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Letters to the Editor

Go home, Sen. Campbell

Senator Donna Campbell has joined a group of legislators who represent perhaps the biggest problem in state government today. These individuals sit in their offices many miles from the people whose lives their decisions impact and tell us that they know what is best for us.

This attitude is typified by the recent attack by Senator Campbell’s office on Milan Michalec, president of the Cow Creek Groundwater Conservation District (CCGCD), stating that he didn’t understand Kendall County’s water (Boerne Star, June 11, 2019). This is as ridiculous as it would be to say that the sheriff doesn’t understand law enforcement.

Mr. Michalec and the other directors of the CCGCD know more about water than Senator Campbell could ever learn. The bill which triggered this (HB 1806) is simply a bad bill, which most of the water experts in this part of the state have asked the governor to veto.

Even the senator whose committee held hearings on the bill voted in opposition to its passage.

The problem here is actually one of vision. Senator Campbell’s vision for Kendall County is apparently that it should basically be an extension of Northwest San Antonio, clogged with dense development.

Her method to accomplish this is through “Special Use Districts (MUDs and WCIDs)” which this bill favors. These are virtually exempt from control by county and city government and allow the groundwater district no say on the source or use of water and no control over the disposition of sewage effluent and other pollutants.

This practice has the potential to pillage our land, pollute our water (99 percent of Kendall County wells are private landowner wells), overcrowd our schools, clog our roads, and overextend county emergency services to the detriment of most of Kendall County’s citizens.

Through my profession, my volunteer positions (including the CCGCD), my radio work and my social network, I talk to a lot of people. I think I can safely say that at least 95 percent of them are opposed to this.

They prefer a more rural atmosphere. They want quiet nights, dark skies, streets and trails that are safe to walk and roads that are safe to drive. They want springs that flow and creeks and rivers that run.

They do not want to be like San Antonio. Growth is here and here to stay, but it needs to be managed growth managed by local officials.

We have excellent county and city governments and perhaps the best groundwater district in the state. And with the help of the citizens of Kendall County, we can make this happen!

Go back to Comal County, Senator Campbell, and let the people of Kendall County choose their own path to the future.

– Bob Webster, Kendall County, CCGCD Vice President

Boerne Lake - gone forever

Congratulations to all the elected officials and other bureaucrats in Boerne and Kendall County who have saddled us with the Shoreline Park Subdivision and all its serious problems to the health and welfare of everyone in Boerne.

Folks who live down in Boerne proper and drink Boerne water should be totally up in arms, figuratively speaking, of course.

It will not be too long in the future before your daily glass of water will become a cocktail full of fertilizers, insecticides, pesticides, asphalt, motor oil, gasoline and all other types of contaminants and chemicals that will be produced from 354 homes on 56 acres of land. This does not even consider any problems that may arise from a failure of the septic system.

And, this 56 acres is on a slope draining into Boerne Lake which provides Boerne drinking water.

They seem to think that by saying the homeowners will be required to use natural fertilizers and pest controls will cure all of the problems. Are you kidding me? Who monitors that?

The city and KB Homes tout that their “designed drainage system” will capture the first half-inch of rainfall before it reaches the lake. I have been keeping daily rainfall records at my place (which is directly above Boerne Lake) since 2006. In all of 2018 and so far in 2019 my daily rainfall has exceeded a half inch 32 times; the highest being 5.0 inches on July 9, 2018.

What percentage of all those contaminants will go into the lake on those occasions?

Next, consider all the damage to the wildlife: fish and other aquatic animals, eagles and other birds, deer, turkey, etc.

And last, but certainly not least, has anyone considered how the traffic from 354 homes is going to be handled? Ranger Creek Road is a two-lane country road with a limited amount of right of way.

There is a stop sign at the access road to Interstate 10. TxDOT has apparently said, “It’s not our problem,” and I guess the city and the county have taken the same position.

How many vehicles from 354 homes will be trying to go to Boerne or get on I-10 daily?

Wake up Boerne! Do everything that you can to put a stop to this travesty.

– Rusty Busby, Comfort

Great city service

I am constantly impressed by the service that Victor Longoria and his street department crew provides. Recently, I have reported tree branches growing over a sidewalk and a pile of brush left in a vacant lot. I was amazed at how quickly city workers responded. The street sweepers do a wonderful job, too. What a crew!

– Tony Tucci, Boerne