Schertz firefighters returned Friday (May 6) from the Deaton Cole fire after a weeklong deployment to the West Texas fire. They battled the 175,000 acre fire that spanned from Comstock to nearly Ozona, said Schertz Fire Chief David Covington.
Schertz is part of the Alamo Strike team that sent units from Schertz, New Braunfels, Spring Branch and San Antonio.
For more information call Chief Covington at 488-4230.
The Alamo Strike team is gearing up for immediate deployment to Comstock to be assigned to the Deaton Cole Fire (see synopsis below).
Team members are:
Strike Team Leader and Brush Truck New Braunfels Fire Department
Brush Truck Schertz Fire Department
Brush Truck San ANtonio Fire Department
Brush Truck Spring Branch Fire Department
Brush Truck Spring Branch Fire Department
DEATON COLE, Val Verde County. 62,000 acres, 10 percent contained. The fire is in rugged terrain 30 miles southwest of Ozona, burning in tall grass and brush. Numerous ranch houses are threatened. Multiple heavy airtankers dropped retardant throughout the day, but the fire continued to move rapidly through the dry brush. Today’s winds are expected to push the fire toward Ozona.
For more information call Schertz Fire Chief David Covington at 488-4230
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.