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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                A 77 Letters Sports X The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Rapp Tammy Ptaufftr 30 yssra Wllllwni Brtnda fii Chris 12 Farias Sarah RKehls Kim Haitman Sean Anthony FMzalm mont 4 yeara and Clarsfiot Noatar boated 94 ysara v Happy anniversary wishes to mann 4 Art and Marry Brinkkoatar and Vatetta Orth 40 Leo and Nancy Chafln 40 Manual and Hateri Mar tinez Mark and Lana Goto Clarence and Ena Noatar belated t 67 yaara June Karl and Mtttwede 40 Larry and Evle Talt Sil varto and Lupe Qonialea 49 yeara and Johnnie and Jovtta Agulrre 21 i v County area for more riantfl jfrn rfHome of CLAYTON l j i i Sf i M groups Join together to raise flag The veterans organizations of New Braunfels will hold a flagraising at the Veterans Monument in Prince Solrhs Park at 9 am on Thursday to commemorate Independence Day The public is invited to attend July 4 activities Include parade A Celebration on the Plaza is scheduled for r Thursday Members and spe ial guests of theSophienbiirg meet for refreshments UDjtyHall Sophienburg Archives parking lot at 20ti N Seguin Ave at 9 At amrParron Schlameus will lead the the bells at the cburthouse and a band concert will follow at on the Plaza The parade begins from City Hall Sophien burg Archives parking lot at and the Plaza pro gram begins aMO with Don Ferguson presiding Newcomers Club to The Newcomers Club will meet Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Center 655 Larida St Coffee and donuts at meeting at 10 am Al Dreiimont director of the National Radar and Forecast ing Service of the Southwest will give presentation talk on Heavy Pub lic is invited Jumbo Evans park open for aerial fireworks The use of aerial fireworks is prohibited in Comal County except in the Jumbo Evans Sports Park which is a desig natedsafe area The park located approximately two miles north of Spring Branch Road on Highway 281 will be open Monday through Thursday 6 to 10pm Friday and Saturday 6 toll and Sunday 6 to 9 On Thursday July 4 the hours of operation will be 6 to midnight Violation of this order could result in a maximum fine of Lunch Bunch to meet The Mission Valley Lunch Bunch meets at Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Center Conservation Society to hold yard sale The New Praunfels Conser will hold a yard from 9 tg4 Sat MrdjyTrie sale will be locat ed it 521 Antonio St Comal Countys dust bowl HerakJZeHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Despite several plantings yields at Buddy Zlmmermanns farm have been next to nothing Drought devastates crop i i sit Zimniermann farm By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor i on the farm are worse N than any Buddy Zimmermann can remember 1 Ive got a bumper crop of noth Zimmermann said as he scooped a handful of dustdry top soil from an empty field where nothing but the mesquite saplings Will grow Thats 43 acres of nothing right there Its a damn As the drought of 1996 drags on Zimmermann 62 catt only try to scrape by as his family has done for generations His family has fanned and ranched the land around New Braunfels since the 1870s His farm is located east of toWri off Ruckle Road is the worst year Ive seen including the he said Even when I came back on leave from the military in the 1950s it looked bad but not this bad Even in 1956 my dad did make some Ive got a bumper crop of Zimmermarin more than Ill make this year If I didnt have it all paid for already Id be Zimmer mann said If I had a mortgage the bank would have taken it Last yeathe planted winter wheat but with no rain the crop didnt and Zimmermann plowed it under Next he planted Sudan grass for hay It cost an acre for seed about an acre for fertilizer plus gas and wear and tear on his tractor plus his time See CROP Page 9A on pumping likely Justices uphold constitutionality of Edwards Aquifer Authority By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Texas Supreme Court upheld Friday the Edwards Aquifer Authori ty in a longanticipated decision that will effectively regulate underground water pumping along the 175mile long Edwards Aquifer In a unanimous opinion issued from the hinemember court in Austin jus tjces ruled the Edwards Aquifer Act of 1993 is in keeping vyiih the Texas Constitution The ruling immediately abolishes Underground Water District and gives power to the 15member authority Up until today there hasnt been an entity that had enough powers to opti mize springflow for species and peo ple the authoritys lead counsel Stephan Rogers said The 36 staff members of the EUWD which the Texas Legislature created in 1959 will undergo a tran sition to the authority New Braunfels Utilities General Manager Paula Difonzo and Doug Milter are board members of the EAA Current board members for the new authority were appointed but they are up for election in November The new boards first meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in San Antonio The authority will issue permits for wells that pump from the aquifer not to exceed 147 billion gallons per year Existing users must file a claim to report how much of the Aquifer they used between 1972 and 1993 The authority will add up the claims to see whether the total is below the 147billiongallon cap Existing users will have seniority and new pumpers will only be allowed to apply for a permit if the total is below the cap If the total exceeds the limit the authority will prorate a discounted amount until the total is under the cap The cap is scheduled to be reduced See EAA Page 2A Dont look for nutfor changes from authority board just yet By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer City balks on purchasing old HEB building after three offers spurned By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer After making several offers on the old HEB Building the city council voted Saturday to end negotiation on that land arid begin looking elsewhere for expansion space Mayor Jan Kennady said ill three offers were refused but no counteroffer was given Its more money than we could afford and theyre not real eager to sell it she said Kennady said the council was looking at the building located on San Antonip Street as a possible new home for ihe library or police department She said the library board has suggested relocating to the Comrnoii Street site currently using the land wilj 43 their use that the cjtysft aside police depart rnentiKennady said it js back to the drawing board but the city still has time to find an appropriate location That is riot an urgent said Kennady Its some thing we know we will need in the near future though because the cur rent facility is just about The council also discussed the need to review and update the citys master plan Discussion was held on what individuals need to be involved in that plan and how to go about updating it Kennady said the next step is to have the council approve setting up a steer ing committee to begin work One thing weall agree on is it has to be she said The City of New Braunfels Master Plan was published in 1977 In 1984 a review of it was held but none of the rec Kennedy since After years of waiting for the legis lation to be rewritten and a lawsuit to be decided the Edwards Aquifer Authority can begin work following a ruling by the Texas Supreme Court Friday Comal County EAA representative Doug Miller said he is glad the case has finally reached a conclusion He said the original legislation was passed in 1993 but the move to replace the Edwards Underground Water District was held up do to questions regarding voting rights and property rights Im very elated to have a deci sajd Miller Im ready to go to work V The majority of that work will involve utilizing powers the EUWD did not possess Miller said the EAA will be able to impose fines and penal ties for excessive or illegal use of aquifer water It will also be able to regulate with drawal by issuing permits mandat ing that wells be registered and meter ing withdrawals The EUWD could not do any of these However Miller said the most sig nificant difference is the EAA will encompass the five counties over the aquifer plus part of Caldwell Atas cosa and Guadalupe counties This allows more regional and central con trol over the aquifer compared to three individual districts Thats the most significant differ said Miller That with the enforcement powers make the EAA the right board to move forward Basically it means the farmers in Medina County have to stop pump ing New Braunfels Doug Miller EAA board member The first actions of the authority will be to move forward with regu Miller said This means enforcing the policies the EUWD had in place but could not enforce All we can do now is amplify and extend what they are said Miller I dont think we have enough time right now because of crisis to go in and start writing poli The new EAA board will mean lit tle change for local homeowners rely ing on aquifer water The board will first focus on large users and try to reduce their usage Miller said The pumpers that will be hardest hit by the change in powers will be the west em counties where huge quantities of pumping has occurred Basically it means the farmers in Medina County have to stop pumping New Braunfels said Miller What it is going to mean down the road is that your supply whether a public or private source will have to find an alternate source of The EAA board of directors is scheduled to meet at 5 Tuesday at Nations Bank Plasa Building 300 Convent Ste 1472 in San Antonio RecoHecfions from the great drought of the 1950s See Opinion Page 44   

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