The final Council on the Go meeting of 2018 was held in the central area of Schertz on Tuesday, May 29 at Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate School. The meeting began at 6:30 PM with a staff meet and greet, which gave residents an opportunity to meet and visit with City Council and City Staff from all departments. Presentations from staff proceeded shortly after with updates on central Schertz development, parks, FM roadways, public safety, and the FY 2017-18 Budget.
Planning and Community Development kicked off the presentations by showing residents an overview of new residential and commercial development occurring in the area. Across central Schertz there are eleven new commercial projects underway, including 113,325 sq. ft. of hotel space, 57,000 sq. ft. of professional/medical offices, and 9,400 sq. ft. of retail/restaurant space. Included in these developments will be a new Starbucks, Brake Check, Staybridge Suites, Candlewood Suites, and retail/medical offices. Staff encouraged residents to look at the “What’s Developing in Schertz” feature on the city website for up-to-date information on all projects going on.
The parks presentation highlighted the summer lineup for parks events, including a number of Float and Flick events to bring residents out to the pools. Discussions also included updates on the pedestrian hike and bike trail project which is currently in the design phase. This project will feature 10 foot wide granite trails, bike lanes on both sides of Savannah Dr. and Woodland Oaks Dr. and 6 foot concrete sidewalks along both sides of Live Oak Rd. Other parks updates included an overview of the renovations at Wendy Swan Memorial Park Pool and the development of Mary Whitfield Burks Park which is expected to be completed mid-June.
The roadway improvement presentation included discussion and updates on the expansion of both FM 1103 and FM 1518. Currently, construction is underway on the FM 1103 bridge at IH-35 and officials anticipate this project to be completed summer 2019. In southern Schertz, plans are moving forward on the expansion of FM 1518 which is in the right of way appraisal process. Plans for the 5.5 miles stretch of FM 1518 from FM 78 to IH 10 include widening the road from two to four lanes with a raised median/turn lane and bike lanes and sidewalks on either side.
The public safety presentation began with discussions on the status of Fire Station 3. Schertz Fire is currently utilizing a temporary location for Fire Station 3 in southern Schertz as work continues to move forward for the permanent location. The architect firm has completed the design and construction documents and final pricing by the city’s construction manager at risk firm is expected to be done by late June.
Schertz Police Department then briefed the audience on some of their statistics. Since February 2018 Schertz PD has made a concerted effort to increase transparency on the crimes that occur in our area by publishing crime statistics on the City website. Schertz PD hopes that residents can help with crime prevention if they know about the offenses in their area. Additionally, the website now includes food establishment grades to keep residents informed on how local businesses are keeping up with inspections.
The FY 2017-18 budget overview highlighted areas that residents identified as a focus for city staff based on the results of the 2016 Citizen Satisfaction Survey. Areas included additional staff for police services, facility maintenance of parks and new trail connections, storm water runoff channel maintenance, and more enforcement of city codes and ordinances. The current budget approved 22 new personnel, 20 work vehicles, and funds for street maintenance around the city.
After staff presentations, the meeting concluded with a brief question and answer session. Residents were encouraged to visit with City Staff and Council members after the meeting to discuss their concerns and needs.
The Council on the Go meeting initiative starting in February 2016. The concept was to enhance City Council’s community outreach by hosting quarterly town-hall style meetings in nearby neighborhoods to address area-specific topics. The goal is to offer residents a closer, more accessible and convenient venue to interact with City Council and staff periodically. Council on the Go meetings will resume in 2019!