City of Georgetown spends nearly $200K on coronavirus-related expenses, other operational updates

Georgetown city staff are developing procedures to reopen lobby spaces and other city operations and discussing what summer programming will consist of–the details are still being worked out, City Manager David Morgan said to council members April 28.

Limited access to the library will become available, Morgan said, adding that the 25% capacity rate means 150 people, including employees, would be allowed in the library at a time.

In an effort to keep communication strong with residents during this time, the city has shared positive case counts by ZIP code daily on its website, Facebook and Twitter, Morgan said. Mailers have been sent out to reach those who might not have access to the internet, and advertisements in the Williamson County Sun and Community Impact Newspaper have been placed and include a letter from the mayor, community resources and things people can do.

The city has also engaged in Fact Fridays in which it shares answers to commonly asked questions, provided the RecAtHome program to offer virtual fitness classes, and created a Facebook frame people can add to their profile pictures to show support and more, Morgan said.

Coronavirus-related expenditures to date were also shared; cents are rounded to the nearest dollar:

  • communications—$17,730

  • employee support (child care, leave)—$2,926

  • cleaning and sanitizing—$19,133

  • quarantine—$2,933

  • medical supplies (personal protective equipment)—$132,936

  • digital tablets for fire department—$4,190

  • equipment (sanitizing machine)—$17,403

Total: $197,251

A budget impact presentation will be made May 12 to include expenditure reduction planning, Morgan said.