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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung September 17, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Air Quality Health Alert Day ■ Reduce emissions by carpooling and avoiding unnecessary driving today. Mi New fBsiAUNFELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 can water today before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. For information, call 608-8925 AHerald-Zeitung —jVol. 149, No. 228    42    pages    in    4    sections    September    17,    2000 Sunday- $1.00 Inside ► Transplant games These athletes are winning the greatest race of all, thanks to organ transplant donors whose gifts are more valuable than any gold medal in the world./! C ► Ranger football Laron Bybee and the Smithson Valley Rangers took on San Antonio O’Connor Saturday. Find out how they did./! B ► Steel the show BP New Braunfels’ Sungate Subdivision drew a crowd of folks this week as builders unveiled steel frame home construction./9 ABlue skies, cool temperatures By The Associated Press A high pressure system pushed the remnants of a weak cold front to the southernmost portions of Texas on Saturday, bringing sunshine and temperatures in the 80s and 90s to most of the state. Moderate temperatures and clear skies should continue today. Scattered showers and thunderstorms cleared away for a sunny day across South Texas. A few light showers sprinkled Huntsville and Conroe, but by mid-afternoon the only clouds were in Deep South Texas near Brownsville.Index Abby...................... ......................2C Business.............. ..................8-9A Classified............... .................MOD Stammtisch........... ......................3C Forum..................... .......................6A Local/Metro............ .......................4A Obituaries............ ...................3A Sports.................. .................1-4B Today..................... ......................2A Television............... ............TV Week www.herald-zeitung.com Key code 77 I I ■ r* -I ■MHIMi Bag that trash K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Above: Boy Scout Troops 133 and 163 bring in bed springs, a shopping cart, bottles, cans and other trash Saturday afternoon after canoeing down the Guadalupe. Rockin’ R donated shuttle services and rafts for the clean-up effort. Below: Kim, Samantha and Amanda Maikoetter (from left) were out on the Guadalupe Saturday morning picking up trash. “We live here and love to float on the river,” Kim said. Scouts, volunteers clean up lower Guadalupe River By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Decked in shirts that read, “Clean it like you mean it,” Friends for Rivers organizers said the 10th annual Low er Guadalupe River Clean-Up was more than an exercise in cleanliness. To them, it is a way to teach young people to respect the environment. “We’re not trying to focus on the negative. We’re trying to focus in the positive of don't put it out there to begin with,” outfitter Zero Rivers said. More than 900 volunteers and about 18 divers showed up to preen about 20 miles of river from Farm-to-Market Road 306 at Canyon Lake Dam along River Road to New Braunfels. Clear skies and temperatures in the 80s graced the event. Although the clean-up crew was about 300 people less than expected, bags of trash still filled quickly. “We get a stronger response when the river is higher. It's sort of like the tourist season,” clean-up coordinator David Davenport said. Clean-up coordinators take about five months to pull the event together. Orchestrating a coordinated clean- See TRASH/5A NEUS chief seeks input for Wasser Strasse plan Sources: Funding options varied for riverwalk project By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A proposal for a New Braunfels riverwalk and water-based transportation system would include a broad base of public input. This past week, Jeff Henry, founder and CEO of NBGS International Inc., sister company of Schlit-terbahn Waterpark Resort, proposed creating a riverwalk, or Wasser Strasse, on the Comal River and a water-based “transportalnment” system. The riverwalk would stretch two miles, from Landa Street to Garden Street across city parkland, Schlit-terbahn and Wurstfest land. Trans-portainment would move tubers on the Comal from the river exits back to their cars or the city’s tube chute at Prince Solms Park. HUH “We went down and presented a ii fB v,s>on of what we thought the city’s pmrv    master plan called for and what we thought were issues that were difficult issues for our city — traffic congestion, trash, litter and behavior on the river.” Henry said. “We attempted to put together a proposal that would address these issues and deal w ith the root problems and try to solve the problems sn that these issues would take care of themselves as soon as we put this plan into implementation.” Council members w ill have to decide whether they want NBGS to develop a business plan for the proposal. If the council approves the development, Henry said his company would gather input from federal and state agencies, city officials, clubs and associations and “citizens off the street.” “We’re going to have public forums where we can go out and try to obtain information to try to determine what the concerns are so that w hen we bring the proposal back to city council, we have addressed IOO percent of all the issues,” Henry said. The business plan would include such information as where funding would come from and what kind of revenues the project would generate. It also would include suggestions about how to distribute those revenues. For now. I fern y refrains from talking about how to See WASSER STRASSEL Council sends funding requests back to infrastructure board By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New' Braunfels’ Infrastructure Improvement Corp. will reconsider two previous funding recommendations Monday at the city council’s request. The improvement corporation's board of directors makes recommendations to the council on how to spend a portion of the city’s fcales tax revenues. The money is dedicated to street and drainage projects and other improvement projects. The board meets at 7 p.m. Monday. Meeting NI kl ■ WHAT: New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation ■ WHEN: 7 pm Monday ■ WHERE: Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. The council previously asked the board to use some of the sales tax revenues for the city’s new public safety communications system. The $700,(XX) system was the only bond proposition voters approved in the $32.7 million May bond election. However, council decided issuing bonds for just that amount of money did not make sense. City staff said it would cost tw ice as much in the long run to pay for the system w ith bonds. However, at its last meeting the board instead recommended that council fund only half of the communications system w ith the sales tax money for improvement projects. The council, in turn, voted to send the funding request for the communications system back to the board. “We really can’t give them instructions because they’re an independent board,” Mayor Stoney Williams said. “We’re asking them to reconsider funding that communications package, maybe partially now and some later.” The council, led by Councilman Larry Alexander, also had asked the board to use See FUNDING/5A Residents call for Landa crosswalk Laurel Plaza residents face traffic hazards getting to store By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A trip to the grocery store could mean the difference between life and death for Laurel Plaza Apartments residents. It’s not that they need the milk, bread or other staples so badly that they would die without them. The problem actually is getting from their apartment complex on Laurel Lane across Landa Street to Albertson’s. “You take your life in your own hands walking across that street,” said Marci Morton, a three-year resident of Laurel Plaza. Laurel Plaza is a low-income housing facility for elderly and disabled persons and is operated by the city’s housing authority. Albertson’s opened across the street in 1998, much to the excitement of Laurel Plaza residents. “There’s a lot of people that don’t have cars,” Morton said. “I have a car, but I’m not going to drive that short distance.” Laurel Plaza residents are pro vided one free trip each week on a transportation system. However, they have to call a day in advance to arrange a ride, Morton said. Any additional rides cost $4 each way. That leaves many residents — some that are shaky on their feet or use scooters and canes to get around — to walk across Landa Street to Albertson’s. The problem is, however, that no crosswalk exists where the residents are crossing. They also have to walk or drive their scooters on the road to theSee CROSSWALK/4A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Laurel Plaza Apartments residents Christine Whitehorse, Marcie Morton and Anna Williams (from left) try to cross Landa Street to get to Albertson’s. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: September 17, 2000

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