New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, April 12, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

April 12, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas 14 pages In one section Friday April Regional qualifiers emerge at district track meet See Sports Page 5 410 M016 189 SOWEST MICROFUBLISHINB E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and jor more tharM44 years Home of Joiih Inside Market SLimmtisch Birthday wlshfts from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Nkkl Loftin Josh Kunkel Tery Rust Jenny Petrie Trey Taylor Happy 50th anniversary to Carroll and Ada Canon To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mow630 Grass53 Patten 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 Wen feet above sea level down 01 from yesterday Nursery clinic set in Marion Schulz Nursery in Marion will host rose clinics from 10 to 4 April 13 and 14 On April 14 at 1 Oma and the Oompahs will perform at the nursery Also April 27 at 10 the nursery will host a turf care clinic Oma and the Oompahs will perform again April28 from 1 to 4 Ctty rhotortets off during NB Triathlon The flow of traffic on streets in the vicinity of Common St near Hinman Island and along FM 306 toward Canyon Dam will be slowed Sunday to accomodate participants in the seventh annual New Braunfels Triathlon Officers will be monitoring traffic at several points of the race starting from 8 to noon Iris show The New Braunfels Iris Society will hold its annuaj Iris Show on Saturday April 13 from 1 to in Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church Admission is free Members of the Iris Society will have potted iris plants for sale Rural School Reunion The 31st Annual Rural School Reunion celebration will be held Sunday April 14 at the Knights of Columbus Hall Landa Street Exstudents and friends are invited to attend Registration and fellowship from 1 to 2 Dance to live music from Tommie Vanek 2 to 6 BYOB refreshments available Garden club reschedules meeting The Comal Garden Club will not have its usual meeting April 4 Instead the club will meet April 18 to travel to Fredricksburg to tour an herb farm Correction A outline in the April 4 edi tion incorrectly stated that Mil ton Brown was treated and releasd from University Hospi tal in San Antonio In fact Brown remains in the rehabilitation unit of the hospital recovering from lower back injuries This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Flans mulled to restore Faust St Bridge By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer County Commissioners met with engineers on the Faust Street Bridge Wednesday morning to discuss the planned restoration of the bridge and according to preliminary projections the project is over budget County Engineer Tom Homseth said most of the preliminary engineering including cost esti mates has been completed He said a detailed pre sentation would be made to commissioners court at a later time requiring action However he said Wednesdays meeting on the bridge was simply to give everyone a visual perspective of the pro ject Mark Badoux senior engineer for LAW Engi neering and Environmental Services said the bridge is very unique in nature He said a city in Michigan had a similar one and thought they had the only remaining one in the United States until discussions began on the New Braunfels bridge However he said the local bridge is in bet ter shape The studies so far have confirmed what Tom Homseth bridge is in remark ably good said Badoux Badoux and the project engineer reviewed the feasibility study report Since the entire bridge will be open to pedes trian traffic the walkway along the side will be removed New guard rails will be installed the asphalt will be removed and replaced with a wood deck and it will be repainted The entire total for the project came to Homseth told the commissioners die county has available for the project which includes The studies so far Have confirmed what Tom Homseth anticl bridge Is In remarkably good condi tion T Mark Badoux senior engineer for LAW Engineering and Environmental Services from the county and a Texas Department of Transportation grant He said the commis sioners will have to decide what to do about being over budget The bottom line is we need some more Mold ing probably not the whole amount he said Homseth said part of the feasibility sftify includes electrical work that was not in the first plan He said there may be room to cut the costs in some areas but more money will likely still be needed X He hopes to go before commissioners court as early as next week to discuss additional fundjngi He said part of that funding may include an tional enhancement grant from TxDOT I think this is something TxDOT feels is important and wants to see said Homseth Badoux said once a decision is reached on funding the actual construction and restoration should only take about two months AGooD CENTS HOME Good Cents I f David Wertey NBU consumer programs coordinator and Robert West home builder display Environmentallyfriendly home earns NBU distinction ByMELANIEGERIK Staff Writer The white limestone house at 1752 Cypress Rapids Drive looks tike any other home in its upscale neighborhood in Gruene with a special dishwasher fireplace and other features making the home West said be has been making enerjgyeffi cieat homes since he started building in 1981 but the Cypress Rapids House is the first in New Braunfels to earn the distinction of Good Cents Environmental Home by New Braunfels Utilities The fireplace brings combustion air ftom the outside instead of using alreadywarmed inside air said David NBU consumer pro grams coordinator The house also is lighted in the kitchen by compact florescent lights which use 1 watte of energy each but shine like 60watt bulbs ley said The windows are equipped with Jowemmis stvity glass for southern climates which allows heat to escape from the house but no heat to come inside Itselear gas thatacts Jikeits Wer teysaid The house is also insulated much more than normal bouses West installed insulation in between the sheetrock and studs instead of just around the studs Werley said all the insulation made the house just like the outside of an ice WestaJsowsed white limestone which earned points for the Good Cents Environmental Home distinction because it is a local resource The envitonrtxentallyftiendly features may help the house sell more quickly said Cindy Berry Lower Colorado River Authority con servation coordinator Its a new idea that people are asking for Berry said Werley said NBU wants to promote building energyefficient houses because most owners realize they spend too much money on utilities after they have built their house and it is too late to change You cant goback and rip up the walls and put more insulation or put better sealing Werley said With all the energysaving features West said his customers have paid much less far util ities In a house similar to the Cypress Rapids address West said the high gas and electric bills averaged 125 per month The house is on the market for but West said not all Good Cents houses have to cost that Werley said two other made from compressed soil and the other made out of similar materials used in road are being built as Good Cents Environmental Homes in the NBU service area Traffic woes f head candidate panel discussion ByMELANIEGERIK Staff Writer City council and mayoral candidates talked Thursday night about the issues close to their hearts and the centerpieces of their campaigns Most of the candidates expressed concerns about the growth of New Braunfels arid its byproduct traffic and congested streets We have not looked at our development plan for more than 20 said Jan Kennady can didate for mayor It needs to be looked at and the time is Kennady her opponent Cheryl Scott and coun cil candidates spoke to more than 25 voters at the forum at the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center Thursday night The forum was sponsored by the League of Womeh Cathy Talcott a candidate for the newlycra ated District 5 said she alsb is concerned about the heavy summer tourist traffic through her area which includes Schlitterbahn Water Park Her opponent Slim Jim Hendricks said he had the same concerns about the tourist traffic and about proposed construction along Inter state 35 Mary Lou Erben candidate for District 6 summed up her primary concerns in a few traffic traffic traffic congestion and Her opponent Juliet Watson did not attend Thursdays forum Kennady said the city will have to start buying as much available property as possible to widen streets and divert traffic oneway on some streets The candidates also fielded questions about raising utility rates and the sell of utility bonds The city council recently approved mil lion in bonds for New Braunfels Utilities without putting the measure on the May 4 ballot The council also approved rate increases for water and sewer rates Scott said shewoujd have voted differently than the councils decisions I am a protector of citizens Scott said I disagree that NBU rates should have gone up and I think the public should have been able to vote on the Kennady and the other candidates said they would vote for rate hikes if the increases were justified All New Braunfels registered voters will have a chance for the first time in the citys history tp vote for the atlarge mayor and the District 5 and 6 seats starting Monday Early voting will con tinue through May 1 in Room 306 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex Smithson Valley ecology students trek to Baltimore conference By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Last summer teacher Annette Geroy led stu dents in the Ecology Club at Smithson Valley High School on a study of water quality in the Guadalupe River Now armed with that knowledge Geroy and two students Adam Stovall and Andrew trek to Baltimore MD on June 8 for a fourday Watershed 96 Conference They will present their findings at the national forum dealing with watershed management Geroy said the group was enlightened by the trip along the Guadalupe River The study start ed from Canyon Lake Dam to the end of the riv I had no concept of how much water was used ftom the Guadalupe Geroy a marine biology teacher said I was excited to know there is a monitoring agency involved in the usage of every drop of water from the Guadalupe One of those monitoring agencies the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority helped spon sor the clubs trip and may help sponsor the trip to Baltimore Geroy said The journey began at Structural Mills Incor porated SMI and Nolte Island both in Seguin They also visited hydroelectric plants in Seguin and Canyon Dam At Nolte Island the students learned how to use kits for testing acidity water clarity and dissolved oxygen On the second day the students and their adult sponsors went on a rafting trip from the Canyon Dam to Gruene We looked at the use of the river for recre ational Geroy said One of the things we saw was how much trash was there Ellen Posey of Whitewater Sports talked to us about water safety and the river cleanups in the fall and the spring and how much effort was put into Geroy and the ecology club traveled down riv er to Cuero where they spent the night The next morning they went to Tivoli near Matagorda Island and visited a saltwater barrier an inflatable dam that keeps saltwater from backing into the Guadalupe River from San Antonio Bay We had a man talk to us on how the water is used for irrigation and Geroy said We then went to the Union Carbide plant south of Tivoli What we looked at there was how the water was taken out how it was used and the water quality as it was returned to the They then journeyed to Rockport and Matagor da Island where they learned about the island wildlife by identifying the fish and shrimp which they caught in nets At Matagorda Island the students discovered an unsightly area One of our students Adam Stovall was amazed by the amount of trash found on the Annette Geroy and ecology students Andrew Kolmeier and Adam Stovall fol lowed the Guadalupe River to Its end at Matagorda Island Geroy said We got a feeling for what comes in from the A lot of it comes off private boats and drilling The students took pictures and slides which will be a part of their presentation in Baltimore For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 ;