January 08, 2021
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Upcoming Meetings
A Message From Mayor Chris Riley
It's Time Leon Valley
It's Election Time
COVID Vaccine For Veterans
COVID Vaccine Facts
City Hall Facility Partially Reopens
Help is Available
Got Mask? Leon Valley Does!
Cancelled Meetings
City Services-COVID-19
Flu Season 2020-2021
Medication Disposal System
Smoke Alarms at Home
Stage 1 Watering Restrictions
New Citizen Notification Program
ADA Transitioning Plan
Grocery Distribution
Hotspots Now Available
Space Heaters
Call 811 Before You Dig
NW Seniors Events
Upcoming Regular City Council Meetings
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Upcoming Meetings 

City Council Meeting Start Time Change
At the November 17th City Council Meeting, City Council voted unanimously to change Regular City Council Meetings back to a start time of 6:00 PM.

Meetings
Times
Regular City Council Meeting
January 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall AGENDA
Regular City Council Meeting
January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall

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: 
3. MAIL TO:
  • Leon Valley Public Comments Attn: City Secretary
    - 6400 El Verde Road, Leon Valley, Texas 78238.
A Message From Mayor Chris Riley

LETTER FROM MAYOR CHRIS RILEY COVID-19 CRISIS 01/08/2021

Dear Leon Valley Citizens and Businesses: 

COVID SURGE TRENDING TOWARD SEVERE

Since the pandemic started in March of 2020, Metropolitan Health District has kept detailed records of the number of cases and deaths, the positivity rate (the percentage of tested COVID cases which are positive), age and ethnicity information, number of people in hospitals, in ICU, and on ventilators, and a list of nursing homes and the impact of COVID on these facilities, just to mention a few areas tracked.
 One statistic, the total number of individuals who are hospitalized for COVID, is at a record high of... read more.
 

It's Time Leon Valley- Community Challenge 


IT'S TIME LEON VALLEY!!!! The 2021 IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge has begun!!

After an unprecedented year, we are hitting restart. As the coronavirus continues to impact our communities, staying healthy is more important than ever. Commit to health by joining our community in the 2021 It's Time Texas Community Challenge.

For those of you that are new to this challenge, the IT'S TIME TEXAS Community Challenge is an 8-week competition that unites and mobilizes schools, businesses, organizations, community members, and local governments toward the common goal of transforming your community's health. This year's Community Challenge starts January 4th and runs through February 28th. It's a free, fun, healthy living competition that helps you create healthy habits! The Texas community to receive the most points will receive funds to put toward future community health efforts!!!

How do you earn points? There are a number of different ways to earn points and It's Time Texas has created a Community Challenge app you can download right on your phone! This new app gives you the tools to log healthy activities, such as taking a selfie whenever you're eating healthy, take a picture whenever you are drinking water, or you can sync your fitness tracker to track you daily exercising activities.
To start, you must be a registered user (https://ittcommunitychallenge.com/what-to-expect/) , which will award your community 500 points! If you participated last year, you can reactivate last year's account to earn points for your community in this year's Challenge or reset your password. Once registered you can click Log Activity link to submit different activities to help your community compete for the crown! So let's have fun and live healthy. Let's win for our City!!

**Please make sure you use Leon Valley as your Community to earn points for our City.  Please register at https://ittcommunitychallenge.com/. Thank you.
 
If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Maribel Mendoza at m.mendoza@leonvalleytexas.gov
It's Election Time!

The City of Leon Valley will hold a General Election on Saturday, May 01, 2021 for the following:

Council Place 1
Council Place 3
Council Place 5

The filing period begins Wednesday, January 13, 2021 and ends Friday, February 12, 2021.

Candidate packets are available now!

For more information, please click here!

or contact the City Secretary at 210-684-1391 ext. 216 or at s.pass@leonvalleytexas.gov

COVID -19 News and Announcements 
Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital - COVID-19 Vaccine 


Audie L. Murphy VA Hospital Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution to Veterans!

Attention Leon Valley Veterans, Vaccines Are Now Available! Audie L. Murphy Memorial Veterans' Hospital is now providing COVID-19 vaccines for veterans.
For more information please call 210-949-9702 or visit their website

COVID-19 Vaccination 

Facts about COVID-19 Vaccines

(Click Here)
Now that there are authorized and recommended COVID-19 vaccines in the United States, accurate vaccine information is critical.  

Content Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/facts.html
City Hall Closed to the General Public


City of Leon Valley Declaration of  Public Health Emergency 

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. Basketball courts are closed; Soccer fields are only open for recreational activity; not organized sports. The city's playground, tennis courts, community garden, walking trails and baseball field remain open. Stay safe and healthy Leon Valley!
  • City Hall 210-684-1391
  • Need an officer? 
  • NON-Emergency 210-684-3215
  • For Emergency Services Dial 9-1-1
  • City Impound Lot: Please call 210-812-3353 or 210-684-1391 to make an appointment with Det. Jim Wells to retrieve your vehicle.
Municipal Court will continue operating via Zoom and by appointment only. If you choose not to make payments in person, City services and operations will still available by phone and email. If you are feeling sick, please stay home. You may also use the brown drop box in the front of City Hall to make payments without having to come into the building.
 
All people entering City Hall by appointments only will be required to:
  • wear a mask, 
  • have your temperature taken, and 
  • complete a brief health screening questionnaire.
Help is Available - Bexar County Strong
Got Mask?

Got Mask?
 
Leon Valley Does!
 
In an ongoing mission to prevent the spread of COVID19, the City of Leon Valley is collaborating with Bexar County to distribute 30,000 mask to OUR small businesses community. If that's not enough, your Business Relations Director also secured eleven (11) free-standing countertop barriers made of heavy-duty plexiglass. Please share the great news and direct mask inquires to w.cox@leonvalleytexas.gov  
Cancelled Events

Meetings
Times
Leon Valley Public Library
Book curb-side services ONLY
Leon Valley Community Pools
Closed for the Season
Leon Valley Senior Center
Closed Until March 2021
  • Leon Valley Public Library remains closed, with online adult and children's activities only and curbside pickup for books and DVD's.
City Services in Response to COVID-19



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

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. 

What You Need To Know for 2020-2021 Flu Season

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the spread of respiratory illnesses, like flu, this fall and winter is more important than ever. Getting a flu vaccine is an essential part of protecting your health and your family's health this season. To protect your health when getting a flu vaccine, follow CDC's recommendations for running essential errands and doctor visits. Continue to take everyday preventive actions. The CDC recommends 3 actions to prevent the flu:
  1. Get a flu vaccine,
  2. Practice everyday preventative action, and
  3. Take antiviral medication to treat flu if your doctor prescribes them. 
For more recommendations or information please visit: CDC Key Facts
Other News and Announcements 
Medication Disposal System - LVFD

Smoke Alarms at Home

Stage 1 Watering Restrictions



Stage I Drought Restrictions
 
 
City Manager has declared Stage I drought restriction measures for the City of Leon Valley. Stage I water use reduction measures are declared to be in effect when the aquifer level at the J-17 well drops to six hundred sixty (660) feet above mean sea level (msl), based on a 10-day rolling average calculated and determined by the Edwards Aquifer Authority.  
When stage I is in effect, landscape watering with an irrigation system or sprinkler is permitted one day per week before 11:00 a.m. or after 7:00 p.m. in accordance with the last digit of the property address as follows:
 
Last Digit of Address
Day of Week
0 or 1
Monday
2 or 3
Tuesday
4 or 5
Wednesday
6 or 7
Thursday
8 or 9
Friday
All businesses and apartment complexes will use Wednesday as their watering day.
(i)     No person may use groundwater for an ornamental outdoor fountain or similar feature unless a variance has been obtained for 100 percent (100%) nonpotable water use.

(ii)     Owners of exempt Edwards formation wells must comply with these restrictions.

(iii)     Operators of athletic fields must submit a conservation plan to the city. Athletic fields may not irrigate between 11:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m.

(iv)     Residential washing of vehicles or other equipment is allowed only on assigned watering days and times. A hose with an automatic shut off nozzle or bucket of five gallons or less may be used. Water should not be allowed to run into the street.

(v)     Washing of impervious cover such as parking lots, driveways, streets or sidewalks is prohibited.

(vi)     Hand watering with a handheld hose, soaker hose, drip irrigation, bucket or watering can is permitted any time and any day.

(vii)     All nonpublic swimming pools must have a minimum of 25 percent of the surface area covered with evaporation screens when not in use. Inflatable pool toys or floating decorations may be used for this purpose.

(viii)     The use of commercial car wash facilities is allowed any day.
  
New Citizen Notification Program!



The Public Works Department is excited to announce a new citizen notification system and we are encouraging everyone with a cell phone to sign up!

Public Works performs lots of projects and programs that can cause disruptions in everyday lives, such as street sweeping, road construction, and mosquito spraying. In addition to being a disruption to our citizens, some projects need full citizen cooperation in order to make them more successful.

For instance, if we are street sweeping in your neighborhood, we need all the vehicles to be off the streets, otherwise, we can't guarantee a completely clean street. In our road projects, we can't crack seal, seal coat, or perform a mill and overlay on a street if there are vehicles parked at the curb, which ends up in vehicles being towed out of the way. In our mosquito spraying program, we have some citizens that want to be notified so they can assure their windows are closed and pets are brought indoors.

This new program allows us to provide a courtesy notice 24 - 48 hours in advance to of any of these programs. This service will be offered via a text message to your cell phone that will announce the start of a project or program on your street or in your neighborhood, so that you are better prepared and we are able to more smoothly complete our project. To sign up for the notification program, please contact the Public Works Department at (210) 681-1232. Simply provide your name, the name of your cell phone provider, cell phone number, and street address. You can also email this information to PWNotify@leonvalleytexas.gov.    
ADA Transition Planning


We Need Your Help!

 

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) - Transition Planning
The City of Leon Valley is preparing revisions to its ADA Transition Plan and we need help from persons in our community with disabilities to let us know how we can do better. From services and programming to actual facility remodeling, it is our goal to serve all of the citizens, not just in our community, but for our visitors as well. The Public Works Department has visited each facility and made recommendations for changes to the actual buildings, but we want to know if we need to make our services and programming more accommodating. In addition, there may be changes needed to the facilities that we hadn't noticed or thought of. City facilities consist of:
  • City Hall/Police Department
  • Fire Station
  • Library and library annex
  • Public Works
  • Community and Conference Centers
  • Public Parks
  • Sidewalks and sidewalk ramps
  • Crosswalks
Please contact the Public Works by email at m.moritz@leonvalleytexas.gov by phone at (210) 681-1232, or by mail at ADA, Public Works, 6400 El Verde Road, Leon Valley, Texas 78238 and let us know what ideas you might have for improving our services, programs, and facilities. We thank you in advance for your input and we will make the plan available to the public for more public comment on our website at www.leonvalleytexas.gov once we have prepared a draft.

Monthly Grocery Distribution 

Hotspots Now Available at LVPL!

Helpful Information
The Dangers of Using Space Heaters

We share why you should never use a power strip with a space heater and other tips.

Space heater safety tips
Space heater safety tips

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 further notice.

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.
UPCOMING REGULAR CITY COUNCIL MEETINGS 
Regular City Council Meeting
January 12, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Regular City Council Meeting
January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
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