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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Water projects high priorities tor utilityWal-Mart distribution center accelerates extension of water utility to FM 306 area By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Nev* Braunfels I Ditties Hoard of Trustees Thursday approxed plans lo request bids for the water service ex pansion to the Kohlenberg Hill area, site of the planned VV a1 Mart distribution center NHI General Manager Bob Sohn said that while the selection of the area as the distribution center location has forced the utility company to prov ide service quickly, the water line extension and booster pump have l>een on the drawing board for some time Thursday s board approval was for the first phase of the expansion which simply gets water to the site Sohn said VVal Mart officials are planning to begin construe Don in Novemtrer and w ater is essential Water servic* expansion into the Kohlenberg area is estimated to cost $985,000 Sohn said the expansion is needed regardless of VVal Mart ’s decision but that dec! sion simply has caused NHI to accelerate the process NHI is waiting news about a grant application If the grant is approxe«l. MU could receive $280,000 for work in the Kohlenberg Lane area north ot Interstate 55 and FM M6Surface water treatment plant, West End sewer betterments included in package We’re trying to get a jump on this thing Ifs going to be a top priority for us, it s very important tot us and we don't want to get slowed down by bureaucracy ' Sohn said He added that it is possible that through bidding the projects individually, the costs may be higher “We just physically don’t have time to get all the projects out for bids anti under construction That would be great if we could bid the whole thing out get a contractor to do it and they can get it to first base But if we’re going to have a line in service by November. I rn not sure we ll be able to do that ” Sohn said Sam McKenzie a consultant with Hunter and Associates of Austin, also recommended completing the project in phases rather than holding up work while waiting to hear whether the grant has been approved He added that NBL’ is ready to request bids on the first phase of the job and lacks only the right of way from the Texa-Department of Highways and Public Transportation I feel like the first phase is a necessity so they W al Mart can get water out there to them so they can pour concrete Sometime around November they re going to See WATER Page 2 Bv DAVID MAY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council this week gave New Braunfels Utilities approval to proceed with the issuance of $9 4 million in revenue bonus, the bulk of which will be used to construct a surface water treatment plant Other projects proposed bv NBL’ include expanding water service in the Kohlenberg Lane and FM 306 region improving the water system near County Line Road un proving the sewage and water system in the Solms district and continuing the second phase of im pavements to the West Knd sew age collection sy stem While council expressed support for the utility s plan-to ultimately mitigate New Braunfels’ dependency on the Edwards Underground Aquifer the first district in the region to undertake such a program new projects slated by NBU will improve service to several areas “These are very giKKi said Mayor Pro-Tem Ramon Chapa Jr who has been concerned with delapidated sewage systems within his district They benefit all sections of town.” he said Al large Councilman James Goodbread said the im provements will make for a “much more se nd com munity ” Costs of improvements were lowered from an origina1 total of $14 million through refinancing of 1985 general obligation bonds approved by voters City Manager Jot Michie said revenue bonds for the utilities have historically been approved by council through ordinance rather than public referendum NEU General Manager Bob Sohn said he hopes to I ive the money in Dc toller and said projected interest fror investments will pay issuance costs Sohn said the Utilities will come before council later thL year to -eek an 8 per cent water rate increase and a 15 percent sewer rate ike that will, in part help retire bond costs “We were going to request the increase whether r not the bonds were issued. Sohn said Thursday He s. id the increases will amount to about a $2 39 month!' increase to the average homeowner “The rate increase we are talking about ha- part of the bonds in it certainly Sohn said For several years NBL has sought to gradually increase rates See BONDS Page 2 Mostly cloudy skies will stick around tixiuv with a rn percent chance of continued rain and a high reaching only yj The rain chancel drop to 20 percent tonight along w ith tenq»eratures which will bot tom out at about 79 It ll U* hot Saturday with an ex peeled humid high of 99 with southeast winds of 15 mph A slight chance of showers w ill tregin with week with highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s lh* Menu CLASSIFIED    IO    lb COMICS    6 CROSSWORD    3 DIAK ABBY    8 EN1ERTAINMENT    8 OPINIONS    4 RELIGIOUS FOCUS    5    7 SPORTS .................. 9 StammtischNew Braunfels    Friday in Thursday - Outdoors page we showed you a picture of Reynaldo Luna and what he and we thought was a 19 inc h crayfish that he had caught in the Comal River in Lamia Park Thanks to an observant reader we* now know that the creature is actually a giant freshwater prawn or Mal rohrachtuin carcinus to you scholars such as Melinda Bass st ** bv- in New Braunfels arui goes to si tu«‘ at Southwest leva- Slate wfrere -he studies chemistry and yes aquatic biology According to lier this prawn is pretty common in San Marcos but hardly ever makes t up as (ar as the t omai Rixei n*s aune they must breed in saltwater t**fore migrating upstream M Luna expressed a lit tie hesitance in ♦•ating tire crayfish bul now that we know it is a prawn we can inform him that the tail taste- much like lobster meat 2L Herald-Zeitung Vol 13a No 138    New    Braunfels    Herald    Publish    rig    Company    707    Lanaa    St    New    Braunfels    Texas    78130 <USP$ 37 7 800    One Section ]i noges School bus, van run into swollen Guadalupe River COMFORT Texas AP \ bus Commissioners okay landfill sale; changeover due July 24 and a van carry mg more than 50 pet* pie most of them children to a sum mer camp ran into the rain swollen Guadalupe River lodax authorities said Reports wrre sketchy but there was no indication any of the children or others were from the New Braunfels or Comal County area some children were rescued and others were clinging to trees lr. Dm* high water said Marianne Groves a dispatcher with the Kerr i ountv Sherif} s I department There are some that are still missing said David ells a spokesman for the Texas Depart ment of Public Safety We have three helicopters over at the bus and thex are also evacuating Hermann s Sons C amp said a dispatcher tor the Kendall County Sheriffs office who refused to give her name Mm* said the bus was from the sum mer < amp about w> miles northwest ot .San Antonio At least nine children were rest ued said Kathv Sakach dispat v her for the Kerr County I* mer gene v Medical serv ices We have hyperthermia and shock patients who are children as they are being rescued from the river Ms sa Mach said Two people were in critical < ondi Hon with anywhere from five to seven who are in stable condition site said One of those critically injured was a 14 year old girl and Ms Sakach said another person in critical condi Don was suffering !rom severe shock and by pot I ter flint The water is running last and it is very cold she said Most of the injured were teen agers sire said We xe got camps all up and down here I think they were going across the river there They vc got little bridges and the river came up too fast said Arthur Verona of the Kerr County Fire Department The Kendall County dispatcher said Uh* accident occurred shortly afret 8 lo a rn and that 4*» children See BUS Page 2 B. TRAVIS E POLING Correspondent Comal County Commissioners Thursday unanimously approved the final contract for the sale of the city-county landfill to a private firm The contract from Waste Management Inc was presented to the commissioners by Waste Management attorney Bennie Bock with requested change-from both the city and county Commissioners rev jewed the se cond contract presented to them since the sale bid was first ap proved then asked more que-lions and for some clarifications Definitions of words and phrases were questioned and com missioners sought clarification on leas** equipment and what is to be included in the actual sale Precinct J Commissioner Net! Craigmile asked if the landfill, under its new management would accept septic waste The county does not currently accept such retu»e at the landfill County sanitarian David Luke said that under state regulations the operator of a landfill has the authority to refuse a certain type of w uste After contacting Waste Management executives during a recess which lasted over an hour Bock returned to commissioners w ith word that the company would not accept septic waste as was its policy in Us more than 150 landfills in the country The contract, which has been met with county and city ap provai will be returned to Waste Management s main offices for review County Judge Fred Clark and City Manager Joe Michie who were designated to execute the contract by commissioners and city council will then sign the contract Precinct 3 Commissioner Lorenzo ( amarillo recommended the county authorize ar interest bearing account for the proceeds of the sale Waste Management Inc is looking to take over the landfill’» operation on July 2^ Commissioners Thursday also approved a request from Precinct 2 Constable Danny Scneei for 150 additional hours for ms deputy because he already filled the allot ted time allowed within the budget The $1,125 for the extra hours will be taken from the commis sioners’ contingency fund An item concerning a man datory deadline for Comal County See LANDF ILL Page 2 Fire investigation will continue; officials to review water system B> DAVID MAY Staff Writer Fire investigator- -aid today it may be the first of next week before they determine the cause of a fire that gutted Hill Country Tire early Thursday morning • There is a lot involved when something is burned this bad said New Braunfles Fire Marshal Elroy F riesenhahn as he and other department personnel continued to sift through the charred remains of the store at 503 S Seguin “It appears the seed of the fire was the middle of the structure.” said Friesenhahn, pointing to the area of most intense burning The store was engulfed in flames by the time the first unit arrived shortly betore I a rn Thursday Fire had already broken through the roof of the structure The building and its contents were a total loss Friesenhahn commended the number of volunteer firelighters in the blaze “We had about 75 percent lur nout of volunteers, which is very good They should be commended ” the fire marshal said According to fire department report- 21 full-time and volunteer firefighters fought the fire for more than two hours before bringing it under control In a related matter New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said he was not concerned about reports that firefighters experienced low water pressure after tapp mg into the 6 inch w ater main along South Seguin “I am not a bit concerned about what happened ” stated vohn Thursday afternoon “I am not alarmed or terribly excited ” Sohn said the system there was about 40 years old and said he would meet with other city officials concerning low water pressure reports There were two pumper trucks on that main and there was not enough water.” he said Sohn said an 8- to 12-inch main is required for that kind of service I am proud of our fire protection service added Sohn who said the city s insurance underwriter reier- to New Braunfels water supply systems as “one of Die best in the state He said utility officials are to be notified in cases of large fires so that water can be redirected through line- See FIRE, Page 2 The project which will extend County Line Road to FM 1044 and FM 725 and will eventually tie into Kuekle Road as part of the city s plans to extend Ixxip 337 through the southern sector The road construe Don is part of a bond issue approved by voters in October 19H5 The total bond fund for the County Line Road reconstruction is 11,927.712 Of that, $1 56 million is allocated for construction and con turgencies with the rest tied into design and administration tees County Line Road will become a four lane divided highway upon completion Portions of the right of w ay will be closed during construction though traffic passage will be main tamed at a lesser level Depot diligence Fischer gets road project bid Orville Feder of New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society tends to a few details on the display that will be open to the public this Saturday at the old MKT Depot next to the Brauntex Theater The society is conducting a rummage sale Saturday beginning about 9 a rn A variety of interesting things will be on display as well as vendors selling all kinds of items to raise money tor the organization that plans to restore the depot as a museum. iPhotol by Deryl Clark) Scheduled tor reconstruction to four-lane roadway New Braunfels Republican Women invite everyone to hear Mate Rep F irnumi Kueinpel speak on the current -penal legislative session Kuempei will be at home of Dennis arui Penny Rhoads 27 Royal Crest at 9 loam Monday July 3U A low bid for the reconstruction of County Line Road from Pahmeyer Lane to FM 725 revelved June 25 from Fischer Construction Company was accepted by New Braunfels City Council July 13 City Manager Joe Michie said the project is not related to a proposed highway bypass system proposed by the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation That system will encompass another loop outside the inner city system Michie said the road work points to the area of growth projected for New Braunfels ;