The Schertz Police Department shooting team captured a second place trophy in a statewide shooting tournament held recently in Boerne and featuring 27 Texas law enforcement agencies. “Chris Martinez and Richard Banduch brougt home second place and this was the first time our department has fielded a shooting team in competition,” said Schertz Police Chief Steve Starr. “We are very proud of them,” he added. The San Antonio Police Department team finished first and Leon Valley’s PD was third, Starr said.
The Schertz Police Department and EDC will hold their annual Holiday Lock-Up to benefit Blue Santa on Tuesday, November 16th from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.
Holiday Lock-Up is an annual event where a person can have a fellow co-worker/boss/friend etc “locked up” because of warrant issued by Santa. Once a person is “arrested” they will be taken to the “jail” until they are bailed out. The money raised will go to the Blue Santa program which helps local area families by purchasing gifts etc for Christmas.
To make an appointment to have someone “arrested” for Lock-Up call Erin Matlock at 210-619-1072.
Schertz Police Chief Stephen Starr would like to announce that the Schertz Police Department will begin its Blue Santa Program in November anyone who is interested in donating an unwrapped child’s toy or make a monetary donation can contact Officer Shawn Ceeko at 210-619-1253, email@example.com or Esther Mendoza at 210-619-1213, firstname.lastname@example.org.
For those who would like to receive assistance from Blue Santa, applications are available from Chief Steve Starr’s assistant Esther Mendoza. Her number is 210-619-1213. Applications will be taken through December 1.
The yule tide season is fast approcahing and there is no place better to come home to for the holidays than Schertz, Texas! Join the City of Schertz for South Texas' offical holiday kick-off celebration when Santa's favorite Mayor, Hal Baldwin, the Schertz City Council, and the Schertz Sweethearts Court flip the switch, light the tree, and wish for for a white Christmas.
Come one, Come all to the 35th Annual Schertz Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony scheduled for Tuesday, November 30th at 5:45 PM at Schertz City Hall (1400 Schertz Parkway).
For the second time this year, the Schertz Public Library has been singled out for its unique architecture and design.
On October 27, the San Antonio Chapter of the American Institute of Architects presented a 2010 Citation Award to Kell Munoz for its architecture work on the Schertz library.
In remarks about the Citation Award, the local AIA Chapter referred to three areas:
“Located on a ‘Main Street’ of this young community (Schertz), the city desired an architecture that would anchor the street and create a cultural identity for future civic buildings.”
“A highly interactive process of community engagement was implemented through a series of open conversations with citizens under the theme ‘everyone is a designer.’ The intimate residential scale of the community, the history of aviation in the region, the idea of an open, flexible library as a community center, the accessibility of programs for families and the importance of the South Texas sky and quality of light, were identified as guiding principal of design through these conversions”
“The volume of the space is open and flexible, efficient in its organization for library services, but accommodating to a variety of community and family functions. The entry is focused on a traditional South Texas plaza rendered in an ellipse and anchored by a young oak tree, the gift of a broad base group of citizens/donors.”
On July 8, the Schertz Public Library, located at 798 Schertz Parkway, was selected as a Building of America Award project and was featured on the homepage of that magazine.
The Building of America Network showcases the most innovative, unique and challenging new projects - projects that are particularly noteworthy and/or give back to their respective communities. Since 1996, Construction Communications and the Building of America Network have featured the country’s top projects as determined by their editorial board.
Schertz voters approved four of six bonds in balloting on Tuesday, Election Day.
Voters said yes to:
Proposition 1 for $6.62 million for a Community Swimming Pool and Aquatic Center. It passed by a margin of 4,351 to 3,531 votes.
Proposition 2 for $6 million for Athletic/Recreational Sports Fields. It passed by a margin of 4,168 to 3,665 votes.
Proposition 3 for $2.25 million for upgraded Animal Services Facility, new Adoption Space, Vaccination Facility and Dog Park. It passed by a margin of 4,903 to 2,938 votes.
Proposition 4 for $ 1million for revitalization and improvements to Downtown Schertz. It passed by a margin of 4,355 to 3,467 votes.
For more information visit the Guadalupe County Election Department Web site:
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel died Thursday at the age of 67. One of the most popular and colorful members of the Texas House of Representatives, Kuempel has represented the Schertz area for nearly 30 years. Kuempel, known for his gregarious manner, collapsed near the end of the 2009 Legislative session but recovered. Services are pending.
December 3, 2010
Park activities open at 6:00 PM
Lighted Night Parade begins at 6:30 - Samuel Clemens Parking Lot
Christmas inthe Park Activities for December 3rd beginning at 5:00PM
5:00-5:20 Rose Garden Elementary Choir
5:20-5:40 Schlather Band
5:40 -6:00 Schlather Choir
6:00-6:20 Jordan Band
6:20-6:40 Paschal Elementary Choir
6:40-7:00 By the Beat Dance organization
7:00-7:30 Community Fine Arts Band
7:30-7:50 Green Valley Elementary Choir
7:50-8:10 Wilder Honor Band
8:10-8:30 Mayor’s presentation and Schertz Sweethearts performance
8:30-9:00 Clemens Jazz Band
Veterans Day (November 11) will mark the launch of a special fundraising drive to build a new Veterans Plaza on a site across from the Knights of Columbus Hall on Schertz Parkway.
The project is co-sponsored by Schertz and VFW Post 8315, said Mike Espinola, commander. It will be funded with private donations raised through community participation and will pay homage to those who have helped protect the country while a part of the Armed Forces.
“We are asking citizens, businesses and corporations in the Schertz area to join with us in this endeavor by making contributions that will help finance the costs,” said Ruth Tienor, who is helping spearhead the drive. “We have already begun to receive gifts and have plans for additional ways to allow the community to be a part of the project.”
One such method will be the sale of commemorative brick pavers that will be used within the Veterans Plaza. Each brick sold will bear the name of the veteran being honored. Honorees must have served at least three years in the military.
The outer portion of the pentagon-shaped memorial will consist of an 18-inch tall wall that will create a granite-covered bench. Each of the five points of the pentagon will represent a branch of the military. Three flags will rise from a small stone hill that will hold a bronze battle cross as well as a bronze statue of a saluting boy holding a folded flag. The boy will represent future generations that will carry on service to the country.
“This is Schertz's way of paying tribute to all who have served our country throughout the decades and also to the Armed Forces who have contributed so greatly to our city,” says Tienor.
Those wishing to make a contribution can send checks to the ”Veterans Memorial Plaza Fund,” care of Schertz Bank &Trust or to the same fund at the VFW Post 8315, 1000 FM 78 Schertz, Texas 78154.
The City of Schertz and Comal County finalized negotiations today to provide economic development incentives to Caterpillar for the construction of a 260,000-square-foot manufacturing facility in the city. The location will be a completely new operation and will house the company’s engine head machining operations and will supply Caterpillar’s assembly plant in nearby Seguin. The move is part of Caterpillar’s major restructuring and reinvestment strategy in its U.S. operations designed to enable the company to remain globally competitive for the long term.
“Caterpillar is committed to maintaining its leadership position throughout the world, and the Schertz facility in Comal County plays an important role in our plans to provide customers with the products and solutions they need to help them with their businesses,” said Kate Kenny, Caterpillar spokesperson. “The new facility allows the company to optimize efficiency by improving process capability, flexibility and flow of its overall operations. The Schertz location will additionally help reduce freight, logistics and inventory costs, as Caterpillar will be located closer to its supply and customer bases.”
Caterpillar announced in 2008 it was exploring various locations to accommodate its engine business and the various components involved in the complete engine assembly process. Royal Oak Industries (ROI) will manage the day-to-day functions of the facility. ROI has been successful with similarly operated Caterpillar engine related facilities in San Antonio and Seguin.
The Schertz facility will employ approximately 60 workers and construction begins before the end of the year, with production expected to start in late 2011. As part of the agreement, Schertz City Council approved incentives for additional phases if Caterpillar chooses to expand the facility beyond its initial footprint with new buildings and machinery.
Schertz’s Mayor Hal Baldwin said: “The company’s decision to locate in Schertz is a testament to the City’s pro-business attitude and the region’s overall strength as a location for manufacturing companies. We are excited about Caterpillar’s selection of Schertz for its newest manufacturing facility and are pleased that the City can be a part of its U.S. reinvestment strategy.”
Michael Meek, President of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, was responsible for working with Comal County Commissioners to secure economic development incentives. The incentives proved to be the final piece Caterpillar needed before announcing the expansion facility.
“Comal County Commissioners have helped improve the local tax base again with this agreement. Land returning $17 annually will soon be transformed to a job-creating facility run by a well known and respected corporate citizen worldwide,” Meek said.
The project had been in the works for some time and city officials and county representatives had met with Caterpillar and ROI officials for a year prior to the announcement. “ROI’s existing facility in San Antonio is top-notch in terms of its efficiency, safety and sophistication. We’re pleased they have chosen to invest in a similar facility in our city,” Schertz City Manager Don Taylor added.
As part of the incentive package, the City of Schertz approved a 75 percent tax credit for 8 years on the company’s business personal property. Comal County also offered a tax credit agreement.
The facility will be located in the Tri-County Business Park at the northwest corner of Doerr Lane and Lookout Road.