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Fuller Runs For District 1 "Preserve Our Historic Charm" Attorney Alex Fuller is on the
ballot for the vacant District 1 seat on the City Council. Mr. Fuller has lived in Georgetown for 20 years and says he is running for the open position because he has always believed in public service and paying back. He has been on the Planning and Zoning commission for four years and is also Chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Fuller says, "I have always felt if I'm going to enjoy the great aspects of Georgetown I am going to have to volunteer and pay back sometime." He is confident he is well-qual-
ified for the job, having been a practicing lawyer for 42 years. "I have great depth and breadth of experience, having represented large hospitals, corporations and businesses, and I've also been involved in communities with low-income housing and challenges in transportation. I can see that we are beginning to have some of those same challenges in Georgetown. My training and my work on the city boards means I am ready to work on day one." Fuller hopes voters will see his enthusiasm about Georgetown and District 1, with particular respect to historical preservation.
"I am all for development, but I want to make sure we balance it with our historic buildings and facilities. Where I live, there are
no homeowner associations, so I want to step up and keep an eye on preserving our beautiful historical areas for many years to come." He also says his experience in mediation will help facilitate good working relationships on Council and help everyone move forward as a team. "I don't just represent District 1, but all of Georgetown. No one is against historic preservation, but I want to stand up for it publicly." Fuller assures voters that he has no personal agenda and is just excited to help maintain Georgetown as the charming, small-town
kind of place that he and his wife were attracted to 20 years ago. "I love all the amenities here as well as the history and I want to help those things mesh; not put one over the other." Fuller promises to be available to anyone who wishes to speak to him, not just district constituents, and, as his signs say, he will "Put Alex Fuller to work for you" throughout his time on Council. He is scheduled to visit several candidate forums in October as well as a variety of voter groups in Georgetown. Events and information are on Facebook at AlexFullerCampaign.
Georgetown 3-for-3 Finalist In TDA Project Awards Two City of Georgetown initiatives
and one Georgetown business were named finalists in the achievement categories for the Texas Downtown Association’s 2019 President’s Awards Program. The City’s Red Poppy Festival, which celebrated its 20th year in 2019, was selected as a finalist for Best Promotional Event. Long known as our signature event, the 2018 festival brought $2.5 million in economic impact and data show nearly 60 percent of our attendees were from outside of Georgetown. Mayor Ross says, "That kind of result shows that we are truly a destination, and our merchants really love the event because it's over three days and so many people pull together for retail. It's a multi-departmental effort; our volunteers and even our City Manager are out here at 7:30 in the morning handing out tacos and getting ready for the event." Georgetown’s City Center project, which consolidated City offices into a
civic campus in downtown just west of the Square, is a finalist for Spirit of Downtown. Mayor Ross added, "Returning the previous buildings back to the commercial sector allowed us to put them back on property tax rolls; re-purposing dormant buildings into state-of-the-art municipal spaces to centralize city management fosters and nurtures the level of energy and cooperation among our amazing city staff who are keeping Georgetown at a level other cities want to emulate." And the recently opened Lark & Owl Booksellers was named a finalist for Best Downtown Business. McAuliffe says Georgetown has a history of winning this award and they are hopeful, especially given the book store was just rated one of the Top 13 cocktail bars in the Austin area. “Having three President’s Award finalists is a huge honor for Georgetown and our community, because there are so many wonderful projects happening in downtowns across the
state,” Downtown Development Director Kim McAuliffe said. “We’re looking forward to hosting the annual Texas Downtown Association conference this year where we will get to showcase Georgetown to downtown professionals from cities throughout Texas.” Finalists were selected from 119 entries submitted in eleven categories from communities throughout the state. Winners will be announced on Oct. 30 at the Awards Gala held in conjunction with the 2019 Texas Downtown Conference at the Sheraton. More than 300 professionals are scheduled to attend and see how Georgetown has raised the bar. Mayor Ross says, "We are truly maintaining our small-town charm and that doesn't happen by accident. We have talented staff who create a culture that people love."
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Parks and Recreation hosts Hay Day event at Garey Park
The City of Georgetown Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a fall celebration at Garey Park on Oct. 12 from 1-4 p.m. The Hay Day event will feature family-friendly activities including pony rides, lawn games, a photo station, music, community vendor booths, a hayride, pumpkin patch, and more. Food trucks will also be onsite. Garey Park entry fees are required, and some activities will include a fee. For more information about the event, including activity fees, visit parks.georgetown.org/hay-day.
Drain your pool safely this fall
As pool season comes to a close, many pool owners may decide to drain their pools for cleaning or necessary repairs. It’s important to remember a few tips when draining your pool to protect waterways and yards. Here’s how to properly drain your pool in three easy steps: • Let your pool water sit for five to ten days to allow chlorine to break down naturally. Avoid adding chlorine to the water before draining. The water pH level should be between 6.5 and 8. • Stop all chemical water treatments. Avoid adding any chemicals to help reduce the water pH. • Slowly drain pool water onto your lawn. If possible, drain the pool slowly over a few days. Avoid draining the pool water directly into storm drains and be sure to watch where the water goes to avoid flooding your neighbor’s yard. • Water from your pool may drain through yards into storm inlets, which lead to streams and rivers. Along with chlorine, pool chemicals can be toxic to fish, turtles, other amphibians, and plants. By following these three steps, you can ensure that water from your pool does not affect the water quality in rivers and streams or harm the plants, fish, amphibians, or other organisms that live in them. For more information, visit transportation.georgetown.org/storm-water-plan/ public-awareness.
October is Domestic and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
In an effort to increase awareness about Relationship Violence, the Williamson County Domestic Assault Response Team is spearheading an initiative involving local law enforcement, local high schools, and Hope Alliance. Football players will wear the national symbol representing the campaign of the “Purple Ribbon” on their helmets during the games. Volunteers will attend the Georgetown High School
AdvocateNewsTX.com home football game on Friday, October 11, 7:00 p.m., and Eastview High School home football game on Friday, October 4, 7:00 p.m., to disseminate informational brochures targeting dating and family violence awareness. Announcements will be made before and during the game. The Williamson County Commissioners Court issued a Proclamation naming October as Domestic and Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month on Tuesday, August 27, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. The initiative entitled: “Football Can Be a Violent Sport, Relationships Shouldn’t Be” involves the following entities: Georgetown Police Department, Georgetown High School, Eastview High School, the Williamson County Sheriff’s Office, the District Attorney’s Office, the County Attorney’s Office and Hope Alliance. For further information or questions, please contact the Williamson County District Attorney’s Office @ 512-943-1234, Hope Alliance @ 800-460-7233, or the Williamson County Attorney’s Office @ 512-943-1111.
Advocacy Center to Expand Facilities and Operations
Executive Director Kerrie Stannell and the board of the Williamson County Child Advocacy Center appeared before the County Commission September 24, to make a case for the County to allocate $5.5 Million for the construction of a new building to support their mission of child advocacy and support for victims of assault and violence.
• To-go food bags • Ziploc-type bags • Plastic wrap and cellophane products • Six-pack rings • All types of plastic wrap encasing products such as paper towel rolls, toilet papers, napkins, and paper plates Once the yellow bag is full, tie it shut and place it in the recycling bin. Find out more at https://recycle.georgetown.org/single-stream-recycling.
turing children's author Brenda O'Bannion. Bring an appetite for the bake sale and breakfast tacos from El Pitayo until they run out. Open 9am-2pm at 113 Limestone Terrace in Jarrell. Email jarrellfriends@ gmail.com for more information or to rent a space.
The Ducks are back!
The City will celebrate the completion of Phase 2 improvements to San Gabriel Park at 9:30 a.m. on Oct. 4 at the Springs Pavilion, which is near the low-water crossing and the College Street Bridge. (See Springs Pavilion 10 on the map.) Phase 2 of the San Gabriel Park improvements project included a new basketball court, restrooms at the disc golf course, two new playgrounds and swings, additional pavilions, road improvements, restoration of two existing springs, and trail improvements—including the extension of the San Gabriel trail to the Katy Crossing neighborhood, which is expected to be completed this fall. The $4.2 million Phase 2 project was completed by Ritter-Botkin Prime Construction Company Inc. of Pflugerville. Future phases of the San Gabriel Park project include improvements to the remaining areas of the park. The design of Phase 3 improvements was included in the City’s Fiscal Year 2020 budget. Funding for the improvements was approved by voters in a 2008 parks bond. The San Gabriel Park Master Plan, which was completed in June 2015, identified improvements to be completed in phases to limit park disruptions.
AAUW's 4th annual Duck Race takes place at 11:00 on Saturday, October 12, 2019 on the banks of the river in San Gabriel Park, 1101 N. College Street, near the Georgetown Parks Administration building. Tickets are $10 to adopt a duck. They are available from Mary Allen 512-778-9402, firstname.lastname@example.org or Val Sandham 512-819-1043, email@example.com. Three prizes are available: 1st Prize - $800 cash 2nd Prize - "A night on the town for two," including dinner at Wildfire Restaurant, Palace Theater tickets and an overnight stay at the Sheraton Hotel. 3rd Prize - $100 gift card from Target. All proceeds go towards scholarships for college-bound young women graduating from Georgetown and East View High schools.
Jarrell Community Library Fall Market
On Saturday, October 26, the Jarrell Library is having a Fall Market day, including a yard sale, vendor market, art show and more. This is a family-friendly event and yard sale/vendor spaces are still available. There will be a book reading at 11am fea-
City Celebrating San Gabriel Park Phase 2 Completion Oct. 4
Bag-the-Bag program pick up locations added
The City of Georgetown's Bag-the-Bag program, which allows residents to recycle film plastics such as plastic grocery bags and other pliable plastic wrappers, has been expanded to include more yellow collection bag pick up locations. Georgetown solid waste customers can pick up two yellow bags each month from any of these five locations throughout the City: • Georgetown Municipal Complex, 300-1 Industrial Ave. • Georgetown Public Library, 402 W. Eighth St. • Georgetown Recreation Center, 1003 N. Austin Ave. • Sun City Social Center monitors desk, 2 Texas Drive • Transfer Station, 250 W.L. Walden Road The yellow bags are specially designed to compact when compressed in the back of the collection trucks. Other bags may “pop” when compressed releasing their contents into the back of the collection truck. Additionally, the bright yellow color makes the bag easy to spot, and sort, on the sorting the line at the material recovery facility. Items that can be recycled through the program include: • All types of clear or opaque common film plastics • Single-use and reusable plastic bags with handles • Dry cleaning bags • Newspaper bags • Meat and produce bags (free of food residue) • Bread bags
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Williamson County Seeks To Fill Telecommunicator Academy Telecommunicators Reclassified as First Responders
Williamson County is
seeking to fill 17 vacancies in its Emergency Communications Department. Last fiscal year, Williamson County expanded its training academy so that it could train eight new telecommunicators at a time, but several positions remained unfilled. The problem was that employees would stay for training, then leave for higher pay. To correct the problem, this fiscal year Williamson County changed the pay structure and increased the starting pay for telecommunicators to more than $50,000, making it more competitive in the market. “We have a state-ofthe-art communication center, excellent medical and dental coverage, and an exceptional retirement. Now, we also have a very competitive salary structure to not just attract, but retain outstanding employees,” said Chris Connealy, senior director of Emergency
Services. “Being a telecommunicator is an excellent job for a person who is willing to train and wants the opportunity for career advancement.” Williamson County dispatches for 38 agencies including Williamson County EMS and Sheriff’s Office. Job applicants must have a high school diploma and be able to pass a background check. All other training for the required license in Texas is provided by the county. Employees work 12-hour shifts and must be available to work holidays and during emergencies. “I can’t imagine what my life would have been like without this career. I can’t think of a more rewarding career. You have the capability to make a difference in somebody’s life every day,” states Melissa Martinez, an Education Specialist / Telecommunications Officer IV with Williamson County Emergency Communications.
In addition, telecommunicators are now officially considered first responders. Effective September 1, 2019, House Bill 1090 reclassified telecommunicators alongside peace officers, fire fighters, and emergency medical personnel as first responders. The designation “first responder” means a public safety employee or volunteer whose duties include responding rapidly to an emergency. The reclassification allows telecommunicators to access benefits and protections afforded other first responders. Scotti Arterbury, Training Shift Lead / Telecommunications Officer IV, states the best part of her jobs is, “Being able to go home every day and say I did the best I could. I did everything I possibly could to help somebody and be kind to somebody in their hardest moment. Just knowing that I did my part. You will be proud to be here and say this is what you do.” Job applications for the November training academy will be accepted through mid-October. To apply, go to https://agency. governmentjobs.com/williamsonco/default.cfm. For more information, go to www.wilco.org/911.
Williamson County's first First Responder 9-1-1 telecommunications operators were sworn in at Commissioners' Court September 24.
In Memoriam: Mark Lyle Walker Dozens gathered at the
Beck Funeral Home in Cedar Park September 26 for the service honoring Mark Lyle Walker of Leander, Texas. Mr. Walker proudly served as a submariner in the U. S. Navy veteran. He passed away on August 25, 2019, at the age of 58. County Judge Bill Gravell extended a public invitation to attend as Mr. Walker was an unaccompanied veteran. Judge Gravell reached out at several public events and on social media to encourage all those who have served our county and those who wished to pay their respects to a veteran to attend. His invitation was received even better than planned. There was standing room only at the funeral home and the Fox Network carried the ceremony live
on national television. Following the ceremony, Mr. Walker was buried with honors at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas. “Anyone who passes away as an unattended veteran will be afforded the highest honor we can give. I encourage all members of our community to pay their respects to this hero either through attending the ceremony or sending a note of condolence on the funeral home website,” said County Judge Bill Gravell.
As Mr. Walker died with no known family, the funeral was paid for by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10427 of Leander and Beck Funeral Home. Williamson County is contributing the standard $300 allotted for indigent burials. “VFW Post 10427 is pleased to work with Williamson County to honor Mr. Walker’s service to our country,” said Mitch Fuller, commander of VFW Post 10427. To view the obituary or send condolences, go to https://www.beckchapels. com/obituary/mark-walker. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to VFW Post 10427 in Leander to help with this service as well as other needs for veterans. Mail donations to VFW Post 10427, 8760 RR 2243, Leander, Texas 78641.
Barfield Campaigning to Serve Jarrell City Council Again Robin Barfield is a familiar face on the
Jarrell City Council, having served from 2010 to 2014. When her career responsibilities made it difficult to attend all the meetings, she felt she owed it to the City and made the difficult decision to resign her seat and allow a new representative to take her place. Now she is a business owner, able to make her own schedule and is very excited about having the opportunity to get back on the City Council after the November 3 election; "It was a very good time in my life and I enjoyed being in a position to give so much back to my community." Barfield says, of her earlier terms, she did not know a lot about roads when she started, "But I learned if you are persistent and willing to knock on TXDOT's door and call them constantly, you can get a lot of great things done." She worked with many local businesses and the Jarrell Fire Department and was able to get approval for the overpass rebuild at C. Bud Stockton Loop, and also worked closely with the County to make sure the CR305 and Ronald Reagan Blvd overpasses were included in the 2013 Bond package. Currently, she is Chair-elect of the Jarrell Chamber of Commerce and has plans to work very closely with local business owners and the Jarrell Economic Development Corporation to bring new businesses to Jarrell. "I want to bring the right kind of businesses here; small manufacturers, a few sit-down restaurants to complement our fast food franchises, and I would love to see an urgent care center." She also will focus on acquiring and attracting agencies and businesses that supply services to seniors, like Meals on Wheels, and a movie theater for younger
residents and families. "I want to make sure we encourage the community to buy local and be frequent patrons to the businesses that are here. When residents help local businesses success, new businesses will recognize that success and want to come here as well to give us the services and retail that we need." Barfield has a Facebook page Robin Barfield for Jarrell City Council and she invites voters to visit for information and also to send her questions via private message. Her intent is to engage in positive and constructive dialogue with residents to learn about concerns, issues and share ideas. "I can't encourage people enough to be involved in some way in our community. I do a lot of work at the public library, First United Methodist Church, and the Jarrell Women's Network. There are so many options; FFA or an athletic booster club. We have a great place to live here and the more we support each other, the better it will be." The Jarrell Council election is Saturday, November 5th.
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New General Manager of Electric Utility
Daniel Bethapudi will be Georgetown’s
new general manager for the electric utility. After a nationwide search, Bethapudi was selected from more than 50 applicants to
serve in the new role. He will be taking on responsibilities currently held by long-time general manager Jim Briggs who is retiring Sept. 30. Bethapudi currently serves as the assistant director for College Station Utilities, directing and managing transmission and substation operations and overseeing strategic planning and power supply functions. While in College Station, Bethapudi successfully restructured and replaced multiple energy contracts, resulting in average annual savings of approximately $15 million. He also developed and implemented a risk management framework and governance model to equip decision makers at all levels of the organization to properly assess risk related to energy.
Tickets On Sale for 50 Fellas Foodfest
Kelly DeVoll and Ben Daniel show off their 2018 People's Choice Award
The 2019 50 Fellas Food-
fest is October 26; doors open at 7pm at Reunion Ranch. Sponsored and hosted by the Georgetown ISD Education Foundation, whose mission is to engage
the community in financial support of a learning environment where innovation, customized academic opportunities, and individual success are attainable for all GISD students.
As their primary fundraiser, 50 Fellas Food Fest is a chance to be involved in impacting the lives of teachers and students. Last year, 50 Cooking Teams brought their A games with the most savory treats, the best meats, the most delectable sweets and the absolute hottest sauce a tongue can handle was featured at this record-breaking event held at the ACS Hangar in Georgetown, TX. The 2018 event raised more than $70,000 for teacher grants and other programs benefiting public eduction. Because the GISD Education Foundation is 100-percent volunteer run, every cent above event costs goes directly to the classroom. Tickets are on sale now at FiftyFellas.com. Space is limited so order early.
“It was not easy to make the decision to leave College Station,” Bethapudi said. “I moved here to attend graduate school and ended up staying more than 15 years. But Georgetown offers a unique opportunity for me and my family. I look forward to addressing the current challenges facing the electric utility, ensuring this great institution remains an asset for the community for years to come.” In Georgetown, Bethapudi will oversee Georgetown's electric utility which serves nearly 27,000 customers. Reporting di-
rectly to the city manager, the new general manager will have responsibility for more than 75 employees and an annual operating budget of $77.4 million. Bethapudi has a master’s degree in agricultural economics from Texas A&M University and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Bethapudi Hyderabad in Hyderabad, India. He is also a project management professional, a certified energy manager, and a certified energy procurement professional. His first day at the City will be Oct. 7.
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the RICH LOWRY COLUMN
Yes, Gun Ownership Is a God-Given Right
by Rich Lowry
The fastest way to trend on Twitter, and
not in a good way, is to say that the right to bear arms is a God-given right. Texas state Rep. Matt Schaefer established this beyond a doubt in a Twitter thread in the aftermath of the West Texas shooting spree. He said that he wouldn't use "the evil acts of a handful of people to diminish the God-given rights of my fellow Texans." Progressives were aghast, and when actress Alyssa Milano objected, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz jumped in to support Schaefer's
argument (in less bombastic terms). The basic proposition isn't hard to defend, and indeed it is written into our fundamental documents. This doesn't mean that God wants you to own an AR-15, or that every jot and tittle of our current gun regime is divinely mandated. Far from it. Yet there is a natural right to self-defense, and gun ownership is inherently connected to that right in a modern society. This is glossed over even by Democrats who have a connection to America's culture of gun ownership. Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said the other week, "I look at [gun legislation] and I always say, 'Does this hurt Uncle Dick in his deer stand?'" That's not the question, though. The Second Amendment isn't fundamentally about Uncle Dick bagging deer, but about his ability to defend himself and his family. The notion of God-given rights shouldn't be controversial. It is a bedrock of the American creed, written into the Declaration of Independence. Its preamble says, of course, that all men "are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights." The Bill of Rights numbers "the right of the people to keep and bear Arms" among those unalienable rights. Why? Because the founders believed that everyone has an inherent right to self-defense. As David Harsanyi notes in his history of the gun in America, "First Freedom," John Adams said in his defense of one of the
British soldiers charged in the Boston Massacre in 1770 that self-defense was "the primary canon in the law of nature." Owning a gun is an extension of this law of nature and has been recognized as such for a long time in Anglo-America. The right to bear arms had deep roots in England, and predated the Constitution on these shores. There was no doubt at the time about the importance of the right to bear arms. Harsanyi writes that "not a single soul in the provisional government or at the Second Continental Congress or any delegate at the Constitutional Convention -- or, for that matter, any new American -- ever argued against the idea of individuals owning a firearm." None of this is necessarily a trump card in the gun control debate -the most commonly proposed gun control restrictions wouldn't substantially lessen gun ownership. It does mean, though, that there is a limit to how far gun control can go in America and that proponents of new restrictions should be fully aware that they are tampering with a constitutionally pro-
tected individual right. If Uncle Dick likes to hunt, good for him. But his right to own a firearm doesn't begin or end there. Rich Lowry is editor of the National Review. © 2019 by King Features Synd., Inc.
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The Last Word PUBLISHER'S CORNER
Telemarketers and Tanks Advo-catie doesn't try to insult anyone,
but it is somewhat her style to say, "You've got to be kidding me..." on occasion. Without stating the obvious about Beto's goal to take away my guns, I have some thoughts. First, I have to thank (again) the law enforcement and military personnel who consistently and loudly reiterate they are not obligated to follow an immoral order. I especially send love to the Missouri police officer, who wrote in his blog about how he would go about his house-to-house firearm pickup; "When I answer the door and the law-abiding citizen is standing there with his 9mm and case in his hand, I would say, 'Thank you, sir, for answering the door and I'm very sorry to hear that your weapon was stolen from your home last night. Have a nice day." Yay! for toxic manhood. That writer is a man who likely believes that he doesn't have to have a gun. On the other hand, if I met someone his size in a dark alley, who decided to beat me to death with a newspaper, my officer friend believes it's okay for me to have a gun to defend against those biceps and newspaper. That’s my problem with people who want to regulate my gun... they want to regulate it to the point that it is useless to have it. A reasonable person puts the gun in a reasonably secure, but still accessible location, thus it can be used for the stated purpose of self defense. A gun control advocate wants the gun to be stored in a secure safe. There needs to be an additional lock placed on the exterior of the gun. The ammunition should be stored in an adjacent area. If my safe is in a place where any normal person could reach it, is being stored 'irresponsibly". Meanwhile, my attacker broke my credit card in half and sliced my neck with it. Then, this is 2019... I have a DVD player in my car, a robot that vacuums my floors, a phone more powerful than all of NASA's Apollo program, and a laser in my medicine cabinet... in what dimension does a gun control advocate think that I am deserving of nothing better than an 1812 Springfield rifle because anything more modern is a death machine? Gun control people say guns with magazines are military-grade items. If it can load more than one bullet at a time, it is an assault weapon. Perhaps they believe only
the government can be trusted to own and use weapons safely, but these are the same people who can’t even get telemarketers to leave me alone. I am not confident in their ability to protect my life when I’m on my cell phone in a closet while someone does a room-to-room search for me. A reasonable person believes the magazine should hold the number of bullets the weapon was designed to fire. In a handgun, there needs to be enough ammunition to engage an armed attacker and drive him off. Only James Bond and John McLain kill the bad guys with one bullet. So, gun control people support the trend of making my gun small enough so that only one bullet can fit inside? Did anyone ever take Barney Fife seriously as a law enforcement officer? There are people like Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee who tried to convince people that AR-15s use .50 caliber rounds and the gun weighs as much as ten moving boxes. She clearly gets her news from Facebook and has never held one of those guns. I have fired a .50 cal gun, which was mounted to the top of an armored vehicle because no one can carry them. The bullets for a .50 cal are bigger than the gun I carry around in my purse; there is NO mistaking one for the other if you have seen and held them. Stop gobbling up sound bites and actually learn about guns first. Funny that they still won't recognize guns are not as much a problem as criminals. In foreign countries, bombings, acid, mass stabbings, and car attacks frequently kill more people than the deadliest mass shootings here. If Beto and his friends manage to get the guns, are they going to ban knives and baseball bats next? Do they realize for just a few more dollars than a Ford F150, I can legally buy a tank? The Leopard 1A5, with main gun disabled, would fit in my front yard. It is perfectly legal to own with no more paperwork than it takes to purchase a car. My point? Well, I suppose it's possible for Beto and enough of his friends to win elections and somehow manage to change the Constitution, which, by the way, doesn't guarantee my right to own a gun; it guarantees my right to not have my government infringe upon my God-given right to have one. But hey, if we're going to say the Constitution was written before we had assault rifles, why not add that the 1st Amendment was written before we had radio, television and the Internet, so I guess you can't have any more free speech unless you're standing on a street corner or passing out fliers written with a quill and ink. Most of our Constitution was paraphrased from John Locke, who had already lived under the very kind of government we are trying to avoid. The entire purpose of the U.S. Constitution is to keep the government in check. Please tell me we are not going to elect people who are already promising to take away our ability to keep an eye on them.
On Leadership by Mike Payne
Williamson County is a
great place to live. We are lucky, not only to live in Texas, but in a piece of it that is known for its safety, engagement, and prosperity. One of the reasons that is true is that we have, to my knowledge and in recent decades, had some truly remarkable leadership. But what I want to say is whether or not you agree with the way our Commissioners run our county, you can't deny their leadership—and there is a distinction. Leadership is not all about the decisions anyone makes, or the votes taken. What I'm talking about is the class and compassion our leaders show in the face of blatant mistreatment they suffer, on a regular basis, at the hands of the citizens they care so much about
and work hard for every day. I recognize free speech is a great thing and our leaders—being human—are not perfect and they make mistakes. But for a citizen commentary, delivered by a person who calls himself "Pastor" and wearing a cowl, to include accusations that our County Judge gave the county "the finger" when he liked a social media post, and leveling a suggestion that he is somehow being paid off to ignore a problem is teetering on slander. How likely is his comment to be taken out of context and have someone out there believing our County Judge is capable of something so unethical? Not ten minutes later, our Judge had half the room in tears extolling the virtues and values of our first responders. He doesn't hardly take a breath between people telling him he's not worthy and pouring out his own heart for others. Another speaker felt it necessary to extrapolate Commander Deaton's behavior, however bad, into an endemic "culture of abuse" and criticized the court for enabling it. I wonder if the hundreds of dedicated employees at the Sheriff's office enjoy being
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called abusive by a person they have sworn their lives to protect? The same woman also demanded a host of outside consultants and trainers be hired to make sure the department doesn't continue this supposed "culture" of terrible things. What she didn't say was how the county is supposed to pay for all that. I suppose she will also complain when the Commissioners spend money to pay that bill. Wait, maybe the deputies are finding plenty of time to behave badly between the more-than-3000 calls they make on a weekly basis to keep us safe? It didn't stop there. How many people in this county are going to continue to ignorantly insist that the court, and Judge Gravell need to fire Sheriff Chody? The court Can. Not. Fire. Elected. Officials. People, that's what elections are for. If you don't like Sheriff Chody, and you think you can do better, run against him or find someone who will and leave Commissioners to get back to the job of running this safe and prosperous County.
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San Gabriel Presbyterian • “The Pumpkin Church” non-school-age children; October 11 and 25 from 9:30-11am. Child care providers and home school families are also welcome to schedule a special event by calling the church’s main number— enjoy story time, the playground and pumpkin patch, and each child receives a free mini pumpkin to take home.
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The Pumpkin Patch at San Gabriel Pres-
byterian Church has become a much-anticipated event celebrating not just the harvest season, but also plenty of Georgetown community interaction. Each Fall, the church receives enough pumpkins to fill an 18-wheeler, and church members are joined by Scout organizations in the east field of the church grounds to unload them. If you are intrigued, you are invited to watch or help on October 5 after the 10am arrival. People aged 5 to 80 kick off this day of service with a coordinated unloading event. Within an hour or two, several thousand pumpkins are ready for sale, and folks from all over Georgetown are laughing and talking together over a hot dog lunch. The pumpkins are grown on and support the Navajo Reservation in Farmington,
Texas. They are purchased via Pumpkin Patch Fundraisers and are on sale throughout October. Proceeds not paid to the Navajo are given to participating Scout groups who help manage the Pumpkin Patch, and back to the church to help facilitate additional family-friendly, public events at no cost. The church has the process down to a science. When Halloween has come and gone, nothing will have gone to waste. The church has events for every age group throughout October; kids’ story time in the Patch to batting practice for teens when the fruit gets soft. Any leftovers are given to local farmers to feed livestock. All month long they will host field trips from schools and daycares and, for the first time this year, senior care groups. There will be two public story times for
Although the Pumpkin Patch began as an outreach event for the church itself, it is now evolved into an exciting Family Fun Day, coordinated by Family Ministries Director, Toni Howell. Annually, as many as 1500 people from all over Travis and Williamson County enjoy many activities from Camp Peniel in Marble Falls; hay and pony rides, face painting, storytime, archery, pumpkin painting and more. Except for food trucks (guests are welcome to bring their own picnic lunches) and pumpkins, everything is free. Visitors are also invited to come in costume! Church elder Phil Lacy says, “The pumpkin patch and family day is our anchor event for community outreach and we build our visibility on it. It is an opportunity to meet the greater Georgetown community. It is free and we’re right here in town. We love to show folks who we are and if they decide to come back on a Sunday, we are thrilled to have them.” Phil adds, “The pumpkin patch is very family oriented and we have many families with kids. It is our hope that as Georgetown continues to grow, we will welcome young families looking for a great church for fellowship and service.”
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San Gabriel Presbyterian Church hosts five scouting groups, each meeting in the building on various days of the week. Ginger Mann, Service Coordinator for Pack 2338, provides every scout who helps at the Pumpkin Patch—unloading, staffing events, or sales—with a three-inch Pumpkin Patch award and a nice shout-out from the church. “For Scouts, we help the church throughout the year and discovered recognition of merit was a huge incentive. The Scouts help with many projects throughout the year but the pumpkin patch stands out. The congregation is very attached to and grateful for all of our scout programs; Girls, Boys, Sea and Cubs.” Phil sums it all up; “We are eager to be a community partner. You don’t just open your doors Sunday morning and have people walk in. We invite folks to come and enjoy a great day and a good experience, and when they look for a church or have a spiritual need, maybe they remember where they felt welcome.”
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Mobility Projects in Georgetown
Mobility and increased
traffic consistently have been top issues cited by residents in Georgetown in citizen surveys. Since we can’t close a gate to keep people from moving to our wonderful city, our best option to address traffic is to implement mobility projects to keep us moving as our population grows. Georgetown residents have a history of supporting projects to address our transportation needs. In 2015, Georgetown voters approved a $105 million bond for transportation and mobility projects. Two of the larger 2015 bond projects, Southwest Bypass and Rivery Boulevard Extension, have already been completed. Northwest Boulevard extension and bridge over I-35 is under construction and should be complete by early 2021. Other transportation or mobility projects are being proposed, are in the planning stage, or are funded and in the process of being implemented. I’d like to share with you some details about projects in each of those categories respectively—road projects
Library, 402 W. Eighth Street. After public input and review by several City boards and commissions, the Plan is scheduled for review and adoption by the City Council in November and December. Read the draft of the Plan and find out more about the review process at transportation. georgetown.org/bike-plan.
that are being proposed, bicycle projects that are in the planning phase, and pedestrian crossing improvements in Sun City that are funded and will be happening next year.
Williamson County Road Bond election
Residents will be voting on Williamson County bond election propositions on the Nov. 5 ballot. Proposition A includes road projects and Proposition B includes parks and recreation projects. The road projects in Proposition A include these projects in Georgetown: • Southwest Bypass extension from State Highway 29 to Wolf Ranch Parkway would construct a roadway and include intersection improvements at SH 29. • Southeast Inner Loop Extension from SH 29 to Sam Houston Avenue would construct a roadway with a bridge over SH 130. • Four safety projects in Sun City include: 1) CR 245 from north of RM 2338 to Ronald Reagan Boulevard involving reconstructing and widen-
Pedestrian crossings in Sun City
ing to four lanes, 2) Ronald Reagan Boulevard at Silver Spur Boulevard turn lanes involving constructing intersection improvements, 3) Ronald Reagan Boulevard at Sun City Boulevard turn lanes involving construction of intersection improvements, and, 4) SH 195 northbound off ramp at Ronald Reagan Boulevard involving construction of exit ramp. Go to wilco.org/bondelection to find out more about these projects and others on the November 5 ballot. Early in-person voting is Oct. 21-26 and Oct. 28 – Nov. 1. Go to wilco. org/elections for details on polling locations and hours.
Bicycle Master Plan
An initial draft of a Bicycle Master Plan for Georgetown presents a blueprint for future transportation projects to create a safe
bicycle network in Georgetown. The plan includes a system of bike lanes on streets, off-street paths, and pavement markings or signs to indicate bicycle routes. The plan also includes ideas for bicycle rack locations,
activities, signs, maps, and educational efforts to help bicycle mobility. You can learn more and talk with City staff at a public open house on the Plan on October 23 at 6 p.m. at the Georgetown Public
City staff has worked with Sun City residents for the past year on ways to enhance pedestrian safety. As a result, the City Council approved funding last month to add pedestrian crossings with signal flashers at eight intersections on Sun City Boulevard and Del Webb Boulevard. The project will include pedestrian crossing signs as well as push-button activated flashing beacons to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians. Walkers can push a button to activate the flashing lights and let drivers know that they are present. The beacons and signs are being ordered and manufactured. They should be installed early next year. As you can see, mobility efforts in Georgetown include roads improvements for our vehicles as well as projects for bicyclists and pedestrians. In all these ways, we aim to keep you moving safely in our growing city.
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diseases so much easier than in past decades. The problem is that bugs are amazingly adaptable at evolving to resist the drugs we throw at them. Given enough time and sheer numbers, some of these parasites will survive and not be affected by our drugs. To slow down that process, get with a good veterinarian to determine a responsible, effective parasite plan for your animals. Dr. Carlton served four years in the United States Army as a Veterinary Corps Officer. He honed his clinical skill set working on these unique animal populations, and brings that special knowledge to the community at Jarrell Animal Hospital. Dr. Carlton is a member of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, American Association of Equine Practitioners, Texas Veterinary Medical Association, and he continues to serve in the United States Army Reserve. Jarrell Animal Hospital 191 Town Center Blvd. Jarrell JarrellAnimalHospital.com and Facebook Dr. Carlton will share news and views for your pets and animal friends as a regular writer for City Insider. Send your questions to info@ fpgtx.com
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5th at The Georgetown Community Center from 5:30–7:30 pm. This exhibit and reception are part of A Gift of Time’s ongoing efforts to raise funds to acquire a building. The need for A Gift of Time is dire. Describing what access to A Gift of Time would mean for her, local author and caregiver Andrea Lee says, “It would give me a piece of my life back.” Speaking of his own experience caring for his wife
with dementia, Georgetown resident and A Gift of Time Board Member Vic Figurelli says: “I believe had A Gift of Time been in existence at the time—placing my wife in a care facility could have been deferred for a while longer. I don’t know if the ‘while longer’ would have been weeks or months or more. But it would have meant her being with me at home that much longer.” The Georgetown community has one of the fastest-growing senior populations in the nation and the fastest-growing pre-senior population (Brookings Institution). An estimated 2,000 Georgetown adults 65 and older have some form of dementia (US Census and Alzheimer’s Association). Yet, these residents do not have access to full-time, licensed Adult Day Care. They are waiting for A Gift
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A Gift of Time’s November 5th Fundraiser is open to the community and is a crucial step in raising awareness of the need for their programs and funds for their building. Learn more at AGiftofTimeGeorgetown.org or call (512) 688-6497.
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