Friday, June 9, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Newcombe tennis player set to play at Wimbledon Juniors Page 5 50 CENTS The Landa Park train 16 Pages in one section Friday June New Braunfels Herali Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of KODY WILLIAMS Vol 143 No 150 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes UxKocly Williams and Susan Adams River information Comal River 299 cubic feet per second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet down 03 Guadalupe River cfs East Torrey Street closed for two weeks The City Street Department is reconstructing East Torrey Street from South Union Street to Lakeview Boulevard East Torrey Street will be closed to road vehicle traffic at South Union Street and Lakeview Boulevard for two weeks start ing Monday June 12 from 7 to 4 each day Detour route willjoe via Lake view Boulevard and Austin Street Stores and parking will be accessible as normal Register now for Business Trade Show The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Monday June 12 to be a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept 12 and 13 After that time registration will be opened to the public Public hearing on sexual assault program slated The Comal County Womens Center will hold a public hear ing concerning the reapplica tion for funds for the Centers Sexual Assault Program This program is funded in part by the Texas Department of Health The board of directors will meet on Tuesday June 13 at at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza 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 Garage and bake sale The George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 Ladies Auxiliary is having a garage and bake sale on Saturday June 10 at Perfection Automotive 324 Paradise Alley from 8 to Hummel Club to meet The Museum Chapter of the Humrnel Club meets at 7 June 13 at the museum Canyon Lake event Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June 15 at the Hill Coun try Nursery Push is on to bring public transit to city By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The time may be right for New Braunfels to have public transporta tion In fact it may be now or never That was the consensus at last nights meeting of various local and regional officials They took a second look at a feasi bility study done by E P Hamilton and Associates for the city of New Braunfels and the Alamo Area Council of Governments AACOG in 1992 One reason were focusing on this again is that interest has been shown and funds will be Main Street Director Karen Crandall said San Marcos has recently begun trol ley service with seven routes cover ing the city and Fredericksburg has allocated for a public transit system Texas Department of Transportation Public Transportation Specialist Car olyn Goodall said Its 1995 three years later and San Marcos has a com petitive edge on New Braunfels Factory Stores Manager and Trans portation Committee Chairman James Kucster said There is a perceived need for public transportation from a variety of groups This twoloop bus system was proposed by consultants Hamilton and Associates in a study finished three years ago It is being used as a starting point by city leaders looking at bringing a public transportation system to New Braunfels in New Braunfels Community Devel Home that need to get around opment Director Penelope Church said Les Thorn of the Senior Citizens Ccn Weve got 94 people up in Eden ter said Marcos has a competitive edge on James Kuester New Braunfels Factory Stores Manager From u tourist standpoint it is def initely a Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jim Schcclc said The study presents a proposal for public transit in New Braunfels com plete with two routes for local resi dents use and one route to serve tourists We should took at the study as a starting Harold Collins of E P Hamilton said Planners would seek public input on all phases of the system from routes to the type of buses used Im encour aging people to write us and let us know if theres an Crandall said Crandall can be reached at 424 S Castcll Avenue New Urauntcls Texis 78130 The cost breakdown will have changed since the 1992 study Collins said Section 18 funding is what could make a New Braunfels public transit system possible Goodall said Right now we have expansion dollars but those funds will he very uncertain alter this To get in under the wire for federal kinds the application would need to be in the Austin office by Jan 1996 Cjoodall said Two other applications arc already she said Under Section 18 the Federal Tran sit Authority would kick in SO percent of capital startup costs and 50 per cent of operating costs Collins said number of local entities could come up with the rest he said The system could be run by what ever group wanted to do it Goodall said the city government the cham ber of commerce the county govern ment or another entity Halfcent sales tax revenues could be one source of funding Al of AACOG said Some businesses served by the system might contribute some funds Schcclc said such as Schlillcr bahn and the New Braunfcls Factory Stores Gnjcne was not included on the orig inal route but there is interest in service to iniene Gruene merchant Mary Jane Nalley said its a question of whether svc want to be proactive and progres sive Right now were falling behind the she said River flows perfect for tubing and rafting By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The weekend is here and if the weather cooperates the rivers should be filled with residents and tourists taking advantage of water levels ideal for tubing and rafting Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides said the water flow in the Guadalupe River is perfect for both tubing and rafting The only tricky areas for tubing will be the Hueco Springs rapids and the low water dams the third and fourth crossings Oth er than these spots Rivers said the riv er is ready for a busy weekend The word is now out that weve got good water levels and theyll be coming in said Rivers Rivers also said anyone intending to enter the river should always contact a reputable outfitter before doing so The outfitters are the best source for river conditions and can offer advice to visitors said Rivers David Welsch of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority said the GBRA is releasing 581 cubic feet per second into the river which is only slightly less than it was last weekend following heavy rains when it was 587 cfs The rivers looking good for the said Welsch Welsch said the Canyon Lake Reser River Update voir level is at feet He said this is still considered two feet in the flood pool The GBRA has gotten permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to store more water than usual and release it at a lower level Welsch said this should allow water levels to remain desirable for a longer period of time Theres a real public benefit by us releasing it at a usable level and pre venting real low levels later he said Welsch hopes that by releasing the water at a slower rate the water will be available throughout the summer with out levels ever getting very low This would be good news for the rafters who depend on the water to get them downstream Rivers also believes the improved water levels will be benefi cial to other businesses in the county Its going to be real good for every business in Comal County for the next four to six week People will be in said Rivers HeraldZoittmg photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Construction accident AirLife personnel carry Guadalupe Rodriguez to the helicopter for transport to Brooke Army Medical Center yesterday at about 5 Rodriguez was working at the Bill Miller Barbecue construction site at Interstate 35 and 3009 in Schertz He was pinned between a truck which was backing up and a trailer His condition was not available at press time Fire Museum opens with parade tomorrow County passes on computer trainer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners Court delayed making a decision that might allow the county to make a smoother entrance into the informa tipn age For the past year a trainer has been coming in and holding computer and software training classes one day a week Fred ONeal computer services manager for the county now wants to hire someone on a fulltime basis to fill the position ONeal said there is a definite need for additional help in the computer ser vices office which currently consists of two individuals The training either does not get done or a third party is contracted to come in and train employees he said Basically between the two of us were keeping the system running We dont have the time to do sufficient training that is badly said ONeal Over the last twelve months the trainer held 56 classes which ONeal said cost Had the onsite classes been taught by someone from the Software Group it would have been ONeal believes there will be plenty of work to fill up the individuals time Several department heads present at the meeting agreed ONeal asked the commissioners court to allow him to make a offer to the contracted instructor because she could be productive at day However the commissioners tabled the request County Judge Carter Casteel said she has two concerns over hiring the individual Her first concern is if there will be other tasks for the individual to do when there is no training Her sec ond concern is if that is too much mon ey to spend Its a question of do I need a black pen I can buy for a dollar and a quarter or do I need a more expensive one with more ink that may last she said After this weekend citizens and vis itors in New Braunfels will have a museum in town where they can go and experience the past as it appeared to a firefighter The New Braunfels Fire Museum will hold its grand opening Saturday just in time for the summer tourism season Darren Brinkkoeter museum director said the activities will begin with a parade at 10 The parade will include a pipes and drum band four pieces of local apparatus and all the local firefighting manpower avail able Brinkkoeter said he sent out approximately 72 invitations to area fire departments to join in the parade He said that out of those 15 to 20 dif ferent departments said they would be represented with trucks in the parade The parade will begin at the corner of Gilbert and San Antonio streets und will end at the museum Following the parade will be the dedication and opening of the museum located on the bottom floor of Fire Sta tion No I at 169 S Hill Brinkkoeter said there is no admission fee for the museum so people will feel free to vis it it as often us they wish We think its important for citi zens to see what weve done and how weve progressed through said Brinkkoeter 1 le said funds for the maintenance and care of the museum will be provided through donations He also said that if Visitors will get the sausage dinner is New Braunfels successful on Satur day another one may be held next year Activities will conclude uith the barbecue sausage dinner at the Cen tral Fire Station Plates will be served between I 1 and 2 Brinkkoelei said tick ets for the meal arc available at the Fire Administration Building and Ciu Hall and cost a plate 1 le said they will have approximately 00 plates available and tickets can be pur chased at the door The money will be used to maintain the museum and to get bigger and bct a look at the history of firefighting at newest museum ter said Brinkkoeter Brinkkoeter said the museum will constantly undergo changes and addi tions to upgrade it I lowever lie said it is complete and ready for the grand opening this week end Hiinkkocler said many of the tiie fiLhkis have volunteered their time to complete the project and are anxious for it lo be open to the public Theyre the ones getting it painted aiui fixed up Theyre the ones prepar ing it and its taken lots of manpower and hours They cant wait for it to said Brinkkoeter For subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144