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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 19, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY July 2001 14 pages in 2 sections 14 pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 214 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Scheel GBRA betrays county with trout deal BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners Court voted unani mously Wednesday to oppose a recent agreement between GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and Guadalupe River Trout And a representative for Friends of Canyon Lake said legal action might be taken by that County Judge Danny Scheel called an emergency meeting Wednesday after noon to address the agree which he said would put Canyon Lake at a greater risk of experiencing lower lake On GBRA and GRTU agreed to minimum daily releases from Canyon Lake for each day during the months of May through Sep tember will be Basi release levels would be up to twice the federal requirements of90 to 100 cubic feet of water per sec In exchange for the release Trout Unlimited agreed to file a joint motion with GBRA to remand its contested case hearing from the State Office of Adminis trative Hearings back to the Texas Natural Resource Con servation This would clear the way for GBRA to pursue amend ing its state permit to draw acrefeet from Canyon Lake to supply water for the GBRA is per mitted to draw acre feet from the An acre foot equals Scheel said he believed the county was betrayed by GBRA because the river authority asked Commis sioners Court for help in quashing opposition to its permit In the county agreed in 1999 to support GBRAs provided it would consult the county on plans to take more out of the lake when the lakes level is above its conserva tion storage or 909 feet above mean sea Scheel said he believed GBRA violated that agree ment when it made the deal with Trout Over two years GBRA romanced I can tell you I feel like the biggest fool in the GBRA has lost credibility in this See Jury sides with owner in race trial BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer MARION The only reason for Wednes day night at River City Raceway is the grudge races in which local kids who run what they brung compete for bragging But the biggest winners at the contro versial Marion drag strip Wednesday were its who won a grudge match of their own one that threatened to close the A Guadalupe County jury decided after nearly six hours of deliberation over two days that Todd Zampeses race track isnt a nuisance to its While the jury Zampese and his attorney offered win or to go into mediation with his Zampese hopes to try to work out an agreement so residents might enjoy some level of comfort with their loud neighbor and so Zampese doesnt spend more time in Don visiting judge for the 25th Judicial District will issue an order that both sides enter into See LAWSUI777A City keeping Shands until end of month BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer At the end of City Manager Mike Shands officially retires from city govern To replace the city council voted Wednesday night to hire an interim city manager until a permanent replacement can be After meeting in closed the city council voted unanimously to retain Shands as a consultant for 90 days and said he could retire at the end of As a Shands can help train an interim city manager and his replacement but will no longer be an active part of the city who has been city manager for nearly seven announced his decision to retire last The council agreed to hire an interim and after a long annexation pub lic hearing Wednesday went back See Annexation angst Split council vote keeps annexation going fullsteam BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer In a narrow the New Braunfels City Council decided to continue with the annex ation process after a public hearing Wednes day After listening to residents of 12 areas tar geted for annexation argue against the the council voted 43 in favor of con tinuing the Councilman Robert Kendrick spearheaded the motion to stop the process and said he was opposed to annexation of any 1 think annexation causes urban he Thats what annexation the sprawl of a I oppose annexation of any I have a concern about the moral oblig ation to offer equal services to and were not doing that just to save mon Council members Juliet Wat son and Deb Above The city council prepares to vote on annexation motions as a packed room looks Right Rick and xxxxxxxHaas speak during a break at Wednesday nights public Both men spoke against the citys attempt to annex their neighbor JESSIE And Ive been hear ing a lot tonight about taxation without representa tionl You dont pay Me Flume taxes right so Kendrick6 in his opposition Stoney Williams to annexa New Braunfels mayor Mayor Stoney Williams and council mem bers Larry Lee Rodriguez and Sonia Munoz voted in favor of continuing the annexation Two more public hearings are scheduled for areas one and 11 July The first reading of the ordinance is set for August 1 respectfully disagree with Williams told the crowd late Wednesday I think without cities stagnate and If we dont do then we are doing a disservice to the people of New Braunfels the people who voted us into And Ive been hearing a lot tonight about taxation without he con You dont pay taxes right so you dont Once you are you will have representation on Thats not taxation without that argu ment doesnt hold water with The council voted to authorize city staff members to start voluntary annexation nego tiations with the Southbank subdivision after the public hearing as t Before the public the council See ANNEXATIONS INSIDE Key Code 76 Rubble hindering investigation of fire that destroyed Seguin store BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer could offer little new insight Wednesday into what caused the fire that destroyed a his toric Seguin hardware store and two other John chief investi gator with the State Fire Marshals said salvage workers and investigators were experiencing pretty slow going in the rubble of Vivroux Hardware on South Austin A preliminary estimate placed damages of the two brick building at Contents of the store were estimated at another but those figures did not include losses in other businesses or apart Winn The 132yearold adjacent antique and coffee shops and storage and apart ments upstairs were destroyed hi an early morn ing fire fought Tuesday by Seguin and seven other including New At this weve found nothing that makes us sus Winn But it was too early to rule the fire he At this investigators cannot get to the place where the fire is believed to have started because the roof of the building Winn said a team of 10 investigators and a dog trained to sniff for flammable liquids worked in the build ing much of but could not yet get to the area where the fire Fire investigators current ly theorize the fire started from an electrical The built in was wired with old copper electrical cabling that melts at Winn When Seguin firemen smashed their way inside shortly after their call the fire flashed over on Winn That explosive phenome essentially a firestorm in a burning hap pens when oxygen is intro duced to superheated gasses inside a confined The temperature required to cause he said is more than ample to melt the suspect We could work four or five days and not find the Winn The problem with a fire investigation is that fire destroys a lot of what were looking
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