New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Thursday. June 8,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of RUSS WHITEHOUSE
Vol. 143, No. 149
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Russ Whitehouse, William Schumann, Precilla Ann Dominguez (22 years), Sue Groff, Audrey Krueger, and happy 10th anniversary to Jack and Vicki Ralph.
Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, down 5 cfs.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.86, feet, same as yesterday.
Guadalupe River — 581 cfs
Transportation meeting tonight
Tonight at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Courtroom, the main Street Transportation Committee will host an open meeting regarding the possibility of some kind of transit system for the city of New Braunfels.
Visitors from the State Transportation Department, the Capitol Area Rural Transportation System, and E P. Hamilton and Associates will speak about a feasibility study completed in 1992 for New Braunfels. Section 18 of a State Transportation Funding Grant Program, and systems in operation elsewhere in Texas.
All interested individuals are invited to attend to determine general interest in pursuing a transit system for the city.
Concert in the Park
The annual Concert in the Park series continues Thursday, June 8 at 7:30 p.m. at the Landa Park Shell. Admission to the concerts is free and concessions will be available. Individuals are urged to bring “lawn chairs, coolers, picnic baskets, children and friends to Landa Park.
This week's performer is country and rock band Grapes of Wrath.
No glass containers are allowed in the park. Rained-out concerts may not be rescheduled.
Lioness Club installs officers
The New Braunfels Lioness Club will install its new officers at a banquet at the Holiday Inn banquet room, June 12 at 6 p.m.
Rummage sale donations needed
First Protestant Church, Seguin and Coll streets, will « hold a rummage sale Saturday, June 10 from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. in the Family Life Center. All donations of sale items accepted. Deliver to FPC Seele Parish or call 609-7729 ext. 26 to schedule pickup of large items.
QI group meets
New Braunfels Forum 1014-F of American GI Forum meets every second Thursday at 7:30 p m. at American Legion Home #179, 410 W Coll.
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Commissioners consider forcing developers to build on larger lots
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Planting a paver
Antonio Henry and Pine Gilbert place the first stones for the Court of Honor on the Plaza yesterday. The project is raising money for the Downtown Association.
Blimpie jumps on new marketing trend
By DENISE DZIUK
A new concept in convenience stores has come to New Braunfels, aimed at making refueling and getting something to eat more convenient for the traveler.
Midtex Oil, Inc. has just opened a new Blimpie Sub shop. However, what makes this store different is that it is located in a gas station convenience store. Stephen Richardson, Operation Manager for Food Services, said that this is the first venture of this type in New Braunfels and is a new trend among convenience stores.
Richardson said the idea is to allow travelers to refuel and get something to eat at one location instead of having to stop several times. He said this increases the amount of traffic through the shop for both business. He said people are more likely to stop at a convenience
store where they can get something other than microwavable food. He also said people are more likely to buy on impulse when they are in the store. Richarson said a sandwich shop was chosen because sandwiches are easiest to eat while on the road.
“We want to be more commuter friendly, more transit friendly,” Richardson said.
Richardson said the store is a test location. He said the shop has only been open since May I, and already has a regular customer base of local people. He said that once this shop’s success is evaluated, more shops may be opened in other Texaco Pit Stop stores around New Braunfels.
“This is a new concept for Midtex Oil, Inc., so we’ll take things slow at first while we’re learning,” said Richardson.
Blimpie Subs is located in the Texaco at 1H 35 S. and Ruekle Road.
Putting a fast food restaurant inside a gas station convenience store is becoming more common.
In an attempt to prevent fouling drinking water supplies, the Comal County Commissioners Court is considering new regulations that would require larger lot sizes for homes in the county.
The move is being opposed by developers, who say the rules would result in subdivisions built with fewer amenities, making the county a less desirable place to live.
The On-Site Sewerage Facility Order being developed by Comal County would require larger lot sizes by setting maximum distances around water wells and septic systems.
According to the amendments presented to the court, lots located over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone and served by a public water system would have to be at least one acre. However, no portion of a septic system may be within 150 feet of any public or private water well.
Lots not located over the recharge zone would have to be at least half an acre and the same guidelines for the septic system apply.
Homes on lots served by individual water wells would have to have a 150 foot radius around the septic system and a 150 foot radius around the water well. The two would be able to partially overlap, but the septic system would not be allowed within 150 feet of the water well.
However, debate began over the wording of the regulations and the definitions of some of the terms used.
Judge Carter Casteel said this was an attempt by the county to prevent sewerage from polluting drinking water, and other commissioners were in agreement with her.
“The purpose of all this is to conserve the water quality. Once we’ve polluted the water and the aquifer dries
‘The purpose of all this is to conserve the water quality. Once we’ve polluted the water and the aquifer dries up, it won’t matter because no one will want to develop here.’
— Danny Scheel, county commissioner
up, it won’t matter because no one will want to develop here,” said Commissioner Danny Schcel.
Design consultants present were concerned that the required radius would cause developers to form subdivisions with basic rectangle lots. They also voiced concern that there would not be any cul-de-sacs because the lots would have to he extremely large or in odd shapes to meet the well requirements. They asked that this he taken into consideration because they believed it would take away from the beauty of the county.
Polluted water is not a problem of only Edwards Aquifer. There is also concern over the quality of water from the Trinity Aquifer and septic systems being placed too close to water wells may only make it worse, said Casteel.
“There’s plenty of water in the Trinity Aquifer, it just may not be drinkable,” she said.
Casteel said the input from the public was appreciated and brought up many issues needing to be addressed before a final version is’approved. The county staff will make adjustments to the regulations and the new version will be presented to the commissioners court on June 22 at 8:15 a.m.
District I residents pepper officials with questions at town meeting
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
District I residents kept the “experts” on their toes at last night’s town meeting held jointly by City Councilman Juan Luis Martinez and County Commissioner Cristina Zamora. Though not a large group, the citizens each pressed the speakers with pointed questions.
“I thank you with all my heart for being here,” Zamora said
Community Development Advisory Committee member Gloria Sasser introduced speakers addressing a range of topics — Gus Caldwell on veterans affairs, Richard Delgado on San Antonio College New Braunfels extension, Shel McWilliams on the Comal County Health Department, City Manager Mike Shands on city services.
Several residents brought street drainage problems to Shands. “We have poor drainage on Comal Street; we have been complaining since 1958,” one resident said. Street and drainage
projects are lined up for years, Shands said, but the half-cent sales tax will help more projects get done.
Some said their complaints to the city had gone unanswered. “If our city workers do not help you, if city crews do something to your property or break something, call 608-2100.”
Shands said. “If you call me direct, you will not be ignored.”
Several residents were plagued by neighbors who don’t keep up their property, letting grass grow and trash collect. Grass on a property by Grape and Mill streets had grown so tall that school children had to wait for the school bus in the street, one resident said. “What can we legally do to make the owner take care of the property,” she said.
If asking an owner to maintain his own prop-
erty fails, residents can legally mow a neighbor’s strip of land by the street called “right of way,”
Shands said. Right of way is really owned by the city but given back to the property owner to maintain, he said.
Citizens can complain to the city if the grass or trash becomes a hazard, but the Zamora city probably won’t be able to fix it quickly, he said. Keeping area children immunized drives the Comal County Health Department, McWilliams said. Five hundred people, almost all children, had their shots updated in the Schlitterbahn immunization drive, she said. “It was a lot of fun,” she said.
“Those of you who see parents and children, please — see that they are immunized — bring them in,” McWilliams said.
Education is the key to getting what you want
out of life, Delgado said, and higher education is available to practically anyone in New Braunfels who wants it through SAC New Braunfels extension courses.
One resident’s registration paperwork got lost “between the cracks” arter he filled it out in January. To date he had not heard back from SAC. Delgado took the man’s name and social security number, promising to take care of the problem.
San Antonio College is committed to growing and improving the services and classes offered in New Braunfels, Delgado said. “SAC — it’s an opportunity for everyone in the community to improve the quality of life,” he said.
City council members Brenda Freeman, C. Ray Schoch and Jan Kennady also attended the meeting, making a full council quorum.
The good participation at last night’s meeting should be only a beginning, Zamora said. “Make your children aware, your friends, your relatives, that this is an opportunity to talk to the people who run your city,’’ she said.
Barnhill Trading Company to build warehouse center in New Braunfels
The New Braunfels economy will receive another boost from industry when Barnhill Trading Company, Inc. builds a new warehouse distribution center and offices this summer in New Braunfels.
Barnhill plans to build a new 42,000-square-foot facility along IH 35, which will create 11 new jobs in the area in the next two years. Funding for the construction came from a $664,000 loan from the Small Business Administration, with the help of the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Barnhill was founded in 1984. The company was originally established as a direct import and export trading company specializing in selling a complete wholesale line of bath products, including vanity cabinets, medicine cabinets, toilet seats, towel bars and paper holders.
In 1988 Barnhill obtained Carter Lumber Company of Kent, Ohio, as its top customer. Carter operates 175 retail home centers. McCoy’s Corporation, with IOO stores nationwide is Barnhill’s second largest customer.
Dobrowolski resigns post as city engineer
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The city of New Braunfels will be looking for a new city engineer. William Dobrowolski, New Braunfels city engineer for nine years, is moving on to greener pastures. “I resigned as of Friday to go look for better employment,” Dobrowolski said.
His job as city engineer made such demands on Dobrowolski’s time that he didn’t have a chance to look for a new job until he had resigned, he said.
Dobrowolski and the city parted on friendly terms with no hard feelings on either side, City Manager Mike Shands said.
City projects will continue on schedule while the city looks for a new engineer, Shands said. “Bill Dobrowolski has brought his projects close to completion,” he said, lf a project requires an engineer’s seal during the interim period, the city will contract for engineering services.
The city is advertising internally to see if anyone on staff is qualified for the job. lf not, the search will widen to the general public, Shands
said. The salary range is about $34,000 to $43,000, he said.
“I appreciate the work Bill Dobrowolski did for the city,” Shands said. “He had virtually no free time.” Many employers and workers face the problem of “burnout,” city workers included, Shands said. Tile recent trend toward more citizen involvement in local government means more committees having more meetings, usually at night, Shands said.
City department heads who work on salary put in full days then attend several meetings a week on weekends and evenings, Shands said.For subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.