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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NBWjjgMKgBLs HERALDZEII ONG Vol 148 No 37 46 pages in 4 sections January 10 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1952 INSIDE Hot stuff Meet Norma and Max Garvey and read about their recipe for suc cess in the salsa business after five years of research preparation and selective mar keting Helping others Becky Voges a breast cancer beHatt a Moris support group based on prayer Hear Voges story and how shes turned it into healing for other Get your kicks Area high school soccer teams stay busy with weekend tournaments while girls bas ketball teams begin their dis trict seasons Read about both in sports WEATHER Mild days chilly nights thats the forecast for today and Monday but even warmer temperatures should make a return by Tuesday 2A INDEX Eckerd meets the neighbors Developer residents make new project pitch for store BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Developers of a proposed Eckerd drug store in New Braunfels said they used public feedback to create the latest design for the project The new plan for the store will be discussed at a pub lic hearing scheduled for Monday at the municipal building 424 South Castell Ave The idea came directly from one of the neighbors in the said Bruce Shelby chief executive officer of Realty Group the Houstonarea developer hired by Eckerd to build the store Public input led developers to design a culdesac on South Sycamore Avenue next to the proposed site Shelby said a 10footwide landscaped barrier includ ing a concrete fence would keep store customers from turning South Sycamore into a busy thoroughfare Certainly we dont feel its going to alleviate every ones Shelby said However he said he believed many New Braunfels residents backed the new location Eckerd officials planned to move operations from the current store at the Unicom Shopping Plaza on Busi ness 35 West to a tract of land currently zoned for residential and commercial new location at South Walnut Avenue and Business 35 is one of the citys busiest intersections The Eckerd relocation caused public controversy almost as soon as residents living near the proposed site were notified about the project Both sides argued their opinions at a Nov 10 plan See Watery path Leaders facing several obstacles in quest to begin Trinity district BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer If the trials and tribulations of the Edwards Aquifer Authority are an indication county officialsr quest to form a regional underground water district over the Trinity Aquifer faces a long and difficult road fraught with obstacles In December Comal County Commissioners Court adopted a resolution requesting a multicoun ty district be formed to manage the resources of Trinity Aquifer The aquifer lies under the western half of the county and extends westward into Kendall Blanco Bandera and Hays counties Support from the other counties for a regional aquifer authority has not been forthcoming County Com missioner Jay Millikin said he had attended several meetings with cit izens and officials from the other counties I get the impression the other counties would prefer to form sin glecounty underground water dis Millikin said Forming sin glecounty districts is a first step but the most effective way to manage the resource is through a group Millikin said despite its problems the EAA had many positives that a Trinity management group could emulate Theyre still working their way through some internal politics and the courts but at least they are in the same room talking to each Millikin said One of the problems a Trinity Aquifer group might face is the rur MILLIKIN MILLER al nature of the district He said the EAA had a large number of public utilities pumping water from the Edwards The amount of water pumped by the utilities is rela tively to monitor com paiedhviftresj dential owned by indi viduals Millikin said He said some residents at meetings he attended believed any agency man aging the aquifer could mandate meters to monitor pumping on pri vate wells I dont think there are any elect ed officials anywhere that are going to call for Millikin said We are going to have to find another means of conserving the resource other than monitoring private An attempt to create an under ground water district in the county in 1985 failed by a 101 margin If a district was created by the legis lature it would not have taxing authority unless approved by the voters County officials said the 1985 election was not well presented to the public Commissioner Jack Dawson said We absolutely have to do a better job of informing the voters how important it is to properly manage this Blanco County Judge George Byars sent a letter to Comal Coun try Judge Danny Scheel last week notifying him that his county would not support legislation creating a See ROBIN The afternoon sun shines on Johnny Bemer of Owen Drilling lets out some of the water that is used to keep the drill cooled down The ending depth of this well located in the Edwards Aquifer near Garden Ridge was 640 feet Bulverde ready to make next consolidation move BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Elaine KassThomas Bulverde Souths city secretary said it was no secret why points voted to incorporate more than a year ago We did it in order to create a contiguous block to keep San Antonio from reach ing north and absorbing KassThomas said Through the process of consolidation what was four autonomous cities has become two and elections are upcoming that could reduce that number to one In separate elections earlier this year Bulverde North and Bulverde West were consolidated with Bulverde South On Jan 16 the citizens of Bulverde Bast will vote on a proposal to consolidate with Bulverde South If that proposal pass es residents of Bulverde South will go to the polls on May 2 to consider a proposal to accept consolidation with Bulverde East KassThomas said the four cities had to incorporate separately with the intention of consolidating to meet state requirements mat mandate mat 200 people must live in a two square mile area to incorporate Bulverde South Mayor Stan Blaylock said the citys gerrymajuiered configura tion may appear strange to people looking at it on a map but the shape of city limits were influenced by the need to bring four subdivisions together and meet the state requirements Blaylock said the community was behind the consolidations and there was no organized opposition to unification He said the November vote to consolidate Bulverde West and Bulverde South passed by a margin of 752 If me consolidation is completed in the May vole a decent sized city would be created Blaylock said a uw homes in its city limits and an estimated population of TIMELINE November 1807 Burverde North Bulvwtto South and Bulverde East vote In favor of incorporation Jtnuery 1998 Bulverde Wwt votee In favor or Incorporation Mey 1880 Bulvetie South votes h favor of consolidation with Bulverde North November l8Mt Bulverde South vetee In favor of conwUdation with Bulverde Weet Jenuery 1999 Butorde East wtt vole an eonaoBdiBQn request with Bulverde South In the Oanuew election South m vote on eonaoidellon   

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