Thursday, May 11, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW ELS HERALDZEITT Water Restrictions Landscape watering Is allowed from midnight to 10 and from 8 to light one day per week reuses with a last digit or 7 can water f Vol 149 No 124 14 pages in 2 sections May 11 2000 THURSi 50 cents Neither rain sleet beans or potatoes Mail carriers sponsor food drive Saturday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local mail carriers will deliver more than just letters Saturday they could deliver much needed meals to local families In conjunction with a nationwide effort the New Braunfels Post Office 686 S Seguin is sponsoring a food drive Saturday to benefit SOS Food Bank Inc Donald McBroom local letter carrier and food drive coordinator said local residents throughout Comal County could leave non perishable food items by their mailboxes whether they are curbside or on the front porch or by cluster boxes Local mail carriers on both city and rural WHATS UP WHAT Food drive to benefit SOS Food Bank Inc WHEN Saturday HOW Local residents through out Comal County can leave non perishable food items by their mail boxes routes then will pick up the foodand drop if off at the New Braunfels Post Office Volunteers from the SOS Food Bank then will pick up the food and take it to the pantry at 248 E Merriweather St to help feed local families Abel Gomez vice president of the SOS Food Bank said the annual event was the biggest drive of the year for the local food pantry The event now in its ninth year is organized the second Saturday in May each year by the National Association of Mail Car riers the Postal Service and the United Way During the past eight years local residents have donated about pounds of nonper ishable food to help local families McBroom said Gomez said It helps us out a lot It really helps stock up the shelves for several months If it wasnt for this food drive we would be struggling every The food bank is staffed by volunteer work ers who help store stock and distribute food The organization is supported by an interfaith organization of churches dedicated to assisting See Biker rush Kristi Myers 316 yearold New Braunfels girl is leaving motorcross er competitors in the dust and hopes this weekend will be no different when she travels to California for her first pro race Find out how shes preparing for her first pro Motorcycles run Municipal water self serve Resident hauls water out of Landa Park for four years BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer You live relatively speaking in a more or less rural area The nearby city comes along and annexes your property into its borders You pay higher city tax rates but you accept it because the city lavishes its services upon you police and fire protection rubbish removal water and sewage service Right Dont try to convince Alice Obercampf out on Highway 46 She has a good septic system so that hasnt really been an issue although sewage service would probably be nice Shell agree she got the fire and police pro tection although shell point out that she sees far more Sheriffs vehicles go by her home than she does New Braunfels Police Department cars Shell agree she got the rubbish removal after she asked for it five or six years ago The problem The only city water she gets is what she or her son Johnny carry from Landa Park in gallon jugs Not a problem you say Having been annexed shell be hooked soon to the water main that runs by her home across High way 46 Dont try to convince her of that either New Braunfels annexed her home located between the entrance to OakRun School and the intersections of Highway 46 and FarmtoMar ket Road 1863 in 1981 At first it didnt bother me so said Obercampf of not being hooked up to munici pal water We had a good well Unfortunately now many of the wells up here are bad unsatisfactory for drinking I wasnt pushing it at the time because I preferred my own water anyhow But now weve had it checked several times and its not fit to So Obercampf and her son started schlepping RON Alice Obercampf whose home was annexed in 1981 fills up gallon jugs in Landa Park Shes still waiting to receive municipal water service Adoption of well rules postponed BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Concerns voiced by water well drillers Wednesday evening prompted the Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District board of directors to postpone adopting three rules that would regulate well construction stan dards and fees About 25 well drillers and landowners over the Trinity Aquifer attended a public hearing before the boards regular meeting at the Bulverde Fire Station FarmtoMarket Road 1863 and Cougar Bend Board members asked attendees whether any of the pro posed rules designed to regulate and protect the aquifer would severely impede or prohibit their ability to drill wells The main point of con tention surrounded the first proposed rule that would outline across the board standards for well construc tion to prevent contamina tion including the size of the drilled hole and the depth and type of well cas ing used by drillers Several local well drillers said restrictions requiring only cement be used to fill the spaces between the well casing and the outer edges of the drilled hole were of particular con cern I dont think they need to be cemented all the way said 50year well drilling veteran Bobby Kutscher You need a good seal on the bottom and a good seal on the 1 Kutscher and other drillers cited the financial burden that would be associated with the equipment required to cement wells from top to bottom i Both the second and third proposed rules were met with lit tie opposition but board members voted to table the rules i until the gray areas of the well construction standards could bej addressed and sorted out by board members and well drillers The second rule would require well drillers to register with the j district and provide proper certification so board members could monitor adherence to the rules and the location of new See The district has a tough job and its hard to satisfy everybody when everybody has a different Saur Spring Water Well Service INSIDE Kay Code 76 Rising water costs decreasing availability prompts meeting BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE City officials con cerned about rising and trying to head off a water crisis have set a special town meeting for 7 Thursday and are urging residents to attend Were trying to ward off a potentially seri ous Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman said We want people to come to this meeting so we can show them what our water needs are discuss what weve done recently what we plan to do and explain that all this costs money Feibelman said Thats the reason The meeting will be in the Garden Ridge Municipal Courtroom and City Council Chambers 9357 Schoenthal Rd Well be presenting pumpage reports pre pared by our water engineer We need to pass on to the city what were doing and answer questions and address Feibelman said I want people to see why were doing what were In Garden Ridge new water restrictions instituted last week in San Antonio by the Edwards Aquifer Authority including QnwJayrper week landscape watering probably didnt elicit much notice Thats because theyre the same as local standards initiated back in January by city orTiuiais about what theyve long viewed as pending water trouble We imposed stage 3 restrictions in Garden Ridge in January because we knew it was Feibelman said The EAA allots 420 acre feet of water to Gar den Ridge The munici pality pumped 601 acre feet last year and Feibel man predicts that with growth the demand will rise I think 700 acre feet of water is what this city wuU need to survive in the coming five to seven Feibelman said If the Edwards Aquifer Authority only allow up 420 feet FEIBELMAN Last month Garden Ridge decided to to lease or buy 118 acre feet of water at a cost of about which will be passed on to municipal water customers with a slight rate increase Feibelman the city can find the additional water An acrefoot of water is about gallons the amount of water it would take to cover one acre of land with water a foot1 feet of Garden Ridge is seeking to buy additional 75acre feet of right now of about per acrefoot It is trying to get a lease for an additional 43acre feet Buying water is the mast option but it makes sure available to ai