Williamson County began issuing same-sex marriage licenses June 29  after initially holding off from doing so June 26.

The county clerk’s office issued 21 marriage licenses by the end of the day, including four for same-sex couples, according to the county Public Affairs Manager Connie Watson.

While some Texas counties began issuing same-sex marriage licenses immediately following the 5-4 ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges, which made same-sex marriage legal throughout the county, the Williamson County Clerk Nancy Rister waited to receive legal advice on how to proceed, according a statement from Williamson County Attorney Dee Hobbs.

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Williamson County is seeking input on whether community residents are prepared for natural disasters in a survey available online until July 13.

Local emergency managers are hoping to hear information such as how prepared residents are for tornadoes or house fires, or which community houses are located in flood plains. The county will use the information to update the hazard mitigation plan, according to a county news release.

The Texas Colorado River Floodplain Coalition prepared the original plan to included Williamson County and 16 others, though the updated plan will focus only on hazards identified within the local county. The information provided could help reduce the risk of injury or property damage in the future, according to the news release.

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The Historic and Architectural Review Commission, or HARC, will consider a plan to expand the Williamson County Courthouse National Register Historic District at its June 25 meeting.

The proposal includes expanding the district’s boundaries in all four directions as well as creating a Forest Street National Register Historic District, according to a city news release.

The courthouse district includes the courthouse block as well as portions of seven blocks adjacent to the courthouse that contain historic structures. The expansion would include properties around the perimeter and extend three blocks to the south to University Avenue.

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The Williamson County Regional Animal Shelter received a $75,000 grant June 20 from the Petco Foundation for the shelter’s work in the community.

According to a news release from the shelter, the award was announced at the seventh annual Hope Gala at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego. The Williamson County Shelter was honored with the Paul Jolly Compassion Award, named for the foundation’s first executive director.

The award recognizes an organization that also made a significant, life-saving impact on animals, according to the news release. The Williamson County shelter has held a 90 percent save rate since October 2010, and was recognized as an open-intake shelter.

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Georgetown City Manager David Morgan will send a letter to the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division to request that additional airport improvements be added to the state’s Aviation Transportation Improvement Plan following guidance from the City Council during the council’s June 23 meeting.

Pavement deficiencies and asphalt cracking were identified at the Georgetown Municipal Airport on Runway 18/36 during routine maintenance, Georgetown Transportation Services Director Ed Polasek said.

Improvements to the runways were already part of the city’s improvement plan; however, additional improvements are needed, he said.

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