New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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THURSDAY, APRIL 7, 2011Zeitung
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
500Schlitterbahn wall worries neighbors
Residents meet with city today to discuss potential drainage issues
By Greg Bowen
A group of neighbors across the Comal River from Schlitterbahn will meet with city staff today concerning their fears over renovations in progress at the waterpark.
A high wall going up along the Schlitterbahn side of the river has residents especially worried.
To the casual observer, it looks as if the long, dike-like wall — its maybe 15 feet high and a couple of hundred feet long, so far—could force floodwa-ters away from the waterpark and toward the houses in the neighborhood across the river.
Many of the homes have flooded in previous deluges — and residents are worried Schlitterbahn’s renovations will only make things worse the next
time the waters rise.
"We’re all scared to death,” said resident Vicki Martin of Coll Street, whose home across the river from Schlitterbahn flooded in 1998,2002 and again last year.
She said the neighbors noticed the big wall going up about a week ago.
"We didn’t even know it was going
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Coll Street resident Vicki Martin looks Wednesday across the Comal River at a wall being constructed at Schlitterbahn Waterparks.
► BUDGET STALEMATE
Shutdown would delay payforU.S. soldiers
Two sides still billions apart; Obama calls Boehner
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON—The Obama administration warned Wednesday that a federal shutdown would undermine the economic recovery, delay pay to U.S. troops fighting in three wars, slow the processing of tax returns and limit small business loans and government-backed mortgages.
The dire message, delivered two days before the federal government’s spending authority expires, appeared aimed at jolting Republicans into a budget compromise. Billions of dollars apart, congressional negotiators were working to strike a deal by Friday to avert a shutdown by setting spending limits through September. The last shutdown was 15 years ago and lasted 21 days.
President Barack Obama telephoned House Speaker John Boehner on Wednesday, and Boehner’s office said the speaker told Obama he was hopeful a deal could be reached.
Under federal rules, agencies would not be affected that provide for U.S. national security, dispense mc^t types of federal benefit payments, offer inpatient medical care or outpatient emergency care, ensure the safe use of food and drugs, manage air traffic, protect and monitor borders and coastlines, and guard prisoners.
MAN SURRENDERS TO MEDIA; CHARGED IN ALA. SHOOTING
OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — The suspect in a deadly Alabama college shooting Wednesday walked up to reporters and photographers in a blood-stained parking lot, calmly told them he was the man police were after and was quickly arrested and charged with murder.
The shooting at Southern Union Community College in Opelika killed a 63-year-old woman, wounded two more women, 36 and 94, and injured a 4-year-old.
About three hours later, when city officers already had left campus, a man driving a white Jeep Liberty with the same tag number police had released as the suspect's pulled into the parking lot where the shootings occurred.
Photographer Todd van Ernst said the man asked to use his cell phone. Van Ernst said the man gestured and said he "did all this.”
HIGH-WATER EARLY WARNING SYSTEM IN PLACE
New Braunfels Fire Chief John Robinson responds to questions from the media prior to Wednesday's testing of the new emergency siren flood warning system at Prince Solms Park.
AND THE SIRENS’ LOUD BLARE
By Dalondo Moultrie
New Braunfels residents can sleep a little easier tonight.
City officials used a blaring demonstration about 1 p.m. Wednesday to announce that installation of the city’s Emergency Siren System is complete. The system includes eight sirens along the Dry Comal, Comal and Guadalupe watersheds.
“Functionally, it’s operational today,” New Braunfels Fire Chief john Robinson said, moments before the system was activated and sirens sounded
from the eight towers. The loud blast was followed by a voice announcing the test from four of the towers and then all eight sirens blasting again.
Emergency Management Coordinator Steve Harris said city personnel were stationed near each of the towers, and reports indicated the system functioned properly.
Robinson said the city has been working to install the system since November, when council approved it. He said the project remained within its $280,000 budget, which came from the city’s coffers.
Four of the eight sirens are capable
of voicing warnings and bulletins heard within a neady one-mile radius, Robinson said, adding the other four emit only a tone that can be heard in a circumference greater than a mile. City personnel will be able to send out automated messages or shoot out live warnings. They are being trained in use of the equipment, Robinson said.
He said the city sought help warning residents and tourists about impending danger after the June 9 flood, which killed one person.
See SIRENS, Page 10
► PRO FOOTBALL
Local NFL players keep watch on labor unrest
Judge: Lockout ruling to take 'couple of weeks’
By Chris Hoffman
SPRING BRANCH — Millionaires vs. Billionaires.
That is what the latest National Football League labor dispute has been billed as in the public’s eye, with high-profile quarterbacks like New England’s Tom Brady and New Orleans’
Drew Brees going against owners like Dallas' Jerry Jones in the fight over the $9 billion revenue pie that has forced a lockout.
But what many fans don’t see are the players who have only been in the league a short time or are trying to soak up as much knowledge from their position coaches before the start of training camp to secure a contact or keep their current job.
Seattle Seahawk linebacker Joe Pawelek and Dallas Cowboys safety Andrew Sendejo made their names playing at Smithson Valley’s Ranger Stadium, and now are waiting for the chance to make a difference on Sunday afternoons.
Neither player is a multimillionaire. Both were undrafted
See NFL, Page 10
Bexar balks at adding Comal’s Trinity to district
By Greg Bowen
SAN MARCOS — An attorney for Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District of Bexar County told a state judge Wednesday that the GCD wants no part of a plan to add Comal County’s unprotected portion of the Trinity Aquifer to its district.
Trinity Glen Rose GCD is "adamantly opposed," to the addition of Comal County’s aquifer, Patrick Lindner said.
Wednesday’s hearing at Hays County Courthouse was held as part of a Texas Commission on Environmental Quality effort to create a
“We are in a contested-case proceeding. We will produce that evidence when there’s an evidentiary hearing.”
PATRICK LINDNER, attorney for Trinity Glen Rose Groundwater Conservation District when asked why the GCD opposes adding Comal's Trinity
groundwater district to protect the subterranean water supplies of the Trinity Aquifer in western Comal.
Under theTCEQ plan, the western Comal territory would be added to
Trinity Glen Rose GCD of northern Bexar County.
Lindner also asked State Office of Administrative Hearings Judge Paul Keeper of Austin to postpone any action on the matter until the end of the legislative session in Austin.
Lindner’s request came on the heels of a similar motion by state Rep. Paul Workman of Austin, who told Keeper he wanted a chance to work on "a legislative solution’’ to the related question of the unprotected area of the Trinity Aquifer in T ravis County. TCEQ’s proposal would add that unprotected area
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