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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels remains under Stage II water conservation restrictions Filling new and existing swimming pools is prohibited unless 30 percent of ifis a nonaquifer source TNG Vol 149 No 221 20 pages in 2 sections September 9 2000 SATURDAY Serving 2 50 cents K JESSIE Margaret Brazle and Mauna Porter sort books for the upcoming Friends of the Library Book Sale Books ties that bind library supporters BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The storage units on Wald Road look innocent enough at first glance Motorists passing by cannot see what is hiding inside but storage rooms hide deep secrets mys teriesnotyet ready for the publics eye The Friends of the Library has received several encyclopedia sets that they will give free to schools The group also has received a Braille Bible For information on these items call 6257151 and the answers to ageold ques tions Locks on the doors keep the villains heroes and steamy romances from escaping the boxes they are buried in deep within the stor age units In less than a month however Margaret Brazle Mauna Porter and other members of the Friends of the Library will unleash the treasures they have hidden in the storage rooms The Friends annual book sale is from 9 to 1 Oct 5 and from 9 to 5 Oct 6 at the Civic Center 380 S Seguin Thousands of books will be on sale at prices so low that calling them just a bargain is an insult Most books are priced at 75 cents or 25 cents depending on whether the book is paperback or hardback The sale marks not the end but just a new phase in Brazles Porters and others work to help the New Braunfels Public Library and spread their love of reading Brazle is president of Friends of the Library and chairwoman of the book sale Porter is a pastchairwoman See Turn off your sprinklers EAA restricts lawn watering as spring flows plummet BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities urged cus tomers to comply immediately with a water sprinkler ban the Edwards Aquifer Authority implemented Friday The 14day ban prohibits the use of Edwards Aquifer water with any type of sprinkler system in the authoritys eightcounty region The ban includes soaker hoses and applies to residential and commercial WHO To CALL For the latest information on watering restrictions call the 24 hour NBU Water Hotline at 608 8925 The hotline also provides instructions for reporting water ing violators Free New Braunfels water usage guides are available at the NBU Main Office landscapes Residents can water with handheld hoses buckets and properly installed drip irrigation systems between 3 and 8 and 8 to 10 any day of the week Whether New Braunfels Utilities fell under the ban because it has its own surface water treatment plant was unclear Thursday However Gretchen Reuwer spokeswoman for New Braun fels Utilities said Friday NBU water customers must comply because some of New Braunfels water comes from the Edwards Aquifer New Braunfels City Council on Mon day will consider an emergency ordi nance allowing the city to enact and enforce the ban locally Fines for violat ing the ban could cost residents up to See OA INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map A free concert fea turing several brass bands will begin at 4 Sunday at the Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten Council bans beer on river Unanimous vote clears the hurdles for boozefree rivers BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Forget about the drought The New Braunfels City Council declared the local rivers dry The city council gave its unanimous approval Friday to an ordinance that bans consumption of alcohol and possession of open alcoholic beverage containers on portions of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers The decision surprised even organizers of the petition drive that led to the councils decision Actually Im said Kathleen Krueger cochairwoman of Citizens Unit ed to Save Our Rivers Im still in Local river outfitters and others already were planning their next move Friday night according to Felger owner of Felger Toob Rental in New Braunfels I think its the biggest he said A group of people including Felger planned to meet with their attorneys today to discuss their own petition drive to repeal the law Felger said The wonderful thing about the city council enacting this is the city council can repeal he said Kruegers group organized a petition drive supporting the alcohol ban after the council previously delayed action on the issue She said she thought they could get enough votes to pass the ban but she did not believe the decision would be unani mous I want to thank the city council for responding to the wishes of the commu Krueger said The ban is not effective immediately It still must be approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and pub lished in the newspaper before it becomes law If approved by the TABC the ordinance will establish a central river business dis trict on the Guadalupe River between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and on the Comal River between the Lan da Park Drive bridge and the Comals K JESSIE New Braunfels City Council held a special meeting Friday night to vote on adopting a city ordinance that bans alcohol on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers within the city limits The ordinance was unanimously approved by city council members confluence with the Guadalupe River The ordinance then bans possession of open alcoholic beverage containers and consumption of alcohol in the river busi ness district Citizens United to Save Our Rivers sub mitted the petition to City Secretary Bon nie Sarkozi on Tuesday The petition asked for the proposed ban to go before the vot ers in November Sarkozi and her staff worked since Tues day to verify the signatures The group only needed signa tures for it to be considered by the coun cil Sarkozis staff verified signatures of people who provided their voter regis tration numbers on the petition Another 586 signatures also were veri fied even though the voter registration number was not provided for a total of signatures City charter gave the council members two choices after learning enough signa tures had been verified Friday See ALCOHOL K JESSIE So I dont lose my freedom to John Turner joined in asking people to sign a new petition and to show up in force at Friday nights special city council meeting Turner and two others manned the main plaza with banners signs and petitions early in the afternoon gathering signatures and a lot of thumbsup from passing motorists INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday 1th temperatures climbing to iOO degrees and avid New Braunfels gardeners need not lose hope for colorful yet watersmart gar Garden Ridge residents honor founder BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Garden Ridge honored its first mayor Friday in the park he helped build in the city he helped to incorporate A new wrought iron and masonry sign proclaiming Paul Davis Park was dedi cated by Dee Davis her family and by Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman Davis was not there though He died in 1987 But he still stole the show Friday People who spoke of Davis and the early days of Garden Ridge told stories and they laughed a lot Id barely been here before Id attended a meeting where Paul wanted to organize Garden Ridge said Calvin Mansell It seemed necessary because San Antonio was gobbling up the countryside on the oth er side of us and Schertz was interested in expanding out Paul was unsalaried there was no DAVIS revenue of any kind other than dona tions He was janitor yard man street maintenance whatever needed to be Harold Miller recalled And so developed a unique spirit of volimteerism in Garden Ridge based on the example Davis set Today the mayor is still unpaid A group of us would repair roads on Miller remembered The beatup old white Datsun pickup Davis drove became the de facto city vehicle road department work truck you name it Davis ran the city out of a beatup 30 See GARDEN   

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