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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels let Wednesday 147 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY dtung Home of Jack June 1991 25 Cents Two 18 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfets Herald Zellung wishes happy birthday today to Vicki Valerie Ann Karen Vic ki Allison Jeremey Allen Marsha Chris Valerie Rebecca Arabiela and Jeremy Allen Happy anniversary today to Armando and Virginia Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Street closings Closed for street repairs from 7 to 5 today and Thursday arc Mesquite Avenue from San Antonio to Katy streets and Mill and Bridge Streets from Hackbcrry to Chestnut Grand opening Tccn Scene will open its doors June 15 at 1 at 298 San Antonio The public is invited to Garage sale Members of the a New Braunfels girls softball will conduct a garage sale to raise funds for a trip to the state tourna Hours will be 9 to 3 Saturday at 1837 Spur RMEF banquet The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation San Antonio Chapter will hold its third annual banquet and auction 6 Friday at The Club at Sonterra in San The foundation is an international nonprofit wildlife conservation For ticket informa tion call Mike Kivlin at 6254279 Senior services Community Council of South Central Aging Program has many services available for the senior citizens of Comal One service of the CCSCT Aging Program is a low cost meal served at noon at the senior citizens centers located in New Braunfels and Garden Meals for homebound senior citi zens also arc For more information call Lake festival The sixth annual Hot Dam Cold Water Festival is slated for June 21 and 22 at Farm to Market 306 and the Guadalupc River next to the Maricopa Grounds open at 5 June 21 and remain open until after the dance at On June 22 the grounds will be open from 11 to 1 For more information call Wade Rus sell at Parade meeting An organizational meeting for the Welcome Back Troop parade slated for July 4 will meet tonight at 7 at the Knights of Columbus Boy Scout dinner The Alamo Area Boy Scouts of America will sponsor its 10th annual Good Scout Dinner June 25 at the Wyndham This years honoree will be Roger chief executive officer and president of Diamond Shamrock He will receive the award which is pre sented to an individual through activity and service within See Page 2A Good Day Look for scattered showers tins afternoon with a high approaching 95 Overnight low is expected to be The high temp erature Monday was 92 and the recorded overnight low was New Braunfels reported a inch of For weather sec Page Inside DEAR PRIME TV EUWD says HELPS bid needs study ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Edwards Underground Water District board members Tuesday expressed concerns about a San Antonio groups proposal to set up an artificial habitat for endangered species near Comal Springs in Landa David director of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation represented the city at the meeting by voicing opposition to the proposed by a private orga nization of professionals calling itself Habitats for Listed and Protected Species The which took no formal action on the agreed the issue should first be assigned by the chairman to a board committee for detailed study before presentation to the entire board for Board Treasurer Hans a Bcxar County requested the item be put on the agen but said he only wanted the board to not take action at this Three HELPS representatives out lined the which calls for creating a special habitat for the feder ally protected fountain darter in the cityowned The project would involve a water well pumping an artificial spring through the natural limestone forma tions to recreate the darters environ ment and protect the species in case the springs should go dry in the HELPS representative Phillip Ross told the The artificial habitat also would be aimed at helping the threatened fish reproduce to a level where it no longer needs federal Nobody here can guarantee that the Comal Springs will be flowing next but we can guarantee that we can preserve the endangered spe cies much better than the federal gov ernment plan at which is simply to capture the species if it looks like the springs arc going to go dry and take them over to the national fish hatchery in San Marcos until the springs come Ross The rare fountain darter is found in only two places on earth Comal Springs and the San Marcos The Texas chapter of the Sierra Club recently filed a lawsuit intended to preserve the springflows and the habi tat of the fountain darter and other endangered species in the two areas by reducing overpumping of the Edwards San Antonios sole source of Because state biologists still occa sionally discover new types of plant and animal life around the local Whatley it would be impossible to even begin to preserve all endangered species through an artificial habitat until many more years of Our standpoint at the city of New Braunfels is that this is not Its a foolish attempt and its further going to delay the What Habitats for Endan Listed and Protected Species HELPS proposes construction of an artificial spring to recreate the endangered fountain dar ters ley referring to pending difficult aquifer conservation We cannot support augmentation of the Comal As another key part of HELPS the manmade habitat would be constructed to provide educational opportunities for the especial ly area The project would be one feature of a comprehensive aquifer management plan aimed at localizing management and eliminating input by federal and state Ross One future possibility HELPS is consider ing is lining Laida Lake and valving the springs to enable the lake to hold water if at some point the springs were to stop flowing due to over pumping of the Ross said his group had not yet appeared before the New Braunfels City Council to discuss the but that the council would be addressed because the citys participation would be essential to developing this project Board Secretary Craig one of three Comal County represen tatives on the said adequate local management of the aquifer is a dream that cant be achieved because of the diverse interests of the people who rely on the When you all had this Applewhite reservoir controversy in San Anto we in New Braunfels didnt get involved in so dont tell us what to do with our Hollmig Harry representing Hays said he believes HELPS should first attain stale and federal clearance for such a project before the matter is even referred to This is a thinly veiled attempt to suck the aquifer level below the level of the Bishop Board member Jo Ann De a Bexar County said according to her reading of the federal Endangered Species the fountain darters habitat must be pro not just Hoyos said she also couldnt sup port the plan because it appeared to her that such a project could clear the way to overpumping of the aquifer once the danger of habitat destruction was The Edwards Underground Water District is governed by a popularly elected board that currently has six representatives from Bexar three from Comal and three from Train conductor Rudy Ramirez looks ahead down the Photo by Stephanie Ferguson Union Pacific training cities to live By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor From the engine of a Union Pacific city offi cials received a birds eye view Tuesday of the dangers associated with motorists trying to beat a In a train ride through New New Braun fels Mayor James Goodbready council members and city staff members got a first hand look at Operation a public information and education program of Union Pacific designed to help prevent and reduce injuries and fatalities at railroad Train officials explained to the passengers why motorists attempt to beat a I think its just that they are in a hurry and they dont understand what they are dealing with when they are dealing with these trains that weigh said UP official Larry They dont real ize a train cant stop like their automobile A loaded train traveling 60 miles an hour will take more than a mile to come to a complete Schievel bein According to state in 1989 in 90 people were killed and 345 injured at railroad cross In 57 people were killed and 252 people were Through educational programs in the schools and public service announcements in the Schievel bein said he hopes people will start thinking about the dangers at railroad crossings when a train is Operation Lifesaver is designed to remind people to listen and officials Texas Operation Lifesuver was inaugurated in 1977 by the Railroad Section of Texas Siifcty The program is in effect in 49 Do collections warrant raise By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Comal County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander and Precinct One Const able Max Wommack are proposing an increase in the amount budgeted for deputy constable salaries to enable them to maintain the increased level of serving and collecting hot check The officers are working all the hours they can possibly get in on this and are just fiat running out of Rheinlander The two will present their case to the Commissioners Court at its meet ing at 9 Thursday at the Comal County Courthouse 150 Seguin Suite in New Prior to the last months of hot check warrants were handled by the Sheriffs Warrant Division together with felony criminal all other misdemeanor warrants and all civil process and executions on Needless to the constables office has been able to devote con siderably more attention to mis and the results for our communitys merchants not to mention the county coffers has been nothing short of Rheinlandcr said in a letter to Restitution to merchants is expected to more than double this year over collections in accord ing to Several merchants arc pleased with tiie results and will be there Commissioners Court Thursday he This using constables is just a good allocation of Rhein lander I can only conclude that specialization of this kind is an extremely effective utilization of our law enforcement Pago 2A Senior sizzle Fund drive reaches The fund drive for renovation of the Seniors Center of Comal County is heating with the temperature rising by in the last few New contributors arc Capstone Donor to John and Tresa Campbell Business Cornerstone Donor Bradzoil Cameron Bradfule Individual Cornerstone Donors and Ann Monday Foundation Donors up to and Jack Elaine Chip and Hilmar Elaine Nell and Anton Lylas Foss and Jim and Kathy A memorial was presented by Elsie Griebat for Archie Additions to Sundays list include Joe and Collean Dukarm to contribu Mary and David Owens to time and and Ihanks to Rand Dcsrosiers of Total Fitness for time and effort devoted to placement of the thermometer on Main Donations to the senior center fund drive have reached Flood ordinance changes reflect FEMA standards New recreational vehicle and camping facilities will be allowed to open in some current flood plain designated ureas in the city under Hood ordinance regulations revised by the New Braunfels City Council Camping facilities on private prop erty will be allowed in floodplain areas only if they meet certain such us installing a floodwarning ahum City Manager Paul Grohman said such construction was not allowed under guidelines recom mended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency FEMA and enforced by the The council adopts periodic revi sions of flood zone ordinances every few years to reflect changes in FEMA which the city must follow to qualify for the nationwide program that provides flood insurance at rea sonable rales in qualifying flood prone communities such us New Its not a major shift in Were just trying to allow maximum usage of private land as allowed by FEMA Grohman Areas most affected will be along the river and Grohman although the city currently is aware of only one property near the area where the river crosses under Interstate who inquired about get ting the former restriction As part of the revision to cily ordi council members unanimous ly adopted uptodate floodway maps and a flood insurance rate which identifies premium rate zones within a community according to the base flood FEMA regulations encourage com munities to enact and enforce regulations to ensure that develop ment doesnt aggravate existing flood conditions and that new construction will be protected from flood
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