Confederate statue discussed by council and more: Business, community updates from Central Texas

Georgetown City Council’s motion to send Williamson County a resolution to remove the Confederate statue failed June 23. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown City Council’s motion to send Williamson County a resolution to remove the Confederate statue failed June 23. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown City Council’s motion to send Williamson County a resolution to remove the Confederate statue failed June 23. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Georgetown

Georgetown City Council’s motion to send Williamson County a resolution to remove the Confederate statue fails


Council Members Rachael Jonrowe of District 6 and Mary Calixtro of District 1 put forth a resolution asking the Williamson County Commissioners Court to make adjustments to the Confederate statue on the Square on June 23.

The motion failed 4-2.



Georgetown City Council sets trigger point for mask mandate

Most Georgetown City Council members said they were not in favor of the city requiring businesses to enforce patrons wearing a mask, but they did set a trigger point that, if met, would mandate businesses to require masks.

Georgetown splash pads open June 25

Georgetown will open its four splash pads across the city June 25, city officials announced June 23.

The city’s splash pads typically open in April but remained closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The splash pads are open through Sept. 30.

Bella Sera Italian in Georgetown closes

Bella Sera Italian Restaurant closed its Georgetown location due to the coronavirus pandemic. Bella Sera was located at 603 W. University Ave., Ste. 110, Georgetown.

New Braunfels

BREAKING: New Braunfels mayor issues executive order for face coverings


New Braunfels Mayor Rusty Brockman issued an executive order June 23 that requires face coverings to be used at businesses within the city, effective immediately.

Round Rock-Hutto-Pflugerville

Pflugerville Equity Commission approved on first reading


In a move Mayor Victor Gonzales said is “putting history on the books,” the city of Pflugerville approved on first reading the establishment of the Pflugerville Equity Commission on June 23, following an initial introduction of the proposed ordinance June 9. The proposed commission is the culmination of more than a year’s worth of collaborative efforts between city officials and community members.

Pflugerville-based Essentium Materials now 3-D printing PPE

With increased need for personal protective equipment during the coronavirus pandemic, Pflugerville-based Essentium Materials has begun producing PPE using 3D printing technology.

Juneteenth now recognized as official city holiday in Pflugerville

In a unanimous decision on June 23, Pflugerville City Council voted to add Juneteenth to its list of official holidays recognized by the city. The announcement follows Mayor Victor Gonzales’ proclamation declaring June 19, 2020 as “Celebrate Juneteenth Day” and the city’s inaugural Juneteenth celebration, hosted on June 20.

Hutto Nails now offering manicures, pedicures, waxing services

Hutto Nails celebrated a soft opening in Hutto on May 22. Located at 210 Ed Schmidt Blvd., Ste. 500, Hutto Nails offers manicures and pedicures, artificial nails, waxing and threading services.

Southwest Austin

South Austin senior care community learns from COVID-19 battles


According to Mark Escott, Austin-Travis County interim health authority, 20%-25% of nursing home residents who contract COVID-19 locally die. In Travis County, 56 of the 106 coronavirus-related deaths confirmed as of June 15 were from cases in senior care facilities, and around 9% of all confirmed coronavirus cases have been senior care residents and staff.

Lake Travis-Westlake

Alternative Fourth of July celebrations in place for Rollingwood residents

Rollingwood’s traditional Fourth of July parade has been canceled due to coronavirus restrictions, but residents can still anticipate several city festivities.

Hill Country Galleria cancels 2020 Fourth of July celebration due to COVID-19 concerns

Management for the Hill Country Galleria announced this week via a statement on its website that it has canceled this year's Fourth of July celebration.

Leander-Cedar Park

U.S. Dermatology Partners, formerly Lone Star Dermatology, relocates Cedar Park office

Lone Star Dermatology has relocated its Cedar Park location and is now U.S. Dermatology Partners. The new dermatology office, located at 1515 Medical Parkway, Bldg. 1, Ste. 100, Cedar Park, has the same doctors as its previous location and began seeing patients June 15, according to a release.

Central Austin

New orders urge Austin businesses to self-impose stricter capacity limits than allowed by state


As the pandemic reaffirms its grip on Austin and hospitalizations and new confirmed cases surge, local officials, trying to work around reopening orders from the governor, are placing a significant responsibility on open businesses to help curb further spread of the coronavirus.

Central Austin business news roundup: Austin Java celebrates anniversary, Keep Safe Care now open and more

From North Loop restaurant Foreign and Domestic celebrating its tenth anniversary to a new partnership between Mark Ashby Design and the SAFE Alliance, here is the latest in Central Austin business news.

San Marcos-Buda-Kyle

Fat Shack to open on Guadalupe Street in San Marcos

Fat Shack, the franchise specializing in burgers, sandwiches and wings, will be opening a location at 350 N. Guadalupe St., San Marcos.

Texas

Texas agency to distribute free masks to those tested for coronavirus at state-run locations

Starting June 25, the Texas Division of Emergency Management will distribute four masks free of charge to every Texan who is tested for the coronavirus at a state-run mobile test site, according to a press release from Gov. Greg Abbott.

Warren Brown, Ali Linan, Kelsey Thompson, Nicholas Cicale, Brian Rash, Taylor Girtman, Claire Shoop, Amy Rae Dadamo and Christopher Neely contributed to this report.

Editor's note: The original headline was changed to reflect the story content regarding the statue.



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