New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Phyllis Schertz, Lisa Golding, Jodi Printy, Mark Neeley, Phyllis Schertz, Maria Horec-kaand Keith Buck.
Belated birthday wishes to Lyncttc Chapman.
“Happy anniversary” today to Bob and Beverly Thrift, Mr. and Mrs. Roland Erbcn and Rusty and Pam Brandt.
Belated anniversary wishes to the Rev. and Mrs. Howard Thrift.
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.Annual meeting
Members of the New Braunfels Iris Society will meet tonight at 6:30 for an annual meeting at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Tricsch at Lake Dunlap. Officers will be installed, final report will be given on die spring show, followed by a covercd-dish dinner.Vaccines available
Comal County Health Department has received 50 doses of Pncuniovac vaccine from the Texas Department of Health for use in high risk individuals. This vaccine will be available for individuals age 65 or older who have never received the vaccine. Friday, June 28, from 1-4 p.m. has been set for administering the vaccine at the Health Department in the Comal County Courthouse on a first-come, first-served basis. The fee is $8. For more information call 620-5595.Concerts in the Park
Concerts in the Park series continues Thursday at the Landa Park dance slab with The Grapes of Wrath performing. Concerts start at 7:30 and end al IO p.m. Concerts arc free to the public.Lake festival
The sixth annual Hot Dam Cold Water Festival is slated for Friday and Saturday at Farm lo Market 306 and the Guadalupe River next lo the Maricopa Lodge. Grounds open at 5 p.m. Friday and remain open until after die dance at midnight. On Saturday, lite grounds will be open from 11 a.m. to I a.m. For more information call Wade Russell at 512/964-2929.Rangers needed
New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is accepting applications for seasonal, part-time park rangers. Applicants should be at least 18 years old, able lo obtain CPR and first aid certifications and have experience in parks and recreation, public relations, biology or related fields. Applications can be picked up at the office in Landa Park.Ticket sales
Telephone solicitation of tickets to the Comal County Sheriffs Posse Annual Circus will continue through July I for the July 2 event. For more information, phone Tom Moos at 625-1413 after 5 p.m.Defensive driving
A defensive driving course will be offered at the Comal Independent School District Administration Building, 1421 Highway 81 Last, from 6-10 p.m. June 27-28. For more information, call
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Partly cloudy days with a chance for isolated a1 let noon thundershowers al less titan 20 percent are forecast today and Wednesday. Highs near 97 and lows near 72 should be accompanied by southeast winds al about IO mph. Mon day's high iii New Braunfels was 90 and die overnight low wus 66. As diundersioriiis moved Oirough die area Sunday evening, .45 inch of rain was recorded. For more weather information, please see Page 2.
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Vol. 139, No 151 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Robert Sohn
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The principles of xeriscape are exhibited in a garden, funded in part by a $4,200 grant from the Edwards Underground Water District, surrounding the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department office in Landa Park Please see related story, Page 2
Xeriscape area perks up park
Xeriscape based on principles of conservation
Xeriscape is a concept of native landscaping that combines beauty, water conservation and low maintenance.
Xeriscape has seven principles: good planning, soil preparation, appropriate turf areas, adapted plant material, extensive mulching, efficient watering and effective maintenance.
A homeowner planning a xeriscape should first sketch out the yard and then consider the landscape budget, appearance, function, maintenance and water requirements. To increase plant health and conserve water, add organic matter to the soil.
Turf areas, while attractive, require intensive maintenance and much water and should be limited to family activity areas and as a view enhancer. Turf should be replaced with less water-demanding materials, such as ground covers, mulches or decks.
Plants used for xcriscaping should be selected for their low water requirements, adaptability to the region’s soil and climate, and visual appeal. This part of Texas has an abundance of beautiful native plants with low water demands, fewer pest problems and less fertilizer needs than many exotic plants brought into the area. Colorful selections of hollies, crepe myrtle, lantana, firebush, ins and daylilies arc available.
The easiest part of converting a traditional landscape to xeriscape is to begin to use mulch. Adding three to four inches of pine hark, compost, leaves, shredded pruning or
other materials over the drip line reduces water needs of
shrubs and trees by as much as 50 percent.
But even more important is efficient watering. For lawns, the most versatile and efficient hose-end sprinkler is the impact sprinkler. The best type sprinkler head for a permanent system is the pop-up spray head. With the exception of the lawn, the most efficient way to water a landscape is with a well-maintamed and properly designed drip irrigation system.
During summer, watering should be done between late evening and mid morning to prevent waste through evaporation.
Most lawns receive twice as much water as they require for a healthy appearance. The key to watering ts to apply the water as infrequently as possible yet thoroughly to a depth of four to six inches. To know when to water, observe the grass When walking across the grass leaves footprints or the grass has a dull grayish appearance, it s time to water.
Effective planning, mulches and other xenscapc principles reduce landscape requirements considerably, but some weeding and pruning still will be required. Appropriately pruned plants use less water than rangy, oversized specimens Weeds always waste water.
For more information or a tree xenscape brochure, contact the Edwards Underground W ater District at 222-2204 or 1-800-292-1047.
By MARK WARNKEN 'Staff Writer
The Comal Central Appraisal District board of directors on Monday approved new software aimed at making its services to local taxing entities more cost-effective.
The appraisal district’s software consultant developed the software package during the last two years while receiving the local staff’s technical assistance on features such software should include.
Because of CAD’s help, the consultant will supply the software free, charging only several hundred dollars for the three or so days he will need to install it, Acting Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said.
Tile software, designed specifically for CAD’s hardware, will be installed later this summer after the tax rolls arc certified, Rodgers said. Guadalupe, Van Zandt and Midland county appraisal districts already have purchased the package, he said.
“This package will give the district greater capability and flexibility in appraisal, analytical and reporting processes,” Rodgers said. “This package also offers the fundamentals needed to meet the requirements dictated by the school finance bill recently passed by the state Legislature.”
The board approved the software unanimously, stipulating that the installation expense should not exceed $1,000, the amount in die current budget for software capital outlay.
In other business, the board scheduled a special meeting at 4 p.m. Monday, June 24 to decide in executive session which applicants for the vacant position of chief appraiser to interview.
Each board member has reviewed all the applications, and a list of finalists to be interviewed in July will be compiled during next week’s meeting, board chairman S.D. David Jr. said. Former Chief Appraiser R. Richard Rhodes Jr. left die agency in February to take die chief appraiser’s job in Ellis County.
Also, die board made its initial review of a preliminary 1992 CAD budget, asking Rodgers to keep the total increase in salary expenditures to 3 percent.
NBISD board to elect GED representatives
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will hold a meeting tonight at the Education Center Board Room in New Braunfels.
The board will begin in executive session at 7 p.m. and will reconvene in open session at 7:30 p.m.
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
A new garden exhibiting the principles of xeriscape, funded in part by a $4,200 grant from the Edwards Underground Water District, is on display at the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department office in Landa Park.
Derived from the word “xcros,” which means dry, xeriscape is the conservation of water through appropriate native landscaping.
Parks Department Director David Whatley said the xeriscape is a beautiful way to help preserve spring flow. The water district funds such demonstration gardens to show how colorful a landscape can be while conserving water at the same time, and competition for the xeriscape grants is fierce, he said.
“One reason the Edwards Underground Water District wanted to do this project is that right across the road are the Comal Springs,” Whatley said. “This is probably the most appropriate place lo have a xeriscape. You can look 25 yards across the road and see the purpose of a xeriscape — to preserve the Edwards Aquifer and preserve spring flows.”
EUWD also chose the parks office because it resembles a private residence, and park visitors can easily visualize how xeriscapes would look around their homes, he said.
Parks department personnel installed the garden on the west, north
and south sides of the building beginning in mid-November By the end of December, the area was marked off, curbed and decorated with rocks, and trees, shrubs and some ground covers also had been planted. Perennial flowers and Asiatic jasmine were planted last month.
The native plants, which all have low water and maintenance requirements, came from nurseries throughout South Texas, Whatley said. For instance, the yucca came from Uvalde and the Asiatic jasnunc from Poteet. Other plants include Afghan pines, mint, lantana and Texas firebush, nan-
dina, antique roses and chinkapin oak.
Another benefit is snaue from the new trees along the west wall. Whatley's office, which faces west. has always been honer than the rest of the parks office building, and the shade
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Sales tax payment up 5 percent
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
June 1991 tales tax payments for New Braunfels were up nearly 5 percent over the same period last year, according to figures released by John Sharp, Texas comptroller of public accounts.
“Not only are local sales tax rebates up — but there’s a sizeable increase in the number of Texas business locations collecting the tax.' Sharp said.
Net payments for June from New Braunfels totaled $202,408.37 compared with $193,256.93 last year This is an increase of 4.74 percent.
Payments for Cardel! Ridge also were up from last year showing a 20 percent increase in June.
The Comptroller s Office has idea ufied a net gain of 17,120 new bust ness locations in Texas between May 1990 and April 1991, with the majority of the sales tax applications filed during the first months of 1991. By comparison, during those same months of 1989-90, the net nae rn businesses collecting the sales tax was
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‘Big tax MW likely, Chamber told
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
A “big lax bill" is almost certain to emerge from this summer’s special legislative session, directors of die Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce were told Monday.
Reporting on a meeting sponsored in Austin last week by the Texas and Austin chambers, Deiuiis Heilkanip, who chairs die New Braunfels Cham ber’s Legislative Affairs Committee, said, “This special session needs to be followed closely. ... There will almost certainly be a big tax bill this summer. Spending reductions will not close the budget gap....”
Some of the options being discussed by legislators, Heilkanip told the Comal County business leaders, would seriously impair the state's business climate.
Among those he listed: an all business franchise tax; an all business value added lax, a corporate income tax; a long term debt bill; a location of payer bdl; and straight line depreciation.
Heilkanip urged that those present and odier businesspeople diroughout die slate should press legislators to do a number of things in the special session:
• Seek truly meaningful spending limitations;
• Make every effort to improve Texas’ business climate, making coneen sus business issues a part of the special session agenda
Also a [»art of the chamber’s monthly board meeting was die presentation of a $947.22 check to the chamber by representatives of San Marcos Long Distance Co. 'Hic check brought to more than $3,(XX) the amount tile long distance provider lias paid the chamber over the last three years.
Hie first such presentation was tor approximately $!,5U0 and the second for some $750.
Each of those amounts represents five percent of die annual toll (laid by the firm’s New Braunfels customers who remained with San Marcos long Distance for al least one year.
San Marcos I orig Distance Account Services Supervisor Dick Web man, left, presents Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Chairman of the Board Menard Ivy with a check for $947 22 The gift to the chamber represents the final portion of the 5 percent pledged to die chamber of SM long Distance s first year billing, bringing the total amount to $3,242. (Photo by Frances Bridges)