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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                National Little League named See Page 5 50 CENTS The Landa Park gazebo 10 Pages in one section Thursday June New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of RUSS WHlTEHOUSE Vol 143 No 149 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Russ Whitehouse William Schumann Precilla Ann Dominguez 22 Sue Groff Audrey Krueger and happy 10th anniversary to Jack and Vicki Ralph River information Comal River 299 cubic feet per second down 5 cfs Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet same as yesterday Guadalupe River 581 cfs Transportation meeting tonight Tonight at 7 at the Municipal Courtroom the main Street Transportation Commit tee will host an open meeting regarding the possibility of some kind of transit system for the city of New Braunfels Visitors from the State Trans portation Department the Capitol Area Rural Transporta tion System and Hamilton and Associates will speak about a feasibility study com pleted in 1992 for New Braun fels Section 18 of a State Transportation Funding Grant Program and systems in oper ation elsewhere in Texas All interested individuals are invited to attend to determine general interest in pursuing a transit system for the city Concert in the Park The annual Concert in the Park series continues Thurs day June 8 at at the Landa Park Shell Admission to the concerts is free and concessions will be available Individuals are urged to bring lawn chairs coolers picnic baskets children and friends to Landa Park This weeks performer is country and rock band Grapes of Wrath No glass containers are allowed in the park Rainedout concerts may not be resched uled Lioness Club installs officers The New Braunfels Lioness Club will install its new officers at a banquet at the Holiday Inn banquet room June 12 at 6 Rummage sale donations needed First Protestant Church Seguin and Coll streets will hold a rummage sale Satur day June 10 from 9 to 3 in the Family Life Center All donations of sale items accepted Deliver to FPC Seele Parish or call 6097729 ext 26 to schedule pickup of large items Gl group meets New Braunfels Forum 1014 F of American Gl Forum meets every second Thursday at at American Legion Home 410 W Coll The winning numbers Lotto Texas million jackpot TEXflS lOTTERV Commissioners consider forcing developers to build on larger lots By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Planting a paver Antonio Henry and Pine Gilbert place the first stones for the Court of Honor on the Plaza yesterday The pro ject is raising money for the Downtown Association Blimpie jumps on new marketing trend By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A new concept in convenience stores has come to New Braunfels aimed at making refueling and get ting something to eat more conve nient for the traveler Midtex Oil Inc has just opened a new Blimpie Sub shop However what makes this store different is that it is located in a gas station con venience store Stephen Richard son Operation Manager for Food Services said that this is the first venture of this type in New Braun fels and is a new trend among con venience stores Richardson said the idea is to allow travelers to refuel and get something to eat at one location instead of having to stop several times He said this increases the amount of traffic through the shop for both business He said people are more likely to stop at a convenience store where they can get something other than microwavable food He also said people are more likely to buy on impulse when they are in the store Richarson said a sand wich shop was chosen because sandwiches are easiest to eat while on the road We want to be more commuted friendly more transit Richardson said Richardson said the store is a test location He said the shop has only been open since May 1 and already has a regular customer base of local people He said that once this shops success is evaluated more shops may be opened in other Texaco Pit Stop stores around New Braunfels This is a new concept for Midtex Oil so well take things slow at first while were said Richardson Blimpie Subs is located in the Texaco at IH 35 S and Ruckle Road Putting a fast food restaurant inside a gas station convenience store is becoming more common In an attempt to prevent fouling drinking water supplies the Comal County Commissioners Court is con sidering new regulations that would require larger lot sizes for homes in the county The move is being opposed by developers who say the rules would result in subdivisions built with fewer amenities making the county a less desirable place to live The OnSite Sewerage Facility Order being developed by Comal County would require larger lot sizes by setting maximum distances around water wells and septic systems According to the amendments pre sented to the court lots located over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and served by a public water system would have to be at least one acre However no portion of a septic system may be within 150 feet of any public or private water well Lots not located over the recharge zone would have to be at least half an acre and the same guidelines for the septic system apply Homes on lots served by individual water wells would have to have a 150 footradius around the septic system and a 150 foot radius around the water well The two would be able to par tially overlap but the septic system would not be allowed within 150 feet of the water well However debate began over the wording of the regulations and the definitions of some of the terms used Judge Carter Casteel said this was an attempt by the county to prevent sewerage from polluting drinking water arid other commissioners were in agreement with her The purpose of all this is to con serve the water quality Once weve polluted the water and the aquifer dries The purpose of all this is to conserve the water quality Once weve polluted the water and the aquifer dries up it wont matter because no one will want to develop Danny Scheel county commissioner up it wont matter because no one will want to develop said Com missioner Danny Schccl Design consultants present were concerned that the required radius would cause developers to form sub with basic rectangle lots They also voiced concern that there would not be any culdesacs because Ihc lots would have o be extremely large or in odd shapes to meet the well requirements They asked that this be taken into consideration because they believed it would take away from the beauty of the county Polluted water is not a problem of only Edwards Aquifer There is also concern over the quality of water from the Trinity Aquifer and septic systems being placed too close to water wells may only make it worse said Casteel Theres plenty of water in the Trin ity Aquifer it just may not be drink she said Casteel said the input from the pub lic was appreciated and brought up many issues needing to be addressed before a final version is approved The county staff will make adjustments to the regulations and the new version will be presented to the commissioners court on June 22 at District 1 residents pepper officials with questions at town meeting By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer District 1 residents kept the experts on their toes at last nights town meeting held jointly by City Councilman Juan Luis Martinez and Coun ty Commissioner Cristina Zamora Though not a large group the citizens each pressed the speak ers with pointed questions I thank you with all my heart for being said Community Development Advisory Commit tee member Gloria Sasser introduced speakers addressing a range of topics Gus Caldwell on veterans affairs Richard Delgado on San Antonio College New Braunfels extension Shel Me Williams on the Comal County Health Depart ment City Manager Mike Shands on city ser vices Several residents brought street drainage prob lems to We have poor drainage on Comal Street we have been complaining since one resident said Street and drainage projects are lined up for years Shands said but the halfcent sales tax will help more projects get done Some said their com plaints to the city had gone unanswered If our city workers do not help you if city crews do something to your property or break something call Shands said If you call me Martinez direct you will not be Several residents were plagued by neighbors who dont keep up their property letting grass grow and trash collect Grass on a property by Grape and Mill streets had grown so tall that school children had to wait for the school bus in the street one resident said What can we legal ly do to make the owner take care of the proper she said If asking an owner to maintain his own prop erty fails residents can legally mow a neighbors strip of land by the street called right of Shands said Right of way is really owned by the city but given back to the property owner to maintain he said Citizens can complain to the city if the grass or trash becomes a hazard but the city probably wont be able to fix it quickly he said Keeping area children immunized drives the Comal County Health Department McWilliams said Five hundred people almost all children had their shots updat ed in the Schlitterbahn immunization drive she said It was a lot of she said Those of you who see parents and children please see that they are immunized bring them McWilliams said Education is the key to getting what you want Zamora out of life Delgado said and higher education is available to practically anyone in New Braunfels who wants it through SAC New Braunfels exten sion courses One residents registration paperwork got lost between the cracks after he filled it out in Jan uary To date he had not heard back from SAC Delgado took the mans name and social securi ty number promising to take care of the problem San Antonio College is committed to growing and improving the services and classes offered in New Braunfels Delgado said SAC its an opportunity for everyone in the community to improve the quality of he said City council members Brenda Freeman C Ray Schoch and Jan Kennady also attended the meeting making a full council quorum The good participation at last nights meeting should be only a beginning Zamora said Make your children aware your friends your relatives that this is an opportunity to talk to the people who run your she said Barnhill Trading Company to build warehouse center in New Braunfels The New Braunfels economy will receive another boost from industry when Bamhill Trading Company Inc builds a new warehouse distribution center and offices this summer in New Braunfels Barnhill plans to build a new squarefoot facility along IH 35 which will create 11 new jobs in the area in the next two years Funding for the con struction came from a loan from the Small Business Administra tion with the help of the Lower Col orado River Authority Barnhill was founded in 1984 The company was originally established as a direct import and export trading com pany specializing in selling a complete wholesale line of bath products includ ing vanity cabinets medicine cabinets toilet seats towel bars and paper hold ers In 1988 Barnhill obtained Carter Lumber Company of Kent Ohio as its top customer Carter operates 175 retail home centers McCoys Corporation with 100 stores nationwide is BarnhilFs second largest customer Dobrowolski resigns post as city engineer By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels will be looking for a new city engineer William Dobrowolski New Braun fels city engineer for nine years is moving on to greener pastures I resigned as of Friday to go look for better Dobrowolski said His job as city engineer made such demands on Dobrowolskis time that he didnt have a chance to look for a new job until he had resigned he said Dobrowolska and the city parted on friendly terms with no hard feel ings on either side City Manager Mike Shands said City projects will continue on schedule while the city looks for a new engineer Shands said Bill Dobrowolski has brought his pro jects close to he said If a project requires an engineers seal during the interim period the city will contract for engineering services The city is advertising internally to see if anyone on staff is qualified for the job If not the search will widen to the general public Shands said The salary range is about to he said I appreciate the work Bill Dobrowolski did for the Shands said He had virtually no free Many employers and workers face the problem of city work ers included Shands said The recent trend toward more citizen involve ment in local government means more committees having more meet ings usually at night Shands said City department heads who work on salary put in full days then attend several meetings a week on week ends and evenings Shands said For subscription information call the 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