New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wlfhM from tho Horold-Zollungl
lb© New Braunfels Herald' Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Ernesto Her-Bandel, Esther Corbqjnl (Monday), Francisco Fuentes, Ales Monos, Jr, James Ethel, Mn. Lawrence Wekftaer (Monday), Carlos Medrano, Sean P. Lopes (Monday - 5 years!), Ashley Engel (4 yean!), Jennifer Michelle Koepp (belated - 2 yean!), John Daniel Zavala (belated), Gregoria Hernandez (belated), Christine Noel Martinez (21 yean • Saturday), Catherine Kennedy (5 years!), Clayton Gallagher, Burke Huber. Happy Anniversary to Larry de Jane Mauldk, Danny OMkadaZoeBer.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung1! Cheer Fund campaign has readied its goal of200 food baskets fix local needy families, according to drive coordinator Carol Ann Avery.
Avery said that a surplus existed in the fend this year, therefore an additional 50 baskets of food will be purchased.
"The generosity of the people in this town never ceases to amaze me," Avery said.
Food deliveries will be made Thursday afternoon, Dec. 22 wife the help of voluneecn from all over fee community.
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The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will be yxmsoring the 8th annual Christmas tree recycling program in Lands Park, beginning Dec. 26.
An ares in the swimming pool parking lot will be derignated as fee site to receive die trees. Approximately 1,491 trees were converted to mulch last Christmas. Approximately 7,448 trees have been mulched during the last seven years.
Nails and ether metal Should be removed from the trees, officials said.
The program is used to promote water conservation within the area. The mulch is available flee to residents.
NIB makes donation to Plan Fountain fund
The HEB Corporation made a dotation of $3,33333 to fee downtown Plaza Fountain Restoration Fund, a portion of the $15,000 commitment which the company made during the original 1992-93 Fountain Fund drive.
Mr. Mike De La Garza, vicepresident of Public Affein for the company, azpteseed HEB's continuing interest in this and other community projects.
The fountain is currently being restored after being struck by a
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4 Pages in ferae tactions ■ Sundae Dec. 18.1994 Servina Comal County far more than 142 van ■ Eton* of JENNIFER MCMELi-E KOEPP
Recall petition gaining signatures
By TECLO J. GARCIA
District 4 residents continued to sign petitions Saturday attempting to recall Mayor Paul Fraser primarily becaure of two key issues they feel Fraser has
Bill Kotylo, one of the organizers and spokesperson
Mayor cited for violating open meetings act, handling of water negotiator situation
for the recall group, said the mayor botched when he admitted to violating the Texas Open Meetings Act, raying he polled city council
vote, and when he did not
support keeping the same waler negotiator.
“He admitted it once (violating act), how many more times has he done it before?,” he said “The other thing is the Doug Miller situation.’*
Kotylo said Miller should have been paid for meetings he attended and kept as water negotiator.
Miller was ultimately renamed to that position after months of controversy.
Signatures have been collected in the district which Fraser was elected from since early last week. Kotylo, however, said organizers have not counted them, and they probably would not meet until after to Christmas to asses their situation.
Fraser, contacted at Friday’s water hearings in San Antonio, said he was aware of the recall effort, but would rather nor respond to any of the questions raised by Kotylo or the petition. Fraser said he had not seen the petition.
‘I’m fee mayor, I’ve got things to do,” he said. ’Tm here for a reason. To look out for New Braunfels’ water interests.”
The Mayor attended the meeting with Miller and other city personnel.
*1 told my wife I want one thing on my tombstone when I die besides my name and that’s ’steady,' just ’steady,’” Fraser laid.
Kotylo raid fee petition drive was not politically motivated, and he said it had nothing to with Gary Kahlig’s suit over last May's election Ion to Fraser. Kotylo supported Kihlig then, but raid going to the courts wife the issue WM probably the wrong thing to do.
This is not a vendetta,” said the Gruene redder* ’Traser made fee statement, ‘This is politics m usual,* but I’m not a politician.”
The iraues were strong enough to demand a recall instead of waiting until the next election, Kotylo said.
According to the city charter, petitions circulated asking fertile tecall of dry m«nhMf
mute be rigned by it least 30 percent cf the number of votei cate in the kM election in tint district No fewer than ISO names can be on the petition.
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Interact Club dacorates downtown lamp poota
A Job* project between tits New Braunfels High Soho* Interact Ck* and the New Braunfele Rotary Club brought about the decorating of downtown lamp poets with Qsrman-Ptyti hoop wreathe. From left ara Rotary and Interact members John Dterkaen, Natalia Meek, Aftohaal Mask, Dora Usa Alvarado and Bob Dtngaldaln.
Augmentation still seen as possible alternative
for Comal Springs
By CRAIG HAMMETT
SAN ANTONIO-Groundwater experts and others associated with regional water concerns made their points Friday at a meeting of the Incidental Take Permit Panel.
The panel, formed by a federally-appointed water monitor, baa been touring cities of the Edwards Aquifer and surrounding region in an attempt to gather information for pumping permits. The* permits are scheduled under fee Emergency Withdrawal Program put forth by the water monitor, Joe G. Moore, Jr.
Moore said the panel should be completing recommendations for a regional water supply plan next month, but raid an extension could be made in the take permitting schedule. Moore said, in hit opinion, the regional plan would call for 75,000 aae-feet of water from the Lower Colorado Riva Authority, 75,000 from the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, and 50,000 from the Carrizo-Wilcox Groundwater Supply to help ease lowering of the aquifer.
’That's roughly about 200,000 acre-feet per year plus conservation and reuse measures,” said Moore.
Officials of the GBRA and LORA have looked at the plans but have not drawn any specific conclusions.
GBRA officials have said a more likely scenario would have water pumped from a downstream location near Gonzales, where streamflow is stronger due to the influx of water from the Canyon Lake and the Comal and San Marcos Rivers.
Parts of the panel program Friday centered on makeup of fee aquifer, and the procera of pumping water back iixo the aquifer, also called augmentation.
A study commiationed by TexM Water Development Board and funded by several organizations including GBRA and the Edwards Underground Water District, looked at the feasibility of
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ipringp in Hew Braunfels and San Marcos.
There is really not a certainty, but we cut do things I believe to help mainttin springfield,” Mid Dr. John Sharpy a profeMor U the Center for WUU Resources at fee Univenity of TexM u Austin.
ghana said wife money rod one could do just about anything. However, coat WM indeed a foetor, and this type of widescale program had not been attempted Tf it were too high, the people wouldn’t go for it,” he said
If augmentation could be established, would people from fee deeper areas of fee aquifer be willing to pump, or pay for pumping water to the more shallow New Braunfels area?
Outside fee panel room, Key Turner, who la running for mayor of San Antonio, and who WM a leading opponent of the Applewhite Reservoir plan defeated last summer, dti»te San Antonio already pays for the largest dare of money used to build a surface water treatment system in New Braunfels. The EUWD helps pay for the plant in a five-year deal with New Braunfels Utilities.
Turner raid she supports «»giw»tiri»^ ipringfUyr but only in emergencies. She also supports building a dam on the Guadalupe River and“recycling” some water back upstream. She did not, however, offer any opinions on specific plans qr funding support.
”We wire it too,” raid Turner of maintaining the springflow. **.. Jt’s not about water. k'i abote money, property and greed”
Earlier in the panel program. John Waugh of the EUWD, Blowed slides of wells teated in fee aquifer zones, including thora around the Comal and San Marcos Spring!. Monitoring wells at the two arcM for good water and saline water, they found’’water quality had deteriorated ra water levels have dropped”
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were fbundM for m a regional effect and fere these trends or results on a long-term basis were “inconclusive”Southwestern Bell ready to begin Caller LD. services in New Braunfels Jan. 3
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Caller L D., the much talked about phone service that will allow the customer to corerol incoming mill, will be made available to New Braunfels tee-ideres beginning Jap. 3 by Southwestern Bell.
The phone service will allow cus-tonters to see inccmii^ caller's incoming telephone numbers and name on a dUplay unit hook on the phone. Customers may also opt fo block certain
rails from coming in by entering thoro numbers into fee unit.
When service WM fint introduced a few years ago, aeveril groups and private citizens Mid Caller I. D. wm a violation! of privacy. But not much hM been heard ainoe the syrian bu gone “on line” in several cities, including Austin, fee first city in Texas to get Calla I.D.
“There is a high demand fbr this service in areas wa have introduced Caller 1. D.,” said loci! Southwestern
Bell representative Tim Tippit.
The way Caller L D. works is simple. A caller dials your phone number. The ctller’s number travels to a SW Bell central office then it relays fee number of the incoming call to your home or buataero between fee flat and seoond ring. The cumber of the incoming call then appears on fee display unit hook on to your phone.
• However riinple it may be, Borne local residents do not can tor fee new mcroioiogy.
“If I am home, well I’ll answer the phone, lf I am not I won’t,” said a long-time resident who wished to remain anonymous. “If the phone rings, I dont cate who it is, if I dont ware to answer it, I wont. If I wire to I will.”
Phone service ouaiomea will have to pay in fee range of $10 by aomc eati-mstes for fee service, depending on whte is oaderad by the customer.
A one time installation fee wtli also be iBssMod along wife the core of the
display unit for the numbers and names. There are others who see Calla LD. ms benefit worth the cost Belinda Carlton, director of tho cf Tcxm with PiaaWtitiM said service oould Mp the disebied live more independently.
The number storage and display cm ob mpoaiuy dhdkui rue iokbyiou* lls with mobility or heiring impairments who msy mill cslls bscsus© tho perron hags up betas they gattofea phone,” abs Mid.For subscription, advertising or news information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606-0846J