New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, June 8. 1997Q9AResidents
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the fact that western Comal County is growing.
Hornseth’s office handles subdivision plats and septic tank permits. •
For more than a year, Homseth has platted 33 developing and proposed subdivisions within the county.
Eleven of those subdivisions are located in western Comal County along U.S. 281 from Farm-to-Market Road 306 to as far south as the Bexar County line west to Fair Oaks Ranch.
From January 1996 to February 1997, all of the subdivisions contained a total of 1,427 lots. The 11 western Comal County subdivisions contain 1,084 of those lots.
“The larger subdivisions tend to be along the 281 corridor,’’ Homseth said.
Homseth said he believed land availability, cost and proximity to San Antonio were the reasons why many subdivisions are being developed in the Bulverde and Spring Branch area.
Homseth said the advantage these newly developed subdivisions carry for potential land and home buyers is space.Population
“I think the average is a two- to five-acre range for lots,” he said. “They are larger. A lot of the older subdivisions created in the ‘70s and ‘80s had smaller lots of one acre. The trend in the ‘90s is to go to larger lots.”
Since new subdivisions are being created everyday, that means services such as electricity and water need to be met.
Robert Peterson, planning engineer manager for Pedernales Electric Coop., said the Johnson City-based cooperative has been busy in the Bulverde and Spring Branch area.
Peterson said PEC has seen tremendous growth between New Braunfels and Boerne along Texas 46 and U.S. 281.
At the end of 1994, Peterson said PEC had 2,557 meters in the Bulverde and Spring Branch area. Each year since then, PEC has seen a 20 percent increase in new meters with 525 in 1995 and 558 in 1996. So far this year, it looks like that annual increase will stay the same or increase. Peterson said 275 meters have been put up in 1997.
Peterson said people sometimes have to wait six to eight weeks to get electricity until they have a permanent structure or well in place.
‘I don’t think the quality of life has suffered that much. There are good basic American people with good quality and religious faith moving in.’
— Bulverde resident Michael Canning
Barbara Stover, spokeswoman for City Public Service in San Antonio, said CPS has 140 commercial meters and 1,413 residential meters in its Bulverde service area.
In that service area, CPS has 36 commercial meters and 83 residential meters pending for hookups.
Then there is the issue that faces new landowners and long time Bulverde residents — water.
Stan Blaylock, who has lived in Bulverde for about 20 years, said some people who move from San Antonio don’t realize how shallow the Trinity Aquifer, on which Bulverde sits, is until it is too late.
“The fact is the Trinity Aquifer is very limited,” Blaylock said. “It has a slow recovery. There is a limit to the water. You can’t use it like you did in town.”
The mistake many people make is to build homes with St. Augustine or Johnson grass and try to irrigate that lawn during the summer, Blaylock
said. When they do that, they could pump their wells dry and their motors automatically cut off until water comes back again. If the pumps do not cut off, then their motors could bum out.
If a person uses between 10,000 to 15,000 gallons a month to irrigate his lawn, it could affect the well system, Blaylock said.
Blaylock said Bulverde Hills, which is served by Bulverde Utility Service, has a ratio of 6,000 gallons per month for lawns in order to conserve water.
“You have to learn how to conserve water if you live on the Trinity Aquifer,” he said.
Jane Stempelmann, who operates Bo-Max Water Well Drilling and Repair Service along with her husband Max, said they have seen a high demand for their services.
Stempelmann said her husband has an average of three to four wells a
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were erected in the county in 1996. Of those, 269 are in the city of New Braunfels while 892 were built outside the city limits. Briefly, construction in the county is outstripping that of the city by a ratio of greater than three to one.
Estimates of dollars spent on construction shows an even wider chasm. About $25 million was spent on new construction in the city,Officers
compared to more than $100 million in the county.
County officials said most of the growth is concentrated in the western part of the county.
“The growth in the unincorporated part of the county has been concentrated along what I call the ‘281 Corridor,’ stretching from Bulverde to Spring Branch,” said County Engineer Tom Homseth.
Hornseth said a new trend is
beginning to emerge in the growth area.
“We’re starting to see the beginning of commercial development in the area.” Homseth said. “Shopping centers and gas stations are beginning to be built.”
To put the county’s growth in a historical perspective, there were only 338 structures erected in the county in 1991, compared to the 1,161 in 1996. Of the 338, 72 were
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people outside city limits and inside the county.
Holder said he had no specific requested number of officers and that he currently was discussing the situation with commissioners as.they prepared for budget talks this summer.
“We have to be reasonable, and we need to work with the court,” he said. “I’m not in competition with anyone else.”
The difficulty, officials said, was money.
An estimated $55,000 is the total bill to outfit an officer with adequateYMCA
equipment, a vehicle, insurance and an entry-level salary, he said.
The situation needs to be considered this summer and on a long-term basis, he said, with the eventual goal of having at least 60 officers in the next five to six years.
understand and respect that, but one thing to keep in mind is that nothing matters if you don’t have security,” he said.
With additional security, the county, which is divided into four patrol districts, could be divided into five or six districts, increasing police exposure throughout the county, he
Holder and other sheriffs office department heads are preparing proposed budgets to submit to the court in about two weeks, officials said.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said she understood the security needs tied to growth, but money in the proposed budget could be limited.
She said Holder’s request would mean about $1.2 million to $1.5 million while only about $600,000 remained in unallocated funds.
After paying for necessary insurance costs and a few other items.
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they want to participate.”
Brierty said enrichment programs would include after-school tutoring, computer instruction and participation programs, such as Y-Indian Guides, Youth in Government and Youth Volunteer Corps.
Brierty and Bueno said every participant in the Y’s programs will pay to participate, but the programs will be accessible to all who wish to participate.
The following people were married with licenses from Comal County:
■ Juan Bernardino and Bellanira Garza of Mt. Pleasant, Texas.
■ Gregory E. Bumgardner and Deborah Jane Copeland of Canyon Lake.
■ Philip Stevens Jacobs, Jr. And Nika Loth Schmidt of New Braunfels.
■ James Erie Kleinfelder and Sharon Yvonne Williams of New Braunfels.
■ Stuart T. Millholland and Katherine E. Tillstrom of Smyrna, Ga.
■ Doyle Earl Missildine and Patsy Jean Littlefield of San Antonio.
■ Leon Morris and Mary Alice Sheffield of San Antonio.
■ Bret Richard Rahe and Lida Picton McAllister of San Antonio.
■ Geraldo Torres, Jr. and Juanita Jo Rosas of New Braunfels.
■ George William Wilson and Sharon Jeanne Stuart of Adkins, Texas.
■ Edward J. Bolduc and Kelly Sue Laraon of San Antonio.
■ William Wayne Caldwell and Victoria Rachel Davenport of Canyon Lake.
■ James Morgan Dillon and Jennifer Marie Ladqpceur of Austin.
■ Dennis Michael Dodson and
“Everybody will be able to participate, regardless of their economic situation,” Bueno said.
He said the trend is away from what some people see as the traditional model of the YMCA.
“We no longer invest in bricks and mortar but in programs that can best serve the community,” Bueno said. “We intend to use existing school facilities, such as sports fields and gymnasiums.”
Brierty said though the group’s initial emphasis will be on programs, the organization will
Dorothy Mae Vondran of Austin.
■ Donald Ray Duncan and Jessamy Erika Fuller of New Braunfels.
■ Adam Salas Garcia and Beatrice Trejo Rodnguez of New Braunfels.
■ Aaron Gilmore and Kayo Ura of Converse.
■ Antony Paul Goddard and Brenda Joy Kisinger of Spring Branch.
■ Frank Cardona Gonzales and Chrissy Delacerda Rodriguez of Canyon Lake.
■ Brandon Scott Hoffmaster and
consider building facilities as part of its long-term objectives.
“Our long-term goals are driven by what the community wants and needs,” Brierty said. “Will we build a facility? Will we become more involved in sports? I’d like to see what the community says.”
Bueno said the Northeast San Antonio YMCA is contributing $25,000 for the start up of the New Braunfels branch, but maintenance and long-term growth of the local chapter will depend on community support.
Magdalena C. Dominguez of Houston.
■ Valeriano Vaca Martinez and Juanita Garza Garcia of New Braunfels.
■ Ethan Lloyd McCloud and Teresa Dean Campbell of Austin.
■ George William Odonnell and Michelle Longo of Canyon Lake.
■ Hector David Portales and Magdalena Villa of New Braunfels.
■ Larry Michael Ross and Aliene Burkhart Tice of New Braunfels.
■ John Henry Scheffel, Jr. And
“We will provide the seed money, resources and manpower to get things going,” Bueno said. “But in the long run all monies will be raised in New Braunfels and stay in New Braunfels.”
Brierty said the board will need other sources of income to meet its annual budget, estimated at about $70,000 to $100,000.
“We will look to the community for support in the form of corporate sponsorships, government and foundation grants and individual contributions,” Brierty said.
Kama Renee Andrews of New Braunfels.
■ John Otto Seidel and Christine Mane Naumann of New Braunfels.
Lonnie Allen Thomas and Missi Ann Storms of Gretna, La.
■ Lynnwood Allen Thomas and Daphyne Ingram of Ft. Sam Houston.
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Bo-Max has a waiting list of 40 people who need to have wells drilled. This compares to a year and a half ago when there was a waiting list of only six people.
“I will tell anybody we see no end in sight,” Stempelmann said. “It will continue to grow at this rate or faster.”
The reason why more people are waiting to get their wells drilled is because they are getting into their homes quicker, she said.
“The builders are completing the houses much quicker,” Stempelmann said. “Used to who would figure — it would be four to six months. Now they are getting them done in three months.”
Michael Canning, vice-president of the Bulverde Estates Homeowners Association, has lived in Bulverde since 1983.
Canning said he has witnessed the growing number of people who have moved into his subdivision.
“When we started building our home in Bulverde Estates, we were the only home I knew of built in the
estates in 1988,” Canning said. “Last year, we built about 15 homes. Forty new homes have been added to the estates over the last three years.” Canning said a different clientele of people has moved into the Bulverde area.
“We had, for a number of years, people who grew up in their community and raised their family and retired on the homestead,” Canning said. “Now we have much younger families who are in their late 20s and early 30s with small children.”
Canning said those families are putting more pressure on Comal Independent School District to keep facilities in western Comal County up to date.
But even with many people moving in, Canning said he still believed Bulverde is a good place to live.
“I don’t think the quality of life has suffered that much,” Canning said. “There are good basic American people with good quality and religious faith moving in.”
built in the city, compared to 266 in the county outside the city.
According to the Texas State Data Center, the population of Comal County has grown to about 67,000 people, up from about 52,000 in 1990. Tile 29 percent growth rate is one of the highest in the state.
According to U.S Census reports and estimates, the city of New Braunfels has grown from a population of 27,334 people in 1990 to an estimated 33,300 today.
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that would leave only about $200,000 for law enforcement needs, she said.
“It’s substantial," Casteel said. “We have done the best when it comes to law enforcement. (Holder) has been very reasonable in the past. We’ll work with him but we’re going to have to do it within the tax dollar.”
Casteel said county officials would either have to go “back to the drawing board” or raise taxes to possibly the rollback rate during budget hearings in mid-July.
Holder said he was in need of reserve deputies that would lower the costs of his department, which operates on a $2.7 million budget.
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