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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HERALDZEITUNO Wednesday January County commissioners to hear update on flood recovery projects Av Qnu MAI rtuev A i i BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners will be updated Thurs day on the progress of several issues related to the flooding this past July Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson reports that the South Dam Access Road pro ject is nearing completion Theyre busy out there I was talking to County Engi neer Tom Hornseth and it could be ready to open by the Dawson said Hornseth said his road crews were working on the project with Dean Word Com pany employees Its going to be pretty Hornseth said One of the things thats a real concern is the weather Theres a fore cast of rain Wednesday and Thursday and thats one of the things we cant control Were just going to press Dawson said that while the road is expected to open it would be a few weeks before the county could pave it Were looking at a situa tion where you can drive across it at the speed limit Well use the concrete bumpers for safety and well have a good dirt calichetype road It wont be any incon venience except for a little dust along that 200 feet of Dawson said Two weeks ago Dawson was charged by the court with responsibility to negotiate stream flows in the Guadalupe River during the final phases of the cleanup from the July 2002 flood which is now under way Hes worked out an arrange ment with the Army Corps of Engineers under which releases are being kept to minimal levels to facilitate cleaning in the riverbed Tve been working with the Natural Resource Conserva tion Service folks the con tractor in the river cleaning it up and the Corps of Engi Dawson said We know we have an abundance in the flood pool right now about 911 feet above mean sea I know Fort Worth is anxious to dump that Dawson said Were working frantically to get done so we need to keep that flow lowered The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority is working down stream from New Braunfels and theyre asking for the Corps to delay as Daw son said The Corps has agreed to allow water to build in the reservoir through Feb 14 when it will be dumped at high flows through Feb 19 to lower the flood pool Then flows will be cut back to 200 cubic feetpersecond or lower Dawson said The cleanup is required by Sea World to host job fair Feb 3 Hundreds of jobs will be offered at the Seaworld San Antonios 2003 Job Fair Feb 3 from 9 to 7 Job seekers can fill out the necessary paperwork and be interviewed by our profes sional staff during the said David Bode vice presi dent of human resources The Job Fair will seek applicants for a variety of spring and summer positions including night third shift and day janitors entrylevel managers daycamp coun selors shallowwater guards rides mechanics warehouse workers traffic attendants lifeguards plumbers electri cal technicians groundskeep ers divers and instructors Job Fair participants should use the Gate 3 entrance on Military Drive West More information is available by calling Sea World San Antonio Human Resources at 210 5233112 or 5233198 contract to be completed by the end of March Dawson said Work is proceeding on the federal buyouts of flooded property Dawson said Were going smoothly and were getting them done Well probably have them all fin ished sooner than we antici Dawson said The next step for the coun ty will be to develop policy on how to deal with nearly 30 vacant lots in neighborhoods such as Horseshoe Falls Estates When the time comes for us to study and decide what this policy is were going to want public Dawson said In 1998 we didnt need a policy because all the lota were contiguous and we made a park out of Dawson said This time we have 20 some lots all over the Now theyre a patchwork We have to decide how were going to utilize these The rules say we cannot resell them and we cannot build on Dawson said Our main goal here is we do not want to upset the neighborhoods more than weve already done in regards to flattening out the area and making it a green belt We dont want to disturb their quality of In Other Acti Thursdays Commfaaicners Court agenda includes i 2003 budget allocation for the Comal Guadalupe Soil and Water Conservation District Certification of local gov ernment approval of the Emergency Shelter Grants Program for the Comal County Salvation Army Consideration of the feer vice contract between the Comal County Public Health Department and the Texas Department of Hearth Womens Health Laboratories and H Revision of fees for service for Comal County Public Health 30 Merchandise Card lAflAI 1 Price Cuts on Computer Accessories I Receive a Merchandise Card FREE with purchase of HP DeskJet 5550 Color Printer Card good toward additional purchases and cannot be applied to current this coupon at time of purchase Limit one coupon pei Quantities limited Valid for v Instock items only Offer expires Coupon redeemable in store only N 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