New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
2 □ Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, December 19, 1996River outfitters concerned about GBRA expansion plans
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Staff Writer _
CANYON LAKE — Guadalupe River recreational businesses concerned about the operations of the river and Canyon Lake want to have a heart-to-heart talk with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
On Wednesday night the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District board authorized its governmental affairs committee to set a meeting with GBRA to deal with the concerns of river outfitters, campgrounds and businesses.
WORD Manager Jim Inman said GBRA’s proposed plans to build a pipeline from Canyon Lake to northern Bexar County and for an interlocal agreement with San Marcos to supply water to the city’s proposed surface water treatment plant has river businesses
Inman said he will get together with GBRA and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to set a date for the meeting. He said GBRA wants the meeting by early February.
“The river businesses want to sit with GBRA and see how the lake will run with the additional water being sold,’’ Inman said. “They just want to know how much they will sell and how it is going to affect the river flow.”
Under the proposed plan, GBRA would build a surface water treatment plant on the Southside of the lake. The plan would pump 8,000 acre feet of water per year, 5.5 million gallons of water per day to 15,000 Bexar County residents and about 15,000 western Comal County residents.
GBRA has signed an interlocal agreement with San Marcos to provide 5,000 acft of
water per year beginning in 1999, the date the city’s water surface treatment plant is scheduled to be online.
“I guess we as a facilitator need to know what GBRA’s goals are and how we fit into them,” Inman said.
Concerns about next year’s summer recreational season will be brought up at the meeting with GBRA, Inman said. Inman said he was concerned whether the drought would continue into next year. Comal County was under a drought last summer that produced only half the rainfall during a normal year.
The drought forced GBRA to reduce the release from Canyon Lake into the river to as low 30 cubic feet per second.
The low flow seriously hurt the businesses on the river.
“Everybody’s in a recovery process and we
are curious on what GBRA’s forecast for next year is,” the water district manager said. “Are they projecting that the drought is over with or is it still with us? This will help us figure out a way to plan for next year.” Debbie Van Scyoc, co-owner of the Canyon Lake Campground and RV Park, said she wanted businesses to have a say in decisions affecting both the lake and the river.
“My concern is who is going to have input in the administration of that (selling water to San Antonio),” she said. “How will the flow be reported? Will that be made public and how will the public react if they think the lake is dry?”
Van Scyoc said it was important to have a central source of information for the public and for the recreational businesses.
“This information needs to be available to
recreational businesses around the river and the lake before it goes out to the public so that businesses know how to handle the public's questions,” Van Scyoc said.
Rick Brandon, co-owner of the Maricopa Riverside Lodge, said he had concerns about GBRA’s pipeline plan.
“My concern is the fact once San Antonio gets their foot in the door, there will be no limit to how much water they can pick instead of searching for an alternative solution,” Brandon said.
Brandon said if GBRA goes through with the plan, he hopes the river authority looks after the needs of the recreational businesses.
“If they were to sell water to somebody like San Antonio, I think the best thing for us would be for them to take it below Canyon Dam so that we could get the use of the water,” he said.
Recreation district gives high marks to manager
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — The Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District gave Manager Jim Inman an early Christmas present on Wednesday night.
The board met in executive session on Wednesday night at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler and gave Inman good marks for his job performance.
Because of the good evaluation, the board gave Inman a $1,500 raise. Inman made $26,500 this year and with the raise he will earn $28,000 next year.
In other business, the board heard from New Braunfels City Manager Michael Shands on the city’s proposed rules and regulations for tubing safety on the Guadalupe River. The proposed rules and regulations are a result of a lawsuit the city settled concerning a woman who drowned while tubing several years ago.
As a result of the agreement, the city has set up a special commission to study "the proposed rules and regulations. One proposal includes an ordinance requiring the river
salamanders' deaths blamed
on swimming hole cleanup
AUSTIN (AP) — It likely was a routine draining and cleaning of Barton Springs Pool that led to the deaths earlier this month of 12 salamanders, city officials say.
The Barton Springs salamander found only in Austin — long has represented the flashpoint between the city’s environmental and development interests.
So when a regular census of the salanamander population in Barton Springs Pool and two adjoining spring-fed pools turned up 12 corpses on Dec. 6, a full-blown investigation
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Regalado said the rush begins to die down about one or two days before Christmas and then picks up again around New Year’s Day when large loads of bulk mailings start coming in.
Comal County Sheriff • Office
Unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. 1910 FM 2673. Canyon Lake. Teal 1992 Ford Explorer, valued at $9,000. no arrests.
Hindering secured creditors, 840 Far Hills Drive. Bulverde. OO arrests
Arrest on charge of an assault, Charles William Walker, 37, 164 Eden Ranch Drive, New Braunfels
Warrant arrest on a charge of motion to revoke probation, Charles T Schell. 37,School closings
The Comal Independent School District will close all of its schools I 1/2 hours earlier than usual on Friday to begin the winter break.
The New Braunfels Independent School District will close OakRun, New Braunfels Middle School and New Braunfels High School at 1:30 p.m. Friday. The system will close Memorial Primary and Memorial Elementary schools, Seek Elementary School, Lone Star Elementary School and Carl Schurz Elementary School at 2:30 p.m.
outfitters to educate the tubers on the dangers of the Guadalupe River.
Another proposal would require the city to post daily river flows and a notice encouraging people to wear life preservers.
Inman said the board wants to know more about the proposed rules and regulations.
“The board accepts that this is a pretty serious situation and we want to schedule a couple of more meetings on it,” he said.
Inman said he will talk to river outfitters and businesses and schedule a meeting before the January 13 New Braunfels City Council meeting concerning the proposed tubing rules and regulations.
At that meeting, the river businesses will elect their representative to the special commission, w hich is part of the lawsuit agreement.
In other action, the board transferred $5,752 in funds from accounting, legal services, insurance, travel, public relations and miscellaneous expenses to courtesy patrol, the lower river cleanup, community development and tax accounting.
UTMB review finds one case of care without consent
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — A preliminary review of 664 trauma care patients reveals only one case of treatment without patient consent at the University of Texas Medical Branch, the teaching hospital’s chief of staff says.
“It has been alleged that there has been wholesale patient abuse and violation of patient rights by the trauma team," Dr. Joan Richardson, UTMB’s chief of staff, said Wednesday.
“The results of the two review committees shows that this is categorically untrue," Richardson said.
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fled. He cares about the district and about the kids and has the support of staff.”
Firefighters battle two blazes over short period
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels Fire Department put out two fires Wednesday evening at a tennis ranch and a north New Braunfels residence that started within minutes of each other.
A small cottage was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived at 8:49 p.m. at Newk Tennis Ranch at 325 Mission Valley Road in the northwest part of the city, officials said.
Officials said a space heater caused the fire, which required 18 personnel or about two-thirds of the on-duty firefighters.
No injuries occurred and the damage is estimated at $20,000.
Just 14 minutes later, firefighters received a call that a residence on 303 Lakeview Blvd. was on fire.
Twelve firefighters were sent to the fire, including four volunteers and two off-duty personnel.
A water heater caught on fire and spread to the attic, officials said.
No injuries are reported and the damage is estimated at about
Officials said the owners of the house had just walked in around 9:03 p.m. when they smelled smoke and called for help.
Seguin and Geronimo fire departments remained on-call for the New Braunfels area during the two fires, officials said.
World, National Briefs
Russian civilians killed in their hopes in Chechen city
GROZNY, Russia (AP) — Six Russian civilians were shot and killed in their homes in the Chechen capital the day after six Red Cross workers were gunned down in their sleep.
The two attacks have cast a shadow on the tenuous peace between Moscow and separatists in rh<? Mtftllfm Caucasus Mountains republic.
The six Russians, from two families, were killed Wednesday in central Grozny, officials said today.
“We will do our best to find and punish those who committed the crime,” said Boris Gazgiryev, the deputy interior minister in Chechnya.
The identity and motive of the killers in both attacks was unknown. The Red Cross workers were shot before dawn Tuesday at a village hospital that the humanitarian group had opened three months ago just outside the capital.
Mother Toros* released from hospital
CALCUTTA, India (AP) — Mother Teresa, claiming she was well enough to box with her doctors,
was released from a Calcutta hospital today, nearly a month after suffering a mild heart attack.
The 86-year-old Roman Catholic nun held her palms together in the traditional Indian greeting as she walked past hundreds of well-wishers in the lobby of the B.M. Biria Heart Research Center.
One of her doctors, Patricia Aubanef, ’savir hrfittto a automobile waiting to Isles bf r home to tile Missionaries of Charity headquarters in Calcutta.
Dr. Devi Shetty, the hospital’s chief cardiosurgeon, said he found Mother Teresa standing when he visited her in her hospital room earlier today.
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decision was made or even discussed I withdrew from the board,” Roper said.
With the Deer River subdivision, Roper said Rancho del Lago Corp. sold it for $100,000. But he said before he sold it, he had to pay for improvements.
“The agreement we (CLWSC-Rancho del Lago Corp.) had was for me to update the system prior to the sale,” he said. “We spent $50,000 and sold it for $100,000. We really did not make any money. We had a lot more in it.”
Roper said the Crystal Heights system was acquired by the Rancho del Lago Corp. the day before the Internal Revenue Service filed a tax lien against the property. The property was acquired for $12,000.
Roper said his corporation made $4,000 in improvements to Crystal Heights.
“It was one of those deals in which the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation didn’t have the money to acquire it,” Roper said. “We bought it, made improvements to it, operated it for a few months and then transferred it to the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation for $12,000.”
Roper said the Point at Rancho del Lago and Hillcrest Estates/Devil’s Backbone were bought for $40,000.
The water supply corporation has $1.02 million to spend for acquisitions and improvements to the water systems. The $ 1.02 million is part of a 25-year $7.1 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board.
Dale Yates, CLWSC general manager, said the acquisition of Rancho del Lago Corp.’s water
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systems would help CLWSC provide water to its customers.
“We need them because they are strategic to our efforts,” Yates said.
Bruce Hurley, a CLWSC ratepayer, said many ratepayers believed that Roper was taking advantage of his position as water supply corporation president to benefit personally.
“He was personally having an advantage by turning over his water systems to the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation," Hurley said. “Then he was having them serve those customers for him.”
Hurley lead a ratepayers protest against the CLWSC board of directors after they voted to increase water rates from $17.95 per 2,000 gallons of water per month to $21.95.
Protesting ratepayers signed a petition that was sent to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission. • Hearings were conducted until the board of directors and the protesting ratepayers reached an agreement this summer.
One of the conditions of the settlement was the change in the corporation’s bylaws which put a two-year moratorium on the acquisition of new systems. The corporation can accept new systems if they are free of charge and will not cost more than $10,000 to meet TNRCC standards.
Before each of Rancho del Lago Corp ’s systems was transferred* to the water supply corporation, it was approved by the TNRCC.
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