City, nonprofits celebrate Preservation Month in May

In May, the City of Georgetown, The Williamson Museum, and Preservation Georgetown will host a series of Preservation Month events in Georgetown to celebrate Preservation Month.

Events include:

  • May 1: Rededication of the Emzy Taylor historical marker at 5:30 p.m. at Seventh Street and Austin Avenue in front of Burger University.
  • May 5: Plein Air Painting with Preservation Georgetown at Grace Heritage Center, 817 S. Main St.
  • May 12: Historic Walking Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., beginning at Founders Park, 814 S. Church St.
  • May 17: Texas Treasures Award presented by the Main Street Program during Preservation Georgetown’s Third Thursday event. Two businesses that have operated in Georgetown for more than 50 years will be recognized.
  • May 19: “Marking History,” highlighting historical figures around downtown, The Williamson Museum

Preservation Month helps celebrate preservation projects throughout the city, including the rehabilitation of Grace Heritage Center and Founders Park, which were completed last year.

To join the theme of Preservation Month, take a “This Place Matters” photo at a place you love and post it on social media. Download a sign at savingplaces.org. Go to williamsonmuseum.org or georgetownheritagesociety.org for details on events. More information about the City’s historic resources can be found at historic.georgetown.org.

Adults with Disabilities Dance at Georgetown Community Center on May 4

The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a dance for adults age 18 and older with disabilities Friday, May 4, from 6-8 p.m. at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St. The theme is Fiesta.

Admission is $5 for participants and includes a meal. Advanced registration is recommended. Only cash or check will be taken at the door. There is no charge for family members or caregivers, and they must remain present at all times.

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

Upcoming dances:

Aug. 3
All Stars

Oct. 26
Haunted Mansion

Proposed Voluntary Annexation of Keyes Tract

The City of Georgetown is considering a voluntary annexation of property into the city limits.  The Public Hearings will be held at the May 8, 2018 meeting at 3 pm and March 8, 2018 at 6 pm. City Council meetings are located at the City Council Chambers, 101 E. 7th Street, at the northeast corner of Seventh and Main Street.  The area being considered for voluntary annexation is approximately 44.69 acre tract of land, which includes adjacent right-of-way, situated in the Francis A. Hudson Survey, Abstract No. 295, Williamson County, Texas, generally located south of La Conterra Blvd., west of FM 1460, and north of Westinghouse Road to be known as the Keyes Tract.

After holding the required public hearings, the City Council will consider an ordinance for the annexation.

For additional information, please contact Sofia Nelson in the Planning Department, 512-930-3584 or email to sofia.nelson@georgetown.org.

ANX-2018-003_Location map of Keyes Tract

Garey Park to open June 9

The City will celebrate the grand opening of Garey Park on June 9.

At 525-acres, Garey Park is one of the largest city parks in the state and is roughly 1.5 times the size of Zilker Park in Austin.

The park, which is located along the South San Gabriel River at 6540 RM 2243, was donated by Jack and Cammy Garey in 2004 along with $5 million for park development. In 2008 voters approved a bond for an additional $10 million for the park’s construction.

“The City is thankful for this tremendous gift from the Gareys that has become a public park for all of us to enjoy,” Mayor Dale Ross said. “Garey Park will be a regional destination for outdoor recreation as well as a beautiful Hill Country setting for special events. With features similar to those found in state parks, this park is surely a gem for the City of Georgetown, and one that our residents and visitors will enjoy for many years to come.”

Amenities at the park include a playground, a splash pad, a dog park, an equestrian arena, the Garey House event space, pavilions, 3 miles of hiking trails, and 6 miles of equestrian trails.

Other facilities include an entry gate, restrooms, and a maintenance facility.

“I am looking forward to the seeing the finished project and enjoying the park,” Jack Garey said. “There is a lot for everyone to enjoy.”

The City broke ground on the park in March 2017. Construction was completed by Ritter-Botkin Prime Construction Co. of Pflugerville and Austin-based Halff Associates completed the park’s design.

Details for the grand opening celebration are still being finalized.

Early voting for City Council race begins April 23

Early voting starts Monday, April 23, for the City Council Election in Georgetown. The early in-person voting period is April 23-28 and April 30-May 1. Election Day is May 5.

For voters in the City of Georgetown, the May 5 ballot includes the District 1 seat. Incumbent Anna Eby and Mary Calixtro will be on the ballot.

Georgetown City Council members serve three-year terms representing single-member districts. To see maps of council districts, go to maps.georgetown.org/council-district-maps.

To see early voting locations or vote center locations on election day, go to wilco.org/elections. Voters may go to any early voting location in Williamson County to cast a ballot during the early voting period. On election day, voters may cast ballots at any Vote Center location in Williamson County.

Earth Day programs focus on Monarch butterflies

The Georgetown Public Library along with the Southwestern University Environmental Studies Program and Smith Library Center are co-sponsoring a group of Earth Day events at the Georgetown library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The library will also host two stand-alone discussions on Barbara Kingsolver’s novel “Flight Behavior.” Southwestern University Economics Professor Emily Northrop and Georgetown Assistant Library Director Sally Miculek will lead a book discussion Tuesday, April 17. The second book discussion Monday, April 23, at 7 p.m. will be led by Smith Library Center Director Carol Fonken and Georgetown Fine Arts Librarian Dana Hendrix.

On Monday, April 30, at 7 p.m. David Wolfe, director of conservation strategies at the Environmental Defense Fund, will present “Monarch Butterflies: Threats and What You Can Do to Help.” Northrop will also present a talk on Tuesday, May 8, at 7 p.m. titled “Reducing CO2 Pollution for Monarchs and Humans.”

For more information, visit library.georgetown.org/flight-behavior.

 

Williams Drive Study projects considered for federal funding

The Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization will host a public meeting Tuesday, April 10, to seek public input on its Regional Arterials Plan and its 2019-22 Transportation Improvement Program, which includes a recommendation for $1.38 million of federal funding for access management improvements on Williams Drive in 2019.

The meeting will be from 4-7 p.m. in the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

The projects proposed for federal funding came from the Williams Drive Study adopted by City Council in 2017.

Since the plan’s adoption, the City completed an update to the City’s traffic signal coordination system as well as installed flashing yellow arrows along Williams Drive, from I-35 to Jim Hogg Road to alleviate turning conflicts and improve light wait times.

Work will commence this summer on the Rivery Boulevard extension project and expected to be completed by mid-2019, creating additional connectivity to Northwest Boulevard and eventually over I-35. Recommendations resulting from the Williams Drive Study have been incorporated into the design of Rivery Boulevard. Following the completion of Rivery Boulevard in mid-2019, the City will begin constructing the Northwest Boulevard Bridge, which will provide a parallel route to Williams Drive from Austin Avenue to Lakeway Drive.

The City has begun work to incorporate the land use findings from the Centers Area of the Williams Drive Study as part of the update to the City’s Comprehensive Plan update, which will include additional outreach opportunities.

Visit campotexas.org for more information and to take the online survey. Comments can also be emailed to comments@campotexas.org. These opportunities will be available until Friday, May 11.

Georgetown Parks and Recreation summer camp registration begins March 26

Georgetown Parks and Recreation will offer a variety of summer camps for area students from June 4-Aug. 10. Resident registration will begin Monday, March 26, and nonresident registration begins Tuesday, March 27.

Age requirements, pricing, and schedules vary for each program. Summer camps are not licensed child care programs. All fees listed are charged per week. Students must have completed Kindergarten to register.

Participants can select from:

  • Art Camp: Ages 5-12; June 25-29, July 9-13, July 16-20, and July 23-27; $175 resident/$220 nonresident
  • Adventure Camp: Ages vary from 11-17 based on program; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 1; Rates vary based on program
  • Brandy Perryman Basketball Shooting Camp: Ages 7-16; June 11-14; $225 resident/$280 nonresident
  • Camp Goodwater: Ages 5-12; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $140 resident/$175 nonresident
  • Circle of Friends (Adaptive Camp): Ages 13-23; June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 16-19; GISD students only; $135 resident/$170 nonresident
  • Georgetown Leadership Challenge: Ages 14-16; June 25-28; $200 resident/$250 nonresident
  • Hoop Dance Camp: Ages 7-18; July 9-13 and Aug. 6-10; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Junior Fire Academy: Ages 12-14; June 4-8 and June 18-22; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Junior Tennis Academy: Ages 11-18; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $100 resident/$125 nonresident
  • Kid City: Ages 5-11; Weekly sessions offered from July 9-Aug. 3; $10 resident/$15 nonresident; Georgetown ISD students only. Child must qualify for free or reduced lunch program within GISD.
  • Lego Robotics and Engineering Camp: Ages 5-14; June 11-15 (morning), June 18-22 (morning), Aug. 13-17 (morning or afternoon); $185 resident/$230 nonresident
  • Let’s Make Friends (Adaptive Camp): Ages 5-12; June 18-21, June 25-28, July 9-12 and July 16-19; GISD students only; $135 resident/$170 nonresident
  • Little Tennis Camp: Ages 5-7: Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $70 resident/$90 nonresident
  • Sporties for Shorties Camp: Ages 5-10; June 4-8, June 25-29, July 23-27 and July 30-Aug. 3; $115 resident/$145 nonresident
  • Tennis Camp: Ages 7-12; Weekly sessions offered from June 4-Aug. 10; $140 resident/$175 nonresident
  • Volleyball Skills Camp: Ages 7-15; June 18-22 and July 16-20; $100 resident/$125 nonresident

Registration is available online or in person at any of the following locations: Georgetown Parks and Recreation Administration Office, 1101 N. College St.; Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave.; and the Georgetown Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Dr. For more information, visit parks.georgetown.org/camp or call 512-930-3596.

 

GTX Residents: Free Spay/Neuter Clinics for Cats

Spring has sprung, and love is in the air in the animal world!  The Georgetown Animal Shelter is holding the second of three free spay/neuter clinic for cats on April 28. The goal of the clinics is to reduce the cat population in Georgetown.  This is the sixth year that the shelter has offered free spay/neuter clinics for cats, and it seems to be making a difference in the number of kittens ending up at the shelter.

Spay and neuter surgeries and a rabies vaccination will be provided at no charge. Other services available at the clinic include a combo test (feline AIDS/leukemia test) for $20, an FVRCP vaccine for $5, microchip for $10, e-collar for $10, pain medication for $5, or cat carrier for $5.

Appointments are required for the free clinics, which are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are not necessarily for low-income cat owners. Cats or kittens must be at least three months old.

The clinic is offered only for cats whose owners live in the Georgetown City Limits, so bring your driver’s license or other form of ID that shows your current address.

Additionally, the shelter continues to offer low-cost vaccine clinics every few months, which are walk-up clinics for vaccinations only (not spay/neuter surgeries).  Dates for the shot clinics can be found at pets.georgetown.org/programs/low-cost-shots-and-neutering/.

Call (512) 930-3592 to schedule your cat for surgery. All spay or neuter surgeries will be done by a licensed veterinarian. The final free spay/neuter clinic is scheduled for June 23.

The spay and neuter clinic will be held at the City of Georgetown Animal Shelter at 110 W.L. Walden Drive near the McMaster Athletic Fields. Contact the shelter at (512) 930-3592 or by email at animalsvc@georgetown.org. The City of Georgetown Animal Shelter website is pets.georgetown.org.

Georgetown in second-healthiest county in Texas

Williamson is ranked the No. 2 healthiest county among the 242 counties ranked in Texas in the 2018 County Health Rankings, which were released yesterday. Georgetown is the county seat for Williamson County.

The county health rankings are an annual report by the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Williamson County was ranked the No. 1 healthiest county in Texas in the 2013 report and 2011 report and the No. 2 healthiest county in Texas in the 2014 report and 2012 report. Williamson has been one of the four healthiest counties in Texas every year since 2011.

The annual ranking is a report card that scores counties on a range of factors including air quality, clean water, community safety, commuting times, educational attainment, employment rates, graduation rates, health behaviors,  health provider ratios, healthcare quality, and longevity.

The annual rankings are based on a variety of data sources such as the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, and the U.S. Census Bureau.

The rankings are available online at www.countyhealthrankings.org.