New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 8, 1991, Page 2

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Page 2    tivM    ZHtvng    New    Braunfels,    Texas    Friday. February 8, 1991weather    Chemical    group    seeks    meeting    on    waste Water Watch Comal River...............  278    cfs    (sama) Canyon Lake Inflow........................450    (down    47) Canyon Lake outflow...........................341    (up    28) Canyon Lake level..........................908.27    (up    .07) Edwards Aquifer.............................624.54    (up    .01) Forecasts    near 70. Highs Monday and Tues- SOUTH TEXAS - Sunny and day in the 60s. Texas coastal bend, mild through Saturday. Fair and increasing clouds Sunday. Mostly cool tonight. Highs Saturday most- cloudy Monday and Tuesday, ly in the 70s. Lows tonight in the Lows in the 40s to near 50. Highs 40s except in the 30s Hill Country’ in the 70s. Low er Texas Rio and near 50 extreme south.    Grande Valley and plains, increas- NORTH TEXAS - Mostly clear ing clouds Sunday. Mostly cloudy and cold tonight. Partly cloudy Monday and Tuesday. Lows Sun-north Saturday, sunny south. Lows day and Monday in the 50s. Lows tonight 34 to 40. Highs Saturday Tuesday in the 40s to near 50. 67 northwest to 75 southeast.    Highs in the 70s. Southeast Texas WEST TEXAS - Fair tonight and the upper Texas coast, mostly except partly cloudy far west. Part- cloudy each day with a slight ly cloudy Saturday. Lows tonight    chance of showers Sunday and in the 30s except upper 20s Big    Monday. Lows in the 40s. Highs in Bend mountains. Highs Saturday    the 60s. from the upper 50s Panhandle to    The    State the lower 70s Big Bend valleys.    * w:oh Extended forecasts w g    y    .    p * ”    skies across Texas mostly clear Sunday-Tuesday early today. SOUTH TEXAS — Hill Coun-    Pleasant    weather was in store try and South Central Texas,    for the entire state this weekend as increasing clouds Sunday. Mostly    forecasts called for clear skies and cloudy Monday and Tuesday,    cold temperatures tonight and for Lows in the 30s Hill Country to    clear skies and wanner tempcra- 40s south central. Highs Sunday    tures on Saturday. By PEGGY FIKAC Associated Prs ss Writer AUSTIN (AP) — A chemical industry group said it hopes to change Gov. Ann Richards’ mind about a moratorium on hazardous waste disposal facility permits. “Our first action will probably be to try and jet a meeting with the governor, and see ... if we can’t bring up the facts and present our side of the case,” said Monte Janssen, a vice president for the Texas Chemical Council. Bill Oyer, Richards’ press secretary, said Thursday the governor’s office would be “mort than happy’’ to meet with the group. The council, which includes about 90 chemical manufactures, blasted the Texas Water Commission for suspending waste disposal permit activity in an emergency meeting Wednes day. The action came hours after Richard! called for the moratorium in her State of the State address, saying she wu tired of permits being “rammed through.’’ Twenty-three permit applications are immediately affected, for facilities in Houston, Anahuac, Port Arthur, Waller, Deer Park, Devers, Midlothian, Dayton, near Balmorhea, Mentone. Texas City, Athens, Corpus Christi, Sweetwater, New Braunfels, La Porte, Robstown and Guy. There is more than one application from some areas. “This makes no environmental sense,’’Janssen said. But environmental groups support a moratorium. Brigid Shea, state program director of Clean Water Action, said she wu “ecstatic." “This is sending shock waves throughout the environmental com munity because it's so sweeping and it happened bo quickly,’’ Ms. Shea said. Jsissen said his group is not attacking Richards. But he said members are dismayed at the emergency rule to suspend processing of permit applications for the treatment, storage, or disposal of hazardous and non-hazardous industrial waste by a commercial facility. Harry Whit worth, Chemical Council president, said in a statement, “It’s easier to understand the governor making a bad decision like this because she’s new on the job. But for the water commissioners to follow her action... is unbelievable.’’-Water Commission spokesman Bill Colbert said, “We felt like it was in the state’s best interest to respond to her (Richards’) feelings on this particular matter.” The commission’s suspension is effective until Sept. I, to give the Legislature time to aa on a two-year moratorium proposed by Richards. Oyer, Richards' spokesman, said she is nm tied to the two-year time period but wants some “breathing space'* to new permit rules can be instituted. The governor wants to ban the placement of hazardous waste dumps near schools, residential areas and drinking water supplies, and she wants to ensure residents of a proposed disposal site get a hearing. Janssen said a moratorium would increase the amount of waste that must be stored by companies and prevent the building of new facilities that will have more up-to-date waste disposal technology. The action also could result in improper waste disposal, Janssen said. Weekend’s Fair’ will showcase services Births McKenna Memorial Hoapltal Ricardo and Leticia Euresii; 614 Bavarian Drive #703; 7-pound 15-ounce boy; Feb. 5. Bob and Glenda Hendrix; 402 Mountaintop Drive, Spring Branch; 8-poundn 4-ounce girl; Feb. 6. Ruben and Nichole Gonzales; 924 Holly St.; 6-pound 7-ounce girl; Feb. 7. John and Cindy Boyce; 2925 Sunset Drive; 8-pound 10-ounce boy; Feb. 7. David and Mary Gonzales; 142 Concepcion; 8-pound 2-ounce girl; Feb.7.Obituaries Stephen W. Tunnell Sr. Services for Stephen Wesley Tunnell Sr. of New Braunfels will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Docppenschmidt Funeral Home with the Rev. Judy Shook officiating. Burial will be at Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park. Mr. Tunnell, 88, died Feb. 7. 1991, at his home. The son of James and Elizabeth (nee Brown) Tunnell, he was bom Sept. 8, 1902, in Post Oak, near Johnson City. He married Ida Mae Medders Jan. 18, 1935. in Johnson City. Mr. Tunnell had been a resident of New Braunfels since the early 1950s. He was retired from the New Braunfels Police Department. Survivors include his wife, Ida Mac Tunnell of New Braunfels; four children, Marcel! Englcrth of San Antonio, Melba Kaczrowsky of Chicago, Peggy Adams of San Angelo and Stephen Tunnell Jr. of New Braunfels; 12 grandchildren; and 14 greatgrandchildren.Snails Continued from Page 1 food source, but as a cover to hide from larger fish. Taking out their vegetation would be like taking out their refuge, Arsuffi said. Researchers believe the snails were introduced into the San Marcos River as early as 1980 and migrated to Landa Lake in 1984. Since then, the aquatic creatures have escalated in Landa Lake from a few tropical species to at least IO million, Arsuffi said. The Austin American Statesman reported that the snails orginated in South America and were first spotted in the United States in Mimami area in the 1950s, integrating in the ecosystem without any problems. But Arsuffi believes thai Flordia has not experienced difficulty with the snails because of the enormous amount of water available there. “The Florida systems arc more varied and more extensive, while Landa Lake has a closed system,” he said. Mollusks climb on top of the plants to cat vegetation and lose coordination from water activity, dislodging themselves from the plant. Larger lakes would provide lots of water activity while a pond would provide less currents, giving the mollusks the opportunity to cat more vegetation, he said Some of the methods Arsuffi is researching to conto! these aquatic creatures involve everything from chemical eradication to employing divers to harvest the eggs. Arsuffi said eradication could be detrimental to other aquatic life because of the chemical’s “unknown side affects.” A “divers harvest" could drastically reduce the population by getting a diver to collect the mails eggs that hatch on top of the aquatic vegetation. “We would set up divers to clip off the tops of the plants,” he said. Because the snails hatch up to 300 eggs at a lime, that method would drastically reduce the generation. Another method "«cd to combat the snails involves biological control where reteaches introduce a predator into the rivers and reduce the rate of the snails, he said. Arsuffi said he doesn't know how the snails will ultimately affect Hays and Comal County residents "This study is designed to determine if the (snail) population has peaked or is continuing to increase," Arsuffi said. lf the population has reached its maximum, there w ill be no drastic effects, but if the snails continue to grow, it could radically change the fish community, he said. By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maws Editor The community is urged to attend the "Family Care Fair" in New Braunfels Saturday to get a handle on what services are available to local children and families. A number of state and local agencies, such as the Department of Human Services, will set up booths at the Fair beginning at IO arn. at Holy Family Hall, 245 S. Hidalgo Ave. The Fair ends at 4 pm. Representatives of participating agencies will be able to inform and assist families in obtaining any needed services at the “Family Care Fair.” “We’re hoping to bring them out in a ‘fair’ type atmosphere and give them the information to use or pass out to their neighbors,” said Pete Roque, supervisor of DHS Child Protective Services. “Throughout our lifetime sometimes our families have to have resources ... found in the community.” People normally do not know what is available in a community in regards to family and children services until there is a crisis, he said. "People do not, as a matter of course, know what’s available," he said. Agency officials planning the Fair say they believe that healthy families need a more productive and economically sound community. Claudette Doherty, of Agencies United For Child Abuse Prevention, said the purpose of the Fair is to also get service organizations and agencies together to get to better know each other and their services. The fair will give local agencies an opportunity to “network” and learn what services arc offered in Comal County. A number of organizations and entities participating are:    *Texas Department of Human Services, which investigates child abuse and neglect. It also offers counseling services to on-going abusive or neglectful families. •AUTCAP, an organization that provides the means for all agencies, groups, and individuals concerned with the well-being of children to get together and become aware of each others programs. •Teen Connection. This organization offers a number of services such as an alternative school designed to meet the needs of students who do not function well in a traditional school setting; counseling services and an emergency shelter for youth who are runaways, homeless or removed from home because of family problems. •Homespun, an early childhood intervention program provides comprehensive evaluation services which include physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech/language therapy and developmental assessments. •Comal County Women’s Center, provides a safe, non-violent shelter for battered and abused women and their children. •Comal County Extension Services, the goal of this Texas Agricultural Extension Service is to help people help themselves through informal educational activities. Also participating will be the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts. For more information about the Family Care Fair, contact Pete Roque, Department of Human Services in New Braunfels at 629-5033. The Fair is free of charge. At the fair a variety of products will be raffled ranging from small appliances, gift certificates, clothing, and other merchandise. Construction work continues at Interstate 35 and Farm to Market Road 3009, near Garden Ridge. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)Highway. Continued from Pa ga I way frontage roads to one-way frontage roads mainly from 3009 to FM 2252-{FM) 482 interchange,” he said. Additional right-of-way will be required for construction of the project. The multi-million project of expanding Interstate 35 from four lanes to six lanes has been stalled in some stages because of a lack of funding. The New Braunfels state highway office is responsible for about 30 miles of the total project extending from Bexar County at about Olympic Redistrict Parkway to the Hays County line. ; The next project, which the public hearing will address on Feb. 13, picks up where the first project leaves off at FM 3009. Two other stages of the plan that are not yet funded are the areas of the interstate within the city limits of New Braunfels and the area from FM 306 to the Hays County line. The public hearing begins 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Rock Hill Gospel Church cafeteria, located adjacent to the Interstate 35 West frontage road, directly behind the west rest area north of FM 1103. Continued from Page I according to the U.S. Census Bureau’s preliminary figures. Dallas, Houston, and the Rio Grande Valley area are expected to get the new congressional seats, but Uher said nothing is guaranteed. If lawmakers fail to agree on new boundaries for legislative districts during the 140-day regular session, the job falls to a redistricting board composed of the House speaker, lieutenant governor, attorney general, comptroller and land commissioner. Any redistricting plan also must be approved by the U.S. Justice Department under the Voting Rights Act. What do you see on the Horizon for New Braunfels as we get closer & closer to the year 2000? 11 During the next years as New Braunfels approaches the Twenty First Century, the citizens of New Braunfels can write their own destiny. After the first few bumpy years, the citizens will return to the main course that has made New Braunfels the envy of everyone. This road will ba easier to traverse if the problem of maintaining the Comal Springs flow is solved. Team effort, hard work and perseverance will attract additional tourist attractions and dasiraable industries to our beautiful city. With this cooperative effort, New Braunfels will again forge ahead and be the leader. J J Amo Becker Mayor New Braunfels HORIZONS ai Ifs Coming... Sunday March 31, 1991 A Herald-Ztituno ;

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