Schertz News

Schertz – Relocating Trees, Hosting Comic Con, Holding Plant and Play Day

library trees times 8

 
The City of Schertz has relocated a dozen trees to make way for a future Natatorium
 
Wednesday through Friday this week (March 20-22), the City moved eight trees to the area between the Schertz Public Library and the new Schertz Playscape.
Four other trees were relocated to the nearby Schertz Veterans Memorial Plaza, in front of the Schertz Area Senior Center, which is next to the library on Schertz Parkway.
 
The Natatorium will be located in the area of the previous Playscape and will be surrounded by the Library, Playscape, Senior Center and the Schertz Recreation Center, which houses the Schertz Family YMCA.
 
City officials said the relocation of the trees provides more shade and tree canopy for the Library/Playscape area and the Schertz Veterans Memorial Plaza.
 
Also Happening in Schertz:
 
Friday and Saturday – March 22-23Lone Star Comic Con, Friday 5-11 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway Bldg. No. 5
 
Saturday – March 23 - Plant And Play Day, 8:30-11 AM, at Schertz Playscape, behind the Schertz Public Library, corner of Schertz Parkway and Elbel Road.
 

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Playscape Closed Wednesday-Friday

 
The Playscape will be closed Wednesday, March 20, through Friday, March 22, for relocation of trees and preparation for Plant and Play Day Saturday, March 23.
 
The Playscape is located between the Schertz Public Library and the Schertz Recreation Center (housing the Schertz Family YMCA).
 
The popular play area will be closed from 6 AM Wednesday through “at least 5 PM Friday,” said City of Schertz Park Manager,” Chuck Van Zandt.
 
Some trees from the old Playscape site will be relocated to the new Playscape location. The Parks and Recreation Department will also use closure of the Playscape to prepare the site for Saturday’s Plant and Play Day where the public can help landscape the Playscape area.
 

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Spring Clean Up Runs Through March 17

 
The Annual Spring Clean For Schertz residents runs through Sunday, March 17.
 
Below are details:
 
Drop off at Bexar Waste Site 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road)
 
Items dropped off here will be free of charge to residents as a service paid for by the City of Schertz.

Drop off Site will be open March 2 – 17, 2013. (See below for hazardous items drop off times)
 
Drop offs may be made at Bexar Waste’s temporary collection point, 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. ENTRY TO THIS SITE IS ONLY
AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS DURING CITY SPONSORED SPRING AND FALL CLEAN UP EVENTS.

 
Please Remember
 
During the two-week clean up, Bexar Waste will pick up household waste not covered under their normal collection service, such as lumber and general trash as well as major appliances and furniture for a fee (prices determined by Bexar Waste). If you have questions regarding the details, please call Bexar Waste (210-566-5454).
 
Residents are able to drop off brush and limbs at 2221 FM 3009, free of charge, DURING THE 2 WEEK CLEAN-UP EVENT ONLY.
 
Hazardous Items/Tires and Drop off Times
 
1. HAZARDOUS ITEMS and TIRES may be dropped off ONLY on the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17 from 8 AM to 6 PM
 
2. Tires are limited to eight (8) per household.
3. Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to:
a. Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, cleaning and bleach products, swimming pool cleaners and chemicals
b. Enamel and latex paints in cans and aerosol dispensers, varnish and stains, paint thinners and removers, acetone, etc.- These items will have a combined 20 gallon limit per household.
c. TIRES are considered hazardous
d. Tires on rims, or wheels, commercial vehicle tires, tractor tires, and heavy equipment tires WILL NOT be accepted.
e. Hazardous waste such as used automotive and cooking oils, filters and batteries- Oils will have a combined 20 gallon limit per household.
f. Empty propane tanks up to seven (7) gallons – VALVE MUST BE ENTIRELY REMOVED.
g. Mercury WILL NOT be accepted.

 
What you need to know:
 
The Spring Clean Up is restricted to Schertz residents only. Waste delivered must be separated by type of material by the resident. Spring Clean Up activities do not apply to commercial/rental property clean ups, large property clean up, lot or acreage clean up, or lot and property land clearing. Commercial tree trimmers are not eligible for this service.
 
A current water bill or tax statement and proper identification are required when making a drop-off. Commercial waste will not be accepted.
 
LIMITS: Household waste and yard waste only. Maximum of 3 Pick-up truck loads per Household or a Maximum of 2 Trailer loads per Household, trailers are not to exceed 16’ long x 4’ high in size.
 

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Wilenchik Walk Draws 500 to Fight Cancer

Participants in the 5th Annual Wilenchik Walk For Life 5K event warm up with some Zumba music.


 

Some participants in the Wilenchik Walk For Life 5K event Saturday were literally jumping for joy.

Nearly 500 people got up early to fight cancer Saturday, March 2, at the Wilenchik Walk For Life 5K Fun Run/Walk.
 
The event, hosted by the City of Schertz and sponsored by HEB, is named for former Schertz City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his battle with cancer in 2009. Previous events have raised approximately $106,000 for the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC).
 
Starting at 8:00 AM, runners and walkers took a new course this year; beginning on Buffalo Drive at the back part of Clemens High School, participants turned onto Schertz Parkway then turned right onto the winding Community Circle Drive and back onto Schertz Parkway at the Kramer House/Visitor Center. Up the hill past Maske Rd, with a turnaround at Woodland Oaks and back to the starting point.
 
Two water stations, manned by personnel from Walgreen’s and SACU of Schertz, along the 5K route helped runners and walkers stay hydrated.
 
Individuals and many teams representing local businesses participated. Many could be easily spotted by their distinctive yellow or red or other color shirt.
 
The runners and walkers passed by Signs-of-Love along the route. The Signs-of-Love contained the names of loved ones who are fighting cancer or who have lost their fight with cancer.
 
A photo slideshow of the event will be available at www.vistitschertz.com early next week.
 

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Engineering and Public Works Departments are Reviewing Drainage and Storm Water Ordinances

The City of Schertz – Engineering and Public Works Departments – are reviewing drainage and storm water ordinances.

 

We are holding a meeting to gain input from those of you who are involved in developments in the city or as a resident of the city.

 

Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM.

 

Meeting Location: City Council Chambers at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building #4

 

We appreciate your input and attendance.

 

Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance – Revised Feb 2013 – Redline Version
UDC Article 13 – Revised Feb 2013 – Redline Version

 

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Wilenchik Walk Saturday March 2

Hundreds of people participated in the 2012 Wilenchik Walk

The 5th Annual Wilenchik Walk for Life 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 2, and is expected to draw hundreds of walkers, runners and dozens of dogs. It begins at 8:00 AM at the Samuel Clemens High School parking lot in Schertz.

The 5K event, sponsored by HEB, is named for former Schertz City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his battle with cancer. Previous events have raised more than $100,000 for the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC).

Individuals and teams can participate in the Walk For Life, which celebrates the lives of loved ones who have cancer or have lost their battle with cancer. Registration ranges from $10.00 – $25.00. Participants can purchase Sign-of-Love with the names of loved ones; these signs will be placed along the route.

For complete information go to www.vistitschertz.com.

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Verinder Selected To Fill Council Seat

Sydney H. Verinder

 
The Schertz City Council Tuesday night selected Sydney H. Verinder to fill the vacant Place 5 seat on council. The seat was previously held by Michael Carpenter and became open when he was elected mayor in November.
 
Verinder will be sworn in at the February 26 City Council meeting. He was selected from a field of 13 applicants.
 
Council members praised the number and quality of applicants saying it shows that Schertz residents are ready and willing to help improve their community. The other applicants were urged to serve on the various city boards and commissions.
 
Verinder is a business consultant and previously served as a council member in the Town of Vienna (Fairfax County), Virginia. Verinder also served as Chairman of the Town’s Planning Commission.
 
He has lived in Schertz since 2010 and has a Master of Science degree from the Texas A&M University Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences.
 

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City Offices Closed Monday, February 18

City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.

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Schertz Names Hansen New Police Chief

New Schertz Police Chief Michael R. Hansen


 

Michael R. Hansen, a 35-year career law enforcement officer, has been named the City of Schertz Police Chief. He is currently the Deputy Chief of Police in Conroe, north of Houston, and starts his new position March 18.
 
Hansen succeeds Chief Don Taylor who retired in July 2012. Assistant Police Chief Michael Harris has served in the interim.
 
Chief Hansen has been with the City of Conroe as it grew from a population of approximately 25,000 in 1984 to more than 55,000 today. His experience as part of that growth will be crucial as the City of Schertz and its police department grow over the next decade.
 
While in Conroe, Chief Hansen was instrumental in establishing curriculum for and the running of a police academy, now in its fourth year of operation.
 
Chief Hansen has a proven record as a team builder within a police department and a bridge builder between the department and the community it serves and protects.
 
Mayor Michael Carpenter said: “I am excited about what our new chief will bring to Schertz and I look forward to meeting him.”
 
“Chief Hansen’s experience and personality are exactly what we were looking for in a chief to serve our police department, the city organization, and the whole community, ” said City Manager John Kessel.
 
In fact, the community took part in selecting the new chief from a list of highly qualified applicants, Kessel said.
 
“Chief Hansen was the successful candidate out of a highly inclusive and rigorous assessment process, a process that has set the standard for how we should hire key positions within the City,” he said. The assessment process included a local judge, business owner, school district administrator and two area police chiefs, in addition to key city leadership.
 
”Chief Hansen has the right personality from drive to team building to working with the community to developing a progressive yet family-oriented police department with the goal of becoming a leading department across the state over the next 10-20 years,” the City Manager said.
 
Kessel said Chief Hansen will hit the ground running and have a shorter learning curve because of the Schertz Police Department’s already established regional leadership and top quality officers. The City Manager thanked Assistant Chief Harris for his leadership in the interim time, praising the department for their accomplishments and successes as the City went through the search for the next police chief.
 
Chief Hansen said he was excited at the upcoming move and new experiences. “Schertz’s growth brings enormous opportunities with its challenges. I look forward to both. I am honored and humbled to have been provided this opportunity to join both the city government and police department teams.”
 
The new Schertz Police Chief added: “I truly hope that my experiences in another rapidly growing community will provide some insight as our teams evolve to meet the ever increasing needs of this community.
 
“I look forward to working with the men and women of the Schertz Police Department as we continue to provide service that is a source of pride to the community. I come with an open mind and a passion for community service, professionalism and ethics,” he said.
 
Chief Hansen has served in various positions with the Conroe Police Department since 1984 including: SWAT Team Commander, Patrol Division Commander, Support Services Commander and Professional Services Commander.
 
The veteran officer also previously worked for the Houston Police Department and the Southside Place Police Department. Chief Hansen holds a Master’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Sam Houston State University and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy.
 
Chief Hansen has received numerous awards and honors including being named Conroe Police Department Officer of the Year.
 

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Blood Drive Tuesday, February 12

GiveBlood
 
Schertz EMS will hold a blood drive Tuesday, February 12, from 8:00 AM to 1:15 PM. The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center bloodmobile will be in front of the Schertz Community Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Bldg. No. 3.
 
All donors will receive a Spurs T-shirt and a chance to win a pair of Spurs tickets.
 
Please give the gift that keeps on giving. For more information call EMS at (210) 619-1400.
 

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