September 11, 2020
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Upcoming Meetings
City Hall Closed
9-11 Remembrance Ceremony
Evers Road Clean-Up
Street Maintenance
Scholarship Opprtunity
Census 2020 Update
Don't Miss The Deadline
Early Voting Info
Cancelled Meetings
City Hall Facility Closed
LV Household Stabilization Program
A Message From Mayor Chris Riley
City Services
Stop The Spread of Germs
Help Stop The Spread
Funding for Seniors!
Need Help Paying Your Bills?
Leon Valley Library Curbside
Stage 1 Watering Restrictions
Call 811 Before You Dig
NW Seniors Events
Upcoming Regular City Council Meetings
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Upcoming Meetings 

Meetings
Times
Regular City Council Meeting
September 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. at City Hall AGENDA

The City of Leon Valley City Council shall hold an in-person meeting with as many City Members of City Council physically present as possible. All other Citizen participation may be provided in-person at City Council Chambers. However, we strongly encourage you to watch the meeting online from home and submit your comments during citizens to be heard. All social distancing guidelines as recommended by the CDC will be strictly enforced. CDC Guidelines Link: https://www.cdc.gov/.../prevent-gettin.../social-distancing.html)

How to Submit Comments on City Council Agenda Items?

There are several ways to submit comments on "City Council Agenda Items" including "Citizens to be Heard". 

1. CITY WEBSITE

To submit comments on City Council agenda items or "Citizens to be Heard", you will need to register for an account first. This will give you the ability to sign up for distribution lists, sign up to speak at upcoming meetings, and leave comments on items for meetings that have been published. Please click here for step-by-step instructions on how to submit your comments through the City website. 

2. CITIZENS MAY E-MAIL PUBLIC COMMENTS TO:
  • Please remember ALL e-mails must be received two (2) hours prior to the meeting time of 4:00 p.m. 
     
  • s.pass@leonvalleytexas.gov, OR
3. MAIL TO:
  • Leon Valley Public Comments - 6400 El Verde Road, Leon Valley, Texas 78238;
A Day of Remembrance 09/11/2001


A day of remembrance, for those that lost their lives during this tragic event, including the heroes who gave their lives to help others. We will never forget September 11, 2001.

9-11 Remembrance at Veterans Memorial Way



Audie L. Murphy Post No. 336
San Antonio, Texas Presents

9-11 Remembrance & Installation of Officers
Veterans Memorial Way
11 September 2020
 
(Leon Valley, TX) (September 11, 2020) - The American Legion, Audie L. Murphy Post No. 336 and the City of Leon Valley will have a 9-11 Remembrance Ceremony on 11-Sept/7pm, at the Veterans Memorial Way Flagpole, 6425 Evers Road, 78238. 11-September is Patriots Day, officially known as National Day of Service and Remembrance in honor of those individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Mr Bill Gerlt, Assistant General Manager San Antonio Missions and Northwest Chamber of Commerce President will be the guest speaker. The American Legion is the largest veterans group in the world. Besides working in Washington DC with Congress to improve veteran's benefits, they are staunchly involved with their local communities. The American Legion was chartered by Congress in 1919 and celebrating its 101st birthday this year. This will be the 12th year of this local event and is open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.
Memorial Parkway Clean-Up - Community Service Day



Audie L. Murphy Post No. 336
San Antonio, Texas Presents

Memorial Parkway Clean-Up 
Community Service Day 
                                                                                                                                  
The American Legion, Audie L. Murphy Post No. 336 has adopted the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Parkway (Evers Road), in Leon Valley, Texas. The Post will conduct clean-up responsibilities on Sat., September 12. The event begins at 8:00 AM.   Members of the Post and other volunteers will meet at the Leon Valley Public Library, 6425 Evers Road, 78238. Some safety vests will be provided for us by the Leon Valley Public Works. Please wear bright clothing, and bring reflective gear if you have it. All volunteers will wear face protection and keep social distance.  The clean-up will last approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes.
 
At approximately 7:30 AM the Audie L. Murphy Memorial Parkway Community Service Clean-Up will kick off with Breakfast Burritos, at the Leon Valley Public Library. The Clean-Up route starts at Chenal Point, west of Huebner Road and Evers Road, ending at Forest Dell, in the east.
Street Maintenance

Street Maintenance May Be Coming to Your Neighborhood!
 
On Tuesday and Wednesday, September 8th and 9th, from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each day, Clark Construction will start preparations for seal coating the roadways in the Seneca West neighborhood, specifically on Edinborough and Britania Court, and then in the Monte Robles Park neighborhood, specifically on Bluebird Ln., Chapparal, Deer Ln., Thunderbird, Redbird, and Stebbins.
 
On Thursday and Friday, September 10th and 11th (again from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm), they will move to the Sun Valley neighborhood and start work on Desert Sun, Evening Sun, Setting Sun, Sun Creek, Sun Hollow, Sun Dial, Sun Light, and Sunview. They will first perform edgework (clearing out grass, debris, and loose asphalt from the roadway edges), then apply an Onyx emulsion seal coat to the asphalt.
 
They'll be placing hangtags on doors in advance of the work to remind residents not to drive on those roads. Residents are asked that when they receive the hangtag, they make arrangements to park their vehicles on other streets, as the roads may be closed for the entire day to prevent the seal coat from being damaged and to prevent the emulsion from being tracked onto driveways.
 
We know this is an inconvenience, but the end result will be the preservation of the roadway and better driving conditions for all. Every dollar spent today in roadway preservation saves the city five dollars in future street repairs. In addition, the neighborhoods will have a much better aesthetic appeal. Please contact David Dimaline at the Public Works Department for any questions or concerns regarding this project at (210) 681-1232 x 201.

Scholarship Opportunity from Tiger Sanitation

Census 2020 Update

Time is running out!

If you haven't completed the 2020 Census yet, you can still respond online, by phone, or by mail. If a census taker comes to your home, please cooperate. 
Leon Valley is currently resting at 71.1% response rate!!!! Let's make it 100%! Your Count Matters! WE can do it Leon Valley! 

You can now text the Census Self-Response Line at 313131 to automatically receive a link to https://2020census.gov/ and complete your 2020 Census now. Text one of the following options to 313131:

* RespondNow - in English
* YoCuento - in Spanish
* Censo2020 - in Spanish
 
Census 2020--Make the count
Census 2020--Make the count

The 2020 Census is certainly one for the books, with all these unprecedented circumstances challenging us. Don't forget the results of the 2020 Census will help determine how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding flow into communities every year for the next decade! That funding shapes many different aspects of every community, no matter the size, no matter the location.


Don't Miss The Deadline





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 Bexar County within the City of Leon Valley (Precinct Numbers 2061, 2112, 2143, 3002 and 3003) in order to vote in the City of Leon Valley's November 3, 2020 General & Special Elections.

The deadline to register is Monday, October 5, 2020

Registration takes just a few minutes and we are here to help you.

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 contact the Leon Valley City Secretary for assistance at 210-684-1391 extension 216.

DYK? Early Voting Information 

                  
  DID YOU KNOW......?
 
                               
Early Voting for the November 3, 2020 Election has been extended! Early voting will now begin on October 13th and end on October 30th. The poll sites have not officially been set as of early September but as of now, the entire Leon Valley Conference Center will be the primary poll site for this election. The reason for this is to allow all who choose to vote in Leon Valley ample space to "socially distance" and also have plenty of parking.


           
When it comes to way you can cast your ballot, you have options.

1. In-Person at the Conference Center and other locations to be announced.
Here are a few things you need to know:
  • Voters cannot be screened or denied entrance to a polling place for refusing a screening.
  • Masks are strongly recommended but not required for use in the polling place by a voter; even with the City's ordinance, voters will still be able to enter the polling place without a mask.
  • Social distancing will be enforced; each person will be provided gloves and a pencil to vote with.
2. By Mail - This option is for those who are going to be away from the county on Election Day and during early voting; are Sick or disabled; are 65 years of age or older on Election Day; or are confined in jail, but eligible to vote.
  • A ballot postmarked by Election Day must be received by the early voting clerk no later than 5:00 pm on Wednesday, November 4, 2020. If there is no postmark, the early voting clerk must receive these ballots by 7:00 pm on Election Day.
  • Exception: Military ballots - must be received by November 9, 2020 - no postmark necessary; and
3. Curbside - This is a great option for those who want to go to the polls but cannot stand for very long. We will post a number for you to call to get that set up as soon as a designated number has been set up.
 
Some Changes we will all see with this election are:
 
  • Daily Mast Reports will no longer be obtained through the city secretary's office but instead, may be obtained through the Bexar County Elections Department.
  • Lastly, no Election Day results will be given until the very last vote has been counted; at which time all results will be posted.
Please watch your weekly ENews and the City's Election page for updates on the City of Leon Valley's Election 2020. Please contact the City Secretary if you need any assistance or have questions at 210-684-1391 extension 216.

COVID -19 News and Announcements 
Cancelled Events

Meetings
Times
Leon Valley City HallClosed Until Further Notice; 
City services and operations are still available by phone and email.
Leon Valley Public Library
Book curb-side services ONLY
Leon Valley Community Pools
Closed Until Further Notice
Leon Valley Parks
Closed Until Further Notice
Leon Valley Senior Center
Closed Until November 2020

  • CITY FACILITIES REMAIN CLOSED- City Hall, City Parks(athletic fields, picnic tables, tennis courts, playground areas). Rimkus Park walking trails, park restrooms and community garden remain open to the public. A citizen has requested City Council to open the tennis courts, which will be discussed at the September 15th council meeting.
  • Leon Valley Public Library remains closed, with online adult and children's activities only and curbside pickup for books and DVD's.
  • National Night Out, scheduled for October 6th, as well as the Soap Box Derby, usually scheduled in October have both been cancelled due to COVID-19.

City Hall is Closed to the General Public


Due to the rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in Bexar County, the following locations shall be closed until future notice:
  1. City Hall; City services and operations are still available by phone and email.
  2. City owned swimming pools;
  3. City owned parks shall be closed from July 11, 2020 until further notice; however, the walking trails and the community gardens will still be open but social distancing is strongly encouraged. All other amenities, such as the playgrounds, basketball and tennis courts, and fitness equipment will be closed.
  • Please call 210-812-3353 or 210-684-1391 to make an appointment with Det. Jim Wells to retrieve your vehicle. 
Leon Valley Household Stabilization Program 

 
PRESS RELEASE
City of Leon Valley Attempts to Assist Residents Through CARES Act Funding
 
Kelly Kuenstler, Leon Valley City Manager, has signed a contract as authorized by the Leon Valley City Council to utilize Ascension DePaul Services as the city's non-profit organization designated to assist Leon Valley residents with COVID related expenses.  Residents should utilize this link "LV Household Stabilization Program" to request assistance. Once a Leon Valley resident has requested relief, a City of Leon Valley employee will verify that the resident lives in Leon Valley. 
 
What should residents know?
 
Applying through the website is strongly encouraged as it will make the funding process move rapidly LV Household Stabilization Program.
 
Ascension DePaul Services will ask the resident for proof of Covid-19 impact on the household.  All documentation will have to prove the resident requesting relief must be residing in the address provided.  Some or all of the documents below will be required from residents (enough to prove claimed impact).
 
  • History in pay stubs to show a decrease of hours paid by an employer.
  • Letter from employers if loss of employment or decrease in hours.
  • Unemployment Benefit letter.
  • At residents' discretion, medical letter of Covid-19 infection/treatment.
  • An affidavit from the resident WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.
  • Hardship cases will be evaluated on a case by case basis and may only be approved by city staff.
Once impact has been proven, the City is able to assist with the following items:
  • Overdue rent or mortgages and if determined necessary one future month.
  • Unforeseen financial funeral cost
  • Overdue utilities
  • Food, prescriptions, clothing, fuel, counseling services, qualified childcare and internet services required by the public school system.
 
The City stands ready to provide up to $4999 in financial assistance per household. Any amount $5000 or above will be sent to the City of Leon Valley for management approval. 
 
Other Important Information
 
Kuenstler stated that, "Residents will need to provide bills and rental/mortgage documentation necessary for electronic payment directly to the vendor.  No funds will go directly to residents other than gift cards for food or fuel". 
 
If you are unable to navigate through this link LV Household Stabilization Program, you may call Ascension DePaul Services at 210-334-2300 for assistance with navigating through the website service.
 
A special thanks to the Leon Valley City Council, William Cox, Business Relations Director and the staff at Ascension DePaul for their efforts in making this funding for citizens come to life!

 
A Message From Mayor Chris Riley 

A Message from Mayor Chris Riley on COVID-19 Crisis - 09/11/2020 
 
Dear Leon Valley Citizens and Businesses:

UPDATE ON COVID-19
 

As of September 10, 2020, the total number of cases reported in Bexar County is 47,956, a 1.8% increase in 8 days. Last week the increase was 2.7%.  There were 990 deaths reported on September 10th, a 16% increase in 8 days. Last week the increase was... read more. 

City Services in Response to COVID-19



For more information about closures and cancellations please visit our website. City of Leon Valley Website 


Executive Orders from County and State Officials: 
City of Leon Valley Declarations and Ordinances:
Please note, city leaders will continue to meet and make a determination about future events and closures as the situation warrants. So please continue to check our website and social media for updated information. 

Stop The Spread of Germs
Know Your Risk of Getting COVID-19
Know Your Risk of Getting COVID-19


Key Times to Wear a Mask
Key Times to Wear a Mask

Help Stop The Spread



We wear a mask to protect you, please wear a mask to protect us!

Do your part and wear a mask to protect you and others. Help stop the spread of COVID-19!

Help Stop The Spread


Hand Washing in 2020
Hand Washing in 2020

Funding Available for Seniors! 


The Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) has funding available for local seniors and veterans (60 and older) in need of assistance with groceries, rent, residential repair, transportation, and more. Please call 210-477-3275 or 866-231-4922 for more information.
COVID- 19 - Need Help Paying Utilities and Rent?


Apply for assistance today! 

Did You Know?
During the coronavirus pandemic, you may qualify for additional help with bills and rental relief. Bexar County has many programs and resources to help the community in need. Please visit the links below for more information. 


Temporary Rental Assistance Measure (TRAM):
* Housing Authority of Bexar County
o (210) 940-1180
 
Utility Assistance:
* Bexar County
o (210) 335-3666
 
Workforce:
* Workforce Solutions Alamo
o (210) 438-0581



Other News and Announcements 
Leon Valley Library Curbside Service - June 23

Please don't forget to return all Leon Valley Library books, dvds, book donations and audio books to the book drop-off box in front of the Library. These items must be quarantined for 7 days and disinfected before we can place them back on the shelf. We appreciate everyone's support! 

New Hours of Operation:
Tuesday 12 p.m. - 7 p.m. 
Wednesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. 
Closed Sunday and Monday

Curbside Instructions:
  • Call the library at 210-684-0720 to reserve items or to place items on hold online, visit the LVPL catalog at https://leonvalley.biblionix.com/catalog/
  • Call the library at 210-684-0720 to schedule a pick-up day/time.
  • A library staff member will place your items on the outside table in front of a designated pickup number.
  • Please return all items via the book drop. All returned items will be quarantined for 7 days.
Stage 1 Watering Restrictions
 
 
Good Afternoon Leon Valley Residents and Business Owners! The City of San Antonio (SAWS customers) and the City of Leon Valley have entered into Stage 1 watering restriction, as the Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) declared Stage 1 pumping reductions effective Thursday, July 9, 2020. It was officially confirmed that the 10-day average at the index well in Bexar County (J-17) dropped below the threshold of 660 feet to 659.8. The EAA declares Stage 1 based on declining water levels and diminished spring flow. When stage I is in effect, landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is...read more
Helpful Information
Call 811 Before You Dig

Call 811 Before You Dig!
The next time your home or commercial project involves digging, be sure to first locate electric and natural gas lines, as well as cable and phone lines, by calling 811. Allow 48 hours (two full working days) for a CPS Energy team to come to your property and mark utility lines before your project begins. It's the law. 

For additional information, call CPS Energy at (210) 353-2970. You can also make a locate request online at https://www.texas811.org/

Other Community Events
Leon Valley Northwest Seniors - Events

The Seniors will not hold any activities until 01-01-2021

The following events have been cancelled by the Northwest Senior Citizens Board. If you have any questions please contact Shirley Jonas, President of the Northwest Seniors Club at 210-680-6867.
 
EventsDates
Kickapoo Trip
Cancelled - September 15, 2020 
Hot Air Balloon Trip
Cancelled - October 8-12, 2020
Trash and Treasure
Cancelled - October 24, 2020
Bethlehem Trip
Cancelled - December 4, 2020

UPCOMING REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 
Regular City Council Meeting
September 1, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
Regular City Council Meeting
September 15, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.
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