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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY June 2001 12 pages in 2 sections iz pages in c sccttt HERALDZEITUNG 176 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Planning director calling it quits in New Braunfels BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The third city employee in as many months will leave New Braunfels on June 15 after plan ning director Harry Bennett resigned Bennetts resignation follows the exit of city attorney Floyd Akers and ousted city engineer both of whom left New Braunfels in City Manager Mike Shands fired and Akers resigned to take a position as munic ipal judge in I am going to be pursuing other Bennett said from his office Monday Tm going to be doing some consulting Its something my family and I have discussed for quite some time ventures I cant do here because it interferes with the Bennett plans to start consulting with his Were looking at other avenues right Bennett I can make calls on my own and come and go as I Exploring those avenues doesnt make the time seem as when youre doing it for Bennett said he appreciated the opportunity to work with the There are some faces Ill but youll still see me he Tve enjoyed working Bennett has been planning direc tor for New Braunfels for nearly five Mayor Stoney Williams said Bennett had done a good job for the If s a shame hes he 1 think hes done an excellent job for the Im really sorry to see him The city manager plans to start advertising for a new planning direc tor by the end of this Ben netts salary is set at Chief Finance Officer Chet Lewis Shands We dont have any firm dates Were going to try to move fairly We definitely will have someone by the end of the Shands said that he too was sorry to see Bennett See Legal challenges New city attorney settles in with trying times ahead CHRIS New City Attorney Charlie Zech sits in his chair in the city council chambers Monday afternoon at the New Braunfels Municipal Zech work for the city on BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Charlie Zech welcomes chal And as the new city attor ney for New he already faces one challenge overcoming the narrow city council vote that earned him the job New Braunfels has been without a city attorney since Floyd Akers left to become municipal judge in Zech was one of three finalists to replace Akers and received the majority of council votes this past week to earn him the new Four council members Mayor Stoney Mayor Pro Tern Lee Larry Alexander and Sonia Munoz voted in favor of hiring Three council mem bers Robert Juliet Watson and Debbie Flume voted against hiring I have confidence in my abili Zech in an interview from his Universal City And I have no concerns about how to do the job Zech started in New Braunfels What Charlie Zech said in his interviews was very I just question that he can answer the questions that come up daily as quickly as we need them Robert Kendrick District 4 Councilman Monday and said he gradually would dissolve his private Hes convinced that he will over come the doubts about his ability to perform as city In law they dont teach specific he You dont major in municipal law or trial You learn the law in and they teach you how to research and analyze so you can answer ques tions about any sort of The council members who voted against him expressed concerns that Zech lacks the municipal expe rience to serve as city I was impressed that he appeared to be a quick Kendrick But there are issues that we cant always wait to I want him to be success I want him to do What he said in his interviews was very I just question that he can answer the questions that come up daily as quickly as we need them Zech has his support as the new Kendrick I think everybody should sup port the people who are he fl think we should have re opened the process to new appli But Williams said he is confident that Zech can do the He said the new city attorney would be able to provide legal advice to the coun cil with little I think he gave the best inter See Lake group asks TNRCC to reconsider WEST BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer In an effort to continue fighting a proposal to take more water from Canyon a group filed a legal motion with the Texas Nat ural Resources Conservation asking to be granted party status with the Known as Friends of Canyon the group charges impropri eties in the process by both the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and the Were going to go through the administrative said John executive director of Friends of Canyon if the TNRCC fails to reconsider giving us a contested case hearing and granting us affected party then well pursue oth er legal Parkers group must be granted affected party status in order to participate in the evidentiary hearing if the TNRCC does not grant the GBRAs permit request on June The TNRCC can send the case to a contested case hearing a process that might take two years or approve the permit The GBRA wants to increase the amount of water taken out of Canyon Lake to The current permit only allows GBRA to seU A sin gle acrefoot is gal The GBRA has said the water is needed for people in newly developed such as Boerne and Fair Oaks While the GBRA has said the permit would not affect the several groups opposed to the permit request appeared at the TNRCC Project manager Send request to hearing BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer A former staff member and water rights expert at the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission says the permit request to take more water from Canyon go to a contested case hear Terry Slade used to be the project manager for the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys permit request to increase the amount of water it takes from Canyon Before he retired this past Slade spent months working on the permit I know this thing inside and and Im This applica tion is not like anything else Ive worked And I worked on permit applications for 28 he Slade now works as an independent water rights An attorney representing the Guadalupe River Trout Stuart asked Slade to See hearing May Only the Guadalupe River Trout Asso ciation was considered to be affected by the and the TNRCC commissioners did not grant the organiza tion party the commissioners asked the two groups GBRA and GRTU to try to negotiate a Friends of Canyon Lake Comptroller comes to town FROM STAFF REPORTS State Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander will speak during a fundraiser today for a playground at McKenna Memorial A group of high school stu dents from Canyon and New Braunfels high called Kids United For is host ing a steak dinner at 6 today at the New Braunfels Civic Money earned will go toward construction of a play ground for children at the hospi and the group hopes to raise of the neees s a r y for the Tickets to todays event are available at the door for Call 6062180 for ticket infor RYLANDER INSIDE Abby 4B Classifieds Comics 3B Crossword 5A 6A 4A Movies 5A 3A Sports 2A Key Code Troopers checking safety of semis FROM STAFF REPORTS Semi drivers who cook run heavy or oth erwise skirt the highway laws should be on their best behavior during the next couple of Highway safety in Texas will get an extra boost today through Thursday when Texas Department of Public Safety troopers par ticipate in Roadcheck a 72houF intensive com mipjai inspection DPS License and Weight troopers will stop commercial vehicles to inspect safety as well as check driver licenses and Texas has the highest number of fatalities involv ing commercial vehicles in the said Chief Charles head of Traffic Law Enforcement for We want to take advantage of this enforce ment initiative to make an impact on truck safety in Drivers and vehicles pass ing inspection receive a decal exempting the vehicle from inspection for a unless they have an obvious safety Rene Garza of the San Antonio DPS office License and Weight division said checkpoints would be in operation along Interstate 35 in San Marcos and Medina   

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