Watering Schedule Returns to Normal Limits

Outdoor watering limits in Georgetown are returning to normal for the first time in 19 months due to recent rains. Yesterday the Brazos River Authority lifted drought declarations for all lakes and reservoirs in the Brazos River basin, including Lake Georgetown and Stillhouse Hollow Lake. As a result, the City of Georgetown is exiting the city’s Drought Contingency Plan.

Rains over the Memorial Day weekend raised the level of Lake Georgetown 20 feet to 800 feet, which is nine feet above the full level. Stillhouse Hollow Lake, which is another source of water for the city, is at the full level, having risen 10 feet since Sunday.

Effective today, the watering limit for Georgetown customers returns to three times each week, according to the odd-even schedule outlined below. The City of Round Rock and Brushy Creek Municipal Utility District, each of which draw water from Lake Georgetown, also are returning to normal watering schedules today.

While drought contingency restrictions have been lifted, water conservation is strongly encouraged. Based on historical patterns, drought conditions will likely re-emerge in the future and could persist for some time.

Normal Watering Schedule

Water no more than three times each week, and follow this schedule for irrigation systems and sprinklers, based on the last digit of your address number:

Odd addresses
Tuesday and/or Thursday and/or Saturday

Even addresses
Wednesday and/or Friday and/or Sunday

Watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is not permitted any time on Monday. Violations of these restrictions may result in fines.

Watering with a hand-held hose or bucket or using drip irrigation can be done any day and any time of day. Washing a vehicle can be done any day at any time.

Recommended

Watering with a sprinkler or irrigation system is not recommended during the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The City encourages customers to set the start time for automatic irrigation controllers based on the last digit of the customer address as follows:

Last digit of street address: Start time:
0 or 8 12 a.m.
1 or 9 1 a.m.
2 2 a.m.
3 3 a.m.
4 4 a.m.
5 5 a.m.
6 6 a.m.
7 7 a.m.

These start times are only for customers with automatic irrigation controllers. Residents and business owners with movable sprinklers do not have to follow the irrigation start times, but should follow the mandatory rules for watering days, and avoid watering during the day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. or any time on Monday.

Sign up for AquaAlerts

The Aqua Messenger program allows water utility customers to receive Aqua Alert emails each month at up to three water consumption levels. The trigger points are set by the customer and can be changed at any time. Sign up online at water.georgetown.org or call Customer Care at (512) 930-3640.

Census: Georgetown is Second-Fastest Growing City in U.S.

Nero 5k start-600Georgetown is the second-fastest growing city in the U.S., according to data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Wednesday. For cities of 50,000 residents or greater, Georgetown had the second-highest rate of population growth in the country.

The Census estimates that Georgetown grew from 54,934 to 59,102 in the period from July 1, 2013 to July 1, 2014. That’s an increase of 4,168 residents and a growth rate of 7.6 percent for that year. The Census estimates are based on sampling data. The Census city growth rankings for 2013 to 2014 can be seen at http://www.census.gov/popest/data/cities/totals/2014/index.html.

Georgetown’s population growth shows no signs of slowing down. According to the City’s Planning Department, another 1,214 single-family homes have been platted in the city limits and another 1,116 apartment units have been recently completed or are near completion. Another 7,855 single-family homes in the city limits are in the planning stages, with an expected build out period of five to 20 years.

All of those residences currently in the development pipeline total 10,185 homes or apartments. With an average household size of 2.46 according to the Census, Georgetown can expect another 25,055 residents in the next decade or two.

Georgetown’s growth in recent years also is evident in key economic indicators. Since 2010, the total assessed value of property in the city has grown by more than 25 percent to exceed $5.2 billion in 2015. City sales tax revenue has increased by more than 55 percent since 2010. Yet the city’s property tax rate at 43.4 cents per $100 valuation remains one of the lowest in the region.

Rep. John Carter Speaks at Memorial Day Ceremony

The annual Memorial Day ceremony in Georgetown will be held at Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sun City Texas. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, May 25. The annual service is free and open to the public.

The guest speaker is Rep. John Carter, representing Texas’ 31st Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. Carter serves on a number of committees, including chair of the Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. Music will be provided by the 36th Infantry Division Band of the Texas Army National Guard and the Village Elementary Honor Choir. Additionally, a flyover will be performed by Falcon Flight, a Texas-based formation flying team.

The program begins with a ceremonial presentation of flags involving color guards from the Navy Junior ROTC at East View and Stony Point high schools, the Georgetown Fire Department, and the Williamson County EMS. The ceremony also includes singing of the national anthem, presentation of wreaths at both Memorial Walls, and sounding of taps.

Seven-hundred folding chairs will be placed at the plaza for seating. Guests also are invited to bring folding chairs and sit under the trees. The Sun City Community Association will serve refreshments on the Social Center patio after the ceremony.

Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial Plaza is located at 2 Texas Drive, behind the Social Center in the Sun City neighborhood in Georgetown.

In case of rain, the event will be held in the Social Center Ballroom.

Memorial Day Closings and Pool Schedule

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday. This includes the following:

  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive
  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. 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 (Splash Pool open)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street

Pools open Memorial Day weekend

Below are hours for City pools on Memorial Day weekend.

Seasonal Outdoor Pools: Williams Drive, Tennis Center, Village, and River Ridge pools will be open 1 to 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 through Monday, May 25.

Outdoor Splash Pool at the Recreation Center will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, May 23 and from 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, May 25.

All outdoor pools will open for normal summer hours on Saturday, May 30.

For details, go to aquatics.georgetown.org or call (512) 930-3596.

Solid waste and recycling

There will be normal solid waste and recycling collection for City of Georgetown customers on Monday, May 25. Carts should be at the curb by 7 a.m. on pickup day. The Collection Station at 250 W.L. Walden Drive will be open normal hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Monday, May 25 for the Memorial Day holiday.

Marking History on the Square: Postponed

Updated, May 15: The Marking History walking tour and the Historic Marker Rehabilitation Workshop that were scheduled for tomorrow have been postponed due to the forecast for rain. The City and The Williamson Museum will publicize the new date when the events are re-scheduled.
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Local history experts in period costumes will tell stories from Georgetown’s past in an event on Georgetown’s Courthouse Square on May 16. The self-guided walking tour called Marking History on Saturday, May 16 is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. The event is one of several Preservation Month activities in May.

The tour is sponsored by The Williamson Museum in partnership with the Georgetown Main Street Program and the Georgetown Heritage Society. The Marking History walking tour is free and open to the public.

During the self-guided tour, historical markers around the Square will come to life with interpreters in period costumes telling the stories of the buildings and the people who built them. From the Grace Heritage Center and the old fire station on the southeast side of the Square to the Lockett Building on the northwest corner—and at several historical markers in between—visitors will be entertained with the tales of Georgetown’s past. To start the Marking History tour, go to the Williamson Museum at 716 S. Austin Avenue on the Square to pick up a map.

Marker Rehab Workshop: On the morning of May 16, there will be an historic marker rehabilitation workshop at from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. The workshop starts at 9 a.m. on the south steps of the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 S. Main Street. The group will divide into teams and participants will learn the rehabilitation techniques by working on historic markers around the Square. The workshop is sponsored by the City’s Historic Preservation office, the Texas Historical Commission, The Williamson Museum, and the Williamson County Historical Commission.

Art Exhibition: Artworks from the Paint Out on Church Street will be on display on May 16 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Grace Heritage Center, 811 S. Main Street. Works by approximately 20 artists featuring scenes along Church Street will be displayed. The pieces were painted during the Paint Out on Church Street event that was held on May 2 and sponsored by The Georgetown Art Center and the Georgetown Heritage Society. The exhibit will be on display at Grace Heritage Center May 11 through May 16. The show will be open Monday through Friday 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Election Canvass and Council Member Oaths May 20

Ty Gipson and Anna Eby each will be sworn-in to begin new terms as council members at a special Georgetown City Council meeting on May 20. Gipson won the District 5 election held on May 9. Anna Eby was unopposed for District 1.

Results from the District 5 election as well as the transportation bond election will be canvassed by the City Council at the special meeting. The transportation bond was approved by Georgetown voters in the May 9 election.

The special meeting on May 20 will be at 6 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, 101 E. Seventh Street. (See map below.)

To see a complete May 9, 2015 election results, go to www.wilco.org/elections.

Breakfast Bites on May 20: Capitalizing on Cultural Arts

15-5-20 Breakfast Bites Flyer - Cultural ArtsGeorgetown’s historic downtown area became a state-designated cultural district in 2013. The official listing by the Texas Commission on the Arts recognizes the many arts and cultural offerings in the 40-block downtown overlay area. Georgetown has one of 26 cultural districts in 23 Texas cities.

The Breakfast Bites panel on May 20 will look at ways that retailers, restaurants, and other businesses can capitalize on Georgetown’s cultural district designation. The panel includes speakers from three anchor attractions in the Georgetown cultural district. Breakfast Bites is a quarterly business development event by the Georgetown Main Street Program.

The moderator for the May 20 panel is Jane Estes, writer and board member of Texans for the Arts. Estes served for two-terms as president and founding board member of Georgetown Art Works, the managing nonprofit of the Georgetown Art Center. Panelists include:

Marissa Austin is the executive director for the Georgetown Palace Theatre and holds an adjunct faculty position at Concordia University in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Georgetown Palace Theatre has been presenting live theater productions to packed houses since the restoration of their Art Deco building in 2001.

Mickie Ross is the executive director for The Williamson Museum, which offers a variety of exhibits highlighting local histories, people, and themes. In addition to providing cultural programming such as Hands on History, Summer History Camp, and the Salon, the museum holds the annual Chisholm Trail Days festival.

Amanda Still is a state-registered interior designer and art gallery director for Hill Design + Gallery in Georgetown. Still is a member of the Georgetown Arts and Culture board and the Georgetown Art Works board and serves as the fundraising director for the Georgetown Art Center.

The event on Wednesday, May 20 is from 8:30 to 9:50 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. Breakfast snacks, coffee, and drinks will be provided. Networking starts at 8 a.m.

Attendees should pre-register by contacting Shelly Hargrove, Main Street manager, by 5 p.m. on Monday, May 18 at shelly.hargrove@georgetown.org or (512) 930-2027. Main Street is a program of the City of Georgetown Downtown and Community Services Department.

Find out more about cultural districts in Texas at the Texas Commission on the Arts website at www.arts.texas.gov/initiatives/cultural-districts.

Building Standards Commission Vacancy

The City of Georgetown is recruiting highly qualified and dedicated individuals with Building Experience to serve on the Building Standards Commission, an important advisory board for the City. The Building Standards Commission hears appeals and renders decisions on rulings by City Building Inspectors or Officials in regard to code interpretation, enforcement, and substandard housing or structures within the City.

The City Council depends on citizen board members to assist in evaluating local issues to enrich and promote the community. This board would benefit with members experienced in electrical contracting, real estate profession, architecture, engineering, building construction, fire protection, mechanical contracting (heating, ventilation, air conditioning, hvac) or plumbing.

If you are interested in serving on the Building Standards Commission and have pertinent experience, please complete the 2015 Building Standards Application. You may also attach a resume (no more than 2 pages).

Please mail applications and resumes to:

Shelley Nowling
City of Georgetown
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627

or

Email it to shelley.nowling@georgetown.org

The deadline to submit an application to the Building Standards Commission is June 12, 2015.

Please contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651 with any questions.

Vote Saturday in Transportation Bond Election

Election Day is Saturday, May 9 for the transportation bond and District 5 elections in Georgetown. Ty Gipson and Paul Nadeau are candidates for City Council District 5. Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Election results will be posted to wilco.org/elections after the polls close.

The 2015 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 maps and details about the proposed projects, go to bonds.georgetown.org.

Election Day Vote Centers

Vote at any Vote Center location in Williamson County on Election Day. Below are the Vote Centers in Georgetown.

  • County Central Maintenance Facility, 3151 SE Inner Loop
  • Cowan Creek Amenity Center, 1433 Cool Spring 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 in Williamson County on Election Day. Voters no longer cast ballots by precinct. For a complete list of Vote Centers, go to wilco.org/elections.

Sidewalk Rules Aim to Ensure Accessibility

A City ordinance defining accessibility standards for sidewalks in Georgetown went into effect this month. The new rules aim to ensure ADA-compliant walkways, especially around the Square, in areas where tables, merchandise, and other items are placed on sidewalks.

The new rules require a path that is three feet wide without obstructions on sidewalks. Tables, chairs, planters, signs, merchandise, or other items should be placed so as not to obstruct a path that is three feet wide for pedestrians, wheel-chair users, or others.

The new rules, which went into effect on April 8, apply to all sidewalks in the city, including those in the downtown area.

Other new rules require City approval for signs, artwork, promotional items, or publication boxes on the sidewalk. Outdoor displays of merchandise are allowed only during regular business hours in the Downtown Overlay District. Permanent displays are not permitted. City landscape features or planters may not be used for display or promotion, such as lighting or signs placed by businesses.

Within the nine-block area around the Courthouse in the Downtown Overlay District, smoking is prohibited within 10 feet of any public entrance.