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City of Leon Valley Town Hall Meeting. Background. Since 1972, when the original City Hall was built, the City of Leon Valley has grown by over 8,900 residents The current City Hall facilities have not kept pace with technology, privacy and ADA requirements, and building codes. Background.

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City of leon valley town hall meeting

City of Leon ValleyTown Hall Meeting


Background
Background

  • Since 1972, when the original City Hall was built, the City of Leon Valley has grown by over 8,900 residents

    • The current City Hall facilities have not kept pace with technology, privacy and ADA requirements, and building codes


Background1
Background

  • Leon Valley Fire and EMS

    • Approximately 2,000 annually

      • 166 per month

  • Leon Valley Police Department

    • Approximately 10,000 annually

      • 833 per month


Background (Cont.)

  • City Hall Expansion History

    • Addition – Fire/Police/Administration 1980

    • Fire Dept. Training Room/Emergency Operations Center 1985

    • Fire Dept. Ambulance Bay Addition 1999

    • Mayor/City Manager/Conference Room 2002

  • Leon Valley has had no Bond Election since 1979


Background cont
Background (Cont.)

  • In January of 2011, as part of the Town Hall meeting, the need to expand City facilities was identified as a priority.


Background cont1
Background (Cont.)

  • In July of 2011 a Citizen’s Committee was formed to conduct an in-depth assessment of the facilities

    • Olen Yarnell – Chairman, Mike Davis, Mayor Pro-Tem Jack Dean, Pedro Esquivel, Councilmember Kathy Hill, Fire Chief Stan Irwin, City Manager Manuel Longoria Jr., Al Uvietta, Police Chief Randall Wallace


Background cont2
Background (Cont.)

  • The Committee worked with Alamo Architects who conducted a needs assessment and provided technical assistance in;

    • evaluating square footage requirements

    • projecting design and engineering considerations

    • construction costs


Background cont3
Background (Cont.)

  • The assessment resulted in the Committee’s recommendation for

    • 15,000 square feet of additional space

    • Renovation of existing space (19,714 sq. ft.)

  • With the changes, public safety and support services will operate in a modern, efficient, and compliant manner


Public input
Public Input

  • Town Hall Meeting

    • Jan 28, 2012

  • Public Hearings

    • February 7, 15, 21, and 27, 2012

  • Citizen Tours

    • February 11 and 25, 2012


Needs Assessment - Findings

Fire Department

Fire Chief Stan Irwin


Needs Assessment - Findings

Fire Department

  • Improve Facility to Support Overall Department

  • Function

    • Training Room

    • Fitness Room

    • Dedicated Room for Report Writing

    • HIPPA Compliant Secretarial Area


Needs Assessment - Findings

Fire Department

  • Apparatus Needs

    • Eliminate Shared Drive with Police

    • Improve Access

    • Ventilation – Exhaust Collection

    • Apparatus Bays

    • Decontamination Area

    • Secured Parking Lot for Emergency

    • Response Vehicles and Trailers

    • Covered Parking for Emergency Response

    • Vehicles


Needs Assessment - Findings

Fire Department

  • Firefighters & EMS

    • Individual Dormitory Spaces

    • Improve Female Locker/Shower Rooms

    • Improve Common Living Areas; Dayroom,

    • Kitchen, Laundry Facilities, etc.

    • Meet Fire Code with Kitchen Equipment

    • Improve Safety with Sprinkler System


Needs Assessment - Findings

Fire Department

  • Improve Storage

    • Turnout Gear

    • Hazardous Materials

    • Evidence

    • High Value Equipment

    • EMS Supplies


Needs Assessment - Findings

Police Department

Police Chief Randall Wallace


Needs Assessment - Findings

Police Department

  • Improve Facility to Support Overall Department

  • Function

    • Training Room

    • Privacy – CID

    • Secluded Room for Reports

    • Patrol Officer Locker Room

    • Patrol Car Parking


Needs Assessment - Findings

Police Department

  • Improve Storage

    • Armory

    • Technology Room

    • Evidence

    • Locker Room, Gear Lockers


Needs Assessment - Findings

Police Department

  • Improve Security

    • Prisoner Hold Area

    • Security Camera Coverage

    • Centralize Dispatch

    • Centralize Door Lock Controls

  • Prisoners

    • Intake Process

    • Interview

    • Juveniles


Needs Assessment - Findings

Support Services

City Manager Manuel Longoria Jr.


Needs Assessment - Findings

Support Services

  • Improve Space for City Support Services

  • Improve Service Windows for Privacy

  • Court Day Process

  • Improve for City Admin. & Visitors

Alamo Architects

January 28, 2012


Needs Assessment - Findings

Support Services

  • Better Meeting Spaces for Private Conversations

  • Better Workspaces

    • In General

    • Particularly:

    • Finance Director

    • Human Resources

    • Community Development

    • Judge and Prosecutor

  • Improve Storage

Alamo Architects

January 28, 2012




Floodway Issue

  • Recommended plan moves the Fire Station, which currently has areas below the flood plain, to a new location – out of the flood plain

  • All occupied areas of the renovated facilities would be located above the flood plain






Recommended Plan

  • City Council unanimously called for a Bond Election for the Public Safety and Support Services facilities on February 27, 2012


Election Timing

  • Interest rates for project funding is at the lowest point since 1967

  • Leon Valley has an excellent credit rating (AA)

  • Labor and materials cost are at their lowest point in years


Approximately how much will the Bond cost a Homeowner?

  • The tax rate for debt service will increase by approximately $0.0497 cents per $100 valuation.

  • The above projected tax rate impact is NOT applicable to homeowners over 65 that have applied for and received the tax freeze.



Early Voting

  • Area Early Voting Locations

    • Leon Valley Conference Center

    • Great Northwest Library

    • Wonderland/Crossroads Mall

    • Northside Activity Center

    • Bexar County Justice Center

  • For additional Early Voting locations, please check www.leonvalleytexas.gov


Election Day Voting

May 12, 2012

7:00 am – 7:00 pm

  • 3002, 3003   John Marshall High School, 8000 Lobo Lane

  • 2061, 2143 Leon Valley City Hall, 6400 El Verde Rd

  • 2112,2126  Leon Valley Elementary School, 7111 Huebner

  • 2151 Neff Middle School, 5227 Evers Rd


Summary

  • If passed, Leon Valley’s Public Safety and Support Services bond would;

  • Build a new 15,000 square foot Fire Station with male and female sleeping rooms and

  • locker rooms, and secured, covered parking for public safety and rescue vehicles and

  • equipment

  • Renovate 9,922 square feet of existing space for the Police Department, expanding

  • current space and adding new features such as a secured prisoner entry port, dedicated

  • detention for juveniles and dedicated space for victim and prisoner interviews

  • Renovate 9,792 square feet of existing space for Support Services, adding office

  • spaces, meeting space and storage

  • Provide public facilities that will meet space needs now and for the next 25 – 30  years


Summary

  • Plans for the new Fire Station and the complete renovation of existing spaces provide an efficient use of the existing building


Summary

  • Leon Valley has a history of prudent management of tax dollars

    • Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for the last 13 fiscal years



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