New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 147
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Jack W. Friend.
June 12, 1991 25 Cents
Two Sections. 18 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Vicki Simpson, Valerie Ann White, Karen Rcininger, Vicki Brown, Allison Horton, Jeremey Allen Aguirre, Marsha Kicsling, Chris Ybarra, Valerie White, Rebecca Moeller, Arabicla Y. Rosales, and Jeremy Allen Aguirre.
"Happy anniversary” today to Armando and Virginia Rosales.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Closed for street repairs from 7 a m. to 5 p.m. today and Thursday arc Mesquite Avenue from San Antonio to Katy streets and Mill and Bridge Streets from Hackberry to Chestnut avenues.
Teen Scene will open its doors Saturday, June 15 at I p.m. at 298 W. San Antonio St. The public is invited lo attend.
Members of the Regulators, a New Braunfels girls softball team, will conduct a garage sale to raise funds for a trip to the state tournament. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 1837 Spur 3.
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation San Antonio Chapter will hold its third annual banquet and auction 6 p.m. Friday at The Club at Sontcrra in San Antonio. The foundation is an international non-profit wildlife conservation organization. For ticket information call Mike Kivlin at 625-4279 or 512/353-0795.
Community Council of South Central Texas, Inc. Aging Program
has many services available for the senior citizens of Comal County. One service of the CCSCT Aging Program is a hot, nutritious, low cost meal served at noon at the senior citizens centers located in New Braunfels and Garden Ridge. Meals for homebound senior citizens also arc available. For more information call 629-1516.
The sixth annual Hot Dam Cold Water Festival is slated for June 21 and 22 at Farm to Market 306 and the Guadalupe River next to the Maricopa Lodge. Grounds open at 5 p.m. June 21 and remain open until after the dance at midnight. On June 22 the grounds will be open from 11 a.m. to I a m. For more information call Wade Russell at 512y^64-2929.
An organizational meeting for the Welcome Back Troop parade slated for July 4 will meet tonight at 7 at the Knights of Columbus Hall
Boy Scout dinner
The Alamo Area Council, Boy Scouts of America will sponsor its 10th annual Good Scout Dinner June 25 at the Wyndham Hotel. This year’s honoree will be Roger R. Hcmminghaus, chairman, chief executive officer and president of Diamond Shamrock Inc. He will receive the award which is presented to an individual who, through activity and service within
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EUWD says HELPS bid
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO — Edwards Underground Water District board members Tuesday expressed concerns about a San Antonio group’s proposal to set up an artificial habitat for endangered species near Comal Springs in Landa Park.
David Whatley, director of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, represented the city at the meeting by voicing opposition to the plan, proposed by a private organization of professionals calling itself Habitats for Endangered, Listed and Protected Species (HELPS).
The board, which took no formal action on the proposal, agreed the issue should first be assigned by the chairman to a board committee for detailed study before presentation to the entire board for consideration.
Board Treasurer Hails Holland, a Bexar County representative, requested the item be put on the agenda, but said he only wanted the board to listen, not take action at this point.
Three HELPS representatives outlined the proposal, which calls for creating a special habitat for the federally protected fountain darter in the city-owned park.
The project would involve a water well pumping an artificial “spring" through the natural limestone formations to recreate the darter’s environment and protect the species in case the springs should go dry in the future, HELPS representative Phillip Ross told the board. The artificial habitat also would be aimed at helping the threatened fish reproduce to a level where it no longer needs federal protection.
“Nobody here can guarantee that the Comal Springs will be Bowing next year, but we can guarantee that we can preserve the endangered species much better than the federal government plan at present, which is simply to capture the species if it looks like the springs are going to go dry and take them over to the national fish hatchery in San Marcos until the springs come back," Ross said.
Hie rare fountain darter is found in only two places on earth — Comal Springs and the San Marcos Springs. The Texas chapter of the Sierra Club recently filed a lawsuit intended to preserve die springflows and the habitat of the fountain dimer and other endangered species in the two areas by reducing ovcrpumping of the Edwards Aquifer, San Antonio’s sole source of water.
Because state biologists still occasionally discover new types of plan* and animal life around the local springs, Whatley said, it would be impossible to even begin to preserve all endangered species through ail artificial habitat until many more years of study.
“Our standpoint at die city of New Braunfels is that this is not feasible. It’s a foolish attempt and it’s further going to delay the inevitable,'' What-
Habitats for Endangered, Listed and Protected Species (HELPS) proposes construction of an artificial "spring" to recreate the endangered fountain darter's environment.
Icy said, referring to pending difficult aquifer conservation decisions. “We cannot support augmentation of the Comal Springs."
As another key part of HELPS’ plan, the man-made habitat would be constructed to provide educational opportunities for the public, especially arca schoolchildren.
The project would be one feature of a comprehensive aquifer management plan aimed at localizing management and eliminating input by federal and state bureaucrats, Ross said. One future possibility HELPS is considering is lining Landa Lake and valving the springs to enable the lake to hold water if at some point the springs were to stop flowing due to over-pumping of the aquifer.
Ross said his group had not yet appeared before the New Braunfels City Council to discuss the plan, but that the council would be addressed because the city’s participation “would be essential to developing this project further.”
Board Secretary Craig Hollmig, one of three Comal County representatives on die board, said adequate local management of the aquifer is a dream that can't be achieved because of the diverse interests of the people who rely on die aquifer.
“When you all had this Applewhite (reservoir) controversy in San Antonio, we in New Braunfels didn’t get involved in it, so don’t tell us what to do with our springs," Hollmig said.
Harry Bishop, representing Hays County, said he believes HELPS should first attain state and federal clearance for such a project before the matter is even referred to committee.
‘This is a sophomoric, thinly veiled attempt to suck the aquifer level below the level of the springs,” Bishop said.
Board member Jo Ann De Hoyos, a Bexar County representative, said that, according to her reading of the federal Endangered Species Aa, the fountain darter’s habitat must be protected. not just recreated.
Hoyos said she also couldn’t support the plan because it appeared to her that such a project could clear the way to ovcrpumping of the aquifer once the danger of habitat destruction was eliminated.
The Edwards Underground Water District is governed by a popularly elected board that currently has six representatives from Bexar County, three from Comal and three from Hays.
Do collections warrant raise?
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Comal County Attorney Nathan B Rhemlander and Precinct One Const able Max Wommack are proposing an increase in the amount budgeted for deputy constable salaries to enable them to maintain the increased level of serving and collecting hot check warrants.
“The officers are working all the ... hours they can possibly get in on this and are just flat running out of money,” Rhemlander said.
The two will present their case to the Commissioners Court at us meeting ai 9 a m. Thursday at the Comal
County Courthouse Annex, 150 V Seguin Ave., Suite MJI, in New Braunfels.
Prior to the last months of 1484, hoi check warrants were handled by the Sheriffs Warrant Division together with felony criminal warrants, all other misdemeanor warrants and all civil process and executions on judgements.
“Needless to say, the constable’s office has been able to devote considerably more attention to this effort, and the results for our community’s merchants not to mention the county coffers has been nothing short of astonishing,” Rheinlander >aid in a
letter rn commissioners.
Restitution to merchants is expected to more ban double this year over collections in 1484. according to Rhemlander “Several merchants arc pleased with the results aid will he there (Commissioners Court) Thursday morning,’' be said.
This (using consumes) is just a good illanon of resources.” Riiein-1 under said. “I .an only conclude hat specialization of this kind is an extremely effecuve uuitzauoit of aul law enforcement assets.”
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95 degrees. Overnight
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New Braunfels reported a .35 inch
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Fund drive reaches $222,418
The fund drive for renovation of the Senior’s Center of Comal County is heating up, with die “tem per alure" rising by $1,500 in die last few days. New contributors are:
Capstone Donor ($1,000 to $4,999): John and Tresa Campbell; Business Cornerstone Donor ($500-$999): Brad/oil Inc. (Cameron W. Bradfute;
Individual Cornerstone Donors: Mr. and Mrs. B G. Hradiulc, Ann Monday;
Foundation Donors (up to $499): Mr and Mrs. Jack (Elaine) Ghanian, Mr. R.E. Moore, Mrs. and Mrs. Hilmar G. (Elaine) Wenzel, Ms Ned Groos, Mr. and Mrs. Anton J. (Lylas) Foss and Jim and Kathy Grosse node.
A memorial was presented by Elsie Griebat for Archie Ticmann. Additions lo Sunday’s list include Joe and Collean Dukann to “contribu lions,’’ Mary and David Owens lo “time and talent,” and thanks to Rand Desrosiers of Total Fitness for lime and effort devoted to placement of the thermometer on Main Plaza.
Donations to trio somor conto* fund drivo have roachod $222,418.
Flood ordinance changes reflect PEMA standards
New recreational vehicle and camping fuel lilies will be allowed lo open rn some current Hood plain-dcsignaicd areas in the city under Bood otdinunce regulations revised by the New Braunfels City Council Monday.
Camping labilities on private prop erty will be allowed in Bood plain areas only if they meet certain requirements, such as msulltng a Bood warning aianu system, City Manager Paul Grohman said Tuesday.
Previously, such construction was not allowed undct guidelines recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) and enforced by the city.
The council adopts pcnudic revisions of Bood zone ordinances every lew ycuis to relied changes iii EFM A rules, which the city must follow to qualify lot the nationwide piogiam (ital |hov tiles flood insurance at reasonable rales in qualifying Bood-
prone communities such as New Braunfels.
“It’s not a major sfuft in policy We’re just trying to allow maximum usage of private land as allowed by EEMA officials," Grohman said Areas most alice led will be along the river and highway, Grohman said. although the city currently is aware of only one property owner, near the area where the river crosses under Interstate 35, who inquired about get ting the former restriction removed As part of the revision to city onto nances, council members unanimously adopted up to-date floodway map* and a Bood insurance rate map, which identifies premium rate /ones within a community according to the base Bood elevation
EEMA regulation* encourage cum niuiuues to enact and enimve pUm regulations to ensure that development ducalt i aggiavate existing Bood conditions and thai new construction will be protected from Bood damage
Train conductor Rudy Ramirez looks ahead down the track. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
Union Pacific training cities to ‘look, listen, live’
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
From the engine of a Union Pacific train, city officials received a bird’s eye view Tuesday of the dangers associated with motorists trying to beat a train.
In a train ride through New Braunfels, New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbrcad, council members and city staff members got a first hand look at Operation Lifesaver, a public information and education program of Union Pacific designed to help prevent and reduce crashes, injuries and fatalities at railroad crossings.
Train officials explained to the passengers why motorists attempt to beat a train.
"I think it’s just that they arc in a hurry and they don’t understand what they arc dealing with when they arc dealing with these trams that weigh 12,000 tons," said UP official Larry Schicvelbein. They don't realize a tram can’t stop like their automobile can."
A loaded train traveling 60 miles an bour will take
more than a mile to come to a complete stop. Sublevel -
According to state statistics, in 1989 in Texas. 90 people were killed and 345 injured a railroad crossings. In 1988. 57 people were killed and 252 people were injured
Through educational programs in the schools .md public service announcements in the media. Sublevel -bein said he hopes people will star, thinking about die dangers at railroad crossings when a train is approaching.
Operation Lifesaver is designed to remind people to “look. listen and live," officials sav
Texas Operation Lifesaver was naug united in 1477 by the Railroad Section of Texas Saletv Association. The program is rn offea in 44 states.