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Tuesday Afternoon. February 2.1993 Serving Comal County/ Home of Leotle Stephens Vol. 141, No. 53 — Dally 50 cents. Sunday 75 centsComal and San Marcos springs to flow
CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
Opening festivities held at Sts. Peter and Paul school
Sts. Peter and Paul Church School held opening ceremonies Monday morning for a week long celebration of Catholic Schools Week.
“Hear ye, hear ye, hear ye,M sang out principal Norma Miller, ringing an old hand bell used by nuns lo call in classes years ago, to call those present to attention to hear the reading of a city proclamation from New Braunfels Mayor Clinton Brandt.
School board president Judi Bailey read the proclamation designating Jan. 31-Feb. 6 as Catholic Schools Week in New Braunfels.
“I call upon all our citizens to salute this institution and join with me in expressing appreciation for the dedication with which the faculty and students approach their respective jot*,” Bailey read from the proclamation.
A banner from the National Catholic Education Association was unfurled by the school's student council, and will hang from the school's second floor windows celebrating Catholic School Week.
The Panther cheerleaders lead the students, faculty and parents in some “Panther Pride" cheers, and the ceremonies culminated in the release of 300 white and blue balloons.
Today, Big Brother and Big Sister activities will be followed by a picnic lunch that will find older children competing for the most unusual lunch surprise for their little brother or sister.
Dip^^r^f^ntMt^'w^h^dcnts Students at New Braunfels' Sts. Peter and Paul Church School release balloons during open ceremonies for Catholic Schools compete for the teip th* flies the farthest Week on Monday morning. (Photo by Carla Wenzel)
Judge: Cut pumping of aquifer by 60 percent
By MANUEL ALVEAR Harald-Zaltung
U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton on Monday ordered the Texas Water Commission to meet U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requirements to guarantee spring flow during periods of severe drought
Bunton directed the service to determine the flow required at the Comal and San Marcos Springs to protect endangered species.
He ruled that the legislature must reduce Edwards Aquifer pumping by at least 60 percent and ordered the TWC to submit an interim plan to meet that requirement and gave the Texas Legislature until May 31, to adopt a permanent management plan.
Reaction in Comal County to the ruling was cautious, but a utility representative said the edict was a plus for the environment
“The judge has ruled the springs will flow.
We will be watching whichever way they go to protect our interests,” County Judge Carter Casteel said this morning.
According to Doug Miller, representative for Comal County and New Braunfels water utilities, the ruling required the TWC to submit the plan by March I.
The order came as a result of a November trial in a lawsuit jointly filed by the Sierra Club, a national environmental group, and the Blanco River Authority against the service, he said.
The aquifer, the sole source of drinking water for San Antonio, is a natural underground water reservoir that flows for 176 miles under five counties.
The Sierra Club wanted pumping from the aquifer restricted in order to protect
endangered plant and animal species living in aquifer-fed Comal Springs in New Braunfels and San Marcos Springs in San Marcos.
According to Sierra Club officials, the fountain darter, Texas wild rice and Texas blind salamander live in the springs.
Miller said that the ruling would benefit the environment and will force state agencies to formulate a workable plan to deal with aquifer issues.
“It will set guidelines that will allow us to begin to manage the Edwards,” Miller said. “This says that our environment is just as important as those who use the water.”
TWC chairman John Hall said in a prepared statement that his agency would cooperate with the service and the Texas Legislature to meet requirements of the court
'The apparent requirement that a plan be developed that guarantees spring flow even during a repeat of the 1950's (drought) is not good news for the l.S million people dependent upon the Edwards,” Hall said. “Our biggest concern is whether the decision properly balances the needs of human beings with those of endangered species.”
“We are going to comply with wha|4he judge has ordered us to do,” Hall said. “We believe, however, that the ultimate management plan must recognize that the people of the region are as dependent on the Edwards as are endangered species.”
The ruling will not decrease the amount of water available to users, according to Jack Ohlrich, member of the board of directors for
the Edwards Underground Water District.
He said an improved management plan will help increase availability.
“If they come up with a reasonable plan, there will be more water for everyone,” said Ohlrich. “The regulations will apply for everyone.”
Ohlrich said the EUWD would be receiving a copy of the ruling in a few days, and would discuss it at their next meeting Feb. 9 in San Antonio.
According to a TWC release, the commission last year developed a management plan, which guaranteed spring flow at Comal Springs in all but the most severe drought, which was endorsed by the service and other regional Edwards interests.
That plan was set aside by a Travis County District court which ruled that the TWC did not have the authority to implement its plan. The TWC has appealed that ruling.
discusses new budget
By ROSE MARIE EASH Harald-Zaltung
Recycler says profit going out of reusable materials
By GARY P. CARROLL Harald-Zaltung
A New Braunfels recycler the number of companies accepting recyclable Is dwindling although popularity of recycling is increasing.
Eligio Garcia, Jr. of Ollas Masters Recyclers in New Braunfels said Glass Masters currently accepts glass (green and clear only) and aluminum cans — and although the price paid per pound of aluminum cans has increased slightly ,to 21 centi per pound, Garcia said he can not pay customers anything for glass.
The money once paid to customers for dropping off glass now goes toward paying for transfer costs for the git*!, he said.
“I believe that $40 a ton is what they're paying for the glass in Waco,” Garcia said. According to Garcia, Glass Masters currently pays $20 per ton in transfer costs for the 6-7 tons of glass it receives each month which helps the company just break even.
Although the price per pound for glass has declined steadily, Garcia said the amount of glass he receives has remained fairly consistent, and people are not recycling for the economic benefits.
“The price we could pay customers dropped down a while back to a cent a pound or a hareem a pound,” Garcia said.
“People dropping off the glass — they weren't doing it for the money, they were doing
it to keep it out of the landfills.”
According to a report from Commissioner Gary Mauio of the Texas General Land Office, about 1.3 million tons of glass goes into landfills each year.
Since 1986, Texas has seen a steady decline in the number of landfills. Approximately 700 municipal waste landfills were operating in 1992, down 200 from 1986, with IOO scheduled to close early this year.
The GLO report said recycling has “taken off like wildfire” but interest in what becomes of those recyclables once they are “dropped off,” has itself, dropped off.
According to the GLO report, more and more recyclables are ending up in landfills because of
the lack of adequate markets for recyclables.
The report said office wants to increase the market for recyclables by stimulating the demand for products made with, or packaged in, recycled products.
This would not only inspire manufacturers to use recycled materials, but would also reduce the amount of recyclables going into landfills.
Residents of New Braunfels have, over the years, discussed the possibility of citywide recycling programs, such as curbside recycling, but nothing has been agreed upon.
Mayor Clinton Brandt said that everybody agrees that recycling is a good idea, but no one can agree who should pay for it
SMITHSON VALLEY — County residents met with Water Oriented Recreation District officials Monday for a public hearing to discuss methods of funding the $136,000 budget passed by the board during their January meeting.
“We've budgeted $136jOOO,” said Guy Anderson. “And if I was a business person, and I wanted $136,000, fd have to have a plan to get that money. That's what we're here to discuss.”
The hearing was originally limited to discussion of alternative methods of funding the district However, much of the two-hour hearing was spent discussing various problems with the management of the district Citizens questioned the policy of WORD paying for law enforcement which county residents said they already fund through funding of the sheriffs office.
They also discussed the need for a turn signal on River Road and other previously-debated issues involving WORD.
The board had not reached a consensus on how they would fund the budget, but each member reported his personal preferences to 'he public during the hearing.
Several board members preferred to limit increased user fees to the tube rentals, leaving the hotel/motel charges and the campground charges unchanged.
The increase suggested would bring the rate up to the 3 percent limit dictated in the legislation which created the district Those present also discussed additions to the campground charges because much of the law enforcement expenses sit incurred at the campgrounds.
The next board meeting will have the action on the funding issue on the agenda.
Citizens are encouraged to make their preferences known to the board through Jim Inman at 623-3344.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiuing sends Birthday wishes to Monica Juarez. Belated birthday greetings go to Brian Hofer, Elva Holer and Kristen Patricia Rodriquez.Dlttllnger Memorial Library
The Diltlinger Memorial Library will be closed Feb. 15 - 20 for "Project Barcode.” Staff members and volunteers will be barcoding 50,000 books plus cassettes, records and videos. The bookdrop will be available for use during this time.Sweetheart Ball
Monday, Feb. 8, is the last day to buy tickets to the New Braunfels Newcomers Club's Sweetheart Ball at the Senior Citizen Center Thursday, Feb. ll.
Included will be a dinner at 6 p.m. and dancing from 7 to IO p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased at the center or China N Things. This is a fund raiser for the Newcomers Club.Bell, Debutante preeentatlon aet
The New Braunfels Guild of the Mid-Texas
Symphony will sponsor the 1993 Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and Debutante Presentation from 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday, Feb. 13, at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The Debutante Presentation begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30 per person and are available from Comal Flower Shop, First Choice, The Retreat Salon, Rhoads Interiors and HEB.Free parenting cleeeee
In conjunction with the Comal County Emergency Children's Shelter, Family Outreach will be offering free parenting
classes for parents of young children and teenagers.
Early childhood classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Feb. 27, and Teenage classes will begin op Tuesday evenings beginning Feb. 23.
Anyone interested in attending the classes is invited to an orientation on Tuesday, Feb. 2, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Comal County Extension Service in New Braunfels. For more information, call 620-1299 or 629-0639.
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