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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas Crushed rock sites opposed By Robert Johnson Scenes like this one south of New Braunfels concern the chamber's board of directors Foundation dissents Industrial group favors individual decisions By a vote of seven to five, New Braunfels Industrial Foundation voted Friday not to support the Chamber of Commerce’s position on rock crushing plants. The vote came three days after the chamber’s board of directors voted to oppose any additional rock crushing operations along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal County. Foundation member Herb Schneider made the motion not to support the position. After a second by Ed Nolte and a secret ballot, the motion passed. The majority of the foundation disliked the idea of a ‘ blanket policy” against one type of industry, foundation president Merritt Schumann said. He felt each industrial prospect should be considered on its merits. The minority was concerned about protecting the green areas along the escarpment from being turned into a long strip of white, member Joe Faust said. The foundation is concerned about the welfare of the community, and is not planning on encouraging rock crushing operations to locate here, Schumann added. "We’re not mad at the chamber,” Schumann said. “I don’t want people to think we are.” He said he also had a problem with preventing or discouraging companies from using land which they bought for quarrying in the first place. Stating the land along the escarpment gets its value from the limestone beneath it, he felt landowners should have the freedom to sell it as they desire. A portion of the chamber’s objection was that more rock crushing operations would mean more train traffic blocking streets in New Braunfels. Schumann suggested the railroads be approached about eliminating grade crossings in the downtown area. He felt the railroads ‘‘would lend an ear whereas they may not have before.” l^ast year, both the foundation and the chamber’s Industrial Council approved an economic development policy which called for the encouragement of "light, clean industry” to New Braunfels. It also stated industries which might spoil the natural resources and Ute beauty of the area should be discouraged. Unlike the current position, that policy didn’t single out any one class of industry to oppose, Schumann said. "It was a positive thing.” The chamber position also touched upon dust problems and scarring of hills. Several foundation members felt state and federal regulations would give adequate protection against dust and that quarries could be put in a less visible location so no one would see the scarring. Others pointed out the tax revenues these quarries would generate could pay for improvements they would necessitate. Schumann said he didn’t agree with the chamber board’s contention that too many quarries would turn New Braunfels into a "mining town.” Indicating quarried areas will be reclaimed, he said, "I don’t think we’re going to be a ripped-apart mining town.” Noting the chamber board’s emphasis on Hie fact that McDonough Brothers of San Antonio planned to begin a rock crushing operation on 1,300 acres off Hunter Road, Schumann said only a small portion of that area would be quarried at any one time. While one area was being quarried, another would be reclaimed, he said. He felt the chamber and the foundation could continue to work together despite the differences over the new policy. "We have always worked together and I think we can continue to work together,” he said. The Chamber of Commerce doesn’t want to see any more crushed stone operations locating along the Balcones Escarpment in Comal County, President Elliot Knox announced Monday. Passed at a board of directors’ meeting May 13, the chamber’s position was made public at Monday’s monthly luncheon. The position was taken less than two weeks after chamber officials were notified McDonough Brothers, Inc., which operates three plants in Bexar County, is planning to open a crushed stone operation on a 1,300 acre site on Hunter Road adjacent to the Texas Industries, Inc. cement plant. McDonough's notification to the chamber that it had applied for a permit from the Texas Air Control Board to emit particulates at its planned Comal County plant forced the chamber to make a decision, Executive Vice President Tom Purdum said. luist summer, the chamber passed an economic development policy which focused on attracting "light and clean industry” to the New Braunfels area. It also stated, ‘‘Discouragement will be given to those industries which might spoil the natural resources and beauty of this area.” The chamber’s latest position is an extension of that policy, Purdum explained. A copy has been mailed to McDonough’s offices in San Antonio, he added Noting several crushed stone and aggregate companies have optioned, leased or bought land along the escarpment, Knox said the drawbacks of these operations far outweigh the benefits. He listed seven objections to these types of operations: 1. Increased dust emissions and scarring of hills. 2. Increased train traffic, necessitating construction of underpasses or overpasses to avoid traffic congestion and danger to life and property. All or most of the cost would be borne by local taxpayers, the chamber board felt. 3. Increased truck traffic, resultingCement plants not addressed The chamber’s policy of opposing new crushed stone operations does not deal with cement plants, Tom Purdum, chamber executive vice president, said. ... The policy deals only with companies which quarry for aggregate, Purdum said. "We haven’t taken a position on cement plants.” The policy came as a Denver, Colo., firm—Ideal Basics—is considering building a cement plant south of New Braunfels. Ideal has not yet purchased any land nor begun to seek permits from the Texas Air Control Board or Environmental Protection Agency, Purdum indicated. Cement plants don’t have all the drawbacks of crushed stone operations, lie said. They normally have a capital investment of at least four to five times that of a crushed stone operation, and provide a greater boost to the tax rolls of local political subdivisions as a result. Because it is shipped in powdered form, it takes fewer railroad cars to ship cement than it would the same amount of aggregate, he said. Fewer railroad cars mean less train traffic in the area, Purdum added. in increased road maintenance costs. 4. Removal from the market of large land areas which might otherwise be used for residential development or for more desirable industrial or commercial development. 5. Valuable natural resources would be depleted for their least valuable use. 6. Potential discouragement of the light, clean industries the chamber See CRUSHED, Page 2A By Wanda Irater A group of Bulverde parents want to change the school system—at least that part affecting their children. Bulverde Parents Concerned for a Better Education organized about two weeks ago and met with three of the Comal Independent School District trustees to air concerns about the grading system and open classrooms. At the board meeting this week, a group asked trustees to place a discussion item concerning the Bulverde schools on the agenda for the meeting in two weeks. Claudia l^awson read a letter outlining what the group feels is in need of change at Bulverde Elementary School, Bulverde Middle School and Smithson Valley High School. "It is not our goal to oppose our teaching staff, or the individualized instruction concept. Instead, our purpose is to propose changes that would enhance teaching and render more effective learning under the present system,” Lawson read. She defined three areas of concern-improvement of the grading system, construction of walls or partitions and promotion of a more structured teaching system. Problems with the grading system in the elementary schools of the district were first brought up by trustee Carey McWilliams ( who attended the organizational meeting of BP-CBE) two weeks ago. The present system of using A-l, A 2 and A-3 to indicate above, at or below grade-level work was devised by a committee of parents, teachers and administrators in October 1977 and approved by trustees in the spring of 1978. Problems begin to arise for students, said many parents, when they go into high school which uses the numerical system. Following the meeting two weeks ago, CISD Supt. James Richardson said a committee will be appointed to review the grading system and make a recommendation for the coming school year since it is apparently confusing to some parents and students. I-awson’s letter asked to set grading standards to elevate achievement and incorporate gradings in all three school levels by changing the elementary and middle schools to the numerical system. ‘‘Accordingly, the system would be less vague and deceiving and would promote motivation. The numerical system would also prepare students for high school and college," she said. The second request of the group is to construct walls or partitions in the elementary school to improve the noise level, concentration, consideration of property, time on task and to give the teachers more control. later, one of the mothers in the group said the open classroom concept is not necessarily bad, if it can keep up with the growth. The problem with noise and lack of concentration See PARENTS, Page 2AMicrofilm Oater, Inc P.O. Box 4*136 ram® Tx i ' .sr- New Braunfels, TexasZeitung Vol. 89 - No. 21 May 22,1980 164 Pages — 25 Cents (USPS 377-880)Parents want closed CISD classrooms County, Utilities plan to cooperate One-by-one, Comal County com-nussioners and New Braunfels Utilities will be cracking down on subdivision developers who are not complying with county road specifications. Some time ago, commissioners and the Utilities agreed that electrical lines would not be run into subdivisions which are not approved by the county. After confering with attorneys, Utilities Manager Bob Sohn sent a letter to commissioners recently saying that the Utilities must have official written action citing the legal basis for each subdivision to be refused electrical service. Although the item was listed for action this week by commissioners, they agreed to delay action until it could be deternuned which of the subdivisions are not in compliance. That way, said County Judge Max Wommack, "we can do it all in one resolution instead of one this week and one next week and another one the next week.” It is felt this regulation will help keep some developers in line with the regulations governing the building of roads which are turned over to the county for maintenance. But Precinct 4 Comm. Orville Heitkainp pointed out Pedernales Electric Cooperative lias not been as willing to help. Fall from rail trestle is fatal for teen-ager STEVEN WEEKLEY ... dies in tat! A 17-year-old senior at New Braunfels High School fell to his death from a train trestle Monday night. Steven Keith Weekley, a vocational student, was to graduate next week It is still undetermined whether or not a slow moving train bumped the young man or if he jumped to keep from being hit on the trestle in Preiss Heights subdivision. An autopsy by the Travis County medical examiner is expected to deternune if the train did hit the young man. Weekley, of 1390 Mary Preiss Drive, had been walking on the trestle when the train came into sight and ran toward instead of away from the engine. Sheriff’s investigator Ed Murphy said the train slowed to two or three nules per hour after the engineer spotted the young man. But because Weekley apparently ran toward the train it was unable to come to a complete stop, Murphy added. The high school senior fell some 40 feet to the Guadalupe River bank. He was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital at 8:55 p m Born Aug. 30, 1962, in Kittery, Maine, Weekley and his fanuly moved here three years ago. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. J. Linwood Kennedy at First Protestant Umted Church of Christ Saturday. Burial will be in Comal Cemetery. Zoeller Funeral Home is ir charge of arrangements. Survivors include his parents, Chief Master Sgt. and Mrs. George Weeklej sisters, Mrs. Suzette Keoghan, Risa Weekley and Melanie Weekley. all of New Braunfels; grandparents, Mr. ar Mrs. Hugo Jonas of New Braunfels ar Mrs. Ruth Weekley of Minnesota. ;