New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYHot gifts in the sports world. See Page 8.
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lirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Pat Tepe, Samuel Tamez, ritzie Cos, Judy Davis, John Miller, Becky Scheel, Rhonda McCoy, Stefan Pruitt (13 years old), Mandy Reary (16 years old), Mamie Nell Henke, Sean Lopez (7 years old), George Lombardo Sr., Sheryl Bremer, Rhanessa Roberts (2 years old). Tim Cronin, L.T. franco (50 years on Wednesday) and Ricky Gonzalez.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Cuche and Sonia Gomez (IO years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp.
him Calyon Uke Water Supply Corp. was formed in 1991 for the purpose of corv soHdeting water systems in the Canyon Lake area.
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($7he corporation acquired 26 independent water systems in March 1994. That has increased to 45 subdivisions serving about 4,160 families and between 12,000-18,000 people.
■ The corporation was started with me help of a $7.02 million loan from the Texas Water Development Board. The loan must be paid off in 25 years.
■The Canyon Leks Water Supply Corp. has a 500,000 gaNon per day water surface treatment plant in the Tripie Peak area located on the Southside of the lake The board of directors ie botong to expand the plant to 1.5 million gallons per day by spring and have it on line by summer.
■The corporation plans to build a water treatment plant on the north side of the lake by 1998. The plant would be located in the Canyon Lake Shores subdivision and could be expanded up to 4 million gallons per day.
CLWSC’s outgoing president denies conflicts of interest
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — The outgoing president of the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. Board of Directors denies any conflict of interest occurred when the board bought water systems from a corporation he owns.
Col. Lee Roper said last week he would not run for re-election to the board at the water supply corporation's general membership meeting on Feb.
Roper has been CLWSC president since the corporation was chartered in 1991.
Records indicate that the board of directors acquired five water systems owned by the Rancho del Lago Corp. Roper is president of Rancho del Lago Corp.
The CLWSC board of directors approved the acquisition of four water systems owned by the Rancho del Lago Corp. The acquisitions were on
The board of directors spent $152.000 for all five w ater systems — the Point at Rancho del Lago subdivision. Crystal Heights subdivision, Deer River subdivision. Devil’s Backbone Height and Hillcrest Estates.
Devil’s Backbone Height is part of the Hillcrest Estates w ater system.
“I don't feel there was enough for a conflict of interest because when any
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Apartments to be located at Lake Dunlap
Seasons postal a
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Not that St Nick bu fallen off on the job, but a steady stream of Yuletide cards and packages have been flowing through (be U.S. Portal Service in New Braunfels as people across the globe rush to make the peren-,, etal Doc- 25 deadline.^
Incoming parceUWvd tripled from the norma! daily average of 1,000 to 3,000 this past week, said customer service supervisor Enrique Regalado, and still, postal workers ase bracing for die Trig one.”
“We’re expecting that blow,” said Regalado, who has worked at the poet office through IO holly, jolly seasons. “I expect it to hit iteFtidsy^’MMtoy. We’re used to it We know it’s coming.**
And they know it’s going out The revenue per cash register has move than tripled from an average of $300 per day to $1,000, said Mary CnBrthc evening supervisor. •
“b’s vay hectic, vay busy," said Cruz, who added that the Christmas rush really started around Thanksgiving with preseason catalogs and qpeciil department store advertisements.
All through the post office, employees step it up a notch to distribute the extra mail, which sometimes involves more than just tossing a Hallmark card into a cart, Cruz said.
One person she recalls slapped a label on a coconut
MN* Valdac wipe# hie brow earlier today while sorting mall attila Haw Braunfels poet office, which baa aaan buainaaa triple for tha holidays.
and turned it in for delivery at the South Seguin post office. Cruz said the post office passed the tasty tropical island fruit on to its lucky recipient.
Regalado said the holiday season brings out the best in the 88 postal workers, which include carriers, window clerks and sorters.
“It’s an enjoyment for everyone. A lot of the packages say, ‘Don’t open until Christmas,’” he said. “So we know it’s going for the kids.”
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14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, December 19,1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than K , o rn Home of Pat Tap*
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 208 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.57 feet above sea level, same as Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 321 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.08 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 5.894 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and no well water was used.
Volunteers needed to distribute food
Volunteers are needed Saturday to deliver food that will be provided to New Braunfels area families through money donated this year to the Herald-Zeitung s Cheer Fund. The work will begin at 9 a.m. at the newspaper's office at 707 Landa St. For more information, call Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144, Ext. 228.
■ Leonard and Carolyn Crim
■ Anonymous — $100
■ Anonymous — $20
■ Lorenz and Lottie Bading (Homes by Lorenz Inc. since 1945) —$25
■ Arthur and Gladys Steams
■ Ian and Louise Walker — ' $25
■ Anonymous — $50
■ Kenneth and Betty Triesch
■ Barbara J. Scott — $25
■ William and Montie Porter $100
■ Gerald and Rosalie Groves
■ Anonymous — $25
■ Wayne A. Rahe — $50
■ Archie and Elizabeth Culpepper — $25
■ Clo and Everette Reynolds
■ Anonymous — $25
■ Hochheim Prairie Farm
Marion names DeKunder to fill in as school chief
By ABE LEVY
Marion Independent School District trustees appointed Tom DeKunder, the current assistant superintendent, as the interim superintendent Wednesday.
The move came after Superintendent Craig Stockstill announced in November that he is taking a new job as superintendent at Whitesboro Independent School District near Denton starting in January
DeKunder, 51, has worked for the school district for 2K years. ser\ mg as elementary school principal, head football coach for the high school, athletic director and government teacher.
"I figured it was my role,” DeKunder said. “My job is to keep the shop running. Ell serve the district in what
ever capacity they have tor me.”
The board opted to make the unanimous appointment without going into executive session and plans a workshop on fan. K to discuss a permanent superintendent search and further details on the interim position.
DeKunder said he will be the interim until the end of June and said he plans to assist the board and district officials as they evaluate the upcoming search for a permanent superintendent Stockstill said he is pleased w ith the board s decision and feels confident the district will be left in good hands.
“I’m very thrilled,” said Stockstill, who has been with the district for IO years. “(DeKunder) knows the district from top to bottom and is well quali-
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New Braunfels retailers expect shopping season to be a happy one
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A San Antonio development company has plans to build a new multimillion dollar apartment complex near Lake Dunlap in the spring.
Prodesco Inc. of San Antonio and Archon Group of Dallas plan to start the construction of Westshore C olony, a 204-unit apartment complex in March.
Prodesco developer Ken Niehol said the project will cost about SIO million.
Westshore Colony will he located on 14.4 acres between Interstate 35 and Lake Dunlap.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the new apartment complex will add needed living spaces to the New Braunfels area.
“You will see, just like with Grand Cypress (apartments), a move-up effect in the rental market,” Meek said. “You will see more people move up. and there will be more vacancies in the lower end of the market.
“It will have a positive effect in all the income areas in the community.”
The apartment complex will have one-, two- and three-bedroom units with rental costs ranging from S575 to $^70 per month. Nichol said.
Niehol. who developed Grand C ypress Apartments, said he chose the site because of its accessibility to 111-35 and the scenic view that Lake Dunlap offers.
Westshore C olony will he a gated community.
It w ill feature a large multistory club and leasing office, an exercise facility, covered parking, a jet ski marina, a walking jogging trail, a resort size ptx>l. a lawn for volleyball and croquet and a large outdoor patio.
Mutual Inc. —$1,000
■ Today’s total — $1,845
■ New total — $5,682.48
St. Ann’s mothers to moot today
The St. Ann’s Christian Mothers of Sts. Peter and Pau Catholic Church will meet at 2 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Members are asked to bring non-perishable goods for the S O S. Food Bank. There will be a baby shower for Seton Hall at the meeting.
Please bring unwrapped baby gifts.
By DENISE DZIUK
Local business representatives are optimistic that this Christmas season will leave many in the town feeling jollier than normal.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said October sales tax figures are the first “post tourist" numbers. Meek said there was a 25 percent increase over last year, from $354,972 to $445,223.
“That’s a pretty good number,” said Meek. “It bodes well for our Chnstmas season numbers.” Meek said New Braunfels retailers should fare pretty well this holiday season tor several reasons, including a steady economy, stable inflation, a variety of local “shopping venues” and a low unemployment rate. The October unemployment
Wrt keeping our fingers crossed for this weekend and Monday and Tuesday. We’re waiting for those last-minute shoppers.’
— Melissa Krause marketing manager
_New Braunfels Factory Stores
rate for New Braunfels was 2.9 percent, compared to the state rate of 4.9 percent.
“There’s more reasons for them to shop at home than take their money elsewhere,” said Meek. “(The low unemployment rate) means there also should be more money to spend out
Susan Lith, a spokesw oman tor Target, said the chain is doing well nationally, with “healthy increases over last year” in all regions.
“Target sales are ahead of last year so we’re doing good this Christmas season,” said Eich. “That would hold true for the San Antonio market too ”
Eich said the increase in sales might be attributed to increased “consumer confidence” and the appropriate merchandise. She said the largest sales seemed to be in toys, such as board games, large collectible dolls-and Barbie, electronics, jewelry and cosmetics and small appliances.
Downtown businesses are just as busy this holiday season. Lisa Repka, w ith the Tobacco Haus, said the holiday gift-buying season is bringing in a lot of people w ho otherwise proba
bly wouldn’t come iii “Shopping is going great We love it.” said Repka “It’sjust incredible to me I think everybody (downtown) is real pleased.”
Melissa Krause, marketing manager tor the New Braunfels factory stores, said the outlet stores had not yet seen the increase in sales “We were expecting greater sales than we’re actually seeing,” said Krause “Traffic seems to be down and the sales are reflecting that as well ” Krause said she thought the sales were slow because of the lac k of time. She said C hristmas was coming a lot closer to Thanksgiving this year, and people just have not had time to do their Christmas shopping yet “We’re keeping our fingers crossed tor this weekend and Monday and Tuesday,” said Krause. "We’re waiting for those last minute shoppers.”Guidelines needed for genetic testing. See Opinion, Page 4