Schertz News

Schertz Post Office name changing to honor vets

The Schertz Post Office will be renamed “Schertz Veterans Post Office,” U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s office announced June 17 in a news release.

“HR 771 will designate the facility of the United States Postal Service located at 1081 Elbel Road in Schertz, as the Schertz Veterans Post Office to honor those who served our country and commemorate those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. Nearly 2 million veterans, almost 10 percent nationwide, call Texas home and this legislation will name a landmark to serve as a reminder to appreciate veterans at home and abroad,” the news release stated.

“The Schertz Veterans Post Office is located in the City of Schertz, which is connected with the military presence at nearby Randolph Air Force Base. Guadalupe County, where Schertz is located, has the second highest concentration of veterans in Congressman Cuellar’s district- between 25,000 to 50,000, the news release said.

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Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza Phase 2 Starting Soon

SCHERTZ – San Antonio-based SPV Ventures, LLC, announced Friday it has closed on its $3.8 million construction loan with Frost National Bank of San Antonio to immediately commence construction on the second phase of its planned approximately 56,000 square foot medical/professional office complex known as Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza at 5000 Schertz Parkway and IH-35.

The first phase, completed in October 2010 and comprised of 18,000 square feet in two
adjacent buildings, houses medical offices for Northeast OB/GYN Associates, Northeast Pediatric Associates and Northeast Endocrinology.

Construction on the second phase is scheduled to begin immediately and it will house tenants including Northeast Children’s Dentistry and the San Antonio Orthopaedic Group.

Barring any weather delays, SPV expects to complete construction in January 2012.

Jesse Hellums, President of SPV Ventures and a resident of Schertz, said: “We are extremely pleased to be part of this team of local participants, which includes Frost National Bank and the City of Schertz, and to launch a project which will serve the residents of the Schertz/Cibolo/Selma area. This demonstrates that a local bank, local city management, local business tenants, and a local developer can work together to create a much-needed project for citizens, even in these sometimes difficult business climates.”

According to Mr. Hellums, the City of Schertz Economic Development Corp. was integral to SPV Ventures’ efforts to secure this construction financing with Frost National Bank for Phase 2, as well as SPV’s efforts to sign leases with it new tenants.

Harry Whitney, President of Schertz EDC, said: “The closing of this construction loan is
another indication of both SPV’s and EDC’s commitment to the City of Schertz to provide quality services to our residents. Furthermore, this financing shows how a team of local businesses can partner together and create a project well suited, and needed, by the citizens in this area.”

Brian Biggs, Vice President of Real Estate Lending at Frost Bank, added, “Frost has been serving customers in the Schertz/Cibolo/Selma area for many years, and we remain committed to working with local businesses and the City of Schertz to serve the financial needs of Guadalupe County well into the future. This phase of Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza, once completed, will be a welcome addition to the area, and we are pleased to be a part of it.”

SPV Ventures, LLC, is a privately owned limited liability company based in San Antonio and has its main offices at 16161 College Oak, S. 100, San Antonio, 78249. Contact

Carey G. Birmingham, managing director, for more information at (210) 262-8490 or

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Summer School In Session

Officials want everyone to know that school zone lights on Schertz Parkway and on Elbel Road are flashing due to summer school at Samuel Clemens. The lights will be flashing Monday through Thursday from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM and from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM through July 14th.

Please drive safe and slow in these areas to protect our summer students and others.

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Fireworks Show For Jubilee Postponed

The Fourth of July fireworks show at Schertz Jubilee in Pickrell Park has been postponed due to the extremely dry weather and critical fire conditions.

The counties of Bexar, Comal, and Guadalupe have issued disaster declarations banning the sale or use of fireworks by consumers for a period of time that continues through the July 4th holiday.

“It’s the right thing to do,” said City Manager John Kessel. “Public safety is our number one concern.”

According to Schertz Fire Chief David Covington, “The extremely dry conditions make it difficult to guarantee that there would be no unwanted fires as a result of a public display of fireworks. It’s just too risky, given the weather pattern and the potential for a disaster.”

“We intend to reschedule the fireworks show to a future date to be determined,” said Assistant City Manager John Bierschwale. “The show will go on, when it is safe to do so.”

In the meantime, the Jubilee will be held July 1-4 and include all the other favorite things that draw large crowds including a parade, family fun, musical entertainment, food, an apple pie bake off and a best barbecue contest, and much more For more information visit

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Blood Drive Tuesday June 14

Schertz Fire Department Lt. Carl Berghofer prepares to donate blood Tuesday, June 14

Blood Drive
City of Schertz EMS
Tuesday June 14
8 am – Noon


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It is time for the next City of Schertz Blood Drive! Next Tuesday June 14th from 8am-12pm. We need at least 25 units of blood. The bus that is coming will have the equipment to take Dual Red blood cells as well. The time slots of 8am, 9am, 10am, 11am and 12pm will be held for dual red blood cell donations.


Dual Red Blood Cells
If a donor is O-, B-, A-, or O+; we really would like them to consider doing the duel red cell donation as these are the blood types we are consistently inadequate with. This does not mean that ALL other blood types would not be able to do the dual. Here are the requirements for dual red cell donations:


Dual Red Cell Donation Requirements:
Men-must weigh at least 130 pounds and be at least 5’1” tall.
Women-must weigh at least 150 pounds and be at least 5’3” tall.


Blood Donor Requirements
Anyone can donate blood who is 16 years old weighing 120 pounds (with parental consent form), or at least 17 years old weighing 110 pounds, and in good general health. Identification is required.


Additional requirements may be needed for certain types of blood donation such as platelet, dual red blood cell or plasma. Donors should eat before their donation. Fasting is not recommended. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids, such as water and fruit juice, before and after donating.
Donors must present identification. Acceptable forms of identification include, but are not limited, to

  • Driver’s license
  • Security or identification badge with photograph and name
  • Passport
  • Photo yearbook listing (high school)
  • Photo credit card or bank cardaspirin

Eat healthy high-iron foods.
Avoid caffeine and products containing aspirin.
For faster service please bring a list of any medications you may be taking.


Donation Process
As a prospective donor you must bring some form of identification (driver’s license, military card, student ID) in order to register. Then you complete a health history questionnaire concerning your medical history, lifestyle and risk of exposure to infectious agents. Your answers to these questions will help us determine whether or not you are an eligible donor.


If you meet the requirements for donating blood, you will then go through a screening process. At this time a technician will take important vital signs, such as, pulse, temperature, blood pressure and iron-level check. This initial screening process and physical exam takes approximately 30 minutes.


After you have passed the screening and medical exam, a technician directs you to the donor area where you sit in a comfortable position. A technician will swab your arm inside the elbow (to prevent infection) and insert a needle into a vein. The needle is attached to a sterile plastic bag.


After the donation, the needle is removed and a sterile bandage is put on your arm. You can then relax and enjoy some refreshments.


Frequently Asked Questions
I have a health condition. How can I find out if I’m eligible to donate?
Please call 210-731-5555 then dial 0 and ask for QA (Quality Assurance)


How long does it take to give blood?
The entire blood donation process takes about 45 to 60 minutes. Before you donate you must first fill out a donor registration form, which has questions regarding your personal data, medical history, medication usage and travel. Then you receive a mini-physical health exam to determine if you are eligible to donate. The actual blood collection takes just 5 to 10 minutes. After donating, you will remain in our donor area for about ten minutes. STBTC provides refreshments so you can begin replenishing
your body’s fluid supply.


What should I do to prepare for my donation? Any special instructions?
Drink eight to 10 glasses of water within the 24 hours prior to your appointment; eat a healthy, low-fat meal; and get adequate rest. The day of your donation you should eat two to four hours before you donate and continue to drink plenty of fluids. Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing with sleeves that can be rolled up past your elbow. Bring with you identification and a list of any medications you’re taking.


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For more information, please contact Dudley Wait EMS Director at 210.619.1400

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Guad. Co. OKs Outdoor Cooking


Guadalupe County will allow certain outdoor cooking activities, County Judge Mike Wiggins said Tuesday, June 7.

Judge Wiggins said any cooking performed outdoors in which the fire, all combustible materials, and all embers are completely contained within the grill or barbeque pit, will be allowed. The grill or pit must have a lid and must completely contain the fire and all combustible material.

Exceptions were also approved for outdoor cooking in park areas approved by the fire department.

Schertz residents are asked to use extreme caution when conducting outdoor cooking and keep the following information in mind:

*Grills should be located at least 10 feet from combustible construction including wooden decks.

*Grills are not permitted on apartment balconies.

*Allow ashes to cool completely and place them in a noncombustible container for disposal.

 For additional information, Schertz residents should contact the City fire marshal at (210)619-1300. Residents of unincorporated Guadalupe County should contact the County fire marshal at (830) 379-1224.

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Fireworks Banned in City Limits and ETJ


The Schertz Fire Department reminds residents that possession, storage, sale, handling, and use of fireworks are prohibited within the city limits of Schertz and the City’s extra-territorial jurisdiction (ETJ). Violators could be fined up to $200.00 for each offense.

 The Schertz Fire Marshal said illegal fireworks include any device for the purpose of producing a visible and audible effect for entertainment purposes by ignition with a match or other heat-producing device. Sparklers and Roman Candles are examples of illegal fireworks while Party Poppers,  

As the 4th of July holiday weekend approaches, the Fire Department urges families to enjoy fireworks the safer way by attending locally sanctioned fireworks shows presented by professionals who adhere to safety codes.

 Additionally, in order to ensure the safety of all residents, the Fire Department will have personnel on patrol looking for violators of the ordinance. Anyone caught with fireworks within the city limits shall be issued a citation, and the fireworks they have in their possession will be confiscated.

 Fireworks are not toys—they are devices designed to reach high temperatures, to burn and spark, to explode, and to launch. They are unpredictable by nature and are too dangerous for non-professional users.

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Schertz Launches New Website


Hi! I’m John Kessel, Schertz City Manager, and I want to welcome you to the new and improved City of Schertz Website. After months of planning and implementation, our new site officially launches today!
Our new site reflects our desire to make it as easy as possible to find everything you need to know about our great city. Complete with the latest and greatest search functions, an easier navigation style and an emphasis on readability, we hope you find what you are looking for right here at
From the entire team, welcome to Schertz 2.0 and thank you for helping us make Schertz the city of Community, Service, and Opportunity.




John Kessel
City Manager




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City Swimming Pools Opening This Week


View Schedule and Fees


Here is the schedule for City of Schertz Swimming Pools:




June 8– August 21 12:00-7:00 PM. Closed on Tuesdays for Cleaning
(Pool closed July 4)


Pickrell Park


June 7-August 21 12:00-7:00 PM. Closed on Mondays for Cleaning
(Pool closed July 1-4)


Daily Pool Rates:
Per Entry: $1.50
Daily Pass: $4.00


Pool passes sold at the pools.


For more information call the Schertz Family YMCA at (210) 619-1900


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St. Joseph Church Honored May 25

Saint Joseph’s Catholic Chapel on FM 482 received a designation as a historic landmark from the City of Schertz Wednesday, May 25. Taking part in the ceremony were (from left) Rev. Anthony Pesek, Monsignor Albert Hubertus, Mayor Hal Baldwin, City Council members Michael Carpenter and David Scagliola and Schertz Historical Preservation Committee Chairman Dean Wiertz. The ceremony was sponsored by Saint Peter and Paul Catholic Church, John Paul II Catholic High School, and the Historical Preservation Committee. (Photo by David J. Harris).

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