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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 31, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas July 31 1980 100 Pages Bfaunf Texas n saves Convinced by the testimony of area goat and sheep Com missioners Court voted Monday to retain the countys coyote trapping program and to raise trappers salaries a The commissioners were leaning toward scrapping the program in favor of a but delayed a decisioii on the matter until feedback from pers residents could be Under the the county pays a month for two while the Interior Department puts up matching supplies equipment and and pays for gasoline A federal request for the monthly which will put the countys yearly outlay for coyote control at prompted discussion of the bounty alternative at last weeks Wete in agreement to spend We just have to decide which is the best Monroe Wetz told the Trappers have killed 27 coyotes through June this year at a cost to the county of each Gary Simmons of the Fish and Wildlife Service described personnel turnover problems that have hampered trapping Roger also present at the is currently the only trapper in the but he is aided by a troubleshooter until Simmons can find a second Despite low salaries and new trap not yet familiar with the the program has been a moderate Simmons Some have had no but you cant say that for every he We do our dead level but you just dont find that many topnotch people willing to hunt coyotes for an It takes unique and it takes time for them to learn the county and get the ranchers to trust Simmons The pay raise will make recruitment he As for the seemingly low number of actual Simmons said the trapper go after experienced coyotes that regularly prey on sheep and goats Sec Page M Rate boost Stall photos Highway department workers tidy up around a fallen Utilities minisubstation on Loop 337 Utilities has two more Minisub falls off truck Workers shovel sand to soak up oil from minisubstation By Robert Johnson It survived trips to two cement but it couldnt survive the trip It is a minisubstation owned by New Braunfels and it wound up in the middle of Loop 337 near the Highway 46 North overpass shortly after noon The which had been the source of electrical power for the General Portland cement plant on Wald Road until a transmission line to that plant was energized was being carried on a trailer en route to the Utilities warehouse at the in tersection of Klingemann and Central when the mishap As the truck pulling the trailer crossed the overpass while travelling at around 20 miles per the trailer began fishtailing for no apparent electric superintendent Bill Printy The trailer pulled the trailer hitch off the truck and then turned on its dumping the minisub in the eastbound where it gouged the pavement and leaked a great deal of Traffic was rerouted along entrance and exit ramps until a crane was located and the minisub lifted back onto the trailer which was not damaged around 3 Both Printy and Manager Bob Sohn were at a loss to explain why it hap We took all the necessary Printy Its just one of those The minisub had made the trip to the Texas Industries cement plant near Hunter where it provided tem porary power to the plant while per manent service was being extended without incident before being taken to the GPI he Theyve been towing it like that for years without any Sohn pointed Indicating the Utilities had two other minisubs at the Sohn said he would await damage figures before deciding whether or not to have it Water and sewer are currently propositions at New Braunfels and a rate increase is needed to correct the Manager Bob Sohn indicated last Except for one month the water department has been in the red since last according to figures in the June operating which Sohn outlined for Utilities trustees at their regular board Water expenses topped revenue by in has been in the since and sewer ex penditures were higher than revenue last the figures The budget called for water to produce in revenue and sewer tpgeneirate rate Increase is the Sohn any Indicating electric revenues were helping to bridge the he The water and sewer department should stand on their Existing rates are relatively Sohn Under the current rate which makes water less expensive with increased the more water the Utilities the worse the situation he ex Residential customers now pay a minimum which covers up to gallons of Additional gallons are billed at a rate of 37 cents per Commercial water users also pay less the more they The minimum commercial bill is which also covers the first From to one million gallons the charge is 34 cents per thousand from one million and the charge is 21 cents per The minimum residential sewer bill is per month plus 21 cents per each gallons of all water That water use is determined by taking the average of the lowest three months of See Stringent water conservation measures were called for by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce The chambers board of directors voted to ask Com missioners Court to consider closing the portholes on the side of the spillways of county County Judge Max Wommack said Tuesday the item would be on Mondays court urges The resolution included a call for conservation measures in the form of an open letter to the Edwards Underground Water District and all users of Edwards Acquifer The letter recommended the EUWD take immediate affirmative action to advise and encourage all city water and major industries to initiate stringent water conservation measures until marked improvement is noted in the Edwards un derground water The Natural Resources Committee drafted the letter after learning that the Panther Canyon test well in New Braunfels showed a water level one and twothirds feet above the elevation of Comal committee chairman Herb Schneider told the Voluntary guidelines on water use given They may not be exactly what the chambers Natural Resources Committee has in but Utilities Manager Bob Sohn Monday outlined water conservation measures which he hoped local residents would obey The chamber committee urged implementation of stringent water conservation measures until marked improvement is noted in the Edwards Sohn suggested four measures No lawn watering from 10 until 5 Evenodd Under that residents whose addresses end in even numbers can water on even numbered days of the month and odd numbers on odd numbered Avoidance of ovwspray onto streets and A general awareness of water Sohn said he didnt think these suggestions qualified as stringent He equated stringent measures with mandatory which could be enacted by an emergency city He said the citys immediate water needs are in no danger despite the dry but added the Comal Springs may be living on borrowed Estimating the level in the Edwards Underground Water District check well in Panther Canyon at feet above sea Sohn said Comal Springs will cease if that level drops to 620 or The alltime low in that well is which was recorded during the drought of If fee level drops that low this it might be time to start thinking about mandatory Sohn The chamber report also recommended sources of surface water be For New the likeliest candidates are Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe But the river is and surface water from Canyon Lake is a costly Sohn He estimated a 24inch water main to the lake would cost at least not including labor or the required surface water treatment he agreed the possibility needs to be ex Weve got to look at everything we Sohn If it drops another two the springs will run he The closing of spillway portholes would obtain a significant increase in the recharge ability of the dams constructed under the Comal County small dam Schneider wrote in a letter to The letter suggested the Soil Conservation Service study each dam project to determine if closing any portholes will lessen the flood control storage capability of each Schneider said water levels behind the dams would have to rise several feet before entering the drawdown or if the portholes are The extra volume of water buildup would allow more water to enter the recharge he Original construction plans for the dams called for storage of less than 200 acre feet of and the por tholes were installed to achieve this according to a committee report to the board prepared by it appears that adequate easements have been obtained to attow for temporary storage of more than 200 acre the report A study by the Soil Conservation Service would provide the necessary information on to base a permit application giving permission to close the por it
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