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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY August 2001 pages in 1 sections HERALDZEITUNG 150 244 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1832 50 cents Water tapping out Mayor imposes Stage 1 water use restrictions BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Recent rains that have raked areas of South Texas proved to be too too New Braunfels will impose its Stage 1 water restrictions beginning Mayor Stoney Williams announced the Stage 1 water conservation mea sures earler this week for New Braunfels and areas served by New Braunfels Water conservation The move he after Comal Springs flow dipped below 250 cubic feet per second cfs Saturday and stayed The mayor has the authority in New Braun fels to impose the restric tions if the flow drops below 250 cfs or if the lev el of the J17 well at Fort Sam Houston falls below 650 feet above mean sea msl Margaret spokeswoman for the Edwards Aquifer Authori said Wednesday that theJ17 well level was at feet above Williams said he took the action to show that the city and its residents were concerned about water con servation and quality and to set a good example for the Every little bit Williams We dont use that much aquifer water If you com pare us with San Antonio or the outlying I would say its almost more of an examplesetting than JESSIE Custom Auto Cares Conrad Vallero rinses a truck late Wednesday Owner Johnny Rodriguez has operated the car wash and lube business for seven years at 385 Landa Car wash businesses are exempt from the Stage 1 water restrictions imposed this week by New Braunfels Mayor Stoney anything Weve always tried to set a higher standard with regards to water conservation and water quality in New Braun NBU was very forward thinking in creating that sur face water treatment which has the capacity to Williams This has enabled us to reduce our demand on the aquifer by 80 to 90 percent But when drought conditions is our responsi bility to take additional action to alleviate any unnecessary strain on our water New Braunfels is very good about Williams People here are used to con serving he Thats way we do See Stage 1 Stage 1 restrictions for New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers No landscape watering between 9 and 7 except with a soaker bucket or drip irriga tion This restriction does not apply to reused or reclaimed No use of water to clean impervious surfaces dri Restaurants serve water only on Swimming pools must be covered when not in active Vehicle washing at home only on Monday and Friday before 9 and after 7 using a handheld hose with an automatic shutoff nozzle a Charity car washes prohibited except at certified car wash No wasting of water permitted at any Water should never pool or flow onto impervious such as driveways or Reported figures confuse councilmembers BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Blame faulty busy schedules or minds clouded by too many annex ation but council members Robert Kendrick and Debbie Flume couldnt remember the council vote to add to the 2002 fis cal budget for fire adminis tration In response to a report in the HeraldZeitung about fire costs associated with annex both council members called the newspaper to say they didnt approve the mon ey for the fire administra The min utes from the April 23 meeting show that the council unani mously approved the budget item during the first reading of the Kendrick himself made the motion to include funds to put up to in the budget for the Fire Adminis tration Offices and to have a feasibility study done to determine whether remodel KENDRICK ing the old Police Depart ment building or expanding the Municipal Building was the most Kendrick said he was con cerned because his copy of the proposed budget didnt have for the fire the figure was included in the final He said his only recollection was that the city council voted on a feasibility Kendrick ruefully acknowl edged his How chuckled the I have no memory of that at I remembered the dis but not the dollar The figure came from for mer City Manager Mike It was the estimate for renovating the old police administration building across the street from the Municipal Councilwoman Debbie Flume also said she didnt recall the vote or the dollar I dont think thats what we voted she I think we decided to see which was better the municipal build ing or the police Chief Financial Officer See Jobless rate still below average Summer textile layoffs share blame BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The unemployment rate in Comal County rose seven tenths of one percent in July a significant but still just below the average rate for the 12county area that includes New The rate for June 2001 was The July 2001 rate of percent outstripped the fig ure for July 2000 by more than a percentage Comal Countys unemploy ment rate then was per According to a press release from the Alamo Workforce the aver age jobless rate for the 12 county area was almost half a point higher than the previous The Alamo area includes Medina and Wilson At Gillespie County had the lowest unem ployment rate in the Alamo area in In the unemploy ment rate for July was up slightly from percent in In July Texas unemployment rate was Alan interim execu tive director of said the unemployment increase Was not expected because of the number of tourismrelated jobs that exist in New Braun fels and Comal The increase in Comal By the numbers COMAL COUNTY UNEMPLOYMENT Up percent in July to June 2001 July 2000 ALAMO AREA UNEMPLOYMENT July 2000 TEXAS UNEMPLOYMENT July June July 2000 percent Countys unemployment rate is unusual because of the areas typically high amount of summer job Miller said in the news the increase is small and keeps Comal County well below state and national unemployment In county res idents had jobsand were The coun tys available workforce increased slightly from to Greater New Braunfels Chamberof Commerce President Michael Meek said he thought the Mission Valley Textile layoffs nearly 300 in July affected the local unemployment With the rate as low as we when you put 200 to 300 people onto the unem ployment thats a big Meek Meek said Comal County has had a low unemployment rate for the past several the unem ployment rate is still way below what it was for Meek When youre below five See Giving the gift of life JESSIE Brent Paullus of the Comal County Sheriffs Office prepares for the needle as he and others donate blood at the sheriffs office Wednesday Police seeking suspect in Peking Restaurant robbery FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels police are looking for a man who robbed a local restaurant Tuesday New Braunfels police detective Bob Parchman said a man walked into Peking Restaurant at Business 35 Seguin Avenue at brandished and demanded Parchman did not say how much money was Nobody was The suspect is a white 35 to who weighs about 185 Parchman Anybody with information can call the Criminal Inves tigations Division of the New Braunfels Police Department at INSIDE Key Code 76 SAWS aims to help not hurt Comal BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer SAWS representatives pre sented the water suppliers Trinity Aquifer policy to the water district directors and the SAWS Chief Executive Officer General Gene Habiger We under stand water is an emotional issue in You view us as wanting to put a big straw into the but water is Directors postpone calling for a South Central Texas prob The approved in states that SAWS wants to develop projects using water from the establish a mitigation policy to help land owners affected by SAWSs pumping efforts and support groundwater conservation districts in Bexar and Comal Theres always a possibil ity that a neighbor may have a We dont want to be in there pumping just to be SAWS spokesman Gary Guy Guy said SAWS had no plans to operate in Comal Tke water supplier has bought Trinity water from See