New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Retired New Braunfels High School athletics director Tim Kingsbury gives Randy Clasen a few fly fishing pointers Thursday outside Gruene Outfitters.Sifting through ashes
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Vol. 150, No. 215 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents
SCOTT FIELDS/Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Firemen and investigators wrap up another day of clearing debris from the oldest True Value store in Texas. Seguin fire fighters were still pouring water into the historical building on Austin Street as late as Thursday evening.
Investigators find asbestos in ruinsConstruction slow going on 1-35 bridge
By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
Construction officials report the first of the new Interstate 35 bridges over the Guadalupe River could be open today.
Texas Department of Transportation officials report the bridge will carry one lane of northbound frontage road traffic across the river from Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 725.
Drivers will be able to
access 1-35 North from FM 725 without having to cross the interstate and using Business 35.
Meanwhile, traffic backed up south of New Braunfels for miles Thursday as work scheduled for overnight Wednesday and Thursday ran late into Thursday morning.
Deavers Construction Corp., which was switching northbound 1-35 traffic to the new center lanes north of the river, fell behind schedule
when the work took longer than anticipated.
By I p.m., the center lane switch had been made, and northbound traffic was moving.
Thursday night, officials were to determine whether they were ready to shift traffic south of the river to the new lanes.
As part of that switch, the northbound FM 725 exit will be closed until the project is
buildings. The Vivroux Hardware building was constructed in the IOO block of South Austin Street in 1904. The store has been located on the site for 132 years in two different buildings.
Richter said as soon as the asbestos was discovered, work stopped on the investigation while hazardous materials experts assessed the risks.
“Ifs an old building, and a lot of stuff back years ago was made with asbestos. We found some in the building, and it causes us
See FIRE/5AFriends plan lawsuit after groups strike deal
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
A group of Canyon Lake residents is trying to raise $60,000 for a possible legal battle with two state agencies involved with plans to draw more water out of Canyon Lake.
The Friends of Canyon Lake member Bob Wickman said he believed the
Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission are potential targets for a lawsuit. The group has set a December deadline for raising the money.
The Friends filed a motion with the TNRCC in May to oppose the river authority’s efforts to amend its state permit to draw 50,000 acre-feet
from the lake and increase it to 90,000.
The permit amendment request is part of a 50-year water plan for the region.
Canyon Lake is a key component in the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group’s, or Region L, plan for future water needs. The Texas Water Development Board approved the plan on Wednesday.
The Friends of Canyon Lake opposed the request because members believe the additional draw from the lake would harm lake businesses, property values and recreational use of the lake.
The Friends sought an independent economic impact study conducted on the area surrounding the lake.
GBRA said it would support the study if the Friends
would drop its motion to TNRCC.
GBRA is working with Comal County to establish a lake advisory committee to pursue the independent study.
But the recent agreement between GBRA and Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited has led the Friends to pursue legal action once again.
Under the GBRA/GRTU agreement, the trout group will get sufficient stream flows from Canyon Lake when its level is 909 feet above mean sea level.
Daily releases from the lake will be made during May through September with release levels up to twice the federal requirements of 90 to
County considers warning system
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Comal County and New Braunfels residents could get better advance notice in a future disaster such as the October 1998 flood under a proposal being studied by county officials.
County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett on Thursday brought commissioners a proposal for an automated emergency alert system she said could save lives in a disaster.
The computerized system is a lot like a 911 system — in reverse.
Instead of someone calling authorities to ask for help, officials can use the system to proactively call someone and warn them of some impending danger.
Using a telephone database
and mapping software, emergency management can select a street, neighborhood or community, prepare a message to be delivered to it by telephone and enter it into an automatic dialing system.
So, for example, if a 500-year flooding event occurred, Edgett or another official such as a sheriff’s office dispatcher could consult the database and quickly select whom to warn using a computer mouse.
If the operator drew a circle around a particular low-lying neighborhood, the system would dial up all the numbers in the neighborhood and deliver a recorded warning or other information.
It would take about two minutes to program the system, and another IO minutes
City eyes ex-manager for interim position
By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
public hearing. After the hearing, council went back into closed session for about 15 minutes, City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi said. During the second closed session, council discussed interviewing Tamayo.
Shands offered to stay on at least through October, to allow the city council time to hire a replacement. But council members, citing concerns of effective management, decided to let him retire at the end of the month. They voted to keep Shands as a consultant for 90 days.
Tamayo has a long history with the city government. He served as city manager directly before Shands and retired from that position in 1994. Before that, he served as assistant city manager
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungCrane operator Dewayne Davis carefully lowers the 220-foot boom through the intersection, down in front of the bumed-out Vivroux True Value Hardware store in Seguin.
SEGUIN—Asbestos found in the rubble of a Seguin landmark has slowed investigators working to determine what caused the fire that destroyed Vivroux Hardware.
Chief Investigator Dennis Richter of the State Fire Marshal’s office said workers sifting through the debris in the burned two-story brick building Thursday morning found asbestos.
Asbestos has been linked to lung cancer. It is common in old
By Amy ClarksonStaff Writer
Former New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo might step back into his former job — on an interim basis.
New Braunfels City Council plans to interview Tamayo to serve temporarily once Mike Shands, the current city man-ager, retires. DuringSHANDS two closed meetings
on Wednesday, council voted unanimously to allow Shands to retire at the end of July.
Council met in closed session before an annexation