Schertz News

Randolph Area, Kerr Trail Riders Enjoy Hearty Stew In Schertz

 

Sullivan’s group and members of the Kerr County Trail Riders are on their way to the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo and stopped in the park for a hearty stew lunch hosted by Schertz Bank & Trust.

 

Sullivan later presented an appreciation plaque to Schertz Bank & Trust President Melvin Golla. The lunch was prepared by community volunteers who braved freezing temperatures to prepare chuck wagon style grub for the trail riders.

 

For more information about the Stock Show & Rodeo go to www.sarodeo.com or call (210) 225-5851.

 

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Power Emergency – Conservation CRITICAL – Rotating Outages Have Begun

 

The City of Schertz is part of the energy conservation measures being undertaken statewide. Residences and businesses located within the city may experience power outages periodically throughout the day. Outages will affect both CPS and GVEC customers and could last upwards of one hour per outage.

 

Read more in this press release from the Electrical Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT)

 

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) has instructed utilities to begin rotating outages to compensate for a generation shortage due to numerous plant trips that occurred because of the extreme weather.

 

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electric service, typically lasting 10-45 minutes per neighborhood. The locations and durations are determined by the local utilities. Critical need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes are generally not included.

 

It is not known at this time how long the need for rotating outages will last.

 

Consumers and businesses are urged to reduce their electricity use to the lowest level possible, including these steps:

 

Limit electricity usage to only that consumption which is absolutely necessary. Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
Businesses should minimize the use of electric lighting and electricity-consuming equipment as much as possible.

 

Large consumers of electricity should consider shutting down or reducing non-essential production processes.
See more conservation tips at “Powerful Advice,” Public Utility Commission of Texas:
www.puc.state.tx.us./ocp/conserve

 

BACKGROUND

 

A Power Emergency indicates that the regional electric grid operator, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), has instructed utilities to implement rotating outages to reduce load.

 

Rotating outages are controlled, temporary interruptions of electrical service initiated by each utility when supplies of reserve power are exhausted. Without this safety valve, generators would overload and begin shutting down to avoid damage, risking a domino effect of a region-wide outage.

 

Rotating outages primarily affect residential neighborhoods and small businesses and do not typically include critical-need customers such as hospitals and nursing homes.

 

The outages are limited to 10-45 minutes before being rotated to a different neighborhood. Some customers may experience longer outages if power surges cause equipment failure during the restoration process. Customers can minimize power surges by turning off appliances, lights and other equipment, except for one task light to determine when power has been restored.

 

ERCOT REGION

 

The ERCOT Region includes Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Austin, Corpus Christi, Abilene and the Rio Grande Valley. It does not include the El Paso area, the Texas Panhandle, Northeast Texas (Longview, Marshall and Texarkana), and Southeast Texas (Beaumont, Port Arthur, and the Woodlands). Region map:http://www.ercot.com/news/mediakit/maps/index.html

 

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Schertz, Seguin and SA Sign Historic Water Pact

Seated from left: Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin, San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro and Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies sign a groundbreaking water transmission agreement.

 

 

The history-making water agreement – called a model for other communities – was signed Tuesday, February 1, by Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin, Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro.

 

The agreement will result in savings that can be applied to reducing debt and wholesale water costs with the goal of rate stabilization, Schertz officials said. But, real savings may not be realized for 2-4 years when the SAWS system becomes fully operational.

 

The signing culminates years of work by the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corporation (owned by the cities of Schertz and Seguin) and the San Antonio Water System to work together. The agreement calls for SAWS to use SSLGC water transmission lines to bring Carrizo Aquifer water in Gonzales County to Southeast San Antonio.

 

The SSLGC board and the city councils in Schertz and Seguin earlier voted to OK the agreement and the SAWS board did the same Tuesday.

 

“The most significant part of this agreement is that Schertz and Seguin have been able to lease the SSLGC’s extra water line capacity and extra water to one big customer – SAWS – until such time as the cities need it,” said Mayor Hal Baldwin.

 

The SSLLGC water lines were oversized to meet the water needs for Schertz and Seguin for decades. Being able to lease that extra capacity as this time to SAWS helps pay for the system, Mayor Baldwin noted.

 

“Seguin is pleased to be a part of the agreement between SAWS and the Schertz Seguin Local Government Corporation. It will benefit both communities as well as SAWS,” said Seguin Mayor Matthies.

 

“By working with our neighbors, San Antonio ratepayers and the citizens of Schertz and Seguin will realize a cost savings,” said Robert R. Puente, SAWS President/CEO. “We believe this cooperative regional partnership will serve as a model for future water projects as we continue to make strides to prepare for the region’s future.”

 

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February 1 City Council Meeting Cancelled

 

 

The February 1 Schertz City Council meeting has been cancelled due to a three-day planning and design charrette.

 

 

City Council members and city staff are involved in the charrette which started January 31 and finishes February 2 with a public meeting from 6:00-9:00 PM in the Schertz Civic Center.

 

 

The charrette is looking at development possibilities in North Schertz, especially from FM 3009 up to Friesenhahn Road.

 

 

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Schertz Charrette Will Look At City’s Future Potential Development

 

 

How will Schertz look in the future?

 

 

The public will get an idea during a planning and design charrette held January 31 and February 2 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 5.

 

 

Both sessions start at 6:00 PM.

 

 

Monday, January 31, the charrette will involve community input and a planning process overview.

 

 

Wednesday, February 2, the charrette will consist of a joint meeting of the Schertz City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and Economic Development Corp. and a charrette progress report.

 

 

The charrette will focus on the northern part of Schertz, especially the area from FM 3009 to Friesenhahn Road.

 

 

“The charrette is a process to create the vision that the City Council, Planning & Zoning Commission and Economic Development Corporation have for our city’s future,” said Schertz Assistant City Manager David J. Harris.

 

 

“The charrette is an economic development initiative to create predictability for future growth in Schertz and to attract investment for that growth from inside and outside the community,” said Scott Polikov of Gateway Planning Group.

 

 

And that investment could bring such highly sought developments as the medical, higher education, entertainment and corporate sectors – to the IH-35 section, officials said.

 

 

The planning and design charrette also aims to take advantage of the I-35 corridor and the potential for San Antonio-to-Austin commuter rail. “This planning initiative is going to be rail-ready but not rail-dependent,” Polikov said.

 

 

If commuter rail becomes a reality in the corridor, Schertz officials say a rail station in the charrette focus area could become a development magnet.

 

 

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Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members 5K event draws nearly 300

Led by two wounded warriors (from left, Nick McCoy in race wheelchair and Josh Sweeny in wheelchair), nearly 300 runners and walkers head out of the starting gate above Saturday morning, January 22, for the 1st Annual Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members 5K Run/Walk. The event started at 8:00 AM in front of the Blue Bonnet Palace on Lookout Road in Selma. Participants then ran, walked or rolled into Schertz and then returned to finish the event at the Blue Bonnet. Selma Mayor Tom Daly and Schertz Mayor Hal Baldwin thanked participants for coming out on a cold morning and helping make the inaugural event a big success. The Selma-Schertz 5K Run/Walk benefits Operation Comfort, which provides things like adaptive sports programs including hand cycling, sled hockey, adaptive skiing and surfing, Automotivation (a program where wounded service members can work on cars), and emergency family financial assistance for wounded service members. For more information visit the Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members website.

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RE/MAX Office Ribbon Cutting Held

The Schertz Chamber of Commerce and the Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce held a joint ribbon cutting Thursday, January 20, for the RE/MAX Corridor office at 14621 IH 35 North # 108, near the USAA Financial Services location. Tim and Nancy Brown are Broker/Owners of the RE/MAX office

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1st Annual Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members Run/Walk January 22

 

 

 

  The 1st Annual Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members 5K Run/Walk will be held Saturday, January 22 at 8 AM, starting at the Blue Bonnet Palace, 17630 Lookout Road in Selma.

 

  The event benefits Operation Comfort, which provides things like adaptive sports programs including hand cycling, sled hockey, adaptive skiing and surfing, Automotivation (a program where wounded service members can work on cars), and emergency family financial assistance for wounded service members.

 

  For more information visit the Selma-Schertz Salute to Service Members to Service Members website.

 

 

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SAWS contract will save Schertz $10 million

 

 

The Schertz City Council has approved a contract with San Antonio Water System that will save the city nearly $10 million between now and 2020.

 

 

The savings can be applied to reducing debt and wholesale water costs, city officials said.

 

 

The contract is between SAWS and the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp. (owned by the two cities) and calls for SAWS to use SSLGC’s pipeline to transport water from Gonzales County to Southeast San Antonio.

 

 

During the January 18 City Council meeting, SSLGC General Manger R. Alan Cockerell used a Power Point presentation to show council members how the agreement will save Schertz $9.97 million between 2011 and 2020.

 

 

“This is a great opportunity for our city and its residents to partner with our neighbors in helping secure water resources for years to come,” said Schertz Assistant City Manager John Bierschwale, who helped negotiate the contract between SAWS and the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp.

 

 

The Seguin City Council also approved the SAWS contract during its January 18 meeting. The contract will save Seguin $9.77 million during the same period, Cockerell said.

 

 

The SSLGC board approved the contract on January 13 and the SAWS board is expected to approve the contract at its February 1 meeting.

 

 

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Are you a Sweetheart?

 

  Are you a Sweetheart? You Could Be!

 

  The 2011-2012 Schertz Sweetheart Court will include: Miss Sunshine, Miss Liberty, Miss Freedom, Miss Friendly City, and Miss Schertz. The court members are 9th through 12th grade students and each will receive a scholarship in the amount of $500.00, with the exception of Miss Schertz, who is a Senior and will receives $1000.00 scholarship.

 

  The Schertz Sweetheart Committee is honored to announce that applications are currently being accepted for the 2011-2012 Schertz Sweetheart Court. Interested applicants must complete an application package, including 2 letters of reference (1 from a teacher/counselor, and 1 from a non related adult (ie, employer, organization for which you do community service) in sealed envelopes; submit a personal resume, and a 3"x 5" photograph (head and shoulders).

 

  Registration Janurary 17 - March 18, 2011

 

  The deadline for applications to the Court is March 18th by 5:00 PM.

 

  The Schertz Sweetheart Pageant is scheduled for
Thursday, May 5, 2011 6:00 PM
Schertz Civic Center

 

 

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