Schertz residents updated on various projects
Work to widen FM 1518, one of the major roadways in the southern portion of Schertz, is almost ready to begin, residents were told at the latest Council on the Go sessions.
“It is moving fairly slowly, but that’s just the nature of the beast,” Kathryn Woodlee, city engineer for Schertz, told residents at the Feb. 19 community gathering.
The $45 million Texas Department of Transportation project, stretching from Hwy. 78 to Interstate 10, will expand the road to four lanes with turn lanes. Environmental approvals are expected in March, and then acquisition of right of way would start, Woodlee said.
TxDOT has scheduled actual construction of the highway to begin in 2023, she said.
Council on the Go sessions are part of an outreach effort by Schertz city officials to deliver details of government actions to local neighborhoods. Abotu 50 people attended the Feb. 19 session at Roy Corbett Junior High School.
Scott McClelland, city engineering project manager, provided details of a 1-million-gallon elevated water storage tank planned near Corbett Junior High.
“The goal is to provide more equalized water pressure in this area,” he said.
A $4.7 million contract was awarded to Landmark Structures of Fort Worth on Jan. 22, McClelland said, and work on an access road to the actual tower site will begin within the next several weeks. The project is slated to be completed by July 2020.
The city’s third fire station, located in southern Schertz, is under construction at 11917 Lower Seguin Road, Fire Chief Kade Long said.
The 12,000-square-foot facility will be home to the department’s No. 3 engine, brush truck 3 and a reserve engine, as well as have space for an ambulance and EMT.
Cade said his department’s goal is to have first-responders arrive at any address in the city within five minutes.
In 2017, his department met that goal from Station 1 at 1400 Schertz Parkway 58 percent of the time, and 42 percent of the time from Station 2 at 19085 IH35 North. With a temporary Station 3 in place, those percentages rose to 65 and 45 percent respectfully.
“The new station will reduce response times throughout the whole city,” Cade said. The new facility is expected to be operating in October.
Briefings were also presented on the city’s new budget and on replacement of water mains.
Questions from residents mostly concerned traffic flows, speed limits, stop signs and lack of sufficient water pressure in specific areas.
“I think that the types of things that were brought up — we have a traffic issue here, a road issue there, is there anything we can do about this or that — those are the kinds of things we can only have a conversation about if the underlying basics are being done properly,” Mayor Michael Carpenter said after the meeting. “I think the foundational work is in place that allows us to have these specific instances and challenges that we can address rather than wide-reaching issues that would take a much bigger effort.
“We’ve been doing this for a few years now and the crowds grow every time,” he added. “My favorite part is that folks are not afraid to ask questions or share things with us. They make us aware of what’s going on in this part of the community. Everybody wins: We get more eyes on the street from them letting us know and, the things we can address, we address them as fast as we can.”