New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Thursday, October 31, 1985
Incorporation debate rages on
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
Even though the Canyon Lake Village incorporation election is next week, there is still a debate raging over the need for incorporation.
The incorporation election is Nov.
Those in favor of the incorporation say it will be better for the community while those opposing incorporation say the move will drive away the tourist industry that is vital to the area.
Those opposed to the incorporation move say it means “taxation without representation” for those who own businesses in the community or on River Road but do not live within the boundaries.
“I think ifs special interest groups that we are fighting,” said William Perkins, owner of River Valley Campground on the Guadalupe River.
Incorporation could mean several different things to the lake area from city taxes, city ordinances and a city law enforcement officer.
Control of the Guadalupe River along River Road has been one of the major points pushed by those in favor of incorporation.
“There are a number of things you could do for the river,” said David Thompson, one of the main backers of incorporation. “If the area were incorporated we could pass a container ordinance.”
Thompson said if a city is created, an ordinance could be created to eliminate glass containers on the river or any containers at all.
“We’re trying to protect the river, we’re not trying to run them (tourists) off,” Thompson said. “There are about 1,600 miles of river in Texas that are unuseable for swimming or boating and I don't want to see the Guadalupe become like that.”
“We’ve been trying to get a container ordinance from the state for years,” Perkins said. “Even if this incorporation passes, the state will still have control over the waterway.”
Thompson said he has a truckload of cans on his property along the river. He added that the recent river cleanup was a very good idea but there is still large amounts of trash in the river.
Perkins said the biggest need on the river is more law enforcement. “It would be nice to have more law enforcement,” he said. He added that the protection from county in previous years has improved but fears a city could not afford to provide adequate protection.
Beside controlling containers on the river, an incorporated city could pass ordinances regulating building. Thompson said building ordinances
could include regulations on septic tanks, wiring and zoning.
“We need industry for jobs for the people who live here,” he said. “But we need to protect the area though zoning.”
Thompson said zoning could protect residential areas in that businesses would have to be built in specified areas.
“That is why we went up 306,” Thompson said. The incorporation boundaries include land along FM 306 almost to New Braunfels’ extraterritorial jurisdiction. “We want to keep industry along 306...We wouldn’t want heavy industry next to a bunch of homes.”
Currently, there are no regulations on building in Sattler and the Canyon (.ake area.
law enforcement in Sattler has been a problem during summers when tourists invade the area to enjoy the river and lake, Thompson said.
If voters approve the incorporation effort, the city would be required to hire a city marshal to provide police protection to the area.
Thompson said the city could also contract with the county to continue patrolling the area. County Attorney Bill Reimer said he was unsure of the legality of a contract.
“Under an inter-governmental contract it might be possible (for the sheriff’s department) to do that (continue patrolling the area),” Reimer said. He added that if a city incorporates, the sheriff’s department can not enforce city ordinances. The deputies are only allowed to enforce state laws such as speed limits.
Sheriff deputies do not patrol areas within New Braunfels city limits, “lf they see a violation, they act on it,” Reimer said. “But they don’t patrol.”
r Comal County commissioners have recently voted to stop providing any funds for deputy constables in the county. Constables and deputy constables had been providing enforcement along River Road.
As in all cities, if Sattler becomes the incorporated Canyon Lake Village, taxes will be collected from persons owning land within the city limits.
Thompson and other incorporation supporters have estimated that the property tax rate in Canyon Lake Village.could be as low as 5 cents per HOO valuation — the lowest tax rate in the state of Texas, Thompson said.
Incorporation backers also
proposed to install a I percent sales tax to be implemented on businesses within the city.
“Any kind of taxation is going to have an effect on business,” Perkins said. “But I don’t know if they (incorporation supporters) will be able to meet expenses with what they estimated.
"If we have another drought out here taxes are going to go up because businesses will fall,” he added. Several businesses were hurt during the dry summer of 1984.
Thompson estimated that the city, if incorporated, will have an annual income of $500,000. The income will be a combination of the property taxes, sales tax, a franchise tax from utilities and fees from traffic citations.
“We don’t want the name Selma attached to us,” Thompson said. “We’re not going to go looking for violators but we’U catch those deserving.”
Thompson said between Easter and tabor Day this year, about 600 traffic citations were issued on River Road and in Sattler.
“We don’t want to run the tourist off,” he said. “But we can’t set back and let them run over us.” He added that the law enforcement in the proposed city could pay for itself in fees from traffic citations.
Thompson said the proposed city’s estimated $500,000 income would be more than enough to maintain the streets in the city.
Farm roads 306 and 2673 are both state-owned and are maintained by the state. He added that the county will continue to tnaintain River Road.
Walker has seen many changes in lake area
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
tanora Walker, 90, has lived in Sattler for almost 30 years. She saw the dam built on the Guadalupe River which created Canyon take and she saw the area change from the quiet countryside her ancestors loved to a modern, sometimes crowded community.
“After a place has been in your family for nearly 150 years, you hate see the name changed," she said while sitting at the kitchen table in her home which is on the site of one of the area’s first homesteads.
William Martin Sattler, Walker’s great-grandfather, moved to the Texas Hill Country 1845. He was one of the first settlers in the area. He established the first post office in what is now Sattler and served as its first postmaster. Sattler also served as a judge for the area.
When Sattler received mail from New Braunfels, he sorted it and sent it out to the various surrounding communities including Cranes Mill, Spring Branch, and Smithson Valley.
“The reason he settled in this area around here was because it was reminiscent of his native Germany,” Walker said. Sattler was a descendant of a German royal family and was not a farmer so was not interested in the nearby river-bottom land good for farming.
Walker has lived in the Sattler area since 1957. “After the dam was built...people began coming in here from everywhere,” Walker said. “Before that, very few people lived out here.
“Because the old Sattler place is still here, we hate to see the name changed,” she said. “It’s not that we’re against progress, it’s just that the place has always been here and we’re very proud of it.”
Also living on the old Sattler homestead land are Walker’s son and his wife along with his two sons and
their families — four generations in ail.
The original post office, an old log cabin with a post office sign above the door, and the family cemetery are on the land that once belonged to the founder of Sattler. The old post office is now used to store a collection of old tools, some as old as the homestead.
William Martin Sattler, who died in May, 1880, and his wife, Sophia Charlotte Hildebrandt, are buried in the family cemetery. One of Sattler's two sons was killed in the Civil War.
Walker lives in a house built on the site of the original Sattler home which burned in 1925. The house was built around the core of the original home. The new house still has a dog run through the center. A dog run is a long hallway running the length of the house. In early days, the hall was left open.
The land, which fronts the Guadalupe River, has been in the family since William Martin Sattler claimed the land in the early 19th century.
“It’s so populated around here now that we don’t have the privacy that we used to have...there are always lots of trespassers," Walker said. “As civilization comes in, the wildlife was pushed out. There used to be quite a tat of wildlife out here but not so much anymore.”
Walker’s aunt Carrie George lived on the family land and worked as a trapper, Walker said. “She was very good at skinning the animals and treating the hides,” she said. “I fact, I guess she was better at it than most men and made a good living at it.”
Among the four households of the Walker family still living on the old homestead land, several are upset about the influx of tourists into the area every summer.
The river that runs along the jld Sattler homestead is often loaded with beer cans and garbage from the hoards of tourists, said members of the family.
Week of Oct. 24 30 Temperatures
High ...........84, Oct. 25
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