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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD NG Vol 149 No 227 18 pages in 2 sections September 16 2000 SATURDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents K JESSIE John and Edna Paris helped the county recover worth of outstanding warrants by typing letters to offenders NB couple fights crime one stamp at a time BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer If you owe fines to Comal County you can expect to hear from John and Edna Paris These two dedicated crime fighters are no Starsky and Hutch and they dont need a fancy red car to catch their man Just give them some stationery and a few stamps Since March the Parises have recovered in fines and other monies owed the county They started doing the work after Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder spoke at a Noon Parises recall Nixon most never OA Lions Club meeting making an offer John and Edna did not see fit to reftise The sheriff said if any seniors had any time he could use the Edna said We went down and they put us to work They say they love the work in the sheriffs office I told Sheriff Holder he was making us feel Edna said Its a lot of John said We do quite a bit of work John and Edna go in for a couple hours at a time or more if need be as many days a week as Holder needs the help We go down when they say they have a big Edna said Whatever day it John said Edna is a retired vice president of a California savings and loan John is a retired veterinary researcher And a little more than a week ago Comal County Commissioners honored the Parises for giving to the sheriffs office a generator they had bought in preparation for Y2K John said giving the generator to the sher iff seemed like a natural valuable thing to do See OA Sprinkler ban mistake RESTRICTIONS New watering days are as fol lows Addresses ending in or 2 Tuesdays and Saturdays 3 or 4 Wednesdays and Saturdays 5 Wednesdays and Sundays or 9 Thursdays and Sundays Sprinkling may be done before 9 or after 7 Use of a hand held hose bucket drip irrigation system or soaker hose is allowed on any day at any hour Chairmans backflip draws hot opposition BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority was at the center of a torrent of controversy and criticism Friday after calling a ban on lawn sprinkling a mis New Braunfels Utilities lifted the weeklong sprinkler ban in Comal Coun ty as many questioned the credibility of the board charged with protecting the primary water source for about 2 million South Texans Amidst charges that EAA chair Michael Beldon caved in to political pressure from San Antonio the specter also looms of another legal battle royale over the future of the fountain darter in Comal Springs The chairman represents Bexar Coun ty on the EAA board District 4 Beldon addressed San Antonio City Council at its meeting Thursday and backed away from the 14day ban on lawn sprinkling imposed a week ago Beldon said he thought ordering the ban when the flow at Comal Springs fell to just under 150 cubic feet per second had been a See INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Get Reckless Kelly that is this weekend Find out where inside Diez y Seis celebration K JESSIE Students in Fani Schmidts prekindergarten class at Goodwin Primary celebrated Diez y Seis with Mexican food and traditions Friday including papel cortado cut paper chains and a pifiata NBISD razing old building Thursday BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer As long as Murphys Law does not choke progress a nearly 70yearold New Braunfels Independent School District building will swim with the fish after Thursday Crews began removing asbestos and lead paint from the districts mainte nance building at 659 S Guenther three days ago and a truckhoe will help scrape away the rest of the struc ture on Thursday They will literally pick it up dump it in dumpsters and haul it con struction coordinator Daryl Stoker said For the building to hit ground will take just a few As an environmental precaution the district must remove asbestos and lead before doing anything to the old building The building workers are picking This is only one piece of many They will literally pick it Pieces that wen be Putting together UD dumr it in dumvsters overthenextfiveyears Stokersaid up dump n in aumpsiers The deconstruction job will take and haul it away For the place 20o to 250 feet away from the building to hit ground will take just a few Daryl Stoker construction coordinator nearest classrooms There is no danger It is not going to affect the he said Owens said he believed the new building would be ready for movein by midsummer Were hoping that it will be ready sooner but this is Owens said A temporary office trailer has been set up in the interim Both the central kitchen and sup clean dates back to the 1930s and was the athletic departments field house Its deteriorated significantly over the maintenance director David Owens said Razing the rotting building is among the first of the big projects port service personnel are very excit voters approved a million bond ed about the new Stoker said Im very NBISD trustees will receive con struction bids by Sept 26 and announce the contractor at an Oct 17 for in 1999 Its replacement will bring the main tenance department offices a ware house and a central kitchen together into a facility board meeting Counties leverage for more power Comal officials plan to lobby Texas legislature BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County will throw its lot in with a number of other counties as well as make individual efforts to lobby state legislators for more authority to regulate growth and natural resources Commissioners considered Thursday a number of resolutions intended to help counties manage growth particularly issues relating to water and underground aquifers A number of county residents many whom attended a Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District meeting in Smithson Valley Wednesday night expressed con servation concerns Prior to the water district meeting Wednesday River Crossing subdivision on 281 withdrew its application to drill a 10inch well to irri gate the golf course Irrigation of the four completed holes at that course has been a controversial issue this summer in parched western Comal County Even still more than 100 people showed up for that meeting Pet 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin said Many of the concerns expressed in that meeting spilled over into Thursdays commissioners court meeting Peoples first impression is How can commis sioners continue to allow growth the way it Mil likin said My response is if you give us the authority chances are it wont happen Right now we dont have the authority until we can get new subdivision Millikin said he hoped that rules tying groundwater availability to subdivision approval would be approved in the coming weeks The resolutions considered Thursday tie into getting counties the authority Millikin speaks of We heard comments on the proposed Pet 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson said Then we got into the resolutions It was a very good discussion They were very Initiatives discussed Thursday would support granting zoning or land use authority to counties See MILLIKIN INSIDE Key Code 76 Coming Sunday IHPjansplant recipients celebrate their m new lease on life in the lone Star Jg Transplant Games scheduled to take place in New Braunfels next John Knox Ranch a Texas paradise BY DANA JONES HeraldZeitung Correspondent Fields of grasslands streams shaded by 32 varieties of trees and a clear deep blue swimming hole feeding Carpers Creek caged and bound by 30foottall limestone cliffs The deer are loping the frogs are jumping and by the end of summer the Blanco River will have heard laughter from more than children and 50 staff employees Owned for 70 years by the Myers family the sprawling 300acre John Knox Presbyterian Ranch complex was purchased 37 years ago by Presbyter ian Church USA Operated by Mission Presbytery Outdoor Ministries their mission is to provide unique programs and settings in a deliberately Christian community Simple and close to nature the mission statement says Its grown dramatically in the last six to seven Chris Holmes environmental director said He came to the Ranch three years ago and See Photo Submitted Visitors to the John Knox Ranch will find many different ways to relax and enjoy time in the Texas Hill Country
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