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PUSHING PAST THE PANDEMIC

Georgetown’s real estate industry survivesCOVID19 largelyunscathed

Williamson County Realtors data shows while the Georgetown real estate market took a hit in the rst months of the coronavirus pandemic, year-over-year growth returned in June, though the season also aects the market. Housing trends impact tax rates for city and district tax payers.

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County Judge Bill Gravell’s decision to deem real estate as an essential indus- try as well as the county clerk’s oce’s recent move to an electronic ling sys- tem and Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to allow electronic notarization. With- out these, he said, the outcome would have been dierent. “These activities by the government, coupled with Williamson County Real- tors acting both prudently and practi- cally in how they conducted business, helped to make sure that the impact on consumers here was minimized,” Hutchinson said. “While there was cer- tainly a year-over-year drop, the data would have been tragically and expo- nentially worse if not for the collective eort of these decision-makers.” CONTINUED ON 26

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Georgetown resident Miranda Brad- ley sold her old house and bought a new one in late March, right as the coronavi- rus pandemic was ramping up. She said though there were a few hic- cups, for the most part it was smooth sailing—a parallel to the Georgetown real estate market as a whole during the rst fewmonths of the pandemic. While most businesses halted and industries scrambled to minimize the damage, Georgetown’s real estate indus- try remained largely intact, and market prices remained at their current worth even as people stayed in. Bryan Hutchinson, CEO of William- son County Realtors, said the minimal damage canbe attributed toWilliamson

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Residents and tourists alike gather on the George- town Square to enjoy art, music and events. Now they can expect to have an additional, aesthetically pleasing yet functional communal space downtown. Plans for the new City Center are underway. The unication project overseen by the city aims to encompass several blocks, according to Georgetown Facilities Director Eric Johnson. The cohesive space City Center project aims to unify sectionof downtown BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

would form a rectangle between West Street to Rock Street and between Eighth Street to Ninth Street. Chamber of Commerce President Jim Johnson said the city’s continued improvements and enhance- ments to downtown show a plan that provides addi- tional beautication to the downtown area. “Additionally, these projects are destination-cen- tered areas, which ideally will oer opportunities for consumers to visit and shop with our businesses in this area and lead to their economic success,” he said. City Council approved the project’s rst steps at the end of May—two items totaling $55,760. CONTINUED ON 32

New green and gathering spaces will be added as part of a city initiative. (Rendering courtesy city of Georgetown)

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to open on July 20. Huntington offers SAT and ACT exam prep as well as tutoring in reading, writing, math, phonics and more for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. The business is located in the Wolf Crossing development at 904 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, Georgetown. 512-886-0101. https://huntingtonhelps.com/center/ georgetown-tx 5 Hotworx plans to open a George- town location in August. The gym will be located at 940 W. University Ave., Ste. 115, Georgetown, in the new Wolf Crossing development. Hotworx is a 24-hour virtu- ally instructed exercise program that uses infrared saunas. Users complete isometric workouts or high-intensity interval training sessions while infrared heat penetrates the body. Classes include hot yoga, hot Pilates, hot barre, hot cycle and more. 512-713-6278. https://hotworx.net/studio/ georgetown/ 6 Fuego Latino Gastropub is coming to the Georgetown Square in August. The restaurant is relocating from Round Rock and will be located at 708 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, replacing Greenhouse Craft Food, which permanently closed its Georgetown location May 4. The fami- ly-owned and -operated establishment features a mix of Latin dishes from El Salvador, Peru, Argentina, Costa Rica and Mexico as well as cocktails true to each Latin country, such as pisco from Peru and caipirina from Brazil, Latin wine and local draft beer. The business will close its Round Rock location in July. 737-202-4270. www.fuegolatinogastropub.com 7 Parkside Crossing Condominium s began selling newly constructed condos June 1 with plans to open in February. When complete, the project will offer 85 homes in four different floor plans and is constructed by Jimmy Jacobs, who also built Heritage Oaks, Highland Oaks and Woodland Hills, among others. About $224,900 is the lowest price for Parkside Crossing condos at this time, according to its website. The condos will be located at 661 Weir Road, Georgetown. 512-694- 2666. https://parksidegeorgetown.com 8 San Gabriel Builders began selling custom homes in Georgetown in early March. Located near downtown George- town and behind Southwestern University, 12-lot community The Retreat has six lots remaining as of mid-June. The homes are

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NOWOPEN 1 The Palace Theatre’s Doug Smith Performance Center opened for student summer camps June 29. The center was designed specifically for a children’s theater program. The 14,500-square- foot facility at 206 W. 2nd St. includes a performance space with more than 200 seats, a dance studio with a professional dance floor, seven classrooms, a rehears- al space, and an outdoor terrace that can

3 Marisol’s Mexican Grill opened in Georgetown July 14. Marisol’s will replace Bella Sera Italian Restaurant at 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, Georgetown. The restaurant will offer Mexican dishes such as carne asada, fajitas, enchiladas, menudo and more. 512-688-6849. www.marisolsmexicangrill.com COMING SOON 4 Huntington Learning Center plans

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2 Boxed N Fashion opened in George- town on June 7 at 1217 Leander Road, Ste. 102, Georgetown. The fashion store sells trendy and functional clothing for women of any size, and patrons can shop in three ways: in person, online with shipping or online with drive-up pickup. https://boxednfashion.shopsettings.com

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SCHOOL NOTES 12 The Georgetown ISD board of trust- ees approved Heather Stoner as the new director of operations and student safety June 15. Stoner previously worked as the principal of Lago Vista High School at Lago Vista ISD. At GISD, she will be responsible for coordinating Title IX—sexual harass- ment and discrimination—for the district, as well as designing and implementing sys- tems and collaboratively supporting safety initiatives. She will work closely with the Georgetown Police Department and the district’s school resource officers to ensure student safety and equitable practices. Stoner began her new role July 1. NEWOWNERSHIP 13 Novita Spa and Medical Rejuvena- tion Clinic on the Georgetown Square is now under new ownership. The business was taken over by Rich Ryan, who also owns Halina Spa in Round Rock, in early June. Novita will continue to be in its current location at 109 W. Seventh St., Georgetown. The staff and the services offered, such as facials, wraps, Botox, coolsculpting, laser hair removal and more, will also remain as they are. 512-864-2773. https://novitaspa.com ANNIVERSARIES 14 Full-service pet facility Ponderosa

CLOSINGS 17 Bella Sera Italian Restaurant closed its Georgetown location due to the corona- virus pandemic. Bella Sera was located at 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, George- town. The business closed June 1. 18 For the Birds closed its business June 27, co-owner Karen Huffman told Community Impact Newspaper . The business shuttered due to the coro- navirus pandemic, Huffman said. For the Birds sold bird seeds, accessories, feeders and more. For the Birds was located at 1103 Williams Drive, Bldg. 4, Ste. 400, Georgetown. 512-688-5278. www.itsforthebirds.biz/home.html IN THE NEWS 19 Austin Regional Clinic Georgetown has added pediatrics to its care team, a June 18 news release said. Dr. Grace Averitt will offer complete pediatric care for newborns, young children, adolescents and teens, including immu- nizations and well-checks, the release said. She is available for both in-clinic and telemedicine visits as well as for free, personal pediatric meet-and-greet video visits. Averitt is board-certified in pediatrics. ARC Georgetown at 940 W. University Ave., Georgetown, opened in

Pet Resort celebrated its 10th anniversary March 2. The business offers pet boarding, day care, day school, bathing services and professional dog training. Ponderosa is lo- cated at 2815 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-686-2780. https://ponderosapets.com EXPANSIONS 15 Artsea Lessons & Studio is now offering online classes. The Watercolor Wednesdays three-hour Zoom work- shops are 10 a.m.-1 p.m. and consist of a paint-along that includes personal instant feedback and critique, studio assistant Kim Nelson said. The lesson is for intermediate to advanced students, and the cost is $30. Once registered, attendees will be sent an email with the drawing, link and password for the event. The studio plans to reopen in late August for in-person classes at 915 Rockmoor Drive, Georgetown. 512-876-9091. www.kimhoerster.com 16 Barrels & Amps added a second larger stage and bar to its business in early June. The whiskey bar is located on the Georgetown Square at 718 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, and offers a variety of alco- holic drinks, including 75 beers on tap. The business is also known to hold live music events when it is safe to do so and serves gastropub food. The first portion of Barrels & Amps opened in September. Takeout is available. 512-688-5717. https://barrelsandamps.com

completely customized and have prices starting at $380,000. The homes are locat- ed at 1115 E. Seventh St., Georgetown. 512- 695-3322. http://sangabrielbuilders.com 9 Become Anchored , a mental health professionals office, is coming soon to 402 W. University Ave., Georgetown. The office plans to open Aug. 8 and offers support in health and wellness for the body and mind. It hosts licensed professional counselors, licensed marriage and family therapists, licensed clinical social workers and licensed massage therapists. 224-543-6292. www.becomeanchored.com RELOCATIONS 10 Hear It All relocated from Liberty Hill to Georgetown on June 8. The business of- fers diagnostic hearing evaluations as well as hearing aid repair, service and fitting. Hear It All is located near Sun City at 4859 Williams Drive, Ste. 109, Georgetown. 512-357-8000. https://hearitall.us 11 Mikey V’s Hot Sauce Shop is relo- cating on the Georgetown Square early next year, owner Michael Valencia said. The business will move from its current location at 711 S. Main St., Georgetown, and replace Brave Vira Yoga at 112 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. It plans to open in January. In addition to relocat- ing, Mikey V’s will expand to include a taco restaurant named Mikey V’s Tacos on the Square operated at the back of the building. www.mikeyvsfoods.com

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TRANSPORTATIONUPDATES

COMPILED BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

FEATURED PROJECT 1 The city of Georgetown is using hot-in-place recycling for street maintenance projects through- out the city. The treatment is an alternative to mill and asphalt overlay and extends the life of the pavement, preserving the city’s investment as well as providing a new asphalt surface, according to the city. Maintenance was planned to start in June for the following roads: Sun City Boulevard, La Quinta Drive, Oak Tree Dive, Sawgrass Trail, Spyglass Circle, Logan Ranch Road, Stillwater Court, Wing Foot Cove, Turnberry Court, Magnolia Court, Torrey Pines Circle and Jasper Court. The rest of the roads will be worked on this summer, but an exact date has yet to be determined. Updates from the city can be found at http://transportation.georgetown. org/2020-street-maintenance-projects.

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2 Southwest Bypass Williamson County and the city of Georgetown announced the opening of the nal 1.5 miles of the Southwest Bypass project May 26. This nal segment connects the city’s portion of the project—Hwy. 29 to RM 2243—to the south- bound access road of I-35 at SE Inner Loop. Georgetown Mayor Dale Ross said the 4-mile loop around the southwest side of the city provides a key connection for Georgetown drivers. The city opened the initial 2.4-mile segment of the bypass in 2018. For nearly two decades, Williamson County planned this mobility project to be a critical connection to relieve congestion at main intersections of I-35 in George- town as the area continues to grow, a news release said. Timeline: June 3, 2016-May 26, 2020 Cost: nal portion of project cost $19.8 million Funding source: Williamson County voter-approved road bonds 3 Hwy. 195 and Berry Creek Drive The project aims to improve safety by closing the existing crossover and rerouting turning trac to new turn- arounds and auxiliary lanes. It included the construction of a new auxiliary lane from I-35 to a new crossover located about 1,200 feet north of the current Berry Creek Drive crossover. A right-turn lane for Berry Creek also was constructed. Trac wishing to turn left on Berry Creek will U-turn at the new crossover and merge over to the new turn lane to access Berry Creek. Berry Creek trac wishing to head north on Hwy. 195 will turn right on Hwy. 195 and use the new acceleration lane to merge with trac and U-turn at a new crossover west of the I-35 frontage road. Timeline: February-June 2020 Cost: $776,000 Funding source: Texas Department of Transportation

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PUBLIC SAFETY Police chief works to improve the department; investigates all reports of racially unjust policing

Chuck Collins, executive director of Southeast Georgetown Community Council, said he has worked with the chief to improve policing via this initiative. Collins, a Black man, has been a resident of Georgetown for 20 years, and he said he has seen an improvement in how people of color are treated by the police since Nero took over. “Just in my experience, I’ve seen a change in the way the ocers that I’ve come in contact with [have] changed their attitude and the way they can handle things,” Collins said. Under state law, GPD began collecting data on stops of vehicles and pedestrians in 2001. The purpose for the reports are to evaluate and compare the number of motor vehicle stops of people who are recognized as racial or ethnic minorities and persons who are not recognized as racial or ethnic minorities as well as examining the disposition of motor vehicle stops made by ocers employed by the agency, the annual racial proling report said

has lowered the number of stops made across the board frommore than 14,500 stops in 2015 to more than 10,900 in 2019. In addition, the breakdown of race and ethnicity of the individuals stopped also remains proportion- ally similar each year, according to the data. While GPD tends to stop more white individuals than any other race, the city of Georgetown also has a higher population of white people–86.29% according to the last census–compared to Hispanic, Black and other races or ethnicities. In Nero’s time as chief, he also created the Com- mUNITY Initiative, which he said is not new but is a working strategic framework for how GPD addresses community engagement.

BY ALI LINAN

As the country continues to face protests in support of Black Lives Matter following the death of George Floyd and others while in police custody, Community Impact Newspaper looked at racial prol- ing instances in the Georgetown Police Department over the last ve years. GPD Chief Wayne Nero has been the head of the department since 2010. Nero said in his 10 years, the department has had ve complaints of racially unjust policing, all of which were investigated and all of which were unfounded, he said. “Our policies are very clear on the matter of racial-based policing, and such actions would not be tolerated,” Nero said. Nero said if such a complaint is submitted, it is captured into a complaint-management system and thoroughly investigated by the ocer’s chain of command or the GPD Professional Standards Division. He added that all matters regarding racially unjust policing are investigated and/or reviewed by the professional standards division. If corrective action is warranted, it is handled at the appropriate level within the chain of command up to and includ- ing the oce of the chief, he said. Since becoming chief, Nero said he has also made policy changes he believes have collectively improved the department. Some of those changes include establishing a vision, a mission and a core values structure to build throughout the organiza- tion; rewriting the policy manual in accordance with law-enforcement best practices; increasing hours of training per ocer; and improving accountability through transparency, among others. Some of the changes can be seen through the department’s annual racial proling analysis reports. The reports have been required under Texas law since 2001 to evaluate a department’s policing based on race and ethnicity. According to reports between 2015 and 2019, GPD

WHO IS BEING STOPPED? Below is a breakdown of who the Georgetown Police Department stopped by race and ethinicity over ve years. Changes in data collection in 2017 removed Middle Eastern and Native American as categories and replaced it with Alaska Native.

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RESTORATION Georgetown’soniondome comesdown; newreplica tobe installed inearly fall

BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE

The Georgetown Square’s iconic onion dome was removed June 18 from its perch atop the Old Masonic Lodge Building, which currently houses the restaurant Gumbo’s North. A hailstorm in 2018 caused severe damage to the building, owner Chris Damon said. Though he could see the dome itself was damaged, his primary concern was the pedestal, which could only be inspected by removing the dome. The impact was substantial enough to warrant a new dome, Damon said. “But isn’t it historic?” is a question Damon said he has received from some people. The onion dome removed the morning of June 18 was actually built in 1985 and is a replica of the original, he said. The rst dome was built in 1900. About a decade and a half later, it disappeared. In photographs after 1917 or thereabouts, there is no dome, and there is no known record of what happened to it, Damon said. “There are stories that it fell o in a storm, but that doesn’t sound right based on how the building is built,” he said. The original dome was made of copper, so another theory is that it was melted down as part of World War I preparation eorts. “That’s conceivable,” Damon said. “It’s inter- esting that it wasn’t that long ago, yet it’s kind of a big mystery.” The building remained domeless until 1985, when the woman who owned the building prior to Damon was driving through Kentucky and saw an onion dome in a pasture. She inquired about it and was referred to Cambellsville Industries Inc., a church steeple and cupola installation company trademarked “the steeple people.” The company recreated the new dome to resemble its vanished 1900s predecessor, and

The dome was located on the Georgetown Square above Gumbo's North.

The Onion dome was removed June 18 after experiencing hail damage. (Photos by John Cox/Community Impact Newspaper)

it was installed at the original location at 701 S. Main St., where it lived until now. Damon said he contacted Cambellsville Indus- tries and was pleased to learn many of the same people were still working there, and they had all of the plans from the 1985 project. As a result, the new, third dome will be identi- cal to the former. While it is under construction, the building will undergo other repairs with the restaurant remaining open, and Damon said he hopes the new dome will arrive around September. “We hope to have a dome-raising party,” Damon said regarding inviting the community to come watch the new structure’s installation [if the coronavirus pandemic allows]. “It will be a fun thing.” But what does one do with an old onion dome? “We don’t have a plan for the [recently removed] dome right now,” Damon said. “It’s going to sit in our general contractor’s pasture.” At rst, Damon said, he liked the idea of donat- ing it to a charity to be auctioned o, for example, but it is extremely expensive to transport, to the point that plan is not feasible. “We need to gure out a forever plan for the old dome,” he said. “The temporary plan is to set it aside for a little bit and ponder.”

The dome was a replica of one built in 1900.

The owner hopes to replace the dome by fall.

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EDUCATION 202021 budget of $174Mapproved by school board

Georgetown ISD board of trustees The next meeting is at 7 p.m. Aug. 17 in the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning Boardroom, 507 E. University Ave., Georgetown. MEETINGSWE COVER

BY ALI LINAN

GEORGETOWN ISD The George- town ISD board of trustees voted to approve its budget for scal year 2020-21 on June 15. The budget includes the general fund, the food service fund and the debt service fund. For revenues, the district antici- pates bringing in a total of $174.56 million, including local, state and federal funding. That is broken down into $130.14 million for the general fund, $5.44 million for the food service fund and $38.98 million for the debt service fund. The budget has an anticipated $167.98 million in expenditures. The general fund breaks down into $71.87 million in instruction, $7.66 million in school leadership, $13.01 million in maintenance, $3.99 million in general administration, $4.7 million in transportation and $2.05 million in curriculum and sta development. This also includes the 3% pay raise for teachers the board approved in May,

as well as a pay raise for other sta. The net revenue over expenditures is budgeted at $6.58 million, which will be assigned to the fund balance, which can be used for a specic

purpose at the discretion of the board. The district also plans to use $5 million to sell bonds early and save taxpayers $4 million in interest costs over 20 years, ocials said.

REVENUE VS. EXPENSES Below is a breakdown of the GISD 2020-21 scal year general fund budget.

EXPENSES Total: $130,137,709

Local: $113,095,095

Instruction: $71,866,776

State: $15,547,614

Federal: $1,435,000 Other: $60,000

Instructional leadership: $3,145,094 Other: $6,908,222 Data processing: $3,358,982 Co-curricular/extracurricular: $3,570,148 General administration: $3,990,209 Transportation: $4,700,824 Guidance and counseling: $4,868,411 Instruction services between public schools: $7,057,420 School leadership: $7,659,147 Maintenance: $13,012,476

REVENUE Total: $130,137,709

SOURCE: GEORGETOWN ISDCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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