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wymjym
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posted April 23, 2013 09:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wymjym     Edit/Delete Message
the need for discussion of this 'ranch' should be brought to everyone's attention.
I have posted the content of several emails I have received recently.

http://www.techcool.com/Needmore_mud.html


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wymjym
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posted April 24, 2013 06:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wymjym     Edit/Delete Message
as a follow up, there is a meeting planned at the community center, thursday 4.25 @ 7PM

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Mr Chievous
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posted April 24, 2013 07:42 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
Seems like this info is l-a-t-e getting out the citizens given that the bill was filed three weeks ago. As far as I'm concerned this is a clear reflection of where your reps stand - and should have been clear before they were put where they are. If you didn't care then, you probably don't care now. Three cheers for less government (as it creates new government).

But beyond all that - thanks for the info - it is important.

[This message has been edited by Mr Chievous (edited April 24, 2013).]

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posted April 24, 2013 08:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerry     Edit/Delete Message
4/25 Wimberley View has a front page article and it states LaMantia plays an active role in Republican politics and will host a large fundraiser featuring John Boehner on April 27th.

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Reddog
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posted April 25, 2013 08:24 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
Setting up a new taxing entity is more government, not less. So I do know where the Rep. and Sen. stand. Where ever their donor tells them to.

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posted April 25, 2013 08:58 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for jerry     Edit/Delete Message
My main concern at this point is the additional strain on the water supply. You can already see many areas where vacant lots owned by now deceased owners are being developed and the remaining number that could be developed needs to be taken into consideration when estimating the water that is available.

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Mr Chievous
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posted April 25, 2013 08:57 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
Capacity crowd at the meeting tonight! I am afraid however, concerns are falling on deaf ears. Sen Campbell back home in Houston or doing some fundraising somewhere, but sent her 'communications director'. Rep Isaac in attendance but just feels like a disconnect between views of citizens v. view of property owner and his hired law maker(s). Bottom line is Needmore just wants more - just in case he needs it. Prop owner professes land conservation while initiating legislation to allow quasi governmental authority and clear development potential. True land conversation requires none of this exercise, so someth

ing is rotten in the State of Denmark. Probably just the age-old exercise of rich guy making rules to serve his needs.

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posted April 26, 2013 07:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wymjym     Edit/Delete Message
The LaMantia family is certainly politically active. It would be nice to think that the family would see this area as one that should be conserved for future generations rather than one that is nothing more than another money making investment.
They might be turned around in their thinking, but if they aren’t aware of the concerns of the people impacted I doubt that this hope might be realized.

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posted April 26, 2013 08:27 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
We have the best politicians money can buy.

Campbell's representative is a smarmy little snot that in the real world would be fired in a heart beat. Since I can not fire him, I will just have to work to fire her.

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posted April 26, 2013 08:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
According to Campbell and Isaac, it's all about property rights.

The right to tax, the right to condemn. Those are the rights they wish to grant to the landowner.

I may not agree with Will Conley on everything; but he's doing a pretty good job here.

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posted April 26, 2013 08:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for wymjym     Edit/Delete Message
we all have rights, those that have more 'rights' should be a little more understanding of the communities they impact.


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posted April 26, 2013 09:57 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
Isaac, Campbell and LaMantia's corporate entity do not give a flip about rights or the community; their only concern is money. In Campbell and Isaac's case, how much the "donation" is. In the case of the corporate entity, how deeply into the taxpayer's pockets they can reach.

The land owner in this case is a thing, not a human being. Do things have rights? If one answers yes, next question, what rights does my truck have? Or my tomato plants?

Jefferson is currently spinning like a top in his grave.

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posted May 02, 2013 04:17 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Reddog     Edit/Delete Message
Related stories in the Austin Chronicle and on the San Marcos Mercury.

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Mr Chievous
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posted May 03, 2013 10:20 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
Not sure if anyone has noticed, but a few threads down is dated conversation about our 'new' state rep and water issues.

http://visitwimberley.com/ubb/Forum4/HTML/000086.html

I guess some early concerns may have come fruition.

While I contacted both Isaac and Campbell with comments regarding the Needmores, only Isaac offered the standard citizen reply. I expect that he realizes the impact while at the same time I get the feeling he doesn't visit the area much unless it's campaign time. As far as the senator goes - fully what I would expect - disconnected, unresponsive and probably out raising funds or prepping for the NRA rally.

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posted May 10, 2013 05:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Mr Chievous     Edit/Delete Message
Haven't thought about what the release below actually means, but does seem like some upgrade over the starting point....


Please see the information below regarding important changes made to the Needmore Ranch Municipal Utility District legislation.

Rep. Isaac Incorporates Unprecedented Environmental Protection into MUD Legislation

Today, State Representative Jason Isaac was successful in adding important environmental provisions to the legislation creating the Needmore Ranch Municipal Utility District. Rep. Isaac insisted on adding additional language to further protect the groundwater supply and spring flow in the Wimberley valley. The new protections include:

· Eminent domain authority is expressly prohibited unless it is used for the sole purpose of importing surface water or non-local groundwater into the district.

· If the property is ever developed, the district must import water from outside the district to provide for the needs of any future residents. This water must come from a source outside the Edwards or Trinity Aquifers.

· If the property is ever developed, the district must build a wastewater treatment facility in coordination with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Hays County, and the City of Wimberley.

· Land may not be annexed unless petitioned by over two-thirds of the landowners within the area to be annexed.

This language offers unprecedented protection of our natural resources and provides assurances that the land will be managed responsibly. The creation of this district requires the owner to meet strict standards and offers local residents peace of mind that the land will be preserved.

Without this MUD, the landowner could have subdivided his property into over 1,700 lots, each with their own well and their own septic system. The new protections that were added eliminate the possibility of tapping or contaminating Wimberley valley’s scarce supply of groundwater.

Rep. Isaac said, "The primary concern about the proposed legislation centered around the availability of water in the Wimberley valley. The amendment I filed today thoroughly addresses these concerns and ensures the continued protection of our area's natural resources. I appreciate the constructive suggestions I received from constituents and believe that the final language of this bill will provide a responsible framework for the future management of this property."

Sincerely,

Jason Isaac

State Representative

House District 45

Jason.Isaac@house.state.tx.us

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