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BexarMet Demand Management Plan


By
Nathan Riggs
BexarMet Water Efficiency Manager

 

The summer of 2006 lives in infamy in the minds of Stone Oak residents as well as BexarMet employees who worked to deal with the landscape watering restrictions and prohibitions issued between June and August of 2006.  A lot has changed in the months since, including plans for additional water and storage facilities for the BexarMet water system that includes Stone Oak, Sonterra, Greystone, Hill Country Village and Hollywood Park.

 

$550 million City of San Antonio Bond Proposal

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On May 12, 2007, San Antonio voters will have the opportunity to consider the City of San Antonio’s $550 Million Bond Program. The program includes 151 projects designed to improve and enhance existing, as well as acquire or construct, new, local streets, bridges, sidewalks, drainage facilities, parks, athletics facilities, libraries and public health centers.

Five propositions supporting the bond program will be included on the ballot: Proposition 1 - Streets, Bridges and Sidewalks Improvements; Proposition 2 - Drainage Improvements; Proposition 3 - Parks, Recreation, Open Space, and Athletics Improvements; Proposition 4 - Library Improvements; and Proposition 5 - Public Health Facilities Improvements. Voters will be asked to consider each proposition individually.

All sides of San Antonio will benefit from projects proposed in the bond program. Many projects address infrastructure needs in a specific area while several projects have a regional or city-wide benefit for all residents. A majority of the projects were recommended by four Community Bond Committees, comprised of 128 residents, who utilized a comprehensive public participation process to obtain community input on potential projects to be incorporated into the program. Ninety-three percent of the Committees’ recommendations were adopted by City Council as part of the bond program to be put before voters.

The $550 million program is the largest municipal bond program in San Antonio history. The program can be achieved without a property tax rate increase due to San Antonio’s expected strong economic growth and the City’s disciplined debt management plan. The bonds will be repaid with property tax revenue the City collects on an annual basis. Bonds will be issued, and each project funded, over a five-year period (2007 through 2012). Several proposed projects combine City bond resources with other entity funding to complete needed improvements.

Bush Middle School sends off 8th graders in style!

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The Barbara Bush Middle School 8th graders are about to embark on their high school careers.  In recognition and celebration of their middle school years we are hosting a party in their favor.  It is Saturday May 5th, 2007 from 7-9:30pm at the Holy Trinity Banquet Hall on Huebner Road.  The theme is masquerade and the dress is semi formal—DRESS TO IMPRESS!!  There will be a DJ providing the music, as well as food, door prizes and tons of fun.  We encourage every 8th grader to attend—and bring all your friends!

We are still accepting donations from area businesses and individuals to help defray the cost of the party or to purchase the door prizes.  If you would like to make a contribution please contact Nancy Woodall at nwoodall@satx.rr.com  or 481-9431.

Texas fights to curb drunk drivers

 

Senator Wentworth column                                        Contact: Margaret Patterson

 

For immediate release/April 13, 2007                            (210) 826-7800

 

A Brief History of Socks

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I don't know how much you may already know about handmade wool socks, but they are truly miraculous!

Handknitted stockings first appeared in Britain during the reign of Henry VIII. In 1560 his daughter Queen Elizabeth I received a gift of knitted silk stockings and declared she would never wear cloth stockings again because the knitted ones were so pleasant. Schools were created to teach knitting skills to children and the poor, and by the mid-seventeenth century people throughout the British countryside were knitting for income.  Throughout the nineteenth century, thousands of pairs of British stockings were exported to Europe & America.  

Report your Sonterra water pressure problems to BexarMet

We have been asked by BexarMet to obtain information from our Sonterra residents regarding water pressure problems experienced in our neighborhoods.  BexarMet needs information on specific addresses where these problems have occurred on a fairly consistent basis.  If you have had a problem at your residence with either high or low pressure during peak hours (the hours of 4:00 – 9:00 a.m. or 4:00 – 9:00 p.m.), or ongoing all-the-time, please reply to Tonja Condor at TCondor@hillcountrymgmt.com 

Stone Oak street With 8-Foot Drop-Off Repaired

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Posted by:  Laura Berryhill

A neighborhood street divided by an eight-foot cliff has finally been fixed.

The uneven street was on Knights Cross off Stone Oak Parkway in far north San Antonio.

City Council says two separate developers built the street and never connected it. The eight-foot drop-off caused a problem for neighbors living on Knights Cross.

"It's quite inconvenient because we have children that go to Bush Middle School, " said Mikel Hill, who lives in Stone Oak. "We have to drive all the way around to get them to school."

After nearly a year of construction and a price tag of half a million dollars, Knights Cross is now connected. The repaired street opens to traffic today.

Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off

 Courtesy of Laura Lopez of TxDOT

Volunteers to Collect Tons of Litter at the
22nd Annual Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off

Texans Prepare to Take Part in the Largest One-Day Cleanup Event in State

Thousands of Texans from across the state will join together on Saturday, April 14, 2007, for one of the nation’s largest single-day cleanups – The Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off. This event is co-sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB), the grassroots arm of the Don’t Mess with Texas campaign.

Will SAWS takeover Bexar Met?

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The Bexar Metropolitan Water District is one step closer to having its Board of Directors replaced with the Bexar County Commissioners Court, following action at the State Capitol this month. On April 3, the Texas House of Representatives overwhelming passed House Bill 1565 which allows County Commissioners to take over the troubled water district.

 

County Commissioner for Precinct 3 Lyle Larson and City Councilman for District 9 Kevin Wolff hosted a town hall meeting that same day to inform the homeowners’ association presidents in Stone Oak, Timberwood Park and other communities currently served by Bexar Met about this potential change.

Tollroads encounter roadblocks

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 Contact: Margaret Patterson
  (210) 826-7800

                                           Toll roads encounter major legislative roadblock
by Jeff Wentworth
State Senator, District 25
            If public participation is a sign of a healthy democracy, then when it comes to toll roads, our state’s legislative process is, as we say in Texas, “healthy as a horse.”