New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wiihsi front J
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Casey Hales Bob Watson, Dwayne David Jonas, Stephen Ray Kennemer Sr., Sarah Elizabeth Kennedy (I year old), Sandra Munoz and Emilio Caballero (6 years—belated).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Doug and Martha Fellers, Jim and Tyra Moore (21 years) and Rudy and Anne Juarez (25 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Inside
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Canyon Dam discharge — 594 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.12 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) Near Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 7.068 mien gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 4.170 mflton gaMons of wet water were used.teflqallP
continue to swelter Tonight — Mostly clear to partly cloudy with isolated showers and thunderstorms with lows in the 70s Friday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms and highs in the mid 90s.
Friday night — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms and lows in the 70s.
Extondod forecast — Saturday, mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms and highs in the 90s.
Sunday and Monday, partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s; highs will be in the 90s.
Beginning Monday, the water level in Lake Dunlap will be about 18 inches below normal so the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority crews can conduct a “washout and inspection" of one of the three spillgates Work will be completed by Aug. 29, and the lake level will return to normal before the Labor Day weekend. People using the lake during this week are advised to exercise caution.
Recycle those recyclable*
Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books? Comal County’s recycling center, 4755 Texas 46 West, accepts telephone books and is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other recy-clables are accepted.
Rodrigues conducts town mooting
Congressman Ciro D. Rodriguez plans to conduct a town meeting at 7 p.m. tonight at the Lone Star Primary School cafeteria, 2343 W. San Antonio St
Getting on track
Herakt-Zwtuog photo by Michael Damall
Model train enthusiast Bryan Wefclner works on a modal layout for Saturday’s train show. This weekend’s avant at the New Brauntsis Civic Center should draw more than 1,500 people and has 150 tables for vendors to abow their railroading equipment.
Train show chugs into town
By DENISE DZIUK
Model railroad enthusiasts will be in a virtual toy land when vendors fill New Braunfels Civic Center Saturday w ith train layouts and merchandise for the Third Annual Summer Model Train Show.
Organizer Bryan Weidncr said the show was “ ... the best one-day event.” He said it provided an excellent venue for seeing what was new or available for model railroaders, regardless of expertise.
“It’s the best place to go to see the v ariety of the equipment that is available for model railroading and sec working displays,” said Weidner “lf (you’re) just starting, this is the best place to go because you can sec more in one day.”
He said the show would include more than 150 tables for vendors.
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WHAT; New Braunfels Third Annual Summer Model Train Show
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Aug. 23 WHERE: New Braunfels Civic
COST: $4 for adults and $1 for children ages 5 to 18 years old
A family rate of $8 will gain admission for two adults and any number of children.
and was expected to draw about 1,600 to 1,800 model train enthusiasts The vendors will sell equipment and supplies and display working layouts.
Weidner said the equipment and supplies would vary, and it would be up to the visitors to decide what thev wanted to do. and how much
they wanted to spend.
“There are gotxi bargains at a train show.” he said. “It’s also a hobby that you can spend as little or as much as you want to.”
The show will be rn honor of Walter Faust. Jr., who loved trains and contnbuted to the local community.
Model railroading was a good hobby for families because everyone in the family can participate and enjoy, Weidner said. Train modeling was also a good hobby for individuals, because it was relaxing and fun and allowed for artistic expression, he said.
“I just liked it better than a flat canvas.” said Weidner. who used to paint before taking up his new hobby. “It had more perspective to it ... I think it’s the best hobby there ever was, and there are a lot of them.” Turn to Train show, Page 2A
Neighbors voice concern over new barProposed tavern being built at Live Oak, Landa
By ABE LEVY
GBRA gives tentative OK to transfer
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SEGUIN — The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority board of directors Wednesday gave initial approv al to a contract allowing the sale of water nghts outside GBRA’s district.
Before final approval, however, GBRA staff will be exploring whether such a contract would be in compliance with state law.
Under the contract, GBRA would sell its water rights to Canyon Regional Water Authority, who in turn would provide seven entities in Guadalupe and Bexar counties with surface water.
The board endorsed a contract allowing Canyon Regional Water Authority to buy 8,700 acre feet of water a year CRWA has proposed building a pipeline from its surface water plant at Lake Dunlap to northeast Bexar County.
I am not convinced we have analyzed the need* of the lower (Guadalupe) river basin. I think wa need to study tho issue of tho tower basin nssds before ■ we transfer water out of the basin.’
— GBRA director Wands Roberts
The pipeline would give an alternative supply of surface water to Schertz, Marion and Cibolo, the East Central Waler Supply Corporation, the Green Valley Special Utility District, Spnngs Hill Water Supply Corporation and the Bexar Metropolitan Water District.
They currently rely on the Edwards Aquifer for their
Turn to GBRA, Page 2A
Residents and business owners in west New Braunfels fear a new bar in their neighborhood would cause hazardous traffic conditions and increased vandalism.
They said they weren’t opposed to the sale of alcohol - just the activity of a bar at the comer of Landa Street and Live Oak Avenue.
“I’m not opposed to someone opening a drinking establishment in the city but that’s the wTong place for it.” said Charles Salsman. who lives on Fox Run Circle near the proposed bar. “You mix fast traffic with people drinking and it’s a bad mix. That’s a recipe for disaster ”
The bar would be in front of railroad tracks, near soccer fields and construction of a rehabilitation center a few blocks to the east.
Side streets entering Landa Street already provide limited vision to drivers, residents said, and traffic would increase to a hazardous level with a bar in their area.
Salsman is joined by at least IO other residents who oppose the tavern and sent a letter of opposition Tuesday to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission.
But Pat Byrne, president of Bottla Inc., a group of local investors who are binding the new bar. said the new business would be family-oriented and pledged to work w ith people in the area to reach a compromise.
“We w ant to keep everyone as happy as possible.” said Byrne. 44, of New Braunfels. “We will work with anybody to make sure everyone is as pleased as possible. I don’t anticipate any problems. We're going to run it by the book."
He and his investors came up w ith the idea for the saloon about 18 months ago.
After reviewing several other locations, they decided to use an existing building that is at least 70 years old and move it to 449 Landa St.
In their minds, he said. Landa Street provided a wide enough road for the potential traffic, and the location was far enough away from bordering residents.
The plan is to style the bar after a western saloon and include a pool table, shuffle board, a couple of v ideo games, wood floors and a basketball hoop outside, in addition to a bar with tables and chairs, Byrne said.
The proposed wood-frame building would offer 2,300-square-feet of space-and cost an estimated $50,000 for installation and remodeling. Parking1-35 construction causes two minor wrecks
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Construction on Interstate 25 North caused two minor fender •feendars Wednesday afternoon.
There won no usuries to the people involved. One person had to be transported to the hospital for treatment of minor injuries. ^
Traffic was hetagdivartcd to one lane bwtwe of pavane# ropeEs The Texas Department of Tianapofte-tion’s Seguin office is replacing musting pavement on bo# lanes. Wednesday,
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Former employee sues sheriff
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A former Comal County Sheriffs Office employee has filed a suit against Sheriff Bob Holder alleging that he violated her civil rights when he dismissed her as he took office in January.
Susi Kinsfather. who worked as a warrant secretary at the sheriff s office for 11 years, said she was fired because she supported former Sheriff Jack Bremer during the 19% election. Holder defeated Bremer in the Republican Party runoff.
Kinsfathcr’s attorney, Chris Gale, filed the suit Monday against Holder, Comal County and the Comal County Sheriffs Office in U.S. district court in San Antonio. Kinsfather would not comment on
the suit and referred all questions to Gale.
Gale said the suit was based on the fact that Kinsfather believed her civil nghts were violated when she was dismissed by Holder.
“Her right to vote was violated because she supported Jack Bremer,” Gale said.
Kinsfather should have not been fired. Gale said.
“There is no reason she should have been fired,” Gale said. “From her work record from Comal County, she had exemplary marks and was doing her job.”
Gale said Kinsfather had worked under Holder at the Department of Public Safety office in New Braunfels for about six years. He said Kinsfather left after she alleged Holder had tried to get rid of a trooper based on age discrimina
Before he becalm; sheriff on Jan.
I, Holder gave five employees — a jail administrator, a patrol sergeant, two deputies and Kinsfather — notices that they would not be rehired In December 1996, Holder said he decided to let the five employees go based on how we wanted to run the sheriff s office. Holder denied the charge Wednesday that Kinsfather’s dismissal was based on politics.
“I did not know she supported Jack Bremer,” Holder said. “I never had a conversation with her of whom she voted for or supported.” Holder said he did not know that a suit had been filed.
“I haven’t even seen it,” he said. “I will not comment on the specifics of it.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Investors are building a bar at Live Oak Avenue and Landa Street, and area residents are planning to protest its construction.
The road to a liquor license
The application for a liquor license involves the foilowing steps, according to officials from the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission. For
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ndoi© information, can rn© i in New Braunfels at 620-5579 or in San Antonio at (210) 73*4406: ■ Apply for a license, which takes from 30 to 45 days to process. The application requires proof oil the location of the business, the applicant's age bsing above 21 years old,
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For on-premies licenses, such
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g Set an fy^ntroniit with the TABC. The TABC win review the application end conduct an
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troller s office for collection or aalastex.
g Gain approval from the county judge i who conducts a public hearing on the matter and makes a final decision.
■ lf tha county, city and comptrol tar’s office approve, the request is tent to the Austin office of the TABC for its approval.
g lf denied at any point in tha process, the applicant can appeal to any higher court, such as state district courts. m The TABC requires aN onpremise applicants to secure a $6.000 conduct surety bond, which is increased to $10,000 lf tha business is within 1,000 teat ov I SCHOCH mn ooyecxs lo me
will be available for 24 vehicles.
Byrne said he planned to build a fence to protect people from the Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks along the rear of the property and w ould build an Turn to Bar, Page 2ASome state leaders reject pay increases
AUSTIN (AP) — Comptroller John Sharp joined the governor and a railroad commissioner Wednesday by rejecting a SI,000-a-month pay increase passed in the budget
Gov. George W. Bush has said he would reject the raise, which would have upped his salary from $99,122 to SI 15,345.
The other officeholders would see their salaries increase from $79,247 to $92,217.
Railroad Commissioner Carole Ry lander also has said she planned to reject the raise.
In June, Rylander said she ’’knew what the terms were” when she was elected.