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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY August 15, 2001 14 pages in 2 sections -w- ""WBT*    «    14    pages    m    2    sectj(Herald-Zeitung -— - - - ---~-------- ^......‘VT1-.......................... I Vol. 150, No. 237 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Casteel throws hat in ring for new 73rd seat By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Carter Casteel Tuesday formally announced her candidacy for Texas Legislature in the 73rd District that will include Comal County. The seat in the newly created legislative district,.which includes Comal, Kendall, Bandera and Uvalde counties, will be up for grabs. Rep. Tracy King of Uvalde will move to Dimmit County to seek the 80th District seat, which will include most of his previous 43rd District. Statewide, the filing deadline is Jan. 2, 2002. The Republican Party primary will be conducted on March 12, 2002. Casteel, 58, made her campaign announcement on the steps of the Comal County courthouse, the building that has had much to do with her career for more than a decade, both as county judge and as an attorney. Present were members of Casteel’s family, campaign staff and a number of city and county officials including County Judge Danny Scheel and commissioners Jack Dawson, Jay Minikin and Moe Schwab and New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams. In her remarks, Casteel mentioned her track record as a two-term county judge. ‘I served the people of Bulverde, Canyon Lake, Garden Ridge, New Braunfels and Spring Branch from this historic building. We accomplished much, and I’m proud of that record,” Casteel said. “I want to provide the kind of proven leadership Texans deserve — open, frank, honest and responsible — the kind of leadership Austin needs more of and the kind of leadership that reflects the kind of family values for which Texans are known,” Casteel said. As a legislator just as when she was county judge, Casteel said she wouldn’t be shy about tackling the tough issues that face the counties in the 73rd District.See CASTEELE K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungCarter Casteel announces her candidacy for the Texas House of Representatives Tuesday. Agency approves GBRA’s permit Welcome party CISD ushers in start of school with breakfast By Martin Malacara Staff Writer The state’s environmental agency has cleared the way for Canyon Lake water to finally reach parched communities, including western Comal County. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s four-year wait to take more water out of Canyon Lake has ended with a signature from the executive director for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. Jeff Saitas quietly approved the river authority’s request to increase its yield from 50,000 acre-feet to 90,000 acre-feet from the lake on Thursday. An acre-foot equals 325,821 gallons. Once signed, the TNRCC’s chief clerk’s office filed the permit late Monday to make it official, TNRCC spokeswoman Karen Goelkel said. According to TNRCC rules, approval did not require a hearing by commissioners, but instead, could come from the executive director because of the recent settlement between GBRA and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited. That agreement ensured sufficient outflow from the lake for the trout group’s efforts to stock the Guadalupe River with nonnative rainbow and brown trout for sports fishing. Because no other contested case hearings remained, the executive director could act on the permit, Goelkel said. GBRA general manager Bill West said, “It’s official -and we are absolutely defighted.” “The people and communities who need this water have been tremendously patient throughout this long process. We are deeply grateful for See PERMIT/3A Man thrown from vehicle dies Council ‘bait-and-s witch’ draws heat K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Comal Independent School District superintendent Jim Ginned talks with colleagues during Tuesday morning’s CISD breakfast. By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Comal Independent School District’s new superintendent wants school principals and their campuses to create a more customer-friendly environment. Jim Grunert spoke at a district “welcome back to school” breakfast Tuesday for CISD’s New Braunfels area faculty and staff at Canyon High School. The district will have another such breakfast for its schools in the western part of Comal County at 8 a.m. Thursday at Smithson Valley High School. School starts, Aug. 20 for the district. Before Grunert got to the heart of his speech, he managed to poke fun at himself. “This is the day everyone hates — the day you listen to the dumb superintendent tell you how great the district will be,” he said. Grunert said he asked his sister for some advice on what to say, and she told him no matter how dumb it was, “be short and let them know how boring you really are.” Grunert emphasized his customer friendly directive as a way to compete with home-school, private school and the Internet. See WELCOME/3A By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Residents plan to form a coalition to fight annexation after New Braunfels City Council announced it could not require New Braunfels Utilities to run water and sewer fines to their areas. In a move that dramatically changed the annexation debate, City Attorney Charlie Zech told homeowners at Monday’s city council meeting that including water and sewer as “municipal services” in their annexation plan is a violation of city charter and city ordinances. That move, residents say, is merely legal maneuvering to keep the city from living up to its obligations. “To me, it’s so dishonest,” T Bar M resident Roger Tuttle said. “It smacks of the basically unethical, very low integrity of the council. They are standing behind the veil of the charter.” Tuttle plans to persuade other T Bar M residents to join forces with neighborhoods also facing annexation to pursue legal actions against the city. “We talked after we left the meeting,” he said. “And basically we’re going to organize a coalition of homeowners to fight it.” Through two public hearings, the city maintained it was required only to extend services to the areas — not to each home. Tuttle said the move was “a last minute bait-and-switch.” “It was an absolute waste of public hearings,” he said. ‘Th tell us now that they’re not responsible for providing services is to waste our time, the endless, endless hours people put into researching the facts.” Nine areas face annexation after Monday’s city council meeting. The council voted to remove the area of McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 and What it Says SECTION 130-26 OF THE NEW BRAUNFELS CODE: “...The complete management and control of the city’s waterworks, sanitary sewer and electric light systems shall be through a board of trustees...” SECTION 130-31: “Subject to the provisions and restrictions contained in this article, and as set forth in bond ordinances, which can only be issued by the city, and the provisions of the city Charter, all of the provisions and covenants of which shall be binding upon the (NBL)) board of trustees in like manner as they would have been binding on the city council had operation of the systems been retained by the city council, the board of trustees shall have complete authority and control of the management and operation of the waterworks, sanitary sewer and electric light systems..." Preiss Heights from the annexation plan. NBU RESPONSE Homeowners were not the only ones caught off-guard by council’s stance. NBU general managei Paula DiFonzo said the utility was not aware the city intended to change its position. Until Monday night. Zech and some council members argued that the city was required to bring services “tc an area,” but not to every home in the area. “I was not aware that council was working on that last night,” DiFonzo said. “We still have some internal review this morning. We tried tc work with the city’s plan through this issue. We’re still trying to determine what it all means. We’re looking foi some explanation so we can See ANNEXATIONS CANYON I AKE —A41-year-old Canyon Lake man died Tuesday night in a rollover accident on Cranes Mill Road. Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells said the man died after he was thrown from his vehicle, a late model Chevrolet Tahoe — which then rolled over him. Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pronounced the man dead at the scene at 8:30 p.m. His name was withheld pend ing notification of next of kin. Wells said the accident occurred about 7:30 p.m. when the man, southbound on Cranes Mill Road, drove off the side of a curve, overcorrected and rolled the vehicle, just north of the entrance to the Cranes Mill Marina. “It looks as though he didn’t have a seatbelt on,” Wells said. “Alcohol may be a factor, but we won’t have confirmation until we conduct toxicology tests.” Wells said speed might have been a factor as well. State troopers don gloves as they prepare to examine an accident scene near the Cranes Mill Park entrance. One man died in the single-vehicle rollover. K. 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