New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Scrapbook pics, Page 6 J Crime Plan, Page 4
Astros optimistic, Page 5
New Braunfels, Texas
One Section, 12 Pages
Spit ‘n polish
GBRA: No cause
You heard (read?) it first here. The San Diego Zoo is giving away live oak trees. No, no, no. The San Antonio Zoo is giving away live oak seedlings as part of the Texas observance of Arbor Day. Trees are to be given away at the gate to the renowned zoo in the Alamo City beginning Saturday. In reading a bunch of material about zoos, comparisons, etc., the slip was made, and considering a rather harried member of our staff belongs to both the San Diego and San Antonio zoological societies, the misnomer occurred. Sorry, but do think about getting a tree, if you can....
There’re nice people in New Braunfels. Roland Gutierrez, a member of the housekeeping department of McKenna Memorial Hospital, recently found a lost wallet in a couch in a waiting area. The billfold contained $400 and was promptly turned in to the appropriate folks. The owner came to get his wallet and rewarded Gutierrez with 120. Great goin', Roland....
Doug Miller, the insurance agent who announced for city council yesterday, says his campaign manager was confused by the word “autonomous”. In our account of his statements on why he is running and what he believes. Miller said he agrees with the concept of a property tax appraisal district as it exists now in Comal County - a uniform appraisal office separate from any taxing entity per se. Miller wanted to tell whoever might have been confused that he does not believe in any governmental entity, appraisal district, etc. being completely autonomous, that is not under the control of anyone Appraisal districts such as our. of course, are governed by a board of directors appointed by the respective taxing entities in the county or counties served....
James Howard Behung, we have your photograph It was left after we ran it on the Commerce and Industry page a while back Ifs a real nice color portrait and we don't know how to get it back to you, so if you want it, call the editorial department and we’ll send it to you or whatever ...
National Jaycee Week is Jan IS through Jan 24, and the HeraJd-Zeitung will insert a special tabloid commemorating such Jan. 22 The membership and photos of ’em will be included, as well as photographs of noteworthy 1986 events...
•y SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials said this week there is no reason for river area business owners to fear the construction of the Canyon Dam hydroelectric project.
“Obviously, I’m aware that they would be concerned about it," said David Welsch, GBRA's planning director He was responding to concern expressed last week by the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce that construction of the project would hurt the summer tourist business by reducing the river flow.
“When we do the work inside the dam — lining the conduit — that will be done in the winter months." Welsch said, adding that GBRA has no intention of affecting the recreational use of the river.
“We are not going to disrupt the summer flows if there are any flows, they (the people near the river) are going to get them, ” he said
GBRA is waiting for final approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before construction can begin on the project which is projected to supply of electricity to New Braunfels residents
The corps permit was expected to be granted immediately following approval by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission That ap
proval came in December Corps of ficials are reviewing the permit ap plication and expect to come to a decision about the project in the next few weeks.
Welsch said that once the permit is received, construction can begin as early as June. That work. however, would not include the lining of the dam conduit, which would cause a drastic reduction in the amount of water to be released from the lake Welsch said that in June, workers can begin preliminary work such as surveying, excavating and building the powerhouse
Lining the conduit for the hydroelectric generating plant will take between 60 and 90 days, Welsch said “That’s a relatively short period in the construction period of about 13 months.” he said
“lf we can start all that in June, we can do it dine the conduit) this winter It will always be done in the winter months regardless when we start,” he said
Welsch added that if approval is not granted until August or September. GBRA probably will wait until winter of 1988 to block off the outflow
Dunng the conduit lining, water from the lake will have to be pumped over the dam FERO and GBRA disagree over the amount of water needed to keep fish alive downstream of the dam
Golf board eyeing course upgrade
MIHCURK/MNIlandscaping give the block a "finished" look following a year of construction next to the Comal County Courthouse.
By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
Local golf enthusiasts will see within the next 60 days the first of several improvements scheduled for the Lands Park Golf Course as the result of monies generated hy a capital improvement fund.
The Golf Course Advisory Board announced at its regular meeting Tuesday night installation of a rain shelter on the back nine holes is expected to be complete within the next 30 to 60 days Plans to install cart paths and a watering system in the near future were also formulated by the board.
New Braunfels City Council recently approved fee increases at the park, with certain portions earmarked for capital improvements at the course
The fee changes, which went into effect Dec. I , are expected to generate some 165,000 for capital im
provements as well as about $20.0U<’ for general operating and main tainance costs After the work on the rain shelter has been completed, the board plans to immediately begin phasing in can paths for the back nine The board believes paths on holes number IO and 18 will be finished by mid-summer The next phase will be to complete paths on holes ll, 12 and 17. with paths on holes 13. 14. 15 and 16 to follow.
Completion of the watering system on the first six holes, retaining walls along the river on holes 2 and 4. as well as other improvements, will be phased in as revenue into the improvements fund permit, according to the board When asked about reports that the city is exploring the feasibility of turning the course over to a professional management group on a long-term
See GOLF, Pate 2
Erasmo Gutierrez of the city's Public Works If you are low income and need Department puts the finishing touches on the help paying your home energy costs parking spaces in front of the new county this winter, contact Texas Depart- courthouse annex. New parking meters and ment of Human Service between today and Feb. 18. Eligibility is limited
ssEzSc Drought could take Aquifer by surprise
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families; $935.49 for three; $1,125.49 By sarah duke for four people; $1,315.49 for four; staff Writer $1,505.49 for six, etc. The local DHS
office can help you, or you can call The Edwards Aquifer is not (512 ) 450-3455 and ask for Estella prepared to meet the demands a Rios, or write TDHS, 701 W. 51st St., severe drought could cause
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area's dependency on tho aquifer, Ohlrich sold. "It’s going to take some legislation to accomplish this because somebody has to pay for it.
Results of the regional wator study suggest that new dame need to bo built to develop surface wator to bo ’ used by San Antonio.
“You’ve soon how long It’sto make the Canyon (Dam) hydroelectric project a reality,” he said. "It s going to that long for a dam* That’s why it’s Important that we start working on it right now while we have plenty of water.”
Ohlrich lo one of thraoComal County repwontatlveo on tho-district board. Kamwth lkats abd Craig
Clechee for Seward* Aquifer Beard el Directer* is Saturday from ? a.m. Ie I p.m. County precincts 4.1, and 19 will yet* at the Bracken Fire Station; 9, ll ll. 14 at tho Centai County Bead Department; I ti and ZI at Seale ■lementary School; Ll Hand ret First United Methodist Church; IL lf. and m at Katie* Hail; and id. lr and 1$ et Faith United Church el Christ. Caw sis-ssi) for mere in-•sramMan.
Hoi!mig are Comal County's two . athar representatives.
* Directors serve off gored six-year terms and elections ara bald every
two years. Of the five seats up for •lection on the board, only one la contacted. BUI Cunningham and Harry Bishop are vying to fUl the seat being vacated by S R Gregg, who held that position since ISM.
Debra Guerra, the wator district’s administrative officer, said directors are responsible for overseeing the use of the aquifer In each county. The directors also work closely with ether governmental antilles in the area, namely the city of Now Braunfels, New Braunfels UUlities and the Texas Water Commission.
Guerra said that although Saturday's election will do little to change the makeup of tho board, a strong
voter turnout would be important "For people to come out would be a show of confidence in the board and what they’re doing," she said "In Comal County, I know people have been working very hard with the regional water study and for people to turn out to the election would be a show of support ’ ’
While each of the five counties in the Edwards Aquifer area currently are allowed equal representation on the board of directors, Guerra said that means of representation may change before the next election. A suit has been filed against the San Antonio River Authority claiming discrimination in representation
Raymond Leal Jr has filed a suit against SARA stating that the representation to the SARA board should be based on population rather than geographic considerations. San Antonio accounts for the vast majority of population in both the SARA and the EUWD regions The League of United Latin American Citizens and the Mexican-American Legal and Educational Fund are supporting the suit.
Guerra said there ll a distinct possibility that, if the SARA suit la successful, the water district will consider ^ changing IU titans, of representation "U has boon discuss-od and It's probably one of the future issues that tfie hoard is facing,” aha
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