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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 2U332 MOU3 262 E YONDELL DR PR BO TX 7990 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 46 18 pages in 2 sections January 21 2000 FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Watson questions merits of new convention center River of Lights BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels wouldnt see the kind of direct tax impact with a convention cen ter as it has managed to see with the Hol iday River of Lights District 6 council woman Juliet Watson said at a workshop Thursday But the convention center could bring the city significant money in the way of sales tax revenue now spent on street drainage and various other projects officials with a consulting firm argued Besides the direct tax impact the city enjoys with the Holiday River of Lights might not be legal they said Watson didnt argue that point Its a finagling way to actually get real money into the general she said in an interview after the meeting This is the only tax money we see that actually goes into the general Because of the bed tax money used to fund the 52day light display the city was able to put about into the general fund in the past three years Without the bed tax money the city would have lost more than out of the general fund during that time The city has used more than of tax revenue for the project dur ing the past three years But the threeyear contract for the lights expires this year and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc already has plans for how money now spent on the display could be used to help build See Silver service Community center marks 25 years of helping needy BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The community is invited to celebrate the anniversary of a local nonprofit that has acted as a hub for information referrals and resources for Comal Countys needy for 25 years Community Service Center 132 Caddell Lane will celebrate 25 years of service from to Saturday at the center Refreshments will be served It will be an open organizer Gloria De La Cerda said De La Cerda worked with six other volunteers for sev eral months to organize the event The Rev Ron Zipp a cen ter volunteer said he thought the community should be proud of the cen ters accomplishments Twentyfive years thats a big he said The center was estab lished with a seed grant from Aid Association for Lutherans but center founder Carl Feltner said he didnt know how to use the money initially Here we had money and wanted to do something with it but we didnt know what to he said The grant money was an award to the local branch of Aid Association for Lutherans a national insurance company Feltner was the presi dent of the branch The insurance company ended up giving about in seed and a plan was made Feltner a pastor from Cross Lutheran Church and representatives from the insurance company put their heads together and came up with the idea for the center We decided to make a clearing house for Feltner said The idea was to eliminate duplication of churches efforts and resources as well as give the needy a centralized place to go he said Revenue from this as well as a musical put on every two years help fund the center Donations from United Way Comal County churches orga nizations and individuals also help The money supports several programs includ ing General Equivalency Diploma English as a Second Language Adult Basic Education and cit izenship classes The center has grown to four fulltime employ ees but the mission has stayed the same WHATS UP WHAT Community Service Center 25th Anniversary Celebration WHEN to Saturday WHERE 132 Caddell Lane Community Service Center administrative assistant Mary San Miguel helps decorate the center 132 Caddell Lane for its 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday Were still following the same goal to make this a better place to Feltner said Staff and employees of the center practice tough love with the clients he said People in need are asked to work a little around the center in exchange for clothes or food The center keeps records of everyone they help allowing them to keep clients more accountable Weve been kind of hard Feltner said but you have to Edwards Aquifer Authority graphic The diesel spill took place near several private wells and a few miles from the Comal Springs Officials monitor diesel spill BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission officials said Thursday it was too soon to tell whether more than gallons of diesel that spilled this past weekend over the Edwards Aquifer recharge zone near Krueger Canyon would contaminate local water supplies To this moment there is no indica tion that the spill has gotten into the TNRCC San WHATS UP Residents experiencing unusual odors or odd tastes with their water can call EAA at 800 2991047 Antonio water sec tion manager Bob by Caldwell said Thursday This is a pretty large 1 dont want to predict whether it will or wont make it into the The leak probably occurred sometime Friday after a pipe connecting to a above ground diesel stor age tank owned by DinoNobel an explosives manufac turer at 1758 Krueger Canyon was accidentally cut or bro ken by employees doing concrete work near the tarfk Caldwell said The spill covered about a area of topsoil about four and a half miles from Comal Springs and onehalf mile inside the aquifer recharge zone Cald well said Right now we are still in the spill response he said We are trying to find out where the diesel has migrated and which direction it has Banquet prep Les Burgess Gene Watson and Nelda Burgess decorate tables Thursday in preparation for tonights Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce banquet at the New Braunfels Civic Center Serving starts at with the program at K JESSIE April targeted deadline for drainage ordinance BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council could have a drainage ordinance in its hands by April thats the goal anyway city officials said Members of the citys Drainage Advisory Committee left Tues days meeting with two draft ordi nances in tow with directions to read them by the next meeting Feb 15 The sevenmember committee has been meeting since June with a charge from New Braunfels City Council to come up with a drainage ordinance that provides a mechanism to fund drainage projects When the committee met in November members agreed they were closer than ever to figuring an amount for a public drainage fee But specific fees werent dis See INSIDE Key code 76 ;