Photo above: Signing the JBSA Charter agreement are (from left) Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, Keith Graf, Texas Military Preparedness Commission; and Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter. Officials from other local governments also signed.
Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter joined Brig Gen. Robert LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, along with other military and local community representatives on Tuesday, August 5, to sign the JBSA Community Partnership Initiative charter.
The Schertz City Council on July 29 passed a resolution supporting the Community Partnership between JBSA and the State of Texas, local governments, community organizations, and local businesses.
“The City of Schertz has a long relationship and strong partnership with the military, and we are excited about finding new and innovative ways to support the troops and their missions,” the mayor said.
Due to budgetary constraints, the 502nd Air Base Wing has been re-evaluating the way it does business and is exploring alternative ways to support its missions and maintain quality of life programs for its service members and their families.
This initiative is a framework through which installation and public/private sector community leaders can develop creative ways to leverage each other’s capabilities and resources to reduce costs or risks by finding shared value.
The JBSA Community Partnership Initiative was created to explore cost saving opportunities through partnerships and shared services with other government agencies, local communities and the private sector (including either for-profit or not-for-profit entities).
The goal of this initiative is to enhance the JBSA mission viability and improve quality of life for Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines while implementing collaborative projects that reduce operations and services costs and support the economic viability of the San Antonio Community.
The City of Schertz will be hold its general election on November 4, 2014 for the purpose of electing Council members in Place 1, Place 2 and Mayor.
Filing started Monday, July 21, and runs through Monday, August 18.
Any candidate desiring to have his or her name on the official ballot shall, no later than August 18, 2014, file with the City Secretary an application in writing in the form prescribed by the Texas Election Code requesting that his or her name be placed on the official ballot and declaring as a candidate for City Council Place 1, Place 2 and Mayor. The terms of office for said vacancies will expire November 2016.
All candidates for office in the City of Schertz must, at the time of filing for office, have attained the age of eighteen, be a registered voter, and have been a resident of the city for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding filing for office, and not be an obligor to the city on any obligation past due, provided, however, that a person may be elected and hold office if such obligation is being actively contested in the appropriate forum.
Candidate packets are available in the City Secretary’s office at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building 2, or can be found online at www.schertz.com. Should you have any questions, please contact the City Secretary’s office at (210) 619-1030.
The San Antonio Water System has partnered with the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp. (SSLGC) to transport water to Northeast San Antonio.
Officials from SAWS, Schertz and Seguin turned the valve to symbolize the flowing of SAWS water through a SSLGC pipeline. The pump station was completed earlier this year and the water has been flowing for some months now.
Officials included Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, Seguin City Manager Douglas Faseler, SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente, SSLGC Board of Directors President Ken Greenwald and SSLGC General Manager Alan Cockrell.
The cooperative regional partnership has helped secure the largest non-Edwards water supply in SAWS’ history. Approval of permits by the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District allows SAWS to produce and transport up to 11,688 acre-feet of Carrizo Aquifer groundwater from Gonzales County to San Antonio.
The Regional Carrizo project is located in Gonzales, approximately 50 miles east of San Antonio. The project includes delivery of water from western Gonzales County.
Up to 13 million gallons per day of water produced from the well field is being transported by pipeline to an integration point in northeast San Antonio where it enters the SAWS distribution system.
Instead of building a new pipeline, SAWS is “renting” available capacity in an existing pipeline owned and operated by SSLGC.
The project’s estimated cost is $149 million and it is providing water for approximately 60,000 households in San Antonio.
At a recent Schertz City Council meeting, officials with the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, received an $18,702 check with money raised at 6th annual Wilenchik Walk for Life on March 1.
From left are: Mayor Michael Carpenter, Sheri Ortiz, CTRC Director of Development; Valerie Wilenchik, widow of former City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who underwent treatment at CTRC and for whom the event is named; City Manager John Kessel; and Dr. Steve Weitman, CTRC Director of the Institute for Drug Development. The Wilenchik Walk has raised $141,000 for CTRC over the years.
The Northeast San Antonio region, including New Braunfels and Schertz, mourned the passing of Sgt. Thomas Z. Spitzer, 23, of New Braunfels, who died June 25 while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
He was assigned to 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force.
Funeral services were held at St. Paul Lutheran Church in New Braunfels Monday. A long escort of motorcycles and public safety vehicles escorted Sgt. Spitzer’s casket down I-35 on the way to burial at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
At overpasses along I-35, including Schertz Parkway, ordinary people and others – like Schertz Public Safety employees, gathered to honor and salute the fallen Marine.
The 39th Annual July 4th Jubilee in Schertz July 3-4 had something for everyone – including a Patriotic Parade with nearly 90 entries and thousands of watchers, a 5K Run, watermelon eating contest, Booming Barbecue Cook off, lots of live music, a family carnival, and fireworks (slightly delayed by rain.)
For more information go to visitschertz.com and watch for more photos and a story in the August issue of Schertz Magazine (also available at schertzmagazine.com in early August).
The Schertz Sweetheart Court waves to parade attendees during the 61st Annual Luling Watermelon Thump Parade. The Court and their float were honored with a 2nd Place in the Civic/Club/Church category. From left, Miss Sunshine, Megan Rhoads; Miss Schertz, Kiana Leal; and Miss Jubilee, Elena Garcia.