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Schertz City Manager Don Taylor Retiring – End Of Legendary Career

 

  Schertz City Manager Don Taylor has announced his retirement after six years with the city. Taylor informed City Council he plans to leave in a matter of months.

 

  “This is the best city and the best city staff I have ever worked with,” Taylor said about Schertz. “And now I plan to spend a lot more time with my family. And it is a big family counting the grandkids and all,” he added.

 

  City Council will meet shortly to start the process for finding a new city manager.

 

  After the announcement, Taylor was praised by Mayor Hal Baldwin and City Council members Jim Fowler, David Scagliola, George Antuna, Cedric Edwards Sr. and Michael Carpenter.

 

  Taylor is the dean of city managers in Texas and Oklahoma (his home state) and has been in municipal management for more than 40 years. He previously served as City Manager in Universal City and in eight other cities in those two states.

 

  Taylor received the Texas City Management Association Lifetime Achievement Award last June in Galveston and was honored in October by the International City/County Management Association for his nearly 50 years of service in the local government sector during its convention in San Jose, Calif.

 

 

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Guadalupe County Youth Livestock & Homemakers Show January 19-22

The 70th Guadalupe County Youth Livestock & Homemakers Show will be held January 19-22 at the Guadalupe County Fairgrounds located at Midway and Nelda Streets in Seguin.

 

  The judging action starts Wednesday, January 19, with broilers and turkeys and continues Thursday, January 20, with steers and swine.

 

  The Homemaking auction will be held at 7:00 PM Friday, January 21, in the Seguin Coliseum.

 

  The Livestock auction will be held at noon Saturday, January 22, at the fairgrounds.

 

  For more information on the Guadalupe County Youth Livestock & Homemakers Show, including exhibitor, buyer or vendor rules, visit www.gcys.org

 

 

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Christmas Tree curbside recycling announced

Pictured: The City of Schertz Christmas tree is way bigger than the ones many residents will leave on the curb for recycling after the holidays.

 

  Schertz residents can recycle their Christmas trees by leaving them on the curb, said Dennis Little with Public Works.

 

  Trees should be cut in half.

 

  Bexar Waste will send a special truck to pick up the trees, but it may not be on the residents’ regular pick up day, Little explained.

 

 

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Water tank being drained, water along Live Oak Road

 

 

A Schertz Public Works Depatrment crew is emptying a water tank on East Live Oak Road for inspection and repairs and water will be flowing along the road during the process. The work is expected to be completed by Monday, January 3.

 

 

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Holiday Lighting Contest Winners Named

Pictured: During the December 21 Schertz City Council meeting, the home of Edward and Belinda Orta at 1125 Lauran Park Drive in Dove Meadows was named winner for the BEST OVERALL APPEARANCE category in the City of Schertz Holiday Lighting Contest 2010

Other winners are:

 

  MOST ORIGINAL
Marc and Ann Lafortune
208 Brooks
Aviation Heights

 

  NUMBER OF LIGHTS
Jess and Cindy Rogers
3424 Dartmouth Cove
The Ridge Carolina Crossing

 

  CREATIVITY
Jeffrey and Lisa Siebert
3715 Florence Grove
The Ridge Carolina Crossing

 

  ANIMATION
Carmen and Javier Rodriguez
5621 Fairways Drive
Northcliffe Country Club Estates

 

  All five winners received trophies and the winners of the Overall Appearance and the Animation categories each received one $50 gift certificate to the Outback Steakhouse. Congratulations to all winners and everyone who participated in the annual event, including volunteer judges.

 

 

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Regular trash and recycle pickup December 24 and December 31

 

 

Schertz residents will have regular trash and recycle pick up on Friday, December 24, 2010 and Friday, December 31, 2010.

 

 

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Hannah’s Country Steakhouse cuts ribbon

Pictured: Officials – including those from the Schertz Chamber of Commerce, City of Schertz, and the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District – look on as owner John Trowbridge (with wife Michelle and children John, 11; Hannah, 10; and Seth, 5; nearby) handles the scissors during a ribbon cutting for Hannah’s Country Steakhouse at 1901 Weil Road. The family-owned restaurant is located in a remodelled building formerly used by Goerke’s, an iconic restaurant. Hannah’s is located a short distance from Steele High School.

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Bah, Humbug! — Gingerbread houses ticketed

Pictured: From left, Development Services Director Michelle Sanchez points out code violations on Gingerbread houses to Schertz Library staff Callie Barbee, April Toman and Gail Douglas.

 

  Someone has to be a Scrooge so City of Schertz Development Services Director Michelle Sanchez happily played that role in a mock raid on the Schertz Public Library

 

  The normally quiet library erupted into pandemonium Tuesday (December 14) when the Development Services Department shut down a Gingerbread House neighborhood for numerous violations.

 

  With gold badge displayed on her belt and ticket book in hand, Sanchez threw the book at librarians, especially Library Director Gail Douglas.

 

  The problem: questionable building materials and no permits on the Gingerbread houses.

 

  “Graham crackers are not a suitable roofing material and marshmallows do not constitute a fence,” Sanchez said as she scolded Douglas and staff members.

 

  ““But the houses are cute, we had a contest, it's Christmas time for gosh sakes,” Douglas pleaded as Sanchez rolled her eyes and wrote out a series of tickets.

 

  One ticket was for violation of Sect 18 – City Ordinance 00-C-33, which covers permits needed for edible houses smaller than a breadbox.

 

  Stay tuned for the January issue of Schertz Tales Magazine, where Sanchez explains the permitting process for Schertz homeowners making changes or upgrades to their houses.

 

  And if you know of an old lady who lives in a shoe in Schertz, better give her a heads up about Sanchez and her ticket book.

 

 
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Notice to Contractors: Renew Your License Registrations before Dec. 31

ALL LICENSE REGISTRATIONS WILL EXPIRE DECEMBER 31, 2010.

 

  REGISTRATION RENEWALS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED

 

  Contact Inspections Department at 210-619-1750 for more information

 

  RENEWAL FEES – 2010/2011

 

  General Contractor (Renewal) ~ $100.00

Master Electrician (Renewal) ~ $75.00

Journeyman Electrician (Annually) ~ $50.00

Apprentice/Wireman Electrician (Annually) ~ $25.00

Mechanical Contractor (Annually) ~ $60.00

Irrigation (Annually) ~ $60.00

Electrical Sign Contractor (Renewal) ~ $75.00

Sign Contractor (Renewal) ~ $75.00

Utility Contractor (Annually) ~ $50.00

 

 

Contact Inspections Department at 210-619-1750 for more information.

 

  PLEASE VERIFY THAT YOUR COMPANY’S CERTIFICATE OF INSURANCE (GENERAL LIABILITY COVERAGE) IS CURRENT AND FILED WITH THE CITY.

 

  IF YOU DO NOT RENEW BY FEBRUARY 3, 2011 AND ARE ACTIVELY WORKING ON A JOB SITE, YOU WILL BE CHARGED AN ADMINISTRATIVE PENALTY OF $200.00 IN ADDITION TO THE RENEWAL FEE AND YOUR JOB SITE MAY BE SUSPENDED UNTIL RENEWAL IS RECEIVED. PENALTIES WILL BE ASSESSED EFFECTIVE FEBRUARY 4, 2011.

 

 

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Schertz Festival of Angels leaves everyone on Cloud Nine

The City of Schertz didn’t dream about a White Christmas – it created one!

 

  During the 15th Annual Festival of Angels Parade and Christmas in the Park celebration December 3, the City crushed 35 TONS OF ICE into snow on a 90-foot slope in Pickrell Park.

 

  After that it didn’t take long for hundreds of children and adults to slide down “Mt. Schertz” on colorful sleds and discs supplied by the Schertz Parks & Recreation Department.

 

  Mt. Schertz also was the site of numerous snowball fights and snow angels.

 

  “This was the biggest crowd ever for our annual Christmas event,” said Parks & Recreation Director George Logan. “We estimate between 2,500 and 3,000 people showed up for event and that is double what we have had in the past several years,” he added.

 

  Logan said the great success of Festival of Angels and Christmas in the Park was a combination of things.

 

  “We had good planning, great promotion by the City’s Public Affairs Department, super weather and a whole bunch of folks who just wanted to party in our park,” the Schertz official said.

 

  Logan said really cold weather the past few years kept the number of visitors down, but this year a brief period of 72-degree weather let folks have winter fun in shirt sleeves.

 

  The Festival of Angels night parade attracted visitors from all over the region and served as a warm-up to the snowy fun in Pickrell Park.

 

  Below are winners from the parade.

 

  Category: FLOATS

 

  1st Place: Hocheim Prairie Insurance

2nd Place: Converse Citizens Police Academy Alumni

 

  Category: MARCHERS

 

  1ST Place: Sweet Sensations Baton Twirling Team

2nd Place: Clemens High School Cheerleaders

 

  Category: MUSICAL

 

  1st Place: Artistic Angels/Red Hatters

2nd Place: Cibolo Hermann Sons School of Dance

 

  Category: SPECIALTY

 

  1st. Place: GVEC

See more “Come Ski Schertz” photos HERE

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