New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns take Alamo Heights in extra innings. See Sports, Page 7.
Salute to the dough boy
18 pages in one section ■ Wednesday, February 28,1996
A VO r,.T „Uv T c.
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MICHELLE DUNCAN
Vol. 144, No. 77
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Michelle Duncan, Mary Ann Feltner, Shirley Wymer, Edna Dierk Voigt (88 years), Caroline Achay, Donna Denby, Caroline Drummond, Patty McGuffey and Roman Trejo.
Mold —1,220 Elm —6 Cedar —53 Ash—19 Muberry — 0 Hackberry — 4 (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Bearings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 238 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 624.09 feet above sea level, down .03.
Classic Car Show
Riley’s Tavern and Ice House, 8894 FM 1102 in Hunter will hold a Classic Car Show, featuring music by the Stretch Williams Band, Saturday, March 2. Registration at noon, judging at 3 p.m. Prizes will be given. Event benefits San Marcos Area Youth Shelter. For information, call (512) 392-3132.
CPR Class offered
Saturday, March 2, a CPR class will be offered. The cost is $25 for six hurs. It you are interested, call Travis White at 651-5523.
Dispose of old flags tho right way
The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary,
Unit #35, is planning a flag retirement ceremony, lf you have an American flag that has gotten tattered, tom, shredded or bleached out and is no longer suitable to be displayed, call Joan at 629-1252. Flags will be picked up and retired property in an upcoming ceremony.
Help tho Community Band got to Gormany
Spaghetti and Sousa will be on the program when members of the Comal Community Band perform at a fund-raiser supper and concert Feb. 29 at the Oak Run School.
A spaghetti dinner will be served from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and the band will perform from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Cost is $5 per person, with proceeds going to help the band travel to Germany this summer. The New Braunfels High School Jazz Band will perform from 5:30 p.m. to 6 30 p.m. For information, call Ken McGuire at 625-7728.
Wind Ensemble to perform at NBHS
The McMurry University Wind Ensemble will perform Thursday, Feb. 29 at New Braunfels High School at 9:45 a.m. The 45-member ensemble will perform selections including Jagerts Third Suite.
Luby's supports Project Graduation
Every time you visit the New Braunfels Luby's between now and April 30, Luby's will donate five percent of your total bill to Project Graduation This year, Luby's will donate 10 percent every time you visit on a Monday or Tuesday. Cards from each school have been distributed to students and their families and can be found in various locations
Composting funds sought
Schwab looks to expand rural recycling
By DENISE DZIUK
Five months into the program, County Commissioner “Moe” Schwab is calling rural recycling a success, and is looking for ways to enhance the program.
County recycling sites and times — See Page 3.
The rural recycling program began on Sept. ILA year-end report on the program showed 1,200 households in Comal County
participating in the program. It also showed the County was able to divert 150 tons of material from the county landfill, and earned an income of $2,900.
Schwab said the participation in the program has been “great,” and continues to improve. He said there are several days when a dump mick from the road department has to be used because the 10 trash bins and the pickup are full.
“This happens generally every Wednesday and sometimes on different afternoons,” he said. “In feet, without (the road department truck) we would have a hard time making it.”
Schwab said that due to the success of the rural recycling program, efforts are under way to enhance the program. He said he hopes the county will be able to start baling material and storing it ‘"until prices go up and down.” He said the county has also applied for a grant that would be used for additional equipment for the recycling part of the program. However, he said, another application is being submitted that would be used to start a composting program as well. In all, the two grants total about $175,000. Schwab said he has been told $2.2 million worth of applications have been submitted requesting funds from the $575,000 available, and the county will have to wait and see what happens.
“We may get part of it or we may get none of it. I’m not going to go to the county and use their funds at this time,” said Schwab, “so if I get any of it, I’ll be tickled to death.”
Schwab said funds received from the grant application for the composting program will be used to purchase a tractor and a wood-chipper. He said people will be able to bring in leaves, yard waste, and tree limbs to be made into compost The individual would receive a voucher, and could come back in six months to a year and receive compost. He said he would also like to set a deal to collect it from residents in the city, but no detailed plans have been made yet.
“What I’m trying to do is keep it out of landfills,” said Schwab. “Besides, they have to pay the landfill, but they won’t have to pay the
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Jason Canales of the Comal County Road Department drills the holes needed to anchor the new baler into the cement pad behind the county yard.
However, he said it will be the end of March before the county knows how much, if any, funds have been granted. Until then, the composting program is on hold, but the rural recycling program is full steam ahead. For more information on dropoff locations for rural recycling, call (210) 620-5501 or (210) 855-4996.
Water study could lead to cooperation between groups
By DAVID DEKUNDER
An agreement among participants outlining the goals of the Trans-Texas Water Program study will hopefully usher in an era of cooperation among the interest groups in the area, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West said on Monday.
"The bottom line is that this process will be composed of a variety of interest groups,” West said. “Candidly, we have had criticism from farmers, irrigators, interest groups in San Antonio and the lower Guadalupe that their voices have not been heard before. This is a concentrated effort to bring people into the process and have their voices heard.”
The Trans-Texas Water Program study is funded by the Texas Water Development
The purpose of the statewide study is to evaluate a full range of water management strategies and water supply alternatives for one-third of the state’s population. The sludy is divided into three study areas around the state. The Trans-Texas study’s ultimate goal is to identify the most cost effective and environmentally sensitive ways for meeting water needs for the next 50 years.
GBRA, along with the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation, is one of IO water systems, river authorities and other state and local agencies involved in the study in the West-Central area.
The West-Central area encompasses the San Antonio, Nueces, Guadalupe and Lower Colorado river basins, the Edwards Aquifer area and 33 counties.
New historic preservation rules pass
Ordinance requires I OO percent approval before districts formed
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The first phase of the study looked into identifying alternatives for water use. Phase two of the study will look into getting public input concerning the water options for the region.
By having a voice in the process. West said, people will feel they will have an impact on the final outcome of a regional water plan.
"Once you have input and are involved in the process as it goes along, you feel like you have some ownership in it,” West said.
The four objective pnnciples of participation, released by the Policy Management Committee, emphasize the committee’s efforts to be inclusive, seek input, communicate and be held accountable to the public.
“Trust is the very utmost important thing (of this study),” West said. “lf the process is going to have any credibility, it must be dependent upon mist.”
New Braunfels has a new — but some wouldn’t say improved — historic preservation ordinance. The city council approved the amended law in a four-to-three vote Monday night.
The amended ordinance sets out rules to form “historic districts” with I OO percent approval of property owners in the districts required.
The law was introduced so that New Braunfels could join many other Texas cities in becoming a “Certified Local Government” (CLG). That would make it eligible for a portion of federal funds to promote New Braunfels’ history.
The concept of “historic districts” sparked a controversy that continued through Monday’s meeting. “When we’re looking at preserving the historic buildings in this town we must have pushed a hot button,” said resident Allen Seelhammer.
To become a CLG, a city has to have a provision for forming “historic districts” where the integrity of historic buildings is preserved with tighter rules regarding remodeling or tearing down buildings.
The city council had trouble deciding whether IOO percent or 75 percent of residents in an area should have to approve in order for it to become a historic district.
“(IOO percent approval) is a slap to the people who are trying to preserve the historic places in this town,” Seelhammer said.
“Unless there is enough latitude — 75 percent — there is no reason to pass this ordinance at all,” another resident said.
Councilman Tim Walker said that with IOO percent approval the ordinance still left plenty of room to form historic districts of different shapes and sizes, without forcing anyone to participate.
There’s already a momentum to preserve historic buildings in New Braunfels, Walker said. “The thing is going to happen,” he said. “It’s capitalism. What you’re asking is an artificial construction to speed the process.”
New Braunfels is the only Texas CLG so far that requires IOO percent approval for historic districts. The next highest approval rate in the state is under 70 percent.
Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers moved to amend the ordinance so 75 percent of owners had to approve to form a historic district. Councilman Juan Luis Martinez, Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. and Bowers voted for the 75 percent.
The other four council members voted against, leaving the ordinance with IOO percent approval intact. The measure passed with Council members Jan Kennady, Brenda Freeman, Ray Schoch and Walker voting in favor.
“I look down the street and I see an old home renovated,” said resident Leonard Meyer. "The gentleman who did it did not ask you or anybody else. He did it because it affords him the comfort and style of living that he wanted.”
“lf everyone wants to do it, that’s great,” Kennady said, "but if somebody can’t afford or just doesn’t want to, that’s an infringement on their property rights.”
Five local students selected as National Merit Scholarship finalists
By DENISE DZIUK
In September, six local high school seniors were named semifinalists in the 1996 National Merit Scholarship Program. Since that time, the field has been narrowed down even more, and five of the six are still finalists for the program that may earn them national scholarships.
Kate Bell, Tainarra Jenkin, and Sergio Vargas, of New Braunfels High School, and Mark Kremkus and Ryan Stewart, of Canyon High School, were among approximately 14,000 finalists named by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). These five are in the running for approximately 6,900 Merit Scholarship awards, totaling about $26 million.
Bell, daughter of Joe and Ellen Bell, plans to go into pediatrics, but will first study classic literature as an undergraduate to give her a well-rounded education. She will attend Brown University. Bell said her parents have had the biggest influence on her because they encourage learning.
Jenkin, daughter of John and Deudre Jenkin, said she plans to major in math and computer science, and would like to be a college professor some day.
Jenkin said her teachers, and schooling in general, have had the biggest influence on her academic success because of their enthusiasm for learning and their support of her.
Vargas, son of Joe and Yolanda Vargas, wants to major in pre-law. He said he’s interested in law because of the rhetoric of the law, and its openness to interpretation.
Kremkus, son of Manfred and Ellen Kremkus, said he would like to be an electrical or chemical engineer. He said his parents have invested a lot in his education, and he is very appreciative of them.
Stewart, son of David and Cathrine Stewart, has just recently been nominated to attend the United States Air Force Academy by Congressman Lamar Smith, and would really like to be an Air Force pilot. Stewart said it is hard to say what has been the biggest influence, however, he said it would probably have to be good teachers motivating him to learn.
Elaine Detweiler, Public Information Director for NMSC, said over I. I million juniors in high schools across the country entered the competition by taking the 1994 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. She said these test scores
Tamara Jenkin, Kate Ball, and Sergio Vargas.
were then used as a screen to determine the 15,000 semifinalists.
“The test scores are all very high. (The number of semifinalists) is about one half of one percent of the graduating seniors," she said.
Detweiler said these students must also have an outstanding academic record, be recommended by the high school principal, and submit SAT
scores that confirm the earlier test scores. She said the students activities, interests, and goals mentioned in the detailed application and the self-descnptive essays were considered in determining the finalists.
“AU of this has to be taken into consideration,” said Detweiler. “It’s not just determined by their test scores.”
Detweiler said about 90 percent of
the semifinalists became finalists and are competing for various scholarships worth $26 million.
The NMSC will announce the 1996 Ment Scholarship recipients beginning next Apnl. Three types of ment scholarships will be awarded: college-sponsored awards, National Ment $2,000 Scholarships, and corporate-sponsored scholarships.
Detweiler said the amount of money each winner receives is not a lot, but it is helpful when you consider the cost of college.
She said the aim of the program is to highlight the importance of higer education.
“It’s to focus the public’s attennon on academic excellence and the need for good educational programs,” said Detwieler.I Mending the relationship between the public, the media and politicians. See Page 4.— - — — — ,— — ---------------