New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in one section ■ Friday, December 8, 1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of AUGUST AND LILLIAN HEIDEMAN
Vol. 144, No 19
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Staff Writer The city and state own strips of landStammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Elsie Paredez (68 years), Carol Schumann (52 years), Rosa Maria Sauer Fey (101 years young), Muriel Ostberg, Brittany Williams, Dennis Williams (Saturday). Happy 60th anniversary to August and Lillian Hei-deman.Free coat distribution
Project Share the Warmth, sponsored by Cranes Mill Baptist Church, 10215 FM 2673 at Canyon Lake, will distribute free coats and sweaters for anyone in the community who needs them, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9.In search of Santa
The Comal County Women’s Center is searching for just the right volunteer to be Santa for the children at the shelter (ages range from 2 to 12). The center also needs new, unwrapped toys to give as Christmas gifts and 'stockings' for the children.
The shelter also needs jar baby food, baby formula, diapers and baby wipes, lf you are able to help, call the CCWC at 620-7520.Roach for a Star toy drive
The Reach for a Star Foundation invites you to its second annual toy drive for the children of Comal County. Bring a new or used toy and come join in on Dec. 9 at the Watering Hole from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a barbecue lunch and a special appearance by the Spurs Coyote and Santa Tickets for the barbecue lunch are $5, or just stop by for free to visit Santa and the coyote. All proceeds benefit the children of Comal County.
For information or tickets in advance, call 629-9387 or 608-9406 in the evenings. Toys will also be accepted at your child's day care and at Farmers Insurance. Drop-off deadline will be Friday, Dec. 14Oakwood dedication
Oakwood Baptist Church on Loop 337 North will dedicate their new education building at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 9. Open house will be from 2-5 p m Sunday is high attendance Sunday. Call the church at (210) 625-0267 for more information.Cheer Fund donations continue
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy
New donations include: Barbara J Engler - $25; Archie Ladshaw - $100; Ruth Sullivan - $25; Glenn and Ruth Johnson - $25; Gerald and Rosalie Grover - $25, bringing the fund total to $3,143.11.
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or cai; Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Be forewarned. The police are cracking down.
If you’re displaying a “for sale” car by the side of a state road, move it — or risk getting a ticket and paying a fine up to $200.
“It will affect all rights of way on streets like Highway 81, Business 337 and Highway 46,” said City Manager Mike Shands.
“No person shall park a vehicle on the roadway and right of way for purpose of selling,” states a new ordinance amendment passed recently by the city council.
A law had been on the books for use of a public right of way for private purposes, but “this one specifically addresses the sale of cars,” Shands
by the roadsides — “rights of way” — for water, cable, and electric and telephone lines and their maintenance. Rights of way can extend past sidewalks and into yards.
“For years people thought that if you would get 15 feet off 337 you’re on private property,” Shands said.
Not only individual owners, but some car dealers are parking cars for sale in rights of ways. “They’re going to be affected, too,” said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack.
The new law won’t affect cars displayed in parking lots, but that doesn't necessarily mean it’s OK to do that. “At that point its a trespass issue,” Shands said. “If the owner wants to allow it and it is stationary, then no law prohibits it.”
New septic tank rules mean larger lot sizes required
By DENISE DZIUK
After months of work, the order regulating on-site sewerage facilities has been approved, and as a result, lot sizes are going to be bigger in unicorporat-ed areas of the county.
The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission approved the order in November, which will require a bigger lot to meet the new requirements. The county commissioners voted Thursday to make the order effective Dec. 7. The court also specifically listed which subdivisions are “grandfathered.”
Under the new order, a person with a private water well and a septic tank will have to place the two at least 150 feet apart, and the radius around each must fit within the property boundaries. Director of Environmental Health Monica Wallace said the order does not specify a lot size requirement. However, she said that with the required radius, the smallest that would be able to accommodate the wells would be about 3.5 acres.
“But that’s under perfect conditions. Things won’t always be perfect, so the lots will be bigger," she said.
Wallace said the change in the order came after months of work, which began in January 1995. She said the order was necessary because some of the small lots were not large enough for
the perimeters, and they extended onto a neighbor's property. This created a problem for the neighbor w hen he or she tried to drill a well.
“Plus, that means fewer wells, and that is good for the aquifer,” she said.
In other business, the courthouse security plan was once again reviewed. County Judge Carter Casteel said the discussions were good because they helped answer a lot of questions, and need to continue.
“I think everyone at least has a better understanding of the plan, and how it will work.” she said.
She said the plan needs to balance the needs of the employees and the needs of the public w ithout infringing on one another. She said this is not easy, and everyone needs to continue to work with the sheriff s department on it. Casteel said she wants to put the proposed plan on the agenda in the near future to authorize the requesting of bids.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said that even if the plan is approved, he will not stop working on securing the building. He said he believes the park garage creates a vulnerability for the courthouse, and will continue to look for a way to address that.
“We’ve got to come up with a way to handle that garage. Otherwise, we won’t have security in this building,” he said.Wassailfest draws a crowd
Water rate hike at lake draws reaction
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Hundreds of angry ratepayers of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation (CLWSC) packed the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative conference room to voice their outrage about rate increases set by the nonprofit water supplier at a public hearing yesterday.
“I w ill pay my fair share, but I will not be shafted," Bette Gilbert said.
Many of the Canyon Lake residents w ho spoke at the hearing held by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) expressed the same sentiment.
The ratepayers were protesting a $4.95 per month rate increase for a minimum of 2,000 gallons used per month. The CLWSC' board of directors voted for the rate increase and notified its customers July I that the rate increase would go into effect on Aug. I.
On Aug. I, the rates were raised from $17 per month for 2,000 gallons of water plus $1.35 for each additional
1.000 gallons to $21.95 for 2,000 gallons plus $1.95 for each additional
The hearing was held because CLWSC water users petitioned the TNRCC to hold the hearings so that CLWSC would be made to justify the rate increase before its ratepayers and the TNRCC.
The hearing was presided by State
Administrative Law Judge Elizabeth Todd.
Representing the TNRCC was staff attorney Leslie Brown and representing the consumer was Tim Karczew ski of the Public Interest Counsel, which is an office of the TNRCC. General Manager Dale Yates, attorney John Houchins, Col. Lee Roper, Board Treasurer Larry Ratliff and other members of the water supply board also attended.
Yates spoke before the audience and defended the rate increases. The rate increases are justified because CLWSC needs the funds to make capital improvements to its water systems, Yates said.
“The (CLWSC) board has put a lot of time and energy into making improvements into the water system,” Yates said. “Because you (ratepayers) own this water system, on your behalf we want you to have a good clean water system with the service and the quantity of water you expect from us.”
Yates said the current rate structure w ill support the nonprofit corporation for four years. After tliat, Yates said, the rate structure will depend on flow much progress and growth CLWSC has made at that time.
Of the 22 people w ho spoke, many of them complained about CLWSC’s service and the quality of water they receive. Some complained the water quality is worse than they had under
independent water systems in the subdivisions, that their water filters are dirtier than ever before and that they have to change those water filters frequently.
A few citizens said CLW SC has made some improvements in the quality of water they receive but that more improv ements need to be made
G.C. Helm, a Canyon Lake Village resident, said CLWSC had reached beyond its capabilities when it put the rate increase in effect.
“Why are you continuing to bus new water systems when you have not improved the 22 current w ater systems you have?” Helm asked the C LW SC representatives.
The hearings, w hich lasted for four and a halfhours, concluded w hen I ixld accepted IO CLWSC ratepayers as individual parties for the evidentiary' heanngs, which are tentatively scheduled to be held in Austin on March 26-27.
Until then, a discovery process, in which all the parties CL WSC, TNRCC, PIC' and the IO individuals -will exchange information, documents and responses to each party. Each party must get their copies of exhibits, exhibit lists and responses to Todd's office and each party by March 12. Then a preliminary hearing w ill be held in Austin on March 19.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
The third annual Wassailfest drew its largest crowd yet to the Plaza last night, to enjoy a night of Christmas punch, caroling, bell choirs, Santa Visits and buggy rides.
At top, Monty (Santa) Walter of Sweet Home Trading, dishes out wassail and German cookies to some happy wassailers.
At left, Die Cloggin’ Meisters perform in front of the New Braunfels Utilities building on the Plaza.
The winner for the best wassail was Chollers. Johnson Furniture won second place and third place went to Comal Flowers.
The grand door prize of two tickets to a Prince Solms Inn Murder Mystery Weekend went to Rudi Lee. A weekend for two at the Hyatt Hill Country went to joyce Sanchez; a one-night room for two at the Faust Hotel was won by Lali Monsivais. A gold and emerald ring was won by Gloria Sasser. Pam Allison won a $100 gift certificate at Blue Skies Antiques.
In all, 59 door prizes were awarded.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALLChristmastime in Gruene
John Shankin, of the Whosits Big Pile Goodtime Garbage Band, plays the washboard for a crowd of shoppers at the Gruene Christmas Market Days last weekend.Garden Ridge police officer fired by city council after complaints. See Page 2.