Wednesday, July 6, 2016

District 10 Update, July 6, 2016

Upcoming Important Meetings

1st Annual National Night Out Safety Fair

July 16th, 9-12PM, at Public Safety Headquarters

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance

July 18th, 7PM,  at the Tool Yard

Want to publicize your neighborhood event?

If so, please send an e-mail to Rebecca Podowski to make a request to post on our Facebook page!

July 6th, 2016

Dear Neighbors,
We hope you all had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July this past Monday. The Fire Department indicated that they received 697 calls on the fireworks hotline and responded to almost 30 fire- and smoke-related emergency calls. This hotline was created as a public service to dispatch emergency services to fireworks-related issues during holidays, and I'm pleased to report that the majority of the calls stemmed from the north-east side of town. Thank you all for doing your part to keep our city safe. 

National Night Out is only a few months away, and neighborhoods all over the city are registering. If your neighborhood has not yet registered, please contact Jo Alexander, our District 10 Coordinator for National Night Out. She can be reached at We've also included in this newsletter information about the 1st annual National Night Out Safety Fair on July 16th, sponsored by SAPD. This event will be held at SAPD headquarters and can connect you with various city, county, state, and national groups dedicated to promoting public safety. 

We would like to thank all the neighborhoods who sent representatives to Neighborhood Day 2016. I was so pleased to see so many familiar faces in the crowd. District 10 is known for being a district of strong neighborhoods, and I hope other neighborhoods can learn from us and develop their own network of community leaders. 

As the summer heats up, please be sure to check on your elderly neighbors. Heat advisories are starting to become a daily occurrence, and our seniors could be at risk for heat-related health issues. If you know an elderly resident who could benefit from a box fan to help beat the heat, tell them to call 211 and request to be included in the Dial-A-Fan program. This program provides a free box fan to seniors in our area and runs through September. 

Thank you for staying actively involved in our community and for your strong support of District 10.


Mike Gallagher
City Councilman District 10

PSA: 100 Deadliest Days

Quarterly NEC Business Development Breakfast

"Access to Capital"

Friday, July 29th
Children's Rehabilitation Institute (CRIT) - 10839 Quarry Park

Are you are small business owner or entrepreneur looking for ways to grow your current business or start a new one? Did you know there are several organizations in the San Antonio area dedicated to assisting  small businesses by providing access to capital? Join the NEC for their Business Development Breakfast this month. 

Representatives from both traditional bank and non-profit lending sources will discuss small business and micro loans as well as resources for technical assistance with the loan application process. Breakfast and other updates on the NEC revitalization initiative will be provided.

Your District, In Action

Neighborhood Day 2016

Recognizing the Animal Defense League of Texas

Grand opening of Blessed Angels Community Center

Be part of the team as we work together to make San Antonio a safe place to live, work and play! Join us at our 1st NNO Safety Fair. This is a great opportunity to share your information and resources with our community.

9AM - 12 NOON

Services and Resources
Activities and Fun
MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)
University Hospital
SAFFE Officers
SAPD-Auto Theft
AACOG - Elderly Affairs
SA Fire Department
SACADA - Circles of San Antonio
SAPD - Juvenile Missing Persons
UTSA Police
Free auto etching
Free fingerprinting
Free CPS kits
Free drinks/snacks

For information, contact
 or call 210-207-8927.    

Your City: Explained

What happens when a water main breaks?

Sometimes, Google can't tell us everything. Luckily, SAWS has demystified the process of how they respond to a water main break in an effort to educate the public on what to expect. 
  1. SAWS is notified of water main break (usually through residents calling 704-7297), or any other method possible.
  2. SAWS Emergency Operations Center dispatches service request electronically to SAWS Coordinator.
  3. SAWS Coordinator arrives on-site to investigate situation (typically ASAP, but can be within 2 hours), confirms required equipment and manpower, and calls-in locate requests to determine conflicts with other utilities.
  4. If work is determined to be an emergency (property damage or significant health and safety impact), utility locates can be expedited to occur within 2-4 hours.  Non-emergency locates can occur within 48 hours.
  5. SAWS calls in or electronically submits the request for City permits prior to starting construction.
  6. Requested equipment is mobilized to location.
  7. If needed, traffic control equipment is dispatched to site.
  8. SAWS assesses situation to minimize number of properties impacted by the pending shutdown.  SAWS reviews electronic maps and records of infrastructure to plan most effective shutdown and backup valves (30 minutes).
  9. If appropriate, SAWS may need to determine if area has active dialysis or other activities which MUST be notified before water service is terminated for repair work to be started (30 minutes).
  10. While waiting for locates and other information, SAWS crews may begin hand digging and operating valves to minimize property damage.
  11. After locates are complete, SAWS crew begins excavation work and makes repair (repair can be less than 4 hours, or considerably more depending on size and complexity of job).
  12. Once repair is made, excavation must be backfilled, wet spoils and debris removed, and any required restoration (concrete or asphalt) is scheduled for a later date.
To the extent possible, many of these tasks can run concurrently.  However, the time from initial report until the leak is terminated can typically be 4 hours, and completion of the repair with service restored can be 8 or more hours.  Depending on activity level when the main break occurs, this "typical" time can be shorter or longer.

Stinson Hosts Free Flight Club Seminar
How to Start a Flight Club

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) will be holding a free "Flying Club" Seminar at Stinson Municipal Airport Saturday, July 30th from 10-11:30 a.m.

The seminar is designed to demystify the process of starting and running a successful flight club. Discover how to fly more, spend less and have more fun in the process.

To register for the complimentary seminar and learn more about the free resources available from AOPA that make forming and operating a flight club easier and more productive than ever call 1-800-872-2672 or visit

RSVP deadline by July 28, 2016.

Redland Road South Project Update

Jones Maltsberger Road Bridge Closure
  • The bridge on Jones Maltsberger Rd is closed from June 6th through August 14th, 2016, during the summer school break.
  • Detour signage is in place.
  • Please click here for the bridge detour map.

June 2016 activities
  • Demolition work on the Jones Maltsberger Rd bridge/low water crossing. 
  • Utility crew excavation of gas trench and installation of gas line on Redland Rd.
  • Roadway widening and grading work on Redland Rd.
  • AT&T working on splicing and fiber optic lines.
  • SAWS water main and tie-in work at Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Fire hydrant installation on Redland Rd and Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Utility crew excavation and installation of storm drain at Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Hauled away debris from site.

Planned activities for the next 3+ weeks
  • Utility crews to continue excavating gas trench and installation on Redland Rd.
  • Crews to continue roadway widening and grading on Redland Rd. 
  • AT&T to continue working on splicing and fiber optic lines.
  • SAWS to continue water main work at Jones Maltsberger Rd. 
  • SAWS planning sewer line work on Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Utility crew to continue excavation and installation of storm drains at Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Utility crew planning excavation and installation for box culverts at Jones Maltsberger Rd.
  • Utility crew to start excavating and installing storm drain on Redland Rd on the east side at 1604 area.
  • Haul away debris from site.
All work is subject to favorable weather conditions. If you have questions about the project, please contact:
Joey Doctor | Capital Projects Officer

Upcoming Events at District 10 Libraries

Semmes Library (15060 Judson Rd., 78247)

Semmes Classic Literature Group
Saturday, July 9
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Join us this month for a discussion of "The Complete Fables" by Aesop.

Tobin Branch Library at Oakwell (4134 Harry Wurzbach, 78209)

Tobin Writers Group
Saturday, July 9
10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Come join our writers' group for an opportunity to share, discuss and critique your work with fellow writers. All skill levels and ages are welcome.

Sunday, July 10
Noon - 5 p.m.
Do you love the magic of Joss Whedon? Then this club is for you! Join other Joss Whedon fans to talk about our favorite writer/director.

For more information or additional events, visit the library website

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