New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 3, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 03, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Ml I i HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 11 24 pages in 2 sections December FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Lights action wassail Weekend of holiday cheer starts with Brauntex debut BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A local nonprofit plans to close on a deal to buy the his toric Brauntex Theater by Dec 10 To celebrate and raise com munity awareness the Braun tex Performing Arts Theatre Association Inc plans to light up the theaters sign dark ened for more than a year now for tonights Wassailfest The Brauntex will join sev eral stores downtown in serv ing wassail a holiday drink whose name means your Thursday night a front room in the theater 209 W San Antonio Street was freshly painted for the occasion and the theaters lights were tested Were hoping to light that end of the street and get some association presi dent Mac McCoy said The marquee worked just fine but the vertical sign still needed some work Well have to work on that McCoy said The group received permis sion from the theaters owner David Roberts to set up a Wassail booth even though the deal wont close until Dec 10 McCoy said That is going to be a real prime spot to Main Street director Lynn Fountain said Theyre going to have the barbershop quartet and his See Wassail and Market Days top holiday weekend BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer vote for their favorite wassail in the Peoples Choice KesidentlPget to learn wassail the fuss is about tonight as they toast the season in downtown New Braunfels at the seventh annual Wassailfest More than 50 merchants will prepare versions of the drink enjoyed by Robin Hood and his Merry Men centuries ago The event is from 6 to and will include live musical performances door prizes horseandbuggy rides and special holiday treats Residents and tourists can to the top three was Downtown Gruene also will be aglow with holiday cheer this weekend at its Spe cial Christmas Market Days which runs from 10 until 6 Saturday and Sunday About 100 vendors selling holiday gift items will line the streets as the Community Band plays Christinas favorites The town lighting ceremo ny will be at 6 Saturday and will feature a visit from Cowboy Kringle AMANDA Mac McCoy president of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association helps test the lights Thursday on Brauntex Theaters sign The ver tical sign didnt light up for the test but hopefully will by tonights Wassailfest he said Traditional trimmings dress up museum for tour WAI Heritage Society of New Braunfels member Debbie De La Rosa prepares the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture on Thursday for Saturdays Candlelight Tour BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Instead of heading out to the corner store for holiday decorations families in the 1800s relied on nature for seasonal cheer a look that a local museum is imitating this year Volunteers dressed up the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture 1370 Church Hill Drive on Thursday with pine boughs and berries preparing it for Saturdays Candlelight Tour The theme is an early Texas Christ See WHATS UP WHAT Candlelight Tour WHEN 5 to 8 Saturday WHERE Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture 1370 Church Hill Drive Sophienburg Museum 401 W Coll Conservation Plaza Churchill Drive ADMISSION a person guests under 18 admitted free with a parent RHEINLANDER Flood dam study clears crucial step BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer With the terrain bonedry and temperatures hov ering in the 80s it might be hard to imagine that lit tle more than one year ago much of the greater New Braunfels area was headed down the Guadalupe River Central Texas is one of the four most flood prone areas in the United Conial County flood control committee chairman Nathan Rheih lander said Thursday We appear to be in the bulls eye for this type of Rheinlander updated Comal County Commis sioners Thursday about the committees study into flood control projects The county hired the firm of Freese and Nichols to conduct a feasibility study which ultimately will determine the ratio of building flood control dams FNI recently completed the hydrologic and hydraulic models for the study to determine down stream effects of floods in the county The computer modsls are the first big blocks of data from the study and can show how a par ticular amount of rainfall in a specified amount of time will flow across the terrain The feasibyity Study is required in order to receive fJf flood control projects Rhein lander said Another requirement is that the dams will be costeffective The cost of building a dam must be less than or equal to the amount of damages it would prevent in one flood During the 1998 flood four structures on Dry Comal Creek and the Bleiders Creek Dam saved homeowners millions of dollars in property losses and damages county engineer Tom Hornseth said The dams were built between 1957 and 1981 at a total cost of million dollars most of which was federally funded Bleiders Creek Dam cost to build and saved an estimated million in damages in the 1998 flood Rheinlander said The dams also have prevented floods by filling to capacity several times since their construction he said And those dams hold back a significant amount of Rheinlander said The feasibility study is scheduled for comple tion in June 2000 he said FNI probably will identify at least five sites for flood control dams The study not only will be a jumping off point to receive federal dollars for the dams but also a way to obtain state funding or pass a bond issue if nec essary Rheinlander said Because of limited federal funding available for watershed projects million for Texas in this past fiscal county might have to turn to the taxpayers to pay for part or most of the costs We want to exhaust every other possibility before we go to the Rheinlander said A preliminary estimate for the five additional flood control dams is to million County Judge Danny Scheel said The committee should have a better idea about federal and state funding by early 2001 at which point the county could consider a bond issue Rhein lander said NBU prepares for Y2K utilities have contingency plans BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A big part of New Braunfels Utilities staff will be on call or working New Years Eve ready to handle potential problems But chances are threatening weather is a more likely threat than any computer glitch NBU general manager Paula DiFonzo said Either way however NBU and other local telephone and electricity officials said they were ready Weve planned for the worst and hope for the NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said NBU started evaluating potential prob Its not just preparation for one day but information we can use for a number of Paula DIFomo New Braunfels Utilities general manager lems in August 1997 and has been Y2K compliant since Sept 29 NBU officials said Lower Colorado River Authority which provides electricity for NBU also is com pliant officials report NBU upgraded utility billing and financial system software and has developed a com prehensive contingency plan outlining spe cific steps to take in case of an unexpected outage Its not just preparation for one DiFonzo said but information we can use for a number of The entire staff is required to stay in town for the holiday and many will be called in to work The electricity water wastewater tech nology and business service managers will report to the surface water treatment plant 2356 Gruene Street by 10 Dec 31 Thats where our dispatch tower is locat Reuwer said Several crews also will be on site and customer service personnel will take six hour shifts starting at 9 to answer any customer concerns That night concerned residents can call 6258564 and NBU also has launched a Y2K hotline 6288Y2K NBU has bought generators for backup electricity but water and wastewater sys tems can be operated manually if the power goes out Reuwer said NBUs technology manager Al Kauf mann said he believed NBU was Y2K INSIDE 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