New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hans mulled to restore Faust St Bridge
By DENISE DZIUK
County Commissioners met with engineers on the Faust Street Bridge Wednesday morning to discuss the planned restoration of the bridge, and according to preliminary projections, the project is over budget.
County Engineer Tom Homseth said most of the preliminary engineering, including cost estimates, has been completed He said a detailed presentation would be made to commissioners court at a later time requiring action. However, he said Wednesday's meeting on the bridge was simply to give everyone “a visual perspective" of the project.
Mark Badoux, senior engineer for LAW Engineering and Environmental Services, said the bridge is very unique in nature. He said a city in
Michigan had a similar one, and thought they had the only remaining one in the United States until discussions began on the New Braunfels’ bridge. However, he said die local bridge is in better shape.
"The studies so far have confirmed what Tom (Homseth) anticipated...This bridge is in remarkably good condition," said Badoux.
Badoux and die project engineer reviewed the feasibility study report.
Since the entire bridge will be open to pedestrian traffic, the walkway along the side will be removed. New guard rails will be installed, the asphalt will be removed and replaced with a wood deck, and it will be repainted.
The entire total for the project came to $570,000.
Homseth told die commissioners the county has $450,000 available for the project, which includes
“The studies so far have confirmed what Tom (Hornseth) antic!* pated...This bridge is in remarkably good condition.
— Mark Badoux, senior engineer for LAW Engineering and Environmental
$90,000 from the county and a Texas Department of Transportation grant. He said die commissioners will have to decide what to do about being over budget.
“The bottom line is we need some move funding, probably not the whole amount though," hp said.
Homseth said part of the feasibility study includes electrical work dud was not in die first plan. He said there may be room to cut die costs in some areas, but move money will likely still be needed.
He hopes to go before commissioners court as early as next week to discuss additional funckngi He said part of that funding may include an ad#? tional enhancement grant from TxDOT.
“I think this is something TxDOT feels is important and wants to see happen," said Homseth.
Badoux said once a decision is reached on funding, the actual construction and restoration should only take about two months.Traffic woes head candidate panel discussion
By MELANIE GERIK
City council and mayoral candidates talked Thursday night about the issues close to their hearts and the centerpieces of their campaigns.
Most of the candidates expressed concerns about the growth of New Braunfels and its byproduct — traffic and congested streets.
“We have not looked at our development plan for more than 20 years," said Jan Ketmady, candidate for mayor. “It needs to be locked at, and the time is soon."
Kennady, her opponent Chetyl Scott and council candidates spoke to more than 25 voters at the forum at die New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center Thursday night. The forum was sponsored by the League of Women Voters.
Cathy Talcott, a candidate for the newly-created District 5, said she also is concerned about the heavy summer tourist traffic through her area, which includes Schlitterbahn Water Park.
Her opponent, “Slim Jim" Hendricks, said he had the same concerns about the tourist traffic and about proposed construction along Interstate 35.
Mary Lou Erben, candidate for District 6, summed up her primary concerns in a few words, “traffic, traffic, traffic, congestion... and traffic."
Her opponent, Juliet Watson, did not attend Thursday's forum.
Kennady said the city will have to start buying as much available property as possible to wider streets, and divert traffic one-way on some streets
The candidates also fielded questions about raising utility rates and the sell of utility bonds
The city council recently approved $3.3 million in bonds for New Braunfels Utilities without putting the measure on the May 4 ballot.
The council also approved rate increases fbi water and sewer rates.
Scott said she would have voted differently
than the council's decisions.
“I am a protector of citizens’ rights," Scot said. “I disagree that NBU rates should havi gone up, and I think the public should have beet able to vote on the bonds.”
Kennady and the other candidates said the; would vote for rate hikes, if the increases wet justified.
All New Braunfels registered voters will tun a chance for the first time in the city’s history f vote for the at-large mayor and the District 5 ar 6 seats starting Monday. Early voting will col tinue through May I in Room 306 of the Com County Courthouse Annex.
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David Warty, IAU conatimar programs coordinator, and Robert Wast, homo builder, display an
HenM-ZwOunQ photo by MIC energy-efficient kitchen.
EnvironmentaUy-friendly home earns NBU distinction
By MELANIE GERIK
The white limestone house at 1752 Cypress Rapids Drive locks like any other home in its upscale neighborhood in Gniene.
But builder Robert West l^s loaded the house with a special dishwasher, fireplace and other features, making the 3,000-square-foot home energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
West said be has been making energy-efficient homes since be started building in 1981, but die Cypress Rapids House is the first in New Braunfels to earn the distinction of Good Cents Environmental Home by New Braunfels Utilities.
The fireplace brinp combustion air from the outside instead of using already-warmed inside air, said David Weriey, NBU consumer programs coordinator.
The house also is limited in the kitchen by compact florescent lights, which use 17 watts of
energy each but shine like 60-watt bulbs, Worley said.
The windows are equipped with low-emmis-sivity glass for southern climates, which allows heat to escape from the house, but no heat to come inside.
"Ifs clear gas that acts like ifs tinted," Weriey said
The house is also insulated much more than normal houses. West installed insulation in between the sheetrock and studs instead of just around the studs.
Worley said all the insulation made the house “just like the outside of an ice chest."
West also used white limestone, which earned points for the Good Cents Environmental Home distinction because it is a local resource.
The environmentally-friendly features may help the house sell more quickly, said Cindy Berry, Lower Colorado River Authority conservation coordinator.
“It’s a new idea that people are asking for
now," Berry said.
Weriey said NBU wants to promote building energy-efficient houses because most homeowners realize they spend too much money on utilities after they live built their house and it is too late to change.
“You can’t go back and rip up the walls and put more insulation or put better sealing on," Weriey said.
With all the energy-saving features, West said his customers have paid much less for utilities. In a 3,000-square-foot house similar to the Cypress Rapids address, West said the high gas and electric bills averaged $125 per month.
The house is on the market for $225,000, but West said “not all Good Cents houses have to cost that much."
Weriey said two other houses — one made from compressed soil and the other made out of similar materials used in road pavement — are being built as Good Cents Environmental Homes in the NBU service ama.
Pollan Count Mold—630 Grass—53 Oak—3,369 Sycamore—76 Hackberry —39
(Polen measured in parte per cubic mttor of sir. Readngs taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal River—234 cubic feet per second, tame as yesterday Edwards Aqutfer Pannier Canyon Wei —624.09 feet above sea level, down .01 from yesterday.
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nursery clinic sci in Marion
Schulz Nursery in Marion will host rose clinics from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 13 and 14. On April 14 at 1 p.m., Oma and the Oompahs will perform at the nursery.
Also, April 27 at 10 am, the nursery will host a turf care clinic. Oma and the Oompahs will perform again April 28 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.during NB Triathlon
The flow of traffic on streets in the vicinity of Common St. near Hillman Island and along FM 306 toward Canyon Dam will be slowed Sunday to accomodate participants in the seventh annual New Braunfels Triathlon. Officers will be monitoring traffic at several points of the race starting from 8 a.m. to noon.Iris show
The New Braunfels Iris Society will hold its annual Iris Show on Saturday, April 13, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Wesley Hall of First United Methodist Church. Admission is free. 9:30 a.m. Members of the Iris Society will have potted iris plants for sale.Rural School Rsunion
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.Gordon club rosehoduftoB mooting
The Comal Garden Club will not have its usual meeting April 4. Instead, the club will meet April 18 to travel to Fredricksburg to tour an herb farm.
A outline in the April 4 edition incorrectly stated that Milton Brown was treated and releasd from University Hospital in San Antonio.
In fact, Brown remains in the rehabilitation unit of the hospital recovering from lower back injuries._
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Smithson Valley ecology students trek to Baltimore conference
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Last summer teacher Annette Geroy led students in the Ecology Club at Smithson Valley High School on a study of water quality in the Guadalupe River.
Now armed with that knowledge, Geroy and two students — Adam Stovall and Andrew Kolmeier—will trek to Baltimore, MD (rn June 8 for a four-day Watershed ‘96 Conference. They will present their findings at the national forum dealing with watershed management.
Geroy said the group was enlightened by the trip along the Guadalupe River. The study started from Canyon Lake Dam to the end of the river basin at Matagorda Island.
“I had no concept of how much water was used from the Guadalupe River," Geroy, a marine biology teacher, said. “I was excited to know there is a monitoring agency involved in the
usage of every drop of water from the Guadalupe River.”
One of those monitoring agencies, the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, helped sponsor the club’s trip and may help sponsor the trip to Baltimore, Geroy said.
The journey began at Structural Mills Incorporated (SMI) and Nolte Island, both in Seguin. They also visited hydroelectric plants in Seguin and Canyon Dam. At Nolte Island, the students learned how to use kits for testing acidity, water clarity and dissolved oxygen.
On the second day, the students and their adult sponsors, went on a rafting trip from the Canyon Dam to Gruene.
“We looked at the use of the river for recreational purposes," Geroy said. “One of the things we saw was how much trash was there. Ellen Posey (of Whitewater Sports) talked to us about water safety and the river cleanups in the fall and the spring and how much effort was put into
Geroy and the ecology club traveled down river to Cuero, where they spent the night. The next morning they went to Tivoli (near Matagorda Island) and visited a saltwater barrier, an inflatable dam that keeps saltwater from backing into the Guadalupe River from San Antonio Bay.
“We had a man talk to us cm how the water is used for irrigation and agriculture," Geroy said. “We then went to the Union Carbide plant south of Tivoli. What we looked at there was how the water was taken out, how it was used and the water quality as it was returned to the river.”
They then journeyed to Rockport and Matagorda Island, where they learned about the island wildlife by identifying the fish and shrimp, which they caught in nets.
At Matagorda Island, die students discovered an unsightly area.
“One of our students, Adam Stovall, was amazed by the amount of trash found on the
Annatto Geroy end ecology students Andrew Kolmeier and Adam Stovall followed the Guadalupe River to (ta end at Matagorda Island.
island," Geroy said. “We got a feeling for w comes in (from the ocean). A lot of it comes private boats and drilling platforms."
The students took pictures and slides, wk will be a part of their presentation in BaitingFor subscription or advertising information, call the at 625-9144.