New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 150, No. 218
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Key Code 76
Council unanimously picks former city manager Tamayo as temporary replacement for Shands
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Former New Braunfels City Manager Hector Tamayo will step back into his former job — at least for now.
When the New Braunfels City Council needed an interim manager to serve until the city can replace retiring city manager Mike Shands, council went with experience.
After a 30-minute executive session at the end of Monday night’s city council meeting, Tamayo walked out of his interview and nonchalantly sat in the city manager’s seat at
the council chair.
Tamayo retired from his position as New Braunfels City Manager in 1994 to be replaced by his assistant, Shands.
“I’m going to try to do the best job I possibly can,’’ Tamayo said after seeing the council members present vote unanimously to appoint him for “60 or 90 days or longer if necessary.” With term limits, none of today’s council served when he was in the manager’s post, so he will need to get to know them, he said.
“I know they have a full schedule,
See COUNCIL/4AComal ISD picks new school site north of Canyon Lake
By Martin MalacaraStaff Writer
In a split decision, the Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved to set the new location for a new high school near Canyon Lake.
Trustees voted 4-3 in favor of adopting the recommendation from
an independent consultant to build the new high school north of the lake and set new attendance boundaries.
Trustees John Clay, Charles Burt, Deraid LaRue and Nick Nichols voted for the recommendation.
Trustees John Bertelsen, Dora Gonzales and Dan Krueger voted
against the recommendation.
Oates was hired by the district to study the best location for the school, based on criteria established by the board, with Oates’ help, as well as input from interim superintendent Anthony Constanzo and new superintendent Jim Grunert.
Oates said the new high school
will enable the district to meet its 10-year planning window beyond 2015, but the district will have to purchase land for a fourth high school by 2020.
The fourth high school should be built near the Bulverde area, Oates said.
The third high school should be
built within a 10-mile range along Farm-to-Market Road 306 and Farm-to-Market Road 484, according to Oates’ recommendation.
He also recommended the district purchase IOO acres of land to accommodate a future middle school, which would be needed by 2015.See CISD/4A
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New Braunfels Utilities’ Chad Schaefekoeter cuts the power to a downed power line after a small grass fire at the fairgrounds Monday afternoon.
Burning in a heat wave
Triple-digit temperatures bake the Hill Country
By Martin Malacara Staff Writer
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority board will discuss a feasibility study Wednesday for a regional wastewater treatment plant at Canyon Lake.
The board will meet at IO a.m. at GBRA offices, 933 E. Court St. in Seguin.
GBRA spokeswoman Judy Gardner said the study would investigate the effects of population growth, land use and septic tanks on the overall water quality at Canyon Lake.
The river authority recently received a $130,000 grant from the Texas Water Development Board to conduct the study, Gardner said.
GBRA then would contract with the Austin engineering firm PBS&J to perform the study.
The project area would be the portion of the watershed from Farm-to-Market Road 306 to the north, Farm-to-Market Road 3159 to the south, Farm-to-Market Road 2673 to the east and U.S. 281 and Farm-to-Market Road 311 to the west.
If approved, the study would help develop a regional water quality protection plan for the lake. The study would be complete by Aug. 30, 2002, Gardner said.
The water quality study
would run simultaneously with an economic and environmental impact study proposed earlier this month by GBRA.
River authority officials have yet to name an organization to conduct the economic study.
The river authority offered the economic study to appease Comal Independent School District and the Friends of Canyon Lake. Both groups are concerned with GBRA’s pending request to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to draw 90,000 acre-feet out of the lake.
GBRA is currently permitted to draw 50,000 acre-feet from the lake. An acre-foot equals 325,851 gallons.
The additional water is to provide for regional needs for the next 50 years.
The groups, however, believe the surrounding properties and businesses would be financially affected by lower lake levels.
Th speed up the permitting process, GBRA entered into an agreement with the Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited.
The trout group wanted assurances on sufficient outflow from the lake to sustain non-native rainbow and brown trout during the summer months. The group See G BRA/4 A
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Above: Kym Jones and Christy Doerr enjoy the best of both worlds — the sun and air conditioning — as they take down their summer display for the YMCA at New Braunfels Title Research & Marketing building at 204 W. San Antonio Street. Below: Early morning practices take their toll at Smithson Valley’s football camp Monday morning.
By Ron Maloney
Thermometers hit IOO degrees for the first time this summer on Saturday, and by Monday afternoon, New Braunfels stacked up its third straight day of triple digit temperatures.
Don’t look for much relief anytime soon, National Weather Service Meteorologist Latrice Maxie said.
“Weather patterns have been the same for the past couple of weeks, and they’ll probably be the same through this week,” Maxie said. “In general, this hasn’t been anything extreme for July. It’s summer, and it’s just hot. It’ll stay hot at least through the week. We’re not expecting anything in terms of cooler temperatures.”
Nacho Martinez, construction foreman for the Comal County road crew, was not expecting any cooler temperatures, either.
Road department workers are out each day from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., he said — no matter the heat or the rain or the cold in winter.
In extreme weather of any kind, county workers are extra careful, Martinez said.
‘The guys take care of each other — especially in this heat,” Martinez said. “They take breaks as they need them. We don’t pressure them that they need to be constantly working in this weather.”
Sometimes, Martinez said, a worker who is hot finds some shade for a few
moments. Sometimes, if a worker really needs to, he can sit in an air-conditioned truck cab for a few minutes, Martinez said.
“Anything that will help. Once in awhile you get a breeze. It just all depends on the temperature and how the weather is,” he said.
Some of the county’s heavy equipment that has enclosed cabs is equipped with small fans, but none of it is air conditioned, Martinez said.
“There are windows you can open up. Some of my other equipment, we put an umbrella on top to
cover your head.”
County workers carry ice water and Gatorade™, Martinez added.
“Every crew chief has a chest of ice in case the men need it.”
Maxie agreed with Martinez about being careful out in hot weather.
“Definitely be cautious outside,” she said. “Drink a lot of fluid and try not to spend a lot of time directly in the sun.”
Barbara Wilson, communications coordinator for Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort, said things were going swimmingly during the weekend.
‘We’re busy,” she said. “Of course, in July, we’re always busy. People just want to get into that nice spring water, or onto one of our water rides.”
Things were jumping at the resort Monday, as well, Wilson said.
“It’s a typical July Monday. We’ve sold a lot of snow cones. We’re the hottest place in Texas to cool off,” she said.