City Council candidacy filing opens and 4 other things to know this week in Georgetown, Jan. 22-27

Briana Andor will run against Darrell Hale in the March Republican primary election.

Briana Andor will run against Darrell Hale in the March Republican primary election.

Here are some news items to know this week in and around Georgetown.

1. Georgetown City Council election filing period opens 

Georgetown residents living in City Council districts 1 and 5 have until Feb. 16 if they wish to apply to run for council seats in their respective districts. Both positions on the council will be up for election May 5. Early voting will begin April 23 and continue until May 1.

2. City Council to vote on PUD rezone, Sun City intersection closure 

Meanwhile, members of the City Council are set for final votes on several ordinances Tuesday. One ordinance involves a proposal to rezone about 72 acres of property at 250 Westinghouse Drive, Georgetown, from a business park district to a planned unit development district. The proposed PUD district, called the Summit at Westinghouse, would include commercial and multifamily development. The council is also expected to decide on an ordinance that would close the intersection at West Majestic Oak and Apache Mountain lanes to vehicle traffic. The council meeting begins 6 p.m. Tuesday at 101 E. Seventh St., Georgetown. 

3. Williamson County sheriff's deputies could appear on reality TV

Last week, Williamson County Commissioners Court gave the ok for county sheriff's deputies to appear on “Live PD,” a reality TV show on the A&E network that follows local law enforcement. “Live PD” is unique in that it is aired nearly live, with some portions having only a 10- to 25-minute delays between the time they occur and the time the scenes appear on the show. Read more here.

4. Austin area makes first cut in Amazon's HQ2 search 

The Austin area was one of 20 finalists announced last week by Seattle-based online retailer Amazon for locations the company is considering for its second headquarters, known as HQ2. Amazon will work with each finalist location to further examine their proposals. A final decision is anticipated this year.

5. Governor's plan targets Texas property tax growth 

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott last week unveiled a plan to “rein in skyrocketing property taxes” in the state by preventing cities, counties and school districts from collecting more than 2.5 percent more in property tax revenue than they did in the previous year without voter approval. Read more here from our partners at The Texas Tribune.


City Post Chophouse opened its oyster bar and market in June. (Trent Thompson/Community Impact Newspaper)
City Post Chophouse opens its oyster bar and market

Oyster bar and market open at City Post

 Redistricting is one of the items on the Texas Legislature's third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18. (Ali Linan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Texas Senate releases proposed redistricting maps as special session begins

Redistricting is one of the items on the third special session, and the state Senate released proposed maps on Sept. 18.

Williamson County Court House
Williamson County approves nonprofit funding, and other notes from Commissioners Court

Commissioners approved public funding for local nonprofits, including funding for the Williamson Museum.

Photo of people attending ACL Fest
City of Austin approves ACL health and safety plan, holds off on final permit

Austin Public Health gave ACL the go-ahead to allow proof of vaccination in lieu of a negative COVID-19 test, but asked organizers to require masking in some areas.

Georgetown Independent School District voted to approve virtual learning for its students on Sept. 20. (Adobe Stock)
Georgetown ISD moves toward remote learning option

Georgetown ISD approves virtual learning option

ROCK will host its annual barn dance on Oct.16. (Courtesy ROCK)
Ride On Center for Kids works to heal variety of individuals with horses

Georgetown nonprofit utilizes horses to help heal people

Wayback Burgers specializes in cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
Wayback Burgers coming to Leander; fire kills 75 dogs in Georgetown and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area.

Georgetown Fire responded Sept. 18 to a call at the Ponderosa Pet Resort. (Community Impact Newspaper File Photo)
Fire at Georgetown facility claims 75 dogs

Fire at Ponderosa Pet Ranch results in 75 dog deaths

Shake's at 1208 Williams Drive, Georgetown is rebranding as Frozen Flamingo with an expanded menu. (Courtesy Photo)
Georgetown's Shake's rebrands as Frozen Flamingo with expanded menu

Shake's rebrands as Frozen Flamingo, to feature alcoholic drinks

 Busy Nurse's Station In Modern Hospital
Williamson County seeking input on community health needs

The Williamson County and Cities Health District is holding two focus group sessions through September with the goal of collecting public feedback on community health needs throughout the county.

DATA: How population changed in Texas counties between census counts in 2010, 2020

Texas added nearly four million people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest Census data.