Recycling 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. Trees seven feet in length or less can be placed at the curb uncut. Longer trees should be cut into sections. Artificial trees are not accepted.

Collection day look-up: For City of Georgetown residents, your yard trimmings collection day is on your first recycling day of the month. Look it up at recycle.georgetown.org.

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. 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. Bag-the-bag recycling bags are available for pick up at the Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave. Note that extra plastic bags next to your trash cart are not permitted without a bag tag. Go to recycle.georgetown.org for a complete list of recyclables.

Christmas tree drop-off: Christmas trees will be accepted at the City of Georgetown Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive, from Dec. 26-Jan. 31 at no charge. Normal fees apply to other items.

Collection Station: Normal 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 is closed Dec. 24-25 and Dec. 31-Jan. 1. For details, contact Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

The City of Georgetown also offers holiday string light recycling through Jan. 31 at three drop-off locations throughout Georgetown. For more information, click here.

Holiday closings for City facilities and services

City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, and Tuesday, Dec. 25, in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Tuesday, Jan. 1, in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:

  • City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St.
  • Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King Jr. St.
  • Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh St.
  • Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College St.
  • Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.
  • Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 D.B. Wood Road

City of Georgetown facilities with weekend or evening hours will observe these closures:

  • Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive, closed Dec. 22-26, closed Jan. 1
  • Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1
  • Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: will close at noon Dec. 24 and is closed Dec. 25 and Jan. 1
  • Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243: closed Dec. 25
  • Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.: closing weekdays at 6 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, closed Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1, regular hours resume Jan. 2
  • Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 (opening at 8 a.m.)
  • Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive: closed Dec. 24-25, open Dec. 26-27 (closing at 6 p.m.) closed Jan. 1, open. Jan. 2 (opening at 8:30 a.m.)
  • Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St.: closing at noon Dec. 24; closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 31, closed Jan. 1 

GoGeo bus service

The bus will run on limited hours Dec. 24 from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. There will be no service Tuesday, Dec. 25 and Monday, Jan. 1.

Solid Waste and Recycling Collection

The holidays will affect solid waste and recycling pickups Dec. 25-Jan. 6. Collection days for Texas Disposal Systems customers will slide one day for the week. TDS will not collect waste on Tuesday, Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Tuesday collection will slide to Wednesday, Wednesday to Thursday, Thursday to Friday, and Friday to Saturday.

For questions about solid waste and recycling collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation announces holiday camps

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer camps for students during the winter holiday break. Pricing and schedules vary for each program.

Participants can select from three camps:

  • Camp Goodwater is offered on Dec. 27, 28, and 31, Jan. 2-4, and 7, and Feb. 15 and 18. The camp runs from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for children ages 5-11. The camp includes a variety of activities, such as gym games, trips to local parks, seasonal arts and crafts, and more! Daily fees are $35 for Georgetown residents and $45 for nonresidents.
  • Junior Tennis Academy is offered on Dec. 31 and Jan. 2-4, from 9-11 a.m. for children ages 7-18. Ages 7-10 will focus on developing a solid foundation of stroke development providing the child with the skills to reach the next level. Ages 11-18 will focus on learning, consolidating and perfecting the basics of the game. Daily fees are $20 for Georgetown residents and $25 for nonresidents.
  • Volleyball Camp is offered from Jan. 2-4 from 9 a.m.-noon for children ages 7-14. The camp covers the rules of play for beginners and defense and positions for more advanced players. Fees are $75 for Georgetown residents and $95 for nonresidents.

For more information and to register, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

Wolf Lakes Village set for 2019 start

Initial plans for a mixed-use, master-planned 164-acre development called Wolf Lakes Village were approved by the Georgetown City Council at its meeting last night. The project includes office, retail, entertainment, hotels, and 2,400 housing units totaling 5.3 million square feet of development phased over several years.

The town center concept for Wolf Lakes Village features a walkable neighborhood with an amphitheater, open-air pavilion, plaza square, pocket parks, playgrounds, trails, and lakes. The project at the northwest corner of Interstate 35 and University Avenue in Georgetown is projected to begin construction next year. (Rendering credit: Wolf Lakes, LP)

Wolf Lakes Village is designed to include a regional employment center with more than 725,000 square feet of corporate office space that would be home to 4,500 employees. This type of development with office space will create a higher tax value than traditional retail development. The developer estimates the complete development to be valued at $1.7 billion by 2050, versus $460 million if developed as a traditional shopping center.

The dense, multi-use development planned for Wolf Lakes will have a variety of public infrastructure needs, including roads, drainage, utilities, structured parking, park development, and trails. A tax increment reinvestment zone for the Wolf Lakes development area—the fifth such zone in Georgetown—will be used to help fund this public infrastructure. The reinvestment zone sets a base year after which new property tax generated by increased values in the Wolf Lakes development will help to reimburse public infrastructure constructed by the developer. The new property tax value created within Wolf Lakes project itself funds the public infrastructure, not any property tax revenue from outside the Wolf Lakes reinvestment zone. The City of Georgetown will participate in the reinvestment zone at 70 percent of new valuation with a cap of $100 million in reimbursement over 30 years. Williamson County will participate at 50 percent of new valuation with a cap of $30 million over 20 years. Reimbursements can begin after 150,000 square feet of commercial development has been permitted.

Public improvements planned for Wolf Lakes Village include enhancements to nearby roads such as the I-35 and University Avenue intersection as well as other off-site improvements. The City of Georgetown is working with developers, Williamson County, and Texas Department of Transportation to proactively plan capital improvements to improve traffic flow in conjunction with development in the area.

Applications for City boards and commissions now being accepted, due by Jan. 4

The City of Georgetown is recruiting highly qualified and dedicated individuals to serve on one of Georgetown’s Advisory Boards or Commissions. The City Council depends on citizen board members to assist in evaluating local issues to enrich and promote the community.

Individuals interested in serving as a board member must complete an application. Resumes no longer than two pages may also be attached. Applications may be printed and submitted or completed online.

Printed applications should be mailed to:
Mayor Ross & the City Council
P.O. Box 409
Georgetown, TX 78627

The deadline to submit an application is Jan. 4. Board and Commission appointments are made in February, and new members begin serving in March.

For more information regarding the variety of boards and commissions and their roles in City government, visit georgetown.org/council-boards-agendas. Applications are available at government.georgetown.org/application-to-serve-on-a-city-board-or-commission.

For more information, contact the City Secretary’s office at (512) 930-3651.

Berry Creek Interceptor FAQ

The Berry Creek Interceptor is an underground non-pressurized wastewater line serving current and future developments along the State Highway 195 and Ronald Reagan corridors in Georgetown. A future segment of the line will be discussed at the Williamson County Commissioners Court meeting on Dec. 11, 2018. A public hearing about the proposed line will be held at the Williamson County Commissioners Court meeting on Dec. 18, 2018.

Learn more about the project at the Berry Creek Interceptor FAQ page.

Breakfast with Santa on Dec. 15

The 18th annual pancake Breakfast with Santa event is Saturday, Dec. 15, at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. in San Gabriel Park. Georgetown firefighters will be making pancakes and sausage served with juice and coffee. The event is 7:30 to 11 a.m.

At the event, children can climb on board a fire truck, visit with firefighters, and have a free picture taken with Santa.

Tickets are $6 per person and can be purchased at the door on the day of the event or in advance at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Children age 12 and younger are free with a paid adult.

Breakfast with Santa is sponsored by the Georgetown Fire Department, Sun City Rotary Club, YMCA of Greater Williamson County, and Georgetown ISD.

All proceeds from Breakfast with Santa, as well as other fundraising, provides clothing, food, and gifts for children in the Georgetown area. Breakfast with Santa aims to help 180 children in need in Georgetown, provide clothing and gift cards to homeless teenagers in Georgetown served by The Georgetown Project’s NEST program, and provide help to Jarrell’s UMC Christmas outreach program.

Tax-deductible donations are accepted to help fund Breakfast with Santa. Checks should be made out to “Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation” with “Sun City Rotary – BWS” on the memo line. Mail the donation check to Chisholm Trail Communities Foundation, 116 W. Eighth St., Ste. 203, Georgetown, TX, 78626.

For details, contact the Georgetown Fire Department at (512) 930-3473.

City holiday string lights recycling available through Jan. 31

The City of Georgetown has partnered with Texas Disposal Systems to offer free holiday string-light recycling to all Georgetown residents. Georgetown was the first city in Central Texas to offer this service when the program launched in December 2017.

Residents can drop off their old or broken string lights through Jan. 31 at one of three collection stations:

  • City of Georgetown Collection and Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Road
  • Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave.
  • Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

Sun City residents may also drop off old or broken string lights at the Cowan Creek Pavilion, 1433 Cool Spring Way, in Sun City.

The program is limited to string lights. Yard art, inflatables and other holiday lighting will not be collected. Lights must be taken to a collection station. String lights should not be placed in residential or commercial recycling bins because they can damage the sorting machines at the recycling center.

Last year, residents recycled more than 1,300 pounds of Christmas lights.

Blue Santa collects toys for children

Blue Santa’s elves are busy working to provide toys to children in need in Georgetown. Like they do every year, Blue Santa and his elves need your help.

A program of the Georgetown Police Department, Blue Santa provides toys to more than 1,500 children in Georgetown during its annual toy drive and distribution.

You can help Blue Santa by donating a new, unwrapped toy at the Christmas Stroll Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1. The parade starts at 10 a.m. New, unwrapped toys will be collected by Blue Santa Elves along the parade route, which is on Austin Avenue from Ninth to Sixth streets on the downtown Square.

In addition, toys may be dropped off in donation barrels in businesses and offices in Georgetown.

Monetary donations to purchase toys also are accepted. Checks to “CPAAA Blue Santa” should be sent to the Georgetown Police Department, c/o CPAAA Programs, 3500 D.B. Wood Road, Georgetown, TX, 78628. Donate $10 or more to Georgetown Blue Santa and you’ll receive a collectible Blue Santa Elf lapel pin.

Applications for assistance from Blue Santa must be turned in by Nov. 30. Applications are available online as well as at The Caring Place at 2000 Railroad St. and the Georgetown Police Department at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 D.B. Wood Road. Children who qualify for Blue Santa are age 18 or younger, live in the Georgetown city limits, and qualify for the free or reduced lunch program at school or meet federal poverty guidelines.

For information about donation events and donations to Blue Santa, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.

Collectible Christmas Ornament: U.S. Post Office Building

A limited-edition collectible brass Christmas ornament featuring the U.S. Post Office Building at 113 E. Eighth St. is now on sale. The 12th annual ornament sale is a project of the Georgetown Main Street Program. A limited number of the ornaments are available.

Ornaments may be purchased at the Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh St. The cost of the ornament is $20. Payments by cash, check, or credit are accepted.

The building served as the post office from 1931 until 1991 when the City of Georgetown purchased the building to be used as City Hall. The city will be selling the building in early 2019 to a private developer, who plans to repurpose the building for a ballroom, restaurant, and bar.

All proceeds from the ornament sale help fund Main Street projects and the Façade Fund Grant Program.