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   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 Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 9 can water today before 9 and after 7 For information call 6088925 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 228 42 pages in 4 sections September 17 2000 SUNDAY Sei 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 Ranger football Laron Bybee and the Smithson Valley Rangers took on San Antonio OConnor Saturday Find out how they B Steel the show New Braunfels Sungate Subdivision drew a crowd of folks this week as builders unveiled steel frame home construction A Blue 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 tem peratures in the 80s and 90s to most of the state Moderate temperatures and clear skies should continue today Scattered showers and thunder storms cleared away for a sunny day across South Texas A few light show ers sprinkled Huntsville and Conroe but by midafternoon the only clouds were in Deep South Texas near Brownsville INDEX Week Key code 77 Bag that trash K JESSIE 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 cleanup 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 Kim said Scouts volunteers clean up lower Guadalupe River BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Decked in shirts that read Clean it like you mean Friends for Rivers organizers said the 10th annual Low er Guadalupe River CleanUp was more than an exercise in cleanliness To them it is a way to teach young people to respect the environment Were not trying to focus on the negative Were trying to focus in the positive of dont put it out there to begin outfitter Zero Rivers said More than 900 volunteers and about 18 divers showed up to preen about 20 miles of river from Farmto Market Road 306 atCanyon Lake Dam along River Road to New Braunfels Clear skies and temperatures in the 80s graced the event Although the cleanup crew was about 300 people less than expected bags of trash still filled quickly We get a stronger response when the river is higher Its sort of like the tourist cleanup coordinator David Davenport said Cleanup coordinators take about five months to pull the event togeth er Orchestrating a coordinated clean See JNIbGS 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 waterbased transportation system would include a broad base of public input This past week Jeff Henry founder and CEO of NBGS International sister company of Schlit terbahn Waterpark Resort proposed creating a river walk or Wasser Strasse on the Comal River and a waterbased transportainment 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 citys tube chute at Prince Solms Park We went down and presented a vision of what we thought the citys 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 Henry said We attempted to put together a proposal that would address these issues and deal with the root problems and try to solve the problems so that these issues would take care of themselves as soon as we put this plan into Council members will have to decide whether they want NBGS to develop a business plan for the pro posal 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 Were 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 when we bring the pro posal back to city council we have addressed 100 percent of all the 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 rev enues For now Henry refrains from talking about how to See WASSER HENRY Council sends funding requests back to infrastructure board BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Infrastructure Improve ment Corp will reconsider two previous funding recommendations Monday at the city councils request The improvement corporations board of directors makes recommendations to the council on how to spend a portion of the citys sales tax revenues The money is dedicated to street and drainage projects and other improvement projects The board meets at 7 Monday MEETING WHAT New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation WHEN 7 Monday WHERE Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The council previously asked the board to use some of the sales tax revenues for the citys new public safety communications system The system was the only bond proposition voters approved in the 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 twice as much in the long run to pay for the system with bonds However at its last meeting the board instead recommended that council fund only half of the communications system with 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 cant give them instructions because theyre an independent Mayor Stoney Williams said Were ask ing them to reconsider funding that com munications package maybe partially now and some The council led by Councilman Larry Alexander also had asked the board to use See 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 Apart ments residents Its not that they need the milk bread or other staples so badly that they would die with out them The problem actually is getting from their apartment complex on Laurel Lane across Landa Street to Albertsons You take your life in your own hands walking across that said Marci Morton a threeyear resident of Laurel Plaza Laurel Plaza is a lowincome housing facility for elderly and disabled persons and is operated by the citys housing authority Albertsons opened across the street in 1998 much to the excite ment of Laurel Plaza residents Theres a lot of people that dont have Morton said I have a car but Im not going to drive that short 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 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 Albertsons 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 the See K JESSIE Laurel Plaza Apartments residents Christine Whitehorse Marcie Morton and Anna Williams from left try to cross Landa Street to get to Albertsons   

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