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BE IN THE KNOW The 2020 census is starting up; here is what you need to know. Every household will receive an information mailer in mid-March. Everyone should be counted where they are living on April 1.
With a 1% undercount in the 2010 census, Texas lost in federal funding over 10 years, according to census data. $3.59 billion
The federal government disperses $675 billion annually among states based on population. Local governments, nonprots and schools rely on census funding. POPULATIONCHANGES Federal funding heavily weighs on population counts taken from the census. Growing populations can mean more money but greater is the impact when there is an undercount.
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Estimated cost per year of a 1% undercount to the county: $187.31 M*
Estimated cost per year of a 1% undercount to the county: $85.01M*
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*CALCULATED USING THE CENSUS BUREAU'S ESTIMATION THAT EACH PERSON UNDERCOUNTED RESULTS IN A $1,500 LOSS PER YEAR FOR 10 YEARS SOURCE: U.S. CENSUS BUREAUCOMMUNITY IMPACT NEWSPAPER Local entitiespush for anaccuratecount in the2020census
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State inaction, privacy concerns drive outreach A statistic often cited—by elected ocials, journalists and residents alike—is the number of people who move to the Austin-Round Rock metro each day, on average. It is 105, according to a 2019 Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce report. This net migration is one of many challenges facing census workers and organizers. Where will the approximately 105 people moving on Census Day—April 1 BY EMMA FREER AND ALI LINAN
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Census Bureau. The distributed census is condential and anony- mous, he added. The results are then used to deter- mine federal funding allocations, government representation at the federal and local levels, and corpo- rate decisions, all of which could have major impacts on residents, Loveday said. “These funds come to the state of Texas for programs, but they also trickle down all the way to the local level,” Loveday said.
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Texas lost an estimated $3.59 billion in federal funding due to an under- count in the 2010 census, pushing local municipalities and nonprots to rev up participation in the coming census, according to census data. The census is a constitution- ally mandated survey that is taken every 10 years to count each per- son where he or she lives on April 1. The rst census took place in 1790 and is only used for data-gathering purposes, said Douglas Loveday, senior media specialist for the U.S.
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FROMDENISE: If you have never heard of the Red Poppy Festival, that might mean you are new to the Georgetown area. It is a three-day event, taking place this year April 23-25. You will nd food, drink and shopping vendors along with a parade and amazing music set up all around the Georgetown Square. We have provided a guide (see Page 29) to help you plan out your weekend. I hope to see you out there!
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FROMSALLYGRACE: The local May 2 elections matter, and a great thing about being a hyperlocal newspaper is the fact we can dedicate three full pages to providing readers with information on candidates running for Georgetown mayor, District 2 and District 6 City Council seats, and Georgetown ISD board of trustees Place 4 and Place 5. Learn about why candidates are running and what they believe are the top issues Georgetown faces (see Page 25); perhaps take our guide to the polls; and encourage your neighbors to get informed and vote. Sally Grace Holtgrieve, EDITOR
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rant—2TX Biz & BBQ—oers brokerage services as well as a menu of build- your-own paninis and sandwiches and meat plates with meat options of turkey, brisket, pulled pork and jalapeno cheese sausage. The business is located at 103 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 105, Georgetown, where Shade Tree Wine Bistro was previously located. 512-931-9223. www.buyorsellcentraltx.com 6 Truecore Fitness opened on the Georgetown Square on March 2. The t- ness studio oers private and group ses- sions in Pilates machines, barre, indoor cycling and boxing. Classes are 50 min- utes. Truecore is located above Barrels & Amps at 209 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. 512-888-4336. www.truecoretx.com 7 Barking Armadillo , a family-owned brewing operation, began work on its product in 2013 and opened its taproom at 507 River Bend Drive, Georgetown, in March. Barking Armadillo original and rotating guest beers are available in the taproom along with wines and nonalco- holic beverages. www.barkingarmadillo.com 8 Kork Wine Bar is now open near the Georgetown Square. The bar opened March 7 and oers approximately 100 wines from around the world as well as beer and small plates, including salads, desserts and Neapolitan-style pizzas. Kork Wine Bar will take the bottom oor of the new, two-story Watkins Insurance Group oce building on Main Street at 815 S. Main St., Ste. 101, Georgetown. 512-240-5999. www.korkwine.com COMING SOON 9 The Baked Bear Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches will open a location at 109 E. Seventh St., Georgetown, this spring, company spokesperson Jon Haley told Community Impact Newspaper . The Cal- ifornia-based business’s menu features customizable ice cream sandwiches made with fresh-baked cookies and brown- ies and hand-churned ice cream. The customizable sandwiches can be rolled through toppings ranging from Fruity
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Williams Drive, Georgetown, and oers a custom tea bar with 24 avors of sweet and unsweet iced tea as well as a full line of Yeti merchandise and healthy snack options. 512-843-6094. www.facebook.com/hteaogeorgetown 3 Longhorn Mac Repair opened a second location at 1013 W. University Ave., Ste. 165, Georgetown, at the end of February. The original shop is located in Pugerville. The business specializes in xing Apple products, specically Mac-
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stationery and registry. 512-688-2369. www.tohaveandtoholdaustin.com CLOSINGS 14 The Sears Hometown Store at 900 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 123, Georgetown, permanently closed Jan. 22. Customers are directed to contact the Sears Home- town Store in Temple at 1212 Marland- wood Road, Temple. 512-770-1221. www.sears.com 15 The Pier 1 Imports store at 1019 W. University Ave., Ste. 800, Georgetown, in the Wolf Ranch Town Center will close this spring. An assistant manager said April was the original estimate the store was set to close, but that is subject to change. The location is currently having a sale prior to the permanent closure. The retailer sells imported home goods, dec- orative accessories and seasonal decor. 512-864-3152. www.pier1.com IN THE NEWS 16 Mickie Ross , executive director of The Williamson Museum since 2010, stepped down from her role. Her last day was Feb. 20. Ross served in several roles—volunteer, board member and sta member—at The Williamson Museum since 2000. The Williamson Museum is located at 716 S. Austin Ave., George- town. 512-943-1670. www.williamsonmuseum.org
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INTERSECTION IMPROVEMENTS Ocials are still deciding where to allocate remaining 2015 bond funds for intersection improvements. SAMPLE CRITERIA FOR PROJECT SELECTION • trac counts on all approach legs of intersection • number of trac accidents at intersection • peak hour volumes • turning movement counts • pedestrian trac • proposed new growth in close proximity to the intersection
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PROJECT UPDATE 2015 road bond projects
12 Hwy. 29 —Haven Lane to SH 130 13 Southwest Bypass —Wolf Ranch Parkway to Hwy. 29 14 Williams Drive —Rivery Boulevard to frontage road 15 I-35 southbound frontage road — Williams Drive to Rivery Boulevard 16 Southeast Inner Loop —I-35 to Southwestern Boulevard 17 Southeast Inner Loop — Southwestern Boulevard to Hwy. 29 18 Shell Road —Williams Drive to Shell Spur Road 19 D.B. Wood Road —Oak Ridge Drive to Lake Overlook Drive DIVIDING THE DOLLARS The $105 million in 2015 road bonds have been allocated to projects as follows: $30.4M —completed (prior years) $12.8M —under construction (current) $12.7M —under design (current) $23.1M —future design and construction (scal year 2021-22) $14.4M —future design only (to be determined) $11.6M —Texas Department of Transpor- tation projects (not planned)
Granted the city moves forward with the D.B. Wood Road project in the next two years, by 2022 all projects listed in the 2008 and 2015 road bonds will be sub- stantially complete, according to city o- cials. Here is a list of 2015 bond projects. Cost: $105 million total 2015 road bond program 1 Northwest Boulevard Bridge — Fontana Drive to Austin Avenue 2 Rivery Boulevard extension — WiIliams Drive to Northwest Boulevard 3 I-35 northbound frontage road — Williams Drive to Lakeway Drive 4 Southwest Bypass —Wolf Ranch Parkway to Leander Road 5 Wolf Ranch Parkway —D.B. Wood Road to Southwest Bypass 6 Southwestern Boulevard —Raintree Drive to Southeast Inner Loop 7 Leander Road —400 feet west of Southwest Bypass to River Ridge Drive 8 D.B. Wood Road —Hwy. 29 to Oak Ridge Drive 9 Leander Road bridge at I-35 10 Northeast Inner Loop —Stadium Drive to FM 971 11 Stadium Drive —Austin Avenue to Northeast Inner Loop Build Design Planning
CAPITAL AREA METROPOLITAN PLANNING ORGANIZATIONSUPPORTED PROJECTS There was a recent call for projects to be included in CAMPO’s new regional transportation plan that will last into 2045. Georgetown submitted the following projects: 1 Williams Drive from Austin Avenue to Jim Hogg Road 2 Northeast Inner Loop from I-35 to Hwy. 29 3 Southeast Inner Loop from Hwy. 29 to I-35 4 Westinghouse Road from FM 1460 to SH 130 5 Shell Road from Hwy. 195 to Williams Drive 6 D.B. Wood Road from Williams Drive to Cedar Breaks Road 7 FM 971 from Gann Street to city of Georgetown Water Treatment Facility COST: Over $45 billion in poten- tial projects were submitted. CAMPO estimates that $38 billion will be avail- able for funding.
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PARKS AND RECREATION
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Park time Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department sta created a general timeline for moving forward with a new master plan.
Early spring 2020 • Request for proposals issued • Selection committee will score proposals and interview rms
Late spring 2020 • Firm selected • Parks board recommendation • City Council approval
Summer 2021 • Estimated master plan adoption
All of these projects were mentioned in the 2009 parks master plan and—along with others not listed—have since been completed.
2009 plan priority: park development Accomplishments: San Gabriel Park renovations Garey Park new neighborhood parks
2009 plan priority: land acquisition Accomplishments:
Flags are displayed at Field of Honor in San Gabriel Park. (Sally Grace Holtgrieve/Community Impact Newspaper)
acquired 90 acres for northwest community park; developed preliminary plan to lay out property; purchased land on the South San Gabriel River near VFW Park; and preservation of river corridors for trails.
Recreational futureunderway forGeorgetown The city is looking to grow and improve its parks, recreation and open spaces through the development of a new master plan. process, maintaining and improving parks and recreation facilities in Georgetown was a top theme in public input, Garrett said, adding sta would like to do a deeper dive into what exactly that means for residents. BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE
2009 plan priority: improvements to existing parks Accomplishments: Americans with Disabilities Act and current park design standards upgrade at:
The current master plan was adopted in 2009 and was the basis for the November 2008 parks bond package. It focused on a 10-year planning horizon with high-, medium- and low-priority projects mapped out, Parks and Recreation Director Kimberly Garrett said. Most of those projects are now complete, Garrett said, adding that in addition, the city has seen tremendous growth, with the popula- tion increasing by about 60% since 2008—there were about 47,500 residents then—compared to the current number of about 74,000 residents. “We’ve not only had a lot of new people move into the community, we’ve had a chang- ing demographic,” she said. “People coming from other areas of the country that have experience with other recreational facilities that we might not have may have ideas for how to bring those to Georgetown.” During the city’s 2030 comprehensive plan
Finally, a current master plan is necessary to receive grants from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Garrett said, adding the city has received several million dollars in state funds previously. “This plan was funded in the FY 2019-20 budget, so we’re just trying to kick o the process now,” Garrett said to council members during an informational presentation Feb. 11. The new master plan process will assess the current parks and recreation system and allow residents to voice desires and concerns through a public engagement process of surveys, public meetings and workshops, according to Garrett. Based on that resident input and a needs analysis, a set of priorities and recommendations, including cost esti- mates, will be developed to help guide sta and elected ocials over the next 10 years.
Old Town Park Edwards Park San Jose Park Chautauqua Park Geneva Park Emerald Springs Park
2009 plan priority: more recreation facilities Accomplishments: a 1-mile hike and bike trail extension along Scenic Drive; a half-mile hike and bike trail extension from San Gabriel Park to Katy Crossing; splash pads at San Jose, Rabbit Hill and Lakeside parks and at the Downtown Art Center; new playgrounds and picnic pavilions; and art in the Park program placed art at San Gabriel Park recreation center.
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FireDepartment to see two new stations open in town this spring
Each fire station has its own zone in the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction. Stations Nos. 6 and 7 will open this year to keep up with growth and alleviate pressure from the stations formerly covering
BY SALLY GRACE HOLTGRIEVE
to Sullivan. He said community members
Like most areas of local government and services, the Georgetown Fire Department is working to plan for a future of continued rapid growth. The department’s 2020-25 strategic plan was put into effect at the beginning of this year. The prior strategic plan was for 2014-17, after which the depart- ment operated on a business plan. The strategic plan gives the depart- ment a clear vision and direction as calls for service across the city and its extraterritorial jurisdiction increase, Fire Chief John Sullivan said. The department serves more than 100,000 residents and deploys from five stations located throughout the 139 square miles of coverage area. Two additional stations are planned to open in April. The construction of Fire Station 6 cost $5.5 million and Fire Station 7 cost $6.3 million. Both were funded from the general fund with certificate of obligation bonds, which do not require voter approval, Com- munication Manager Keith Hutchinson said. The Georgetown Fire Department was established in 1881 as an all-vol- unteer organization, staff documents said. Now the all-career organization also provides nonemergency services to include prefire planning, arson investigation, community education and disaster preparation. “People are quick to assume our primary role is fire when it’s not,” Sullivan said. The strategic plan was communi- ty-driven, with a diverse makeup of residents sought for input, according
were asked to score the services the department provides; scores were then used to rank the services from best to worst: medical services, fire sup- pression, technical rescue, domestic preparedness, hazardous material mitigation, community risk reduction, fire investigation, fire and life safety education. The order shows that the community sees the fire department as a reactive system that responds to emergencies as opposed to being preventive, Sullivan said. Residents were also polled about their expectations for the department, which were, in order from highest to lowest: fast response, competent and trained workforce, community outreach, keep pace with growth, customer service. Finally, community members were asked about their concerns, which were, frommost concerning to least: growth and demand on services, communication, sufficient tax base to support costs, timely response. “OURMISSION IS TOPROTECT OUR COMMUNITYAND SURROUNDINGREGION BY PROVIDING PROMPT, PROFESSIONAL AND CARING SERVICES THROUGH CONTINUOUS EDUCATION, PREPAREDNESS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT.” GEORGETOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT
the areas now serviced by the new stations.
Zone No. 1 Zone No. 2 Zone No. 3 Zone No. 4 Zone No. 5 Zone No. 6 Zone No. 7 Fire station
The fire department looks at the metrics of annual incidents in the station zones to determine how to best allocate resources and plan for the future.
Zone No. 1
Zone No. 2
Zone No. 3
Zone No. 4
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Community speaks on accountability system idea
SueHarrison todirect human resources GEORGETOWN ISD The Georgetown ISD board of trustees approved the hiring of Sue Harrison as the new director of human
GEORGETOWN ISD Georgetown ISD asked students, teachers and community members Feb. 27 to share thoughts and feelings as it works to establish a true district accountability system—one that will expand on the current Texas education accountabil- ity system. The current accountability system gives districts and schools AF ratings based on three domains: Student Achievement, which rates howmuch a student can do at the end of the school year; School Progress, which rates how students perform over time and compare to similar schools; and Closing the Gap, which rates how well dierent groups of students are performing, according to the Texas Education Agency website. In its 2019 ratings, GISD received an overall B, while four individual schools received an F rating; two received a D; and no school received an A. District ocials have frequently stated that the current system does
community-developed system of evidence of student learning; strategic and customized form of measuring student achievement; and rigorous descriptive reporting to parents and community members. WHAT IS TRUE ACCOUNTABILITY?
Community-based accountability is not a way to escape standardized testing or a tool to pass judgment on individual students, but it is a: community-developed system of evidence of student learning; strategic and customized form of measuring student achievement; and
resources for the district Feb. 18. Harrison previously served as human resources
rigorous descriptive reporting to parents and community members.
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coordinator for Round Rock ISD. She will work with the human resources sta to ensure the eective operation and man- agement of district personnel functions, including professional and auxiliary recruitment and stang, wage and salary admin- istration, sta appraisals, hiring practices, and employee relations and benets, according to a news release. Harrison started in her new role March 9.
not portray an accurate representation of students’ personal growth. For example, the board of trustees has prioritized student social-emo- tional learning, which does not appear on a standardized test. This led GISD to create a true accountability system, which expands on the current system and holds the district accountable to the local community and its idea of success for its students, more so than state District adopts 2-year calendar for rst time GEORGETOWN ISD The George- town ISD board of trustees adopted the school year calendars for 2020-21 and 2021-22 on Feb 18. This is the rst time the district has adopted two calendars at one time after receiving parent feedback on their ability to plan vacations and secure caretaking, said Bryan Hall- mark, GISD assistant superintendent of operations and school leadership.
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