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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYClass of the Week - Susan Peteete’s Kingergarten at Goodwin, P.6 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN: 111 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21.1045 New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section I Thursday, Dec. 1,1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MARY JEKEL I Vol. 142. No. 276 Inside Obituaries.......................................2 Weather ...............................3 Opinion...........................................4 Class of the Week..........................6 Sports Day......................................7 The Marketplace.......................9-12 St«immtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Mary Jekel, Betty Sanchez (Chavela), Alfredo Aleman, Jr., Eligin Urias, Brenda Borchers-Freeman, Nina Garcia (21 years!), Jeff Scott, Ramon Espinoza. Happy Anniversary to Raymond & Alicia Ybarra (24 years!). ;v._T. ' »«•»*»< *i;v Donations to H-Z Cheer Fund continue Area citizens have begun to submit donations to the Herald-Zettung's annual Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays. Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Lands St., or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144. Volunteers for food delivery are needed, Avery said. Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery. Today's donations include: B Mary and Charles Waite -S2S B Steven J. Slagle, M.D. -HOO Post Office to host open house Doc. 9 The U.S. Postal Service will host a open house at the New Braunfels Post Office on Seguin St. on Friday, Dec. 9 from 9 arn. to I p.m. Refreshments will be served during the day. The Post Office will have extended holiday hours from Dec. 5 through Dec. 24, Monday through Friday from 8 a m to 5:30 p.m. and on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. In January, the cost of U S Postal stamps will rise to 32 cents from 29 cents. Book signing at tho Sophienburg today The twp-vplume set of books "New Braunfels: The First Founders" has arrived and will be available for pickup at the Sophienburg Archives after IO am. today. From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. today, author Everett Fey will be at the Sophienburg Archives, 200 N. Seguin St., to autograph the books for purchasers. Books ordered at the pre-publication rate will be available for pickup and books will be available for sale at the regular rate of S75 plus tax. The winning numbers Lotto Toras 17,21 22,33 46,47 $10 million jackpot TEXflS-r. LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint TNRCC approves water district petition By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The three-member panel of the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved a petition to create a proposed Comal County Underground Water Conservation District under Chapter 52 powers of the Texas Water Code The TNRCC Commission basically gave the go ahead for temporary directors of the district to call an election to create the district. “We now jump to the Election Codesaid Cameron Wiley of Bulverde, who filed the petition to create the district on Feb. 12,1993. “'ITicrc are only four times a year where you can have an election.” Wiley said the election will include only residents of the proposed underground water dis- Next step is to call water district election trict, which would contain approximately 360 square miles of land in northwest Comal County, overlying a portion of the Trinity Group Aquifer. It would include about 64 percent of the county’s area. Temporary directors listed in the order include Wiley, Edgar E. Ash, Harry Heimcr, Harold L Heller, and Charles J. Knibbc They must meet no later than 15 days to take oaths and no later than 30 days after that, give the order for an election. The election would cover two purposes, create the district and elect a board of directors Wiley said directors would probably be elected from each of the three precincts within the district, and two at-large. Neither of the at-large directors could come from the same district so that three directors could not serve from one district “If the Commissioner’s Court can comply with everything, then we don’t have to do a thing.” said Wiley in response to regulations under the Election Code. The district, if approved by voters, w'ould be able to conserve and protect the waters of the aquifer through recharge, brush control projects, identification of pollution and education projects according to the TNRCC. The district has proposed an initial tax rate of two cents per SIGO valuation, producing an estimated annual revenue of SI37,800. The district’s initial budget is proposed at SI 09,650. A public hearing was held March 31 and July 20-21 in the county to let different sides express their opinions. Hearings Examiner Elizabeth Todd recommended the district be proposed as a full-pow'crs Ch. 52 district although the petition requested certain limitations such as the tax rate not exceeding five cents and no general obligation bonds. “Since there is no mechanism set out in the statute that wxxild allow the District to drop these restrictions in the future, even with majority support from the voters, the limitations may serve to prevent the District from undertaking projects with widespread support which would provide substantial benefit to the area,” her report read. Comal County Commissioners’ Court has supported the idea of creating an underground water conservation district. Plans for first recycled water program in county unveiled By TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writer While the city of New Braunfels will begin curbside recycling in January, the city's not alone in wishing to save things normally wasted Golf Parks New Braunfels, which is building an 18 hole golf course on Common St. near FM 306, will use recycled water from the Greene water treatment plant to irrigate the course. The New Braunfels Board of Trustees heard plans for the facility fron Golf Parks President Robert Puetz Wednesday. “It has been our intention from day one to bring effluent to the golf course,” he said. “We are looking, at this point, to finalize the contract with the utility here in the next few weeks.” The board has given preliminary approval to the project which will be the first recycled water program in Comal County. NBU will spend 5125,000 on a pump, and on at least one mile of IO inch water line from the treatment plant to the course. The utility will sell the water to Golf Parks and should recoup their investment over an eight year period, according to NBU officials. Golf Parks also will pay NBU a 525,000 down payment for the project. However NBU will maintain ownership of the line after the eight years. “It is a pioneering project,” said NBU Manager Paula DiFonzo “We don’t have a lot of examples to go by.” Board members were so enthused with the proposed program they questioned if there could he more uses for the recycled w'atcr ' When asked by a board member if he had an alternative plan should the recycled water become unavailable during dry periods, Puetz said he had three: using river water through a line provided by NBU, potable water and as a last choice an on-site well not yet fully tested. Robert and his wife Sue, who he says will be in charge of the operation, were satisfied with the chance come before the board. “It will not be a secondary thing,” said the Austin resident. "This will be my primary interest. I think it will benefit the community. The course, designed by Colonial Golf Design, inc. of Virginia, will be open to the public. A practice driving range with five greens has been included for the facility. Golf Parks plans to build up the area in three phases. After the golf course, which will consist of 16 “challenging” par threes and two par fours, the plan is to build a baning cage and a miniature golf course In other NBU business: ■ Utility board members re-elected E. C. Momhinweg as board president to a 12-month term. Momhinweg will serve his eigth consecutive term as board president. Car crashes through dead end Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels emergency medical technicians responded to an accident yesterday at approximately 11:15 a.m. at the end of Michigan Avenue where local resident Louis Nlemeyer had drlvan his late model Toyota through a dead and Into a nearby trae. Ha was takan to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor Injuries. Th# cause of the accident was still under Investigation by Texas Department of Public Safety officers. City clears way for improvements to Comal River tuber exit area Parks Director says exit must meet requirements for disabled persons By TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writer Comal River tubers might eventually he able to do something that has not been done in the past when they reach the Union Street tube exit—get out of the river quickly and with ease The New Braunfels City Council approved Monday for City Manager Mike Shands to solicit bids for the river exit renovation. City officials did not put a dollar amount on the work as they await bids from potential contractors The single-stairwelled exit ramp, used by thousands of tubers a day during the summer, must be renovated to meet the American With Disabilities Act of 1990 said David Whatley, New Braunfels Director of Parks and Recreation “Even if the ADA was not an issue, the exit is not adequate,” Whatley said. “Even for a person with the full use of arms and legs, the exit is difficult to use." Whatley said the parks department has unofficially counted more than 9,000 tubers on certain days during the summer. The exit now has one stairwell for all tubers to exit the Comal River and no exit for the disabled. In researching the issue of ADA compliance for a over tubing exit ramp, Whatley said he was told by federal officials that they failed to find any precedent or standard set for the disabled when it came to exit ramps. Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin R River Rides,the largest river outfitter in the county, shuttles tubers in the New' Braunfels area. Rivers said he was in favor of the renovations because it would give access to all river visitors not just tubers. “In our 15 years of expencnce, no one in a wheel chair has ever gone tubing with us, but they have gone white water rafting,’’ he said “But if you are the city, you don’t want to Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Th* axit from th* Comal Rlvar to Union St. will b* mad* mora uaar-friandly attar ranovations ar* com-plated. % be the last one to conform to ADA regulations ” Whatley said among the several state and federal agencies he dealt with, it was the ADA Region VI officials from Houston who came to inspect local facilities for compliance and were pleasantly surprised “with the amount of compliance already into place." One of the officials who made the tnp was a quadriplegic who had tubed the Comal several times before. “We have had to coordinate with a lot of entities to get where we were Monday night,” he said “It was good that such a person we were consulting had used our facilities Generally speaking, they were surpnscd we were in compliance” \ The parks director said the department had been considering the renovation since 1988 and was supposed to have a plan installed by 1992, and have park facilities with ADA compliance by 1995 The Garden Street tube exit also needs renovating, Whatley said, but said funding could be a factor ami wanted to get the Union exit done first. Site for new CISD school still in works By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer .-..1.11,. —...——.i    11 Those Comal Independent School District residents expecting to hear where a new intermediate school will be located in the western portion of the county will have to wait, again. CISD trustees viewed a possible location near Bill Brown Elementary in the arca of U.S. Hwy. 281 and State Hwy 46 Trustees viewed a 20-acrc tract but could not come to a decision on the site, or any other. “We’ve got some basic concerns about the property we’re looking at,” said Jim Middleton, president of the board which voted to table the item until the Dec. 15 meeting. Members of the Western Site Selection Committee have been researching possible sites for several months after voters passed a multi-million dollar bond to fund new schools in the district. According to Scott Watson, chairman of the committee, they focused on six areas, started with around 20 sites and have trimmed that down to about three. Watson said the committee has not recommended any one site to the board but hopes to do so at the Dec 15 meeting. “We’re still under negotiations," said Watson, adding “details needed to be worked out . We want to finish the whole process and not rush in. It just takes time " Some property prices are reported to have increased in the area, partly due to growth and especially since the district began looking at sites for a school. Watson stated the committee has had problems locating landowners who cither live far away or arc gone on vacation School officials are already in the precess of selling part of the bond package to fund new construction for vanous projects, including the three new intermediate schools Two of the sites arc located on land already owned by the district. Middleton said in a pnor board meeting that time was of the essence and that the site needed to be determined “yesterday” Advent Vespers to sing Sunday From staff reports The 35th annual Advent Vespers Massed Choir Concert will be presented Sunday, Dec 4 at the First Baptist Church, 733 Cross St. in New Braunfels. The event is sponsored by the federated New Braunfels Music Study Club with proceeds being used to provide a scholarship in music. All singers in the community are invited to participate. V..._ .    \    .For subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0846) ;