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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today with a sprinkler Use of a handheld hose buck et drip Irrigation system or soaker hose Is allowed on any day af any hour HERALD7 NG Vol 149 No 232 18 pages in 2 sections September 22 2000 County plans stricter platting rules Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County might make developers build in advance water and sewage sys tems that would serve a full buildout of their projects as a condition of plat approval The move if it comes is an attempt to make sure all infrastructure is in place before a major subdivision is built That would help the county make sure that resources and facilities are available for a buildout It also would add considerable expense for a developer early in the life of a pro ject even before the permits are in place to build it Two developers approached Thursday declined to comment on the initiative Currently developers here and else where post construction bonds for subdi vision roads to guarantee they are built to standards Those bonds are released once the completed roadways have been inspected County Engineer Tom Hornseth told commissioners court Thursday about a variety of waterrelated issues His comments came a week before the court will consider new subdivision rules that could force developers to take into account water availability Also to be con sidered will be the effects new wells could have on existing wells near a proposed subdivision Hornseth said Pet 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson asked him to look into requiring that a water plant and waste water treatment plant and maybe the mains or pipelines that connect them to homes be built prior to plat approval See Signs of change The Hummel Museum sign comes down and the New Braunfels Museum of Art sign goes up Thursday NBMA celebrates its opening with a reception at 7 today at 199 Main Plaza Ropin em in K JESSIE Students at Lone Star Elementary received a little rodeo education Thursday afternoon thanks to a Craft Distributors sponsored REACH program Donna Battles introduced the rules regulations and challenges of the different rodeo events to students in her Rodeo Education and Children program Students and principal Curtis Wubbena were called up to the stage to rope and ride makeshift animals before being introduced to the phrases cowboy up and choose your own 4A or 4B Director asks why not both Waterwise growth panel meets today BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The Comal Countysponsored committee that will examine waterrelated growth issues con ducts its first meeting today The 13member Waterwise Growth Study Committee meets at in the former Comal County tax office on the first floor of the County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin Ave Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said the committee today would organize itself establish its MEETING WHAT Waterwise Growth Study Committee today WHERE First floor for mer tax office Comal County Courthouse Annex 150N Seguin Ave goals and plan for meetings Its more or less an organiza tional meeting which will outline the mission and goals of the com mittee and decide where Comal County will go in the Scheel said The judge said that the meeting was open to the public although the public probably would not have opportunity to comment Public feedback will be taken at future meetings Scheel said Commissioners named 13 members to the new committee early this month charging it to study the effects of the growth on infrastructure environment and water supply including the Trini ty and Glen Rose aquifers The committee and its work grew out of a controversial nine month county moratorium on highdensity home construction on lots smaller than one acre The commissioners court imposed the moratorium in August The action was taken to give the county time to study growth and waterrelated issues and come up with a program for addressing them See EDCs Miller eyes infrastructure board seat BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer One member of the citys economic development corporation hopes to buy himself an insurance policy during Mondays city council meeting Monroe Miller has been a member of the economic development corpo ration board of directors for more than a year He wants to ensure that he continues to have a role in the citys economic development even if the citys separate economic development tax is elimi nated in Novembers citywide elec tion If the separate tax is eliminated it will be rededicated to the citys infrastruc ture and improvement corporation Miller has applied to be a member of that groups board of directors I guess Im doing it as an insur ance Miller said Council will consider Monday appointments to fill the positions of three infrastructure and improvement corporation board members whose twoyear terms expire in October Those members Bill Mayo Karen McDonell and David Stinchcomb have applied for reappointment Two other people who are not on the board have applied along with Miller They are Harvey Hueter and Linda Murphy Council also will consider two appointments to the economic devel opment corporation to fill expired terms Millers seat is not of them The city council has set aNov 7 citywide election to consider changing the way the city conducts economic development New Braunfels collects a total percent sales tax BOARD APPOINTMENTS New Braunfels City Council is scheduled to consider Monday the appointment of three members of the infra structure improvement corpo ration board also called the 4B Applicants for the positions are Mayo McDonnell Stinchcomb Monroe Miller Harvey Heuter Linda Murphy a member of the board whose term is expiring Council is scheduled to meet at Monday in council chambers in the municipal building 424 S Castell Ave One eighth of 1 percent of that is dedicated strictly to economic devel opment and is administered by the economic development corporation board of directors The board also is called the 4A board in reference to the law that allowed its creation The citys infrastructure improve ment corporation oversees another total onequarter of 1 percent sales tax That board is sometimes called the 4B board also in reference to its enabling legislation Half of the money in that fund goes to streets and drainage improvements and half is for other capital improve ments The November ballot asks voters to eliminate the separate economic devel opment sales tax and make it part of the 4B tax See 4A OR EAA lifts sprinkler ban SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG The Edwards Aquifer Authority lifted restrictions on the use of sprin klers across the region The twoweek restriction was put into effect on Friday Sept 8 because flow at Comal Springs declined below 150 cubic feet per second the level set by the Fish Wildlife Service at which endan gered species in the springs are at risk The flow was most recently recorded at 177 cfs Gregory M Ellis EAA general manager said the region cooper ated with the sprinkler restriction and that combined with the cooler weather and the rain allowed the springs to recover The authority was able to achieve its goals and can now lift the restric Stage II restrictions are still in effect for Bexar County and por tions of Comal Hays Caldwell and Guadalupe counties within the authoritys jurisdiction People residing in these counties should look to their water supplier for specific restrictions For New Braunfels Utility restric tions see the box in the upper right corner of this page People serviced by a water supplier are not subject to the EAA restrictions INSIDE Key Code 76 Games celebrate life after transplants BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels might never have seen so many people so happy to be walking running and golfing as this weekend More than 80 people from around Texas including Dallas Houston Tyler and Lareiio will be in town this weekend for the 2000 Lone Star Transplant Games The games begin today with a 9 golf tournament at Landa Park Some of the events including the gold tournament are open to everyone Others are restricted to those who have received an organ transplant The Transplant Games its a celebration of life and also to call awareness to organ donation and the gift of said Marilyn Garcia program director of the National Kidney Foundation of South and Central Texas Those participating this week end are not just kidney recipients People who have received hearts lungs bone marrow and other organs also are participating This is the events second year in New Braunfels It was a much smaller event last Garcia said This year its really Last years was so much fun that those people went out and told every body and theres a lot more peo ple SeeGAMESflA
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