New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday! June 22,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ROBERT D. SCHEEL, SR
■ Vol. 142, No 160For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 or Metro 606-0846
Arts & Entertainment....................8A
Guadalupe River..............313 cfs
Comal River.......................340 cfs
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Rudy Guerrero, Jr., Kathryn Butts, Jeanette Seigfried, Milan Vernon, Roland Gordon. Happy Anniversary to Barney & Mar-gi Hand rick (9 years!).
Small business counseling expanded
The Chamber’s Small Business Council has offered a confidential business counseling service free of charge to arca business owners or those considering going into business since the council became a part of the chamber’s Program of Work five years ago This program is made possible with the cooperation of UTS A’s School of Business and has been on a twice-monthly schedule since its beginning. The counseling includes information in the areas of expansion, management, pre-venture feasibility, loans, cash flow, inventory control and other topics of importance to the business person.
For the last two years, Debbie Schueneman, a business consultant from UTSA’s School of Business, has spent two full days each month in the Chamber offices and has offered information and consultation to over 200 individuals. “Debbie and the first counselor have been so successful with this project that it became apparent that more time needs to be allotted to the service,” said Cash Hermes, Chair of the Business Advisory Committee
The new counseling service is scheduled in the Chamber office all day the second, third and fourth Tuesdays of each month.
To make an appointment for a confidential counseling session, or for additional information, call the Chamber office (625-2385).
Americans with Disabilities info conference set
An Americans with Disabilities information conference will be held on Thursday June 23. The starting time is 6 p m to 8:30 p.m. at Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Avenue.
This is a public information conference to provide information from agencies both state and federal that provide services to persons with disabilities.
There will be a video showing at 7 p.m. on “ADA: Access for Americans.”
This conference is of great importance to all disabled persons and to the public in general This is being sponsored by RAILS and Smiling Hands. For information call Linda Schrank or Roy Underwood at 609-4053.
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Where the buffalo roam
Where dots a buffalo roam? Anywhere he wants to. Yesterday morning, Comal County Sheriffs deputies answered a report of a buffalo on the loose on River Road. The beast, which escaped from Mountain View Ranch, gave deputies a few problems as Initially the owner of the ranch was unable to be reached. However, the owner was reached later In the day in Houston and the ranch foreman was to get the buffalo back onto ranch today. The buffalo wandered onto several area resident's property after crossing the river.
Herald-Zeitungpnotos by JOHN HUSETH
GBRA cuts flow rate of Guadalupe
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The water release rate from Canyon Dam has been dropped to 320 cubic feet per second and will remain there until further notice said the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
“For the past few weeks, release rates from the Canyon Lake Reservoir have been made by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in order to remove flood water and return the Reservoir to its normal ‘conservation pool’ level of909 feet mean sea level,” said GBRA Chief Engineer Tommy Hjll in a released statement.
When the level reaches 909 feet msl, the GBRA essentially takes over control of release rates from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers which had been releasing water at around 550 cfs on a steady basis, something of a new system from the Corps who initiated the system through requests by the GBRA and outfitters.
“320 cfs is a good rate and we’d love to have 300 cfs through the July 4th weekend,” said Al Zator of Little Ponderosa. “How long it will last is the question.”
Hill said the GBRA hopes to be able to continue to release 300 cfs or more through the July 4th weekend, but said releases arc dependent upon weather and rainfall conditions.
“We will do our best to advise the public of any changes in the release, and encourage them to take advantage of this stable release rate all week long which is excellent for recreational uses and family enjoyment,” said Hill.
Outfitters have consistently lobbied for a reserve pool at the lake which could keep a constant flow through the traditionally dry months “We need a constant flow in the river. “ said Zator. ‘‘What we have is what is left over after release from the spring season ”
Zator said GBRA has done a good job in recognizing the importance of recreation and working with the Corps He said he would like to sec more lobbying support from county officials anti WORD to help insure constant flow at a good rate.
City decides to eliminate Safe City director position
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
City officials announced this week that the position of Safe City Director will be eliminated in the upcoming months According to New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shantis the city has considered eliminating the position for a long time “The original position was funded by a grant with the intent it would be self-supporting at some point,” said Shantis “It had five years to be phased out We still fonded it when the grant ran out,” he said.
Shantis discussed the decision with Safe City Director Mike Gnst last week and then brought tile issue to the Safe City Commission He said the commission had concerns about the decision to
"FTI eliminate the director’s position.
‘‘They are nghtfully concerned They do not want to sec the program diminished We will still have the commission, and it is functional. We have strong dedicated volunteers We will still have staff support,” said
Mike Grist Shands
“The safe city panel is made up of volunteer members and a chairperson They are currently trying to regroup,” said Grist Shands said the decision to eliminate the position was not made during public budget workshops because additional funding was found to
support the position.
(inst explained that he expected that if the position was cut it would be cut dunng the city’s budget sessions “I thought I had gotten another year,” he said “A decision w as on the table at that time. If we had not gotten additional funding it wrould have been cut back then I have had the chance to Uxik at the city budget for the last six months. We need to have that money for other uses within the city,” said Shands.
The duties of the safe city director will be assumed by the commission and by New Braunfels Police C hief Dick Headen,
“The idea for the commission originated in the police department We have come full circle The commission will have aired access to the
police department,” said Shands “The police chief will he the primary contact but he will not deal with it 40 hours per week.”
The director’s position will be funded for another 90 days By eliminating the position the city will save $35,000.
Shands said there were rn) specific plans on how the money will be used (inst said he had no hard feelings against the city for eliminating his position.
The Safe City Commission has been in existence for five years The primary goal of the group w as to gather information that was pertinent to crime prevention in New Braunfels and report it to the city council. Its primary function in recent years has been to organize Neighborhood Crime Watch programs
Local Red Cross offerring more services
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Comal County Chapter of the American Red Cross will now be able to offer more serv ices since it recently added a health and safety officer to its staff
Joanna Bransford began working at the Comal County chapter this month and will be offering first-aid courses, community CPR courses, and instructor training to residents of Comal and Guadalupe counties Bransford comes to Comal County from Santa Fe, N M She is certified to teach swimming classes, lifeguarding classes and lifeguard instructor clases, first aid and CPR, and first aid and CPR instructor classes Bransford has been involved with the Red Cross since she was in the third grade and took a first aid class. She said few people become qualified to teach instructor classes because the training takes two to four years “Also the Red Cross doesn’t train trainers unless there is a proportional population,” she said ‘Trainers are trained on an as-needed basis ” Bransford stressed that many people in New Braunfels should have CPR and first aid training She said restaurant personnel, hotel employees, outfitters, and child care workers should all be
Comal County Red Cross Manager Shirley Offermann said the first aid and CPR instructors she uses now are volunteers and are gainfully employed Bransford will be employed by the Red Cross and her position will eventually become a fulltime job.
In the past a lack of instructors caused some people to either w ait weeks for a class or to go to San Marcos or San Antonio for a class
Classes arc offered in New Braunfels several times per month They are held in the hoani room of the Comal Appraisal District office on Mill Street The Comal County Red Cross recently took over the operations of the Guadalupe County Red Cross so Guadalupe County residents can now receive assistance through the New Braunfels office
Firsi aid and CPR classes are offered every week of every month, excluding November and December. Those wishing to take the courses should pre-register and pre-pa> All classes are filled on a first-come, first-serve basis
For more information on taking Red Cross courses call 620-1999 or visit the office at 178 East Mill Street, suite 202 The office is open between IO a m to 2 p m Monday through Friday.
Oh my Squash!
Herald Zeitung photo by MARK LYON Randy Green of 130 Dollar Dr. in New Braunfels grew these two squash In his backyard garden. Both squash weighed approximately five pounds and Green picked them Monday. Green said he grew them with a compost he made using table scraps.