Brad Messer Commentary
Thursday, June 12, 2003

Gunn Honda Over Aquifer, Not

Gunn Honda wants to build a new car dealership and repair facility on its Northwest San Antonio land over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.

Selling cars at Loop 1604 and Hausman Road would be no problem— but the garage part, the service facility, is prohibited because of the possibility of contaminating the aquifer with garage chemicals.

Two weeks ago, the outgoing San Antonio city council put off a decision on whether to make a Recharge Zone exception for Gunn. It was left to this new council.

Usually a councilman decides issues in his own district and the other council members go along. That wouldn't be a surprise this time.

The new man representing that area (District 8) is Art Hall. His choice is very influential. Yesterday Mr. Hall told me that he is "leaning against" accomodating Gunn Honda.

I said in a KTSA Commentary last month that if Gunn were allowed to break the aquifer-protection rule, then someone else would demand their right to do it, and off we'd go.

I believe Art Hall is about to stop that possibility dead in its tracks, and he is absolutely right to do it.

Brad Messer, commentary, KTSA.

May 28, 2003
Christopher Anderson, Express-News
Council to weigh request for auto repair facility in recharge zone

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