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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY February 2001 12 pages in 2 sections IHT pages in 2 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 74 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Population projections have Bulverde doubting water plan BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer I BULVERDE Bulverde Mayor Bob Bar ton assailed a 50year plan to meet the water i needs of this charging that it was built I upon faulty population For more than two Barton has been telling anybody who will listen that the Region L Plan submitted to the Texas Water I Development Board in January has serious j The Region L Plan was prepared by the S South Central Texas Regional Water Plan rung Group and is intended to meet the water i needs of a 21county area through the TWDB must merge plans from 16 regions into a single state Bartons problem with the Region L plan is in the amount of growth project ed for Comal similar problems might exist with the projec tions in other he The projections the plan uses were prepared for the Texas Water Development Board based on growth models used in the They anticipate people will live in Comal County by BARTON Whats Up The South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group submitted the Region L plan for water needs through The plan relies on Texas Water Development Board figures projecting people living in Comal County by Texas University projections have Comal Countys population projected at in about people live in Comal Other projections developed by Texas based on growth patterns in the 1990s place the population of Comal County as high as people in Barton brought the numbers to the atten tion of the county in late Former County Judge Carter Casteel sent them to the SCTRWPG on too late to be included in the planning process for this Casteel wrote in her letter that while the deadline for alternate population projections had she had asked county staff to study the numbers Barton had brought to county See WATER CISD transition begins Reception Comal Independent School District is plan ning a reception for departing superintendent Jerry who has been with the district since The recep tion will take place from to Thursday at Gruene Mansion Interim school boss gets whirlwind tour by departing Major BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer Tony Constanzo spent 18 years leading East Central Independent School District in San He enjoyed retirement for two Oh he stepped into the role of interim superintendent for Comal Constanzo will lead the district until the school board finds a per manent replace ment for Jerry who is leaving Friday to take over as super intendent for Waco school district next On his first Constanzo spent the entire day with the departing Major and was given a whirlwind tour of the The pair visited 10 campuses and met with adminis trators and They also visit ed proposed building sites for the new high the Cranes Mill school and the Hoffman Lane I thought I was but Im not sure if Im winding down or winding Constanzo Constanzo retired from ECISD and worked his last day there on He said the amount of construc tion at the campuses was surpris ing but warmed his heart when he thought of the opportunities the improvements would mean for stu Major and Constanzo will meet with directors and coor dinators today and will isolate and discuss issues throughout the rest of the These issues will include the bomb threats and mold contamination Constanzo said he planned to return to his retirement this sum mer after the district hired a per manent replacement for JESSIE Departing CISD superintendent Jerry and interim superintendent Tony Constanzo tour Smithson Valley High School Monday itirviit input Comal Independent School Dis trict are invited to attend two public meetings to help the dis trict develop a profile of the new The meetings are scheduled for 6 14 in the Canyon Interme diate School 1275 Busi ness and 15 in the Spring Branch Middle School 21053 Texas 46 During the the public will be able to share the qualities and skills they would like to see in a new The Texas Association of School Boards is leading the superinten dent search Other superintendent profile meetings with support business and PTA and booster club members are being conducted as The application deadline for the position is April The school board will begin to narrow the pool of applicants shortly after that date and hopes to have the entire process completed by early Mystery survey has residents Who BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A phone survey asking New Braunfels residents to rate the performance of city officials and council members allegedly has been circulat ing for more than a Who commissioned the sur vey is but whoever it is wants to find out what res idents think about economic environmental managing growth and the civic center expan Besides answering ques tions about council members and city participants also are asked about resi dents Walter Sears and Sonia Sears served on the com mittee that will present rec ommendations to city council Monday about how to spend about 19 percent of the bed tax money collected in this Munoz serves on the river activities committee Both said they were con sidering campaigning for city council seats in the May elec and both said they had no idea who was responsible for the Candidacy papers cannot be turned in until 20 and are due March A source in the public rela tions and marketing field said surveys such as the one described cost between and The questions are typical of someone or a business interested in the political cli mate of a thats done to find out which issues people feel strongly the source Backers of this survey could be someone trying to gauge the political waters for or a business interested in moving a large facility or headquarters to the the source Neither Sears nor Munoz was contacted prior to the They said they only Survey Says A resident reported a tele phone surveyor asked ques tions such as Did the resident like each council member The mayor City manager Walter Sears Sonia Munoz Rate the following issues managing growth civic center expansion drainage environmental issues economic development river walk water supply local taxes workforce training crime indoor pool river behavior and found out about the survey when other residents told I wasnt contacted by Sears People in town who had been contacted called asking things about the city and and then they have a list of names and On a scale of one to what do you think of these people Korbel the San Antonio firm reportedly han dling the research did not return phone calls Mon Sears said he spoke with a Korbel representative and asked why his name appeared on the He was told he was considered a civil servant in New Braun fels because of his I asked them where they got the idea that I was a civ il Sears Im not a civil Im a poor Sears said the person he spoke with him refused to tell him who had commissioned the Its apparently a big See Troutfest CHRIS Gary helps and with their fishing poles Monday at the Landa Park Aquatic Center for the fifth day of INSIDE Key Code 76 Corps offers dry hydrant access BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Canyon Lake area residents have plenty of water except when they have a Canyon Lake firefighters soon will get two new water supply options in parks oper ated by the Army Corps of Corps Lake Manager Jerry Bright met with Comal County commissioners Thursday to discuss building a pair of dry water hydrants for use by firefight ers one in Jacobs Creek Park and the other in North Cranes Mill Park on the north side of the A dry hydrant is a metal pipe extending into the water from shore that will enable fire pumpers to quickly pull water from the lake and fill The equipment that Canyon Lake uses can fill a tanker truck in about a If a fire occurs in the area of either tanker trucks traveling from neighboring departments might not have to travel as far to get addi tional Canyon Lake Chief Shawn Wherry said the dry hydrants were a good idea if firefighters had year See DRY
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