Schertz News

Schertz Bank & Trust Honors First Responders on 9-11

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Above, Schertz Bank & Trust President and CEO Mark Sunderman (left) and Schertz Police Chief Mike Hansen hold baskets filled with food and other goodies that the bank presented to the Schertz Police Department, Fire and Rescue Department (both stations) and Schertz EMS on the 12th anniversary of 9-11.
 
Each of bank’s locations- two in Schertz and one each in Seguin, Kirby and San Marcos – made presentations to the local First Responders “as part of our acknowledgement and appreciation of their service to our community and to celebrate our 100th Anniversary,” a bank official said.

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City of Schertz Flags at Half-staff on 9/11

 
On September 11, flags will be flying at half staff at City of Schertz facilities including the Hal Baldwin Municipal Complex, Schertz Public Library, the Public Works Complex and Fire Station 2 on IH-35.
 
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001 (Public Law 107-89), Congress has designated September 11 of each year as “Patriot Day,” and by Public Law 111-13, approved April 21, 2009, the Congress has requested the observance of September 11 as an annually recognized “National Day of Service and Remembrance.
 

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Loop 1604 Ramp to Northbound I-35 Closure

Closure will last a month to allow safe work on northbound I-35 exit ramp

Crews will close the ramps from Loop 1604 onto northbound I-35 Sunday, Sept. 8, to allow safe construction of support structures on a new northbound exit ramp from I-35 to Forum Parkway.

The ramps will remain closed for about a month. Traffic will instead exit Pat Booker Road and follow the frontage road through the Forum Parkway intersection before entering northbound I-35. This closure will impact traffic on Loop 1604 in both directions.

Timing of the signal at Forum Parkway will be adjusted to accommodate the heavier traffic flow from the closure.

Local residents and commuters are advised to try alternate routes – like FM 2252 through Garden Ridge or FM 78 through Converse – to reach their destinations.

The ramps from Loop 1604 onto northbound I-35 will be reopened by early October. The northbound exit to Forum Parkway from I-35, which has been closed since late January, should be finished before the holiday shopping season.

The new Forum Parkway exit will be a braided-style ramp, with exiting vehicles bridging over traffic from Loop 1604 to northbound I-35. The effort is part of the $24 million expansion of I-35 through Selma and Schertz, adding an auxiliary lane in each direction between Loop 1604 and FM 3009.

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Guadalupe Appraisal Review Board Applicants Sought

 
Under a law effective Sept 1, 2013, the Guadalupe Appraisal Review Board will be appointed by the local administrative district judge. The Taxpayer Liaison is accepting Applications and Statements of Qualification for consideration from candidates seeking appointment to Guadalupe County Appraisal Review Board (A.R.B.) for the 2014-2015 term.
 
Applications and Statements of Qualification are available online at: www.guadalupead.org.
 
Completed Applications and Statements of Qualification can be returned to an Appraisal District Representative located at 1101 Elbel Rd, Schertz, faxed to 830-372-2874 Attn: Mrs. Evelyn Boggess, or mailed to G.A.D. Tax Payer Liaison Attn: Mrs. Evelyn Boggess, 3000 N Austin St, Seguin, TX 78155.

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Lazy Oak Road Construction Underway

 
From City of Schertz Street Supervisor Robert Martinez:
 
Construction work on Lazy Oak Road, near FM 3009, started Monday, August 26 and will continue until completion.
 
Some road closures will occur throughout the day Monday-Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on Clear Oak and traffic will be detoured to Crest Oak.
 
City of Schertz Street Department crews will be widening Lazy Oak Road and some sidewalk and curb work will be added to the roadway.
 
Any concerns or questions for area residents should be directed to the Street Supervisor at (office) 619-1800 or (cell) 880-7139.

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MPO Conducts Area Public Meetings for Transportation

 
By 2040, the San Antonio metro area will have nearly 1.5 million new residents raising the region’s population to over 3.4 million people. Imagine driving with another million or so cars on our roads.
 
To meet this challenge, the MPO must plan carefully to keep people and freight moving safely and efficiently.
 
Major transportation projects take many years to complete so the MPO must plan far into the future. Our 25-year metropolitan transportation plan (MTP) is the blueprint for our future transportation system.
 
The current plan programs approximately $12 billion in transportation funding through year 2035. The MPO is now working on “Mobility 2040” which must be approved by December 2014.
 
Public participation is crucial to good planning so we are holding eight public meetings at which area residents will be asked to review and provide input on Mobility 2040’s vision and goals. The meetings are scheduled as shown below:
 
Northeast Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Monday, September 23rd at Woodlake Hills Middle School, 6625 Woodlake Parkway, San Antonio, Texas.
 
Seguin Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 1st at Seguin – Guadalupe County Coliseum, 950 S. Austin St., Seguin, Texas.
 
New Braunfels Meeting– 6:00 to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 2nd at New Braunfels Civic Center, 375 S Castell Ave, New Braunfels, Texas
 
In addition to the public meetings, MPO staff is creating an online opportunity for public comments at www.mobility2040.org. Please visit this website and stay tuned for future information and meetings as they occur.
 

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Notice of Tax Revenue Increase

 

The City of Schertz conducted public hearings on August 20, 2013 and August 27, 2013 on a proposal to increase the total tax revenues of the City of Schertz from properties on the tax roll in the preceding year by 3.52 percent. View more information on the 2013 Notice of Tax Revenue Increase 8-28.

 

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City Offices Closed on Labor Day, Monday, September 2

City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, September 2, in observance of Labor Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

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Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Increase

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CNN/Money Magazine: Guadalupe Co. No. 4 In Job Growth in Nation

 

Story also mentions cities – Cibolo, Schertz and Seguin
 
Guadalupe County and its economic engine cities of Cibolo, Schertz and Seguin posted double-digit job growth for a two-year period to earn a place at the head of the pack.
 
Fortune 500 Giants like Amazon, Caterpillar and Sysco have found a home in Guadalupe County and its business-friendly cities.
 
Below is CNN/Money Magazine story.
 
4. Guadalupe County, TX
 
Towns include: Cibolo, Schertz
 
Job growth (2010-2012): 12.2%
 
Business in Guadalupe County is making the earth move, literally. Fortune 500 giant Caterpillar invested $180 million to consolidate and move its engine plant there in 2009, adding 1,465 jobs and prompting other big businesses to take a look. Amazon.com followed with a $166 million distribution center.
 
Continental Automotive recently added sensor production to its Seguin plant, a $113 million investment that’s creating hundreds of jobs. All this activity is perking up the local housing market and bringing more business to area shops.
 
To encourage even more moving around, a 41-mile extension of State Highway 130 — which stretches from Seguin to Georgetown — was completed last year. The 85-mile-per-hour toll road helps distributors bypass costly congestion, and shortens the trip to the San Antonio or Austin airports to a mere 45-minute drive.”
 
Click HERE to see the story online.
 

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