New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes tor Urania Armke, Deborah Big-sen, Renee Covington, Heather Sanders, Kimberly Watson (S years), Marian Fox (60 years)
■Mi John Thomas.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Mldtad and Nancy Knenpper (15 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
> PoMan Count Molds —296
(Rotan measured in parts par edible malar of Sir. MoimaHon prowled by Or. Frank Hampel)
fllVfi niiwvvMiuOn Comal River — 318 cubic feet per second, down 2 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 626.29 feet above sea level, down .05 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5.046 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 915.51 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool)
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NSU reports pumping 7.000 milton gallons of surface wafer Tuaeday, and 4 947 ml-lon galons of wsl wafer were used.
Chance of rain , feareasaa Thursday .
Twjlhl — partly cloudy with A 30 percent chance of
showers or thunderstorms.
Low in the lower 70s. Northeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Thursday — mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the mid 90s. Northeast wind near 10 mph.
Friday through Sunday — partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the 70s.
Early voting canKlmisa for Aug. A auctions
Early voting in two separate elections ends Aug. 5.
All registered voters can vote on a constitutional amendment to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determining property taxes.
Residents in the New Braunfels Independent School District are also filling two at-large seats and the district 1 and 4 seats. Early voting for the special election is being held in room 306 of the courthouse annex, 150 N. Seguin. NBISD residents can vote in the trustee election at the courthouse as well, or they can go to the NBISD education center, 430 W. Mill St.
The election is taking place Aug. 9.
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Get the family and friends together Thursday and head on down to the Landa Park Dance Slab for some good Texas music.
Clay Slaker and Jay Erie will perform at the weekly concert in the park at 7 p.m. They ask that those attending to bring canned goods or other non-perishable food items in lieu of admission.
Donations will benefit the SOS Inc. food bank, which helps feed the hungry in Comal County.jet ready to go back to school with information, registration dates — Page 5AJeremy Fisher wins four gold medals
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Another $400,000 in capital ImprovBmonts could ba included in a package funded v^Uh certificates of oblgBBon, aooottlng to County Judge Carter Cmtool. They Indude, in add-
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■ a new justice of the peace 4 butting;
■ renovations to the current jail; ■anew mug shot system for tie
■ an upgraded computer aided dispatch system.
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* * * - ..eunesday, July 30,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Mtebaol and Nancy Kniuppir
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Vol. 145, No. 185
County leans toward COs for jail expansion
Comal awaits th. importune* of
jail board’s OK
tty DENISE DZIUK
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A proposed $3 million expansion for the Comal County Jail, if approved by the state jail commissioii, would be funded by certificates of obligation, based 4 on the current feeling of county officials.
County Judge Carter Casteel said today that if the state’s jail commission approves the expansion of the jail, the next step will be for commissioners to con
sider fonding the project, and officials are leaning toward certificates of obligation.
“The thing we’re doing right now is waiting for
Chief Jail administrator Jim Middleton told the court-in June that the county jail, which was built about IO years ago, has a capacity of 145 inmates. H6 said the jail is not at capacity now but is on the fringe of crowding. He said in one to three years, the jail will be at capacity.
The county petitioned the jail commission for approval to add IOO beds at foe south end of foe facility, with an alternate proposal to add additional space at foe north side, when foe need arises.
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Lewis Creek cleanup
Commissioner, Bulverde residents discuss flood aftermath
Supporters; Amtrak plans boost NB effort
By ABE LEVY
Herald-Zaitung photo Michael DamaH
Commiaaionar Danny Ocbaal tatoo to a group Oak VWagt North aubdMaion raaidanti Tuaaday evening about the clean-up of Lewie Creek, which flooded earlier tole summer.
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
BULVERDE — Comal County officials shared with Lewis Creek area residents plans to clean up foe creek and prevent foe kind of flooding residents experienced in June.
More than 25 residents gathered outside the Bulverde Aiea Volunteer Fire Department station rn Oak Village North and heard
County Commissioner Danny Sc heel say the county was willing to do anything it could to prevent flooding around Lewis Creek.
‘This is the only opportunity we have at this time to help you folks,** Schecl said.
He said the county planned to clean foe cleek embankments of debris and small cedar trees. He said foe cedars in the creek has acted as a dam, backing up Lewis Creek and not letting waler drain into Cibolo Creek.
When Lewis Creek is clean, floodwaters will have a taster escape route into the Cibolo, Schecl said.
Scheei said foe county was not allowed to enter private property without permission to help clean up debris. He said foe only way foe county could enter private property was to get a signed permission form from foe affected property owners.
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Canyon release may go down next week
By CHRS CREWS
The cheers you just heard came from local river outfitters and tourism officials.
Barring major changes in foe elevation of Canyon Lake or flood conditions downstream, the flow of foe Guadalupe River might be reduced next week to accommodate recreational activities on the river.
Officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the agency that controls foe release rate from Canyon Dam when the lake is above flood level, cautiously advised the Herald-Zeitung on Tuesday that they might be able to reduce foe release rates as early aa next Tuesday and provide opti-* mum tubing and rafting conditions on foe river.
“By next Tuesday, there’s a chance we can start cutting back,” said Roil Ruffenach, spokesman tor foe Corps of Engineers.
. Ruffenach said it was important
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Entities may seek reappraisals
By DENISE DZIUK
BULVERDE —It will be up to Comal County and the Comal Independent School District to decide whether flooding victims rn western Comal County will get a break in their tax bills after flood damage is taken into consideration.
Comal Appraisal District chief appraiser Lynn Rodgers said according to the state Property Tax Code, property located in an area declared a natural disaster area can be reappraised to adjust the value of foe property to reflect the damage. However, the reappraisal must
be authorized by foe individual taxing entities, which in this case are Comal County and C1SD. Rodgers said if foe two decided to authorize foe reappraisal, it would be up to them to pay the costs associated with it. The cost to reappraise the damaged property is not certain at this point because the actually number of properties damaged is not know n.
“It wouldn’t be that big of a chon; because there weren’t that many houses damaged,... but it would help those,” said Rodgers.
Deputy Chief Appraiser Curtis Koehler said he did not know what other counties
declared a disaster area are doing about then appraisals.
“We think they are (looking into re appraising) but we’re don’t know for sure,” he said.
The western side of foe county w as hit hardest by foe deluge of water in 'ate June and early July. According to Comal County’s request to be included in the disaster area, foe county reported 55 families and businesses were flooded, 14 families needed temporary housing, 75 homes were without water, electricity or telephone for some time, 140 families were water-bound and county roads received minor damage.
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Amtrak’* recent announcement that it plans to extend its Texas Eagle passenger serv ice w ith possible day trips from San Antonid boosted efforts to create a downtown New Braunfels stop, proponents said.
“It gives us ground to really plan,” said New Braunfels councilwoman Cafoy Talcott. She is among the city leaders pushing for the plan. “I’m looking forward to contacting (Amtrak officials) and finding out more information in order to proceed. ”
Amtrak officials and city leaders are discussing the possibility of using one of the Texas Eagle trains, which sits idle in San Antonio each weekend, to create a one-day trip from San Antonio by spring of next year.
The idea would be to attract convention attendees in San Antonio interested in spending an afternoon at shops, museums and restaurants in downtown New Braunfels.
In May, the Texas Legislature and Gov. George W. Bush committed to provide Washington, D.C.-based Amtrak a $5.6 million loan to keep the train running in south, central and east Texas through Sept. 30.
Marc Maglian, a spokesman for Amtrak in Chicago, said foe loan also gave .Amtrak time to solicit shipping contracts that could make the Eagle self-sufficient.
He said it was “too early to say” how the announcement to continue service would affect the day-trip plan here and said the Texas Eagle would continue “indefinitely like all of our trains” past Sept. 30 of this year.
The day-tnp idea would use the downtown train depot museum owned and operated by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modeling Society.
It would seat up to 144 people inside two coaches and a lounge. The tram would leave downtown San Antonio at IO a.m. Saturdays and return at 6 p.m.
“lf it (foe announcement) hadn't happened, it would not have been possible,” said Pete Stocking, vice president of the Downtown Association. “We’re all set to go to the next level.”
Amtrak officials currently are reviewing the plan and will schedule another meeting with local leaders in the near future, proponents said.
The Eagle runs from San Antonio through San Marcos. Austin, Temple, Dallas-Fort Worth, Marshall, Longview and Texarkana en route to .Arkansas and St. Louis, Mo.
Without approval from the Legislature and Bush and a completed loan agreement w ith the state Department of Transportation, foe train would not have earned passengers through Texas this summer. Amtrak officials said.
The Eagle, among four money-losing routes targeted last year for termination, had been due to end May IO before a state loan was approved.
The Eagle runs three days each week, Maglian said.
Amtrak is under orders from Congress to be fully self-supporting by 2002. That has pushed the railroad to begin shutting down unprofitable routes
Loss of the Eagle would have left Dallas-Fort Worth, the nation’s ninth largest metropolitan area, without passenger rail and would have stopped Arkansas of its service.
-The Associated Press contributed to this report.
County eyes boat ramp upgrades
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County is taking steps to protect boaters who have ignored road barricades placed to keep them off Canyon Lake for their own safety.
County Engineer Tom Homseth said heavy rains in late June and early July caused Canyon Lake to rise to levels requiring county-operated boat ramps lo be closed. He said not all people realized foe ramps were closed for their safer/.
“In certain situations during high water, these boat ramps are truly dangerous,” he said.
Homseth said regular road barricades were
used to close foe ramps to boat traffic. However, boaters went around the ramps, ran over them or threw them in foe bushes, he said.
County C ommissioner Jack Dawson said commissioners court on Thursday will discuss building fences and erecting locked gates to alleviate the problem. He said the county would only have to pay foe cost of labor because surplus material from the U S. Army Corps of Engineers could be used.
The court will discuss foe improvements during its next meeting at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the commissioners courtroom of the courthouse annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
Haratt-Zafejng photo by Michael Daman
Sauna! boaters enjoy Sis tabs si tbs boat ramp naaiast Sit Canyon Labs Country dub.