Two new City Council members sworn in, Brainard selected as mayor pro tem

District 2 Council Member Keith Brainard (right) is sworn in as mayor pro tem at the May 20 special City Council meeting. District 2 Council Member Keith Brainard (right) is sworn in as mayor pro tem at the May 20 special City Council meeting.[/caption]

Two new City Council members were sworn into office May 20 after Georgetown City Council canvassed the votes from the May 9 election.

Ty Gipson was elected to the District 5 seat on May 9 after earning 68.67 percent of the votes, or 456 votes, against opponent Paul Nadeau.

“I’m looking forward to working with each one of these council members,” Gipson said. “It’s an honor to sit up with these guys today. … I guess it’s time to get to work.”

Anna Eby ran unopposed for the District 1 seat.

“I am very excited to be taking on this leadership role,” Eby said. “I moved to Georgetown in 2001 to go to Southwestern, and I’ve been here ever since. It just felt like home on the first day, and I can’t think of anywhere else I’d rather live. I’m really excited to be part of what Georgetown is doing in the future.”

Before swearing in its new members, the council recognized outgoing members Patty Eason and Jerry Hammerlun.

“I appreciate the good fight that you’ve led on the things that you’ve believed in.  The spirit and dedication is just unbelievable,” Mayor Dale Ross said to Eason.

Eason served four consecutive terms on the council. She said some of her greatest accomplishments included creating the city’s home repair program as well as passing the native plants and landscaping ordinance, recycling improvements and the smoking ban. She also referenced working with zoning ordinances to help home-based businesses.

Hammerlun who had finished a 3-year term said he looked forward to the possibility of working with the council and the city in the future.

“I do want to take just a couple minutes to say thank you to this community and particularly the people in District 5 for giving me this opportunity,” he said. “I sit here tonight more convinced that Georgetown, Texas, is the perfect place to live and the perfect place to have raised my family. It is, in fact, a city of excellence.”

Hammerlun said his proudest moment was helping hire City Manager David Morgan.

After the swearing-in ceremony, council members elected Keith Brainard to serve as mayor pro tem.

“I’m honored by your trust in me, and I will work to demonstrate that your trust in me is well placed,” Brainard said. “You don’t ask to sit up here for the money or the gratitude. You do it because you believe in a cause greater than yourself.”


Gov. Greg Abbott announced the date for a second special legislative session. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
Gov. Abbott announces second special session agenda

The special session will be Aug. 7 with 17 items on the agenda ranging from bail reform to employment.

Judge gavel and law books
Judges may again require masks in Williamson County courtrooms

Williamson County stated judges may require masks in courtrooms at their discretion.

Photo of two girls on a playground with "Live United" shirts
United Way for Greater Austin to merge with United Way of Williamson County

The two nonprofits will combine to focus on combatting poverty in 10 Central Texas counties.

Georgetown's contract with Capital Metro will expire at the end of September. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
GoGeo fixed-route bus service in Georgetown to end Oct. 1

Paratransit services offered for residents with disabilities will continue.

Q&A: Greg Smith, executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition

Greg Smith is the former superintendent of Clear Creek ISD and became executive director of Fast Growth School Coalition in December 2020. 

Williamson County Sheriff’s Office
Sheriff’s office requests pay increases during Williamson County budget process

The Williamson County Sheriff's Office said its officers are paid less than law enforcement officers in city departments countywide.

Williamson County courthouse
Williamson County proposes lower tax rate ahead of final budget vote Aug. 31

The tax rate will go to support a recommended $440.5 million total operating budget.

Photo of a doctor with a pregnant woman
Austin health experts warn delta variant could pose higher risk for pregnant women

Maternal medicine doctors across Central Texas have seen increasing numbers of pregnant women coming to the hospital with breathing issues and pregnancy complications as a result of COVID-19.

Wayback Burgers makes cooked-to-order burgers and hand-dipped milkshakes. (Courtesy Wayback Burgers)
6 eateries open or coming to Cedar Park, Leander; Trudy's North Star reopens in Northwest Austin and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including Tiff's Treats opening in Hutto.

student writing on paper
Texas Legislature allows parents to opt for students to repeat grade levels or courses

Senate Bill 1697 is effective for the 2021-22 school year.

Photo of medical professions in a hospital
Health officials warn ICU space is critically low as Travis County sees its 900th COVID-19 death

As the delta variant drives transmission rates up, local hospital systems warn that ICUs are strained.

At Blue Gecko, a Texas Taco comes with seasoned ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, cheese and bacon. (Courtesy Blue Gecko)
New taco spot opens in Four Points; roadwork for Austin's Zilker Eagle continues and more Central Texas news

Read the latest business and community news from the Central Texas area, including news on when Lou Neff Road will open in Central Austin.