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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Weather Fish Board Water Watch Comal River...........................402    cfs (same) Canyon Lake inflow....................264    cfs (down 6) Canyon Lake outflow....................3    cfs (down I)* Canyon Lake level.....................903.31 (up .04) Edwards Aquifer....................627.83    (down OI) •At the request of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority the dam gates are closed and GBRA has begun pumping water over the dam through its newty constructed pipeline Those pumps were damaged during strong winds Monday night. GBRA officials are working to repair the damage and return the outflow to its previous level The U S Corps of Engineers office at Canyon Dam is an official collection point for recyclable aluminum cans donated to help save the Battleship Texas, a veteran of two World Wars that is now rusting away in dock Take beverage cans to the corps office between 8 a rn and 4 30 p rn Monday through Friday For more information call I 800 64 TEXAS Forecasts    chance of showers each day. with SOUTH TEXAS Cloudy tonight    highs warming into the 60s Lows and Friday with a chance of rain    mid-30s to mid-40s Saturday mor- over all but Southeast Texas    ning warming into 40s areawide Lows tonight from the 40s north to    Monday the 50s south Highs Friday most-    WEST TEXAS Variable cloun- ly in the 60s    diness with gradually w arming NORTH TEXAS:    Increasing    temperatures Widely scattered cloudiness tonight Mostly cloudy showers mainly on Monday to cloudy Friday w ith a chance of    Panhandle Highs mid-40s to mid rain and showers Lows tonight 34    50s. lows 20s South Plains Highs to 40 Highs Friday 55 to 62    mostly 50s. lows mid-20s to mid- WEST TEXAS:    Scattered    30s Permian Basin: Highs mid showers most sections tonight and 30s to mid-60s. lows 30s Concho Friday, possibly mixed with snow Valley: Highs upper 50s to upper north and higher elevations early 60s, lows mid-3os to mid 40s Far morning hours Lows tonight 25    West Highs 50s. lows 30s Big Panhandle to 37 south Highs Fri-    Bend Highs 50s to 60s along the day 41 Panhandle to 55 south and    Rio Grande lows mid-20s to mid- lower 60s Big Bend valleys    30s mountains to mid-30s to mid Extended Forecasts    40s lower elevations Saturday-Monday    Texas . Snl    c*ouc*>’    Some snow is possible in the through Monday A chance ot panhandle and across the higher showers mainly north Monday    elations ot West Texas tonight Highs generally 60s to near 70    forecasters say north and 70s south Lows from 4os north to 5os south Saturday    But much of the state is in the and Sunday, and from 50s north to    midst of a warming trend 60s south Monday    although clear skies are expected NORTH TEX AS A slight to turn cloudy tonight and Frida> Patrolman's widow gets $10,000 bond set From staff and wire reports Attorneys representing Lea Smith, the widow of slam San Antonio policeman Stephen Smith, hoped to post a SU).oui) bond on her behalf and release her from Comal County Jail today but she could end up back in jail if she continues refusing to answer a jury s questions Mrs Smith has been kept rn jail here by federal authorities during a grand jurv investigation into possible vigilante activity by her husband who was killed in 1986 by friend and fellow officer Ferrell Tucker Tucker was found innocent earlier this year of first-degree murder charges Comal County jail has a working agreement with the I S government to house federal prisoners here Mrs Smith was jailed because of her refusal to answer two questions before a federal grand jury probing the Aug 18 1986 shooting death of her husband, as well as other events prior to his death Jail Continued from Paqe I failing to appear before the court last >ear He was given lo years probation and ordered to pay restitution Theft charges against the second man were dismissed by the district attorney's office on grounds of insufficient evidence A district attorney spokesman said the man s warrantDrought should have been recalled and never executed The pair formerly lived in New Braunfels and were arrested in Dallas Dec 5 They had admitted to authorities that they had lived together for several years and had been confirmed of carry ing an AIDS virus Continued from Page I w ith a slower rate of recharge into the underground water pool, could mean the Comal Springs and numerous wells would go dry Increased population in the aquifer region threatens the water supply, Glass said VNV- re close to the point where we can pump in a year what we pumped in seven years from 1950 to 1957,” she added lentrai Texas experienced the worst drought in history during the 1950s Iiuring that time flow from the Comal Springs and the Guadalupe River dropped to record lows. As a result of extensive water use studies in the area a plan has been devised to build new reservoirs and reduce water use Glass said She added that even if new reservoirs are built and conservation measures are greatly successful the aquifer will remain a major water source for Central Texas Continued from Page I authority maintain river temperatures below 70 degrees. Arn-st said there is no chance of water heating to that point As of Wednesday afternoon, the river just below the dam was 50 27 degrees The river was at 46 45 degrees at the second crossing on River Road A GBRA representative at the construction site said he expected to have equipment working by today to resume pumping over Canyon Dam Thomas Hill, GBRA's quality control representative, said flexible joints were tom Monday The joints allowed the pump barge to move up and down while it was connected to a pipe on shore Asbestos "High wind and wave action on the lake just tore the joints,” he said Two of the flexible joints made of rubber and steel were specially made in Houston Tuesday and were on their way to Canyon Lake. Hill added "Those things happen and you just do what you have to do to get it working again. You can t know what Mother Nature is going to do." he said Water was being pumped over the dam and into the river below while workers insert steel lining into the dam conduit in preparation for a hydroelectric plant at the base of the dam. GBRA officials said they expect the lining to be complete by the end of January KRAUSE BOOKS is pleased to invite the public to attend the autographing of PETER BARTHELME funny mystery thriller PUSH MEET SHOVE Thurs. Dec. 17  2:00 to 4:00 p.m._ Continued from Page I decided we should look for other offices until remodeling of the old cen tral fire station is complete ” Baker said Asbestos is an incombustible fibrous material used at one time for insulation and fireproofing purposes Its use was outlawed by the federal government in the 1970s after tests showed people exposed for long periods of time suffered health problems such as respiratory complica tions and even cancer "Twenty to 25 years ago that was fine Baker said of using asbestos in construction "But over a period of time that stuff deteriorates and flakes off ” A consultant, who was contracted by the city previously to investigate asbestos discovered in the Urn cr Col orado River Authority building on Landa Street is expected to issue a report by next week and to give recommendations for treatment or removal of the asbestos Asbestos has also been discovered recently in other facilities locally including the old postal offices and some schools A paint like spray can bo applied to hold the material together and pre vent it from falling but such measures are only temporary Removal is expensive and the material would have to be handled and disposed of carefully The city because of fiscal restraints is likely to undertake temporary solutions un til the problem can be permanently eradicated TABC loc al director Sam Smelser said until he is told there exists an ex treme health danger his office will remain there until other space can be found TABC has a working agree ment with the city and county that enables it to use office space rent free Our position is we are a guest of the city and the county Smelser said We ve been told there is no im mediate health problem We re not here eight hours a day five days a week unlike the fire department s sen.rotary and investigator who had more contact with it Someone with good reason for alarm is Darlene Beaty She had worked in the building 15 years with the health department until they moved to the county courthouse little more than a month ago Beats iversees several of the department s nealth programs, including Indigent Health Care "I was concerned until I delved in to it a little more.” she said ‘Tm sure over a period of time I was ex posed It was a very low level and my doctor is aw are of it ” Beaty said has recently been treated for high blood pressure but has been assured she presently shows no signs of complications linked with asbestos exposure It sometimes takes up to lo years to develop the symptoms It depends on a person's immune system Some are more susceptible than others I'm pretty optimistic and my doctor w ill continue to monitor it she said Baker added that large pieces of ceiling flakes falling to the floor pos ed little hazard for persons in the offices but that smaller microscopic flakes are threatening over a long period of time Eventually it's going to have to be addressed said Baker But it is a very low level and really of no emergency or hazard Continued from Page 1 voters countywide through landmark state legislation Pfeuffer's term of office Wednesday w as determined as one year Other officers and board terms are: vice president. Guy Anderson two-year term, treasurer. Dr John Landry, one-year term secretary. Betty Walls, two-year term. Dr Jerome Krupp, one year term. Melvin Nolte, two-year term, and. Harry Heimer. two-year term The board is to inquire today on ac quiring needed insurance bonds In the amount of $5.ODO Deadline for ob taining the bonds is Friday, according to statutory requirements Members said the county had in dicated a willingness to pay bonding expenses out of the board s $20,000 county start up funds and the board was to determine whether it could enact policies with one agent or whether it would have to seek in div idual policies The board also discussed selection of a depository for acquired funds and revenues Members agreed they should use either of two federal bank mg institutions at Canyon Lake and were to review interest rates and possibly act on that selection at the next meeting They expressed a possibility that in the future both banks could be used The board also adopted a formal seal to be used when executing con tracts or documents The sea! will be a circle and a star and will contain either the board s name or initials A desire to hold town meetings ear Iv next year to discuss possible tax mg rates was favorably received by the board The board is to establish revenue generating procedures to raise money through rental fees within the district other means of raising funds are through hotel motel occupancy tax**' ami is suance of rev ensue txmds Money generated will tie used for maintaining and enham mg road con ditions. enforcing laws, providing emergency services and acquiring land and establishing permanent facilities The board will be responsible for permit procedures, as well as accounting, collecting and disbursing of funds Board members believe incorpora lion of Canyon Lake, if successful Jan 16. will largely have an impact on what taxing measures they implement “We are going to have to sell ourselves to the people of Canyon Lake ” said Nolte regarding the possibility of successful lncorpora Hon "We could be a major source of improvements to Canyon Lake " Canyon Lake residents, as may any residents of the area may peti Hon the court for disannexatlon from the district Betty Walls discussed funding possibilites through various state grants and funding sources The board discussed tapping into resources available both at the state and county level to assist in seeking such grants and other means to tm plement programs We need planning to go into this before we start talking about raising monies hrupp said "We need to show the people what we have in mind and what our goals are and not just start collecting monies Nolte agreed saying goals need to be established for the future allhough the board s immediate goals will likely be simplified for the early stages of establishment and im plement anon Pfeuffer noting the millions of dollars spent in the district by thousands of summer visitors said I hope we do not set the tax rate at the highest possible level There is a lot of monies generated here The lase and mer t*eiow the dam are the most used w aters in the state The txiard said it is concerned with taxing irrtain businesses which will be impacted by incorporation in eluding hotels and motels rn ardens • Nursery • Floral • Landscape » A OFF ON I tee Delivery Inside ew Braunfels Value* lo $1,200.00 Sou $600.00 J ft 1'i^J‘W h'liuiiKiits Wreaths 4'i0°i 0,. Trees & Decorated Trees CASH-n-CARRY MMMMM n% Selected Group of Ornaments OFF p 666 Landa New Braunfels 625-FRESH One local resident told the Ed wards representatives he is concern ed that the aquifer could be con laminated My concern is that once the aquifer is polluted it can never be restored to its original purity Never ' he said Other citizens suggested that dur mg times of drought the prime con cern should be maintaining water for human consumption Also residents said industrial and commercial uses should be considered Gene Momhtnweg. president of the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees, said he thinks drought management measures should begin long before Comal Springs go dry Another citizen said he thinks the larger cities in the area, namely San Antonio, have a responsibility to con serve water "I think the bigger cities should conserve water all the time because they re setting high and dry and their wells will be the last to go dry after all of our 1 wells 1 and the Comal Springs go dry," he said THUMP If your furnace goes thump in the night, take a look at LENNOX. 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