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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Air quality health alert BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY June 2001 12 pages in 2 sections I ft atwul1 HERALDZEITUNG 188 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Comal GBRA negotiating lake permit pact BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The devil is in the the old saying And thats how it has been for county officials and the GuadalupeBlanco River Author who are renegotiating a 1999 Comal County Commissioners are seeking an economic impact study on GBRAs request to take more water out of Canyon but GBRA does not want to delay the process for the GBRAs request to take an additional acrefeet of water out of Canyon Lake goes before the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commis sion Comal County Judge Danny who said he was com fortable with the permit amend ment is seeking a change to address the concerns of Canyon Lake residents opposed to the A special meeting of Comal County Commissioners Court recessed Monday morning so rep resentatives of the two bodies could work on a new If a new agreement is commissioners could reconvene today to consider Commissioners unanimously voted down the fifth draft of an understanding on At issue for Scheel was that the latest draft provided no reme dies if an outside economic and environmental impact study the GBRA agreed to pay for shows its pending application would adversely affect the the agreement does not See TNRCC The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission meets at Wednesday in Building second floor conference room in TNRCC offices in 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 building to the Take a right and go down to the parking The circus comes to town from David and Elkin who make up the Flying Salazars from South perform Monday night during Circus Valentine at the Comal County Sheriffs Posse Council splits on details of parkland buy Groups support varying redistricting plans BY MARTIN MAIACARA Staff Writer Some members of the Texas Legisla ture are not getting much of a summer vacation this Thats because they are working over time on the problem of reapportioning state and Congressional The Legislative Redistricting Board met Monday in Austin to hear testimony from individuals and groups concerned with the redistricting Because both houses could not approve a redistricting the task is now left to the According to state the board has 60 days to reapportion state or redraw the boundary lines for state Senate and House of Representa tive The board is comprised of Bill Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylan Attorney General John Land Commissioner David Dewhurst and Speaker of the House Pete Representatives from Brazoria Coun ty addressed the board about a proposal to split the county into three senate dis Brazoria County Judge John Wily said such a split also would split Brazo ria County cities in The Constitution gives us but common sense gives us another he Brazoria County District Attorney Jer ri Yenne said such a split also could affect interlocal agreements between Brazoria The Legislative Redistricting Board is comprised of Bill Ratliff Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander Attorney General John Cornyn Land Commissioner David Dewhurst and Speaker of the House Pete For more information on visit and nearby Matagorda Yenne urged the board to keep a balanced bipar tisan A group from Tarrant County spoke to the board about concerns it had with the lack of Hispanic representation in particularly in Fort Worth and the east Arlington The group said it does not support the House redistricting House Bill but supports a plan endorsed by the Mexican American Legal Defense the League of United Latin American Citizens and the Willie Velasquez Research The group believes this plan would preserve the four current districts in Tarrant The Hispanic community in eastern Tarrant County needs to be kept togeth said Jesse a member of the Tarrant County redistricting In Hidalgo Republicans are concerned redistricting would not give them a competitive chance against Tve seen gerrymandering crawling all over the big Hidalgo County Republican Hollis Rutledge Ger rymandering is hatched to eliminate con In the legislative the Senate redistricting Committee Substitute for Senate Bill was approved by the Senate Redistricting Committee but did not have enough support to be considered by the entire Jeff Went worth is the chairman for the Senate Redistricting Wentworth represents Senate District which includes Comal Wentworth and the rest of the com mittee are trying to decide if redistricting for the State Board of Education and Congressional districts should be decid ed in a special session or by the Under House Bill Comal County would lose state Edmund Kuem Comal could be included with District This represented by state Harvey currently is comprised of Kerr and Gillespie Bill a Canyon Lake already has announced his candidacy for the House regardless of the outcome of the redistricting INSIDE 5A Comics 3B Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Key Code NB offers cardboard box recycling SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG New Braunfels residents now have a place to recycle their cardboard New Braunfels has opened a free card board recyclingdropoff site at the City Materials next to the Municipal Building at 424 Castell Residents can drop off cardboard and chipboard boxes of all sizes between 8 and 1 Wednesdays and 8 to noon The opening of the cardboard recycling dropoff site conies as the city prepares for the Monday kjicfcpff of the payas youthrow garbage collection Under residents will be allowed to place the equivalent of three 30gallon containers of garbage at the curb on each collection Garbage in excess of that limit must have a city issued extra garbage sticker attached to it in order for it to be picked Those utilizing the dropoff site are asked to break down boxes and place them in the specially marked area at the Cardboard and chipboard collected at the new dropoff site will be taken to the Comal County Rural Recycling Center to be BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil members cannot agree on what happened during closed meetings about buying land for city Council members struggle to put together the sequence of events as they discussed buying a piece of property at Torrey Street and Gruene The city plans to use it for Council conducted three closed meetings to discuss parks and has yet to discuss the issue the city has a signed earnest money contract with the sell The first public discussion of the park purchase will take place Wednesday when the known as the 4B At issue is whether the city violated the states Open Meetings Act by entering into an earnest money contract to purchase the before allowing public debate or public discussion on the prop erty at The Open Meetings Act allows for an exemption to public meetings to deliberate the lease or value of real property if deliberation in an open meet ing would have a detrimental effect on the position of the governmental body in nego tiations with a third the law does not allow a governmental body to cut a deal in devoid of public input or reads the 2000 hand book of the Open Meetings published by the states attorney generals Open meetings advocates say determining the violation is a matter of determining what decisions were made and when action was The burden is definitely on the Freedom of Infor mation Foundation President Rob Wiley They have to point out what exemption they are using that allows Sequence of April 9 Council agrees to ask the Improvement for funds to buy April 18 4B Board turns down telling council it must have a specific pro posal in May 34 Discussed in closed May 29 Discussed in closed 4 Contract signed by city manager and earnest money paid for property at Gruene Road and Torrey June 11 Discussed in closed them to sign a contract pri vately and to discuss that contract without any public Councilwoman Debbie Mume said council began dis cussions on buying land for city parks in May in closed The first discussions took place after the group asked for funding for park land from the 4B she The boards directors told the city that it needed to have specific property before it could ask for fund Flume says the council directed City Manager Mike Shands to look into making a deal with Howard Wimber who owns the land at 776 Torrey Street and 2136 Gruene At the June 11 Flume said the group dis cussed the contract for earnest money and how it would be funded through the 4B But other council members say the group did not discuss sending it to the 4B Board and claim that such an effort was I dont think it was ready See CHRIS Richard and James Rutherford load cardboard to be bundled and later recycled Monday afternoon at the Comal County Rural Recycling
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