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The City hired Freese and Nichols, a city planner, to assist with future development and land use.
The City will not make decisions about development and land use without giving the residents of Garden Ridge the opportunity to participate in the future development process. The City will hold several opportunities for discussion and review of proposals at public meetings.
There has been no proposal presented to and no proposal is being considered by the City of Garden Ridge regarding the building of low income apartments on F.M. 2252.
Home Rule is the privilege citizens have at the grass roots level to manage their own governmental affairs with minimal interference from the State. Home Rule assumes that government issues should be solved at the level closest to the people.
The City of Garden Ridge is currently a General Law City governed by the laws of the State of Texas. Since the City has grown to over 5,000 inhabitants, the Texas Constitution allows the City to establish its own rules for municipal government by adopting a Home Rule Charter. The City would still be subject to statutory and Constitutional constraints, but the powers available to the City through the Charter would be greatly expanded up to the limits set in the Charter, not by State law.
Home Rule cities operate in an inverse manner from General Law cities in that their power is derived expressly from their Charter, instead of State law. If a General Law City is not granted the express or implied power by the State to initiate a particular action, none may be taken.
There are numerous distinctions between a Home Rule City and a General Law City. The following are a few distinctions that tend to receive the most attention amongst cities considering transition to Home Rule:
Home Rule cities are required to write and adopt a Charter. The Charter, for all practical purposes, is a municipal Constitution that is written and adopted by the citizens of the Home Rule city via an election. The Charter defines, grants, and limits the powers, duties, and responsibilities of local government based on local preferences and desires. The citizens determine the necessary controls over their city government such as elections, referendums, initiatives, and recall. Essentially, the City Charter describes and defines local government based on local preferences and controls as opposed to general laws which have been written by the Texas legislature.
The Charter Commission was created by City Council in October 2022 to draft a proposed Home Rule Charter for the City of Garden Ridge. The members received guidance from Attorney Charlie Zech, Mayor Robb Erickson, City Administrator Nancy Cain, and City Secretary Marisa Spencer. The Charter Commission is composed of the following members:
Changing to Home Rule will not impact your daily life, but does impact citizen control, interest, involvement, and pride in municipal government. Home Rule creates a government framework that will ensure the City grows strategically and to the standards of the community. Home Rule helps set the foundation for more government efficiency, more revenue-generating options, and more control over land use, which provide long-term benefits to the community.
The only potential disadvantage to becoming Home Rule is if the Charter is not written well. Residents can ensure the Charter is written well by serving on the Charter Commission and/or providing feedback to the Charter Commissioners.
The Charter Commission desired to create a Charter which maximizes local control over City governance, minimizes changes to existing structure, and creates new opportunities for local control.
Form of Governance: City Council-Manager
Powers of the City: All powers and rights of “self-government and home rule that exist now or may be granted to municipalities by the Constitution and State of Texas”
City Council Composition – same as current
Terms – same as current
Vacancies – same as current
Mayor and Mayor Pro-Tempore – same as current
Meetings and Quorum - same as current
Passage of Ordinances
Establishes office of City Manager
Establishes Municipal Court
Establishes City Attorney
Other offices as determined upon a recommendation of City Manager and approval of the City Council – same as current process
Provisions consistent with current practices and procedures
Recall, Initiative, and Referendum are new authority granted to citizens. These provisions are not available to General Law Cities. See "What is Recall, Initiative, and Referendum?" for detailed information.
Standard legal provisions on severability and wording interpretations
Disaster Clause – new
Recall, Initiative, and Referendum are new authority granted to citizens. These provisions are not available to General Law Cities.
Early Voting will be conducted at Garden Ridge City Hall on the following dates/times:
Visit the Elections Page for additional information.
Election Day is Saturday, May 6th from 7am to 7pm. View Election Day Polling Locations Here.
Contact our Finance Office at 210-651-6632 ext. 224
Job opportunities are posted on the City website under employment opportunities.
Applications are accepted only for positions that are currently open. Most positions have specified minimum qualifications. The minimum age requirement for regular full-time and part-time employment is 18.
Yes, all applicants must fill out a city application. Resumes submitted without a City application will be considered incomplete and not be accepted.
Yes, you may apply for as many open jobs as you wish, but a separate application or resume must be submitted for each position. Also, the job for which you are applying must be indicated on each application.
Applications are accepted in person, via mail or fax for positions that are currently open, but be sure to indicate the position for which you are applying. Our fax number is 210-651-9638.
If you have a resume, you may submit it with your application, but any other materials should be kept for an interview, unless otherwise noted in the job announcement.
Those selected for interviews will be contacted by the hiring supervisor. People that interviewed will be notified by e-mail when the position is filled.
It will not cost you anything to use the Amazon link below. This will take you directly to the Amazon website where you can shop. Amazon will pay the library a small percentage of anything you buy, but it costs you absolutely nothing extra! Remember us when you are Christmas shopping!
You can also support the Garden Ridge Library by signing up to volunteer. Volunteer Garden Ridge! link
Anyone who resides within the zip codes 78266 and 78132 is entitled to a library card at no charge. We also give cards to parents whose children attend Garden Ridge Elementary, as there is a pocket of people from another zip code who attend there. To obtain a library card please come to the library with proof of residence.Those who live outside of those two zip codes may obtain a non-resident card for $25 per year.
From our Catalog/My Account menu tab on the library’s main webpage, look for the box on the upper-right corner that reads: “Log in to library account.”
Enter all the numbers from the barcode on the back of your library card (without spaces), and then enter your password which is your telephone number (also without spaces or dashes).
Once you've opened up your account, you can:
The library currently has 4 computers with Internet access and equipped with Microsoft Office.
Printing from our computers is 15¢ per page in black and white.
Yes. If you have a wireless enabled device, wireless internet access is available at the Library. Currently we do not offer wireless printing.
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Books, audiobooks, & DVDs – 3 weeks
Materials can be renewed by phone during normal business hours or online anytime*
*As long as items are not on reserve for another patron. Materials on reservation by other patrons are not eligible for renewal.
Late charges are 25¢ a day for each item, with a $5 maximum for each item.
Lost or Damaged Items:
The cost of the item plus a $5 processing fee will be charged for items lost or returned damaged beyond repair
You also have the option of replacing the lost item with a brand new copy as long as the ISBN number matches, it is the same edition and you provide a receipt. There will also be a $5.00 processing fee if you choose this option.
If there is $5 or more in fines on a card, the cardholder will not be allowed to check out more items. Overdue reminders are sent automatically by email 3 days before an item is due and when materials are one week or more late.
You can return your library materials by dropping them in the outdoor bookdrop 24 hours a day. They may be returned at the circulation desk inside the library.
Yes! Our library subscribes to Libby and Libby Advantage, as well as SimplyE which provide access to free downloadable eBooks and audiobooks. You can check out our digital resources through our catalog page.
Books and other materials not available at this library may be borrowed from other libraries across the country through the Interlibrary Loan System (ILL).
Our Inter-library loan program can search a multi-state area for a title that you are interested in. There is a $5.00 fee for this services and a form that needs to be filled out. Items that cannot be requested are digital materials and materials less than 6 months old.
If you have a current library card, simply log in to your library account and scroll down till you see the heading “Is the library missing something?” Please choose “Yes” when asked if it's ok to borrow from another library, as a small postage fee applies. Enter as much information as you can about the item (author, title, format, fiction or nonfiction, part of a series, etc.). You can request three ILLs simultaneously.
If you would like assistance with an ILL request, please stop by or call 210-651-6570.
If you are a patron in good standing, you may obtain a TexShare card which enables you to go to other libraries in the surrounding area, such as the San Antonio Library. When you present the card, they will issue you a card and you will be able to check out 5 books at a time.
We do not have a copy machine. You may make a limited number of copies (10 for 15¢ each) on our printer. It is not made for large numbers of copies.
At this time we do not have fax capabilities. We can, however, scan documents and email them for you. There is no charge for this service.
The library has lots of opportunities for you to make a difference volunteering! We need people we can count on. We cannot at this time accept court-appointed community hours. We have limited volunteer opportunities for National Honor Society student. Come in and talk with the library director.
Yes! We are happy to receive materials that are in clean, like-new condition. The items are checked for their usefulness to the library. Any items not usable by the library are passed to the bookstore. We cannot guarantee that donations will be used in the library. Items donated become the property of the Garden Ridge Public Library and are subject to discard and disposal as the Library sees fit. Receipts will be provided to the donor upon request. Due to Internal Revenue Service regulations, the Library is prohibited from providing an estimate of the monetary value of the donation.
Please DO NOT donate items that are dirty, stained, moldy, water-damaged or infested with insects. Double-check your boxes and bags for personal items before donating. We’re sorry but we cannot accept textbooks, encyclopedias, Reader’s Digest condensed books, magazine, VHS tapes or books on cassette tapes.
Oak wilt is one of the most destructive tree diseases in the United States. The disease has killed more than 1 million trees in 76 Central Texas counties. Oak wilt is an infectious vascular disease caused by the fungus Bretziella fagacearum. The fungus invades and disables the water conducting system in susceptible trees. All oaks can be infected with oak wilt, but some species of oak are more susceptible than others. Red oaks, particularly Spanish oak (Quercus buckleyi), are very susceptible to the fungus. White oaks, like post oak (Q. stellata) and bur oak (Q. macrocarpa), are resistant to the fungus and rarely die from the disease. Live oaks (Q. virginiana and Q. fusiformis) are intermediate in susceptibility to oak wilt. However, they are seriously impacted by the disease because of their tendency to form root sprouts that result in a vast interconnected root system allowing the disease to easily spread to adjacent trees.
ALL OAKS CAN BE INFECTED BY THE FUNGUS THAT CAUSES OAK WILT!
Oak trees in central Texas are placed into one of two groups – red oaks or white oaks. Red oaks are the most susceptible to oak wilt, will typically die within two to four weeks of symptom appearance, and can play a unique role in spreading the disease. Common red oaks in central Texas include: Spanish oak (Quercus buckleyi), Shumard oak (Q. shumardii), and blackjack oak (Q. marilandica).
Oaks in the white oak group are the most resistant of the disease, with variations among the group depending on species. Post oak (Q. stellata), bur oak (Q. marilandica), and Mexican white oak (Q. polymorpha) are very resistant of the disease. These species may exhibit some canopy loss, but rarely die when infected. White shin oak (Q. sinuata var. breviloba), chinquapin oak (Q. muehlenbergii), and Lacey oak (Q. laceyi) can grow in stands with interconnected root systems, enabling the fungus to infect adjacent trees. These species are more resistant of the disease than red or live oaks and usually survive infection with moderate to severe canopy loss, but they can die in large numbers from the disease.
Live oak (Q. fusiformis) is a member of the white oak group and is the most common and abundant oak in central Texas. While live oaks succumb to oak wilt in the greatest numbers, they are intermediate in susceptibility to the disease with a small percentage (< 20%) surviving infection. Live oaks share a common root system. All live oaks in a stand are likely connected to each other and other live oaks as far as 200 feet away. If oak wilt infects one of the trees in the stand, the disease spreads through the common root system to adjacent trees and an oak wilt infection center begins.
Oak wilt spreads to other oak trees in two ways – long distances with the aid of certain beetles or locally through common or grafted roots. Sap-feeding (nitidulid) beetles are believed to be responsible for much of the long distance spread of oak wilt. During the spring, the oak wilt fungus forms special spore-producing structures called fungal mats on red oaks. Nitidulid beetles are small (about 1/8-inch long) and are attracted to oak wilt fungal mats because the mats have a sweet, “fruity” smell. Mats form underneath the bark of diseased red oaks and are not known to occur on live oak trees. The fungal mats apply pressure under the bark causing a tiny crack to form.
Prevention plays an important role in the management of oak wilt. Landowners and homeowners can take an active role in oak wilt prevention by taking the following steps:
Yes, the City has experienced cases of oak wilt within City limits.
The City created a program to partially reimburse homeowners with oak wilt abatement expenses.
The City is encouraging residents to donate to the Oak Wilt Fund at First United Bank to help residents offset some of the oak wilt abatement costs. If oak wilt spreads throughout the City, it will affect our beautiful trees and property values.
There are education materials on the City website and at City Hall to help with identifying oak wilt and some precautions you can take to avoid oak wilt damage.
More about the Oak Wilt in Texas and the Texas Oak Wilt Suppression Project:
A wastewater system installation began in March 2021 along F.M. 2252 and is expected to be completed by June 2021.
The City is funding the upfront cost of the Sewer Line Project with the reserves from the General Fund. Each developer or new business owner along F.M. 2252 will pay for their connection and pump to the sewer line. The Impact Fee Committee has recommended that the Impact Fee be set at $5,689.00 per service unit for Wastewater.
The City of Garden Ridge is working with TxDOT to install waste water lines during the expansion of F.M. 2252 to minimize the effects of construction on residents and other commuters.
Businesses along F.M. 2252 being served by a septic system will not be required to hook up to the wastewater lines, but will have the option to. However, if a septic systems fails, business owners will be required to connect to the service.
The installation of wastewater lines along F.M. 2252 will encourage development along the road, which will bring additional revenue to the City by way of sales tax. This additional revenue will reduce the property tax burden on the residents of Garden Ridge.