Here are some things to know this week in Georgetown.
1. Election Day polls open Tuesday
After a surge in early voting turnout in Williamson County as well as elsewhere in the region, Election Day for the 2018 midterms is on Tuesday. Georgetown voters will decide a slew of federal, state and local election races as well as a $166 million Georgetown ISD bond package and the reauthorization of a quarter-cent sales tax used to fund city road maintenance. Election Day polling locations will be open 7 a.m.-7 p.m., and registered voters can cast ballots at any location in Williamson County. Here is a Georgetown-specific voter guide. Readers can follow more election coverage at communityimpact.com/vote.
2. Georgetown wins $1 million in U.S. Mayors Challenge
With a $1 million prize as one of nine winners of Bloomberg Philanthropies U.S. Mayors Challenge, the city of Georgetown plans to lease rooftop space on homes to install solar panels as well as additional space to install storage batteries that will allow the city to collect and store solar-generated energy. The initial project will place nearly 400 solar panels on 10-15 roofs in the city and plant eight to nine batteries that will store energy in case of a power outage. Read more here.
3. Field of Honor runs all week in San Gabriel Park
The Field of Honor is underway in San Gabriel Park until Nov. 12. The series of events, which is in its second year, includes a display of about 18,000 U.S. flags planted on the park’s grounds as a show of honor to veterans and first responders. Events planned this week include a flag-retirement ceremony by Boy Scout Troop 155, a tribute to Purple Heart recipients and the Honor Walk 5K. Read more here.
4. City invites vendors for meet and greet
The city of Georgetown’s Purchasing Department hosts a meet-and-greet event Wednesday for local businesses to learn more about how the city accepts project bids and proposals. The purchasing department works with a variety of businesses, including companies in the landscaping, printing, electrical service and graphic design industries. The event takes place 10 a.m.-noon at the Georgetown Community Center, 445 E. Morrow St., Georgetown. The purchasing department can be reached at 512-930-8141.
5. Set back your clocks: Daylight saving time is over
Daylight saving time ended at 2 a.m. Sunday. If you haven’t set your clocks back an hour—at least those that don’t reset automatically—now is a good time to do so. Federal law states daylight time begins 2 a.m. on the second Sunday of March and ends 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November in areas that have not specifically exempted themselves.