1. Georgetown selling city-owned downtown buildings
City officials have put three buildings in downtown Georgetown up for sale as construction continues on the city's future municipal complex, known as Downtown West. The city is accepting offers from potential buyers for Georgetown’s City Hall at 113 E. Eighth St., the municipal court and City Council chambers at 101 E. Seventh St., and the Georgetown Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St.
All together, the buildings include more than 25,000 square feet of downtown commercial space zoned for mixed-use to allow for office, retail, restaurant, hotel or event facilities, according to the city. Proposals are due by 2 p.m. May 1.
2. Public hearing set for Williamson County affordable housing consideration
Williamson County Commissioners Court will hold a public hearing Feb. 27 to discuss the need for a regional housing authority to provide affording living options for county residents. The hearing is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. at the Williamson County Courthouse, 710 Main St. Georgetown. Williamson County is considering a formal partnership with the Texas Housing Foundation, a housing authority out of Marble Falls that operates affordable-housing properties in Georgetown, Round Rock and Liberty Hill.
3. Candidate filing wraps up for city, school board elections
The deadline to file for candidacy for Georgetown City Council districts 1 and 5 as well as Georgetown ISD places 6 and 7 is Friday. City candidate applications are available at Georgetown City Hall, 113 E. Eighth St., Georgetown, and applications must be filed with the city secretary’s office. GISD applications are due to the district's administration building at 603 Lakeway Drive, Georgetown.
4. County prepares for March 6 primary, early voting
Less than a month remains until primary elections for a variety of federal, state and local races relevant to Georgetown and Williamson County, including contested Republican races for county judge and county treasurer. Statewide, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and Gov. Greg Abbott, both Republicans, are up for re-election and facing primary challengers. Other statewide officials up for re-election include Land Commissioner George P. Bush, Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller and Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick, all of whom are Republicans. Here's a rundown of everything Williamson County voters need to know before casting their primary ballots.
5. County-wide burn ban lifted
Rainy weather brought an end to a two-week-long burn ban in Williamson County. County Judge Dan Gattis officially lifted the ban last week. It had been in effect since Jan. 23, when commissioners voted unanimously to temporarily prohibit the burning of household yard waste, such as leaves, grass, brush and other yard trimmings.