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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyon loses two in Hays tournament See Sports Page 5 Market Plaza Historic landmark New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS M016 M1CROPUBLISHINB A27 E YfcNUELL HR EL PABO TX 79903 16 pages in one section Friday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of AUGUST AND LILLIAN HEIDEMAN ting HEIDEMAN Vol 144 No 19 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Elsie Paredez 68 Car ol Schumann 52 Rosa Maria Sauer Fey 101 years Muriel Ostberg Brit tany Williams Dennis Williams Happy 60th anniver sary to August and Lillian Hei deman Free coat distribution Project Share the Warmth sponsored by Cranes Mill Baptist Church 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake will dis tribute free coats and sweaters for anyone in the community who needs them from 9 to 1 Satur day Dec 9 In search of Santa The Comal County Womens Center is searching for just the right volunteer to be Santa for the children at the shelter ages range from 2 to The center also needs new unwrapped toys to give as Christmas gifts and stockings for the children The shelter also needs jar baby food baby formula dia pers and baby wipes If you are able to help call the CCWC at 6207520 Reach for a Star toy drive The Reach for a Star Foundation invites you to its second annual toy drive for the children of Comal County Bring a new or used toy and come join in on Dec 9 at the Watering Hole from noon to 5 There will be a barbecue lunchand a special appear ance by the Spurs Coyote and Santa Tickets for the barbe cue lunch are or just stop by for free to visit Santa and the coyote All proceeds ben efit the children of Comal County For information or tickets in advance call 6299387 or 6089406 in the evenings Toys will also be accepted at your childs day care and at Farmers Insurance Dropoff deadline will be Friday Dec 14 Oakwood dedication Oakwdod Baptist Church on Loop 337 North will dedicate their new education building at 2 Saturday Oct 9 Open house will be from 25 Sunday is high atten dance Sunday Call the church at 210 6250267 for more information Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Bar bara J Engler Archie Ladshaw Ruth Sullivan Glenn and Ruth John son Gerald and Rosalie Grover bringing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or cali Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 Selling a used car on the roadside Move it or pay By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Be forewarned The police are cracking down If youre displaying a for sale car by the side of a state road move it or risk getting a ticket and paying a fine up to It will affect all rights of way on like Highway 81 Business 337 and Highway said City Manager Mike Shands No person shall park a vehicle on the roadway and right of way for pur pose of states a new ordi nance amendment passed recently by the city council A law had been on the books for use of a public right of way for private purposes but this one specifically addresses the sale of Shands said The city and state own strips of land by the roadsides rights of way for water cable and electric and telephone lines and their maintenance Rights of way can extend past side walks and into yards For years people thought that if you would get 15 feet off 337 youre on private Shands said Not only individual owners but some car dealers are parking cars for sale in rights of ways Theyre going to be affected said New Braun fels Police Lieutenant John Wommack The new law wont affect cars dis played in parking lots but that doesnt necessarily mean its OK to do that At that point its a trespass Shands said If the owner wants to allow it and it is stationary then no law prohibits New septic tank rules mean larger lot sizes required By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer After months of work the order reg ulating onsite sewerage facilities has been approved and as a result lot sizes are going to be bigger in unicorporat ed areas of the county The Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission approved the order in November which will require a bigger lot to meet the new require ments The county commissioners vot ed Thursday to make the order effec tive Dec 7 The court also specifical ly listed which subdivisions are grand Under the new order a person with a private water well and a septic tank will have to place the two at least 150 feet apart and the radius around each must fit within the property bound aries Director of Environmental Health Monica Wallace said the order does not specify a lot size However she said that with the required radius the smallest that would be able to accommodate the wells would be about acres But thats under perfect conditions Things wont always be perfect so the lots will be she said Wallace said the change in the order came after months of work which began in January 1995 She said the order was necessary because some of the small lots were not large enough for the perimeters and they extended onto a neighbors property This created a problem for the neighbor when he or she tried to drill a well Plus that means fewer wells and that is good for the she said In other business the courthouse security plan was once again reviewed County Judge Carter Casteel said the discussions were good because they helped answer a lot of questions and need to continue I think everyone at least has a bet ter understanding of the plan and how it will she said She said the plan needs to balance the needs of the employees and the needs of the public without infringing on one another She said this is not easy and everyone needs to continue to work with the sheriffs department on it Casteel said she wants to put the proposed plan on the agenda in the near future to authorize the request ing of bids Sheriff Jack Bremer said that even if the plan is approved he will not stop working on securing the building He said he believes the park garage creates a vulnerability for the courthouse and will continue to look for a way to address that Weve got to come up with a way to handle that garage Otherwise we wont have security in this he said Wassailfest draws a crowd HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL The third annual Wassaiifest drew its largest crowd yet to the Plaza last night to enjoy a night of Christmas punch car oling bell choirs Santa Visits and buggy rides At top Monty Santa Walter of Sweet Home Trading dishes out wassail and German cookies to some happy wassail ers At left Die Cloggin Meisters perform in front of the New Braunfels Utilities build ing on the Plaza The winner for the best wassail was Cholletts Johnson Furniture won sec ond place and third place went to Comal Flowers The grand door prize of two tickets to a Prince Solms Inn Murder Mystery Weekend went to Rudi Lee A weekend for two at the Hyatt Hill Country went to Joyce Sanchez a onenight room for two at the Faust Hotel was won by Lali Monsivais A gold and emerald ring was won by Gloria Sasser Pam Allison won a gift certificate at Blue Skies Antiques In all 59 door prizes were awarded Water rate hike at lake draws reaction By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Hundreds of angry ratepayers of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corpora tion CLWSC packed the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative confer ence room to voice their outrage about rate increases set by the nonprofit water supplier at a public hearing yesterday I will pay my fair share but 1 will not be Bette Gilbert said Many of the Canyon Lake residents who spoke at the hearing held by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission TNRCC expressed the same sentiment The ratepayers were protesting a per month rate increase for a minimum of gallons used per month The CLWSC board of directors voted for the rate increase and notified its customers July 1 that the rate increase would go into effect on Aug 1 On Aug 1 the rates were raised from per month for gallons of water plus for each additional gallons to for gal lons plus for each additional gallons The hearing was held because CLWSC water users petilioned the TNRCC to hold the hearings so that CLWSC would be made to justify the rate increase before its ratepayers and the TNRCC The hearing was presided by State Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth Todd Representing the TNRCC was staff attorney Leslie Brown and representing the consumer was Tim Karczewski of the Public Interest Counsel which is an office of the TNRCC General Manager Dale Yates attorney John Houchins Col Lee Roper Board Treasurer Lar ry Ratliff and other members of the water supply board also attended Yates spoke before the audience and defended the rate increases The rate increases are justified because CLWSC needs the funds to make capital improvements to its water systems Yates said The CLWSC board has put a lot of time and energy into making improvements into the water Yates said Because you ratepayers own this water system on your behalf we want you to have a good clean water system with the service and the quantity of water you expect from Yates said the current rate structure will support the nonprofit corporation for four years After that Yates said the rate structure will depend on how much progress and growth CLWSC has made at that time Of the 22 people who spoke many of them complained about CLWSCs service and the quality of water they receive Some complained the water quality is worse than they had under independent water systems in the sub divisions that their water filters are dirtier than ever before and that they have to change those water filters fre quently A few citizens said CLWSC has made some improvements in the qual ity of water they receive but that more improvements need to be made Helm a Canyon Lake Village resident said CLWSC had reached beyond its capabilities when it put the rate increase in effect Why are you continuing to buy new water systems when you have not improved the 22 current water systems you have Helm asked the CLWSC representatives The hearings which lasted for four and a half hours concluded when Todd accepted 10 CLWSC ratepayers as individual parties for the evidentiary hearings which are tentatively sched uled to be held in Austin on March 26 27 Until then a discovery process in which all the parties CLWSC TNRCC PIC and the 10 individuals will exchange information documents and responses to each party Each par ty must get their copies of exhibits exhibit lists and responses to Todds office and each party by March 12 Then a preliminary healing will be held in Austin on March 19 HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Christmastime in Gruene John Shankin of the Whosits Big Pile Goodtime Garbage Band plays the washboard for a crowd of shoppers at the Gruene Christmas Market Days last weekend Garden Ridge police officer fired by city council after complaints 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