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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 10, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Groundwater alliance to start well monitoring networkThe Plan ■ WHO: Hill Country Alliance of Groundwater Districts ■ WHAT: Well monitor program for the Trinity Aquifer. ■ WHEN: Site selection starts in April through May; sites should begin operation by July. ■ WHY: To show coordination of groundwater districts. By Martin Malacara Staff Writer An alliance of groundwater conservation districts plans to implement a well monitoring program for the Trinity Aquifer this spring. The Hill Country Alliance, in cooperation with the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center at Southwest Texas State University, will choose nine well sites in the surrounding Hill Country Priority Groundwater Management Area to install Trinity monitoring equipment. One site will be in western Comal County. “My goal is to have them running by June,” said EARDC Assistant Director Marshall Jennings. A POMA is an area designated by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission as one experiencing or predicted to experience water problems in 25 years. The TNRCC established the Hill Country PGMA in 1990. It includes Comal, Bandera, Blanco, Hays, Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie, Medina and Travis counties. TNRCC recently included northern Bexar County with the Hill Country PGMA. Jennings said the nine well sites were made possible from a $49,000 grant from the Tbxas Water Development Board. The grant will pay for equipment and initial operation of the sites through October. See GROUNDWATER/3A Inside Abby................................5    A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports...............................1-2B Key Code 76 Council Oks street projects Money for District I included in package By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The City Council voted to include up to $529,000 in streets and drainage projects for the west side of New Braunfels in a proposal to use $10 million in certificates of obligation. The $10 million is funded by a proposal from the Infrastructure/Improvements Corp., called the 4B Board for its enabling legislation. The board approved borrowing up to $10 million in certificates of obligation for street projects and to repay the debt at a cost of up to $1.1 million each year. The board did not specify the streets to be improved with the funds. Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez made the suggestion to remove improvements to Walnut Avenue from the list of six proposed street and drainage projects. Martinez named a list of 13 streets in his district that needed reconstruction and improvements. They were: • Becker Street — $45,696 • Concepcion Street — $17,887 • Hickory Avenue — $66,945 • Hidalgo Avenue — $37,839 • Lee Street — $22,506 • McGar Street — $45,482 • Peach Street — $43,660 • San Antonio Street — $21,225 • Southland Avenua — $12,239 • Sunset Drive — 415,906 • Water Lane — $26,851 • Katy Street — $78,588 The total amount of all the improvements in District One comes to $529,000 — just under the $551,134 that was allocated to reconstruct Walnut Avenue from West San Antonio Street to Interstate 35. The original list of projects See STREETS/3A »He’s not fiddlin’ around K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Jerry Jeff Walker plays to a small but enthusiastic crowd Saturday night at Wursthalle during the New Braunfels Music and Fiddle Fest.Collision injures deputy, totals patrol cars From Staff Reports CANYON LAKE — Three men, including a Comal County sheriff’s deputy, were injured early Sunday in an accident that destroyed two sheriff’s office patrol cars. Comal County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Lt. Brent PauUus said deputies puUed over a Converse man in the 9400 ablock of Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 2673 at 12:45 a.m. While they were discussing an alleged traffic violation, an eastbound vehicle struck two sheriff’s patrol cars from behind, PauUus said One of the patrol cars struck a deputy and the Converse motorist. * Both men were thrown onto the hood of the second patrol car, which then struck the first vehicle in the line, according to reports. Canyon Lake Fire/EMS paramedics took the deputy and the 41-year-old driver of the eastbound car to McKenna Memorial Hospital, Paullus said. The Converse man suffered minor injuries but refused treatment. “Everybody was lucky. No one was kiUed,” PauUus said. Two other deputies and another motorist at the scene of the accident were not injured. PauUus said the two patrol cars probably were a total loss. The Department of Public Safety routinely investigates any accident involving a patrol car, and Paullus referred requests for information about the investigation to DPS trooper Steven Tippett. The accident is stiU under See COLLISION/3A Subdivision committee organizing By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer A committee with its roots in New Braunfels drainage problems will organize formally Wednesday to look at city ordinances regarding streets, sidewalks, buddings and zoning. The result of that work wiU be recommendations to the city’s subdivision and zoning ordinances. The meeting is planned for 5 p.m. Wednesday in Conference Room B of the municipal _ budding. The for- HBmal com- KENDRICK m i t t e e grew from meetings conducting during the the past four months, District 4 councdman Robert Kendrick said. The group — made up of architects, engineers, developers and other concerned residents — met to discuss regulating the amount of impervious cover in developments around the city. Impervious cover, defined as any cover that does not allow water to seep to the ground, has contributed to drainage and flooding problems in the city, Kendrick said. “We’ve been meeting for months,” he said. “It expanded to include a look at all the ordinances that concern physical entities — zoning, streets, sidewalks, development. It’s an attempt to control drainage problems.” The city’s planning committee decided at its last meeting to appoint ll committee members and three ex-officio officers to the committee, Planning Director Harry Bennett said. The committee will suggest changes to the subdivision and other ordinances or ■ WHO: Subdivision Ordinance Committee ■ WHAT: Group to discuss changes to the New Braunfels’ subdivision ordinance ■ WHEN: 5 p.m. Wednesday ■ WHERE: Conference Room B of the New Braunfels Municipal Building COMMITTEE MEMBERS Ed Badouh Roger Biggers Jerry Ford Matt Harrison Randy Haugh Craig Hollmig John Lovett Mike Norris A.C. McAda Steve Schultz James Vaughn Ex-Officio Members: • Planning Director Harry Bennett • City Engineer • Robert Kendrick, District 4 councilman might start over from scratch. ‘They will discuss the situations with the subdivision ordinances and appoint a chairman and vice-chairman,” Bennett said. “Then they will try to pull together information to determine what needs to be changed in the ordinances.” Kendrick says the ordinance revision is a massive undertaking. The committee has not set a date for completing its working and forwarding recommendations to city council. “We’ve discovered some problems,” Kendrick said. ‘There are great gaps in the zoning ordinances that require people to take extraSee COMMITTEES But his name is not Harry Potter apprentice Zack Green spins the wheel with his feet, and waters Vanessa Bazan’s bowl at the same time. Dee Buck and his daughter Claire were on hand at Conservation Plaza for this past weekend’s Fondest. * K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung _    TUESDAYNew Braunfels    Anni    io,2001 ""IHT”    12    pages    in    2    sectioiHer ALD-Z EITUNG ET Lnzzm. _____Vol. 150, No. 128    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Council calls wristband meeting By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer In an effort to avoid legal action against the wristband ordinance, the New Braunfels City Council voted to meet again with the river outfitters and the River Activities Committee to discuss solutions and alternatives to the wristband ordinance. The meeting is set for 6 p.m. Thursday, April 19 in Conference Room A/B of the Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. “I’ve heard rumblings that they are not going to do it, that they might sue us,” said Councilman Robert Kendrick in making the sugges- School districts file suit over “Robin Hood” school finance law./4A tion. “I hope we can move together and not be on opposite sides of the fence. We need to have one final last meeting to come up with solutions and get inputs on how to achieve this.” Kendrick brought the proposal to postpone action on two resolutions — one that would set the price for the wristbands and another to set shuttle permit fees — in order to quiet some of the controversy surrounding the wrist- See WRISTBANDS/3A ;