New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
N.B. tourism nearing saturation point—Bock
State Rep. Bennie Bock said he isn’t against tourism, but felt tourists could do as much environmental damage as a limestone quarry.
New Braunfels has been promoted as a tourist town to the point where its rivers, parks and other facilities “are being loved to death,” he said.
As a result, “some people feel like strangers in their own community on River Road,” Bf ck said In promoting tourism, “there conies a time when you approach a point of diminishing returns,” he said. Are we at that point now, he was asked. “It’s close,” Bock replied.
Last month, tile Chamber of Conunerce’s board of directors adopted a policy to oppose construction of and new rock crushing facilities along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal County.
Regarding that policy, Bock said. “It’s somewhat inconsistent to tell a manufacturing plant, ‘You can’t come here,’ and then promote people to come here who are capable of doing as much damage.”
However, chamber Executive Vice President Tom Purdum said Monday for the past four years the chamber has aimed most of its advertising at
potential winter visitors rather than summer tourists. That program has been very successful, he added.
In addition, last year’s economic development policy passed by the chamber and New Braunfels Industrial Foundation calls for programs to be developed to attract more desirable visitors, especially families. «. ..
Bock felt nothing could be done to stop companies wanting to locate here if they satisfy all the necessary requirements.
“With tourism or with industry, you can change with them or refuse and have them run over you," he said. Terming the existing operations “good neighbors,” Bock felt additional controls would be justified only if the companies show a disinclination to honor their “moral and social obligation” to the community.
Meanwhile, Purdum said Monday three local law firms were working with the chamber executive committee concerning the position taken by its board of directors.
“We’re trying to determine what we can and cannot do,” he said.
The three firms include Bartram, Reagan, Burrus and Dierksen; Chunn and Chunn; and Cornelius, Powell, Perkins and Smithers, Purdum said.
Contacted at the chamber office Tuesday, Purdum said the committee had learned a great deal, but had not found any single, sure-fire tool to keep crushed stuue operations from locating in
“The more we’ve learned, the more we’re frightened about the economic growth situation in this community,” he said.
If the county reached a saturation point on particulate (dust) emissions, other industries could be prevented from locating here because of an inability to comply with air quality standards, he said. Tins could affect almost any industry, not just quarries. Purdum said.
“Almost any type of operation creates some dust,” he said.
However, Bock felt since the dust factor in most industries (especially those unrelated to limestone) was small, they would not come under Texas Air Control Board scrutiny on this item.
More rock plants possible
When he first received the report, State Rep. Bennie Bock thought it might make the debate over whether or not to permit more crushed stone operations in Comal County moot.
However, after a conference with Texas Air Control Board officials, Bock said he found out that wasn’t the case.
The report in question is an interim report on the impact of limestone-related industries on air quality in Comal County. That report includes the following statement, which is at the heart of the matter.
“You will note that the report indicates predicted emissions from existing and proposed sources in the area will exceed National Ambient Air Quality Standards for total suspended particulate matter (dust) and state ground level emissions standards for particulate matter,” it states.
Because of this condition, emissions from any new facility planned for the area must be offset by
See MOKE KlK.K, Page ZA
Comments due Sunday
Comments on the McDonough Brothers, Inc., application for a Texas Air Control Board permit should be postmarked by Sunday, James Menke, supervisor of TACB’s Region 9 office in San Antonio, said Wednesday.
The San Antonio firm is requesting a construction permit to build a rock crushing facility off Hunter Road adjacent to the Texas Industries Inc. cement plant north of New Braunfels.
Originally, the deadline for the public to
inspect materials submitted by McDonough, comment on those materials or request notification of proposed agency action had been set at June 12.
Comments should be mailed to the Region 9 office, 4538 Centerview Drive, Suite 130, San Antonio, 78228, or to the state headquarters, 6330 Hwy 290 East, Austin, 78723
McDonough is seeking a permit to euut particulates (dust) from its proposed new facility.
Staff photoElectric jungle
Ernest Gonzales, employee for Loyd Electric Co., rides his bucket through a maze of electrical hardware at the old LORA power plant. He is working on a new switching pole 75 feet in the air.
Commissioners learn to eye plans closely
By Wanda l^asater
Paying attention to details is a lesson Comal County commissioners learned the hard way this week.
Commissioners had given preliminary approval to a 535-acre subdivision near Canyon l.ake quite some time ago.
Final approval was eventually okayed by commissioners but not before they agreed a mistake was made in not checking the road inclines closer.
The problems started when Raymond Dietert, surveyor and member of the developing corporation, presented Emerald Valley plans for final approval.
One portion of the eight miles of road in the subdivision, Mountain View Drive, could be dangerous because it is so steep and has three sharp curves.
It will be almost impossible for a school bus, fire truck or other emergency equipment to get up the incline, Precinct 3 Comm. Charles
Dietert did agree that it would be impossible to get a school bus up the steep incline and turn around on the cul-de-sac that has two building sites.
But the surveyor felt comnusmoners should approve the plans since preliminary approval had been given.
The surveyor said the contour lines were included in the preliminary plans okayed by commissioners. That, he said, would have been the time to object to the inclines.
Precinct 4 Comm. Orville Heitkamp acknowledged that the contour lines
were on the preliminary plans. ‘‘But until you get on the ground to see, ifs hard to visualize.”
“When we were out there before we couldn’t get to it (the Mountain View Drive section) because it was so rough (before the roads were cut),” Precinct 2 Comm. Monroe Wetz said.
Heitkamp added, “My job is to be sure we get a good road system in here that’s as safe as it can be. I want to make everyone aware of what we’re into here because I don’t want the responsibility (of approving the road) and someone getting hurt.”
Before they would agree to final approval, commissioners loaded into pickup trucks and drove the roads.
The roads are still under construction and have a rock base. So, as the pickup trucks wound their way up the hill, it was slippery going. In fact the group could not get up one slope because of the steep grade and loose rock.
“This is not the only subdivision like this we are going to see,” said Wetz. “The easy country is already subdivided so now we’re down to the mountains.”
The corporation of Canadian investors will spend anywhere from $800,000 to $1 million installing the road system in the subdivision.
If eonunissioners did not grant the variance on road angles for the subdivision, “They (the developers) couldn’t do a thing with the land,” said Heitkamp.
So, Heitkamp said, it is the
See STEEP ROADS, Page 8A
3 die in 2 crashes
Teen-agers killed in one-car accident in park
Three people were killed in two traffic accidents in New Braunfels last weekend, including two local teenagers who died after their car plowed out of control through Hinman Island Park Friday night.
Carl Wayne Donop, 710 Moonglow, and Steven Carl Gras, 581 S. Guenther, were pronounced dead at the scene at 11:50 p.m. Friday by Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger.
Another 16-year-old, Lonnie Kraft of Rt. 2, Box 55-B, was released from McKenna Memorial Hospital Sunday after suffering facial lacerations in the one-car accident.
A head-on collision Sunday took the life of 34-year-old Raymond Walter Reiland of 240 N. West End Ave. Two others were injured in that crash, which occurred at the intersection of FM 725 at County Line Road at 8:19 p.m.
Driven by Donop, the 1973 Pontiac Bonneville was eastbound on Hinman Island Drive near a playground area in the park when it struck a legally parked car belonging to Kenneth Tuch, 782 W. Perryman. The vehicle continued down the road, jumped the curb and collided with trash cans, picnic tables, barbecue pits and a light pole before coming to rest after striking a
tree, according to police reports.
Both Donop and Gras (who had been riding in the back seat) apparently were killed instantly. Kraft, who was sitting in the front seat on the passenger’s side, miraculously survived the crash.
Police said they did not know what caused the Pontiac to strike the parked car.
Memorial services for Donop were held Monday at First United Methodist Church. Services for Gras were held Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
Reiland, who was employed by Heitkamp’s Grocery in Solms, was dead on arrival at McKenna minutes
after Sunday’s accident, reports indicated. His car was northbound on FM 725 in the southbound lane when it collided head-on with a vehicle driven by John Harold Mackey Jr., Rt. 2, Box 656.
Mackey, 28, and his 26-year-old passenger, Lewellyn Davis, were injured in the collision. Mackey, who sustained severe cuts and bruises, was released from McKenna Monday.
Davis, who suffered multiple fractures, was listed in fair condition at McKenna Wednesday.
Services for Reiland were held Wednesday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home.
CARL WAYNE DONOP
.. .killedin wreck
STEVEN CARL GRAS
.. .riding in back seat
A herd of Spanish goats head home for a quick meal of tin cans.
Staff photo by John Santm
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 89 - No. 25 June 19,1980 118 Pages — 25 Cents