New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Sisson sizzles Schlitterhahn Three Parks 5-K Run course. See Sports Day, Page IB
Birthday with** from th* Hanld-Zaltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Kody Williams, Susan Adams, Gans Hada, Alice Lozano, Blanca Aguilar (11 years), Sue Groff, Chaeity Baxter, Aunt Cora Klrmse and Jim Rose.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Terry and Linda Rapp (23 years), Aralie and Bessie Snider (55 yeers), Bob and Sue Hasert (40 years) and Jim and Barbara Cook (40 years).
Guadalupe River release at IOO cfs
Because of the recent rains and increased inflows, officials from Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority announced Friday the amount of water released from Canyon Reservoir into the Guadalupe River had been increased from 75 cubic feet per second (cfs) to IOO cfs.
“Since it is not a significant amount of rainfall, this will be a temporary condition,” GBRA Chief Engineer Tommy Hill said. “I see the increased flow going through Monday, if we don’t have any rain next week. We will make that determination on Monday or Tuesday.”
ACS Starlight Gala tickets on sale now
Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society StarftgM Gals. "A Night in Casablanca” is the theme for this year's Gala, which will feature casino gaming, a gourmet buffet catered by Word of Mouth Catering from Austin, and dancing to the music of the Fairmonts. A silent auction will add to the evening and the winner of a year’s lease of a 1:1996 Chevrolet Tahoe will be : announced. Ticket prices start | at $100 per couple. The gala will be June 15 at the Civic Center. For more information, call 629-6153 or 606-4115.
Diabetes Support Group to moot
Pat Moore, director of food services for the San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District, will lead a discussion of a videotape entitled “Food Exchanges" at the meeting of the Diabetes Support Group at 2 p.m. today in the classroom at Central Texas Medical Center, 1301 Wonder World Drive.
The meeting is free and open to the public. For more information, call Carolyn Barnes at 353-1310.
GSD class#* Have changed location
GED classes sponsored by the Tri-County Adult Education Cooperative have changed location. Beginning Monday, classes scheduled for Mondays and Wednesdays will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the VEH Kitchen, downstairs at the New Braunfels ISD Central Office, 430 W. Mill St.
Sonlor Class IMS to ms st Tuesday
Senior Class 1993 (NBISD) will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday at the Senior Center. No reservations are required.
Reading program planned at DRtllngor
The "Ready ... Set... Read" program at Dittlinger Memorial Library will be held Thursday at 10:30 a m. for children grades K-2, and at 2 p.m. for grades 3-6.
New exhibits featured at Children's Museum
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Talk of teen curfew surfaces again in New Braunfels
By DENISE DZIUK
As President Bill Clinton talks about the need for many cities to implement a teen curfew, the Safe City Commission in New Braunfels is resurrecting an old draft ordinance and looking to see if there in a local need for one.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, served as director of the Safe City Commission in 1989. He said at that time, the commission held town meetings in various neighborhoods to find out what concerns residents had. Concern about juvenile crime and roaming juveniles was brought up in 11 of 27 neighborhoods. A committee was formed, and they
ifs in Its infant stages. Where It will go, no one
— Don Ferguson assistant to city manager
studied the issue for three months.
When they reported back to the commission, they had a draft “adult responsibility” ordinance.
“The purpose of the ordinance was to limit the number of unsupervised juveniles in public areas,” he said.
Ferguson said the commission voted 20-to-l to forward the ordinance draft to the city attor
ney for review and get public comment on whether to take it to the city council. He said he is not sure why, but the ordinance never went before the council.
“It was one of those issues that kind of just died on the vine,” said Ferguson.
However, the issue was resurrected at Thursday's Safe City Commission meeting. Residents of the North Park Ridge Palace Heights Subdivision asked the commission to re-visit the issue, saying they are having problems with unsupervised juveniles.
The commission referred the issue to the executive committee. Ferguson said the committee will look at the draft ordinance, talk to cities with curfews, look at the issues
involved, and gather public input. He said the committee is to report back to die commission in 90 days, at which time the commission will decide whether to make a recommendation to the city council or look at other approaches.
“It's very early in the stuffy,” said Ferguson. “It’s in its infant stages. Where it will go, no one knows.”
City Manager Mike Shands said any ordinance would have to address enforcement, ages, the hours, and exceptions.
He said there would also need to be evidence to show one is needed to make sure the city is not “penalizing IOO percent of a group for the actions of 5 percent of a group, if that much.”
Body found Friday was shot in head
by Comal County rancher
By DENISE DZIUK
examiner's report states
The body of a Seguin man found by a Comal County rancher Friday morning had been shot once in the head from point-blank range, according to a Travis County Medical Examiner's report.
Reading from the report, Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said the deceased, Fermin Flores, 46, was shot with a small-caliber weapon.
Bremer’s office and the Texas Rangers are investigating the shooting.
The rancher found the body at 11:45 a.m. on property located on Doeppen-schmidt Road, about. I mile inside the Comal County line from Guadalupe County. Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth was the first on the scene, and he contacted the Comal County Sheriffs Department when he determined the crime scene was in Comal County.
Bremer said the body had been at the location for a couple of hours before being taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office Saturday morning.
“We don’t have any suspects at this time,” Bremer said Saturday night. “We’re continuing the investigation.”
small-callber weapon Bt point "blank
Time running out on Texas Supreme Court to rule on EAA
By DENISE DZIUK
Time is quickly running out for the Texas Supreme Court to make a ruling on the constitutionality of the Edwards Aquifer Authority. However, a local EAA representative said it is not too late for the EAA to be beneficial.
The EAA, which would have regulatory powers including licensing wells and limiting pumping, was slated to replace the Edwards Underground Water District in August. How- ry**. Mill*
ever, farmers to die west of San DouflM lur
Antonio argued the law creating the EAA violated their property rights. The state Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the case, and now all parties involved are waiting on a ruling.
Doug Miller, who is to serve as a Comal County representative on the EAA board, said the Supreme Court issues rulings on Thursdays. He said there are only three days left in this term, and if a ruling is not issued, the wait will last months.
“If they don’t (rule in June), it could be September when we get one,” he said. “We’ll have to wait for the next term.”
Miller said had the EAA been able to start work, it would have been beneficial in efforts to protect the springs and aquifer this summer. He added regional management of the water resource is needed, whether it is for this summer or not.
“I believe regulation would have slowed the drop in the aquifer and given us time to look at the situation. But, there’s no use in crying over spilt milk,” said Miller. “This problem wasn’t created overnight, and it won’t be solved overnight, either.” lf the switch in agencies does occur, Miller said the transition period should be quick and smooth. Staff members will remain the same, and the EAA will likely integrate and build off of current EUWD policies and regulations.
“We’re not going to tear down the district’s regulations and start all over,” he said. “It’s just a different board of directors or trustees with some new rules ... laid on top of the current ones.”
Even though being able to retain EUWD regulations will allow the EAA to begin work quickly, Miller said it is questionable how much of a positive impact it will have on the springs this summer. However, he said he is certain the board will be a positive factor in the long run.
“I would think we could have a positive effect (this summer). At this point, I’m not sure we could keep (the springs) going, but that would be our goal,” he said.
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Herald-Zertuna photo by MICHAEL CARNAL
Thous would-ba octraaaas paint thoir focus at th# opening of tho ChlWrun’g Mutuum Saturday a Ka now location in tho Factory Stoma outlaL Sat Foot 12A.Would a city-wide curfew help curb juvenile crime? See Opinion, Page 4A.