Georgetown City Council authorizes use of eminent domain for neighborhood water easements

Georgetown city council approves use of eminent domain for drainage easements. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Georgetown city council approves use of eminent domain for drainage easements. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown city council approves use of eminent domain for drainage easements. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Georgetown City Council approved a resolution authorizing the use of eminent domain for water easements in two Georgetown neighborhoods, during its April 27 regular meeting.

The easements are for Williamson Utility District No. 25, which would allow it to acquire 4 acres for drainage usage outside of the district boundaries. The city entered into an agreement with the district in 2019 that would require city authorization for eminent domain use according to Georgetown Assistant City Manager Wayne Reed.


Reed added that the district was unable to obtain drainage easements through negotiations.

The second neighborhood, Williamson County Municipal District No. 25, is located in the Water Oak subdivision and partially in the Parkside on the River subdivision along Hwy. 29 in West Georgetown.

In other news:

  • City Council made three staff changes to the Georgetown Electric Utility Board during their regular city meeting on April 27. City council approved the removal of Bill Sattler as chair of the Georgetown Electric Utility Board. Replacing him will be Robert Case. The council also approved the appointment of Benjamin Buter to the board.

  • City Council also approved an agreement to receive a $75,000 Community Development Block Grant funded by Habitat for Humanity of Williamson County. Under the agreement the money will be used for the city’s home repair program. The city will reimburse the money, according to the city agenda.

By Fernanda Figueroa

Reporter, Georgetown

Fernanda joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in March 2021 after graduating from The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley in December 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and a second major in political science. Fernanda covers education, local government, non profits and business for the city of Georgetown. Prior to CI, Fernanda worked as a reporter for The Rider, UTRGV's weekly student newspaper and served as a media relations intern for UTRGV Athletics.