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February  2, 2018
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Upcoming Meeting Schedule
Register To Vote
LV Heros
AAMOP
AACOG CARE Program
AACOG CARE Program
City Hall Closure
Earthwise Living Day
Trash and Treasure
CODEATHON
Little Free Libraries
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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Upcoming Regular City Council Meetings
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Upcoming Meetings

Meetings
Times
Pool Advisory Committee February 5, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall
Regular City Council Meeting February 6, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall
Earthwise Living Committee Meeting February 7, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at Public Works Service Center. 
Library Board Of Trustees Meeting February 13, 2018 at 5:30 p.m. at the Leon Valley Library
Regular City Council Meeting February 20, 2018 at 6;00 p.m. at City Hall

TOWN HALL MEETING
Thank to all of you that joined us on Saturday, January 27, 2018, at our Annual Town Hall Meeting. Click links below to website to view the results to the questions that were asked to the audience: 
Click Here to See the Result to the Bandera Road Question
Click Here to View the Results of the Pool and Peachtree/Vacant Lot questions


Register to Vote


If you are new to the City of Leon Valley.....Welcome!                       
Whether you have moved from a neighboring city or from another state, you must be a registered voter in the City of Leon Valley (Precinct Numbers 2061, 2112, 2143, 3002 and 3003) in order to vote in the City of Leon Valley's May 05, 2018 General Election.
The deadline to register is Thursday, April 05, 2018. It is very easy to register.
All you need to do is go to the Bexar County Elections Department's website at http://www.bexar.org/1702/Register-to-Vote  or come by the City Secretary's office or the Library and they will get you the necessary forms.

A Message From Texas Secretary of State



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 31, 2018

Contact: Sam Taylor
STaylor@sos.texas.gov
512-463-6116
Secretary Pablos Wants Texans To Be Ready to Vote
 
"Early preparedness is key for all Texans wishing to cast a vote. If you want your voice to be heard, you have to be prepared"
 
AUSTIN, TX - Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos today reminded Texans to make all necessary preparations to be able to cast their vote in the upcoming March 6 Primary Election. Secretary Pablos encouraged all eligible Texas voters to ensure that they (1) are registered to vote in their county of residence, and (2) are aware of what they need to bring to the polls in order to cast a ballot. Additionally, Secretary Pablos urged voters to contact their respective county elections office to become familiar with their ballot, locate their appropriate polling location, and plan their trip to the polls.
 
With the upcoming February 5th voter registration deadline, Secretary Pablos issued one last call-to-action by urging Texans to register and take the appropriate steps to be prepared to vote.
 
"Early preparedness is key for all Texans wishing to cast a vote. If you want your voice to be heard, you have to be prepared," Secretary Pablos said. "It is imperative that all Texans wishing to cast a vote start early and undertake the necessary preparations to be able to vote. I personally want to make sure that all Texans who go to the polls during our state's first-in-the-nation primary are properly registered and know what they need to bring in order to cast their ballot."
 
Eligible Texans who are not already registered to vote must complete a voter registration application and submit it to the county voter registrar in their county of residence. Completed voter registration applications must be postmarked by February 5th in order to be accepted. Texans may check to see if they are already registered to vote through the Texas Secretary of State's web site or by visiting www.votetexas.gov.
 
"I commend all Texans who take responsibility for their civic duty by exercising their right to vote," Secretary Pablos said. "Most importantly, I encourage all Texans to work together to ensure that our youngest generation is instilled with a tradition of voting and encouraged to make their voices heard at the ballot box."
 
Secretary Pablos also reminds Texas voters who possess one of the seven approved forms of photo ID that they must present that ID at the polls. Voters who do not possess and cannot reasonably obtain one of the seven forms of approved photo ID may execute a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form, available to them at each polling location, and provide a supporting form of identification. In addition, certain voters may qualify for certain exemptions to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure.  
 
"As election season approaches, my office is working diligently to ensure all eligible Texans understand proper voting procedures and requirements under Texas law," Secretary Pablos said. "The Texas Secretary of State's office is committed to providing information for all voters and educational resources to assist local election officials in conducting successful elections throughout the Lone Star State."
 
The seven forms of approved photo ID are:
  • Texas Driver License issued by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS)
  • Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS
  • Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS
  • Texas Handgun License issued by DPS
  • United States Military Identification Card containing the person's photograph
  • United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person's photograph
  • United States Passport (book or card)
 
With the exception of the U.S. Citizenship Certificate, which does not expire, the acceptable photo ID must be current or, for voters aged 18-69, have expired no more than four years before being presented for voter qualification at the polling place. A voter 70 years of age or older may use a form of acceptable photo ID listed above that has expired for any length of time if the identification is otherwise valid.
 
If a voter does not possess one of the forms of acceptable photo identification listed above, and the voter cannot reasonably obtain such identification, the voter may fill out a Reasonable Impediment Declaration form, which will be available at each polling location, and present a copy or original of one of the following supporting forms of identification:
  • a government document that shows the voter's name and an address, including the voter's voter registration certificate
  • a current utility bill
  • a bank statement
  • a government check
  • a paycheck
  • a certified domestic (from a U.S. state or territory) birth certificate 
  • a document confirming birth admissible in a court of law which establishes the voter's identity (which may include a foreign birth document)
 
The address on an acceptable form of photo identification or a supporting form of identification, if applicable, does not have to match the voter's address on the list of registered voters. 
 
If a voter meets these requirements and is otherwise eligible to vote, the voter will be able to cast a regular ballot in the election.
 
Voters with a disability may apply with the county voter registrar for a permanent exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls. Voters with a religious objection to being photographed or voters who do not present an acceptable form of photo identification or follow the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure at the polls because of certain natural disasters may apply for a temporary exemption to presenting an acceptable form of photo identification or following the Reasonable Impediment Declaration procedure. For more details, voters may contact their county voter registrar.
 
Voters with questions about how to cast a ballot in upcoming elections can call 1-800-252-VOTE
 
For more information on voting in Texas, visit www.votetexas.gov






AACOG's CARE Program Provides Rides Home From Work In Emergency Situations



Taking the bus, carpooling, cycling, or walking to work is good for the air as well as your pocketbook. But what do you do when an emergency comes up and you need to get home in a hurry, but you're stuck at work without your car? To promote greener commuting by reducing that concern, the Alamo Area Council of Governments' Certified Auto Ride in an Emergency (CARE) Program offers those who've commuted by alternative means a reimbursement of up to $50 for a ride home from work when an emergency arises.
 
To receive a reimbursement up to four times per year, you must: 1) live and work within the eight-county greater San Antonio area ; 2) carpool /vanpool, take the bus, bike, or walk to work at least three times per week; and 3) keep your commuting information current on NuRide.com, the online system AACOG uses to gather commuting statistics.  While it's free for individuals to use, NuRide offers not only CARE Program reimbursements, but rewards from more than 100 businesses. 
 
For more information about the CARE Program, contact:
Lily Lowder
Natural Resources Outreach Specialist
(210) 227-7665
commutesolutions@aacog.com


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:

Zoning Commission: (2 Alternate Vacancies)
The Zoning Commission (ZC) acts as an advisory board to the City Council on land use and zoning matters.

Park Commission:        
The Park Commission (PC) is an advisory commission of Leon Valley citizens which makes recommendations to the City Council regarding park ordinances and policies, as well as serves as a liaison for the City with the public for park matters.

Community Events Committee: (Numerous 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.

Earthwise Living Committee:
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.

Tree Advisory Board :
This seven member (7) Board with three (3) alternate members will meet to oversee the Leon Valley Tree Challenge and work toward the City's goal to plant 10,000 trees by the year 2020. Board members serve a term coterminous with the Mayor.
 
More information is available on the application which can be found on the City website at: http://www.leonvalleytexas.gov/mayor_and_city_council/docs/Volunteer%20Committees%20Form.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.



City Hall Closure

City Offices Closed on February  19, 2018  in observance of
Presidents Day.







CODEATHON
 
  

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!

  

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, February 6, 2018
6:00 p.m.
Located at City Hall
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
6:00 p.m.

Located at City Hall
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