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City seeks to turn out the lights on electric contract
After at least a year of paying what they said were higher electric costs than other Lower Colorado River Authority wholesale power customers, the City of Georgetown and six other utilities in the area accused the electric provider of breach of contract and threatened to end their contracts. “Our electric customers—their price and what they have to pay—are the catalyst for the actions that we are taking. We are doing this in the best interest of our customers,” Assistant City Manager Jim Briggs said. In the breach of contract notice, the city said LCRA charged higher rates to utility customers that did not extend wholesale power agreements to 2041 despite a provision in the contract that said LCRA would provide electric power “at the lowest possible rates.”
Contract dispute City Council voted in June 2011 to end the city’s wholesale power agreement in June 2016. At the time, the LCRA had rescinded a policy that allowed wholesale power customers to purchase a portion of their electricity on the deregulated wholesale market for pricing flexibility. Briggs said LCRA has been offering that option to utilities that have contracts to 2041. “We believe that LCRA is intentionally discriminating against those utilities that did not extend LCRA contracts,” Briggs said in a statement. “Currently, a select group of LCRA’s customers have access to the competitive wholesale market, but another group doesn’t.” The notice gave LCRA 30 days to fix the breach, Briggs said. LCRA officials responded with a lawsuit. “This issue is not a new one,” said LCRA
Georgetown currently gets about 90 percent of its power from LCRA; the other 10 percent comes from Renewable AEP Energy Partners and EDFT Trading Group. energy
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General Manager Becky Motal in a statement. “It has been an ongoing point of dispute since contract negotiations began several years ago. The 10 customers that elected to terminate their contracts in 2016 had the same opportunity as the 33 utilities that chose to stay with LCRA. The utilities alleging breach of contract appear to be cherry-picking one aspect of a detailed, complex agreement.” Temporary agreement LCRA filed a petition in Travis County District Court on July 18 to stop the utilities from ending their contracts before they
expire in June 2016 and asked a judge to rule that LCRA has not breached the contracts. “LCRA has honored these contracts since 1974 and intends to continue honoring them until they expire in 2016. We are asking these seven customers to do the same,” Motal said. “There is no breach, and we are confident a judge will agree with us. If these customers are allowed to end their contracts four years early, rates for the other customers likely will go up.” The two sides met in court July 24 in front of Travis County 53rd District Court Judge See Contract | 13
Design guidelines for Old Town updated City code changes make revisions necessary, Georgetown officials say By Beth Wade
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City of Georgetown officials are hoping that by protecting the downtown’s past, economic development projects will bring new life into the city’s center. On Aug. 14, City Council could approve the second reading of an ordinance updating the Downtown Design Guidelines that were adopted by council in 2001. The guidelines establish the character of the Downtown and Old Town Historic overlay districts—an area
with many historic commercial and residential buildings. “In the ’90s there was the real need for not just preservation but the guidance for new development,” Georgetown Historic District Planner Robbie Wyler said. “Georgetown realized it was losing its historic integrity; it was losing its historic neighborhoods. So a group of individuals got together and created this preservation plan.” City Council created the Historic and Architecture Review Commission, or HARC, in 2001 to review plans for any changes to buildings, sites and signs in the historic overlay districts and issue certificates of design compliance.
“We needed somebody to kind of oversee, to review, to take action on these certificates of design compliance,” Wyler said. “A lot of [developers] see HARC as a roadblock or may dislike HARC because it’s something slowing them down from getting from point A to point B, but a lot of it is people who come in wanting to do their project their way without realizing that Georgetown does have standards.” Since 2001, however, when the design standards were first adopted, updates and changes to the city’s codes necessitated updates to the guidelines, Wyler said. City staff and HARC members began the See HARC | 12
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12 The owners of El Patron Restaurant & Bar plan to open Sports Fanz Bar & Grill at 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 108, by the end of August. The restaurant plans to serve hamburgers, wings, fried mushrooms and chicken nuggets. The sports bar will have 13 flat-screen TVs and projectors and show a variety of sporting events. 909-9002.
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recently opened Heart of Texas Olive Oil, which sells flavored olive oils and flavored balsamic vinegars locally made in Georgetown, inside of the winery. Customers can purchase a container and return to refill it for a 25 percent discount. 869-8600
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Opportunities reopened the Madella Hilliard Neighborhood Center, 803 W. Eighth St., on June 23. The center, which was also expanded to 2,800 square feet, serves lunch to seniors age 60 and older Mon.–Fri. at noon and delivers meals through Meals on Wheels. Seniors can
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13 Dr. Kalpana K. Jalta hopes to open Clarity Eye Center in mid-August. The ophthalmologist and glaucoma specialist office will offer complete eye exams for glasses and contact lenses, cataract surgery, diabetic eye exams, eyelid surgery, glaucoma care and laser surgery. The clinic, 4500 Williams Drive, Ste. 228, will also have an optical shop on-site and will accept most insurance including Medicare and Medicaid. 244-7200, www.clarityeye.net
also participate in twice-weekly bingo games, card games and dominoes, and hear guest speakers. First-time guests are asked to call ahead and fill out paperwork. Donations are requested. 863-5010, www.wbco.net
6 Ross Dress for Less opened July 13 in Wolf Ranch Town Center at 1019 W. University Ave., Ste. 700. The store offers brand-name apparel, accessories and footwear for men, women and children at discount prices. 863-4696, www.rossstores.com 7 Cafe and bakery Ruby K’s opened July 28 at 1501 Park Lane. The restaurant features homestyle country cooking and catering. The bakery offers cakes, pies, quiches, breads, cookies, cupcakes and specialty cakes. Hours are Mon.–Sat. 7 a.m.–3 p.m. 591-7869 8 Starbucks opened its third location in Georgetown on Aug. 7. The new store at 4410 Williams Drive features a drive-thru and indoor seating. Store Manager Brooke May said the location will also feature a community table with seating for eight for meetings and will host a social hour with a special offer from 5–6:30 p.m. on the last Tuesday of every month. Hours are 5:30 a.m.–10 p.m. daily. 868-0284, www.starbucks.com 9 Kristi and Stephen Simank, owners of Guns Plus, opened The Firing Line, a shooting range located at 2560 FM 972, Georgetown, in late July for members. The facility offers 25-, 50- and 100-yard ranges and four tactical bays for pistol,
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rifle and shotgun use. Memberships to The Firing Line can be purchased at Guns Plus, 2302 N. Austin Ave. Kristi Simank said family and Concealed Handgun License instructional/organizational memberships will also be available. 887-0738, www.texasfiringline.com The Natural Child Learning Community is hosting an open house Aug. 18 from 10–11:30 a.m. The part-time preschool for children ages 2 1/2–5 years old is a home-based center inspired by the Montessori program and nature. The first day of class is scheduled for Aug. 28. 940-3818, www.thenaturalchild learningcommunity.com
Coming Soon 10 The Uptown Social owners Michael Chang and Robert Choi plan to open The Deck at Uptown, a seafood restaurant and bar on the fourth floor of Tamiro Plaza, in September or October. The restaurant will serve fried and boiled seafood, fish tacos and frozen margaritas, and will be open across from The Uptown Social, 501 S. Austin Ave. 863-8100, www.theuptownsocial.com 11 Drs. Craig and Gloria Torres plan to open Torres Dental Specialties PLLC at 4402 Williams Drive, Ste. 104, in early September. The soon-to-be-retired military veterans have more than 42 years combined dental experience. The practice will combine endodontic and prosthodontic dentistry, Craig Torres said. [email protected]
14 The Boys and Girls Club of Georgetown is scheduled to open the Park Lane Unit on Aug. 27 in the former McCoy Elementary School campus, 1313 Williams Drive, and will provide afterschool programs for children in first–12th grades. The club will host an open house Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. at the site. Celebration Church of Georgetown will be providing free backpacks and school supplies, food and entertainment. Children can also sign up for free memberships at the event. Branch Director Daniel Anstee said the club is planning to offer a shuttle bus for children at Frost and Cooper elementary schools and Benold and Forbes middle schools. Memberships are $10 a year. 868-3700, www.bgctx.org Licensed Christian Counselor Mercedes Hernandez plans to open By Grace Christian Counseling on Sept. 1 out of her home. Hernandez offers counseling based on Christian principles and personal temperaments for individuals, couples and families. 943-0835, www.bygracechristiancounseling.com
New Ownership 15 The Yogo Bowl in Wolf Ranch Town Center, 1013 W. University Ave., Ste. 130, is now under new ownership. Kristen Ivy and her father, Steve Faulkner, took over the business June 19. Ivy said she is planning to rotate yogurt flavors and toppings, as well as add smoothies and shakes, cookies, cupcakes and cake balls to the menu. The business also offers frozen yogurt pies and will open for school field trips and birthday parties. 869-1117 Jazzercise instructor Samantha Boswell took over ownership of Georgetown Jazzercise on June 1. Boswell teaches classes at the Georgetown Fitness Center and Texas Drive and Cowan Creek fitness
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Expansions 16 The Wesleyan at Scenic, 2001 Scenic Drive, will host an open house Aug. 16 from 1:30–4 p.m. to celebrate the completion of renovations to the building, including a new library alcove, updates to the living area and new carpet throughout the building. The rehabilitation and skilled nursing facility also started renovations this summer to create a rehabilitation neighborhood, a separate wing for short-term rehabilitation clients with 28 private rooms, massage therapy space, a lounge for clients and families, and a separate dining space. 863-9511, www.wesleyanhomes.org 17 El Patron Restaurant & Bar, 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, is expanding to include a patio that will seat about 35 to 40 people. Construction began in June and is expected to be completed by the end of August. 868-1313, www.elpatronrestaurants.com
Closings 18 All American Sleep & Mattress, 905 N. Church St., Ste. 101, will close after selling its remaining products. The business is currently hosting an inventory sale and expects to remain open through Labor Day. 869-2333. 19 As of Aug. 6, V&P China Garden was no longer doing business at 3010 Williams Drive, Ste. 150.
Nonprofit Georgetown Art Works is seeking entries for the 2012 Art Hop competition. The art competition is open to any artist in Texas. This year, a student competition category has been added, and it will have separate judges. More than $5,000 in prizes will be awarded. The deadline for entries is Sept. 7. 686-1495, www.georgetownartworks.com
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centers in Sun City. She will host three open-house sessions, including one at the Texas Drive Fitness Center, 2 Texas Drive in Sun City, on Aug. 19 at 3:15 p.m., and two at the Georgetown Fitness Center, 900 N. Austin Ave., Ste. 200, on Aug. 20 at 9:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. 818-2512, www.jazzercise.com
4 Georgetown Winery recently opened Heart of Texas Olive Oil, selling flavored olive oils and balsamic vinegars in the winery, located at 715 S. Main St.
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Aug. 1–Sept. 14 School supply drive Anytime Fitness of Georgetown is accepting school supplies donations until the second week of September and is also accepting gift cards or checks made out to The Georgetown Project. The gym is accepting any school supplies on the lists for the 2012–13 school year such as scissors, construction paper and glue, and the donations go to Georgetown ISD. Donations can be dropped off at Anytime Fitness Georgetown, 4112 Williams Drive. 863-9990. www.anytimefitness.com 1–27 Summer Delights Art Show Nine female artists display their work at the Summer Delights Art Show at the Georgetown Public Library in the second floor gallery. The show features a broad range of media, styles and subjects, including florals, landscapes and animals. Open during library hours. Free. 402 W. Eighth St. 930-3551. http://library.georgetown.org Through Aug. 20
To Be Or Not To Be—Nude art show Stinger Studio is hosting the figurative art show To Be Or Not To Be—Nude. The figurative show, the human form will always be in the art, shows a variety of interpretations of the human figure. Open during Stinger Studio hours. Free. 4410 Williams Drive, Ste. 102. 869-5544. www.stingerstudio.com
Oriental brush painting exhibit The Sun City Visual Arts Club is holding an opening reception for its oriental brush painting exhibit at the Visual Arts Studio. 5–7 p.m. Free. Visual Arts Studio, 2B Texas Drive. 948-7661
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‘Chorus Line’ This Broadway musical includes songs such as “I Can Do That,” “Dance Ten Looks Three,” “What I Did for Love,” “One (Singular Sensation)” and “I Hope I Get It.” For adult audiences. Fri. and Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $24 (general admission), $22 (seniors), $14 (students and active military), $10 (children ages 12 and younger). The Palace Theater, 810 S. Austin Ave. 869-7469. www.georgetownpalace.com
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Music on the Square Georgetown’s Music on the Square summer concert series wraps up with four more shows each Friday night in August. The Flying Balalaika Brothers play Aug. 10, Staci Gray performs Aug. 17, The Rowdy Road Band play Aug. 24, and the HITSquad performs Aug. 31. Concerts are from 6–8 p.m. Free. 710 Main St. 930-3545
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The Palace Theater summer workshops The Palace Theater presents productions from its summer workshops for children. Children ages 7–18 perform selections from various musicals and plays. Aug. 11 performances from 9:15 a.m.–1 p.m., Aug. 25 production times have not been determined. Free. The Palace Theater, 810 S. Austin Ave. 868-3643. www.georgetownpalace.com
Aug. 17-19 Fill the Bus School supplies will be accepted by Georgetown ISD and the Georgetown Area Junior Forum for the annual Fill the Bus fundraiser. Collected materials will be distributed throughout GISD campuses. 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Walmart, 620 S. I-35. 677-2759
18 Heroes Night Out 1st Annual Heroes Motorcycle Ride Heroes Night Out hosts the Heroes Night Out 1st Annual Heroes Motorcycle Ride starting at the HNO Green Zone Resource Center in Cedar Park and ending at the Nimitz Museum in Fredericksburg. The ride benefits the Heroes Night Out Green Zone Resource Center, which serves as a one-stop shop for military veterans and families to help with needs, including education, employment and counseling. Registration is online or at 7 a.m. the day of the ride. The ride begins at 9 a.m. $40. 1150 S. Bell Blvd., Cedar Park. 986-4687. www.heroesnightout.org 19–25 Back to School Daze Fundraiser During Sport Clips’ Back to School Daze Fundraiser, students receive a hot steam towel, neck and shoulder massage and shampoo with every haircut, and $1 is donated to a local charity for every haircut. Sun. 10 a.m.– 6 p.m., Mon.–Fri. 9 a.m.–8 p.m. and Sat. 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. $15–$22. Sports Clips at The Rivery Shopping Center, 1103 Rivery Blvd. 868-4608. www.haircutmengeorgetowntx.com. 20 GISD community showcase Georgetown ISD is hosting a community showcase highlighting local businesses’ products and services for GISD staff and teachers. 10–11:30 a.m. Free. Georgetown High School, 2211 North Austin Ave. www.georgetownisd.org 23 ‘Remember the Titans’ Families are invited to an evening of children’s activities and a screening of “Remember the Titans.” Activities begin at 7:30 p.m. with the screening at 8:45 p.m. The event is sponsored by the Georgetown Parks and Recreation
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The Nathan Chapman statue stands in front of the Wall of Honor at the corner of Forest and Fourth streets. The wall serves to honor those who lost their lives in the War on Terror.
Sept. 10 By Korri Kezar The names of four Williamson County soldiers who died in combat in the past year will be added to the Wall of Honor next to the Sgt. 1st Class Nathan R. Chapman statue. Chapman was the first American soilder killed in the War on Terror. All four men were connected to Round Rock and are to have plaques added for their service in the War on Terror. The ceremony is expected to last approximately 30 minutes and is organized by the Sertoma Club of Georgetown. 4 p.m. Free. County Judicial Complex, corner of Forest and Fourth streets. 863-8977. [email protected]
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September 9 WoMen fore! Hope Golf Tournament Hope Alliance is holding WoMen fore! Hope Golf Tournament at Cimarron Hills Golf and Country Club. There is a celebration “Safe at Home” dinner and auction the night before at 7:05 p.m. $250 (per person), $1,000 (team of four). The tournament starts at 9 a.m. 200 W. Cimarron Hills Trail 255-1212. www.hopealliancetx.org Online Calendar To submit Georgetown events, visit www.impactnews.com/events/submit.html. For a full list of Georgetown events, visit www.impactnews.com/geo-calendar. To have Georgetown events considered for the print edition, they must be submitted online by the third Friday of the month.
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Sport Clips associates Tammy Simms (left) and MIchelle Robbins enjoy refreshments at the Sport Clips Back to School Daze fundraiser kickoff Aug. 2 at the Sports Clips headquarters, 110 Briarwood.
Children from Georgetown ISD participate in the last day of The Georgetown Project’s Kid City program at San Gabriel Park on Aug. 3.
Xander and Ben perform at the city’s summer music series Music on the Square on Aug. 3 on the Williamson County Courthouse lawn.
Guests at the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce’s annual Bar-Bid-Cue fundraiser purchase pieces of carrot cake July 27 in an attempt to win a pair of diamond earrings. The event was held in the Sun City Ballroom, located at 2 Texas Drive.
Williamson County Emergency Communications Captain Michael Wright (far left) and Emergency Communications Director Scott Parker (far right) recognize (from left) dispatchers Rick Murphy, Lacy Alexander and Jonathan Jones on July 27 for their performances under exceptional circumstances.
Representatives from the nonprofit Boot Campaign serve drinks to visitors at grand opening Aug. 3 of The COOP 78626, a creative workspace.
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Construction on Lakeway Drive Bridge continues By Beth Wade
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Miscellaneous Curb, Sidewalk and Drainage Project Total project costs: $297,330.50 • Building new a curb and a sidewalk on Austin Avenue from Second to Fifth streets • Adding sidewalks to link current sidewalks on Bridge Street • Building a new sidewalk on the south side of Woodview Drive • Adding curbs to fill in missing sections on Inner Loop between Church Hill Farms and Belmont drives and filling in the curb and gutter on East 18th Street between Mimosa and Pecan streets 2011–12 Curb Improvements Project Total project costs: $641,006 • Replacing failing curb with full curb and gutter for all or portions of Golden Oaks, Dawn and Tanglewood drives; Westwood and Terry lanes; and River and Southcross roads • Replacing failing curbs to correct drainage on portions of Rock Street and Scenic Drive • Adding new curbs to 16th Street between Austin Avenue and Hart Street and 18th Street between Austin Avenue and Paige Street • Adding ribbon curb to 21st Street between Austin Avenue and Church Street
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Construction on Lakeway Drive Bridge in Georgetown is still in early stages, but Texas Department of Transportation spokesman John Hurt said drivers can expect to see major changes this spring. The construction project will replace the bridge that crosses over I-35 at Lakeway Drive and N.E. Inner Loop to the south of the current bridge. The new bridge will require the realignment of Lakeway Drive on the west side of I-35 and the reconstruction of the road up to Airport Road.
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Williamson County Elected officials in Williamson County may get 3 percent raise Williamson County elected officials could receive a 3 percent salary increase next year. At a July 30 meeting, Williamson County commissioners voted to move forward with a proposed salary increase for elected county officials. The increase would raise the salaries of 19 officials. District Clerk Lisa David, who addressed commissioners at the meeting, pointed to cost of living and insurance cost increases as reasons for the wage increases. Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister said waiting four years without raises puts the county behind in comparison to other counties in Texas. Williamson County Judge Dan Gattis estimated the total impact of the 3 percent increase on the county budget to be less than $50,000. Elected officials have the opportunity to file a grievance about the proposed rate. If a grievance is filed, a committee made of randomly selected individuals who have served on a grand jury, will meet to determine what to present in the final budget, said Connie Watson, Williamson County public affairs manager, said. Watson said elected officials got a 4 percent raise in the 2008-2009 budget.
County parking garage could reopen in August 2013 Williamson County commissioners could seek construction bids this fall for repairs to the parking garage located between Third, Fourth and Rock streets. Repairs to the garage, which was closed in January 2011 due to structural instability, are expected to be completed by August 2013. The Georgetown City Council extended a parking agreement with the county to allow parking on the east side of Martin Luther King Drive. According to a memo from City Manager Paul Brandenburg, the county would talk to neighbors about permanently allowing parking on the east side of the street.
Williamson County commissioners heard the preliminary findings of the second year of research on the Georgetown Salamander on July 17 from Southwestern University biology professor Ben Pierce. The Williamson County Conservation Foundation and the county approved funding the five-year study of the Georgetown Salamander in the county’s Habitat Conservation Plan. The salamander is one of four in Central Texas that is being considered for an endangered species listing by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Over the first two years, Pierce and students from Southwestern University completed monthly visual encounter surveys that counted salamanders found near two sites in Williamson County— Twin Springs Preserve and Swimbank Springs. He said the numbers counted were a representation of the salamanders seen but did not represent total numbers in the springs. Pierce said on average, more salamanders were seen after months of major precipitation and during the spring and
summer months. The study also showed a small adult population and that most salamanders had limited movement within the sites where they were located, he said. On July 26, the Texas Salamander Coalition sent a letter to USFWS stating research showed there was only one salamander species in Williamson County, not three. The nonprofit group is made up of Williamson County landowners whose property values could be affected if USFWS lists certain salamander species in the area as endangered. The group commissioned the review that also looked at available DNA information on the salamander and asked USFWS to complete an independent review of the study to confim the science.
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City Council approved sponsoring the second year of the Georgetown Grand. For an economic impact analysis, 800 event participants were contacted, and 243 responses were received. According to the survey, the event brought in more than $264,000 to the city, and more than 98 percent of survey responders said they would return for the next Georgetown Grand. However, city staff received mixed reviews from downtown business owners. City of Georgetown spokesman Keith Hutchinson said based on the response, the event will be moved from May to September and the course would change. City Council members approved sponsoring the event, but said they would like to see downtown business owners involved in selecting the new course.
Georgetown City Council approved a resolution July 10 to not have a proposed November charter election that could have changed the city’s elections from May to November. The council voted 4–3 with council members Tommy Gonzalez, Bill Sattler and Troy Hellman voting against. At a June 27 special meeting, City Council voted to not send the proposed amendment of the city charter to voters. In May, the city’s charter review committee recommended elections not be changed from May to November, according to the resolution. Acting City Attorney Bridget Chapman said the City Council could still call a charter election for May or November of next year if the council deems it necessary.
City Council sets maximum tax rate Georgetown City Council set the maximum 2012–13 tax rate at 41 cents and set public hearing dates in August. The maximum rate was approved 4–3 with council members Tommy Gonzalez, Rachel Jonrowe and Troy Hellman voting against. The adoption of the maximum tax rate would allow council to adopt the 41-cent rate or a lower rate after a public meetings, which will be held Aug. 14 and 20 at 4 p.m. in council chambers at 101 E. Seventh St. If approved, the 41-cent tax rate could increase the average homeowner’s tax bill
by $46 annually or $3.79 a month. The average home value in Georgetown is $185,915. The effective tax rate, which would have brought in the same amount of revenue as the previous year’s rate, is $0.397502. City Council approved the higher rate with the intent that the city could fund items in the budget that would have been debt funded and not increase the budget, Rundell said. Council is expected to set the tax rate and approve the budget Sept. 11.
Georgetown Art Works selected to operate city art center for one year The City Council approved a one-year operating agreement with Georgetown Art Works that will allow the nonprofit art group to manage the city’s art center. The council approved up to $400,000 in construction funding for the center, which will be located in the historic downtown fire station at 816 S. Main St. The agreement with Georgetown Art Works will be in effect from December 2012 through November 2013, and could be renewed for four additional years. According to the agreement, the city will pay the cost of utilities and routine maintenance for the first year, and Georgetown Art Works will be responsible for all other operating expenses. The art center will have a visual arts focus and will provide gallery space for local artists, instructional and workshop space for children’s activities, an
after-school program, summer camps, a meeting room and studio art projects for all ages, Georgetown Public Library Director Eric Lashley said. Other actions • City Council amended its economic development agreement with Grape Creek Vineyards to extend the winery’s expected opening date to Dec. 7. • City Council readopted the juvenile curfew July 10. • City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance to rename Washam Drive to Fontana Drive.
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2012 ELECTION COVERAGE U.S. Congressional District 31 2012 November election dates
Oct. 9: Last day to register to vote | Oct. 22– Nov. 2: Early voting | Nov. 6: Election day
Interviews by Beth Wade and Samantha Bryant
(Source: Texas secretary of state)
Ethan Garofolo - L
John Carter - R U.S. Rep. John Carter was first elected to represent the 31st congressional district in 2002. Prior to serving in Congress, Carter served as judge of the 277th District Court in Williamson County for 20 years.
Stephen Wyman - D
Ethan Garofolo moved to Texas 6 1/2 years ago with his wife. He works as a computer programmer on Web applications. He has been married for almost seven years and has two daughters.
Born in New Hampshire and raised in Massachusetts, Stephen Wyman came to Texas in 1981. He has been a data telecommunications technical professional since that time.
Q. Why are you running? A. I think I have the experience and background that will best
represent the people of the 31st district. I’ve been representing some portion of this district now in some form or fashion 20 years as a judge and at least five terms as a congressman, and I think I am in a wellplaced position right now that I can assist my district in this economic crisis that we’ve got going on in this country.
A. If you’ll pardon one political cliché—our country faces grave chal-
lenges these days. It really does. I just don’t see the two old parties doing much to solve those challenges. Their solutions generally involve more government, more control and more of what creates the problems. And I don’t feel like the average Joe has a representative. I guess in this race they would: me.
A. Because I was looking for an alternative for who to vote for on my
ballot, and for years there wasn’t one. And I said, “This is not a good situation.” And I looked around and said, “I could ask somebody to run, but if it’s not a job I’m willing to do myself, why would I ask somebody?” Politics has always been interesting to me. I’ve been a generalist for a lot of years, so I got on the ballot starting in 2006. I ran for state Senate in ’06 and ’10.
Q. What are the most important issues for your constituents? A. The economy, the economy and the economy. The economy we’ve got right now and the disaster that has been created by the failed policies of the Obama administration have got us in a situation where we owe as much as we make in gross domestic product, and that is an unmanageable situation that we’ve got to correct. It’s going to take strict discipline to get it done.
A. Certainly, I would say economic matters. I lost my job in 2009. Since then I’ve found other work, but that was three months after we bought our house. That was kind of scary. It doesn’t seem to me to be getting better—economies are stagnant, and the unemployment numbers remain frequently high. I think a lot of people would like some more peace of mind.
A. The economy, the economy and the economy. There are mul-
tiple aspects that are involved in the economy. Basically, we had an economic recession that was caused by a specific group of people. They rail against socialism up until it comes time to bail them out of the trouble they get themselves and everybody else into. The economy is the biggest issue. But also, realizing that there is a role for government in regulating [the economy].
Q. What actions would you take on these if re-elected/elected? A. I serve on the appropriations committee in the House of Repre-
sentatives at this time, and in the last two years—this two-year cycle of Congress—the appropriations committee will have set forward appropriations bills that would reduce our spending levels by half a trillion dollars. However, we have been sandbagged by the Senate, and they will not take up a budget or appropriations bill to complete the process, but we have taken the hard votes to make the cuts necessary to start turning this country in the future. I’m hopeful after the next election we will have a much more manageable Senate and a much more manageable White House with the election of a Republican president—Mr. Romney—and we will be able to see the implementation of these difficult cuts that we’ve made in the last two years.
I think the core of the problem is that—if you look on the back of my business card, it says it’s time to end for-profit politics—it’s that Washington and most levels of government, but Washington in particular, it is too tied into the economy. I believe in the separation of economy and state for the benefit of both. So what happens then is economic decisions are made by people who don’t have to focus on market forces and don’t get the important feedback that the market provides. They have the force of law behind everything they do, and as a result, that ends up hurting everybody. I would start with making it less attractive to be a congressman. The base salary for a congressman is $174,000 a year. I pledge not to take that. I don’t think I should be paid more for being a congressman than I do for doing meaningful work now. I’m not for term limits. I think if you got rid of all the monetary incentives, people would term-limit themselves.
With the economy, basically re-establishing the fact that you do need a baseline of regulations, and you do need regulators out there making sure that people are staying within the confines of what is legal. Because you do have players out there who—one of the chairmen called it irrational exuberance—every economic uptick that lasts long enough leads to irrational exuberance. There are some people out there who have no moral restraint, and when the government is not holding them to within certain standards, they have nothing to hold them back. We’ve seen, on numerous occasions, the damage they can cause when it blows up in their face, and we wind up with the bill. There is space for government in regulation, and there is a space for regulators to be into these people’s business because of the damage they do when they get carried away with themselves. As I mentioned, every economic uptick that lasts long enough, they get carried away with themselves.
Q. What are your thoughts on the immigration system in the U.S. and what has happened recently in regard to immigration policy? A. There is no doubt—anyone who lives in a border state knows for
sure—our immigration policies are broken from top to bottom. There needs to be major reform of our immigration policies. The actions of the president to unilaterally circumvent Congress again with an executive order—which, by the way, he has not signed an executive order, he just announced he was considering one—is not good policy. Good policy is for us to work out solutions across the board with a compassionate view of the people whose lives will be affected by these immigration policies but still let the rule of law of the United States prevail. I would like to treat the people who are already here illegally, give them the opportunity to come out of the shadows, but I would not reward them with any rewards, only the opportunity to admit they have broken our laws and go on a form of probation similar to what we call deferred adjudication in our criminal justice system. We need to have a workforce policy. That’s doable, but we want to do it legally, not illegally.
A. I think it’s horribly broken. I had in school a number of friends who
married people from other countries, and the lengths they went through to get their spouses here astounded me. I think that as we bring people in who want new jobs—I’m very much for that—it’s just so hard to do that. The data bears out that immigrants coming and filling up jobs when it’s legal and they pay taxes and so forth benefits economies. They have different skills than we do. I believe in a sane policy where someone could come for a job and pay taxes. The real problem with immigration is that open immigration and the welfare state can’t coexist. I think most people’s problem with immigration is the freebies that people get when they get here. I think those freebies are bad anyway. So if you got rid of those, there wouldn’t be an incentive to come here, unless you were coming for work.
A. Immigration is bothered terribly, again, by hypocrisy. We are all children
of or immigrants ourselves. There was nobody in North America when North America separated from Pangaea way back when. Everybody is an immigrant or a descendent from immigrants. It’s been a great thing to have a variety of people motivated by our way of life to come here and do the work and be successful. When the Republicans rail about immigration, they are talking about our frontier with Mexico. They don’t seem to be as worried about the frontier with Canada or the fact that we have three extremely long coasts that are also rather porous when it comes to immigration. But they’re hypocrites in that they get all sorts of angry with the Obama administration because what they’re doing to enforce illegal immigration is they’re going to companies that are hiring people and seeing if they did their research to check and see if these people are legally eligible to work in United States. And to a large degree, nobody does. Why not? Because these are very hardworking people who don’t understand American wages.
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to decide.” Three citizens addressed the board at the Aug. 6 public hearing, each speaking against the election. “[The economy] ain’t getting better,” Georgetown resident John Fenoglio Jr. said. “Now is not the time to raise taxes on anyone. My vote will be no.” A committee of citizens organized by the board met July 30 to discuss the TRE. After nearly an hour of discussion, the group unanimously voted to recommend the board approve calling the election. The board of trustees appointed the committee July 16. The group met twice to discuss the possible election with GISD Superintendent Joe Dan Lee, who said the district was at a critical point with its funding. “It is becoming more of a challenge with the resources we have to continue to provide the same level of services to our students,” Lee told the committee at its July 23 meeting. In the last two years the district has cut more than $7
million from its budget because of funding reductions from the state and federal government, he said. “We’ve gotten down to the point now, in my opinion, that the quality of education will go down [if there are more budget cuts],” Eady said. “That’s not what we need for our city. The fact is, what we do now will affect years and years of our [children’s] education.” The 4 cent tax increase would raise nearly $2.2 million for the district, which would help cover a nearly $600,000 deficit in the 2012–13 budget, West said. Lee said additional monies raised with the increased tax could help fund needed transportation and technology costs or teacher raises—the district has not given teacher raises in three years, and all major capital purchases have been eliminated from the budget. However, the money would most likely be put in the fund balance until the district knows the future of education funding in the state Legislature, Lee said. “We feel confident that [the 4 cents] will carry us through
The Georgetown ISD board of trustees called a tax ratification election, or TRE, at its Aug. 6 meeting to ask voters for an additional 4 cents per $100 of property valuation. The election will be Oct. 9. “We tried to not have to come to this point, but we are here now,” GISD board of trustees member Greg Eady said. “It’s my opinion up here [as a trustee] and as a voter that this is a necessary thing to do now.” Trustee and board Secretary Sheila Carter was absent from the dais. The election would change the tax rate for the district’s maintenance and operation portion from $1.04 to $1.08 per $100 valuation. If approved by voters, the average homeowner’s tax bill would increase by $78 a year, said Steve West, GISD’s interim chief financial officer. “We serve at the community’s pleasure,” board President Scott Alarcon said. “This is not the school board raising the tax. The community will have
By Beth Wade
The value of a penny
Trustees call Oct. 9 tax ratification election
A cumulative total of how much GISD taxpayers contribute
Amount retained by district
Cumulative revenue increase
Funds sent to the state $1,420,998
Source: Georgetown ISD
Each individual penny may bring in less funding, but the cumulative value increases because of the state’s funding formula, said Steve West, GISD interim chief financial officer.
the next two years,” Lee said. “We are not going to spend this additional money until we know what our financial future is going to be. We’re not going to spend it all this year and be in this situation again.” Lee said he is not optimistic that funding from the state would get better and added that he feared the Legislature would not make education funding a priority until every school district had sought additional local taxes. “This process has been going on for two years,” board
member Ronna Johnson said. “Our government has not figured out a way to fund public education in this state.” If the increase is not approved, the district would have to make additional budget reductions, he said. The district has already cut more than 200 positions Although the board has not prioritized future cuts, Alarcon said a last resort could include closing an elementary school. “This is what we see; this is what we’ve gone through,” Eady said. “The cuts, if we don’t get this passed, will be very dramatic.”
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the design guidelines and the [Unified Development Code]. That is the basis for all our decisions,” Rapp said. Controversial decision On June 28, HARC denied a certificate of design compliance and height requirement exception to Hat Creek Burger Co. for its proposed restaurant at 405 S. Austin Ave. The decision came after months of discussion about the project. The City Council voted 4–3 June 26 to approve a special-use permit for the restaurant’s proposed drivethru. Despite a recommendation of approval from city staff, HARC denied the application. HARC cited several design guidelines and aspects of the Downtown Master Plan in its motion to deny to project approval, including the size of the parking area compared with the size of the building, the location of the proposed building on the property and the location of the building’s primary entrance. Hat Creek Burger Co. developer John Kiltz said the company has until Aug. 17 to determine if they will appeal HARC’s decision to City Council or if they will rework their design to bring back to HARC. “We’re still digesting [the motion from HARC],” he said. “The list of findings and conclusions was overwhelming—the items they’ve asked us to respond to—and we are still determining how we will move forward.” Although there was not a lot of support for the Hat Creek project from members of the public, some in the community supported it. “That was very frustrating to watch,” Boyd said. “People will use different interpretations of the design guidelines.” Find related stories at impactnews.com. Keyword Search Hat Creek Burger Co. development
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Scott Jenkins. They drafted an agreement that the utilities would delay issuing notices of termination until Aug. 13 at the earliest. “I can’t say that we will or won’t [send notice to terminate our contract], but we will go per consultation with our legal staff relative to that issue,” Briggs said. “Our goal is to either find what we believe to be fair and equitable treatment, or we will go for something else.” The agreement also expedited a full hearing that will determine if the court has jurisdiction over the case and LCRA’s request to halt ending the contracts. If jurisdiction is determined, Briggs said the utilities would like to see the hearing moved out of Travis County. The hearing is set to begin
Power generation The City Council adopted an integrated resource plan that outlines the types of power the utility would use to determine how to proceed with the LCRA contract. The goal is to have a diversified mix of power generation by 2030 that could be modified as the electric market changes, Briggs said. “We made a business decision that it was not in our best interest [to continue to contract with LCRA],” he said, adding that LCRA is responsible to all its customers who have different needs. “Those customers may be focused on one thing or another. They may be interested in price and don’t care where [the energy] comes from,” Briggs said. “They just want a low cost. For us, it’s a little bit
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broader than that.” Concern that electric production types generating greenhouse gases such as coal could soon have more government regulation that would drive up costs also influenced the city’s decision to diversify power generation types, he said. “I become the aggregator of energy for [our customers],” Briggs said. “I’m not able to do that under the LCRA contract for [another 30 years.] I need more flexibility.” In 2011, about 4 percent the of LCRA’s power sources came from renewable energy, LCRA spokeswoman Clara Tuma said. Natural gas made up 50 percent of the LCRA’s power source in 2011; about 46 percent came from coal. Briggs said the city currently receives power from LCRA for a majority of the city’s electric demand. About 8 percent to
10 percent comes from American Electric Power Energy Partners, which is wind power that is mostly used to power Southwestern University. EDFT Trading Group is used to cover the balance needed to provide power to the rest of the city’s utility customers. If the city were to terminate its contract with LCRA, the city has a plan in place to provide energy to its customers, Briggs said. “I have energy options after 2016, and in fact, a lot of those are ready to go,” he said. “If we posted notice of termination to LCRA because they failed to cure the breach, in 30 days, I am prepared to take energy from someone else. We are prepared to take energy at any time.” Find related stories at impactnews.com. Keyword Search wholesale power
LCRA, Georgetown wholesale power contract timeline
Georgetown City Council gives notice to LCRA that it will not extend its agreement; the contract would end in June 2016
Georgetown and six other utilities issue a breach of contract notice to LCRA
LCRA, utilities sign an agreement that no utility will issue a notice of contract termination prior to Aug. 13
Five-day hearing scheduled in Travis County District Court
LCRA files petition in Travis County District Court to block termination of contracts, saying there was no breach
LCRA’s wholesale power provision is rescinded; utility customers who extended agreements to 2041 are still allowed to purchase deregulated wholesale power
LCRA board of directors allow wholesale power customers to purchase some power on the deregulated market
City of Georgetown signs contract with Lower Colorado River Authority for wholesale power
City of Georgetown contract expires
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Clean school, better learning Cleanint will partner with Mitchell Elementary School to implement a program for the 2012–13 school year, Cleanint CEO Tuan Dam said. The school is looking for ways to improve the health and educational experience for students and staff, Principal Rob Dyer said. “We’re always trying to improve our attendance rates, and obviously keep kids healthy,” he said. “The most important thing is keeping kids healthy so that they stay in school.”
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Dyer heard Dam present information about Cleanint at the Rotary Club of Georgetown and began to research the company and the process. Because grades correlate with attendance, he said, the school has taken steps to reduce infection and illness. Where Cleanint will be implemented this fall: • A Cleanpen in high-traffic areas, such as offices • A Cleanpen on every teacher’s desk • A Cleanpen on every whiteboard for markers • A Cleanstethoscope in the nurse’s office
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use the pen he was going to use.” Dam turned to his son, Justin, to remark that this problem must cause many people to get sick. He challenged his son to find a way to fix the problem, but later determined he should find a solution. Over the next eight months he built the company, and in November 2009 launched the Cleanpen. The device is a penholder mountable to surfaces such as whiteboards, tables or computer monitors. While inside the holder, the pen is cleaned by a sponge filled with benzalkonium chloride, a chemical typically used as a disinfectant in operating rooms. After the launch of their first product, the company expanded to include the Cleanstylus, a penholder mounted to credit card terminals to clean the electronic pen and prevent customers from spreading germs. The Cleanstethoscope, meanwhile, is a clean sponge that clips on a doctor or nurses’ stethoscope to continually disinfect it. “The stethoscope touches the diaphragm of every patient,” said Todd Whitley, vice president of business development and marketing for Cleanint. “The average doctor may see 10 to 20 patients in day, and the average nurse is seeing maybe 30. The one thing they use every day is the stethoscope.” Dam encourages his customers to replace the sponge for the Cleanpen and Cleanstylus every two weeks. Because nurses and doctors use their stethoscope every day, he encourages physicians to replace the sponge at the end of every shift. “We hope this is as expected as a doctor wearing gloves—having a clean stethoscope,” Whitley said. “We think it’ll be like a microwave in every kitchen. It took a long time for the microwave to get into the kitchen, but now people wouldn’t think of building a home without a microwave in it. It’s just a part of the fabric of what’s expected, and that’s what we hope to do with our products.”
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Guillermo Plata, who worked his way up through the restaurant ranks and opened his own restaurant in Georgetown in 1999.
Memo Special The Memo Special is Dos Salsas owner Guillermo Plata’s favorite dish. A plate of fajitas sautéed with onions, tomatoes, bell peppers and jalapeños and topped with Monterey Jack cheese for $1 extra. ($9.99, $10.99 with Monterey Jack cheese topping.)
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The House of the Mexican Martini Made with tequila, Grand Marnier or Cointreau, fresh lime, sweet and sour, a dash of olive juice and a splash of orange juice, the drink is served with three olives a salted rim and with the shaker. ($8.99–$9.99)
Garnished with three olives and a lime wedge, the Mexican martini complements the Memo Special, owner Guillermo Plata said.
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rowing up in Mexico, Guillermo Mexico, at the age of 17. “Memo” Plata always had a dream Plata began his career as a dishwasher, of coming to America to start a busboy and cook in Austin restaurants. restaurant—a dream he realized 13 years After many years of work Plata became ago when Dos Salsas opened at 1104 S. the quality control director for 10 Austin Main St. in Georgetown. and 17 Houston restaurants, but left that After looking for a place to start a resbusiness for a chance to own and operate taurant, Plata found the perfect location his own restaurant. in Georgetown, he said. Plata used his experience to put together “I used to have a partner who lived [in a menu featuring a wide variety of TexGeorgetown], and I lived in Austin. We Mex options, he said, adding that there is came to see the place, and I said, ‘I think something for everyone on the menu. we can make it here,’” Plata said. All of the food is prepared fresh each A family-owned and -operated Texmorning, and the number of customers Mex restaurant, Plata relies coming through the door on 26 years of experience in It’s impossible to be helps keep those ingredithe food industry to bring successful without the ents fresh, Plata said. together good food and support of the town, and Dos Salsas has found service to make customers success, he said, in everythey made it successful. thing from fresh food to happy, he said. “I like to have fun and —Guillermo Plata catering and has received make the customers happy,” Dos Salsas owner recognition from the city’s Plata said. “That’s the “Best of Georgetown” point—to make the customers happy.” awards. Dos Salsas was awarded best TexPlata said he hopes to bring that same Mex and margarita in 2011 with silver level of satisfaction to Cedar Park by the awards for best overall restaurant. end of the year. The restaurant’s second While Plata is proud of the awards his location could open in December at 1600 restaurant has received—they adorn the Whitestone Blvd., just east of Toll 183A. hallway separating the original restaurant “We started with a small restaurant,” from the addition—he readily admits Plata said. “We started with 12 employees, none of it would be possible without the and now we have about 60.” support of the people of Georgetown. The second location is the first major “The Georgetown people made this expansion for the restaurant. restaurant successful,” Plata said. “It’s The growth of Dos Salsas comes as no impossible to be successful without the surprise to Plata, who worked his way up support of the town, and they made it through the food industry since arriving successful.” alone in the United States from Toluca,
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University Avenue. The store sells women’s clothing and shoes, small household appliances, furniture, jewelry, household items and linens. Spitznogle said the group is always looking for donations for the store, and all unsold items are donated to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Burn Care in Galveston. “I like it because absolutely nothing goes to waste,” she said. Members of the league can volunteer at the shop in a variety of ways, from sorting donations to working out on the floor with customers. “These are the finest ladies I’ve ever met,” Spitznogle said. “Plus, seeing the happiness on the families’ faces when they get new clothes [during Operation School Bell] is great.” The national Assistance League organization was founded in 1935 to promote the growth of effective volunteerism, Hooks said. On Aug. 27, the group will host a membership drive coffee at Independent Bank in the Rivery at 10 a.m. for women interested in volunteering with the nonprofit.
league member Sandy Hooks, who joined the organization five and a half years ago. The philanthropic organization also supports other programs. Reading and More mentors elementary students, and the New Friends program plans and assists with monthly birthday and holiday parties for residents in the Wesleyan Retirement Home’s Alzheimer’s unit. The group also provides teddy bears to four agencies that distribute them to children in crisis situations through Share a Bear. About 74 women make up the nonprofit, and in 2011, the group logged 10,338 service hours. In order to raise funds for the Assistance Leagues programs, the nonprofit hosts several fundraiser throughout the year, including the Ring the Bell campaign. Some members volunteer as grant writers to seek funds from various groups, including from the City of Georgetown’s social services funding. However, a majority of the nonprofit’s funding is raised through the group’s Thrift Shop, located on
or more than 10 years, the Assistance League of Georgetown has been serving school children in the Georgetown and surrounding school districts, as well as offering women in the area a chance to give back to the community. This August, the nonprofit will kick off its annual Ring the Bell fundraising drive to raise money for the organization’s flagship program, Operation School Bell, which provides school clothing and shoes to elementary age children in Georgetown, Jarrell and Florence ISDs. “Seeing the happiness on the families’ faces when they get new clothes [is the best part],” said Joyce Spitznogle, the group’s vice president of membership. Last year, the organization spent more than $98,000 and served more than 1,300 students in partnership with the Georgetown Walmart and Payless Shoe Source. “Mentoring and clothing children has become exceedingly important to the future of our nation,” said
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School district fully desegregated by 1966
esegregation took on many forms throughout the South as schools worked to resolve their issues related to the Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education. In Georgetown, the maintenance of segregated schools came down to money. Local property valuations had not been updated since the days of the Depression, and it was not possible to build or repair schools without more funding. Raising property taxes to meet the needs of the district was an unpopular but necessary move, allowing the district to borrow money for updating the buildings. Decisions about how the increased funds should be spent created even more controversy throughout the community. In the past, the school district had maintained separate facilities for black and white students. Facilities at the Carver School for black students were in such poor
condition that the district faced losing accreditation from the Texas Education Agency. A group of concerned citizens who toured the school agreed with the TEA’s assessment that the buildings did not meet the accreditation standards of the time. Enrollment at the school was less than 200 students with eight teachers compared to more than 1,100 students and 44 faculty members in the two white schools in the district. The school board’s proposed solution was to improve some of the existing buildings and construct a new school to serve the black students in grades one through 12. This proposal prompted a group of local citizens, both black and white, to form the Committee for Better Schools. The committee consisted of ministers, business leaders, concerned residents and professors and their wives from Southwestern University. The group’s objective
was to halt the construction of schools built for a segregated population, especially after the Supreme Court had ruled against such schools. After an unsuccessful attempt to register more than 20 black students at Georgetown High School in fall 1962, an injunction was filed by the members of the CBS in U.S. District Court. As the lawsuit worked its way through the courts, improvements were made throughout the system. The district also began to implement free-choice enrollment, allowing students in specific grades to attend either school. By 1964 there were more than a dozen black students who had moved to the white schools. The school board continued to add grades to the free-choice enrollment and by spring 1966 had voted to fully integrate. Integration was accomplished in Georgetown without disruption or violence.
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Construction under way at Toll 45/O’Connor Drive exchange When construction at the Toll 45/O’Connor Drive exchange is complete by the end of 2013, O’Connor Drive will connect Toll 45 and RM 620. Traffic will be able to move more freely with added ramps and feeder roads along Toll 45 between McNeil Road and O’Connor Drive.
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Pflugerville targets tech project Pflugerville A recently announced plan to develop a $210 million data center in Pflugerville could bring hundreds of high-paying jobs and millions of dollars of tax revenue into the city—if the project is able to get past the planning stage. On June 12, the Pflugerville City Council approved an incentive-laden deal brokered between the Pflugerville Community Development Corp. and Austinbased economist and development broker Angelos Angelou’s “placeholder company,” Arista Data Centers LLC. There are some unusual aspects to the Arista deal that leave the certainty of the
No vacancy: Major Round Rock office buildings are nearly full Round Rock The vacancy rate for high-end Round Rock office space has dropped dramatically over the past year, leaving the city searching for private developers and companies willing to fund their own construction. Late last year, vacancy rates in Round Rock for large office spaces were approaching 50 percent. According to the most recent reporting provided by Austin-area real estate firm Oxford Commercial, the rate is now at 7.76 percent—the second lowest of all Austin-area submarkets and well below the region’s overall 14 percent vacancy rate. “The Emerson deal changed the Round Rock submarket,” said Kevin Kimbrough, Oxford Commercial senior vice president. In 2011, Fortune 500 company Emerson Process Management unveiled plans to relocate from Austin into the previously unoccupied Frontera Vista building. “Having [Frontera Vista] sit empty was a negative,” Mayor Alan McGraw said. “Thousands of people were driving by every day and seeing two big empty office buildings.” While the Emerson relocation in May solved a major occupancy dilemma for the city, the move also resulted in the absorption of nearly all of Round Rock’s remaining high-end office space. Major companies interested in relocating to the city are finding there is no immediate space available. Full story by JP Eichmiller
project far from a sure thing. For one, Arista is a company on paper only, created by Angelou with the specific purpose of securing the data center incentives from Pflugerville and the PCDC and then selling them to an actual developer. Questions remain, however, as to why the Pflugerville City Council and the PCDC would offer incentives to Angelou to sell for a profit instead of contracting directly with a developer. According to PCDC Executive Director Floyd Akers, the city’s incentive for working the deal through Angelou was the latter’s business experience. The recent history of high-profile projects in Pflugerville, however, has resulted in several deals falling through or stalling.
Hutto It is common for first-time visitors to Westphalia Meat Market to stop in their tracks when they walk in the door, astounded by the classic style and layout of Hutto’s only local butcher, said Linda Herzog, Westphalia Meat Market staffer. Owner Pat Rabroker has stuck with throwback basics for the second Central Texas location of the Westphalia Meat Market. The original location in Lott—a town about 90 miles north of Austin—has been in Rabroker’s family since 1963, and little has changed in the way Rabroker prioritizes quality and freshness over speed. Rabroker runs a meat delivery service out of the Lott location; his meats routinely find their way into restaurants and shops in various Central Texas locations.
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2000. He spent the following years waiting tables and managing restaurants in the Austin area, accumulating more than 21 years of experience in the business. Mouton, who grew up outside of Bastrop, said he is used to traditional Texas country and soul food, but on the holidays, he and his family would travel to Louisiana and eat Cajun dishes such as jambalaya and gumbo. The former Moody’s location proved to be the perfect site to create his own restaurant inspired by his culinary passion, he said.
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Mouton’s Southern Bistro Leander Mouton’s Southern Bistro is Leander’s new option for down-home country cooking with New Orleans and Texas flavors in a cozy Southern atmosphere. Ben Mouton and his wife, Rachel, took over the former Moody’s Cafe on New Year’s Day, and after making adjustments to the hours and menu, they reopened as Mouton’s Southern Bistro on March 23. Mouton studied culinary arts in New Orleans before he moved back to Texas in
Northwest Austin Drunk Fish has the ability to take customers halfway around the world. The narrow, two-story restaurant with only 19 seats is decorated with murals and printed cloths, giving the customer a sense that he of she has stepped outside of the Arboretum and into an eatery in Seoul, South Korea, or Tokyo, Japan. Sun Park and her husband, Jong Hwa, serve a fusion of Japanese and Korean cuisine. Although the name implies otherwise, the eatery does not serve alcohol, though customers are welcome to bring their own.
Now Open Leander Bill Shea and his wife, Kimberly, opened Shea’s Place on July 1 at 105 W. Willis St., Leander. The restaurant features Texas comfort food, including barbecue items and chicken-fried steak as well as steaks, catfish, salads, a full bar and live entertainment on the outdoor patio. 986-8719 Austin High-end butcher shop The Meat House opened July 3 at 10621 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 103, Austin. The store’s meat case features premium beef as well as allnatural chicken and turkey. There is also fresh seafood, fresh produce, deli products and prepared meals. 432-5553, www.themeathouse.com Round Rock VooDoo BBQ opened July 9 at 2601 S. I-35, Ste. B100. The restaurant offers New Orleans–style smoked barbecue, Caribbean jerk chicken, salads, burgers, chicken and more. 238-7000, www.voodoobbq.com
Coming Soon Cedar Park Zydeceaux’s sourdeaux bakery and Cajun cuisine, 13010 W. Parmer Lane, Ste. 800, Cedar Park, is scheduled to open in mid-August and feature fourth-generation French Cajun recipes, owner Stephen Mouton said. The restaurant will also feature live music. 567-3815 Round Rock Jack Allen’s Kitchen is scheduled to open its second Texas location at 2500 Hoppe Trail in mid-September. The restaurant features contemporary and traditional dishes created by Chef Jack Gilmore. Jack Allen’s uses locally sourced foods and features beers from Austin-based Independence Brewing Company. www.jackallenskitchen.com Pflugerville Shannon Coleman is planning to open Stem & Stein in mid-October, 111 E. Main St. Pflugerville Mayor Jeff Coleman and Councilman Brad Marshall are investment partners. The restaurant will feature an extensive wine list and beer selection with Southern-fusion cuisine.
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4,420+/- sq.ft. 2-Story home with 4-BD, 5-BA with swimming pool on 1.25+/- acre lot. This spacious house is built for family and entertaining! Best of all, owner financing is available! MLS # 4828293 • $525,000 George DeVillar (512) 639-0258
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Beautiful Trinity model with 2 bedrooms plus office and hardwood floors. Home also features an extended garage and backs to natural preserve area. MLS # 8622802 • $225,000 • Jann Benton (512) 930-5266
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3-BD/2-BA home with large greatroom, granite countertops and recent flooring (7/12). Over 1/2 acre treed lot in Serenada. MLS # 2861297 • $189,000 • Pat Martin (512) 818-4106
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Lives like a one story! 5-BD, 4-BA with four downstairs bedrooms, over 3,900 sq. ft., large private lot, quiet cul-de-sac near school, parks, and pool. MLS # 9820445 • $375,000 • Sandy Barr (512) 635-7725
Gorgeous one story custom home! Immaculate condition. 4-BD, 3.5-BA in Berry Creek. Beautiful backyard Oasis! Home service agreement and $2,000 decorating allowance. MLS # 3654692 • $259,900 • Candi Smith (512) 426-5958
200 N. Santa Fe Trail
Beautiful former model home on one full acre. 3-BD/2BA/ 3-car garage. Award winning Liberty Hill ISD. Two decks, workshop, custom fence. Must see! MLS # 5771201 • $255,000 Michelle Van Natter (512) 525-0269
Gorgeous 4-BD, 3-BA, 3,383+/- sq. ft. home on 1+/- acre in Georgetown’s premier gated community of Gabriels Overlook. MLS # 3229862 • $343,900 Arnold Westerhold (512) 843-9390
Exquisite 3,900+/- sq.ft. 4-BDR, 4-BA Cockrum custom built. Upgrades galore. Recent landcaping. Custom designed swimming pool/spa. Amazing outdoor living area with fireplace. A “Must See!” MLS # 8246599 • $549,000 George DeVillar (512) 639-0258
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3-BD/2-BA recently renovated home in desirable Serenada. Open floor plan, vaulted ceiling in living room, large fenced yard. This home is waiting for YOU! MLS # 5706612 • $172,500 • Bob Sedlor (512) 517-8241
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Pristine 2-BD/2-BA plus den, stone patio, approx 1,644 sq. ft., hard tile in living area and fenced yard. MLS # 4411508 • $182,500 • Tina Latta (512) 630-6104
Condo with views! Open concept floorplan with high ceilings. Lots of windows. Roomy master bedroom and bath. Ready for move-in! MLS # 4442824 • $179,500 • Nicole Scott (512) 632-6790
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3-BD, 2-BA, approx 1,470 sq.ft. Enjoy a large corner lot and covered patio! MLS # 9140408 • $128,000 • Kristin Hepp (512) 300-3332
River Ridge Ranch. Rare opportunity to own 11.5+ acres of Lampasas River front property. Gated, hill country community, approx. 60 miles from Austin. Low 1.72% tax rate. MLS # 2897289 • $99,500 • Jane Sissons (512) 635-9068
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125 Fort Mabry Loop 4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bath Agent: Meritage Homes 877-275-6374
$284,843 2,435 sq. ft.
140 Copper Lake Lane 3 Bedroom / 2 Bath Agent: Ryland Homes 528-0376
$273,990 1,942 sq. ft.
Williamson County 0.457687 Austin Community College 0.094800 Williamson County FM/RD 0.030000 Leander ISD 1.499760 Upper Brushy Creek WCID 0.020000 Parkside at Mayfield Ranch MUD 0.950000 Total (per $100 value) ______________3.052247
(June 26, 2011–June 26, 2012)
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