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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY The Plaza Bandstand 14 pages in one section Friday March New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS Q rv roQO Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more iw years Home of CLOBIE CAYSE Vol 144 No 84 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Clobie Cayse Glenn Mack Aleida Cortez Saturday 2 Kendra Clayton 8 Cy Chapa Juan N Enrique and Tammi Smith Pollen Count Mold Elm Ash trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 Coulter family benefit planned for Saturday A benefit for an educational fund for the children of Michael E Coulter will be held March 9 from 2 to 9 at the Watering Hole at 1319 Old McQueeney Road Barbecue plates will be served from 2 to 6 A live auction will be held throughout the evening Coulter passed away Jan 17 from cancer His wife and two children werejeft with life insurance Coulter was a 1974 graduate of New Braun fels High School His wife Joella Wideman was a 1975 graduate of NBHS His children Michael II and Elizabeth Dawn are in their senior and freshman years at LaVernia High School For more information or to make a donation call Betty Becka at 6090127 or Arthur Brinkkoeter at 6293788 Christian Womens Club to hold luncheon The Christian Womens Club will hold a luncheon Tuesday March 12 from 11 to 1 at the Holiday Inn for Speakers Carol Johnson and Renee Counch on Updating Your Home on a Budget Becky Voges on Uplifting Your Spirit With Song1 and Jan Thurner on Unleashing Joyfully the Reins of Your Life Reservations needed by March 8 Call Jan at 899 2277 Free nursery call 935 4337 Circus is heading to Seguin The Guadalupe County Republicans will sponsor per formances by the King Royal Brothers Circus Friday March 8 in Seguin across from the Department of Public Safety Office at the Highway 123 Bypass and Kingsbury Street Advance discounted tickets can be obtained by calling 3037371 Tickets at the door will cost more and seating may be subject to ticket avail ability Lake Dunlap Property Owners meeting The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association annual general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at Riverbend Park at 7 Friday March 15 Help sort books The Friends of the Library will meet to sort books Tues day March 12 at 9 The new address is 1375 Wald Road at AM Storage mit fin By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners took one more step towards the com pletion of a park for residents in the BulverdeSpring Branch area at their meeting Thursday when they unani mously approved a Park Development Plan Tom Homseth parks manager for the Parks Advisory Committee told thecommissioners the committee met about a month ago to work on devel oping plans for the use of the land He said representatives from several of the local sports organizations that will be using the facilities were also present to give input on the plan What came out of that committee meeting was a subcommittee to devel op a plan taking into consideration everyones said Homseth Tom Turk who served on the sub committee presented the plan to the Commissioners According to the plan seven soccer fieldswill be built at the far end of the park Next to this will be a volleyball playscape a concession area and restrooms followed by two football fields and a softball field The section of the land closest to Highway 281 will be reserved as a picnic area and a walking track will be built around the perimeter of the park We plan to make pretty good use of plans for new park the said Turk Turk also said that the Little League organizations were present but decid ed they did not need a field at this time However he said they expressed interest in building a field if the park is expanded I wanted you to know that there was a lot of input on said Hornsetk The people who are going to use it were there deciding what to Homseth said that despite the detailed plan the entire thing will not be implemented all at one time He said the county is drawing up Facilities Use Agreements According to the agreements the county will provide The people who are going to use it were there deciding what to TomHornseth the land entryway parking and restrooms He said the various organi zations planning to use the park will then be responsible for building the fields using their funds and equipment He said the upkeep would also be addressed in the agreement Well start work as soon as were allowed said Turk Homseth said the county still has available to use on this park He said the money will go toward grating an entryway and setting up a grassy parking area He said the other improvements will be included in the next budget process It will start off real said Homseth The parks advisory board felt this was a good let the other groups get in first and start their County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan der said the agreements should not take long in preparing He said he is using several models from the city of Victoria and it is just a matter of pasting and HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jean Prochazka Jaroslav Pollvka Marie Burian Vladimir Burian and Henry Prochazka CZECH IT OUT Visitors savor the differences between Texas and their homeland By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Three visitors staying in town with their cousin for a couple of weeks are learning about the local way of life and finding out there are distinct dif ferences from what they are used to Henry Prochazka and his wife Jean of New Braunfels are playing host to relatives from the Czech Republic in Europe Jaroslav Polivka lives on the outskirts of Prague Marie Burian and her husband Vladimir live about 90 miles from Prague in the Eastern part of Bohemia The three came to town to spend 13 days with the Prochazkas and will leave on Tuesday My wife and I have been over there three times and theyve been wanting to come here to see where we live so we decided to bring them said Prochazka While they have been here the Proc hazkas have shown them a variety of things ranging from the Comal Springs to the factory stores and a trolley ride in San Antonio Marie and Vladimir have never been out of their country and there are several differences that they have all noticed between New Braun fels and their home Polivka said one of his favorite things about the area is the difference in the environment Prochazka explained that in their home country coal is burned as a fuel He said this causes the quality of the environment to decrease He said Polivka has noticed a differ ence here He likes our clean air and sur said Prochazka who acted as translator Polivka also noticed that here people live in rural areas on their farms In his homeland everyone lives in the village and goes out to the farm to work Vladimir recognized a differ ence in automobiles Cars here are much larger They are also automatic compared to the standards he is used to seeing They also added that drivers are more courteous in America They better be the cars are a lot more expensive said Prochazka Another big difference that Polivka noticed was that here everything is new and has a lot of yard Proc nazka explained that any building that is not 500 years old in the Czech Republic is considered young He also said it is more cramped in their home land When we went to Gruene Hall I told him it was the oldest dance hall around Its about 200 years young for said Prochazka Marie said the thing she noticed and liked the best was when she went to watch a gymnastics class She said she liked the involvement of the young kids in dancing and gymnastics There were more differences includ ing the weather but all three said they were really enjoying it and would like to come back some day The Prochazkas were not able to show the group everything they wanted to see due to time constraints However they do plan to do additional sight seeing before the three leave on Tues day Well give them some good mem ories of the area said Proc hazka The group also will not go back empty handed Vladimir said has already taken over 100 pictures and Polivka has taken a couple of rolls also In addition Proc hazka said they bought something from every place they went He said they had to get a tshirt with something about Texas and New Braunfels on it He added that they liked the colorful ones as long as they did not have red in them which is the color representing the old communist regime in their home country Drought could threaten species By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Species that last lived on the surface during the last ice age retreated underground to the Jim Fries Nature Conservancy Comal County residents have already started to worry about their lawns their crops and their livestock but the human species will probably survive if a serious drought hits the area this summer Some unique area animal species may not be so lucky according to Dr David Bowles endemic species biol ogist for Texas Parks Wildlife As you know the karst springs in our area have a high concentration of endemic aquatic Bowles said Translation the Comal and San Marcos springs are homes to species that live no other place in the world Biologists will tell you that the Edwards Aquifer is the worlds most ecologically diverse underground water said Jim Fries biore serve director for the Nature Conser vancy in Austin Species that live at the spring heads like the infamous fountain darter will be most susceptible to drought condi tions Bowles said They depend on very specific water temperatures water levels and plant life The things that are dependent on surface water thats their Bowles said When it goes they go Fountain darters etc are seriously impacted if not completely wiped Scientists arent sure what will happen to some other spring species like the Comal Springs Riffle Beetle Its a possibility that they burrow down into the Bowles said The 1956 drought lasted about six months There may have been just enough moisture to keep them he said There are 44 endemic aquatic species now identified in the Edwards Aquifer area There are some unusual and fairly unique Bowles said Some are living completely within the With the profusion of caves on the Edwards Plateau there are likely many more endemic species yet to be discovered he said The unique aquifer creatures could hold clues to the history of evolution Some aquifer species have a neotropical Bowles said That means their closest living relatives are in southern Mexico One small shrimplike creatures closest living relative is found in the Mediterranean Sea he said Species that last lived on the surface during the last ice age retreated under ground to the Fries said Underground animals may be less vulnerable to drought than those living in the springs Bowles said As long as the water qualitys good as long as theres water the aquifer species may Most people think in two Fries said In the Hill Country you have to think not only whats in front of you and beside you but also Some of these creatures are truly Bowles said Weve got a lot to Job fair at Schlitterbahn tomorrow Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a job fair from 10 to 4 on Saturday March 9 at the parks employee cafe on Liberty Street in New Braunfels Schlitterbahn repre sentatives will take applications for approximately seasonal full time and parttime jobs The 65acre waterpark and resort complex has openings for a wide variety of jobs Most positions coin cide with Schlitterbahn Waterparks season April 27 through September 15 Applicants must be at least 16 years old and should bring a photo ID and social security number For more information call Schlitterbahn at 210 6252351 ext 526 Garden Ridge council considers new impact fees for developers By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE To help cov er the costs of capital improvements it wants to make for its water system the Garden Ridge City Council voted to study the feasibility of implementing impact fees in the nature The council voted 50 to start a fea sibility study into the matter at its meet ing on Wednesday night Impact fees can be assessed to hous ing developers to help pay for water connections a city provides for a lot and help pay for improvements in its water system Currently the city of Garden Ridge is looking into the pos sibility of building a 12inch water transmission line and elevated storage tank within the next 10 years Councilwoman Georgia Eckhardt said the council needs more time and research before it can make an edu cated decision I think we need to have a joint ses sion with the city water commission and the planning and zoning commis sion to get more input from Eckhardt said City Engineer Don Rauschuber briefed the council on a report he had done on the advantages and disadvan tages of the impact fee Growth and development will hap Rauschuber said The question is How will you pay for that growth and development The impact fees Rauschuber said can be used for water improvements sewage and drainage The impact fees cannot be used for city parks mainte nance or construction of new build ings Based on 10year growth calcu lations Rauschuber said the city could assess a fee between and per housing development lot The advantage of having the fee is that it would represent an additional source of income for the Rauschuber said When you collect the fee you would have less reliance on the issuance of Rauschuber said the disadvantages of the impact fee would be that the city would have two to five years to spend on the improvements it wants to make If the city does not get the revenue it wants from the impact fees because of slow growth or if it tries to float a bond issue for water improvements and it fails Rauschuber said the city would have to give back the impact fee mon ey plus interest to the developers Before any impact fees could be implemented the city would have to appoint a fivemember advisory com mittee which would have to have at least two members from the real estate industry Then public hearings would have to be held before the council could vote on the issue which could cost in legal expenses Rauschuber said Right to die depends on where you live See Opinion Page 4
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