The Schertz Fourth of July Jubilee lived up to its stellar reputation with hundreds of entries for the parade, top flight entertainment including headliner Chilton Vance and the band Buddy Boy Texas, championship BBQ, watermelon eating contest, apple pie baking contest, and, of course, the popular fireworks show. The Parade Grand Marshal was the public safety departments of Schertz: Police, Fire and EMS. Representatives from those departments rode on an old fire truck to the delight of thousands of parade spectators.
There will no trash pick up in Schertz on July 4th. Regular pickup resumes Friday.
The use and/or possession of fireworks in the City of Schertz is illegal. The one exception is the public fireworks display held as part of the July 4th Jubilee where professional handlers perform the fireworks show under strict guidelines.
“With the high temperatures and winds we generally have this time of year, grasses dry out quickly. If a fire starts it can spread rapidly causing damage to anything in its path,” said Fire Chief David Covington.
City of Schertz offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, July 4-5, in observance of Independence Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.
The November 5, 2013 City of Schertz Candidate Packet is now available. View more information for the election.
The Schertz Veterans Memorial Plaza project got a big push this week when Eric White presented a $25,000 check to Ruth Tienor with the Veterans Memorial Plaza committee.
It was the second large donation in less than three months. On May 8, GVEC presented the committee with a check for $20,000.
The gift from Eric White, founder of Garden Ridge Pottery, on June 25 brings donations to about $150,000 of the project’s estimated cost of $220,000.
Steve White, another member of the Veterans Memorial Plaza committee, said the project’s estimated completion is early to mid 2014.
For more information about the project, including buying bricks, click on veteransplaza.org
The Schertz Animal Services Department received a helpful donation of items from Christ The King Lutheran Church’s Outreach program Wednesday, June 26, including a rubber hamburger toy that drew the attention of a puppy with a familiar name.
In top photo, Ginobili, a pup recently dropped off with a sibling named Duncan, posed with Animal Shelter Manager Shanna Roman (right) and Marilyn Paliani with the church, which is located in Universal City.
The items include large carriers, food, cat litter, pet toys, and cleaning materials.
Roman said this and any donation to Animal Services is always needed and appreciated.
The City of Schertz is currently building a $1.96 million Animal Adoption Center. The voter-approved bond project, located behind and near the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex, is slated to be finished next spring and give the Schertz area a state-of-the art adoption facility.
On Saturday, June 22, nearly 50 people, including 36 out-of-town young people, built a wire barrier against off-road traffic in Crescent Bend Nature Park.
The young people, staying at the Hampton Inn and Suites in Schertz, were from the Texas State Youth Conference (TSYC) being held in the area. TSYC Conference Coordinator Michael Young said they wanted to do a community service project in the city where they were staying and he contacted the City of Schertz.
The project involved the young people, aged 18 to 25, helping carry and place 320 bollards (posts) and string 1,500 linear feet of cable through holes in the bollards along roads in Crescent Bend.
Five Parks and Recreation Department employees, two local civilian volunteers, and five TSYC chaperons also worked on the project. The barrier is to help stop people from taking off road vehicles to natural areas and destroying them.
The Parks and Recreation Department estimated the volunteers saved the City almost $4,100 in labor costs.
Contact the City Secretary for more information at (210) 619-1030.
Loren Morris and Aruna Kharod are winners of this year’s Hal Baldwin Scholarship, named for the late Schertz mayor. Morris received $2,500 and Kharod got $1,250. In the photos above, Mayor Michael Carpenter and Susan Baldwin Beck, daughter of Mayor Baldwin, present the checks to this year’s recipients. The scholarship program is opened to any Schertz high school senior considering a career path in public service.