New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 29, 2000, Page 10

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

July 29, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 10A HRRALDZEITI JNO Saturday July CAMINO From 1A Moore explained that Indians from East Texas and from deep in Mexico would gather in this region to organize buffalo hunting parties in the Cibolo valley area to the south and that they used the old trail to travel back and forth The El Camino Real would have led to and past an old Spanish mission in New Braunfels San Javier uas a bunch of mud huts with five mis sionaries and 30 Moore said He said he had been search ing for the mission s location which he figured must be some where on Landa Park Golf Course Ive been looking for it for He said this region was fortu nate to have many surviving sec tions of the El Camino Real still intact but they are in danger of being lost with development Today the people of this region are lucky to have so many surviv ing sections of the old Moore wrote in a recent version of his map These are some of the most scenic and historical byways in Texas making them perfect to use as a theme for his torical and cultural tourism The Camino Real between San Anto nio and San Marcos has the potential to become one of the best historical tourism destina tions in A copy of Moores map of El Camino Real de los Tejas a tour map of the oldest road in Texas with the historical and modern points of can be viewed at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce tourism and visitor center 390 S Seguin Moore can be reached at TexArch Associates 490 Rusk New Braunfels 78130 6067890 damtno iKffll existing Camino Real now gone shown on old maps V Camino Real suggested by other data V important post 1840 pre 1890 additions and changes to the Camino route Other roads Rail Roads Balcones Escarpment Rivers and creeks X Drawn by Edward Moore 2000 H Eilwartt 480 Hull Nta Oraunftlt TX 18130 Uamtnos ttt Sophienburg makes new offer BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council faces one question as it considers a proposal from the Sophienburg Museum and Archives for Dittlinger Memorial Library Cash or trade Hidden in that question how ever are several other factors that could affect if and how Sophienburg could become the owner of the unused library Sophienburg is asking the city to allow the museum to buy the library for or give the library to the museum in exchange for the Float Inn prop erty on the Comal River The Float Inn property is next to the citys tube chute at Prince Solms Park and the Sophienburg would buy it from Kenneth Fiedler This week Sophienburg pre I sented council with a proposal that clillcrs from an original deal they offered to the city a couple of weeks ago The council delayed action on the proposal asking for time to study the issue They sprang some new infor mation on us just Monday at City Attorney Floyd Akers said It changed the whole terms nf what theyre coming in K JESSIE Past president of the Sophienburg Museum Dona Bruns shows off a sticker before the New Braunfels city council meeting Monday night The council wants to digest the new proposal and look at all its options including possibly rejecting Sophienburgs proposal and accepting bids again for the library The city indicated when it first received Sophienburgs proposal that it was unwilling to make repairs that Sophienburg request ed The Sophienburg now is ask ing the city to pay to the museum in addition to the trade Local attorney John Dierksen a Sophienburg member present ed the proposed trade to the coun cil Monday He did not return phone calls from the Herald Zeitung but he explained the pro posal in a letter to the city This contract provides that the city would pay the Sophienburg boot in connection with the exchange because it will have to make the repairs and buy the title insurance on its he said However one aspect of the pro posal trade has raised a red flag for the city Brad Herbelin leases a building on the Float Inn prop erty from Fiedler where he oper ates the Tube Chute Bar and Grill His lease with Fiedler which expires May 1 contains a pur chase option The lease which the city pro vided a copy of reads Lessee Brad Herbelin has a purchase option for a purchase price of Terms are Akers said he did not see an expiration date on that Akers said the city did not learn of the lease until Monday and would have to assume that lease and Herbelins option to buy the property if it traded property with the Sophienburg We could trade and then lose the Akers said We dont want to do It makes a significant difference in the Others disagree with Akers however including Fiedler See Subdivision OKs might get linked to water MILLIKIN BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commissioners are looking at new platting guide lines that will make the availabili ty of groundwater a criteria in considering approval of large sub divisions If adopted the changes will affect the ability of developers to plat and subdivide large tracts into single family housing The changes also would give the county a tool it did not have before to protect the sup ply of under ground water and limit the density of growth Senate Bill 1 1997s omnibus water bill gave municipalities and county com missioners new authority in regard to subdivision development as far as availability of water Western Comal County which draws water from an increasingly fragile Trinity Aquifer is such an area Comal County is looking at new provisions put forth by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission that will place new controls on large housing tracts based on groundwater availability in accordance with Senate Bill 1323 The rules if adopted by the county will require that develop ers who intend to use groundwa ter as a source of water include in plat applications a statement by a licensed engineer certifying ade quate groundwater is available Comal County also could require certification be provided by i a hydrologist County Engineer Tom Hornseth favored the idea of requiring that a water professional be involved in the process Well use the form the TNRCC has adopted but well probably change the way we open and close the gate a Hornseth said Hornseths office will continue to work on the guidelines which will be presented for public hear ings and possible adoption In the past water availability has been a consideration in plat ting approvals but the new rules would broaden the scope of that consideration to include the effects on a subdivisions neigh bors We need to pursue this with the utmost said Pet 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin who represents Bulverde and Garden Ridge On July 18 Bulverde declared a water emergency and its mayor Bob Barton is trying to decide what actions he will take to address it Millikin called Commissioner H20 by his peers is heavily involved in clean air and water1 issues at all levels of Texas gov ernment I see it as were derelict to our public if we dont do something Millikin said We had the authority provided to us in Senate Bill think we ought to tie into revision of our subdivision Commissioner Moe Schwab said he believed the regions water problems ultimately would be addressed by removing the salt from seawater and piping it to where it is needed I know its Schwab said but it seems to me if we can desalinize some of that water and store it either in the aquifer or in tanks it would solve pur problem If we can fly someone to the moon we ought to be able to accomplish Its Millikin said LCRA contractor completes work at Comal power plant BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A contractor suspected of improperly releasing liquid waste into New Braunfels sewer system completed its work at the Comal Power Plant Merrell Foote spokesman for the Lower Colorado River Authority said the contractor fin ished work at the unused power plant on Monday The power plant is near Landa Park They essentially were gone Friday but they had a few minor things to do on she said Projects from Newport News worked to remove leadbased paint from inside the old power plant for many months as part of an envi ronmental clean up at the plant The plant was built in 1926 and originally supplied power to San Antonio It came under LCRAs control in 1942 LCRA discontin ued its use in 1972 A Houston firm now plans to convert the power plant into a hotel and con ference center Cleanup operations at the plant temporarily halted earlier this month when local officials began investigating a report of alleged unauthorized waste disposal at the site The contractor working at the site allegedly released unautho rized liquid waste into the citys sewer system that contained lead The cleanup project was almost complete when the incident occurred and was allowed to finish some touchup painting at the plant An investigation into the alleged improper release continues Foote said contractor finished with what they had to Foote said LCRA must remove tanks placed at the site for the contractor to dispose of the materials from the building Weve got to make sure that any materials in the tanks are dis posed of she said Also some environmental clean up still must be completed outside the building Creating yard art a labor of love for Baytown couple BY JEFF RIGGS The Baytown Sun BAYTOWN Dale Harp could make a lot of money building waterfalls but he doesnt care Sculpting rock formations with water falls in his yard and admiring his work has been pay enough for him for about the past three years It was then that he replaced wooden decking in his back yard with large rocks mortar concrete as well as a swimming pool water pump to simulate a waterfall Ive always loved nature and flowers and water Harp said Its tran quil and loosens up my There are two small rock structures in his back yard and another under con struction His largest project to date built in his front yard was completed after friends suggested he share his work with the community 1 did one in the back yard and a friend said it wasnt fair to hide these so 1 did one in he said The front yard exhibit contains 30 tons of rock and brick atop six cubic yards of reinforced concrete It contains electric lighting for night viewing and is enhanced by four types of palm trees fountain grass hibiscus plants daisies firecracker plants and oth ers The swimming pool pump recircu lates 150 gallons of water per minute that eventually moves through a picturesque water wheel Harp said it took eight months on weekends and evenings to build the struc ture by himself By absorbing the labor costs he spent about on the pro ject My cost to someone else would be to he said Ive not had that many takers But its just a hobby to Harp 56 has lived in Baytown since 1951 and has worked as a painter at Jimmys Paint and Body Shop Inc since 1968 Jimmy Hefferman owner of the busi ness allows Harp to go to his land near Hondo west of San Antonio to pick up as many rocks as he needs He HefTerman believed the more rocks I took off the land the more grass a cow could Harp said Harps wife Gretchen shares her hus bands enjoyment of fountains but does not participate in their creation I do like waterfalls but hes the one that does it she said It was excit ing to watch it go up in People didnt know what it was going to look like when it was finished A lot of people take pictures of it Some just stop and She said her husband has no formal training in design and construction of waterfalls He just decided one day he was going to do she said He doesnt do any thing in moderation Hes gungho on Distributed by The Associated Press ;

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