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The first Council on the Go meeting of 2018 was held in the southern region of Schertz on Tuesday, February 20 at Ray D. Corbett Junior High School. The meeting began at 6:30 PM with a staff meet and greet and proceeded with presentations from staff on various topics to include updates on the expansion of FM1518, Fire Station #3, and the FY 2017/18 budget.
The FM1518 expansion presentation detailed the project’s split into two phases: the first focusing on targeting priority areas with a projected completion of 2021 and the second phase being determined by funding. It was noted that Schertz Council approved additional funding for the project at the November 28, 2017 City Council Meeting as well as the submittal for additional funding by TxDOT in December 2017.
The Fire Station #3 presentation included visuals of the structure’s location, as well as an update on the hiring of staff to occupy the new station. Chief Long confirmed the new Engine 3 has successfully gone through inspection and is slated to arrive in Schertz soon. As means to having a fire safety presence in the southern region of Schertz, a temporary fire station location was announced. More information on the location and opening will be announced shortly.
The FY 2017-18 budget overview highlighted areas most identified by residents based on the results of the 2016 Citizen Satisfaction Survey. Areas include 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.
The presentations were followed with a questions and answer session. Staff indicated they would need to provide a follow up on some of the questions that were posed. After verifying information, the answer to those particular questions are below:
- Q. Regarding the FM 1518 project, is there any street lighting in the proposed project?
- A. After confirming with TxDOT, the only illumination that they would install is at the signalized intersections. If continuous illumination were to be installed it would have to be paid for by the local entity.
- Q. When and where can we expect Schertz City Limit signs and No Cell Phone Usage signs to be posted in southern Schertz, specifically on FM 1518 in the ETJ area and also on Lower Seguin Road at the Converse city limits?
- A. The request for City Limit and No Cell Phone Usage signs have been installed at the following locations:
- FM 1518 Westbound (City Limit sign)
- Lower Seguin Road Northbound (City Limit and No Cell Phone Usage signs)
- Ware Seguin Road Northbound (City Limit and No Cell Phone Usage signs)
- Public Works staff will also be checking some additional areas where these signs are currently installed to verify the condition of them and replace if needed.
Residents were encouraged to visit with City Staff and Council members after the meeting to discuss their concerns and needs. Council on the Go meetings will be held in the northern and central regions of Schertz in April and May of this year.
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.