New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Little League All-Stars undefeated in tournament. See Sports, Page 1
New Braunfels water restrictions
B Odd-numbered addresses may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays.
B Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
B No use of sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. B You may water with a bucket, drip irrigation system or hand-held hose with a nozzle at any time.
14 pages in two sections ■ Friday, June 21,1996
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of LORAIN! KRAFT
Vol. 144, No. 158
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Loraine Kraft, Miranda Garrett (3 years), Linda Collins, ^arry Franke, Chester Pehl (69 years), Anthony Aleman, Joseph ,una (2 years), Alicia Ybarra, Gilbert Guerrero III (16 years), rica Rosales, Missy Medrano. Happy anniversary to Jimmy and Janet Williams, Bill and Sandra Swint, Arthur and Betty Richter (45 years), Jack and (aine Chipman, and Archie and Liz Culpepper (42 years).
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Mold — 590 Grass —14
Oak —0 Hack. —6
Pecan — 0 Elm — 0
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank
Comal River — 92 cubic feet per second, down 15 cfs from Thursday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 621.50 feet above sea level, down 05 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 56 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 53 cfs Canyon Lake level—905.31 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 7.795 million gallons of surface water and 3.416 million gallons of aquifer water Thursday.Circus Is conning
The circus is coming to New Braunfels with one performance at the Rodeo Arena, sponsored by the Comal County Sheriff's Posse. The performance is at 7:45 p.m. today. Tickets will be sold the day of the performance at the Rodeo Arena box office.Rummage sale
The First Protestant Church Youth will sponsor a rummage sale to benefit its 1997 mission trip. The sale will be held from 8 a m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the Family Life Center, 172 W. Coll St. in New Braunfels. You may make donations to the sale all this week by dropping off your items at the Seele Parish Hall (basement level). A ramped entrance is located on the Casted Street side of the building at Coll Street. For information, call Jerald Schroeder at 609-7729, ext. 19.PMI Qramm visits
U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm will visit New Braunfels at 3:30 p.m. today for a briefing on the Interstate 35 expansion in Comal County. The briefing will be at Honors Hall at the Chamber of Commerce, 390 S. Seguin Ave.Animal shelter opens
The grand opening of the Dolores L. Caldwell Animal Shelter in Bulverde, will be from 10 a rn. to noon Saturday. Free hot dogs, great prizes.
This is one of just two ’no-kill" shelters in South Texas.Senate candidate to visit Krause's Caffe
Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, Victor Morales, will visit Krause's Cafe at noon Monday. He will be there to meet with area residents.
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YMCA backers ready to move forward with plans
By ABE LEVY
A YMCA in Comal County must identify the community’s needs before the idea can move forward, a consultant told 18 concerned residents, at a public hearing Thursday night.
The consulting firm First Council, Inc. of Dallas, released the results of a feasibility study that reflects the opinions of 27 key community leaders.
The study showed that 16 of those interviewed would donate a total of $60,000 to see Y programs imple
mented locally, but that other donors will want to see what needs their money will fulfill.
Tim Brierty, senior vice president for operations at McKenna Hospital, has been spearheading a seven-member task force of community leaders to promote the project.
The next step is to form a committee to identify community needs such as after-school care and senior programs.
Brierty said he was pleased with the study and hopes enough residents join the committee.
Members of the audience seemed positive about the idea, but had questions about how soon a Y could come, its costs and whether it would conflict with the planned youth sports complex.
Jerry Smith, the complex’s president, attended the meeting and said he is deeply concerned about die potential conflict, but said he’s going to continue with plans to build a youth sports complex in an area south of Interstate 35 in Guadalupe County.
“Believe me, I’m very concerned
about our youth. Some of the programs they’re talking about are in our plans. Anything they want to do is fine with us, but we’re going to continue with what we’re doing,” Smith said.
The potential for the two plans to solicit funds from the same donors does exist, but Y supporters maintained that a fund-raiser would not begin until the community sees the need for a Y.
Joe Bueno, executive director for the Northeast YMCA in San Antonio, spoke to the audience about the benefits of a Y, asserting that its purpose is
to respond to the needs of the community not duplicate existing programs.
“We need to have a feel for the needs of the community before we ask anyone for a penny,” said Bueno, who is consulting the task force.
The Y plan would need about $210,000 to pay for itself for the next two years and gain a charter to implement the first programs.
Smith is planning a meeting for the sports complex at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard St.Going dry
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Darters face bleak forecast
By ABE LEVY
A former expert witness for Sierra Club said Thursday the entire population of endangered fountain darters in Comal Springs will die by Oct. I if the drought conditions continue.
Clark Hubbs, a Sierra Club member, caught six fountain darters Thursday from the spring run along with Thomas Brandt, acting director of the National Fish Hatchery and Technology Center in San Marcos.
“One of them was skinny and the rest were damn skinny,” Hubbs said. “There’s no sign of reproduction or major feeding. For one of these guys, failing to feed for one month means they’re dead.”
Hubbs said the darters are two-thirds their normal size, a phase the rest of the darters in Landa Lake will undergo if the drought worsens.
Already, patches of ground dot sections of Comal Springs and dry crevices where water flowed from‘On* of thorn was skinny and tho rest wore damn skinny.’
— Clark Hubbs, scientist
the underlying aquifer remain exposed.
The Sierra Club sued the pumpers of Edwards Aquifer June IO in federal court, claiming endangered species dependent on the aquifer will be extinct if aquifer pumpers do not institute more severe conservation measures.
Hubbs said it’s likely he will be an expert witness in the pending lawsuit. Hubbs conducts fish experiments and is professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin.
Brandt’s Hatchery is housing fountain darters, San Marcos and Comal springs salamanders as well as the Texas blind salamander as part of a
contingency plan to protect endangered species.
The plan outlines conservation measures that are necessary to protect endangered species during drought conditions and low water levels around the Edwards Aquifer.
Brandt said by Thursday morning all the fountain darter specimens had been taken for the standing stock collection of the contingency plan.
lf the drought worsens, officials will collect a salvage stock from the puddles of water in the drying river beds, officials said.
Texas Fish and Wildlife Service officials said reproducing the blind salamander is, at best, hit or miss, and reproducing the San Marcos salamander has only been accomplished once.
And even if reproduction is successful, officials fear the vegetation along the river bed may not grow back to create the former ecosystem tire species depend on.
Low flow not hurting Comal
Test shows fecal coliform levels well within standards; pool was closed in 1984 drought
By DENISE DZIUK
City officials say dropping spring flow levels are not compromising the quality of water in the spring-fed pool. However, they are talking about when to begin testing the water.
In 1984, the spring-fed pool was close(d after the fecal coliform count averaged 500 parts per IOO milliliters over a five-day period. The pool was closed in late July, and in early August signs were posted along portions of the Comal River warning “Swim at your own risk. High Bacteria Levels.” The signs stayed up until Dec. 27, 1984.
The spring flow dropped as low as 27 cubic feet per second that summer. The spring flow this summer has not yet dropped below IOO. City officials said they have not begun testing the water quality yet.
The Herald-Zeitung took one sample from the spring-fed pool Wednesday and had it tested by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority. That test showed the fecal coliform level at 48 colonies per IOO milliliters, just one-quarter of the level that the state uses as a standard for contact recreation.
Debbie Magin, lab director for the GBRA, said fecal coliform is a bacteria found in the intestines of warm blooded animals. She said it is not unusual to have traces of fecal coliform in water samples. She said the level will fluctuate based on rains and other conditions, and low spring flow could cause those numbers to increase, since there is not as much water to dilate any contamination in the river.
“Whenever a system is open to the air and any type of wildlife, you’re going to have fecal coliform,” said Magin. “What happens (with low spring flow) is you have very little flushing out of water.”
Magin said fecal coliform is not hazardous to people’s health, but is used as
an indicator for other organisms or bacteria. She said these micro-organisms can cause various problems ranging from an earache to salmonella poisoning.
Bobby Caldwell, water program manager for the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission said fecal coliform is simply a “red-flag indicator.”
“If they’re there, many other organisms may be there also,” he said.
According to both City Manager Mike Shands and Iris Neffendorf, the parks and recreation director, die water in the spring-fed pool is not being tested. Shands said historically, the fecal coliform count hat not been a problem and the tests cost the city.
Swimmers have not beal kept out of the water since 1984
Neffendorf said she has been in contact with City Sanitarian Joe Lara to determine when the testing should begin and what level should cause concern.
“We’re still not sure exactly how or when we’ll go about that,” Neffendorf
Balmorhea State Park near Fort Davis, Barton Springs Pool in Austin and Hamilton’s Pool slightly north of Austin are similar to the local spring-fed pool.
The state tests the water at Balmorhea State Parkonce or twice a year.
Tom Nelson, program supervisor for Austin Parks and Recreation, said the Barton Springs Pool is tested twice every week regardless of flow levels. Barton Springs Pool is often closed due to high fecal coliform counts after heavy rains.
Hamilton Pool park technician Amber Ahms said that pool is tested at least once a week, sometimes more. Hamilton Pool is currently closed to swimming due to the counts. Both
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Flap develops over naming official city representatives to Braunfels celebration
By ABE LEVY
Haratd-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Sylvia Phlnney and Donna Sauertorsl stock shirts on the racks at Wal-Mart Super Cantar. The 205,000-equare-foot store Is slated to open in mid-July, next to the current Wal-Mart location at Walnut Street and Interstate 35. The new store, besides having the usual Wal-Mart merchandise, will feature a supermarket.
An item for the New Braunfels City Council's consideration Monday would duplicate the duties of Herb Skoog, who was chosen at the last council meeting to represent the City of New Braunfels during its sister city celebration with Braunfels, Germany, a county commissioner said.
Councilman Paul Fraser wants to pass a resolution that would authorize currently elected officials to represent the city during Braunfels’ 750th anniversary celebration this July.
The celebration is slated to run July 13 to the 15th and will include booths, displays, conceits, a band from Austria, other representatives from sister cities of Braunfels from Belgium, France, Austria, France and England.
The move to name official city council representatives was viewed by some
as overlapping what the council passed at its last meeting by a 7-0 vote to name Skoog, a local advertising and travel agent, as the city’s representative.
“I think he’s a back-stabber and a liar. He’s acting like a crybaby. All of a sudden he wants to beat the drum, lf he wants to make a butt out of himself he can do it,” Comal County Commissioner "Moe" Schwab said.
Schwab is planning to attend the celebration and present Braunfels officials with a proclamation on behalf of Comal County.
Fraser said the item was not meant to take representative powers from Skoog and questioned the motives of the commissioners court.
“(Skoog) was named as official ambassador,” Fraser said. “What’s commissioners got to do with (the celebration)? I know the county judge is not going. This is a city thing.
Nobody’s called me about it,” Fraser
He said the agenda item, if passed, would officially recognize city council members as representatives of the city.
Fraser said he plans to attend the Germany celebration and added that councilwomen Juliet Watson and Brenda Freeman had indicated support for designating an official title to council members who attend the event.
Skoog said he had not received any phone calls from Fraser or anyone about the agenda item, but said he’s been working as charged by council to prepare for the event.
“The officials of Braunfels are expecting me to represent New Braunfels there,” Skoog said.
Everyone going on the trip will pay their own way. No city money will be given to official representatives.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.