Olmos Park: National Night Out

Written by City of Olmos Park on .

Join Olmos Park Police & Fire Department on Tuesday, October 6th from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM for National Night Out. Bring the family for food, fun, and neighborhood crime prevention information. The event will be held at Alameda Circle. Please RSVP to Kyndra Munoz at (210) 824-3281 ext. 302 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Olmos Park: About our EMS System

Written by Olmos Park Fire Chief, Linc Surber on .

Our EMS system is a tiered system, using personnel and equipment from three cities to cover all EMS calls in our Tri-City area: Alamo Heights, Olmos Park and Terrell Hills.

When someone in Olmos Park calls for EMS, the dispatcher alerts both Alamo Heights Fire Department and Olmos Park Fire Department on the radio. Alamo Heights responds with an ambulance normally staffed with two Emergency Medical Technician – Paramedics. Olmos Park responds to the scene with three or four Emergency Medical Technicians which might include a Paramedic or Intermediate. Olmos Park has 2 Paramedics, 1 Intermediate and 11 EMT-Basics, with at least three (3) on-duty 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Olmos Park Fountain Relocation Project

Written by City of Olmos Park on .

The Olmos Park City Council approved the relocation of the fountain to Alameda Circle at their December 2014 City Council meeting. This fountain will be a non-working fountain.  The purpose of this project is to put closure to a landmark that was removed from McCullough due to frequent accidents and to be relocated in honor of all the Olmos Park residents that donated to the fountain project.

Olmos Park New Sign Ordinance Clarification

Written by City of Olmos Park Building Department on .

There seems to be a little bit of confusion with regard to the implication of the new Sign Ordinance adopted by the City last year. Most of the business signs associated with businesses located in our Local Retail District are of the type defined by our ordinance as “pole signs”. One of the major components of the new sign ordinance deals with phasing out the usage of this type of signage in Olmos Park. At the time the ordinance went into effect, grandfathering allowances for the currently existing “pole signs” were provided so as to allow the continued use of these signs as “pre existing non conforming” (PENC) signs. However, provisions were also provided in the ordinance for the eventual abatement of pole signs by means of actions that would end the grandfathering of these signs. Among these actions, any time one of these PENC signs needs to be changed as a result of a tenant or property ownership change, its continued use will not be allowed. Also, any time one of these PENC signs were to become damaged or reach a state of disrepair to the extent where repair costs would exceed 50% of the sign’s value, the sign will lose its grandfathering status.

Additionally, any sign no matter its type, is subject to required abatement procedures if it meets the qualifications as being an “abandoned” sign as set forth in the ordinance.

As with all ordinances, underlying intentions are the driving force. In this case there was the need to clean up a somewhat cluttered appearance in the Local Retail District and hopefully, over time, establish a flow of consistency in the signage in Olmos Park for the future, This should be accomplished by the fact that the new ordinance promotes signage more conducive to the anticipated future look in our business districts by reducing the size and height of these signs along with homogenizing the impact effect of them.

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Preventing Identity Theft

Written by City of Olmos Park Police on .

Protecting your identity begins by reducing the number of places where your personal information can be found. You can remove yourself from many mailing lists for up to five years by contacting the Direct Marketing Association. There is a processing fee for this service, however you can opt-out of pre-screened credit offers for free through www.optoutprescreen.com. Other free services include the state and federal no-call lists, and the Network Advertising Initiative's opt-out list which opts out of major online tracking companies.

Proper Disposal of Hazardous Materials

Written by Gilbert DeLeon - Olmos Park Director of Public Works on .

Please do not dispose of any hazardous materials into the trash. This includes any leftover paints, solvents, pesticides, used motor oil, used cooking oil, batteries, and household cleaners. Please refer to Article IV- Industrial Waste Disposal in the Olmos Park Code of Ordinances for more information. If you are in need of disposal of these items you can call Household Hazardous Waste Contractor at 1-800-449-7587 to schedule a free home pickup, or visit wmatyourdoor.com.

Gilbert DeLeon
Olmos Park Director of Public Works

Olmos Park Fire Department: Bat/Rabies Safety

Written by Olmos Park Fire Chief, Linc Surber on .

Just to our north in Comal county is the Bracken Bat Cave. It is estimated 20 million Mexican Free-tailed bats call this cave home from March to October. Another colony summers under the Congress Avenue Bridge in Austin. A significant migration to Mexico occurs in the next few months significantly increasing the chances a SICK bat may end up in your yard or at a family member’s school.

Town Hall meeting on Proposed Improvements on McCullough

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The Olmos Park Economic Development Corporation will hold a Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, September 9, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. at City Hall, 120 West El Prado Drive. The discussion will be regarding the proposed improvements on McCullough.

If you haven't already done so, please complete the EDC survey regarding the proposed improvements. You may either fill out an online survey or a printed one, available at City Hall.

Link to survey: http://vovici.com/wsb.dll/s/302ag56e14

Olmos Park Fire Department Report

Written by Olmos Park Fire Chief, Linc Surber on .

Fire Department - Home Structure Fire Facts

  • On average, seven people die in U.S. home fires per day.
  • 92% of all structure fire deaths resulted from home fires.
  • Cooking equipment was the leading cause of home structure fires and home fire injuries.
  • Smoking was the leading cause of civilian home fire deaths. Heating was the second most common cause of home fire fatalities.

Almost all homes have at least one smoke alarm, but three out of five home fire deaths in 2007-2011 resulted from fires in homes in which no smoke alarm was present (37%) or at least one was present but none operated (23%).

Olmos Park fire department has free smoke detectors available for Olmos Park residents.  We are available to come out and check your smoke detectors or put up new ones. If you sleep with your bedroom door closed, having a smoke detector in the bedroom as well as one in the common area outside your bedroom provides the best coverage for early notification of a fire in your house.

Call us at the Olmos Park fire station 210 824-3281, x328 if you would like to talk to us about checking or installing smoke detectors in your house.

Fire Chief, Linc Surber

Olmos Park Weekly Report

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Olmos Park Police Department Report:

Friday, July 18, 2014
6:43PM
900 Blk. E Contour- Officer’s responded to an animal complaint.

Sunday, July 20, 2014
10:07PM
4300 Blk. McCullough- Officer’s responded to a hit and run accident on private property. No injuries reported.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014
8:02PM
300 Blk. E Wildwood- Officer’s responded to a call for reported phone harassment.

Thursday July 24, 2014
4:55PM
700 Blk. E. Olmos - Officers responded to a two vehicle crash which resulted with one of vehicles being overturned. The adult female driver was taken to a local hospital for some minor injuries.

Officers responded to 17 residential and 4 commercial burglar alarms. Officers also conducted 400 out of town checks and 39 business checks.

PREVENTING THEFT

Please help to prevent thefts by always being aware of the security of your garage. Avoid leaving the garage doors open for extended periods of time when the garage may be unattended, especially during hours of darkness. Remember, an open garage also provides an easy access to your residence. Lawn equipment should be moved away from streets and alleyways when unattended. Don’t forget to mention to contract landscapers that any equipment left unsecured and unattended in the open beds of a truck or trailer is at risk of theft.

UPDATE BURGLAR ALARMS

Please update your residential burglar alarms with current contact information. The officers responding to the burglar alarms sometimes need to contact the owners and/or “Key holders”.

Olmos Park Police would like to remind the public of safety tips for hot summer months. The Olmos Park Police Department would like to remind parents, caretakers, siblings, and anyone else that transports children, elderly persons or pets of several safety tips during the hot summer months. When it is 90 degrees outside the temperature in the interior of an enclosed car can climb 20-30 degrees within 10 minutes.

  • Never leave a child, elderly person or an animal in a hot car, even briefly
  • Don't leave sleeping infants in the car ever
  • Always check the front and back seats of your car before you lock it and leave
  • See a child, elderly person, or animal (pet) alone in a hot car? Call 911 immediately. Get them out ASAP if they are in distress.
  • Put your purse, wallet, cellular phone, briefcase or something else you need by the car seat so you don’t forget to check
  • Put your diaper bag in the front seat of the car so you’ll see it and remember the baby in the back seat
  • Always make sure all children have left the car when you reach your destination
  • Always lock your car when it’s empty so children can’t get in without you knowing
  • Make arrangements with your child’s day care center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be there on a particular day as scheduled
  • Be especially careful about keeping children safe in and around cars during busy times, schedule changes and periods of crisis or holidays
  • Use drive‐thru services when available (restaurants, banks, pharmacies, dry cleaners, etc.)
  • Use your debit or credit card to pay for gas at the pump

Fire Department Report:

Fire Department – “File of Life” packets available

 

Our EMS system paramedics depend on important personal medical information during medical emergencies to provide efficient quality medical care. Often, during a medical emergency, the medics use valuable time trying to gather medical history, allergy, prescription, and insurance information. The “File of Life” program was developed to get this vital information in the hands of medical first responders quickly. The “File of Life” is a miniature medical history file that is posted on the outside of your refrigerator and a smaller version which is placed in your wallet or glove box for quick access.

 

Born out of the flawed “Vial of Life” program the “File of Life” solves two problems. The original “Vial of Life” was located inside the refrigerator and condensation often formed inside the vial ruining the valuable information inside. Also, the small vial of life container was often hard to locate in an emergency. The “File of Life” uses a magnetic folder to hold the information on the outside of refrigerator where it stays dry, intact and easily located.

The “File of Life” enables emergency personnel to obtain a quick medical history when a patient is unable to give one. The entire “File of Life” sleeve is taken off the refrigerator, out of the wallet or vehicle and will accompany the patient to the hospital. Emergency room staff will have a quick medical history at their fingertips. This valuable information enables a quicker medical response time.

Our personnel recently attended training on TEXAS Out Of Hospital – Do Not Resuscitate Orders (DNR). A valid and properly executed TEXAS DNR form presented to arriving Fire and EMS personnel serves as Physician’s orders that direct emergency personnel not to initiate or continue CPR, Pacing/Defibrillation, Advanced Airway Management or Artificial Ventilations on the person identified on the form. If you or someone you care for has executed a Texas DNR form you can put a copy in the “File of Life” packet for easy access in case of a medical emergency.

If you would like a “File of Life” packet, come by the Olmos Park fire station or call us at (210) 824-3281, x328. Fire Chief, Linc Surber

Public Works Department:

Reminder City dumpster hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday 6:30AM – 3PM

Saturday and Sunday 8AM – 5PM

The City dumpster is for the disposal of household garbage only. No construction material, furniture, or brush is allowed. Please do not leave trash bags on the side of the dumpster when closed or full.

Beginning August 1st, we will now be allowing the recycling of plastic bags.

Any questions, please call Gilbert 210-363-3643.

Building Department Report:

Most people don’t ever think of it, but, think if the unthinkable were to occur in the form of a fire at your home or place of business. Let’s hope it never happens. But, think about the sequence of events that occurs if it does. This information is directed more towards business owners in the Retail District and those residents in the Residential Districts who have electrically operated gate systems. In the event of a fire or other emergency, first responders will use any means necessary or reasonable to gain access in order to do their job, which they do very well. Sometimes this means damaging gate systems or doors and/or windows to gain access. Sometimes the window and door damage cannot be avoided, but, damage to expensive electric gate systems can be. It is for these reasons that the building department strongly urges residents to install Fire Department access devices on these gate systems and for business owners to utilize similar devices called “Knox Boxes” that provide access to business structures in the event something occurs during off hours.

These devices are available thru a company called the Knox Company located in Irvine, California. For more information, you can access their website at WWW.KNOXBOX.COM. You may also obtain specific local information regarding this from the Olmos Park Fire Department and Building Department. They will be happy to explain how and why these devices work. In order to obtain any of these devices, you will need to submit your order on a signed form provided by either one of these departments.

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