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24 pages in three sections ■ Friday, August 1,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol. 145, No. 187
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The New Braunfels He raid-Zeitung extends birthday wishes Janet Hartnell-WHUains, Mia Foaey, Sheila Rodriguez, Aiaaley Sacco, Daniel Puls and Bob Freimuth.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Patrick and Laverne Wel-lorn and Jim and Linda Thompson.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Residents disapprove of 281 proposals
Public calls for lower speed limits
Mold — 383
(Prtfrn measured in parts per cube meter of air. rtonwion prcMdad by Or. Frank Hvnpd.)
throe information Comal Rtosr — 307 cfs, down 6 from Thursday
Ofrwrda Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 626.98 fast above aaa level, down .16 from Thursday
Canyon Dam dtocharge — 4,981 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 566 cfs Canyon Lake leva! — 913.70 (oat above sea level. (Above conservation pod.)
NSU reports pumping 6.S22 milton gal-lone of surface waler Thursday and 1.245 mHon gallons of wed water were used.
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Tgnlght — partly cloudy with a 20 percent change of . evening thunderstorms Low In the mid 70s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph Saturday — partly cloudy. High in the mid 90s. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph. Sunday through Tun#* ay —partly cloudy. Isolated afternoon or evening thunderstorms. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s.
Early voting for two separate elections ends Tuesday AH registered voters can vote on a constitutional amendment to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determining school taxes. The poll for this race is at the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District are also filling two at-large seats and the District 1 and District 4 seats Voting in this race is taking place at the courthouse annex and at NBISD Education Center, 430 W MHI St. The education center polling place will also be open Saturday to give voters an extra opportunity to cast a ballot in only the NBISD election. Voters need to enter through the back entrance at the ground level.
Early voting runs through Aug. 5, with the election being held Aug. 9.
The registration period for the various Comal County schools is under way . The dates and times vary among schools and grades, so see Page 9A for more information. The Herald-Zeitung also is running school supply lists on Pages 10-11A for those going shopping this week-end.
We are running this information several times as a service to our readers.
By CHRIS CREWS
There were two agendas in play Thursday night at a public information meeting held to discuss improving safety at the U.S. 281/ Borgfeld Road intei|ection.
The fissure between the two sides was clearly defined.
Texas Department of Transportation officials wanted to talk about construction alternatives, but the public wanted to talk about speed limits.
About 150 citizens and elected officials crammed into the meeting room at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative to hear the state present its case and to express their disapproval of TxDOT’s proposals.
TxDOT officials gave three options to improve safety at the intersection where a Comal Independent School District school bus collided with a passenger car earlier this year. Options presented were:
1) Installing a stop signal at the intersection of Bulverde Road and U.S. 281,
2) Installing a stop signal at Borgfeld Road with a flashing yellow signal at the Bulverde Road intersection, and
3) Installing flashing yellow lights at both the Borgfeld Road and Bulverde * Road intersections.
TxDOT officials said that while each option would reduce speed in the area, each would limit access to U.S. 281 and cause traffic delays in the area. They added that limited sight distances at both intersections might actually cause an increase in rear-end accidents.
Many of the 16 speakers who spoke during the meeting said the proposed solutions were merely “a Band-Aid” and did little to provide a permanent, safe solution for the traffic hazards at the Turn to Residents, Page 2A
Herald Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Bulverde resident Sylvia Lopez apeaki In front of a crowd of 150 people Thursday night at Quedakgie Valley Telephone Cooperative about the Borgfeld Road and U.S. 281 intersection.
Singing for a cause
Herald Zesting photo by Michael Darnell
Clay Stoker gets infco one of hie new songs from We tslsst ribum. Blatter md Jay title crooned their country-singing hearts out Thursday. Concertgoers brought canned goods end fWsd two trucks with food, which wffl be donated to 806 Inc. food bank.
City seeks AAC OC grant for recycling
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels City Council authorized a grant application of $132,000 earlier this week that would absorb much of the cost if the city begins operating ^curbside recycling program.
City officials applied earlier this week for the grant from Alamo Area Council of Governments. New Braunfels is competing with at least 20 other applicants in the 12-county area.
There is almost $600,000 in grant money available. AACOG board of directors win decide at its Aug. 27 meeting which applicants get the money .
lf the board determines that the city’s program would not create a competitive advantage over private industry, the money could be available Sept. I. Comal County received AACCX} funds for its rural recycling program.
Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson said the grant, if approved, would help pay for the purchase of three specially-equipped recycling trucks.
The trucks wqqld be used if council approves a plan for the city to conduct its own curbside recycling program.
“We are exploring future options for recycling and we fell into a window of opportunity.” Ferguson said. “We feel the application is justified and promotes regional cooperation. We’re hopeful some, if not all of the money would become available.”
Last month the city recycling committee recommended that the city council operate the recycling service on its own instead of paying a contractor to do it. Recycling committee members and staff said they thought the city could recycle for less than or at the current monthly fee of $1.85, which includes a 4-cent surcharge for a sanitation fund.
That option would end a three-year contract with Browning Ferris Inc. whose contract with the city ends January 1998.
Ferguson said the grant could be returned to AACOG if the city council opted to go out for bids.
The plan includes explonng a proposed interlocal agreement with Comal County to dispose of recycled materials at its recycling center off Texas 46 for a proposed three to five years, County and city officials are expected to discuss the proposed interlocal Turn to Recycling, Page 3A
Farm-to-Market 1863 Slated for upgrades
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
Two sections of Farm-to-Market 1863 between New Braunfels and Bulverde will be getting a face lift in the next few years.
Terry McCoy, design engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation area office in New Braunfels, said work on FM 1863 will begin in fiscal year 2000.
The first project will include the stretch between Texas 46 aud Mission Valley Road.
“We are regrading to two 12-foot lanes with 10-foot shoulders,” McCoy said. “We are realigning and regrading the roadway where it doesn’t sharpen, we are flattening and smoothing out the curves to where it is easier
Turn to AMBO, Page 2A
Council OKs quarterly study sessions
By ABE LEVY
In an attempt to keep the New Braunfels City Council more informed about city affairs, the council unanimously approved a plan earlier this week to schedule quarterly study sessions.
District 2 councilman Ray Schoch proposed the idea and said it was a way to exchange ideas with council members, receive updates from department heads or discuss concerns raised by citizens.
“lf we’re going to set policy, we need to know what we’re talking about,” he said. “It’s difficult to make all the board meet-
<Wh*n issues do arise and we need back* ground, then we have workshops. They’ve kept me up to snuff on things.1
— Councilman Randy Vanstory
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy told the council Monday that the study sessions would be similar to workshops and require posting of the anticipated items for discussion according to the Texas Open Meetings Act.
Schoch originally proposed monthly meetings and said during discussion of items that he would be willing to stop the meetings if they w ere not serving their purpose
No date has been set for the first meeting but it is expected to occur this fall.
While the council as a whole approv ed the measure, some members expressed concern that one more meeting would be difficult to attend.
“I like the idea but finding a day is difficult,” said councilwoman Juliet Watson.
Councilman Randy Vanstory said he favored workshops on a more as-needed basis.
“When issues do arise and we need background, then we have workshops. They’ve kept me up to snuff on things,” he said.
Increased water usage leads to rationing for CL residents
By QAVD OEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Residents of two Canyon Lake subdivisions have been forced lo ration waler because of increased use during the latter half of July, a Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation official saki CLWSC General Manager Dale Yates said both Deer River and Lake of Hills subdivisions, on the northwest side of the lake, are at Stage I water rationing because both subdivisions have more than doubled their regular water usage.
’They have been using an excessive amount of waler,” Yales said “We have had instances in Deer River in which I OO connections averaged 720 gal-in ane 60-hour period and we had one of our wefts almost go dry (during the My 19 weekend).”
That raw than doubles the avenge use per connection of between 200 and 300 gallons a day.
Residents in both subdivisions are restricted to hand-hekl outside watering, and filling swimming pools is not encouraged People are asked lo conserve water inside their homes whenever possible Watering of livestock is exempt from rationing Deer River has two wells, and Lake of the Hills has three. \
Yates said the water supply corporation repaired the wells to get them bock in operation because of the increased water usage “We pulled our big well in Deer River and rephoed the discharge pipe,” Yales said “So, we got production on that well to normal two weeks ago. It was jug (fey. We pulled two wells in Lake of the Hills and put new pumps in them. We were ahead and put them on rationing during the last few weeks”
Yates said a new well was ut the process of being drilled at Rebecca Creek to serve Deer River. He said that new well would be ready in four to
“The new well site at Rebecca Creek we think will get 50 to 60 gallons a minute,” Yates said.
Yates said one well in Deer River, which normally produces 25 gallons a minute, now produces 5 gallons a minute.
Normally, Deer River and Lake of the Hills are on the same water system, but because of the high water usage Yates said they have been operating separately.
Yates said he was trying to get the new well finished at Rebecca Creek as soon as possible.
“We are going through emergency procedures with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission,” he said. “We hope to get it done in considerably less time than the four to six month projection.”
For the first time Wednesday, efforts to conserve water were finally paying off, Yates said.
“Al! the tanks were foil and the weft diut off,” Yates said. “People are actually conserving water
and we finally caught up with the demand ” Residents of the affected subdivisions are doing their best to deal with the situation K. St Clair, a Deer River resident, said water pressure was low for short periods in her household She said she had to cut back on watering her yard.
St. Clair said she found it strange after last month’s torrential rams that both subdivisions are under water rationing “We had 11 inches in June and here we are in July having a water shortage,” she said Another Deer River resident Lon Faulkner, said she and her family were taking rationing rn stride.
“It really hasn’t affected me,” Faulkner said “I just do hand-held watering anyway. I just think it is strange we have all this water and we have rationing. Last year (during the drought) we didn’t have to do it”
Residents who do not abide by the rationing may lose their water service, Yates said today.What do ive expect from a good weatherman? — Page GA