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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW B Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 9 can water today before 9 and after 7 For information call 6088925 HERALDZb 11 Vol 149 No 234 42 pages in 4 sections September 24 2000 Or Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Sfl going strong After 20 years of competing in more than 12 Ironman triathlons two duathlons five world champi onships and six Olympic Games New Braunfels native Joanita Reed 73 prepares for B Plan support Region officials express opti mism about a draft plan expected to meet this areas water Far heritage With horse racing buggy park ing and cushion vendors regu lated to images on pamphlets stuffed into boxes fair organiz ers cling to living C Cold front here temps dropping Most Texans dont need to look at the calendar this weekend to see that autumn has arrived A cold front has accompanied the first day of fall into the state dropping temperatures as much as 50 degrees in some areas The Panhandle was the first part of the state to be greeted with cooler tem peratures Saturday as the high in Amarillo fell to a chilly 55 degrees in the afternoon Central and South Texans can expect to see temperatures drop 10 to 15 degrees Sunday evening The front also brings a 50 percent chance of rain for much of the state INDEX Week Key code 77 Houston boy presumed drowned BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Tragedy struck a Houston family on an outing at Canyon Lake late Satur day morning apparently claiming the life of a 14yearold boy If confirmed this will be the fourth drowning in Canyon Lake this season Comal County Sheriffs Corpo ral Clay Garland said the family was on a pontoon boat out in the lake and the boy was swimming in an area approximately 100 feet deep An emergency 911 call report ing the incident was received at but according to one witness the boy already had been under the water about half an hour by then Another deputy said wind gusts were running 25 mph blowing up whitecapped foot high waves James Stovall a diving instruc tor with the Trident Diving School of San Antonio was conducting an open water diving class on shore when the incident occurred They were waving and scream ing All we knew was they needed Stovall and another instructor swam to the boat It was pretty the vet eran diver explained The boy See RON Capt Hank Shear Canyon Lake scene commander plans search effort Saturday with rescue divers Water plan feedback Proposal outlining supply measures up for comment K JESSIE Richard De La Cerda cleans the troughs at the New Braunfels Water Treatment Plant Water is initially pumped in from the Guadalupe River gravity does the rest of the work into an alum and air mixing tank After a detention period it is sent to the large troughdivided clarifier tank to mix with sludge The plant processes up to eight million gallons of water a day BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer After two years in the making the justcompleted draft of the South Central Texas Regional Water Plan ning Groups 50year regional water plan for the region goes to public hearings this week in San Antonio Uvalde and Victoria Complete drafts of the plan are available For a detailed summary see the special 8 page section inserted in this issue of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung in the Comal County Clerks Office and the reference section of the New Braunfels Public Library 700 E Common St An old joke about water often attributed to reporter author and humorist Mark Twain is sounding less and less funny as the years go on and water gets more and more scarce in a growing Texas It goes Whiskey is for drinking water is for fighting In Texas folks were fighting over water when it was relatively cheap The new plan called the Region L See OA RON Pet 2 commissioner Jay Millikin displays the three binders that hold the proposed regional water plan up for public hearings this week WATER PLAN HEARINGS WHO South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group WHAT Public hearings to hear comments on the proposed Regional Water Plan 7 Wednesday in the Laurie Auditorium Trinity University 715 Stadium Drive San Antonio 7 Tuesday in the Sgt Willie DeLeon Civic Center 300 E Main Uvalde 7 Monday in the Victoria Community Center Annex 2905 E North Victoria Deadline for written public response of the Initially Prepared Regional Water Plan is Oct 6 Parkland designation worries Wurstfest BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A proposal to designate as parkland cityowned property leased by two local organizations worries the Wurstfest Association Councilwoman Debbie Flume placed an item on Mondays council meeting agenda to discuss and consider designating city owned properties including the Wurstfest Grounds and the Comal County Fair Grounds as city park If the areas were approved as parkland state law would prevent the city from disposing of the land whether by selling it or trading it unless the voters approve The future of those properties will remain in the hands of the citi Flume said If the city ever decided to sell the property it would have to be put to a vote of the Wurstfest 2000 President David Lamon and Comal County Fair Association Vice President Arlon Hermes said Flume did not tell them about the proposal before she put it on Mondays agenda The council meets at Monday in the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave We were somewhat surprised by Lamon I am having a hard time understanding why she wants to do it and why Hermes said it was too early to respond to the pro posal We just dont know what the proposal means at this he said Wurstfests lease on city property next door to Lan da Park does not expire for another 30 years Lamon said The fair associations lease on the land it uses expires in 2036 Hermes said The proposed park land that would include the area Wurstfest leases spans from Landa Park Drive between the Comal River and Elizabeth Avenue to the former T Railroad across the Comal River and then to the property line between the Lower Colorado Riv er Authoritys land and the land leased by The boundaries include the leased Wurstfest some parks department buildings and the Circle Arts Theatre The theatre also leases its building from the city The Guadalupe River German Creek North East See MEETING WHO New Braunfels City Council WHAT Regular meeting WHEN Monday WHERE Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Rodeo royalty K JESSIE SLATEN HeraldZeitung The Comal County Fairs Rodeo queen and her court left to right Kristen Williams Kristin Koepp Kristin Barker and Amanda Owens Barker was named Rodeo Queen 200001 City mulls riverwalks next step BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council will deter mine Monday wheher a proposed New Braunfels river walk will move to the next stage Council meets at in the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The council will consider a request from NBGS International to develop a busi ness plan for a proposed Wasser Strasse or river walk and a waterbased transportation system along the Comal River More on Mondays city council meet NBGS is a sister company to Schlitterbahn Wate rp ar k Resort NBGS founder and CEO Jeff Henry presented the proposed river walk and Transportain ment System to council two weeks ago The proposal to develop a business plan has gained the support of several council members See
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