"...Despite this public criticism of the city's legal team, Baker and his law partner Chris Boldt continue to have strong support from both Mayor Todd Purcell and the City Council. But Purcell has responded to residents' concerns in two ways..."
"...Describing Dripping Springs and its mayor, Todd Purcell, The Austin Chronicle wrote, "His city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him" (in adopting the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan) ["Naked City," News, Oct. 13]...."
"...Dear Editor, Describing Dripping Springs and its mayor, Todd Purcell, The Austin Chronicle wrote, “His city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him” (in adopting the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan) [“Naked City,” News, Oct. 13]. Of course we urge other jurisdictions to adopt the plan's higher water-quality standards, but how could tougher water-quality regulations possibly put Dripping Springs at a disadvantage when it is already overwhelmed with new development and has more knocking on the door? Dripping Springs has a huge ETJ covering about 25% or more of Hays County that is greatly desired by developers, and having strong water-quality regulations can only enhance property values and help to maintain the quality of life that draws so many people to its ETJ..."
"...The study took place in the context of a permit application pending before the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality that would authorize the city of Dripping Springs to discharge treated effluent (wastewater) up to 995,000 gallons per day. POW cited earlier assurances from Mayor Todd Purcell that if it were to be demonstrated that Onion Creek water is reaching the aquifer, he would withdraw the permit..."
"...At the end of public comment, Mayor Todd Purcell addressed the energized crowd. "Believe me, I sympathize with you all..."
"...More unusual than last week's council decision, however, was Dripping Springs Mayor Todd Purcell's apparent dismay over the lack of information Cypress had provided to council prior to the meeting. "I met with [Cypress Realty president] Steve Clark two weeks ago, and I told him I had a concern about getting the full concept [of the development] out there for the public to see," Purcell said..."
"... In other development news, a year after the Regional Water Quality Protection Plan was unveiled a plan intended to cover all jurisdictions within the Barton Springs Contributing Zone of the Edwards Aquifer only the city of Dripping Springs has begun to implement significant policy changes. At a meeting last week of the core committee of the RWQPP the first meeting in well more than a year Mayor Todd Purcell said his city would end up penalized for its tougher water-quality regulations if other cities and counties failed to join him..."
"...City Attorney Rex Baker, who brokered the land deals, and Mayor Todd Purcell insist that the agreements are legal. They say the contracts were needed to keep developers in check and to protect the environmentally sensitive terrain of the ETJ, where the city would otherwise have little oversight..."
"...But Council did accept the opponents' request to retain an outside attorney to review the Cypress development. Mayor Todd Purcell has called a special council meeting Monday in order to vote on the matter..."
"...Moreover, Baker is spearheading an effort to devise a "regional solution" for protecting surface water and groundwater in Hays County's sensitive Barton Springs Zone. Dripping Springs Mayor Todd Purcell, Austin engineer George Murfee, and County Judge Jim Powers are helping Baker in the endeavor, which curiously shuts out other major stakeholders in the area -- notably the Barton Springs/Edwards Aquifer Conservation District..."