New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Local soccer team goes international. See Page 5.
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday. July 1, 1997
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Vol. 145, No. 164
Birthday wlshas from Ilia llarald Isltunq!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Janet Williams Holly Stretz, Sarah Ritchie (16 years), Pat Wean!, Melissa Chavez and Marcos Armendariz (28 years).
Happy anniversary wishes go to Art Mid Marry Brinkkoeter, Mr. and Mrs. JA. Allison. Kicky and Kristi Velasquez and Lillian and Laurence Weber <23 years belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pollen measured in parts per cutie meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 335 cubic feet per second, up 1 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 626 76 feet above sea level, up .02 Canyon Dam discharge — 5.562 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 936 47 feet above I level (Above conservation pool.)
NBU reports pumpng 5.202 million g Ions of surface water Monday and 2 3 miion galore of wel water
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Today will be mostly sunny and hot. with a high in the low 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph
Tonight calls for fair weather. a low in the mid 70s and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday will be another great day to head outdoors if you like hot weather The forecast calls for mostly sunny and hot weather, with a high in the mid 90s and a south wind at 10 to 15 mph.
lf you’re already making Fourth of July plans, don't forget a lot of cold drinks and sun block because the high is expected to remain in the 90s, and there is no chance of showers until the weekend
HeraM-Zettung sets nonaay otNiints
The Herald-Zeitung office will be closed Friday in honor of Independence Day. To ensure editorial copy is included in the Friday and Sunday papers deadlines for submitting articles for publication are: 5 p m. Thursday for obituaries to be published Friday and noon Thursday for births, engagements, weddings. club notes, personals and military notes.
Beginning Monday, July 7 New Braunfels and many sur rounding cities will have a new area code.
The new area code will be 830 for New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Seguin, Boerne, Gonza les and Kerrville There will be a grace period until Oct 6, dur ing which calls will continue to be connected using the old 210 code A two-month peri od will follow in which callers will hear a recording instructing them to redial using the new code.
The 210 code will remain in effect for San Antonio and most of Bexar County. Laredo ard most of South Texas will begin using area code 956.
Tree remoral draws Ire
Residents say Albertson’s went against its word
By ABE LEVY
Cutting down an old oak tree recently during construction of a new Albertson’s grocery store has drawn the ire of some local residents.
The residents said company officials promised several months ago the 3-foot-wide tree would not be touched during construction of a 55,500-square-foot store at the comer of Walnut Avenue and Landa Street.
The company’s rezoning request of about 7 acres of land included leaving some trees in place. The request, approved by the New Braunfels City Council in October 19%. also included landscaping the parking lot and making the architecture of the building suitable to the neighboring homes and structures.
Fred Willard, a local doctor who lives near the construction site, said Albertson's representatives told him and several residents at an informal meeting in November that they w ould not cut down the old oak nee.
Albertson's representatives at the time said the tree was on the Oakwood Tire Serv ice property and that even if they owned it, they would not cut it down, he said.
Later. Willard said he discovered Albertson’s bought the property with a contract that indicated the tree would be cut down.
On Monday, he saw the tree lying on the ground.
“I think they knew all along they were going to buy it” Willard said. ‘I think that was a rape of the community. You don’t knock down 200- to 300-year-old trees without impunity. I’m not trying to run Albertson's down but I just think they did not use good judgment ”
Mark Lavrn. arca real estate manager for Albertson’s, said he needed to check ink) what happened before bang able to comment.
He said Albertson’s did buy a piece of land from Oakwood Tire Service earlier this year but that at this time he did not know w hy .
An Albertson's spokeswoman at the company’s home office rn idaho said the company had a general policy of protecting the ens ironment w hen constructing new facilities, including planting additional trees w here others were taken out.
Still, Mayor Jan Kennady and other city officials said they had received at least seven telephone calls from people w ho w ere upset that the oak tree was cut down.
“It seems to me they could have come back about this," Kennady said. “I’ve really heard an outcry of dis-
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House movers work around a very large oak tree that was cut down Cary stora al Landa Street and Walnut Avanua.
Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Damall
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New Braunfels officials are considering (hafting a nee management ordinance in the wake of public protest over die felling of an old oak tree during construction of a new Albertson's grocery store.
“First and foremost, what we recognize is that there is no protection for any tree or landscape area in New Braunfels,’’ Coy Manager Mike Strands said, “lf the IOO- lo 200-year-old trees arc going to be protected, then we need an ordinance that isn’t too cumbersome.” Albertson's has been planning to build a new store at the comer of Landa Street and Walnut Avenue for more than a year. Work crews started clearing about 7 acres offend for the new facility this past weekend.
Local residents claim company officials promised the oak tree would not be touched. Company officials
said they currently were looking into what happened.
City officials said they had no legal power to regulate tree removal during commercial development The situation had consequently prompted them to consider writing a tree management ordinance, they said.
City officials said tree removal was beginning to become a key issue as more developers built in the New Braunfels area.
Maintaining the beauty of small town, country life while increasing in growth is a tight rope to walk. Mayor Jan Kennady said.
“There are ways to save some of the trees,’’ she said. “I think this is a prime example. You know you’re going to cut some trees down but we don’t need any more strip centers in this town.”
Fred Willard, a local doctor who lives near the conium lo Trot ordinance, Page 2
may. I’m really surprised because Albertson's was so cooperative about fixing the (drainage and traffic problems) in that area.”
The city council approved the rezoning in an agreement that included landscaping inside the proposed parking lot and leaving several trees rn place.
City Planning Director Harry Ben
nett said the tree was removed to satisfy residents along Wood Road who did not want the future store's loading dock and trash dumpsters to be located across the street from them.
Moreover, he said the company moved the loading area to the side of its store in its design plans and agreed to build a fence in the back.
Bennett said the company commit
ted to pay for drainage projects around Laurel Lane and Landa Street and the conversion of Walnut Avenue to a two-lane road with a continuous center turn-lane to ease traffic.
Bennett said, “They're trying to work with as many people as possible. There are other businesses that have come to New Braunfels that have eliminated trees. This is not the first.”
Guadalupe County OKs sewer line permit
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Over the objections of many Lake Dunlap residents, Guadalupe County Commissioners Court approv ed a sewer line permit Monday allowing a local golf course to pump sewage upstream to a wastewater treatment plant. -
The approval by commissioners allows Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to lay the pipeline on county right-of-way on Schumann's Beach Road.
When completed, the pipeline will connect Long Creek subdivision on Farm-to-Market 725. between New Braunfels and McQueeney, with GBRA's wastewater plant at Lake Dunlap.
A petition with signatures of 1.000 residents and water users in the Lake Dunlap area was presented to commissioners before they made their decision.
Residents opposed to the wastew ater treatment plant expansion said they feared the pipeline, which dumps the treated wastewater into Lake Dunlap. would affect their drinking water downstream.
The Canyon Regional Water Authority plant pumps drinking water from the lake for ratepayer; of Green Valley Special Utility District.
David Welsch. GBRA director of project development said Lake Dunlap residents had little to worry about.
“When the return flows are properly treated they are a necessary part of the water supply,” Welsch said.
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Wastewater goes through a sehes of treatment steps to biologically clean it before it is returned to the water supply, according to Guadalupe-Bianco River Authonty Regional Laboratory Director Debbie Magin
■ After the water is allowed to settle, it is put in an aeration basin.
■ Bacteria is put into the basin. The bactena decompose the waste in the water.
■ Waste water stays in the aeration basin for several hours.
■ Overflowing amounts are transferred to a settling basin where the old bactena are allowed to settle
■ The result is clean water, which is treated with chlorine
New Braunfels making patriotic plans for Fourth of July bashes
By DAVID DEKUNDER
To celebrate America's 22 Isl year of independence, the city of New Braunfels is planning one of the biggest Fourth of July celebrations in years.
The festivities will begin at 7:30 p.m. Fnday at the dance slab at Landa Park with a concert featuring tire Comal County Community Band, the HUI Country Chorus and the Community Chorale. The concert will feature IOO musicians.
Assistant to The City Manager Don Ferguson said the concert will mn until 9 p.m., about IS minutes before the fireworks display over Landa Lake begins.
he Fourth of July show will be aired on KGNB, 92.1 FM.
“We encourage residents to show up early and stake out a spot for the concert and fireworks,” Ferguson
said. “We are expecting a large crowd. All of this is free of charge.” The fireworks display is being designed and put on by Alpha-Lee Enterprises. The city and H-E-B are funding the event.
“We are excited,” Ferguson said. “We feel the celebration will be a fitting finale to a day-long celebration of our nation’s independence ” Ferguson said people were asked not to bring fireworks for the celebration, because shooting off individual fireworks was illegal within the city limits.
The day’s events will begin when tire Sophicnburg Archives sponsors its annual parade around Main Plaza beginning at 9:45 a.m. After the parade, a celebration will feature patriotic music and speeches. Councilwoman Cathy Talcott will sing the national anthem with Mayor Jan Kennady addressing the crowd. Turn to Fourth of July, Page 3
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Herald-Z«»tung photo by Michael Darnell
With feat wnk’i flooding, above, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers opened the floodgate* at Canyon Latta, increasing Guadalupe River flow to the fast pac# of 5,500 cubic feet per second. Tubing la no! recommended during trite period and rafting is only racommanoao for experienced wnnewaier raners or mose who have guides In comparison, left, the outflow of 35 cfs during His 1M5 drought appears minimal al bast
A new day dawns in Hong KongSee Pages 3, 4; some roads still closed — See Page 3