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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 2677 EITUNG Vol 148 No 197 40 pages in 4 sections August Serving Coma County since 1852 INSIDE Football preview The Cougars Rangers and Unicorns got them all in todays special section Comal County Football Rush to Read up on your favorite teams with sea son previews on Canyon Smithson Valley New Braunfels Marion and Bingo Bingo its not just its a social event Local bingo fans come ready to play Find out where they play how they play and why they play Volleyball tournaments New Braunfels and Canyon took on the field this weekend at the Fraulein Volleyfest at Canyon High School while Smithson Valley traveled to the North East Tournament in San Antonio WEATHER This ought to sound familiar mostly sunny and hot See the extended forecast on Page 2A INDEX SUNDAY New laws go into effect Legal blood alcohol level lowered MARGARET Comal County Sheriffs Office employee Angle Valdez strates the breath test while Deputy Wayne Lehman observes BY HEATHER FOOD Staff Writer Beginning Wednesday local and state residents will face more than 900 new state laws that will among other things lower the legal blood alcohol limit and charge higher vehicle inspection fees State lawmakers approved a number of new measures during the 1999 legislative session that will affect both traffic safety and criminallaws Traffic Laws The Department of Public Safety and New laws at a glance Page 5A local law enforcement officials enforce a lower blood alcohol limit starting Wednes day The driving while intoxicated thresh old will drop from 10 to 08 This change in the law also will affect the administration license revocation program which allows for suspension of driver licenses for those who refuse a breath test Thats because more suspects are expect ed to refuse to submit to breath tests say officers at the Comal County Sheriffs Office Wednesday Deputy Wayne Lehman an instructor in standard field sobriety testing said many of the drivers suspected of driving while intox icated probably would refuse to take breath tests for fear they will be in violation But he said it wouldnt matter in some cases I can prove my case on he said I dont need A video camera mounted inside his patrol car and a microphone he wears on his shirt capture the details of every traffic stop When that videotape is shown during a trial the jury sees everything Lehman saw and hears everything Lehman heard See NEW A little bit louder now AMANDA A San Antonio chorus makes a joyful noise during the SPEBSQSA Southwest District Division Competition for choruses and quartets Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Barbershop performers from Austin Houston San Antonio Spring and Lake Jackson competed County mulls water district options BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners soon will have to decide the next step for a new underground water district over the Trinity Aquifer in Comal County State legislators approved creation of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Con servation District along with 21 similar districts across the state during the 1999 legislative session County officials sought an under ground water district over the Trinity Aquifer which extends into Kendall Blanco Handera and Hays counties as a way to protect the water resources in the county But Senate Bill 1911 filed by State Senator Buster Brown RLake Jackson fell short of expectations because it gave very limited authority to manage the aquifer Under the new law the underground water districts will have the power to control well permits over the aquifer but little else Water districts will have no authority to conduct elections assess taxes make longterm manage ment plans have eminent domain issue bonds or annex and consolidate dis tricts The water districts can regulate but not prohibit the transfer of groundwater out of the district Commissioner Jay Millikin said the SCHEEL Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conser vation District would have to serve as a temporary district until the next legisla tive session in 2001 In the meantime Millikin said com missioners faced three options We can do absolutely nothing we can appoint a temporary board or we can act as the board he said Normally counties conduct elections for water district board members but the new law prohibits elections so the county must appoint board members The water district would not be able to levy a property tax or conduct an elec tion until September 2001 Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said commissioners probably would review their options and decide what See WATER A move in fairs future Association polls members about vision BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A lack of space at Ctittial County Fair grounds has initiated an analysis into whether the fair should stay put or find another home The Comal County Fair Associations long term planning committee sent out a survey this past week to its 650 members to get a handle on their vision for the fairs future I see four committee chair Doug Miller said We can stay and do nothing find another home acquire property and look to move in five or 10 years or try to revitalize the The countys fair has been conducted for 105 years on the 34acre fairgrounds off Com mon Street But the county has grown a lot during that time Were pretty hemmed Miller said And theres no real parking He estimated people attended the fair in its sixday span this past year This years fair is scheduled for Sept 2126 When you have that kind of traffic going through there its a burden on the Miller said But the most important issue he said was keeping the fair a hometown Comal County Fair Association president Nathan Rheinlander said the focus of the asso ciation would be to preserve our smalltown county fair atmosphere for future I want to stress that whatever major deci sions may finally be reached the fair tion will make them as a group and only after full consultation with our he said v Glocal Vantage a business and economic development consulting firm in Austin is col lecting and compiling data from the Riverside Marina closes owners explore options BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A locallyowned riverside restaurant closed this past week but plajis to use the building already are intact Riverside Marina Grill and Yacht Club one block north oftheMainPlaaat444E San Antonio officially closed Aug 22 Gregg We ston who owns the building with lus wife Monique said they would lease it to a large organjza Sales growth had leveled off and there were more opportunities in using the building in other ways Gregg Weston owner the name of the organization but said this information would be released in mid October Officials from the organi zation approached Weston about three weeks ago he Weston would not release Sales growth had leveled he said and there were more opportunities in using the building in other Weston has owned the building since 1991 it was built in the mid1970s After extensive renovation Weston opened Tree Tops Riverside Grille and Bar in 1992 but changed the name a year ago to the Riverside Marina Grill and Yacht Club It was a tongueincheek Weston said A big inflatable tire is a Texan Just outside the restaurant beneath the terraced patios tubers float along the Comal River Its a great he said People enjoyed that view while dining during a casual meal wedding reception or class reunion The restaurant could accommodate groups up to 200 in a single room or as See Staff at Riverside Marina Grill and Yacht Club one block north of the Main Plaza at 444 E San Antonio gather one last time Friday in front of the restaurant
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