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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                SO GENTS New BAN ftHrowtn ix llXAS MIXHI HO 09 1 niCKopuBLiRH K YAWriR fiK PAJO rx 79 24 pages in three sections Friday August Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of LAVOIlife WfftlDOIffl Vol 145 Mo 187 Inside S in m I i sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeft ung The Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Janet HartneUWilliams Delia Posey Sheila Rodriguez Ainsley Sacco Daniel Puts and Bob Freimuth Happy anniversary wishes go to Patrick and Laverne Wei born and Jim and Linda Thompson To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen counts Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cfs down 6 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 16 from Thursday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow 556 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and million gallons of well water were used Weather staying hot with chance for rain Tonight partly cloudy with a percent evening thunderstorms Low In the mid 70s Southeast wind 5 to 10mph Saturday partly cloudy High in the mid 90s Southeast 5 to 10 mph Sunday through Tues day cloudy Isolated afternoon or evening thun derstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s Early voting ends Tuesday Early voting for two sepa rate elections ends Tuesday All registered voters can vote on a constitutional amendment to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determin ing school taxes The poll for this race is at the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150N Seguin Ave Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District are also filling two atlarge seats and the District 1 and District 4 seats Voting in this race is taking place at the courthouse annex and at NBISD Educa tion Center 430 W Mill St The education center polling place will also be open Satur day to give voters an extra opportunity to cast a ballot in only the NBISD election Vot ers need to enter through the back entrance at the ground level Early voting runs through Aug 5 with the election being held Aug 9 See backtoschool Information Inside The registration period for the various Comal County schqols is under way The dates and times vary among schools and grades so see Page 9A for more informa tion The HeraldZeitung also is running school supply lists on Pages 1011A for those going shopping this week end We are running this infor mation several times as a service to our readers Residents disapprove of 281 proposals Public calls for lower speed limits By CHRIS CREWS Staff vyriter There were two agendas in play Thurs day night at a public information meeting held to discuss improving safety at the Borgfeld Road intersection The fissure between the two sides was clearly defined Texas Department of Transportation officials wanted to talk about construction alternatives but the public wanted to talk about speed limits About 150 citizens and elected offi cials crammed into the meeting room at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop erative to hear the state present its case and to express their disapproval of TxDOTS proposals TxDOT officials gave three options to improve safety at the intersection where a Comal Independent School Dis trict school bus collided with a passenger car earlier this year Options presented were 1 Installing a stop signal at the inter section of Bulverde Road and 281 2 Installing a stop signal ht Borgfeld Road with a flashing yellow signal at the Bulverde Road intersection and 3 Installing flashing yellow lights at both the Borgfeld Road and Bulverde Road intersections TxDOT officials said that while each option would reduce speed in the area each would limit access to 281 and cause traffic delays in the added that limited sight distances at both intersections might actually cause an increase in rearend accidents Many of the 16 speakers who spoke during the meeting said the proposed solutions were merely a BandA id and did little to provide a permanent safe solution for the traffic hazards at the Turn to Residents Page 2A Herald Zeilung photo by Michael Oarnall Bulverde resident Sylvia Lopez speaks in front of a crowd of 150 people Thursday night at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative about the Borgfeld Road and 281 intersection Singing for a cause Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Clay Blaker gets into one of his new songs from his latest album Blaker and Jay Eric crooned their countrysinging hearts out Thursday Concertgoers brought canned goods and filled two trucks with food which will be donated to SOS Inc food bank City seeks AACOG grant for recycling By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council autho rized a grant application of earlier this week that would absorb much of the cost if the city begins operating recycling pro gram City officials applied earlier this week for the grant from Alamo Area Council of Governments New Braun fels is competing with at least 20 oth er applicants in the 12county area There is almost in grant money available AACOG board of directors will decide at its Aug 27 meet ing which applicants get the money If the board determines that the citys program would not create a com petitive advantage over private indus try the money could be available Sept 1 Comal County received AACOG funds for its rural recycling program Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said the grant if approved would help pay for the purchase of three speciallyequipped recycling trucks The tmcks wquld be used if council approves a plan for the city to conduct its own curbside recycling program We are exploring future options for recycling and we fell into a window of Ferguson said We feel the application is justified and pro motes regional cooperation Were hopeful some if not all of the money would become Last month the city recycling com mittee recommended that the city council operate the recycling service on its own instead of paying a contractor to do it Recycling committee members and staff said they thought the city could recycle for less than or at the current monthly fee of which includes a 4cent surcharge for a san itation fund That option would end a threeyear contract with Browning Ferris Inc whose contract with the city ends Jan uary 1998 Ferguson said the grant could be returned to AACOG if the city council opted to go out for bids The plan includes exploring a pro posed interlocal agreement with Comal County to dispose of recycled materi als at its recycling center off Texas 46 for a proposed three to five County and city officials are expect ed to discuss the proposed interlocal Turn to Recycling Page 3A FarmtoMarket 1863 slated for upgrades By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two sections of FarmtoMarket 1863 between New Braunfels and Bulverde will be getting a face lift in the next few years Terry McCoy design engineer for the Texas Depart ment of Transportation area office in New Brauntels said work on FM 1863 will begin in fiscal year 2000 The first project will include the stretch between Texas 46 and Mission Valley Road We are regrading to two 12foot lanes with 10foot McCoy said We are realigning and regrad ing the roadway where it doesnt sharpen we are flat tening and smoothing out the curves to where it is easier Turn to FM 1863 Page 2A Council OKs quarterly study sessions By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In an attempt to keep the New Braunfels City Council more informed about city affairs the council unanimously approved a plan earlier this week to schedule quarterly study sessions District 2 councilman Ray Schoch pro posed the idea and said it was a way to exchange ideas with council members receive updates from department heads or discuss concerns raised by citizens If were going to set policy we need to know what were talking he said Its difficult to make all the board meet When issues do arise and we need back ground then we have workshops Theyve kept me up to snuff on Councilman Randy Vanstory City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy told the council Monday that the study ses sions would be similar to workshops and require posting of the anticipated items for dis cussion according to the Texas Open Meet ings Act Schoch originally proposed monthly meet ings and said during discussion of items that he would be willing to stop the meetings if they were not serving their purpose No date has been set for the first meeting but it is expected to occur this fall While the council as a whole approved the measure some members expressed concern that one more meeting would be difficult to attend I like the idea but finding a day is diffi said councilwoman Juliet Watson Councilman Randy Vanstory said he favored workshops on a more asneeded basis When issues do arise and we need back ground then we have workshops Theyve kept me up to snuff on he said Increased water usage leads to rationing for CL residents By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON of two Canyon Lake subdivisions have been forced to ration water because of increased use during the latter half of July a Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation official said CL WSC General Manager Dale Yates said both Deer River and Lake of Hills subdivisions on the northwest side of the lake are at Stage 1 water rationing because both subdivisions have more than doubled their regular water usage They have been using an excessive amount of Yates said We have had instances in Deer River in which 100 connections averaged 720 gal in one 60hqujr period and we had one of our wells almost go dry during the July 19 That more than doubles the average use per con nection of between 200 ami 300 gallons a day Residents in both subdivisions are restricted to handheld outside watering and filling swimming pools is not encouraged People are asked to conserve water inside their homes whenever possible Watering of livestock is exempt from rationing Deer River has two wells and Lake of the Hills has three Yates said the water supply corporation repaired the wells to get them back in operation because of the increased water usage We pulled our big well in Deer River and replaced the discharge Yates said So we got production on that well to normal two weeks ago It was just dry We pulled two wells in Lake of the Hills and put new pumps in them We went ahead and put them on rationing during the last few Yates said a new well was in the process of being drilled at Rebecca Creek to serve Deer Riv er He said that new well would be ready in tour to six months The new well site at Rebecca Creek we think will get 50 to 60 gallons a Yates said Yates said one well in Deer River which nor mally produces 25 gallons a minute now produces 5 gallons a minute Normally Deer River and Lake of the Hills are on the same water system but because of the high water usage Yates said they have been operating separately Yates said he was trying to get the new well finished at Rebecca Creek as soon as possible We are going through emergency procedures with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation he said We hope to get it done in considerably less time than the four to six month For the first time Wednesday efforts to con serve water were finally paying off Yates said All the tanks were full and the well shut Yates said People are actually conserving water and we finally caught up with the Residents of the affected subdivisions are doing their best to deal with the situation K St Clair a Deer River resident said water pressure was low for short periods in her household She said she had to cut back on watering her yard St Clair said she found it strange after last months torrential rains that both subdivisions are under water rationing We had 11 inches in June and here we are in July having a water she said Another Deer River resident Lori Faulkner said she and her family were taking rationing in stride It really hasnt affected Faulkner said I just do handheld watering anyway 1 just think it is strange we have all this water and we have rationing Last year during the drought we didnt have to do Residents who do not abide by the rationing may lose their water service Yates said today What do we expect from a good weatherman Page 64   

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