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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas W 25 cents 27 Friday December Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUN1 vr g DP O 1 16 Pages frnivr Canyon Lake dirn into the over 4tr6nou0lThe m b barricaded 10 am txt anticipation ofttee Outflow m 25 240 tjfe 24 1 was reducedtfc9i0 Th ttridiy thtf following a week of Gradual water reieases frora the darne we used w bring the lake back down to etfiwetvation pool 0f said sally officer for the Corps df Stammtisch Best wishes The New BraunfclSHerald Zeitung sends belated birthday wishes to Hector Troutfest 1992 Troutfcst sponsored by the cily of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation is scheduled for 919 ai the Landa Park Olympic The program is for the disabled and oilier Comal County residents who fish for rainbow troul and a new addition to ihc program 5 10 7pound There is no charge for the The fee is for a childs pass and for art adults Each puss purchased will be good to catch up to 10 Additional fish may be cuughi with the purchase of another Times for the Troutfcsi are 48 weekdays and 10 EL 79903 Short circuit linked to lint fire By ROBERT STEWART Staff Wrlltr The cause of a fire at the West Point Pcppcrcll Mission Valley Mill was a short circuit in a major electrical junction says New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil It just so happens that it was right below the main intake for the air handling Baker When the short occurred in the junction box there was probably a large amount of heat and sparks that ignited the lint in that Cotton lint is very flammable it doesnt take Baker said the Fire Departments response in managing and controlling the fire was real good in what he termed a manpower intensive We had no major problems after we got the offduty folks and the mutual aid people there we could have probably used some more people but we could always use some more he All fircfighting is very manpower When you have a plant that big you can put 50 people in there and they hardly take up enough room to do We were spread pretty Personnel from the McQueency and Lake Dunlap volunteer fire departments assisted fire personnel at the The original Mission Valley Mill building was constructed in 1921 and has had additions added many times over the The design of the building may have contributed to the fires burning at five different Baker I guess you could call the fire unique almost any structure that has a lot of additions has hidden spaces that serve as the path of travel for the Baker Theres probably some things that West Point could Some modern innovations in building fire control might have controlled the spread of the mill he Heat and smoke activated dampers arc available that close down air ducts and thereby blocking the fire Baker This type of device is widely used in hospitals where fire walls are breached by There are also modern sprinkler systems that spray above the ceiling as well as In yesterdays mill much of the flame activity was between the ceiling and the which made the fire difficult to he Water was sprayed from below and holes were chopped in the roof to attack from Everything is moving very well as far as getting evcrthing back in said Bill vice president of manufacturing for the Some wiring had to be replaced but its just a cleanup The main damage occurred in the weaving and finishing Morton Morton added that he cant praise the Fire Department enough for their service under difficult They had done their homework and did an excellent he We do an annual inspection there and they have always been willing to comply with our desires as far as fire Baker They are very fire The textile business is notorious for fires due to the combustibility of the They have little fires there all the time called loom Baker Their people take care of them they have their own fire brigade with fire equipment that they put into use on a regular They are relatively wellprotected for a business that Baker added that if the plant had Twas the day after Christmas and already time for a new special Art Altwein of the New Braunfels KMart store is readying heart shaped Valentines Day candy boxes for display on some shelves while other shelves still display Christmas Photo by Bill Ervin been in theres a good chance the Fire Department might never have been If there had been somebody they probably would have cut the power off and put out any little fire that was there and we probably wouldnt even have heard about The Fire Department has been called to the plant in the past to assist with a chlorine leak relating to the West Point Pepperells in house water purification They do have a chlorine leak response team in the plant and have assisted us in training our Baker West Point Pepperell also sent a chemist to help the Department when a hazardous chemical spill occurred at a local car The company has also volunteered to provide a person to serve on the citys hazardous materials Baker Flood dumps plant operation By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer The new surface water treatment plant on Gruene Road was offline for two days this week after flood waters dumped mud into the part of the system that takes water from the GuadaJupe While the plant was out of the citys water was drawn from five of the Edwards Aquifer wells that served as the sole water supply before the plant was officials The new system was constructed this summer and fall to help conserve the aquifers resources by providing an alternative through treated river We have an alternative source of water for this community and when one source or another has we can always go back to the other said Bob general manager for New Braunfels Since the two of them are not its the best of both he explaining that if the Edwards Aquifer ever becomes the treatment plant can take just as the aquifer wells did in this The treatment plants filters were clogged when heavy rain dislodged dirt around the structure and sent it into the wet wells where river water is filtered and pumped to be said Kevin water production superintendent for New Braunfels The dirt tjad been excavated to install the plains structure during its and after workers poured the the dirt was put back around the Collins As much rain as we somethings got to and it was the din thai he Sohn said the plant can process muddy water Its made to do except thai weve got an unusual amount of silt and mud into the structure thai we have lo gel oui of Good Day Economy could stall bond election Clouds will be moving out this afternoon and the high temperature is expected to reach 53 The overnight low will dip down to about 34 Inside RELIGION By LARRY ROWE Bluff Wrhor New Bruunfels City Council members who conducted four district town meetings this month on a possible bond issue gave differing views on the idea after many citizens opposed ii at the Mayor Clinton Brandt said the question of whether a bond election should occur will be decided later After cily officials determine how critical some of lie proposed capital improvements Were in kiiui of haul times right and thats a decision that will have to be nmde an wo go he A recession is when youre hurting financially a depression is when your husband loses his or your wife loses her And right now weve got a lot of people in that Council members Paul Fraser and Rudy Seidel said they do not think the citizens want 4 bond The general feeling I get is that people are not ready for a bond issue or a bond Fraser explaining that the depressed economy has made it hard for citizens to gel around their tax bile and still make a Its like a lady said at the District 2 he A recession U when youre hurting financially a depression is when your husband loses his or your wife loses her And right now weve got a loi of people in that A bond issue that would lead to increased taxation is probably not the answer at lliis Seitlcl said most of ihe people ai his districts town meeting seemed lo opjxjse a bond Theyll rather go without some services than pay more Me said Die ideal situation would have the cily paying for drainage and street repairs by working them into the budget rather than issuing Council member Ramon Chapa said a bond issue would be a good way to take care of serious drainage and sum problems in his district on he west side of ihe Some of ihe improvements over here are so massive thai iis going u take a bond issue lo acquire ihe necessary he Chapa said ihe ciiizem should vote on whether to have a bond but he stated his support for the When it comes to the longer you wail 10 maintain and improve the larger the bill is going to be ui the cud of ihe Council member Loraine Kraft said she fell the overall picture was not in favor of a bond issue ai ihis lime because of ihe current economic Bui she said she heard at ihe same lime ciiizens say they wanted improvements thai would require a bond 1 think a lot of people are going to at least have to be open minded Kraft
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