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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Class of the Week Susan Peteetes Kingergarten at Goodwin 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 111 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Thursday Dec Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of MARY JEKEL Vol 142 No 276 Inside Class of the Sports The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Mary Jekel Betty Sanchez Alfre do Aleman Eligin Urias Brenda BorchersFreeman Nina Garcia 21 Jeff Scott Ramon Espinoza Happy Anniversary to Raymond Ali cia Ybarra 24 jl Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens have begun to submit donations to the Herald Zettungs annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 16259144 Volunteers for food delivery are needed Avery said Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery Todays donations include Mary and Charles Waite S25 Steven J Slagle S100 Post Office to host open house Dec 9 The Postal Service will host a open house at the New Braunfels Post Office on Seguin St on Friday Dec 9 from 9 to 1 Refreshments will be served during the day The Post Office will have extended holiday hours from Dec 5 through Dec 24 Mon day through Friday from 8 to and on Saturday from to In January the cost of Postal stamps will rise to 32 cents from 29 cents Book signing at the Sophienburg today The twovolume set of books New Braunfels The First Founders has arrived and will be available for pickup at the Sophienburg Archives after 10 today From 5 to 8 today author Everett Fey will be at the Sophienburg Archives 200 N Seguin to autograph the books for purchasers Books ordered at the prepub lication rate will be available for pickup and books will be avail able for sale at the regular rate of plus tax The winning numbers Lotto Texas million jackpot TEXflSr LOTTERV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint TNRCC approves water district petition By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The threemember pane of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved a petition to create a proposed Comal County Underground Water Conservation District under Chapter 52 powers of the Texas Water Code The TNRCC Commission basically gave the go ahead for temporary directors of the district to call an election to create the district We now jump to the Election said Cameron Wiley of Bulverde who filed the peti tion to create the district on Feb There are only four times a year where you can have an Wiley said the election will include only resi dents of the proposed underground water dis Next step is to call water district election trict which would contain approximately 360 square miles of land in northwest Comal County overlying a portion of the Trinity Group Aquifer It would include about 64 percent of the countys area Temporary directors listed in the order include Wiley Edgar E Ash Harry Heimer Harold L Heller and Charles J Knibbe They must meet no later than 15 days to take oaths and no later than 30 days after that give the order for an elec tion The election would cover two purposes create the district and elect a board of directors Wiley said directors would probably be elect ed from each of the three precincts within the dis trict and two atlarge Neither of the atlarge directors could come from the same district so that three directors could not serve from one district1 If the Commissioners Court can comply with everything then we dont have to do a said Wiley in response to regulations under the Elec tion Code The district if approved by voters would be able to conserve and protect the waters of the aquifer through recharge brush control projects identification of pollution and education projects according to the TNRCC The district has pro posed an initial tax rate of two cents per S100 val uation producing an estimated annual revenue of The districts initial budget is pro posed at SI A public hearing was held March 31 and July 2021 in the county to let different sides express their opinions Hearings Examiner Elizabeth Todd recommended the district be proposed as a fullpowers Ch 52 district although the petition requested certain limitations such as the tax rate not exceeding five cents and no general obligation bonds Since there is no mechanism set out in the statute that would allow the District to drop these restrictions in the future even with majority sup port from the voters the limitations may serve to prevent the District from undertaking projects with widespread support which would provide substantial benefit to the her report read Comal County Commissioners Court has sup ported the idea of creating an underground water conservation district Plans for first recycled water program in county unveiled By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer While the city of New Braunfels will begin curbside recycling in Jan uary the citys not alone in wishing to save things normally wasted Golf Parks New Braunfels which is building an 18 hole golf course on Common St near FM 306 will use recycled water from the Gruene water treatment plant to irrigate the course The New Braunfels Board of Trustees heard plans for the facility Parks President Robert Puetz Wednesday It has been our intention from day one to bring effluent to the golf he said We are looking at this point to finalize the contract with the utility here in the next few The board has given preliminary approval to the project which will be the first recycled water program in Comal County NBU will spend on a pump and on at least one mile of 10 inch water line from the treatment plant to the course The util ity will sell the water to Golf Parks and should recoup their investment over an eight year period according to NBU officials Golf Parks also will pay NBU a down payment for the project However NBU will main tain ownership of the line after the eight years It is a pioneering said NBU Manager Paula DiFonzo We dont have a lot of examples to go Board members were so enthused with the proposed program they ques tioned if there could be more uses for the recycled water When asked by a board member if he had an alternative plan should the recycled water become unavailable during dry periods Puetz said he had three using river water through a line provided by NBU potable water and as a last choice an onsite well not yet fully tested Robert and his wife Sue who he says will be in charge of the operation were satisfied with the chance come before the board It will not be a secondary said the Austin resident This will be my primary interest I think it will benefit the community The course designed by Colonial Gplf Design Inc of Virginia will be open to the public A practice driving range with five greens has been includ ed for the facility Golf Parks plans to build up the area in three phases After the golf course which will consist of 16 chal lenging par threes and two par fours the plan is to build a batting cage and 3 miniature golf course In other NBU business P Utility board members reelected E C Momhinweg as board president to a 12month term Momhinweg will serve hjs eigth consecutive term as board president Car crashes through dead end HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels emergency medical technicians responded to an accident yesterday at approximate ly at the end of Michigan Avenue where local resident Louis Nlemeyer had driven his late model Toyota through a dead end Into a nearby tree He was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor Injuries The cause of the accident was still under Investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety officers City clears way for improvements to Comal River tuber exit area Parks Director says exit must meet requirements for disabled persons By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer Comal River tubers might eventually be able to do some thing that has not been done in the past when they reach the Union Street tube out of the river quickly and with ease The New Braunfels City Council approved Monday for City Manager Mike Shands to solicit bids for the river exit renovation City officials did not put a dollar amount on the work as they await bids from potential contractors The singlestairwelled exit ramp used by thousands of tubers a day during the summer must be renovated to meet the American With Disabilities Act of 1990 said David Whatley New Braunfels Director of Parks and Recreation Even if the ADA was not an issue the exit is not ade Whatley said Even for a person with the full use of arms and legs the exit is difficult to Whatley said the parks department has unofficially count ed more than tubers on certain days during the sum mer The exit now has one stairwell for all tubers to exit the Comal River and no exit for the disabled In researching the issue of ADA compliance for a river tubing exit ramp Whatley said he was told by federal offi cials that they failed to find any precedent or standard set for the disabled when it came to exit ramps Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River largest river outfitter in the county shuttles tubers in the New Braunfels area Rivers said he was in favor of the renova tions because it would give access to all river visitors not just tubers In our 15 years of experience no one in a wheel chair has ever gone tubing with us but they have gone whjte water he said But if you are the city you dont want to HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The exit from the Comal River to Union St will be made more userfriendly after renovations are com pleted be the last one to conform to ADA Whatley said among the several state and federal agencies he dealt with it was the ADA Region VI officials from Houston who came to inspect local facilities for compliance and were pleasantly surprised with the amount of com pliance already into One of the officials who made the trip was a quadriplegic who had tubed the Comal several times before We have had to coordinate with a lot of entities to get where we were Monday he said It was good that such a person we were consulting had used our facilities Generally speaking they were surprised we were in com The parks director said the department had been consid ering the renovation since 1988 and was supposed to have a plan installed by 1992 and have park facilities with ADA compliance by 1995 The Garden Street tube exit also needs renovating What ley said but said funding could be a factor and wanted to get the Union exit done first Site for new CISD school still in works By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Those Comal Independent School District residents expecting to hear1 where a new intermediate school will be located in the western portion of the county will have to wait again CISD trustees viewed a possible location near Bill Brown Elementary in the area of Hwy 281 and State Hwy 46 Trustees viewed a 20acre tract but could not come to a decision on the site or Weve got some basic concerns theproperty were looking said Jim Middleton president of the board which voted to table the item until the Dec 15 meeting Members of the Western Site Selec tion Committee have been researching possible sites for several months after voters passed a multimillion dollar bond to fund new schools in the dis trict According to Scott Watson chair man of the committee they focused on six areas started with around 20 sites and have trimmed that down to about three Watson said the committee has not recommended any one site to the board but hopes to do so at the Dec 15 meeting Were still under said Watson adding details needed to be worked We want to finish the whole process and not rush in It just takes Some property prices are reported to have increased in the area partly due to growth and especially since the dis trict began looking at sites for a school Watson stated the committee has had problems locating landowners who either live far away or are gone on vacation School officials are already in the process of selling part of the bond package to fund new construction for various projects including the three new intermediate schools Two of the sites are located on land already owned by the district Middleton said in a prior board meeting that time was of the essence and that the site needed to be deter mined Advent Vespers to sing Sunday From staff reports The 35th annual Advent Ves pers Massed Choir Cpncert will be presented Sunday Dec 4 at the First Baptist Church 733 Cross St in New Braunfels The event is sponsored by the federated New Braunfels Music Study Club with proceeds being used to provide a scholarship in music All singers in the community are invited to participate For subscription news or advertising information call 6259144 Metro 6060846   

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