Animal Shelter Seeks Donations for Garage Sale

YardSaleDonationsDogSignStarting on Saturday, August 8, the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is accepting donations for the Annual Garage Sale, a benefit organized by the Friends of the Georgetown Animal Shelter to be held in September.

Bring donations to the front door of the former Georgetown public library building at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.

Donations can be delivered on Wednesdays or Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 16 . Volunteers will be available to accept donations at these times, and donation receipts will be available.

New or gently-used furniture, decorator items, bicycles, antiques, and collector items are good items to donate, according to Jackie Carey, animal services manager. Note that clothing items, televisions, and computers are not accepted.

Breaking from tradition (and contrary to information already published in the Reporter mailed with utility bills), the 16th annual Georgetown Animal Shelter Garage Sale will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 18 and 19 at the former library at 808 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street.  Sale hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day.  All proceeds benefit animals at the Georgetown Animal Shelter.

Contact the Animal Shelter by phone at (512) 930-3592 or by email at The Georgetown Animal Shelter website is The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter is located at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Complex.

Notice of 2015 Proposed Property Tax Rate for City of Georgetown

A tax rate of $0.434000 per $100 valuation has been proposed by the governing body of City of Georgetown. This rate exceeds the lower of the effective or rollback tax rate, and state law requires that two public hearings be held by the governing body before adopting the proposed tax rate.

Proposed Tax Rate $0.434000 per $100
Preceding Year’s Tax Rate $0.434000 per $100
Effective Tax Rate $0.417150 per $100
Rollback Tax Rate $0.442221 per $100

The effective tax rate is the total tax rate needed to raise the same amount of property tax revenue for City of Georgetown from the same properties in both the 2014 tax year and the 2015 tax year.

The rollback tax rate is the highest tax rate that City of Georgetown may adopt before voters are entitled to petition for an election to limit the rate that may be approved to the rollback rate.

Your taxes owed under any of the above rates can be calculated as follows:

Property tax amount = (rate) x (taxable value of your property) / 100

For assistance or detailed information about tax calculations, please contact:

Deborah M. Hunt, CTA
Williamson County Tax Assessor-Collector
904 S. Main Street
Georgetown, TX 78626
(512) 943-1603

You are urged to attend and express your views at the following public hearings on proposed tax rate:

First Hearing: August 11, 2015 at 4 p.m. at 101 E. Seventh Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626

Second Hearing: August 18, 2015 at 6 p.m. at 101 E. Seventh Street, Georgetown, TX, 78626

Go to the FY2016 Proposed Budget to see a copy of the proposed City of Georgetown budget for the 2015 – 2016 fiscal year, which starts on October 1, 2015.

Newspaper tax rate notice:
Tax Rate and Budget Hearings Notice 2015

Water Main Repairs in Liberty Hill Area

Georgetown Utility Systems crews have completed repairs to a ruptured water main on Texas 29 just east of US 183 in the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District service area. Water service was restored at about 1:30 this afternoon.

The outage of the 10-inch water main affected about 75 water customers in the Liberty Hill area. The outage started at about 7 p.m. on Monday evening, initially affecting about 150 customers. Changes to the water distribution system valves in the area reduced the number to 75 customers.

The damaged line was isolated, repaired, and flushed prior to restoration of service.

The leak was caused by premature failure of a pipe installed in the 1980s. A 20-foot section of the ruptured water main was replaced to repair the line. Rocky terrain made excavation and repairs time consuming and resulted in a lengthy outage. The utility has been evaluating alternatives to improve service to this section of water main where there have been previous leaks.

Georgetown Utility Systems is evaluating areas in the Chisholm Trail SUD service area with high rates of failure and prioritizing replacement. The City utility plans to invest $5 million in system upgrades in the Chisholm Trail SUD service area in the next three years to improve service and reliability.

Awards Announced – Texas Society of Sculptors Exhibit

The Texas Society of Sculptors has announced the award winners in their eighth annual summer show, which is hosted by the Georgetown Public Library and funded in part by sponsorship from the City of Georgetown Arts & Culture Board.

Art historian and curator Sarah C. Bancroft was the judge for this year’s competition. She has held curatorial positions at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. She specializes in modern and contemporary art. Awards, which were made at the artists reception July 19, are below along with Ms. Bancroft’s comments.


First Place

Emergence by Dianne SonnenbergEmergence by Dianne Sonnenberg (stone). “Small and perfectly formed, the simple elegance of this sculpture beautifully captures the essence of “emergence” through abstract organic form. A wholly satisfying and mesmerizingly beautiful sculpture.”


Second Place

Thumb Sucker by Bob RaganThumb Sucker by Bob Ragan (stone). “This straightforwardly fantastical sculpture of a thumb sucker is, like [Ragan’s] Donkey Fish and Water Wheel, a spectacle of nonsensical whimsy. Witty and well-executed in limestone.”


Third Place

Cowboy by Jannette Keating

Cowboy by Janette Keating (bronze). “This small, detailed sculpture captures the silent gumption of a lone cowboy at rest, shirt off, legs askew, head in hand, hat on. A successful and lighthearted portrayal of a Western archetype.”


Honorable Mention mixed media, clay, plaster, concrete

When in Doubt, Be Kind by Dar Richardson

When in Doubt, Be Kind by Dar Richardson. “A lovely portrayal of rabbits as caricature, these two beasts are a vision of contentment and friendship. Charming and goofy rabbits make good.”


Honorable Mention metal

El Alacrán by Tom Bishop

El Alacran by Tom Bishop. “The large-scale rendering of a scorpion in bronze is beautifully complemented by the wooden base on which this frightful creature perches.”


Honorable Mention wood and stone

Trumpeter SwanTrumpeter Swan by C. D. Weaver. “This striking sculpture wonderfully utilizes found wood to celebrate and convey the Trumpeter Swan. An approachable and arresting work that also nicely represents the surprising scale of real-life swans.”


Juror’s additional honorable mentions

Jazz by Pat Moberley Moore

Jazz by Pat Moberley Moore. “An evocative sculpture that successfully brings to life the power of song in the form of this soulful jazz singer. Of particular note is the patterned patina on this lovely sculpture, and the elongated nature of her form.”


Librarian by Akindiya Olaniyi

Librarian by Olaniyi Akindiya. “The delicious variety of the public library’s offerings conveyed through the use of delectable boxed foodstuffs from the pantry. Using materials at hand to create a work both immediately recognizable and wholly original.”


Library Staff Pick

Forty Million Years Too Late by Bob Coffee

Forty Million Years too Late by Bob Coffee. The library staff makes the choice for one of the awards each year. This sculpture of a raccoon family’s encounter with a fossil captured the library staff’s imagination.


More than 60 pieces were entered in this year’s exhibit, which will remain in the library until September 25. The exhibit can be viewed all the hours the library is open: Monday-Thursday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Sunday noon – 5 p.m. The library is at 402 W. Eighth Street, Georgetown, Texas, 78626.

For more information, call the Georgetown Public Library at (512) 930-3551.

Water Main Repairs in Florence Area

Georgetown Utility Systems crews have completed repairs to a ruptured water main on Texas 138 in the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District service area. The outage of the 12-inch water main has affected about 500 water customers in the Florence area since about 7:00 this morning.

The damaged line has been repaired and flushed. Water service will be restored shortly to customers. Customers may experience lower water pressure while lines are flushed and service is restored this evening.

City of Georgetown control center personnel responsible for 24/7 monitoring of the water system detected signs of a major system leak in the Florence area at 6:52 a.m. and dispatched utility crews to investigate. The first reports of a leak from customers were received later in the morning.

The leak on a major 12-inch water main resulted in loss of water service to more than 500 customers in northern Williamson and southern Bell counties. The leak was caused by premature failure of a pipe installed in the 1980s.

A 20-foot section of the ruptured water main was replaced to repair the line.

The system is being flushed to establish proper chlorination levels prior to the restoration of service.

Summer Movies in the Park Series

Movies in the Park - Big Hero 6 (website)

Thursday, August 13, 2015
Movie: Big Hero 6 (PG)

Thursday, October 29, 2015 (in conjunction with our Halloween Festival)
Movie: Disney’s Halloweentown (PG) Movie will start at 6:45 p.m.

The movies will be held in the gazebo area of San Gabriel Park in Georgetown. The movie will begin at sunset, approximately 8:45 p.m.

Public Reception for Muralist Aug. 7 at Georgetown Art Center

Muralist Joe Magnano will be honored at a public reception on Friday, August 7, from 6-8 pm at the Georgetown Art Center. The public is invited, and the event is free of charge. The reception will mark the completion of Magnano’s mural, “Jumping Around,” on the alley side of the oldest building on the historic downtown Square, 711 S. Main Street. He began the mural in June working under a commission from the City’s Arts & Culture Board.

Magnano is a Waco-based fine artist who studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Artist Students League of New York City. The finished mural provides a piece of public art of interest to residents and visitors to the downtown. Magnano’s mural has a nature-and-wildlife theme with a bit of Texas mythology thrown in for fun, and is vibrant and playful. The mural features a Texas sunset, bluebonnets, bats, cacti, an armadillo, and three jackalopes that are perched on structures of the wall itself. To see photos of the wall and the developing mural, click here.

The Georgetown Art Center is at 816 South Main Street.

Transit Plan Youth Open House on July 20

An open house meeting on the Transit Development Plan for Georgetown will be at 2 p.m. on Monday, July 20. The open house will be at the Parks and Recreation Administration office at 1101 N. College Street. The Transit Development Plan is a working blueprint for a fixed-route bus system in Georgetown.

Anyone is welcome to attend this open house meeting. The City especially encourages youth and youth organizations in Georgetown to attend and share ideas on transit needs. For example, with respect to youth, what is a reasonable bus fare? What days of the week and hours of operation should be considered? What key destinations should be served for bus routes? What should be the age limit for unaccompanied youth?

City boards and commissions providing input on the Transit Development Plan include the Commission on Aging, ADA Advisory Board, Parks and Recreation Board, and the Georgetown Transportation Advisory Board.

The Transit Development Plan, initiated by the City of Georgetown and Capital Metro, will help define service plan needs for fixed-route bus service in Georgetown, including routing, service hours, frequency, and boundaries. The plan will help to determine the most appropriate services and requirements for providing bus service in the community, accounting for the varied needs of the area’s population and employment markets. This plan also will include recommendations for connections to potential future high-capacity services that are currently being evaluated through the Project Connect North Corridor Study.

The Transit Development Plan will provide a blueprint for fixed-route bus service in Georgetown. Implementation of the plan will require funding by the City Council and Capital Metro in the future. The anticipated start of fixed-route bus service is 2017.

Downtown Low-Down Meeting July 15

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

  • New parking lot at MLK and Eighth streets
  • Downtown parking study
  • Art Center and Library events
  • Updated historic preservation ordinance and processes
  • National Register Historic District expansions
  • May 2015 Transportation Bond
  • Second Street utility, street, and sidewalk project
  • Sidewalk accessibility ordinance
  • Main Street façade and sign grants
  • Downtown sales tax trends
  • Downtown West plans

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, July 14 to Jackson Daly at (512) 931-7679 or at

Public Safety Operations and Training Center Grand Opening

The City of Georgetown will hold a grand opening for the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center on Friday, July 10. A ceremony and ribbon cutting event with Mayor Dale Ross starts at 2:30 p.m. A come-and-go open house will be held the next day on Saturday, July 11 from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Both events are open to the public.

PSOTC entry1b-1000The Georgetown Police Department and Georgetown Fire Department Administration moved into the new center on February 2. The facility is located at 3500 DB Wood Road next to Fire Station 5.

The 76,000 square-foot main building of the new center houses all Police Department employees as well as Fire Department administration, fire and life safety, plans review, and Code Enforcement employees. The center also houses the City’s emergency operations center, 911 emergency communications center, CSI lab, secure interview suite, volunteer area, victim services area, fitness area, locker rooms, defensive tactics training room, and large training room.

Training elements of the facility include a 17,000 square-foot tactical building with classrooms and reality-based training bay, as well as a slow-speed driving track.

Energy-efficiency features of the center include outdoor LED lights, energy-efficient indoor lights fixtures, and room occupancy sensors, as well as windows, skylights, and light wells that allow natural lighting to reach both floors.

Landscaping includes native and drought tolerant plants to reduce water use. Vegetated drainage areas allow storm water to be absorbed rather than running off the site.

The architectural design team for the center included Architects Design Group and KAH Architecture. Bartlett Cocke General Contractors was the construction contractor for the $29.3 million facility.

Georgetown voters approved funding for the facility in a bond election in 2011.

The new center replaces the former main police department building at 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street. That 1910 historic Light and Waterworks building will be repurposed as one component of the Downtown West campus, currently under development.

Map to the Public Safety Operations and Training Center: