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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Basketball Spurs beat the Dallas B Lifestyle Have a good nights C NEW BRAUNFELS American Profile Plan a family reunion SUNDAY May 2001 34 pages in 4 sections pages in 4 sectic HERALDZEITUNG 150 151 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Got water GBRA proposal to take more water from Canyon Lake divides county District attorney says council vio lated Open Meetings TNRCC CHRIS Bill Womack leads a Canyon Lake group opposed to taking more water from the What TNRCC meeting When Wednesday Where Interstate Building room A group of Canyon Lake resi dents and business people have char tered buses to go to the TNRCC Seats on the bus cost a and they plan to leave from Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center at 7 Sign up by callihgBfeeYi Campbell at 830 TNRCC to discuss request to take more water from Canyon Lake BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer People in favor of a proposed permit to take more water from Canyon Lake say it will save money and deliver water to areas that need it desper Those opposed to it say it will drain the wreak both environ mental and economic havoc on the area and leave the lower Guadalupe River completely The controversy surrounding the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys request for a permit amendment might end Wednesday when the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission meets to consider approving the permit or sending it to a contested case During the the TNRCC will review documents both from the GBRA and the 17 requests for a con tested case hearing on the The commissioners meet at in In Comal the permit amendment has sparked led groups to organize in opposition and sharply divided the New Braunfels City the proposed amend GBRA buys fullpage ad to dis cuss ment would allow GBRA to take more water from Canyon the organization is autho rized to take acrefeet of water from the A single acrefoot is roughly Although they organization is not currently tak ing of water from the GBRA officials say the water is almost completely contracted out to school for irrigation and industrial purposes See Supporters Project provides water for thirsty parts of Comal County BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer People in Bulverde say they desperately need the pipeline and water that come from the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys Western And that project hinges on approval of the GBRAs requested permit amend ment that would allow the organization to sell more water from Canyon There is a subdivision in Bulverde where they are still trucking in Local residents listen to a presentation about the plan at a recent Mayor Bob Barton Last they were See Opponents Proposal presents environmental concerns BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Some area residents remain steadfast in oppo sition to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys permit request to draw acrefeet more out of Canyon with three days left until the Texas Natural Resource Conser vation Commission gives its decision on the Residents have voiced concerns in the past few months about declining lake environmental GBRA officials answer questions from people opposed to the concerns and San Antonio seeking a share of lake See Incumbent Alexander wins reelection ALEXANDER BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Overcome with Larry Alexander hugged and kissed his wife Annette when the news came in at the Comal County Courthouse he won the District 2 election for New Braunfels City Coun Alexan d e r received a total of 581 including 250 from early voting His Walter received 469 including 245 from early I feel Alexander speaking just minutes after the votes were totaled I have worked hard since February on this I had a wonder ful group of people working for and I want to thank them and the voters of Dis trict Alexander won a second term on the New Braunfels City with 18 percent of the registered voters in District 2 casting ballots in the It was the only race before vot ers in the city of New The peo ple in Dis trict 2 were satisfied with my progress on SEARS meeting their needs and growth in the Alexander I cam paigned on the issues managing keeping streets up to It was a close Minutes an elated Alexander headed out for a victory His opponent spoke of his disappointment from his where a group of supporters gathered to wait for the Im Sears It was a close but close only counts in horse Its more of a loss for District and the communi ty of New Braunfels than it is for Sears said he wont run for council again but plans to remain active in city govern The citizens asked me to and I will still speak for the he Til con See County elections attract light turnout Bulverde reelects two aldermen BY MARTIN MALACARA AND RONMALONEY Staff Writers BULVERDE Voters in this western Comal County community returned two incumbent aldermen to Bul verde City Hall re electing Warren Alston and Rick Comal Independent School District voters in District 6 chose Charles Burt over for mer CISD trustee Doug Nail in that Election officials reported a generally light turnout in Comal County and else Bulverde In Alston received 170 while Gravens counted For mer Balcones Heights city councilman Charles who has lived in Bulverde for just more than a gar nered 101 Gravens and Alston ran on a platform calling on Comal Countys newest city to con tinue the work of providing the services and infrastruc ture that a city Both men said they wanted to stay on long enough to see the twoyearold city through its early Gravens said Saturday night he has a lot work wait ing for We have about three or four issues to deal he Setting up a munici pal court is priority See DA Council violated open meetings but not when Watson thought BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council violated the states Open Meetings Act but not on April District Attorney Dib Waldrip said violation came dur ing a March 26 meeting when coun cil voted to ask for a contested case hearing regarding the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys permit amendment The GBRA is asking the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for per mission to take more water from Canyon Thats the ruling from who was asked by the two council members to look into the action tak en by the city council concerning the GBRAs requested permit amend Both Juliet Watson and Lee Rodriguez asked the district attor ney to review the actions taken by council on June March and April On those three the council discussed and took action on the per mit On June the council voted against sending a letter to the Texas Natural Resource servation Commission opposing the proposed GBRA permit amend Any vote or action taken by the council must comply with the Waldrip They were fine on June 26 when they dis cussed and voted on writing a letter of They were fine on March 26 as far as dis cussing and voting on sending ques tions and comments to the TNRCC at WALDRIP the public They were not fine when they sent the letter for the contested case hearing on March 26 because that wasnt properly on the Watson charged that the contested case hearing request was part of her questions and Council man Lee Rodriguez said he did not intend to second a motion to request a contested case hearing in the GBRA matter and attempted on April 9 and April 23 to clarify his On April the council voted to amend the minutes to reflect Jus intent only to See INSIDE Key Code 77 PTS5T
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