A meeting of the Neighbors of Spring Branch (NoSB) was held at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Public Library at 131 Bulverde Crossing Boulevard, Monday, 6:30 pm, December 2, 2013.
Present: Vice President, Bill Wessale & Kris Wessale (via telephone); Becky Atkinson; Sandra Whitehead, Secretary; Bill Archer & Deborah Jo Archer; Dick & Donna Hoenninger; David & Lucrecia Kampenga; Craig & Misti Miller.
Becky Atkinson discussed our need to create an LLC or corporation for Neighbors of Spring Branch to create a legal identity and to set up a bank account for the proceeds of our fund raising for operating costs. Paula Stakes of Broadway National Bank will meet with us to discuss the details and procedure to facilitate this. A meeting is set for Monday, December 9, 2013 at 2:00 PM at Starbucks, 109 Old Boerne Road Blvd, off Hwy. 46 West. All interested parties are invited to attend.
Discussion followed for the new attendees reviewing and updating related data regarding Tex-Mix and inviting any input for consideration. Dick Hoenninger, President of Cypress Lake Gardens, suggested that we contact all the local POA's and submit our data, and that they, in turn, will send out with their billings to help spread the word. Locally, everyone in Spring Branch is affected by the (24/7) Tex-Mix concrete batch plant, so we need everyone's help to appeal to our politicians. As we consider this plant to be a serious form of death threat to our community, our message to anyone elsewhere in an unincorporated area of Texas is to pay close attention, it's possible that your area could be next. Since current laws are stacked in favor of industrial and corporate companies and backed by our politicians, our hope lies in the court of public opinion.
Bill Archer addressed a basic marketing plan to get the media to notice our plight through Twitter, Facebook, Google, You-Tube, etc. He suggested that we create a Twitter home page that we all can send our messages from, which also will allow us to track the level of activity generated. This form of communication is vital in our fight for survival of our rural lifestyle. The more tweets, the better. This issue affects everyone in terms of health (breathing, allergies, asthma), vegetation, water supply, wild life, property values, noise pollution; our normal way of life in the Hill Country. A Tweet Example: “Why should TCEQ be allowed to do their air quality control using a “modeling”, using calculations only, versus actual measurements?” Or, “Senator Campbell, why would you allow Tex-Mix to pollute the air with dust that will affect people, nature, and deplete our water supply in the Hill Country?” It's okay to re-tweet the same message twice. Other state reps to include: Governor Perry, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst, Congressman Doug Miller, Comal County Commissioner Jan Kennedy. FYI: Twitter is limited to 140 characters; # “hashtag” is generally used to indicate something important. Bill Archer will have one of his IT guys contact Bill Wessale to assist in setting up a NoSB Twitter web page.
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Bill Archer also encouraged that we make 3 min. home videos that can be placed on YouTube. They should be emotional to be able to relate our problem to anyone that might find themselves in this same situation, or to be noticed by any interested party and especially by our politicians, given our current state laws favor business over the lives of its citizens. Our state is focused on bringing in new industry therefore, current laws regarding any unincorporated area in Texas only require that air quality control be considered, without any consideration of wildlife, water, plant life and most importantly, human life.
Our next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2014 at the Spring Branch/Bulverde Library. There being no further business, Becky Atkinson closed this meeting at 7:30 p.m.