Registration is now open for the fifth annual Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run on March 5 at the Georgetown ISD Stadium, located at 2295 N. Austin Ave. Participants will get the chance to chase Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero.
The goal of Chase the Chief is to encourage students and their families to lead active, healthy lives. This event is joint fitness initiative by the Georgetown Police Department and the Georgetown ISD Council of PTAs.
Chase the Chief features a 5K and a 1-mile Fun Run. Other activities include a police department obstacle course and fitness fair open from 1-5 p.m. Look for race day registration and other event activities on the stadium field.
Registration for the event is priced at only $5 for students and $10 for adults. Register at ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org. Participants who register by Feb. 10 are guaranteed to receive a Chase the Chief T-shirt.
Proceeds from this event will help to purchase equipment for the GISD physical education program.
Packet pickup is available March 3 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 DB Wood Road. Race day registration and packet pickup starts at noon.
Following the race, there will be an award ceremony.
To register for the Chase the Chief 5K and Fun Run, go to ChaseTheChief.georgetown.org.
City of Georgetown offices and facilities will be closed Friday, Dec. 23 and Monday, Dec. 26 in observance of the Christmas holiday. City offices also will be closed on Monday, Jan. 2 in observance of the New Year’s holiday. This includes the following:
- Animal Shelter, 110 W.L. Walden Drive
- City Hall, 113 E. Eighth Street
- Economic Development, 809 Martin Luther King, Jr. Street
- Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Avenue
- Municipal Court, 101 E. Seventh Street
- Parks and Recreation Administration, 1101 N. College Street
- Planning Department, 406 W. Eighth Street
- Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street
- Public Safety Operations and Training Center, Police Records and Fire Support Services offices, 3500 DB Wood Road
City of Georgetown facilities with weekend or evening hours will observe these closures:
- Airport Terminal, 500 Terminal Drive: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24, closed Dec. 25, closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
- Collection Station, 250 W.L. Walden Drive: open Dec. 23, closed Dec. 24 – 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 3 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2
- Public Library, 402 W. Eighth Street: closing weekdays at 6 p.m. and closing at 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays starting Dec. 19, closed Dec. 23 – 26 and Jan. 1 – 2, regular hours resume Jan. 3
- Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Avenue: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24 – 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open Jan. 2 (opening at 8 a.m.)
- Tennis Center, 400 Serenada Drive: open Dec. 23 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Dec. 24 – 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 6 p.m.), closed Jan. 1, open. Jan. 2 (opening at 8:30 a.m.)
- Visitors Center, 103 W. Seventh Street: open Dec. 23, open Dec. 24 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Dec. 25, open Dec. 26, open Dec. 31 (closing at 12 p.m.), closed Jan. 1 – 2
Solid Waste and Recycling Collection
There is regular solid waste and recycling collection for Texas Disposal Systems customers on all days Monday through Saturday. This includes regular collection on Dec. 23, Dec. 24, Dec. 26, Dec. 31, and Jan. 2.
For questions about solid waste and recycling collection, call TDS at (512) 930-1715.
A program of the Georgetown Police Department, Blue Santa provides toys to more than 1,500 children in Georgetown during its annual toy drive and distribution.
You can help Blue Santa by donating a toy at the Christmas Stroll Parade on Saturday, December 3. The parade starts at 10 a.m. New, unwrapped toys will be collected by Blue Santa Elves along the parade route, which is on Austin Avenue from Ninth to Sixth streets on the downtown Square.
New, unwrapped toys also may be dropped off in donation barrels in businesses and offices in Georgetown.
Monetary donations to purchase toys also are accepted. Checks to “CPAAA Blue Santa” should be sent to the Georgetown Police Department, c/o CPAAA Programs, 3500 DB Wood Road, Georgetown, TX, 78628.
Donate $15 or more to Georgetown Blue Santa and you’ll receive a collectible Blue Santa Elf lapel pin (see image lower right).
December 1 is the application deadline for assistance from Blue Santa. Applications are available at The Caring Place at 2000 Railroad Street and the Georgetown Police Department at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center at 3500 DB Wood Road.
Children who qualify for Blue Santa are age 18 or younger, live in Georgetown city limits, and qualify for free or reduced lunch program at school or meet federal poverty guidelines.
For information about donation events and donations to Blue Santa, go to BlueSanta.Georgetown.org.
Online registration for National Night Out block parties in Georgetown ends on September 27. Registering your block party provides the information to the Georgetown Police Department so that an officer or other City employees or officials can visit the event.
Last year there were 45 registered National Night Out events in Georgetown with an estimated 2,600 citizens participating. Georgetown Police Department officers as well as other local law enforcement officers, elected officials, Georgetown firefighters and EMS technicians, and other City employees attended block parties in Georgetown.
The Georgetown Police Department is holding a reception for hosts of NNO block parties at 6:30 p.m. on September 30 at the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B Wood Road.
To register your National Night Out block party in Georgetown, go to pd.georgetown.org/national-night-out on the City website. There is a link to an online form to register your block party.
Georgetown firefighters and police officers will participate in a memorial stair climb at the Georgetown ISD athletic stadium on Sunday, September 11. The climb is done each year as a tribute to first responders who lost their lives on September 11, 2001. Participants will climb the equivalent of 110 stories—the height of the World Trade Center towers in New York City.
The event begins at 8 a.m. with an invocation by Fire Lieutenant Brad Cox followed by comments from Georgetown Fire Chief John Sullivan and Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero. One firefighter and one police officer will post the colors before the climb begins. The Georgetown Fire Department Pipe Band will be at the event and will play prior to the climb.
The firefighters on the climb will be wearing firefighting gear including boots, helmets, protective pants and jackets, and air packs. Police officers will carry extra tactical gear on the climb. Participants will pause for a moment of silence at the times that each of the World Trade Center towers collapsed.
The gate to the stadium opens at 7:30 a.m. for the event. Members of the public and the news media are welcome to attend the event and observe.
The Georgetown ISD Athletic Complex is located behind Georgetown High School at 2211 N. Austin Avenue in Georgetown.
(Photo credit: Amanda Chron, Georgetown Police Department)
The first day of classes for schools in the Georgetown school district is Tuesday, August 23. The Georgetown Police Department reminds drivers to slow down in school zones. As students go back to school, police will be monitoring school zones throughout the city.
Look for the school zones at most of these Georgetown ISD schools:
- Carver Elementary, 4901 Scenic Lake Drive
- Cooper Elementary, 1921 NE Inner Loop
- Ford Elementary, 210 Woodlake Drive
- Frost Elementary, 711 Lakeway Drive
- McCoy Elementary, 401 Bellaire Drive
- Mitchell Elementary, 1601 Rockride Lane
- Pickett Elementary, 1100 Thousand Oaks Boulevard
- Purl Elementary, 1700 Laurel Street
- Village Elementary, 400 Village Commons
- Williams Elementary, 507 E. University Avenue
- Benold Middle School, 3407 Northwest Boulevard
- Forbes Middle School, 1911 NE Inner Loop
- Tippit Middle School, 1601 Leander Road
- East View High School, 4490 E. University Avenue
- Georgetown High School, 2211 N. Austin Avenue
- Georgetown Alternative Program, 502 Patriot Way
- Richarte High School, 2295 N. Austin Avenue
- Williamson County Academy/Lott Juvenile Detention Center, 200 Wilco Way
School zone speed limits are in effect during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing. The fine for speeding in a school zone is $10 per mile over the limit, plus state court costs. This would mean a $229 fine for driving 30 mph in a 20 mph zone, for example.
State law prohibits the use of a wireless communication device in a school zone during the posted hours or when yellow lights are flashing.
The Citizen Police Academy is a 10-week course to educate citizens about all aspects of the Georgetown Police Department. The fall 2016 academy is instructed by police officers, fire department personnel, and officers of the district and county court system. The deadline to apply is August 22.
Session topics include the history of policing, laws and code of criminal procedure, criminal and accident investigations, lethal and less-lethal weapons, crime scene investigations, officer safety, the court system, fire department response, and other community support services.
Weekly classes begin on Thursday, August 25 and finish with a graduation ceremony on Thursday, October 27. Each class starts promptly at 6 p.m. and ends at 8 p.m. The first class will be held in the training room of the Public Safety Operations and Training Center, 3500 D.B. Wood Road.
There is no charge to attend the academy, but seating is limited and applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications are available at the Georgetown Police Department reception desk or by emailing a request to Linda.Lipscomb@georgetown.org.
A background check will be conducted on all applicants. No one under the age of 18 is eligible to apply. Persons with a prior felony conviction will not be accepted. All applicants will be notified of acceptance. For additional information or questions, please call (512) 930-2747.
On Wednesday, May 4, a group of female officers and civilian employees with the Georgetown Police Department will volunteer at a Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County (HFHWC) home in Georgetown as part of Habitat’s National Women Build Week.
This is the second year that the Georgetown Police Department will participate. Almost twenty volunteers will help build a home in Georgetown. The group is also fundraising for HFHWC to help support future home builds in Williamson County.
National Women Build Week, a weeklong event created by Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build program, challenges participants to devote at least one day to help build affordable housing in their local communities. The week also spotlights the homeownership challenges faced by women.
Police Chief Wayne Nero is proud of his department’s efforts. “Several times a year, women from our department get together for professional development. At least once per year they identify a project in which they can engage our community,” Nero said.
“This year, they again are working with the Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County in honor of National Women Build Week. They will be providing sweat equity for a local affordable housing project and have also engaged in some traditional fundraising for Habitat. I am extremely proud of the women in the Georgetown Police Department and am proud to be their Chief.”
Founded in 1999, Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County brings communities and people together to create and sustain home ownership opportunities in Williamson County. Habitat has worked with more than 15,000 volunteers and community donors to help 70 families (with their 165 children) become homeowners in Leander, Georgetown, Round Rock, Taylor, and Jarrell.
To help protect the water supply and reduce household risks, bring unwanted medications to Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30 in Georgetown. Drugs that are expired or unused will be collected—no questions asked—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sun City Legacy Hills Park Pavilion, 200 Del Webb Boulevard and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, 508 S. Rock Street.
One goal of the free collection of unwanted medications is to keep them from being poured down the drain or flushed down a toilet. Pharmaceuticals that are put in our wastewater system can affect water quality in our creeks, rivers, and lakes.
Removing unwanted medications from your home also reduces risks of accidental overdose or intentional use of prescription drugs by children or visitors in your home.
The Take-Back Day is part of a nation-wide effort of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the risk of unwanted medications in our homes. Local partners in the Drug Take-Back Day include the Georgetown Police Department, LifeSteps Council on Alcohol and Drugs, Williamson County EMS, and the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office.
Medications that are dropped off should be in their original containers, if possible. Drugs brought to the drop-off may include expired or unwanted over-the-counter and controlled medicines, drugs prescribed for pets, medicines from deceased family members, or unknown tablets and capsules. Items not accepted include sharps (needles and syringes), mercury thermometers, IV bags, personal care products, and medical equipment.
The collection is for individual households. Medications cannot be accepted from businesses such as nursing homes, doctor’s offices, or other institutions or businesses.
For more information, call LifeSteps at (512) 246-9880 or visit the DEA website at www.dea.gov.
This month, in cooperation with Georgetown Police Department Victim Services, The Christi Center, a non-profit grief support center, will be starting a meeting for those who have lost a loved one to suicide. In January, The Christi Center began offering a Georgetown support group for those who have lost a loved one to crime. Both of these groups meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of every month.
The next Crime Victim’s group and first Loss to Suicide group will be April 21 in the Georgetown Community Resource Center at 805 W. University Avenue in Georgetown. If you plan to attend, please call The Christi Center at (512) 467-2600 for a brief intake conversation prior to your first meeting. Or if you need more information, contact the Georgetown Police Department Victim Services at (512) 930-2595 and ask for Anthony Rector.
The Christi Center is a non-profit grief support center providing support services to Central Texans for over 28 years. The Christi Center’s mission is to provide hope after the death of a loved one by providing support networks, community education and therapeutic activities that are free, peer-based, and ongoing.