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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas nity Resource Groups and the Hill Country Resource Council, said he looked forward to working with the board to help protect local water. “I know our region is growing very, very quickly so Id like to ensure that we have enough clean water for our children and grandchildren,” he said. His work in the various communities represented on the board would make him a good candidate for the position, Chapa said. "It's not like I am new at public Ramon Chapa Jr policy,” Chapa said. “I’m fortunate enough to have experience and,... one of the things that I think is my strength is I’m a consensus builder. I’m not out in left field trying to do my own thing.” Gilpin’s 19-month tenure on the board was marked by a tenuous relationship with other board members, a situation current members hope to avoid. Board Chairman Doug Miller, in previous interviews, said the board was seeking a director who would work with other members to find rn Ii A V. 11 ^ ^ Kl IP I lh t •»• ~ a WSJ* 004    PW d-Zeitung Chapa hopes to be a ‘consensus builder’ for aquifer board By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer Fonner New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. was appointed to the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors Tuesday. He fills the unexpired term of for-mer District 8 director Cheryl Gilpin, who resigned in June. The board received only one application for the position. Chapa will serve in the posiUon until the Nov. 2 general election. Chapa, who has a long record of public service, including positions on the West San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, Caldwell, (Guadalupe, Comal and Hays County Commu- SUMMER SLICE Growers say watermelon season still has a while to go, so make the most of it with these tips. Page IB Man’s body still missing NBU proceeds with suit against power provider Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung (Above) San Marcos Area Recovery Team Dive Team Captain John Mosley briefs relatives and friends of Stephen Andrew Molina Tuesday afternoon on the status of the search for the 19-year-old's body. Molina slipped beneath the fast-moving Guadalupe River about 4:45 p.m. Monday afternoon just downstream from the Interstate 35 overpass. (Top) A Starflight helicopter flies up the Guadalupe River Tuesday morning helping search for Molina. Diver captain says that quick recovery unlikely Traffic study to be completed this fall By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunf els Qty Council approved hiring a San Antonio engineering firm Monday to study traffic and parking patterns along the Comal River. City Manager Chuck Pinto said council approved a $62,500 contract with Carter and Burgess. “Carter and Burgess has an expertise in traffic studies. They began the study two weeks ago,” Pinto said. "Over the course of the next few months, they’ll be collecting data and information relating to traffic patterns and parking between Lincoln Street and McKenna Hospital. ” The consultants will conclude their study in October or November. “Once they compile the data, then we’ll have something to use to decide where we need to change the flow of traffic, or where we need new stop signs and signals, or whether or not we need more one-way streets,” Pinto said. IN OTHER ACTION In other business Monday, council. ■ Approved issuing requests for proposals for services associated with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, B Approved the first reading of an ordinance granting the code enforcement officer authority to issue citations; ■ Approved a recommendation by the 4B board to grant H-E-B financial assistance for expanding the drainage infrastructure at the intersection of FM 306 and F35 solutions to the area’s water problems. Before voting to appoint Chapa, Bexar County District 7 Director Johnny Rodriguez asked him to join a pact with other board members. " That pact is that we will work together for the common goals that we all have as a group," Rodriguez said. "And all I ask is that you represent the entire area, that you work for the benefit of the entire region and not one specific area." The appointment was approved unanimously. Chapa took the oath of office and assumed the District 8 seat Tuesday. SPORTS GRIDIRON GURU "Texas Football" magazine founder Dave Campbell stops in NB to talk about tackles and touchdowns. Page UA Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. By Ron Malonoy Staff Writer Police, firefighters and divers broke off their search Tuesday evening for a New Braunfels man missing and believed drowned in the Guadalupe River. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Villarreal said eight police officers, a number of New Braunfels firefighters, South Hays County firefighters and members of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team searched the banks of the river down to the Lake Dunlap Dam without finding a trace of Stephen Andrew Molina, 19, of New Braunfels. Molina tried to swim through heavy current Monday afternoon to the swingForeign aid People reilly do come from far and wide — Belarus and Transylvania, for instance — for the opportunity to work at America^ favorite water-park, Schlitterbahn. TT ™ Partly cloudy High Low 96 69 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS 6-6B COMICS 48 CROSSWORD 48 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS SB suspended from the Business 35 bridge. He was washed downstream and was last seen at about 4:45 p.m. as he slipped beneath the water under the Interstate 35 overpasses. Monday night, NBFD Battalion Chief Don Zercher called off a search because the river was too dangerous for divers. Police contacted the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and asked that the Canyon Lake floodgates be closed to facilitate the search. Lake Manager Tim Horn said the flow was reduced overnight from 5,600 to 160 cubic feet-per-second. “I was glad to do whatever we could do to help,” Horn See RESCUE. Page 3A Friends and relatives of Stephen Andrew Molina watch from behind crime scene tape Tuesday morning as SMART divers search the Guadalupe River for Molina's body. By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council members have agreed to let New Braunfels Utilities proceed with a lawsuit against the Lower Colorado River Authority. NBU filed a lawsuit in February in Kerr County over the interpretation of its contract with LCRA, which provides 90 percent of NBU’s electric power. In conjunction with the Kerrville Public Utility Board, NBU filed the lawsuit following LCRA’s purchase of Lost Pines I Power Project, a gas-powered plant near Bastrop. LCRA paid $150 million for 50 percent interest in the Lost Pines project. “We wanted to be sure LCRA did not pass that cost on to our customers,” said Gretchen Reuwer, NBU communications manager. LCRA supplies electric power to 42 electric co-ops and city-owned utilities and has had a contract with NBU since 1974. NBU Chief Executive Officer Paula DiFonzo said LCRA’s purchase of the Lost Pines plant would not benefit NBU customers. “It was our opinion that the cost of the Lost Pines plant was significant enough that we didn’t want to pay any of the cost of the plant.” she said. “It was our contention that LCRA was going to include the cost of the plant in its prices to its customers.” DiFonzo said NBU chose to exercise a contract provision that allows the utility to See LAWSUIT, Page 3A Paula DiFonzo Vol. 153, No. 209 14 pages, 2 sections CL ;