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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas Local officials give TxDOT a lot to think about November 2005 HERALDZEITUNG Pare 5A Tis the season By Ron Malonay Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Local officials who met with planners for the Texas Department of Transporta tion to discuss road project priorities expressed concerns Wednesday about heavy traf fic and whats being done to address The conducted at the Guadalupe Valley Tele phone is part of TxDOTs annual Transporta tion Improvement which state officials use to plan road improvements over the next three to five About 25 people all but a very few local city and county officials from Comal and Kendall counties attended the annual meet which was hosted by TxDOT New Braunfels Area Engineer Greg Weve done these meet ings for a long Malatek Its basically to give direction to TxDOT on proj ects in the Malatek heard concerns from local officials during a prolonged questionand answer Bulverde Mayor Sarah Ste vick commented on the extent of growth her commu nity is seeing and the level of traffic she expects it to We can see the dust and hear the but we just cant see the cattle Stevick We have major growth com and were con cerned about what needs to be done to be able to handle Were looking at doubling in size in three to five If the improvements dont come for 10 thats not going to Stevick said she hoped planning would go on before it was too late to that TxDOT would get back to Bulverde with rightofway needs so the city could begin planning to pay its 10 per cent of its costs with as little impact on taxpayers as possi Were very concerned about the Texas 46 expansion project and the future John son which may be coming in with 800 If you add 800 homes and an elementary school on FM you almost have to go to four Stevick Another she would be access to the new Home Depot store being built at 281 and Texas Malatek told her traffic studies would be addressing Bulverde Mayor Sarah Stevick the issues and that TxDOT would support Bulverde on whatever it feels is needed at Home Comal County Surveyor Steve who heads the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerces Transportation listed the Chambers priori which included the bridge at Gruene and the rail road overpasses on Seguin Schultz also mentioned projects on FM 725 and FM He said he hoped TxDOT would do route stud ies on FM if nothing FM 1044 is another proj ect thats been around about 15 We hope well see Schultz Comal Independent School District is looking at a school out On FM Schultz traffic is often backed up behind trains at the two Business 46 and Loop 337 also merit TxDOTs Schultz Traffic backs up on Wal nut Avenue from Landa HYDRANTS CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Spring Branch impacted The issue came up in August when Apex Water Ser vices president David Wallace sent letters to the rural fire departments in Bulverde and Spring Branch warning them that a number of subdivi sions it serves through the Diamond Water and Water Services dont real ly have The problem is a big one for rural firefighters who must truck water around with them a problem that soon could cost the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department a quarter million dollars for a tanker truck the department is considering Affected subdivisions include Rimrock Windmill Air park and Oak Village Commission on Environment Quality public drinking water rules require that the systems have appro priate valving to allow the water mains to be flushed under conditions prescribed by those Wallace In some of the our metal flush valves resem ble and are often confused with the typical metal fire hydrant installed by munici pal water systems for fire Wallace warned the fire 1 chiefs in the 9 letter that they could use the water only on condition that they under stood Apex made no prom ise it would be provided in pressures that support fire fighting and that the fire department would be liable for any damage to the water system caused by use of a flush valve for It is important that the fire departments Hilly understand these conditions because the untrained or inexperi enced operation of a water system valve can damage expensive service pumps and water mains through uncon I trolled pressure Wallace Bulverde Fire Chief Charlie Ivy said his department would not risk the liability of using the flush valves even though they have in the past and routinely tested them for Apex and other water purvey we cant use any of those Ivy He said we could use them to fill our If we do and theyre messed we have to pay for whatever damage was done that they say we Street to Loop Schultz Comal County Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin asked that a project being coordinated with the city of Schertz on FM 3009 between FM 2252 and Interstate 35 proceed at the fastest rate I want to make sure TxDOT doesnt lose sight of the needed upgrades on FM Millikin Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson asked that a new study be commis sioned to establish whether the intersection of Canyon Bend and FM 2673 met fed eral standards for a traffic In the intersec tion was studied and didnt meet the Dawson County Engineer Tom Hornseth presented the countys other list ed in a proclamation by com missioners Those include realigning and widening Texas 46 and a study of a much talkedabout outer loop around New the improvements to FM a bridge on the Guadalupe Riv er at Rebecca Creek Road and improvements to FM DAVID People gather around the Hope Hospice Tree of Lights as the last strands twinkle on at the Marketplace Thursday annual tree lighting is held to honor and remember loved ones and friends in the I dont want residents in this county think ing theyre protected by a fire hydrant in theyre flush valves and the water company wont let the fire department draw water from what looks like a fire hydrant Jay Millikin County commissioner My board its best we dont use these hydrants right The question came up after his department tested some hydrants that didnt They bagged them and noti fied Ivy He Theyre not hydrants theyre flush Ivy Its a bad deal all the way around for the homeowners because they might think they have a hydrant in front of their and we cant use Thats irritating to the pub Ivy said Apex and other rural water companies should notify the public that the flush valves are not for fire suppres People need to know about Ivy Some folks bought lots with the hydrant right thinking theyd have better insurance At least put signs up going into subdivisions that these hydrants are not for fire Thats Millikins that residents who think they live near fire hydrants dont realize that they and that the fire department might not be able to hook into the flush valve at I dont want residents in this county thinking theyre protected by a fire hydrant in theyre flush valves and the water compa ny wont let the fire depart ment draw water from what looks like a fire Mil likin Apex attorney Mark Zep pa said customers of rural water companies sign a statement of service agree ment that lists the limita tions of the includ ing for fire If its not inside a the odds are 9tol that its not a fire Zeppa You can pump water through but does it meet the state cri teria for fire flows To get that kind of flow in a rural system would increase its cost three or four Zeppa That really affects he BEALLS FRIDAY THRU SUNDAY 50 OFF 50 OF RALPH LAUREN POLO JEANS SHOES Mens Keystone leather SALE JUNIORS COLLECTIONS Polo Assn and South SALE SAVE STOREWIDE 50 OFF SWEATERS FOR HIM From Sun Ferruche and SALE 40 OFF ssts I WEAR OFF MENS CHAPS SPORTSWEAR Knit and woven SALE MISSES KNIT TEES Great styles by Rebecca Malone and SALE 3050 OFF 40 OFF KIDS SEPARATES SETS boys 2T20 and girls 2T16 SALE Tommy Hilfiger and valuepriced SALE ALL PLAYTEX BOXED BRAS Entire stock Comfort lace and more ALL PLUSSIZE SPORTSWEAR From Sag Quiz1 and SALE 60 OFF ENTIRE STOCK FINE JEWELRY sterling silver and 18K gold over sterling BUY GET OFF 50 OFF ALL SHOES FOR THE FAMILY HOLIDAY HOME 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