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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Jeremy Fisher wins four gold medals Page 1B 50 CENTS 18 pages wunesday July 30 1 997 Serving Corral County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Michael and Nancy KMUBBW Vol 145 No 185 Inside Marketplace Stiimnvtiscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Brtnda Armke Deborah Big gers Renee Covington Heather Sanders Kimberly Watson 5 Marian Fox 60 years and John Thomas Happy anniversary wishes to Michael and Nancy Kneupper 15 To have a birtlulay or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 2 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level fget 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 Chance of rain increases Thursday Tonight partly cloudy with A 30 percent chanfce of showers or thunderstorms Low in the lower 70s North east wind 5 to 10 mph Thursday mostly cloudy with a30 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms High in the mid 90s Northeast wind near 10 mph Friday through Sun day partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly after noon and evening showers or thunderstorms Highs in the 90s Lows in the 70s Early voting continues for Aug 9 elections Early voting in two sepa rate elections ends Aug 5 All registered voters can vote on a constitutional amend ment to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determining property taxes Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District are also filling two atlarge seats and the district 1 and 4 seats Early voting for the special election is being held in room 306 of the courthouse annex 150 N Seguin NBISD residents can vote in the trustee elec tion at the courthouse as well or they can go to the NBISD education center 430 W Mill St The election is taking place Aug 9 See Concert in Park help needy families Get the family and friends together head on down to the Lancia Park Dance Slab for some good Texas music Clay Blaker and Jay Eric will perform at the weekly concert in the park at 7 They ask that those attend ing to bring canned goods or other nonperishable food items in lieu of admission Donations will benefit the SOS Inc food bank which helps feed the hungry in Comal County County leans toward COs for jail expansion Comal awaits jail boards OK By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A proposed million expansion for the Comal County Jail if approved by the state jail commission would be funded by certificates of obligation based on the current feeling of county officials County Judge Carter Casteel said today that if the states jail commission approves the expansion of the jail the next step will be for commissioners to con The Importance of the certificates of obligations Is they are a little less expensive and a little quicker In getting County Judge Carter Casteel sider funding the project and officials are leaning toward certificates of obligation The thing were doing right now is waiting for the jail commission make a said Cas teel Chief Jail administrator Jim Middleton told the courtia June that the county jail which was built about 10 years ago has a capacity of 145 inmates He said the jail is not at capacity now but is on the fringe of crowding He said in one to three years the jail will be at capacity The county petitioned the jail commission for approval to add 100 beds at the south end of the facility with an alternate proposal to add addition al space at the north side when the need arises Turn to Jail Page 2A County projects Another in capital improvements could be inducted In a package funded vtfth certificates of obBgatfon according to County Judge Carter Casteel They Include in addi tion to the million jail expansion repairing the courthouse roof a new justice of the peace 4 building renovations to the current jail anew mug shot system for the jail and an upgraded computer aided dispatch system Lewis Creek cleanup Commissioner Bulverde residents discuss flood aftermath HeraldZeitung photo Michael Damall Commissioner Danny Scheel talks to a group Oak Village North subdivision residents Tuesday evening about the cleanup of Lewis Creek which flooded earlier this summer By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Comal County offi cials shared with Lewis Creek area resi dents plans to clean up the creek and pre vent the kind of flooding residents experi enced in June More than 25 residents gathered outside the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Depart ment station in Oak Village North and heard County Commissioner Danny Scheel say the county was willing to do anything it could to prevent flooding around Lewis Creek This is the only opportunity we have at this time to help you Scheel said He said the county planned to clean the creek embankments of debris and smaU cedar trees He said the cedars in the creek has acted as a dam backing up Lewis Creek and not letting water drain into Cibolo Creek When Lewis Creek is clean floodwaters will have a faster escape route into the Cibo lo Scheel said Scheel said the county was not allowed to enter private property without permission to help clean up debris He said the only way the county could enter private property was to get a signed permission form from the affected property owners Turn to Lewis Creek Page 2A Supporters Amtrak plans boost NB effort By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Canyon release may go down next week By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The cheers you just heard came from local river outfitters and tourism officials Barring major changes in the elevation of Canyon Lake or flood conditions downstream the flow of the Guadalupe Raver might be reduced next week to accommo date recreational activities on the river Officials from the Army Corps of Engineers the agency that controls the release rate from Canyon Dam when the lake is above flood level cautiously advised the HeraldZeitung on Tuesday that they might be able to reduce the release rates as early as next Tuesday and provide opti mum tubing and rafting conditions on the river By next Tuesday theres a chance we can start cutting said Ron Ruffenach spokesman for the Corps of Engineers Ruffenach said it was important Turn to Release Page 2A Entities may seek reappraisals By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer BULVERDE will be up to Comal County and the Comal Independent School Dis trict to decide whether flood ing victims in western Comal County will get a break in their tax bills after flood damage is taken into consideration Comal Appraisal District chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers said according to the state Prop erty Tax Code property located in an area declared a natural disaster area can be reappraised to adjust the value of the prop erty to reflect the damage However the reappraisal must be authorized by the individual taxing entities which in this case are Comal County and CISD Rodgers said if the two decided to authorize the reap praisal it would be up to them to pay the costs associated with it The cost to reappraise the damaged property is not cer tain at this point because the actually number of properties damaged is not known It wouldnt be that big of a chore because there werent that many houses but it would help said Rodgers Deputy Chief Appraiser Cur tis Koehler said he did not know what other counties declared a disaster area are doing about their appraisals We think they are looking into re appraising but were dont know for he said The western side of the coun ty was hit hardest by the deluge of water in ate June and early July According to Comal Countys request to be included in the disaster area the county reported 55 families and busi nesses were flooded 14 fami lies needed temporary housing 75 homes were without water electricity or telephone for some time 140 families were water bound and county roads received minor damage Turn to Entities Page 2A Amtraks recent announcement that it plans to extend its Texas Eagle passenger service with possible day trips from San Antonid boosted efforts to create a downtown New Braunfels stop proponents said It gives us ground to really said New Braunfels councilwoman Cathy Talcott She is among the city leaders pushing for the plan Im looking forward to contacting Amtrak officials and finding out more information in order to Amtrak officials and city leaders are discussing the pos sibility of using one of the Texas Eagle trains which sits idle in San Antonio each weekend to create a oneday trip from San Antonio by spring of next year The idea would be to attract convention attendees in San Antonio interested in spending an afternoon at shops muse ums and restaurants in downtown New Braunfels In May the Texas Legislature and Gov George W Bush committed to provide Washington Amtrak a million loan to keep the train running in south central and east Texas through Sept 30 Marc Magliari a spokesman for Amtrak in Chicago said the loan also gave Amtrak time to solicit shipping con tracts that could make the Eagle selfsufficient He said it was too early to say how the announcement to continue service would affect the daytrip plan here and said the Texas Eagle would continue indefinitely like all of our trains past Sept 30 of this year The daytrip idea would use the downtown train depot museum owned and operated by the NewBraunfels Historic Railroad and Modeling Society It would seat up to 144 people inside two coaches and a lounge The train would leave downtown San Antonio at 10 Saturdays and return at 6 If it the announcement hadnt happened it would nor have been said Pete Stocking vice president of the Downtown Association Were all set to go to the next lev Amtrak officials currently are reviewing the plan and will schedule another meeting with local leaders in the near future proponents said The Eagle runs from San Antonio through San Marcos Austin Temple DallasFort Worth Marshall Longview and Texarkana en route to Arkansas and St Louis Mo Without approval from the Legislature and Bush and a completed loan agreement with the state Department of Transportation the train would not have carried passen gers through Texas this summer Amtrak officials said The Eagle among four moneylosing routes targeted last year for termination had been due to end May 10 before a state loan was approved The Eagle runs three days each week Magliari said Amtrak is under orders from Congress to be fully selfsup porting by 2002 That has pushed the railroad to begin shut ting down unprofitable routes Loss of the Eagle would have left DallasFort Worth the nations ninth largest metropolitan area without pas senger rail and would have stripped Arkansas of its service The Associated Press contributed to this report County eyes boat ramp upgrades By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County is taking steps to protect boaters who have ignored road barricades placed to keep them off Canyon Lake for their own safety County Engineer Tom Hornseth said heavy rains in late June and early July caused Canyon Lake to rise to levels requiring countyoperated boat ramps to be closed He said not all people realized the ramps were closed for their safety In certain situations during high water these boat ramps are truly he said Hornseth said regular road barricades were used to close the ramps to boat traffic However boaters went around the ramps ran over them or threw them in the bushes he said County Commissioner Jack Dawson said com missioners court on Thursday will discuss build ing fences and erecting locked gates to alleviate the problem He said the county would only have to pay the cost of labor because surplus material from the Army Corps of Engi neers could be used The court will discuss the improvements dur ing its next meeting at Thursday in the commissioners courtroom of the courthouse annex 150 N Seguin Ave HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Several boaters enjoy the lake at the boat ramp nearest the Canyon Lake Country Club t Get ready to go back to school with information registration dates Page 54