Firefighters and Paramedics Help Deliver Baby

A woman gave birth to a healthy baby boy in the Williamson County Justice Center last week with the help of some Georgetown firefighters and paramedics from Williamson County EMS.

There was no time to get to the hospital first, so after a very short labor, firefighters and paramedics delivered the baby in a women’s restroom at the County court building on MLK, Jr. Street.  Kingston Alexander Powell was born at 2:19 p.m. on August 19.

stork award group 1b-1000Mother Shiela Threadgill and father Terence Powell were recognized at the City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan presented the Stork Award to the Georgetown firefighters who assisted with the “field birth” of the baby. Chief Sullivan also presented a coin of excellence from the Fire Department to the Williamson County EMS paramedics for their role in the delivery.

Pictured (left to right) are Firefighter Scott Laurich, Terence Powell, Shiela Threadgill with baby Kingston, Driver Engineer Rebel Paulk, and Williamson County EMS paramedics Ed Tydings and Surain Gomes. Williamson County EMS paramedic Rick Cummins, not pictured, also was recognized. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

Threadgill and baby Kingston were both taken to the hospital after the unexpected delivery last week. Both are now healthy and doing well.

Inner Visions Corporate Center Breaks Ground

It was a groundbreaking that reached for higher ground in Georgetown yesterday as officials and project partners shoveled earth to start the Inner Visions Corporate Center. The 60,500 square foot office complex will provide flex office space for biotech companies and other firms.

Inner Visions rendering-1000Construction on the complex was to begin today according to Ken Horak, the architect and one of three partners on the project. The 8.4-acre site is on SE Inner Loop Road at the intersection with Snead Drive. Horak says construction should take about six months to complete. A later phase with 22,000 square feet of additional space is planned.

The corporate center will fill a need in the area for high quality office space according to Michael Novick, another partner on the complex. The center also will provide room for more firms seeking to join the biotechnology cluster at the Texas Life-sciences Collaboration Center, which is less than 1,000 feet down the street from the Inner Visions site.

Union State Bank in Georgetown is providing financing for the project and Randy Mongold with San Gabriel Project Management in Georgetown is the construction contractor. “We try to do things locally,” said Novick.

The name of the project, Inner Visions, “seems to be a combination of a Stevie Wonder album and Inner Loop Road,” joked Mark Thomas, economic development director for the City. In a more serious note, Thomas said that with the completion of this office project, more than 100,000 square feet of biotechnology office and production space will have been built in the south Georgetown cluster.

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Pictured in the photo (left to right) are project partners Ken Horak, Michael Novick, and Al Lowy, Mayor Dale Ross, Brad Curlee (senior vice president with Union State Bank), City Manager Paul Brandenburg, Economic Development Director Mark Thomas, Randy Mongold (owner of San Gabriel Project Management), and Karen Sheldon, president of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

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Officials donned hard hats to officially break ground on the project.

Jet Supplier Sees High-Flying Handiwork

Gulfstream front shot 2-1000Employees of a Georgetown aerospace parts manufacturer got a rare tour of a luxury corporate jet on Monday where they saw the components they make installed inside a $65 million aircraft.

Employees with Gulfstream flew a G650 business jet from the Gulfstream manufacturing facility in Savannah, Georgia to the Georgetown Municipal Airport. On a taxiway at the Airport, several employees with Enflite in Georgetown got a brief tour inside the jet. (Click on photos to see a larger version.)

Enflite makes subassembly components for sliding doors, tables, and televisions in the plane, as well as equipment in the galley such as ovens and coffee-makers. Enflite supplies interior components to a number of aerospace manufacturers.

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In the photo above (left to right) are Gulfstream pilot John Salamankas, Donny Vance with Enflite, and Interim Airport Manager Curtis Benkendorfer.

The G650 flies at nearly the speed of sound and can cruise at 51,000 feet. It can fly up to 18 passengers from New York to Beijing without stopping for gas.

So who owns one of these planes that retails for $65 million? According to a Bloomberg News article earlier this year, corporate owners of a G650 include Exxon Mobil, Honeywell, Walmart, and Qualcomm.

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Enflite makes the subassembly components that allow a passenger to press a button to have a table fold into a side pocket.

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Here the folded table is lowering into the side pocket.

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Enflite also makes devices that allow a television to lower into a storage cabinet.

Main Street Façade and Sign Grants for Downtown Businesses

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 a larger version.)

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ThunderCloud Subs at 814 S. Main Street received a $10,500 grant for an awning, façade work, and signs. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Bob Weimer, Cheryl Owens, Jim Wilson, Vicki Jackimiec, Nathan Wolfers (general manager), Marcy Urban, Nick Watkins (senior manager), Bethany Powell, Bill Hart, Julie Laderach, and Shelly Hargrove. Find out more about ThunderCloud Subs at ThunderCloud.com.

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Camille’s Unique Apparel at 706 S. Austin Avenue received a $300 grant for new signs. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Bob Weimer, Julie Laderach, Shelly Hargrove, Cheryl Owens, Bethany Powell, Camille Sweezy (Camille’s owner), Dick Sweezy (co-owner), Vicki Jackimiec, Jim Wilson, Bill Hart, and Marcy Urban. Find out more about Camille’s at www.CamillesLadiesApparel.com.

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The owners of the Dimmit Building at 719 S. Main Street received an $8,000 grant for an awning, exterior painting, and façade work. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Marcy Urban, Shelly Hargrove, Bill Hart, Ellen Hughes (owner), Jim Wilson, Coco Ledyard (owner), Julie Laderach, and Vicki Jackimiec.

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Sweet Lemon Inn at 812 S. Church Street received a $10,500 grant for signs, exterior painting, and façade work. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Marcy Urban, Shelly Hargrove, Rachel Cummins (owner), Bill Hart, Julie Laderach, Vicki Jackimiec, and Jim Wilson. Find out more about Sweet Lemon Inn at www.SweetLemonInn.com.

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Goodwater Wealth Management Group of Raymond James at 103 E. Eighth Street received a $424 grant for signs. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Marcy Urban, Bill Hart, Angie Spinner (registered client associate), Greg Bowden (vice president), Jaynie Guerrero (registered client associate), Rod Dahl (vice president), Doug Noble (vice president), Jim Wilson, and Shelly Hargrove. Find out more about Goodwater Wealth Management Group at GoodwaterWealth.com.

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Southern Hippie at 809 S. Main Street received a $3,550 grant for an awning, exterior painting, and façade work. Pictured (left to right) in the photo are Bill Hart, Marcy Urban, Elizabeth Lockhart (owner), Jim Wilson, and Shelly Hargrove. Find out more about Southern Hippie at ShopSouthernHippie.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.

Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute Opens

building front-2-640Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute officially opened their doors on Thursday with a ribbon cutting ceremony followed by tours of the new facility. The 118-bed behavioral health hospital at 3101 S. Austin Avenue offers outpatient and inpatient services to provide care to people with a range of mental health conditions. They are currently serving adults, but have plans to expand services in the coming year. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.)

The hospital has outpatient group therapy rooms, patient rooms, visitation areas, a pharmacy, a fitness room, a cafeteria, and a gym. Physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, counselors, social workers, and other health professionals staff the facility to help patients return to healthy living practices. The hospital began admitting patients in July.

Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute is one of ten behavioral health acute care hospitals owned by Signature Healthcare Services.

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Officials who helped to cut the ribbon at the new facility include (left to right) Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute officials Dylan Peeples, clinical liaison, CEO Patrick Moallemian, and Blair Stam, executive vice president for Signature Health, joined by Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross, Williamson County Precinct 3 Commissioner Valerie Covey, and Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis. (Click photo to see larger version.)

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Dr. Michael Nacol, contracting physician for internal medicine, and Dr. Keith Caramelli, chief medical officer, also attended the opening. (Click photo to see larger version.)

Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute currently has a staff of 50, but plans to grow to 200 employees in the coming years.

For more information on Georgetown Behavioral Health Institute, visit www.georgetownbehavioral.com.

Georgetown Lifeguard Teams Win 1st and 2nd in State

Lifeguard teams from the City of Georgetown took the top two spots in the state lifeguard competition in College Station yesterday. The state lifeguard team competition was part of the 2014 Summer Games of Texas sponsored by the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation.

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Team Dauntless from Georgetown took first place in the competition. Pictured above in the photo (left to right) are Curtis Morgan with TAAF and members of Team Dauntless including Trevor Carey, Cameron Speegle, Hunter Boyd, and Baylee Hill with Stephanie Darimont, aquatic coordinator for Georgetown Parks and Recreation. Team Dauntless qualified for the state finals after placing first at the Texas Superguard regional competition in July.

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Placing in second at the state competition was Team ReGuardless from Georgetown. Pictured above in the photo (left to right) are Curtis Morgan and members the ReGuardless team Saige Culbertson, Mason Sheppard, Sydney Sorensen, and Kate Krause with Stephanie Darimont.

The two top teams from Georgetown were among 12 teams statewide that qualified for the state finals competition. The top three teams from four regional competitions this summer qualified to compete in the state finals. Each team in the state finals yesterday competed in four events. In the events, teams demonstrated proficiency in first aid, CPR, and other rescue skills.

A third team from Georgetown that qualified for the state competition and participated in the finals was Team Four Bravery, including Bailey Vandegrift, Emily Sargeant, Jack McLean, and Trevor Springer.

The three Georgetown lifeguard teams were composed of lifeguards who work for the City of Georgetown in the Parks and Recreation Department at the City’s outdoor and indoor pools.

FM 971 and Austin Avenue Sidewalk Projects

A number of improvements are planned for FM 971 and N. Austin Avenue that will improve pedestrian and vehicle mobility in northeast Georgetown. These transportation improvements occurring in multiple phases will decrease congestion and help provide a safer route for students walking to Georgetown High School.

The first phase of this work is the construction of a sidewalk on the east side of N. Austin Avenue from the Recreation Center to Georgetown High School. Construction on the sidewalk starts this summer and is scheduled to be complete by the end of the year.

A second phase of work involves the realignment of the intersection of FM 971 and N. Austin Avenue. This project will alter the grades of the roadways and eliminate steep angles that hinder sight lines. Soccer fields and the walking trail in San Gabriel Park are being moved this summer to allow for the realignment of FM 971. The extension of the Austin Avenue sidewalk under the FM 971 via a pedestrian tunnel also is part of this project. This phase is partially funded with City road bonds authorized by the voters in 2008. If the remaining funds can be secured, construction could begin in 2015 and would take approximately one year.

A third phase of work would involve the Northwest Boulevard Bridge over Interstate 35 and the extension of Northwest Boulevard from Fontana Drive to N. Austin Avenue. The project will align with FM 971 to create a new east-west connection across I-35. Design work for this project is underway. This project is being considered for a potential City transportation bond election in May 2015. A road bond committee appointed by the City Council is currently reviewing potential projects and is planning to make a recommendation to the City Council.

In the future, another project in this corridor would complete the widening of FM 971 to four lanes from Gann Street to NE Inner Loop. Partial funding would come from available authorization from the 2008 City road bonds. These funds would be leveraged with state and/or federal money to complete this section.

Lifeguards Win Regional Competition

A team of lifeguards from the City of Georgetown won a regional lifeguard competition last week and has qualified to compete in the statewide competition.

Team Dauntless from Georgetown placed first at the Texas Superguard regional competition in College Station on July 7.

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Members of Team Dauntless (pictured left to right in the photo) are Trevor Carey, Cameron Speegle, Baylee Hill, and Hunter Boyd. Among the 22 lifeguard teams in the regional competition, Team Dauntless earned the top rank. Teams must perform a variety of life-saving scenarios and are scored on their proficiency.

Also at the regional competition, Hunter Boyd was awarded overall top male lifeguard and the Four Bravery lifeguard team from Georgetown placed seventh overall.

The Dauntless team will compete in the state lifeguard competition in College Station on August 4.

New Phone Payment Scam Targets Utility Customers

Two Georgetown utility business customers contacted the City yesterday to report on an attempted fraud scheme. The businesses report that they were called by someone claiming to be with the City utility who demanded immediate payment to prevent the disconnection of their utilities.

In each case, the business recognized that the call was suspicious and reported it to the City without falling prey to the scam. The Georgetown Police Department has filed an incident report on the scam attempt.

The City utility does not call customers and demand payments over the phone says Leticia Zavala, customer care manager for Georgetown Utility Systems. “We will never call you demanding money or come to your home or business demanding payment. We will only call customers to advise them of a past-due balance.”

If a bill payment is overdue, Zavala says there is a three-step notification process:

First, late notices are mailed to customers with unpaid balances the day after the billing due date.

Second, an automated phone call is provided to the phone number on the account two weeks after the billing due date.

Third, a second automated phone call is provided to the phone number on the account three weeks after the billing due date.

It is strictly against policy for any customer service representative to accept payment in the field.

If customers have questions about a utility bill, call the Customer Care Center at (512) 930-3640 before giving out financial information regarding your utility account.

San Gabriel Park Improvements at FM 971 to Start

San Gabriel Park improvements near the intersection of Austin Avenue and FM 971 will begin on Monday, July 14.  The improvements will include relocation of the granite trail, soccer field four, and other elements including baseball back stops and exercise equipment.  This project is in coordination with Transportation Services and is necessary for the future FM 971 road improvements which are scheduled for the next 12-18 months.

Soccer field four will be relocated near the existing field one and will be irrigated and sodded.  The trail will be reconfigured, but will remain the same length as it is currently.  Our goal is to minimize the impact to trail users for the duration of construction which is scheduled to be completed in mid-September.  Landscape and irrigation will then begin in October.  We will keep everyone informed when it is necessary to divert users to the new section of trail.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience. For more information, please contact Georgetown Parks & Recreation at (512) 930-3595.

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