New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 145, No. 102
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Brenda Baetge, Oscar Smith, jwen Eberhart (Saturday), Haney Edelen (Saturday), Susan Wetz (Saturday), Valeska Benner, Andy Hartman Jr., Tom San Miguel.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—539 Ash —trace Mulberry —trace Oak —trace
(Poflen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 370 cfs, up 84.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.64 feet above sea level, up .19. Canyon Dam discharge — 781 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — unavailable Canyon Lake level — 910.97 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 4.795 million gallons of surface water Thursday, and 170,100 gallons of well water were used.
Schlitterbahn expands operations to S. Padre
By DAVID DEKUNDER
It’s official, the hottest, coolest time in Texas is expanding its operations to South Padre Island.
The South Padre Island board of aldermen unanimously approved Wednesday the concept of an incentives package enabling Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort to build its second waterpark on the island.
Jeff Henry, Chief Operating Officer of NBGS International, Inc., Schlitter-bahn’s parent company, was present at the meeting when the South Padre aldermen approved the incentives package.
The new park will operate as Schlit-terbahn-South Padre Island and is expected to open in the spring of 1998.
“The show of support from the local
community was overwhelming,” Henry said in a written statement. “We know we have the strong base we need to make Schlitterbahn-South Padre Island a success for the community.” The incentives package has a combination of city, state and Economic Development Corp. grants and loans totaling $3.7 million. The package will include a series of state and local tax rebates adding up to about $326,000 annually.
South Padre Island town staff will draft the incentives package for the aldermen to approve at a later meeting.
Developers for the waterpark, led by Harlingen developer Humberto Zamora, have asked the town for a 25 percent tax abatement, which would be about $7,500 a year.
Along with their payment for school taxes, this would qualify them for a
state refund, Zamora told the aldermen.
Sherrie Brammall, NBGS public relations director, said South Padre Island was the perfect site for Schlitterbahn to expand.
“In general, South Padre Island had die ideal location for a waterpark and a strong water-oriented tourism base,” Brammall said. “It is a natural base.”
Developers are considering three sites for the parte:
■ A 100-acre site outside the town limits north of Andy Bowie Park.
■ A 20-acre tract located near the South Padre Island Convention Center.
■ The Schwartz property, which is between the Sheraton Hotel and Bridgeport Condominiums.
The details and design of the new waterpark and the final site location will be disclosed at a future date.
Photo courtesy of Schlitterbahn
Visitors to South Padre Island soon will bs able to enjoy the Sams i recreation activities the New Braunfels park currently offers.
New EMS director focuses on service
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Doug Rogers said he wants to accomplish one goal as director of Canyon Lake EMS.
“To provide the best service to the county we can,” Rogers, 41, said.
Rogers took over as CLEMS director Tuesday. The CLEMS Board of Directors hired Rogers for the position during its March meeting. < Rogers joins CLEMS after working for three years with San Antonio AirLife.
He said he was looking forward to making EMS service more responsive to the needs of peo
ple in the Canyon Lake area.
‘The county is growing and the services are growing,” Rogers said. “It poses a challenge to be in the county and go through the impact of it. Over the last several years, we have had primarily volunteers and part-time paid staff during the day who have been running the calls and doing a good job of it. Now we are making the transition to a combination of full-time paid (employees) and volunteers.”
CLEMS will gradually continue to expand and improve its emergency services such as having a crew available 24 hours a day, Rogers said. CLEMS currently has two full-time personnel.
By next month, that number will expand to seven when the department completes the process of interviewing and hiring five more paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians.
The addition of more personnel will help CLEMS respond to the needs of lake patients faster, Rogers said.
“It will help cut down our response time,” he said. “Instead of waiting for people to come home and pick up the ambulance we will have someone in the building 24 hours a day to respond to the fins call.”
Rogers said he was impressed by the volun-Tum to EMS, Page 2A
Fund-raising idea for non-profit groups
Need a fund-raiser for your non-profit organization? Get your group together to provide and sell food at VolunteerFest 97 on April 12. Call Karen at 620-7520 or 625-3887 to participate.
Adult Uftsracy volunteers needed
Those interested in tutoring adult non-readers can attend a workshop from 5:30 to 9 p.m. April 18 and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 19 at the Adult Learning Center, 703 Curtiss, Schertz. The cost is $5. Call 625-9480 for information.
Rabies shots available Saturday
The Comal County Veterinary Medical Association will offer rabies shots for cats and dogs 3 months and older Saturday. The cost is $11 for a rabies shot and Comal County license. The vaccinations will be given from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Comal County Fairgrounds, Fire Station No 1 in Canyon Lake and Fire Station No. 2 in Sattler Proceeds benefit a scholarship fund.
Meet the District 4 candidates
Voters can meet 1997 Dist. 4 City Council candidates at 9 a.m. April 12 at Gruene Hall, sponsored by the Gruene Homeowners Association. The forum will include position statements and a question-and-answer period.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Canyon Lake EMS Director Doug Rogers spent the last three years working for San Antonio AirLife.
Herald-Zeitung photo by David DeKunder
Don’t look for any dry weather until Saturday
The successful county inmate work program got another shot in the arm by Commissioners Court on Thursday.
Commissioners approved funding to subsidize the salary of a detention officer who will look after the prisoners while they are picking up trash and helping with the rural recycling program.
The detention officer’s salary is budgeted at $ 18,076.
The trial period for the prisoner work program, which started March I, ended March 31. But with Commissioner’s Court approving the funding request, the program is guaranteed to continue until the end of the year, County Jail Administrator Jim Middleton said.
“We want to make improvements in the program,” Middleton said. “I am very pleased to have funding for the rest of the year.”
Middleton said four prisoners work eight hours a day cleaning up trash along highways and helping with the chipper program.
Another prisoner works at the jail, Middleton said.
By working in the program, prisoners receive special privileges like getting coffee and receiving extra food allotments, Middleton said.
“I intend to expand the program to do more trash pickups on county roads and for worthwhile non-profit organizations," Middleton said.
Middleton said he would like to see two additional prisoners working in the program. Currently the four prisoners are transported in a patrol car to their work site. Middleton would like to have a vehicle which
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FLASH FLOOD TIPS
Legion arts anti crafts/chili cookoff
American Legion Post 179 and Ladies Auxiliary will have an arts and crafts show and flea market from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday along with their fifth annual chili cookoff Arts and crafts spaces start at $7. Secured off-site parking available at Krause’s Cafe with free Rockin’ R shuttle bus rides to the events from noon to 6 p.m. Admission is free. Food and drinks are available. There wil be attendance prizes and entertainment. Call 625-0179 for information.
By DENISE DZIUK
Although much of the county is already saturated from the soaking rains received during the last few days, more rain is expected through tonight with a possibility few severe weather this afternoon.
Nezette Rydell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in New Braunfels, said the area received about 1.5 inches of rain in the last 24 hours, and remains under a flash flood watch into tonight.
“We’re going to get more rain today, with severe thunderstorms possible this afternoon when the front moves in,” Rydell said.
Once the front moves through the area, the weather should dry out Satur-
During a Flash Flood Watch:
■ Avoid areas subject to sudden flooding.
■ lf you come upon a flowing stream where water is above your ankles, STOP. Turn around and go another way.
■ Do not attempt to drive over a flooded road. The depth of water
day, “at least for a short time,” Rydell said. She said temperatures are not expected to drop with the front.
“It’s more of a dry front than a cold front,” she said.
The rains also are continuing to help the aquifer level. The aquifer went up
is not always obvious and the roadway may be washed out under the water. Two feet of water will carry away most automobiles.
■ Children should never play around high water, storm drains, viaducts or arroyos.
Source: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1.7 feet since yesterday, to measure 660.2 feet Friday. A year ago today, the aquifer was at 652.5 feet and the historical average is 666.1 feet.
The rain pelting most of South Texas has caused flooding in some areas. Rydell said flash flooding was reported
Thursday night in several counties, including Blanco, Kendall, Travis and Williamson counties. She said Hays also reported some flooding early Thursday night, but had returned to nomial conditions this morning.
“I would expect some of the more rural roads might have a problem,” she said.
County Engineer Tom Homseth said only one county road was closed Thursday night. He said the over was up, and Rebecca Creek Crossing at the Guadalupe River had to be closed.
“That’s a standard one,” Homseth said. “That’s usually one of the first ones, especially if there’s a lot of rain in the Western Counties and the watershed area.”
Jerry Zercher, maintenance foreman for the Texas Department of Trans-
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portation, said state highways in Comal County did not experience any problems with flash flooding overnight. He said Comal County is in “good shape” to handle any additional rains as well.
“Right now, we’re in good shape," Zercher said. “I don’t expect any high water, but I don’t know how much it will rain either ”Adult literacy tutors net a wealth of intangible rewards. See page 4A