Thursday, July 02, 2015
Boards, Commissions, and Committees are an important component of Shavano Park city government. Members have an opportunity to make public policy, recommendations and interact with staff and City Council and to develop networks. Members of the Boards, Commissions, and Committees are appointed by the City Council. Any citizen interested in serving should request an application from the City Secretary, or may download an application on the link:
Please drop off your application or send via email to the City Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are kept on file for one year. The application deadline is by Friday, August 28, 2015.
Board of Adjustment
Three (3) vacancies
Two (2) Alternates
Planning & Zoning Commission
Five (5) vacancies
Water Advisory Committee
Three (3) vacancies
One (1) vacancy
Seven (7) vacancies
Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Corporal Villanueva (second from right) receives a commendation from Mayor Werner (right), while Chief Creed (second from left) and City Manager Hill (left) look on.
Jaime Villanueva, a Corporal in the City of Shavano Park Police Department, received a formal commendation from the Mayor and Council at the June 22, 2015 City Council meeting. This commendation was in recognition of Corporal Villanueva’s excellence in the line of duty while maintaining the highest standards of police conduct. Corporal Villanueva made three arrests during two traffic stops in April and June of this year after finding items consistent with tools used for burglaries. The three suspects apprehended by Villanueva are believed to be behind recent criminal activity in the City.
Corporal Villanueva has been with the Shavano Park Police Department since June of last year and was recently promoted to Corporal.
Thursday, June 18, 2015
The City of Shavano Park recently received recognition by multiple outside organizations as premier community within the greater San Antonio region. Motovo, a real estate firm, recently ranked Shavano Park as the second best place to live near San Antonio. Shavano Park was also ranked the sixth safest suburb and eighth best place to raise a family by Niche, a national research firm. Lastly BusinessInsider, a financial news organization, found Shavano Park to be the fourteenth wealthiest suburb in the country.
Monday, June 08, 2015
The Texas Municipal League (TML) has issued a Legislative Update detailing the laws that impact cities passed in the 84th Legislative Session. This update provides a synopsis of the legislature's impact on municipal independence and authority, an issue a great many bills from the 84th Legislature addressed. You can find more information about TML and the 84th Legislative Session at http://www.tml.org/.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Beckmann Quarry, which began operations in 1930’s, is located just north of 1604 across from the City of Shavano Park and is owned by Martin Marietta (Martin). The quarry will renew mining operations on the west side of NW Military Highway starting in June 2015. Many residents will notice the operations when they conduct a blast because they will be closer in proximity. While the quarry has previously conducted occasional blasting operations in this area, they will become more frequent. The reason for the change in operations is that they have completed mining on the east side of N.W. Military Highway and will resume mining on their remaining property which has Quarry Development zoning.
Martin’s Regional Vice President / General Manager Central Texas District has reached out to the City leaders a number of times to explain their approach and the many mitigating measures that they have and will continue to take in order to minimize the effects of the operation. I’ve also met with an independent seismic monitoring firm in order to understand how the effects of the blasts are monitored and then reported. The amount of information I’ve learned is too much for this article, but a couple key points.
- It is likely that many residents on the north side of town will feel occasional blasts.
- Vibrations, which are easily controlled by the charge amounts and newer technology employed at Beckmann, will be at very low levels as guaranteed by Martin. These operating levels are several times lower than even non-damaging thresholds designated by the U.S. Bureau of Mines.
- Mostly, what some residents will feel is the overpressure from sound.
- Quote from their briefing: “Martin Marietta will conduct blasting at safe levels that will NEVER result in damage to any home or structure.”
- Information on operations and blasting scheduling can be found here.
- Additional monitors will be installed in order to effectively monitor the vibration and overpressure levels and these results will be shared with the City and residents.
I and several others (Manager of 3 HOAs, several citizens and businesses) will meet with Martin on a quarterly basis in order to keep track and to keep you informed. In the meantime, if you have questions or concerns feel free to call or email me!
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Monday, March 02, 2015
The Texas Comptrollers Office has awarded the City of Shavano Park its silver award for meeting strict online financial transparency guidelines.
In an effort to increase financial transparency and keep citizens informed about how tax dollars are being spent, the City of Shavano Park now offers financial and other information under a single Government Transparency
webpage. Head there for the latest Council proceedings and budgetary information offered by the City. You can always find the page by clicking the green button underneath the left menu.
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Last night, February 23rd, Dr. Susan Korbel of Core Research presented the results of the Municipal Tract Citizen Survey to City Council. Core Research's formal report can be viewed in PDFs under "read more" or Dr. Korbel's oral report can be seen on the Shavano Park Youtube channel.