Oct 07

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 3:36 PM by Jenna Vinson

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

On Saturday, October 17, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. the City of New Braunfels will host a household hazardous waste (HHW) drop-off for residents at 550 Landa St in New Braunfels, in the parking lot at City Hall.  Participants must enter the parking lot from the Laurel Lane side.  The line begins at the entrance on the Laurel Lane side of the parking lot, queues up Laurel Lane, and then goes left on Wood Road toward Clearfield Drive.

The HHW event is for City of New Braunfels residents.  Please remember to wear a mask during interactions and wait in your car for your materials to be unloaded. Participants must bring a state-issued photo I.D. with current address to verify residency.  The last car in line at noon will be the last assisted.

Participants should not mix any items and transport them only in their car’s trunk or truck bed.  When possible, items should be in their original, properly sealed, and labeled containers.  The size of individual containers cannot exceed five gallons for liquid wastes.  Trailer loads will not be accepted in order to keep wait times to a minimum.

Not all items are accepted.  Prohibited items include ammunition, explosives, flares, fireworks, compressed natural gas cylinders, medical waste, pharmaceuticals, radioactive materials, commercial waste, tires, trash, and electronics. 

City residents can call (830) 221-4040 or visit the City’s website at www.nbtexas.org/hhw, for information about accepted items and event details.  Residents can also sign up for the Solid Waste and Recycling list through the Keep Me Informed feature on the City’s website to receive notifications and details about HHW and other events.

Oct 07

Are You Up For The Challenge?

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 3:26 PM by Jenna Vinson

Dos rios Cleanup Challenge

For 2020, the Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup is transforming from a single-day event into a month-long citywide cleanup challenge.  Participants will be able to choose their own cleanup locations and the challenge is to collect as much trash as possible.  

Here's how the challenge works:

  • Teams can be made up of as many people as you can get to participate. The more participants on your team, the more trash you can collect throughout the month!  
  • There is no need to preregister.  Just get out there and start collecting trash!
  • You can select any location that needs to be cleaned up, including neighborhood parks, City parks, drainage ponds, drainage channels, roadways, or hiking trails and you can change cleanup locations throughout the month.  The City can also provide you with some suggested cleanup locations near your home or business.
  • Gloves, trash bags, and other supplies are also available for pickup at City Hall or you can arrange for contact-free delivery at your home or business.
  • Each time your team is in action, take a photo showcasing your bags of trash.  Photos are then uploaded and submitted to the City using the Dos Rios Team Report Form, and the City will keep track of your team's progress throughout the month.
  • All public health best practices should be followed during cleanup events, like social distancing, mask wearing, and hand washing.  More information can be found here.
  • Brag about your team on social media! Feel free to post photos and videos of your team participating in the cleanup and use the hashtags #DosRios2020 and #NBTX so that others can find your posts. 
  • At the end of the month, the top two teams that have collected and documented the most trash will win a special prize.  A third prize will be given to the best cleanup photo submitted via the hashtag #DosRios2020.  All participants who report their cleanup efforts through the Dos Rios Reporting Form are eligible for a gift provided by the City.  This year’s cleanup event and giveaway prizes are supported by our generous sponsors, including Cemex, CoPilot Creative Co., HEB, Home Depot, and Lowe’s.

“This is a great time to get out in the community and help protect our local rivers and waterways,” said New Braunfels Watershed Program Manager Mark Enders. “Not only do we encourage everyone to keep public health in mind, but we also want volunteers to dress appropriately for the weather, since they will be outside collecting litter from river banks, roadsides, and drainage areas. Long pants, hats, sunscreen, and closed-toe shoes are highly recommended.”

Since 2017, approximately 450 volunteers have helped collect over 4,000 pounds of litter in and around our local rivers and creeks as part of the Dos Rios Watershed Cleanup event.

“This is a great opportunity for the community to come together to keep our watersheds clean.  It’s also a great time for anyone needing community service hours.  It’s important that we care for our natural resources, and we encourage the community to come out and work together to help protect and preserve our local waterways,” said River Operations Manager Amy Niles.

For additional information call 830-221-4020 or visit http://www.nbtexas.org/dosrioscleanup.
Oct 07

Turning Dirt on Two New Fire Stations

Posted on October 7, 2020 at 2:56 PM by Jenna Vinson

Fire Stations 2 and 3 Groundbreakings

Two groundbreaking ceremonies were recently held for the new fire stations #2 and #3. Both of these construction projects were overwhelmingly approved by voters during the 2019 bond election.

The first groundbreaking ceremony was held on September 24th for Fire Station #3 on Hanz Dr.  The $6.7 million project replaces the current 3,700 sq. ft. structure which was first constructed in 1981 and builds a new 12,000 sq. ft. structure.  The new facility will house six firefighters daily, a fire engine, a brush truck, an ambulance and will also include space for a reserve fire engine or ambulance.  Prior to the start of construction, employees and equipment from Fire Station #3 were temporarily relocated to the NBU-owned Headwaters at the Comal, located at 333 East Klingemann St.

A second groundbreaking ceremony was held on October 1st for Fire Station #2.  The original facility, a 3,000 sq. ft. building which has been located on Loop 337 near Altgelt Lane since its construction in 1975, is being replaced with a new 15,000 sq. ft. facility on Water Lane.  The new $7.4 million fire station will house five Fire & EMS personnel daily, a fire engine, an ambulance, and a hazmat response truck/trailer.  The facility will initially be constructed as a “single company house,” but is being built in such a way that it will easily support the addition of a ladder truck and more personnel in the future.

“We are extremely grateful to the citizens of New Braunfels for their continued support with these bond projects,” said New Braunfels Fire Chief Patrick O’Connell.  “These new fire stations will be beautiful additions to our community, and because they will be located in or very near their existing locations, response times will remain unchanged.”

Construction on both of these new facilities is expected to take approximately 12 months, weather and other factors permitting.  Once completed, both new fire stations will feature significant increases in the amount of apparatus bay space, along with dedicated bunker gear storage rooms, bunker gear cleaning equipment, and breathing air fill stations for the firefighters’ self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA).  Each fire station will also have their own kitchen, living quarters, and gym facilities.

For additional information about the projects approved by voters during the 2019 Bond Election, please visit the 2019 Bond Program page on the city’s website.