New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Study to look at opening Honey Creek
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK — A study group will meet Friday at Guadalupe River State Park to consider whether an environmentally sensitive area should be open to more public activities.
The Honey Creek State Natural Arca study group will meet at I p.m. Friday at the Rust House to determine if horseback riding or mountain biking should be allowed in the 2,200 acre area.
The seven-member committee is comprised of park manager Duncan Muckelroy, chairman; Deirdre Hisler, park ranger; George Kcgley, Texas Parks and Wildlife regional resources specialist; Luke Thompson, former Honey Creek manager; Richard Solis, president for Friends of the Guadalupe River/Honey Creek Inc.; and Bob
Ryan, Incarnate Word University professor.
The committee was appointed by Regional Director Laird Fowler. The committee will make its recommendation to Fowler in a report by Feb 4.
The Honey Creek arca is home to endangered species such as the golden-cheeked warbler, the black capped vireo , the Honey Creek Salamander and the threatened Cagle’s map turtle.
Fowler and TP&W officials will decide whether to open the state natural arca to horseback riding or mountain biking.
The issue of opening the Honey Creek area to horseback riding or mountain biking has met opposition from the Friends group, that has issued a resolution expressing their opposition to the plan.
The Friends arc afraid the addition of the two activities will harm the environment of the state natural arca.
which is adjacent to the state park.
Currently, Honey Creek is open for guided tours and interpretive activities.
The study group met once in December and Muckelroy said he expects the group to complete most of its work Friday.
“I think everyone’s consensus was that they were opposed to mountain biking and equestrian activities ( at Honey Creek)," Muckelroy said. "But I haven’t asked for a vote on it yet.”
Muckelroy said he prefers to sec the Honey Creek State Natural Area utilized the way it is now.
“The reality is we don’t have the resources to do more.’’ he said.
Muckelroy said he would need to have more money and a bigger staff before he could consider allowing more public access activities into the area.
“I think the Honey Creek arca could be best used for research and
educational activities and interpreted guided tours.”
Muckelroy said equestrian or mountain biking activities would be best put in areas in the state park.
“If we would consider having equestrian or mountain biking or one of the other, I think the facilities in the park would be more appropriate because of the definitions of uses in a state park as opposed to a state natural area, which is environmentally sensitive such as Honey Creek is,” Muckelroy said.
One area Muckelroy said should be considered for horseback riding or mountain biking is a 660 acre tract located on the park's northside The tract borders the Guadalupe River and is located across the park’s day use facilities.
“It (tract) hasn’t been used at all since we don’t have the staff or the resources to utilize it,” Muckelroy said. “It is closed to the public and protected from visitors.”
GBRA to consider building treatment plant
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Potential water suppliers for a proposed pipeline which would run from Canyon Lake to western Comal County and northern Bexar County met with Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials on Tuesday.
David Wclsch, GBRA director of project development, said seven water participants met with him and GBRA General Manager Bill West to discuss the costs and the dynamics of the proposed water pipeline.
“The whole purpose (of the meeting) was to develop specific and detailed costs to assist them in making a decision for their water supply,” Welsch said.
On hand for the meeting were representatives from Bulverde Water Works, Water Services of Bulverde, Comal Independent School District. Fairco Water Company, San Antonio Water System, San Antonio River Authority and APEX, which serves rural areas in Bulverde.
Water Services provides water for the Oak Village North subdivision j and Fairco serves the city of fair I Oaks Ranch, which Was in Bexar,
‘It will help this area, not only Fair Oaks Ranch, but tho rest of the area*
—- GBRA Director David Welsch
Bob Weiss, Fairco general manager, said the proposed pipeline would help the 1,500 customers in his service area
“It is an alternative water source and we have been looking at (alternative) water sources,” Weiss said. “It will help this area, not only Fair Oaks Ranch, but the rest of the area."
Roy Linnartz, Comal ISO director of maintenance and operations, said the proposed pipeline into western Comal County will help the district have a reliable source of water for its schools in the Bulverde/Spnng Branch area
“I think it will help us in terms of the costs if we keep it in the $1.50 (per 1,000 gallon) mark," Linnartz said. “It would be pretty reasonable for us since each individual school has to be operated as an individual municipal water system. It is very expensive to do that."
The six schools which would be served by the proposed pipeline are Rahc Primary, Bulverde Elementary, Arlon Seay Intermediate School, Bill Brown Elementary, Smithson Valley Middle School and Smithson Valley High School
Linnartz said GBRA’s participation in the pipeline would help the Comal I SD cut its costs on permitting fees for wells, maintaining wells, licensing a person to chlonnate the water and doing testing on the wells.
CLWSC General Manager Dale Yates said the costs in the GBRA
Comal and Kendall counties GBRA has proposed building an K million gallon per day treatment plant in the Canyon Lake area. The treatment plant would be connected to a 15-mile transmission line which would run from the lake to Bulverde, eventually ending at Fair Oaks Ranch.
Then other connections to the pipeline could be made to bring water into northern Bexar County.
Preliminary estimates call for the pipeline to provide up to 5.5 million gallons of water per day to Bexar County area residents. The pipeline would transport 8,000 acre feet per year of Canyon Lake water and serve approximately 15,000 households each in Bexar and Comal counties Welsch said the meeting was held so that GBRA officials could get feedback from the potential participants in the project The feecfoack is important so that GBRA can develop specific coats for the project, Welsch said.
“We are still refining that (costs),” he said. "The participants seem pleased with the costs and felt that they would be reasonable and beneficial for them. Now we are making the refinements based on the input of the participants themselves.” Average projected costs for the water would be $1.50 per 1,000 ga/ons.
Welsch said HDR Engineering, an Austin consulting firm, gave the water suppliers many alternatives concerning the project “The consultants presented them with various alternatives for the routes and plant sizes and costs for delivering the water to points of delivery,” Welsch said.
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“The costs are around the same,” Yates said. “They were level costs. Everybody pays the same. We pay the same at the lake like people in Bulverde do. They (GBRA) had four different scenarios which went from $1.44 per 1,000 gallons to $1.65 per 1,000 gallons.”
Welsch said he hoped to have more specific colds for the project by the next GBRA board of directors meeting, which is scheduled for Wednesday in Seguin.
Comal County Sheriffs Office
■ Report of misappropriation of funds $20,000 to $100,000, 31542 Bulverde Hills
■ Report of theft, 3190 Hunter Road, New Braunfels, $1,600 in auto parts and musical equipment
New Braunfels Police Department
■ Arrest on charges of public intoxication for alleged marijuana use and warrants for disorderly conduct, Robert Young, 18, 301 Castlewood.
■ Arrest on charge of indecency with a child, Jose M Dominguez, 18, 22675 FM 2252, bond $20,000
■ Report of burglary of motor vehicle and criminal mischief involving six automobiles, 1064 Highway 46, one vehicle reportedly was missing $70 in speakers and each vehicle reportedly had $200 in damage to windows.
■ Report of theft, SAC-N-PAC, 1102 Business 35, $22.50 in gasoline.
■ Report of theft, Sears, 167 Interstate 35, air drill $90
■ Report of cnmmal mischief, 15 Mission Drive, alleged damage to plastic mailbox, value $20.
■ Report of criminal mischief, 97 Mission Drive, alleged damage to mailbox, value $10.
■ Report of theft, New Braunfels Factory Outlet, 65! Business 35, cellular telephone, value $150.
■ Report of criminal mischief, IOO S. Hidalgo, vehicle allegedly damaged with graffiti to hood and body parts, value $300
■ Report of forgery, Wal-Mart, 1209 Interstate 35, alleged forged check for $ 180.
■ Report of a burglary of motor vehicle, parking lot at 642 S. Walnut Ave., CD player, CD and blank checks, total value $160.
■ Report of theft. Leather Loft, 651 Business 35, suite 124, billfold, value $19.99.
■ Report of a burglary of a coinoperated machine, 220 S. Seguin, $ 124 25 allegedly taken from game machine
■ Arrest on charge of theft, Terry Harkins, 35, 802 N. Olive, Seguin, $62.47 in merchandise allegedly taken at Kmart, 1050 N. Interstate 35, bond $300.
Man found shot to death near San Marcos
From Staff Reports The Hays County Sheriff’s Department said a man who is about 35 to 40 years old was shot to death Tuesday several times near County
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