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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas KYLE BAKER/Herald-ZeitungCity council members consider approving an amendment regarding zoning at Monday night’s meeting. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council decided to send a letter to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority asking the organization for a resolution stating that it will not dump treated wastewater into the Dry Comal Creek. The GBRA has asked the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for a permit to dump treated effluent into the Dry Comal Creek from a second wastewater treatment plant at the Northcliffe subdivision. The current plant uses the “gray water” to irrigate the Northcliffe golf course. The council first addressed the issue at a council meeting in May, at which time GBRA agreed to work with the city to research other alternatives to using the Dry Comal Creek. Mayor Stoney Williams and Councilman Robert Kendrick met with GBRA officials to work out compromises. In the meantime, the city of Schertz sent a letter to the TNRCC requesting a contested case hearing. Schertz says its pipeline that leads to a New Braunfels Utilities treatment plant should be used as an alternative, Kendrick said at Monday night’s council meeting. “I think we need some sort of agreement from them,” he said. “I think if we wait until after the deadline it will be much harder to get.” Kendrick said that he received a copy See COUNCIL/8A On April 19, 1995, a bomb ripped through the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City. On Monday, the man responsible for killing 168 people was put to death.McVeigh executedCISD seeks delay for water permit Reaction “Timothy J. McVeigh dies with his eyes open. ” Byron Pitts media witness “What have we accomplished by executing Timothy McVeigh now that there are 169 people dead?” Bed Fitzgerald death penalty opponent ‘The kids could have grown up and made a difference in this world, and they weren’t even given a chance. ” Russell Braun death penalty supporter “This is a completion of justice, and thats what I’ll remember about today.” Kathleen Treanor lost family in OKO bombing “We will hurt tomorrow just as we did yesterday. ” John Taylor lost family in OKC bombing JOE RAEDLE/Getty Images Debris Watson is comforted by Angela Richardson after hearing that Timothy McVeigh was dead Monday in Oklahoma City, Okla. They both lost relatives in the 1995 bombing. By Sharon Cohen Associated Press Writer TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — Unemotional to the end, Timothy McVeigh was put to death Monday without uttering a word. More than 600 miles away, those whose fives were shattered by his bomb watched the execution via a video camera, finding neither the apology they hoped to hear or the suffering some wanted to see. McVeigh’s eyes rolled back, his lips turned slightly blue and his skin appeared jaundiced as he was pronounced dead at 8:14 a.m. EDT. In his last moments, his face was as blank as it was that April day six years ago when America first saw him escorted out of an Oklahoma jail. The 33-year-old decorated Gulf War veteran was the first inmate executed by the The victims of the Oklahoma City bombing/7A U.S. government in 38 years. He was convicted of the April 19, 1995, bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168 people, 19 of them children. Tb the nation, it was the worst act of terrorism on U.S. soil. To Timothy McVeigh, planting a 7,000-pound truck bomb at a building filled with innocent people was a “legit tactic” for his one-man war against the government. In Oklahoma City, 232 survivors and victims’ relatives watched the execution on a closed-cireuit TV broadcast, sent in a feed encrypted to guard against interception. A small camera had been installed overhead in McVeigh’s death chamber, and it was that he appeared to be looking into when he died. McVeigh “just gave us that same glare that makes me think he got what he wanted,” said Karen Jones, whose 46-year-old husband, Larry, was killed in the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Kathleen Treanor, also at the broadcast, carried a photo of her 4-year-old daughter, Ashley Eckles, who died along with Treanor’s in-laws. “I thought of her every step of the way,” she said of her little girl. “I needed to know in my heart that I was done with this man,” she added. “(But) I don’t think anything can ever bring me any peace.” At the federal prison in Terre Haute, 24 people witnessed the execution, includ- See MCVEIGH/7A TUESDAYNew Braunfels    June    12,    2001 14 pages in 2 sections 14 pages in 2 secticHerald-Zeitung ,   —  *   ——     ; - . • . ...Vol, ISO, No. 182    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Council wants no wastewater in Dry Comal District worries property values will be affected By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Trustees for the Comal Independent School District want the state’s environmental commission to delay granting a permit to a regional water purveyor to draw more water from Canyon Lake. CISD trustees instructed interim superintendent Anthony Constanzo to draft a letter to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission asking the agency to delay a permit amendment for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to draw an additional 40,000 acre-feet out of Canyon Lake to supply water to the region for the next 50 years. In its letter to TNRCC, the school board wants an economic study conducted at the lake to determine the proposed permit amendment’s effects on property values. “We’re not protesting (per-mit amendment), we’re requesting an economic impact study,” CISD Trustee John Bertelsen said. Bertelsen, a Canyon Lake resident, said the board worries about declining property values affecting the school district’s tax base. “If property values fall, the only option to make up for the loss is to remove the homestead exemption. That will affect everybody,” Bertelsen said. The school district allows its patrons to take 20 percent off the value of their homes. The district’s current tax rate on homes is $1.85 per $100 valuation. The average home valuation in the school district is $104,677, with a taxable value at $68, 742. GBRA meets Wednesdays CISD is a potential customer for the water from the lake, via GBRA’s Western Canyon Project to bring water to Bulverde, Fair Oaks Ranch and Boerne. Bertelsen said the district still is negotiating with GBRA on a service contract. GBRA officials offered an economic impact study to the Friends of Canyon Lake, a grass-roots organization opposed to GBRA taking additional water from the lake. The Friends met with GBRA in Comal County Commissioners’ Court Friday to express their concerns with the permit amendment. The river authority offered the proposal in the hopes the Friends would drop their legal motion with TNRCC to be reconsidered as an affected party in the permit amendment process. Bob Wickman, Friends of Canyon Lake executive board member, said the group is not ready to accept GBRA’s offer. “Our legal team is reviewing what we came up with at our meeting Sunday,” Wickman said. “They are telling us to be very, very careful about what we do or say. We could find ourselves technically ineligible to launch our protest.” Bertelsen said he is angry GBRA had not offered to do an economic impact study earlier. Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said, “What effect would having no water in Bulverde have on property values?” County Commissioner Jack Dawson said if CISD dropped its homestead exemption, “It would be more devastating than anything GBRA can do.” “I hope CISD is not going to use this situation as a crutch,” he said. Local residents assist in response to flooding By Ron Maloney Staff Writer HOUSTON — As areas of East Texas and Louisiana reel from encounters with this year’s first tropical storm, local public safety officials pitched in to help the Houston area during the weekend. Area firefighters, National Gruard troops and American [led Cross workers were dis patched this past weekend to help Houstonians deal with the results of widespread weekend flooding. In New Braunfels, an official with the Texas Army National Guard reported Sunday that 18 local troops had been activated and sent to Houston to help with flood relief. Nobody from the National Guard unit could be reached on Monday. Rescuers who streamed Update on flooding situation; how to prepare for a disasters into the Houston area Saturday included local members of the Southwest Texas Regional Advisory Council for Trauma (STRAC) who trained on Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River just a week ago to prepare for just such rescues as part of Tfexas Task Force I. Texas Task Force I is a statewide emergency response team that includes civilian and military emergency assets and deploys when large-scale disasters overwhelm local officials’ ability to respond. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS Chief Shawn Wherry, Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy Lee Stanfill and STRAC Executive Director Erie Epley par ticipated with STRAC and Task Force I in the rescues of more than 1,100 Texans from IO a.m. Saturday until 2 a.m. Sunday. Some were completed using Jet Ski™ personal watercraft that are normally deployed on Canyon Lake. Many involved members, tactics and equipment recently practiced with in Comal County by Texas Task Force I. 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