Breakfast Bites: New Ways of Connecting with Old Buildings

Emily Koller The next Breakfast Bites meeting on May 30 will feature Emily Koller, on the topic of New Ways of Connecting with Old Buildings. The informal meeting opens at 8 a.m. in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. The talk will start at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and light breakfast snacks will be provided.

Koller will provide an overview of DowntownTX.org, a place-based real estate tool for historic downtowns. Georgetown was one of the first Main Street cities to be featured on the site. The website is designed as a statewide resource for investors, downtown developers, entrepreneurs, as well as community-minded individuals looking to be part of downtown’s transformation.

Koller works with the Texas Historical Commission as a planner to develop the Town Square Initiative and assist Texas Main Street cities with their downtown planning needs. She has worked as a Main Street director for an urban program on Route 66 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and as a city planner in Tulsa and San Marcos.

At the May 30 meeting, there will be updates from City staff on:

  • Art Center and Public Library events
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau updates
  • City Hall campus project update

Also, learn about updates from downtown partner organizations and find out about new businesses in the downtown district that have opened or are under construction.

Breakfast Bites is a quarterly meeting of the Georgetown Main Street Program. If you plan to attend, please RSVP by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29, to Kim McAuliffe, downtown development manager for the City of Georgetown, at (512) 930-2027 or at kim.mcauliffe@georgetown.org.

City Council District 1 election results

The Williamson County Elections office as of 10:04 p.m. on May 5 has posted final unofficial voting results for the City Council election on May 5 in Georgetown.

These are the unofficial voting results as of 10:04 p.m. with 27 of 27 polling locations reporting:

Race Candidate Votes Percent
District 1 Anna Eby 137 53.52
Mary Calixtro 119 46.48

To see a complete May 5, 2018, election results, go to wilco.org/elections.

Crack seal street resurfacing in Sun City starts May 10

The City of Georgetown Public Works Department will begin street crack sealing operations on Thursday, May 10, on streets in Sun City. Hours of work will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The work is scheduled to be complete in areas indicated by Friday, June 1. The work is weather-dependent and rain days will extend the duration of the project.

Residential streets included in the crack seal application include those in Sun City neighborhoods 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 35, 36, 60, and 63. These neighborhoods include those along Del Webb Boulevard between Williams Drive and Berry Creek, as well as some neighborhoods along Whispering Wind Drive. (Click on map to see larger version.)

Crack sealing is a cost-effective method that helps to preserve and prolong overall pavement life. This work is in preparation for a High Performance Pavement Sealant program planned for later this summer. The sealant is a new product to be used in Georgetown with a track record of good results in other cities.

There will be minimal delays to traffic and driveway access of 15 to 30 minutes while the product is being applied and curing. Work will not occur on scheduled solid waste or recycling collection days.

Georgetown Public Library wins National Medal

Georgetown Public Library Wins National MedalThe Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the Georgetown Public Library as one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. The award will be presented at an event at the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington, D.C., in May.

Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross shared the National Medal award announcement at a public reception at the Georgetown Public Library on May 1. The reception was held in the lobby of the Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St.

At the Georgetown Public Library, patrons encounter three words as they enter the building: Engage, Enlighten, Empower. This is the mission statement that drives the library to serve as a catalyst for community wellbeing and enrichment. Library staff reimagine and reinvent the library through patron-centric library services, innovative partnerships with organizations and agencies, and creative, engaging programming.

“Winning the 2018 IMLS National Medal is truly an honor for our library and community,” Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley said. “It is rewarding for our staff, volunteers, and community partners to be recognized at the national level for our efforts to engage, enlighten, and empower our community.”

Georgetown Public Library Wins National MedalSelected from 29 national finalists, the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service. Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive. The San Antonio Public Library is the only other public library in Texas to have won the IMLS National Medal in the past.

“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew said. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”

As part of the ceremony and celebration, Georgetown community member Rosie Rocke will travel to Washington, D.C., with Lashley to accept the National Medal on behalf of Georgetown Public Library and provide a personal account of the power the library has had in the community. After Rocke’s husband died in 2013, the library became her safe haven. The super-volunteer notes that “the library was my grief counselor. It made my transition to a widow easier.”

Following the ceremony, StoryCorps—a national nonprofit dedicated to recording, preserving, and sharing the stories of Americans—will visit the Georgetown Public Library and provide an opportunity for Georgetown community members to share stories of how the library has affected their lives. These stories are preserved at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress.

To see the list of 2018 National Medal recipients and learn more about the National Medal, visit www.imls.gov.

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.