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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyon plays in districtclinching contest See Page 1B 50 CENTS Braunfels MOO 9 71 f 20 pages n two sections Friday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Atox and Mary Ann LMwMMlrl Vol 145 No 62 Inside Market Birthday wishes from tho HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Earfe Thomas Maxim Gon zales Exa Ruggks Mkhelc Chandler Sherry Lindsey Rhonda Jones Rene Hkkman Jo Free Linda Bon netna Yumi Lawrence Kevin Wcrsterfer AUsha Mulkey Corrte Fey Andreas Lavin 14 years Ronnie McAJpin 18 years old Matthew Hernandez 14 years Rhett Higgs 11 years Joe Hernandez Jr Happy anniversary wishes go to Jack and Angcline Buske 56 years Alex and Mary Ann Labowski Chick and Ardith Mueller 52 Mr and Mrs Frank Young Jr 44 Curtis and Maria Smith 13 years belated Rene and Theresa Garcia Ruben and Gina Gomez To have a birtliday or anniver sary listed here call 6259 J 44 Pollen Count Mold350 Mountain Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Inlomulion provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 7 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well sea level up 01 Canyon Dam discharge cte Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfeli Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Thursday and mil lion gallons of well water were used German American Society dance The German American Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Mardi Gras dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall tonight Musjc 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 Young Artist Competition on tap The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Saturday as the Young Artist Competition opens tothe public at 3 in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Luther an University Undergraduate and graduate music students compete for a first place purse and a contract for one performance with the MidTexas Symphony in May with the renowned con ductor Davis Mears Fpr information call Caroline Weston at 6060462 welcome New Brnunffels fans The San Antonio Spurs will play host to New Braunfels res Feb 15 when they battle ttie Atlanta Hawks during New Braunfels Spurs Night Tickets are now available at Vfvroux Sporting Goods Prices tp County seeks plan for future fire emergency needs By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer How will the county meet future fire and emergency needs for the burgeon ing population of western Comal Coun ty That is the task of a committee which will be appointed by Commis sioners Court County Commissioner Danny Scheel said at Thursdays Commissioners Court meeting that the committee is needed to address emergency service concerns in the county They are predicting that the popu lation could double by 2010 which is 13 years from Scheel said I did a quick count We have eight schools out there and another one is being proposed I think we need to look to the future so that we dont wake up one morning and find out we arc not The function of the committee will be to look at the number of stations the location of departments and the number of personnel who can respond in an emergency The committee will have two mem bers appointed from each of the coun tys four fire districts two from each EMS district one from the Bulverde Chamber of Commerce one from the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce one from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce one assistant county attorney County Commission er Jack Dawson and County Fire Mar shal Milton Willmann Scheel said the county should look into getting a designated helicopter pad to land helicopters in an emergency I have had a lot of complaints from people of helicopters landing out on the Scheel said When they land they literally shut down Highway Scheel said the county should approach the developer of a strip mall on Highway 281 and FM 1863 and ask if he is willing to donate land for a helicopter pad It takes six to eight officers to mon itor it and a fire Scheel said If we had a designated heliopad for the helicopters to land on then we would have a minimum number of person nel required for the There are four volunteer fire depart ments in the county Bracken Bul verde Canyon Lake and Spring Branch Willmann said the committee will have to look into the issue of man power in the county There are two fulltime people in Bulverde and one in Spring Willmann said The BulverdcSpring Branch EMS has two on The fulltime personnel are on duty from 8 to 5 Willmann said volunteers help with coverage during the evening hours Willmann said it is hard to recruit volunteers because many people in the communities work in San Antonio We have good relationships with the businesses who allow their employ ees to take off and respond when we Jfr HeraWZeHung photo by Michael Damall March from formtr school IfPfl JD search t for the superintendent the seating ng ly the problem going on here now ationship between the board and the i and the community happens more should It just happens more of the senior citizen and retired Jits tough on the kids and the sea ting arrangement which places it at a table below the dais was every session Thursday Members low what ramifications if any it nithe number or quality of candidates lid he is nqt pertain but that the board change its stance if trustees find s thjey want who makes that a condition of 1 still with said Wheeler They where its not that bad and work out TVor find someone who doesnt said the comments made in the two will be compiled and the 10 items often will become part of the brochure given to applicants Any not attend the profile meetings ke to voice an opinion can submit writing to Don Ki Hough and Hank JSP Box 400 Austin Texas Safe City OKs address posting improvements By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Safe City Commission approved a recommendation to require improved posting of addresses throughout the city to help emergency personnel respond to calls at its Thursday meeting The commissions proposal will be forwarded for legal review and then to City Council for its consideration Police and EMS officials have said that finding the location of an emergency call has been difficult since some address es skip 20 to 300 numbers and fall out of sequence on certain city blocks The commission is recommending that addresses be visible from across the street posting be assigned a mini mum height and discernible night or day and require posting for residents that are far from the streets curb Many areas in the city have over grown brush or weather beaten signs that make the addresses less visible from the street city officials said City officials hope the recommen dations if approved will be followed through voluntary compliance and pro vide more specific guidelines than the current ordinance The commission has begun a door todoor campaign to educate the public about the current street address ordi nance that requires visibility from the adjacent curb need Willmann said The fire districts set up by the coun ty can tax at a maximum of 3 cents per valuation Willmann said The county contributes per year to each fire department Willmann said the countys contri butions help pay for the salaries of full time fire department personnel The toughest part of the commit tees assignment will be to figure out how to fund future emergency services Willmann said We will need to look into what type of mechanisms will need to be put into he said Do we need to lobby the Legislature to allow fire districts to increase the amount they can charge Will the county need to earmark more funding for this Spechts Crossing lease gets approval By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners approved a revised lease Thursday for land near Spring Branch which the county wants to turn into a landing area for tubers and rafters on the Guadalupe River The commissioners approved a revised lease with George A Beere for 8 acres adjacent to Old Spring Branch Road near Spechts Crossing it is avery generous offer asincere gesture on Mr Bccres said Tom Hornsethy County Engineer and Parks Advisory Committee Chairman Commissioners approved the initial lease in November When Beere revised the first lease two minor changes were made to it We have made a couple of modifi Hornseth said Our liability would include injuries It will be more specific We added specific language to demolish anything on the Hornseth said there is a cabin on the land which the county may want to tear down if it docs not fit in the devel opment plans Beere has requested that the site be called Nichols Landing in honor of his mother The county will pay Beere a year The futtire development of the site is now in the hands of Commissioners Court 1 lornseth said County Commissioner Moe Schwab said there is one alternative the coun ty could explore It could be we would do an inter local agreement with WORD Comal County Water Oriented Recreation Schwab said And by talk ing with the manager Jim Inman and members of WORD that is something they have indicated they would be interested in doing It would be up to the wishes of the court to sec how to manage this County Commissioner Jack Daw son said he would like to sec an inter local agreement with WORD pursued We would work with WORD and ask them to pay the and to operate the Dawson said The property and the lease become county property when Beere dies WORD has dedicated to the project Inman said WORD is ready to work will Ihc county The county and property owners want to clean up the area which was a favorite of families and campers until the county tore out the bridge on Old Spring Branch Road a year ago and built a bridge upstream Since then officials said the area has been taken over by drug users alcoholics and troublemakers In other business County Clerk Joy Slrealer set the the special election to fill the Con gressional seat of Ihc late Rep iTdiik Tejeda for March 15 The 28th Congressional District covers parts of New Braunfels and includes precincts 15 and 30 The deadline to file as a candidate is Wednesday Harly voting is Feb 24 to March 11 Quick action by NBU draws Kudos Page 4A
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