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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers can only water with handheld hoses and buckets between 7 and 10 and 3 and 8 any day of the week Soaker hoses can only be used around foundations NG 149 No 224 16 pages in 2 sections September 13 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents CHRIS Zeiting Don Rux and Brian Foerster left to of TXI keep with this years Business Trade Show theme of San Francisco at the pre view Monday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center Business trade show a gold mine BY BETTY TAYLOR Features Editor The Streets of San Francisco came alive last night at the New Braunfels Civic Center complete with several Alcatraz jails a gold mine and the Golden Gate Bridge Tuesday night marked the sneak preview of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce 12th Annual Busi ness Trade Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center More than 55 businesses took advantage of this years theme The Streets of San to showcase their business in style and to compete in the Best Decorated Booth contest First prize went to Kraft Mobiletel for their The Original Alca traz theme Communication Source whose employees dressed up as construction work ers won second place for their Your Bridge to the Future Golden Gate Bridge theme TXI Hunter Cement earned third place for their Alcatraz theme Other businesses such as New Braunfels Utilities focused on the gold mine aspect of Califor nia The companys booth slo gan was Water The New See TRADE Whos driving the bus Lack of drivers leaves NBISD administrators scratching their heads K JESSIE Joe Searcy has driven New Braunfels Independent School District for five years He said the bus barn has gotten more hectic since a driver drought began Below NBISD transportation director Gary Schlather and dispatcher and field trip coordinator Jo Ann Sonlitner look over bus routes Monday afternoon BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer With less than two hours before children race out of their classrooms and onto the big yellow bus Gary Schlather New Braun fels Independent School Districts director of transportation and safety is on the phone desperately trying to find a replacement for a sick driver Im probably spending at least half of my day making sure we have routes Schlather said Bogged down by a dwindling supply of bus drivers Schlather has seen many of his days turned into a scramble for drivers Often he has to tap his mechanics and him self to cover routes Ive got a very good group of people They are very cooperative and when some thing comes up they are willing to he said They really work well as a NBISD buses shuttle about or one third of the districts students to class and cover half a million miles a year So far this year NBISD is five bus drivers short But today the bus pool is lower than the Comal River and this has been a particularly bad day Its obvious to me that we cant operate like this much Schlather said Nationwide the situation seems similar Mike Martin executive director of the National Association for Pupil Transporta tion and a 25year veteran estimates that in the past decade bus driver shortages have become the most pervasive they have ever The NBISD situation has gotten worse before school began this year the trans portation department lost four people after neighboring Comal Independent School District raised its drivers starting pay to 10 an hour last school year They needed drivers very badly to cov er route Schlather said I heard it has worked But in the process we became very noncompetitive in attracting Schlather has studied the NBISD problem See County to ask state lawmakers for more power BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners could vote Thursday to seek more control over growth in the county On Thursday commissioners will consider ask ing the 77th Texas Legislature to give counties more authority over development Were trying to manage the growth in response to two available natural resources and traffic Pet I Commissioner Jack Dawson said If we allow the growth to go on without management its as plain as the nose on your face were going to be far behind in our road systems and well run out of natural Resolutions to be considered Thurs day would support granting zoning or land use authority to counties letting counties set impact fees making the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District a permanent agency with full author ity creating a multicounty water dis MEETING WHAT Comal County Commissioners Court WHEN Thursday WHERE Commissioners Courtroom third floor 150 N Seguin DAWSON specific items trict to protect the Trinity Aquifer and increasing authority for water dis trict to manage groundwater Commissioners also will consider a number of resolutions approved by Hays County commissioners One supports letting counties next to met ropolitan areas adopt orders to protect water quality Also Thursday commissioners will consider Fees to be charged by county departments An agreement with the Water Ori ented Recreation District for creat ing and maintaining Guadalupe Riv er access at Nichols Landing and A block grant from the Bureau of Justice for with local matching funds of for a total of Hotel tax committee adopts grant criteria BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The hotel occupancy tax committee established a set of more than 20 cri teria Tuesday that will be used to judge applicants for bed tax money The city council established the committee earlier this year to develop a plan for using a portion of the citys tax revenues The money totals about and must be used to enhance the tourism conven tion and hotel industry The committee is accepting appli cations from organizations and indi viduals proposing projects that could promote tourism in New Braunfels The criteria established Monday would be used to evaluate those appli cations during presentations to the committee The criteria which were compiled from suggestions by committee mem bers Paul Fraser and Jim Rice include See Storm soaks city Hwy 46 power out BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The heavens opened Tuesday night and blessed the area with its first significant rain in more than two months New Braunfels had received almost a halfinch of rain by about 9 Tuesday according to the National Weather Service It is said Mark Brundrett meteorologist Its been quite a while a little over two months since we had any signifi cant He said the thunderstorms brought winds of 30 to 40 mph Some small hail also was reported in western Val Verde County Police radio traffic indicated power losses in several areas around town including the area of Loop 337 and Texas 46 Some standing water also was reported Gretchen Reuwer spokesperson for New Braunfels Utility said she did not know how many people were affected or how long the pow er would be out but crews were on See INSIDE Key Code 76 Guadalupe trash toss lures volunteers BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Believe it or not low river levels are good for something clean up The Friends of the River host the 10th annual Lower Guadalupe Riv er CleanUp from 9 to 3 Saturday Lower water helps us get stuff off the bottom of the cleanup coordinator David Davenport said At least volunteers are expected to help clean about 20 miles of river from FarmtoMarket 306 at Canyon Lake Dam along River Road to New Braunfels This year is business as usual but Friends for Rivers is considering limiting registration to youth TO HELP The Lower Guadalupe River CleanUp needs divers on Saturday Divers register at Gruene River Company in Gruene All others will register starting at 9 at Double Rockin1 R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on FM 306 groups such as the Boy Scouts next year Theres a limit to the amount of boats we can use through the out Davenport said All the volunteers start at the same time Thats not a normal occurrence for the outfitters who are also dealing with the regular river Boy Scout participation has increased so rapidly in the past six years that the volunteer pool almost has overflowed Planners look for ward to the troops turning out in droves again this year Regardless Davenport said peo ple should come on down for the effort especially divers Wear comfortable river scouring clothing Sturdy shoes will protect volunteers from the things they need to pluck from the river bed such as glass cans and sharp debris The excursion lasts at least three hours
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