New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139. No. 142
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of John R. Haake
June 5, 1991 25 Cents
Two Section, 18 PagesBeat wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung wishes “happy birthday” today to Robert Fatherree, Can-dyce Rapp and Andrea Val verde.
“Happy anniversary" today to Danny and Man sa Gonzales and Martin and Carol Franz.
Know of a birthday or anniver-sary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Thursday concerts
Concerts in the Park scries continues at the luanda Park Dance Slab at 7:30 p.m. Thursday with an appearance by Johnny Pfcil and Grucne’s Crossing, a country group. The concerts are free.
In conjunction with the concert, the Wasscrfcst carnival will open Thursday and, for that night only, rides are $1 each. The carnival is located on the Wurstfest grounds and will be in operation from 6 to 10 p.m.
Children’s rides, food and beverages will be available.
The carnival will continue from 6 to IO p.m. Friday and IO a.m. to IO p.m. Saturday as pan of Was serfcst. For more information, call the Wurstfest office at 625-9167.Parade meeting
Planners of the Fourth of July “Welcome Home Troops” parade in New Braunfels will conduct another meeting with panicipants at 7 p.m. Thursday at Knights of Columbus Hall on Landa Street.
Organizers Cheryl Scott and Wilton Wamccke encourage representatives of every civic organization and service club lo attend and invites all interested individuals. The group is seeking Desert Storm and Vietnam veterans to ride in floats or march in the parade. Also sought is a sponsor to decorate the necessary floats.
The parade is but a portion of the day’s activities, which will start with a patriotic ceremony, include entertainment and concessions and conclude with a fireworks display.Rummage sale
On Saturday, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church will sponsor a unique dual-benefit rummage sale in the church hall. Funds for the church will be raised through the rental of tables and 10-by-8-fool spaces at a cost of $10 each. Participants can make money for themselves by what they sell.
To reserve a space, call 625-3534 or drop by the church office at 138 W. Austin today.
The sale will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and is open to the public.Food bank thanks
SOS, Inc., food bank Saturday will celebrate its third anniversary and honor its volunteers with a coffee from IO a.m. to noon at its 165 . Coll Street facility. Participating churches, agencies and donors are especially invited to come by.
Office hours a weekday from I lo 4 p.m. For more information, call 629 FOOD.Home schooling
Home Schooling Day activities are scheduled from ll a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the St. Anthony Convent in San Antonio. The event, sponsored by Our I .ady of the Rosary Catholic Home School and users of its curriculum, is under the direction of Janice Smylhc. Babysitting is available.
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Grant funds given Teen Connection
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
The Comal County Juvenile Residential Supervision arni Treatment Center, Inc. — known as Teen Connection — has been awarded a $130,368 federal grant for its runaway youth program, U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm announced.
Nancy Ney, executive director of Teen Connection said the grant awarded is the extension of a three-year gram the center received when it was first starting up.
“Every year you have to compete again because if you are not doing the job that they have paid you to do then your not going to be refunded." she said. “We have been on this gram since we fust opened This was the first major grant that we received to open the shelter."
The funding will be provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under the Runaway and Homeless Youth Aa, which has an objective of addressing the uiune-diate needs of runaway and homeless youth and their fanulies.
last year, Ney said the boys and gul's shelter at Teen Cor u lect ion, located at 1414 W. San Antonio St., helped more than 200 youngsters.
Teen Connection offers temporary shelters for youngsters aged IO to 17 who have run away from home, been lemovcd from their homes because of abuse or neglect or have been placed there because of a family conflict.
“We only have the kids fur 30 days so you caiutot totally change their lives but you can begin the process and plant the seed that later on may grow — and you know you’ve made a difference,” Ney said.
Teen Connection also runs a thrift shop, conducts counseling sessions for parents and children and sponsors a number of other activities. For more information about the programs call Teen Connection at 629-6571.
NRU, EUWD effort finding water leaks
Meeting without the anticipated open forum are New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bracberry and ooara mempers, from left. Bob Seif. Margie Raborn, Dick Rcomett ana Nayo Zamora (Photo by Robert Stewart)
Forum stirs no interest; NBISD discusses bills
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The forum was open but no one had anything to say.
the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees opened us ears to open forum for the first tune Tuesday night but there was no public input from the 20 people rn attendance.
After re tun ung from executive session. Board President Bob Self announced at 7: IO p m. that if anyone wanted to speak that they could go ahead and sign up. He repeated the announcement about five a un utes later. When no one expressed an interest rn speaking, he board moved on to other business
The mam item of busmens that the board dealt with was tryuig to get a grip on House Bill 2885 and how it modifies Senate Bill 351. Assistant Superintendent for Finance Lunate Curtis has been attending meetings in Austin about the plan and explained the latest interpretations to the board.
“This bdl was an attempt to clear up things, but I think it did just the
opposite and further confused the issue.” Curtis said. He added that rn meetings this week he has heat ii several different uiierpreiauous of the legislation.
"There are two important dates coining up: June 15 and August IO, ’ Curtis said.
June IS is the date of a court test due to a lawsuit filed by wealthy school districts that will deter nunc f the new system as set up by die legislature is cousutuuonai. It is also the uine by which school disuieis ate to begin se lung up the County wide bdu eauou Districts (CEU) by selecting board members.
In Comal County, NBISD will select two members aud the Couial USD will select the other two. CEU board members must be school board trustees who will their serve dual roles NBISD will pick then CBD <ep-reseuutuves at their riext regular meeting if the plan is sui! in place.
‘Evervihmg in this CEU has to be done according to the rules, I mean
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By MARK WARNKEN Suit Writer
A neariy complete project of New Braunfels Uultues and the Edwards Underground Water Distna is stopping the daily leaking of hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from mains city wide.
From February 1990 to May 1991, water district employees surveyed about 250 miles of water maul usmg a S67.000 van with high-iech listening equipment that amplifies the sound of water escaping pressurized pipes.
A loud of 279 leaks, ranging ui size from large to inutile, were discovered. To date, NBU has lepaired about 240, conceinraung on the worst first.
The water dis Ina equinities NBU waler cavings at 2.2 audion gallon* per day, based on die flow rate once the leaking mams were exposed for repair. But the actual toss belute die pipes were disturbed aud uncovered lot repair likely is some warn less, according lo Roger Biggins, NBU director of technical services. 11% community typically consumes between 6 nu Ilion and 14 nudum gallons daily depending on the tune of year, he said.
The distr ret oileis the ser vice free to cities that request it on a first-come, ftrsl-serve basis, but cur leady there s a dug waning iud. The water dr sn lei previously completed similar leak-ieucuon projects in San Marcos, Universal City aud Converse, but New Br aunters’ survey was the most successful bused un the (lumber and volume of Ute leaks detected, Morns said.
‘New Braincell Unimex has been very aggressive in fixing die leaks,' said Kelly Morris, water district spokeswoman. "Alta ad, ti s not the number of leaks that you find dial s important, it’s die number that you repair.”
Water main leaks ate Od I ic ult to find, but the problem is universal, Morns said. Reducing water loss rn
A total of 279 leaks, ranging in size from large to minute, were discovered.
the Ed war us Underground Water District city by aly will help protect the aquifer by reducing water demand, me said.
"The mauls ai en I leas mg rn such ail area dial die waler will be diverted for recharge," Morris said. “It's like opening up a ii vin ani and runmiig it on a street, with die water gouig now nae. Nobody ’I getting die benefit ut drat water at ail. Getting muse leaks fixed means dial much more water aval tabic for you and me.'
NBU’s 21 watei and sewer department maintenance workers followed die survey crew during die woursc ut die project, repairing leaks rn addition to then other duties. An NBU water and sewer inspector was assigned to assist the water district team, Biggers said.
“I hope every city over die Edwards Aquifer ukes advantage of this program, ’ Biggers said. "The vast majority of the leaks they found were undetectable by visual neaua, meaning they never surfaced. We found one aghi-inch main (rn die Mission Oaks ai ca; that was completely broken.'’
The equipment also pinpointed leaks in waler lines running under the river that could not have been discovered oiherw isc, he said.
As a result of the project, New Braunfels Uultues will see reduced water pumpuig expenses, but a's too soon to estimate the exact savings, Biggers said.
When the water distna finishes surveying each community, Biggers expects the service will be available to smaller clues that can’t afford the equipment for ongoing water-leak deuxuon programs.
Approval of park plans urged
By MARK WARNKEN 9taff Writer
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday unanimously recommended the City Council accept the final draft of the master plan for recreational uses of property adjacent to Landa Park.
’ The only change in the final proposal, revised as requested by city officials, is the addition of a series of boardwalks, or piers, from the edge of the existing concrete embankment along the Comal Canal, while the remaining visible edge of the embankment will be covered with greenery, Dennis Sims, land architect with J.T. Dunkin and Associates of Dallas, told the board.
“This really would be a neat feature for the park, if you can imagine getting on this thing and walking along the canal and looking down upon this vegetation, the water, the ducks and seeing the view," Sims said. “At the same time, we’re trying to achieve our objective of hiding, or softening, that embankment.”
When fully developed, the park also will include a botanical garden with possible garden club facilities, amphitheater, large and small picnic pavilions, greenhouses, two pedestrian bridges over the canal to Landa Park, 150 parking spaces, terraces and walkways, and extension of the train tracks from Landa Park.
The 18-acre site, which the city is leasing from the Lower Colorado River Authority for 50 years at no cost, is located west of the canal from Landa Park, just north of Landa Street.
“This plan is not going to happen overnight. It’s not going to be built in one year. In my opinion, the best way is to implement this plan is to do in stages and come to an understanding with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and use their resources.” referring to the possibility of state grants.
LCRA required the city to develop the $10,000 master plan so improvements will be well-designed, said David Whatley, director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “That $10,000 is a small investment for 18 acres of property in the center of town,” Whatley said.
The master plan is a guide to identify appropriate uses for each part of
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Dennis Sims, a landscape architect with J.T. Dunkin and Associates of Dallas, discusses the master plan for deveiooment of18 acres of orooerty adjacent to Landa Park with the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday (Photo by Mark Warden)
Board members tour glass-bottom boat
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board members examined the city’s new glass-bottom boat at Landa Park Tuesday.
As the last item on the agenda of Tuesday’s meeting, the board traveled to the paddle boat area for the 20-minute tour around the Landa Lake area, but a problem with the electric motor kept the boat docked for the first time in its two weeks of local operation.
After parks officials boarded and looked over the interior. Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley said about 3,500 people have ndden the glass-bottom boat since tours
started during the Memorial Day weekend.
“Everybody down here really likes the boat, but so far we haven’t quite had the people we expected," said Aquatics Superintendent Tim Dean, who expecu word of mouth, planned signs in the park, md radio and brochure advertising to soon boost its popularity.
The boat cames a maximum of 22 people, and groups are generally taken out as needed. On weekends, the boat leaves about every half hour, but ban cry power limits the number of trips the boat can make before being recharged overnight. Dean said.
Passengers sit with their backs against each side of the retangular
boat, leaning forward against a rail to look through the glass, par of the flat bottom of the boat.
The tour includes lots of fish, snails and underwater vegetauon, Dean said. Items the passengers find interesting are the springs and the underwater "tombstone" of local legend. Guides continue to research and polish the dialogue for the tour
Rides normally cost $3 for adults and $2 for children, but during Wagger Fest this weekend everyone can ride for $2 Whatley said. Tours are conducted between noon and 5 p.m. daily.
The city of New Braunfels in March laded use of a water weed harvesting machine to Aquarena
Springs in San .Marcos in exchange for wise of a giass-bonom ooat, Whatley said. The Harvester had Teen .die because a burgeoning snail population us started eating weeds around Land-a Lake.
As part of the exchange, each parry is responsible for 'epainng its own equipment. Dean said. lf the Harvester breaks down in San Marcos, hen New Braunfels aty workers must fix IL
The boat operated all day T test lav before breaking down os it was being brepared for the parks board’s visit. Dean said, who planned to call Aquarena Springs Wednesday morning about repairing the electric motor.