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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local volleyball team Qualifiesfar Jr Olympics See Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald 6 16 pages in two sections Friday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more tha 990 o nome of Andy Hartman Jr Vol 145 No 102 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Baetge Oscar Smith Gwen Eberhart Nancy Edelen Susan Wetz Valeska Ben ner Andy Hartman Tom San Miguel To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Ash trace Mulberry Oak trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 370 cfs up 84 Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 19 Canyon Dam discharge 781 cfs Canyon Lake inflow unavailable Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Fundraising idea for nonprofit groups Need a fundraiser for your nonprofit organization Get your group together to provide and sell food at VolunteerFest 97 on April 12 Gall Karen at 6207520 or 6253887 to participate Adult Literacy volunteers needed Those interested in tutoring adult nonreaders can attend a workshop from to 9 April 18 and from 8 to 4 April 19 at the Adult Learning Center 703 Curtiss Schertz The cost is Call 6259480 for information Rabies shots available Saturday The Comal County Veterinary Medical Association will offer rabies shots for cats and dogs 3 months and older Saturday The cost is for a rabies shot and Comal County license The vac cinations will be given from 1 to 4 at the Comal County Fairgrounds Fire Station No 1 in Canyon Lake and Fire Sta tion No 2 in Sattler Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund Meet the District 4 candidates Voters can meet 1997 Dist 4 City Council candidates at 9 April 12 at Gruene Hall sponsored by the Gruene Homeowners Association The forum will include position state ments and a questionand answer period Legion arts and cookoff American Legion Post 179 and Ladies Auxiliary will have an arts and crafts show and flea market from 11 to 5 Sunday along with their fifth annual chili cookoff Arts and crafts spaces start at Secured offsite parking avail able at Krauses Cafe with free Rockin R shuttle bus rides to the events from noon to 6 Admission is free Food and drinks are available There will be attendance prizes and enter tainment Call 6250179 for infor mation Schlitterbahn expands operations to S Padre By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Its official the hottest coolest time in Texas is expanding its operations to South Padre Island The South Padre Island board of aldermen unanimously approved Wednesday the concept of an incen tives package enabling Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort to build its second waterpark on the island Jeff Henry Chief Operating Officer of NBGS International Schlitter bahns parent company was present at the meeting when the South Padre aldermen approved the incentives pack age The new park will operate as Schlit terbahnSouth Padre Island and is expected to open in the spring of 1998 The show of support from the local community was Hen ry said in a written statement We know we have the strong base we need to make SohlitterbahnSouth Padre Island a success for the The incentives package has a com bination of city state and Economic Development Corp grants and loans totaling million The package will include a series of state and local tax rebates adding up to about annually South Padre Island town staff will draft the incentives package for the aldermen to approve at a later meeting Developers for the waterpark led by Harlingen developer Humberto Zamora have asked the town for a 25 percent tax abatement which would be about a year Along with their payment for school taxes this would qualify them for a state refund Zamora told the alder men Sherrie Brammall NBGS public relations director said South Padre Island was the perfect site for Schlit terbahn to expand In general South Padre Island had the ideal location for a waterpark and a strong wateroriented tourism Brammall said It is a natural Developers are considering three sites for the park A 100acre site outside the town limits north of Andy Bowie Park A 20acre tract located near the South Padre Island Convention Center The Schwartz property which is between the Sheraton Hotel and Bridgepoint Condominiums The details and design of the new waterpark and the final site location will be disclosed at a future date Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn Visitors to South Padre Island soon will be able to enjoy the same water recreation activities the New Braunfels park currently offers Emergency chief HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Canyon Lake EMS Director Doug Rogers spent the last three years working for San Antonio Airlife New EMS director focuses on service By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Doug Rogers said he wants to accomplish one goal as director of Canyon Lake EMS To provide the best service to the county we Rogers 41 said Rogers took over as CLEMS director Tuesday The CLEMS Board of Directors hired Rogers for the position during its March meeting Rogers joins CLEMS after working for three years with San Antonio AirLife He said he was looking forward to making EMS service more responsive to the needs of peo ple in the Canyon Lake area The county is growing and the services are Rogers said It poses a challenge to be in the county and go through the impact of it Over the last several years we have had primari ly volunteers and parttime paid staff during the day who have been running the calls and doing a good job of it Now we are making the transition to a combination of fulltime paid employees and CLEMS will gradually continue to expand and improve its emergency services such as having a crew available 24 hours a day Rogers said CLEMS currently has two fulltime personnel By next month that number will expand to seven when the department completes the process of interviewing and hiring five more paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians The addition of more personnel will help CLEMS respond to the needs of lake patients faster Rogers said It will help cut down our response he said Instead of waiting for people to come home and pick up the ambulance we will have someone in the building 24 hours a day to respond to the first Rogers said he was impressed by the volun Turn to EMS Page 2A Inmate work program extended By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The successful county inmate work program got another shot in the arm by Commissioners Court on Thursday Commissioners approved funding to subsidize the salary of a detention officer who will look after the prison ers while they are picking up trash and helping with the rural recycling pro gram The detention officers salary is bud geted at The trial period for the prisoner work program which started March 1 ended March 31 But with Commis sioners Court approving the funding request the program is guaranteed to continue until the end of the year County Jail Administrator Jim Mid dleton said We want to make improvements in the Middleton said I am very pleased to have funding for the rest of the Middleton said four prisoners work eight hours a day cleaning up trash along highways and helping with the chipper program Another prisoner works at the jail Middleton said By working in the program pris oners receive special privileges like getting coffee and receiving extra food allotments Middleton said I intend to expand the program to do more trash pickups on county roads and for worthwhile nonprofit orga Middleton said Middleton said he would like to see two additional prisoners working in the program Currently the four prisoners are transported in a patrol car to their work site Middleton would like to have a vehicle which Turn to Inmate Page 2A Dont look for any dry weather until Saturday By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer FLASH FLOOD TIPS Although much of the county is already saturated from the soaking rains received during the last few days more rain is expected through tonight with a possi bility for severe weather this afternoon Nezette Rydell a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels said the area received about inches of rain in the last 24 hours and remains under a flash flood watch into tonight Were going to get more rain today with severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon when the front moves Rydell said Once the front moves through the area the weather should diy out Satur During a Flash Flood Watch Avoid areas subject to sud den flooding If you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles STOP Turn around and go another way Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road The depth of water is not always obvious and the roadway may be washed out under the water Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles Children should never play around high water storm drains viaducts or arroyos Source National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration day at least for a short Rydell said She said temperatures are not expected to drop with the front Its more of a dry front than a cold she said The rains also are continuing to help the aquifer level The aquifer went up feet since yesterday to measure feet Friday A year ago today the aquifer was at feet and the historical average is feet The rain pelting most of South Texas has caused flooding in some areas Rydell said flash flooding was reported Thursday night in several counties including Blanco Kendall Travis and Williamson counties She said Hays also reported some flooding early Thursday night but had returned to normal condi tions this morning I would expect some of the more rur al roads might have a she said County Engineer Tom Hornseth said only one county road was closed Thurs day night He said the river was up and Rebecca Creek Crossing at the Guadalupe River had to be closed Thats a standard Hornseth said Thats usually one of the first ones especially if theres a lot of rain in the Western Counties and the water shed Jerry Zercher maintenance foreman for the Texas Department of Trans RAINFALL TOTALS Thursday Total for the Month Normal Month to Date 1996 April Total 1996 Year End Total measured in inches Source National Weather Service portation said state highways in Comal County did not experience any prob lems with flash flooding overnight He said Comal County is in good shape to handle any additional rains as well Right now were in good Zercher said I dont expect any high water but I dont know how much it will rain Adult literacy tutors
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