Tuesday, July 1, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY New Braunfels oo y v v Local soccer team goes See Page 5 IK A 10 pages in one section Tuesday July 1 1997 raldZet Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jamrt Williams 50 CENTS Vol 145 No 164 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Janet Williams Holly Stretz Sarah Ritchie 16 Pat Wenzel Melissa Chavez and Marcos Armendariz 28 Happy anniversary wishes go to Art and Marry Brinkkoeter Mr and Mrs Allison Ricky and Kristi Velasquez and Lillian and Laurence Weber 23 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 335 cubic feet per sec ond up 1 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 02 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water P Hot sunny weather will prevail this week Today will be mostly sunny and hot with a high in the low 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph Tonight calls for fair weath er a low in the mid 70s and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph Wednesday will be another great day to head outdoors if you like hot weather The forecast calls for mostly sun ny and hot weather with a high in the mid 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph If youre already making Fourth of July plans dont for get a lot of cold drinks and sun block because the high is expected to remain in the 90s and there is no chance of showers until the weekend HeraldZeitung sets holiday deadlines The HeraldZeitung office will be closed Friday in honor of Independence Day To ensure editorial copy is included in the Friday and Sunday papers deadlines for submitting articles for publi cation are 5 Thursday for obituaries to be published Friday and noon Thursday for births engagements wed dings club notes personals and military notes Remember area code changes on Monday Beginning Monday July 7 New Braunfels and many sur rounding cities will have a new area code The new area code will be 830 for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Boerne Gonza les and Kerrville There will be a grace period until Oct 6 dur ing which calls will continue to be connected using the old 210 code A twomonth peri od will follow in which callers will hear a recording instructing them to redial using the new code The 210 code will remain in effect for San Antonio and most of Bexar County Laredo and most of South Texas will begin using area code 956 Tree removal draws ire Residents say Albertsons went against its word By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Cutting down an old oak tree recent ly during construction of a new Albert sons grocery store has drawn the ire of some local residents The residents said company offi cials promised several months ago the 3footwide tree would not be touched during construction of a foot store at the corner of Walnut Avenue and Landa Street The companys rezoning request of about 7 acres of land included leaving some trees in place The request approved by the New Braunfels City Council in October 1996 also includ ed landscaping the parking lot and making the architecture of the building suitable to the neighboring homes and structures Fred Willard a local doctor who lives near the construction site said Albertsons representatives told him and several residents at an informal meeting in November that they would not cut down the old oak tree Albertsons representatives at the time said the tree was on the Oakwood Tire Service property and that even if they owned it they would not cut it down he said Later Willard said he discovered Albertsons bought the property with a contract that indicated the tree would be cut down On Monday he saw the tree lying on the ground 1 think they knew all along they were going to buy Willard said I think that was a rape of the communi ty You dont knock down 200to 300yearold trees without impunity Im not trying to run Albertsons down but I just think they did not use good Mark Lavia area real estate manager for Albertsons said he needed to check into what happened before being able to comment He said Albertsons did buy a piece of land from Oakwood Tire Service earlier this year but that at this time he did not know why An Albertsons spokeswoman at the companys home office in Idaho said the company had a general policy of protecting the environment when con structing new facilities including plant ing additional trees where others were taken out Still Mayor Jan Kennady and other city officials said they had received at least seven telephone calls from people who were upset that the oak tree was cut down It seems to me they could have come back about Kennady said Ive really heard an outcry of dis HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall House movers work around a very large oak tree that was cut down where Albertsons is building a gro cery store at Landa Street and Walnut Avenue City considers tree ordinance v By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels officials are considering drafting a tree management ordinance in the wake of public protest over the felling of an old oak tree during construction of a new Albertsons grocery store First and foremost what we recognize is that there is no protection for any tree or landscape area in New City Manager Mike Shands said If the 100to 200yearold trees are going to be protected then we need an ordinance that isnt too Albertsons has been planning to build a new store at the corner of Landa Street and Walnut Avenue for more than a year Work crews started clearing about 7 acres of land for the new facility this past weekend Local residents claim company officials promised the oak tree would not be touched Company officials said they currently were looking into what happened City officials said they had no legal power to regulate tree removal during commercial development The sit uation had consequently prompted them to consider writing a tree management ordinance they said City officials said tree removal was beginning to become a key issue as more developers built in the New Braunfels area Maintaining the beauty of small town country life while increasing in growth is a tight rope to walk May or Jan Kennady said There are ways to save some of the she said I think this is a prime example You know youre going to cut some trees down but we dont need any more strip centers in this Fred Willard a local doctor who lives near the con Tum to Tree ordinance Page 2 may Im really surprised because Albertsons was so cooperative about fixing the drainage and traffic prob lems in that The city council approved the rezoning in an agreement that includ ed landscaping inside the proposed parking lot and leaving several trees in place City Planning Director Harry Ben nett said the tree was removed to sat isfy residents along Wood Road who did not want the future stores loading dock and trash dumpsters to be locat ed across the street from them Moreover he said the company moved the loading area to the side of its store in its design plans and agreed to build a fence in the back Bennett said the company commit ted to pay for drainage projects around Laurel Lane and Landa Street and the conversion of Walnut Avenue to a twolane road with a continuous center turnlane to ease traffic Bennett said Theyre trying to work with as many people as possible There are other businesses that have come to New Braunfels that have elim inated trees This is not the Guadalupe County OKs sewer line permit By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Over the objections of many Lake Dunlap residents Guadalupe County Commissioners Court approved a sew er line permit Monday allowing a local golf course to pump sewage upstream to a wastewater treatment plant The approval by commissioners allows juadalupeBlanco River Authority to lay the pipeli coun ty rightofway on Schur s Beach Road When completed the pipeline will connect Long Creek subdivision on FarmtoMarket 725 between New Braunfels and McQueeney with GBRAs wastewater plant at Lake Dunlap A petition with signatures of residents and water users in the Lake Dunlap area was presented to commis sioners before they made their decision Residents opposed to the wastewater treatment plant expansion said they feared the pipeline which dumps the treated wastewater into Lake Dunlap would affect their drinking water downstream The Canyon Regional Water Authority plant pumps drinking svater from the lake for ratepayers of Green Valley Special Utility Distinct David Welsch GBRA director of project development said Lake Dunlap residents had little to worry about When the return flows are proper ly treated they are a necessary part of the water Welsch said Turn to Permit Page 2 Treatment Wastewater goes through a series of treatment steps to biologically clean it before it is returned to the water supply according to Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Regional Laboratory Director Debbie Magin After the water is allowed to settle it is put in an aeration basin Bacteria is put into the basin The bacteria decom pose the waste in the water Waste water stays in the aeration basin for several hours Overflowing amounts are transferred to a settling basin where the old bacteria are allowed to settle The result is clean water which is treated with chlorine New Braunfels making patriotic plans for Fourth of July bashes By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer To celebrate Americas 221st year of independence the city of New Braunfels is planning one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in years The festivities will begin at Friday at the dance slab at Lan da Park with a concert featuring the Comal County Community Band the Hill Country Chorus and the Community Chorale The concert will feature 100 musicians Assistant to The City Manager Don Ferguson said the concert will run until 9 about 15 minutes before the fireworks display over Landa Lake begins he Fourth of July show will be FM We encourage residents to show up early and stake out a spot for the concert and Ferguson said We are expecting a large crowd All of this is free of The fireworks display is being designed and put on by AlphaLee Enterprises The city and HEB are funding the event We are Ferguson said We feel the celebration will be a fitting finale to a daylong celebration of our nations Ferguson said people were asked not to bring fireworks for the cele bration because shooting off indi vidual fireworks was illegal within the city limits The days events will begin when the Sophienburg Archives sponsors its annual parade around Main Plaza beginning at After the parade a celebration will feature patriotic music and speeches Coun cilwoman Cathy Talcott will sing the national anthem with Mayor Jan Kennady addressing the crowd Turn to Fourth of July Page 3 and now HeraldZeitung photo by Darnail With last weeks flooding above the Army Corp of Engineers opened the floodgates at Canyon Lake increasing Guadalupe River flow to the fast pace of cubic feet per sec ond Tubing is not recommended during this period and ratting is only recommended for experienced Whitewater rafters or those who have guides In comparison ten the outflow of 35 cfs during the 1996 drought appears minimal at best A new day dawns in Hong Kong 7See Pages 3 4 some roads still closed See Page 3

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