Wednesday, June 6, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY June 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in scene HERALDZEITUNG 177 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Rylander Students promise bright future KYLE Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander greets Renno Adams Tuesday after speaking during a fundraiser for a McKenna Memorial Hospital Adams proposed the play He and other students are working on the BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer About a hundred years and a hun dred pounds State Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander likes to she got her professional start as a Her career has taken her many places and to many firsts in Texas from being the first woman mayor of Austin the youngest of any major city to being one tough Tuesday night in New Rylander spoke of her her vision for government and the 21st century at these and youre looking right into the face of the 21st and its a very bright Carole Keeton Rylander State Comptroller and told 400 people gathered to raise funds for a playground at McKenna Memorial Hospital that they could see that future in the faces of their chil It was a 45 minute speech condensed into 25 minutes of Rylandefs trade mark high rapidfire delivery spiced with folksy oneliners that brought down the house in the New Braunfels Civic My kids always say I speak 365 words a minute with gusts up to 400 Rylander A recent knee surgery did nothing to slow her Rylander ticked off an agenda not fin ished in the 77th Texas She called for a longer sales tax holiday and broadening it to include bike child safety See GBRA water pact facing trouble BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer A landmark agreement between three water purvey ors to get San Antonio off its Edwards Aquifer fix is in The Texas Water Develop ment Board might not approve what it considers an interbasin transfer in an agreement between the GuadalupeBlanco River San Antonio Water System and the San Antonio River Authority to supply Bexar Countywith 94500 adrefeet of An interbasin transfer takes water from one river basin and puts it within another river The water being transferred auto matically becomes a lower water priority or junior water which could affect other water right hold ers We have a legal constraint that may differ from hydro logic TWDB executive director Craig Ped erson said Pederson met with the South Central Texas Region al Water Planning Region in San Antonio to address the Lower Guadalupe Basin The approved this past month by all three is part of regional water planning for the next 50 The project would transfer water from the Saltwater immediately below the confluence of the San Antonio and Guadalupe for treatment and dis tribution in Bexar The Region L board of directors said the project would not be an interbasin transfer because it would take place where the two rivers But in TWDB for mally carved out boundaries between the two mak ing such a water transfer only available through a per mit application from the Texas Natural Resource Con servation We thought its one sys Weve gotten ourselves trapped in a situation thats not logical or said Weir a Comal County representative for Region Labat served as a proxy at the Tuesday meeting for Doug Miller is the appointed county represen tative for Region According to state water once the boundaries are in they cannot be changed to accommodate the water See Willie CHRIS Willie Nelson performs for a soldout crowd Tuesday night at Gruene The crowd was enthusiastic as Nelson played songs from his new Planning group sets schedule for annexation BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The annexation process moved a step forward Tues as the Planning Com mission passed a tentative schedule for the New Braun fels City Council to consider on June Amid heated protests and passionate arguments from residents in the areas pro posed for the commission voted unani mously to approve the calen which would set the effec tive date for annexation this The areas proposed for annexation from a 2000 list are T Bar Valley Road Hunters Creek North woods Common on Drive Alves barosa Road Stonegate Southbank Klein Road and Farmto Market Road 1044 and Schmucks The Planning Commission held a workshop May 16 and agreed to add Preiss off Loop 337 near River Road Shadow off FM 1863 south of Mission Valley Estates and the area that includes the McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 Those areas were part of the five year annexation plan that the city council passed in Under state cities must give residents three years notice before they are Residents from Mission Valley and Preiss Heights Whats Next June 25 New Braunfels City Council can adopt resolution directing planning department to schedule public hearings and authorizing master ser vices July 11 date for first public hearing July date for second public hear ing 13 First read ing of annexation ordinance to initiate annexation prd 27 Second reading of ordinance September 10 Third reading of ordinance November 11 End of 90day period to complete annexation complained Tuesday night about annexation and said they did not believe they would benefit from annexa About 40 people attended the and several stood up to speak against Most of the peo ple who spoke were from Preiss They expressed dismay that the first time they heard they were under considera tion for annexation was after the May 16 workshop meet Under state the city is required to set dates for public hearings about pro See Come hell or high water Comal has disaster plan BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In the October 1998 New Braunfels disaster officials found themselves cut off from the rest of Texas by waters that flood ed roadways and large tracts of the Telephone service was spotty and it could take 15 minutes or more to get a EDGETT But New Braunfels was dial only one place in the region The city that had problems on needed to and resources find shel were spread pretty terfor New Braunfels had peo wargamed a flooding sce ple but nario in a July 1998 disas had cots ter preparedness and blan the practice proved kets for only about Carol the countys new emergency plan ning coordinator and emer gency management remembers the 1998 flood As assistant emergency man agement coordinator for the she worked 36 took a fivehour nap and went back for We had addressed some of the areas that flooded in It was a tremendous help with our Edgett State officials praised New Braunfels Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Collier and his then assistant Edgett for the citys response to the disas And who three months ago moved to Comal County as its local emergency planning coordi nator and emergency man See INSIDE Abby Comics 2B Crossword 5A Forum 4A 5A Obituaries 3A 78A Young researchers explore aging issues during course BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Laving longer might not be everyones favorite but if given a peo ple would probably want to live in bet ter Thats one wish a group of scientists gathered in New Braunfels is attempt ing to make a Faculty and students from universi ties across the country are participating in a weeklong course on aging research at the T Bay M RanchThe course con eludes The course is designed to give young researchers an oppor tunity to learn the lat est information into the field of aging said Arlan director of the Aging Research and Education Center at the University of Texas Health Science Aging research is a diverse This provides investigators training in aging gives them a better feel for the RICHARDSON Richardson Richardson said the field of aging research has blossomed during the past five years because the population has become A hundred years ago only 6 percent of the population was 65 years In 2050 about 25 percent of the population will be over he One discovery discussed during the Richardson is insulin Insulin is a hormone in the human