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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Smithson Valley volleyball team ready to take next step CENTS New Braunfels 262 EL PA The old LCRA building 16 Pages in one section Wednesday August HeraldZeitung Serving Comal County for more than 143 years rs Home of LIONEL LOPEZ JR Vol 143 No 20 Inside Sports Arts Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes o Vivian Nuhn Patricia Kraul ionel Lopez Stephanie M Salazar Mark Manion Kery Ethel VVomack and Lau ra Jane Gonzales River and aquifer information omal River 266 cubicfeetper second up 12 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe River Al Barlow and Friends play free Al Barlow and Friends will per form the free Concert in the Park Thursday Aug 24 The concert starts at at the dance slab in Landa Park Bring lawn chairs but no glass containers allowed Register your well Well owners in the bound aries of the Edwards Under ground Water District can pick up registration forms Monday through Friday from 8 to at the Comal County Tax AssessorCollector office 150 Suite 101 New Braunfels County well required to register their wells with the EUWD effective Aug 22 Model train show New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show will be held from 9 to Aug 26 at the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin Admission is for adults and for under 18 Under five free Railroad art date nails model trains operating layouts building kits and sup plies memorabilia books tools Call 9352517 for infor mation Rec center meeting Organizers are calling for a large show of support at a public meeting Thursday Aug 24 at 7 at the Canyon Lake Action Center to discuss concerns for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center Representatives from the county parks committee Army Corps of Engineers and county officials have been invited to discuss recent actions taken on the proposed site below Canyon Dam Cancer support group to meet The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society will meet at Thursday Aug 24 in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000N Walnut Anyone with cancer and their significant others are invited to attend If you have any questions call the ACS at 6295717 or Marian Hicks at 6291763 Find out about Jaycees tonight Join the Jaycees tonight at Newks Tennis Ranch If you would like to join or would like to know more about Jaycees eligible 21to 40yearolds are invited to a special meeting beginning at at the ranchs Main Lodge For for information call Sue Kolath at 6206349 Buherde forming new chamber of commerce BY DAVID DE KUNDER Staff writer With the Bulverde area growing at a rapid pace Bulverde resident Nathan Oxhandler believes the formation of a chamber of commerce will be benefi cial for the community There are people who have moved into our community three or four years ago and do not know how many dif ferent types of businesses we have Oxhandler who is president of the Bulverde Chamber of Commerce said We want new people moving into this area to know what is happen ing Oxhandler said the goals of the chamber of commerce would be to get people to work together in the Bul verde community familiarize new res idents with the area and promote good steady growth New members are wel comed into the chamber and are need ed to publicize the formation of the chamber Oxhandler said The chamber had 75 members as of last week The organization is trying to have a meeting in which it can adopt its by laws to officially become a chamber of commerce Last week at a joint mixer with the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Oxhandler said his organization did not have enough members to make up a quorum which would have been 25 members Oxhandler said he will try again at the end of this month to hold another meeting to adopt the bylaws for the chamber Our chamber hopes to take in the individuals the families and the non profit organizations in the Bulverde Oxhandler said 1 want the chamber to publish an area communi ty calendar because we have so many organizations raising money at the same time We want people to work these conflicts out and a community calendar would do To get new residents aware of what is going on in the community Oxhan dler said the chamber will participate in a welcome wagon program in which one or two chamber members would get names and addresses of the new residents Once those residents are iden tified the chamber would send packets familiarizing the new people with the area Pat Patton publisher of the Bulverde Standard has been one of the moving forces behind the formation of the chamber since the movement began this spring Since the BulverdeSpring Branch area is not incorporated I believe vate organization such as the chamber of commerce is the best way that we can help insure a higher standard of Patton said The chamber would serve as a social function for existing and new businesses to meet other peo CISD board makes moves to keep up with growth By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict is once again addressing growth in the district and is adjusting facilities and staff to fit the growing number of students according to CISD officials CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the total enrollment of students in the district has increased from last year by more than 500 students n the total numberof students enrolled on the first day of class was As of Monday the total number enrolled for the 199596 school year was Major said the principals at each campus were asked to look at the num ber of students they have and deter mine if additional staffer facilities are needed After looking at the requests of the principals the board of trustees approved the addition of three teachers one aide and two additional portable buildings The additional staff will add to the budget and the build ings will add about One of the teachers hired will be a kindergarten teacher for Bulverde Pri mary where there are six sections of classes and each one has 24 students in it The state maximum is 22 students The principal told administrators that no additional space would be needed for the extra class Thats a lot of kids Twentyfour five year olds is a said Major The second teacher is for Mountain Valley Elementary School and will be for the sixth grade Mountain Valley will also receive a portable building to provide more space The state does not mandate how many students can be in a class at the fifth and sixth grade lev el however the district tries to keep it at 25 said Major There are four sec tions of sixth graders at the campus with 29 students in each Bulverde Elementary has 30 fifth graders in a class and 29 sixth graders Principal Linda Swanson said her teachers do not want another teacher but they would like an aide The board approved the aide However they also approved an additional teacher and a portable building which can be used at a later date if enrollment increases greatly I think 35 is unworkable and we could easily get to 35 way growth is said board President Jim Mid dleton I would like to approve it and have you make the decision when we get to the level of needing In other business the board approved an amendment to the bond resolution The board deleted early voting at the branch locations on Sept 29 due to a school holiday for the Comal County Fair However the Central Office will remain open for early voting on that date HeraldZeltung photo by ROGER CROTEAU Day in the sun Sevenyearold Amanda Smith swings on the playground at Landa Park Monday afternoon Scotty Ryan and Courtney Brooks play in the back ground Marion approves fiveyear water line project Edwards Aquifer Authority blocked By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A state judge in Uvalde put a screeching halt to Edwards Aquifer negotiations when he issued a temporary restrain ing order blocking next Mondays planned start of the Edwards Aquifer Authority State District Judge Mickey R Pennington granted the order after the Medina County Underground Water District filed a lawsuit challenging the legality of the EAA I am really disappointed that our neighbors to the west have done said Doug Miller appointed EAA member We had really started to form a coalition to work on these Pennington set a hearing for Sept 1 At that time he may be asked for an injunction against the law that forms the EAA blocking the EAAs authority until the Medina Coun ty lawsuit can be tried There is a possibility to take it to a higher court ques tioning Penningtons ability to have jurisdiction over this Miller said The EAAs problem is that since it has no authority and no budget yet it has no way to hire counsel to defend itself Miller said Maybe theres someone out there who will take the case pro he said U S District Judge Lucius D Bunton III made the ruling several years ago that pumping too much water from the Edwards Aquifer would violate the Endangered Species Act thus protecting the San Marcos and Comal Springs 1 would anticipate that Bunton is likely to remain involved until there are pumping said Joe Moore who was appointed aquifer monitor by Bunton The 27page lawsuit attacks the legislation that formed the EAA calling it The lawsuit says it destroys landowners and violates contracts The bottom line is that were asking the court to declare Senate Bill 1477 and House Bill 3189 as unconstitutional and said W Scott McCollough an Austin attorney who filed the lawsuit for the Medina County water district Senate Bill 1477 guarantees irrigating farmers two acre feet of water Miller said No one else has been given that kind of he said They want unlimited Everybody has really been working seriously and con scientiously for the Miller said Theres proba bly a small group of irrigators that are influencing and mak ing policy for a lot of BY DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer The Marion City Council approved a proposal by City Engineer Paul Den ham to build a a mile parallel water line that will double the capacity of water flow to the city during its Tues day night meeting The advantages of a parallel water line is that it is relatively maintenance free for 50 years and the city can build it in Denham said Denham president of Ford Engi neering in San Antonio said that the parallel water line would follow the present 8inch transmission line used by the city for water The new water line would start at the gallon city tank which is located at the inter section of Green Valley and Old Mar ion Roads The new line would paral lel the existing transmission line into Marion and be connected to the exist ing elevated water tank Cost estimates for the project are at Denham said Recently the city was awarded a Com munity Development Block Grant by the state of Texas The city will use that grant money and possibly in excess bond funds to help fund the project Mayor Glenn Hild said Denham said that the project could take five years to complete depending on the money the city has for the next Building the parallel water line makes the best sense in the long run for the Paul Denham five years Denham said the city will be applying for another Community Development Block Grant to help fund the project for fiscal year 199697 Building the parallel water line makes the best sense in the long run for the Denham said Denham said the existing gallon elevated water tank in Marion which is between 6070 years old has outlived it usefulness and that trying to repaint it would be costly because the city would have to adhere to guidelines set by the Environmental Protection Agency Denham said it would be bet ter for the city to tear it down In other council business in Jimmy Schulz as alder man Schulz was appointed to fill in the spot vacated by Rebecca Wilki son who resigned because she and her family moved to Stockdale the 199495 fiscal year budget to add an additional to the budget because of increased sales tax revenue for the city The addition al money will be used to pay off a new police car for the city New Lone Star Card gets favorable initial reviews By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer At the beginning of the month the Lone Star card replaced food coupons and checks for Aid to Families with Dependent Children AFDC in Comal County and officials are already call ing it a success Janet Hahn eligibility supervisor for the Texas Department of Human Ser vices in Comal County said the pro gram has been going and there have been few problems She said there was a computer hardware problem in which the connection was being bro ken and the system would be down for about 15 or 20 minutes It didnt cause much of a problem here It was mainly just an inconve she said Another small problem her office has seen is that people were throwing out the mailouts because they did not know what they were or were not reg istering their cards However she said the number of calls and questions have already decreased and she is expecting an even larger decrease in September 1 was impressed with how quickly it caught on Ive been real pleased with it this she said Hahn said there are approximately cases in Comal County and the last figure she remembers seeing showed a month in food stamp assistance She said she has heard favorable comments from the recipients and retailers she has dealt with personally say the program is going well The program already covers half the state and State Comptroller John Sharp said the program is paving the way for a similar system nationwide before the turn of the century Sharp said the change to the elec tronic system has already helped reduce the amount of fraud He said authorities quickly busted a million illegal food stamp ring in the Houston area Law officers told Sharps office the ring had been in existence for at least a year but adequate evidence could not be gathered The conversion has also saved tax payers in printing mailing security and tabulation costs Taxpayers no longer have to send Washington million a year to print the paper coupons a year to ship them under armed euard and another million to destroy them after they Hahn said she doc figures on the impact Comal County However Sharp s have increased sine implemented There was a from one month icreasc because only food can be bought with the card said Sharp Its a simple safe and smart way to do said Sharp in a recent report he issued It has already begun to return those federal programs to their original hungry Social Security unemployment insurance disability payments and oth er public cash benefit programs arc being considered for the card which will save taxpayers even more money Stale lawmakers are also looking at the possibility of adding photographs to the cards reduce the potential for fraud even further and add more security against stolen cards For advertising or subscription information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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