/senior-adult-dance.

National Night Out and On the Table event on Oct. 2

National Night Out, an annual event to support safe neighborhoods, is on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in Georgetown. Block parties are being organized from 6 to 9 p.m. The City’s planning department is also partnering with the police department for its On the Table Georgetown event on Oct. 2 as part of the public input process for the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update.

National Night Out

Online registration for National Night Out block parties in Georgetown ends Friday, Sept. 21. Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit your block party.

Last year there were more than 100 registered National Night Out events in Georgetown. Georgetown Police Department officers as well as other local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Georgetown firefighters and EMS technicians, and other City employees attended block parties in Georgetown.

The Georgetown Police Department is hosting a reception for hosts of NNO block parties at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B Wood Road.

To register your National Night Out block party in Georgetown, go to pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out.

On the Table Georgetown

As part of the 2030 Comprehensive Plan update, the City and its community partners are asking residents to put all their ideas on the table. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your voice in the 2030 Plan, which will be a roadmap to guide the City’s growth and future development decisions.

In the past, the City has held public meetings to gather community input for planning efforts. For the first time the City is asking the public to bring the discussion to their own tables, collect input from their peers and report it back. On the Table Georgetown is a citywide engagement effort that will allow residents across the City of Georgetown to participate in a brief small group discussion all on the same day, wherever they are at.

On Tuesday, Oct. 2, everyone in Georgetown is invited to host a mealtime conversation—breakfast, lunch, dinner and everything in between—with up to 12 of their friends and neighbors. Conversations can be hosted anywhere: homes, restaurants, coffee shops, schools, libraries, offices, parks, or places of worship. Residents participating in National Night Out are also encouraged to consider hosting a small group discussion about their ideas for Georgetown in the next 10 years before, after or during their gathering.

Several community organizations will be hosting venues for multiple discussion groups open to the public. Times and locations can be found at 2030.georgetown.org/how-do-i-get-involved/ott.

The City will offer a training session for table hosts on Sept. 26 in conjunction with the National Night Out reception.

For more information and to sign up to host or attend an On the Table Georgetown discussion, click on the On the Table icon at 2030.georgetown.org.

Low Cost Shot Clinic for Pets Sept. 22

Valentina wants you to know that vaccinations are included in every adoption.

The Georgetown Animal Shelter will conduct its next low-cost vaccination clinic of the year on Saturday, September 22, 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 final low-cost clinics of the year will be Saturday, November 10, 2018.

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.