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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas r NEW i n PELS I i 1 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 256 County makes road wish list BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners approved a laundry list of road way improvement projects Thurs day mat they hope will be selected by the Texas Department of Trans portation TXDoT will conduct its annual rural public involvement meeting at 7 Tuesday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Avenue All residents who have concerns about state highway roads are asked to make suggestions in the public forum County Engineer Tom Hornseth said Projects selected will be includ ed in the Rural Transportation Improvement Program TXDoTs threeyear basic planning docu ments that guide development Roadway projects recommended by commissioners court includ ed the creation of ah outer loop fqr New and many 24 pages in 2 sections November 12 1999 T Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents0 46 including an overpass at Farm In addition the county suggest ed improvement of the Guadalupe River bridge on 281 and road improvements from the bridge to the Blanco county line Replacement of the Guadalupe River bridge on Rebecca Creek Road also was suggested Commissioners listed the widen ing of the shoulders on FM 306 from Interstate 35 to 281 as a high priority Other improvements to FM 306 also made their way into the reso lution and commissioners request ed FM 482 be improved COUGARETTES AuSTINBOUND AMANDA Canyon volleyball players Beth Cowan Jessy Herrera Ashley Bird 24 and teammates celebrate Thursdays victory against Smithson Valley in the Class 4A Region IV championship at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio The win qualified the Cougarettes 267 for the Nov 1920 state championship round in Austin Smithson Valley finished the year 3f10 River of Lights ready for streams cars Guests were invited to a sneak preview hay ride organized by the city Thursday night as part of the Sponsor Reception and Media Preview of the 1999 Holiday River of Lights at Cypress Bend Park BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Holiday lights once again will brighten Cypress Bend Park for the cityls third annual drivethrough1 light display which kicks off tonight The 52day Holiday River of Lights which runs until Jan 2 features more than 40 large lumi nous animated displays positioned along a trail Visitors will be amazed at the artistry and brilliance of each dis Holiday River of Lights spokesman Luke Speckman said Local residents and visitors mak ing their way through the park this See LIGHT SHOW WHAT Holiday River of Lights WHEN Tonight through Jan 2 HOURS 6 to Sundays through Thursdays 6 to on Fridays and Saturdays including Thanksgiving Christmas Eve Christmas and New Years Eve WHERE Cypress Bend Park on Peace Avenue at Common Street TICKETS Admission is for up to eightpassenger vehi cles for nineto 24passen ger vehicles and for buses INSIDE OB 12A Key code 76 Students honor local veterans Water district on tap County forging ahead with entity despite its limited powers BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners decided something was bet ter than nothing Thursday when they approved plans to begin the creation of a temporary groundwater conservation district that will have little authority to protect the fragile Trinity Aquifer A law passed this year by the state legis lature allowed the county to create the South east Trinity Groundwater Conservation Dis trict However it was only a piece of the multi county district commissioners had hoped for before this most recent legislative session County officials sought to create a con servation district that would include other areas that heavily sucty as Kendall Blanco Hays ties The commissioners efforts were not rewarded when the counties declined to sup port the proposed multicounty district Commissioner Jay Millikin said The pursuit of a singlecounty water dis trict also fell short of expectations when the request was lumped with 22 other water districts in a bill sponsored jby State Senator Buster Brown That legislation Senate Bill 1911 created tejnporary districts with limited authority Millikin said The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will have the authority to appoint temporary directors control well permitting fees over the aquifer enter public or private property to inspect wells and regulate but not prohibit transfer of groundwater out of the district The district will not be allowed to conduct elections have eminent domain make longterm management plans assess taxes issue bonds or annex and consolidate districts To get the ball rolling commissioners said they would appoint five temporary directors of the water conservation district next Thursday at the regular meeting of commissioners court Several residents who attended Thursdays meeting voiced concerns about selecting the right individuals to represent the countys interest in protecting the aquifer County Judge Danny Scheel said community members who would like to be considered for appointment to the district should contact their county commissioners before next Thurs day Once the water conservation district is formed its activities will include well construction standards well spacing pro duction regulation well permitting water level monitoring water management water quality testing data collection and distribution and public education Millikin said Commissioners said they would seek a permanent watqii conservation district with more authority in the next legislative session Library taxing district election Page 14A BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer One message written in a childlike scrawl with marker on white poster tured the theme of the day Veterans Day means people think enough of veterans to honor them in a time when the world is safe from The words spoken by a local veteran were written by a New Braunfels Middle School stu dent as part of the schools Vet erans Day mural Veterans Day in Page 14A The mural created by NBMS students was presented to local veterans at a ceremony at the schools flagpole Thurs day morning The mural included black and white photographs of stu dents relatives who served in the military and 49 names of Comal County many of whom area veterans who served their country Demetria Cummins princi pal of NBMS said students interviewed local veterans about the significance of Veter ans Day and wrote some of their messages on the mural One message read Veterans Day gives me the time to reflect on all of my close friends who did not make it back from Local students throughout WAI 890 state Sea Jeff Wentworth addresses students at Bill Brown Elementary V
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