New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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AUGUST 13, 2004
ALD-Group sends SOS to ‘save’ local springs
By Scott Mahon
An Austin-based environmental group thinks New Braunfels Utilities’ old service yard at Klingemann Street should be cleaned up and rezoned to protect the Comal Springs.
A spokesman for Save Our Springs Alliance, which began as an activist group to protect Barton Springs in Austin, said the organization’s attorneys also asked NBU if the city-owned utility planned to develop or sell the property.
The property, located at the
comer of Klingemann Street and Lakeview Boulevard, lies adjacent to the headwaters of the Comal Springs.
“The Comal Springs is the biggest spring in the Southwest in terms of flow,” said John Fritfchie, SOS attorney. “Our interest is protecting the quality of the Comal Springs.”
An NBU official said the city bought the 13-acre tract in 1907 from Fritz Klingemann for $2,500. In 1968, NBU built a warehouse on the property and used it for field operations until April of this year when
See SPRINGS, Page 3A
ON YOUR MARK
Local track competitors have the times of their young lives running and jumping in national events. Pogo SA
(Above) Bulverde's first Police Chief Royee Goodson. (Below) Goodson, left, and police officer R.H. Prentiss discuss a recent boat theft case.
Bulverde^ first police chief has high goals for his department
By Brandi Grissom
BULVERDE — So far, so good is the report from the city's first police chief, Royce Goodson, after a little more than a month on the job.
“It’s really gone pretty smoothly actually,” he said.
Goodson said he was laying the groundwork for a strong department. So far, city staff and officials said they were pleased with the chief’s progress.
“I'm still working on putting together a budget, how many officers we need, looking at different surveys as to the number of officers the City of Bulverde not only needs, but really is going to be required for the city to have,” Goodson said.
Nationally, cities average about two officers per 1,000 citizens, he said. Bulverde’s population is about 5,000. In the budget Goodson will propose to city council in September, he plans to hire
five officers in addition to himself and Officer Robert Prentiss, who was hired this month.
With equipment, vehicles, uniforms and salaries for the new department, Goodson said the department budget would be about $500,000.
“They know it’s going to cost. They understand mat,
but it’s something that’s got to be done,” Goodson said. “And if we’re going to do it, let's do it right. Let’s have the best police department in the state of Texas.”
By Jan. I, 2005, when the city's contract with the sheriff’s office expires, Goodson said he planned to have the city completely weaned from
the sheriff’s office services.
The city has paid the sheriff’s office about $180,000 per year to provide law enforcement. While Goodson is getting the department up and running, sheriff’s deputies continue to work in the area.
“It’s good to know that if I have a problem, I can pick up the phone and call the sheriff and say, Hey look, I need some help,’ and the sheriff’s not going to say, ‘I’m sorry, but we’re busy,’” Goodson said. “He's going to say, ‘Whatever you need, I’m there for you.’ That’s sort of a security blanket for me, knowing I have that available.”
While that security blanket is still covering the city, Goodson is writing policies and directives for the department.
His philosophy has two main elements: Hiring trustworthy officers and involving the community in safety efforts.
“It's not solely the police department’s responsibility to police this community,” he said. “The citizens also have to step up and take responsibility. When we work together — the police department, the citizens, the business owners — then we can make
See BULVERDE Page 3ANeighboring cities limit phosphorus
By Brandi Grissom
New Braunfels Utilities’ critics often point to Kerrville and San Marcos as shining examples of what the South Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plant could be.
City officials in Kerrville implemented phosphorus treatment in 1986. San Marcos made the change in 1999. If other cities can absorb the expense to improve water quality, critics argue, NBU should do the same.
But there is a key difference between circumstances under which phosphorus treatment was achieved in Kerrville and San Marcos and NBU’s current situation: expansion.
Both Kerrville and San Marcos were increasing capacity at their plants when phosphorus treatment was added.
NBU is not planning to expand now or in the near fixture.
See LARI DUNLAP, Page 5A
No, it’s not a place to buy sod, but eclectic collection of shops offers many other trramrca.
LAKE DUNLAP WATER WOES
Last in a five-part series examining the fight between the Preserve Lake Dunlap Association and New Braunfels Utilities.
B TODAY: Clean up comparison — San Marcos, Kerrville clean up phosphorus emissions
Peace Lutheran’s quilters keeping world in stitches
PEACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
Pastor: Gary Lange
Denomination: Lutheran, ELC A
Meeting times: 8 and 10:30 am Sunday
Location: 1147 S. Walnut Ave.
Web site: www.plcnb.org
■ Worship Style: Liturgical with sung liturgy
■ Mission statement: Peace Lutheran Church is a community of caring and forgiven people being nourished and strengthened in the Christian faith that others may know Christ's love.
By Laigh Jones
The quilting women of Peace Lutheran | Church are meeting needs around the I world, one stitch at a time.
Every week, eight to 12 women gather around a table spread with colorful fabric and sewing machines to create tangible gifts of love for Lutheran World Relief.
Although the finished quilts are good for keeping warm, they are used for more than just bedding. Some of the | quilts become wall dividers, tents and suitcases.
When they started quilting, the women I met once a month. They shipped 16 quilts at the end of the first year, but Helen Probst said they wanted to do more.
“We saw we weren't even scratching the surface of need,” she said. “Now we I get together once a week, and last year, I we made 148 quilts.”
The women are not picky about their material, so their fabric comes from unconventional sources. One year, they used squares from drapery fabric sample books. Regular donations of old tablecloths, curtains and bedspreads ensure they never need to purchase material.
From April to March, the finished quilts are stored at the church. On Palm Sunday, they are spread around the sanctuary across pews and chairs and ceremonially blessed before being packed up and shipped to international destinations.
“We try to make them beautifiil, and they’re all different,” Probst said. “We’re not just wanning the body, we’re warming the soul.”
Pastor Gary Lange said the church was known for its warm and friendly attitude. It is also known for its pithy sign.
“We try to give people something to think about on their way home,” he said.
See CMUNCH, Page 3A
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Peace Lutheran's Pastor Gary Lange.
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