New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Market Plaza Historical LandmarkCanyon extends winning streak to seven games. See Sports, Page 5.
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8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, January 9, 1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ERIC COWLES
Vol. 144, No. 40
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ruth Cavanaugh, Esteban Rivas (17 years, belated), Lorenzo Herrera Jr. (27 years, Monday), Antonia Rodriguez, Raul Morales, Erie Cowles, Sterling Handrick (nine years) and Mike Webb.
Cedar — 70 Mold —480
Pollen measured in parts per cutxc meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel
Comal River — 290 Cubic Feet Per Second, up 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.19 feet above sea level, down .01.
Rad Stocking Revue organizers to meet
The Advertising Committee for the Red Stocking Revue will meet in the Schneider Room of the Victoria Bank and Trust annex on Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
Gloria DeLaCerda, chairperson, invites anyone interested in helping on this committee to attend. For additional information. call Gloria at 625-5760 or 625-6216.
The public is invited to
attend a lunch to celebrate the service of Pastor Elmer Gumper upon his retirement from Hospice New Braunfels.
The lunch will be from 11:30 a m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Jan.
16 at the Family Life Center of First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll St.
RSVP to 625-7500
Garden Club to meet
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday. Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ella Hall.
The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March
Gang awareness presentation
As part of a broad community awareness effort about alternatives to gang membership, all area residents and students are invited to attend a public presentation by Jeor-rick High on gangs, gang activities and alternatives to gang membership. He is the author of the book “Hard Lessons.*
High, a former gang member, was paralyzed by a gang-related drive-by shooting. His brother and father were also killed in gang-related shootings The presentation is free of charge and scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan.
11 in the Canyon Middle School Commons. The school is located at 2014 FM 1101, New Braunfels.
About 1,000 trout and 1,000 pounds of catfish have been stocked in the Olympic pool at Landa Park for Troutfest, which runs through Jan. 14. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p m weekdays and 10 a m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Children can take home 10 fish for $3 and adults can take 10 fish for $5. Adults need a valid fishing license with a trout stamp.
Temperature drops to 15 degrees, but few problems noted
By DAVID OEKUNDER
Freezing temperatures that shivered New Braunfels residents over the weekend did not cause any major problems for area plumbers or New Braunfels Utilities workers.
“We have had three or four breakages in chit main lines the last couple of days,” said NBU assistant general manager for technical operations Roger Biggers. “But this is not uncommon in cold weather like this. The problems we had were very minor. This was a really quiet weekend compared to the weekends we had in the past.”
Meteorologist Alcides Dreumont of the New Braunfels National Weather Service office said an Arctic air mass caused the temperatures to drop into the 20s on Saturday and to 15 degrees on Monday morning.
“What happened is that an Arctic air mass pushed into a high pressure cell that sits over us,” Dreumont said.
Biggers said that when the* temperatures drop, it could cause potential problems for city water lines.
“Sewer chokes can occur because cold weather can cause the solidification of grease in the sewer lines,” Biggers said. “Shifts and contractions in the ground cause stress points in the pipes which make them snap. It is something we have to deal with, you cannot prevent it.’1 ’
Charles Milligan, manager of Cren-welge Plumbing Service, said his company repotted a few instances of broken and frozen pipes.
“Most of the busted or frozen pipes were outside in unheated areas,” Milligan said “About the only thing you can do to prevent a pipe from breaking or freezing up on the outside is to wrap thermostatic heat tape around the pipe. This tape has a mercurial thermometer which switches on when the temperature goes below 32 degrees.”
Thermostatic heat tape, Milligan said, can be found at most plumbing supply shops or stores.
Vicky Teenier, an office clerk for Dove Plumbing in Sattler, said her business received 20 calls from Canyon Lake res-
Herald-Zertung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Th* owners of this horns on Brosdmoor Drive left their sprinkler system on.
What most poop!* forgot to do is to tot their outside faucets drip. They tot their faucets drip on tho Inside, but they never let them drip on the outside.’
— Vicky Teenier, Dove Plumbing
idents concerning problems with their pipes.
“What most people forget to do is to let their outside faucets drip,” Teenier said. “They let their faucets drip on the inside but they never let them drip on the outside.”
Icicles formed In the trees.
State money steaming toward old train depot
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Some federal tax dollars from New Braunfels are finding their way back home. A $50,000 grant will improve the Railroad Museum and enhance the surrounding downtown area.
“The grant dates back to the Intermodal Surface Transportation Enhancement Act — 1989 or so,” said Penelope Doherty, New Braunfels community development director.
Federal money was set
‘The tax dollars are out there, and it’s important to put them to use here if we can.’
— Penelope Doherty
aside to enhance the areas where freeways or railroads cut through the heart of town, disrupting the environment, she said.
“It was to ensure that we didn't have monstrosities going through,”
Doherty said. “It allowed_
for beautifying highways
and making the quality of life better.”
Members of the New Braunfels Historical Railroad and Modelers Society were responsible for getting the grant money, said Bob Niedheiser of San Antonio. Niedheiser, a society member, spearheaded the effort to bring some of the IST money here.
“We've been working on grants for about four years.” Niedheiser said. “We applied for the $50,000 grant the qualification was that we had to put up 20 percent"
Annual April train shows are the society's main source of income, he said. By saving train show revenues and the small amount the museum gets from hotel motel taxes, “...we’ve built up the treasury over the years,” Niedheiser said.
The Railroad Museum is owned by the city. hut the railroad society did the leg work on the grant, and they will maintain the facility. Doherty said. “It’s a w in-win situation for ev erybody," she said.
The grant w ill pay for replacing unsightly ground cover w ith green space. It w ill add low w alls to make sure that the museum is safe from damage by motor traffic. Doherty said.
The rest rooms will be re-fitted for handicapped access. “There's a lighting package for pedestrian safety on that dark comer at night" she said. “The society did a really good job w uh coming up with a package of projects that improve the whole general area.”
Work is set to begin on the restoration this spring officials hope it w ill be finished by the end of summer.
“The tax dollars are out there, and it's important to put them to use here if we can,” Doherty said.
The museum is open Thursday through Monday from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. Volunteer docents help v isitors get the most out of the experience.
The New Braunfels Historical Railroad and Modelers Society meets tw ice a month at the old station.
Don Ferguson leaves KGNB for job in city government
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Local radio listeners will have to say good-bye to a morning staple this month. Long-time KGNB-KNBT radio anchor/reporter/personality IXin Ferguson will hang up the microphone for a city government job.
City Manager Mike Shands announced at last night’s city council
meeting that Ferguson will till the new ly created “Administrative Assistant to the City Manager” post effective Feb. I.
“I selected Don from a long list of very qualified applicants,” Shands said.
“This is the most exciting thing that has happened in my life for quite some time,” Ferguson said, “except for the baby, of course"
Clerk identifies Condiff as Faust Hotel robber
By DENISE DZIUK
The clerk at the Faust Hotel w hen it was robbed last September has identified tonner Herald-Zeitung Sports Editor Michael Condiff as the robber.
Condiff was arrested last week in connection w ith a stnng of Las Vegas casino robbenes He is also a suspect in at least three Texas bank robberies
At about 12:30 a m. on September 13, the Faust Hotel was robbed by a single white male. Hotel General Manager Cathy Carpenter said the clerk has had a hard time getting over the robbery , and she had hoped the case would be resolved before the clerk leaves next week.
Carpenter said she noticed similarities to the casino robbenes.
Detective Sgt Basel Boatright said
Condiff is a suspect in the hotel robbery. “We’re dow n the list in a long line of agencies that would like access to him" he said.
Condiff has been charged w ith sev en Las Vegas holdups Condiff reportedly told police he committed the robbenes to finance a gambling addiction and to care for his ailing father.
He worked for the H-Z for five months in BXU.
Judge recommends exception for Ingram concrete plant in Bulverde
By DAVID DEKUNDER
An administrative law judge has recommended that Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels be granted the standard exemption for its proposed concrete batch plant in Bulverde.
In his opinion, Administrative Law Judge Bill Fhret of the State Office of Administrative Hearings wrote, “The application of Ingram Readymix, Incorporated, for Air Quality Standard Exemption Registration No. I5645D be approved.. under.. .Standard Exemption 71...”
A standard exemption is granted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to con
crete batch plants before they can be built. To be granted the standard exemption, the plant must meet 11 requirements concerning air emissions and maintenance of the plant. The proposed plant will be located on a four acre site at the intersection of U.S. Highw ay 281 and F M 1863.
Kate Mathis, CLEAN (Citizens League for Environmental Action Now) president and one of the residents opposed to the plant, said her group expected F hret to make the recommendation for the standard exemption in Ingram’s favor.
“It w as a minor setback, but we expected it" Mathis said. “However, we were looking for a miracle.”
Ehret’s recommendation will be forwarded to the T exas Natural Resource Conservation Commission
(TNRCC). The three member board w ill decide at its Feb. 7 meeting whether or not to follow Ehret’s recommendation. Mathis said she expects the TNRCC to rubber stamp Ehret’s recommendation.
“We w ill be at the Feb. 7 meeting even though we do not believe we have a chance because of the current political climate" Mathis said. “We are going through the steps the way we’re told to by the TNRCC.”
lf the TNRCC commissioners give Ingram the standard exemption. Mathis said the group will consider legal action and take their case to court. She said CLEAN will also take matters into their ow n hands.
“We will ask property owners (near the Ingram site) if we could set up air monitors on their land"
Mathis said. “We will take air samples and v ideotape the (plant) site.” Bruce Ingram, president of Ingram Readymix. was happy with Ehret’s decision.
“We are very pleased with the decision" Ingram said
Ingrain assured residents in Bulverde that his plant will be operated in a manner that w ill be safe for the environment. CLEAN members have raised concerns the plant will cause air pollution, traffic and waler problems for the area.
“We w ill be inspected regularly by the TNRCC,” Ingram said.
Ingram answered charges by CLEAN that Ingram’s onginal application was incomplete and that the TNRCC allowed the substitution of 20 of the original 50 pages of the
application before a public heanng on the matter was held in September.
“That is not true" Ingram said. “We were not helped by the TNRC C We hired an attorney to do the application for us.”
Last spring. Ingram Readymix, in a newspaper public notice, informed Bulverde residents it was applying for the exemption When residents opposed to the plant heard about the plans, a petition of 1,600 citizens was sent to the TNRCC demanding a public heanng Heanngs were held in September w uh F hret as the presiding judge. CLEAN members felt the hearings process was biased towards Ingram Readymix, an accusation TNRCC officials have deniedFor subscription or advertising informationt call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.