New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 149 No. 232 18 pages in 2 sections September 22, 2000
F RI DAY
County plans stricter platting rules
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County might make developers build in advance water and sewage systems that would serve a full build-out of their projects — as a condition of plat approval.
The move, if it comes, is an attempt to make sure all infrastructure is in place before a major subdivision is built. That would help the county make sure that resources and facilities are available for a build-out.
It also would add considerable expense
for a developer early in the life of a project, even before the permits are in place to build it.
Two developers approached Thursday declined to comment on the initiative.
Currently, developers here and elsewhere post construction bonds for subdivision roads to guarantee they are built to standards. Those bonds are released once the completed roadways have been inspected.
County Engineer Tom Hornseth told commissioners’ court Thursday about a variety of water-related issues.
His comments came a week before the court will consider new subdivision rules that could force developers to take into account water availability. Also to be considered will be the effects new wells could have on existing wells near a proposed subdivision.
Hornseth said Pct. I Commissioner Jack Dawson asked him to look into requiring that a water plant and wastewater treatment plant — and maybe the mains or pipelines that connect them to homes — be built prior to plat approval.
■ New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today with a sprinkler. Use of a hand-held hose, bucket, drip irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed on any day af any hour.
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Signs of change
The Hummel Museum sign comes down and the New Braunfels Museum of Art sign goes up Thursday. NBMA celebrates its opening with a reception at 7 p.m. today at 199 Main Plaza.
Ropin’ ’em in
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Students at Lone Star Elementary received a little rodeo education Thursday afternoon thanks to a Craft Distributors sponsored REACH program. Donna Battles introduced the rules, regulations and challenges of the different rodeo events to students in her Rodeo Education and Children program. Students and principal Curtis Wubbena were called up to the stage to rope and “ride” makeshift animals before being introduced to the phrases “cowboy up” and “choose your own path.”
‘Waterwise’ growth panel meets today
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
The Comal County-sponsored committee that will examine water-related growth issues conducts its first meeting today.
The 13-member Waterwise Growth Study Committee meets at 1:30 p.m. in the former Comal County tax office on the first door of the County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said the committee today would organize itself, establish its
• WHAT: Waterwise Growth Study Committee
• WHEN: 1:30 p.m. today
• WHERE: First floor (former tax office) Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
goals and plan for meetings.
“It’s more or less an organizational meeting which will outline
the mission and goals of the committee and decide where Comal County will go in the future,” Scheel said.
The judge said that the meeting was open to the public, although the public probably would not have opportunity to comment.
Public feedback will be taken at future meetings, Scheel said.
Commissioners named 13 members to the new committee early this month, charging it to study the effects of the growth on infrastructure, environment and
water supply, including the Trinity and Glen Rose aquifers.
The committee and its work grew out of a controversial nine-month county moratorium on high-density home construction on lots smaller than one acre. The commissioners court imposed the moratorium in August.
The action was taken to give the county time to study growth and water-related issues and come up with a program for addressing them.
See GROWTH/3 A
4A or 4B? Director asks why not both
EDC’s Miller eyes infrastructure board seat
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
One member of the city’s economic development corporation hopes to buy himself an insurance policy during Monday’s city council meeting.
Monroe Miller has been a member of the economic development corporation board of directors for more than a year.
He wants to ensure that he continues to have a role in the city’s economic development, even if die city’s separate economic development tax is eliminated in November’s citywide election.
If the separate tax is eliminated, it will be rededicated to the city’s infrastructure and improvement corporation.
Miller has applied to be a member of that group’s board of directors.
“I guess I’m doing it as an insurance policy,” Miller said.
Council will consider Monday appointments to fill the positions of three infrastructure and improvement corporation board members, whose two-year terms expire in October.
Those members, Bill Mayo, Karen McDonell and David Stinchcomb, have applied for reappointment.
Two other people who are not on the board have applied along with Miller. They are Harvey Hueter and Linda Murphy.
Council also will consider two appointments to the economic development corporation to fill expired terms. Miller’s seat is not of them.
The city council has set a Nov. 7 citywide election to consider changing the way the city conducts economic development. New Braunfels collects a total 1.5 percent sales tax.
New Braunfels City Council is scheduled to consider Monday the appointment of three members of the infrastructure improvement corporation board (also called the 4B board). Applicants for the positions are:
• ‘Bill Mayo
• ‘Karen McDonnell
• ‘David Stinchcomb
• Monroe Miller
• Harvey Heuter
• Linda Murphy
(‘Currently a member of the
board whose term is expiring)
Council is scheduled to meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in council chambers in the municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
One eighth of I percent of that is dedicated strictly to economic development and is administered by the economic development corporation board of directors. The board also is called the 4A board in reference to the law' that allowed its creation.
The city’s infrastructure improvement corporation oversees another total one-quarter of I percent sales tax. That board is sometimes called the 4B board, also in reference to its enabling legislation.
Half of the money in that fund goes to streets and drainage improvements and half is for other capital improvements.
The November ballot asks voters to eliminate the separate economic development sales tax and make it part of the 4B tax.
See 4A OR 4B/9A
EAA lifts sprinkler ban
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The Edwards Aquifer Authority lifted restrictions on the use of sprinklers across the region.
The two-week restriction was put into effect on Friday, Sept. 8 because flow at Comal Springs declined below 150 cubic feet per second, the level set by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service at which endangered species in the springs are at risk.
The flow was most recently recorded at I ll cfs.
Gregory M. Ellis, EAA general manager, said the “region cooperated with the sprinkler restriction and that, combined with the cooler
weather and the rain, allowed the springs to recover.
“The authority was able to achieve its goals and can now lift the restrictions.”
Stage ll restrictions are still in effect for Bexar County and portions of Comal, Hays, Caldwell and Guadalupe counties within the authority’s jurisdiction.
People residing in these counties should look to their water supplier for specific restrictions.
For New Braunfels Utility restrictions, see the box in the upper right comer of this page. People serviced by a water supplier are not subject to the EAA restrictions.Inside
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Key Code 76
Games celebrate life after transplants
By Jo Lee Ferguson
New Braunfels might never have seen so many people so happy to be walking, running and golfing as this weekend.
More than 80 people from around Texas, including Dallas, Houston, Tyler and Laredo, will be in town this weekend for the 2000 Lone Star Transplant Games.
The games begin today with a 9 a.m. golf tournament at Landa Park.
Some of the events, including the gold tournament, are open to everyone. Others are restricted to
those who have received an organ transplant.
“The Transplant Games — it’s a celebration of life and also to call awareness to organ donation and the gift of life,” said Marilyn
Garcia, program director of the National Kidney Foundation of South and Central Texas.
Those participating this weekend are not just kidney recipients. People who have received hearts, lungs, bone marrow and other organs also are participating.
This is the event’s second year in New Braunfels.
“It was a much smaller event (last year),” Garcia said. “This year it’s really blossomed.. Last year’s was so much fun that those people went out and told everybody and there’s a lot more people involved."See GAMES/9A
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