Thursday, October 19, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Unicorns favored to take district tennis meet See Sports Page 5 Comal County Courthouse 12 Pages in one section Thursday October New Braunfels jnicrniu 50 CENTS SO EL Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of HILMAR SCHEEL Vol 143 No 244 Market Stttmmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Felix Diaz Stephen Schriewer Ruben L Pina 14 Hilmar Scheel 80 Fernando Diaz and Daniel Ellis 13 Happy belated anniversary to Raymond and Marie Caballerro River and aquifer information Comal River 266 cubicfeetper up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 Guadalupe 126 Seminar to focus on sexual harassment and sexual assault The Comal County Womens Center Laurel Ridge Treat ment Center Hill Country Counseling Center and McKenna Hospitals Health Link will cosponsor a presen tation on Sexual Harass Assault from to at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center on 1293 East Common Street in New Braunfels on Thursday Oct 19 Both mothers and teenage daughters would benefit from this presentation Schaefer reunion Descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Ackermann Schae fer are invited to attend the 15th Reunion of the Schaefer Family at the Saengerhalle Sunday Oct 22 Registration at 10 Lunch at Bring a meat dish and one other dish of your choice Bring serving spoons NARFE to meet National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 666 will meet at the Senior Citizens Center Friday Oct 20 at Garage sale at Kirkwood Manor Kirkwood Manor will have a garage sale as its major fund raiser for the activity depart ment on Friday Oct 20 and Saturday Oct 21 from 9 to 1 Along with the garage sale there will be a bake sale and minicraft show Local fat acceptance group to meet Saturday Oct 21 the Hill Country Chapter of the Nation al Association to Advance Fat Acceptance will meet at 7702 Barren Ridge which is just east of OConnor at Kitty Hawk For information call Johnny at 6254782 Public welcome Spaghetti dinner Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct 28 at 6 to raise money for a community youth recreation center Skits and a silent auc tion will be held as well Din ner is The winning numbers Lotto Texas 30 33 Est million jackpot rTEXRS LOTTERY Group to ask for bond election recount By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Opponents of the million tax bond issue that passed by 11 votes Sat urday will ask the Comal Independent School District for a recount one of their leaders said Wednesday When you have a close election you want to satisfy yourself that the numbers are said Douglas Kirk a former school board member and current candidate for county com missioner The million tax issue which will fund a new middle school on the west side of the district and renpva tions at some existing campuses passed by 11 votes 10771066 Canyon Lake resident Jim Sutton was scheduled to deliver the petition signed by 77 district patrons to District Superintendent Jerry Major Thursday morning The deadline to file the peti tion is 5 Thursday The district could not comment on the recount until Superintendent Jerry Major received the petition After the petition is filed the dis trict has 48 hours to review the petition for defects said Melinda Nickless director of elections administration in the Secretary of States office A com mittee appointed by Board President Jim Middleton must perform the recount within seven days after approval of the petition The cost of the recount is per voting station which totals in the bond election Nickless said The oppo nents of the bonds will pay the cost Dennis Quick president of the Asso cation of Citizens for Education said Monday he thought a recount was use less but let members decide if they wanted to support a recount Its time for us to accept that they barely beat he said But Kirk said the recount has support throughout the community calling it a grass roots What youre looking for is mathe matical he said Quick said his association did not have enough time or money to defeat the bond issue but in the areas in which members concentrated their efforts the issue was defeated handily Twelve people and almost did said Linda McElroy association treasurer Abel Campos director of business operations for the district said the dis trict did not promote the million in tax bonds The only thing we can do is explain the he said Lake residents brainstorm ideas to combat hydrilla By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer A great pumpkin HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Clint Campbell searches for the perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist Church yesterday It is open until Oct 30 Monday to Friday from 4 to Saturdays from 10 to 5 and Sundays from noon to 1 Concerned residents of lakes Dunlap and McQueeney met with officials from the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority GBRA and the Texas Parks Wildlife Department at the SeguinGuadalupe County Coliseum on Tuesday concerning the increased growth of hydrilla in their lakes The groups compose the Lake Management Group which has been meeting to deal with the hydrilla on both lakes For two years the hydrilla has blocked public channels and public and private boat ramps in lakes McQueeney and Dunlap In May the GBRA and sprayed selected areas of hydrilla sites with the herbicide Aquathol K Debbie Magin GBRA regional laboratory director said the spraying was very effective in controling the hydrilla The spraying gave 90120 days of relief from the hydrilla on the lakes so that they could be used during the summer months Magin said The herbicide is a temporary solution because the hydrilla has grown back and the GBRA can not legally spray on private boat docks shorelines or near the Clear Springs water treatment plant on Lake Dunlap Magin said In August in cooperation with the GBRA and the Friends of Lake McQueeney the released 125 sterile triploid grass carp in lakes Dunlap McQueeney Placid H4 and H5 Each lake had 25 carp put into it The carp are part of an experiment to determine whether or not they will stay in the lakes and control the hydrilla by eating the tops off of them To keep track of the carp each fish has a numbered identification tag and a radio frequency trans mitter implanted in it David Welsch GBRA director of project develop ment and Steve Prentice biologist briefed the res idents on the progress of the carp during the meeting The carp are doing Welsch said The Parks and The carp are doing well The Parks and Wildlife Department has been tracking the carp weekly and monthly and we have been pleased with their David Welsch GBRA director Wildlife Department has been tracking the carp weekly and monthly and we have been pleased with their Before a final recommedation is made on whether or not the carp should be used to control the hydrilla the carp will have to go through two flood events to see whether or not they remain at the lakes Welsch said a flood event is when the lakes are at cubic feet of water per second dur ing a fourhour period These flood events occur after a major rainfall The last flood event occurred in May Welsch said Peggy McKanna with Friends of Lake McQueeney read a report by Johnson Lake Management Service of San Marcos which did a study on Lake McQueeney in September According to the report the hydrilla had mul tiplied 34 times since March In March Lake McQueeney had 40 acres of hydrilla By September that number had increased to 140 acres One alternative was presented at the meeting draining the lakes Dunlap and McQueeney and harvesting or burning the hydrilla However most residents at the meeting opposed this idea because draining the lake would expose the hydrilla to sunlight making it grow more Welsch said that harvesting the hydrilla would take special equipment The equipment would be pretty expensive Welsch said At the conclusion of the meeting Welsch told the res idents to come to the next meeting on Nov 1 with ideas of their own so that those ideas would be discussed Early voting underway in state election By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Early voting began statewide Wednesday for 14 amendments to the Texas Constitution The last day to vote early is Nov 3 Election day is Nov 7 The Secretary of State has pre dicted about 10 percent turnout so were looking at probably lp to 15 percent in Comal County said Linnell Hinojosa deputy Comal County clerk Karen Sachtleben deputy voter registrar for Cqmal County said are registered to vote as of the end of September Room 306 of the Comal County Annex is the only early voting polling place Sachtleben 7 AbojjsHinig the state lesaijs the list of amendments State Trea surer Martha Whitehead cam paigned last year on a platform that she woul4 try to abolish her agency Amendments also include the issuance of million in general bonds for college Joans growth fiiod to be cor porations that may invest in South Africa or NjHulbia Excluding the current proposals the Texas Constitution has been amended 353 limes since 1879 Time running out to register wells with the EUWD With legal battles preventing the Edwards Aquifer Authority from taking over the Edwards Under ground Water District is continuing operations Because of the continued operations regulations established by the district remain in effect which means people living within the districts boundaries are running out of time to register their wells In August the district adopted rules requiring peo ple living within district boundaries to register their water wells The deadline for registering the wells is Sunday October 22 There is no fee for registra tion However well owners failing to register their wells are subject to enforcement under the rules Individuals unable to meet Sundays filing deadline may request a variance and wells already registered do not need to be registered again Well owners are required to supply information such as the size depth use and location of the well The goal is to have accurate and complete records on how many wells are in the District which includes parts of Bexar Comal and Hays counties By registering their wells with the District well HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Sheriffs car in accident A Comal County Sheriffs Department Jeep driven by Deputy Sheriff Cayetano Morales 56 of New Braunfels was traveling north on Loop 337 when it was broadsided by a 1992 Ford pickup driven by Juan of New Braunfels according to police reports Meza was exiting from Barkel Inc when the accident occurred at Meza was given a failure to yield the right of way ticket Morales Meza and Mezas two children traveling with him received minor injuries owners are helping to provide invaluable data for the protection of our water states Rick lllgner EUWD General Manager Were counting on their Copies of the registration forms and rules can be obtained from county courthouses appraisal dis tricts main libraries and health departments in San Antonio New Braunfels and San Marcos as well as at the Edwards Underground Water Districts office at 1615 North St Marys For more information call 210 2222204 or 800 2921047 Kuempel announces intention to run for reelection State Representative Edmund Kuempel R Seguin has announced that he will seek reelec tion to the Texas House of Representatives Dis trict 45 The district includes Comal and Guadalupe counties Kuempel who serves as chairman of the House Committee on State Recreational Resources wants to continue his oversight over the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department as well as maintain his fiscally conservative voting record 1 have appreciated the support of my con input has kept me informed on ways to make our tax dollars work more effi Kuempel said He pledged to continue to reflect the views of his constituents Kuempel also serves on the House Committee on Environmental Affairs and the Texas Leg islative Council Welfare reform bill threatens battered women and their children See Opinion Page 4