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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas New BraUhfeis fall Smihsoh Oil highi See Sports The Plaza Bandstand Inside Sports Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Keith Klabunde John Orazen Ryan Kocian Alleson Alvarez Sarah Fest 98 Happy anniversary to Hanno and Helen Kanz 55 Happy 49th anniversary Monday to Mr and Mrs Lawrence Weidner Class of 1943 to meet NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Spring Restaurant Sept 16 at noon For more information call Rudy at 625 5352 Guada Coma Garden Club gathers The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Sept 12 at at the Gruene Mansion Inn 1275 Gruene Road Lunch at the Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant later Project Graduation planning session The parents of Canyon High School seniors are invited to attend an important meeting Wednesday Sept 13 at 7 in room 51 CHS to talk about Project Graduation For infor mation call Terry Wiemers at 6256251 or JoAnn Schumann at 6090099 Retired Eagles meet Sept 17 The Retired Eagles Activities Club will meet Sept 17 from 2 to 6 at Eagles Hall Members bring sandwiches Those with a birthday or anniversary this month bring cake or cookies Accordion Squeeze Off About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion SqueezeOff from 2 to 6 Sept 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten 212 W Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available The event is sponsored by the Cen tral Texas Accordion Associa tion and the San Antonio Accor dionaires For information call Barren Schlameus at 6253615 River cleanup needs volunteers The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe Riv er Cleanup will be held Satur day Sept 16 from 9 to 5 Volunteers are needed Call 6299999 Party and meal at Cypress Bend Park after wards Door prizes and give aways at the party Wait Until Dark The New Braunfels Art League will benefit from the Sept 17 performance of Wait Until Dark at Circle Arts The atre Tickets are and are on sale at the New Braunfels Art League Gallery 239 W An Antonio between 10 and 5 Monday through Saturday Perfor mance at 7 The winning numbers Lotto Texas 45 24 LOTTERV Friday night lights are bock The most complete coverage of local high school football action starts on Page 7A When I grow up I want to be a gymnast See Page 1B New Braunfels Herald 40 Pages in three sections Sunday September SUNDAY Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of JOHN ORAZEN Vol 143 No 216 Edwards Aquifer Authority gets down to business By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Meteorologist Mark Brundrett mans the Doppler radar at the New Braunfels National weather Service station FAIR WARNING Doppler radar system working like a charm By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer It has been over a year since the National Weather Servicess NEXRAD Doppler radar system came into operation and already it has paid dividends a New Braunfels National Weather Service official said It has been National Weather Service Area Manager and Meteorologist Alcides Dreumont said The system has worked NEXRAD which stands for Next Generation Weath er Radar came into operation in April 1994 a week after the National Weather Service NWS office near New Braunfels opened The NWS office is located 10 miles east of New Braunfels on Farm to Market 758 near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Dreumont said the Doppler radar system has per formed well in recent bad weather emergencies enabling the meteorologists at the New Braunfels office to issue accurate and speedy forecasts On March 7 we had a squall line coming from the Hill Country going from west to Dreumont said Because the Doppler radar picked it up we were able to determine that the force of the winds were 50 miles per hour We were able to give people a 15 minute This Thursday a strong storm which packed winds up to 5060 mph and caused heavy lightning came through Central Texas and the New Braunfels area Again Doppler radar came through and enabled mete orologists to issue warnings about the oncoming storm We knew the severity of the storm when it entered Williamson County north of Dreumont said We were able to issue warnings 20 minutes before it struck Austin and a one hour warning before it came through Comal The New Braunfels NWS office is responsible for an area that includes Del Rio to the west Georgetown to the north Atascosa County to the south and east towards Lavaca County The coverage area includes two met ropolitan areas San Antonio and Austin The NEXRAD Doppler radar system can do many amazing things for the NWS meteorologists Dreumont said NEXRAD can tell whether or not a storm has a potential for a tornado 30 minutes before it touches down NEXRAD has an effective range of 124 nautical miles and a reflective range of 248 nautical miles The reflective range is the range outside of the New Braun fels coverage area Dreumont said that the sensitivity of the NEXRAD radar system allows meteorologists the opportunity to see what is going on inside a storm This system NEXRAD is 1000 per cent more sensitive than previous radar We were able to issue warn ings 20 min utes before it struck Alcides Dreumont Dreumont said This increased sensitivity allows us to investigate distant thunderstorms with more accuracy The radar goes into the atmosphere inputs data into our com puters and makes the numerical model of the atmos phere which we use for our The NEXRAD radar is a 28foot antenna dish which is placed inside a 40foot globe The globe is placed on top of a 100foot steel tower On top of the globe is a ninefoot spike which is used in the radar system for tracking in the atmosphere The radar system is main ly computer controlled Dreumont said The New Braunfels NEXRAD system is part of billion in improvements for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration the federal agency which oversees the NWS The NOAA in turn is under the Department of Commerce Dreumont said it took SI million to build the NWS complex and million to install the NEXRAD Doppler system The NEXRAD system can access atmospheric data from all across Texas and the nation The New Braun fels NWS office is part of a network which includes radars in Brownsville Coipus Christ a Department of Defense radar in Granger a radar in San Angelo and the Laughlin Air Force Base radar at Brackettville Each radar can go into and see what is going on their sister radars Dreumont said the NEXRAD has affected the lives of many people who depend on the NWS to issue accurate weather forecasts My main concern is to save Dreumont said If we save property that is great but saving lives is the most important business for Although a judges order bars the board from conducting much of the business it was designed to do the Edwards Aquifer Authority got down to business Friday A judge ruled earlier this month that the Edwards Aquifer Authority could swear in its board members and hire legal counsel The members were sworn in during the week and the first EAA meeting was held Friday night The meetings agenda included basic details such as adopting bylaws selecting officers setting times and dates for future meetings and hiring a legal counsel The board also voted 12 to 1 to pass a resolution asking the attorney general to publicly sup port the EAA and rule that the EAA is no longer under the temporary injuction because they appealed it to the state Supreme Court The sole vote against the resolution was by Bruce Gilleland from Uvalde who has aligned himself with the plaintiffs in the pending legal suit against the EAA Comal County representative Doug Miller said the resolution also asks the attorney gener al to say the EAA has jurisdiction from the Texas Supreme Court The passing of the resolution with almost everyone in favor shows a unified board Its clear that everyone wants this matter resolved so we can deal with the real problem said Miller Miller said several of the votes were split seven to six and he would like to see more of a consensus among the board members He said there is a possibility that the debat ing could persist but he did not believe it would He said he will give it every effort to make the board successful Comal Coun ty representative Paula Difonzo said there are a lot of issues and emotions on the table right and the board will be able to work together when a specific issue is presented Once we get a plan and have a set of issues to deal with I think well develop that consensus and become even more uni she said The board elected Mike Beldon from Bexar County chair ViceChair is Jane Hughson of Hays County Rosa Maria Gonzalez of Bexar County is secretary and Miller is Treasurer Votes for both the chair and the vice chair were seven to six Although we come together with indi viduality we all have a mutual concern for our said Beldon The board also voted to conduct meetings on the second Saturday of the month begin ning with October The EAA has the authority to enforce pumping limits on users of the Edwards Aquifer The Medina County Groundwater Conservation District is challenging the constitutionality of the law which created the EAA A judge ruled that members could be sworn in and legal counsel could be hired However the ruling said the board could not conduct any other business An Oct 12 trial date has been set for the legal challenge Here come the pavers Doug Harrison of the New Braunfels Rotary Club prepares the ground at the Plaza for the Court of Honor pavers Saturday morning The pavers will be installed beginning Monday Justice of the Peace Stewart looking forward to new building By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer County workers are laying the groundwork in Bulverde for the new Justice of the Peace Precinct 3 office which is expected to be completed in a few months Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart is looking forward to moving into the new facility when it is completed 1 am looking forward to having room to operate the clerks are espe cially looking forward to Stewart said The present building is inadequate for our needs because the precinct is JP Fred Stewart The new 50X50 prefab steel build ing will be located behind the present 31X20 office which is right by the Bulverde Bakery on Bulverde Road in downtown Bulverde The present office has been at that location since 1979 Stewart said The first part of the building was built in Stewart said It was located on the county road yard on Highway 46 west of Highway 281 The county moved the building here in 1979 built an addition for it and added a front porch to Stewart who is serving in his 21st year as justice of the peace and his clerks Donna Allen and Kay Byrd are cramped in their offices because of the increasing demand for service in Bulverde There is not enough room to store files or enough work space for his clerks and himself Stewart said The present office has a judges bench but no jury box or witness stand The jury has to listen to cases sitting in folding chairs When the jury has to deliberate they have to go into the clerks office forcing the clerks to stop their work The new office will solve this problem by having a jury room a jury box a witness stand clerks office two restrooms a front porch and a judges bench The present building is inadequate for our needs because the precinct is Stewart said referring to lie growth in the Bulverde area We need a new building as a matter of Stewart said that an average of 200 misdemeanor and 15 civil cases are filed each month in his office He said these figures have doubled since he became justice of the peace in 1975 Stewart said he does not know what will happen to the old justice of the peace office once the new one is com pleted Stewart said the county bought the land for the new office from Charles Wood and as part of the deal Wood got the land where the present office is located For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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