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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Canyon beats Lockhart 6963 See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Heral 70332 M009 72 8 0 U E S T MIC R P U B L 18 HIN 0 2627 E YAHDELL DR EL PASO TX 18 pages in two sections Wednessday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Horns of Otonn Mack ling Vol 145 No 60 Inside Market Slammtiscn Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Glenn Mack 26 years Patsy Biirrtll Kathcrn Gay Flo rence Flcsher Dean White Lcvi Kilgore Mandi Martin Mayor Jan Kennady Andrew Dixon Haniel 10 years old belat Happy anniversary wishes go to Charlie and Mary Martin To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Mountain Elm Pollen measured In parts por cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 208 cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge 203 cfs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water were used Spurs welcome New Braunfels fans The San Antonio Spurs will play host to New Braunfels res idents Feb 15 when they battle the Atlanta Hawks during New Tickets airelhqw available at Vivroux Sporting Goods Prices range from to Proceeds from this years out ing will benefit the New Braunfels Jr League Basketball program League of Women forum The League of Women voters is sponsoring a legislative forum at 7 Thursday in the NBISD Boardroom State Rep Edmund Kuempel and Rick Svatora a legislative aide to State Sen Rodney Ellis will be the featured speakers Brown bag lunch with the mayor New Braunfels residents will have yet another opportunity to let Mayor Jan Kennady know what is on their minds regarding the city at a bag lunch forum Friday The forums are held the Fri days before regular City Council meetings which take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month The lunches will take place from noon to 1 in Conference Room AB of the New Braunfels Municipal Build ing 424 S Castell Ave Kennady said she will schedule the brown bag lunches through out the coming year For more information contact the mayor at 6256739 German American Society dance The German American Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Mardi Gras dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Friday Music will be provided by the Bohemian Dutchmen from 8 until midnight Tickets can be purchased from at Centex Office Center Chamber of Commerce and Lepp Juwelier before the dance Tickets are at the door Beer wine and setups are available BYOB For information call Florence Riedel at 6252760 Helgard Suhr Hollis 6256330 Elsie Lee Biesenbach 210 438 3053 or Frances Copeland Safe City to review address posting On the Agenda By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In an effort to help local law enforce ment and medical officials respond to emergency calls city officials are proposing that residents and business owners increase their visibility A subcommittee of the citys Safe City Commission has been reviewing the cur rent ordinance that requires addresses to be visible from the nearest sidewalk Commission members said they feel the ordinance is too vague and does not set forth specific requirements that would help emergency officials locate the source of their calls In addition many addresses in the city are not posted in accordance with the current ordinance And other addresses skip from 20 to 300 numbers on the same block city officials said To help remedy the situation the commission plans to consider at its Thursday meeting requiring addresses to be posted so that they are visible from the opposite side of the street setting a minimum height and con trast requirements for the address signs requiring an alternative posting method for locations that are a signif icant distance from the street such as building a post nearer to the street If the commission recommends changes to the current ordinance they will be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration The cost of properly posting your address wont come close to what you could lose in a burglary or a medical sit uation if police and EMS operators are unable to locate your said Don Ferguson assistant to the city man ager vho provides administrative sup port for the 25mcmbcr commission Were asking every citizen to step outside go across the street and ask themselves Can 1 see my address in an emergency situation day or night Ferguson said that the problem is observed in some older sections of town where brush has grown over the address posting or Mother Nature has damaged the existing signs Ferguson said the goal is not to enforce the current or future ordinance with a heavy hand but to educate the public on the needs of emergency per sonnel in responding to calls for service The commission at its last meeting agreed to embark on a doortodoor campaign to educate the public on prop er address posting as a friendly reminder that it is the law Ferguson said Volksmarch draws scrutiny of naturalists By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK A Volksmarch which is expected to attract hundreds of people to the Honey Creek State Natural Area on Feb 15 to 16 is coming under fire from naturalists who believe the event could have a negative effect on the ecology of the area Walter Schumann an interpretive guide who gives tours at Honey Creek said he is hoping to have at least 25 people protesting at the entrance of the state natural area on the days the Volks march will be held Schumann said Honey Creek which is adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park is not meant to handle the expect ed 750 people who will show up for the Volksmarch We are opposed to it because the Volksmarcli is a high impact use of a state natural Schumann said State natural areas are for education al and scientific The Honey Creek State Natural Area is considered an envi ronmentally sensitive area and includes endangered species such as the golden cheeked warbler The area is open to interpretive and educational activities under the supervision and guidance of volunteers and park staff members Richard J Solis president of Friends of Guadalupe Creek said the group agreed to hold the Volksmarch because it will allow more people to experience the uniqueness of Honey Creek Solis said approximately peo ple per year visit the area doing various educational activities Back in April 1996 we were approached by a Friends board of directors member who was approached by a member of Volksmarch about having the Solis said We have been mandated by the parks and wildlife department to open up more areas We want more people to enjoy both parks and it makes perfect sense since we have a state park and state natural area adjacent to each Participants regardless of whether they are Volksmarch members will have to pay a fee The Friends is the organization which sponsors programs promoting the preservation and protection of Hon ey Creek The Friends are cosponsoring the Volksmarch with the Texas Wanderers of Fort Sam Houston who are mem bers of the American Voikssports Association The Volksmarch will be from to Noon each day Solis said the Volksmarchers will be walking on existing trails that will be monitored by 60 volunteers Schumann is concerned that some of the volunteers who arc high school students and Boy Scouts will not understand what areas are the most sensitive to human activity It takes an underlying understand ing about what its all Schu mann said These kids are well inten tioned and well briefed however it is not the same as understanding the dif ference between a state park and a state natural Turn to Volksmarch Page 2A iMTJfe Stfe at trie pal Building 424 S Castell Ave Agenda items Include proposed revisions to street address 6rdlnance A development of a veHlclefaurglaryprevehtion pttHi gram presentation on shoplifting prevention Jireports on the senior citP zens crime prevention commit tee juvenile Issues officer recognition program and tHe monthly crime report Grass carp still on scientists9 minds By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Biologists arc still monitoring the success of 125 grass carp which were put into five hydroelectric lakes along the Guadalupc River more than a year ago The radio tagged white amur grass carp were put into the hydroelectric lakes by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists in August 1995 to determine whether they could sur vive in the new environment Twentyfive were put in each of the five hydroelectric lakes Those lakes included Lake Dunlap and Lake McQueeney The grass carp were put into Lakes McQueeney and Dunlap to see if they could eat and control the hydrilla veg etation which made the waterways impassable for boating and recreation us recently as a year ago Last spring along with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and organizations around the effected lakes began a spraying program in an effort to decrease the hydrilla in Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney In June grass carp eacli were released into both lakes Since the time of the sprayings and the carp releases the hydrilla has decreased around the lakes dramatically Those fish were not tagged with radio receivers but have tags which identify them if they arc caught Dr Carl Chilton senior staff specialist said the original 125 radio tagged fish arc still being tracked We are tracking them once every three months for six to seven Chilton said The tags are pro grammed to cut off during the interval 84 days when we are not tracking them Chilton said today biologists will be out on the hydroelectric lakes to begin another three month study on the carp Biologists are trying to determine how many carp have stayed in their original locations Chilton said We dont have a way to tell if the unmarked fish are still Chilton said If we gel a high per centage of tagged fish that are staying then we are assuming the percentage Turn to Carp Page 2A Committee charged with planning the growth of CISD By DENI8E DZIUK Staff Writer The committee formed to advise the Comal Independent School District board of trustees on how to deal with project growth in the district held its first meeting Tuesday to get some gen eral information on the job that lies ahead The task that you have ahead of you is board president Dan Krueger told the LongRange Facilities Planning Committee You will be a guiding post if you will for where the board will Superintendent Jerry Major said CISD is the eighthfastest growing school district for districts with more than students He said a demo graphic study prepared in 1993 said the district would reach an enrollment of by the year 2000 He said the district is ahead of that projection and needs to begin looking at how to han dle the influx of students The growth is going to continue so we have to figure out when those kids show up where were going to put said Major Right now we have a little bit of breathing room not a lot To handle the kind of numbers were expecting were going to have to have some more Major said the districts administra tion would provide the committee with any information or data it needs but the recommendations generated would be lefl entirely to the committee He said interim reports on progress will be made to the board of tnistees regularly and a final recommendation should be made to the board by midto lateMay administration is going to be for said Major We will give you as much information that we can and as much help as we can but we want this to be your Alternatives discussed by similar committees in 1993 and 1995 included yearround school splitshift schools temporary facilities enrollment leasing space increased class sizes and building projects The parents present discussed some issues they said needed to be addressed at some point by the committee Dis trict patron Bill Smith said previous committees had long and drawn out discussions about what is best for the children in CISD and said this com mittee will have to answer those same basic questions Because I see us in a worse position now that we were in 1993 because 1 visited Smithson Valley High School Turn to Growth Page 2A Projected growth Comal Indenpendent School District enrollment for the 1996 97 school year was and enrollment is expected to keep rising The district is projecting the following enrollment in the coming years 19971998 19981999 19992000 200020Q1 2QQ12QQ2 20022003 Area proves once again that teamwork pays dividends Page 44
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