Canyon Lake Boat Ramp Alliance Awaits Feedback from Commissioners on Proposal to Address Overcrowding Issues
The Canyon Lake Boat Ramps Community Alliance (CLBRCA) says it’s taking a wait-and-see approach after submitting a proposal for addressing multiple issues at county-operated boat ramps to Comal County Commissioners Court on Nov. 23.
There’s been no word from County Judge Sherman Krause, who asked the group to prepare the document after a summer of meetings and public hearings failed to produce any consensus over proposed language changes in an agreement between the county and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which owns and operates the lake.
County Public Information Officer Cary Zayas said boat ramps are not on the court’s agenda through December.
Pct. 4 Commissioner Jen Crownover, also the driving force behind the Dam Community Alliance, another stakeholder group which partners with USACE to fund amenities and improvements to parks, said she gave Krause and commissioners Scott Haag, Pct. 2 and Kevin Webb, Pct. 3, three- to four-hour personal tours of boat ramps and explained their unique characteristics.
She said Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County (WORD) General Manager Mike Dussere and several members of law-enforcement also tagged along to explain issues surrounding enforcement and trash pickup.
“They’ve seen it through much different eyes than seeing this stuff on paper, and they realize that it’s much more complex,” Crownover said.
Pct. 1 Commissioner Donna Eccleston, who sparked the controversy in June by proposing the words “free public access” and “free public use” be removed from the agreement, did not return an email from MyCanyonLake.com about her reaction to CLBRCA’s proposal.
CLBRCA said on Facebook last week that several of its members attended the Dec. 9 Commissioners Court meeting just to stay engaged with Krause and the commissioners.
“As citizens, we don’t need permission to attend court proceedings — don’t have to say anything — just showing up and listening; we’ve learned a lot, and we stay engaged with the goings-on in Comal County,” the group posted. “We had a brief conversation with Judge Krause after court. He said they’re putting together a plan, but no timeline was mentioned as to when they’ll share that plan. Bottom line: The CLBRCA has done what we’ve been asked to do. Now the ‘ball’ is in Commissioners Court for the next steps. We’re hoping that will be soon, in order to put anything in place by Spring/Summer 2022.”
The group asks residents to email or call their county commissioner and to consider inviting a CLBRCA spokesperson to speak at their next homeowners’ or property owners’ association meeting.
Contact Information for Commissioners, Krause
- Judge Sherman Krause: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Phone: 830-221-1105
- Commissioner Donna Eccleston, Precinct 1: E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 830-221-1101
- Commissioner Scott Haag, Precinct 2: E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 830-221-1102
- Commissioner Kevin Webb, Precinct 3: E-mail: email@example.com Phone: 830-221-1103
- Commissioner Jen Crownover, Precinct 4: E-mail: JenCrowover@MyComalCounty.com Phone: 830-221-1104