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.
Sewer averaging for the winter months began on October 24, 2012, and continues through March 6, 2013, for cycle billing. Meter readings taken over this period determine your sewer average for the next billing year, which begins April 1. The readings will be averaged, and the average will be multiplied by $2.65 for residents with an average below 12,000 gallons. For residents with averages greater than 12,001 gallons, the average will be multiplied by $2.84. That total will be added to the base rate of $3.75 for residential use. The resulting average will be your sewer charge for the next 12 months. For more information, visit Schertz.com or call (210) 619-1100.
Visitors to the first City Council meeting of the New Year on January 8 saw something really new. For the first time at a council meeting, a mobile metal detector was set up as part of enhanced security.
Just as they do before going into the City’s Municipal Court, visitors had to pass through metal detector security. The Marshal’s Office provides security for the Municipal Court and teams up with the Schertz Police Department for City Council security.
The City Council chambers were designated as a court in 2010 – meaning they can and will be used for Municipal Court sessions, especially as the volume of cases grows. Plans for the metal detector’s use in the council chambers – for court or council sessions – has been planned for a number of months.
The City of Schertz is accepting applications for the various Boards, Commissions, and Committees vacancies. Please fill out an application and submit to the City Secretary’s office.
There will be no City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 1. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January, 8, 2013.
City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday and Tuesday, December 31 and January 1, in observance of New Year’s Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.
Just in time for Christmas, the New Playscape will open to the public Saturday morning, Dec. 22, weather permitting. The Playscape is located between the Schertz Public Library and the Schertz Family YMCA. Merry Christmas everyone!