Join the Schertz Parks & Recreation Foundation and the City of Schertz for SchertzFest 2014, September 19-20, in Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St., as we celebrate turning 56. Admission is FREE.
Enjoy a weekend of live entertainment – musical and amusing – while sampling all kinds of festival food from the many food vendors that will be on hand.
Children will be more than happy to join in on the fun at the carnival; or participate in the activities at the Family Zone.
The fun kicks off this evening, Friday, with Tejano Night music that starts at 6 p.m.
Saturday’s fun runs from 11 a.m. to midnight and includes musical entertainment starting at 1 p.m. and other activities and events including the waitress races from 2-4 p.m. and the BBQ cook-off awards at 6 pm.
For more information go to visitschertz.com.
New City Fees and Rates Go into effect October 1st! Review the new Fee Schedule here.
Colleagues, Friends and Neighbors:
From time to time we, as a community, inspect our progress and performance as a city. The most formal way we do this is by appointing a charter review commission. The last charter review commission to be appointed served in 2006. We are eight years later, and the time is correct to appoint a new commission.
Even though a charter review commission only exists for 180 days and is appointed only once or twice a decade, it is one of the most powerful bodies that exists in our municipal government. It has the power to recommend to the voters changes affecting all aspects of the form and function of our existence as a political subdivision of the State of Texas – in this its power is equal to that of the city council.
I encourage all interested residents to apply for appointment to the commission. All applications will be given to the voting members of the city council, and each of the voting members will select and appoint one commissioner. Applications are available on line as well as in the city secretary’s office. Applications should be submitted, in writing, to the city secretary’s office no later than five o’clock PM, September 22, 2014.
As always, we need your help in defining the best ways to reach our common goals and dreams as a city. Serving on a charter review commission is one of the most visible and powerful ways in which to participate in city government.
Thank you for reading and for choosing to be an active participant in our collective future.
Mayor, City of Schertz
Three Cities – Cibolo, Schertz, Selma – and their mayors and fire departments decided to super size the now famous Ice Bucket Challenge Thursday night, August 21, in front of Blue Bonnet Palace and raise funds for ALS research.
Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, Schertz Mayor Pro Tem Daryl John, Schertz City Councilmember Cedric Edwards Sr., along with Cibolo Mayor Lisa Jackson and Selma Mayor Tom Daly and other officials from their cities, as well as Guadalupe County Pct. 3 Constable Michael Skrobarcek (who organized the event) got super soaked with water coming from four fire trucks (2 from Schertz and one each from Cibolo and Selma.)
And then the mayors and other officials climbed onto a dunking tank to raised more money from “friends” and family who wanted to see the fund raising stars get even wetter.
The photos below tell the story.
What is ALS?
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis affects the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons degenerate and die which makes it increasingly difficult to move muscles.
When muscles aren’t used enough, they stop working. Sufferers begin to feel weak, especially in their arms, legs, and during speech, swallowing and breathing. As muscle tissue atrophies, limbs start to get smaller. In the later stages of the illness, patients may become totally paralyzed.
There is no known cause of ALS, though there is a proven hereditary factor in some cases. In about 90 per cent of cases, nobody knows how or why the illness struck. There is also no known cure, though the millions being raised by the ALS association will go towards researching these great unknowns.
The illness is also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, named after the all-time great baseball player from the early 20th Century whose time at the top ended when he was stricken with the illness in 1939.
For information please go to the ALS website at www.alsa.org
The City of Schertz will hold its second Community Budget Discussions on the proposed FY 2014-15 City Budget on Thursday, August 14, at Schertz United Methodist Church, 3560 Roy Richard Drive (FM 3009).
Residents are encouraged to attend and provide input for the budget process.
For more information call 311.
Photo above: Signing the JBSA Charter agreement are (from left) Brig. Gen. Robert LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, Keith Graf, Texas Military Preparedness Commission; and Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter. Officials from other local governments also signed.
Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter joined Brig Gen. Robert LaBrutta, 502nd Air Base Wing and Joint Base San Antonio commander, along with other military and local community representatives on Tuesday, August 5, to sign the JBSA Community Partnership Initiative charter.
The Schertz City Council on July 29 passed a resolution supporting the Community Partnership between JBSA and the State of Texas, local governments, community organizations, and local businesses.
“The City of Schertz has a long relationship and strong partnership with the military, and we are excited about finding new and innovative ways to support the troops and their missions,” the mayor said.
Due to budgetary constraints, the 502nd Air Base Wing has been re-evaluating the way it does business and is exploring alternative ways to support its missions and maintain quality of life programs for its service members and their families.
This initiative is a framework through which installation and public/private sector community leaders can develop creative ways to leverage each other’s capabilities and resources to reduce costs or risks by finding shared value.
The JBSA Community Partnership Initiative was created to explore cost saving opportunities through partnerships and shared services with other government agencies, local communities and the private sector (including either for-profit or not-for-profit entities).
The goal of this initiative is to enhance the JBSA mission viability and improve quality of life for Airmen, Soldiers, Sailors, and Marines while implementing collaborative projects that reduce operations and services costs and support the economic viability of the San Antonio Community.
The City of Schertz will be hold its general election on November 4, 2014 for the purpose of electing Council members in Place 1, Place 2 and Mayor.
Filing started Monday, July 21, and runs through Monday, August 18.
Any candidate desiring to have his or her name on the official ballot shall, no later than August 18, 2014, file with the City Secretary an application in writing in the form prescribed by the Texas Election Code requesting that his or her name be placed on the official ballot and declaring as a candidate for City Council Place 1, Place 2 and Mayor. The terms of office for said vacancies will expire November 2016.
All candidates for office in the City of Schertz must, at the time of filing for office, have attained the age of eighteen, be a registered voter, and have been a resident of the city for at least six consecutive months immediately preceding filing for office, and not be an obligor to the city on any obligation past due, provided, however, that a person may be elected and hold office if such obligation is being actively contested in the appropriate forum.
Candidate packets are available in the City Secretary’s office at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building 2, or can be found online at www.schertz.com. Should you have any questions, please contact the City Secretary’s office at (210) 619-1030.
The San Antonio Water System has partnered with the Schertz-Seguin Local Government Corp. (SSLGC) to transport water to Northeast San Antonio.
Officials from SAWS, Schertz and Seguin turned the valve to symbolize the flowing of SAWS water through a SSLGC pipeline. The pump station was completed earlier this year and the water has been flowing for some months now.
Officials included Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, Seguin City Manager Douglas Faseler, SAWS President and CEO Robert Puente, SSLGC Board of Directors President Ken Greenwald and SSLGC General Manager Alan Cockrell.
The cooperative regional partnership has helped secure the largest non-Edwards water supply in SAWS’ history. Approval of permits by the Gonzales County Underground Water Conservation District allows SAWS to produce and transport up to 11,688 acre-feet of Carrizo Aquifer groundwater from Gonzales County to San Antonio.
The Regional Carrizo project is located in Gonzales, approximately 50 miles east of San Antonio. The project includes delivery of water from western Gonzales County.
Up to 13 million gallons per day of water produced from the well field is being transported by pipeline to an integration point in northeast San Antonio where it enters the SAWS distribution system.
Instead of building a new pipeline, SAWS is “renting” available capacity in an existing pipeline owned and operated by SSLGC.
The project’s estimated cost is $149 million and it is providing water for approximately 60,000 households in San Antonio.
At a recent Schertz City Council meeting, officials with the Cancer Therapy & Research Center (CTRC) at the University of Texas Health Science Center, received an $18,702 check with money raised at 6th annual Wilenchik Walk for Life on March 1.
From left are: Mayor Michael Carpenter, Sheri Ortiz, CTRC Director of Development; Valerie Wilenchik, widow of former City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who underwent treatment at CTRC and for whom the event is named; City Manager John Kessel; and Dr. Steve Weitman, CTRC Director of the Institute for Drug Development. The Wilenchik Walk has raised $141,000 for CTRC over the years.