The Texas Department of Public Safety said high winds and dry conditions are causing extreme wildfire danger across the state. DPS is asking all Texans to be alert and careful and use common sense in dealing with the wildfire danger.
WILDFIRE DANGER AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Avoid parking vehicles in tall, dry grass and weeds. Weeds and grass could be ignited by hot catalytic converters. Crush cigarettes in an ashtray and make sure they are really out. Be cautious about outdoor activities that might cause sparks or fires. Sparks can easily escape from burning trash. Avoid using welding or grinding equipment near dry weeds and grass.
DON’T DRIVE INTO SMOKE ON THE ROAD
Wind driven wildfire can move as fast as 60 miles per hour. When you see thick smoke across a highway, do not drive into it. Slow down. Prepare to stop and turn around. Activate your emergency flashers to warn vehicles following you. Check for oncoming traffic. Make sure you can turn around safely. Remember, when there is dense smoke on the road; do not drive in to it.
STAY ALERT TO WILDFIRE DANGER WHEN TRAVELING
Check fire and weather conditions before you get on the road. Monitor radio broadcasts while traveling. In areas where there may be wildfire, watch for highway signs, traffic control personnel and fire fighters. Slow down and prepare to stop when they signal you to do so. Remember, wind driven wildfire can move as fast as 60 miles per hour. If you see dense smoke on the road, do not drive into it.
WILDFIRE DANGER TO RURAL HOMES AND SUBURBS
Whether you live in a rural or suburban area, you can protect your home from the dangers of wildfire. Protect your property by clearing brush and grass away from your home and buildings. Clear out brush between trees. Prune lower branches. Make sure areas under utility lines are clear of brush, tall grass and trees so that utility service will continue. Create a fire break by clearing vegetation from areas between your house and nearby fields or wildland areas.
The September 6 City Council meeting has been cancelled.
The next regularly scheduled City Council meeting is September 13 at 6:00 PM
City of Schertz offices will be closed on Monday, September 5, for the Labor Day holiday. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.
City Council has adopted the 2011-2012 city budget and property tax rate which take effect October 1.
The budget amount is $63.44 million and the tax rate was set at .4843 cents per $100 valuation.
Look for the adopted budget to be posted online in the near future.
Guadalupe County Commissioners Court has set public hearing on county redistricting for September 1 at 3:00 PM in the Guadalupe County Justice Center, 211 W. Court St. in Seguin; and at 7:00 PM at the Schertz Annex Building, 1101 Elbel Rd in Schertz.
The Commissioners Court is considering one or more alternate plans for the redistricting of County Commissioners Court precincts. Changes in the existing boundaries of each Commissioners Court precinct will also have an impact on election precincts, polling places, and Justice of the Peace/Constable precincts.
Public comment is welcome and solicited. For more information visit www.co.guadalupe.tx.us/guadalupe2010.
South Schertz Charrette attendees use key pad voting devices to express their preferences on questions about the area during a public input meeting Monday, August 29, in the Schertz Civic Center. The questions covered topics including roadways and types of future development in the area south of FM 78 to IH-10 and along FM 1518.
Officials said more than 200 stakeholders attended the meeting, including land owners, business owners, investors, and other governmental agencies such as Bexar County and the San Antonio River Authority.
A second public meeting, based on data gathered from the first meeting, will be held from 6:00-8:00 PM, Wednesday, August 31, at the Civic Center
Schertz EMS will hold a blood drive from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, Tuesday, August 30. A South Texas Blood and Tissue Center bloodmobile will be parked in front of the Schertz Community Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway.
“As always, blood is in short supply, so every pint is critically needed. With the summer heat and folks wrapping up summer vacations, the current blood supply has been greatly taxed,” said EMS Director Dudley Wait.
Blood Donor Requirements: Must be 16 years old, weigh 120 pounds (with a parental consent form), or at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds, in good general health and can donate blood. Identification required.
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For further information, please contact Wait at 210-619-1400.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) manages the flow of electric power to approximately 23 million Texas customers and is asking Schertz and all state residents to conserve power during these record electrical usage days.
ERCOT said consumers can help by shutting off unnecessary lights and electrical appliances between 3:00 and 7:00 PM, and delaying laundry and other activities requiring electricity-consuming appliances until later in the evening.
Other conservation tips from the Public Utility Commission’s “Powerful Advice” include:
■Turn off all unnecessary lights, appliances, and electronic equipment.
■When at home, close blinds and drapes that get direct sun, set air conditioning thermostats to 78 degrees or higher, and use fans in occupied rooms to feel cooler.
■When away from home, set air conditioning thermostats to 85 degrees and turn all fans off before you leave. Block the sun by closing blinds or drapes on windows that will get direct sun.
■Avoid opening refrigerators or freezers more than necessary.
■Use microwaves for cooking instead of an electric range or oven.
■Set your pool pump to run in the early morning or evening instead of the afternoon.
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.