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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALD7FJTUNG Vol 149 No 222 32 pages in 4 sections September 10 2000 e 1852 INSIDE Go Texan Watching their carefully tended plants wilt shrivel and die has discouraged many an avid New Braunfels gardener as temperatures Witting solo Frank Witting formerly of Witting Miller Insurance has gone solo and will specialize in health related OA Trade show This is a big week for business in New Braunfels when the Chamber of Commerce con ducts its 12th Business Trade Clouds bring little rainfall BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Clouds blanketed much of the state Saturday but only coastal areas and east ern parts of the state received any rain Thick clouds crept over North Texas keeping temperatures moderate Mean while parts of eastern Texas saw some early morning showers But Houston and Beaumont received showers throughout the day Scattered showers were expected to continue along the coast overnight It was partly cloudy over deep South Texas and the Panhandle and far West Texas INDEX Week Key code 77 Great Strides CMRIS PACE HeraldZeitung Lindsey Gate of San Marcos cools off under a waterfall below the Blasten Hauf Tower at Schlitterbahn Saturday during the Great Strides Walk Water park 10 unveil ideas FROM STAFF REPORTS The parent company of Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort will show city council two ideas about river development on Monday night NBGS International Inc will make a presentation about transportainment and a possible river walk at the city council meeting to be held at 424 S Castell Ave at Mayor Stoney Williams said the council and NBGS were waiting until the meeting before talking about the proposals Its a Williams said But basically its Watering restrictions Local plant businesses struggle to cope with new watering rules about the future plans of Schlitterbahn and NBGS Weve been working together on some things like future plans of the Schlitterbahn representative Sherrie Brammall said the company wanted to wait for the meeting before commenting because we want everyone to be able to hear it at Brammall also said the presentation did not involve the land next to the citys tube chute that Schlitterbahn purchased last August I wouldnt say that it presentation is related to that Brammal said See RIVER Drainage ordinance hearing set BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council will hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed drainage ordinance The ordinance proposes to make the citys drainage system CHRIS Leonardo Escobar a worker at Maldonado Nursery Landscape off Zip Road in New Braunfels waters Saturday afternoon The nursery operates a pump system and recycles its water back into a tank located on the property which means Maldonados is not affected by the 14day ban on watering BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The drought doing a number on lawns plants and everything living could become a doublewhammy for nurseries trying to keep their crops alive At Schumachers Hill Country Gar dens owner Chip Schumacher has spent several sweatsoaked days trying to help his typically rugged inventory of potted plants make it through a bru tal summer If 1 dont run my sprinklers tonight everything 1 have will be Schu macher said Nursery owners like Schumacher have to keep up with thousands of pages of aquifer regulations and many rely on each other to understand when restrictions apply to them and what they mean When the Comal Springs flow dropped below 150 cubic feet per sec ond last week the Edwards Aquifer pulled another switch in their water conservation plan a 14day ban that prohibits the use of Edwards Aquifer water with any type of sprinkler sys tem The ban applies to residential and commercial landscapes and includes soaker hoses Theres a lot of talk between nurs eries about how to deal with the Schumacher said A lot of commercial nurseries dont have the option of hand watering If you sit on 40 acres to expect them to hand water would not be New Braunfels residents and busi nesses have to comply with the latest Edwards Aquifer restriction because some city water comes from the under ground water source Schumacher plants are spread out over acres and he relies on sprin kler systems to water some of his plants He estimates that just three days without water would kill about 80 percent of his inventory We already have thousands of dead he said We just had to let some of them go He already spends up to 15 hours a day trying to keep up with his thirsty charges and lately he and his crew have been working feverishly to install three rainwater containment tanks This is what were having to do to keep things Schumacher said Closer to town on a acre nurs ery Weston Pacharzina and his staff at Plant Hans Nurseries Inc are not both ered by the latest restrictions because they always handwater or drip irri gate their plants 1 have to pay for the said Pacharzina whose water bill last month was more than Why See Comal Democrats open headquarters BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer The grand opening of the Comal County Democratic Party head quarters had the familiar reel of a Texas barbecue Plates of meat drowned in sauce piled high with beans and potato salad stood their ground for three hours against zealous plastic forks at the groups home base at 1254 Water Lane With the Comal County jail serving as a backdrop to the fes tivities party faithful watched as a stream of speakers dropped short spirited speeches aimed at rousing the troops Were going to make a twoparty system out of this master of ceremonies Hal Caskey yelled As they work to regain ground that has slipped away in the past few years the Comal group plans to block walk and mail newsletters with party information This is really a Democratic stronghold and most people feel comfortable coming said Nacho Campos the chairman of the Comal County Democrats about the party headquarters loca tion The idea that the Democrat ic Party is dead in Texas brings the group closer together head quarters office manager Carole Sutton said Its a pretty much a family because members know we dont want them because they have Sutton said The family pulled in tight this year Precinct 3 County Commis sioner Cristina Zamora and her family donated office space and a Democratic precinct chair lives one block away WHATS UP WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Regular meeting WHEN Monday WHERE Council chambers municipal building 424 S Castell Ave WHY To conduct a public hearing in consideration of adopt ing a proposed drainage ordinance a public utility and impose two fees to support it The council meets at Monday at the New Braun fels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Council also will consider giving the ordi nance its initial approval The ordinance must be approved three times before it becomes law The citys drainage advisory committee spent more than a year developing the proposed ordi nance The proposed ordinance states that its pur pose is to Provide for the expenditure of public mon ey for designing engineering building and maintaining flood control and storm drainage and flood protection projects and cleaning sediment out of storm drains streets sidewalks and water courses Distribute the burden of constructing drainage improvements fairly and equitably throughout the city of New Braunfels and Establish a means through which the devel opment community can participate in improving the drainage ways to reduce the adverse The ordinance also states that those who devel op their properties are responsible for all drainage created by the development as well as drainage flowing through the property because of topog raphy It also requires that those who develop their property manage storm drainage provide flood protection and prevent erosion and sediment problems through onsite or offsite drainage improvements A drainage and erosion control design manu al the city developed will describe the technical See K JESSIE Former senator and ambassador Robert Krueger checks in and shakes hands at the Democratic headquarters opening   

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