New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednessday, February 5, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol 145. No 60
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Birthday wishes from th* Harald-Zaltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiunft extends birthday wishes to: Glenn Mack (26 years old). Patsy Burrell, Ka them Gay, Florence Flesher, Dean White, Levi Kilgore, Mandi Martin, Mayor Jan Kennedy (belated), Andrew Dixon Hamel (IO years old, belated).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Charlie and Mary Martin.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here. call 625-VI44.
Mountain Cedar — 1402 Elm-31
(Pollen measured in parts per cube meter ol air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 208 cubic feet per second. down 3 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623 55 feet above sea level, down OI. Canyon Dam discharge — 203 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —147 cfs Canyon lake level — 908 98 feet above sea level (Below conservation pool)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 5 292 million gallons of surface water Monday, and 2.0 million gallons of wen water were used
Spurs welcome New Braunfels fens
The San Antonio Spurs will play host to New Braunfels residents Feb. 15 when they battle the Atlanta Hawks during New Braunfels Spurs Night.
Tickets are how 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.
League of Women Voters plans forum
The League of Women voters is sponsoring a legislative forum at 7 p m. Thursday in the NBISD Boardroom State Rep. Edmund Kuempel and Rick Svatora, a legislative aide to State Sen. Rodney Ellis will be the featured speakers.
Brown beg lunch with the mayor
New Braunfels residents will have yet another opportunity to let Mayor Jan Kennady know what is on their minds regarding the city at a bag lunch forum Friday The forums are held the Fri days before regular City Council meetings which take place on the second and fourth Mondays of each month The lunches will take place from noon to 1 p m in Conference Room A B of the New Braunfels Municipal Build mg, 424 S Casten Ave Kennady said she will schedule the brown bag lunches throughout the coming year. For more information, contact the mayor at 625-6739
German American Society dance
The German American Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Mardi Gras dance at the Knights o Columbus Hall on Friday.
Music will be provided by the Bohemian Dutchmen from 8 p m until midnight.
Tickets can be purchased from $6 at Centex Office Canter. Chamber o Commerce and Lepp Juwelier before the dance Tickets are $7 at the door.
Beer, wine and set-ups are available BYOB For information call Florence Riedel at 625-2760, Helgard Suhr Hollis 625-6330. Elsie Lee Biesenbach (210) 438 3053 or Frances Copeland (210) 494-2107
Safe City to review address posting
By ABE LEVY
In an effort to help local law enforcement and medical officials respond to emergency calls, city officials are proposing that residents and business owners increase their visibility.
A subcommittee of the city's Safe City Commission has been reviewing the current ordinance that requires addresses to be visible from the nearest sidewalk.
Commission members said they feel the ordinance is too vague and does not set forth specific requirements that would help emergency officials locate the source of their calls.
In addition, many addresses in the city are not posted in accordance with the current ordinance. And other addresses skip from 20 to 300 numbers on the same block, city officials said.
To help remedy the situation, the commission plans to consider at its Thursday meeting:
■ requiring addresses to be posted so that they are visible from the opposite side of the street.
■ setting a minimum height and contrast requirements for the address signs
■ requiring an alternative posting method for locations that are a significant distance from the street, such as
building a post nearer to the street If the commission recommends changes to the current ordinance, they will be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration.
“The cost of properly posting your address won’t come close to what you could lose in a burglary or a medical situation if police and EMS operators arc unable to locate your address,’’ said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager who provides administrative support for the 25-member commission.
“We’re asking every citizen to step outside, go across the street and ask themselves, ‘Can I sec my address in
an emergency situation, day or night?’’’ Ferguson said that the problem is observed in some older sections of town where brush has grown over the address posting or Mother Nature has damaged the existing signs.
Ferguson said the goal is not to enforce the current or future ordinance with a heavy hand but to educate the public on the needs of emergency personnel in responding to calls for service.
The commission at its last meeting agreed to embark on a door-to-door campaign to educate the public on proper address posting as a friendly reminder that it is the law, Ferguson said.
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Volksmarch draws scrutiny of naturalists
By DAVID DEKUNOeR
GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK A Volksmarch which is expected to attract hundreds of people to the Honey Creek State Natural Area on Feb. 15 to 16 is coming under fire from naturalists who believe the event could have a negative effect on the ecology of the arca.
Walter Schumann, an interpretive guide who gives tours at Honey ( 'reek, said he is hoping to have at least 25 people protesting at the entrance of the state natural area on the days the Volksmarch will be held.
Schumann said Honey Creek, which is adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park, is not meant to handle the expected 750 people who will show up for the
“We arc opposed to it because the Volksmarch is a high impact use of a state natural area," Schumann said “State natural areas are for educational and scientific research.”
The 1,825-acre Honey Creek State Natural Area is considered an envi-riHimentally sensitive area ara! includes endangered species such as the goldcn-Cbecked warbler The area is open to interpretive and educational activities under the supervision and guidance of volunteers and park staff members.
Richard J. Solis, president of Friends of Guadalupe River Honey Creek. Inc, said the group agreed to hold the Volksmarch because it will allow more people to experience the uniqueness of Honey Creek
Solis said approximately 2,700 peo-
ple per year visit the arca doing various educational activities.
“Back in April 1996 we were approached by a (Friends) board of directors member who was approaclied by a member of Volksmarch about Iwv mg the walk,” Stills said ‘‘We have been mandated by the parks and wildlife department to open up more areas. We want more people to enjoy both parks and it makes perfect sense since we have a state park and state natural arca adjacent to each other.” Participants, regardless of whether they arc Volksmarch members, will have to pay a $3 fee,
The Friends is the organization which sponsors programs promoting the preservation .md protection of Honey Creek.
The Friends are co-sponsoring the
On the Agenda
The 25-member Safe City Commission plans to meet at 7 p.m., Thursday, at the Municipal Building. 424 S. Casten Ave. Agenda items include:
B proposed revisions to street address ordinance.
B development of a motor-vehicle-burglary-prevention program.
B presentation on shoplifting prevention.
B reports on the senior citizens crime prevention committee, juvenile issues committee, officer recognition program and the monthly crime report.
Volksmarch w ith the Texas Wanderers of Fort Sam Houston, who are members of the American Volkssports Association The Volksmarch will be from 7:30 a.rn. to Noon each day.
Solis said the Volksmarchers will be walking on existing mills thin will be monitored by 60 volunteers.
Schumann is concerned that some of the volunteers who are high school students and Boy Scouts will not understand what areas are the most sensitive to human activity “It takes an underlying understanding about what it’s all about,” Schumann said “These kids are well intentioned and well briefed, however, it is not the same as understanding the difference between a suite park and a suite natural area.”
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Grass carp still on scientists'
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Biologists arc still monitoring the success of 125 grass carp which were put into five hydroelectric lakes along the Guadalupe River more than a year ago
The radio tagged white amar grass carp were put into the hydroelectric lakes by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists in August 1995 to determine whether they could survive in the new environment
Twenty-five were put in each til the five hydroelectric lakes. T hose lakes included I tike Dunlap and Lake McQueeney.
The grass carp w ere put into Lakes McQueeney and Dunlap to see if they could eat and control the hydrilla vegetation which made the waterways impassable for boating and recreation as recently as a year ago.
Last spring, TP&W, along with tile Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and organizations around the effected lakes, began a spraying program in an effort to decrease the hydrilla in l akes Dunlap and McQueeney.
In June, 5.(KH) grass carp each were released into both lakes Since the time of the sprayings and the carp releases, the hydrilla has decreased around the lakes dramatically.
Those fish were not tagged with radio receivers hut have tags which identify them if they are caught
Dr Lari ('Hilton, TP&W senior staff specialist, situ) the original 125 radio tagged fish are still being tracked
“We are tracking them once every three months for six to seven days.” C hilton said “The tags are programmed to cut oil during the interval, K4 days, when we are not tracking them.
Chilton said today biologists will be out on the hydroelectric lakes to begin another three month study on the carp.
Biologists are trying to determine how many calp have stayed iii their original locations, ( Milton said
“We don’t have a way to tell if the unmarked fish ate still staying,” Chilton said "lf we get a high percentage of tagged fish that are staying then we are assuming tire percentage
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Committee charged with planning the growth of CISD
By DENISE DZIUK
The committee formed to advise the Comal Independent School District board of trustees on how to deal with project growth in the distnct held its first meeting Tuesday to get some genera) information on the job that lies ahead.
“The task that you have ahead of you is monumental," board president Dan Krueger told the Long-Range Facilities Planning Committee. “You will be a guiding post, if you will, for where the board will go.” Superintendent Jerry Major said
CISD is the eighth-fastest growing school distnct for distncts with more than 5,000 students. He said a demographic study prepared in 1993 said the distnct would reach an enrollment of 10,000 by the year 2000. He said the district is ahead of that projection, and needs to begin looking at how to handle the influx of students.
“The growth is going to continue, so we have to figure out when those kids show up, where we’re going to put them,”’ said Major. “Right now, we have a little bit of breathing room, not a lot. To handle the kind of numbers we’re expecting, we’re going to have to have some more classrooms.”
Major said the distnct’s administration would provide the comm****.* with any mlixmution or data it neeu.. out die recommendations generated would be left entirely to the committee. He said interim reports on progress will he made to tin; board of trustees regularly, and a final recommendation should be made to the board by mid- to late-May.
"(The administration is) going to be fix resource,” said Major. We will give you as much information that we can and as much help as we can, but wx want this to be your decision.”
Alternatives discussed by similar committees in 1993 and 1995 included year-round school, split-shiff schools,
temporary facilities, enrollment caps/bussing, leasing space, increased class sizes and building projects.
T he parents present discussed some issues they said needed to be addressed at some point by the committee District patron Bill Smith said previous committees had “long and drawn out discussions” about what is best for the children in CISD, and said this committee will have to answer those same basic questions.
“Because I see us in a worse position now that we were in 1993 because I visited Smithson Valley High School,
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Comal Indenpendent School District enrollment for the 1996-97 school year was 9,239, and enrollment is expected to keep rising. The district is projecting the following enrollment in the coming years:
2000-2001 2001-2002 2002-2003
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