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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas 6 A fl Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday. September 241995 New water buoys headed for Canyon Lake By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Tho Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) approved $5,(XX) to install water buoys at all C anyon Lake county boat ramps at its meeting on Wednesday night at the Canyon Lake Action Center. The project is part of an interlocal agreement between WORD and Comal County to install 20 water buoys. General Manager Jim Inman said that WORD will provide the funds and the buoys, the county the manpower and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers the boats needed to complete the project. “We have had problems with boaters tearing up the buoys in the lake,” Inman said. “The old buoys are demolished. They have been there for many years and we needed to replace them." Inman said the buoy plan was approved by the Lake Safey Committee. a panel made up by Inman, citizen volunteers and representatives from the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Comal County Sheriffs Department. Each of the buoys will be placed in a radius 200 feet from a center of a ramp or dock. In addition to the 20 buoys on the lake, 12 more will be placed in reserve. House Bill 2459, a state law winch requires a governing body to set procedures for the investing of public funds, was discussed by the board. Board members approved a motion which would allow the Finance Committee to come up with a procedure. This written procedure will be brought up at the next W ORD meeting. Treasurer Bill Mayo said the Executive Committee should come up with a job description bv die next meeting for a possible part-time public relations person Mayo said once a job description is put together the board can then determine the salary of the position and the services the public relations person will perform. The board could also consider. Mayo said, paying a nominal fee to a person in a public relanons agency to handle the district's relanons with the media. In other board achon: • Authorized President Guy W. .Anderson to enter into a S 15.000 agreement with the Cany on Lake Chamber of Commerce, w hich w ould begin on October I. The one year agreement would pay the chamber for the pro motion of Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River. It will also include the administrative work needed for the promotions. • Assigned the Government Affairs Committee with the task of putting together an operating police guide for the board. WORD attorney Holly Gilman said the policy should be an internal document which describes procedures for investment, bids, contracts, policies, general manager training and board training. The policy adopted by the committee will be brought up at the next meeting. • Reviewed the financial report which showed that WORD has brought in $134,000 in collections this year and that $ 128,000 from the collections has been appropriated. £ Like this guitar? You can win it if you are lucky. It will be raffled off during the G rue ne MusicFest. Pictured with the prize are MusicFest organizers Corpy Yeaman, Randy Kasberg, Dick Koegle and Russel McDonald. a v'x-. 5 ■ All water wells within the Edwards Underground Water District’s (EUWD) ' boundaries must be registered by but well owners A    •    ,    ...    , not register. We. s * a,    S--v    Sf?    >; '' ' Small-town politics turn dangerous in Gun Barrel City GUN BARREL CITY, Texas (AP) — “We shoot straight,” says the official motto of Gun Barrel City. And while squabbling city officials have yet to take it literally, recent events in this tiny lake town of 3,500 people 50 miles southeast of Dallas sound more like a litany of big-city political skulduggery than the goings-on in a town with more city council members than traffic lights. In the past two w eeks: —Mayor Joe Agnes kicked in the door to City Administrator Allan Taylor’s office and told him to clean out his desk; —A judge reinstated Taylor pending a court hearing; —Taylor returned to work with a phalanx of armed body guards; —Taylor fired police chief Tommy Smith and hired a new top cop and three other “public safety officers”; —And a bomb was found under Taylor’s car. “Everything has gone amok,” said Agnes, a 63-year-old retired Safeway employee and grandfather of 12. On Tuesday, Taylor, who refused to be interviewed for this article, reported finding a homemade bomb under his car as he backed out of the driveway to his home. The fuse on the glass jar — which had nails taped to it and was filled with gasoline — had burned to within an inch of ignition. The Texas Rangers and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating. Taylor was hired in 1993 as a dog catcher and building inspector. The City Council promoted him to city administrator last year. Agnes, a former City Council member, was elected mayor in May 1994. By most accounts, the friction between Taylor and Agnes started soon after, when Taylor cancelled a state grant for the city that he said Agnes had no authority to apply for. Taylor and City Council members B J. Simmons, Emogene DeFord and W.C. Brooke have filed a lawsuit in state court against Agnes — a nonvoting member of the City Council — saying he has overstepped the statutory bounds of his job. The lawsuit alleges, among other things, that Agnes had no authority to fire Taylor, spent city money without authorization and has hampered Taylor and the City Council in their jobs. The suit calls Agnes a “megalomaniacal tyrant dictating the law of Gun Barrel as his own police state” who “marshalled the chief of police as his ally to enforce his unlawful dictatorship.” The suit says that Agnes caused Taylor mental anguish by kicking in the door to his office and by assaulting him and threatening to assault him. Agnes says the accusations — including the alleged assault — are unfounded. Dr. Judith A. 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