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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas April 2005 HERALDZEITUNG Page 7A Corps agrees to work for permanent water deviation By Ron Maloney StaffWriter Army Corps of Engi neers officials said Wednesday they would seek to make per manent a handshake agree ment with local officials creat ing a onefoot pool of water to support summer The word came at an infor mational meeting at the New Braunfels Civic Center about summer recreation that included Chamber of Com river GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and Corps of Engineers The called a recre ation or seasonal deviation from the Corps operating plans for the dam and reser means during years that weather and flood control con ditions the water level in Canyon Lake would be increased from 909 feet above mean sea level to A deal was negotiated in the 1990s to try the idea on a year byyear basis after local offi cials initially sought a twofoot GBRA and Corps officials have decided each spring under the informal agreement whether to raise the lake County Judge Danny Scheel approached 17 down stream county seeking their permission to try the devi ation long as water levels downstream were not adverse ly Releasing water from Canyon Dam is a key to river flows in Gonzales and Victo which restrict lake releases to prevent possible down stream The extra foot of water would be used during the hot dry part of the summer to ensure adequate river flows for tubing in the lower Guadalupe Paul owner of Moun tain representing an association of told GBRA and Corps of Engineers officials that a river flow in summer of about 400 cubic feetpersecond could support If you could have it at 600 cfe that would be Rich But 400 cfs would be Paul chief of the reservoir control division of the Fort Worth Corps of said a study delayed by state and federal lawsuits could now proceed that would gauge the impacts of the added lake Were getting a study ready on a permanent seasonal pool with a real emphasis on envi ronmental Rodman Once the study is a recommendation would go up the chain of command to that would allow the Corps to make a change in its Rod man Corps officials have told local government that the change could require an Act of but Rod man said he thought it could be handled within the Thats what were Rodman Were not sure how headquarters will If they call this a reallocation and they get the process is longer and the costs go there could be a permanent pool in place by next but thats probably pretty opti Council to take closer look at civic center plan Monday By Scott Mahon StaffWriter The New Braunfels City Council agreed last week to revive plans for expanding the civic City Manager Chuck Pinto will show the council a plan to do just The idea of expanding the civic center has been debated since and over the suggestions of moving the civic center to the Comal the Wurstfest facility and even to the old HEB building have come and A1999 study completed by a Houston consulting firm pro posed a new civic center on Gruene In voters rejected a plan to build a convention center in said Michael Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce Then in voters approved using hotel occupancy tax money to either renovate or expand the existing civic and in 2003 voters approved using HOT tax money to build a new facility But in councifdis cussed a number of propos including expanding the existing civic building a new million civic center on the Comal River or building a new facility on South Castell At the council agreed that the city should expand the existing AT A GLANCE What New Braunfels City Council workshop When 6 Monday Where Municipal 424 Castell In early council approved a contract with Sports Leisure to study the feasibility of a new convention The study completed by CSL suggested that an anchor hotel would be critical for a down town convention Pinto said HOT tax funds could be used to fund either the expansion of the civic cen ter or a new convention Pinto said Friday that about million had accumulated from HOT tax revenues for the civic but that other sources might be including 4B funds and cham ber I plan to show council how this could work financially and go over the RVK designs we looked at in he The design I intend to show council estimated a cost of about million for expand ing the civic but of course that number would have to be District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull spearheaded the idea of reviving plans for expanding the civic center last This Mothers give the special women in your life a gift theyll treasure A special Childrens portrait package offered by Pauline Indoor in Call 8306273686 Times are Offer expires April 147 E Faust New Texas 78130 Chronic Bronchitis and Emphysema I always knew smoking was bad for But it wasnt until years later that I saw the toll it had taken on First it was the occasional shortness of Then it became harder to walk up the and I was coughing all the Finally my wife convinced me to see a He said I have chronic a 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