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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Unicorns earn share of district title See Page 7A 50 CENTS The Landa Park train New Braunfels Herald I 18 Pages in two sections Wednesday May Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MARCOS CAMPOS TORRES ung VoU43 No 123 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Marcos Campos Torres Marissa Joe Saari Florence Wipke and Cruz Rosa Zavala Chamber drive breaks records The 3day membership drive of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce ended Thursday and the results brought the total membership of the Chamber to a new record high according to Bill Morton Chair of the drive and Immediate Past Chair of the Chambers board Total cham ber membership is now 1390 which exceeds any previous year in the chambers history The membership drive net ted 122 new members and in new dues income Morton Wib Amacher Sue Hahn Arlon Hermes Jan Kennady and Chuck Teeter earned member ship in the chambers Blue Coat organization by recruiting more than 15 membership units According to Morton there are many workers who are in the process of closing additional sales and it is antici pated there will be several more members joining within the next week or ten days Morton said There were 47 volunteers who worked over the 3day period to make this drive a success and it certainly demonstrates the strength of the New Braunfels Chamber which is much larger than oth er chambers in cities of similar Valley Choir to perform Smithson Valley High School Choir will perform Thursday at at the SVHS Com mons Public and parents are welcome They will perform songs from their awardwin ning performances CMS Eighth Grade Awards Banquet set The Canyon Middle School Eighth Grade Awards Banquet will be held at 7 May 16 at the Canyon Middle School Commons NBHS AllSports Booster Club to hold Spring Banquet The New Braunfels High School AllSports Booster CJub Spring Banquet will be held Thursday May 4 starting at 6 in the New Braunfels Civic Center Athletes will be recognized and honored along with their coaches Tickets can be bought in advance for each at Unicorn Food Mart and at the High School front office Correction An article on page 1 of the Thursday April 27 1995 HeraldZeitung contained some incorrect information We might start seeing larger craft on the Comal now that we have that improved exit It took a pretty athletic effort just to get a tube up those old was stated by Zero Rivers of Rockin R River Rides Water agreement called a positive step By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Concerned citizens and officials con nected with various governmental agencies convened at the Civic Center Tuesday to discuss regional water con cerns specifically a recent letter of intent between several area water agen cies The letter states that these entities will begin working on a plan to bring surface water to San Antonio and its suburbs Those entities include New Braunfels Utilities the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Canyon Regional Water Authority San Antonio River Authority San Antonio Water System and Bexar Metropolitan Water GBRA General Manager Bill West said estimates indicated San Antonio GBRA general manager claims pumping Lake Dunlap water to wont hurt the river would need acrefeet of water per year to relieve pumping of the aquifer The Guadalupe River he esti mated could provide only about acrefeet of water per year Shortterm projects could include water from near Lake Dunlap being shipped to the San Antonio metropol itan area That would only be part of a plan however and West said Bcxar Co residents would have to pay all costs and make plans for replacement He claimed the level of the river would not drop due to this process The No 1 responsibility of the GBRA is to provide water to the 10 counties in the basin not Bcxar he said but added peo ple in the region dont know the val ue of water Weve got to do a better job conserving and With the State Legislature winding to a clos2 federal water monitor Joe G Moon Jr told the crowd a federal judge is waiting to see if the State Leg islature could come up with some kind of regulation plan for pumping West said this was essential to the agree ment between the water entities One bill in the Legislature is sup ported by the Edwards Underground Water District which includes Bexar Comal and Hays counties and the Uvaldc and Medina Underground Water Districts Moore criticized their plan as not stringent enough to ensure spring flow and would probably not keep the federal judge from institut ing further measures The three Comal Co members of EUWD do not support wording in an interlocal agreement between these three water districts being used in leg islation It interlocal agreement was only to serve as a guide so we would have a model and could sit down and talk with these other said Jack Ohlrich a EUWD board member from Comal Co was not to be used directly as Moore warned that water levels over the last months were below normal and that the federal judge could act to restrict pumping if he sees no progress from the Legislature The next 60 days arc critical in terms of spring said Moore adding that over the last 30 years the aquifer has reached a critical low point during the summer one in every three years think it will only get The San Antonio City Council unan imously approved the letter of intent by the water agencies for an initial plan But Moore said many forces many in San Antonio and western counties where irrigation is needed arc opposed to what they consider too harsh pump ing limits County militia debates its future By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Representative visits HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL State Representative Edmund Kuempel RSeguin was the featured speaker at yesterdays Downtown Association meeting at the Plaza Diner Here he discusses issues with Karen Crandall Wes Studdard and Esther Headrick Two charter amendments would make minor changes By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The first Amendment to the New Braunfels Charter on the May 6 ballot has drawn attention and controversy It would change New Braunfels mayoral election to atlarge the whole city voting and by plurality the one with the most votes Two other amendments will be on the ballot for voters to approve or reject Both are considered housekeeping amendments That is they change the technical wording of the charter but changes in policy if any are minor Amendment 2 deals with eligibility to run for a seat on City Council Currently the charter reads that a person has to 1 be a New Braunfels resident for at least 12 months and 2 own property in order to run The amendment would eliminate the part about owning property That way a renter would be eligible to run for city council Amendment 3 is a change in wording to make the charter agree with the citys present situation In the sec tion about property tax assessment the charter reads that property will be assessed by the City TaxAssessor Col lector There is no longer a City TaxAssessor Collector in New Braunfels Property is now assessed by the Comal Appraisal District Amendment 3 would change the words in the charter from City TaxAssessor Collector to Comal Appraisal Amendment 2 makes a minor change renters as well as property owners could run for city council Amendment 3 is only a technical change in wording with no policy change The Comal County Militia in its first meeting since the bombing of the feder al building in Oklahoma City debated its future last night The meeting ended with the group voting unanimously to reaf firm its status as a militia But at the same time the group also started a signup sheet to form a sister organization that would not have the stigma of the militia attached The work ing name for the new group is The Non Violent Concerned Citizens Action About 55 people attended last nights militia meeting at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative about half as many as attended many past meetings Unit Commander Ann Utterback thanked the crowd for turning out It took a lot of courage for you to come tonight in the face of such overwhelmingly negative media She said many members were afraid to come to the meeting since media reports have tied bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh to a Michigan militia group She said many members have called her and asked to have their names removed from the mailing list How does it feel to be threatened intimidated oppressed Anyone not feel threatened intimidated and oppressed in the last couple of weeks asked Alex DePefia Bill Utterback who helped form the local militia told the crowd they should consider changing the organization from a militia to a political action group I do not believe that the militia is going to be the answer to our because 3 militia is based on force and he said I think the way out of this mess is to decrease the fear factor and increase the love factor If you want to be a militia under lf you are going to be a militia be a militia Get organized Get armed Get trained and get ready for self Bill Utterback po Utterback said This group has been a nonviolent concerned citizens action group that has carried the banner of the militia That banner has become an anchor If you are going to be a militia be a militia Get organized Get armed Get trained and get ready for Other members said they are proud to be part of the militia and proud of its goals Ive had a lot of people tell me in the last two weeks not to come back My friends my mom my wife But 1 am a volunteer fireman just like 1 am a Comal County Volunteer and I dont care how hot it gets Ill keep coming one man said as the room broke into applause After a lengthy debate the group vot ed unanimously to reaffirm its status and goals as a militia But they also started the signup sheet for a sister organization Ann Utterback said a lot of people who are now scared to attend militia meet ings would be willing to attend meet ings of The NonViolent Concerned Cit izens Action Group and the group could be more politically active than the mili tias charter allows Other members said the new group could be an excellent recruiting tool for the militia People could start coming to meetings of the nonviolent group and learn more about the militia and then start attending mili tia meetings they said Friends For Rivers meet at 7 tonight Friends For Rivers the local nonprofit grass roots organization dedicated to education about and cleanliness of the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and Canyon Lake will hold a general membership meeting Wednesday May 3 at 7 in the Herb Schneider Room of Victoria Bank and Trust Members input is needed for 199596 goals Plans will also be finalized for this weekends upper river cleanup New members are also being recruited and anyone interested in learning more about FFR is encouraged to attend For information call 6255378 The cleanup will include about a 50mile area from Zoeller Lane to the DemiJohn Ranch above Canyon Lake Registration will last from 9 Saturday at the Weidner Foot Canoes just off FM 311 south of the river The cleanup will run from to 5 and a dinner will follow at the Wcidncr Ranch Early voting in city election brings in ballots By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Early voting totals point to good participa tion in Saturdays city election Early voting ended yesterday with a total of people voting in person and about 100 mailing in their ballots City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi said Were looking for a good turnout Sat Sarkozi said Sarkozi and other election workers are seal ing up ballot boxes and gearing up for Satur day The polls are open Saturday from 7 to 7 Well be here from seven to seven plus a little because of the she said Texas has three of its four regular election days on Saturdays while some states have election days on Tuesdays only One possible reason for voting on Saturday is that many schools are used for polling places Sarkozi said Its easier to find election workers espe cially if theyre she said This years election workers got hightech training from the state We got videotapes on new information from the Secretary of Sarkozi said Election judges will show the tapes to the she said Polls are open Saturday May 6 1995 7 to 7 1995 polling places are Dist 1 Lone Star Elementary 2343 West San Antonio Street Dist 2 Memorial Elementary School 1900 South Walnut Avenue Dist 3 Seele Ele mentary School 540 Howard Street Dist 4 Frazier Elementary School 1411 Highway 81 East Residents with any questions about voting such as in which district they live are urged to call 6082100 HeialdZeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNAI Kenneth Brietzke casts his ballot yesterday Criticize a vegetable and go to jail Sound silly It is See Page 44   

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