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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Signing day comes and goes for total talent See Sports Page 5 Salute to the dough boy 12pages in one section Thursday Februarys i996 New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS 176 SdWEST 2427 E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 ServingCorhal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of MARY ANN AND ALEX LABOWSKIJR Vol 144 No 63 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Darryl Schmidt Debra Koepp Robert Fell James Tarlton Ray Farias HI Joel Rodriguez Lillian Jacoby Marty Bolles Deivan Clark and Frances Silguero Happy anniversary wishes to Jack and Angie Bushe 55 years and Mary Ann and Alex Labowski Jr Pollen Count Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feel per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 HeraldZeitung searches for Eagle Scouts The HeraldZeitung is attempting to develop a list of all those in Comal County who have attained Scoutings high est honor the If you are an Eaglet Scout please call the newspaper at 6259144 so that your name may be included We will request your jhjpnj3 earned the award Creation of a local organiza tion of Eagle Scouts is being considered and should that materialize the list compiled by the HeraldZeitung would be used to contact potential members As the list develops it will be published periodically so that readers may look for the names of Eagle Scouts they know and may offer the names of those not yet on the list See the Spurs March 2 will be New Braun fels Community Night at the San Antonio SpursPhiladel phia 76ers game in the Alam odome Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting the event will benefit the New fBraunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund Tickets and seat selections are available at Vivroux Sport ing Walnut at lH35 hear HEB for and each Another will take care of bus transportation if desired For more information call Vivroux at 6064080 The New Braunfels Art League is renovating its two story building with basement as money is available The NBAL Gallery at 239 W San Antonio St is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 The winning numbers Lotto Texas 5 LOTTERV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint CLEAN wins battle against Ingram plant By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer AUSTIN On Thursday afternoon the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission TNRCC rejected Ingram Readymixs attempt to build a concrete batch plant in Bulverde pleasing dozens of residents who were present at the meeting This is a story of a community who united worked hard anddidnt Kate Mathis president of Citizens League for Environmental Action Now said I think the commissioners were fair and ruled on the The TNRCC commissioners voted 21 against the standard exemption for the plant with Chairman Barry McBee and commissioner Ralph Marquez voting against the recommendations of TNRCC staff attorney Scott Humphrey and Admin istrative Law Judge Bill Ehret who presided over the hearings on the matter in September Commissioner John Baker voted for the standard exemption which would have given the plant the opportunity to operate without a permit The plant would have been located on a site at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863 Fifteen people including State Senator Jeff Wentworth State Representative Edmund Kuempel County Judge Carter Casteel Commissioner Danny Scheel and RobjfrCpop spoke out agajnsF the plant All of them cited concerns of air pollution traffic and having the plant locat ed on the Glen Rose aquifer which Bul verde resident Cameron Wiley said was designated a critical water area by the old Texas Water Commission a few years ago The speakers raised concerns that the potential air pollution from the plant could affect the health of 70yearold Louise Lindsey who suffers from cardiovascular problems and lives within 440 yards of the site McBee and Marquez cited computer generated air modeling evidence intro duced by CLEAN during the September hearings which showed the plants air emissions would exceed its property lines during busy hours of operations This would be a violation of the standard CLEAN President Kate Mathis testifies1 yesterday exemption The evidence brought before us Was not McBee said It showed the facility could violate operational Con ditions regarding standard exemption Humphrey said the air modeling evi dence was not applicable for standard exemption cases because that type of mod el had not been used before the factors in the model were wrong and the model had not gone through proper model protocol through TNRCCs engineering division Ingram which was represented by Vice President Gary Johnsonand San Majrcos attorney John Hohn argued that the jilant met all the requirements for the standard exemption We properly applied for the application more than a year ago and we gave the res idents their constitutional right tp be Hohn said Mr Johnson has been in this business for over 20 years and knows about equipment that controls air pollution having purchased them and researched them The model that they CLEAN used is different from the mod els that the TNRCC Ingram could apply for a permit If the company so desires but CLEAN ittor ney Stuart Henry of Austin said he believes Ingram will not do that I do not think Ingram will apply for a permit because he would have to upe air modeling evidence which kill Henry said HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Firefighters frotn 10 area departments battled heavy smoke as a brush fire raged out of control yesterday Firefighter burned as blaze consumes 320 acres of brush By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Firefighters from 10 departments fought a Sand Hills grass fire for seven hours before they went home last night The blaze burned about 320 acres according to Guadalupe County Fire Chief Don McFarland We had a total of 14 brush trucks and five tankers out said Don Hamilton Sand Hills fire chief One Sand Hills unit was called back ear rooming to fighta small rekiiv die Hamilton said A tree began to flame again One Sand Hills volunteer fire fighters arm had seconddegree bums As far as 1 know we didnt lose any homes but a couple of sheds were Hamilton said High south winds helped make the fire as bad as it was Hamilton and McFarland said Heavy brush with structures hidden from view in the vegetation made the firefighters job still harder McFarland said The fire jumped a major McFarland said We put in a fire break It didnt reach the break but it came Fire officials are still investigating the fire but burning in violation of the bum ban is believed to be the Smoke shrouds the scene at the Sand Hills brush fire where one firefighter was injured and several sheds were burned No homes were damaged by the fire cause McFarland said As it stands right now Guadalupe Comal and Hays coun ties all have burn bans in Hamilton said Its going to be dan gerous until we get a substantial amount of rain Until yesterdays blaze the bum bans had considerably reduced the number of fires in McFarlands area he said Firefighters and equipment assist ed the Sand Hill Volunteer Fire Department from Longhom Lake Dunlap Marion Berlin McQueeney Stockdale Nixon Seguin and Randolph Air Force Base The Kingsbury Fire Depart ment sent personnel Hamilton said Many people dont realize how expensive fighting a large grass fire can be McFarland said Im sure several thousand dollars in all were expended yesterday fighting this he said They had to drive quite a distance many of these folks have to leave work to come fight CISD change will mean many students will change schools midyear By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In preparation of the opening of three new intermediate schools the Comal Independent School District has announced the realignment of the grade levels at CISD elementary and prima ry schools CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said plans are to have the three new intermediate schools completed and occupied by the second semester of the 199697 school year He said this means grade level realignments will be effective when students come back from the holiday break in January Major said moving the students mid way through the year was a concern for would be better to move students at the beginning of the year However he said the new schools will not be completed until the end of the semester so there was not much choice A midyear move is not the idea situation but it will be freeing up some muchneeded he said Major said the realignment waif based on the fact that the fifth and sixth grades would be moved to the newf schools He said the remaining popuj lation was then looked at He said mov ing the two grade levels made extra A midyear move is not the ideal situa tion but it will be freeing up some muchneeded Jerry Major CISD superintendent space at some campuses so younger grades were moved to different cam puses However other campuses still did not have any extra room even after the move he said The numbers dictated said Major Major said students changing cam puses will still remain in the same area as their former schools However he said the district is looking at population growth across the district to see if atten dance boundaries need to be put in The new schools which are part of the 1994 bond issue are located adjacent to the Mountain Valley Elementary in the Lake area near Fra zier Elementary School in New Braun fels and just west of Bill Brown Ele mentary School on Highway 46 in Spring Branch As of the beginning of second semester of the 199697 school year grade levels will be organized as fol lows Goodwin Primary no change Grades Frazier Elementary Grades 2 Comal Elementary Grades PreK 4 Bulverde Primary Grades PreK 2 Bulverde Elementary Grades 3 4 Bill Brown Elementary Grades PreK 4 Mountain Valley Elementary Grades PreK 4 Marion City Council votes to pursue funds for water improvements By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION The Marion City Council began the long arduous application process on Monday for the federal funds it will need to make improve ments to its water system The council voted to send its application for a grant from the Texas Community Development Program The program is administered by the Texas Department of Hous ing and Community Affairs and the funds are provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development We will not know until his fall whether or not Marion is a candidate fcr the Philip Ruiz of Community Development Management in Lockhart said It could be the early part of we learn whetier or not Marion gets the During a public hearirjg on the application before the regular council neeting Ruiz told the councilmembers that Mar on will be competing with other rural cities and counties for the grants But Ruiz is optimistic about Marions chances for getting the grant To qualify for the grants your town must have 51 percent lowincome Ruiz said We are above that range with 70 to 80 percent of your residents who are in that catego ry The grants can be used for water system improvements wastewater improvements drainage fire protection community centers parks clearing and demolishing of property and other basic human Ruiz said The programs must benefit 60 percent of the moderateto lowincome people which it will do since Marion has 70 to 80 percent moderateto lowincome Ruiz said Marion will have to match 10 percent of the The city also has an option of applying jointly with another city or county and getting an extra Ruiz said Last summer the council approved a plan to build a eightinchparallcl water trans mission line which would connect the citys storage tank at the intersection of Green Valley and Old Marion roads The line would parallel the present eightinch line going into Marion Depending on funding the project is expected to take five years and cost Marion has already received a Com munity Block Development Grant from the state to pay for the improvements Excess bond funds of will also go towards the project Rural areas endangered by Supreme Court decision See Opinion Page 4
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