New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Garden Ridge is willed land for civic center
Garden Ridge City Council learned Thursday night the city has inherited a three-acre tract of land.
Mayor Betty McGranahan read a letter that said the city inherited three acres of land between Sorrel Lane and Bat Cave Road from Dr. Edward W. Holzapfel, a Garden Ridge resident who died in October.
In his will, Holzapfel requested that the land be given to the city for the purpose of building a civic center, McGranahan said.
She added that Holzapfel’s will asks that the name of a creek on his property known as Brown's Creek be changed to Apple Run.
The creek may or may not exist on the tract willed to the city, depending on where land is cut from Holzapfel’s property, McGranahnan said.
The council was pleased at the donation of land to the city and, “As far as his desire to rename the creek, I have no objections,” Councilman Jerry Krupp said.
McGranahan agreed, adding, “I’m certainly thrilled at the fact that Garden Ridge will now own three acres of land. I don’t think we can say enough about the appreciation that is felt about this. I’m sorry I didn’t know' him better.”Kosygin dead
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MOSCOW (AP) — Former Premier Alexei N. Kosygin died Thursday night, unofficial Soviet sources reported today. He was 76.
Thfere was no immediate official confirmation.
Kosygin stepped down as premier in October because of illness.
He was the supreme survivor of Soviet politics, an occasional hothead who also displayed a wry sense of humor and warm human emotions.
He was 13 when the Bolsheviks swept
to power in BL? Twenty-three years later he had climbed within that government to become deputy premier under Josef Stalin and later premier.
He not only survived Stalin’s purges of the late 1940s but prospered politically. By 1964 he, Leonid I. Brezhnev and Nikolai Podgorny had replaced Nikita Khrushchev with their three-man troika Brezhnev as the the Communist Party leader, Podgorny as president and Kosygin as premier.
Podgorny and Kosygin steadily lost
ground to the emerging Brezhnev, who eventually ousted Podgorny and assumed the title of president.
That left Kosygin, an economics expert, the task of centering his efforts on running the unwieldy, centrally planned Soviet economy..
Kosygin often was on the spot when trying to push reforms through the Politburo, the policy-making body of the party. But Kosygin survived, and later became as visible a public figure as Brezhnev
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New Braunfels, Texas
Decked out in costume Lone Star children sing Christmas carolsStudents' carols brighten season
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Christmas carols may have been better sung, however, none have been any more appreciated than those being sung by the children at Lone Star Primary School this week.
In keeping with the spirit of Christmas, students at Lone Star performed a 30-minute Christmas program each day i Monday through Thursday) entitled “Your Favorite Christmas” for their parents and teachers.
Each morning approximately 180 children, (in three groups at different times) performed songs ranging from Jinglt Ii* lls to Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.
The children practiced the songs and hand routines (such as clapping) that go with them for three weeks, Nathan Millett, the music director at Lone Star.
In addition to exercising their vocal cords during their music classes, they also prepared their “costumes” in other classes.
Costumes consisted of a red hat made of construction paper with white cotton decorations and a big red bow-tie made of crepe paper.
From the looks on the faces of the parents and grandparents sitting in the audience, all the practicing and work that went into the concert proved worthwhile. Everyone seemed to enjoy the event, from the parents to the children who occasionally forgot a word of a song.
Young boy gestures while singing
Fluoridation to cost more than projected
Fluoridation of the city’s water system will cost “in the neighborhood of $50,000,” according to a preliminary report delivered to New Braunfels Utilities trustees Thursday.
David Pruitt, staff engineer for Hunter Engineering, an Austin consulting firm, estimated the cost would be higher than the total amount of grant money available, but added he had received a “verbal commitment” from the Texas Department of Health that it would press for more.
“I don’t know how much is fundable try federal grants I would hope the majority of it. I do have a verbal commitment from the health department people to help all they can to convince the federal office in Atlanta to come up with more money,” Pruitt said.
The problem is complicated by the six active supply wells that must be treated, together with a "standby” well (which is not covered by grant money but needs to be treated also).
“Possibly the State Health Depart
ment did not realize the extent of your system at the time it made you some promises,” Pruitt said.
Before the Aug. 9 referendum that amended the city charter in favor of fluoridation, the department said grants would cover virtually all costs for a two-year period, with the exception of storage facilities for supplies and the equipment housing.
“The Texas Department of Health knew exactly how many wells we had. They didn’t tell me they would not fund the standby well,” City Manager E N. Delashmutt said from the audience.
The federal money available now totals about $29,500. Each treatment site will cost more than the $2,500 alloted to it, Sohn said in an interview Friday.
“Equipment alone will cost over $2,(KH) at each of the sites,” he said.
And because ifs four tunes cheaper to buy the fluoridating chemical (known as hydrofluorasilicic acid) in bulk, from a tank truck, rather than inInside
drums, four storage tanks will have to be constructed to serve the injector sites. At $1,700 apiece, they are “relatively inexpensive,” Pruitt told the board, but nevertheless are not covered by the grants.
The grants won’t pay for chemical supplies, but will pay the amount saved by using the bulk method over the drum method, which amounts to almost $13,(KH) for two years.
And finally, the grants will pay only $1,500 for engineering fees to pay Pruitt for his study.
Pruitt said he convinced Linda C’rosset, the project manager at the Department of Health, that this would fall far short of actual costs.
“I told her, ‘You’re asking me to design six systems for the same price as another city’s one system,’” he said.
Board Chairman Herb Schneider told Pruitt to submit his system drawings to the department.
“We are committed to provide this service. We have to go ahead with the plans,” he said.
Sohn hoped the Atlanta office would release more money once it saw the city’s .special expenses.
“We have to give them something concrete to work on. It looks like the money is a little short, but maybe they’ll come through,” Sohn said.
“There’s no one big expense. Ifs a lot of small items that altogether get fairly expensive,” Pruitt observed.
Hydro power study eyed
Guadalupe Blanco River Authority wants New Braunfels Utilities to help finance a study of area rivers and their watershed to see what possibilities exist for hydroelectric power generation.
Total cost was estimated at $50,000 to $60,000 by I^eroy Goodson, OBRA director of planning and development, at a meeting of the Utilities trustees Thursday.
The part of the study with the greatest interest to Utilities, the Guadalupe River basin (including Canyon I .ake), would require about $20,000, and Goodson was asking Utilities for $10,000.
The board expressed an interest in the idea, but stopped short of com
mitting any money.
“Can we avail ourselves of whatever you have to offer without participating?” board Chairman Herb Schneider asked.
“If you want to, yes. We’re going to do the study. We’re under way now. lf you want to be a part of it, fine,” Goodson said.
“What do we gain?” trustee Bill Brown asked.
Goodson told the board he couldn’t guarantee any special treatment for Utilities if it invests in the study, or even that the study would yield results
But, he added, it did look “promising,” and he reminded the board other electric companies would be vying for river-produced power if
and when it became available.
“The authority is not a retail power distributor. We may become involved with other entities, we may take bids for it,” Goodson said.
The board didn’t need to be reminded.
“We want, without a doubt, to have the opportunity of utilizing this power. We have to. Any hydro power we get is a plus,” Schneider said.
Schneider said the board would consider the matter again at its Jan. 22 meeting after seeking more information.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn recommended participation. The
See HYDRO, Page 16AWater hearing elicits pleas for stiffer rules
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Because the Texas Water Commission’s annual public hearing on the Edwards Aquifer was held here Thursday, most of those who spoke were from Comal County.
But the opinions heard, and the recommendations that will result from them, concern all seven counties that use the underground water reservoir the commission has to protect.
More than 50 persons crowded the meeting room of the County Extension Office for the hearing, but only about a dozen spoke.
Most comments centered on the rules
governing urban development over the “recharge zones,” where water enters the aquifer from the surface.
Some witnesses, like Tom Fox, general manager of the Edwards Underground Water District, said it was time to review those rules.
Ruth Ixithgren, representing the league of Women Voters in San Antonio, went a step further: it was time to make the rules stiffer, she said.
“We urge further research on the effects of urban water runoff on the aquifer. We urge that there be no development allowed over the sensitive areas of the recharge zone and we urge adequate safeguards to protect the
remainder,” she said.
Herb Schneider presented the views of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Natural Resources Committee, which favored the status quo.
We see no justification for any change at this time and urge the Texas Water Commission to continue the present procedures under the existing order to protect our water resources,” Schneider said, reading from a prepared statement issued by the committee.
Nineteen committee members attended the hearing, and others also noted their support of the statement, including County Judge Max Wommack and City Manager E N. Delashmutt
Phil Paine, the commission examiner who will digest the testimony and make recommendations, said in an interview after the hearing the commission itself has no power to alter development rules.
The rules can only be changed by the Texas Department of Water Resources, a “sort of superagency” that absorbed three other state water agencies in 1977, including the Texas Water Quality Board, which first issued aquifer protection rules in 1969.
Besides the public hearing, the department considers “as much information as possible from any source available,” including groundwater evaluations and studies by the
U.S. Geological Survey’s Water Resources Division and private studies like the City of San Antonio-funded Metcalf-Eddy report.
Although the danger of aquifer pollution and the increased consumption of the water for drinking, irrigation, or industrial use are regional problems, the department now has seven .separate versions of its permanent rules for aquifer protection — one version for each county, Paine said.
Some who testified called for a return to a regional order, but Dr. E.A. Grist, county sanitarian, said the regional approach to
See WATER, Page 16A