VOTE TOM SCHOOLCRAFT
For MAYOR of HELOTES
May 24, 2007 - May 12, 2021
•Located, identified, and supervised the cleaning of 19 clogged culverts in seven locations to help alleviate flooding
•Implemented an effective street maintenance program to repair potholes, cracking, etc
•Designed and supervised installation of flood gates on Antonio and Scenic Loop Roads
•Provided oversight for the design and construction of the Police and Fire Stations in 2009 and 2010
•Designed and implemented our Emergency Dispatch Center located in the Police Station. The center went fully operational at noon on October 4, 2010
•Introduced the concept and implemented the activation of our Emergency Medical Service (EMS) division including
the purchase of two ambulances and the hiring of paramedics in 2010 and 2011
•Worked with Bexar County to install ten high water detection and early warning stations in the City
•Implemented program to purchase new police patrol vehicles each year, as needed, on a four year rotation
•Started a separate Public Works Department. We equipped them to complete many projects that were previously subcontracted to outside companies, thus saving the City hundreds of thousands of dollars. These projects included maintaining our parks and the grounds at City Hall, making sure our culverts were cleared of debris and the drainage channels were mowed, and completing road maintenance such as pot holes and crack repair
•Provided oversight for the design and supervised construction of the concrete abutments and installation of the pedestrian bridge in Old Town Helotes. Designed the sidewalk layout and handrails at each end of the bridge and managed the installation of each.
•Designed and helped build the Helotes City Park Playground
•Designed and helped build the Helotes Fitness Park and Disc Golf Course
•Organized the Helotes Area Community Band (HACB)
•Introduced the idea for and implemented:
•Movie Nights at the Park
•Veterans Day Concert
•Lighting of the Lights ceremony with Santa and Mrs. Clause visiting with children during the event
•Lighted Christmas Parade
•Independence Day Concert at City Hall featuring the HACB and patriotic music, family activities, free hot dogs, apple pie, and Blue Bell Ice Cream cups, and ending the event with an exciting fireworks display
•City sponsorship of the annual Cornyval parade
Infrastructure And Capital
•Obtained donation of land for the right-of-way and worked with the Texas Department of Transportation (Tx Dot) to obtain funding for the FM 1560 realignment project behind the Shell Station with the goal to reduce traffic congestion and wait times in the area
•Worked with TxDot to obtain funding for the flood control bridge on FM 1560 between Saltillo Flat and Alta Loma
•Worked with TxDot to approve and fund the flood control project to upsize the culvert on Bandera Road at Cedar Trail
•Managed the design, and worked with the San Antonio Water Systems (SAWS) on the installation of a 12" water main and 8" sewer main on the East side of Bandera Road from Circle A Trail to Scenic Loop Road, a joint project of the City and the Helotes Economic Development Corporation
•Worked with TxDot to widen Hausman Road from Bandera Road to Loop 1604 to four lanes with a center left turn lane, bicycle lanes, curbs, and sidewalks.
•Worked with TxDot to improve Bandera Road by adding lanes and upgrading the intersections between Loop 1604 and Diamond K (this is the project that is under construction now)
•Worked with TxDot to improve Bandera Road from Diamond K to just north of the FM 1560 intersection
•Worked with TxDot to improve FM 1560 from Riggs Road to Shaenfield Road to four lanes with a center left turn lane, bicycle lanes, curbs, and sidewalks. This project will also include a new bridge at Helotes Creek
•Requested that TxDOT complete a traffic count at the intersection of FM 1560 and what is now Iron Horse Way which resulted in the installation of the traffic light at that intersection
•Worked with Bexar County Flood Control on the design and construction of the French Creek Tributary drainage project which is located between Evans Valley and Cedar Springs and removed more than 50 homes from the 100 food plain. The project also included a new culvert on Rocking M Trail at Diamond K and drainage channel improvements
•Worked with our State Representatives and Senators in 2013 to bring the City of San Antonio to the negotiating table where they gave Helotes approximately 8.7 square miles of their extraterritorial jurisdiction to ensure our future growth for decades to come.
We Worked Hard For 14 Years
From May 24, 2007 Until May 12, 2021
To Make Helotes Extra Special!
All of the projects we completed, the accomplishments we achieved, and each of our City sponsored events held each year including Movie Nights at the Park, Marketplace at Old Town Helotes, concerts by our Helotes Area Community Band, the Cornyval Parade, and us just being Helotes contributed to our selection by Bloomberg Business Week as "The Best Small Town in Texas to Raise Kids" in 2013.