Georgetown Edition | March 2021

GEORGETOWN EDITION

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Georgetownmoms reect on work-life balance in a pandemic After one year, parenting challenges remain high

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AS LIKELY AS FATHERS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST OF THE HOUSEWORK AND CAREGIVING IN THE PANDEMIC.

MOTHERS ARE MORE

BY ALI LINAN

life, for some Georgetown moms relief from the stressful year cannot come soon enough. “I feel like it’s never ending. It’s going to end in April; it’s going to end in May; it’s going to end in June,” Georgetown mom Dana Martin said. “It just kept going and going and going, and we just have to roll with the punches.” The added workload of having chil- dren home has led to about 2.5 million CONTINUED ON 24

In the year since the start of the coro- navirus pandemic, the idea of what is normal has shifted, particularly within family units. With the burden of maintaining sta- bility falling predominantly on moms, studies have found that they have had to sacrice more of themselves in COVID-19 times than they did previ- ously.While vaccine distributions oer a glimmer of hope to a post-COVID-19

Georgetown momDana Martin works from home full-time while helping her kids with virtual learning. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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winter peak usage The 2021 winter storm created an unprecedented demand for power, as evidenced by year-over-year megawatt data from Georgetown energy providers and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas. +22.86%

City issues $45Mbond for winter stormenergy costs

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Georgetown owes the Electric Reliability Council of Texas an estimated $45 million in energy costs incurred during the February winter storm that nearly caused the state’s energy grid to collapse. To pay for it, the city will issue $47.8 million in debt. As of press time, Georgetown is expected to pay an estimated $44.8 million by April 1 to ERCOT through Shell Energy for energy purchased from Feb. 16-19. CONTINUED ON 26

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106 Benchmark St, Georgetown, TX 78626 Rick Rabon | 512-626-0877

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1003 Sunny Meadows Loop, Georgetown, TX 78626 Jeff Sehon | 512-695-2919

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Businesses that have recently opened or are coming soon, relocating or expanding

currently operating on referrals only. BYB Fitness is located at 1920 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-333-1131. Instagram: BYBFitnessTX 5 Georgetown Country Club celebrated the grand opening of its state-of-the- art full swing golf practice area with new netting and lights Feb. 13. The area also includes cornhole stations that will be used to host cornhole leagues and a horseshoe station as well as picnic benches, tables and reclining chairs. Georgetown Country Club is located at 1500 Country Club Road, Georgetown. 512-930-4577. www.georgetowncountryclub.net COMING SOON 6 Upscale private gated RV commu- nity Reagan Ridge RV Park is coming to Georgetown in spring 2022. The park will have 71 RV spaces and require a private code to enter the property. It will also have on-site self-storage, walking paths, a dog park, high-speed internet, a com- munity center and more. Construction is scheduled to begin in March. Reagan Ridge RV Park will be located at 26690 Ronald W. Reagan Blvd., Georgetown. 512-705-5501. www.reaganridgerv.com RELOCATIONS 7 The Exchange of Georgetown relocated in early January but remains in downtown Georgetown. The upscale consignment store is now located at 222 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. It was previously located at 109 W. Seventh St., Georgetown. The new location no longer sells children’s clothing, but it continues to have women’s clothing, accessories and shoes as well as boutique items. 512-864-9822. https://exchangegeorgetown. myshopify.com 8 Harmony & Health relocated within Georgetown on Jan. 4. The acupuncture, oriental medicine and massage therapy business is now located at 104 Golden Oaks Drive, Georgetown. It was previ- ously located at 2913 Williams Drive, Ste. 225, Georgetown. 512-921-9899. www.harmonyandhealth.com

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NOWOPEN 1 Specialty Remodelers opened in Georgetown in December. The business oers room additions, kitchen and bath remodels, cabinets, ooring and special- ty wall nishes. Specialty Remodelers is

is not open to the public but sells Funko Pop animation products through Amazon. Willy’s Toy Box is located at 3875 E. University Ave., Ste. 101, Georgetown. Amazon search: Willy’s Toy Box 3 D-Bat Georgetown celebrated its grand opening Feb. 13. D-Bat is a state- of-the-art baseball and softball training facility that oers four pitching lanes, ve machine lanes, seven hitting lanes and a HitTrax system. Players can sign up for personal training and get access

to strength and conditioning equipment. The business is located at 101 Patriot Way, Georgetown. 512-886-3228. www.dbatgeorgetown.com 4 Build Your Better Fitness , or BYB Fitness , opened in Georgetown on Feb. 1. The gym took over the space previously occupied by Mortal CrossFit and has three gym options including a training area, an outdoor farm t program, and an Olympic weight and lifting gym. The gym is

located at 4400 W. Hwy. 29, Georgetown. 512-743-0553. www.specialtyremodelers.com

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9 Luxury custom home builder Ashby Signature Homes will be relocating its of- ce to 3816 Williams Drive, Georgetown, in the summer. The business is currently located at 4809 Williams Drive, George- town. Ashby Signature Homes works to give homeowners complete control over the design, layout and appearance of their new home. 512-943-9237. www.ashbysignature.com 10 Texas Outdoor Power Equipment is building a new oce at 2301 Airport Road, Georgetown, where it will relocate once complete. The business is currently located at 111 Halmar Cove, Georgetown. Construc- tion is expected to begin in March and be completed in early 2022. Texas Outdoor Power Equipment is a landscape power equipment distributor. 512-863-2998. https://topequipment.net 11 Ochna Health Direct Primary Care

will relocate its Georgetown oce April 5. The medical practice was previ- ously located at 4749 Williams Drive, Ste. 304, Georgetown. It will now be located at 1821 Westinghouse Road, Ste. 1190, Georgetown. Ochna Health oers primary care services through an all-inclusive monthly membership program in which no insurance is required. Patients have access to doctors by phone, secure text message, patient portal and telemedicine services. 512-348-6399. https://ochnahealth.com EXPANSIONS 12 The sweet shop 18 Carrot Bakery expanded to take its entire space Feb. 1 after Sip ‘N Stain left at the end of January. The business is located at 710 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown, and sells cakes by the slice, pies, cheesecakes, muns,

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FEATURED IMPACT IN THE NEWS The onion dome returned to the Georgetown Square on Jan. 27. The new dome is the third to sit atop the Old Masonic Lodge Building, which currently houses restaurant Gumbo’s North, located at 701 S. Main St. The second dome, which was removed in cookies, scones and more. 512-688-4199. www.18carrotbakery.com 13 Habitat for Humanity is expand- ing the sales oor of its Georgetown ReStore, it announced Feb. 9. ReStores are nonprot home improvement stores and donation centers that sell new and gently

June due to hail damage, was built in 1985 and was a replica of the original dome built in 1900. Building owner Chris Damon said that the new dome is “completely new but exactly the same [as the previous],” only that it has added night lights that make it “dazzling.” used furniture, appliances, building ma- terial, home accessories and more to the public at a fraction of the retail price. The Georgetown ReStore is located at 2108 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-863-4344. www.habitat.org/us-tx/georgetown/ h-williamson-county

We aren’t out of the pandemic just yet, but lucky for us all we made it through last year! And things are looking up.

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While our practice has always had an intense focus on infection control, over the past year we have taken additional steps to ensure the safety of our patients, staff and doctors: • Universal face mask precautions for all patients and families • Increased sanitation of all high-traffic and contact areas • Temperature and COVID-19 screenings for all patients, parents, employees and doctors We are conveniently located at Shell Road and Williams Drive. Call today to schedule your appointment. • Upgrades to our HVAC system to filter and decontaminate the air • Single-use and disposable medical gas tubing • Class B hospital-grade sterilization of dental instruments • Increased number of isolated treatment rooms

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Dell Children’s pediatricians, now in your neighborhood At the new Dell Children’s Medical Group primary care clinics, our pediatricians and care teams start by listening to deliver the care that’s right for your child. From newborns to teens, children need routine wellness visits to check how they’re growing, identify health issues, get recommended vaccinations and get care for common illnesses and injuries. And if your child needs more care, we’ll connect you to pediatric specialists in heart, cancer, brain and spine, emergency care and more. Ask if a virtual visit is an option for your child’s care. We are maintaining strict precautions for your family’s safety while in our care. Don’t delay, talk with a pediatrician in your neighborhood today. Welcoming new patients, in-person and virtual visits available

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LIVEMUSIC BARKING ARMADILLO 507 River Bend 512-240-5137 https://barkingarmadillo.com MARCH 20 Bethany Becker, 7 p.m.

21 Neel Cole, 2 p.m. 27 Bob Case, 7 p.m. 28 Flame, 2 p.m. APRIL

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10 Michael Dart, 7 p.m. BARRELS &S 718 S. Austin Ave. 512-688-5717 www.barrelsandammps.com MARCH 20 Braydon Zink, 7 p.m. 26 The Waymores, 9 p.m. 27 Colby Keeling, 7 p.m. HARDTAILS 1515 N. I-35 512-869-5454 https://hardtailsbarandgrill.com APRIL 03 Code Blue, 8 p.m. 10 Jason Kane White & The Lonesome, 9 p.m. SOUTH FORK FUN, FOODAND BREW 3309 W. Hwy. 29 512-593-2376 www.southforkgtx.com MARCH 20 Jo Ellen and The Box of Chocolates, 6 p.m. 21 Blevins Band, 6 p.m. 28 Iconix, 7 p.m. APRIL 09 Chris Manning, 7 p.m. SWEET LEMONKITCHEN 812 S. Church St. 512-270-0812 www.sweetlemonkitchen.com MARCH 20 Dinner, drinks & Jazz, 5:30 p.m. ROOTS 118 W. Eighth St. 512-863-7080 www.rootsonthesquare.com MARCH 19 Chase Gassaway, 7 p.m. APRIL 10 Sam Lee Grona & Kyle Pilard, 7 p.m.

The Bird Photography Sunrise Stroll is a workshop specic to bird photography and for those familiar with their camera settings. Participants will work on composition, lighting, bird behavior and identication, angle and point of focus. Some species participants can expect to photograph include great egrets, wintering ducks, cormorants, meadowlarks, Eastern Phoebes and more. 7-9 a.m. $69. Berry Springs Park and Preserve, 1801 CR 152. 512-467-7676. www.precision-camera.com/bird-photography-sunrise-stroll

More than 70 local wedding vendors will be present at the annual Georgetown Bridal Show. Everything needed to plan a wedding from cakes, catering and DJs to event centers, orists, dance lessons and more will be present in one location. There will also be a bridal fashion show, and there are also several prizes up for grabs including a honeymoon giveaway. Noon-4 p.m. $10. Sheraton Austin Georgetown Hotel & Conference Center, 1101 Woodlawn St. 512-930-3535. www.georgetownbridalshow.com

MARCH 20 TAKE PART IN AN EGG HUNT Wolf Ranch Town Center hosts the Hide & Peep Egg Hunt event. The day includes photos with the Easter Bunny, balloon artists, and arts and crafts. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave. 512-930-8008. https://wolfranchtowncenter.com 26 PULL, SHOOT & SERVE AT FUNDRAISER Take part in the Pull, Shoot & Serve Clay Shoot Fundraiser for Opportunities for Williamson and Burnet Counties. The event is a 10-station clay shoot where all proceeds will go toward OWBC programs including Head Start, Meals on Wheels and Community Services. At the event, an ATV and gun will be raed o. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. $1,200 (per team of ve). Reunion Ranch, 850 CR 255. 512-763-1400. www.owbc-tx.org 26 THROUGHAPRIL 25 GEORGETOWN PALACE PRESENTS ‘ALMOST, MAINE’ “Almost, Maine” tells the story a deeply cold and magical midwinter night in Almost where the residents experience the life-altering power of the human heart. Relationships end, begin or change beyond recognition as strangers become friends, friends become lovers and lovers turn into strangers. There is a two-seat separation between parties. Time varies. $32 (military, student), $34. Georgetown Palace Theatre, 810 S. Austin Ave., Georgetown. 512-869-7469. www.georgetownpalace.com 30 TEST YOUR TRIVIA KNOWLEDGE Test your knowledge and compete against your friends and other patrons at Barrels & Amps general trivia night. The event is held every other Tuesday. 7 p.m.

Concert in the Park(ing Lot) with Hair Metal Giants. Sing along to your favorite 80s bands and grab a bite to eat. The event takes place in front of Ross Dress for Less. Parking starts at 5 p.m. 7-10 p.m. Free. Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1015 W. University Ave. 512-930-8008. www.wolfranchtowncenter.com 10 LEARN ABOUT WILDFLOWERS AND POLLINATORS Garey Park sta hosts an interpretive hike focused on wildowers and pollinators. Participants will play Wildower Bingo and learn about the wildowers commonly present in the area and the pollinators that help them thrive. The hike will cover approximately 1-3 miles. Pre-registration is required. Be prepared to wear a face mask when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. 9-10 a.m. $8 (resident), $10 (nonresident). Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243. 512-930-6800. https://parks.georgetown.org/gareypark/ garey-park-programs/ 10 SUPPORT LOCAL SELLERS AT VENDOR FAIR Georgetown, Round Rock, Austin Women’s Networking Social hosts its rst vendor market at South Fork Fun, Food and Brew. Shoppers can nd crafts, clothing, makeup, salsa, baked goods, services and more. 2-6 p.m. Free. South Fork Fun, Food and Brew, 3309 W. Hwy. 29. Search Facebook: Georgetown, RR, & Austin Metro Women’s Networking Social 13 TAKE PART IN MUSIC BINGO Test your music knowledge every Tuesday night at Mulligan’s. Music Bingo combines your favorite tunes throughout the decades with a classic game. Your host will play a snippet of a song, and you guess the song title or band. If you have the title of the song on your card, mark it o. 5:30 p.m. Free. Mulligan’s, 150 Dove Hollow Trail. 512-688-5188. www.mulligansrestaurant.org

Free. Barrels & Amps, 718 S. Austin Ave. 512-688-5717. www.barrelsandamps.com APRIL 07 TAKE A GUIDED WALK OF GAREY PARK Join a Garey Park sta member for an introduction to the Garey Park trail system and learn more about what the park has to oer. The walk will cover approximately 1-3 miles. Pre-registration is required. Be prepared to wear a face mask when 6 feet of distance cannot be maintained. 6-7 p.m. $2 (resident), $4 (nonresident). Garey Park, 6450 RM 2243. 512-930-6800. https://parks.georgetown.org/gareypark/ garey-park-programs 09 GRAB GRUB AT CARVER ELEMENTARY Carver Elementary School hosts Food Truck Friday with two entree trucks and a dessert truck. This is the rst of three nights held during April. 5-8 p.m. Free. Carver Elementary School, 4901 Scenic Lake Drive. 512-943-5070. www.facebook.com/georgetowncolts 10 MARCH IN MEMORY OF BATAAN Take part in a virtual Bataan Memorial Death March around Good Water Loop. Hosted by VFW Post 9170, the course is 26.9 miles long and honors the 75,000 U.S. and Filipino soldiers forced to march about 65 miles to prisoner of war camps after falling captive to the Japanese in 1942. The traditional Bataan Memorial Death March takes place at White Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, New Mexico, each year. It, too, will be held virtually. 7:30 a.m. Free. Tejas Park, CR 258, Liberty Hill. 361-318-0900. Facebook: VFW Post 9170 10 ROCK OUT TO 80S MUSIC Wolf Ranch Town Center presents

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District emerges fromTexas storm largely unscathed GEORGETOWN ISD After a series of winter storms hit Texas causing record-breaking freezes and severe damage, Georgetown ISD was one of the few Central Texas districts that opened every campus Feb. 22. GISD canceled classes Feb. 12 as Brent added that while the district did sustain some damage at some of its support facilities, including concession stands and restrooms at secondary ath- letic elds, the district plans to bring in portable toilets to those facilities, as they may remain inoperable for a period of time until repairs are made. BY ALI LINAN

Teacher, staCOVID vaccines available GEORGETOWN ISD The district, through its partnership with Lone Star Circle of Care, received 200 doses of the Mod- erna COVID-19 vaccine during the week of March 15, according to Texas Department of State Health Services data. GISD Executive Director for Communications Melinda Brasher said the district is con- tacting and scheduling teachers and sta for the vaccine, if they have not already been vaccinated through previous opportunities with the county. This opportunity is available to all teachers and sta whether they fall under Phase 1B or not as many sta members who qualify under Phase 1B have already been vaccinated, Brasher said. Vaccines will take place at the district’s health and well- ness center, which operates out of Richarte High School, located at 2295 N. Austin Ave., Georgetown. BY ALI LINAN

ice and snow covered roads. Classes were already not scheduled Feb. 15-17 for teacher professional learning and workdays. Those events were can- celed, as were classes Feb. 18-19. Superintendent Fred Brent said after a nal assessment of the district’s facilities Feb. 21, it was determined students could return to in-person and virtual learning safely Feb. 22.

“I’m thankful for the leadership of the men and women who helped us open up our schools on time. I’m very proud,” Brent said during a Feb. 23 school board meeting. While students lost three educa- tional days, Brent said the district is submitting a waiver to the state so that those days will not need to be made up.

Large icicles blocked the entrance to Georgetown ISD’s Lakeway Technology Center. (Courtesy Roy Martinez)

District sees improved dropout rate, high graduation rate in state report

TAPR BREAKDOWN Here is a look at Georgetown ISD compared to Region 13 and Texas in graduation and dropout rates.

Graduation rate for class of 2019

The report is typically two school years behind and does not yet show the impact of the coronavirus pan- demic on student learning or district data, ocials said. With the state waiving the State of Texas Assess- ments of Academic Readiness testing requirement in spring 2020 due to the pandemic, that data is missing as well, ocials said. However, the report did nd the district reduced its high school dropout rate from 0.6% in the 2017-18 school year to 0.5% in the 2018-19 school year. GISD also reported a higher gradua- tion rate at 96% for the class of 2019, compared to the state rate of 90% and the region rate of 93%.

BY ALI LINAN

GEORGETOWN ISD Wes Vanicek, Georgetown ISD chief strategist for assessment and feedback, presented ndings from the 2019-20 Texas Academic Performance Report to the board during a Feb. 23 meeting. The annual TAPR gives student performance data of each school and district. Performance is shown by student groups, including eth- nicity and socioeconomic status, according to the Texas Education Agency website. The report also compares the district to state and regional districts. GISD is in Region 13.

96%

GISD

93%

Region 13

90%

State

DATES TOKNOW Student holiday, no classes April 12

Dropout rate

GISD

2017-18: 0.6%

2018-19: 0.5%

Georgetown ISD board of trustees Next meeting is at 7 p.m. March 23 in the Hammerlun Center for Leadership and Learning Boardroom, 507 E. University Ave., Georgetown MEETINGSWE COVER

Region 13

2017-18: 1.3%

2018-19: 1.4%

State

2017-18: 1.9%

2018-19: 1.9%

SOURCE: TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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CITY& COUNTY

News from Georgetown & Williamson County

NewHEBcoming toWolf LakesVillage GEORGETOWN A new HEB is slated to come to Georgetown’s Wolf Lakes Village pending nal City BY ALI LINAN

SMALLBUSINESS GRANTS

Eligibility for the program is as follows:

If the company made that invest- ment, it would not leave its current location for many years, nor would it invest in any other upgrades, leaving an older store for Georgetown residents, Wolf McLachlan added. Instead, by relocating to Wolf Lakes Village, HEB will invest $50 million into a new store with a series of upgrades, including a drive-thru pharmacy and a barbecue restaurant with ground-level and balcony-level seating, O’Brien said. The new store would also be 117,000 square feet, about twice the size of the current store, he said. “We’re replacing an obsolete store that does not serve Georgetown well, does not represent the HEB brand well, and bring[ing] something we believe is special to Georgetown with the best that HEB has to oer,” O’Brien said. A rm open date for the new loca- tion and close date for the current location have not been disclosed. But Wolf McLachlan said with the coming new EPA regulations on the refrigerators, HEB is highly moti- vated to move quickly on the project, pending nal approvals. Next the project will go to the planning and zoning commission, which will then oer a recommenda- tion to City Council, she said.

must be a food service, bar, hotel or motel; must be physically located in Williamson County;

must have Williamson County Food Establishment or Mobile Food Establishment permit, TABC on-premises license or caterers permit or pay Texas Hotel Occupancy Tax; food service and/or bar establishments must receive at least 50% of income from sale of food and/or beverages; and businesses that sell fuel do not qualify.

Council approval, it was announced during a March 9 council workshop meeting. Wolf Lakes Village is a 164-acre master-planned community that will be located on the corner of I-35 and West University Avenue just north of Wolf Ranch Town Center. If approved, the new HEB will be able to close on the contract with Wolf Lakes LP to purchase the land. This store would replace the current store east of I-35 on University Avenue and meet the beautication and architectural standards set by the planned unit development, including having a European aesthetic that will encompass all of Wolf Lakes Village, Wolf Lakes LP President Iva Wolf McLachlan said. A main driver in opening a new store is due to needed major upgrades to the current store, HEB Real Estate Director Jared O’Brien said. If HEB was to remain at its current location, it would need to invest $6 million-$12 million in new refrigerators alone to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency regulations that go into eect in about a year and a half, he said. NEWFEATURES If approved, the new H-E-B will oer the following: SOURCE: HEBCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

$10Mgrant programaimed at food, drink and lodging small businesses

BY ALI LINAN

well as hotels and motels. The rst took place in June and was a $35 million grant program open to all small businesses with less than 100 employees. The money for the program would come from the initial approx- imately $93 million the county received in coronavirus relief aid funding in April. As of March 9 and prior to allocating money to the new grant program, the county had about $20 million remaining.

WILLIAMSON COUNTY The Williamson County Commissioners Court approved a $10 million second round grant programMarch 9 for area businesses in food, drink and lodging industries that have been nancially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is the second small-busi- ness grant program the county will operate with this program focus- ing on food and bar businesses as

Countyfollowsstatemaskmandatechanges

BY ALI LINAN

to operate at full capacity in all counties not in an area with high hospitalizations. Nonetheless, individuals are still strongly encouraged to wear a face covering over the nose and mouth when unable to maintain 6 feet of distance, per the order. Businesses can make a decision on whether patrons are required to wear a mask.

BBQ restaurant with ground-level and balcony-level seating Drive-thru pharmacy Drive-thru curbside pick up

WILLIAMSON COUNTY As of March 10, Williamson County no longer requires individuals to wear masks, per Gov. Greg Abbott’s March 2 announcement that would remove the statewide mask mandate eective March 10. Per the orders, Texans are no longer required to wear a mask, and all businesses are allowed

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SPRING HOLLOW

New location: Approximately 117,000 sq. ft.

Current location: Approximately 60,000 sq. ft.

COUNTY REOPENINGS Williamson County parks and trails have also reopened. Here is what is now available. OPEN • All group pavilion rentals returned to original occupancy limits; • All overnight campsites at Berry Springs Park and Preserve and Williamson County Expo Center are available for use; and • Expo Center events will return to original occupancy limits, but the hall will remain closed due to winter storm damage.

WOLF LAKES DR.

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SOURCE: WILLIAMSON COUNTYCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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City facilities now open at 100% capacity

Williamson Central Appraisal District oers property tax exemption due towinter storm

BY ALI LINAN

buildings, multifamily buildings and other real property buildings; and certain manufactured homes used as a dwelling. The appraisal district determines if the property qualies for the temporary exemption and assigns a damage assessment rating based upon available information, it said. More information and how to le can be found at www.wcad.org/ temporary-disaster-exemption. Georgetown City Council Meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month at 6 p.m. 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown 512-931-7715 • www.georgetown.org Williamson County Commissioners Court Meets Tuesdays at 9:30 a.m. 710 S. Main St., Georgetown 512-943-1550 • www.wilco.org MEETINGSWE COVER

WILLIAMSON COUNTY The Williamson Central Appraisal District is oering a new tax exemption for properties that sustained damage from the winter storm in February, according to a news release. According to the disaster decla- ration issued by Gov. Greg Abbott, qualifying properties that sustained at least 15% damage from the disaster can receive a temporary exemption of a portion of the appraised prop- erty value, the release said. A property owner must apply for the temporary exemption. The ling deadline is May 28. The exemption only applies to qualifying properties such as tangible business personal property used for income production if the owner led a 2021 rendition; an improvement to real property, which would include residential buildings, commercial buildings, industrial

BY FERNANDA FIGUEROA

GEORGETOWN Most George- town city facilities will reopen at 100% capacity in accordance with Gov. Greg Abbott’s executive order announced March 2, according to a March 10 news release. Following direction provided by City Council on March 9, the public will still be required to wear a face mask in all city facilities. Visitors of city facilities who do not have a face mask will be provided with one, the release said. Numerous safety protocols will continue to be followed within city facilities, including physical distancing, health screenings and Plexiglass at all reception areas. Additionally, city employees will be required to wear a face mask inside city facilities and when interacting face to face with

customers, residents and employ- ees, it said. City board and commission meetings will continue to be held virtually, and City Council meetings will continue in a hybrid format, it said. Meeting times and agendas can be found at www.georgetown.org. Abbott’s order allows busi- nesses to no longer require safety protocols; however, individual business may continue to have safety measures in place and refuse service to individuals who do not abide by them. Georgetown City Hall is located at 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St., Georgetown. JOHN COXCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

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Georgetown embodied a caring community in February. We want to take a moment to thank everyone in our community who banded together to help out during the winter storm—from our City staff who worked 24/7 to restore and keep City services running to residents who stepped up to help their neighbors. This is why Georgetown is the greatest place to live and work. We see you, and we want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts. City staff and contractors work to distribute water and cleanup tree limbs and debris.

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WEATHER Winter conditions bring outages to isolated Texas power grid

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas manages an electric grid that covers most of Texas and is disconnected from larger interconnections covering the rest of the U.S.

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Winter collapse A Feb. 11 news release from ERCOT stated the agency issued notices from Feb. 8-11 about the cold weather expected to hit Texas and that gener- ators were asked to prepare for it. ERCOT followed with a Feb. 14 notice asking customers to reduce electricity through Feb. 16. The next day, ERCOT announced the council had begun rotating outages at 1:25 a.m. Feb. 15. More than 4.3 million Texans were without power the morning of Feb. 16, according to poweroutage.us. Despite early warnings, Ramanan Krishnamoorti, a chemical engineer- ing professor and chief energy ocer at the University of Houston, said he believes the state’s reliance on market conditions to manage supply and demand is partially responsible for outages given providers’ lack of incen- tive to begin production in advance of the supply shortage. He and Cohan also cited a low supply of natural gas. “The shortfall in natural gas supply is about 20 times as large as the shortfall in wind supply compared to expectations for a winter peak cold event,” Cohan said. Planning ahead The statewide outages were the fourth such event in ERCOT’s history. One result of the most recent event in February 2011—also caused by win- ter weather—was the publication of a federal report outlining past failures of power generators and recommending ERCOT and other authorities make winterization eorts a top concern.

BY BEN THOMPSON

WESTERN INTERCONNECTION Includes El Paso and far West Texas 1 EASTERN INTERCONNECTION Includes portions of East Texas and the panhandle region 2 3

Widespread power outages prompted by severe weather across Texas in February led to increased focus on the Electric Reliability Coun- cil of Texas, which manages statewide electric power ow. The failure of portions of the state’s power grid left millions of Texans without electric service the week of Feb. 15-19. As blackouts and power restoration eorts continued, public ocials, including Gov. Greg Abbott, called for an investigation of ERCOT. ERCOT did not respond to phone calls or email requests for comment. An independent system Texas’ power grid has long been controlled within the state, separate from eastern and western North Amer- ican interconnects. Founded in 1970, ERCOT operates under the supervision of the Public Utility Commission of Texas and the Texas Legislature and manages most of the state’s electric system and retail market. ERCOT ocials have highlighted benets of the insular system in the past, although its disconnect from the continent’s larger grids has left it prone to isolation issues during high-demand events, such as Febru- ary’s winter storms, experts said. “Staying independent keeps the management of our power systems within Texas. But it means that we can barely import any power when we need it most,” Daniel Cohan, a Rice University civil and environmental engineering professor, said via email.

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ERCOT INTERCONNECTION

ERCOT’s grid provides electric

ERCOT man- ages 90%

ERCOT provides for 26 million customers.

ERCOT’s grid includes 46,500 miles of transmission.

power to the majority of Texans.

of the Texas electrical load.

Real-time data varies, but more than half of ERCOT’s generation capacity comes from natural gas. Experts cited a natural gas shortage in February’s power outages.

POWER BREAKDOWN

2021 ERCOT grid power generating capacity 51% Natural gas 4.9% Nuclear

24.8% Wind 3.8% Solar

13.4% Coal 1.9% Other

0.2% Storage

TRACKING THE OUTAGES Millions of Texans lost power during winter storms Feb. 15-18.

• At 1:25 a.m. Feb. 15 , ERCOT began rotating outages from customers statewide • As much as 16,500 megawatts removed

• 4.3 million Texans were without power at 9 a.m. Feb. 16 • At least 111,800 customers lost power in Williamson County

from the grid due to forced outages Feb. 15 • 1 megawatt can power about 200 households during peak demand

SOURCES: ELECTRIC RELIABILITY COUNCIL OF TEXAS, PUBLIC UTILITY COMMISSION OF TEXAS, POWEROUTAGE.US COMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER

Beyond just following previous recommendations, the state and power suppliers could have further incentivized preparation for the record-breaking conditions experi- enced, Krishnamoorti said. “We knew that this polar vortex was coming at least a week ahead. We

could have planned,” he said. Cohan said he hopes the state will take a broader range of issues into consideration for potential updates to its energy systems. “We need to look beyond the elec- tricity system and realize that this is an energy systems crisis,” he said.

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