Transportation Bond Election: Early Voting Starts April 27

Early voting starts on Monday, April 27 for the transportation bond and District 5 elections in Georgetown. Ty Gipson and Paul Nadeau are candidates for District 5.

The bond proposal on the ballot in Georgetown would authorize $105 million to fund transportation projects over 10 years. Proposed projects would address five key transportation objectives: north-south mobility, east-west mobility, central core mobility, sidewalk and ADA accessibility, and intersection and safety improvements. To see details about the proposed projects, go to bonds.georgetown.org.

Early in-person voting is April 27 through May 5. (No voting on Sunday, May 3.)

Early Voting Locations in Georgetown

  • Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop
  • GISD Administration Building, 603 Lakeway Drive
  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Springs Way

Vote at any Early Voting location in Williamson County in the Early Voting period.

Election Day is on May 9.

Vote Center Locations in Georgetown on Election Day

  • County Central Maintenance Facility, 3151 SE Inner Loop
  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Springs Way
  • First Baptist Church, 1333 W. University Ave
  • Georgetown ISD Administration, 603 Lakeway Drive
  • The Caring Place Annex, 2001 Railroad Ave
  • Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop

Vote at any Vote Center location in Williamson County on Election Day.

For a complete list of polling places, dates, and hours, go to wilco.org/elections.

Red Poppy Festival on the Square April 24 – 26

The poppies have splashed the town in red—a sure sign it’s time for the Red Poppy Festival, Georgetown’s energetic celebration of spring. Join us on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas April 24 – 26 for three days of music, entertainment, and family fun.

JM Montgomery guitar-webThe Friday night concert with Dysfunkshun Junkshun starts at 7 p.m. The music on Saturday starts at 11 a.m. and goes through the concert and street dance with Roland Waits and the Wayward Travelers at 6 p.m., followed by Two Tons of Steel. The Saturday night headliner at 9:30 p.m. is John Michael Montgomery. The music and fun continue on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities such as the car show, parade, children’s area, or vendor booths. Bring your own chair if you are coming to listen to the music. Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Bike Ride on Saturday at 8 a.m., the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m.

To celebrate 25 years of being the Red Poppy Capital of Texas, Georgetown is launching the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition celebrating all things poppy. Winners will be announced on stage during the Saturday night concert.

The official 2015 Red Poppy Festival poster is on sale for $5 each at the Visitor Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. T-shirts are available at the festival.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh Street. (Or see an online map at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.) The largest displays of red poppies can be seen in the residential areas of Old Town north and east of the Town Square.

Street Closures

Austin Avenue closes Friday morning: Starting at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24, Austin Avenue will be closed from Seventh to Ninth streets. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.) Austin Avenue will be closed through Sunday at 11 p.m.

Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 7 a.m. on Friday, April 24 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11 p.m. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6 a.m. to 12 p.m. (noon) for the Red Poppy Parade. To see the parade route, go to poppy.georgetown.org/files/2012/01/2015-Parade-Map1.pdf. Detailed street closure information can be found at poppy.georgetown.org/things-to-do/parade/street-closures.

Free Shuttle on Saturday

A free shuttle will run on Saturday, April 25 from 9 a.m. to midnight. The shuttle will pick up and drop off passengers at the First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Avenue. The drop-off location is at the corner of Austin Avenue and Ninth Street.

Event Parking

The Williamson County parking garage at Rock Street and Fourth Street and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth Streets (next to Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King, Jr. Street at W. Eighth Street and at W. Sixth Street are also available. There is no charge for parking.

Handicap parking is available at the parking lot at 10th and Main streets.

The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 24.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Earth Day Panel at Library: Georgetown Goes 100% Renewable

The City’s announcement that the municipal utility will be powered by 100 percent renewable energy has garnered some attention. And probably some questions.

What led to this decision to go 100 percent wind and solar? How will a wind farm in the Panhandle and a solar farm in West Texas provide our energy needs? What happens on a calm, cloudy day?

To mark Earth Day, a panel at the Georgetown Public Library will address the City’s move toward sustainable energy production for our community. The panel will be on Wednesday, April 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hewlett Room.

The panel will include Jim Briggs, general manager for Georgetown Utility Systems and interim city manager, and Chris Foster, manager of resource planning and integration for Georgetown Utility Systems. Briggs and Foster will talk about the steps that led to the decision to purchase wind and solar power for the city and explain how it will work. After their talk there will be time for questions and answers.

The Georgetown Public Library is at 402 W. Eighth Street. This educational Earth Day event is free and open to the public.

Red Poppy Classic Car & Truck Show

The 2015 Red Poppy Festival Classic Car & Truck Show will be held April 25, 2015. To enter this classic car and truck show vehicles must be from 1990 or earlier. Awards will go to the Top 20 with an additional award for Best of Show. There will not be vehicle classes, meaning the best vehicles will be recognized regardless of make, model and year. New this year, there will be participant voted awards. Once again, we will have the Red Poppy Flair competition, so dress up your vehicle and yourself with your best Red Poppy Flair for a chance at an award. Cars will be displayed on the most beautiful town square in Texas!

To register, fill out the registration form and mail in with your check payment prior to April 17, 2015. Registrations will not be accepted after April 17, 2015. Registrants will receive a Car Show T‐ Shirt. There will not be day of registration and registration is limited to 100 vehicles.

The show has filled up the last couple of years, so act fast!

The Classic Car & Truck Show is brought to you by Don Hewlett Chevrolet Buick, Hewlett Volkswagen and the City of Georgetown.

Red Poppy Car Show Registration Application

Chase the Chief 5K on April 12: Update

Nero at start 2014-b350Update: April 10: The event organizers are monitoring the weather for Chase the Chief on Sunday. The event is still on. In the event of cancellation or postponement, participants will be notified via the email they used to register for the event. Check the City Facebook page, and Police Department Facebook page for updates. Also look for information on the GISD Council PTA website as well as their Facebook page.

The third annual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run is Sunday, April 12 in San Gabriel Park. A fitness fair and obstacle course starts at 12 p.m. (noon) and the opening ceremony is at 2 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown ISD Council of PTAs and the Georgetown Police Department and presented by the Georgetown Health Foundation.

Chase the Chief features a 5K, a 3/4-mile Fun Run, and Tot Trot. Other activities include music, police department obstacle courses, a fitness fair, a GISD School Nurses’ Fair, and healthy foods and snacks.  Look for race day registration and other event activities near the gazebo in San Gabriel Park in Georgetown.

Due to the generosity of sponsors, registration for the event is priced at only $5 for students and $10 for adults. For details or to register, go to GeorgetownCouncilPTA.org. Scholarships are available to all Georgetown ISD students and their families.

The Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run will each be led by Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero. The goal of Chase the Chief is to encourage students and their families to improve their nutrition and lead active, healthy lives.

Proceeds from this event will sponsor the Chase the Chief nutrition and fitness program and help to purchase equipment for the GISD physical education program.

Packet pickup on Friday, April 10 is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road.

Following the race, there will be an award ceremony and a raffle for prizes.

To register for the Chase the Chief 5K run, Fun Run, or Tot Trot, go to GeorgetownCouncilPTA.org.

Downtown Low-Down Meeting April 15

Need to celebrate after filing your taxes?  Interested in downtown Georgetown?  Have we got an event for you!

Come find out about upcoming City projects and event updates at the next quarterly Downtown Lowdown meeting on Wednesday, April 15.

The informal meeting starts at 8:30 a.m. at Roots Bistro, 118 W. Eighth Street. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided. There will be updates from City staff on:

  • Red Poppy Festival April 24 – 26
  • Utility and street work on Ninth Street
  • Parking lot at MLK and Eighth streets
  • Downtown parking study results
  • Trash and recycling compactors (solar-powered)
  • Move to 100 percent solar and wind energy: quick FAQ
  • Arts Center events
  • Library events
  • Main Street program strategic planning
  • The Table on Main on May 17
  • Updated historic preservation processes
  • City Center update

Also, find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 14 to Jackson Daly at (512) 931-7679 or at jackson.daly@georgetown.org.

Voter Registration Deadline April 9

The last day to register to vote for the upcoming May election is Thursday, April 9. A ballot item for Transportation Bonds and an election in District 5 are on the ballot in Georgetown.

Transportation Bond Election

A proposal for Georgetown voters would authorize $105 million in bonds to fund transportation projects over 10 years. Funding would be in three categories: build, design, and plan.

Projects would address five key transportation objectives: north-south mobility, east-west mobility, central core mobility, sidewalks and ADA accessibility, and intersection and safety improvements. Details and a map of proposed projects can be seen at bonds.georgetown.org.

District 5 Election

Ty Gipson and Paul Nadeau are candidates for District 5 in the May Georgetown City Council election. Anna Eby is unopposed for District 1.

Voter Registration

Voter registration forms are available at the Williamson County Elections office, Williamson County Inner Loop Annex, 301 SE Inner Loop or at Georgetown City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street or at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 E. Eighth Street or at any post office. Completed registration forms should be returned to the Williamson County Elections office. An online form may be downloaded at wilco.org/elections. Voter registration forms also may be mailed to Williamson County Elections, P.O. Box 209, Georgetown, TX, 78627.

Voting Information

Early in-person voting is April 27 through May 5. Election Day is May 9. The last day to register to vote is April 9. For polling places, dates, and hours, go to wilco.org/elections.

During Early Voting, cast a ballot at any early voting location in Williamson County. On Election Day, cast a ballot at any Vote Center in Williamson County. Avoid long lines on Election Day by going to wilco.org/electionsto find one of six Vote Center locations in Georgetown or one of 26 Vote Center locations in Williamson County.

Aquatics Lifeguard Training Program Receives Award

Aquatics Garrett Darimont-b800The aquatics program for Georgetown Parks and Recreation recently received top honors for its lifeguard training program. The program won Aquatics International Best of Aquatics for Lifeguard Training at the Association of Aquatics Professionals annual conference in February.

Stephanie Darimont, aquatics supervisor for Parks and Recreation, received the award for Georgetown at the conference. The award recognized Georgetown’s program for “imagination, expertise, dedication, and forward-thinking.” Aquatics professionals from across the country and from other countries attended the conference.

As a result of the award, Georgetown’s aquatics program was featured in Aquatics International magazine, a trade publication with more than 90,000 subscribers.

Last year, two lifeguard teams from Georgetown placed first and second in the state lifeguard competition at the 2014 Summer Games of Texas. A third lifeguard team from Georgetown qualified for the state competition.

Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Kimberly Garrett, parks and recreation director, and Stephanie Darimont, aquatics supervisor.

Flood Protection Study Meeting April 8

A public meeting related to a regional flood protection plan study will be held at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 8. The meeting will be at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue.

The City of Georgetown and the Texas Water Development Board are holding the meeting to gather input from the public on flooding issues in the Georgetown city limits or areas near city limits. Property owners who are aware of known flooding issues are encouraged to provide that information to officials at the meeting.

Members of the Georgetown City Council and the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board have been invited to attend the meeting, but no action will be taken at the meeting. The purpose is to listen to public input. Information about flooding issues will be used in the flood protection plan study.

Results of the study may affect flood plain maps and decisions about future capital improvement projects. The flood study is not related to recent property buyouts along Smith Branch in southeast Georgetown.

For additional information, contact Wesley Wright, systems engineering director for the City of Georgetown at (512) 931-7672 or wesley.wright@georgetown.org.

Leander Road and I-35 Closures April 6

Leander Road at I-35 will be closed overnight starting at 8 p.m. on Monday, April 6. Traffic on Leander Road will be detoured to the I-35 access road during the closure from 8 p.m. on Monday, April 6 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday morning.

The I-35 main lanes will be closed in both directions and traffic will be diverted to the access roads during the same time period. Northbound traffic on I-35 will be narrowed from three lanes to one lane between Westinghouse Road and University Avenue. Southbound traffic on I-35 will be narrowed from three lanes to one lane between Williams Drive to SE Inner Loop Road.

This closure is for work to set concrete beams for the new I-35 frontage turnaround bridge at Leander Road.

I-35 entrance and exit ramps also will be closed Monday night. The northbound entrance ramp between Westinghouse Road and SE Inner Loop Road will be closed and southbound entrance ramps between Williams Drive and University Avenue and between University Avenue and Leander Road also will be closed.