Sunday, May 14, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Sunday May HfiRALDZEITUNG Page 5A1 Garden Ridge ahead of the game but still looking for water BY RON MALONBY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Anybody who might have con ftised Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman with the little boy who cried wolf found out they were wrong Thursday night About 40 people attended a meeting Thursday to discuss com munity concerns about the water shortfall in Garden Ridge and what will come next In January Garden Ridge implemented its own stage 3 drought restrictions months before any other community in this area began even talking about Water problems Garden Ridge officials this past month voted to raise water rates to cover the costs of procuring water above that allocated to the com munity by the Edwards Aquifer Authority Minimum water bills for all customers increased by 50 cents to for customers in the city limits and for those outside Rates for usage above gallons increased by 90 cents per gallons from to for up to gallons from to for up to gallons etc Feibelman and City Manager Mike Castro called Thursday nights meeting to let the public know whats happening and where they can expect to find the water Garden Ridge will need as it grows Former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller who represents Garden Ridge on the board of directors of the Edwards Aquifer Authority gave a presentation on the water demand of municipali ties who depend on the aquifer The bad news he said is that there isnt going to be enough to go around if something isnt done The good news he said was that the governments of Garden Ridge and Comal County were planning and trying to find more water Help could be on the way at the state level in a law that is setting up a framework for finding new water sources You have progressive leader ship in Garden Miller told residents They and your county government are working hard to address these Feibelman sought the watering restrictions early this year to effect repairs to the citys water tank on FarmtoMarket Road 2252 When the tank was repaired the mayor asked the council to approve continuing the restrictions which allow lawn watering only one day each week Feibelman said then he was expecting water trouble later in the year partly in response to forecasts of another dry summer partly because Garden Ridge needed 200 acrefeet more water this past year than is expected the city will authorized under its EAA pumping permit An acrefoot is the amount of water ittakes to cover one acre of land with water one foot deep about gallons It is the standard of measure in the water business Garden Ridge a city with a population of about expects to be authorized to pump about 400 acrefeet Last year Garden Ridge pumped 601 acrefeet nearly 200 million gallons out of the Edwards Aquifer City officials estimate about 60 to 70 percent of that went into lawn or landscaping irrigation Feibelman said Thursday he was gratified that his caution ear lier in the year proved vindicated Were way ahead of the Feibelman said Ive heard noth ing but positive comments for what weve done so far Water is the single most important issue facing the city today Its very Feibelman said Finding alterna tive sources is critically impor Feibelman said the population of Garden Ridge was expected to grow to at its total develop ment build out in 2035 more than doubling todays 746 water connections to about Water usage in 2035 is expected to be acrefeet or 343 mil lion gallons Supply options include buying or leasing more water either through cooperative purchases or through individual sales buying water through a pipeline the cities of Schertz and Seguin are work ing to build or sinking a well into the Glen Rose Aquifer which city officials dont view as a viable alternative Personally I think desaliniza tion is the Feibelman said Desalination plants commonly used in Israel and a few other arid places pump saltwater from the sea and remove the salt from it That is one water option of many being considered at the state level Old Ironsides visits Canyon CISD photo Keith Mahoney and Chief Petty Officer Bret Collins of the USS Constitution Museum in Boston brought the 1797 Navy ship to life for Canyon Middle students recently Students were pulled from the audience to serve as ship mates on Old Ironsides and learn first hand what it was really like to serve on the ship 200 years ago CLASS looking for donations SATTLER Last weekend with a lot of volunteer help they got moved into temporary facili ties in the batting cages between Startzville and Sattler This week the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society CLASS is trying to hit a home run CLASS presidentelect Cindy Darley is looking to the public it serves for the donations it needs to fund the humane organizations new building program If each household that gets our quarterly newsletter gave a month a little over a dollar a week we would be able to not only build our animal shelter but also maintain it on a level that shelters everywhere would look up Darley said in a news release There are postal patrons in the Ganyon Lake community If you did the math then you already know what that dona tion can Darley said If not it comes to per Darley acknowledged that that kind of money is a very high goal to set for But if enough people respond well not only have a great animal shelter but well have a communi ty drawing Darley said CLASS can be reached at 830 905PETS of fun this summer Send your child to T Bar M Day Camp i Experience Christ Centered Adventure at T Bar M Spots are still available Call now and register while there Is still room 830 6204263 Day Camp 4A when the highspeed chase started Police reports also indicated Pantoja owned a 9 mm handgun used in the robbery The handgun was found by the Camaros driver seat at the accident scene A Comal County grand jury indicted Pantoja on the aggravat ed robbery charges March 1 He was arrested March 18 and booked in Comal County Jail He was released March 19 on a bond Pantoja was represented by attorney Paul Finley On the night of the alleged car jacking New Braunfels Police officers spotted the Camaro and attempted to stop it but the sus pects failed to stop Police officers pursued the vehicle into Guadalupe County on Farm Road 725 where Guadalupe County deputies also joined in the pursuit The Camaro headed west on FM 78 into the Marion city limits when the driver apparently lost control skidded sideways and struck a parked occupied car in a driveway Milligan who was attempting to back out of a residential drive way and Holt were both pro nounced dead at the scene Lee the driver of the Camaro also faces murder charges in Guadalupe County for the deaths of Holt and Milligan Lee was transported to University Hospital with minor injuries He was transported to the Comal County Jail that after noon Law enforcement officials esti mated the Camaro was traveling at 90 miles per hour during the chase ITALIAN FOOD free 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