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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas _    WEDNESDAYNew Braunfels    june    6,2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in z secticHerald-Zeitung ... ?■ ■'.    11111,11 v Vol. 150, No. 177    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents GBRA water pact facing trouble By Martin Malacara Staff Writer A landmark agreement between three water purveyors to get San Antonio off its Edwards Aquifer fix is in jeopardy. The Texas Water Development Board might not approve what it considers an interbasin transfer in an agreement between the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, San Antonio Water System and the San Antonio River Authority to supply Bexar County with 94,500 acre-feet of water. An interbasin transfer takes water from one river basin and puts it within another river basin. The water being transferred automatically becomes a lower water priority right, or junior water right, which could affect other water right holders downstream. “We have a legal constraint that may differ from hydrologic constraints,” TWDB executive director Craig Pederson said Tuesday. Pederson met with the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group, Region L, in San Antonio to address the Lower Guadalupe Basin Project. The agreement, approved this past month by all three parties, is part of regional water planning for the next 50 years. The project would transfer water from the Saltwater Barrier, immediately below the confluence of the San Antonio and Guadalupe rivers, for treatment and distribution in Bexar County. The Region L board of directors said the project would not be an interbasin transfer because it would take place where the two rivers meet. But in 1998, TWDB formally carved out boundaries between the two rivers, making such a water transfer only available through a permit application from the Tbxas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. “We thought it’s one system. We’ve gotten ourselves trapped in a situation that’s not logical or reasonable,” said Weir Labat, a Comal County representative for Region L. Labat served as a proxy at the Tuesday meeting for Doug Miller. Miller is the appointed county representative for Region L. According to state water code, once the boundaries are in place, they cannot be changed to accommodate the water transfer. See GBRA/5A See Willie Planning group sets schedule for annexation CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Willie Nelson performs for a sold-out crowd Tuesday night at Gruene Hall. The crowd was enthusiastic as Nelson played songs from his new album. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The annexation process moved a step forward Tuesday, as the Planning Commission passed a tentative schedule for the New Braunfels City Council to consider on June 25. Amid heated protests and passionate arguments from residents in the areas proposed for annexation, the commission voted unanimously to approve the calendar, which would set the effective date for annexation this fall. The areas proposed for annexation from a 2000 list are: T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunters Creek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Alves Lane/Bar-barosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Road and Farm-to Market Road 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engel Road. The Planning Commission held a workshop May 16 and agreed to add 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. Those areas were part of the five-year annexation plan that the city council passed in 1999. Under state law, cities must give residents three years notice before they are annexed. Residents from Mission Valley and Preiss Heights What’s Next- ■ June 25 — New Braunfels City Council can adopt resolution directing planning department to schedule public hearings and authorizing master services plan. ■ July 11 —tentative date for first public hearing ■ July 18 — Tentative date for second public hearing ■ Aug. 13 — First reading of annexation ordinance to initiate annexation proceedings. ■ Aug. 27 — Second reading of ordinance ■ September 10 — Third reading of ordinance ■ November 11 — End of 90-day period to complete annexation complained Tuesday night about annexation and said they did not believe they would benefit from annexation. About 40 people attended the meeting, and several stood up to speak against annexation. Most of the people who spoke were from Preiss Heights. They expressed dismay that the first time they heard they were under consideration for annexation was after the May 16 workshop meeting. Under state law, the city is required to set dates for public hearings about pro-See ANNEXATION/3 A Come hell or high water; Comal has disaster plan By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In the October 1998 flood, New Braunfels disaster officials found themselves cut off from the rest of Texas by waters that flooded roadways and large tracts of the city. Telephone service was spotty — and it could take 15 minutes or more to get a EDGETT But New Braunfels was dial tone.    only one place in the region The city    that had problems on Oct. needed to    17, 1998, and resources find shel-    were spread pretty thinly, ter for    Still, New Braunfels had 1,800 peo-    war-gamed a flooding sce- ple but    nario in a July 1998 disas- had cots    ter preparedness exercise, and blan-    and the practice proved kets for    invaluable. only about    Carol Edgett, the county’s 1,000.    new local emergency plan ning coordinator and emer gency management Coordinator, remembers the 1998 flood well. As assistant emergency management coordinator for the city, she worked 36 hours, took a five-hour nap and went back for more. “We had addressed some of the areas that flooded in ’98. It was a tremendous help with our evacuations,” Edgett said. State officials praised New Braunfels Emergency Management Coordinator Jack Collier and his then-assistant Edgett for the city’s response to the disaster. And now, Edgett, who three months ago moved to Comal County as its local emergency planning coordinator and emergency man-See DISASTERS Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...4-6B Comics........................ ......2B Crossword................. ......SA Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports......................... ..7-8A Today........................... ......2A Key Code 76 Young researchers explore aging issues during course By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Living longer might not be everyone’s favorite wish, but if given a choice, people would probably want to live in better health. That’s one wish a group of scientists gathered in New Braunfels is attempting to make a reahty. Faculty and students from universities across the country are participating in a weeklong course on aging research at the T Bar M Ranch. The course concludes Thursday. The course is designed to give young researchers an opportunity to learn the latest information into the field of aging research, said Arian Richardson, director of the Aging Research and Education Center at the University of Tbxas Health Science Center. “Aging research is a diverse field. This provides investigators training in aging and gives them a better feel for the RICHARDSON area,” Richardson said. Richardson said the field of aging research has blossomed during the past five years because the population has become older. “A hundred years ago only 6 percent of the population was 65 years old. In 2050 about 25 percent of the population will be over 65,” he said. One discovery discussed during the conference, Richardson said, is “insulin signaling.” Insulin is a hormone in the human See AGING/3A Rylander: Students promise bright future “...look at these kiddos, and you’re looking right into the face of the 21st Century, and its a very bright future.”— Carole Keeton Rylander State Comptroller — and told 400 people gathered to raise funds for a playground at McKenna Memorial Hospital that they could see that future in the faces of their children. It was a 45 minute speech condensed into 25 minutes of Rylander’s trademark high energy, rapid-fire delivery spiced with folksy one-liners that brought down the house in the New Braunfels Civic Center. “My kids always say I speak 365 words a minute with gusts up to 400 mph,” Rylander said. A recent knee surgery did nothing to slow her down, either. Rylander ticked off an agenda not finished in the 77th Texas Legislature. She called for a longer sales tax holiday — and broadening it to include books, backpacks, bike helmets, child safety See RYLANDER/3A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer KYLE BAKER/Herald-Zeitung Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander greets Renno Adams Tuesday after speaking during a fund-raiser for a McKenna Memorial Hospital playground. Adams proposed the playground. He and other students are working on the project. About a hundred years and a hundred pounds ago, State Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylander likes to quip, she got her professional start as a schoolteacher. Her career has taken her many places and to many firsts in Texas — from being the first woman mayor of Austin — the youngest of any major U.S. city — to being “one tough grandma.” Tuesday night in New Braunfels, Rylander spoke of her agenda, her vision for government and the 21st century ;