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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYNewcombe tennis player set to play at Wimbledon Juniors — Page 50 CENTS |nside I Push is on to bring public transit to city Obituaries ........  2 Editorial...........................................4 Sports Day......................................5 Comics............................................8 Marketplace..............................9U4 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Kody Williams and Susan Adams. River information Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.83 feet, down .03. Guadalupe River — 581 cfs East Torrey Street closed for two weeks The City Street Department is reconstructing East Torrey Street from South Union Street to Lakeview Boulevard. East orrey Street will be closed to road vehicle traffic at South Union Street and Lakeview Boulevard for two weeks starting Monday, June 12, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Detour route will be via Lakeview Boulevard and Austin Street. Stores and parking will be accessible as normal. Register now for Business Trade Show The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Monday, June 12 to ae a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept. 12 and 13. After that time, registration will be opened to the public. Public hearing on sexual assault program slated The Comal County Women's Center will hold a public hearing concerning the reapplication for funds for the Center's Sexual Assault Program. This program is funded in part by the Texas Department of Health. The board of directors will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza. 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. Garage and bake sale The George A Garcia VFW Post 11050 Ladies Auxiliary is having a garage and bake sale on Saturday, June 10 at Perfection Automotive, 324 Paradise Alley, from 8 a m. to 3 p.m. Hummel Club to meet The Museum Chapter of the M I. Hummel Club meets at 7 p.m., June 13 at the museum Canyon Lake event Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June 15, 6:30 p m at the Hill Country Nursery. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The time may be right for New Braunfels to have public transportation. In fact, it may be now or never. That was the consensus at last night's meeting of various local and regional officials.    _    _ They took a second look at a feasibility study done by E. P. Hamilton and Associates for the city of New Braunfels and the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG) in 1992. “One reason we’re focusing on this again is that interest has been shown and funds will be dwindling,” Main Street Director Karen “K.C.” Crandall said. San Marcos has recently begun trolley service with seven routes covering the city, and Fredericksburg has allocated for a public transit system, Texas Department of Transportation Public Transportation Specialist Carolyn Goodall said. “It’s 1995, three yeais later, and San Marcos has a competitive edge on us,” New Braunfels Factory Stores Manager and Transportation Committee Chairman James Kuester said. There is a perceived need for public transportation from a variety of groups This two-loop bus system was proposed by consultants E.P. Hamilton and Associates in a study finished three years ago. It is being used as a starting point by city leaders looking at bringing a public transportation -system to New Braunfels. in New Braunfels, Community Development Director Penelope Church said. “We’ve got 94 people up in Eden Home that need to get around town,” Les Thom of the Senior Citizens Center said. ‘...San Marcos has a competitive edge on us." — James Kuester, New Braunfels Factory Stores Manager “From a tourist standpoint, it is definitely a necessity,” Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Jim Scheele said. The study presents a proposal for public transit in New Braunfels, complete with two routes for local residents’ use and one route to serve tounsts. “We should .ook at the study as a starting ground,” I larold Collins of E. P. Hamilton said. Planners would seek public input on all phases of the system, from routes to the type of buses used. “I'm encouraging people to write us and let us know if there’s an interest,” Crandall said. Crandall can be reached at 424 S. Castcll Avenue, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. The cost breakdown will have changed since the 1992 study. Collins said. “Section IS" funding i> what could make a New Braunfels public transit system possible, Goodall said. “Right now we have expansion dollars, but those funds will be very uncertain after this year.” ~ To get in under the wire for federal funds, the application would need to be in the Austin office by Jan. 1996, Goodall said. “Two other applications arc already waiting,” she said. Under Section IX the Federal Transit Authority would kick in SO percent of capital (start-up) costs and 50 percent of operating costs, Collins said. ■Any number of local entities could come up with the rest, he said. The system could be run by whatever group wanted to do it, Goodall said the city government, the chamber of commerce, the county government or another entity. I lalf-cent sale^ tax revenues could be one source of funding. Al Notzen of AACXXi said. Some businesses served by the system might contribute some f unds, Scheele said. such as Schlitter-bahn and the New Braunfels Factory Stores. C injcne was not included on the original route, but there is interest in service to (irucne, Gruenc merchant Mary Jane Nalle> said. “It’s a question of whether we want to be proactive and progressive. Right now we’re falling behind the curve.” she said. River flows perfect for tubing and rafting By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The weekend is here and if the weather cooperates, the rivers should be filled with residents and tourists taking advantage of water levels ideal for tubing and rafting. Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said the water flow in the Guadalupe River is perfect for both tubing and rafting. The only tricky areas for tubing will be the Hueco Springs rapids and the low water dams at the third and fourth crossings. Other than these spots, Rivers said the river is ready for a busy weekend. “The word is now out that we’ve got good water levels and they’ll be coming in droves,” said Rivers. Rivers also said anyone intending to enter the river should always contact a reputable outfitter before doing so. The outfitters are the best source for river conditions and can ofter advice to visitors, said Rivers. David Welsch, of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said the GBR A is releasing 581 cubic feet per second into the river, which is only slightly less than it was last weekend following heavy rains, when it was 587 cfs. “The river’s looking good for the weekend,” said Welsch. Welsch said the Canyon Lake Reser- River Update voir level is at 911.47 feet. He said this is still considered two feet in the flood pool. The GBRA has gotten permission from the Army Corps of Engineers to store more water than usual and release it at a lower level. Welsch said this should allow water levels to remain desirable for a longer period of time. “There’s a real public benefit by us releasing it at a usable level and preventing real low levels later on,” he said. Welsch hopes that by releasing the water at a slower rate, the water will be available throughout the summer without levels ever getting very low. This would be good news for the rafters who depend on the water to get them downstream. Rivers also believes the improved water levels will be beneficial to other businesses in the county. “It’s going to be real good for every business in Comal County for the next four to six week. People will be in town,” said Rivers. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Construction accident AirLife personnel carry Guadalupe Rodriguez to the helicopter for transport to Brooke Army Medical Center yesterday at about 5 p.m. Rodriguez was working at the Bill Miller Barbecue construction site at Interstate 35 and F.M. 3009 in Schertz. He was pinned between a truck, which was backing up, and a trailer. His condition was not available at press time. Fire Museum opens with parade tomorrow County passes on computer trainer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners Court delayed making a decision that might allow the county to make a smoother entrance into the information age. For the past year, a trainer has been coming in and holding computer and software training classes one day a week. Fred O’Neal, computer services manager for the county, now wants to hire someone on a full-time basis to fill the position. O’Neal said there is a definite need for additional help in the computer services office, which currently consists of two individuals. The training either does not get done or a third party is contracted to come in and train employees, he said. “Basically, between the two of us, we’re keeping the system running We don’t have the time to do sufficient training that is badly needed,” said O’Neal. Over the last twelve months, the trainer held 56 classes, which O’Neal said cost $14,000. Had the on-site classes been taught by someone from the Software Group, it would have been $78,400. O’Neal believes there will be plenty of work to fill up the individual's time. Several department heads present at the meeting agreed. O’Neal asked the commissioners court to allow him to make a $35,000 offer to the contracted instructor, because “she could be productive at day one.” However, the commissioners tabled the request. County Judge Carter Casteel said she has two concerns over hiring the individual. Her first concern is if there will be other tasks for the individual to do when there is no training. Her second concern is if that is too much money to spend. “It’s a question of do I need a black pen I can buy for a dollar and a quarter or do I need a more expensive one with more ink that may last longer,” she said. After this weekend, citizens and visitors in New Braunfels will have a museum in town where they can go and experience the past as it appeared to a firefighter. The New Braunfels Fire Museum will hold its grand opening Saturday, just in time for the summer tourism season. Darren Brinkkoeter, museum director, said the activities will begin with a parade at IO a.m. The parade will include a pipes and drum band, four pieces of local apparatus, and all the local firefighting manpower available. Brinkkoeter said he sent out approximately 72 invitations to area fire departments to join in the parade. He said that out of those, 15 to 20 different departments said they would be represented with trucks in the parade. The parade will begin at the corner of Gilbert and San Antonio streets and will end at the museum. Following the parade will be the dedication and opening of the museum located on the bottom floor of Fire Station No. I at 169 S. Hill. Brinkkoeter said there is no admission fee for the museum so people will feel free to vis it it as often as they wish. “We think it’s important for citizens to see what we’ve done and how we’ve progressed through time,” said Brinkkoeter. He said funds for the maintenance and care of the museum will be provided through donations. He also said that ii visjtors wj|, get the sausage dinner is fqew Braunfels' successful on Saturday, another one may he held next year. Activities will conclude with the barbecue sausage dinner at the Central Fire Station. Plates will be served between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Brinkkoeter said tickets for the meal are available at the Fire Administration Building and City Hall, and cost $4.50 a plate. He said they will have approximately (>00 plates available and tickets can Ik pur-chased at the dr>or. “The money will be used to maintain the museum and to get bigger and bet- a look at the history of firefighting at newest museum. ter displays,” said Brinkkoeter. Brinkkoeter said the museum will constantly undergo changes and additions to upgrade it. I lowever, he said it is complete and ready for the grand opening this weekend. Brinkkoeter said many of the firefighters have volunteered their time to complete the project and are anxious for it to be open to the public. “They’re the ones getting it painted and fixed up. They’re the ones preparing it and it’s taken lots of manpower and hours They can’t wait for it to open,” said Brinkkoeter. New BraunfelsHerak^-.omg 395    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    143    years    ■    Home    of    KODY    WILLIAMS The Landa Park train 16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, June 9, 1995    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    143    years    ■    Home    of    KODY    WILLIAMS Vol 143, No. 150For subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144. ;