Schertz News

Schertz Charrette Meetings August 29 & 31

 

Help the City of Schertz leadership plan for the future of South Schertz!
 
The City is holding a South Schertz land use Design Charrette August 29 & 31 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. # 5. The Charrette will study the area between FM 78 and IH-10 and, generally, between Loop 1604 and the Cibolo Creek.
 
“The benefits of this study are many,” said Assistant City Manager David J. Harris. “It helps our City and the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District determine the future locations of Emergency Services stations, schools, roads, parks, hike and bike trails, and utilities.
 
“More importantly, it provides land owners with predictability of what the parcel next to them will be zoned thereby maximizing their investment,” he added.
 
For more information about the South Schertz Charrette, call (210) 610-1000 or visit schertz.com.

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Drivers should be extra alert as school year starts

School zones with 20 mph speed limits are once again active before and after classes. Schertz drivers should be extra vigilant when driving around Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City campuses.
 
After a long summer of driving through dormant school zones at regular speed, motorists need to adjust to the lower speed as students walk to and from school and cross streets. Their safety is everyone’s business.

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200,000 Calls to 311 in Four Years

Unlike most cities, callers to Schertz almost always are greeted by a real person instead of a machine.
 
Linda Babineau and Sherry Davis are the pleasant voices heard by people wanting to know everything from where to pay their water bill to what time it is.
 
How many calls does the 311 department get? In 2008 it was 42,705 and in 2009 it was 52,224.
 
In 2010 the number of calls was 54,909 and as of August 18, 2011 the 311 department answered 33,040 year-to-date.
 
Since it started in June 2007, the Schertz 311 department has answered more than 200,000 calls in its roughly four year existence.

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TxDOT Installing Turn Lane at Corbett Jr. High

The Texas Department of Transportation will begin work Monday, August 22, on a left-turn lane from FM 1518 into Corbett Junior High School.
 
The project involves re-surfacing a quarter-mile stretch of road at the entrance of the school and creating a left-turn lane from southbound FM 1518 into the school. Work is scheduled to be complete the end of September.
 
The scheduled start does conflict with the opening week of classes beginning at the school. Crews will place barricades during the first few days of school and are scheduled to begin heavy construction on the project Wednesday, August 25.
 
Officials have planned to limit lane closures between the hours of 9:00 AM and 2:00 PM when possible to minimize the impact on students being dropped off and picked up.
 
TxDOT thanks students, parents and school employees in advance for their patience as they work to make travel to and from this school safer.

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

View more information about the tax increase here.

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Annual Fall Clean Up October 8-23

 

Drop off at Bexar Waste Site
Items dropped off here will be free of charge to residents as a service paid for by the City of Schertz
Drop off Site Open October 8 – 23, 2011 (See below for hazardous items drop off times)
Drop offs may be made at Bexar Waste’s temporary collection point, 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily.
ENTRY TO THIS SITE IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS DURING CITY-SPONSORED
SPRING AND FALL CLEAN UP EVENTS

 

Please Remember
During the two-week clean up, Bexar Waste will pick up household waste not covered under their normal collection service, such as lumber and general trash as well as major appliances and furniture for a fee (prices determined by Bexar Waste). If you have questions regarding the details, please call Bexar Waste (210-566-5454).
 

Remember that free chipping service will no longer be provided. Schertz Public Works provides year-round curbside chipping service of brush and tree limbs on Fridays for a fee of $25 per half hour. To make an appointment for brush and tree limb chipping service, call Public Works (210-619-1800). Chipping will be scheduled as first come, first served. Again, you must call and make an appointment. Please note: Bexar Waste picks up small bundles of brush and tree limbs (maximum length of 4 feet and maximum total weight of 50 pounds) with normal trash pick-up without any additional charges. Residents are able to drop off brush and limbs at 2221 FM 3009, free of charge DURING THE 2-WEEK CLEAN-UP ONLY.

 

What you need to know:
The Fall Clean Up is restricted to Schertz residents only. Waste delivered must be separated by type of material by the resident. Fall Clean Up activities do not apply to commercial property clean up, large property clean up, lot or acreage clean up, or lot and property land clearing. Commercial tree trimmers are not eligible for this service.
 

A current water bill or tax statement and proper identification are required when making a drop-off. Commercial waste will not be accepted.
 

1. Couches, Refrigerators, Stoves, Computer/Monitors, anything and everything that IS NOT HAZARDOUS OR TIRES can be dropped off, free of charge, during the clean up, Monday through Sunday, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm.
2. Materials WILL BE sorted by customer, NOT BY Bexar Waste employees.
3. Appliances will be ACCEPTED FREE ONLY IF Freon tank is removed; if Freon tank is still attached there will be a $25.00 fee at time of drop off. Any questions concerning the Freon tank removal, please contact Bexar Waste.
 

Hazardous Items/Tires and Drop off Times 

1. HAZARDOUS ITEMS and TIRES may be dropped off ONLY on the weekends of October 15-16 and 22-23, 2011.
2. Tires are limited to eight (8) per household.
3. Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to:
a. Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, cleaning and bleach products, swimming pool cleaners and chemicals, enamel and latex paints in cans and aerosol dispensers, varnish and stains, paint thinners and removers, acetone, etc.
b. TIRES are considered hazardous
c. Tires on rims, or wheels, commercial vehicle tires, tractor tires, and heavy equipment tires WILL NOT be accepted.
d. Automotive hazardous waste such as used oil, filters and batteries.
e. Empty propane tanks up to seven (7) gallons – VALVE MUST BE ENTIRELY REMOVED.
f. Mercury WILL NOT be accepted.
 

Questions?
For more information about the Fall Clean Up and what will and will not be accepted, please call Bexar Waste (210-566-5454) or Schertz Public Works (210-619-1800). You may also dial 311 within the City of Schertz.

The City of Schertz and Bexar Waste are not responsible for damage to vehicles or injury to citizens during this event.
The City of Schertz and Bexar Waste reserve the right to refuse service to anyone for not following the rules of the clean up.

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Schertz Officials present Balanced Budget, Move forward with Bond Initiatives, Cover Schools

By Brad E. Bailey
 

In his first move since taking the reigns in June, Schertz City Manager John Kessel presented a $63 million balanced budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 that holds the line on maintenance and operations (M&O) at $0.2993 and proposes only a modest 3.5-cent increase in the tax rate that covers bond interest/debt service (I&S) on four voter-approved bonds.
 

In November 2010, voters overwhelming approved four bond initiatives including $6.62 million for a Community Swimming Pool and Aquatic Center; $6 million for Athletic/Recreational Sports Fields (soccer and ball fields); $2.25 million for upgraded Animal Services Facility, new Adoption Space, Vaccination Facility and Dog Park; and $1 million for revitalization and improvements to Downtown Schertz. Three of the four projects are in the planning stages.
 

According to Schertz Assistant City Manager David Harris, the areas of the general fund seeing the biggest flux, include a 20 percent increase to cover rising fuel costs and an 11 percent increase in health insurance costs. A cost of living increase and merit pay system for city employees is proposed, as well as the addition of three emergency dispatchers, a planning manager, two school resource officers, a part-time 311 representative, an Assistant City Engineer and an Engineer in Training. The resource officers would serve the schools of the Schertz Cibolo Universal City Independent School District which eliminated its police force earlier this year. The SCUCISD is contributing towards the cost of those officers.
 

Several additional cost savings measures were presented by Kessel with the primary goal of keeping taxes down and maintaining the city’s AA+ bond rating, including the phasing of the voter-approved bond initiatives. Half of the nearly $16 million in bonds were sold earlier this year with a second round of sales proposed for the future. Also, while holding M&O flat, the proposed budget would return more than $250,000 to reserves and demonstrate to lenders and the market the continuing fiscal fitness of Schertz.
 

City officials are conservatively predicting revenues to increase 6.6 percent in 2011-2012, including a $300,000 increase in sales tax revenues. An estimated $36,000 is expected in property taxes from newly annexed businesses and properties in South Schertz along FM 1518 to IH-10 and off of IH-35 just south of New Braunfels.
 

If adopted, the 2011-2012 tax rate would move from $0.4493 to $0.4843 per $100 valuation. In other words, a resident with a home valued at $159,691 would see a $76 increase in their tax bill from $697 in 2010 to $773 in 2011.
 

If approved by council on August 30, the budget would take effect on October 1.
 

Visit Schertz.com for more information about city services, meetings, and updates.

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Firefighters Ask Drivers to “Fill the Boot”

Schertz Firefighters and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) will hold “Fill the Boot” fundraisers this Friday and August 19 and 26 at the FM 3009 overpass at IH-35.
 

Fill the Boot is familiar to Schertz area residents who, while stopped at traffic signals, generously have dropped coins and cash into boots held by firefighters many times over the years.
 

Last year, Schertz firefighters raised over $11,000 for the South Texas District of
MDA and hope to exceed that total in this year’s collections. Firefighters
have raised more than $400 million nationwide by conducting Fill the Boot campaigns.
 

“MDA’s Fill the Boot campaign is something that we hold near and dear to our
hearts, and the money raised locally stays local,” said Schertz Fire Chief David Covington.
 

Fill the Boot is a tradition that began in 1952 when a father in desperate need
ran to the George Graney’s Fire Engine Company 1 in South Boston. The station
Immediately rounded up 20 firefighters and set in motion a door-to-door canister drive
that raised $5000. In 1953, Graney launched a citywide fundraising campaign with the
help of Boston firefighters and made appeals across Massachusetts on behalf of
children with Muscular Dystrophy.
 

For more local information contact Leon Sposari, President of the Schertz Professional Firefighters L-4083, at lsposari@gmail.com
 

For more information locally on the South Texas District of the Muscular Dystrophy
Association, please call (210) 650-3181, send an email to larellano@mdausa.org or visit
www.mda.org.

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View Proposed Budget for 2011-2012

View the proposed budget for 2011-2012 now on the Finance web page. Also check out the upcoming budget workshops.

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Sweetheart Court On The Road Again

 

The Sweetheart Court has been on the road several times since its coronation a few months ago.
 

On August 6th the Court represented Schertz in the 75th annual Marion Sausage Supper Parade (photo above) where the girls smiled and waved to parade goers. The Court rode in the bed of an F-150 truck courtesy of Jordan Ford.
 

The Sweetheart Court was in Luling June 25 where their float took 1st Pace in its category for the Texas Size Thump Parade at that city’s Watermelon Thump celebration.
 

The Court also will be part of SchertzFest September 24, 2011 by presenting BBQ Cook-off winner prizes. After sausage, watermelon and BBQ events, what is the next culinary-theme adventure for the Sweetheart Court members? Stay tuned to this web site.

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