New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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new cit>' count il is going to Ix' Ix’gginy pi*o()lc to come back and float the rivers."
Kathleen Krueger, spokeswoman for the Sup-|)ort the Ban political .!(tion (ommittee, whi( h vvorkt'd in fiivor of the antilifter initiative, said the voters sent a message.
"Th(' (i!y of New Braunfels has spoken loud and dear that we want to pro-t('( t our rivers for the next generation," Krueger said.
"No on(> can dispute the results of this elet tion. The o[)[)osition's mantra was 'I (*t us Decide.' The peo-[)!(> of N(’w Braunfels nave d(H ided and we must all honor that dec ision.
Kru('ger, an ex-mayor pro tem, said thosi' who are working to press the lawsuit to overturn the lian are doing so against the will of the p('ople — .ind shouldn't [)(> [)roud of th(’ir
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A long line of voters wraps around Cross Lutheran Cfiurch in Gruene about 6 30 p m Tuesday Tfie cfiurch saw tfiree precincts votn there and was ttip last ¡mil t<i rjif
"That lawsuit will cost New Braunfels taxpayers additional monies tney should not have to spend," Krueger said.
The ban does not apply to the Guadalupe River from Canyon I alee to the New Braunfels city limits.
The turnout totaled
8,95f), or U [)er( (>nt of the city's 28,826 registert'd voters. About 19 percent, 5,494, voted in early voting-
The turnout dwarted voting totals in two nx ent (ity wide elec tions. In the 2006 vote to authorize Civil Service status for the fire d(>[)artment, a total of 2,477 voted. In this year's May mayoral election,
The ()ffi( iai r('sults ol Tu(‘sday's ('lection will be finalized during the tan vassing of th<* vote on Nov.
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( )n Aug. 22, t it\ ( oun( il approvt'fl the dis[)osal)le (ontiiiner ban on ,t S 1 vote
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Some belit'ved life would (|Lii( klv — and t|uietly — return bat k to normal.
"This isti't something that will dividí* the tommuni-tv," anti-ban arK'ocate anti former New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said.
Tht'n' s a division of opinion but we're still a com-nuinitv."
"1 think a lot of p(‘o[)le will just go bat k to business as usual," pro-ban
adv(K ale Valin Miller said. "The groups have had their difficulties but I think most [K'ople will get back together and figure a way to work It out."
However, trthers said they feel it will take a bit more time and effort to mend fences.
"I think some [X'ople on our t)pposition really n(H»d to make some efforts to make that hapfx*n," pro-ban advocate anti f)lanning commission member Matthew Hoyt said. "I've never sc»en anything like this
l)efore. I'm attually t|uite shocked by what all had hap|X'netl."
Another [X)int of disagrt*e mentTuesfl.iy ev(>ning (cn tert'd on whether anyont* thought the conlaint'r ban debate would be so ht'at (‘d.
Distrii t 1 (ount ilman aiifl ban opponent Kk hartl Z.ip-ata said he fully expe( tt'fl th(‘ issue to betome grtMtlv tontt'steri.
"Going into this I could sense this was going tt) be .i v(>ry divisive thing,' Za[)ata said. "I knt'w tht>rt' would
be a lot ol »‘motion behind this."
Zapata .itlded h(> belit'ves it will take the work ot lK)th groups to resolvt' their ditter en( es bt'lor(‘ the sides ( .iti tome tog(‘th('r .ind put the tainpaigning Ix'hind them
lormt'r M.tyor Pro 1t'm and proT)an s[)okeswom<ui Kalhk'en Krueg(>t ditt(’ted in opinion trom Zapata, sa\ ing the ( ontention trom both sides ( am(' as a tom pl(‘t(‘shoe k to h(’r and, looking b.K k on it, it t on-tinues to surprise her.
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af)pe:'BexarMet voters come out in numbers to dissolve water distric
t rf)m staff reports Vot(^s in the Bexar Mf'tro-politan Walter District overwhelmingly approvetl its dissolution Tut'sday, the San Antonio Txprt'ss-News
With all voti's tountt'd in Bexat ( ounty 74 pt'rt ent were in tavor t)l BexarMet betoming [)iirt ot th(' San .Antonio VVatt'r System.
In light voting, vt)ters living in artMS ol ( omal (’oun-l\ seacd bv Bt'x<irMet vottn:!
I I -7 in tavor ol dissolving the Bexar Metro|)olitan VVati^r I )istri( t.
Twi) volers in (j)mal's PrtH ine t 107 and in 1() in Pretint t 204 voltnl in the eletlion,
Vott'rs in Bexar, Atast osa ,ind Medina tountits also vott'd in the ('l('t tit)n. Bex.uMet serves about
530 customers in Comal's Bulverde and Spring Branch areas. But all voters living in the water district's Comal service areas were eligible to vote in the election, even It they were not BexarMet customers, acct>rding to BexarMet.
"Golly, keepers. I'm really shocked," BexarMet Board [)rt^sident Guadalupt" Lopez toltl the Express-News.
Final results from BexarMet's service areas within Medina, Atascosa anti Comal counties showed 62 pt'rcent in tavt)r ol dissolution, with a total of 169 votes cast.
"This goes to show the frustration was not just among the chattering class-t*s or the elites," saitT Christian Archer, who wtjrkt'd on the campaign lor dissolving
BexarMet. "This was rtMl (X'ople turning out to vote."
TTie dissolution will mark the end ot the tlislrit t's 65-year history.
For almost a (letath', )()liticians and ratc‘p‘iv('rs lave pushed to retorm Bt'xarMt'l or dismantle it
A dissolution vote by ratepayt'rs is an unpr(H v-dented o( (urr(MKe and required sih^c ial state laws, which took thr(‘e k'gislative sessions to pass.
For Sen. Carlos LJrc'sti, who s|:x)nsortxT th(> bill t.ill-ing tor the elettit>n, th(' dc'c ision by the voters w.is an t*nd to his frustration u ith the utility.
"Three sessions ago I stopfX'd the bill and crealt'tl this legislative oversight (ommitft'e and said, 'I c't's help them,'" the San Anfo-
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