1. Contested election races for Georgetown City Council, Georgetown ISD
Last Friday was the filing deadline for candidates in the May 5 election for City Council and the GISD board of trustees. Contested races will happen in both elections, with City Council's District 1 incumbent Anna Eby facing Mary Calixtro, and both incumbents for GISD's Places 6 and 7 facing challengers. Read more here.
2. Georgetown studying traffic patterns on Hwy. 29 near I-35
Georgetown City Council voted unanimously last week to approve a study that will analyze traffic and driveway access along University Avenue/Hwy. 29 between Scenic Drive and the southbound I-35 frontage road. The study will be finished by mid-March and is not expected to cause any road delays or closures. City officials said the future Wolf Crossing commercial development, which is proposed near the intersection of Hwy. 29 and I-35 will require upgrades to the adjacent roadway and intersections.
3. Plans for new fire stations move forward
A $478,400 contract with College Station-based Brown Reynolds Watford Architects was approved last week by City Council for design, construction oversight, commissioning and project assessment for the city’s future Fire Station No. 7, which will be located near the intersection of Inner Loop and Hwy. 29. It is one of two new fire stations anticipated to be built before the end of 2019. Read more here.
4. GISD classes out, county office closed for Presidents Day holiday
GISD schools will not hold classes on Monday, which is the Presidents Day holiday. Classes will also not be held Tuesday for the district's staff professional learning day. Students will return to class Wednesday.
Georgetown city offices will be open Monday, but Williamson County offices will be closed.
— Williamson County (@wilcogov) February 15, 2018
5. H-E-B buys Austin-based Favor delivery company
H-E-B, the San Antonio-based retail chain, announced last week it will purchase Austin-based Favor Delivery, an app-based delivery service with a network of more than 50,000 statewide delivery drivers. Favor will continue to operate independently as a separate brand, but the partnership will complement H-E-B’s existing brick-and-mortar stores by expanding how customers choose to shop, pay for and receive products, according to the retailer. H-E-B has two Georgetown locations: 1100 S. I-35, Georgetown, and 4500 Williams Drive, Georgetown.