Friday, July 17, 1987

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Water projects high priorities for utility t A I fc A i it i WalMart distribution center accelerates extension of water utility to FM 306 area Sy SARAH DUKE Stall Writer New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees Thursday approved plans to request bids for the water service ex 8ntSKn Hill site of the planned WalMart distribution NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said that while the selection of the area as the distribution center location has forced the utility company to provide service the water line extension and booster pump have been on the drawing board for some Thursdays board approval was for the first phase of the which simply gets water to the Sohn said WalMart officials are planning to begin construc tion In November and water is Water service expansion into the Kohlenberg area is estimated to cost Sohn said the expansion is needed regardless of WalMarts but that deci sion simply has caused NBU to accelerate the NBU is waiting on news about a grant If the grant is NBU could receive for work in the Kohlenberg Lane area north of Interstate 35 and FM Were trying to get a jump oft this its going to be a top priority for its very important for us and we dont want to get slowed down by Sohn He added that it is possible that through bidding the projects the costs may be higher We just physically dont have time to get all the pro jects out for bids and under That would be great if we could bid the whole thing get a contractor to do it and they can get it to first But If were going to have a line in service by Im not sure well be able to do Sohn Sam a consultant with Hunter and Associates of also recommended completing the project in phases rather than holding up work while waiting to hear whether the grant has been He added that NBU is ready to request bids on the first phase of the job and lacks only the rightofway from the Texas Department of Highways and Public I feel like the first phase is a necessity so they Wal Mart can get water out there to them so they can pour Sometime around theyre going to See Page 2 Surface water treatment West End sewer betterments included in package DAVID MAY Stall writer New Braunfels City Council this week gave New Utilities approval to proceed with the issuance of million in revenue the bulk of which will be used to construct a surface water treatment Other projects proposed by NBU include expanding water service in the Kohlenberg Lane and FM 306 region improving the water system near County Line im proving the sewage and water system in the Solms district and continuing the second phase of im provements to the West End sewage collection While council expressed support for the utilitys plans to ultimately mitigate New Braunfels dependency on the Edwards Underground Aquifer the first district in the region to undertake such a program new projects slated by NBU will improve service to several areas These are very said Mayor ProTern Ramon Chapa who has been concerned with delapidated sewage systems within his They benefit all sec tions of he Atlarge Councilman James Goodbread said the im Stammtisch provements will make for a much more sound com Costs of improvements were lowered from an original total of million through refinancing of 1985 general obligation bonds approved by City Manager Joe Michie said revenue bonds for the utilities have historically been approved by council through ordinance rather than public NBU General Manager Bob Sohn said he hopes to have the money in October and said projected interest from in vestments will pay issuance Sohn said the Utilities will come before council later this year to seek an 8 per cent water rate increase and a 15 percent sewer rate hike that in help retire bond We were going to request the increase whether or not the bonds were Sohn said He said the increases will amount to about a monthly increase to the average The rate increase we are talking about has part of the bonds in it Sohn For several NBU has sought to gradually increase See Page 2 On Thursdays Outdoors we showed you a picture of Reynaldo Luna and what he and we thought was a 194inch crayfish that he had caught in the Comai River in Landa Thanks to an observant we now know that the creature is actually a giant freshwater or Macrobrachlum carcinus to you such as Melinda She lives in New Braunfels and goes to school at Southwest Texas where she studies and aquatic According to this prawn is pretty common in San but hardly ever makes it up as far as the Coma River because they must breed in saltwater before migrating Luna expressed a lit tle hesitance in eating the but now that we know it is a we can inform him that the tall tastes much like lobster New Braunfels Republican Women invite everyone to hear State Edmund Kuempel speak on the current special legislative Kuempel will be at home of Dennis and Penny 27 Royal Crest at July Mostly cloudy skies will stick around today with a 50 percent chance of continued rain and a high reaching only The rain chances drop to 20 percent along with which will bot tom out at about Itll be hot with an ex pected humid high of 99 with southeast winds of 15 A slight chance of showers will begin with week with highs in the 90s and lows in the The Menu New Braunfels Friday July 1987 25 Cents 138 New Braunfels Herald Publishing 707 Landa New Texas 78130 USPS 377800 One 16 Pages School van run into swollen Guadalupe River Texas AP A bus and a van carrying more than 50 peo most of them to a sum mer camp ran Into the rainswollen Guadalupe River authorities Reports were but there was no indication any of the children or others were from the New Braunfels or Comal County Some children were rescued and others were clinging to trees in the high said Marianne a dispatcher with the Kerr County Sheriffs There are some that are still said David a spokesman for the Texas Depart ment of Public We have three helicopters over at the bus and they are also evacuating Hermanns Sons said a dispatcher for the Kendall County sheriffs office who refused to give her She said the bus was from the sum mer about 60 miles northwest of San At least nine children were said Kathy dispat cher for the Kerr County Emergency Medical We have hypothermia and shock patients who are as they are being rescued from the Sakach Two people were in critical condi with anywhere from five to seven who are in stable she One of those critically injured was a Hyearold and Sakach said another person in critical condi tion was suffering from severe shock and The water Is running fast and it is very she Most of the injured were teen she Weve got camps all up and down I think they were going across the river Theyve got little bridges and the river came up too said Arthur Verona of the Kerr County Fire The Kendall County dispatcher said the accident occurred shortly after and that 40 children See Page 2 Depot diligence CJrville Feder pf New iraynff Is Historic Railroad and Society tends to 3 few details on the display that will be open to the public this Saturday the old MKT Depot to the The society is conducting 3 rymmage sale Saturday beginning gbpyt 9 A variety of things will be on display vendors selling aU kinds of items to raise money for the organisation that plans to restore the depot PhotoJ by Peryl Commissioners okay landfill sale changeover due July 24 By TRAVIS POLING Correspondent Comal County Commissioners Thursday unanimously approved the final contract for the sale of the citycounty landfill to a private The contract from Waste was presented to the commissioners by Waste Management attorney Bennie with requested changes from both the city and Commissioners reviewed the se cond contract presented to them since the sale bid was first ap then asked more ques tions and for some Definitions of words and phrases were questioned and com missioners sought clarification on lease equipment and what is to be included in the actual Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craigmile asked if the under its new would accept septic The county does not currently accept such refuse at the County Sanitarian David Litke said that under state the operator of a landfill has the authority to refuse a certain type of After contacting Waste Management executives during a recess which lasted over an Bock returned to commissioners with word that the company would not accept septic waste as was its policy in its more than 150 land fills in the The which has been met with county and city ap will be returned to Waste Managements main offices for County Judge Fred Clark and City Manager Joe who were designated to execute the contract by commissioners and city will then sign the Precinct 3 Commissioner Lorenzo Camarillo recommended the county authorize an interest bearing account for the proceeds of the Waste is looking to take over the landfills operation on July Commissioners Thursday also approved a request from 2 Constable Danny Scheel for 150 additional hours for his deputy because he already filled the allot ted time allowed within the The 125 for the extra hours will be taken from the commis sioners contingency An item concerning a man datory deadline for Comal County See Page 2 Fire investigation will continue ials to review water system By DAVIDMAY Staff Writer Fire investigators said today it may be the first of next week before they determine the cause of a fire that gutted Hill Country Tire early Thursday There is a lot involved whensomething is burned this said New Braunfles Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn as he and other department personnel con tinued to sift through the charred remains of the store at 503 It appears the seed of the fire was the middle of the said pointing to the area of most intense The store was engulfed in flames by the time the first unit arrived shortly before l Fire had already broken through the roof of the The building and its contents were a total Friesenhahn commended the number of volunteer firefighters in the We had about 75 percent tur nout of which is very They should be the fire marshal According to fire department 21 fulltime and volunteer firefighters fought the fire for more than two hours before bringing it under control In a related New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said he was not concerned about reports that firefighters experienced low water pressure after tann ing into the 6inch water main along South Seguin a bit concerned about what Ot 3larmed Or Sohn said the system there was about 40 years old and said he would meet with other city officials concerning low water pressure There were two pumper trucks on that main and there was not enough he Sohn said an 8to 12utch main is required for that kind of I am proud of our fire protection added Sohn who said the citys insurance underwriter refers to S of the He said utility officials are to be notified in cases of large fires so that water can be redirected through lines See Page 2 Fischer gets road project bid A low bid for the reconstruction of County Line Road from Pahmeyer Lane to FM 725 received June 25 from Fischer Construction Company was accepted by New Braunfels City Council July The which will extend County Line Road to FM 1044 and FM 725 and will eventually tie into Rwekle Rpad as part of the citys plans to extend Loop 337 through the southern The rpad construc tion is part of a bond issue approved by voters in October The total bond fund for the County Line Road reconstruction is Of fl56 mjJlipn is allocated for construction arid con with the rest tied into design and administration eomty Line Road wiU become a fouHane highway upon com Portions oi rightipfway wttl be closed coAstr Uaougn traiftc wil be tained at a lesser City Manager Joe Michie said the project is not related to a proposed highway bypass system proposed by the Texas Department of Highways and Public That system will encompass another loop outside the innercity Michie said the road work points to the area of growth projected for New d for to fowriane