New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
APRIL 8, 2007
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WmmmPlans to expand landfill move forward
By Mark Koopmans
Waste Management, the Houston-based corporation that operates Mesquite Creek Landfill, is moving forward in its plan to expand the permitted 96-acres of landfill currently serving residents of Comal and Guadalupe counties.
The landfill is located just west of the Comal-Guadalupe county line off Farm-to-Market HOI. However, it will encroach into Guadalupe County, if and when the expansion is approved, according to plans sub
Formal hearing on issues scheduled for Friday
mitted by the company.
The expansion is required to meet the growing solid waste needs stemming from population growth and increased residential and commercial construction and development in both counties, said Ric Green, district manager for Waste Management.
“The area we’re planning to utilize for the expansion is directly adjacent to the current landfill,” Green said. “Waste Management already owns the property, so that won t be
an issue should the expansion be approved.”
The company initially filed its application with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality in November 2005. The process has inched its way through various administrative stages since then, according to public records.
The State Office of Administrative Hearings will conduct the next phase at a formal “contested case hearing" at IO a.m. Friday at New Braunfels
Municipal Court, 1486 S. Seguin Ave.
A contested case hearing is a legal proceeding similar to a civil trial in state district court. Members of the public tire invited to attend, but it is not a forum in which public comments normally are accepted. Green said.
Known also as the Cornell County Landfill, the Type I municipal solid waste landfill serves residential, commercial and municipal customers throughout the area. T he facility has operated since the mid-1970s when it
was operated by Comal County before Waste Management bought it in 1987.
The landfill includes a disposal “footprint" of 78 acres and processes about 1,300 tons of waste each day, the vast majority of which is generated in Comal and Guadalupe counties, Green wrote in a press release. It accepts non-hazardous household and commercial waste, as well as construction and demolition debris. Currently, it does not accept regulated hazardous waste.
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Council to discuss spending some green on waste program
By Suzanne Ashe
Residents of New Braunfels who recycle brush, grass, leaves and other yard waste could have the cost of biodegradable yard waste bags picked up by the city.
If approved, an item going before the city council Monday night would allow the city to purchase up to 150,000 of the
biodegradable bags at $316 per thousand from the DuroBag Man-ufacUiring Company as part of its expanded green waste program. If all 150,000 bags are purchased, t the total cost would be $47,000, Mary Quinones, purchasing director for the city, said buying the bags potentially would increase the amount of green waste diverted from the landfill, allowing for cost savings in landfill
The city’s solid waste department picks up brush, grass, leaves and other yard waste separately from household garbage and requires that all grass clippings and other yard waste be placed inside an official biodegradable yard waste bag.
Under the current program, residents have had to purchase the biodegradable bags for yard waste
at local retail and hardware stores.
If approved by council, residents would no longer have to buy the bags, Quinones said.
The Green Waste Program is the latest in a series of waste reduction programs implemented by the city in keeping with the Texas Commission on Environmental
See COUNCIL, Page 7A
Bulverde candidates take sides
■ Council hopefuls pair off
By Jessica Sanders
in the battle over the city’s growth.
T he candidates are not required to chose running mates, but decided to pair off during the May 12 race for two at-large council seats.
Incumbent Councilwoman Cindy Cross is campaigning with (Cassandra Campbell on a platform to keep large-scale developments out of Bulverde and to preserv e the town’s rural feel.
Former Councilman Michael Sorbera and run-ning-mate Jim Binkley say Bulverde should be selective about development, but also needs growth to balance the tax base.
In addition to the council election, the May ballot will include the home rule charter, which would allow the city more autonomy from the state. The charter also would call for a seventh council member, allow residents to recall elected officials and allow Bulverde more autonomy when annexing land.
Cross, who is finishing her first two-year term, said she has a passion for comprehensive planning and said she has a vision for Bul Verdes future.
Cross, director of finance and administration at Jet Engineering, said she initiated the Sunrise 2025 plan, which describes goals for the city in the coming years.
She added that she wants to keep the city on course with a comprehensive plan to achieve those goals.
“I want to educate the community on issues such as water and environmental education,” she said. “I also want to find
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The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Web site Saturday gave Canyon Lake's current elevation at 914.66 feet above mean sea level.
The lake's normal elevation is 909.00. The current release rate is 500 cubic feet per second.
Release refers to the amount of water being released from the Canyon Lake Reservoir into the Lower Guadalupe River cfs.
■ Recreational — 100 to 500 cfs
■ Challenging — 500 to 800 cfs
• Strenuous — * 800 to 1,200 cfs
■ Extreme caution urged, experienced boaters only. No tubing allowed - 1,200 to 3,000 cfs.
RI More than 3,000 cfs: dangerous. Guided rafts only, no tubing.
■Tube rentals run from $11 for tubes with no bottoms to $13 for tubes with bottoms.
■Tubes with ice chests cost about $18.
■ Rates include $1 city river fee, shuttle and parking.
■ Most outfitters require a deposit of car keys, drivers license or $20 per tube.
■ Inflatable canoes and rafts cost about $30 per person.
■ River outfitters provide life vests free of charge.
■Tubers should know rules before jumping in
By Suzanne Ashe
Members of the New Braunfels City Council and chamber of commerce said they are ready for the tubers gearing up for a summer on the rivers.
However, some residents and tourists alike could be confused about what they can and can’t take with them on the float after the adoption of new rules by the city council in an effort to curb bad behavior and litter along the
Comal and Guadalupe rivers.
After months of discussion and compromise, the city leaders said they are ready to test the newly adopted ordinances.
The last of the hotly contested ordinances — regarding cooler size — was put into place in March allowing no larger than 16-quart coolers on the rivers in the city limits. An addendum to the ordinance was passed in April allowing only one cooler per person.
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According to river outfitters, optimal tubing on the Guadalupe is between 200 cfs and 600 cfs. Tubing can take place up to 1,000 cfs and is up to outfitter s discretion.
Rafting is the mode of choice for levels of 1,000 cfs or more. Guided raft trips are a requirement from most outfitters when greater than 2,000 cfs.
The majority of outfitters also have age restrictions and all have life jackets available.
Landan Rivers, 13, and Chris Douthit, both of New Braunfels, show what is allowed on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers with recently passed new regulations.