New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 192
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Second CL resident enters race for state representative
Diane Dasher declared as a candidate for state representative during the New Braunfels Women’s Chamber “Mad Hatter’s” luncheon on Thursday.
By Martin Malacara
Another Canyon Lake resident has announced her intention to run for state representative for Comal County.
Diane Dasher filed with the state Wednesday to run as a Republican for a state representative district that has yet to be configured by legislators. After legislators reconfigure district boundaries, Comal County no longer will fall under state Rep.
Edmund Kuemple’s district. Redistricting occurs every IO years, coinciding with the completion of the Census.
Dasher said she made the decision to run for the Legislature several years ago and began exploring the possibility.
“I want to be a voice for those who cannot help themselves,” she said.
Issues Dasher said are important to her are natural resources, education, transportation and ser
vices for the elderly and disabled.
During her trip to Austin to file as a candidate, Dasher also attended Wednesday’s Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission hearing concerning the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s request to draw more water out of Canyon Lake.
The river authority will have to wait at least four months for the TNRCC to render a decision on the request. The state agency granted a contested case hearing
to a group of trout fisherman who have said GBRA’s request will impact efforts to sustain the nonnative fish species for recreation and economic purposes.
Dasher said she believes the river authority’s request should only benefit the 10-county district it serves, and not benefit San Antonio.
“San Antonio has many problems to solve, but they should not jeopardize our resource,” she said.
County committee to rewrite street standards for subdivisions
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County officials are set to appoint a special committee to rewrite the road standards in its subdivision regulations.
County Engineer Tom Homseth asked Commissioners’ Court Thursday to appoint a committee to meet during the next several weeks to refine and improve county road criteria.
The request comes in the wake of a months-long effort to write new water availability, drainage and impervious cover rules. The Comal County Waterwise Growth Study Committee completed the work in April.
Homseth envisions completing a full rewrite of the county’s subdivision rules.
“This is the logical next step,” Homseth said Thursday. “We have existing standards. What we’re talking about is upgrading them.” Hornseth would like to see new rules covering construction, materials and geometric issues that include curve radiuses, road crowns, curb cuts, driveways and the installation of utilities in road right-of-ways.
Hornseth said the county has heard from retired road builders and a few others who have offered their services for such a committee, which would include developers, a couple of local residents, engineers and county employees.
Hornseth would chair the committee, and County Road Department staff would support it administratively — similar to the way the Waterwise committee operated.
More than a dozen people — developers, engineers, water utilities and county staff among them — worked on the Waterwise committee.
Hornseth foresees a similar style effort, but road construction is a more specialized field. He said he anticipates a few meetings will be required during a period of several weeks to present a new proposal to commissioners.
“I don’t think it will be a real difficult task. But pulling these resources together will help us, no question,” Hornseth told commissioners.
Pct. 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin cited concerns he has about some county roads in his district and supported the idea.
So did County Judge Danny Scheel, who asked for authority to appoint the committee.
“It’ll be on the same model as the Waterwise committee,” Scheel said.
“We used the expertise we had out in the county to set our guidelines. People can give us a lot of insight.”
The committee members will be appointed within the coming weeks.
‘We have existing standards. What were talking about is upgrading them. ” — Tom Hornseth County Engineer
Garden Ridge wants to dip into Trinity Aquifer
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
GARDEN RIDGE —A Comal County city that paid a penalty for drawing too much Edwards Aquifer water at the height of this past summer’s drought is exploring measures to prevent it from happening again.
Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman said he is applying for permits to punch a well into the Trinity Aquifer from the site of the city’s water tower on Farm-to-Market Road 3009.
The well, which Feibelman estimates might have to go down between 900 and 1,100 feet, will sink into the Cow Creek section of the Trinity Aquifer.
Ray Laxson, manager of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District, said he’d received a permit application from Feibelman, but had mailed the application and the check that accompanied it back, he said Wednesday.
“It wasn’t in our area, even though he was going into the Trinity Aquifer,” Laxson said. “The Trinity in that area is unregu
lated. He has to get a permit to go through the Edwards Aquifer.”
In the spot where Feibelman is considering drilling, the Edwards overlies the Trinity. Garden Ridge would be required to encase the well in concrete so it doesn’t take up Edwards water.
Garden Ridge uses Edwards Aquifer water right now, but how much it uses is becoming an issue in an age when the Edwards Aquifer Authority has been required by state law to cut pumpage back to 450,000
Parting the regulator sea
State, local officials help celebrate power plant’s opening
By Ron Maloney
MARION —Michael Williams, chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission, told a little story Friday morning in a Guadalupe County field.
He talked about Moses leading his people to the promised land, the parting of the Red Sea and how it all might have gone down were it to have happened in present day California.
As leader of his people, Moses would have consulted his attorney, doctor and engineer, all who would have told him the reasons why the Red Sea could not have been parted.
In the punch fine, Moses consulted someone sitting way in the back of the room.
“I don’t know whether it can be done or not, but if you pull this off, I’ll get you three pages in the Bible,” Williams said.
“Opening this plant will not get you three pages in the Bible, but it will keep you cool in the summer and warm in the winter.”
In Texas, the state rewrote the bible on how to do business and how to provide power, Williams said, standing before Texas Independent Energy’s new 1,000 megawatt, gas-fired power plant.
Williams helped TIE and Guadalupe County dedicate the plant, which has been operating since December
Above, Jim Collins, a site scout for Texas Independent Energy, leads a group Friday during a tour of the company’s new power plant. Below, State Rep. Ed Kuempel, R-Seguin, participates in a dedication ceremony for the new plant.
2000 in the Santa Clara area near Marion.
“California ought to be here today,” Williams told a few
hundred onlookers, referring to a power crisis that has caused exponentially increased prices and rolling blackouts this year. “They would learn how to build a 1,000 megawatt power plant in less than IO years — less than three years — in an environmentally friendly way and complete it early and under budget. I just wanted to come here to congratulate you and be a part of your celebration.”
District 45 State Rep. Ed Kuempel, R-Seguin, said finding a partner like TIE to build a power plant in one’s district is a unique experience.
“It’s like dying and going to heaven...like being a bird in a worm bar,” Kuempel said. “We’re so pleased you have come here to Guadalupe County,” Kuempel said.
Jeff Moore is general manager of PSEG Global, one of the partners in the project which this month will open its second Texas plant in Odessa.
He compared the regulator}' climate in Texas with the one he said created the power disaster in California.
“We wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for deregulation in Texas,” Moore said.
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Residents question proposed treatment plant
By Martin Malacara
Environmentalists and several Spring Branch residents voiced concerns about a proposed wastewater treatment plant near Cypress Cove Road at a Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission public meeting Thursday in Bulverde.
The TNRCC held the meet
ing at the Bulverde Community Center, allowing residents to question the state agency and the current owner of the utility company applying for a permit, Joe Veytia, about the wastewater plant.
Veytia is developing the Rebecca Lake subdivision. His utility company, Rebecca See QUESTION/3ARained out
Children in New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Day Camp cross Fredericksburg Road Friday after the rain cancelled their activities.