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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Unicorns top Madison in volleyball Pag 50 CENTS HeraldZeitung Ictober Servina Comal Countv and surroundinn areas fnr mnrR than 14R uoars Hnmo nf 18 pages in two sections Wednesday October j Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Lolanda Esplnoza Vol 145 No 240 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lolanda Espinoza Clay Zientek and Becky Jean Crabill 15 years Happy Anniversary wishes go to Johnny and Theora Mondin 47 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Cedar Elm 142 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 317 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 04 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and no well water was used Tonight Clear and cool Low in the upper 40s Light north wind Thursday Sunny High in the mid 70s North wind 5 to 10mph Friday through Sunday 7Mostly clear Lows in the 40s to near 50 Highs in the 70s Get your mouth ready for Taste of the Town The annual Taste of the Town will feature more than 20 food and beverage providers who will compete for the Best Taste plaque This years event benefiting the Childrens Museum will be from 6 to 10 Thursday at theNational Guard Armory 2253 IH35 West Tickets for the event are Members may purchase tickets for at the museum Groups of 10 or more tickets are each as well The Childrens Muse um will have Pizza and Play time for children Cost is Early voting starts next week Early voting in two separate elections soon will begin Ear ly voting for constitutional amendments and Bulverde incorporation elections will begin Monday and run through Oct 31 Election day is set for Nov 4 Applications to vote by mail can be accepted through Oct 28 and ballots can be mailed through Oct 28 Applications may be delivered in person until the day before the voting starts Oct Early voting in the Comal Independent School District bond election which will be on Nov 8 will begin Oct 22 and run through Nov 4 Garden Ridge discusses CISD bond The city of Garden Ridge will conduct a town meeting at 3 Saturday at Paul Davis Park to discuss the upcoming Comal Independent School District bond issue and tax rate Calling for IRS stories Do you have a story to tell about problems with the Inter nal Revenue Service Call Susan Jakobsen at 6259144 ext 224 CHS computer lab loses to crowding By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Overcrowding has placed a computer lab at Canyon High School on a back burner Previously a small room next to the high school library equipped with 30 old comput ers provided students opportunity to do word processing However limited classroom space caused the computers to be moved out before the start of school in August principal Will Krieg said We needed an additional classroom so we shut the lab down and put a class in he said We needed the Mike Brown who teaches algebra and biology moved his class into the former lab He said the students who must walk through the library to get to the cramped room also must be quiet in class because of their proximity to the library Theres a minimal amount of conflict because of the library but its still like being in someone elses Brown said Turn to Computer Page 2A City doles funds to groups By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Block grant funds totaling were approved for community development in 1998 by city council members during a Monday meeting The fimds will be distributed to public service entities in Comal County including the 98 Sum mer Youth Recreation which received toward the program Comai County Violence Shelter which received toward a daily shelter staff position YMCA of Comal County granted for a schoolbased support ser vice Communities in Schools granted for a job skills training program and parks and recre ation which received toward the Ernest Eikel Field Park Funds also were allotted to public improve ments such as the Bergfeld Drainage Project granted housing assistance and fair housing according to Mayor Jan Kennady All organizations that applied for grants were given funding according to Gloria Sasser com munity development advisory committee chair A boat dock in the floodway of the Guadalupe River at 1757 Kuehler Ave was approved for future construction An appropriate amount of earth will be displaced to compensate for the area the dock will take up according to city officials The proposed dock will not result in any substan tial increase in flood levels within the communi ty during the occurrence of the base flood dis charge as investigated by city engineering ser vices In other business the purchase of 24 utility pole banners to assist in the promotion of the Hoi Turn to City Page 2A Palo Alto eyes NB for Texas factory By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Californiabased industrial design corporation is looking at New Braun fels as a possible site for a factory that would manufacture computer products Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said Palo Alto Design Group ofPalo Alto was ering New Braunfels among other sites in the area They are in the exploratory Meek said They have several sites in several cities around the I have a feeling some are in the Central Texas Palo Alto Designs will submit an application asking the Comal County Industrial Development Authority to issue industrial revenue bonds to help finance a manufacturing facility in New Braunfels if the city is selected for the site The industrial development author ity will consider the application at a special meeting at 9 Thursday The meeting will be in the chamber of commerce Honors Hall on South Seguin Avenue Ingrid Marin administrative man ager for the corporation said Palo Alto Designs manufactures computer chassis and the plastics that protect the chassis Marin said the company employs 30 people mostly engineers at its facility in California The company has a plant in Taiwan where plastics for the computer chassis are made Palo Alto Designs already has a connection to New Braunfels The Lightning Metal Specialties plant on FarmtoMarket 1101 will begin Turn to Palo Alto Page 3A Football fever HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Sundance Luna misses a pass because of good defense by Robert Aleman Tuesday afternoon on Katy Street After a week of rain local youngsters could get some sunshine and enjoy the crisp fall weather EAAsets pumping limits Comal reps vote for current acrefoot guideline By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO the pleas ef one board member the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors Tuesday vot ed to keep the aquifers pumping limit to a total of acrefeet per year The aquifer board voted to keep the maximum of acre feet per year total for all municipal irrigation and industrial water users in the aquifer region An acre foot equals gal lons Both Comal County representatives Doug Miller and Rita Banda voted for the measure The vote came after Bexar County board member Carol Pat terson proposed a motion that would have allowed the board to exceed the acrefeet of water that the board can grant to water users and purveyors under Senate Bill 1477 passed by the state legislature in 1993 Patterson urged the board to add a provision to the proposed rough draft EAA rules allowing the EAA staff to gather more technical data on how much water is in the aquifer I would like to create an affirmative duty for the board to do this before cutting peoples Patterson said Patterson suggested that the board of directors make a yearly determination on how much water could be withdrawn from the Edwards Aquifer by water users Before making a final determination on the amount of water withdrawn for all water users the board should ask the EAA staff to provide updated figures on the aquifer based on recharge and spring flows Patterson said There is no technical justification to adopt the current she said Chairman Michael Beldon told Patterson that her motion could be discussed at the boards next meeting on Oct 30 The board then proceeded to vote on a motion which would allow the board several legal options to reduce water allocations if the permits exceeded acrefeet per year The board approved the motion 103 Municipal industrial and water users of the Edwards Aquifer Turn to EAA Page 3A On the right track photo by Michael Damall Jorge Benitez helps his daughters Kellah Benltez and Mara Neftall with their tykes along the train tracks at Undo Park Tuesday afternoon City gears up for master plan forum Community to give input Monday at 6 By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Vyriter Residents of New Braunfels will have a chance to help shape the citys future during a Monday forum Scheduled for 6 in the New Braunfels High School cafeteria the forum will focus on the citys comprehensive plan a guide to orderly growth and development in the community Its success is dependent on sev eral factors but none as important as citi zen participation according to city officials The forum is open to planning director Harry Bennett said This is the first time weve put forth this kind of effort in a master The last time a comprehensive plan dubbed a master plan by city officials was approved was 1977 when New Braun felspopulation about Bennett said Revised plan was proposed again biit never approved In 1994 a master Forum agenda Registration pick up name tags refreshments General assembly in cafeteria welcome by Mayor Jan Kennady and general remarks by John Dierksen chairman presenta tion by Mike McAnelly of Wilbur Smith Associates overview of draft goals and next steps in plans process Open discussion of ideas on draft goals Open discussion of ideas on draft goals Open discussion of ideas on draft goals plan was talked about but nothing ever came of it Were growing Bennett said estimating a 4 percent growth rate per year for New Braunfels Were going to grow faster too Were catching a lot of citizens from San Antonio and other areas The citys current population is about the planning director said For the past several months master plan subcommittees comprised of city officials and local residents have met to determine community values and set goals Nine subcommittees are studying land regulations public facilities and urban preservation environment and natural codes and tion parks and recreation population economic development and transportation A work program was developed targeting certain dates and milestones to gauge the plans progress The first phase of the master plan will come to fruition Monday when the com munitys input will be sought during the forum Draft copies of subcommittees goals and objectives will be presented Together the publics opinion and sub committees research will be critical in for mulating the plan Bennett said For information call Bennett at 6082115 Area chefs offer some of their best recipes Page1OA   

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