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November 17, 2017
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This Weeks City Council Meeting
Next Weeks City Council Meeting
Proposed Master Plan
Vegan Society
Driver Alert
Blue Santa
Library Hours
Food Drive
Texas Recycles Day
HOME RULE CHARTER
Upcoming Meeting Schedule
Little Free Libraries
Volunteers Needed
Texas Ban on Texting While Driving
2-1-1 Texas
Be Air Aware
ON IT
Neighborhood Officer Assignments
ANCESTRY.COM...IS AT YOUR LIBRARY
AACOG Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets Program
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This Weeks  City Council Meeting  (11/18/2017 -11/24/2017)
 
Regular City Council Meeting 
November 21, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. at 
City Hall  AGENDA
 
Next Weeks  City Council Meeting  (11/25/2017 -12/01/2017)
 
No City Council Meetings Scheduled 

Proposed Master Plan
T wo  public hearings are scheduled on the update to the City of Leon Valley Comprehensive Master Plan on Decemb er 5 and December 19 at the regular City Council meeting beginning a 6 p.m.  A Comprehensive Master Plan serves as a long-term policy guide to assist elected officials in decision making.  The Master Plan is updated periodically to reflect current conditions and the community's revised goals and objectives. The Master Plan consists of 6 components or chapters:  Land Use and Community Design, Transportation and Thoroughfares, Housing and Neighborhood, Economic Development, Quality of Life, and Environment.  Each component provides a summary of existing conditions, citizen input, basic policy guidance, goals and recommended strategies to achieve the stated goals. Residents and other stakeholders participated in a series of workshops between 2013 and 2016 to provide input.  Their input was taken into consideration in the development of the Plan's goals and strategies.  The update is scheduled for consideration by City Council on December 19.  The draft Comprehensive Master Plan can be viewed at the following link: Download  Here For more information, contact Nina Nixon-Mendez, Planning and Zoning Director at 210-684-1391, ext. 234 or at n.nixon-mendez@leonvalleytexas.gov.  
  


  
  

Driver Alert! Evers Road at Huebner Creek Road Closure Coming Soon!
Most of our citizens have, at one time or another, had their morning or afternoon commute affected by an Evers Road closure, due to water flowing over the road at Huebner Creek, next to Raymond Rimkus Park. During the past three years, the road has been closed on at least 40 occasions due to nuisance flooding. This low water crossing has clearly deteriorated, as the metal culverts are now torn, the concrete is starting to separate, and the materials around the metal culverts are starting to wash away.

In the summer of 2016, the City applied for, and was granted, funding from the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (AAMPO), to replace this low water crossing with a bridge type structure. These are federal funds, granted by the AAMPO, and administered by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT). The engineering and design plans were submitted to TxDOT this past spring and they have now been approved. The City has advertised and received bids for this project. The bids have been sent to TxDOT for their concurrence. We will be taking this item to City Council for their approval in December, if approved the work will begin.

We are expecting the road work to start at the end of December of this year. Large digital signs will be placed at the intersections of Evers and Seneca, at Evers and Huebner, and at Poss and Bandera Roads, to alert everyone to the construction. For the first four months or so of the project, Evers Road will be completely closed to traffic at the creek, to allow the electrical, gas, water, and sewer utilities to be moved over and the existing metal culverts and roadway to be removed.

New concrete box culverts will be constructed and installed on one side of the road at a time. As soon as one side is completed, the road will be reopened, but limited to two lane traffic. Once the first side is complete, the contractor will move to the other side and finish the project. The total time period of the project is expected to take at least eight months. We are aware of the high use of this roadway and the traffic congestion along Bandera Road during rush hours, but it is imperative that this work be done and we ask that our residents and other commuters be patient during this time and use the alternative routes.  The new bridge type structure will assure that Evers Road remains navigable in all but the worst flooding events.

BLUE SANTA
  

Library Hours
  

Food Drive
  

Texas Recycles Day
  

Home Rule Charter
The unofficial Bexar County tabulation for the special election held Tuesday, November 7
th, 2017, tallied 457 registered voters at the poll in Leon Valley.   268 registered voters were in favor of the charter and 189 were opposed to the charter.  This means that Leon Valley will transform from a general law city to a home rule city with a council/manager form of government. 
                Under the new home rule structure, Leon Valley will continue to exercise powers granted by the State but also has the ability to adopt measures of local importance, not specifically authorized by the State.  Your home rule charter gives you the ability to determine the form of government and the powers of your local government. 
                The current form of government structure in Leon Valley will remain the same.  The Mayor and City Council members will continue to serve two (2) year terms of office and these terms are staggered.  There are no term limits in the newly passed charter.  A major change in the transformation to a home rule city is that citizens now have the power of initiative, referendum or recall - a power not allowed under the rules outlined by the State of Texas for general law cities. 
                To view the charter in its entirety, PLEASE CLICK HERE 
There is also a copy of the charter at the Leon Valley Library.    Finally, a special thanks to the Home Rule Charter Committee who worked throughout the summer to ensure a final proposed product was delivered for Leon Valley voters where citizen input was welcomed at each meeting.  
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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings
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Beautification Committee Meeting

Wednesday, December 6, 2017
6425 Evers Road, Public Works Service Center at 4:15 p.m.

Little Free Libraries



Little Free Libraries are a global phenomenon. The small, typically front - yard book exchanges number 36,000 around the world in 70 countries - from Iceland to Tasmania to Pakistan. Now, two new Little Free Libraries, one at the Steurenthaler - Silo Park, 7500 block of Huebner Road, and one at the Old Mill Park, 6400 block of Huebner Road, will join the movement to share books, bring people together, and create communities of readers.
 
These Little Libraries, built by the Public Works Department and sponsored by the Friends of the Library, were the brainchild of resident Ms. Evon Kardos, who approached the Park Commission about installing them at our newest parks. The Park Commission got excited about the idea and offered their support, which was then further promoted by the Leon Valley City Council. Ms. Kardos has volunteered to be the first Steward of the Silo Park Library. Mr. David Smith of the Leon Valley Park Commission will steward the Old Mill Park Library. The steward's responsibility is to assure the library is fully stocked, to replace any worn or damaged books, and to report any vandalism to the boxes. The Leon Valley library will continue to provide the books from their outdated book collections.
 
"These Little Free Libraries don't just belong to the neighborhood in which they are located, they belong to the whole city," says Ms. Kardos. "It's our hope that these Little Free Libraries will bring a little more joy, a little more connection, and a whole lot more books to our community." One more Little Free Library is to be installed at the new Ridge at Leon Valley Park, located at the end of Grass Hill Drive, once the park has been developed. The Libraries are in the process of being registered with the national organization and will be added to the World Map (yes, there is a World Map of Little Free Libraries!). Once registered, the City will receive a charter and membership to the organization.
 
The Little Free Library nonprofit organization has been honored by the Library of Congress, the National Book Foundation, and the American Library Association, and Reader's Digest named them one of the "50 Surprising Things We Love about America."
 
Each year, nearly 10 million books are shared in Little Free Libraries. To learn more, please visit www.littlefreelibrary.org or better yet, stop by our sites and "check" them out!

  

Volunteers Needed
 
If you would like to be more involved in your great community, you can do so by volunteering to serve on one of the Boards/Commissions/Committees. Leon Valley has many ways you can serve.
 
We have vacancies to fill in the following areas:
Earthwise Living is always accepting applications. The Earthwise Living Committee (EWLC) is dedicated to providing community education that will develop a sustainable way of life in harmony with the natural surroundings. The EWLC sponsors and coordinates the annual Earthwise Living Day that is held in March. Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Public Works Service Center off Evers Road.
 
Board of Adjustment has one (1) Alternate vacancy. The Board of Adjustment (BOA) has the power to review and approve variances from zoning ordinance requirements and administrative decisions (Zoning Interpretations) that create unnecessary hardships in the development of property because of exceptional or extraordinary conditions. Unlike other boards or commissions, the BOA makes the final decision on items that come before it; variances are not passed on to City Council for final approval.  Meetings are held on-call and are typically held on Monday evenings at 6:30 p.m. in the LV Fire Department Meeting Room.
 
Community Events has several vacancies The Community Events Committee (CEC) is committed to providing volunteer support and coordination for the various City-sponsored civic events including the 4th of July Celebration, the Grandparents' Day Concert, and the Holiday Lighting Program. Monthly meetings are held on the third Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the LV City Hall Meeting Room.
 
Mayor's Youth Advisory is a youth council which will serve as representatives for young residents, discussing pertinent issues with City Council and promoting youth involvement in community events and volunteer projects. There are several vacancies on this committee.
 
Did you know there are other ways to volunteer that may not include serving on a committee? You could volunteer with.....
 
Friends of the Library - Contact Sandy Underwood at (210)-684-0720 or at s.underwood@leonvalleytexas.gov

Historical Society - Contact Mark Eisenhauer at info@lvhistoricalsociety.org
 
Leon Valley Area Chamber of Commerce - Bill Gerlt at (210) 364-0177 or at leonvalleychamber@gmail.com

More information is available on the application which can be found on the at: http://www.leonvalleytexas.gov/mayor_and_city_council/docs/All%20Volunteer%20Committees%20Form%206-2017.pdf
 
You may also stop by City Hall and pick up an application. If you need assistance of have any questions, please call the City Secretary at 684-1391 ext. 216.

Texas Ban on Texting While Driving


On September 1, 2017, a statewide ban on texting while driving will go into effect. Texas House Bill 62 will outlaw text messaging with handheld wireless devices. This includes reading, writing or sending text messages while driving a motor vehicle. The new law specifies "electronic messaging" includes email and instant messaging. The State law does not ban the entry of phone numbers, voice commands and hands-free texting. The fines for texting while driving are $25-$99 for the first offense, then $100 to $200 for subsequent offenses. Fines of up to $4000 may be assessed If someone causes a death or serious injury while texting and driving. For more information on House Bill 62, you can visit https://openstates.org/tx/bills/85/HB62/.

2-1-1 Texas


2-1-1 Texas, a program of the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, is committed to helping Texas citizens connect with the services they need. Whether by phone or internet, their goal is to present accurate, well-organized and easy-to-find information from state and local health and human services programs. 2-1-1 Texas is a FREE, anonymous social service hotline available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
No matter where you live in Texas, you can dial 2-1-1, or (877) 541-7905, and find information about resources in your local community. Whether you need help finding food or housing, child care, crisis counseling or substance abuse treatment, one number is all you need to know.

Be Air Aware: Make a Commitment to Idle Less

Idling is leaving a vehicle's engine on while the vehicle isn't moving.  The Alamo Area Council of Governments is asking Greater San Antonio Area residents to reduce idling this summer when possible, because it wastes fuel and pollutes the air.
 
Facts about idling
  • Two minutes spent idling is equivalent to one mile of driving in terms of gasoline used.
  • Idling a vehicle for 10 seconds wastes more fuel than restarting it.
  • Excessive idling can damage cylinders, spark plugs, and exhaust systems.
  • Restarting a car has little impact on its battery or starter motor.
  • Burning just one gallon of gas produces twenty pounds of pollutants.
Reasons to reduce idling
  • Protect healthVehicle engines emit gasses that form ozone, a component of smog. Exposure to ozone can cause difficulty or painful breathing, and even permanent lung damage. Although everyone is susceptible to ozone pollution, children, people with respiratory conditions, and those who are active outdoors are at an increased risk.
  • Save money on gasoline - Owners of an average four-cylinder sedan would save 32 gallons of gas and $64 every year by reducing idling by eight minutes per day, while owners of an average eight-cylinder SUV or truck would save 64 gallons of gas and $128 a year.
How to reduce idling
  • Skip the drive-thru lane - Park and go inside instead! According to a study by QSR Magazine, drive-thru lunch orders take an average of 214 seconds, while drive-thru dinner orders typically take 226.
  • Turn off your car when waiting Whether you're waiting to pick up your child from school or sitting in the parking lot before work, turn off your vehicle. Just roll down your windows if it's hot, or switch to "accessory" mode if you want to listen to the radio.
  • Avoid peak traffic times The worst times for traffic congestion are between 8-9 a.m. and 5-6 p.m. You're more likely to idle in traffic during these times, wasting both gas and money. If possible, run errands at another time. If you regularly commute to work or school during these times, consider working with your employer to change your schedule.
For more information, visit www.aacog.com/air .
ON IT
The City of Leon Valley is bringing new life and enforcement to the ON IT  program. All City Departments are teaming together to bring more attention and compliance to your neighborhood issues and concerns. The intention of the   ON IT  program is to have a direct means of reporting your community concerns regarding streets, sidewalks, abandoned homes, loose or dead animal reports, permitting concerns, noise or other neighborhood nuisances and much more.

The goal is to ensure that City service requests and information is handled, as promptly as possible, with a high level of customer service. Report it and an  ON IT team member will respond as quickly as possible.

Contact Information

Phone Number:
(210) 684-OnIt
(210) 684-6648
Email Address:
Neighborhood Officer Assignments
The below listed officers will be assigned to the listed neighborhoods, and should be contacted for any non-emergency issues or neighborhood meetings that should arise. These officers will work problems directly, or touch base with whomever has the expertise to resolve the issue. As you pass this information along to your neighbors, please be reminded that the officers might not be working the sift when you email an issue, might work overnight, or might have days off other than weekends. We separated the neighborhoods by shifts that we felt could best deal with the issues we are presently seeing in your neighborhood. Please be patient with the officer in allowing them enough time to respond to the non-emergency issue.

Neighborhood
Officer
Officer's Email
Bandera Pass
Andy Griego
a.griego@leonvalleytexas.gov
Canterfield
Jorge Breton
j.breton@leonvalleytexas.gov
Castle Estates
Carlos Carillo
c.carillo@leonvalleytexas.gov
Forest Oaks
Louis Farias
l.farias@leonvalleytexas.gov
Grass Valley
Chad Mandry
c.mandry@leonvalleytexas.gov
Hodges/Althea
Clarence Yarbrough
c.yarbrough@leonvalleytexas.gov
Leon Valley Ranches
Andy Griego
a.griego@leonvalleytexas.gov
Linkwood
Kasey Burleson
k.burleson@leonvalleytexas.gov
Monte Robles
Joe Baiza
j.baiza@leonvalleytexas.gov
Old Mill
Ben Castro
b.castro@leonvalleytexas.gov
Pavona Place
Johnny Vasquez
j.vasquez@leonvalleytexas.gov
Seneca I
Rubie Flores
r.flores@leonvalleytexas.gov
Seneca II
Uziel Hernandez
u.hernandez@leonvalleytexas.gov
Shadow Mist
Ed Bell
e.bell@leonvalleytexas.gov
Sun Valley
Carlos Carillo
c.carillo@leonvalleytexas.gov
The Ridge at Leon Valley
Joann Azar
ANCESTRY.COM IS AT YOUR LIBRARY!!!!

Are you interested in Genealogy but not interested in the annual fees associated with ancestry.com? Come to the library! Thanks to the Friends of the Leon Valley Public Library, we now have a Library Membership to Ancestry.com.This means.....while in the library, you can access this incredible database by going through our link. Being connected to our WiFi automatically authenticates you for full access. 
Come on in and we will help you navigate to our website or our catalog which both have links for you to access the databases through. OR....come in, pull up this post and simply click this link http://ancestrylibrary.proquest.com and BOOM! You are in!
AACOG Alamo Call-A-Ride 4 Vets Program


Did you know?
Did you know there are currently two donation stations located in Leon Valley, and they are at City Hall and the Library? By donating unwanted goods and recycling textile with ATRS, you're keeping our neighborhood clean, improving the quality of life for those in need and protecting the environment for future generations.
UPCOMING REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21ST
6:00 P.M.  
 
TUESDAY, December 5th
6:00 P.M.  

TUESDAY, December 19th
6:00 P.M.


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