Library 50th Anniversary Kickoff on March 16

Georgetown Public Library is hosting a kickoff event on March 16 to begin a yearlong celebration leading up to the 50th anniversary in 2016.

The kickoff begins at 10 a.m. in the lobby of the library, located at 402 W. Eighth Street. Refreshments will be served and all ages are welcome at this public reception.

A year-long celebration with programs and events is planned to celebrate the Georgetown Public Library’s opening on March 21, 1966. These events will lead up to a grand finale party in March of 2016 when the library turns 50.

San Gabriel Park Master Plan Meeting March 18

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department would like your ideas as they begin a master planning process to enhance San Gabriel Park. A public meeting to gather ideas from the community will be at 7 p.m. on March 18 at the Community Center, 445 E. Morrow Street in San Gabriel Park.

The San Gabriel Park Master Plan aims to protect natural resources and improve gathering spaces at the park. Meeting attendees will have the chance to identify current park features and uses that should be retained, as well as new features that could be added. Participants also will have the opportunity to comment on ideas for play features, picnic structures, plazas, natural areas, or other possible features at San Gabriel Park. Planning and design firm RVi is assisting the Parks and Recreation Department on the San Gabriel Park Master Plan.

Design work should begin this fall on the first phases of redevelopment of the park. Parks bond funding authorized by Georgetown voters in 2008 is available for the redevelopment project.

Public input for the master plan will be used to guide the Parks and Recreation Department in determining amenities to be included in future renovations.

HARC Amendments to UDC: Public Meeting on March 12

The City seeks public input on proposed revisions to the regulations that govern the City’s historic resources at a public meeting on March 12 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council Chamber, 101 E. Seventh Street. Changes would affect items reviewed by the Historic and Architectural Review Commission.

The proposed changes to the Unified Development Code affect property in the Downtown and Old Town Overlay districts, as well as certain property listed in the City’s Historic Resource Survey.

Primary changes to the existing regulations include:

  • Designation of local Historic Landmarks
  • Clarification of regulations that apply to contributing versus non-contributing historic structures to a Historic Overlay District
  • Clarification on review processes for alterations, removals , demolition, and new construction, as well as certain site features such as signage and fences, to include review by the Historic and Architectural Review Commission and historic preservation officer

The proposed revisions are listed at georgetown.org/udc/harc-amendments.

The proposed UDC amendments have been presented at a HARC workshop last year on October 23, at a City Council workshop on October 28, at a public meeting on January 22, at the Planning and Zoning Commission meeting on February 3, at a City Council meeting on February 10, and at a HARC meeting on February 26.

Future steps include a workshop with the City Council on March 24, first reading of the amendments ordinance at City Council on April 14, and second reading of the amendments ordinance at City Council on April 28.

Public input is invited at each of these meetings, and online at cityofgeorgetowntx.formstack.com/forms/proposed_harc_udc_amendments.

Historic Tax Credit Workshop March 17

The City of Georgetown is holding a Historic Tax Credit Workshop for commercial properties on March 17 at 5:30 p.m. The workshop will be in the training room at the Georgetown Communications and Technology building at 510 W. Ninth Street.

Learn about tax credits that provide a preservation incentive for the rehabilitation of commercial properties. Valerie Magolin, Texas Historical Commission tax credit program specialist, and Steph McDougal, principal with McDoux Preservation, will speak about federal and state rehabilitation tax credits for commercial properties.

For more information about the tax credit program, go to the Texas Historical Commission website at www.thc.state.tx.us/preserve/projects-and-programs.

Yard Trimmings Collections

For City of Georgetown residents in the city limits, seasonal curbside yard trimmings pickups started March 2 and continue through May 29.

Collections are every-other-week. Branches should be bundled with twine and no more than four feet in length. Compostable brown paper lawn and leaf bags need to be used for leaves, grass, or other organic material. Containers marked as “yard” also can be used. A maximum of 20 bags, bundles, or containers can be picked up per collection.

Yard trimming collections are done with a special truck. Branches, leaves, and other material that is bundled or in compostable bags is mulched or composted at the Texas Disposal Systems landfill and then made into gardening products.

Look up your schedule at recycle.georgetown.org or call Texas Disposal Systems at (512) 930-1715.

Women in Law Enforcement Career Night March 12

The Georgetown Police Department is hosting a Women in Law Enforcement Career Night on March 12. The event will provide an opportunity for attendees to hear from women in the department and learn about career options. The event is from 6 to 8 p.m. in the training center at the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road in Georgetown.

The department seeks to hire qualified women to serve in a growing department. Women currently serve as leaders throughout the department in a variety of areas, including officers at the rank of captain, lieutenant, sergeant, and officer, as well as non-sworn supervisors in emergency communications, code enforcement, records, administration, and animal services.

The career night is open to all women who are interested, even those who do not have a law enforcement background. “Experience is not necessary,” says Capt. Evelyn McLean, who is coordinating the event. “We want women who may have never considered law enforcement previously.”

At the event from 6 to 7 p.m., four Georgetown Police Department officers—Capt. Evelyn McLean, Sgt. Renee Koog, Officer Shannon Hall, and Officer Delta Jolly—will each share their story. The officers will talk about how they got into law enforcement and the ways that they each enjoy their career. Afterwards there will be a chance for questions and answers. From 7 to 8 p.m. is a tour of the new Public Safety Operations and Training Center.

If you have questions about the event or would like more information, contact Capt. Evelyn McLean at (512) 930-8408 or evelyn.mclean@georgetown.org.

Election Candidates for District 1 and 5 Seats

In the May 9 election in Georgetown, Ty Gipson and Paul Nadeau are running for the District 5 seat on the City Council. Anna Eby is unopposed in District 1. Friday was the last day for candidates to file for a place on the ballot.

A resolution to cancel the District 1 election will be placed on the City Council meeting agenda for March 10. To see maps of council districts, go to files.georgetown.org/council-district-maps.

In addition to the City Council election for District 5, all Georgetown residents will vote on a transportation bond item on the May 9 ballot. The bond election is for 20 projects that would be funded with a $105 million authorization.

The last day to register to vote in the May election is April 9.

Early in-person voting will be April 27 through May 5. In the Early Voting period, voters may cast ballots at any Early Voting location in Williamson County.

On Election Day, voters may cast ballots at any vote center location in Williamson County. Polling places, dates, and times are listed at wilco.org/elections.

Downtown Parking Study Public Meeting on March 11

The City of Georgetown will hold a public meeting to gather input on downtown parking on March 11. The meeting is at 5:30 p.m. in the Friends meeting room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street.

Parking and engineering consultant Carl Walker, Inc. has been hired by the City of Georgetown to assess the available parking in downtown and provide options for future parking needs. A representative with Carl Walker will begin with a brief presentation at the meeting and then be available for comments and questions.

Take a quick Downtown Parking Survey to help to the City understand public use patterns and perceptions about downtown parking. The survey deadline is March 3.

Initial data findings and the results of the downtown parking study survey also will be presented at the meeting.

Warrant Round-up Starts March 7

The 2015 Statewide Warrant Round-up starts on March 7 when more than 300 law enforcement agencies in Texas will concentrate their efforts to find those with outstanding warrants. Law enforcement officers are going to residences and workplaces to serve arrest warrants. Those with outstanding warrants should act immediately to avoid going to jail.

To make a payment on an outstanding class C misdemeanor offense in Georgetown, go to the Municipal Court location at 101 E. Seventh Street. Money orders and cashier’s checks are accepted. Personal checks are not accepted. To contact Municipal Court by phone, call (512) 930-3625.

In addition to regular weekday hours, Municipal Court will have special Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on March 7 and on March 14. Those who wish to pay fines and avoid arrest can come to the court at those times or during regular business hours.

Payments can be made online at any time using a credit card through the City’s web site at court.georgetown.org/paying-fines.

Sheraton Hotel at Rivery Breaks Ground Feb. 19

Construction kicks off Thursday for a 224-room Sheraton hotel and conference center in Georgetown. Novak Brothers and Hines host a groundbreaking ceremony for the new Starwood-operated hotel at 2 p.m. on February 19. The event is at Rivery Boulevard and Wolf Ranch Parkway at the Summit at the Rivery Park development.

Starwood Hotels and Resorts will operate the Sheraton Georgetown Texas Hotel and Conference Center that is expected to open in the summer of 2016.

The Summit at Rivery Park project includes multiple restaurants and shops also expected to open with the hotel. The development also includes 223 luxury rental units available next month and 114 single-family brownstone residences. Novak Brothers, the developer for the Summit at Rivery project, has already constructed 31 brownstone residences at the site. Hines, an international real estate development firm headquartered in Houston, is a partner in the hotel and conference center.

A new multi-level public parking garage will be constructed with the project and available for users of the hotel and conference center, Rivery Park, and the public. The Rivery Park Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone, a partnership including the City of Georgetown and Williamson County, will reinvest revenue generated by the project to fund the parking garage, improvements in Rivery Park, public roads, and utility infrastructure.

The Summit at Rivery Park project on I-35 will serve as a northern gateway to the Austin metro area and an anchor for future retail, office, and residential development in the center of Georgetown.