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									        Gillespie County
        Community Plan

                  2009 - 2010

            Date approved by Gillespie County Commissioner’s Court:
                              November 23, 2009




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Mission Statement

Community stakeholders of Gillespie County coming together to identify and resolve issues
affecting our community to improve the quality of life for Gillespie residents; through efficient
and effective use of government and private resources.


Goal Statement

To have a yearly process that involves the community stakeholders of Gillespie County to
identify trends, problem, solutions and resources locally and regionally in bettering the quality
of life.


Geographic Areas Represented


Incorporated Communities:
Fredericksburg

Unincorporated Communities:
Doss                    Stonewall                           Willow City
Harper                  Tierra Linda

Independent School Districts:
Fredericksburg            Harper Independent                Doss Consolidated School
Independent School        School District                   District
District

County Demographics:
  • The estimated population in 2008 for Gillespie County was 23,782. This was an
     increase of 14.3% from the 2000 census (total population 20,814).
  • Gillespie County is comprised of 1,061.06 square miles.
  • The gender make-up of Gillespie County is 52.2% female and 47.8% male.
  • Person 65 years old and over made up 25.8% of Gillespie County’s population in 2008
     while it was this same age group only made up 10.2% of Texas’ population.
  • Race and ethnicity of Gillespie County is as follows, per the U.S. Census Bureau:
  •                                                         2008         2007
                    White (non-Hispanic)                    80.5%        81.6%
                    Hispanic or Latino                      17.9%        17.2%
                    Some other race                         unknown      5.3%
                    Two or more races                       0.6%         1.2%
                    American Indian and Alaska native       0.5%         0.3%
                    Black or African American               0.7%         0.2%
                    Asian                                   0.2%         0.2%1
1
    US Census Quick Facts for Gillespie County, 2008 estimates.

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 Community Planning Team

      In developing this Community Plan, members of the team were divided into four major
      taskforces for the purpose of narrowing the scope of research and data that are incorporated
      into the Plan. Some members served in multiple capacities and categories.

      Community Planning Chair Persons:

Name                Agency                    Address                E-mail                        Phone
                    Emergency Services,       126 W. Main St,
                    City of Fredericksburg    Fredericksburg, TX
John Culpepper      and County of Gillespie   78624                  jculpepper@fbgtx.org          830-990-2033
                                              125 W. Main St., Ste
                    Gillespie County          L41, Fredericksburg,
Tammy Keener        Attorney’s Office         TX 78624               tkeener@gillespiecounty.org   830-990-0675



      Juvenile Services:

Name                Agency                    Address                E-mail                        Phone
                                              100 S. Nimitz Pkwy
                    Juvenile Probation,       Fredericksburg, TX
Eric Walker         County of Gillespie       78624                  eric@33rdjdjpd.org            830-990-0197
                    Hill Country
                    CARES/Kids’ Advocacy      PO Box 291722                                        830-257-7088
Judy Sullivan       Place                     Kerrville, TX 78029    judysullivan@hccares.com      Ext. 38
                                              140 Industrial Loop,
                                              Suite 2
Patricia Torres     HCMHS – CHC               Fbg, TX 78624          ptorres@hcmhs.org             830-992-2590

      Victim Services:

Name                Agency                    Address                E-mail                        Phone
                    216th Judicial District
                    Community Supervision     431 Quinlan
Andrea Bode         & Correction Dept.        Kerrville, TX 78028    abode@co.kerr.tx.us           830-896-2233

                    Community Council of      160B Guadalupe Plz.    ccsct-
Felecia Gonzales    South Central Texas       Kerrville, TX 78028    kerr@windstream.net           830-896-2194

                    Community Council of      205 A E Court
Carol Kruse         South Central Texas       Seguin, TX             ckruse@ccsct.org
                    Hill Country
                    CARES/Kids’ Advocacy      PO Box 291722                                        830-257-7088
Judy Sullivan       Place                     Kerrville, TX 78029    judysullivan@hccares.com      Ext. 38




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      Criminal Justice (law enforcement, courts, corrections)

Name                  Agency                    Address                  E-mail                        Phone
                                                1601 East Main Street
                      Gillespie County          Fredericksburg, Texas    bmills@gillespiecounty.org
Sheriff Buddy Mills   Sheriff’s Office          78624                                                  830-997-7585
                                                1601 East Main St
                      Fredericksburg Police     Fredericksburg, TX
Steve Wetz            Department                78624                    swetz@fbgtx.org               830-997-7585



      Homeland Security
Name                  Agency                    Address                  E-mail                        Phone


                                                1601 East Main Street    bmills@gillespiecounty.
                      Gillespie County          Fredericksburg, Texas    org
Sheriff Buddy Mills   Sheriff’s Office          78624                                                  830-997-7585
                      Emergency Services,       126 W. Main St,
                      City of Fredericksburg    Fredericksburg, TX
John Culpepper        and County of Gillespie   78624                    jculpepper@fbgtx.org          830-990-2033

      Citizen of Gillespie County:
Name                  Agency                    Address                  E-mail                        Phone
                                                PO Box 425
Peggy Ernst           n/a                       Harper, TX 78631         n/a                           n/a

                      Courthouse Square         PO Box 1
Timothy Koock         Advisory Committee        Fredericksburg, Texas                                  830-997-9554



      Alamo Area Council of Governments County Community Planning Liaisons
       Name                  Agency                   Address                     E-mail                 Phone
                                                8700 Tesoro, Suite 700
                      Alamo Area Council of     San Antonio, Texas
Marcela Medina        Governments               78217-6228               mmedina@aacog.com            210-362-5250
                                                8700 Tesoro, Suite 700
                      Alamo Area Council of     San Antonio, Texas
Veronica Avalos       Governments               78217-6228               vavalos@aacog.com            210-362-5290
                                                8700 Tesoro, Suite 700
                      Alamo Area Council of     San Antonio, Texas
Dean Danos            Governments               78217-6228               ddanos@aacog.com             210-362-5208
                                                8700 Tesoro, Suite 700
                      Alamo Area Council of     San Antonio, Texas
Nancy Gibbons         Governments               78217-6228               ngibbons@aacog.com           210-362-5242



      The Gillespie County Community Plan is available on-line at www.aacog.com


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Identification of Community Problems

In each of the areas below, problems are identified and data is included that supports both
the existence and severity of the problems as they are found in the County. Below is a
discussion of the prioritized problems, data and statistics that explain the manner in which the
problems are being reported, and strategically how responses to these community problems
could be improved.

Juvenile Issues (listed in order of priority, greatest need first)

Priority 1: Obtain programs including parent education to include counseling, tutoring,
mentoring, social services, safety and prevention programs for youth in an effort to prevent
youth entering into the juvenile justice system and to give them meaningful options once in
the juvenile justice system.



Supporting Data: According to records kept with the 33rd Judicial District Juvenile Probation
Office, in 2008 there was 147 youth arrested with 25 of these youth referred to drug
counseling. Three youth were ultimately sent to inpatient drug treatment. Although 3 youth
were also sent to inpatient drug treatment in 2007, only 18 youth were referred to drug
counseling in 2007.

Gillespie County has contracted with the 33rd Judicial District to provide a juvenile probation
officer for Gillespie County. With the increase in youth population aged 15 years and
younger, the caseload for this one officer is expected to increase as well.


Proposed Objectives: The Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country continues to be
creative and work with other groups in providing the noted services to youth but not once the
youth has entered into the juvenile justice system. More advertising of the services available
needs to be done as well as making these services more available to the youth not located in
Fredericksburg.


Priority 2: Establish awareness, education and prevention programs about teen and pre-teen
pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, teen sex and prenatal care.




Proposed Objectives: Increase the self-esteem of these young people through education
and mentoring programs in order to reduce teen and pre-teen pregnancies in half (5 reported

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pregnancies in October of 2008) or at the very least, maintain the number of pregnancies at
10. These education or mentoring programs should also include tools for these young
parents to have a higher success rate for graduating from high school and being productive
citizens.

Healthy, appropriate relationships and behavior choices need to be promoted and
encouraged.



Priority 3: Develop and expand transitional services (life skills training, college prep, job
skills and training, etc.) to youth




Proposed Objectives: To develop Gillespie County’s youth into young adults that are ready
to face independence head-on.


Priority 4: Expand programs that provide and promote healthy living and nutrition for early
childhood through high-schooled aged children


Supporting Data: The rate of childhood obesity is increasing yearly according to Center for
Disease Control. Results from the 1999-2000 NHANES (www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhanes.htm),
show an estimated 15% of children and adolescents between the ages of 6-19 are
overweight. There are numerous health consequences associated with pediatric obesity,
including coronary heart disease, high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol levels,
gallbladder disease and Type II diabetes. Also there are many psychological ramifications
like being the target of peer aggression, bullying, teasing, experiencing more victimization,
isolation, psychological distress and depression, per the ProtectTexas: Texas Department of
Health, June 2004 Report on the Psychological Impact of Obesity on School-aged Children.



Proposed Objectives: Expand programs that provide healthy meals to juveniles, with
special consideration for the programs that are available in the summer. Health, wellness
and nutrition education shall also be offered to combat the risk of childhood obesity.



Identify all trends, problems, and gaps in resources not mentioned in this section:
Trend: The County of Gillespie continues to grow in population, especially in the youth and
over 65 categories.
Problems: Almost a total lack of services for juveniles in Gillespie County
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Gaps: Mostly in the small communities surrounding Fredericksburg



Identify Achievements:
Boys and Girls Club of the Texas Hill Country has partnered with K’Star and the Hill Country
Community Needs Council to provide counseling and parenting education to youth as well as
parents.




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Victim Issues (listed in order of priority, greatest need first)

Priority 1: Improve and expand support and preventative services for all victims of crime.


 Supporting Data: In 2008, Gillespie County reported no murders, four rapes, eight
 assaults, and 45 burglaries (From Index Crimes by Agency and County for 12 Months of 2008”, Texas
 Department of Public Safety, Crime Reporting Services, September 2009). Adult Protective Services
 reported 38 confirmed investigations of abuse and/or neglect for adults with disabilities or
 those 65 and over, and 39 adults received services from APS in 2008. (From Adult Protective
 Services In-Home Population and Case-Related Statistics”. Texas Department of Family and Protective
 Services (TDFPS) Data Book 2008). Child Protective Services reported 62 confirmed victims of
 child abuse/neglect out of 190 allegations of abuse/neglect; 69 victims received services
 from CPS and 11 children were removed from homes in Gillespie County (TDFPS Data Book
 2008).
 Kids’ Advocacy Place conducted 15 forensic interviews for sexually and/or severely
 physically abused children in Gillespie County in 2008. In the Kids’ Advocacy Place service
 area, 208 forensic interviews were conducted, and services, including crisis counseling,
 referrals for social services, crime victims’ compensation, court preparation and
 accompaniment and case management, were offered to 151 non-offending families and
 other caregivers. Hill Country CARES served 1,477 crime victims – including victims of
 sexual assault, domestic violence, child and elder abuse/neglect – in 2008, of which a total
 of 252 clients lived in Gillespie County. The services include crisis hotline, emergency
 shelter housing, counseling, case management, information and referral to other social
 services, court accompaniment, and crime victims’ compensation.




Proposed Objectives: Improve or expand services for victims of all crimes giving special
consideration to child victims and their families, including crisis intervention and
emergency shelter services for victims of all ages. The Hill County Community Needs
Council, Hill Country CARES, and Kids’ Advocacy Place continue to provide excellent
services to victims and keep the victims and their families safe. More education to the
public about the services provided by what agency and where to obtain these services
needs to be emphasized. As more victims become aware of the availability of resources
within the community, they are more likely to report incidents and to seek services. This
was apparent in the new housing program offered through the Hill Country Community
Needs Council in which victims received rental and child care assistance for up to six
months. Victims are more likely to report the abuse when they see other cases
prosecuted through the criminal justice system.

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Current services need to be expanded to include help in the legal, medical, psychological,
and financial fields.


Priority 2: Develop, improve and/or expand services to support families and children in ways
that will prevent conditions that lead to abuse and neglect.



Supporting Data: In 2006, child victims made up 21% for the total number of victims filing
felony charges in that year. In 2005, they totaled 36%.


Proposed Objectives: Provide programs to teach parents how to deal with everyday stress,
ways to simplify their lives and prevent conditions that may lead to their children being
harmed. Services might include help in the legal, medical, psychological and financial fields.
Implement and/or expand prevention programs and activities for all school children (preK-12)
that will empower them to protect themselves from becoming victims of physical, sexual and
psychological abuse, including programs on welcome and unwelcome touches, bullying,
internet safety, sexting, and other issues faced by an ever-increasing number of children from
pre-school through high school. Providing training opportunities for those people who work
with children (including parents) to recognize child abuse and create environments where
abuse cannot happen through programs like “Darkness to Light” and other programs
provided by area agencies including Kids’ Advocacy Place and Hill Country Cares.



Priority 3: Develop, improve and/or expand services to the elderly and disabled in ways that
will prevent conditions that lead to abuse and neglect.



Supporting Data: One-fourth of Gillespie County residents are aged 65 or older. The
average age of people living in Gillespie County is 44.59, eleven years older than the
average Texan and eight years older than the average United States’ citizen.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s FactFinder Report based off of the Census 2000
Demographic Profile, 23.4% of Gillespie County residents 5 years old and older are disabled
(US disabled is 19.3%). Disabled includes blindness, deafness, severe seeing or hearing
impairment, difficulty in learning, remembering, concentrating, dressing, bathing and getting
around inside the home or going outside of home alone because of a physical, mental or
emotional condition. Included in this profile are 587 disabled veterans and 93 disabled
surviving spouses of veterans.


Proposed Objectives: Provide programs to teach care providers how to deal with everyday
stress, ways to simplify their lives and prevent conditions that may lead to abuse or neglect.
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Services might include help in the legal, medical, psychological and financial fields.

Educate the elderly and disabled about scams aimed at them and how to protect their identity
and financial security. Provide them with agencies to contact when they have questions.


Priority 4: Develop, improve and/or expand programs to support and advocate for persons
with mental illness and their families and friends.



Supporting Data: Funding for MHMR has been cut back so far that the MHMR office in
Gillespie County is often without a qualified screener. People who make an outcry for help
need to be seen immediately so that appropriate help can be provided.

Proposed Objectives: Create programs that will give juveniles suffering from mental illness
a safe place to go and/or obtain counseling until MHMR can step in.

Educate the public about counseling availability, hot lines and other services, signs of
depression and who to report strange behavior to.


Identify all trends, problems, and gaps in resources not mentioned in this section:
The major trend is that reports of crime continue to increase due to an absolute increase in
criminal activity in the county, stemming from population increases, changing demographics,
and changes in other parts of the Hill Country region which negatively impact Gillespie
County, and through better reporting. Problems: 1. Victim services providers are concerned
that the County shows extremely low reporting for family violence and sexual assault, and
very low conversions from allegations to confirmed cases of child and elder abuse/neglect on
a per capita basis compared to other counties in the region. These crime reports do not
seem to track the number of victims seen in these service systems. The problem may be in
reporting processes, in bad data, or in some barrier crime victims have or perceive to law
enforcement, the courts or TDFPS. 2. A second problem is the lack of coordinated planning
and resource allocation across the Hill Country region. Multiple and independent planning
initiatives hamper the ability to set priorities for crime victims in Gillespie County and bring all
available resources into play to aid victims and prevent new victims. AACOG is responsible
for several of these planning initiatives and it would be beneficial to all counties to have more
coordination and cooperation across the AACOG divisions regarding criminal justice,
emergency management, services to the elderly and disabled, housing, etc. Gaps include
the lack of sufficient affordable/low cost safe housing, public transportation to allow victims
and high risk populations to access services, adequate access to affordable mental health
and substance abuse treatment and rehabilitation services, and primary and secondary
prevention programs.
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Identify Achievements:
Gillespie County now has a trained Victim Assistance Coordinator associated with the County
Attorney in Fredericksburg. The Hill Country Community Needs Council is continuing reach
out to the community through the media to assist victims of domestic violence with
measurable success. A new Rent and Relocation Program and an Address Confidentiality
Program have been implemented through the Victim Assistance Coordinator. Hill Country
CARES provided prevention programming to Head Start children in Gillespie County. More
crime victims have received services, and more coordination across non-governmental victim
services providers is occurring improving the efficiency and quality of victim services.




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Homeland Security

Priority 1: Establish a Combined Emergency Operations Center and Communications
Center (preferably co-located with the proposed Criminal Justice Center). Gillespie County
and the City of Fredericksburg require a durable facility that can withstand a natural disaster
such as a tornado. Co-locating all dispatch functions into one Communications Center co-
located with the Emergency Operations Center will serve all agencies and functions with the
County and City of Fredericksburg. Simultaneously establish a back-up facility that can be
used in the event the Combined Emergency Operations Center and Communications Center
is compromised, damaged or destroyed.

Supporting Data: Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg maintain separate
dispatch functions in two different locations. The Emergency Operations Center is not in a
dedicated facility and will move according to the size and severity of the emergency (none of
the present locations are hardened – one in a metal building, one on the second floor of the
fire station and one with a large wall of windows). Consolidating all dispatch functions into a
Communications Center co-located with the Emergency Operations Center will increase
effectiveness, create synergy, and provide significantly better emergency response for the
citizens of Gillespie County.

Proposed Objectives: Create a proposal for a Combined Emergency Operations Center
and Communications Center for Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg. With the
concept set, seek Federal Grant opportunities to fund the establishment of the Combined
Emergency Operations Center and Communications Center preferably co-locate with the
proposed Criminal Justice Center.


Priority 2: Provide required equipment and communications for all public safety responders.
P 25 compliant interoperable radios and associated equipment are required for all County
and City Law Enforcement, Fire, Emergency Medical Service, Public Works, Utilities and
Emergency Responding organizations. Equipment includes but is not limited to base
stations, mobile radios, hand held radios, pagers, cameras, and consoles.



Supporting Data: Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg operate on several
different radio networks and frequencies. In some cases there is an ability to bridge the
communications but it is very limited, minimizes channels available, and is very labor
intensive. New Federal Regulations requiring P 25 compliance will require new
communications equipment across the board. Obtaining a completely interoperable system
that allows seamless communications amongst all emergency responders is critical to the life
and safety of the citizens of Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg.

Proposed Objectives: Establish interoperable, P 25 compliant, communications
requirements for all Gillespie County and City of Fredericksburg emergency responders.
Prepare a phased approach to have all communications P 25 compliant by 2013.


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Priority 3: Address transportation/commuting issues that create significant hazards both
natural and man-made and that severely restrict the ability of Emergency Responders to
respond, recover or transport over impaired roadways. Revitalize the plan for a highway
bypass around the City of Fredericksburg and seek the implementation and construction of
the bypass. Identify low water crossings that are particularly susceptible to flooding by the
Pedernales River and major creeks and streams. Develop a system that will quickly close
these crossings and report closures to the County Communications Center when flooding
conditions are forecasted or occurring.

Supporting Data: The transit of large commercial trucks, many of which transport hazardous
materials, through the downtown streets of the City of Fredericksburg continues to be one of
the most potentially hazardous threats to the City of Fredericksburg and the citizens of
Gillespie County. Two major U.S. Highways and one State Highway run through the middle of
the City of Fredericksburg. Roadways throughout Gillespie County are susceptible to flash
flooding throughout the year. There is not a coordinated system to close or mark these
crossings in a timely manner when floods are expected or are occurring. Numerous swift
water rescues are preformed each year throughout the County. In some instances deaths
have occurred when individuals have driven through flooded low water crossings.

Proposed Objectives: Encourage community leaders and elected officials to coordinate
with the Texas Department of Transportation to bring the highway bypass for the City of
Fredericksburg back onto the priority list for State funding and to initiate the construction of
this bypass. Identify low water crossings that are particularly susceptible to flooding by the
Pedernales River and major creeks and streams. Develop a system that will quickly close
and mark these crossings and report closures to the County Communications Center when
flooding conditions are forecasted or occurring.


Priority 4: Investigate, create and implement efficient ways to disseminate public information
including an emergency notification system.

Supporting Data: Gillespie County emergency notification system is limited in capability and
is dependent on radio stations to get information to the public. This leaves parts of the
community unreachable and subject to much greater harm.

Proposed Objectives: Adopt the emergency notification system available through the
Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG). This system will allow telephonic notification
of the community either by preprogrammed list or by specific geographic area. If the system
through AACOG is not available, obtain a commercial off the shelf system that will provide
comparable or enhanced capabilities.




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Criminal Justice Issues (law enforcement, courts, corrections)
(listed in order of priority, greatest need first)

Priority 1: Establish a Criminal Justice Center and Detention Center (preferably co-located
with the proposed Emergency Operations and Communications Center).



Supporting Data: Gillespie County and the City of Fredericksburg co- locate with several
other Law Enforcement agencies. The current 15 bed Detention Facility built in 1974 does not
meet the necessary capacity for confined inmates.

Since 1992 additional housing out of county has been required to keep the current facility
within the Texas Commission On Jail Standards requirements. The daily population averages
from October 2004 through November 2009 for the Main Jail is 10; 8 males 2 females, out of
county # 1 location is 10; 8 males 2 females, out of county location # 2 is 20; 17 males 3
females. The total daily average jail population is 40 inmates: 33 males and 7 females.
Out of County housing and transportation expense continue to increase along with liability
when moving inmates. Construction of courtrooms within the complex would reduce the
transportation expenses.


Proposed Objectives: Create a proposal for a Gillespie County and City of Fredericksburg
Combined Criminal Justice Center and Detention Center co-located with the Emergency
Operations and Communications Center. With the proposal set, seek Federal Grant
opportunities to fund the establishment of the proposal.


Priority 2: Establish and propose information sharing and communications applications with
all public safety responders through technology and equipment.


Supporting Data: Present data and information is stored on different servers at different
locations under the control of various agencies, the same is true with communications
capabilities. Through current and future technology the sharing of information and
communications can speed up the ability of several agencies in different counties and even
throughout the State to efficiently and effectively share information and communications.


Proposed Objectives: Propose interoperability in both communications and information
sharing through inter-local agreements, technology and needed equipment to facilitate the
proposal. Seek out Federal Grant opportunities to fund the proposal.



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Priority 3: Propose to create and implement effective and efficient ways to disseminate
public information for all hazards both natural and man-made including an emergency
notification system.


Supporting Data: Public information is only transmitted through the local radio station and on
cable television in town. Several creek and river crossings throughout the county are
susceptible to flash and extended flooding. No coordinated system is in place to close, mark
or notify the public in a timely manner when floods are expected or are occurring.



Proposed Objectives: Adopt the emergency notification system through Alamo Area Council
of Governments and combine that system with current technology and equipment to
implement public awareness throughout the county in a timely manner. Seek out Federal
Grant opportunities to fund the proposal.


Priority 4: Establish a County Court at Law by/in the year 2011 to effectively and efficiently
process County cases.


Supporting Data: According to the Office of Court Administration’s website, from 2002 –
2008, an average of 542 criminal cases per year have been filed in the county court. In 2009
the number of criminal cases still pending was 688 with an additional 388 being added up to
October 1, 2009. Although the disposition average is close to the amount of cases filed,
there remains too many cases pending from year to year.

The biggest need for a County Court at Law comes in the number of civil cases filed and
disposed of per year. Again from the Office of Court Administration’s website, from 2002 –
2008, an average of 85 cases were left pending from year to year when only 32 cases (on
average) were being disposed of.


Proposed Objectives: Obtain a County Court at Law to become a more efficient and
effective judicial system so that justice is served and served to more people.


Identify all trends, problems, and gaps in resources not mentioned in this section:
Trends: Since 2000 more cases, both civil and criminal, have been filed. Since 2002 there
has been a 100% increase in filing criminal cases. In 2006 there were only 66 civil cases still
pending, in 2007 it jumped to 118 cases still pending. District criminal cases are on the same
trend as the misdemeanor criminal cases.




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Community Wellness

Priority 1: Establish community centers in Harper and Stonewall to promote a healthy (body
and mind) living in these communities, with a focus on the elderly and the youth.



Supporting Data: The estimated population for Gillespie County in 2008 is 23,782. For that
589 persons reside in Stonewall and 1836 in Harper for a little over 10% of the county’s
residents living in these 2 communities.

Stonewall and Harper have public schools located within their boundaries.

Persons 65 years old and over make up 25.8% of Gillespie County’s population while the
same age group makes up only 10.2% of Texas’ population.


Proposed Objectives: Provide services and resources to the elderly and the youth of the
unincorporated towns of Stonewall and Harper be it a fitness center, computer lab or domino
club. Bring health, wellness and education to the towns not closely connected geographically
with Fredericksburg.



Identify all trends, problems, and gaps in resources not mentioned in this section:
Trends: Elderly persons continue to move to Gillespie County.
Problems: The few services provided for the elderly are mainly in Fredericksburg.
Gaps: Harper and Stonewall need the building space and then programs implemented in
these community.



Identify Achievements:
Harper has a 1st class volunteer fire department with ambulance/EMT service. The town also
has been able to create a public library with 10,000 books and 1,000 card members. And
finally, the 2-A school located in Harper has been rated “highly” by the state for the last 4
years.

Stonewall Volunteer Fire Department has constructed a 10,000 square ft. building to house
the community's emergency vehicles and equipment, and also to act as a command center
for the community in case of a natural or man made disaster. The Stonewall Historical
Society has recently opened up the Stonewall Historical Center, an old local log cabin
donated and moved from a ranch in Stonewall. Further achievements in Stonewall have

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been by the Stonewall Elementary School in that it has been being recognized by the TEA
since 2005 and receiving "Exemplary" status in 2007 & 2009. Being the only Fredericksburg
Campus (FISD) being recognized as such since 2005.




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Resources Available

   Included below are resources identified by the County Community Planning Team that are
   available to provide services that could potentially help in closing gaps:

                             Alamo Area Council of Governments
   Address:     8700 Tesoro Drive, Suite 700
                San Antonio, Texas 78217-6228
                (210) 362-5200

   Counties Served:    Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Frio, Gillespie, Guadalupe, Karnes,
                       Kendall, Kerr, Medina, and Wilson

   Services:    AACOG has active programs for regional planning in the areas of aging
                services, economic development, 9-1-1 systems, homeland security, criminal
                justice, resource recovery, air quality, transportation, and weatherization. We
                also administer the Bexar Mental Retardation Authority. Technical assistance is
                provided by the staff to local governments on matters related to a number of
                other program areas, including census, housing, tourism, and human services.
                In addition, AACOG sponsors special projects in response to local government
                needs or requests.

   Hours;       Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.

                                AgriLife Extension Service
                                 Gillespie County Office
   Address:     95 Frederick Rd.
                Fredericksburg, TX 78624
                830/997-3452

   Services:    Family Relationships, finances, child development, nutrition, community
                development, pesticides, livestock production, and wildlife management.


                                    American Red Cross
   Address:            333 Earl Garrett St.
                       Kerrville, TX 78028-4529
                       830/257-4677
                       830/792-3296 fax

   Counties Served:    Kerr, Gillespie, Blanco, Kimble and Mason

   Email:              hccarc@ktc.com

   Services Offered:   Emergency shelter, emergency aid, training in disaster response, training
                       in all water related programs requiring certification, such as lifeguarding.
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                                 Any Baby Can
                 Small Community Outreach Unit of Texas (SCOUT)
(To serve families with children facing serious health or developmental challenges.)

Address:               624 Earl Garrett Street
                       Kerrville, TX 78028
                       830/792-4222 or 800/373-3400
                       830/896-8838 Fax

Web site:              www.anybabycan.org

Services:              Information and referral service, resource library, crisis fund, Sibling
                       Support Group, counseling services, “Mom and Me” group, respite care,
                       parent information exchange.

Eligibility:           Children age birth to 12 years, with chronic illness/disabilities.

Hours:                 Mon. – Fri. 8:00am – 5:00pm
                       Intakes and assessments are done by appointment.


               Austin Resource Center for Independent Living (ARCIL)
(Persons who have a disability that interferes with independent living, communication,
employment, mobility, social interaction, academics and general activities of daily living, are
eligible to participate in activities.)

Address:         618 S. Guadalupe #103
                 San Marcos, TX 78666
                 512/396-5790
                 1-800-572-2973
                 Fax: 512/396-5794

Email:           sanmarcos@arcil.com

Services:        Information and referral, independent living skills training, peer counseling,
                 advocacy.

Hours:           8:00am to 5:00pm Monday – Friday


                                  Capital Area Food Bank
Address:         8201 South Congress Ave.
                 Austin, TX 78745
                 512/282-2111
                 Fax 512/282-6606
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Services:   Receives, stores and distributes more than 16 million pounds of food and
            grocery items to more than 370 human service agencies in 21 central Texas
            counties.
            CHOICES – A nutrition education program.
            HOPE – Healthy Options Program for the Elderly.

Hours:      Monday – Friday 9:00am – 5:00pm
            Thursday until 9:00pm
            Saturday 9-12 12:45-4:00pm

             Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc.
Address:    160 B. Guadalupe Plaza
            Kerrville, TX 78028
            830/896-2124
            Fax 830/896-2194

Services:   Services range from outreach, case management, information, and referral
            programs, and assistance with utilities, migrant services and a variety of
            educational workshops.

                             Experience Works, Inc.
                             (formerly Green Thumb, Inc.)
Address:    801 Washington Ave., Ste 100
            Waco, TX 76701
            1-877-781-9953 (toll free) or
            254-776-4081
            Fax 1-800-760-0101

Services:   THE SENIOR COMMUNITY SERVICE EMPLOYMENT PROGRAM (SCSEP) The
            SCSEP helps low-income people, 55 and older, who are interested in getting
            training and work experience so they can find a job in the community.

Web Site:   www.experienceworks.org


                       Family Planning Clinic
  (Part of the Community Health Center of the Hill Country Memorial
                             Hospital)
Address:    140 Industrial Loop (located at Good Samaritan Center)
            Fredericksburg, TX 78624
            830/992-2592



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Services:      Provides family planning services and education for men, women, and
               adolescents of childbearing age. Medical screenings also provided for anemia,
               sexually transmitted diseases, breast and cervical cancer (mammograms and
               pap smears), pregnancy testing and education.
Eligibility:   Eligibility for family planning services based on client income, residency and
               family size.

Hours:         Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm



                      Fredericksburg Chamber of Commerce
Address:       302 E. Austin St.
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830/997-6523


                             Fredericksburg Food Pantry
Address:       710 Reuben Street
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830/997-9383 or 997-2851

Services:      Food on a temporary basis

Eligibility:   Based on food stamps received, family in emergency need of food.

Hours:         Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

                         Fredericksburg Police Department
Address:       1601 East Main
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830/997-7585

                        Gillespie County Sheriff Department
Address:       1601 East Main
               Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
               830/997-7585

                                Good Samaritan Center
Address:       140 Industrial Loop
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830/990-8651
               Web site: www.goodsamfbg.org


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                               Habitat for Humanity
Address:    P O Box 2345
            Fredericksburg, TX 78624
            830/990-8585

Services:   Affordable housing to income and program eligible persons

Web Site:   www.habitat.org

                                   Harper Library
Address:    23797 West US Hwy 290
            PO Box 74
            Harper, Texas 78631


                        Harper Chamber of Commerce
Address:    P O Box 308
            Harper, TX 78631
            830/864-5656

             Hill Country Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse
Address:    102 Business Drive
            Kerrville, TX 78028
            830/896-8884 or 1-800-826-5436

Services:   Information, assessment, placement assistance, education and referral.

Hours:      Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm

Web site:   www.hccada.org

                                Hill Country CARES
Address:    P O Box 291817
            Kerrville, TX 78029-1817
            HOTLINE: 1/830-257-2400 or 1/888-621-0047
            Office: 830/257-7088

Services:   Battered women’s safe house for women and their children. Non-residential
            and residential shelter. Individual and group counseling for female victims of
            domestic violence and/or sexual assault for women and children. Assistance
            with legal needs. Batterer’s Intervention and Prevention Group.

Web site:   www.hccares.com

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                      Hill Country Community Needs Council
Address;       P.O. Box 73; 209 South Acorn
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830/997-9756

Services;      Gaps agency including information and referral, medical transportation,
               emergency funds for housing, medication, and utilities, Domestic Violence
               services including counseling and support group, emergency funds for dental
               and counseling, coat and school supplies, and others.

Hours:         Monday – Friday 8:30am – 5:00pm.

Web site:      www.needscouncil.org


                            Hill Country Memorial Hospital
                             Home Health Care Program
Address:       P.O. Box 835
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               (830) 997-1336

Counties Served:     Gillespie, Kendall, Blanco, Llano, Burnet, Mason and Kerr

Services:      Skilled nursing, home health aide, physical therapy, speech therapy,
               occupational therapy, homemakers, sitters, IV therapy, medical social services.

Eligibility:   Medicare, private insurance, private pay.

Hours;         Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm.



                            Hill Country Memorial Hospital
                                         WIC
Blanco (830-249-3932): Tuesdays, Blanco United Methodist Church; 63 Pecan Street

Boerne (830-249-3932): M-W-F, 1414 East Blanco #3A

Comfort (830-249-3932): 1st & 3rd Thursday, Sacred Heart Catholic Church; 305 5th Street

Fredericksburg (1-800-347-9559): Thursdays, 140 Industrial Loop

Kerrville (1-800-347-9559): M-F, closed the 1st & 3rd Thursday, 836 Sidney Baker



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                           Hill Country Memorial Hospital
                        Hospice Care and Hospice Thrift Shop
To call Hill Country Memorial Hospice, call 830-997-1335

                Inquiries and referrals may be made by anyone.
                Admission criteria include:
                 > Life-limiting diagnosis with a
                   prognosis measured in months if it
                   follows its expected course
                 > Consent of the primary care physician
                     A caregiver willing to provide patient
                 >
                     care
                 > Residency in the hospice service area
                Hospice services are available to all persons, regardless of
                financial status. Services are based on need rather than ability
                to pay. Hospice care may be reimbursed by Medicare, Medicaid
                or private insurance.

                     Hill Country Special Education Cooperative
Address:       227 Billie Drive
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830/997-4829

Services:      Special Education Services, Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and
               Speech, diagnostic testing and counseling.

Eligibility:   Children ages 3 through 21 who meet State or Federal criteria for children with
               disabilities.

Hours:         Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 4:00pm

                     HomeSpun – Early Childhood Intervention
Phone:         830/997-9503 or 1/800-250-2246

Services:      Home visits, occupational therapy, physical therapy, speech therapy, inclusion
               in community setting, transitioning to other services, case management,
               community awareness, nursing care, and development screenings.

Eligibility:   Under 3 years old, with any suspected delay in development.         Resident of
               Texas.

Hours:         Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm
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                                 Kids’ Advocacy Place
Address:    P.O. Box 291722
            Kerrville, Texas 78028
            830-895-4527
            Fax 830-895-5140

                                          K’Star
Address:    208 E. Park
            Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
            830-997-9214
            Helpline 800-381-4617
            www.kstar.org

Counties
Served:     Gillespie, Mason

Services:   Family crisis intervention, counseling, youth groups, youth and parent
            skills/groups

                                 Mental Health Clinic
Address:    1328 Hwy 16 S
            Fredericksburg, TX 78624
            830/997-8023

                                     New Horizons
Address:    107 Industrial Loop
            Fredericksburg, TX 78624
            830/997-8696

                               Pioneer Memorial Library
Address:    115 West Main Street
            Fredericksburg, TX 78624
            830/997-6513
            FAX 830/997-6514
            librarian@fredericksburg.lib.tx.us
            website: www.youseemore.com/pioneer/about.asp

Hours:      Mon, Tue, Thurs 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
            Wed 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
            Fri, Sat 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.




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                                     St. Vincent de Paul
Address:       610 West Live Oak Road
               Fredericksburg, TX 78624
               830-997-3392

Services:      Clothing and Financial Assistance

Eligibility:   Takes each case on its own merit, must complete application.

Hours:         Monday – Friday, 9:30am – 3:00pm

                             Social Security Administration
Address:       1060 Guadalupe Street
               Kerrville, TX 78028


Phone Numbers:         Local Number (830) 895-1422
                       Toll-Free       1-800-772-1213
                       TTY             (830) 895-9690


                          Stonewall Chamber of Commerce
Address:       P O Box 1
               Stonewall, TX 78671
               830/644-2735


                           Texas Attorney General’s Office
                                   Child Support
Address:       (Gillespie and Kerr)
               4202 Woodcock Drive, Suite 275
               San Antonio, TX 78228
               210/735-9222
               1/800-252-8014

Services:      Locating a non-custodial parent, establishing paternity, establishing and
               enforcing medical support orders, reviewing and adjusting child support orders,
               collecting and distributing child support payments.

Eligibility:   Texas resident with a child who is eligible to receive child support.




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                         Texas Attorney General’s Office
                      Crime Victim Compensation program
Address:     P O Box 12548
             Austin, TX 78711-2548
             512/936-1200
             1-800-983-9933

Services:    Payment for loss of wages due to a crime; medical, counseling, funeral
             expenses, child care.

                           Texas Workforce Commission
                           Alamo Fredericksburg Center
Address:            221 Friendship Lane
                    Fredericksburg, TX 78624-4103
                    830/481-0008

Hours:              Tues. 8-12; Wed. 1-5

County Served:      Gillespie

Web Site:           www.twc.state.tx.us

Services Offered:   Labor Exchange Service
                    Information on childcare services
                    Information on Unemployment Benefits
                    Training Services
                    On-the-job-training
                    Literacy Services
                    Claims for unpaid wages



                          Texas Commission for the Blind
Address:     P O Box 12866
             Austin, TX 78711-2866
             1/800-252-5204 (voice or TDD)

Services:    Transition program, vocational rehabilitation program, rehabilitation, and
             teacher services. Independent living services for persons who are blind, deaf-
             blind, or visually impaired; eye glasses.




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                           Texas Department of Health
                       EPSDT or Texas Health Steps Program
Address:     211 Medical Drive, #4
             Fredericksburg, TX 78624
             830/997-4353, ext 559

Services:    Immunizations, adult health screening (pap smear), well child check-ups,
             nutritional screening, Tuberculosis screening, vision and hearing screening, HIV
             testing, limited prenatal services.

Hours:       Friday 8:00am – 3:00pm


                       Texas Department of Human Services
                                Assorted Services
Address:     1904 North Llano
             Fredericksburg, TX 78624
             830/997-7546

Services:    TANF (formerly known as AFDC), Medicaid, and Food stamps.


              Texas Dept. of Protective & Regulatory Services
                           Family Preservation
Address:     905 North Milam
             Boerne, TX 78006
             830/249-3533
             1/800-292-5032

Services:    Provides services to help families in crisis situations. Help stabilize families to
             prevent removal of children from parents.


                        Texas Department of Transporation
Engineering Section:       1623 East Main Street
                           Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
                           830/997-4361

Roadway Maintenance:       1623 East Main Street
                           Fredericksburg, Texas 78624
                           830/997-4362



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                       Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc.
Address:    4920 N. IH-35
            Austin, TX 78751
            512/374-2700

Services:   Legal services in civil matters for persons at or below federal private income.
            No criminal cases accepted.




                        Texas Workforce Commission
                     Alamo Workforce Development, Inc.
Address:    819 Water Street, Suite 116
            Kerrville, TX 78028
            830/257-3171

Services:   Job finding services, TANF and Food Stamp information, job preparation and
            job placement services.




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Interagency Cooperation


   All of the agencies listed under the “Resources Available” section of this community plan
   continue to work with one another to keep Gillespie County a wonderful place to live and visit.
   As Gillespie County’s population continues to grow, so does the strain on our natural and
   financial resources. Cooperation between agencies is best seen when a gap in services is
   identified by any one of these agencies. They seem to be able to work flawlessly with one
   another to fill that gap without relying solely on the governmental agencies. Another amazing
   aspect is that Gillespie County enjoys the fact that it can rely on the surrounding counties,
   their agencies and the Alamo Area Council of Governments to work with Gillespie County in
   coming up with solutions.

   The Gillespie County Community Plan reflects the efforts of many people and organizations
   in Gillespie County and in adjacent counties that are concerned with assuring that any gaps
   in services that are identified are closed in a way that will solve the problem and provide as
   great a benefit to the community as possible.

   This year we have included a category for “Community Wellness.” We believe a community
   that is well in “body and soul” would lessen some of the criminal justice issues and therefore
   we elected to integrate these issues with the Community Plan’s goals. We know funding for
   many of those issues is not available from Criminal Justice sources but it is our hope to seek
   grants through other resources to address those needs and gaps in services.

   As we completed this plan in the fall of 2009 we all acknowledge that this plan is a work in
   progress. The Gillespie County Community Planning Committee welcomes anyone
   interested to join in this ongoing effort to address the needs of Gillespie County residents and
   visitors. Any questions can be addressed to either John Culpepper or Tammy Keener
   (Gillespie County Co-Coordinators) or to the Criminal Justice Program of the Alamo Area
   Council of Governments. Contact information is provided in this document.

   The Gillespie County Commissioners’ Court supports the concept of community planning by
   providing staff support and resources for development and implementation of the Gillespie
   County Community Plan. Additionally the Commissioners’ Court supports grant applications
   from County departments, other governmental entities within Gillespie County as well as
   community organizations that address gaps in services identified in the Community Plan.




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Historical Information (optional)

Gillespie County is located in the south central region of Texas. The only incorporated city is
Fredericksburg. The geographical area of the county measures 1,060 square miles.

There are fifteen schools, including a number of private schools, in Gillespie County,
educating the youth from pre-school to some college courses. Fredericksburg Independent
School District (FISD) and Harper Independent School District (HISD) are the two biggest
school districts.

Gillespie County has one hospital, Hill Country Memorial Hospital. This hospital serves an
eight-county area and is a total health care system in that it provides an extensive range of
area health care including home care, hospice care, clinics, WIC, the Community Health
Center and Hill Country Memorial Wellness Center.

The county’s employment base is a mixture of service industry, agriculture, tourism,
construction, real estate, retail and a very small amount of manufacturing.

A complete description of Gillespie County and its rich history can be found on the following
website: www.fredericksburg-texas.com




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