New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Friends for Rivers
Concern led to county needs report
By FRIENDS FOR RIVERS
This is the third in a series of articles which present a history of the problems on River Road, Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River both above and below Canyon Lake. In addition, the history of efforts by various groups to solve these problems will be presented.
By early 1982, the Comal Commissioners Court felt that the problems had become intolerable. Led by J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, the Commissioners Court appointed 16 citizens to the Comal County Growth and Development Committee.
The committee was divided into several subcommittees: a Canyon Lake Subcommittee, Upper Guadalupe Subcommittee, Lower Guadalup Subcommittee, Public Safety and Traffic Subcommittee and Water Quality and Quantity Subcommittee.
The Growth and Development Committee arranged with Dr. Joseph Diamond of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service to conduct a survey of the citizens of the county. The survey would aid the committee in determining Comal Countians’ attitudes toward the problems; it would also determine how they would like to have the problems solved.
A total of 10,000 questionnaires were mailed
out in December of 1982, and 2,661 were returned and processed.
The solutions to water-orientated problems most often mentioned by respondents to the survey were: I) A public park with an entry fee for its use; 2) More law and order with increased enforcement and more personnel for park facilities; 3) Facilities for more parking spaces; 4) Better sanitation services for elimination of trash, refuse and garbage.
Most respondents to the survey did not favor raising local taxes to pay for improved water-oriented recreation services. Over 70 percent of the respondents supported collection of user fees to finance these improvements.
Once the survey results were completed, a “Comal County Growth and Development Report” was written by the committee. Recommended were the following:
I) Authorization from the Government of Texas enabling the Comal County Commissioners’ Court to establish a Water Oriented Recreation District (WORA) for purposes of conserving its water-oriented assets, providing various and sundry public services within or in support of the WORA and financing these activities by means of user type taxes including an entrance or user fee to enter the area, vendors
fees, user sales tax, motel-hotel-camper tax, penalty fines and grants.
2)A 10-year program for the improvement of and additions to the road system leading into and within the WORA.
3) Construction and operation of parking lot-restroom-sanitation centers where needed in the Lower Guadalupe area, Canyon I^ake area, and Upper Guadalupe areas.
4) Provision of additional trash cans and garbage collection centers supported by improved garbage collection service.
5) Provision of improved campsites, boat ramps, canoe and tube exits, and other WORA user convenience services and maintenance of the same.
6) Strengthening of the Sheriff’s Department by adding four or more deputies each with the title of WORA Ranger and the intensification of public safety training programs for WORA users and voluntary aids.
7) Strengthening county and other agencies responsible for ambulance, fire health and safety activities withing the WORA.
These recommendations led to the appointment of a Comal County legislative Committee who would be charged with developing a plan to gain the needed legislation
HUD offering $100 down on foreclosures
AUSTIN (AP) — Home buyers may purchase foreclosed property in the Austin and San Antonio areas from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department with a down payment of just HOO under a new program, say officials.
The San Antonio area office of HUD, which includes Austin, started the program on Friday to clear away its inventory of foreclosed houses.
Earlier, buyers had needed a 3 percent down payment on a house selling for less than $50,000, said Joe Rhodes, director of housing management for the San Antonio HUD office.
Buyers, on more expensive homes, had to put down 3 percent of the first $25,000 and 5 percent of the balance.
But a buyer now needs the $100 down payment, a $500 application fee that would be applied toward the mortgage, and three months of insurance and taxes, said
Dahlia Martinez, director of property disposition for HUD in San Antonio.
“Our inventory has grown dramatically in the last six months,’’ said Ms Martinez. “Last year, we had four properties in Austin. Currently we have about 435.”
HUD officials insure Federal Housing Administration home loans. If a buyer defaults. HUD takes back the property and tries to resell it.
The 57-county San Antonio area office has 1,500 houses rn inventory. Rhodes said his office has been taking back more than 200 FHA-insured properies a month since June The monthly total continues to grow. he said
“When you get right down to the bottom line, these are properties the mortgagor is getting back because the homeowner isnt making the payments," said Rhodes
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