Wednesday, July 16, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas T WEDNESDAY CHS softball players make AllState Page 28 50 CENTS X X XX XX XX XX XX XX XX XX X XX XX X XX MX JAM AM f DM C f X x ITl XI x X X X X X X XX X X XX XX X X X X X X 11 18 pages in two sections Wednesday July Serving Comal County and surmunninj as for morr than 145 years Home of Alcot Mid Alyca Km Vol 145 No 175 Inside Stiimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Helene Leal Jackie McFad den Russell Gene Dietert Ber nice Ebensberger 80 Pat Feuge Davy Luna Cindy Seidel Aaron Petta 2 Nicholas Petta 1 year belated and Isaac Sanchez 12 Happy anniversary wishes to Alcot and Alyce Kanz 47 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass 24 Pigweed 8 Ragweed 8 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 333 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyorrtake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used Its going to be hot again Today will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 96 Tonight will be part ly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of widely scattered evening thunderstorms The low will be 73 Thursday will be part ly cloudy and hot A high of 96 is expected with a 20 percent chance of widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms High flows continue on Guadalupe River A high discharge rate from Canyon Dam will keep the Guadalupe River flowing at more than cubic feet per second for at least two to four more weeks a U S Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Tuesday The discharge rate was increased on June 26 to reduce the level of Canyon Reservoir which was elevated by higher than normal spring rains A flow rate of more than cfs is too hazardous for tubing and limits recreational activity on the river to guided raft trips A flow rate of 700 cfs is considered ideal for tubing Today Is ozone action day Today is an ozone action day People are encouraged to do what they can to make the air cleaner by avoiding excessive driving and reducing driving by carpooling If possible motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone Other tips include Take mass transportation to work or school Share a ride to work or school Take your lunch to work or school Combine errands in one trip Avoid drivethrough lanes Dont top off your gas tank when refueling Commissioners launch county budget talks By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners received biuluei wish lists from various departments rceently and according to the county auditor department heads were conservative in their budget requests Starting Thursday commissioners eon duct budget hearings with the departmciii heads to review those budget requests At the hearings i Inside Hearing schedule Page 7A Editorial Page 4A ulthe vinous County Auditor David Renken said The budget approved by commissioners court totaled million and was based on a cent tax rate Renken said other than slight increases related to population growth operational budget requests remained fairly constant About 15 new staff positions have been request ed and about 30 rectifications were requested Ten of the new positions are for deputies in the sheriffs office which the sheriff said are needed to deal with growth in the county Two more positions are for the jail This is basically what the various departments have he said At this point the num bers are very According to the requests is being requested for Internet services for the county In Turn to Budget Page 2A Sunflower sunse HeraldZeitung photo bv Michael Darnall Wild sunflower season seems to be in full bloom right now with many fields of them in Comal County The sun sets In the background of this sunflower on Wald R d Tuesday Interstate 35 work gets postponed By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Local leaders learned recently that funding requests for the year 2001 before the state transportation com mission do not include money to com plete the final piece of an expansion project on Interstate 35 through the northern portion of New Braunfels Texas Department of Transportation interim area engineer Greg Mulatck said the stretch of highway from Texas 46 to FarmtoMarket 306 was expec ed to be funded for expansion in the year 2001 However he said that date has been pushed back He said he docs not know the leasort behind the change in plans Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Michael Meek said he was not given reasons either Ive found its hard to understand why they would not fund it when its the last piece between Austin and San said Meek Malatek said he was not greatly con cerned by the delay in funding He said his office is continuing with designs and pursuing rightofways He said previous projects have been bumped up in funding priority because projects in other parts of the state were not ready and were replaced on the list Were still pursuing designs and we v il them ready and on the shelf in a tiTKct somewhere else falls t ic It is the final piece in tlj lo for 135 c isruction is set to begin on the million project this fall from South Loop 337 to just south of Texas and will expand the highway to jight lanes That section of the highway was approved almost one year ago after a delegation of local leaders and public officials traveled to Austin to lobby before TxDOT commissioners The project with approved funding includes several phases Sohns Road to South Loop 337 will be let in January 1998 South Loop 337 to Walnut Street will be let in August of 1998 million Walnut Street to FarmtoMarket 725 will be let in September 1999 FarmtoMarket 725 to Texas 46 will be let in October 1999 WORD mulls new fee tax By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SATTLER The Water Oriented Recreation District ill conduct a pub lic hearing on a new law WORD the right to tax the membership fees of private clubs that use water recreation equipment on Canyon at today at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Saltier The Texas Legislature passed the law this spring Under Senate Bill 199 recreation districts in the state would be able to impose up to a 5 percent tax rate on ini tiation or membership fees on private clubs or organizations whose mem bers own wateroriented recreational equipment WORD Manager Jim Inman said the district is trying to sort out a ques tion it has with a private boat club Just mostly so that the issue is clar ified and so that it isnt something we have to Inman said WORD taxes boat rental or slip fees at percent per fee or rental Inman said Cranes Mill Marina Canyon Lake Marina the Lake Canyon Yacht Club and the Hill Country Yacht Turn to WORD Page 2A Postal service delivers new NB postmaster By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Neither rain nor sleet nor a year as interim manager of the local post office could keep Ken Robinson from his appointed destiny as Post master for the New Braunfels Post Office Robinson interim manager of the facility since last August was officially named to till the vacant office last Friday Larry Owens manager of operations for ilk San Antonio district said Robinson chosen from among 12 candidates was well qualified for the job Ken is known for his involvement in the com munity and working with the Chamber of Com Owens said Thats what set him Robinson who lias been with the postal service since 1986 came to New Braunfels from the San Antonio office 1 like the people here 1 like my job mid Im looking forward to new Robinson sajd Some people might think it is slowpaced but with all the growth here the pace hus been HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Ken Robinson embarks on his first week as New Braunfels postmaster after serving in an interim capacity for almost a year quite Robinson became embroiled in controversy with lucal Ictier carriers in late May when he implemented neu ionics he said elimi nated Jeliwiy areas and reduced fuel and iaboi costs Robinson said that overtime pay increased as the carriers adjusted to their new routes but those costs have decreased The change actually made the routes Robinson said Were experiencing a manage mentunion Campaign report Bush banks million AUSTIN AP Hoping to become the first Texas governor to win a second consecutive term in more than 20 years George W Bush is reporting that he already has million in the bank for his 1998 campaign In a report filed with the Ethics Commission the Republican gover nor reported raising between June 3 and June 30 He spent from Jan 1 until June 30 Land Commissioner Garry Mauro a Demo crat whos giving thought to challenging Bush reported raising during the period and spending A spokesman Joe Cutbirth said he couldnt immediately say how much money Mauro had in the bank The reports filed Tuesday covered the six months from Jan 1 through June 30 Gov George W Bush Local guitar students attend camp Concerts in the Park schedule Page 8A