Here are some things to know this week in Georgetown.
1. Candidate filing period opens for May elections
The Filing period for May elections on Georgetown City Council and the Georgetown ISD board of trustees began last week and continue until Feb. 15. City Council districts 3, 4 and 7 are up for election May 4 as well as GISD trustee places 1, 2 and 3. The last day for voters to register for the May election is April 4. Early voting will run April 22-30.
2. City staff moves into new City Hall
Georgetown city staffers will spend several days this week moving into offices in the new City Hall at 808 Martin Luther King Jr. St., near the Georgetown Public Library. The new facility is part of the city’s Downtown West development that consolidates downtown municipal offices into one campus. City Hall offices will be closed Jan. 23-34 during the transition and will reopen Jan. 25 in the new building.
3. School district celebrates Tippit Middle School renovations
GISD will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 9:30 a.m. on Jan. 25 to celebrate the completion of renovations to Tippit Middle School at 1601 Leander Road, Georgetown. The school’s $26 million renovation includes new fine arts classrooms and a new cafeteria. The project, which was funded by GISD’s 2015 school bond, also includes construction to enclose the campus and add a secure entrance, according to the district.
4. Austin FC secured as Major League Soccer expansion team
A long-awaited announcement by MLS Commissioner Don Garber cemented the future of professional soccer in Austin last week. The team—called Austin FC, as in football club—will begin play in spring 2021 at a new $225 million stadium that will be built at 10414 McKalla Place, Austin, near The Domain. Read more here.
5. Sweet Lemon Kitchen changes to event space
The popular restaurant and inn just off the downtown Square at 812 S. Church St., Georgetown, will convert its guest rooms into daytime private event spaces. Now called the Sweet Lemon Kitchen, the business will have three event venue rooms once renovations are complete. Read more here.