Friday, October 8, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 231 24 pages in 2 sections October 8 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents City extends flood cleanup contract for West End San Antonio firm now cleaning tributaries of Dry Comal Creek BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels extended a contract recently on floodrelated cleanup work to help limit flooding in the west end of town Ramon Sons of San Antonio which recently completed work on the Dry Comal Creek is now working on cleaning out var ious tributaries of the creek The city also hired D M Services of New Braunfels to help with the work This debris cleanup will address some of the problems the West End experienced in the October 1998 flood A lot of debris caught up on the Walnut Street bridge and formed a dam there where water backed city engineer Bol ner said That debris created more flood ing on the west side that will be limited now due to the cleanup Ramon Sons original con tract was to clean up the Guadalupe River between Faust Street and Grant Avenue which will be completed in about a week and to clean up the Dry Comal Creek between Landa Street and Altgelt Avenue The Dry Comal Creek project has been completed Ramon Sons contract has been extended to include worth of work on various tributaries as well as cleanup on the railroad from Guenther Avenue to the Landa Street bridge D M also will help with these pro jects Their contract is for Natural Resources Conservation Service is funding 75 percent of the projects the city is funding 25 percent The tributary and railroad projects should be completed in two to three weeks Bolner said But some of the work theyre completing needs to be ongoing he said You can cut down cane in the fall and it will grow back 6 feet tall by spring unless we treat Bolner said And this is what were looking for to keep it Bolner said the city was looking for sug gestions as to how to completely eliminate cane from areas along the railroad Homes and businesses in the area of the railroad were deluged by flood waters of more than six feet A grand design Library architect says gallery is centerpiece of new city building BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The general public must wait another week to view one of the most prized areas of new public library its gallery Its the focal point of the architect and local resident Ken Rehler said And it is one of many elements designed to give the New Braunfels Public Library 700 E Common St scheduled to open Oct 16 a grand public building Sort of look he said Rehler and his design team of architects from RVK of San Antonio as well as city staff and library board members worked for six months on the design of the new building The Chicagobased architectural firm of Hammond Beeby Babka Inc served as library design consultants on the project They didnt want it to look like a school or a shopping mall or a he said They wanted it to look like a These goals already are apparent to most of the public by the exterior built of limestone and accented with features such as ornate columns and an arched entryway Almost all of the buildings in New Braunfels that are more than 100 years old are either yel low brick or Rehler said We were trying to blend it into the The architects chose the metal roof for similar reasons But other features add to the buildings uniqueness The two handcarved stone pillars at the front add Rehler said Its like a piece of he said Same with the custommade copper light fix tures hanging over the entryway and the mosaic See WAI Above New Braunfels architect Ken Rehler shows off his latest design the New Braunfels Public Library 700 E Common St Left the librarys interior features lowmaintenance items such as large windows and limestone walls The new library will open on Oct 16 WORD GBRA nearing end of negotiations for diversion BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Negotiations between the Water Oriented Recreational District and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority might end soon representatives for both parties said Thursday at a regular meeting of Comal County Commissioners Court On Sept 8 WORD board members voted to contest GBRAs amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to divert more water from Canyon Lake The permit would allow GBRA to increase its authorized water diversion from Canyon Reservoir from acre feet per year to an average of acrefeet per year In addition GBRA is seeking authorization to use acrefeet per year outside the Guadalupe River Basin One of WORDS primary concerns was that the proposed acrefeet per year average increase would sig nificantly decrease the recreational flows needed from the Guadalupe Riv er downstream from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels In the past two weeks GBRA and WORD representatives have met to address and clarify issues Although WORD board members told county commissioners they were close to an agreement with GBRA members said they wanted clearer wording in the pro posal I believe that both GBRA and WORD are looking for a quick resolu tion to said David Welsch GBRA director of project development Because WORD board members are appointed by Commissioners Court it has a right to approve disapprove or take no action regarding the protest The court decided Thursday by a vote of 32 to take no action meaning the WORD protest will continue until an agreement is reached County Judge Danny Scheel Com missioners Moe Schwab and Jack Dawson voted to take no action while Commissioners Cristina Zamora and Jay Millikin were opposed to the idea The no action vote meant the court could no longer pass judgement on what WORD decided to do Had the court voted to disapprove the WORD protest would have end ed The WORD board has a right to question the GBRA Dawson said I dont see why we shouldnt stay out of this See DAWSON MILLIKIN INSIDE 12A Key code 76 Shrimpfest organizers ready for hungry crowd BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Organizers of Saturdays third annual Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club Shrimpfest promise a good time The event will feature a Cajun style dinner with cold boiled shrimp special red sauce boiled potatoes and corn on the cob In addition participants can enjoy live music an arts and crafts show with 36 booths a silent auction and homemade deserts This is our biggest fundraiser of the said Noon Lions Club member Candice Peyton It is going to be a great time The Shrimpfest will be right smack in front of the dam thats not bad Shrimpfest coordinators said they expected big crowds this weekend and purchased 800 pounds of shrimp enough to feed more ton mouths Last year we only bought 600 pounds of shrimp and we ran out of Peyton said Besides the grub 90 items will be up for auction including time in a condo in Puerto Vallarta Mexico Festival goers also can groove to the live music of a South American Inca Mayan group The Lions Club is the largest ser vice organization in the world and exists in 185 countries Peyton said The Lions Club donates 100 per cent of the profits from every single fundraiser back into the commu she said Money raised from the meal tickets will be used for internation al national state and community activities In addition to the many service activities Noon Lions Club spon sors a mobile screeningavailable after January 2000 that will pro vide free sight and hearing screen ings along with blood pressure and Diabetes testing to people of all ages in the community The club also contributes to the Canyon Lake Action Center libraries and a camp for children who are handicapped or have Dia betes SHRIMPFEST WHEN 10 to 5 Saturday Food will be served from noon to 5 WHERE The Dam Red Barn South Access Road at Canyon Lake HOW MUCH Meals are per person and will be available at the gate on the day of the event or from any Canyon Lake Noon Lion Admission and parking are free