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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Valley grubs win over Iiicaniafe See Page 04 Braunfels DAYS 50 CENTS 410 Wednesday Aug M01A 182 MJCROPUBLISHiMCi PR Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of EDWARD MILLER II I Vol 142 No 204 Texas Letters to the Arts The Rivor conditions Guadalupe cfs Cornal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Slaivmilisch Birthday wishes from tlw HeraldZ0ltung The Braunfels Herald extends the following birthday wishes to Frank Men doia Robert John Annan Ann Marie Ramirez Annie Kanz Debbie Smith Evan Schmidt Edward Miller H Harriette Bbrchers Norma Cross Mildred Griffith Ruth Johnson Bonnie Justinger Mary Mitchell Margaret Moore Alince Nuhn Agnes Petrte Len Rewe Rucker AUce Schaefer Scholarship fund gala on tap Aug 27 The Comal County Fair Asso ciation scholarship fund gala will be held Saturday Aug 27 with dinner at 7 and dance at 8 at the arts and crafts building at the county fairgrounds on Common St Admission is per person For tickets call 6061000 Rodeo Queen entries sought Comal County high school f freshmen sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in the 1994 Comal County Rodeo Queen Contest Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Cornal Cotinty school district as of August 1994 Information and entry forms will be available at New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley High Schools Gerl Games set for Aug 2527 The Comal County Area Provi sional League of Women Voters will kick off its second year with a picnic in Landa park on Thurs day Aug 25 at 7 Members family and friends of the league are invited to bring a potluck dish and lawn chairs to enjoy the concert in the park For more information contact Dariene Hicks at 6295167 Correction The New Braunfels City Coun cil approved a onetime increase for New Braunfels Utili ties sewer rates not a per year raise for the next three years as was reported in Tuesdays Her aldZeltung Genealogy meeting The Comal County Genealogy Society will meet Tuesday Sept 6 at in the north build ing of Victoria Bank Trust John Collins of the Hummel Museum will be the speaker Stammtisch Tfif New Brautfeh Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to Archives and members of ike German communi ty Slammlisch represents a sit ting place for members of the com munity to gather and share the atyf happenings We invite you to This newspaper Is printed pnrecyclad newsprint ramshavuii little By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Heavy rains in the Guadalupe River drainage basin over the weekend seem to have had little effect on river flows by the time they reach Canyon Lake Flow charts still read only 61 cubic feet per second coming into the Lake Tuesday as heavy rains in the Hill Country quickly soaked into a parched soil The saturation may be so high it doesnt do any said David Welsch planning direc Inflow into Canyon Lake unphased by rain tor for the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority The NWS also said September is normally the may have cfs at Comfort upriver height of hurricane season although little activ and by the time it gets to Spring Branch it 200 ity has been reported and predictions indicate a eft slower season Officials with the National Weather Service Less than two weeks remain until the Labor office in New Braunfels said two recent fronts Day Weekend traditionally the final celebra touched off a line of showers in the area The lat tory weekend of the summer It is very unlikely est front this past weekend normally not seen that enough rain could fall in that period to this far south at this time of year was pushed by increase the release rate at Canyon Dam still an unusually strong highpressure system hovering near the 100 cfs mark Most outfitters have begun making preparation for the end of the summer season High water would not necessarily benefit everyone Friends For Rivers will run their annual cleanup Sept 17 Low water helps the cleanup1 process by allowing people to clean more of the lower spots where cans pile up and along the banks Were hoping it stays low through the said David Davenport president of Friends For Rivers We will be able to get more of the bottom GISD dealing with lead woes at Bill Brown By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer While water or lack of water has been a problem for residents in the western portions of Comal County one elementary school is having water problems of another kind The Comal Independent School District is considering legal action against the contractors of a water sys tem at Bill Brown Elementary as stu dents there continue to drink bottled water due to lead contamination We have just about exhausted what we consider remedies At this point we need to do something legal said Superintendent Jerry Major The district will file a formal Practices Act pany that had the contract on water Weve beenworking with the company for over six months trying to solve the problem thats been identi said Maintenance Director Roy Linnartz Linnartz said the district had iso lated the problem to a certain section of pipe none of which is under ground He said the district was aggressively doing something to fix the problem by adding phosphates to the pipe fittings to stop corrosion and replacing pipes at certain fittings A vicepresident of SpawGlass Inc said the company spent several months running tests trying to deter mine why high lead levels were recorded in the first draw of water The first thing in the morning is when the high levels said Fred Raley Five minutes after theyre running the lead level is Raley said his company could not identify one source of the lead but thought there could be a number of factors including pipe brass fittings and the sediment that sometimes accu mulates in pressure tanks How cart you fix something if you dont know what the source is he said Raley said the project was com pleted three years ago and in that time SpawGlass corrected one problem involving a drinking fountain He said the company offered filters at point of delivery if the district would provide maintenance which he said they declined to do New McDonalds taking shape HerafrZeitung photo by MARK LYON Mike Oldmlxon of Oldmlxon Electric Contractors from Wlmberley Installs electrical conduit at the site of a new McDonalds near the Intersection of 135 and Walnut The new restaurant Is set to open sometime In midOctober no to citys request for grant funds By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor AUSTIN New Braunfels officials have been notified that the city has not been awarded a match ing grant for improvements at Landa Park Had the Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept approved the grant the project would have been the largest park project in city history New Braunfels Parks and Recre ation Director David Whatley said he expects to resubmit the application and it could be approved hi January Sixteen parks projects around the state were approved during this grant cycle New Braunfels project placed 18th Whatley said the Landa Park project scored an 88 on the states scoring system Whatley added that there was million in state funds available and j more than million worth of appli cations This was the most competitive grant cycle they have ever had in the history of the Whatley Last cycle all projects that scored 75 and above got funded In January 1993 it was 81 In July 1991 a score of 39 would have gotten i Whatley said he will go to Austin next week to meet with the grant staff and get advice on how to revise the grant application to pickup a couple of more points Whatley said the Parks and Recre ation Department has collected more money since the grant was first sub mitted so the city can apply for a larg er grant this time perhaps in the range The project would include a new playground two picnic units with tables and grills a halfmile long hike and bike trail childrens and zero depth entry a gradual sloping entry into the for the springfed pool a new kiddy pool next to the Olympic pool and water and play equipment Whatley said he is hopeful the grant will be approved in January Mayor Eraser asks Union Pacific to join in clean up project By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser wants the Union Pacific Railroad to join forces with a variety of New Braunfels entities in a project he thinks would be mutually beneficial Fraser outlined his proposal in a let ter mailed this week to Alex Tice director of public relations for the rail road Fraser said Tuesday that Tice con tacted recently by City Manager Mike Shands regarding other concerns has exhibited an interest and a willingness to work with the city In his letter to Tice Fraser says You probably are aware that as the Union Pacific Railroad tracks through our city the rightofway widens into quite a large area of terrain that abuts to our city government buildings and oth er facilities The UPRR uses this large rightof way area for a base of work opera tions and switching As can be the mayors letter continues the area can best be described as having a heavy industrial appearance and is in the vicinity of our civic center the police department and our city municipal building not to mention its being immediately adja cent to the downtown area The area needs to be cleaned up and this is true of the length and breadth of the UPRR as it passes through our city In many parts of the rightofway the growth of vegetation is such that the flow of rain water when we get Fraser wrote is inhibited and has become a collecting place for Utter of most every description This is indeed unfortunate for other than the ter control it is apparent to the casual observer that the UPRR keeps the rail bed in top The mayor then invites Tice to come to New Braunfels and tour the area And he suggests turning the main tenance yard into a tourist attraction in the form of a Remain Overnight RON area that would involve the staging of railcar sleeping pullmans and a dining car Fraser envisions rail travelers dis embarking within walking distance of the citys many historical and recre ational opportunities listing in his let ter the Hummel Museum parks the Comal River golf and downtown shopping In other he writes there would be much to keep the railroad tourist occupied and entertained in an RON Fraser expresses hope that Tice and other railroad officials can visualize the mutual benefit to the UPRR and New Braunfels of such a railroad tourist area he writes the concept could provide an out standing and continuing public rela tions advertising campaign for all the parties involved demonstrating how mutual cooperation can work to the advantage of the railroad and our For advertising or information call KMtro 6060846
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