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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas ..    WEDNESDAY New Braunfels    july    4,2001 w—mmmm    16    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung t -...................... ~~    .    ~        1     1 Vol. LSO, No. 201    Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852    50    centsP&Z commissioners, city staff prepare for annexation debateFirst Hearing— ■ WHAT: Annexation public hearing ■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. July 11 ■WHERE: Municipal Building, council chambers The second hearing is scheduled for July 18. No time or place has yet been released. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels’ city manager, city attorney and planning and zoning commissioners have July ll circled on their calendars. They plan to have plenty of questions to answer during the first public hearing on annexation. Planning commissioners asked Tuesday that city staff members be prepared to answer questions about water wells and septic tanks. “NBU needs to have a little sharper picture this time, of what it will cost,” commissioner James Dunks said. “Last time, they just said between $500,000 and $3 million. They need to come prepared to discuss what it’s going to cost people.” City Manager Mike Shands, filling in as planning director since Harry Bennett resigned last month, said the city would be prepared to answer questions. Although this is the first public hearing, annexation has already proven to be a controversial topic within the areas scheduled to become part of the city this year. Residents question the need for annexation, the benefits to them and their total cost. The areas being considered for annexation include T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunters Creek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Road and FM 1044; Schmucks Road/Engel Road; Preiss Heights, off Loop 337 near River Road; Shadow Hills, off FM 1863 south of Mission Valley Estates; and the area that includes the McAlister Ranch off Texas 46 South. impact study By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority is seeking proposals for an economic study on Canyon Lake, the general manager said Tuesday. Bill West told Comal County Commissioners that the study would investigate the possible effects of fluctuating lake levels. Comal County, the Friends of Canyon Lake and Comal Independent School District all have asked for the study in light of GBRA’s permit amendment request. GBRA wants to increase its permit to take 50,000 acre-feet of water from Canyon Lake each year to 90,000 acre-feet. The application was delayed on June 20 while the state considers the possible impacts of expanded water draws on the lake on downstream rainbow trout. West and Comal commissioners also agreed Tuesday to form an 11-member committee to advise the county and GBRA on lake-related issues. “We’re going to do all the things we’ve said we’re going to do,” West said. “We want to work with the county and a lake advisory committee to assess the economic value of that resource soup to nuts, the whole thing.” Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip participated in weeks of unsuccessful talks with GBRA seeking the study and the committee. He said he still was talking to GBRA staff,Committee- The lake advisory committee will consist of: • a committee chair selected by the GBRA; • four members selected by the county; • one member selected by the Comal County Water-Oriented Recreation District; • one member chosen by the Friends of Canyon Lake; • one chosen by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers; • one member who represents a Comal County municipal water customer chosen by GBRA; and • one member each selected by the Canyon Lake and Greater New Braunfels chambers of commerce. seeking involvement in the process. “We appreciate the GBRA’s effort,” Waldrip said. Talks between the county and GBRA broke down recently because the GBRA board believed local officials were trying to force the agency to cede some of its power to Comal County. On Tuesday, West said GBRA would pay up to $100,000 to a consultant who works for GBRA to study of the lake region and the impacts. GBRA officials believe the study will take about a year. Included will be safety, recreation, public access, eco- See GBR A/5 A Yankee Doodle dudes K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Blake Forester, Levi Garrett and Bryan Forester eat up their patriotic snow cones from Ducky’s Delights next to the American flag Tuesday afternoon. Area Hill Country communities are marking the Fourth of July today with parades, services, food and fireworks. For a rundown of events, see page 4A. RRC chair serves up safety AUSTIN (AP) — Decked out in a white apron, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Michael Williams on Tuesday served up hot dogs with a dash of griU safety and a ‘pinch of propane promotion. Just in time for the Fourth of July, Williams said he wanted to make sure holiday chefs knew the safety basics, like inspecting hoses and air connec tions on propane grills. He also wanted to push the fossil fuel. ‘It is good for Texas to promote products that are produced here in Texas,” Williams said. “Propane is a fast, clean, less expensive energy source for backyard barbecues.” The Railroad Commission has posted a propane grill safety checklist on its Web site, Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...4-8B Comics....................... ......4B Crossword.................. ......5A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ..7-8A Today........................... 2A Key Ccxle 76 Feels like home The Stammtisch table returned to normal Tuesday with the reopening of Krause’s on Casten Avenue. Clockwise from left are Frank Weber, Bob Tays, Jon Eikel, Mike Riggs, Bob Reininger, Leroy Boenig, David Domsch, Bob Krueger and Kermit Krause. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Lake fan club keeps its cool this GBRA agrees to economic summer By J.L. MCMICHAEL Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Being cool is very important to the Canyon Lake Fan Club. Not only do members of the Fan Club keep then-own homes at a comfortable temperature; they are also working hard to supply fans to those who may be unable to purchase one for themselves. “We are giving fans to our citizens of the community. It’s just the feeling that hopefully we have been able to help them make it through a’s community helping community,” said M.J. Fuller, executive director for the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce. What makes homes without a cooling system dangerous is that people don’t notice when the temperatures rise above a safe level, said Dr. Carlos Campos, a family physician in New Braunfels. The danger is compounded when the person inside the home is elderly, very young or taking medication, Campos said. Dr. James Bartay, another family physician in New Braunfels, said that heat exhaustion or heat stroke was a condition requiring professional care. However, if the effects of the heat haven’t progressed to those stages, the victim should be removed to a cool place, given liquids and made to stop any activity. Janeta Cox, executive director of Canyon Lake Action Center, is in charge of distributing the fans. Anyone who believes he or she might be eligible to receive a fan should call the Canyon Lake Action Center at (830) 964-2324. Those interested in helping with the fan drive can drop off new electric fans at Marlin Floors, 6000 Farm-to-Market Road 2673; Edward Jones, 1362 FM 2673; First State Bank, 1805 FM 2673; Farmers Insurance, 1439-AFM 2673; or Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, FM 2673 and Triple Peak. Trout group, river authority headed for July 19 hearing By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited will air out their debate about Canyon Lake on July 19. The Tfexas State Office of Administrative Hearings has set a IO a.m. hearing in the San Marcos Civic Center. GRTU wants the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to protect the trout fishery below Canyon Dam by denying the river authority’s plans to take more water out of Canyon Lake. TNRCC ruled on June 20 that the trout group could contest the application by GBRA to increase its permit to draw lake water from 50,000 to 90,000 acre-feet per year. Future water projects depend on the permit, including a pipeline to Bulverde, Boerne, western Comal and northern Bexar counties. Tb increase the GBRA’s pumping limit, the TNRCC must increase the lake’s recognized yearly yield from 76,000 acre-feet to 90,000 acre-feet. GBRA said it could accommodate that increase by subordinating its hydroelectric permits. An acre-foot of water is 325,851 gallons — the amount it takes to cover an acre of land or a football field with water one-foot deep. At issue is how the additional water piping and possibly lower Guadalupe River flows will affect the rainbow trout. The trout, stocked each year for sport fishing, require colder water released from Canyon Lake to survive Texas summers. While not native to this state, they are intended to replace native warm water See HEARING/5A 0 Ji —is'** ■ ' -    -    i    **jri    + v ;