A much anticipated project reached an important milestone Monday, January 28, when a piece of construction equipment moved the first dirt for the Veterans Memorial Plaza in Schertz.
“The dirt work that started today is so we can build the foundation,” said Steve White, a member of the board of directors for the project. “We hope to have most of the dirt work and the boards up so we can pour the foundation. That step should be complete by about the 15th of February. Our timeline is very flexible. Look for a new sign put up in a week or so, with updated information,” he said.
Here is some more information about the project:
The Veterans Plaza Board in Schertz was formed with the mission of providing a memorial plaza dedicated to honoring all who serve in the uniformed services of the United States of America, past, present, and future.
The Plaza will be constructed on a highly visible tract of land on Schertz Parkway. Not only was this site graciously provided by the City of Schertz, but the City has committed to maintaining the Plaza once it is completed.
The Plaza will be a pentagon over a star with its five tips pointing to individual monuments representing the five branches of the military. A smaller pentagon within the star will be the central point of the plaza and contain three flags; national, state, and POW. In front of the central pentagon will be a bronze statue of a young boy saluting a bronze Battle Cross statue situated on a small rocky hill.
To keep up with progress on the project visit veteransplaza.org
The City of Schertz is accepting applications for the position of City Council Place 5 (unexpired term ending November 2013) through Friday, February 8, 2013 at 12 Noon.
Completed applications should be taken to City Secretary’s Office, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building 2, Schertz, TX 78154.
The parking lots at the Schertz Civic Center were packed Saturday, January 26, for a Health and Wholeness Fair presented by the Baptist Emergency Hospital and the Schertz Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Schertz and HEB.
The Fair covered a wide range of health and wellness issue and included free flu shots by Schertz EMS. Schertz resident and KSAT 12 New Anchor Leslie Mouton also spoke about her fight with breast cancer.
The Baptist Emergency Hospital is slated to open in late April at Schertz Parkway and IH-35.
More than 400 enthusiasts participated in 3rd Annual Selma-Schertz “Salute to Service Members” 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning, January 19.
The event benefits Operation Comfort and was sponsored by Texas Physical Therapy Specialists and supported by Schertz and Selma.
Operation Comfort works to provide adaptive sports programs and emergency financial assistance for wounded service members.
Schertz Mayor Carpenter and Selma Mayor Tom Daly greeted the participants and wished everyone good luck. Dr. Michael Kerestztes from Texas Physical Therapy Specialists welcomed all and acknowledged the many volunteers who made this event possible.
The event started and ended at The Bluebonnet Palace, which made its location available to organizers.
Wounded warriors were the first across the starting line, followed quickly by the runners and then the walkers.
There will be no City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 22. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January, 29, 2013.
City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.
City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, January 20, for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.
State Senators Donna Campbell and Leticia Van de Putte were two of the featured speakers Monday morning at the 2013 Central Texas Environmental Summit “Collaboration along the Corridor” held at the Schertz Civic Center. Sen. Campbell visited with City Councilmember Jim Fowler and other local officials before speaking.
Sen. Van de Putte, speaking from a wheelchair because of a hurt foot, echoed Campbell’s words about the need for more action developing water sources statewide. Van de Putte said she recommended the Civic Center for the summit because of Schertz’s central location along IH-35.
Speaking of the environment:
An all-day workshop for home gardeners titled “The Lazy Gardener’s Landscape: Working with Nature” will be held at the Civic Center from 8:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. on Feb. 2, 2013. The 5-hour workshop is targeted at homeowners who want a landscape that will survive our soil and weather, demand little maintenance or water, and be pleasing to the eye.
There will be a vendor area selling gardening items in conjunction with the workshop as well as community groups presenting info related to the workshop. The event is open to the public. For more information call 830-285-4083.
“Collaboration Along the Corridor”
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality is cosponsoring an environmental summit with State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, District 26, on Jan. 14, from 8 a.m.–1:30 p.m. at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway.
The event, designed for people who live and work along the Austin/San Antonio IH-35 corridor, gives residents, local and state leaders, businesses, students and all interested parties an opportunity to discuss long-term solutions to environmental challenges unique to this rapidly growing part of our state.
The Summit will include presentations on environmental topics that affect Central Texas, such as the status of the drought and the state’s drought response and future activities along with developments in the Eagle Ford Shale. Attendees will also have an opportunity to visit exhibits and talk to experts from various state and local agencies.
The summit is free and open to the public; however, registration is required. For more information and a registration form, go to: TexasEnviroHelp.org and click on the 2013 Central Texas Environmental Summit banner.
The New Playscape opened just before Christmas but wet, cold weather kept most visitors away. Blue skies and better weather the second week in January brought out a bunch of kids and moms to explore the fun possibilities at the Playscape located between the Schertz Public Library and the Schertz Family YMCA. Moms at the Playscape said their little ones were burning off a lot of energy from not being able to come to play area during the wet holidays.