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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY NBHS graduate ends successful track career See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braiinfels Herald 14 pages in two sections Thursday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Maxine Montague Vol 145 No 156 Inside Stammtiseh Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Maxine Montague Jason Miller Raul Chapa Brenda Spriggs Melinda Smith Nicholas Kuhl 8 Paul Resales Eric Jordan Lopez 5 Pedro Gonzales Julia M Ulloa Amanda Cervantes Mary Ann Hummel Jason Feltner 16 Juan Alvarez Jesse Gar cia and Missy Medrano Happy anniversary wishes go to Buster and Elsie Bowers 4 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass 22 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 294 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 910 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Expect more of same partly cloudy and hot The weather is getting a lit tle bit predictable so if you read yesterdays forecast you may dispense with reading todays For our new visitors today will be partly cloudy with southerly winds at about 10 mph The afternoon high will be in the mid90s with the overnight low around 75 There is a less than 20 per cent chance of rain Friday will begin mostly cloudy and becoming partly cloudy by the afternoon Tem peratures will again range from the mid90s to the mid 70s with a slight chance of showers Gruene Bridge still closed today High Guadalupe River flows continue to keep Gruene Bridge underwater and closed to travelers The release from Canyon Dam was cubic feet per second this morning Army Corps of Engineers offi cials reported that the release will be reevaluated Friday at 11 to determine whether it can be reduced for the weekend ACS issues last call for gala seats Time is running out to make reservations for Fridays Starlight Gala in Red White and Blue at the New Braunfels Civic Center This event is the only fundraising event for ACS which provides services to those whose lives are impacted by cancer Also Friday ACS will announce the winner of the 1997 Chevrolet Malibu donat ed by Don Maxwell Chevro let If you have not made reser vations yet see Page 3A for a handy form For more informa tion about the gala call 620 4115 Zaffirini named one of states best lawmakers From staff reports Texas Monthly magazine has published its list of 10 best and 10 worst Texas state legislators and the publication named Sen Judith Zaffirini DLaredo as one of the favored 10 To make the 10 best the maga zine1 used the criteria of integrity fairness a desire to solve prob lems a commitment to put poli cy ahead of This year marks the first time Zaffirini whose 21st senatorial district includes a portion of Comal County has been selected Also on the list were Sen Teel From staff reports Bivins Rep Toby Good man Rep Hugo BerlanJudith Zaffirini ga and Rep Steve Wolens Among the worst were Sen Drew Nixon Rep Kent Grusendorf Sen Eddie Lucio and Rep Arlene Wohlgemuth Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department rescued five people from a stranded raft near Little Ponderosa Drive Wednesday afternoon Fire Chief Les Wyatt said rescue personnel were able to get all five people out of the Guadalupe River safely on River Road No injuries were reported Rescuers were called out at about Wyatt said They had five in a raft two of those peo County plans for jail growth Comal commissioners give tentative OK for expansion Firefighters rescue 5 rafters pie were Wyatt said They had like a 10man raft and they said they didnt have enough people to row it and it wrapped around a Wyatt said two people were able to swim to shore When rescuers arrived three people were still in the water They were hanging on to a tree in the middle of the Wyatt said He said fire department personnel threw a rope to the stranded rafters and were able to pull them to shore City mulls creating recycling program Effort could replace contract with BFI HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Sergeant Kermit Vetter and Deputy Shane Billings work inside the Comal County Jail control room Wednesday afternoon The pro posed expansion for the jail would add 100 beds which would allow for future population expansion Addition would bring 100 more beds to 10yearold facility By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners Court gave informal approval Wednesday for the jail admin istrator to pursue plans to expand the jail Chief Jail Administrator Jim Middleton told the court that the county jail built about 10 years ago can house45 inmates The jail was not at capacity but was on the fringe of overcrowding He said in one to three years the jail would be at capacity said it was important that the coun ty stay ahead of the game because Bexar Coun ty recently failed its jail inspection because of overcrowding Waiting until Comal County reached that point would be costly he comment ed Basically we need to look not only one to three years down the road but 10 to 15 years because of growth in the Middleton said I think we want to be ahead of that and stay in front of the jail The original jail plans included the option for expansion Middleton said he wanted to petition the state jail commission for approval to add 100 beds at the south end of the facility with an alter nate proposal to add additional space at the north side when the need arises The 100bed addition would be an increase of approximately square feet COMAL COUNTY PROPOSED JAIL EXPANSION Existing Comal County Jail houses up to 145 beds Built 10 years ago Proposed expansion add 100 beds Cost million San Antonio Street The jail commission should take about four weeks to approve the plans Middleton said After that plans would have to be amended to meet new jail standards bids would be sought and con struction would begin The entire project could be complete in about 18 months he predicted The preliminary figures for the expansion show a cost of about million The countys financial advisors said the county could fund the expansion with tax notes certificates of obligation or a bond issue They said depending on the payment method used it could increase the tax rate by a penny or less Incidentally the market remains strong right now This would not be a bad said financial advisor Floyd Westerman of Southwest Securities Youre not by yourself looking at jail expan The court pointed out that the jail provides Turn to Jail Page 2A By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels is looking into the possi bility of launching its own curbside recy cling program that would replace its current contract with Browning Ferris Industries BFI is six months away from the end of a threeyear contract with the city in a pro gram that charges residents a monthly fee City officials said they were pleased with the program thus far which had a citywide participation rate of more than 50 percent for most of the past three years for a total of tons of recyclable materials Still city officials said they were exploring the idea as a way to keep residential costs down while maintaining or improving current services Were in the job of the public said Don Ferguson assistant to the city man ager We may find that the costs dont fit and contracting is the better option We may find we can do it City officials said they would have to solic it proposals for the service again if a cityrun program proved infeasible The city would buy two to three trucks hire drivers and enter into an agreement of some type to dispose of the waste with a goal of staying lower than the current monthly fee officials said City officials said they would reveal their recommendation which would include cost to the recycling committee at its next meeting on July 2 The recycling committee is expected to make a recommendation to the City Council which then will make a final decision city officials said BFIs current contract gives the nation wide company 50 percent of the profits of the materials that two drivers and trucks pick up throughout the week in the city The recycling committee discussed the matter at its regular Wednesday meeting where Gabe Garcia municipal marketing representative for BFIs San Antonio district presented arguments to extend the contract I would like for this committee to not put this out for bids We know the routes We have the Garcia said Our rela tionship with city and staff is one were very proud of Some of the people know our dri vers and the drivers know them We feel weve done a good Garcia said if BFI had to submit a propos al in an openbidding process the fee would be an estimated per month WORD sets public hearing on personal watercraft rules By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District board Wednesday approved holding a public hearing to consider a ordinance which would stop people from speed ing on personal watercraft in the Guadalupe Riv er Board member Charles Stephens said WORD needed to get more public input on any ordi nance before presenting it to County Commis sioners Court We can get peoples input on it propose an ordinance or ask the county to propose a parallel We are sitting here on a major part of the river where most people sit at with nothing to protect them from these kinds of WORD manager Jim Inrnan ordinance and ask them to listen to Stephens said Manager Jim Inman brought up the issue because of a personal watercraft incident that occurred on the river more than a week ago It probably boiled ahead when two boats ran from the Second Crossing Inman said Apparently they almost took out a raft of peo Inman said sheriffs deputies and game wardens from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department were called out to stop the two jet skiers A loophole in the rule in the water safety act allowed the jet skiers to get away with a slap on the wrist Inman said The way the Texas Water Safety Act works if a river is 100 feet wide a personal watercraft cant be within 50 feet of a he said For rivers 100 feet wide or less that law doesnt Since the Guadalupe River is 40 feet in some sections the law would be hard to enforce he Inman added that he was worried about the problem We are sitting here on a major part of the river where most people sit at with nothing to pro tect them from these kinds of Inman said An ordinance on Wednesdays agenda would have restricted the use of gasoline powered water craft on the river from Guadalupe River State Park to Rebecca Crossing northwest of the lake Turn to WORD Page 2A Baptists boycott convicted kilter Page 7A
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