Sunday, June 17, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Happy Fathers C LEISURE This Week Elvis comes to New Inside NEW BRAUNFELS American Profile Visit the birthplace of SUNDAY June 2001 30 pages in 4 sections pages in t HERALDZEITUNG 150 187 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Some fault city attorney in open meetings question RON New Braunfels has contracted to buy this property at Torrey Street and Gruene Road BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Some New Braunfels City Council members are pointing the finger at new city attorney Charlie Zech after they signed a contract and spent money to buy land behind closed Open government advocates said the city council apparently violated state law regarding how governing bodies conduct business when it authorized City Manager Mike Shands to sign the agreement with out first discussing and acting on the issue in The contract for the land was signed June Councilmembers Debbie Flume and Robert Kendrick said they would accept responsibility if it turns out council was wrong in authorizing Shands to sign the agreement with out taking public action on But they said Zech should have told them a mistake had been made in a June 11 closed when the contract was Zech could not be reached for comment on Councilman Lee Rodriguez said he believed the city attorney had nothing to do with the contract and suggested the other two were taking a poke at Zech because they opposed hiring Zech recently was hired to replace former city attorney Floyd who became municipal judge in Council hired Zech in a 43 Flume and Coun cilwoman Juliet Watson voted against hiring Zech started his job the same day Shands signed the agreement a week before the executive session mentioned by Kendrick and The HeraldZeitung could not reach Mayor Stoney Williams and councilmembers Sonia Munoz or Watson on The contract is a offer to buy more than 5 acres of land at Torrey Street and Gruene Road from Howard and Yasuko The treeshaded grassy which includes a commercial build ing at 776 Torrey would become a city See Studies planned for dam sites BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer County commissioners Thursday unanimously voted to spend to pay a con sultant to do environmental and archeological surveys on sites for what could become the first of a series of new flood control The money will pay for studies for a pair of possible dam sites one in the Dry Comal Creek watershed and the other on the Guadalupe River in the Devils Backbone The studies must be com pleted in August to enable Comal County to qualify for million in funding autho rized by the Federal Emer gency Management Agency through the Texas Depart ment of Emergency Manage ment to pay for flood control County Engineer Tom who has been meet ing with state and federal offi cials about the proposed local flood control said the DEM could dedicate even more money as much as The county has met most of the Hornseth told commissioners at court on FEMA requires environmental and archeological We have to complete them in order to move Were under a tight timeframe and we want to keep this thing See INSIDE Troubled waters GBRA Permit amendment part of water planning BY RON MALONEY AND AMY CLARKSON Staff Writers The yearsold plan by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to increase the amount of water its takes from Canyon Lake is a cor nerstone of both Region L and the states plans for the next 50 GBRA offi cials And efforts to derail the permit amendment which increases the diver sion of stored water from acrefeet to acrefeet can only harm the future water plans for the entire GBRA General Manager Bill West GBRA plans to use much of the water to serve parched areas in western Comal Kendall County and Kerr This permit amendment is considered one of the most expedient that could be It is one of the most widely recognized as the most efficient use of this West It is the litmus test for the Region L and statewide With these the acrefeet of water at stake is far more than a drop in the bucket when it comes to the needs of Cen tral Texas its enough water to annually meet the needs of people more than two Comal coun ties at the population of the 2000 GBRA officials say this plan could end years of legal wrangling over water across the So much is at West We all share and weve spent the years coming up with solutions to the drought of See Waging War Over Water A Series Today Friends of Canyon Lake QiRA responds Lawmakers on the issue CHRIS Bob from Dianne Hank Sue Everett Deschner and John Parker comprise the Friends of Canyon Lake executive The group has concerns about a proposal by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to take more water from Canyon children play in Canyon Canyon Lake proposal nets support from different areas resent Comal County support the amendment Ken whose District 18 stretches from Victoria to Guadalupe counties and includes all or part of 18 supports the application in his May 2 letter to TNRCC Chief Clerk La Donna This will allow the GBRA to deliver a key component in the Region L Water plan and help solve the water shortage prob lem in San Antonio and parts of the hill he District 46 Rick RDripping cited in his April 23 letter to the TNRCC deep concern regarding the demands being pkced on limited water cially underground This additional firm surface water supply source for sev eral pending regional water supply pro jects including Hays and is critical to meeting the current and future needs of this Green wrote in supporting the State Jeff RSan Anto and state representatives Edmund Harvey RT and Judy signed a joint letter on March 29 supporting the The GBRA application has received thor ough administrative and technical reviews by the TNRCC The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department was also involved in that review to be sure that the amendment BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When the Friends of Canyon Lake go to Austin Wednesday to find out if the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commis sion allows the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority to draw an additional acrefeet per year from the theyll be latecomers in a permitting process that goes back The permit amendment is a cornerstone of the Region L which is the local part of the statewide water plan mandated under 1997s Omnibus Water known as Senate Bill to meet the water needs of Texans for the next 50 The Friends of Canyon Lake arent just fighting the the state agency responsible for shepherding this basins water Theyll also be swimming against a cur rent of support for the project that starts in the Texas Legislature and runs to Canyon Lake and New Support for the plan isnt limited to the GBRA It includes TNRCC and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department staff who were involved in the permit amendment drafting process and recommend its local officials who were involved in the meetings and hearings and the people who run the two largest water utilities in Comal In letters to the TNRCC displayed on the GBRAs Web a num ber of legislators including all who rep Proposal stirs up differing opinions Friends of Canyon Lake ready to fight BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Canyon Lake has And these friends arent afraid to use legal or any other method to fight what they view as a direct assault on the Friends of Canyon Lake formed in the past six weeks in response to a per mit amendment by GBRA to take more water from the GBRA wants to increase the firm yield of the lake to up from A single acrefoot equals We are very very Board Mem ber Bob Wickman We believe this permit may be dangerous for the lake and for the economy of Comal Complete with an executive board and a team of Friends of Canyon Lake hopes to persuade the Texas Natur al Resource Conservation Commission to change its mind and grant the group party standing in a contested case hearing about the permit amend The TNRCC corn See TNRCC WHO Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission WHAT meeting to decide fate of permit amendment to take more water from Canyon Lake WHEN Wednesday WHERE Building second floor conference room in TNRCC offices in DRIVING DIRECTIONS Take Interstate 35 North through Take the Yager Lane exit and go to the Turn left and go over Interstate 35 to the southbound access Park 35 is the main build ing to the Take a right into the main road and go down to the park ing