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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicorns tennis team takes third at Westlake tournament See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Landa Park Gazebo 8 Pages in one section Tuesday September HeraldZc L PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MICHELLE SHIPLEY Vol 143 No 217 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitwig extends birthday wishes to Michelle Shipley Lucille Pehl Roxanne Gutierrez 15 Susan Griffith and Rosa Hinojosa River and aquifer information Comal River 254 cubicfeetper up 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 04 Guadalupe 108 Hearing tonight on NBHS dropout rate The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will hold a public hearing for the high school staff to present a plan for reducing the dropout rate at NBHS at 7 tonight at the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium Friends of Education to meet Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Sept 14 at Mr Krieg and coun selors will speak about the new curriculum and upcoming devel opments Canyon High to hold open house Tickets may be purchased for the Canyon High School Open House Dinner at Fridays Canyon home football game Tickets will be sold for each Canyon High School open house is scheduled for Mon day Sept 25 A barbecue din ner will be served between and The open house program begins at The dinner is sponsored by the Canyon Music Boosters 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 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 anniver sary this month bring cake or cookies Accordion Off About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion SqueezeOff from 2 to 6 Sunday Sept 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten 212 W Austin Entertainment is free Food and drinks available For information call Barren Schlameus at 625 3615 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint CISD approves moment of silence ByMELANIEGERIK Staff Writer A Chamber highlight HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Electrician Cliff Fleming gets the Civic Center ready for the seventh annual Business Trade Show which has grown into one of the Chamber of Commerces most popular events More than 60 booths will be set up for the show which starts tonight at 6 with the sneak preview for those who bought advance tickets The show continues tomorrow from 10 to 7 Tickets at the door tomorrow will be The Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees Monday night voted unanimously to institute a moment of silence for reflection and meditation I think its said Trustee John Clay at the boards monthly workshop meeting I think all the districts ought to have Under a provision in Senate Bill I the reformation of the Texas Education Code school districts may offer a peri od of silence at the beginning of the first class of each school day for reflec tion and meditation This has already been done in several school districts including the Northeast and Somerset districts in San Antonio In August Secretary of Educa tion Richard Riley sent a list of prinici ples regarding religious expression in the schools The letter does not mention a moment of silence but school admin istrators and teachers may not orga nize or encourage prayer exercises in the classroom Students are allowed to pray in a nondisruptive manner dur ing the school day when they are not engaged in school activities according to the guidelines CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said that these guidelines did not affect his decision to place the approval of a moment of silence on the board agen da but said that the school district would take precautions to make sure that students rights are not violated The board is scheduled to vote on an implementation plan for the moment of silence at its Sept 27 meeting Clay who requested that the item be placed on the agenda said the school wants to have a plan that is no doubt 100 percent fair We want to do everything that is constitutionally cor Clay said Major said he has heard nothing from districts with a similar policy about how it is working City approves Faust Street bridge deal plans work at Landa Park and golf course By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The city council rolled up its sleeves and dug into an agenda packed with legal and financial detail last night After a few word changes council members gave a nod to the deal to renovate the Faust Street bridge Last nights step involved accepting the latest form of an agreement proposed by the county com missioners court At this late date it should be a mat ter of how we go forward not whether or not we should go said Councilman Ray Schoch So far both staffs have been working together very The Texas Department of Transportation gave the county a grant to refurbish the bridge and the county agreed to kick in an added to repair it Once repaired the historic bridge will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and possibly hold bench es where residents can view the Guadalupe River The county now owns the bridge itself while the city owns the land on which it stands The county will hand ownership of the bridge over to the city when work on it is complete This will mean the city picks up the tab for routine maintenance and patrolling of the bridge The county has agreed to reimburse the city for onehalf of major structural repair costs The interlocal agreement resulted from a series of negotiations in which city and county ironed out dif ferences about which entity should maintain the bridge once finished The agreement also includes city and county sharing costs to build a track at Eikel Field Park The agreement and its minor changes now go back to the commissioners court for approval before work can begin Work on a major facelift for Landa Park is slated to begin this winter The city council unanimously approved plans submitted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Rehler Vaughan and Koone a San Antonio landscape architecture firm The improvement costs are estimated at about Half the money will come from a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant and half from user fees from park facilities which have been saved up for several years We feel that by getting councils approval tonight we can start construction around December and possi bly have it done by Memorial said Hal Herbelin Parks and Recreation Board chair The plan includes a paved trail through Landa Park major improvements on the spring fed pool and a new wading pool The springfed pool will get a play structure picnic areas and a kiddie water play area at the shallow end of the pool A diving area and tire swing will be added at the deep end of the springfed pool as well Wheelchair accessible entrances will be added at both ends of the pool The city council also OKd plans to refurbish the Landa Park Golf Course submitted by the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board Plans include refurbishing the pro shop gutting the existing building and adding a snack bar and meeting rooms upgrading the rest rooms and adding a cart barn and rental carts on Elizabeth Avenue The bill for the rehab will be paid through a certificate of obligation by the Golf Capital Improvement Fund to the city The capital improvement fund must pay the city a year for the next 15 years I think youll be surprised how much revenue the snack bar and cart rental will bring in to offset the said Milton Phair of the Landa Park Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board In other business the city council officially set up the bodies that will govern the use of half the revenues from the new halfcent sales tax The tax goes into effect in October The economic development corporation will oversee an estimated per year in revenues assigned to economic development The ment corporation will decide how an estimated will be spent annually for street drainage and other infrastructure Those interested in serving on either of these corpo rations should apply now Applications must be turned in to the city secretary by Wednesday Oct 4 The city council will choose directors for the two boards at its Oct 9 meeting City Manager Mike Shands addressed the concern of long construction time for the rest rooms by the Landa Park playground The delays were caused he said by four successive construction companies quitting the job in the middle of the work The construction market is such that its hard to get a company to commit to a job this Shands said Bulverde residents blast plan for concrete plant Permit hearings conclude in Austin today By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer Bulverde residents opposed to Ingram Readymix cpncrete plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and Farm to Market Road 1863 made their feelings known before a Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commission TNRCC hearing at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Monday We know you have a tough job in this climate of business at any Citizens League For Environmental Awareness Now President Kate Mathis said to Administrative Law Judge Bill Ehret of the State Office of Administra tive Hearings But we urge you not to rubber stamp this plant and the effects it would have on the intersection the heart of downtown The hearings were in their third day The first two hearings were held in Austin last week at the TNRCC headquarters on Thursday and Friday Today is the last day for the hearings which will be held at the TNRCC headquarters in Austin Ingram Readymix a New Braunfels company owned by Bruce Ingram is asking the TNRCC for an exemption from getting a permit for the plant To be granted an exemption Ingram Readymix must prove tp the commission that it can meet air quality rules and regulations set by the TNRCC Mathis said that CLEAN is not opposed to growth coming to the Bul verde area But she sees many negative effects on the community if the plant is built at the intersection We welcome community and resi dential growth that enhances our Mathis said But when we have a com pany who comes in and says it is my property without regards to the concerns of the people on the issues of air traffic and water we are opposed to that Mr Ingram says that he has property rights but he should take into consideration the1 property rights of hundreds of people who came in before he The hearing was attended by dozens of area residents who expressed the same concerns that Mathis did There were property owners who expressed concerns to Ehret that the pro posed plant would consume too much water and that it would leave emissions of dust and dirt on their land and lower their property values The issue of water consumption is a very important one to Bulverde residents because some subdivisions have been under water rationing for some time The Highway 281 and FM 1863 inter section is one of the busiest in the coun ty according to statistics issued by the Texas Department of Transportation in New Braunfels After the public comment portion of the hearing was completed the hearing for the permit began CLEAN and its attorney Stewart Henry of Austin called on Austin engineering consultant Bruce Wiland to support their case Wiland did an air modeling analysis using the emissions numbers submitted by Ingram Readymix to the TNRCC Wiland put these numbers into a com puter model and came to the conclusion that the proposed concrete plant in Bul verde would produce emissions that would violate TNRCC air standards Ingram Readymix which was repre sented by Vice President Gary Johnson and San Marcos attorney John Hohn questioned Wilands expertise in com ing to his conclusions Hundreds of volunteers to clean Guadalupe Saturday By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer In past cleanups Cathy Talcott said volunteer garbage collectors have found a Rolex watch a wallet with several hundred dollars and even a car at the bottom of the Guadalupe River On Saturday 700 to 800 divers and surface volunteers might find similar valuables buried along with tons of other trash at the Fifth Annual Lower Guadalupe River CleanUp The volunteers ranging from Boy Scouts to church groups to families will clean about 20 miles of the Guadalupe from Highway 306 at Canyon Dam along River Road to New Braunfels A lot of people coming in are not necessarily Cathy Talcott said adding that a Boy Scout troop from Fort Worth and divers from Houston Dallas Austin and San Antonio are planning to attend the cleanup Registration will start at 9 at Rockin R River Rides on Loop 337 and Whitewater Sports on Highway 306 The cleanup will begin at and continue until 5 After the cleanup Friends For Rivers the organizers of the event will hold a party for the volunteers at Cypress Bend Park This year Friends For Rivers along with the cleanups sponsors the City Hopefully this is more of a public awareness event than anything Cathy Talcott of New Braunfels and WaterOriented Recreational District are focusing on cleaning the mind boggling amount of trash at the bottom of the river Cathy Talcott said In some places the divers have to go up and over the piles of said her husband and fellow Friends For Rivers board member Tom Talcott In order to increase the amount that divers can collect and the time they can spend underwater Tom Talcott created bags made of the orange barri cade materials used at construction sites Scuba divers can use the bags to collect 10 times more trash without surfacing than with the old bags because of the bags 4feetby5feet size The divers who had used mesh bags in previous years had trouble with quality time underwater because they had to deal with the frustrations of the mesh bags constantly closing Tom Talcott said He said he plans to make 65 to 100 bags for the divers and guarantees well have more problems emptying them than filling Even with the hard work of the dreds of volunteers Talcott said urdays cleanup would barely make a dent in removing the trash from the Guadalupe Hopefully this is more of a public awareness event than anything she said David Davenport president of Friends For Rivers agreed that the oneday cleanup and its publicity will help to stop people from dumping their trash in the river If we care then they he said OSHA fails its mission wastes your money See Page 4
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