New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
SATURDAY April 21, 2001
18 pages in 2 sections
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Vol. 150, No. 138
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Park celebrates roots on Arbor Day
By Martin Malacara
‘To the woods, we return to faith.”
Vivian Allen quoted Ralph Waldo Emerson as she, city officials, garden club members and city residents quietly celebrated the beauty of trees Friday in a corner of Landa Park.
Mayor Stoney Williams officially declared the day Arbor Day with a proclamation. The proclamation noted the city’s status as a Tree City USA, a designation given to
cities by the National Arbor Day Foundation.
To mark the occasion, the Parks and Recreation Department planted a Burr Oak tree, donated by the Guada Coma Garden Club in honor of former city gardener Raymond Zavala. ‘It was a surprise for me,” Zavala said. Zavala retired from the parks
department in December after 26 years. He said he could not find words to thank everyone involved with the donation. He wants to spend time with his family and work around his home, but he said he would lend a hand with more tree plantings.
‘Til try. If they ask me for help, I sure will,” he said.
Arboretum Committee member Dolores Schumann recalled Zavala’s willingness to help fellow nature lovers. “He always had a smile and a helping hand with the geese following behind too,” she said.
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Everyone from the mayor to the geese wanted in on Friday’s city celebration of Arbor Day, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and area garden clubs.
City taps NE resident for engineer’s job
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
New Braunfels resident Michael Short will become the new city engineer, City Manager Mike Shands said Friday.
Short was one of five candidates for the job, which has been open since C.A. Bolner was fired in March.
Short will start work on May 7, Shands said.
“He has an enormous amount of drainage experience,” Shands said. ‘It was a key factor. He spent the last four or five years addressing drainage issues and flooding. He also has good communication skills.”
Short just moved to the area from Nevada, Shands said. He has family living nearby in Schertz.
Currently, Short works as a project engineer and manager for Consort Inc., developing a master-plan community north of Austin. He is respon-sible for the street and drainage designs for the projects, according to his resume.
From May 1994 until September 2000, Short worked as a project engineer for Pen-List of candidates for the city attorney’s job/4A
tacore Engineering. He worked with the municipal flood control agencies of Las Vegas, Clark County, North Las Vegas, Henderson and Boulder City. His resume also fists his work with regional agencies, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Clark County Flood Control Distiict.
Short graduated from the University of Nevada in Las Vegas with a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering. He is a licensed professional engineer in Nevada and Texas.
Short’s name was part of a fist of applicants received by the Herald-Zeitung Thursday afternoon. Shands initially balked at releasing the names to the public and agreed only after the newspaper threatened the city with legal action.
Under the Texas Public Information Act, the names and qualifications of applicants for municipal jobs are open for public scrutiny.
Council sets shuttle fees at $2 per seat
By Amy Clarkson
New Braunfels City Council voted at a workshop Thursday to charge $2 for each seat on the vehicles used to shuttle people from the public river exits back to their cars.
Council met with outfitters and the River Activities Committee to discuss funding measures for the city’s river management plan, which includes increased law enforcement and better fitter
Originally, the River Activities Committee recommended la charge of $3 for each seat, which would net the city about $6,000 for the river management plan. The currant fee is set at $50 for the first vehicle and $25 for each vehicle after that.
‘There was some concern that everyone was paying the same fee, regardless of size,” City Manager Mike Shands See FEES/3 AMeeting-
The Canyon Lake Businessmen will meet at 7 p.m. May 3 at Canyon Lake Recreation Center to organize for a May 9 Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission hearing on the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s water request. Call (830) 907-3616 for information.
Lake residents at odds with GBRA over withdrawal plan
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West answers a question using a map of the Canyon Lake area during a meeting with Canyon Lake residents Thursday night.
By Martin Malacara
Canyon Lake area engineers believe Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s storage calculations do not hold water.
They and some Canyon Lake residents are upset with the GBRA’s plans to remove more water from the lake. Residents worry taking the water away from Canyon Lake will hurt business and recreation.
The group plans to present its case to the New Braunfels City Council when it meets Monday to ask the council to oppose the river authority’s action. The Canyon Lake Businessmen conducted a public forum Thursday at Papa Docks Cafe to address water concerns.
GBRA representatives were present to answer questions about their request to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission for an additional 40,000 acre-feet of water from the lake.
An acre-foot equals roughly 325,000 gallons of water, enough to supply a family of five for one year.
The river authority currently has a
TNRCC permit to draw 50,000 acre-feet from the lake. Fred Blumeberg, GBRA deputy manager, told residents the lake’s level would remain at 909 mean sea level. Reports in other area media said the lake’s level would change by at least IO feet.
Blumeberg said this was not true. “We don’t want (the level) at 890 or 900,” he said. “We want this lake as full as you do.”
The 909 level is a required level to manage the resource during drought.
Blumeberg said the lake currently maintained this level 50 percent of the time at the 50,000 acre-feet water withdraw.
With the additional withdraw and impounded water from downstream, the lake’s level would maintain the 909 msl about 42 percent of the time.
“We’re not just taking water out,” Blumeburg said. “We’re impounding more water.”
Blumeburg said the river authority and the city of Seguin accomplished this by subordinating water rights downstream.
This means no water will pass through for hydroelectric purposes.
Blumeburg also said during the 1996 drought, the lake’s level dropped about 6 feet. But the next year, the lake recharged at a high enough volume to fill two lakes.
Bob Rogers, lake resident and engineer, said his own calculations of lake levels during the 1990s did not match GBRA’s.
“I was seeing some pretty scary data,” Rogers said.
He said his calculations indicated the lake remained at the 909 level only IO percent of the time at the 50,000 acre-foot withdraw.
See WAVES/3AH-Z, radio station present candidate forum today
The Herald-Zeitung and KGNB Radio New Braunfels will present a New Braunfels City Council candidate Forum from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. today rn the air at KGNB AM 1420.
Panelists will be H-Z managing eelier Margaret Edmonson and KGNB lews director David Ferguson. Moderator will be Ron Friesenhahn.
Listeners are invited to call and par-icipate in the forum.Inside
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Balloon enthusiasts full of hot air./Sunday in the Heraid-Zeitung
Officer: Dad knew little about girl’s health
By Ron Maloney
A Williamson County Sheriffs detective wept Friday as she described the condition of a 7-year-old girl at the center of a child injury trial.
Sheriff’s Lt. Belinda Thompson also testified that Joseph Heiser, the suspect father in the case, seemed to be out of touch with the condition of his daughter.
Heiser and his wife, Yevette Heiser, of liberty HUI, are accused of injuring and endangering the child by nearly starving her to death and failing to find her proper medical care.
Thompson, recently promoted to lieutenant, was a detective sergeant who investigated an allegation on Jan. 5, 2000, that the Heisers’ then 7-year-old daughter was being abused and neglected. Thompson is an eight-year veteran who spent three years investigating child abuse cases, she told the jury in Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield’s 26th Judicial District Court.
The detective said she arrived at Liberty Hill Elementary School that afternoon to meet with school officials, who detailed their concerns about the girl.
The detective had investigated many