New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday. February 4. 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Jessica Bridges
Vol 145. No 59
Birthday wlshas from tha Harald Zaltunqt
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Rita McCoubrey, Kendra Doney, Mike Noble, April Rhrinbender (Monday), Linda Pale, Jessica Bridges (13 years old), Christy Hading (S yean old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Jim and Dorothy Rheinlaen-der (Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, vail 625-9144.
Pollen Count mow — unavaaaoie Mountain Cedar — unavailable
(Poton measured in pens per cubic meter al air Wwmtoon provided by Dr Frank Hampel)
Comal Rivar — 211 cubic feet par second. up 3 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wail — 623 56 feet above sea level, down 05 Canyon Dam discharge — 203 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —147 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.98 tost above sea level (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfota Utilities
NOU reports pumping 4 852 mSon gallons of surface waler Monday, and 0 444 milton galons of wet water were used.
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One of America’s favorite advice columns is returning to *the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung to offer help to the rn and contused in New
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Beginning today, the Herald* Zeitung will again publish Dear Abby, a nationally syndicated column, in its paper Dear Abby which answers readers’ questions on a variety of topics, will be a daily part of the paper and its readers' day For today's installment of Dear Abby, turn to page 3.
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The San Antonio Spurs will play host to New Braunfels res idents Feb 15 when they battle the Atlanta Hawks during New Braunfels Spurs Nite Tickets are now available at Vivroux Sporting Goods Prices range from $15 50 to $32 50 Proceeds from this year s outing will benefit the New Braunfels Jr. League Basketball program.
Holp with Im returns for sonior cit Lions
AARP/1RS volunteers will provide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first come basis.
This is a free service Please brog supporting paperwork (W2 and 1099s) and last year's tax return
Times and sites are 10 a m to 2 p m Wednesdays and Sat urdays at the Dittlinger Memon al Library, 1 to 5 p m. Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 am to 1 p.m. Saturdays at the Senior Center, and 1 to 4 p.m. Wednes days and 9 a m to noon Satur days at the Canyon Lake Action Center
Dixit Tomorrow Fund program
The Comptroller s Office is offering brochures and applies tions for the Texas Tomorrow Fund
The program allows Texas families to provide for their chil drone future college education at a current fixed cost. The cur rent enrollment period ends Feb 18
For more information or an application, contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445 GRAD (4723). or Rep Edmund Kuempefs office at (512) 463-0602
City mulls plan to charge for bandstand use
By ABE LEVY
A landmark of the city of New Braunfels for more than 90 years, the Main Plaza Bandstand has facilicated such community events as Wassailfest and county parades.
In an effort to enact a consistent policy for use of the bandstand, city officials are reviewing a proposal in which it would charge fees to individuals and groups interested in using the facility.
Currently, organizers of major events request permission from the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the City Council to use the bandstand.
Otherwise, smaller events are allowed on a first-come, first-served
The proposal was approved by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Board and is under review by the Downtown Association and city officials.
City officials said they hope to have a plan in place by summer but have not given a deadline for when the council would be ready to consider the proposal.
The plan would charge individuals from New Braunfels $50 per hour and non-profit groups $25 per hour.
Individuals and non-profit groups not from the city would be charged $75 per hour.
Each use also would require a $100 deposit, with the city reserving the nght to use it for any cleanup costs after the
tim XKK rally suddenly brought it home to us. We had a problem. It made us say, 'Yeah, we’ve thought about It for a long time but we probably ought to do something about it now”
— City Manager Mike Shands event.
The proposal gives the parks department the discretion to approve reservation requests and stipulates that some
requests would require approval by the city manager and city council.
Still, the requests for reservations are to be considered on a first-come, first-served basis, the proposal indicates.
The power to approve or deny requests is critical, city officials said, and came to the forefront when the Ku Klux klan staged a rally in last June at the courthouse steps.
At that time, city officials said they were able to negotiate with the Klan organizers about the rally but would have prefered to have a plan in place.
“The KKR rally suddenly brought it home to us,” City Manager Mike Shands said. “We had a problem. It made us say, ‘Yeah, we’ve thought about it for a long tune but we probably
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ing, the county wee given the responsibility of atsiaastromg pu^^ lie access to the river. Tom Homseth, chairman of the Conal County park* advisory committee, said the county is now looking at upgrading the •roe.
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called a landing because that’s the intent of this site, to launch and remove river crafts.”
The commissioners approved the initial lease in October. At that time, a landowner near the property voiced concerns about activities that already take place, and said the approval of the lease was “a disregard of any of the neighbors surrounding this area.”
The commissioners said the lease should help matters.
Homseth said the owner of the property had some concerns about liability, and minor revisions were made to the lease approved in October The commissioners will consider the revised lease at their next meeting at 8:15 em Thursday.
arty owners in the area are unhappy with the current situation. He said Spechts Crossing is a frequent spot for beer and drug problems, and con-trotting the area is difficult right now “b's just a haven for dope and drug parties.’’ said Schwab. T figure if we can lease it, that’ll give us better control of it it really needs to be main-tabled, md that should make the neighbors happy .” Homeeth aaid development plans have not been drown up for foe aret yet, and require hearings with foe public.
He said, however, that the improvements will include a vehicle turnaround and a place to and canoes en and off the river.
Tt’s going to be called Nichols Landing (as lease),* said Homeeth. Tt’s being
ought to do something about it now.’” The proposal is written to allow the council and the community it represents the ability to determine the bandstand’s use, Shands said.
The tees for local users, howev er, are being debated by some city officials.
City council members agree that a pol icy is needed but some are concerned that the fees for non-profit organizations be kept to a minimum.
Councilwoman Brenda Freeman of District 3 said she would like to assess a fiat fee with possibly a small per-hour surcharge to non-profit groups after reviewing what the city’s total costs would be for use of the bandstand “I would hate to see non-profits think that we’re using the facility for profit enterprises.” Freeman said.
Water athort ty wants input on how drought conditions affect commercial ventures
By DAVIO DEKUNDEH
CANYON LAKE lf you have concerns ab*nit last yew ’* drought or '
the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s plans for Canyon Lake, the ( omal County Water (Indited Recreation District wants to hear from you.
WORD Manager Jim Inman stud he wants to meet with (iuncialupc River and Canyon I ake businesses to discuss the importance of water to their livelihoods.
Ihe meeting will Ik- held at t>:30 p.m. Feb. 11 al the Grucnc Mansion Inn.
“We want to find out what the real effects of the drought were on businesses," Inman said “What we are heading lot is a meeting with OBRA and the (U S Army) Corps of Engineers to discuss dev iation of the dam operation plan to keep up with the river conditions we had iii the summer of 1995.
“We want to hear from people at the marinas and the yacht clubs on how varying lake levels affect their businesses,” Inman said
In 1905, (iBRA was able to release as much as 5,(KHI cubic feet per second of water from Canyon Dam into the Guadalupe River
l ast summer's drought reduced the flow to as low as 25 cfs
Inman said he wants the meeting to be beld so that W< IR I) can represent a unified front for businesses at its meeting with (iBRA iii March
Inman said he will send some HO letters to boninesses, the Canyon Lake and the New Braunfels dial libers of commerce and governmental officials, inv iting them to attend the meeting.
Debbie Van Scyoc, co-owner of tile Canyon Lake ( anipgrouiid, said she hopes the meeting will pioducc something fruitful (br the lake and river businesses,
"We want to know what ideas the (W< )RD) (iovenunemal Affairs < oui-notice is going to be presenting to the business owners and the Corps of Engineers,” Van Scyoc said. “We want to know how information will be put out on the water (low and also how they plan to handle a problem with the press when bad information gets out. Tins is the first time we have been invited to something like this and we want to see what they have to offer "
Community bands together to help find lost dog. Page 4.