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Selma-Schertz “Salute To Service Members” Draws 400 plus

Participants, including Wounded Warriors in front row, wait for start of event.

From Left, Schertz Mayor Michael Carpenter, Dr. Michael Keresztes, Selma Mayor Tom Daly.

More than 400 enthusiasts participated in 3rd Annual Selma-Schertz “Salute to Service Members” 5K Run/Walk Saturday morning, January 19.
The event benefits Operation Comfort and was sponsored by Texas Physical Therapy Specialists and supported by Schertz and Selma.
Operation Comfort works to provide adaptive sports programs and emergency financial assistance for wounded service members.
Schertz Mayor Carpenter and Selma Mayor Tom Daly greeted the participants and wished everyone good luck. Dr. Michael Kerestztes from Texas Physical Therapy Specialists welcomed all and acknowledged the many volunteers who made this event possible.
The event started and ended at The Bluebonnet Palace, which made its location available to organizers.
Wounded warriors were the first across the starting line, followed quickly by the runners and then the walkers.

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No City Council Meeting Tuesday

There will be no City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 22. The next City Council meeting will be Tuesday, January, 29, 2013.

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City Offices Closed Monday, January 21

City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.

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Schertz City Offices Closed Monday, January 20

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.

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State Senators, Officials Attend TCEQ Summit In Schertz

State Sen. Donna Campbell visits with Schertz City Councilmember Jim Fowler

State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte at Schertz Civic Center

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.

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TCEQ hosts Enviro Summit In Schertz

“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: and click on the 2013 Central Texas Environmental Summit banner.

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Good Weather Lets Kids Play at Playscape

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.

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Sewer Averaging will affect Residents’ 2013-14 Sewer Bills

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 or call (210) 619-1100.

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Security Enhanced At Council Chambers

Deputy Marshal Eddie Gonzales uses a wand on Mayor Michael Carpenter

Mayor Carpenter walks through the mobile metal detector in council chambers.

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.

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Accepting Applications for Boards, Commissions, and Committees Vacancies

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.

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