New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYNew Braunfels All-Stars just one game away from state tourney — Page 5.
The old LCRA building.
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Vol. 143, No. 182
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:'Rayanne Tinimermann (15 years), Tammy Braune, and Tim Kingsbury.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -278 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.24 feet above sea level, down .08. Guadalupe River — 280 cfs
Chamber After Hours mixer tonight
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours membership mixer will be at Don Maxwell Chevy/Geo. 725 IH-35 S. tonight from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The mixer is an opportunity for chamber members to make new contacts and exchange ideas with other members of the business community.
Cancer support group to meet
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6 30 p m Thursday, July 27, in the North building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Dr. Sylvia Schell will speak on Radiation: Part ll. For information. call the ACS information line at 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763.
Only five months until Christmas
Start your preparations this Saturday at the ’Christmas in July' bazaar at First Protestant Church Family Life Center (Coll and Seguin streets), from 9 arn to 5 p.m.
Unique gifts from quilts to cake, plus a delicious lunch for all the family and wonderful food to buy and take home. Proceeds go towards Mission Projects.
Guadalupe Valley School reunion
The annual reunion of the former students of the old Guadalupe Valley School will be held at the Charlie Weidner Picnic Grounds at Spring Branch, Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m.
Bring sandwiches or sweets; drinks will be furnished. Also bring lawn chairs.
This year, former students of the old Rebecca Creek School, Cranes Mill School, Spring Branch School, Smithson Valley School, Fischer Store School and Sorrell Creek School are also invited.
For information, call 904-4526.
Pitch in for the Women’s Center
Sundance Golf Course is hosting a golf contest to benefit the Comal County Women’s Center Every Saturday in July from 5 p.m. to 8 p m. golfers who successfully pitch their ball into a barrel at 85 yards will qualify for a drawing for a weekend vacation at a luxury resort at the beach.
Chances are $5 for five balls and all contestants will qualify for drawings for door prizes. For more information, call Sundance at 629-3817
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
This shower is all wet
Gruene landowner withdraws request for business permit
Ginger Roberts had a unique wedding shower Saturday. Her party floated down the Comal River. She will marry Miles Buttery on Aug. 12.
Fireworks show stopped as grass fires break out
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
No one was hurt, nothing was damaged, but many were disappointed when the New Braunfels Fire Department had to shut down Target’s fireworks display Saturday night. Fire officials called a halt to the fireworks because they were causing grass fires, said NBFD Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Fnesenhahn.
“There were numerous spot fires along the freeway and in the field behind the discharge site,” Fricscn-hahn said.
“It was very disappointing and upsetting to a lot of people,” Friesen-hahn said. Only one-third of the fireworks had been set off when the display was stopped, he said.
Fireworks are calculated to bum out before fragments hit the ground, he said, but the freeway is 30 to 40 feet higher than the ground around the discharge area.
“With the wind we had, they were being blown over the freeway and they didn’t have time to bum out,” he said.
Safety came first, said Target Team Leader Leigh Ann Thompson. “We recognized and acknowledged the impact and that it was not safe for the community, so we shut it down,” she said.
Emergency Medical Service trucks at the site were there for added manpower — EMS officers are cross-trained for firefighting, Fnesenhahn said. No one suffered any injuries.
“Once we got the units there it was very simple to put out since the grass
had been cut,” he said. Eight units and 115 firefighting personnel responded to the call, Fnesenhahn said.
Target had to follow a stringent procedure to get the state permit for the Fireworks display, Fnesenhahn said. They also complied with local preliminaries.
“There was a question at the permitting procedure,’’ Friesenhahn said, about the possibility of an occurrence like Saturday’s.
Target is left with thousands of dollars of fireworks possibly wasted. “I wasn’t even concerned about that,” Thompson said.
“We got the problem resolved, but it was kind of touch and go for a little while because of the numbers," Fnesenhahn said. "We were lucky — it might have been senous.”
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer
Gruene residents turned out in force to protest a special use permit for a piece of land near the Gruene Water Treatment Plant at Tuesday’s city council meeting.
Owner Clarence Bueche wants to put a business on the property that might include a parking lot, tube rental, rest rooms, and possibly recreational vehicle and camping sites.
Residents feared the business would create more traffic and noise problems for the neighborhood. “Our tranquility is gone and what’s going down the river we don’t want any more of,” a resident said.
“We’ll eliminate anything that’s objectionable — we’ll eliminate RVs,” said Ed Cravey, representing Bueche, who was ill.
Cravey decided to withdraw the request so that he and Bueche could meet with arca residents and come up with a business proposition acceptable to both.
In other business, the city council members split hairs over details Mon -day night, but seemed to agree in principle that the Texas Election Code needs to be changed. Mayor Paul E. Fraser introduced a resolution which would let cities intervene in legal cases where the integrity of the city’s election process is threatened.
“I feel like there’s a real void in the Texas Election Code on this matter.” Fraser said.
lf passed by the Texas Legislature, this change would allow the city of New Braunfels to help pay Ed Nolan. Nolan led Fraser’s defense when Gary kahlig filed suit against him, clanning irregularities in the city council election he lost to Fraser.
Nolan originally agreed to take the case free of charge, but later approached the city council requesting payment.
Kahlig alleged in the suit that Fraser had won the May 1994 Dist. 4 city council seat because of election irregularities. The suit alleged wrongdoing by city employees and election offi-
‘Our tranquility is gone and what’s going down the river we don’t want any more of.’
— Gruene resident objecting to plans for a new business there
City council members tried to walk a fine line between protecting the election process and protecting the rights of individuals who have a legitimate reason to sue in cases of election fraud.
“lf a citizen sees something that he knows is fraudulent and he knows he’s going up against the treasury, he might not come forward,” Councilman C. Ray Schoch said.
“Where the city is accused on a vote, there should be some mechanism where the city should be involved — the city shouldn’t be turned away either,” Councilman and Attorney Tim Walker said.
The city council tabled the resolution after examining its wording in minute detail. City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom will come up with new wording to be approved by city council later.
“I will tell you that I have not had enough sleep to rewrite this tonight,” said Councilwoman Brenda Freeman, also an attorney.
The site of the old Seele elm will be marked right in the middle of Coll Street with a plaque set flush with the street. The first school classes taught in New Braunfels are said to have been under the old tree back in 1845.
Baron Schlameus, a member of the New Braunfels Retired Teachers, told council members that the city had agreed 40 years ago to place a marker in the spot where the tree had stood. "This apparently was a civic agreement made but unfortunately not realized some 40 years ago,” he said.
The city council voted to accept placement of the plaque. It will be dedicated Aug. 11 at IO a m.
Kelly Garza racks up political experience during trip to Boys9 Nation
By DENISE DZIUK
Damond Kelly Garza, 18, is going to be a senior at New Braunfels High School, and has already experienced a successful political career.
Garza has been elected to President Pro Tempore at the 49th annual American Legion Boys Nation in Washington D.C.
He was one of two Texas boys chosen to advance from American Legion Boys State to Boys Nation.
Cecil Konkel, Boys State chairman for American Legion Post 35, said he was elected to the position by campaigning just as any politician would in real life.
Once the campaigning is done, the
boys present chose their leaders.
“This is the first time I ever had a boy go this far. I was extremely proud when he was elected to chairman of his party at Boys State, and I was tickled to death death when he was chosen to go to Boys Nation,” said Konkel. “He got up there and started campaigning all over again. He was elected by his peers. He was able to sell himself.”
The duties of his elected position include appointing a Chief Clerk, Parliamentarian, Chaplain, and a Sergeant-
ai- Arms. Garza will also be responsible for running all Senate sessions until the Vice President is elected and inaugurated, because the President Pro Tempore is the presiding officer of the Boys Nation Senate in the absence of the Vice President.
At the time of his election, none of the higher offices had been filled so Garza was the highest ranking officer at the time.
Each year, the highest ranking office makes a presentation to either the President or the Vice President of the United States at the end of the week. However, both were going to be out of town.
The Boys Nation decided to make the presentation on Monday. Garza was the one that made the presentation,
'American Legion is the best kept secret there is, but it benefits a lot of people.’
— Leon Helmke
“It’s supposed to be on C-SPAN. I’ve been watching for it. but I haven’t seen it yet. I’m going to call and find out what time it will be shown so I can let everyone know,” he said.
The American Legion created Boys Nation in 1946 to introduce students to the structure and function of the federal government through a week-long program in the nation’s capital. Past delegates include President Bill Clinton,
former Secretary of Education Lamar Alexander, Senator Richard Lugar, Tom Brokaw of NBC News, and astronaut Neil Armstrong.
Garza is very active is his high school and community. He a varsity athlete in four sports, and is extremely active in student government and his church. Garza is the son of Peter and Joannie Garza.
The American Legion Post 35 was the sponsoring post. The Optimist Club provided the funding for the trip to Boys State.
The American Legion funded the second trip, said Leon Helmke of American Legion Post 35.
“American Legion is the best kept secret there is, but it benefits a lot of people,” Helmke said.
Lightly attended public hearing moves three species closer to endangered list
By DENISE DZIUK
Three aquatic invertebrate species known to live only in Comal and Hays counties are another step closer to being added to the Endangered Species List.
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service held a public hearing on the proposed listing of the Peck’s cave amphipod, the Comal Springs nffie beetle, and the Comal Springs dryopid beetle as endangered species.
"I would say that as long as there’s water in the habitat, (the population) is stable. The threat of that water disappearing is what’s endangering them,” said ecologist Ruth Stanford.
Out of the approximately 15 people present, only one made a public comment for the record.
Carol Patterson, a San Antonio resident heavily involved in water issues, said she was opposed to the listing. She said her opposition was based on whether an adequate search for the species was made. She also questioned the economic impact of the listing.
Patterson said the listing of the animals will require a limit on pumping, and this will limit growth. She said studies have shown that no pumping will be acceptable and alternate sources will need to be found.
"Then the question is where does the population get an alternate source of water that is acceptable. It may be a hardship beyond what (citizens) can cope with,” she said.
Alisa Shull, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, said the economic impact is not considered during
'The threat of that water disappearing is what’s endangering them.’
— ecologist Ruth Stanford
the listing process. She said the process is for the sole purpose of detemuning whether or not the species is endangered. She said the proposal also does not have a recovery plan. In a recovery plan, a possible solution is developed. However, in the proposal stage, the only thing that is determined is what will happen without any form of intervention.
The proposal to list the species as endangered is currently in the comment period. Comments
from all interested parties can still be submitted to the state. However, the comments must be postmarked by August 4.
After the comment period, the proposal will be : analyzed again. However, a moratorium on list- • rags enacted by Congress this year prohibits final I listings and designations of critical habitat, lf the i Fish and Wildlife Service decides listing is warranted, the comments and data received pertain- -mg to the Comal invertebrates will be archived . Once the moratorium is lifted on September 30, 1995, the species would be officially designated as endangered.
Individuals wishing to submit comments or material can send them to the State Administrator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 10711 Burnet Road, Suite 200, Austin, Texas 78758.NIMBYs take on theJVatering Hole,and however it ends it won’t be fair. See Page 4.