Traffic-policy meeting set for Monday and 4 other things to know in Georgetown, June 24-30

Here are some things to know this week in Georgetown.


1. Monday meeting covers policy on traffic troubles


City officials will host a public meeting from 5-7 p.m. Monday on a proposed draft policy to address speeding and traffic volume of Georgetown residential streets. The meeting will take place in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown. With the draft policy, city officials hope to develop solutions to mitigate speeding and traffic-related problems. Comments shared during Monday’s meeting will be recorded and shared with Georgetown City Council, which began initial discussions on the proposed policy earlier this month. More information is available here.





2. Georgetown ISD outlines committee for safety, security


GISD Superintendent Fred Brent gave additional details June 18 on the establishment of a new district committee for safety and security, which will review GISD safety and emergency response plans, evaluate program effectiveness, review current best practice trends in schools and monitor legislative hearings and possible legislation that could affect safety and security requirements. Brent did not name the committee members nor the number of members but said school principals and fire and police officials will be involved in the process. The committee will begin meeting in July.





3. GISD trustees adopt 2018-19 budget


GISD’s board of trustees voted June 18 to approve the district’s fiscal year 2019-19 budget, which anticipates total revenue of $161,761,253 and total expenses of $156,347,910. That will leave $5,413,343 to be added to a reserve fund that will total $45,542,502. The board also approved a 2 percent midpoint pay increase across the board for district employees. Trustees will consider adoption of next year’s GISD tax rate on Aug. 20. The proposed tax rate remains the same as last year at $1.4090 per $100 in valuation, but with increases in the average market value of homes, GISD taxpayers will see an increase in their tax payments.





4. Georgetown officials seek responses to online survey


The city of Georgetown has asked residents to complete an online survey in order for city officials to gather feedback about future municipal planning and decision-making. The online survey, which will be available until July 15, goes along with a separate, mailed survey conducted early this year on behalf of the city by the Texas State University Center for Research, Public Policy and Training. Responses are confidential, and the survey takes about 20 minutes to complete, according to a city announcement. The survey and additional information are available on the city’s website.





5. The Caring Place hosts annual summer fan drive


As summer officially begins, Georgetown-based nonprofit The Caring Place is taking part in an initiative with Family Eldercare to give free fans to adults with disabilities, at-risk veterans, vulnerable seniors, and families unable to afford home-cooling systems. The Caring Place’s Programs & Services Department is distributing fans from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. until July 13 at the nonprofit’s offices at 2001 Railroad Ave., Georgetown. Programs and Services is also open for distributions from 4:30-6 p.m. Thursdays.

People able to receive free fans must either meet income eligibility requirements, be over 55 years of age, have a disability, be receiving disability benefits, or have children in their homes who are under 18. The Caring Place can be reached at 512-943-0700 to answer questions about eligibility for the fan drive. Family Eldercare is also accepting donations of fans to be distributed during the drive. More information is available at www.summerfandrive.org.