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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas ************** ALL FOR ADC 78n *01 1000571 05/16/05 SCUT HWEST HICJfOPUBL ISH: RS 2oz/ I VANDELL DR ii PASO TX 79905 f i111 ii 1111M11f1111ii 111 ii |, 11 ■' IRDAY, JULY 24, 2004 jrald-Zeitung SPORTS SWIMMER WINNER Daniel Phipps places third in 200 meter freestyle at statewide meet. Page SA FORUM COLUMN Columnist JT Woodall says all the towns' perennial complainers should recall the positives of living here. Page Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 153, No. 218 8 pages, 2 sections CLICK www: _ 500 Partly cloudy High Low 97 72 Details 1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 48 COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 5-6A TV GRIDS SBWater groups stall on CISD agreement By Brandi Grissom Staff Writer SEGUIN — Agreements to provide water for fire protection at Comal Independent School District campuses could be ready as early as next month, said Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West. But not all parties to the agreement like GBRA's proposal. Even if they do eventually agree, the project will likely cost the school district hundreds of thousands of dollars and take almost a year to complete. Then, there’s the question of whether the water CISD will get could even be used to fight fires. GBRA board members reviewed Wednesday two temporary agreements that would allow the agency to provide water to several CISD schools. A contract between GBRA and the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation would divert water from Canyon Reservoir to the Bulverde area. A second agreement between GBRA and Bexar Metropolitan Water District would take the water to the schools. CLWSC has agreed to the contract. BexarMet, however, has not. “These two agreements, should the school district decide they want to take action in this interim period, will provide the mechanics by which water could be provided on an interim basis," West said. Once GBRA completes the Western Canyon Project, an $82 million pipeline that will send water from Canyon Reservoir to communities in Kendall and western Comal counties, including the city of Bulverde, it will provide water to the schools. That pipeline is scheduled for completion in October 2005. See WATER, Page 3A Deal clears way for a new county boat ramp By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — A new public boat ramp on the north shore of Canyon Lake came a step closer to realization Thursday after county commissioners voted to seek a lease for the project. Commissioners voted unanimously to ask the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a lease that would allow the developer of the Mystic Shores subdivision to build the $500,000 facility, which it would then turn over to the county. The county would maintain it as its ninth public boat ramp on the lake. Thursday’s vote came after months of discussions between county officials, lake area residents and the Corps of Engineers. County Engineer Tom Hornseth told commissioners it would be the first step Tom Hornseth toward the new launching facility, which he said would not affect any other ramp now on the lake. “We’ve been working on this for quite some time," Hornseth told commissioners. “If you direct we do this, I’ll send a letter to die U.S. Army Corps of Engineers requesting approval of a lease.” In September 2003, the developers of Mystic Shores, Bluegreen S.W. Land Inc., approached the county about building a boating facility in that subdivision. Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady said when county officials informed the Corps about the request, federal officials said the lake was saturated with boaters on busy days, and another boat ramp would have to be closed. l^st fall, Hornseth and Kennady met with 150 residents of the Mystic Shores and Canyon Lake Shores subdivisions to discuss the idea of closing the ramp at Canyon l^ke Shores, which had limited parking space. The idea was that Canyon Lake Shores See ROAT RAMO, Page 3A DAVID INGRAM/ Herald-Zeitung (Above) Colin Bond, right, watches as a New Braunfels Utilities tree-trimming crew continues working behind his Black Forest home Thursday morning. (Left) Bond is upset with the way NBU cut down trees behind his and his neighbor's houses along McQueeney Road. Angry man blocks tree-trimming crew DID YOU KNOW? By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As the New Braunfels Utility tree-trimming crew worked its way along (Old) McQueeney Road Thursday, Colin Bond finally couldn’t take it anymore. “They were mutilating the trees,” said the 58-year-old with a heavy British accent. “I know they need to clean the trees around the power lines, but the trees provided privacy and shade.” So Bond said he got in his pickup, drove around the back of his home along McQueeney Road and parked to block the crew from cutting the trees behind his home. Born in England, Bond and his wife, Carol, have lived in New Braunfels on Black Forest, just off McQueeney Road, for nine years. McQueeney Road lies south of FM 725 and south of 1-35. Black Forest runs par allel to McQueeney. Almost all of Bond’s neighbors have trees behind their homes that provide a green canopy of privacy between McQueeney and their backyards. Most of the trees are 30 feet high Hackberry trees, and — according to Bond — are on homeowners’ property. By the time the tree-trimming crew had worked its way to the back of Bond s home Thursday, Mary Melle’s trees had already been cut down. “They took away all my shade and privacy," said Melle, who lives next to Bond. “Before they cut the trees, I couldn't see any cars on McQueeney Road. Now look!” NBU officials said Thursday the trees See TREES. Page 3A New Braunfels Utilities customers can find out if the trees located along the edge of their property are located in the utility company s easement They can bring their plats into our easement division and have it looked at if they re not sure," said Gretchen Reuwer NBU communications director For information call 608-8990 Law enforcement officials invite residents to party By Ron Malonay Staff Writer Sheriff’s deputies and New Braunfels police officers invite everyone to a party—a block party. Aug. 3 is the 21st annual “National Night CXit” against crime and violence. Local officials call on residents to lock their houses, turn on their porch lights and meet the neighbors to take a stand against crime in the community. Citizens around New Braunfels and the county are invited to register their block parties and compete for prizes. In 2003, nearly 60 New Braunfels neighborhoods — and another 15 in the county — had parties for National Night Out. So far this year, said police Lt. Mike Rust, only four have been registered. Police want all neighborhoods registered by Thursday or Friday next week, Rust said. A National Night Out block party is a solid first step to stopping crime in your neighborhood, said Rust, commander of the New Braunfels Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. “It gives neighbors a chance to meet FYI • To get information about National Night Out, log on to: www.national-nightout org/nno ■ To register a block party, call 608-2179 in New Braunfels. Elsewhere in Comal County, call 608-8260 or 885-4883. each other if they haven’t, learn more about each other and their neighborhood and get together for some fellowship,” Rust said. “Stopping crime begins with neighbors who know one another and look out for each other.” Neighbors who are familiar with what goes on around them can protect each other, Rust said. “If you know who belongs there, who doesn’t and what their habits are, you can protect your neighborhood,” Rust said. “If you see some thing that doesn’t look right — a person or a vehicle you’ve never seen before — it provides your first clue that something’s not right and you can give us a call.” Comal County Sheriff’s Crime Prevention Officer Tim Kolbe agreed. “A nosy neighbor is your front line of defense against crime,” Kolbe said. “The more you get to know your neighbor, the safer your neighborhood is. You know what’s going on in your neighborhood and who belongs here. Don’t hesitate to call us. Wed much rather be called to investigate suspicions than to have to come out later on a burglary call.” New Braunfels in Motion eragraiahdpe I JO] tote weight in June. t r ;