Georgetown Fire Department is Hiring Paramedics and Firefighters

Our Department is growing and so can you…consider joining the Georgetown Fire Department and take your career to the next level.

Ask yourself a few questions…

Are you a paramedic or firefighter who loves to help others?

Do you have a passion for learning, teaching and serving?

Do you want to be part of a culturally sound organization?

If you answered “yes” to the above, please consider joining our family!

We have immediate plans to hire up to fifteen (15) candidates and are actively seeking paramedics with a strong work ethic and work history.

This is a unique opportunity to join a highly respected and professional organization that is best known for providing a caring and professional service to the community.

The Georgetown Fire Department was founded in 1881 and provides a broad level of service that includes EMS, Fire, Rescue, Haz-Mat, Dive and Recovery, Rope Rescue, Swift-Water Rescue, Fire Inspection, Code Enforcement, Community Outreach and more.

Benefits

Salary: $42,502 – $55,455 (annual)

Hiring range is $42,502 + Paramedic Cert and/or Assignment Pay, if applicable.

Overtime & Longevity Pay

Competitive benefits package can be viewed by visiting benefits.georgetown.org.

More information available online.

How to Apply

Applications will be accepted at georgetown.org/jobs.

Hiring Process may include:
Application Deadline: Nov. 9
Written Test: Nov. 15
PAT/Fitness: Nov. 22 – 23
Interview: Dec. 1 -12
Chief Interview: Jan. 5 – 9, 2015
Drug Test/Physical: Jan. 12 – 21, 2015
Academy: Begins Feb. 2, 2015
*Dates and times are subject to change

 

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City Budget Wins Award for 25th Year

For the 25th consecutive year, the City of Georgetown was given a Distinguished Budget Presentation Award from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA). The award was presented to the Finance and Administration Department for the budget for the 2013/2014 fiscal year that ends September 30.

GFOA rates budget documents in four categories, including how well the budget serves as a policy document, a financial plan, an operations guide, and a communications device.

According to GFOA, “The award represents a significant achievement by the entity. It reflects the commitment of the government body and staff to meeting the highest principles of governmental budgeting. Award recipients have pioneered efforts to improve the quality of budgeting and provide an excellent example for other governments throughout North America.”

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Finance and Administration employees pictured above include (left to right) in front row: Jodi Levie, Micki Rundell, and Lisa Haines; second row: La’Mar Kemp, Karrie Pursley, Terry McCord, and Becky Huff; third row: Chris Foster, Danella Elliott, Amy Fancher, Susan Morgan, and Paul Diaz. (Click on photo to see a larger version.)

GFOA is a nonprofit professional association serving nearly 18,000 government finance professionals throughout North America.

Chisholm Trail and City of Georgetown Water Utilities Consolidate Assets

Updated, Sept. 17: The City of Georgetown and the Chisholm Trail Special Utility District completed a transfer agreement on Friday that moves toward a consolidation of the two water utilities. The liabilities and assets of the district have been transferred to the City of Georgetown, according to the agreement. Chisholm Trail employees are now City of Georgetown employees.

Chisholm Trail customers are now City of Georgetown water customers charged at the out-of-City rate, which is a base monthly charge of $27.50 for a standard residential customer. Along with the monthly base charge, Chisholm customers will notice a “transition” surcharge of $4.75 on their bills. This fee covers ongoing expenses associated with the Chisholm Trail board function and will be removed once the full consolidation occurs. The volumetric rate is $1.75 per thousand gallons for the first 10,000 gallons in the month. For complete water rates, go to customercare.georgetown.org/rates.

The new water rates for 7,633 customers of the Chisholm Trail district will be in effect for the next billing period and reflected on October bills. The Chisholm Trail district office at 851 Farm to Market 970 in Florence will continue to operate as a location for making payments, submitting utility service requests, and other customer service needs. Chisholm Trail customers may continue to pay bills and find district information at the ctsud.org website or contact the district by phone at (254) 793-3103.

The Chisholm Trail district board remains the policy board for the district with the responsibility to provide water to customers in the Chisholm Trail service area. November board elections will occur as scheduled. The service area is called a CCN, which stands for “certificate of convenience and necessity” to serve in a geographic area. The service area or CCN transfer process is ongoing. The next step is a court hearing on October 27 at the State Office of Administration Hearings in Austin.

The Georgetown Utility Systems Advisory Board has been expanded to add two positions, each of which will be reserved for out-of-City members. The Chisholm Trail board will retain $500,000 for board operational expenses and liabilities.

The City and Chisholm Trail have been in discussion since 2011 about a possible merger of the two water utility systems. A feasibility study on the possible merger was conducted in 2012. A vote to consolidate was approved unanimously by the Chisholm Trail board in August 2013.

The City of Georgetown serves about 22,500 water accounts representing about 56,000 customers in a 70 square-mile service area that includes Georgetown and surrounding areas. Chisholm Trail SUD serves about 7,633 water accounts representing about 19,000 customers in a 377 square-mile service area that extends northwest from Georgetown into Bell and Burnet counties. Most Chisholm Trail customers are in or near the City of Georgetown extra-territorial jurisdiction, which includes unincorporated areas up to 3.5 miles beyond city limits.

Georgetown Animal Shelter – Where Animals are Priceless

The animals at the Georgetown Animal Shelter are priceless.  Every animal that comes to the shelter is provided basic care such as vaccinations and spaying or neutering the animals. Our shelter staff and volunteers go beyond the basics to offer a full spectrum of care, including:

Vaccines against common diseases $60 dogs, $15 cats
Spay/neuter $190 cats, $230 ave. dog
Microchipping $42
Basic obedience training for dogs $100
Heartworm test for dogs $20
Monthly heartworm preventative $6 – $20
Treatment for dogs with heartworm disease $800 – $1,400 (weight-based)
FIV/FLV test for cats (feline AIDS/feline leukemia) $38

On average, cats receive $310 worth of treatment and services, dogs receive $442 worth of care, and dogs with heartworm $1,542. Other services that are difficult to put a price on include giving baths and grooming, temperament-testing of dogs, cleaning teeth, and hundreds of hours of volunteer time with animals on socializing, cuddling, exercising, and doing agility courses with dogs.

You get all this and more when you adopt a shelter pet, plus the extra rewards of free tail wags, kitty kisses, love, and devotion. The adoption fee of $70 is very low considering what you get in return. How can you put a price tag on love?

The Georgetown shelter makes an investment in our animals. We look for adopters who understand that pet ownership is a commitment for the lifetime of the pet. Visit our shelter to discover how a priceless dog or cat can add untold value to your life!

The Georgetown Animal Shelter is located in Georgetown at 110 WL Walden Drive. Hours are Saturday and Sunday 12 to 4 p.m. and Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or pets.georgetown.org.

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.