New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Council could toss city trash department
By Scott Mahon
A proposal to privatize the city’s sanitation services could save residents as much as $3.40 per month, City Manager Chuck Pinto said.
New Braunfels City Council will consider Monday a proposal from Waste
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Waste Management is proposing $12.98 a month for residential service.
But the savings to customers could be even greater, Pinto said.
Hie current residential rate, $15.17 per month, is scheduled to increase 5 percent July I, to $15.93 per month.
“Our rates provide for a 5 percent a year increase,’’ Pinto said. “That would make the Waste Management proposed rate 23 percent less than the city’s rate as of July I.”
However, if the service is not privatized, Pinto said costs would rise more to cover the department’s expenses.
“A 5 percent increase is too low if we
See TRASH. Page 3A
Girls basketball teams look to end their regular seasons with
Head-on crash kills motorcyclist
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — A 26-year-old New Braunfels motorcyclist was killed Saturday afternoon in a head-on collision with a car on Earm-to-Market Road 1863.
The New Braunfels residents in the car, a 66-year-old man and a 71-year-old woman, were flown to University I lospital with unknown injuries.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Rusty Nesbitt did not release the dead man s name pending notification of his next-of-kin.
Nesbitt said his investigation of the accident, which occurred at the intersection of EM 1863 and Beck Road, was in its preliminary stages.
"What appears to have happened is
See CRASH. Page 3ADam delays overcome
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Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth. right, discusses with County Judge Danny Scheel, center, and County Road Superintendent Shannon Wagner how the Krause Dam helped in the 1998 flood.
With studies done, county hopes to secure funding
By Ron Malonoy
Local officials hope to have cleared the final two obstacles stalling progress on the county’s first new flood control dam since 1981.
A recendy completed archeological survey and a second wildlife study of 1,000 acres of woodlands and an old quarry west of Krueger Canyon Road went to the federal Emergency Management Agency Wednesday.
Comal County officials hope FEMA will release $4.5 million for the dam by June. The county then would have two years to construct its first planned new dam.
The flood control dams are designed to let normal stream flows pass but slow major flood events behind huge stone or concrete structures that allow the water to slowly soak into the ground or travel downstream, reducing damaging floods.
A series of five dams installed on the Dry Comal and Bleiders creeks are believed by engineers to have reduced the October 1998 flood by 35 percent.
Five more the county wants to build could have reduced that flood by another 35 percent.
The county’s first network of dams was built between
See DAMS, Page 3A
Environmental and wildlife studies tied up progress on a new series of flood control dams (shown in green) to boF ster the five dams completed before 1981 (shown in blue). The dams are ■/ built along creeks that empty intone Guadalupe River to hold back runoff that can flood New Braunfel
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are credited with reducing the impact of the 1998 flood by 35 percent
I In addition to Krueger Canyon and Elm Creek, the remaining three proposed dams would be located at Bear Creek. Jacobs Creek and near Devil s Backbone above Sadler The total cbst for all five dams is estimated at $40 to $60 miF lion
■ The county s first flood control dam, the Vogel Dam on the Dry Comal Creek, cost $22,810 to build in 1957.
One proposad'dam off Krueger Canyon Road would slow the Dry Comal Creek floodwaters that devastated Landa Street. Live Oak and other West End areas. It will cost about $ 10 million, with $5 million in federal funding Preliminary discussions have been conducted with the property owner, an international mining firm.
■ Another proposed dam is on land located at Huaco Springs Loop Road in the Elm Creek watershed The property owner, a prominent local judge and attorney, has been approached about the project
Commissioner candidates discuss growth issues
By Ron Maloney
At least once a week, each county commissioner is called by a constituent who wonders why some neighbor doing something the caller doesn’t approve of can’t be stopped.
Sometimes, it’s something simple, like a new garage or a color of paint. Sometimes, though, the problem is a proposed stone quarry or a
new 1,000-unit subdivision going in nearby.
The commissioner listens and then tries to explain the legal constraints on the county’s authority don’t allow it to take care of the problem — commissioners cant regulate land use.
And every time a commissioner fields one of those calls by a constituent, he or she asks the constituent to support added legislative authority.
In the Precinct I and Precinct 3 commissioner primary elections coming up next month, incumbents Jack Dawson and Cristina Zamora point to a series of growl h-rnanagement tools tile county has based on authority the legislature so far has granted.
It has platting authority but can’t legally stop a proposed development as long as it meets the limited requirements the county is allowed to set.
It lias the authority to regulate lot sizes, water, drainage and sewage. Dawson and Zamora voted for all of those.
It lacks the ability to assess impact fees and to set zoning regulations, which Zamora and Dawson say a county so close to an urban area vitally needs.
The candidates seeking their offices, Diane Dasher, Bob Wickman, Ramon Chapa Jr. and dreg Parker, would
See GROWTH. Page 7A
■ This is the second m a series about the county conv rmssioner candv dates and the* stances on issues
■ Today, they address how the county can bet ter regulate growth issues
■ Two more issues will be featured in the coming weeks.