New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Leaders facing several obstacles in quest to begin Trinity district
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
If the trials and tribulations of the Edwards Aquifer Authority are an indication, county officials' quest to form a regional underground water district over the Trinity Aquifer faces a long and difficult road fraught with obstacles.
In December, Comal County Commissioners’ Court adopted a resolution requesting a multi-county district be formed to manage the resources of Trinity Aquifer. The aquifer lies under the western half of the county and extends westward into Kendall, Blanco, Bandera and Hays counties.
Support from the other counties for a regional aquifer authority has not been forthcoming. County Commissioner Jay Minikin said he had attended several meetings with citizens and officials from the other counties.
“I get the impression the other counties would prefer to form single-county underground water districts,” Minikin said. “Forming single-county districts is a first step, but the most effective way to manage the resource is through a group effort.”
Minikin said despite its problems, the EAA had many positives that a Trinity management group could emulate.
“They’re still working their way through some internal politics and the courts, but at least they are in the same room talking to each other,” Minikin said.
One of the problems a Trinity Aquifer group might face is the rur
al nature of the district. He said the EAA had a large number of public utilities pumping water from the Edwards. The amount of water MILLIKIN pumped by the utilities is relatively easy to monitor compared wirily residential wells owned by individuals, Minikin said.
He said some residents at meetings he attended believed any agency managing the aquifer could mandate meters to monitor pumping on private wells.
“I don’t think there are any elected officials anywhere that ale going to call for that,” Minikin said. “We are going to have to find another means of conserving the resource other than monitoring private wells.” An attempt to create an underground water district in the county in 1985 failed by a 10-1 margin, lf a district was created by the legislature, it would not have taxing authority unless approved by the voters.
County off icials said the 1985 election was not well presented to the public.
Commissioner Jack Dawson said, “We absolutely have to do a better job of informing the voters how important it is to properly manage this resource.”
Blanco County Judge George Byars sent a letter to C omal Country Judge Danny Scheel last week notifying him that his county would not support legislation creating a
Bulverde ready to make next consolidation move
By Chris Crews
Elaine Kass-Thomas, Bulverde South’s city secretary, said it was no secret why four areas with names taken from compass points voted to incorporate more than a year ago.
“We did it in order to create a contiguous block to keep San Antonio from reaching north and absorbing us,” Kass-Thomas said.
Through the process of consolidation, what was four autonomous cities has become two, and elections are upcoming that could reduce that number to one.
In separate elections earlier this year,
Bulverde North and Bulverde West were consolidated with Bulverde South.
On Jan 16, the citizens of Bulverde East will vote on a proposal to consolidate with Bulverde South. If that proposal passes, residents of Bulverde South will go to the polls on May 2 to consider a proposal to accept consolidation with Bulverde East. Kass-Thomas said the four cities had to incorporate separately with the intention of consolidating to meet state requirements that mandate that 200 people must live in a two square mile area to incorporate.
Bulverde South Mayor Stan Blaylock said the city’s gerrymandered configura
tion may appear strange to people looking at it on a map, but the shape of city limits were influenced by the need to bring four subdivisions together and meet the state requirements.
Blaylock said the community was behind the consolidations and there was no organized opposition to unification. He said the November vote to consolidate Bulverde West and Bulverde South passed by a margin of 75-2. If the consolidation is completed in the May vote, a decent sized city would be created. Blaylock said a unified Bulverde would have more than 1,200 homes in its city limits and an estimated population of 3,000.Timeline
November 1987: Bulverde North, Bulverde South and Bulverde East vote in favor of incorporation January 1998: Bulverde West votes in favor or incorporation May 1998: Bulverde South voles in favor of consolidation with Bulverde North November 1988: Bulverde South voles in favor of consolidation with Bulverde West January 1999: Bulverde East wtl vole on consolidation request with Bulverde South May 1999: lf Bulverde East approves consolidation in the January election, Bulverde South will vote on consolidation request with Bulverde East, creating one city, likely lo be caned Bulverde./AV
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Mild days, chilly nights — that’s the forecast for today and Monday, but even warmer temperatures should make a return by Tuesday. / 2AIndex
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Meet Norma and Max Garvey and read about their recipe for success in the salsa business after five years of research, preparation and selective marketing. / 8A
Developer, residents make new project pitch for store
By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer
Developers of a proposed Eckerd drug store in New Braunfels said they used public feedback to create the latest design for the project.
The new plan for the store will be discussed at a public hearing scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 424 South Casten Ave.
“The idea came directly from one of the neighbors in the area,” said Bruce Shelby, chief executive officer of Shelby/Estus Realty Group, Inc., the Houston-area developer hired by Eckerd to build the store.
Public input led developers to design a cui-de-sac on South Sycamore Avenue next to the proposed site.
Shelby said a 10-foot-wide landscaped barrier, including a concrete fence, would keep store customers from turning South Sycamore into a busy thoroughfare.
“Certainly, we don’t feel it’s going to alleviate everyone’s concern,” Shelby said.
However, he said he believed many New Braunfels residents backed the new location.
Eckerd officials planned to move operations from the current store at the Unicom Shopping Plaza on Business 35 West to a 1.7-acre tract of land currently zoned for residential and commercial use. The new location at South Walnut Avenue and Business 35 is one of the city’s busiest intersections.
The Eckerd relocation caused public controversy almost as soon as residents living near the proposed site were notified about the project.
Both sides argued their opinions at a Nov. IO plan-
The afternoon sun shines on Johnny Berner of Owen Drilling lets out some of the water that is used to keep the drill cooled down. The ending depth of this well, located in the Edwards Aquifer near Garden Ridge, was 640 feet.
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Area high school soccer teams stay busy with weekend tournaments, while girls’ basketball teams begin their district seasons. Read about both in sports. / 1B