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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorn cross country team opens defense of state title See Page 6 The Plaza Bandstand New Braunfels Herald 16 Pages in one section Friday September 50 CENTS Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of EDGAR AND CLARA DIETERT Vol 143 No 210 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Robert Croteau two Tippani Eppenson Adam Morales Eva Aleman Veronica Sotelo and Raymond Zamarri ta Happy 70th anniversary to Edgar and Clara Dietert River and aquifer information Comal River 254 ssme as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea fevei down 01 1 1 6 Canyon Lake Chamber holds membership drive The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is holding its fall membership drive all month Each chamber member is encouraged to sponsor one new member to the chamber There will be a special drawing at the October Mixer both sponsor and new member will be entered both could win a Canon Snappy V camera American Legion fish fry scheduled The American Legion Post 179 will hold its first Early Bird Membership Drive Fislf Fry on Sept 4 from to This is open to members who have paid their 1996 dues or are life members of Post 179 its auxiliary Sons of the Ameri can Legion or Junior Auxiliary The cost of your meal will be your 1996 dues Membership cards will be is a membersonly function No guests Members may pay their 1996 dues at the door and are encouraged to do so Also a reminder that auxiliary dues will be increasing as of November 1 For more information call 625 0179 Tuesday through Saturday after 3 Polio survivors to meet The New Braunfels Polio Sur vivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 1 1 Sat urday Sept 2 at Landa Station restaurant 381 Landa St Fo information call Debbie at 606 5556 Rena at 6204473 or Ray mond at 6251 363 How to run for office The League of Women Vot ers meeting Thursday Sept 7 will feature a discussion entitled How to Run for Speak ers include Austin Political Pub lic Relations Manager Clarke Straughan and Bexar County Court at Law Judge Shay Gephart The meeting will start a 7 in the Herb Schneide Room at Victoria Bank Cal Rose Marie Eash at 9803188 for information Young bowlers New Braunfels Young American Bowling Alliance will sign up youth bowlers for fall leagues Saturday Sept 2 from 10 to noon at Comal Bowl Leagues bowl on Saturdays at for ages 4 8 and for ages 9 20 Call Donald or Kim at 6256263 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint United Way kicks off drive for Campaign has already raked in By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The thermometer is already on the rise the United Way kicked off its 1995 campaign with volunteers and board members last night and the advance gift goal of has already been met More than 100 United Way workers filled the Senior Center to fire up for what they hope will be the best cam paign ever This years theme is A World of Difference One Peace at a What makes New Braunfels so great said President Doug Miller The volunteerism of our community people like you who give of their time to help The 1995 United Way drive started Aug 1 and continues until Nov 30 This years goal is United Way helps over peo ple throughout Comal Miller said Dollars given to United Way go far he said 98 cents of each dollar goes directly to help Comal County residents United Way representatives will be contacting area businesses to organize pledge drives When it comes to help ing others we have a great team spirit here in Comal said Drive Chairman Frances Huff Comal Countys united fund drive began in 1954 as the Community One drive for all drives was the Community Funds slogan The Community Fund joined the United Way in 1989 The United Way of Comal County now serves area residents by supporting the following Adult Literacy Coun cil American Red Cross Boy Scouts of America Bulverde Public Library Bulverde Senior Center Bulverde Spring Branch Community Service Center the Canyon Lake Action Cen ter Caring for Children CASA of Cen tral Texas Comal County 4H Comal County Welfare Board Comal Coun ty Emergency Childrens Shelter Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation Comal County Womens Center Comal County Youth Homemaking Comal County Youth Livestock Show Community Council of South Central Texas Community Service Center Crisis line Drug Dependency Council Family Outreach of Comal County Guadalupe Valley Council of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Homespun Lone Star Girl Scout Council Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools Retired Senior Volunteer Program Sal vation Army SOS Inc Food Bank Teen Connection To make a pledge or organize a pledge drive at your workplace call the United Way at 6207760 HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Above United Way Volunteer buttons were a hot item at the klckoff party at the Senior Center last night At right Gay Janszen fills out a pledge card Twohundred and forty pledges were made dur ing the advance gift period The drive has already met the advance gin goal of Large crowds expected for last big weekend of summer By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer This weekend is a holiday weekend for most people and local outfitters are expect ing a large but manageable Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides said the Labor Day weekend has turned into a local holiday with river enthu siasts from Austin to San Antonio taking advantage of the cool water He said the holiday is not as big as it used to be because of schools starting earlier However a large crowd is still expected to be coming into town and a lot of reservations for campsites and rafts have already been made The current level of the Canyon Reserv ior is feet above mean sea level and the current release rate is 100 cubic feet per second David Welsch director of project development for the GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority said that if it rains on Friday the release rate may increase slightly How ever he said even the current rate is okay for slower activities Rivers said this simply means there will be a large crowd in small and lots of tubing on the Guadalupe River this week end He said the lower level will take a way River Update some of the adventure of the trip but not the fun Its still cool and its still fun You can also still have a fourhour float It just wont be from point A to point B Instead youll get out somewhere in the he said Rivers said tubers will also be able to have a great time on the Comal River which he said is flowing at about 300 cfs He said this will give them a busy weekend also He said Schlitterbahn will also have a good crowd and the whole town will be full Regardless of which of the three options are chosen Rivers said people are sure to find it enjoyable and a great escape from the hot summer heat It feels like 105 degrees when its 95 degrees The water will feel he said Its a really neat way to end up the sum Tejano stars head to Civic Center The world of Tejano music is claiming its crown in New Braunfels this weekend in a historic preLabor Day dance with big name Tejano artists Tejano music is a combination of Mexican country music and German accordion that has been around for more than 150 years and is today capturing audiences around the world The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Com merce GHCC this week welcomes one of its first members Ramon Chapa Jr of Ramon Chapa Jr Promotions in San Anto nio to the New Braunfels Civic Center Sunday Sept at Tejano music is New Braunfels because it is one of the few places in the world where German and Mexican culture have come together to create a sound that has become internationally Chapa said Chapa brings to town one of his best Tejano music productions He is putting the project together for CJMA the Comal Inde pendent Mens CEMA works toward celebrating New Braunfels cultural diversity by hosting dances and Hispanic celebrations Tejano vocalist of the year J Perez will perform at Sundays dance along with Rene Zapata y Grupo Presidente who will play El his numberone hit off his new gold record Steel Opening acts will be D J Reyes and ADRI TMAX a 17yearold female artist and Chapas latest discovery Cost for the dance Sunday is advance and at the door Tickets are available in New Braunfels at the following stores Focus 3 New City Bakery and Rubens Jewelers Advance tickets will be available until Sat urday Sept Part of the proceeds benefit Project Learn ing a nonprofit community advocate of education that raises money for school sup plies for needy children and the Hispanic Chambers Small and Minorityowned Busi ness Economic Development Fund I want to give back to the community to my home Chapa said It is important to me to bring the best of Tejano music to New Braunfels one of the birth places of Tejano Lake residents protest water rate hike with petition BY DAVID DE KUNDER Staff writer Some ratepayers of the Canyon Lake Water Sup ply Corporation are upset by a 30 percent increase in their rates and are petitioning the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission TNRCC to hold hearings into the matter This is not a petition against the board of direc tors of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corpora Sattler real estate owner Bob Carter said It is a petition to see if the rate increase is At its June meeting the Canyon Lake Water Sup ply Corporation CLWSC board of directors voted to increase its rates from for gallons of water to The fee for each additional gallons of water used was hiked from to The new rates took effect on Aug 1 After the rate increase was voted on CLWSC sent a notice to its customers on July 1 notifying them of the rate increase on Aug 1 The notice stated that the TNRCC will hold a public hearing on the rate increase if it receives petitions from 10 percent of the CLWSC ratepayers within 90 days of the notice This means the protesting ratepayers must submit all of their petitions to the TNRCC by Sept 30 Since there are between water users in the CLWSC petition representative Helm estimated that 300400 water users need to sign the petitions for them to be valid CLWSC Board of Directors Treasurer Larry Ratliff said the rate increase is justified because the corporation has to cover its debt service and startup costs The CLWSC was formed in March 1994 after it acquired 26 independent water systems in the Canyon Lake area so that it could pool the resources of those systems and provide better water service for their customers We need to have a rate system that will support our water RatlifF said Our rates are based on the water usage of our Ratliff said that the CLWSC is looking into buy ing nine more independent water systems which would expand the CLWSCs customer base to ratepayers The rate increase Ratliff said would help pay for capital improvements such as the pro posed water surface treatment plant near Canyon Lake Shores on the north side of the lake that would help improve the quality of water the customers are receiving CLWSC General Manager Dale Yates said the corporation had no choice but to raise water rates because of increasing operational costs He said recent water sampling testing guidelines from the TNRCC would cost the corporation a year In fiscal year 1994 we lost in operat ing costs because we had to get Yates said We had to go clean up the old water systems start up our administration and we had a lower customer Since March 1994 CLWSC has made mil lion in capital improvements Yates said In May ratepayers approved a bond issue in which the cor poration entered into a 25year note with the Texas Water Development Board The note gave the CLWSC million to finance new system acquisi tions Yates said Yates said that the board of directors could have increased rates higher and that their water rates are reasonable compared to other water corporations around the area According to our financial records we could be charging per Yates said But the board elected not to do The petition will force CLWSC to spend between to defend the rate increase Yates said a cost the ratepayers will have to pay for Yates said Carter said he can understand the startup costs for the corporation and that a small increase could have been justified but he believes the latest increase was way out of line Everyone knew there would be startup costs involved with the Carter said There was no question about it since they built the water treatment plant at Triple Peak plant But I believe a 30 percent increase is too Patrick Shaughnessy TNRCC spokesman said that his agency received the petition on Wednesday Shaughnessy said that once the petition is validated by the TNRCC they will try to encourage a settle ment between the corporation and the ratepayers on a rate favorable to both sides If that is not suc cessful a hearing examiner from the Office of Administrative Hearings would hold hearings into the matter The hearing examiner would hear from the TNRCC the CLWSC and the petitioners Based on those hearings the examiner would make his recommendation to the TNRCC board Shaugh nessy said It will take days before the hearing examiner would make his Shaughnessy said The item would then be set on the TNRCCs agenda at the next meeting The applicant CLWSC and the protestors would have a chance to speak at the The TNRCC would have the final say on the rate Shaughnessy said The TNRCC spokesman said that the process could take months because the agency would have to take time validating the peti tion setting the dates for the hearings and having the examiner take his time to make his recommendation Labor Day is a chance to honor Americas workers See Page 4
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