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Fair Oaks Ranch officials are considering a code of conduct for the city's elected leaders. Courtesy photo/Google Streets

Code of conduct for Fair Oaks Ranch City Council

FAIR OAKS RANCH — A residents’ advisory committee will help the City Council to develop a code of conduct for municipal leaders. 

The city is accepting applications through Jan. 26 for participation with the Citizens Code of Conduct Advisory Committee, whose initiation charter and selection process was approved by the City Council on Jan. 7. An online link to the applications can be found here.

The council on Feb. 4 will be updated on submittals for the panel, and interview applicants mid to late February. Council will choose committee members no later than March 4.

Council members Snehal Patel, Laura Koerner and Greg Maxton are overseeing the efforts around developing a code of conduct for the city’s elected leaders. 

The move to create a code follows a November 2020 council workshop where Councilwoman MaryAnne Havard uttered an expletive in open session in response to Patel’s remarks about taxes.

Since then, Havard offered an apology, and city leaders and residents have talked about how best to accommodate discussions on a wide range of views involving even the most sensitive topics. 

Filings for May elections end Feb. 12

City council and school board hopefuls have from Jan. 13 until 5 p.m. Feb. 12 to file for a ballot spot ahead of May 1 elections. 

In San Antonio, the mayor’s office and all 10 council spots are open for applications.

For Fair Oaks Ranch, the mayoral post and Place 1 council seat are up for grabs.

The same goes for the District 5 and District 6 seats in Northside Independent School District.

San Antonio’s council terms last two years, Fair Oaks Ranch’s three years, and the NISD board four years.

UTSA Leads Cybersecurity initiative

The University of Texas at San Antonio recently launched the Cybersecurity Manufacturing Innovation Institute, or CyManII, a $111 million public-private partnership designed to help strengthen U.S. advanced manufacturing and make industries more energy efficient, resilient and competitive worldwide.

UTSA is leading the institute, having entered into a five-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy to head up a consortium of 59 proposed member institutions to introduce a cybersecure energy-return on investment, officials said.

“CyManII leverages the unique research capabilities of the Idaho, Oak Ridge and Sandia National Laboratories as well as critical expertise across our partner cyber manufacturing ecosystem,” said UTSA President Taylor Eighmy in a statement. “UTSA is proud and honored to partner with the DOE to advance cybersecurity in energy-efficient manufacturing for the nation.”

Taco chain to open Rim-area eatery

Velvet Taco, a Dallas-based fast-casual chain focused on tacos and margaritas, recently announced plans to open a second San Antonio location at 5515 N. Loop 1604, Suite 105, in the Rim Crossing development.

The company is already creating its first Alamo City venture at the former Viva Tacoland near Pearl. Velvet Taco currently has 17 franchises in Dallas, Houston, Austin and three other locales outside Texas.

La Cantera Resort Co-Sponsors Wellness Series

La Cantera Resort & Spa and the University of Texas at San Antonio partnered to begin 2021 with a yearlong Zoom lecture series, which explores wellness on various levels, including mental, physical and spiritual. 

The Loma de Vida WellYou Lecture Series contain monthly presentations by educators and experts. Each session costs $10 with proceeds benefiting the UTSA scholarship fund for public health. 

For details, visit https://www.lomadevidaspa.com/i/downloads/WellYou_2021.pdf.

Volunteers Sought for Northside ISD food distribution

The Northside Independent School District seeks volunteers to help with major food-distribution events.

They’ll be held with the San Antonio Food Bank and are scheduled for Feb. 5 and 19, March 5 and 19, April 9 and 23, May 7 and 21, and June 4 and 18 at Gustafson Stadium, Loop 410 and Culebra Road.

Each distribution supports 1,300 to 1,800 families struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic. About 230 volunteers are needed for every session.

To volunteer, go to https://safb.secure.force.com/jobcalendar. 

Fair Oaks Ranch projects reviewed

FAIR OAKS RANCH — City officials recently addressed various current, planned and potential infrastructure projects.

Representatives from engineering firm Kimley Horn briefed City Council, saying they’re nearly done designing a 500,000-gallon elevated water tank that will be built along Ammann Road just west of Ralph Fair Road.

Councilman Steve Hartpence, who originally dissented on the water tower, led a separate discussion to see whether the city could stop work on the tank design. The council voted to table his idea for future talks.

The council also recently held a workshop to review the city’s stormwater capital-improvement program. Officials are mulling the creation of a municipal stormwater utility district.

In addition, the council discussed the city’s water/wastewater capital improvement program. Leaders are looking at forming a long-term plan to fund priority projects to address Fair Oaks Ranch’s infrastructure needs. 

According to city staff and consultants K Friese & Associates, the town has more than $50 million worth of water and wastewater projects in need of attention during the next 10 years.

Boerne ISD football players receive academic honors

Officials said 39 football student-athletes from Boerne and Boerne-Champion high schools were named to the 2020 Texas High School Coaches Association and Coaches Education Foundation All-State Academic Team. 

The Chargers led the way with 26, including seven on the first team; the Greyhounds amassed 13, with nine making the second squad.

New food-truck park opens 

A family- and pet-friendly food-truck park recently opened at 21880 Babcock Road, west of Leon Springs and The Dominion. 

Named after the Kremkau Divide, a ridge running through the property, The Divide includes a structure built in the 1950s and renovated by the Galvan family for their new venture. 

The space includes indoor and patio seating, a bar with beer and wine, an ice cream/snack shop, a small dog park, and a live-music pavilion. Visitors may even buy a small bag of feed to give to chickens roaming the property.

A number of food trucks offering various are also on-site. 

Hours are 4-11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to midnight Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday.

For more, visit https://www.thedivide-kremkau.com or facebook.com/thedivide.kremkau/

eortiz@localcommunitynews.com

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