"Pape-Dawson has worked this issue as well as we could have anticipated," wrote Stephen Kacmar, a vice president of the engineering firm, in the Jan. 31, 1995, letter to Lumbermen's. Kacmar and Gene Dawson Jr., who is now president of the family-owned firm, had been appointed to a city committee that drafted the ordinance.
...Reached at his home Friday, Kacmar, who now works part-time for Pape-Dawson, said he didn't remember writing the letter, but added: "I was protecting a client.
That's my responsibility from an engineering prospective."
..."For the last few weeks, we have been working behind the scene with respect to the new development regulations over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone," Kacmar wrote to James Lassiter, then Lumbermen's senior vice president for real estate.
Kindly note, Kacmar
continued, that the aquifer ordinance Pape-Dawson helped draft says any preliminary plan filed before the new rules are approved can justify "Category 1" status, the city's term for a vested project.
"As you know, we prepared a (preliminary plan)," Kacmar
wrote, and Pape-Dawson
filed it "just prior to council action on the new regulations." Kacmar
attached "what we believe to be a valuable letter from city planning indicating approval of your (plan) dated Jan. 20, 1995," days before the ordinance became effective.
"Accordingly, your property is now Category 1," Kacmar
concluded, underlining the sentence for emphasis.
"The way the letter was worded by Steve
(Kacmar), maybe for the sake of his
was puffing it up a bit."