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FEATURES City Council Michael Carpenter Mayor Mark Davis Councilmember Ralph Gutierrez Councilmember Scott Larson Councilmember Cedric Edwards Councilmember David Scagliola Councilmember Angelina Kiser Councilmember Bert Crawford Councilmember

Executive Team Brian James Acting City Manager Dudley Wait Executive Director Kyle Kinateder Executive Director Sarah Gonzalez Assistant to the City Manager

Mission Leading, improving, and serving a livable, sustainable, and financially sound community.

Vision Community.Service.Opportunity.

Core Values Treat others the way you would want to be treated Do the right thing De the best you can Work cooperatively as a team

About Our Magazine Schertz Magazine is a monthly popular lifestyle/entertainment/ community events publication wholly owned and operated by the City of Schertz and produced internally by the Schertz Public Affairs Department. It serves as the primary dissemination source for government information for a growing city of 38,000 residents. Today, Schertz Magazine is the leading publication in the Tri County area with a circulation of 15,000 copies; including 13,000+ direct mailed and 500+ subscriptions from Austin through San Antonio and around the country (including dozens of out-of-state readers). The magazine is mailed to 12,000+ local households and over 1,000 businesses with hundreds of copies made available at local and regional banks, hospitals and clinics, schools, pharmacies, and restaurants.


Schertz Landmarks Repurposed for the Future


Hobby Flourishes Into Home-Grown Business


Schertz Public Library Celebrates 40 Years

VOLUME 34 ISSUE 6 PUBLISHED MONTHLY BY Public Affairs Department Linda Klepper Public Affairs Director Melissa Geedman Communications Manager Devan Flores Marketing & Communications Specialist _________ Contributing Staffers Erin Matlock Civic Center Manager Mary Spence Events Manager

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chool’s out for summer! To all those graduating this month, a big congratulations. May this time of your life be the beginning of many more wonderful achievements to come. Speaking of achievements, this month’s issue of Schertz Magazine commemorates some outstanding happenings and successes from the community. Our Schertz public safety departments have a lot to be proud of. On April 30, a promotional ceremony was held to recognize nine Schertz Fire Rescue staff who were promoted. In addition, the Schertz PD came out on top during a scholarship Battle of the Badges basketball game against the San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff's Office. Congratulations to their hard work and dedication. This issue also highlights some wonderful achievements from our local youth. On May 3, the new Schertz Sweetheart court was crowned and our lovely current court said their final goodbyes as they prep for continued

education. We wish the girls great success in their new roles and look forward to their upcoming year as Schertz ambassadors. For the first time in Clemens history, three Technology Student Association (TSA) students have qualified for a national level competition and will be representing the school, district, and City of Schertz in the upcoming weeks. We’re very proud of their accomplishment and wish them the best of luck as they advance to the national competition. As we embrace these hot, sunny days and get ready to take on the summer, I'd like to remind family and friends to stay active and take advantage of the wonderful programs going on throughout the summer. Our Fire and Police departments still have some openings for their student academies, so sign your kids up soon for an experience they’ll never forget. We also have some exciting parks events- and of course the opening of the community pools! Every summer has its story- make yours a great one!

Melissa Geedman Communications Manager


Contributing Writers

Melissa Geedman, Devan Flores, Stacey Lovett, Stan Leland, Kira Villarreal, Elizabeth Bertoia, Helen Lafitte, Lauren Shrum, Brenda Dennis, Channary Gould, Cecilia Palomo, Drew Vincent, Mary Spence, Chris Doelle

Contributing Photographers

Melissa Geedman, Devan Flores, Josh Nolden, Stacey Lovett, Richard Eads Schertz Magazine is published monthly by the Public Affairs Department of the City of Schertz promoting city, community, and business activities. Our mailing address is 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, Texas 78154. © City of Schertz, Texas The editorial office of Schertz Magazine is at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, Texas 78154. Call (210) 619-1630. Fax (210) 619-1619. Website is schertz.com and schertzmagazine.com

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Nine Promotions Within Schertz Fire The Schertz Fire Department congratulated nine Schertz Fire Rescue staff who were promoted at a ceremony held on Monday, April 30. Fire Chief, Kade Long and Assistant Fire Chief, Kyle McAfee conducted the pinning ceremony. Fire Marshal, John Perry was promoted to Battalion Chief. Fire Apparatus Officers Tom Hollick, Brian Krask, and Myron Boerger were promoted to Lieutenants. Firefighters Zach Rolfing, Craig Starr, Alex Armstrong, Dane Anderson, and Matt Hamilton were promoted to Fire Apparatus Officers (FAO). Fire department members are promoted based on written exam and assessment activity scores.

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EMS CPR/First Aid Training Schertz EMS will be holding monthly CPR/AED and First Aid classes throughout 2018. These classes are open to the public and provide a certification that is good for two years and can be used in a lot of different professional settings. Most importantly, these classes teach a pivotal skill that you never know when you may need to use on a loved one. Bystander CPR can be done immediately after someone collapses in to sudden cardiac arrest to save their life. For every 1 minute that someone is in cardiac arrest and does not receive CPR, their chances of survival reduce by 10%. Waiting to do anything until an ambulance arrives anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes after the person has collapsed can decrease their chances of survival significantly. We encourage everyone to become CPR/AED trained at a minimum. In order to take the class, you only need to be able to read and write, so even older children and teenagers are encouraged to attend. The skill itself can be incredibly easy to learn; however, this class will also give you background information as to why it is important to learn CPR and how chest compressions are effective during cardiac arrest. The class allows ample time for skills practice on manikins. The First Aid course goes over many common injuries and illnesses as well as how you can treat them at home prior to more advanced help arriving. This course offers a little bit of knowledge in a lot of different areas. We also allow time for practicing skills such as how to control bleeding during the class. CPR/AED training will run from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM and the First Aid course will run from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM. The cost is $30 for one course or $50 for two. The classes are held in the EMS Training Room. Below are the upcoming training dates: June 2 July 14 August 4 September 15 October 13 November 3 December 8 For more information contact Kellie Burnam, Community Health Manager, at (210) 619-1430.


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Filing for Schertz City Council Election for November 6, 2018 Begins July 23, 2018 The City of Schertz will be holding its General Election on November 6, 2018 for the purpose of re-electing Council Members in Place 6, and Place 7 for a three-year term, from November 2018 to November 2021. Any candidate desiring to have his or her name on the Official Ballot shall, no sooner than July 21, 2018, (but since the 21st falls on a Saturday and City offices are closed) the date moves to Monday, July 23, 2018 and no later than Monday, August 20, 2018, by 5:00 PM. File with the City Secretary an application in writing in the form prescribed by the Texas Election Code requesting that his or her name be placed on the Official Ballot and declaring themselves as a candidate. All candidates for office in the City of Schertz must, at the time of filing for office, have attained the age of eighteen or older on the first day of the term of office applied for, be a registered voter, and have been a resident of the City for at least twelve consecutive months immediately preceding the deadline for filing for an application for a place on the ballot. The candidate packet is available in the City Secretary’s office at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building 2, or it can be found online at Schertz.com. For more information contact the City Secretary’s office at (210) 619-1030.



During our annual Summer Reading Program at the Schertz Public Library, the Schertz Library Foundation is sponsoring a mini golf fundraiser event inside the library. The mini golf course will be open on Saturday, June 23 10 :00 AM - 6:00 PM, and will give residents of our community an opportunity to experience the library in a new exciting way together. This will be a family fun event for all ages! All proceeds from this event will help the library add picnic tables and benches to the library courtyard. For $5.00 per person you get to play the course and will receive a hot dog, chips & drink. Please contact the library (210) 619-1700 or email librarian@schertz.com for more information.


Once again, Summer Reading sign-up is online with our program Beanstack for all programs (Birth-Adult). There are four programs: Rubber Ducky, Youth, Teen, and Adult Summer Reading Clubs. With Beanstack our patrons can log and track their reading, access book lists that link directly to our catalog, earn badges by participating in seasonal and year-round reading programs, and enjoy activity tracks. Visit with a staff member to learn more about Beanstack and Summer Reading 2018!


Join us Saturday, June 2 to register for all our summer reading programs infant-adult from 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM today in the children’s library. Summer reading club will run from June 2 July 27.


We will host a Scholastic Book Fair beginning Saturday, June 2. Funds raised will help purchase books for the children’s collection at the Schertz Public Library. We will be in the Children’s Program Room from Saturday, June 2 to Friday, June 8. Check the library’s online calendar for open days and times.


Come join us for shadow puppets, poems, and pandemonium from Matt Sandbank's Shadow Factory. All ages welcome! We will be in the Children’s Program Room on June 9 at 1:00 PM.


A representative from Vibrant USA, an insurance company that specializes in Medicare insurance will be at the library Monday, June 18 at 1:00 PM. This is a free educational session on Medicare benefits. Pre-registration is not required.

Join us for a one hour information session, Monday, June 11 from 1:00 PM- 2:00 PM on how to create a resumé using resources available to you with your library card. We will also do a brief overview of creating a resumé. Registration required as space is limited. Also, please have your library card up to date, so you can access the resources during the program.


Come explore your creativity through journaling. Most often, journals contain only writing. This summer, June 19 and June 26 at 1:00 PM, we will be creating art journals or visual diaries. Art journaling incorporates writing, drawing, doodling, painting, or collage, etc. to allow an individual to express themselves on paper. If you already have an art journal, please feel free to bring it. Supplies, journal prompts, and music will be provided by the library. This program is intended for adults 18+. Pre-registration is encouraged.


Join us for open mic poetry night on Thursday, June 14 from 6:30 PM 8:00 PM. All poets are invited to share their work. Pre-registration is not required to attend.


Come play some of your favorite games in giant form from 11:00 AM 2:00 PM Saturday, June 16 in the library program room, located in the Children's Library. This program is fun for all ages!


The library book club meets the second Thursday of each month in Library Meeting Room 1. On Thursday, June 14, join us for a discussion of One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus beginning at 1:30 PM. Pre-registration is not required.


Local resident, Patti Burditt, will be teaching a beginners course on how to operate your sewing machine and assisting students with making a simple project on the first Tuesday of each month (June 5) at 12:00 PM and the third Thursday (June 21) from 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM. This program is designed for adults ages 18+ and requires students to bring their sewing machine with them to class. Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call the library (210) 619-1700 for more information and registration.


Get charged up about electricity with the hair-raising Van de Graaff generator and more electrical science. Join GVEC on Thursday, June 14 at 2:00 PM at the Schertz Public Library for an Electrical Safety Program. Children will learn how electricity flows and how circuits are created and broken.


Join us for fun with hand sewing while learning a practical skill. All skill levels are welcome, and formal instruction will be provided. Suitable for children 3-12 years old with a parent present and actively participating. All materials are provided. Space is limited, please register through the online calendar to reserve your seat. Join us in the Children’s Program Room on Thursday, June 21 and June 28 from 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM and check the calendar for July dates.

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Schertz PD Wins Battle of the Badges The Schertz Police Department went two for two in the most recent Battle of the Badges scholarship game on April 28. It was a tough game against the San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff's Office, but once again Schertz PD came away with the win (76-68). A big thank you to the Clemens Belles officers for putting on a great halftime show. We'd also like to thanks our sponsors for helping to make this game a great success: Roadrunner Towing, The Law Office of Erick Reynolds, The Aldrich Law Firm, Mr. Richard Zona, Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Roy Richards, Randolph Brooks FCU, Schlotzsky's and H-E-B. With sponsorships and donations, Katherine Kuxhaus received a $1,632 scholarship to use as she pursues her Criminal Justice career. Congratulations to Katherine and thank you again for everyone who participated in another great event!!

Temporary Fire Station #3 Now Open Plans for a temporary fire unit to serve the southern area of Schertz have been finalized. As of April 30, Engine 3 began operating out of the temporary Fire Station #3 located at the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority (CCMA) property on Trainer Hale Road, approximately 0.5 miles north of IH-10. “We recognize the need to have a fire department presence in southern Schertz sooner than later, and the temporary station is a transitionary solution while we await the completion of Fire Station 3,� commented Fire Chief, Kade Long. The city continues to work out details for the permanent Fire Station #3. Design plans have been completed by BRW (Brown Reynolds Watford) Architects and have been sent to Byrne, the City's construction manager at risk who is preparing to price the fire station project. The station will be located near the intersection of Lower Seguin Road and FM 1518. The selected parcel of land was purchased in December of 2017.


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The Lorax Visited Cypress Point Park Plenty of fun was had at the April Movie in the Park event featuring Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. The Lorax and his friends gathered at Cypress Point Park to celebrate trees and the environment on Saturday, April 28. Over 100 attendees filled the park to enjoy the modern rendition of the Dr. Seuss classic. This was the first Music and Movies in the Park series event to be held at Cypress Point Park, 5526 Cypress Point. This 10-acre neighborhood park features a playscape, walking trail, and lots of open space for families. Families came together to play corn hole, frisbee, and catch as they awaited the start of the movie. Follow the City of Schertz on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all of the upcoming Music & Movie in the Park events.

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The National Recreation & Park Association has designated July as National Park & Recreation Month, so all across the country parks and recreation departments celebrate by issuing official proclamations and hosting contests and events. This year’s theme is “A Lifetime of Discovery”, highlighting that parks and recreation are more than just playgrounds and rec centers. Our department offers senior programs, innovative health and wellness opportunities, sports parks, aquatic complexes, community celebrations, nature education, miles of trails, flood mitigation, maintenance, and much, much more. “A Lifetime of Discovery” awaits at your local parks and recreation facility! Stay tuned for more details on the fun events we have planned.


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Join us on Saturday, June 2 at Crescent Bend Nature Park from 8:30 PM – 11:00 PM to view planets, stars, and satellites tracking across the night sky. Volunteers from the San Antonio Astronomical Association will have their telescopes available for visitors to get a peek at these natural wonders. This event is free to the public. Call the Parks & Recreation office for more information (210) 619-1850. Star Party Etiquette: Dim your vehicle lights when entering the park. Bring a flashlight with a red infrared “night-vision” setting or make your own by covering a regular flashlight with red cellophane and a rubber band. Dress for the weather, and bring water and a camp chair if you’d like. Don’t touch any equipment without asking the astronomer first. Avoid loud and boisterous activity; the stars in the sky are the how for the night.


The Parks & Recreation Advisory Board meets on the fourth Monday of every month at 5:30 PM at City Hall in the Bob Andrews Conference Room. The meetings are open to the public and we welcome your participation. Call (210) 619-1850 for more information. The Friends of Crescent Bend Nature Park is an informal group of residents who are passionate about the nature park and supportive of the nature programs the city provides at the park. They meet the third Monday of every month at 9:00 AM at the Parks & Recreation Office. They are always looking for volunteers to assist in maintaining the bird blinds at the park. See their website for more information at friendscbnp.zenfolio.com.


Join us at Crescent Bend Nature Park for the next Birding Walk on June 24 from 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM. Meet in the first parking lot with leader, Sandi Wheeler, for a walk through the park to learn about the bird life. Bring your binoculars, cameras, water, and snacks. All levels of birders are welcome – from beginners to experts.


As the weather heats up and our outdoor pools get ready to open for the season, our employees are gearing up for the challenge of operating two outdoor pools. Did you know that all of our Parks field staff are Certified Pool Operators (CPO)? A CPO certification from the National Swimming Pool Foundation provides individuals with the basic knowledge, techniques, and skills of pool and spa operations. This training has helped protect millions of swimmers by reducing the hazards at aquatic facilities.

NATURE DISCOVERY SERIES June 2: Discover a Bug’s World Does your little one enjoy being outdoors and searching for creepy crawlies? Do Mom and Dad want to get the family outside more enjoying time together? Then the new Nature Discovery Series is for you! The program is designed for families with elementary-aged children, but older and younger siblings are welcome too! Texas Master Naturalist volunteers lead the themed programs held at 10:00 AM at Crescent Bend Nature Park, and the program is free. This is the last spring session of the Nature Discovery Series. Stay tuned for more dates in the fall!

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Back by popular demand, the coolest seat in the house will be Pickrell Pool during the July 4th Jubilee Celebration. The pool will be open from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM during the event and fireworks show, but wristbands MUST be purchased in advance for $3.00 per person. Absolutely no sales will happen at the pool gate on the day of the event. We have a limited capacity available in the pool area, so get your wristbands before they sell out. Registration opens June 4 at the Parks & Recreation Office located at 10 Commercial Place, Building #1, Schertz, TX 78154. Call the Parks & Recreation Office for more information at (210) 619-1850.


Join us June 9 at Pickrell Park Pool from 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM for our first Float & Flick ever! We will be screening the hit movie Moana (starts at dusk), and the pool will be decorated in full Motonui-Island style! Green glow necklaces reminiscent of the “Heart of Tefiti” will be provided for guests and pool noodles will be available for floating. If you choose to bring your own float they must be completely clear so lifeguards can see through them to the bottom of the pool. Concessions will be available for purchase as well. There is a limited capacity available in the pool area, so it will be first come-first served. The movie will still be able to be viewed from the rear of the screen (benefit of rear projection technology!) so anyone who can’t get into the pool will still be able to set up in the grass behind the pool and view the movie and have access to the concessions. This event is free to the public.

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CHIPPING SERVICES The City of Schertz provides a Curb Side Chipping service during the year for Schertz Residents. Chipping service will be performed on Fridays during normal business hours. You may sign up for an appointment on line at schertz.com (upper right hand corner – main page) or at (210) 619-1800 to schedule appointments. Appointments will be scheduled according to availability. In the event of unforeseen delays, including weather, chip jobs not done Friday will be completed the following Monday.



All brush and tree limbs must be at the front of the curb of the billing address


Stack brush and tree limbs neatly for easy access

NO parked cars clear of brush pile

All brush must be curbside by 7:30 AM on date of scheduled service.

DO NOT stack brush piles fore than 5ft in height.

Stumps must be cut 18 inches in length and less than 12 inches in width (or split in half) in order for pickup and must be placed in a separate pile along curb. Stumps will not be chipped, but must be accessible and able to be lifted by a single person in order to be removed from location. These guidelines must be followed or stumps will not be removed.

DO NOT have limbs longer that 7ft in length.

The following items will NOT be picked up:

X X • Palm tree limbs X • Cactus Limbs of any kind X • Lumber

• Household trash, etc.

This is a residential service only.

Any work performed by hiring of a contractor from resident will be the responsibility of resident to have contractor remove all limbs and debris. City employees will not go on to private property tjo drag brush and/or tree limbs to curb line. The will not enter alleys, easements or undeveloped lots to chip brush. NO EXCEPTIONS. Chips will not be shoveled out of truck or shot into resident yard with chipper.

A fee of $40.00 per half hour will be assessed for pickup and chipping (charge will appear on customer water bill).


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Planning & Community Development

From the Development Whiteboard Hotel Occupancy Tax – What is it? By: Channary Gould, Planner

Nowadays, with the convenience of searching for lodging online, it is easy for owners to list their property as vacation rentals through internet vendors such as AirBnB or Home Away, where customers can search through a multitude of rental options that include cottages, apartments, homestays, and other short-term lodging alternatives. Renting a house has become an increasingly popular option due to the comfort that a home offers over other rental options. What many property owners do not realize is that these alternative lodging choices – including rental of single family homes – are subject to state as well as city hotel occupancy tax even though they are not true hotels. If you have made reservations at a hotel, you may have noticed occupancy tax as a line item on your bill summary after checking out of your hotel. If you have utilized an online website such as AirBnB to reserve a vacation home or condo rental, a hotel occupancy tax amount may or may not have been collected, depending on whether the rental operator has incorporated the tax into the rental/booking charges. What is hotel occupancy tax? It is a tax on the rental of rooms that is required to be submitted to the Texas State Comptroller. Hotel occupancy tax is used to enhance and promote tourism and the hotel industry. Examples of how local hotel occupancy tax can be used include establishment, maintenance, or improvement of visitor information centers; promotion of arts; advertising or promotions that attract tourists to the city. The tax

rate varies because cities and some counties can levy and establish their own local hotel tax rate, in addition to the State’s 6% rate. For operators within the City of Schertz, the hotel occupancy tax rate is a total of 13%, of which 7% goes to the City and 6% goes to the state. Other jurisdictions may levy a higher or lower rate. For example, the cities of San Antonio, San Marcos, and Fort Worth collect a 9% rate, whereas the cites of New Braunfels and Selma collect 7% similar to Schertz. The tax applies to hotels, motels, bed and breakfast inns, as well as condominiums, apartments and houses rented for less than 30 consecutive days. Hotel occupancy tax is not collected for hospitals, nursing homes, student housing operated by colleges and universities, or condominiums, apartments and houses that are leased for more than 30 consecutive days. Rental of rooms for less than 30 days are referred to as “short term rentals”.

With an increase in demand for short term rental of homes and availability of the internet, homeowners are posting their properties on short term rental websites. Rental of a single family home for less than 30 consecutive days is subject to the same hotel occupancy tax as reserving a room at a hotel. Any home owner and/ or operator of short term rental of single family homes within the City of Schertz corporate limits is required to submit hotel occupancy tax to the Texas State Comptroller and to the City of Schertz.

The State Comptroller’s website has helpful information about who is subject to hotel occupancy tax, what the filing requirements are, exemptions, and additional information, such as an article about how hotel occupancy tax has helped the economy, and a Frequently Asked Questions link. For more information about hotel occupancy tax, please visit comptroller.texas.gov and enter “hotel occupancy tax” into the Channary Gould, Planner search bar on the main home Planners assist the general page or contact the City of public with planning, zoning Schertz Finance Department at and development concerns (210) 619-1140. and inquiries. Planners are also responsible for performing a variety of tasks including plat & plan review, ordinance writing, interpreting state laws and codes, and project research.

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Public Works Continues Street Maintenance As a part of the City’s Street Maintenance and Preservation Program, kicked off by the November 2016 MicroPAVER Roadway Assessment Report, the Public Works Street Department has provided the Arroyo Verde Subdivision with a new look by applying HA-5 to its streets. City Council approved the contract with Andale Construction Inc. (Resolution 18-R-39) at the April 24, 2018 City Council Meeting. The contract to apply HA-5 throughout the Arroyo Verde Subdivision was approved for the amount of $68,820.79, funded from current Street Maintenance funds approved by City Council in the FY 2017-2018 budget. In addition to the other maintenance methods kicked off by the MicroPAVER Report: crack sealing and chip sealing, HA-5 is the newest generation of pavement preservation applications. The High Density Mineral Bond provides a waterproof seal and combats oxidation from UV rays. The unique bond enables HA-5 to look new longer and significantly reduce cracking of the pavement, providing less required maintenance of the road. This product costs approximately $0.45 more per square yard ($3.05 vs. $2.60) than a standard slurry seal. This will stretch street maintenance dollars across the City further. Arroyo Verde's streets are nearly 20 years old, and because of the traffic volumes and existing pavement condition, it was a prime candidate for the HA-5 application. Residents will have streets with a new improved road surface increasing the neighborhood’s property values, smoother and safer driving, and reduce the costs to the community in future upkeep. Neighboring Cities/Counties that have used this application include Seguin, Bexar, San Antonio, Barton Creek and Corpus Christi.


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2018 Marks the 20th Anniversary of the Schertz EDC This year the City of Schertz Economic Development Corporation (SEDC) proudly celebrates its 20th Anniversary! The SEDC began with voter approval on February 3, 1998 and as part of a Texas Legislature program, which authorizes cities to create nonprofit development corporations. Funded from one-half of one percent of all sales taxes generated within Schertz, the SEDC uses these funds for specific projects that have been found by the Texas Legislature to promote economic development. Qualifying projects include creating/retaining primary jobs, job training, infrastructure, recreational or community facilities, and affordable housing. Back in 1998, the City of Schertz had 16,295 residents (as compared to our current population of nearly 40,000). At that time, the SEDC had


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limited funds and relied heavily on the City, through its general fund, to provide financial incentives to help build the local economy. As Schertz has grown, the SEDC has become self-funding for all major economic development projects, freeing-up the City’s general fund for other purposes. Throughout the SEDC’s first 20 years, three projects highlight the positive economic impacts that came through its efforts. The first involves the development of 400 acres of property where Amazon, Caterpillar, Capital Group, Baptist Emergency Hospital, Frost Bank, and others currently operate. The project began in the early 2000’s as a vision to expand the Tri-County Industrial Area so that it would eventually become the leading industrial sector for our region. In 2007, the SEDC, City, and three developers worked together to construct the infrastructure improvements needed to




attract quality companies. Two primary challenges arose: roadways and drainage. At the time, Schertz Parkway was only a small twolane continuation of Lookout Road (and the Schertz section of Lookout Road did not exist), while drainage issues limited the area for development. Coming together, this public-private partnership allowed for the infrastructure improvements to be completed. The properties were developed, thousands of jobs were created for our region, and millions of dollars in new tax values have been generated for the City of Schertz.

The third and most recent project involved the attraction of Evestra. A small business medical device manufacturing company, Evestra began in an incubator at the Texas Research Park in San Antonio. As the company matured, they sought a permanent location and were drawn to Schertz. The SEDC offered Evestra a Small Business Grant because they provide the City an opportunity to expand into the medical device industry, add to our manufacturing presence, and provide technical jobs that pay more than twice the county average wage.

The second SEDC project involved strategic efforts to add new office space for an emerging medical sector that previously consisted of isolated medical/dental offices scattered along FM 3009 and Schertz Parkway. In 2010, the SEDC provided a zero-percent loan for the development of Schertz Parkway Professional Plaza and, in partnership with the developer, worked to add new office space to create a medical cluster. The development attracted new companies not only within the development, but also to the surrounding area as Baptist Emergency Hospital, the Legacy at Forest Ridge, Focal Point Vision and others located along Schertz Parkway.

These SEDC projects are just a snapshot of the variety of companies located in our community. Over the past 20-years each project has helped to attract new economic development, diversify the economy, offset the residential tax base, and create jobs that have positively enriched thousands of lives. We give a special thanks to each of the resident-volunteers from the past 20-years who have served on the SEDC Board of Directors and City Council. For more information on the SEDC, visit SchertzEDC.com

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Schertz Landmarks Repurposed for the Future By: Stan Leland


well-known Schertz landmark from the past is being converted into a landmark for the future. In June, 2017, Guadalupe County purchased the old Riedle’s (pronounced Reedles) Furniture store building that had been vacant for 15 years. The 48,000 square foot structure will become a second Guadalupe County Annex to serve the west end of Guadalupe County. The current annex on Elbel Road is 10,000 Square Feet and houses 10 different county services. No room for expansion, increasing traffic congestion, and a rapidly growing population, creates a trifecta for problems. County Commissioner Pct 3, Jim Wolverton said, “The Elbel Road location is bursting at the seams. We need space for more people.” Moving the Tax Collector and Assessor, the Appraisal District,


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Veteran’s services and Adult Probation to the new Annex will allow the remaining 6 entities to significantly expand their capacity to serve at Elbel Rd. location. The new building will have a courtroom that will be used not only by County law enforcement, but will also be available to Schertz, and Cibolo, and local Justice of the Peace precincts. In addition, the building will have offices for the Precinct 4 County Commissioner, Constable and Sheriff. Besides the easy access from FM 78 the Annex will have ample parking in front, along the east side and in the back. The building was purchased as part of a $5.5 million project to give citizens more convenient access to county services. One million dollars has already been spent purchasing the building and getting it ready for construction. “The demolition and clean up was quite the project”, said Commissioner Wolverton, “We had store fixtures,

The caboose will stay. It’s a landmark... Commisioner Wolverton walls and ceilings to remove. Some of the flooring turned out to be asbestos tile that required special abatement. In addition, we had to remove multiple truckloads of unsold 15 year old furniture and appliances, some of it still in boxes.” When the roofing contractor inspected the roof ’s condition, his foot broke through the old metal in two different locations. Consequently, the entire building has a new roof. Besides the new water tight roof it is also gratifying to know the concrete pad, which is over an acre in size, is level and solid. “The building has good bones to it, says the Commissioner, “It is well built, water tight, and ready for the next phase in its history.” Construction will begin sometime in May this year and if all goes well the annex will be open for business by the end of the year. In the 15 years since the store closed, many new residents in the Schertz/Cibolo area only know the property as the place with the caboose and fire truck. The story of these two roadside landmarks of FM 78 both have happy endings. The 1956 fire truck originally served the City of Waelder (on I-10 between Luling and Flatonia) until acquired by Odo Riedel in the late 70’s. Odo was a charter member of the Schertz Volunteer Fire Department when it was established in 1956. He used the truck in parades and to assist in fire control at Pecan Grove trailer park that he owned. When the store closed the truck was offered to the Schertz Fire Department to restore and use for school fire safety programs. Unfortunately, the restoration cost was too high.

railroad in the mid 70’s. Technology had rendered cabooses obsolete and the railroad was selling off its inventory. Odo Riedel’s brother worked for the Southern Pacific and arranged for the purchase of two cabooses that would then flank the front of the furniture store. The two cabooses were parked on a siding in Cibolo while a display area was built and the logistics for moving them was arranged. The first caboose was moved and set up. A few weeks later when the second display area was ready Odo discovered that the second caboose was gone! It was never recovered and to this day no one knows what happened to it. However, the single caboose was enough to indelibly mark the location of the store. Newspaper ads would give the address of Riedel’s as 1052 FM 78 (at the caboose). People might forget the name of the store but they would always remember the caboose. The caboose has also been the backdrop for hundreds of area high school senior pictures. For decades, it was a tradition to have pictures taken on or in front of the caboose. “The caboose will stay. It’s a landmark,” Commissioner Wolverton says, “We plan to refurbish the inside with tender-loving care, and the outside as well. We’ll fence it off and place a plaque recognizing the Riedel family for their contribution to the City of Schertz and its economy for all these years.” Three Schertz landmarks repurposed and restored, a fitting tribute to the past while looking forward to the future.

The Waelder Fire Department was asked if they wanted their old engine back. The department was just moving into a new station house and the idea of restoring the old truck as display for the new facility seemed the perfect combination of new and old. The caboose was purchased from the Southern Pacific

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Hobby Flourishes Into Home-Grown Business By: Stacey Lovett


estled on the edge of Main Street in downtown Schertz lies an oasis for one local man and a home-grown business that has sprouted straight from a labor of love.

Paul Kibler and his wife, Lisa, moved to the area in 1971 to pursue his career as an air conditioning contractor, and a few years later they opened Lisa’s Appliance Service and has remained a local family owned & operated business ever since. Their son has since taken over the day to day service calls as Paul’s focus is rooted in his other business Paul’s Desert - which grew into its own separate full-time business venture almost 15 years ago. He specializes in retail sales of a notable variety of cactus and succulents from around the world. The nursery, which is comprised of an 1,800 sq. ft. indoor greenhouse, a half acre outdoor growing area for the cold-hardy landscaping cacti, and his own personal greenhouse full of his prized specimens, is located in the same compound Lisa’s Appliance Service at 200 Schertz Parkway. The couple also resides on the grounds and gets to revel in all that they’ve built in their own backyard. Stemming from his lifelong love of this xeric vegetation, Paul broke out from solely collecting them to offering both the rare and common plants to the general public. “I had so many plants in my personal collection, I asked what am I going to do with all


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these?” The answer was to try and sell them. Paul’s success in both business ventures met a point where he had to choose focusing his time on one or the other as the cactus nursery picked up in popularity. He decided to follow with the success of his passion and hired out the A/C business to the next generation. Longevity and quality stand as strong foundations in both businesses as this year Paul celebrated 28 years in business grown from a hobby spanning over 4 decades. When you meet Paul Kibler and step into his greenhouses, you don’t just enter his place of business but his world of passion. Not only is he able to spout off all of the genus and species of his inventory, he knows every one of his plants personally from their blooming schedule, where they originate from, and their growth cycles and ages. Some cacti in his collection range from 30-40 years in age and he’s cared for them from the beginning. Paul is a fascinating individual to talk to; he’s a walking encyclopedia of desert plants and what he doesn’t know he’s eager to research and learn, all of it born out of the desire and passion for this genre of flora. The Astrophytums and Ariocarpus strike his fancy the most and many of these personal favorites comprise a large majority of his own collection, those being the oldest in his possession. Collectors are drawn to Paul’s Desert as he carries many odd & rare

specimens, and is one of three nurseries in the state of Texas who truly specialize in cactus and succulents. His, however, stands out in his variety of inventory - in both quality and quantity - and draws in customers from all over the world. Kibler sells directly from the store, never ships out, and raises many of his plants from seed (vs. field collected specimens.) That goes to show the care, passion, and patience this man has for what he sells. Besides himself and his wife, Paul doesn’t employ anyone else – his business is just as much his personal hobby as it is a retail business. It runs on his blood, sweat, and tears and some of his more rare specimens are priced as such, as it should, when 40 years of care have been put into a single pot.

want, from tiny succulents to create a conversation piece to their specialty large landscape cacti to xeriscape your yard. The Kiblers have been avid members of the San Antonio Cactus & Xerophyte Society, the Austin Cactus & Succulent Society, and the Cactus & Succulent Society of America, and regularly showcase their variety. Paul works to keep a constantly changing inventory, seeking out new and different types of both cactus and succulents and earning a reputation for having the most diverse

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The couple works with growers and collectors in California and Arizona to ship in their larger inventory and travel themselves for the more unique plants. The nursery stocks most anything one would

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Hobby Flourishes Into Home-Grown Business cont’d from page 29 catalog in the state. Many of these beauties can be seen on their Facebook page; however, stopping in and seeing his collection in person does his hobby more justice. A visit to Paul’s Desert is half retail experience half visit to a miniature Botanical garden – very educational, especially if you get to talking with him. Although they are open for business 6 days a week, he advises to call ahead if you plan to stop in as sometimes the shop has to be closed if he’s traveling to obtain new inventory. Meeting Paul Kibler and experiencing his passion firsthand is truly special and something to check out. From a seed planted 40 years ago and nurtured through time and trial, this local Schertz resident has grown his own little empire from his passion. “I don’t ever want to stop. As long as I can still walk I want to keep doing this – I love it.” And once you have met Paul Kibler, it’s no doubt that he truly means it.

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Schertz Public Library Celebrates 40 Years By: Kira Villarreal


ost people would consider a public library to be an essential fixture in a community. Much like the local fire station, elementary school or park, it’s something we’ve come to expect and might even take for granted. A place where we worked on school research papers as a teenager, where our children first discovered their love of reading, and where we still go to find our favorite novels to enjoy, the Schertz Public Library is no exception. Since 1978, it has been providing the citizens of Schertz with a wide variety of resources and programming for children and adults alike. As it celebrates its 40th anniversary in June, the library has today become such an institution that it is hard to imagine any other way. But this wasn’t always the case. In fact, the library might not exist at all were it not for a small group of determined citizens who saw a need in their community nearly 40 years ago and set about filling it.


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One of the core members of that group was Ruth Tienor, who moved with her family to Schertz from Brillion, Wisconsin in 1975 when her husband was stationed at Randolph Air Force Base. Brillion was a tiny town of just 1,300 residents, but it had a library - one that Tienor had used often. With less than 10,000 residents at the time, the City of Schertz seemed massive by comparison, and Tienor was shocked to find that it didn’t have a public library. Although there were libraries at the nearby military facilities, the closest library available to Schertz’ civilian residents was located more than 20 miles away in Seguin. “I was used to having a library, even in a very small town,” said Tienor. “So to live in a town that didn’t have one just didn’t seem right to me.”

As it turns out, Tienor wasn’t the only person who felt this way. In mid-1977, she saw a notice that had been posted in the local paper advertising a meeting for anyone interested in having a public library. About 25 people attended that initial meeting, many of whom eventually became the first members of the library’s advisory board. As one of their first tasks, the group decided to petition the local citizens, to demonstrate community support to City Council. During October and November of 1977, the committee members went door to door, collecting about 1,200 signatures in total. One of the residents who signed that petition, Gail Douglas, later ended

up serving as the library director for more than 30 years. Douglas remembers clearly the day that Tienor came to her door with the library petition. She notes that Tienor’s dedication and enthusiasm for the project were apparent from the start. “Ruth is the most determined person I’ve ever met,” said Douglas. “When she decided to do something, she just would not give up until she accomplished it.” Douglas, who had studied library science in college, was happy to support the project, and later became the library’s second director in 1982. Although she retired from her position in 2013, she and Tienor remain friends to this day. Following their successful door-to-door campaign, the library committee went before the City Council in December 1977 and successfully presented their case. Thanks to their efforts, the Schertz City Council’s very first resolution of 1978 officially established the Schertz Public Library, but in many ways, the work of the group was just getting started. Their first order of business was fundraising. Since the City Council had recently moved to a new building, they had agreed to donate their old facility (located at First and Main Streets) to the library, but the committee still needed to build shelving, find staffing, and obtain books and supplies. Once again, Tienor and the committee went to work, determined to open the library to the public within the year. They organized

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fundraising events and book drives with the help of local community organizations, enlisted the help of a librarian from Randolph Air Force Base who showed them how to catalog materials, and found other individuals who agreed to volunteer their time to staff the library. In June 1978, Ruth Tienor finally saw her dream realized as the Schertz Public Library opened its doors to the public for the first time. From the beginning, she says that it was clear that this project was really appreciated by citizens. “We had a great opening, and the library got a lot of use right from the start,” she said. “I think people were just really grateful that they had this resource and that they had a place to go with their kids.” During those early days, the library was open four afternoons per week plus Saturdays, and it was staffed entirely by volunteers. The initial library facility had just three rooms: a main room, a children’s area and a work room, but it wasn’t long before they outgrew their space and moved a new location at 608 Live Oak Road (later renamed Schertz Parkway). But the most significant move in the library’s future wouldn’t come until 2009, prompted by a generous $1,000,000 donation from Eric White, one of Schertz’s most prominent businessmen and philanthropists. That donation became the foundation for a successful capital campaign, led by Library Director Gail Douglas, and in 2009, the Library opened its doors in a newly constructed facility at 798 Schertz Parkway, where it is still located today.

Much has changed since those early days on Main Street. The Library today has 21 paid staff members and 50 core volunteers, offers more than 500 programs to the community annually, and had more than 235,000 visitors in the past year. Current Library Director, Melissa Uhlhorn, has worked at the library since 2002 and has been the Director since Douglas retired in 2013. She notes that the population growth in the area has been the most significant driver of change for the library, and she is proud of the level of services that the library is able to provide while continuing to grow and change with the times. “Our staff is incredibly knowledgeable and well-trained,” said Uhlhorn. “We work hard at being extremely customer-focused and providing an excellent experience for all of our guests.” One thing that hasn’t changed in the past 40 years, however, is the presence of Ruth Tienor. The only original board member who has been continuously involved with the library since that first interest meeting in 1977, Tienor still serves on the board and volunteers in the library book store on Monday afternoons. The most vocal and determined advocate in the history of the library, Tienor says she was happy to play a role in filling a need that she saw in her community and help provide something that she believes all communities deserve. “It was such an awe-inspiring thing to be part of,” she said. “Even in a tiny little town, if you have a library, you can go anywhere and see anything through books. A library gives you the world.”

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Schertz to Celebrate Another Year of Freedom The City of Schertz will host the 43rd Annual 4th of July Jubilee Wednesday, July 4 in downtown Schertz and in Pickrell Park. Guests may take part in the 3.2 mile 5K, 1.7 mile parade, watermelon or pie eating competitions, children’s carnival, or spend the day listening to music in the park.

participating in the Jubilee parade, you may register at Schertz.com.

Elbel Rd. from FM 3009 to Schertz Parkway will be used for parade staging; this area will be closed beginning at 6:00 AM through approximately 11:00 AM. Parade entries will enter the staging area from FM 3009. Beginning at 9:30 AM, the Jubilee Parade will start from Elbel Rd/Schertz Parkway and will end at Pecan Dr. and FM 1518. If you are interested in

The finale for the evening will be a Fireworks Show. Presented by H-E-B, the show begins at 9:15 PM.

At Pickrell Park, a variety of food, beverage, craft, business and retail vendors, along with the Children’s Carnival, will begin at 11:00 AM. Vendors interested in participating may register through the event site Kicking off the holiday will be the ‘Let Freedom Run’ 5K on schertz.com. at 9:15 AM from the Schertz Civic Center. Participants will follow the same route as the parade. Registration Live music starts at 3:00 PM in the park. Scheduled to information can be found at www.raceentry.com. appear are Marcy Grace and the Jesse Stratton Band.

Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. We look forward to seeing our community celebrate! Keep up to date with Jubilee at Schertz.com/jubilee or on Facebook.

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Schertz Celebrates Cinco de Mayo in the Park Mariachi Las Coronelas turned up the heat for the Cinco de Mayo edition of Music in the Park, a seasonal series for area music lovers and families alike put on by the Schertz Parks and Recreation department. Held under the shady oaks at Pickrell Park, local residents congregated with blankets and lawn chairs to hear the musical talents led by Vanessa del Fierro, who broke traditional barriers with her creation of this this group as it’s comprised of all women and incorporates a variety of music, not just the customary mariachi tunes. For those in attendance who weren’t already fans, the San Antoniobased group gained many new ones after their turning out everything from Johnny Cash covers to traditional tunes, all getting the crowd on their feet dancing. The Crossvine handed out plastic maracas to all of the kids to play along and set up a craft station under the main pavilion where they could create their own customized banjos. To beat the heat and keep with the Cinco de Mayo theme, both Cori Jean’s Ice Creams and Lady Picoza food truck were on site selling raspas & other cool treats along with tasty street tacos. Pickrell Park plays host to many Schertz events throughout the year, the next being the Float & Flick on June 9 where they will be screening Moana in the pool! Check out Schertz.com for a full list of events in 2018 and follow the City of Schertz on social media to stay up to date on all of the community fun.

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Schertz' Newly Crowned Sweetheart Court The City of Schertz is pleased to announce the 2018-2019 Schertz Sweetheart Court. The Schertz Sweetheart Coronation was held on Thursday, May 3 at the Schertz Civic Center. Members of the new court include: Miss Schertz, Halle Klinge; Miss Jubilee, Brigid Krbec; Miss Friendly City, Megan Morales; and Miss Sunshine, Olivia Coats. These ladies will serve as ambassadors for the Schertz community. Great job to these young women, and we are excited to have them serve our community. Contestants were judged by an independent panel: Lisa Alonzo, Executive Director of the Alamo Federal Executive Board (AFEB); Scott Wayman, City Manager for the City of Live Oak; and Kim Scott, Co-Owner of Two Chic Chicks. Judges scores were based 60% on a personal interview, 20% on talent, and 20% on poise and evening gown.

Established in 1989, the Sweetheart Court Ambassadors represent the City in parades, fairs, festivals and participate in community service projects. The name ‘Sweetheart’ has become recognizable over the past 25 years not only within Schertz but also in dozens of surrounding communities. Members earn scholarship dollars to assist with their higher education costs. A big thank you to H-E-B, Chick-fil-A, Mattenga’s Pizzeria, The Chamber (Schertz-Cibolo-Selma), and all of our supporters and volunteers.

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Clemens Students First to Qualify for National Competition Three students, Logan Drake, Dawson Milner, and Joy Dyer, are the first students in the history of Clemens and SCUCISD to advance to a national level competition through the Technology Student Association (TSA). Logan and Dawson qualified for the June Technology Student Association national competition by placing as one of the top ranked teams at the TSA state competition in Fort Worth in April 2018. They qualified for the State competition by placing First at the regional competition held in Schertz in March. Logan and Dawson work as a team and compete in the Technology Problem Solving category. They’ve teamed together for the last three years and say they work well together. They say their problem solving styles differ in a way that makes them a great team. The Technology Problem Solving competition is something you cannot really prepare for. Each team can bring a set type and quantity of supplies - such as masking tape, straws, printer paper, and several other prescribed items - with them into the competition room. The team is then given a problem to solve that has an objective, and they’re given two hours to solve the problem, think of the old show Macgyver… at the end of the time, the solution they’ve designed is tested to see which one performs the objective the best. The gist of the prompt was to design a device that could transport a marble (connected to the device) the farthest distance; using techniques and knowledge gained in their experiences from their engineering classes, they made a mousetrap car. The concept of a mousetrap car is very similar to that of a wind-up toy, and they were able to apply this concept to transport the marble in their competition. As soon as they found out they qualified for the national competition, they knew they’d need to fundraise to help pay their way to the competition held in Atlanta, GA June 22 - 26, 2018. They opened a GoFundMe campaign that raised a little over $700 of the $2,000 needed to pay for airfare and entry fees at the competition. Since Logan had made some contacts through the Engineer For a Day program hosted in San Antonio by the Texas Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE), he reached out to some of the businesses for additional sponsorship. Pape-Dawson funded the remaining $1,300. The students are now in the final planning stages for their trip and are excited to compete while representing Clemens, Schertz, and the State of Texas. We wish them luck at their competition and in their bright futures.

Texas High School Football Board Game Features the Steele Knights Lone Star Gridiron, leader in Texas high school football news and information, has recently launched a new board game which features local team, the Steele Knights. "Friday Night Legends", the 1-4 player game that allows players to coach historic Texas high school football teams, will be available in June at retail outlets and FridayNightLegends.com. The game allows for dream matchups that were only available in the imagination prior to "Friday Night Legends". Actual statistics from each team's real-life performance were used in developing the game and teams involved. “Rather than dreaming about and wondering how a team would do against one from another era, you can play the game and find out,� stated Chris Doelle, one of the creators of "Friday Night Legends". A catalog of over 50 teams are currently created with more being put together every month. Included in the core box set along with the game board, play cards, dice, scorepad, and needed charts are 10 initial teams including: 1978 Sealy (Eric Dickerson's SR year) 2010 Kerrville Tivy (Johnny Manziel's SR year) 2016 Cibolo Steele 2017 Austin Westlake 2017 Austin McCallum 2017 College Station 2017 Longview 2015 Argyle 2017 Cuero 2017 Spring Westfield "Being recognized by the "Friday Night Legends" game is an honor. To be held in the same company of such highly regarded and esteemed programs is what any program hopes for. 2016 was a special year. We are blessed to have such great athletes, students, and families in Cibolo. Go Knights!" says Knights Head Coach, David Saenz.

For more information on "Friday Night Legends" or Lone Star Gridiron go to fridaynightlegends.com or lonestargridiron.com.

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Schertz Magazine All Over the Map Bring your Schertz Magazine along during your travels and send us a high resolution photo of you and your magazine to magazine@schertz.com. You may see your photo in an upcoming issue of Schertz Magazine!

(Above) David & Ana Young went to Stockton, California with their Schertz Magazine.

(Above) Patty and Jimmy Yarbrough went to the Johnston Canyon Ice Walk in Banff National Park, Canada with their Schertz Magazine.

(Right) Josh and Amy Wren took their Schertz Magazine to Hopkins Village, Stann Creek, Belize.

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“Freedom not only offers economic opportunity, but establishes a duty for all citizens – a duty to preserve the conditions of freedom not only for themselves, but for their posterity” John Marini, Author & Professor of Political Science, Univ. of Nevada


“On June 1, 1987, the name Live Oak Road was officially changed to Schertz Parkway by order of the Schertz City Council”. On June 6, 2000, the Schertz City Council authorized the use of eminent domain proceeding in conjunction with development of the city water system infrastructure. Multiple eminent domain actions followed in Gonzales and Guadalupe Counties in pursuit of acquisition of waterline rightof-ways and temporary construction easements.


June 19, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston carrying General Order Number 3, which proclaimed that the approximately 250,000 slaves in Texas were free. This momentous occasion, which came 2 1/2 years after President Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation became known as Juneteenth, marked by ceremonies and celebrations Presented by the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee in the interest of historical perspective and community awareness of local historical legacies. Presented by the Schertz Historical Preservation Committee in the interest of historical perspective and community awareness of local historical legacies.


PHONE NUMBERS Schertz City Council Mayor: Michael Carpenter

Council Members:

Mark Davis Ralph Gutierrez Scott Larson Cedric Edwards, Sr. David Scagliola Angelina Kiser Bert Crawford

(210) 619-1045

(210) 376-9141 (210) 376-9231 (210) 376-9835 (210) 566-4540 (830) 606-1130 (210) 376-9579 (210) 376-9780

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