The Schertz Economic Development Corporation has approved spending $20,000 toward opening a small business development center in a partnership with Seguin and New Braunfels, said SEDC President Harry Whitney.
At its April 14 meeting, the Schertz EDC voted to allocate the $20,000 for the rest of this fiscal year (ending September 30) to help start up the small business development center and consider approving another $22,304 for the full fiscal year 2011-2012.
“We will have to see quantitative success of the center before approving the remaining amount,” Whitney stressed.
The partnership agreement calls for New Braunfels to fund 50 percent of the center and Seguin and Schertz 25 percent each the initial year.
The center will be a satellite facility of the University of Texas at San Antonio Small Business Development Center.
“UTSA told me they are shooting to open the small business development center out here on October 1,” said Michael Meek, president of the New Braunfels Chamber board of directors.
Meek said the small businesses development center facility will be based in New Braunfels and conduct classes and seminars in Schertz, Seguin and New Braunfels.
Whitney said the satellite center will be a great asset for residents in the tri-county (Bexar, Comal and Guadalupe) area.
“Instead of driving the 50-mile round trip to downtown San Antonio for help, business owners and residents in our area will have a shorter trip to the UTSA facility in New Braunfels,” he said, adding classes in each city will be even more convenient.
“Additionally, this partnership allows for local appointments to be made with the Small Business Development Center satellite staff in the City of Schertz EDC and Chamber of Commerce offices,” said Economic Development Director John Kessel. “This creates more opportunities for small businesses in Schertz to easily utilize the SBA resources locally.”
The City of Schertz began construction today of a joint Bexar County / City of Schertz waterline to the Hillbrook subdivision, just east of the Schertz City Limits off of FM 1518 and Schaefer Road in Northeast Bexar County. Upon completion of the project, Hillbrook residents will have access to the Schertz water system serviced by the Schertz Seguin Local Government Corporation.
In the summer of 2009, the Hillbrook neighborhood’s ground water source ran dry because of the persistent drought. The 25 families living outside of Schertz in an unincorporated area of Bexar County were not part of Schertz’ water system and were to far from existing waterlines to immediately resolve the challenge. The City of Schertz and Bexar County ultimately reached an agreement in May of 2010 to extend Schertz water lines to the area so that residents had the opportunity to connect to Schertz’ water system.
The $220,000 water main extension project is funded with federal Community Development Block Grant funds overseen by the Bexar County Department of Community Resources. The project is expected to serve around 50 people.
“Construction is expected to take approximately four to six weeks though temporary service will be provided within weeks,” explained Schertz Public Works Director Sam Willoughby.
This is the fourth major joint project between Bexar County and the City of Schertz. Just down the road from Hillbrook, both entities opened the 175-acre Crescent Bend Nature Park in 2009 and completed a high water detection system along the Cibolo Creek. The City of Schertz, Bexar County, and the City of San Antonio also partnered on the regional Computer Aided Dispatch System with BexarMet/911 in 2010.
The City of Schertz is located northeast of San Antonio on Interstates 10 and 35 and has an estimated 32,000 residents. Together with sister city Seguin, the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation provides water to an estimated 75,000 people. In 2009, Schertz was named as the 39th best place to live in the United States by CNN Money Magazine.
RTM, the contractor working on the Phase 4 water line upgrades in Aviation Heights, is flushing lines this morning, April 20, and water is running down Brooks Ave, Oak and Aero.
The Alamo Area Wildland Strike Team has been notified of a pending fire weather event in North Texas today. The Texas Fire Intrastate Mutual Aid System (TIFMAS) state coordinator has requested the Alamo Strike team to deploy to Merkel, Texas as soon as possible. Merkel is the central checkpoint for all arriving assets. From there the team may deployed to any working fire or staged for subsequent assignment or night operations.
Departments participating in Strike Team deployments change for each deployment. Today’s team members are:
San Antonio Fire Department–Strike Team Leader and 1 Type VI Brush Truck
Schertz Fire Department—1 Type VI Brush Truck
Bulverde Fire Department—1 Type VI Brush Truck
ESD#7—1 Type VI Brush Truck
Point of Contact:
David Covington, Schertz Fire Chief—210-619-1311.
Schertz encourages good stewardship of the city water resource and promotes year-round water conservation.
Year-round outdoor sprinkler watering is prohibited between 10:00 AM- 8:00 PM daily. A handheld hose or other handheld watering device or a drip irrigation system can be used at any time.
Allowing water to run off into a non-pervious ditch (where water cannot soak into the ground) or failing to repair a controllable leak is prohibited.
A re-use water system is exempt from the water conservation plan.
Customers using water from private water wells must comply with all requirements of the city water conservation plan.
All persons are urged not to waste water.
The City of Schertz was recently honored with a “Strong Community” award by the YMCA of Greater San Antonio for its work in establishing and supporting the Schertz Family YMCA.
Attending the event were, from left, City Council members David Scagliola, Michael Carpenter, Mayor Hal Baldwin (holding the award) and council members Cedric Edwards Sr. and Jim Fowler.
“Schertz has worked closely with the YMCA of Greater San Antonio to bring a branch to its area,” said Jill Trammell, YMCA of Greater San Antonio
Vice President/Chief Operating Officer.
“The city built a state-of-the art recreation center building and chose the YMCA to manage this venture and officially opened the doors of the Y branch on March 29, 2010. This exceptional partnership between the City of Schertz, Mayor Hal Baldwin and City Council, City Manager Don Taylor, and city staff has truly made a difference in the Schertz community with this first class YMCA health & wellness facility,” Trammell said.
The Easter Bunny will take time off from painting eggs to attend the Easter in the Park event Saturday, April 23, at Pickrell Park in Schertz. The community event is free, and open to the public. Bring your Easter Basket and your camera but please leave pets at home. There will be an Egg Hunt, Prize Eggs, Games and Raffle.
Please arrive early so you can register prior to event. A schedule of events for children by age:
Diaper Derby (Crawlers) 10:00 AM
Children under 3 10:30 AM
Children age 3-4 11:00 AM
Children age 5-7 11:30 AM
Children age 8-10 12:00 PM
Easter in the Park is sponsored by WellMed and presented by the Schertz Cibolo Lions Club and the City of Schertz.
For more information call Donna Turner at (210) 722-0109.
A record $28,473 was raised during the Third Annual Wilenchik Walk For Life held March 5. The event is named for former City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his fight with caner. During the March 30 City Council meeting, a large check (and a smaller real one) for that amount was presented to the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy & Research Center. Shown above (from left) are Wilenchik’s widow Valerie, Mayor Hal Baldwin, Sheri Ortiz with CTRC, and Assistant City Manager John Bierschwale.
Wilenchik Photos Shown Spirit, Determination of Participants
More than 600 Wilenchik Walk For Life participants take off at the start of the 5K event on Schertz Parkway Saturday morning, March 5. Windy, chilly weather did not stop the dedicated crowd, many of whose lives have been touched by cancer. Participants, in teams and individually, took part in the annual event that raises money for the Cancer Therapy and Research Center. The walk is named for former Schertz City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his fight with cancer.
On Tuesday, March 29, and Wednesday, March 30, the Texas Department of Transportation will close both lanes of westbound Loop 1604 at Lookout Road bridge between IH-35 to Nacogdoches Road from 9:00 PM to 5:30 AM for pavement repair. Traffic will need to exit at Lookout Road; pass the intersection and enter Loop 1604. TxDOT said to expect long delays.