Berry Creek wastewater line, Breakfast Bites and 3 other things to know in Georgetown, Dec. 9-15

Here are some things to know this week in Georgetown.

1. Presentation covers Berry Creek wastewater pipeline

Williamson County Commissioners Court will hold a presentation 10 a.m. Dec. 11 about the city of Georgetown's proposal to build a new wastewater pipeline that would run along Berry Creek from Airport Road to the city's Pecan Branch Wastewater Treatment plant. A portion of the wastewater line's path would travel underneath the county-owned Berry Springs Park and Preserve at 1801 CR 152, Georgetown.

Commissioners will hold a public hearing on the matter during their Dec. 18 meeting. Court
meetings are held in the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St., Georgetown.

Meanwhile, Georgetown City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 11 on a $5.5 million construction contract with Austin-based Santa Clara Construction to build a separate portion of the Berry Creek pipeline starting near Airport Road and traveling west along Berry Creek to the Sun City Lift Station near the terminus of Stetson Trail in Sun City. Board members with Georgetown Utility Systems approved a recommendation in favor of the contract Dec. 4. Here is more information on the City Council agenda item.

The council meeting starts at 6 p.m. in the Georgetown Municipal Court building at 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown.

2. Georgetown hosts quarterly Breakfast Bites meeting

Georgetown Police Chief Wayne Nero and Fire Chief John Sullivan are featured speakers during the city's next Breakfast Bites meeting, which is scheduled to begin 8 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Friends Room at the Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown.

Nero and Sullivan's presentation is titled "Safety First: Community Awareness and Engagement in Georgetown," according to a city announcement.

Along with the featured speakers city staff will provide attendees with updates on civic projects and events, including the construction of Georgetown's new City Hall and municipal campus and the city's 2030 Comprehensive Plan update. The meeting will include coffee and breakfast snacks. Attendance is free.

3. City Council holds final votes on Wolf Lakes Village

Council members voted Nov. 27 to give initial approval for a tax increment reinvestment zone, or TIRZ, at Wolf Lakes Village, the proposed mixed-use project at I-35 and Hwy. 29 that could eventually add more than 5 million square feet of new development in Georgetown. The council also unanimously approved an initial vote to turn the 164-acre Wolf Lakes Village property into a planned unit development. Final votes on both matters are scheduled Dec. 11.

4. County disposal fees will increase in 2019

County commissioners voted Dec. 4 to approve an increase in landfill-disposal fees effective Jan. 1. The disposal fee increased to $41.95 per ton from the current $40.45 per ton. In addition all cars and pickups will be charged a flat rate of $36 per vehicle from the current $34 per load plus additional fees. Landfill Manager Bubba Smith said the prices were adjusted to compete with market value and remain the cheapest in the area even with the price increase. Read more here.

5. Free recycling available for holiday string lights

Texas Disposal Systems will accept holiday string lights for free recycling from Georgetown residents until Jan. 31. Lights can be dropped off at one of three sites: the city's collection and transfer station at 250 W.L. Walden Road, Georgetown; the Georgetown Municipal Complex at 300-1 Industrial Ave., Georgetown; or the Georgetown Public Library at 402 W. Eighth St., Georgetown.

Sun City residents can also drop off lights for recycling at Cowan Creek Pavilion, 1433 Cool Spring Way, Georgetown.

The city's partnership with the TDS to offer the annual holiday recycling service launched in 2017. Last year more than 1,300 pounds of lights were recycled, according to the city. Find more information here.