A meeting of the Neighbors of Spring Branch was
held at the Bulverde/Spring Branch Public Library at 131 Bulverde Crossing
Boulevard, 6:30 p.m., Monday, January 6, 2014.
Present: Dr. Sidney Atkinson, President; Becky
Atkinson; Sandra Whitehead, Secretary; John Bianchi; Robert Birge; Robert
Butler; Jen Crownover; Lenny Rogers; Scott Southers; Paula Stakes; Trudy
President Atkinson opened the meeting and asked
for approval of December 2, 2013 Minutes. John Bianchi made a motion to approve
the minutes, seconded by Trudy Thomas. Motion was approved.
President Atkinson briefly reviewed the
up-to-date data regarding our fight to block the Tex-Mix Concrete Batch Plant
and emphasized the need for all of us to continue our concerted effort to bring
this issue to the attention of not only everyone in our immediate and
surrounding areas, but it is equally vital that we continue our contact of our
politicians in Austin, as numbers do make a significant difference to our
politicians. We need to bombard them with cards and letters to enlist their help
in this issue. At a later date, (to be announced), we will rally to visit our
leaders in Austin.
People may need to be alerted or reminded of the
negative impact of the concrete batch plant on our community as we are
all involved in this effort to keep the air in our community free of the
concrete contaminants (chromium fluoride) that affect anyone with breathing
problems; 24/7 operational noise; possible water depletion; and the end of our
Hill Country peace and quiet that most of us moved here to enjoy. Note: It is
estimated that our county will double within the next 10 years and approximately
5,000 homes will be added in the next 5 years.
Tex-Mix has completed its purchase of the 33 acre
tract located about ½ mile south of Rebecca Creek Road and regardless of offers
to move elsewhere, it appears they are not interested in doing so. Again, our
hope is in appealing to the court of public opinion for support. Current Texas
laws do not protect citizens in unincorporated areas, thus putting commercial
businesses above the health and welfare of its citizens.
Our public awareness strategies include:
1 - Signs to alert everyone to our plight to stop
the concrete batch plant. Jan Crownover, who is running for Comal
County Commissioner Precinct 4, made several helpful suggestions to assist us.
She suggested we get our banners out soon and that 4 x 8 corrugated signs are
cost effective and could be moved about as needed. President Atkinson also
acknowledged the many helpful suggestions Bill Archer made will help us get our
2 - Rallies in large numbers from our community where we will provide cards and
letters and assist neighbors sending them to our government
leaders. This will ensure our politicians recognize that this is a very
serious matter to each of us, and remind our politicians that we are their constituents.
3 - Info tables and booths at various (TBD) locations on weekends. We will needs volutners to staff these tables, had out information, and sell t-shirts.
- Our 1st rally meeting is scheduled for Sunday, February 9, 2014, 2:00-4:00 p.m. at Beefy's on the Green, 12910 US Hwy 281 North (& Rebecca Creek
Road). All interested parties are invited to participate,
gather and share information and show their support for this cause. Your
participation and input is appreciated. Our goal is to get each Home Owner's Association (HOA) in the area to send a representative. Local HOAs can in turn alert their members to the threat of the concrete batch plant. Included HOAs are: Indian Hills, Comal Hills, Spring Branch
Meadows, Stallion Estates, Leaning Oaks, Coyote Ridge, Serenity
- A 2nd rally meeting open to the public will be held (date to be announced)
at GVTC Auditorium to accommodate large crowds. We plan on another mail-out, facilitated by HOA deliveries, to announce this rally.
stated that to-date, we have spent about $10,000 for legal fees, mail-outs, and
etc. Each mail-out cost is about $800.00. Fund raisers will be held to cover the
costs of this campaign.
Our next regular
meeting, will be held at the Spring Branch/Bulverde Library, (date to be
no further business, President Atkinson closed the meeting at 7:40 p.m.