New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Obituaries....................Time short for state to reform aquifer rules
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Efforts to pass legislation regulating the Edwards Aquifer is running up against the usual roadblocks of politics as legislators wade through numerous bills trying to finally find a solution to the problem.
A bill sponsored by Rep, Ron Lewis (D-Mauriceville) passed the House Natural Resources Committee Tuesday and is poised to enter the House Floor for a vote in the coming weeks. The bill basically extends the dates for requirements under the original Senate Bill 1477 which created the lid wards Aquifer Authority.
Another bill sponsored by Lewis basically mirrors a Senate version by
Sen. Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria) and already passed in that chamber that would allow both the authority and Edwards Underground Water District to exist.
Local water negotiator Doug Miller said however, another prominent bill sponsored by Rep. Robert Puente (D-San Antonio) is gaining attention. The bill calls for an elected board to govern pumping of the aquifer, seven members from Bexar county and two each from Comal, Hays, Uvalde and Medina counties.
“The problem with that is that there would bo no downstream representation," said Miller, citing Seguin and Victoria as examples.
He also said a board such as this
*W« n«ed more rep* resentatlon on the board.1
— Doug Miller, New Braunfels' water negotiator
would be weighted toward counties who oppose what they call overextended pumping restrictions, such as the city of San Antonio and farmers to the west.
"We need more representation on the board," he said.
The battle now comes down the House chamber of the Texas Legislature where one of the various bills should come to light.
protect endangered species in Comal and San Marcos springs from over-pumping of the aquifer, a suit in which the city of New Braunfels intervened on the club's side.
A federal judge, Lucius Bunton III, has repeated that he is growing impatient.
He is considering recommendations from his water monitor, Joe Q. Moore, to institute pumping restrictions on irrigation as well as municipal, and industrial users although military installations would be exempt for essential water use.
The judge is expected to review the plan in a May 19 hearing as representatives in Austin continue to wage a verbal battle over the solution.
New rules expected at lake boat ramps
Commissioners-likely to vote tomorrow
Herald-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Mayor Paul Fraser and Councilwoman Mary Serold speak to Victor Landin of Knytex during the company's grand opening ceremony Tuesday.
Knytex opens its New Braunfels plant
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The Ntw Braunfels Herald-Zeltung extendi birthday wishes to; Kristy Scheel (16 yawl), Amo Vlllaal, Jonathan Akan, and Armilfo VUlela
On tho trail tram Indianola
(Editor's Note: Nevi/ Braunfels resident Scott Koehler Is calling the Herald-Zeitung each morning during the Sesquicentennial Trail Ride with a report on the events ofthe day before. The trail riders will arrive in New Braunfels Friday afternoon. They left Indianola. on the Texas coast, Sunday.)
The trail ride runs from Cuero to Gonzales today on the second-longest stretch of the journey. A ceremony is scheduled at Independence Park in Gonzales tonight at 6r30 pm "We had a 4:30 a.m. wakeup call this morning and rode out a little before 7:30 a.m...The people along the way drive by or some stop and take pictures and everything.
“The horses and wagons are holding up pretty good...We have a 34-mile ride today and 35 miles tomorrow, the longest part of the trip. We’ll camp in Gonzales tonight and at Sheriff’s Posse Arena in Seguin tomorrow."
City election forum planned Thursday
The Comal Area League of Women Voters will host a city election forum Thursday, April 13, at 7 p.m., at the New Braunfels ISD Education Center, 430 Mill Street.
Candidates for Districts 1 & 2 will make 5-minute presentations followed by an audience question and answer period.
Mayor Paul Fraser and a representative of the recall petition will address District 4 constituents. Presentations will be made on city charter amendments and the one-half cent sales tax proposition.
Catholic church plane outdoor service
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will celebrate the Sesquicentennial year with an outdoor Mass on Easter Sunday, at 12 noon, on the veranda in front o the church. The celebration of I the Eucharist will be led by Arch-bishop Patrick Flores and attended by Bishops Popp and Yanta. Music will be provided by the New Braunfels Village Brass Band, the Children’s Bell Choir, and Alton Rahe as Cantor
Parking for this event will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall with shuttle buses providing rides to and from the church. Bring folding chairs for seating in front of the church.
Following the Mass, there will be a barbecue dinner at the KC Hall. Contact the church office at 625-4531 for ticket information.Stammtisch_
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitunff invites its readers la submit items lo Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community. "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to na 'her and share the day's happenings We invite you to share with us.)
The Knytex company has completed renovations to the 215,000-square-foot former West Point Pepperell facility in New Braunfels, and is under way waving and knitting glass fiber into the fabric it sells worldwide.
The company is now the world's largest manufacturer of specialty reinforced fabrics and employes 160 people here.
Knytex was formed in 1975, when it was named Proform Inc. and its manufacturing process was developed. After several ownership changes, knytex grew and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Hexcel Corportation in 1987.
In 1993, Hexcel and Owens-Com-ing formed the existing joint venture, Knytex, LLC. as a stand alone com
pany based in Seguin.
"We are growing in excess of 30 percent per year," said General Manager Walter C. 'Tex' Tumier. "And I expect that would probably continue the rest of this decade ... The new uses for our product are just beginning to mushroom ... We are just scraping the iceberg as it relates to our future potential.
"They’re trying to put together something," said Rep. Edmund Kuetripe I (R-Seguin) who has said he favors an authority as long as Comal, Hays and smaller counties have a say. "...Whatever it is, San Antonio's not going to like it."
Meanwhile, the federal case that ushered all this legislative wrangling continues to follow twists and turns. The Sierra Club, an environmental group, has issued an addition contention in their original four-year-old suit, saying the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission has failed to enforce the endangered species act.
The Sierra Club originally sued Bruce Babbitt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service saying they failed to
By CRAIG HAMMETT
People who love to spend their leisure time at Canyon Lake will likely find new rules at county boat ramps and docks this year.
The approval of the new rules is just one of several items to be considered in Thursday’s Commissioner’s Court agenda.
The new rules come in response to complaints of overuse of the ramps, especially since the U.S. A liny Corps of Engineers parks started charging fees. Many people use the ramps for purposes other than loading and unloading boats, officials say.
The rules, if approved by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority which controls the lake water, would provide no-wake zones of 200 ft. around ramps and docks, prohibit diving in the zones, and swimming off the ramps and docks.
A meeting at the Canyon Lake Action Center Tuesday morning saw about 20 people in attendance, in addition to officials from various agencies including the Corps, Texas Parks and Wildlife. Sheriffs Department, etc.
Commissioner Moe Schwab said most ofthe discussion focused on the wake zones and length requirements.
“Instead of using a 200-feet zone
for a wake area at Turkey Cove, they suggested going all the way across,” he said.
Any more discussion can be heard at Com-missioner’s Court Thursday before a vote is taken.
The rules will include both county and Corps ramps and can be enforced by any licensed peace officer.
The Commissioners’ Court will also consider a resolution to create a Comal County Housing Authority and appoint a Board of Commissioners for the authority and direct that board to enter into an agreement for management by the New Braunfels Housing Authority.
Also, the court will consider revisions to the Comal County Subdivision Regulations and set a date for approval of the revisions. The revisions would probably increase minimum lot sizes for new plats, simply by requiring plats show spacing requirements for septic tanks be shown as development plans are presented.
The court will also adopt a proclamation nameing April Sexual Assault Awareness Month.
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Dieted Auto Supply while it was open for business.
Dieted Auto Supply after the demolition crew went to work yesterday.
Demolition crew takes down Dieted Auto Supply
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A familiar New Braunfels landmark bites the dust. The Dieted Auto Supply building was tom down yesterday after standing for 68 years at the comer of Coll Street and Seguin Avenue.
The building was built in 1927, said owner Darvin Dieted Through six changes in ownership it has always housed automotive businesses. “Some time ago the Downtown Association
was going to put some plaques on some buildings,” Dieted said. “That's when I did some research.”
“In 1927 it was a Plymouth dealership. The owner was Carl Ohm,” Dieted said. The building changed hands in 1934 and became Becker Motors, which sold Dodge, Plymouth and Dodge Truck vehicles, he said.
A Kaiser-Fraizer dealership owned by Marvin Jansch took Becker’s place in 1946.
Ludwig Motor Company, a Studebaker dealership, moved into the comer building in 1949, replacing an auto repair shop which had been there since 1947. Ludwig Motor Company stayed until 1965, when the building was remodeled to serve as an auto pads dealer.
The name changed to Ackerman, then Moore, then Wayne Automotive, Dieted said.
Then, in 1977, the auto pads store became Dieted Auto Supply.
Dieted may sell the property to First Protestant Church, where he is a member. “The church has expressed interest in it for some great time,” he said. “For the immediate future they were going to use it for parking. Later (Mi in the future, if they want to use it for the kindergaden they can.” lf First Protestant acquires the propedy, the comer of Coll and Seguin would become pad of an even more historic New Braunfels landmark than the one which was destroyed.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144