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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                Crisis Pregnancy Center featured in todays Church Life section 84 50 CENTS OvUNTDOWNl 130 DAYS NflwBraunfels March New Braunfels 18 pages in two sections Friday Aug Serving Comaf County tor more than 142 years Home of CLARA GOMEZ Vol 142 No 196 Inside Sports Church UA Success 5 A The River conditions GuaflaJupe River cfe Comd cfs cfs cubic feet per second Birthday from the HeraldZeHung Ths New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Tecto J Gar cia Christopher Gold Clara Gomez William Helton Mary Anne HoUmig Edna Richter Thomas Scrutchin Pilar Urias Fernando Bazan Thomas Brezinski Theodore T Wells Put on Your Armor1 fundraiser tomorrow The firstannual Armadillo Derby fundraiser benefitting the Put on Your Armor Against Drugs antidrug campaign based in New Braunfels The races will feature a special challenge between the three Rotary Clubs in New Braunfels the New Braunfels Rotary Club The New Braunfels Evening Rotary Club and the Downtown RotaryClub Armadillo shows will begin at that time also AThe races will begin at 6 and finals will begin at 7 pjn For more information call 629 4980 1 994 Rodeo Queen entries sought Comal County high school freshmen sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in the 1994 Comal County Rodeo Queen Contest Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school district as of August 1994 Information and entry forms will be available at New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools Comal County seniors to host dance The Comal County Senior Citi zens Center will have a dance on Sunday Aug 14 from 3 to 6 featuring the band Mixed Line dance music will be included in a variety of selections Everyone is welcome Admission is per person A snack bar will be open ATPE to meet Aug 16 at Landa Park The local chapter of the Asso ciation of Texas Professional Educators will holding a meeting on Aug 16 at 4 at Landa Park table New officers for the upcoming year are expected to be announced at the meeting Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happen ings We invite you to share with this newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint arded matchiog pod pJaygjxwiKl hike and bite toil and renovations to the butnoted that there is S7 million available in the program million wOrtt Of applications Wferitey said thefcarics department has spent the last yeats wling away money to save up the for tte grant If project would include the1 following s y agraduaL sloping pool A kiddy pool tlfcxt to the pool Mayor may have violated state open meetings law By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer A city council member said Thursday May or Paul Fraser may have violated the Texas Open Meetings Law by polling members in private Council member Jan Kennady said Fraser called her Monday afternoon and said he asked for City Attorney Brian Moores res ignation with the backing several council members The law prohibits members of a gover mentai body to meet in numbers fewer than quorum to deliberate public and members of a governmental body should not deliberate over the phone matters that will come before the body for The city council must have five members present at a meeting to meet quorum and conduct business Fraser apparently told a local radio station Monday he polled several members of the council to find out whether they supported his action to ask for Moores resignation However members Ambrosio Benitez Mary Serold Brenda Freeman Chris Bowers and Kennady all have said they were not polled by the mayor but were called Mon day when Fraser told them he asked for Moores resignation Tim Walker could not be reached for com ment Fraser would not comment on the situation Freeman said Fraser told her he had already spoke to and Bower and they supported his decision to seek Moores res ignation Kennady said the fact that the situation involvedthe cityattorney was irrelevant TTie proper way to have done this was to Armadillo races still on for Saturday By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer Armadillo races planned by anti drug organization Put On Your Armor are still scheduled to take place at Conservation Plaza Saturday Comments made on local radio by city councilwoman Mary Serold about her con cern for the races even prompted some in New Braunfels to think the event might be canceled However Serold said she was not mak ing any threats to cancel the event nor was she acting as an animal rights activist She said her concern was with the citys i animal control policy since the event would have armadillos within the city limits I do not have anything against the Put On Your Armor she said My only worry is if it is in conflict with the city For more information contact Put On Your Armor officials at 6294980 call an executive she said Its not just unfair to the city attorney but to city council members who were not contacted and to the citizens because we were all elect ed by the Kennady cited the following passage in the Handbook for Mayors and Council Mem bers issued by the Texas Municipal League to back her statements concerning the possible violation of open meetings act I do not agree with the statement aboutthe open meetings act was she sajdi We are there to protect the citizens and their Bowers sided with Serold by sayinghe also felt there needed to be a change at the attorneys postion I have discussed this with the mayor intte past on numerous occasions and with various council members but it was not a meeting or cumvents the requirement of the open meet ings law by using the telephone to poll other council members or who meets with them individually to deliberate over some matter of city business in order to arrive at a Kennady said she was given the book when elected to the council in 1991 Serold who supports Frasers decision regarding Moore said that hiring and dis missing personnel was a management deci sjjpnjnd a must feel confident woridng with the city attorney open Freeman however believes Moore does a good job and works for the whole Mr Moore is the employee of the councp and he works under the direction of the cduh she said Not just of the individual Benitez and Kennady would also like to see Moore stay Moore said Thursday he had not resigned but refused further comment The city council vyill meet Wednesday in executive session Fish camp at NBHS Canyon Lake water company assures court of ample water By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by TED EASTWOOD Donlca Thomas a 14yearold freshman and Gina Howorts a 14yearold freshman perform an excerdse during a game of Confusion at yesterdays first annual New Braunfels High School Fish Seniors at NBHS were on hand throughout the fivehour program to help orientate the Incoming freshmen wtth the high school v A representative of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation assured Commissioners Court Thursday that people in the Canyon Lake Village West subdivision would have an ample supply of water The court approved Canyon Lake Village West Unit 6 by a 41 vote Jumbo Evans opposed after Tinker McKnight of the CLWSC told the commissioners water would be avail able and a lawyer with the developer said he would get McKnights word in writing McKnight said the CLWSC has recently reopened a well near Village Shores that would bring needed water to Village West He said the well was pumping at 142 gallons per minute better than the 70 to 80 that was expected He also said a storage tank would help the situation Since that time complaints of water shortage have said McK night Its not to our advantage not to have water out said Judge Carter Casteel We were just getting a lot of phone calls about Village McKnight said plans also call for the placement of a stor age tank at Triple Peak with various sizes of lines connecting the water users The CLWSC has also acquired loans to build a tem porary surface water treatment plant at the lake which the corporation hopes would one day lead to a permanent facility We dont have the finances arranged for he said The wells we put in are what we consider tem porary McKnight said the key to develop ing water supply in the area is surface water He cited increased consump tion and drops in the water table during summer use as the main problem while there was usually plenty of water during winter months said the CLWSC is meet ing requirements of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission however he did say staff shortages at the TNRCC had caused up to six month time periods for final approvals We cant wait that said McKnight who added the corpora tion would continue under TNRCC guidelines Comal Springs Ecosystem Management Plan in the works By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Plans are proceeding to hire a biol ogist to draw up a plan that would pro tect the endangered species in Comal Springs and Landa Lake while allow ing continued recreational use of the water The city Parks and Recreation Department working with the United States and Wildlife Service has been awarded g matching grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to develop the Comal Springs Ecosystem Manage ment Plan Efforts are still underway to raise the match to qualify for the grant The New Braunfels City Coun cil New Braunfels Utilities and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority have each kicked in and the Nature Conservancy has donated That leaves left to raise Parks and Recreation Director David What ley said he will appear before the Low er Colorado River Authority board next week to ask for funds They own property adjacent to Landa Park so we are hoping they will have an inter est in the he said The Sierra Club has also been asked for a donation Whatley said he expects a contribution from the Sierra Club but less than the left to raise Whatley said that since more than 75 percent of the matching funds have been raised work will start to hire a biologist to develop the management plan The biologist will be a employee who will work out of the Austin office The study is expected to take a year to complete The plan will cover managing the springfed swimming pool how to manage aquatic vegetation how to manage lake water levels when spring flows drop to critical levels manage ment practices for the golf course and other areas The Parks and Recreation Depart ment notes that the could require that the city complete such a management plan for the park without helping out Also the city will get worth of professional work for a contribution Current parks department mainte nance activities could be construed as harassing the endangered fountain darters that live in the lake and spring fed pool The management plan will protect the city from potential Endan gered Species Act violations and could improve the citys maintenance rou tines at the pool Coma Springs are the largest springs in Texas The springs flow into the manmade Landa Lake and from there into the two channels of the Comal River The Canal ecosystem is one of only two locations for the endangered foun tain darter There are also several aquatic inver tebrates and a salamander that are can didates for listing as endangered or threatened and possibly other unique species not yet described For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 Metro 6060846   

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