Friday, July 20, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY July 2001 pages in Z sections HERALDZEITUNG 215 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Friends plan lawsuit after groups strike deal BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer A group of Canyon Lake residents is trying to raise for a possible legal battle with two state agen cies involved with plans to draw more water out of Canyon The Friends of Canyon Lake member Bob Wickman said he believed the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commission are potential targets for a The group has set a December deadline for raising the mon The Friends filed a motion with the TNRCC in May to oppose the river authoritys efforts to amend its state per mit to draw acrefeet County considers warning system BY RON MALONEY I Staff Writer Comal County and New Braunfels residents could get better advance notice in a future disaster such as the October 1998 flood under a proposal being studied by county County Emergency Man agement Coordinator Carol Edgett on Thursday brought commissioners a proposal for an automated emergency alert system she said could save lives in a The computerized system is a lot like a 911 system in Instead of someone calling authorities to ask for officials can use the system to proactively call someone and warn them of some impend ing Using a telephone database and mapping emer gency management can select a neighborhood or prepare a mes sage to be delivered to it by telephone and enter it into an automatic dialing for if a 500 year flooding event Edgett or another official such as a sheriffs office dis patcher could consult the database and quickly select whom to warn using a com puter If the Operator drew a circle around a particular lowlying the system would dial up all the num bers in the neighborhood and deliver a recorded warning or other It would take about two minutes to program the sys and another 10 minutes See City eyes exmanager for interim position BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Former New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo might step back into his for mer job on an interim New Braunfels City Coun cil plans to interview Tamayo to serve temporari ly once Mike the current city man a g e r During two closed meetings SHANDS on council voted unanimously to allow Shands to retire at the end of Council met in closed ses sion before an annexation public After the council went back into closed session for about 15 City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi During the second closed council discussed interview ing Shands offered to stay on at least through to allow the city council time to hire a But coun cil citing concerns of effective decided to let him retire at the end of the They voted to keep Shands as a consultant for 90 Tamayo has a long history with the city He served as city manager directly before Shands and retired from that position in Before he served as assistant city manager See Castaways CHRIS Retired New Braunfels High School athletics director Tim Kingsbury gives Randy Clasen a few fly fishing pointers Thursday outside Gruene from the lake and increase it to The permit amendment request is part of a 50year water plan for the Canyon Lake is a key com ponent in the South Central Texas Regional Water Plan ning or Region plan for future water The Texas Water Develop ment Board approved the plan on The Friends of Canyon Lake opposed the request because members believe the additional draw from the lake would harm lake property values and recre ational use of the The Friends sought an independent economic impact study conducted on the area surrounding the GBRA said it would sup port the study if the Friends would drop its motion to GBRA is working with Comal County to establish a lake advisory committee to pursue the independent But the recent agreement between GBRA and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited has led the Friends to pursue legal action once Under the the trout group will get sufficient stream flows from Canyon Lake when its level is 909 feet above mean sea Daily releases from the lake will be made during May through September with release levels up to twice the federal requirements of 90 to See Sifting through ashes SCOTT to the HeraldZeitung Firemen and investigators wrap up another day of clearing debris from the oldest True Value store in Seguin fire fighters were still pouring water into the historical building on Austin Street as late as Thursday Investigators find asbestos in ruins JESSIE Crane operator Dewayne Davis carefully lowers the 220foot boom through the down in front of the burnedout Vivroux True Value Hardware store in BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer found in the rubble of a Seguin landmark has slowed investigators work ing to determine what caused the fire that destroyed Vivroux Chief Investigator Dennis Richter of the State Fire Mar shals office said workers sifting through the debris in the burned twostory brick building Thurs day morning found Asbestos has been linked to lung It is common in old The Vivroux Hard ware building was constructed in the 100 block of South Austin Street in The store has been located on the site for 132 years in two different Richter said as soon as the asbestos was work stopped on the investigation while hazardous materials experts assessed the Its an old and a lot of stuff back years ago was made with We found some in the and it causes us See Construction slow going on 135 bridge BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Construction officials report the first of the new Interstate 35 bridges over the Gnadalupe River could be open Texas Department of Transportation officials report the bridge will carry one lane of northbound frontage road traffic across the river from FarmtoMar ket Road Drivers will be able to access 135 North from FM 725 without having to cross the interstate and using Business traffic backed up south of New Braunfels for miles Thursday as work scheduled for overnight Wednesday and Thursday ran late into Thursday morn Deavers Construction which was switching northbound 135 traffic to the new center lanes north of the fell behind schedule when the work took longer than By 1 the center lane switch had been and northbound traffic was mov Thursday officials were to determine whether they were ready to shift traf fic south of the river to the new As part of that the northbound FM 725 exit will be closed until the project is See INSIDE Key Code 76