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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Nnv rr T Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers wtth addresses ending in or 2 can water today before 9 and after 7 For information call 6088925 HERALD7RTTUNG Vol 149 No 247 14 pages in 2 sections October 10 2000 TL y since 1852 50 cents Slow steady come welcome rains BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A tropical storm combined with cold air from the north to drop more than three inches of rain and temperatures to record lows this weekend We had tropical system Keith move up from the and the remnants of that has mixed with the colder air coming out of Cana da and that has helped induce the abundant rain weve had in the last three said Pat McDonald a NBGS taps Sohn to lead riverwalk BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Bob Sohn is putting retirement on hold for a project he said has a special feel for him a pro posed riverwalk in New Braun fels NBGS International Inc recent ly appointed Sohn as the riverwalk project director Sohn an inde pendent consulting engineer and project Wasser Meeting Bob Sohn will lead a town meeting on the proposed Wasser Strasse project at Friday at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resorts Rapids Pavilion on Lincoln Street manage riient spe cialist Will oversee the develop ment of the business plan for the proposed riverwalk or Wasser Strasse and Trans portain ment sys tem on the Comal River I am very excited and if I wasnt excit ed I wouldnt be doing Sohn said I dont need to do it Ive got plenty on my mind I enjoy retirement I really do but this thing sort of tweaked my Sohn will lead the first public town meeting on the proposed pro ject at Friday at Schlit terbahn Waterpark Resorts Rapids Pavilion on Lincoln Street NBGS is a sister company to Schlitter bahn NBGS President Jeff Henry recently received approval from the city council to develop a busi ness plan for the proposed Wasser Strasse and Transportainment sys tem Under the proposal an approxi mate twomile landscaped river walk would be built from Landa Street to Garden Street The Transportainment System would be a type of waterride that would at least extend from the Gar den Street exit on the Comal Riv er across Schlitterbahn property and back to Prince Solms Park Tubers on the Comal could either ride the threemile Trans portainment System back to Prince Solms Park or use the Wasser Strasses walkway The Trans portainment System also would link Schlitterbahns two parks by way of Prince Solms Parks Henry presented die proposal as a possible solution to many of the cityfc problems on the Comal River Now that city council has agreed to allow NBGS Interna tional to develop he business plan See National Weather Service fore caster The mixed forces have squeezed out a slow steady rain since Friday morning with some areas of Comal County like Gruene report ing six inches of rain Officials reported the Edwards Aquifer had reached nearly 647 feet by noon on Monday The latest rain has pushed pre cipitation measurements above nor mal daily and monthly totals but it has made only modest improve ments to the amount of rainfall for the year The average yearly rainfall is inches and even with the latest rain this years amount still shows drought marks Were above normal on the dai ly and monthly rainfall but were still almost below normal for die yearly McDonald said The rain has had an effect on Comal Springs which are up 35 cubic feet per second from 180 cfs on Friday to 215 cfs on Monday Now a tropical storm in the east ern Pacific Ocean is pushing warm moisture into the area which will slowly heat temperatures back up by the weekend Previously the lowest recorded high for both days was 65 degrees On Saturday the temperature peaked at 60 degrees and on Sun day it never warmed higher than 46 degrees Mondays high of 47 degrees was 23 degrees lower than the old record of 70 degrees K JESSIE NBU employees work to clear a clogged storm drain on San Antonio Street A combination water was used to clean out the blocked drain which had been flooding the street Time to remember NBHS gathers to celebrate lives of two students K JESSIE Students friends and family gathered Monday night to remember Shelby Famsworth and Fernando Diaz Jr Below photographs of the students will hang in the main hallway of New Braunfels High School BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Rain danced around handheld candles on Monday night at a vigil to remember two students killed in a car accident in front of New Braunfels High School last year Despite dark skies and a 45 degree temperature a group of stu dents friends and family of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz Jr gathered where two crosses built in their memory have been erected The two students were killed on Oct after returning from a school activity in San Antonio With the Mariah Carey song Heartbreaker playing and a stream of sympathizers as steady as the raindrops intermittently wrapped up Farnsworths mother Jeanette Gorski in a hugs Its nice to see all the Gorski said A lot of these faces Ive seen throughout the year Theyre always stopping by after a game or when they think of Shelby and The weather mirrored the somber mood at NBHS earlier on Monday when more than 500 students and faculty attended a memorial service for the pair The rain moved the stu dentinitiated ceremony inside to the NBHS gymnasium 2551 N Loop 337 It was a wonderful tribute and I was really impressed with the way the kids Principal Mike Fitsko said Four students formed a color guard while two cadets chosen by their peers Monica Cisneros a junior and senior Baruch Almonte presented Fitsko with two framed photographs of the students It was a very simple and very straightforward way to remember said Col Jim Reid a Marine Corps ROTC instructor Cisneros held the photograph of Farnsworth her classmate and co drill team member Three books donated by Comal Independent School District librar ians to the NBHS library also were dedicated Each is engraved with memorial messages and pho tographs of Farnsworth and Diaz The photographs and books will be displayed in the library until they are moved into the main building sometime next week Students quietly filed out of the gymnasium as band director Beth Bronk played The kids observed that silent and respectful tone this Reid said A new traffic signal at an inter section of Loop 337 and NBHS will be dedicated at 10 Oct 17 City council votes to postpone action on landfill proposal BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Council postponed action Monday on a proposal to acquire land for a future landfill Councilman Larry Alexan der presented the proposal to purchase about 145 acres with in a halfmile of the landfill the city currently uses He also sug gested that the council postpone the issue until the courcils next meeting allowing all council members to have time to look at the land This is something Ive had on my mind for a long time even before I got on council what are we going to do about our future landfill Alexander said The city previously owned and operated a landfill with Comal County at FM 1101 and Kohlenberg Lane However the landfill sold to Waste Manage ment in the 1980s and the city has a contract to continue using the landfill for the next two years The landfill has a life of eight to 10 years Alexander said However City Manager Mike Shands previously said the land fills life is about five to eight years Alexander learned about the available land near the Comal County Landfill from a realtor who brought it to his attention The land is at Kohlenberg and Schwarzlose roads in Guadalupe County near the current landfill The land would cost an acre The total price for the land would be almost Buying the land would be an investment Alexander said One of the advantages of having it out here is there is already a landfill he said Alexander said he is not sug gesting the city go back into the landfill business Instead he said the city could purchase the land and later sell it or lease it to a land management com pany OTHER ACTION In other action Monday The council post poned final action on a proposed drainage ordi nance and a proposed resolution establishing fees included in the ordi nance Consideration of the ordinance was post poned to allow time to include proposed revi sions to the ordinance and gave first approval to an ordinance banning all new underground stor age tanks over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone set a public hearing for Nov 13 on proposed increases to the maximum water and wastewater impact fees charged by NBU However Councilman Robert Kendrick said it seemed more appropriate to instead work on renegotiating the citys contract with Waste Management He also suggested that the realtor selling the land approach Waste Management instead of the city Also Kendrick said the city might consider not using a land fill anymore Technological advances have made it possi ble to do that he said See INSIDE Key Code 76 Prevention best way to fight fires at home Firefighters offer tips for Fire Prevention Week Oct 814 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Cooking fires clothes dryer fires and electrical fires area firefighters have been called out for all of them in the past week This past weekend a San Antonio family of four was treat ed for carbon monoxide poison ing caused by a faulty heating system turned on for the first time this season in the weekends cold rainy weather New Braunfels and Comal County firefighters have a busy week actually a busy month scheduled in area schools aimed at making people more cognizant of safety issues in their homes and teaching children about fire safety and fire prevention We have an active program going on this week Oct 814 being Fire Prevention New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said Well be doing puppet shows demonstra tions tours through the fire sta tions and lectures for students By the end of the month we had to schedule throughout the month to fit everybody in well see from to students in 15 area schools Also planned for grades are a build a fire truck contest where children can build a fire engine out of a shoebox For grades and 5 an essa1 contest is offered A pair of winners from each category and each school will be announced on Oct 19 The topic of the essay contest Friesenhahn said is The Great where children describe how to get out of their home in an emergency Parents should work with their children to make sure they know how to get out of their homes in an emergency Friesenhahn stress es Obviously you need to have an escape plan you need to teach it to the children and you need to practice exit Friesenhahn said You need at east two ways out of a bedroom usually that includes a window Teach your children how to get up and out of bed if the smoke alarm is going off Dont stand crawl out If the door is closed feel the back of it with your hand If its hot use the secondary Friesenhahn said that if any of See   

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