New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, July 16,1997
Vol. 145, No. 175
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Hdne Leal, Jackie McFad-den, Riif ll Gene Dfetert, Bernice Ebcnsberier (80 years), Pat Davy Lima, Cfcidy Seidd, Aaron Petta (2 years), Nicholas Petta (I year belated) and Isaac Sanchez (12 years).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Alco! and Alyce Kanz (47 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —1,186 Grass —24 Pigweed —8 Ragweed —8
(Pollen measured in parti par cubic mater of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampei)
Comal River—333 cubic feet per second, same es Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 626.70 feet above tea level, down .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,317 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1,130 cfs CenyorrLake ievai—827.13 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool.)
NBL) reports pumping 6.938 mifeon gallons of audace water Tuesday, and 3.940 milton galons of wel waler were used.
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Today will be partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms and a high of 96. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of widely scattered evening thunderstorms The low will be 73. Thursday will be partly cloudy and hot. A high of 96 is expected, with a 20 percent chance of widely scattered afternoon thunderstorms.
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A high discharge rate from Canyon Dam will keep the Guadalupe River flowing at more than 5,000 cubic feet per second for at least two to four more weeks, a U. S. Army Corps of Engineers spokesman said Tuesday.
The discharge rate was increased on June 26 to reduce the level of Canyon Reservoir, which was elevated by higher than normal spring rains.
A flow rate of more than 5,000 cfs is too hazardous for tubing and limits recreational activity on the river to guided raft trips. A flow rate of 700 cfs is considered ideal for tubing.
an ozone action day are encouraged to do they can to make the air cleaner by avoiding excessive driving and reducing driving by car pooling.
lf possible, motorists should wait to refuel untH after 6 p.m. so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone.
Other tips include:
• Take mass transit/public transportation to work or school
• Share a ride to work or school.
• Take your lunch to work or school.
• Combine errands in one trip.
• Avoid drive-through lanes.
• Don’t top off your gas tank when refueling.
• Comal County Commissioners received budget wish lists from various departments recently, and according to the county auditor, department heads were conservative in their budget requests.
Starting Thursday, commissioners will conduct budget hearings with the department heads to review those budget requests. At the hearings.
cussing them with the department heads.
“That’s why we have the hearings — so, we
■ Hearing schedule — Page 7A
■ Editorial — Page 4A ‘
can hear tile rationale of the various departments,”
County Auditor David Renken said.
The 1997 budget approved by commissioners court totaled $18.7 million and was based on a 29.218 cent tax rate.
Renken said other than slight increases related to population growth, operational budget requests remained fairly constant.
About 15 new staff positions have been requested, and about 30 reclassifications were requested. Ten of the new positions are for deputies in the
sherifFs office, which the sheriff said are needed to deal with growth in the county. Two more positions are for the jail.
“This is basically what the various departments have requested,” he said. “At this point, the numbers are very preliminary.”
According to the requests, SI 1,188 is being requested for Internet services for the county. In Turn to Budget, Page 2A
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Wild sunflower lesson seems to be in full bloom right now with many fields of them in Comal County.
The sun sets In the background of this sunflower on Wald Road on I uesday.
By ABE LEVY
Local leaders learned recently that funding requests for the year 2001 before the state transportation commission do not include money to complete the final piece of an expansion project on Interstate 35 through the northern portion of New Braunfels.
Texas Department of Transportation interim area engineer Greg Malatek said the stretch of highway from Texas 46 to Farm-to-Market 306 was expected to be funded for expansion in the year 2001. However, he said that date has been pushed back. He said he does not know the reason behind tile change in plans.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president Michael Meek said he was not given reasons either.
“I’ve found it’s hard to understand why they would not fund it when it's the last piece between Austin and San Antonio,” said Meek.
Malatek said he was not greatly concerned by the delay in funding. He said his office is continuing with designs and pursuing right-of-ways. He said
previous projects have been bumped up rn funding priority because projects in other parts of the state were not ready, and were replaced on the list.
“We’re still pursuing designs and we w ill have them ready and on the shelf in case a project somewhere else falls ti n u.tfi." 'ie said. ‘ It is the final piece in the puzzle tor 1-35 expansion.”
(.'ohs’ruction is set to begin on the $50.6 million project this fall from South Loop 337 to just south of Texas 40. and will expand the highway to eight lanes.
That section of the highway was approved almost one year ago after a delegation of local leaders and public officials traveled to Austin to lobby before TxDOT commissioners.
The project with approved funding includes several phases:
• Solms Road to South Loop 337 will be let in January. 1998.
• South Loop 337 to Walnut Street will be let in August of 1998, $28.2 million.
• Walnut Street to Farm-to-Market 725 will be let in September 1999.
• Farm-to-Market 725 to Texas 46 w ill be let in (X'tober 1999.
WORD mulls new fee tax
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SATTLER — The Water Oriented Recreation District will conduct a public hearing on a new law giving WORD the nght to tax the membership fees of private clubs that use water recreation equipment on t any on Lake at 6:45 p.m. today at the Canyon Lake Action Center in San I cr.
The Texas Legislature passed the law this spring.
Under Senate Bill 199, recreation districts in the state would be able to impose up to a 5 percent tax rate on ini
tiation or membership fees on private clubs or organizations whose members own water-oriented recreational equipment.
WORD Manager Jim Inman said the district is trying to sort out a question it has with a private boat club.
“Just mostly so that the issue is clarified and so that it isn’t something we have to interpret,” Inman said.
WORD taxes boat rental or slip fees ai 4.5 percent per fee or rental.
Inman said Cranes Mill Marina, Canyon Lake Manna, the Lake Canyon Yacht Club and the Hill Country Yacht Turn to WORD, Page 2A
Postal service delivers new NB postmaster
Campaign report: Bush banks $7 million
By CHRIS CREWS
Neither rain, nor sleet nor a year as interim manager of the local post office could keep Ken Robinson from his appointed destiny as Postmaster for the New Braunfels Post Office.
Robinson, intenm manager of the facility since last August, was officially named to fill the vacant office last Fnday.
Larry Owens, manager of operations for the San Antonio district, said Robinson, chosen from among 12 candidates, was well qualified for the job.
“Ken is known tor his involvement in the community and working with the Chamber of Commerce,” Owens said. ‘That’s what set him apart ”
Robinson, who lias been with the postal service since 1986, came to New Braunfels from the \ San Antonio office.
“ I like the people here, I like my job and I’m looking forward to new challenges,” Robinson said. “Some people might think it is slow-paced, birt with all the growth here, the pace has been
AUSTIN (AP) — Hoping to become the first Texas governor to win a second consecutive term in more than 20 years, George W. Bush is reporting that he already has $7 million in the bank for his 1998 campaign
In a report filed with the Ethics Commission, the Republican gover-
Ken Robinson embarks on his first week interim capacity for almost a
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Now Braunfels postmsstsr after serving In sn
Robinson became embroiled in controversy vv id) local letter carriers in late May when he implemented new routes which he said eliminated overlapping delivery areas and reduced fuel and labor costs.
Robinson said that overtime pay increased as the earners adjusted to their new routes, but those costs have decreased.
“The change actually made the routes smaller,” Robinson said. “We’re cxpenencing a manage-ment-union problem.”
nor reported raising $305,472 between June 3 and June 30. He spent $822,249 from Jan. I until June 30.
Land Commissioner Garry Mauro, a Democrat who’s giving thought to challenging Bush, reported raising $271,789 during the penod and spending $384,653.
A spokesman. Joe Cutbirth, said he couldn’t immediately say how much money Mauro had in the bank.
The reports filed Tuesday covered the six months from Jan. I through June 30.
Gov. George W. BushLocal guitar students attend camp; Concerts in the Park schedule — Page 8A