New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Happy 47th anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Schraub.
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Mold —1,160 Grass —trace
Oak—3,773 Mutoeny — 0
Ash —trace Hackberry —0
(Rotan moan iran in parts par cubic meter of
air. Raatfnga taken yesterday, information
provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Rlvar Information Comal River—234 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! —624.14 feet above sea level, down .OS from yesterday.
LCRA to hold mooting on future of old power plant
The old Comal Power Plant building, which has recently seen renewed public interest, will be the subject of a public meeting by the Lower Colorado River Authority on April 16 in New Braunfels.
The meeting will be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
The LCRA is considering potential options for the building, and will use the meeting to receive input from the public. The information will help form the foundation for LCRA's decision on the building.
The plant was built in the 1920s and closed in 1972.
The Greater Hispanic Chamber will host a tax and living trust seminar Thursday, April 11 at 6 p.m. at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library.
Guest speakers will be Peter J. Parents Frances Richardson and Robert J. Autenrieth. For information, call Nathan Millett at 625-4150.
The League of Women Voters will host a candidate forum for New Braunfels city council elections Thursday at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Education Building on Mill Street. Candidates for mayor and District 5 and 6 have been invited.
Church Women United of Comal County’s Spring Luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Friday, April 12 at the Schumann Hall of First Protestant Church, 172 Coll St. For $5, enjoy a meal and program about Habitat for Humanity, including the personal experience of Leesa Ryan, a recipient of a Habitat home. Proceeds go to Habitat for Humanity. Tickets may be purchased from members of Church Women United or at the office of First Protestant Church before April 4.
Rural School Reunion
The 31st Annual Rural School Reunion celebration will be held Sunday, April 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Landa Street.
Ex-students and friends are invited to attend. Registration and fellowship from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dance to live music from Tommie Vanek 2 to 6 p.m. BYOB, refreshments available.
i. Here s a new snerut in town
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Coining in January 19%, there will be a big change at the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
With all the precincts in and the votes tabulated in the Republican runoff for sheriff on Tuesday night, former Department of Public Safety trooper Bob Holder won 3,132 votes (57 percent) to upset eight-year incumbent Sheriff Jack Bremer, who finished with 2,318 votes (43 percent) . Holder faces no Democratic opposition in November.
“We approached die campaign and I said to die folks that we had crime and cooperation problems," Holder said horn his victory patty at the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Cub. “We stayed with that message and I think the public understood that we were approaching those problems that needed our attention."
Bremer and Holder were thrown into a runoff
after neither got 50 percent of the votes in the March 12 primary. Going into the runoff, Bremer led with 40 percent of the vote, Holder had 33 percent while Max Wommack finished with 27 percent. Later, Wommack endorsed Holder in the runoff.
Bremer said his defeat can Holder be attributed to Holder’s ability to get out the vote in a runoff that had light voter turnout.
“He did a better job of getting his people out," Bremer said hum his party at the Faust Hotel. “I called Mr. Holder and congratulated him. I told him we both need to take a week off before we meet and discuss the transition period. I think he is capable, he will make it. If he needs any help, he's got it.
“I don’t want the citizens of Comal County to
see a break between the two administrations. I don’t want to close him out, I want to get him in as early as a I can."
Before he takes over die reins as sheriff, Holder said he will go all over the state to see how other sheriffs departments run their operations and get some ideas about how he will run things in Comal County.
“f ve got a lot of friends who are sheriffs in foe top sheriffs departments in foe state," Holder, said. “I want to see what they are doing which is good. I have been here a long tune and I know what needs to be done and what works and what doesn't work... This is a mandate by the people for change. My job is to make sure we make these changes because we (sheriffs department) work for the people."
Bremer, who spent more than 25 years with foe U.S. Customs Service, said he will have time to do something he truly loves, training thoroughbreds at the Retama Race Track.
Henld-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Circus moves on
The elephants get a bath at the Carson and Barnes Circus, which held performances Monday and Tuesday at the Comal County Fairgrounds.
It’s Dawson over Kirk
Realtor takes Precinct I race
By DAW) DEKUNDER
Startzville Realtor Jack Dawson garnered 54 percent of the vote to defeat fellow StartzviHe resident and freelance writer Douglas Kirk in the Republican runoff for County Commissioner, Precinct #1 on Tuesday night.
“I want to thank my loyal supporters," Dawson said. “I will stand on foe same issues in the general election which I stood for in the runoff and foe primary."
Dawson won with 1,193 votes to Kirk’s 1,010 votes, which was 46 percent of the vote. Dawson will now take on Democrat Louis “Charlie Millican in the November general election.
Dawson said he will emphasize the issues pf “quality environmental protection and law enforcement" in his campaign against Millican.
“I will promise them I will be foe hardest working commissioner they have ever had,", Dawson said from victorious sheriff-elect Bob Holder’s party at the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Cub. “And that I care about the same things that they care about" --—i
Dawson and Kirk were thrown into the runoff in foe March 12 primary after niether got 50 percent of foe vote in a four
candidate race. —— ,.
During the primary, Dawson received 38 percent of the vote while Kirk garnered 35 percent The other two candidates: Marian Whitson and Bemus Glean Jackson received 17 and nine percent of foe votes respectively.
Even though he lost the race, Kirk vowed that he and his supporters would fight for foe same ideas that he espoused in his campaign.
“I think we have philosophical differences (with Dawson),’’ Kirk said. “My camp is strong on character, accountability and openness..*. .We feel like we need a government which Is. responsible to foe taxpayers and people of* Comal County, which we feel like we don’t have."
‘I think we have philosopi-eal differences (with Dawson).
— Douglas WH?
Water district board wants to know why restrictions are being ignored
By DENISE DZIUK
Stage ll of the Edwards Underground Water District's Demand Management Plan has been in effect since Feb. 26, and at Tuesday’s meeting, the district’s board of directors decided to call a public hearing to find out why primary users are not complying.
The date for the hearing has not been set. The EUWD is looking into what steps can be taken against non-com-pliers.
Stage ll requires all primaiy users, those who supply or produce 18 million gallons or more a year, to reduce usage by 15 percent and report usage on a weekly basis. Rick Ulgner,
EUWD General Manager, said the users are given a target baseline and are expected to meet that target weekly.
“Theie are a lot of people not meeting their target," he said.
Board Chairman Hans Helland questioned whether the weekly targets were reasonable expectations. He was also concerned that an entity’s compliance may change from week to week. 111-gner said foe users could have requested a variance if they felt their target was unreasonable. He also added that compliance usually does not change much.
“Generally, those that are missing are missing consistently," said Ulgner. “(The primary users) are taking the
•You have to recognize that there will be sacrifices. There will be hardships.’
— Rick IHgner, EUWD general manager
numbers and just not meeting them.” Bexar County Representative Carol Patterson said she was concerned that foe baselines may not take into consideration those users that are already conserving.
She said entities that have reduced their usage are having to reduce it even
further. Another board member said the plan has to use current usage figures in order to effect the springs. Ulgner agreed.
“You have to recognize that there will be sacrifices. There will be hardships," Ulgner said.
The board approved scheduling a public hearing for non-compliant users before April 30.
Those users who have failed to meet the mandatory reductions or have not complied with weekly reporting wiU be required to appear before the board. Due to the large number of users not complying, Ulgner said the hearing may be divided into two days. Ulgner said will give users a chance to explain
why they have not met th? requirements. He also added that adjustments could then be made to their targets if needed. ; .*»
“This is an attempt to find out from certain users why they aren’t complying and why they aren't reporting," said Bexar County Representative Jo Ann De Hoyos. “This is the first time we’re going to talk to these people about why they aren’t in compliance.” In other business, the board adopted a resolution calling for an election on Nov. 5,19%. Comal County District 3 Representative S. Craig Hollmig and Hays County District I Representative Linda Keese are among foe directors whose terms will expire.
Chance to dean out waste from the garage is coming up
By DENISE DZIUK
Plans are underway for a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day in April, and people are urged to start collecting the unwanted products now.
New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn is the project manager for the collection, and said it is scheduled for Saturday, April 27 from 9 arn to 3 p.m. behind Fire Station #2 on Loop 337. He said the there is a slight change from the previous ones that he wants to make the public aware of.
In the past, there was no charge for the collection of any of the products. However, that has changed. He said surveys performed at previous collections showed people would be willing to pay a small fee for the collection of certain products. This approach is being tried this year.
“(The fee) is really just a token of what the actual cost is... but it will help recover part of the cost,” said Friesenhahn.
Recyclables, such as used motor oil, used oil filters, auto batteries, tires, paint, and antifreeze, will still be collected free of charge. However, there will be a charge of SI per pound, including container, for disposal of garage and garden products, cleaning products, and paint supplies. Friesenhahn said the cost to the city and county for the disposal will be S3 to $5, and the $ I will help recoup some of that. Garage and Garden supplies include brake fluid, herbicide, pesticides, rat poison, solvents, and pool chemicals. Cleaning products are drain cleaners, oven cleaners, spot removers, tile cleaners, solvents, furniture polish, kitchen cleaners, and bathroom cleaners. Paint supplies include paint thinners, paint strippers, spray cans, lacquer, wood prescrva-
‘(The fee Is really Just a token of what the actual cost is... but it will help recover part of the cost.’
— Brey Friesenhahn
rives, and solvents.
“Those things we have to charge for because Laidlaw (which is the contractor) will charge us,” he said.
There are several items that simply will not be accepted at the collection. These include trash, ammunition, industrial waste, explosives, medical waste, fireworks, commercial waste, flares, smoke detectors, radioactive material, and gas cylinders. Friesenhahn said these will not be accepted because they do not have foe proper permits to do that. He also added that the contractor has already
been looking at how to weigh the material. He said the longest wait last year was 16 minutes, and he hopes to keep it to fold again this year.
“There may be a slight hold up, but it shouldn’t be much,” he said.
Friesenhahn also stressed that foe collection day, which is sponsored by the city of New Braunfels and Comal County, is still in nced-of volunteers. He said foe fire marshal has already found about 50 volunteers, but an additional lOfcr 12 more are needed, “especially to help with die batteries ami tires.”
Friesenhahn said Laidlaw has told him that the last two collections held had higher participation than the national average. He said he is happy with this fact, and is hoping for another great turnout for this one.
Individuals wanting to volunteer or get more information on the collection can call 608-2120.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.