Click Here to Watch the February 19 Council on the Go Meeting
The first Council on the Go meeting of 2019 was held in the southern region of Schertz on Tuesday, February 19 at Ray D. Corbett Junior High School. The meeting began at 6:30 PM with a staff meet and greet and proceeded with a premier of the City’s State of the City video followed by presentations from staff on various topics. Agenda items for discussion included updates on FM 1518, the Corbett Water Tank, and Fire Station #3; an overview of the FY 2018-19 Budget; and information on the Water Meter Replacement Program. A question and answer session followed presentations.
The FM 1518 expansion presentation provided a status update of where TxDOT is on the roadway project. The 45 million dollar project is currently fully funded from FM 78 – IH 10. The thoroughfare is transitioning from two lanes to four lanes, will be adding a center median and turn lane, and will have a multi-use path and sidewalk. The project is anticipated to begin in 2023.
The presentation transitioned to an update on the Corbett Elevated Storage Tank which is needed in the developing area of southern Schertz in order to provide better water service by normalizing water pressures in the area and providing additional storage capacity. The one-million gallon elevated storage tank will be located off the end of Ray Corbett Drive. The project was awarded to Landmark Structures on January 22nd and construction will begin in early March with an anticipated completion date of July 2020.
The Fire Station #3 presentation provided information on station response times and included updates on the current status of the first construction phase. Byrne Construction Inc. is currently completing the rough-in process, which includes running electrical conduit and plumbing. The next phase of the construction process will include the foundation work and will begin in early March. More information on the construction process and station opening will be provided shortly.
The FY 2018-19 budget overview highlighted the tax rate change and focused on areas where the increased rate will provide improvements for the City including parks, streets and building maintenance. It also highlighted some areas where the additional funding will create efficiencies across City departments including management software, fleet tire balancing machinery, and a fleet parts washer.
The Water Meter Replacement Program presentation provided an overview of the project – providing the benefits of the new meters such as leak detection, hourly reads, and data logging- and let residents know what they could expect during the replacement process. The replacement program has currently begun in the Northcliffe area; the southern Schertz area is expected to begin in March.
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 started 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.