New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, April 24,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Maria Garza
Vol. 145, No. 116Inside
StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Maria “DP’ Garza, Charles Orsag II, Joe Roberts, Cynthia Fitzsimmons, Roy G. Young, Peter UUoa, Amelia Garza, Veronica Ozuna, Zackary Whitehead (ll years old), Joey Judldns (14 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Rocky and Kathy Rust (21 years), Gary and Julie Erben (21 years), Walter and Dorothy Mueller (43 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River — 270 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well —624.98 feet above sea level, down.
Canyon Dam discharge — 1,429 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 686 Canyon Lake level — 910 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the Canyon Lake outflow to BOO cfs by 11 a.m. today. The outflow wW be reduced to 700 cfs by the weekend.
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 7.194 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 1.529 million galons of wed water were used.Bridge at Cinene open today
The Canyon Lake release rate will be reduced to 800 cubic fee per second by 11 a m today, according to the U.S Army Corps of Engineers. The Guadalupe River bridge at Gruene will be open today.Nominations sought for lawman off the year
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 "Ed Murphy Memorial Award — Lawman of the Year.” Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up applications from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp, 384 Landa St. Completed nomi nations must be returned to the law office by 5 p.m. April 30.Fiw« immunizations at ScNKterbahn
Schlitterbahn and the Texas Department of Health will sponsor a free immunization clinic from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Rapids pavailion next to Schlitterbahn’s Blastenhoff section. Needed vaccinations will be given to children through age 17. Each child vaccinated will receive free admission to Schlitterbahn. For information call (800) 252-9152.Bluebonnet Country Music Fest Saturday
The first annual Bluebonnet Country Music Fest to benefit the Comal County Senior Center will be noon to midnight Saturday. The dance at 9 p.m. wil feature Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band There will be barbecue, beer, great food and baked goods, as wel as face painting, live and silent auctions, country and line dane ing available all day.Water safety class Saturday at TCO
Texas Lutheran University is offering a Red Cross water safe ty instructor's course beginning at 8:30 a m. Saturday at the rec/pool area. The cost is $90 For more information contact Keith Skogman at (210) 620 5303.
City charts enhanced airport operations
By ABE LEVY
City airport officials are proposing that the City Council approve a plan to build a fixed based operation that would sell fuel and oil and provide a pilot lounge at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport. The move would aim to promote the city to travelers and prospective industries.
The city-owned facility could generate as much as $ 100,000 to $200,000 in profit the first year, and those funds would be returned to the Airport Enterprise Fund, City Airport Manager Darrell Phillips said.
That fund, which currently has about $500,000, is the sole source of revenue for the airport and is supported by rental income, an agricultural lease, I percent of the gross receipts, on all commercial activities and a 7-cent fuel flow fee.
Phillips said the project could cost about $200,000 but with the location
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still undecided and final fuel service providers not selected, the estimate could change.
The plan will go before the City Council this Monday and, if Darrell Phillips approved, construction would begin in about one month with the grand opening possibly in October, Phillips said.
Currently Brauntex Aviation, owned by Bayliss Harriss, is the only fuel supplier at the airport.
Calls to Harriss Wednesday and Thursday morning were not returned.
City officials hope to break into the airport fuel market by offering low-cost fuel service 24 hours a day with a credit card machine.
The revenue, city officials said, will keep the city from subsidizing the air
port fund with taxpayer money.
“The idea of the project was something to provide for extra revenue,” Phillips said. “I just want to see the operation pay for our needs and develop in the future.”
Phillips said the proposed FBO would provide an alternative to private services, which will continue to be welcome at the airport.
Most of the airport users are local business officials of large industries such as the Wal-Mart Distribution Center or the Coleman Company.
The city already has been planning to build a city-owned terminal at the airport with a 50-percent matching grant from the Texas Department of Transportation.
The terminal is scheduled for completion by 1999 and would cost about $300,000, city officials said.
NEW BRAUNFELS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT SERVICES
H The facility has three runways that are each about 5,000-feet long and between 100-to 150-feet
■ The airport includes a terminal building, restaurant, 58 T-hangars, six hangars for aircraft maintenance and repairs, two hangars for storage and tie-downs for more than 40 aircraft. Parking spaces allow for a total of 123 vehicles.
■ The National Weather Service built a station that services the South and Central Texas region.
■ The airport is the primary facility for business aircraft from New Braunfels and Seguin and
also serves training flights from San Antonio and Bexar County.
■ The airport captured 4.5 to 5.5 percent of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, including corporate uses by Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Glastron Manufacturing, West Point Pepperell Textile Factories and Outlet Mall, ADM, General Portland, Parker Brothers, 3-M, each from the New Braunfels area, and Holly Farms, Motorola and SMI, Inc. from Seguin, according to a 1985 Texas Aeronautics Commission Study.
Source: New Braunfels Airport Master Plan, 1990
hterald-Zmtung photo by Michael Camail
Jesse Schievetbien and Leigh Purtle of JAS Construction put the roof frame on a new home in one of the moat developed areas of New Braunfels on Dustin Cade Road.
Council plans to make more room for growth
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels city officials said they are working on a plan to annex about 8 square miles of land inside its extraterritorial jurisdiction to prepare for the future development of the city.
The proposal including the three sections of land will likely go before the Planning and Zoning Commission in June, City Planning Director Harry Bennett said.
Bennett said the commission discussed the proposed sites during a December meeting and forwarded them as non-action items to the City Council, which showed no opposition, Bennett said.
The proposed sections are primarily undeveloped and include:
■ 3 square miles south of County Line Road in Guadalupe County. This section already has water and sewer connections from New Braunfels Utilities and electric service comes from Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative.
■ 3 square miles northeast of the city limits bounded by Interstate 35, Kowald Lane, FM I IGI and Kohlenberg Road. This section does not include Wal-Mart Distribution Center, which is not included in the plan according to an agreement with the city.
■ 2 square miles northeast of the city limits and north of the Lifehaus Park in Comal County. This area is bounded by Goodwin Lane, Con
rads Road and 1-35.
The costs of incorporating would be minimal, city officials said, because most of the area in Comal County is vacant farmland and the area in Guadalupe County borders County Line Road where a new tire station recently was built, police already patrol and utility water connections are built.
City officials said they would not have a cost estimate until department heads and other parties add their input after reviewing copies of the proposal.
Moreover, if the areas were approved, they would not extend the ETJ of the city into other ETJs of bordering cities, Bennett said.
The city’s ETJ extends 2 miles from the city limits and is subject to
city subdivision policies but not its zoning ordinance, Bennett said.
The city voluntarily annexed an area including Newk’s Tennis Ranch and T-Bar-M Tennis and Conference Center on Highway 46 three years ago.
According to state law the city can annex IO percent of its 27.6 square acres or roll over that amount each year up to 30 percent.
This year the city hopes to end three years of waiting to manage growth better.
“You do annexation not necessarily for growth but for control,” Bennett said. “Annexation gives us that additional control for zoning. The concern we have is ‘Do we want development just to happen?’ Hut's why we’re looking at those areas.”
Bennett said the proposed areas arc preliminary and could be reduced after public hearings and review by the planning commission and city council.
lf the areas meet approval by both those boards, the land could be annexed as soon as December, he said, in which case the city would not collect property taxes until 1999.
Within 60 days after the effective date of annexation, the city would be required to provide:
■ police and fire protection
■ solid waste collection
■ street lighting and maintenance of roads
■ maintenance of parks, playgrounds, swimming pools and any other publicly owned facility, building or service
The proposed land would be introduced as agricultural zoning until further requests are made, Bennett said.
Still, because the land in Comal County is situated near existing industry development, it could be used to attract more industries and growth near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, Bennett said.
Charges expected in hazing incident
By ABE LEVY
County Attorney Bill Reinter said that only a misdemeanor assault charge would be filed against a student involved in a hazing incident at Canyon High School because the alleged victims told investigators no sexual assault occurred.
Original complaints by parents of the alleged victims indicated that coat hangers had been used to sexually assault some athletes as part of a hazing ritual in October and January. School officials have said that they did not find out about the hazing incidents until late March, when parents complained.
Two sets of parents then filed formal complaints with the New Braunfels Police on April 7 and 9.
Reimer said he initially received one of the reports because it showed the incident could be a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault.
After interviewing the victims, Reimer said he concluded that the offense was not a sexual assault or any other higher degree of assault.
He said one of the mother’s wanted more severe charges pursued but that he could not unless the victims were willing to reveal more details.
“One lady in particular felt it should be more severe but I told her unless your son is willing to disclose this, we’re stuck,” he said.
Reimer said he expected the simple assault charge, a class C misdemeanor, to be filed today in Municipal Court.
Comal Independent School District officials last week announced that they had disciplined nine students and one coach after the school ended its investigation of the hazing.
A Class C assault charge carries up to a $500 fine, but no chance for jail time.
Police said they have been waiting on parents to sign the complaint in order for the Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer to pursue charges
Boyer said he told parents that he needed a specific date for the alleged assaults before he could prosecute.
“We have to be able to prove not within a month,” he said. “We have to have something more specific than that.”
“I don’t view Municipal Court to clean up the community,” he said. “(The disciplined students) certainly had punishment to some extent imposed by the school district. I don’t go looking for a person to file a complaint.”
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