Westside Park Public Input Meeting Jan. 22

A new 90-acre park on the west side of Georgetown is being planned and the City of Georgetown wants your input. What would you like to see in this park? Ball fields? Hiking trails? Natural preserves? We’d like to know what is important to you.

West Side Park property-400The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is holding a public meeting at 6 p.m. on January 22 to get your input. The meeting will be at the Community Center at 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.

The City owns 90 acres of undeveloped parkland that will be used for the new westside park. The property is on the northwest side of Shell Road near Shell Spur. Berry Creek runs through the parkland and limestone cliffs border the creek’s edge.

The City purchased the 90-acre property in 2013 for $1.35 million in order to develop the land into a park on the west side of the city. Revenue from the 2008 voter-approved parks bonds was used to purchase the land.

Public input from the January 22 meeting will be used in the creation of a master plan for the future park. The City also encourages you to join an online discussion at georgetownwestsidepark.mindmixer.com. The westside park could include uses such as fields for soccer and baseball, playgrounds, nature trails, picnic pavilions, and natural areas.

The Parks and Recreation Department will incorporate public input in the design of a master plan for the westside park. The master plan process is expected to take approximately six months. The construction timeline for the park will depend on utility and development projects in the area, as well as future funding.

For details about plans for the future westside park, contact Eric Nuner, assistant director of parks and recreation at (512) 930-3525 or eric.nuner@georgetown.org.

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Downtown Low-Down Meeting January 21

We are still in the first month of 2015, but a lot has already happened in downtown Georgetown and the projects for the year are just beginning! To find out about upcoming City projects and event updates, plan to come to the next quarterly Downtown Low-Down meeting on Wednesday, January 21.

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:

  • Utility and street work on Second and Ninth streets
  • Downtown parking study kickoff
  • Parking lot at Eighth and Martin Luther King, Jr. streets
  • City website redesign update
  • Arts Center events
  • Library events
  • Breakfast Bites on February 11
  • The Georgetown Swirl on March 7
  • Updated historic preservation processes
  • Upcoming city projects for fiscal year 2014-2015

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, January 20 to Jackson Daly at (512) 931-7679 or at jackson.daly@georgetown.org.

Sidewalk Plan and Transit Study Open House Jan. 22

The City of Georgetown is partnering with Capital Metro to get your input on two important transportation topics: sidewalks and transit. An open house meeting to get your feedback on the City of Georgetown Sidewalk Master Plan as well as the Capital Metro Fixed-Route Transit Study will be held on January 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafeteria at McCoy Elementary, 401 Bellaire Drive in Georgetown (see map below). Public input on the two transportation topics will happen at the meeting.

Sidewalk Master Plan

At the open house, the City of Georgetown Transportation Department is seeking public input on a 10-year priority list for new sidewalk projects. The list will be submitted to the City Council with the adoption of the Sidewalk Master Plan currently planned for February. To learn more about the project, or if you are not able to attend the open house, go to the project webpage at sidewalksandfacilities.georgetown.org.

The Sidewalk Master Plan process began last April with an inventory of existing conditions, surveys of community residents and partners, and a prioritized project list with associated funding recommendations. In September, the project team gathered valuable recommendations at the first open house. Insights from that open house were incorporated into the project list and prioritization analysis.

The project team for the Plan has identified 144 miles of existing sidewalks in Georgetown with 6 percent rated as excellent condition, 63 percent rated as good, 18 percent as passable, 6 percent with limited failures, and 7 percent as failing or nonfunctional. A $10.1 million cost estimate has been developed for Priority 1 sidewalk projects. Key areas include downtown, the connection to the Southwestern University campus, University Avenue, Second Street, South Austin Avenue, and Old Town Southeast.

Fixed-Route Transit Study

Capital Metro, Austin’s regional transit provider, is co-locating with the City open house to gather input on a fixed route transit service study for the City of Georgetown. Capital Metro staff and consultants will discuss the purpose of the study and get ideas from the community on what is most needed for successful service in Georgetown.
See the location map for McCoy Elementary School:

MLK Day Events in Georgetown Next Week

Georgetown will celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday on Monday, January 19 and later in the week at Southwestern University at a number of community events. On January 19, youth will participate in a Youth Service Day at the Teen Center and other volunteers will participate in a Day of Service at various locations. At noon on January 19 there will be a march starting at the Courthouse followed by a program at Macedonia Baptist Church. Southwestern University will host a two-day symposium and other events in the week of MLK Day.

Youth Service Day

The Georgetown Project hosts a Youth Service Day on MLK Day for youth grades 9 to 12 at the Teen Center. The Youth Service Day starts at 9 a.m. Service projects include games with seniors at a nursing home, park clean-up and beautification, working at the NEST program for teens, landscaping at the Georgetown Housing Authority, work at Habitat ReStore, and writing letters or sending bracelets to members of the military. Students needing service hours will be given certificates for 4.5 hours of service.

Participation in service projects will be followed by a free pizza lunch at the Teen Center, located at the Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue. For details, contact the Georgetown Project at www.georgetownproject.org or call (512) 943-5198.

Day of Service

The United Way of Williamson County is sponsoring a Day of Service on MLK Day from 9 a.m. to noon for youth or adults. The Day of Service includes project locations in Georgetown, Hutto, Round Rock, Cedar Park, and Taylor. Projects in Georgetown include volunteer efforts at Annunciation Maternity Home, Berry Springs Park and Reserve, and The Caring Place. For details or to register, go to unitedway-wc.org or call (512) 255-6799.

March and Panel

A march to honor the MLK Day holiday will begin at 12 p.m. (noon) at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street. After meeting on the north side of the Courthouse on Seventh Street, there will be a seven-block march to Macedonia Baptist Church, 206 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. The theme of the event, sponsored by the Georgetown Fellowship of Churches, is Pursuing Hopes and Dreams through Tribulations.

A program beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Macedonia Baptist Church features Nathaniel Bonner with St. Paul United Methodist Church, De Andre Woods-Walker with Southwestern University, and Cheryl Lang-Hoover, Georgetown ISD executive director of human resources. The march and program are free and open to the public. For details, contact Tyrone Adams at (512) 968-6361 or Paulette Taylor at (512) 863-2109.

Symposium at Southwestern University

For the first time, the Race and Ethnicity Studies Program at Southwestern University will be hosting an interdisciplinary symposium during Martin Luther King, Jr. Week. The two-day Race and Ethnicity Studies Symposium will feature six Southwestern faculty members and Southwestern alumna Tara Leday. The symposium on Tuesday, Jan. 20 and on Thursday, Jan. 22 will focus on research on race and racial discrimination and feature a question and answer period in which attendees may participate. For the full symposium schedule, visit: www.southwestern.edu/calendar.

The symposium is co-sponsored by the Diversity Enrichment Committee and the Office of Diversity Education. Both events are free and open to the public. For more information about the symposium, contact Assistant Professor of Philosophy Omar Rivera at riverao@southwestern.edu.

Leading up to the symposium, a discussion about the book Why We Can’t Wait by Martin Luther King Jr. will be held on Friday, Jan. 16, at 3 p.m. in Room 234 of the Charles and Elizabeth Prothro Center for Lifelong Learning at Southwestern. The discussion will be facilitated by Terri Johnson, assistant dean for student multicultural affairs. Additionally, the regularly scheduled chapel service on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 11:30 a.m. will honor the life and legacy of Dr. King.

Southwestern students also will participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Twin Springs Preserve on Monday, Jan. 19, and will be invited to share their perspective on Dr. King’s “beloved community” on the SU Social Justice Wall Jan. 15-22.

Southwestern University is located at Maple Street and University Avenue in Georgetown.

MLK Day Closings on January 19

City of Georgetown offices will be closed on Monday, January 19 in observance of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday. There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection on January 19.

City offices and facilities closed on January 19 for MLK Day include the following:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 Walden Drive
  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
  • Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street

The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, January 19.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

There will be normal residential solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers in the City of Georgetown on Monday, January 19. For questions about solid waste collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

Coffee with the Captains on Jan. 21

A casual, open-to-the-public chance to visit with police officers will be held at a local convenience store on a Wednesday morning later this month.

Called Coffee with the Captains, the informal event organized by Captain Evelyn McLean of the Georgetown Police Department will be at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, January 21. Captain McLean will be joined by fellow Captain Roland Waits at the 7-Eleven store at 2995 Williams Drive (see map below) for the informal event. The two will mingle with customers of the store with no planned agenda.

The intent of the get-together is to listen to residents and establish closer ties with the community. The owner of the 7-Eleven store, Meddy Tekle, recently shared with Captain McLean about a conversation with a customer who felt negatively toward local police.

“Hearing Ms. Tekle’s story, it became apparent to me that the recent adverse media stories about police throughout the country had trickled down to a local level,” says Captain McLean. “We are not a reactive police department. For example, all of our officers have had body cameras well over a year, ahead of any incident. We are not hosting Coffee with the Captains in reaction to any local event, rather community relations is part of our everyday mantra. Case in point, we have one of the largest volunteer programs in the State and our police work closely with these volunteers providing for the public.”

Georgetown Police invites residents to get involved with the Department through various means such as attending the Georgetown Citizen Police Academy, becoming a Volunteer in Police Services, joining the Police Explorer program (ages 14-20), or participating in a ride-out with an officer.

For more information on Georgetown Police Department community programs, contact Captain Evelyn McLean at (512) 930-8408.

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Collection Station Rates and Tree Recycling

New rates for materials brought to the Collection Station took effect January 1. The new Texas Disposal Systems rates are no greater than 90 percent of the gate rate charged at the Williamson County landfill in Hutto. Items such as tires, refrigerators, batteries, roofing shingles, and loads of gravel are accepted at the Collection Station for a fee. For details, go to recycle.georgetown.org.

Also, as of Jan. 1, all loads brought to the Collection Station must be secured with twine or rope, or must be tied down using a tarp. The purpose is to reduce littering and roadway debris hazards. State law requires loads to be secured. A $25 fee for unsecured loads goes into effect on Feb. 1.

The Collection Station is located at 250 W.L. Walden Drive, which is near the McMaster Athletic Fields on N. College Street. For details, go to recycle.georgetown.org.

Christmas Tree Recycling

Through January 31 at no charge, live Christmas trees will be accepted at the City of Georgetown Collection Station from in-city residents and those who live outside city limits. Trees should be free of tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands prior to drop-off. Trees brought to the Collection Station will be ground into garden mulch.

Recycling Options for Christmas Trees and Boxes

City of Georgetown residents are encouraged to recycle Christmas trees, boxes and wrapping paper to reduce material going to the landfill. If you recycle your tree, please remove the tree stand and any garland, ornaments, or lights. Artificial trees cannot be recycled.

Curbside Pick-up

Texas Disposal Systems customers in the city limits of Georgetown can put Christmas trees on the curb for collection on your regular yard trimmings pickup day. There is no restriction on the length of a tree for yard trimmings pickup. It can be placed at the curb un-cut. All curbside-collected yard trimmings are brought to the City’s Collection Station and ground into mulch.

Collection Day Lookup

Final yard trimmings pickup days for the season are December 29 through January 10. Not sure of your last pickup day? Look it up at recycle.georgetown.org. Select the “What Are My Collection Days?” link and you’ll have two options to find your service schedule. Use the interactive map, or use the Streets List and correlating schedule charts found on the webpage.

Boxes and Wrapping Paper

Cardboard boxes and wrapping paper are recyclable. If they won’t fit in your recycling cart, you can put wrapping paper and boxes in a larger box and set it next to your recycling cart so it can be recycled. Ribbons and bows are not recyclable. Cellophane wrap and plastic bags are recyclable if they are placed in a yellow bag-the-bag, tied, and placed inside the recycling cart. Note that no extra plastic bags next to your trash cart are permitted without a bag tag. Go to recycle.georgetown.org for a complete list of recyclables.

Christmas Tree Drop-off

From December 26 through January 31 at no charge, Christmas trees will be accepted at the City of Georgetown Collection Station. Normal fees will apply to other items brought to the Collection Station.

Mulch is available, year-round, free-of-charge to City residents at the Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Collection Station will be closing at 12 p.m. on December 24 and will be closed on December 25 and January 1. For details, contact Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

Main Street Façade and Sign Grants Fall 2014

The Georgetown Main Street program has presented a number checks this year to businesses for Façade and Sign Grants. The Main Street Façade and Sign Fund is a matching grant program for commercial buildings in the historic downtown area. (Click on photos to see larger versions.)

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The Escape Fine Crafts and Gifts at 713 S. Main Street received a $5,678 grant for new signs, painting of the building façade, and replacement of wooden windows. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Jim Wilson, Julie Laderach, Marcy Urban, Shelly Hargrove, Judy Lester, Cindy Harrington, Len Lester, Vicki Jackimiec, and David Kellerman.

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Bucking Bronco, LLC received a $10,000 check for the façade work on the renovation of 108 W. Eighth Street, which is the location for La Bella Casa, a home furnishings store. Pictured in the photo (left to right) are David Kellerman, Marcy Urban, Julie Laderach, Bill Hart, Vicki Jackimiec, Cindy Harrington, Jemme Lynn Wilks, Ken Horack, Jim Wilson, and Shelly Hargrove.

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Roots Bistro at 118 W. Eighth Street received a $2,496.14 grant for painting of the façade on the building. Pictured in the photo (left to right) are David Kellerman, Marcy Urban, Shelly Hargrove, Jim Wilson, Cindy Harrington, Rebecca Huggins, Bill Hart, Bob Weimer, Julie Laderach, and Vicki Jackimiec.

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The Screen Door at 1003 S. Austin Avenue received a $928 grant for signs and awnings. Pictured in the photo (left to right) are David Kellerman, Julie Laderach, Vicki Jackimiec, Cindy Harrington, Marta Schrader, Matt Synatschk, Laurie Brewer, Marcy Urban, and Jim Wilson.

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The building owner for 600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse at 124 E. Eighth Street received a grant for $10,000 for façade work on the building. Pictured in the photo (left to right) are David Kellerman, Julie Laderach, Marcy Urban, Cary Rabb, Sammy Marsden, Jeff Marsden, Laurie Brewer, Cindy Harrington, Jim Wilson, and Vicki Jackimiec.

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Pink Poppy Artisans Boutique at 114 W. Eighth Street received a grant for $1,526 for façade work and signs. Pictured in the photo (left to right) are Marcy Urban, Jim Wilson, Laurie Brewer, Vicki Jackimiec, JJ Parker, Jeff Parker, Kay Briggs, Cindy Harrington, Julie Laderach, and David Kellerman.

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The Escape Fine Crafts and Gifts is at 713 S. Main Street. Find out more about The Escape at TheEscapeGeorgetown.com.

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La Bella Casa is at 108 W. Eighth Street. Find out more about La Bella Casa at www.facebook.com/LaBellaCasaGeorgetown.

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Roots Bistro is at 118 W. Eighth Street. Find out more about Roots Bistro at www.rootsbistrogtx.com.

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The Screen Door is at 1003 S. Austin Avenue. Find out more about The Screen Door at www.thescreendoor.com.

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600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse is at 124 E. Eighth Street. Find out more about 600 Degrees Pizzeria and Drafthouse at 600degreespizzeria.com.

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Pink Poppy Artisans Boutique is at 114 W. Eighth Street. Find out more about Pink Poppy Artisans Boutique at www.pinkpoppyboutiquetx.com.

The Main Street Façade and Sign Fund provides reimbursement grants to business owners in the historic downtown area for a portion of improvements made to building facades and new signs. Sign matching grants are for up to $500 and façade matching grants are up to $10,000 for exterior work on a historic building.

Georgetown Main Street promotes historic preservation and economic development efforts in the historic downtown. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown Division of Downtown and Community Services. Learn more at mainstreet.georgetown.org.

Art Center and Marketing Campaign Receive Awards

art center dec-b1000The Georgetown Art Center and the City of Georgetown’s Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas marketing campaign were winners of statewide awards last month from the Texas Downtown Association.

The two Georgetown winners were named in the Presidents Awards Program at the TDA annual meeting in Granbury. The awards for Georgetown were in the category of cities with populations above 50,000 residents.

The Georgetown Art Center won in the Best Public Improvement category that recognizes excellence in public projects and planning in downtowns or commercial districts.

The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas marketing campaign won in the Best Marketing Program category, which recognizes excellence in marketing of downtown or commercial districts.

The Georgetown Art Center opened in October 2013 in the first floor of the renovated historic fire station and city hall building at 816 S. Main Street. Architect Gary Wang designed the Georgetown Art Center as well as the adjacent outdoor plaza.

TDA awards-b1000The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas marketing campaign began in 2011 and is used in a variety of marketing and tourism advertisements and promotional initiatives.

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross announced the TDA awards at the City Council meeting on November 25. Pictured are Mayor Ross with Cari Miller, tourism and Convention and Visitors Bureau manager, and Eric Lashley, public library director.

Miller has used the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas trademark in a variety of advertisements and marketing collateral for the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau. Lashley helped to coordinate the renovation of the Georgetown Art Center and is on the advisory board for Georgetown Art Works, the arts nonprofit that operates the Art Center.

COG_MostBeautifulLogo_BlueThe Texas Downtown Association is an independent, statewide nonprofit organization comprised of 430 members involved in downtown and commercial district revitalization projects.

Learn more about the Texas Downtown Association at www.TexasDowntown.org. Find out more about downtown Georgetown and the Georgetown Main Street Program at MainStreet.Georgetown.org.

For information about exhibits and classes at the Georgetown Art Center, go to www.GeorgetownArtCenterTX.org.