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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Dear Sfainmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Meredith Nowotny Kody Williams Susan Adams Sandra Michael Elisa Racanelli Don na Fuqua Paige Marlar 5 years Darlene Sommer Cheryl Baird Mon Carl Schwope Shermany Tapley Amy Wilson 17 years old Tony Castillo Russ Whltehouse Alice Martinez Larry Metzger Mon Dennis Templeton Dennis Templeton Jr and Taunia Barboza Happy anniversary wishes to Buddy and Helen Brehm 50 Mr and Mrs Gene Rogers 51 Jo and Joe Brophey Monday and Mr and Mrs Joe Chandler 46 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Easy on to 135 not so easy to get off Work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz That was the good news The notso good news is that the only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braun fels and FarmtoMarket Road 2252 in west Schertz Special day for dear old Dad one week off Although they probably deserve to be honored all year long there is one day set aside dedicated solely to the men in lives we call our fathers Fathers Day is only one week away so you better start looking for that perfect gift that says Thank You and I Love whether its a tie golf clubs or a screw driver Day free of rain a fairly safe bet today Sunday afternoon should see partly cloudy skies with 20 per cent chance of showers or thunderstorms The high is expected to be in the mid to upper 80s and a southeast wind of 5 to 10 mph will be blowing Monday basically will be a repeat of Sundays weather with partly cloudy skies high in the upper 80s and a south east wind at 5 to 10 mph There will be a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms again Monday afternoon Time is now to file for NBISD board seats Elections for four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will be held Aug 9 and the fil ing period is already here The election will be held to fill the District 1 and two atlarge seats The district 4 seat will also be up for election to find someone to fill the seat for the remaining year on the term Sylvia Sanchez currently holds the District 1 seat Jaime Padil la resigned in April from the Dis trict 4 seat with one year remaining on his term Leo Chafin and Bette Spain hold the two atlarge seats Filing for the election began May 26 and ends 5 June 25 Early voting will run from July 21 to Aug 5 at the Comal County Courthouse the Guadalupe County Courthouse and the NBISD Education Cen ter Early voting polls at the edu cation center will also be open Saturday Aug 2 The elections will be held Aug 9 To file for a seat in the elec tion go to the NBISD Educa tion Center 430 W Mill St New Braunfels Herald 203 II 00 9 Si NICROPUBLISHIIiG 2627 E DK EL 80 24 pages in two sections Sunday June Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Meredith Nowotny GROWING PAINS West Comal feels the pinch of expanding population Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Parnall Bernie Range and John Ochoa of United Erectors construct trie overhang of the Bulvercle 281 North arid Farm to Market Road center is astrip mini that developers and West Comal County area Residents come for peace quiet In new buildings will have been built in Comal County The population of Comal County has grown 29 percent since 1990 B Sheriff Bob Holder says he will need twice as many patrol officers to keep up with the growth ffl Most of the growth is taking place in the Bulverde and Spring Branch areas along 281 Bi The growth is forc ing county officials to address concerns about roads emer gencyjesponse ser vices and water By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Four years ago when Arleen Bennett decided to move out of California she was looking for a place where she could have a lit tle bit more breathing room Bennett said she and a friend also from Cali fornia visited San Antonio looking for a house to buy They were not too impressed with what they saw in San Antonio so they drove around some more Well it was sort of an Bennett said about the place she bought in a Bulverde Hills subdivision My friend rented a car and we ran domly were driving around looking at the area and saw a place in Bulverde Hills for After looking at other property as far away as El Paso Bennett and her friend decided to take the scenic lot in Bulverde Hills Bennett said it is something she is glad she did I like Bennett said It is nice and quiet to sit here I have coffee on the porch and watch the deer and the The idea of getting away from it all and being in the country is the reason why many people like Bennett are moving in droves to the Bulverde and Spring Branch area Bennett said she decided to get out of California I like if It is nice and quiet to sit here I have coffee on the porch and watch the deer and squir Bulverde Hills resident Arleen Bennett where she worked and lived for 33 years because it was getting to the point where she could barely afford the cost of living in the Golden State espe cially since she was retired I kind of picked this area because of the fact there were hills and trees and no desert and it wasnt too expensive at the Bennett said My neighbors arent within 12 feet of the prop I am retired If your income goes to one fourth of what it was you have to be But ironically Bennett may have escaped Cali fornias congestion and population overcrowding possibly to face the same problems in the Bul verde area For the past 10 years the Bulverde and Spring Branch area has seen tremendous growth along the 281 corridor toward San Antonio County Engineer Tom Hornseth can attest to Turn to Residents Page 9A oooooooooo Population mostly in western areas By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer In order to grasp where the growth is in Comal County a person needs only look at where new construction is occurring According to preliminary estimates from Comal Central Appraisal District new buildings Turn to Population Page 9A Sheriff says more officers needed to meet growing demands By ABE LEVY Staff Writer As next years budget talks approach Comal County Commis sioners Court and Sheriff Bob Hold er have been pondering the need to hire additional officers to secure one of the states fastest growing coun ties In the past five years Comal County has grown by people to a total of people and has a growth rate of 29 percent according to the Texas State Data Center With only 29 fulltime officers on patrol duty the sheriffs office is often strapped for resources to main tain security in the county Holder said Most law enforcement authorities recommend about two officers to every residents he said which is far more than the current ratio of less than one officer per resi dents in Comal County That means it takes us much longer to respond to calls because of this tremendous he said We have to grow with the popula tion to meet the safety Holder said that response time sometimes was 20 to 30 minutes in areas such as Bulverde Spring Branch and Saltier To counter the problem Holder said he would like to increase patrol officers this year from eight to 15 which could better address the secu rity needs of the to Turn to Officers Page 9A YMCA promises needed programs not buildings By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Young Mens Christian Asso ciation is establishing a presence in New Braunfels and fortunately in no way will it resemble the YMCA of the Village People The idea behind the local YMCA is to provide services to families and chil dren Social issues such as drug abuse and school dropout rates face kids today and in many cases there is sim ply no place for them to go after said Joe Bueno executive director of the Northeast San Antonio Branch of the YMCA The YMCA strives to provide services to help solve at least part of the The local branch of the Y is expect ed to name a director its first fulltime employee Tuesday By the time the organization is fully operational in August officials expect to employ seven to 12 parttime employees plus many volunteers Tim Brierty chairman of the New Braunfels YMCA board of directors said the organizations initial efforts will be directed toward enrichment programs for Comal Countys younger citizens In preliminary studies there was a need shown for afterschool programs and our goal is to fill in the gaps and provide what is not already being pro Brierty said Our shortterm goal is to establish a presence in every school in the county including C1SD if Turn to YMCA Page 9A SUNDAY Vol 145 No 148 EAA cuts back proposed well fees By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Proposed fees for aquifer well own ers were cut by more than half in a revised proposal that the Edwards Aquifer Authority will consider Tues day officials said The previous proposal would have increased an average monthly water bill by about 80 cents per month and this revised proposal would show an increase of about 35 cents officials said Under this proposal owners who filed for permits would be allowed of the amount of water they claimed at an price through the end of the year EAA staff said it reduced the pro posal because of feedback from well owners during five public hearings regionwide The well owners asked for research projectsto be cut to free up more money to complete the process of issuing well permits board members know that were not going to be able to do all the studies now and we need to do the business of permitting said Greg Ellis EAA general manager More than was cut from research projects including from a proposed study to test a New Braunfels Utilities well near Landa Park That project was cut from to for the initial phase of the project which is a water quality test at the well officials said Fees are the only source of income for the almost 1 yearold agency that for the first time instituted a permit system for all aquifer well owners in accordance with legislation The EAA board which manages the 176milelong aquifer has not yet certified how much water permit applicants will be allotted The current proposal would be a temporary permit that officials said would buy more time for the board to review permanent applications for next year NBU officials said they would pay for their average use of water for the rest of the year under the pro posed fee That is about less than what the original proposed fees would have cost NBU Roger Biggers NBUs assistant general manager of technical opera tions said staff members would have to evaluate the final fee schedule to see whether it would affect this years budget projections and result in a rec ommendation of a rate increase Every year we have new costs that come to us through fees or purchasing chemicals that are going up in price and every year we make a projec he said Thats the process we go through This fee will deteriorate the amount of surplus We have to look at the budget and see if we need to increase EAA officials said the proposed fees would generate million for the remainder of the fiscal year The proposed budget spans 15 months so that EAA staff can begin the 1998 budget in January and start a 12month calendaryear budget City Council makes a good call on a tough decision See Page 44
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