The December 31 City Council meeting has been cancelled in observance of New Year’ Day.
The next City Council meeting will be January 7.
For residents who have trash service on Wednesday here is the holiday schedule.
In observance of Christmas and New Year’s Day, trash service will be the Saturday before Christmas, the Saturday after Christmas, and the Saturday after New Year’s Day.
The Schertz Public Library’s holiday operating hours are as follows:
New Years Hours
Tuesday, December 31–10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday, January 1–Closed
City of Schertz EMS
Wednesday, December 11
8:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Schertz EMS is holding a blood drive Wednesday, December 11, from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center bloodmobile will be in front of the Schertz Community Center, Bldg. No. 3, 1400 Schertz Parkway.
The end of the year with all of the holiday festivities is also a time of VERY high demand for blood and blood products. Please, if you are able to give or if you have never tried to give, make a point of either getting an appointment or dropping into the blood drive Wednesday morning. Each unit of blood given can help up to 3 patients. What a way to get into the Christmas spirit!
Appointments can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or just walk over and give.
Please give the gift that keeps on giving. For more information call EMS at (210) 619-1400
The 18th annual Schertz Festival of Angels could not be stopped by frigid weather as hundreds of people enjoyed the event’s lighted night parade (including Mayor Michael Carpenter as the Grinch riding on a motorcycle) and dozens of participants including floats Friday night.
Festival of Angels also included lighting of the giant City Christmas tree, a snow area with a hill where kids could go sledding and musical entertainment in the Civic Center.
For more information go to Visitschertz.com
***The parade will go on as scheduled.
Rain does not appear to be in our forecast. Please be mindful of the winds that are present. The staging area will be open at 5:00 PM; parade time is 6:30 PM.
***Musical entertainment will be moved to the Civic Center ballroom. Entertainment begins at 6:00 PM. Santa’s Village will be opened after the parade. Photos with Santa are $5.00 each or FREE with a donation to Blue Santa.
***There will be a snow hill available to play on; please dress appropriately.
***There will be no additional games or rides available at the Complex.
Saturday’s Kris Kringle Market has moved to the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway Bldg #5.
For more information go to Visitschertz.com.
Comal County officials said a recount of ballots cast in the November 5 Schertz City Council election did not change the results and two Schertz observers gave the recount process a thumbs up.
Winning candidates Daryl John (Place 3) , Cedric Edwards (Place 4)) and Matthew Duke (Place 5), all carried Comal County as well as Bexar and Guadalupe counties in the election. Schertz is spread over the three counties and voting in each was handled by officials in each county.
Bert Crawford and Earl Hartzog were two Schertz residents who witnessed the recount, which was requested by Comal County after ballot tabulation problems appeared election night.
Crawford, who ran against John in Place 3, was satisfied with the outcome.
“As an observer of this recount for 15 hours and 15 minutes I am confident the recount is correct and the vote discrepancy in Place 3 ballots cast in Comal County has been acknowledged and explained to me,” Crawford said.
Schertz resident and former City Councilman Earl Hartzog represented the City of Schertz at the recount and said it was a long process but necessary.
“I am confident that the recount gave us the correct vote numbers,” he said. “We were there from 8:30 in the morning to 11:45 in the evening and saw them download all the voting machines and count ballots,” Hartzog said.
Mayor Michael Carpenter said, “I share former Councilman Hartzog’s confidence. We sent him there as a neutral observer and if he is satisfied with the integrity of the recount then we wholeheartedly agree.”
Vote totals in the Comal County (which has the fewest city residents of the three counties) increased by just 17 votes after the recount. Place 3 saw six additional votes, Place 4 saw five additional votes and Place 5 had six additional votes each, from the previously canvassed returns.
The will be no trash pickup on Thanksgiving Day and service will resume on the next scheduled day. Trash will be collected as normal on Friday, November 29.
Schertz has been named one of “The Most Affordable Suburbs in America” by the national real estate blog Movoto.
It was the second time in as many months Schertz was listed to an honor roll.
The Movoto Top Ten list ranked Schertz No. 8. Two other local suburban cities – Universal City and Cibolo were listed No. 7 and No. 10, respectively.
Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter smiled at the news.
“It is exciting to have Schertz listed as one of top 10 most affordable suburban cities in the United States.
“The best part of this particular recognition is that we have chosen, as a community, to focus on quality of life projects as a core part of who we are and want to be. Schertz residents have access to amenities typically found in larger, more highly-taxed and highly-leveraged cities.
“The fact that we are able to provide an abundance of both natural and manicured parks, exceptional and abundant sports facilities (including close to 50 acres currently under construction), a regional library and a rapidly growing job base all while reducing our property tax rate makes our affordability all that more remarkable,” Mayor Carpenter said.
Movoto said this about Schertz:
“Schertz is about twice the size of Universal City, but is actually more affordable in terms of food and utility costs. Those are 16 and 11 percent below the national average, respectively, while the overall cost of living is four percent below.
“Homes in Schertz have a median price of $161,000, which when compared to the median household income of $65,650 creates a housing cost to income ratio of 2.45 to one. As with Universal City, there’s no state income tax; sales tax and property tax are at 65 percent and 41 percent above the national average, respectively,” Movoto said.
The blog surveyed 139 suburbs near the 50 largest cities in the country.
“These suburbs all offer a unique combination of low cost of living, affordable homes, and other aspects that make them good choices for those looking to enjoy suburban living without spending a fortune doing it,” the real estate blog said.
Movoto said it used seven criteria to measure overall affordability. They are:
* Cost of living above/below national average
*Cost of food above/below national average
*Cost of utilities above/below national average
*Housing affordability (ratio of median household income to median home price)
*Property tax rate percentage above/below national average
*State income tax rate percentage above/below national average
*Sales tax rate percentage above/below national average
The score from the criteria determined the overall ranking.
The most affordable designation comes soon after Schertz was named one of the safest cities in Texas by Safewise, a home security company. Schertz ranked No. 28 out of 50 cities with 20,000 or more residents.
For more information go to the Movoto web site HERE
The Schertz City Council got two new members and the return of an incumbent during a ceremony at the Monday, November 18, Council meeting.
After Council canvassed the November 5 election results, the winners were sworn it.
From left they are: Matthew Duke, new Place 5 council member; Cedric Edwards, re-elected Place 4 council member; and Daryl John, new Place 3 council member.