New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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oPage 4A — Herald-Zeitung — Wednesday, January 29, 2003
4 - fCounty commissioners to hear update on flood recovery projects
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Commissioners will be updated Thursday on the progress of several issues related to the flooding this past July.
Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson reports that the South Dam Access Road project is nearing completion.
‘They’re busy out there. I was talking to (County Engineer) Ibm Homseth, and it could be ready to open by the weekend,” Dawson said.
Hornseth said his road crews were working on the project with Dean Word Company employees.
‘Ifs going to be pretty close,” Hornseth said. “One of the things that’s a real concern is the weather. There’s a forecast of rain Wednesday and Thursday, and that’s one of the things we can’t control. We’re just going to press on.” Dawson said that while the road is expected to open, it would be a few weeks before the county could pave it.
“We’re looking at a situation where you can drive across it at the speed limit. We’ll use the concrete bumpers for safety, and we’ll have a good dirt caliche-type road. It won’t be any inconvenience except for a little dust along that 200 feet of road,” Dawson said.
Two weeks ago, Dawson was charged by the court with responsibility to negotiate stream flows in the Guadalupe River during the final phases of the cleanup from the July 2002 flood, which is now under way.
He’s worked out an arrangement with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers under which releases are being kept to minimal levels to facilitate cleaning in the riverbed.
‘Tve been working with the Natural Resource Conservation Service folks, the contractor in the river cleaning it up and the Corps of Engineers,” Dawson said.
“We know we have an abundance in the flood pool right now — about 911 feet above mean sea level — and I know Fort Worth is anxious to dump that water,” Dawson said.
“We’re working frantically to get done, so we need to keep that flow lowered. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority is working downstream from New Braunfels, and they’re asking for the Corps to delay as well,” Dawson said.
The Corps has agreed to allow water to build in the reservoir through Feb. 14, when it will be dumped at high flows through Feb. 19 to lower the flood pool.
Then, flows will be cut back to 200 cubic feet-per-second or lower, Dawson said.
The cleanup is required by
contract to be completed by the end of March, Dawson said. *
Work is proceeding on the federal buyouts of flooded property, Dawson said.
“We’re going smoothly, and we’re getting them done. We’ll probably have them all finished sooner than we anticipated,” Dawson said.
The next step for the county will be to develop policy on how to deal with nearly 30
vacant lots in neighborhoods such as Horseshoe Falls Estates.
“When the time comes for us to study and decide what this policy is, we’re going to want public input,” Dawson said.
“In 1998, we didn’t need a policy because all the lots were contiguous and we made a park out of it,” Dawson said.
“This time, we have 20-some lots all over the place/
Now, they’re a patchwork. We have to decide how we’re going to utilize these. The rules say we cannot resell them and we cannot build on them,” Dawson said.
“Our main goal here is we do not want to upset the neighborhoods more than we’ve already done in regards to flattening out the area and making it a green belt. We don’t want to disturb their quality of life.”
In Other Action
Thursday’s Commissioners’ Court agenda includes:
■ Discussion of 2003 budget allocation for the Comal-Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District;
■ Certification of local government approval of the Emergency Shelter Grants Program for the Comal County
■ Consideration of the service contract between the Comal County Public Health Department and the Texas Department of Health Women’s Health Laboratories; and
■ Revision of fees for service for Comal County Public Health.
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