New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAY August 21, 2001
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Vol. 149, No. 242
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50 centsCanyon Lake group files suit over GBRA permitLawsuit
■ The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved on Aug. 9 the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority’s permit amendment to take 90,000 acre feet from Canyon Lake per year.
■ Friends of Canyon Lake files a lawsuit Monday alleging that the GBRA violated law and procedure in getting its permit amendment.
From Staff Reports
For months, Friends of Canyon Lake threatened legal action if the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority's request to take more water from Canyon Lake.
TNRCC recently approved the request, and on Monday, Friends of Canyon Lake made good on their threats by filing a lawsuit in Travis County, alleging violations in administrative law and procedure.
i4We had no choice,” the group’s executive director, John Parker, said. “The TNRCC ignored our motions for reconsideration and granted the permit as ‘uncontested.’ We’ve contested this permit since we first learned of it.”
The lawsuit said GBRA did not meet state requirements when it filed the permit request. They said the permit filing was rushed to avoid stricter provisions of Senate Bill I, the statewide water plan. GBRA officials said they were not
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surprised that the Friends of Canyon Lake filed the suit.
“We’ve expected it,” General Manager Bill West said. “But we are confident that we complied with all the state requirements for the permit process.”
The lawsuit is just another step in
the approval process, West said. He also said he hoped the lawsuit would be settled soon.
“If it’s not, it could delay the project,” he said. “We are hopeful it will be dismissed shortly.”
Friends of Canyon Lake is a grassroots group formed when residents and visitors learned about GBRA’s permit request to take 90,000 acre-feet out of Canyon Lake. A single acre-foot equals about 325,851 gallons.See CANYON LAKE/3A
“It was about 9 (Sunday) night, so there were no kids on the playground. Thank God, the kids love to play there — if it had happened earlier, someone could have been killed. ”
— Langtry Village Apartments resident Erie Garza
Making an entrance
Rig plows into apartment; three motorists hurt
By Amy Clarkson and Betty Taylor
Sitting in her living room at the Langtry Village Apartments Sunday night, 14-year-old Karisha Gibbs thought she heard thunder.
“I turned off the fights and TV,” she said.
But then she felt the floor shaking.
Her mother, Marilyn, who was in the bedroom, looked out the window and saw an 18-wheeler sticking out of the apartment below hers.
“I looked out and realized it was a truck, and I said ‘Get out, get out* now,” she said.
The Gibbs’ neighbors yelled at them to get out of the apartment minutes after the truck hit the building.
“It was like something from a movie,” Erie Garza said. “We have crashes sometimes, and I heard a big crash, so I thought there was a wreck on the highway. But it kept crashing and crashing, so I came outside to look.”
Garza said he was just in time to see the truck crash through the small playground where his 4-year-old daughter loves to play.
“It came right through the monkey bars,” he said. “It was incredible — then just kept going through the building. It was about 9 (Sunday) night, so there were no kids on the playground. Thank God, the kids love to play there — if it had happened earlier, someone could have been killed.”
By Monday morning, crews removed the truck, but the splintered wood and glass around the gaping hole in the apartment showed the damage the truck left behind.
The monkey bars from the playground lay in a twisted heap, while debris blocked the sidewalk. The renter of the apartment still did know what happened to his home, Apart-
Interim manager releases numbers on annexation
K. JESSIE SLATEN and BETTY TAYLOR/Herald-Zeitung
Residents at Langtry Village Apartments on Highway 81 say they’ve seen many accidents on the busy interstate access road in front of their complex. Until Sunday though, they’d never seen one quite so “up-close and personal.” Above left, firefighters and rescue personnel assess damage while (above right, the tracks in the lawn and the damage to the apartment tell the story.)
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
For the first time since the annexation process started this year, New Braunfels city council members got preliminary figures on the costs and benefits of extending the city’s limits.
‘These are very, very preliminary,” Interim City Manager Hector Tamayo said. “We will not have good, accurate figures until Monday (Aug. 27) - these are only approximate.”
The estimates came a day after the Herald-Zeitung reported that city staff and council did not know have cost or revenue estimates regarding annexation. Council convened a special meeting Monday to consider hiring a firm to find a permanent city manager.
According to the information presented to council Monday, revenues from annexation outweigh the costs.
The total costs from property tax revenues, sanitation and recycling revenues equaled $505,000, according to the figures provided by Tamayo.
The expenditures — including sanitation, recycling and adding a new truck — equaled $263,000.
'The figures were based on 647 houses and assume that all the areas will take the
(Figures are approximations only)
• Property tax revenues: $428,000 total (includes general and “other” funds)
• Sanitation revenues: $63,000 total (includes general fund and “other” funds)
• Recycling revenues: $14,000 total (includes general fund)
• Total revenues: $505,000
• Sanitation expenditures: $162,000 (general fund)
• Recycling expenditures: $11,000 (general fund)
• Sanitation truck: $90,000 (capital expense)
• Total expenses:
In other action:
The council unanimously chose Ralph Andersen and Associates of Dallas to conduct the city manager search. The cost will be $19,750 or more, depending on additional expenses for advertising, travel and other costs.
The figures also include an additional residential route to the sanitation department. Currently, the department operates nine rear-loaded routes, primarily residential;
Police arrest two more men in park restrooms
From staff reports
New Braunfels Police Department arrested two New Braunfels men on charges of public lewdness Friday morning at Cypress Bend Park, according to police reports.
The two men, ages 67 and 49, were arrested about 11:25 a.m. during an on-going investigation of lewd activities in the park, Police Lt.
Mike Rust said.
They were booked into the Comal County Jail and bond was set at $1,000, Chief Jailer David Ott said.
Police arrested five men for public lewdness in similar cases at Cypress Bend Park and Landa Park earlier this year.
Public lewdness is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine up to $4,000.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Canyon High School sophomore Darrick Gonzalez talks to a friend while his bus waits on a few more students Monday, the first day of classes for Comal students.
Key Code 76
NBISD eyes new insurance providers
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees meet tonight to consider changing health care networks.
The board meets at 6:30 p.m. in The Education Center Board Room, 430 West Mill.
District Business Manager David Rastelfini said district administrators would recommend the board approve a
contract with Health Reach and Texas True Choice.
Health Reach is a physician/hospital organization affiliated with McKenna Health Center. Texas True Choice provides for medical services outside New Braunfels.
Rastelfini said the board chose this past month to switch its insurance plan administrators from Blue Cross Blue/Blue Shield to Benefit Planners, in Boerne.
The school district is self-insured.
“They are more used to dealing with self-insured plans than Blue Cross,” Rastelfini said.
Blue Cross/Blue Shield had a falling out with McKenna this past year when hospital trustees voted to end McKenna’s service agreement with the insurance company when it would not raise reimbursement rates for services provided at the hospital.