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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicorns hope to pad district volleyball lead See Page 5 50 CENTS Braunfolt water UM rostrictlonjft The citys normal yeafround water restrictions have been institut ed No sprinklers or sprinkler sys tems may be used from 10 to 4 Handheld hoses may be used for watering at any time New Braunfels A 4 12 pages in one section Tuesday October 9 2627 I Y A EL IX Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of WESTON PACHARZINA Vol 144 No 236 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraMZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Susan Buch Lauren Kirkham Dayna Miller Darrell Gene Bad ing belated 38 Amber Somers Camie Cardemas Mike Engel Caleb Smith and Weston Pacharzina To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Grass Cedar Elm Pigweed Ragweed Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level leet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and no well water was used figures from Aggie game film to be shown Thursday The Texas Club will be showing a tape of the Texas Tech game at 7 on Thursday at Hazardous waste collection Saturday The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are spon soring a Household Hazardous Collection Day from 9 to 3 Saturday behind Fire Station 4120 Loop 337 in New Braunfels For more information about the collection and what materi als may be dropped off call 6082120 Project Graduation meeting Wednesday The first Canyon High School Project Graduation meeting will be held at 7 on Wednes day in the CHS commons Plans will be discussed for the allnight drugand alcoholfree party to be held following grad uation on May 30 1997 VFW auxiliary plans membership dinner The ladies auxiliary of Veter ans of Foreign Wars Post No 71 10 will have its annual mem bership dinner at 6 Oct 21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille 444 E San Antonio St The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligi ble and interested in joining Membership anniversary pins will be awarded To make a reservation call Lee Courtade at 6091636 no later than Mon day EMerhostel program runs through Friday The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is spon soring an elderhostel program that runs through Friday The program offers an opportunity to meet visitors from through out the United States Please join the Community Band and visitors for a concert at 7 Thursday on the Plaza VISTA volunteer assists disabled Don Guenther the VlSTA volunteer for Comal County will be at the Senior Citizen Center from 2 to 6 this week to assist citizens with dis abilities Local man dies in onecar rollover By ABE LEVY Staff Writer One New Braunfels resident remains in surgical intensive care Tuesday and another died after the tur ck they were traveling in Sunday evening hit a light pole on Interstate 35 and rolled over several times police hospital and family members said Michael Koepp 21 died Tuesday according to a family member The passenger Crystal Flugrath 17 is hospitalized at University Hospital in San Anto nio The two were traveling south on the 2900 block of 135 at Sunday in the righthand lane police said Koepp was attempting to pass another vehicle when the 1978 Ford pickup truck he was driving swerved and skidded about 350 feet hit a light pole and tolled near ly 220 feet police said EAA board to study water rules By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet tonight in San Antonio for the first time after subjecting its draft of emergency management rules to 30 days of public commentary Board members will likely indicate whether the feedback is enough to make changes to the draft rules now or wait until after the Nov 5 elections of all 15 members The authority has until March 3 to revise the proposed rules that it wrote in about two months during a record drought this past sum mer The draft rules would become effective only during drought conditions when aquifer levels and rainfall are low Despite recent rains local water officials and EAA members have said changes must be made within the next few months to avoid a repeat of this past summers crisis in which no regionwide emergency management plan exist EAA meeting place time The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet at today at its offices 1615 N St Marys St in San Antonio ed to address record drought conditions in South Texas I think the pressures off of the critical said Doug Miller EAA representative for Comal and Guadalupe counties We just need to address the critical period prior to next summer The whole plan needs to be revisited because it was done in a hurried Miller said the best hope for the area is for the newly elected board to include a majority of members concerned about the regions interests The election may change the makeup of the board and therefore put a different slant on the said Miller who is running for another term against three other opponents If we get past the election and there is a shift on the board to a more regional perspective then we stand an excellent chance of revising the critical period management Miller warned if the new board is not under standing of regional issues local water officials would have to rely on the Texas Legislature and federal court intervention to limit pumping of the aquifer Miller and other local water officials arc seeking to raise the triggering levels at Comal Springs while decreasing the pumping limits in the proposed rules A majority of the EAA not including rep resentatives from the aquifer regions eastern counties was able to decrease triggering levels to as low as 50 cubic feet per second at Comal Springs during the most severe reduction stage while increasing the pumping limits to times the winter average No other drought management plan for the aquifer has cased restrictions as drastically as the proposed rules TxDOT to alter intersections on Highway 46 to ease OakRun traffic By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer About 25 parents and residents spoke Monday evening with representatives from the Texas Department of Trans portation about changes to be made on state Highway 46 between OakRun School and Loop 337 David Kopp TxDOT area engineer said his department has received complaints about the Timber Hollow and OakRun Parkway intersections for several years saying heavy traffic on Highway 46 made exiting the side roads difficult Kopp said TxDOT looked at placing signal lights at one of these intersections or the FM 1863 intersection Only the FM 1863 intersection came close to qualifying for a light meaning a signal light was not a viable solution Kopp said It was doing stuff to an intersection FM 1863 that again has no problem and it was doing stuff to solve a problem at another Kopp said That didnt seem practical Instead of installing traffic lights TxDOT is altering the lane configuration on Highway 46 at Timber Hollow OakRun Parkway and Loop 337 The speed limit will also be dropped to 50 mph Cars turning left onto Highway 46 at Timber Hollow will only have to cross the westbound traffic and cars turning left onto Timber Hollow Eastbound traffic passing the school will then have to merge with the cars coming out of OakRun School before the right lane becomes a turn only lane into Hunters Creek At OakRun and Hunters Creek subdivision there will be a leftturn lane coming from both directions on High way 46 There will be two eastbound lanes at Loop 337 with a leftturn lane Westbound traffic will only have two lanes We have an opportunity here to fix a variety of Kopp said Eventually we will expand this road but this will work until Residents spent about 1 hours asking Kopp and other TxDOT representatives questions about what more can be done to remedy the situation Concerns dealt with speed visibility in the area and oth er safety matters The residents said growth and incoming businesses will only increase the problems and steps need to be tak en Turn to OakRun Page 2 Trustees plan discussion of scheduling By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Individuals who want to discuss accelerated block scheduling with the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will have to wait until next week for the boards regularly scheduled meeting a school official said A student walkout last week at New Braunfels High School that followed the reassignment of two top adminis trators at the school over philosophi cal differences over accelerated block scheduling prompted board Trustee Leo Chafin to seek a special meeting for tonight But Superintendent Charles Brad berry said the scheduling issue was already on next weeks agenda as a report item and the board has a train ing session scheduled for tonight to follow up on an earlier teambuilding session I polled the members and most of them said they did not have a request for it after they told people block scheduling was already on the agenda for Oct Anyone wishing to speak to the board about block scheduling at the Oct 15 meeting can sign up at the beginning of that meeting Bradbcrry said The superintendent added that a board member requested the report last month as an update on the progress of the committee reviewing the schedule He said the committee has been work ing on the issue for some time and it should reach a recommendation soon Where you can speak put B A board meeting is tentatively scheduled for 7 Oct 15 in the Education Center Board Room To speak to the board regarding accel erated block scheduling fill out a card when you arrive at the meeting merits of former Principal John Tur man and Assistant Principal Charles Engler a request must be made at the Education Center to have the item placed on the agenda The deadline for requesting an agenda item is noon Thursday B A public hearing is scheduled for 7 Oct 17 in the high school cafeteria for an update on acceler ated block scheduling and discus sions on grade weighting Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing can fill out a card the night of the hearing Accelerated block scheduling will also be one of the topics of discussion at a public hearing at 7 Oct 17 in the New Bniunfels High School Cafe teria Assistant Principal Judy Seifert said parents will be updated on what the committee has already done and the work that remains She said the rest of the hearing will be spent discussing grade weighting and how much weight particular classes cany in deter mining gradepoint averages I think it probably still wont be about block because everyone will likely address the board about Seifert said Whatever comes about in the board meeting will probably deter mine what is said and discussed at the Students parents call on board Monday to work for entire NBISD district By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A group of about 50 students and parents of New Braunfels High School held an impromptu organizational meeting Monday in Landa Park to gather signatures for a petition calling for school district trustees Dr Carlos Campos and Steve Weaver to represent the entire district not just their own districts 3 and 5 Sylvia Taylor whose daughter is a senior at the high school is spear heading the effort along with other parents The group is concerned that the school boards reassignment of for mer High School Principal John Tur man and Assistant Principal Charles Engler indicates Campos and Weaver are not representing the interests of the entire school district I do not feel they are representing all the students in the whole Taylor said They keep talking about their separate Campos said he and Weaver are keeping in mind the entire district while also weighing the interests of districts 3 and 5 Thats the beautiful thing about the public process they can gather when ever they Campos said Tuesday morning I think we are looking at the whole picture Certainly districts 3 and 5 elected us When 1 noticed that things were going as 1 thought they should not 1 did the democratic process to get The group has a list of all the regis tered voters in districts 3 and 5 and are attempting to gather as many sig Turn to Petition Page 2 More Letters to the JEditor on changes at New Braunfels High School See pages 4 and B
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