New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, October 9, 1996 O 3A
Sattler clinic now part of McKenna organization
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Only a few months after its opening earlier this year, the Sattler Medical Clinic has a new name.
Tim Brierty, senior vice president of McKenna Memorial Hospital, said the hospital bought out the clinic and has been operating it since September.
The clinic, renamed McKenna Health Center-Sattler, last week had its ribbon-cutting ceremony under the McKenna name.
Brierty said the acquisition of the Sattler clinic will expand McKenna’s services to people in Comal County.
“We consider it to be part of our mission to serve in the county,” Brierty said.
“We thought it would be part of our principal care outreach.”
Brierty said the clinic will still maintain the same services and staff it has had since it opened. Any changes in services will be looked at closely, he said
Brierty said negotiations are still under way to buy the clinic in Clear Springs.
After that deal is made, McKenna plans to move the clinic to the Smithson Valley area, although a location has not been determined.
Brierty said McKenna has leased space in Garden Ridge for a clinic, and it should open in about six to eight weeks.
Wentworth hears concerns about concrete plant permit request
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SMITHSON VALLEY — Local governmental control, the Ingram Readymix permit for a concrete plant and zoning authority for counties were the issues state Sen. Jeff Wentworth addressed at the Citizens League for Environmental Action Now meeting at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative last week.
Wentworth, from San Antonio, said he talked to Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Executive Director Dan Pearson on an issue dear to the hearts of those present at the meeting — Ingram Readymix’s recent application for an air permit for a concrete batch plant in Bulverde at the intersection of U.S. 281 and FM 1863.
Last year, Ingram Readymix applied for a standard exemption at the same site for the concrete batch plant.
In February, by a vote of 2-1, TNRCC commissioners rejected the standard exemption because of evidence presented in public hearings by CLEAN that the plant would have violated portions of the standard exemption.
Ingram later appealed to the TNRCC, where it was rebuffed again. It later filed suit in a Travis County state district court against the TNRCC.
Wentworth testified before the TNRCC in February for CLEAN.
A public notice has been sent out stating that concerned residents can write the TNRCC to request a public hearing.
“It is a full-blown air permit,
‘You will need to present contradictory evidence that will give TNRCC commissioners the basis to reject it.’
— State Rep. Jeff Wentworth
which requires a hearing,” Wentworth said. “It requests that you be represented by a full-blown lawyer. You will need to present contradictory evidence that will give TNRCC commissioners the basis to reject it.”
Wentworth said TNRCC chairman Barry McBee is doing a whole review of the public hearings process.
CLEAN members complained that the TNRCC was biased toward Ingram, claiming the commission had helped the company fill out its application and had tried to require less public input into the process.
“I know you want to see the TNRCC revamped to allow them to have more public input instead of less,” the state senator said.
Asked about whether counties will gain the authority to adopt more ordinances, Wentworth said it has been and would be a hard sell in the Texas Legislature.
“I am just one of 181 state lawmakers,” Wentworth said. “To change the basic powers of state government, you would have to change the constitution by getting 21 out of 31 senators and I OO out of 150 House members.”
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Garden Ridge OKs water rates
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Garden Ridge city council recently voted on the recommendation of its water commission not to establish separate water rates for businesses.
The council instructed the water commission in September to study the issue of separate rates and to make a recommendation.
“They (council) agreed with the water commission to establish the same rate, including the surcharge,” Mayor Jay P. Minikin said.
“We have so few businesses in the city that the council didn’t see any argument for establishing it (business rate) separately.”
The rate for water meters inside the city is $15 per month for 5,000 gallons. Outside the city it is $28 for 5,000 gallons per month.
In July, the city passed a surcharge rate for households that used more than 35,000 gallons a month when the city’s drought management plan is in effect.
Under Stage IV restrictions, the surcharge rate would
be $8.25 per 1,000 gallons used over the 35,000 gallon mark.
The council heard six requests for variances under the surcharge rate instituted by the council in July. Th£ council rejected all six requests.
“The council was not in any position to grant any user of the city’s water system ... any preferential treatment, Minikin said.
In other council business:
H Reappointed Kenneth Struzyk to the city Planning and Zoning Commission, place 2, for a two-year term, effective Oct. I.
M Reappointed David Wood to the city Planning and Zoning Commission, place 3, for a two-year term, effective Oct. I.
M Appointed Gary Fitts to the city Planning and Zoning Commission, place 4. to complete an unexpired term of one year, effective Oct. I.
M Reappointed Bruce Furbish to the city Planning and Zoning Commission, place 7. for a two-year term, which became effective on Oct. I.
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