New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 140. No.22
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Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL CCX
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Oma Kuhle, Armiro L. Sotelo Sr., ie Rev. Ardie Kendig, Alicia Ann ’astor, Pamela Brinkkoeter, Amanda Krueger and Carty Botchers.
Anniversary wishes today go to ?elix and Tomasita Serna.
Troutfest 1992, sponsored by the city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled or Jan. 9 through 19 at the Landa ’ark Olympic Pool.
The program is for the disabled and other Comal County residents who fish for rainbow trout and a new addition to the program — 5- to 7-pound catfish.
There is no charge for the disabled. The fee is S3 for a child’s pass and SS for an adult’s pass. Each lass purchased will be good to catch up to IO fish. Additional fish may be caught with the purchase of another pass.
Times for the Troutfest are 4-8 ).m. weekdays and IO a.m.-8 pjm weekends.
A youth fishing tournament for children IO and under will be 8-10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. ll. Some fish will be tagged with prizes.
The Canyon Middle Schoo cheerleaders’ “Christmas Mother’s >ay Out” at JAR Gymnastics, 1275 J.S. 81 East, will give local moms a >reak from 9 a.m. to 5 p.rn Saturday, Dec. 21.
The cheerleaders will teach participants cheers and a dance, anc novies, games and lunch will be iimished. A surprise guest will visit The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call Kathy Barranco at 651-6789 or Vicky Stanley at 629-3850.
Garden Ridge recycling
The monthly Garden Ridge recycling day will be 9 a.m.-2;>p.m Saturday, Dec. 21 at the municipa complex grounds.
Due to the holidays, the Coma County Health Department will not have immunization clinics on Tuesday, Dec. 24 or Tuesday, Dec 31. A makeup clinic is scheduled for 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. Friday, Dec 27. For more information, call 620 5595.
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department anc New Braunfels Utilities will sponsor the fifth annual Christmas tree recycling program at Landa Park beginning Dec. 26. An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees.Good Day
There is a IOO percent chance of rain this afternoon. A two-day total of rainfall in New Braunfels has been calculated at more than 6 inches. The high temperature in New Braunfels Thursday was 66 and the overnight low was 64.
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Officials monitor rising water levels
Rain water caused the flooding of this low-water crossing about a quarter of a mile off of Loop 337 South over the Dry Comal. There continues to be a 100 percent chance of rain today. (Photo by Btu
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Officials are continuing to. monitor water levels as rain continues to fall in New Braunfels and surrounding areas.
V “The flow of the river with water Bom the Dry Comal has put quite a bit of water into Lake Dunlap, which is up about three or four btu” said Herb Syring, emergency management coordinator for the city of New Braunfels. “The only thing thatfs showed any signs of threatening is the RV-mobile home park (under Interstate 35 on the Guadalupe River), bul those folks are watching the water closely.”
In the event of flooding, trailers are moved to higher pans of the RV park property, said Gordon Hankins, manager of the New Braunfels RV Park.
“It's kind of coming and going — UTI come up four or five inches and then it will slack up a little bit and go back down," Hank in said. “It came up at one point to two foot on the gauge. We watch it pretty close — this river moves a tot of water.
The Comal River flow was back down to 842 cubic feet per second Friday morning after hitting 1450 cfs Thursday. During a major rainfall in June of 1986 the Comal's flow was 4140 cfs, said Bill Tepe, engineering assistant for New Braunfels Utilities.
“I had th* upper
Guadalupe River around Gruene s Crossing and that crossing is not even flowing what we normally release out of (Canyon Lake) when it’s full,” Syring said. “The rain has not been a flood rain.”
Syring added that the city’s drainage system of Ok Dry Comal Creek feeding the Comal River is
handling the extra water “pretty well”
“If we got eight inches like San Antonio got, then we’d seriously have to consider some actions,” Syring said. “I would encourage people to heed warnings about low water crossings — when there are barricades, please don’t go around them.”
While Syring acknowledged that there are many areas with water standing in die roads, he said that the water is not high enough to do any real damage.
“We have to hit 20-foot flood stage before it starts affecting any homes,” he said.“Right now we’re right at two feet over normal flow.” Ernie Hassold, Comal County community emergency coordinator has been closely monitoring earthen dams along Bleeders Creek.
“There’s quite a bit of water in back of the dams but it will take another 6-8 inches before we have to worry about them,” Hassold said. “Only one small dam is to full capacity. We’re going to check those dams every time we get an inch or so of rain.”
Roads with low water crossings that continue to be closed include North Live Oak Avenue, Church Hill Drive, Coco Drive. Wald Road at Altgelt Lane, River Road ai Rode Street, and Kuehler Avenue, officials said.
In the county. Sheriffs Department officials said thai motorists should avoid Cibolo Road at Farm to Market Road 1863 and any road intersecting Cibolo Creek, Blanco Road south of Texas 46 and roads intersecting the Guadalupe River at Speeht s Crossing, Rebecca Creek Road and Cypress Cove Road.
Persistent rainfall triggers memories of '72 flood
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
As oersistem rainfall continued to douse Comal County on Thursday, officials who were present during the 1972 New Braunfels flood watched for signs of another dangerous situation.
“Any time you get a rainfall of five inches or so in 24 hours, there’s always the possibility of having a real bad flood,” said Bill Tepe, engineering assistant for New Braunfels Utilities. “The ground gets saturated, and all you have is run-off after that.”
Remembering the 1972 flood that killed IS people, Tepe
said this week's weather would have to reach an extraordinary level to match that disaster. •
“They talk about those as being 100-year floods as opposed to 10-year Hoods,” he said.
Herbert Syring. emergency management coordinator for the city of New Braunfels, said the last few days of gradual rain would have to be followed by torrential thunderstorms to the serious flooding situation of 1972.
“it’s not to say it won't happen,” he said. “That's not true either, but that’s what you'll be watching for. ... A lot of thunderstorms and lightning and then the torrential rains come — then you need to be worried.”
Syring said three dams that did not exist rn 1972 would help to slow flood waters today. Two of these have been built at the Dry Comal Creek and another is located at Biieders Creek.
At the time of the 1972 flood, these three dams unfortunately still were in planning, according to news reports of the flood.
Shortly after that flood 20 years ago, the local district conservationist with the Soil Conservation had said the Biieders Creek Dam “would have retarded about one-half of the floodwater.”
County auditor vows to keep tabs on water district
By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer
The Comal County auditor said Thursday he will study the financial records of the Water Oriented Recreation District on a monthly basis until a new administrator for the district settles into the job.
“My intentions are going to be to audit on a regular basis," County Auditor H. Bate Bond said at the Commissioners Court meeting.
The district’s last administrator was forced to resign early this month when an audit found unauthorized expenditures. •
After the meeting. Bond said
audits will be conducted monthly “until they get the administrator situation under control, and then quarterly, and less frequently as we see they’re doing their business properly.”
The Commissioners Court agreed to Bond add WORD audits to three miscellaneous provisions in an agreement between the WORD
board and Comal County.
Other provisions call for the directors of WORD to be insured on the county's public officials errors and omissions policy, and for the county to provide the WORD administrator with office space.
In addition, WORD will submit written reports of board actions to the Commissioners Court office under the agreement, in order to comply with a chapter of the Local Government Code, the document states.
The district was created by the Legislature and approved by voters in 1987 to levy fees on visitors to the
county to pay for litter clean-up and law enforcement.
The court also appointed Nathan Oxhandler of Spring Branch for a two-year term on the WORD board. Oxhandler will fill the vacancy left by Harry Heimer, who decided new to seek another term.
In other action, the court rescinded action taken last week to contract with both the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association and the Humane Society of New Braunfels for the boarding, tending and eulhenasia of unwanted animals.
The move was taken after County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander found
that the medical association doe** not have the authority to bind its member practitioners to the contract.
“What we’re trying to accomplish is to enter into a contract with members of the veterinary association, which is probably going to be the very same thing that the' have submitted to us” in their proposal, County Judge Cartel Casteel said. The humane societv still will be included for county services, she said.
“We’re not backing out of our agreement, we’re just trying to do a correctly, and apparently we had not done that,” Casteel said.
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5 shopping days to Christmas
Food drive makes goal
The New Braunfels Herald Zeiiung sponsored C heer Fund Drive has reached its goal of $5,000.
The food bought with the money will be delivered to 200 families tomorrow.
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District puts old middle school on the market
By ROBERT STEWART Buff Writer
Amidst budget problems for the Comal Independent School District, the old Canyon Middle School building on U.S 81 near Texas 46 nu largely unused and up for sale.
“We are looking at every avenue,” said Joe Rogers, C1SD superintendent. “Right now with the value of it, it may be in our interest to keep it — but of course that’s a determination that needs to be made by the school board."
A recent appraisal of the building set the value at $320,000, considerably less than expected. Rogers said.
“We don’t know what we’U do with it,” Rogers said. “At some point
in time we'll have to make a recommendation to the board for some possibilities for usage of (the building), rather than just sitting there. The building itself would have to have tremendous amounts of renovation and probably some of it just tom down to the foundation and redone.”
“We don't have any funds budgeted right now to do anything to it,” said Roy Linnaru. CISD director of buildings and grounds. “The problem with that old school is that the roof structure is the old flat, built-up type. It's just virtually impossible to repair that type of roof on that large a scale without
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The old Canyon Middle School is up for sale (Photo by Bill Ervin)