New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels water restrictions
I Odd-numbered addresses may water Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. a Even-numbered addresses may water Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.
■ No use of sprinklers between 9 a.m. and 7 pm
■ You may water with a bucket, drip irrigation system or hand-held hoes with a nozzle at any time.Schlitterbahn Invitational Swim Meet starts today. See Sports, Page 1B.
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14 pages in two sections ■ Friday, June 28,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more man i<w year si
Vol. 144, No. 163Inside I County auditor resigns, local CPA tapped as replacement
aa I By DENISE DZIUK
Market Race ZIIZZr.3MB I After years of dedicated t0
Comal County, County Auditor H.
Bate Bond will step down from his
position at the end of July, and local
CPA David Renken will assume the
District Judge Jack Robison announced Thursday that he received Bond’s letter of resignation, which is
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zaltuna!
The Afew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bridget Lehmann (Saturday),
Erie Sultemeier (14 years), Susan Derkacz (belated), Rose Henze (92 years), and Lois Vetter.
Happy anniversary wishes to Randy and Beatrice Rodriguez (IO years), and Laurence and Lillian Weber.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold—2,560 Grass —trace Oak —0 Hack. —10 Pecan —0 Mutiny—18 (Pollen measured in peris per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank TP*)
Comal River—98 cubic feat per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen 621.65 feet above sea level, up .07. from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 53 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 28 cfs Canyon Lake level—905.41 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NSU reports pumping 7.372 minion gallons of surface water and 0 gallons of aquifer water Thursday.
Newcomers Club to meet Tuesday
The Newcomers Club will moot Tuesday at the Senior
Citizens Center, 655 Lands St. Coffee and donuts at 9:30 a m.; meeting at 10 a.m. Al Dreumont, director of the National Radar and Forecasting Service of the Southwest, will give a slide presentation and talk on "Heavy Rain." Public invited.
Lunch Bunch to mitt
The Mission Valley Lunch Bunch meets at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at the Senior Citizens Center.
Conservation Society to hold yard sale
The New Braunfels Conservation Society will hold a yard sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. The sale will be located at 521 West San Antonio St.
Mesonic Lodge to install officers
The Guadalupe Masonic Lodge, #109, will hold an open installation of 1996-97 officers at 6:30 p.m. July 6 at 1945 W. Kingsbury in Seguin.
Big River benefit performances slated
Circle Arts Theatre will be giving two benefit performances during the run of “Big River," the musical version of the “Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.” The first benefit show will be given on July 11 for the Black Heritage Society; the second one will be given on July 18 . The proceeds from that show will go to the Child Welfare Board of New Braunfels. Tickets can be purchased at China-n-Things or from the members of the organizations. No passes Pared# planned for Independence Day An Independence Day parade will be held on the Plaza July 4. Refreshments for members and special guests will be served at the Sophien-burg Archives parking lot, 200 N. Seguin, at 9 a m. A band ■ concert on the Plaza will start at 9:30 a.m. At 9:45 am, the parade will begin from the Archives parking lot.
effective July 31, and began thinking about who he wanted to replace Bond. He said Renken, who currently reviews the county’s audit, was the obvious choice.
“My wish list, when I found out Bate was leaving, was to get David Renken,” said Robison. “We’re very fortunate to get him.”
Robison also commended Bond for the dedication and service he has given during his tenure as auditor.
“We want to thank Bate for 22 years of service, and wish him foe best,” he said.
Bond said he tendered his resignation about a month ago. He said he currently does not have any plans for after he leaves his county job, but said he would find something. Bond said being foe county auditor is not an easy job, but it is one he has enjoyed.
* Renken said he is looking forward to coming on board with the county. He
said his experience acting as an outside auditor for foe county has given him a basic knowledge of the people and policies shaping county government. He said this knowledge will give him a head start in the position.
"Til be able to come in and basically move forward with what Mr. Bond has done for foe past 22 years,” said Renken.
County auditor is responsible for auditing all county funds, and making
sure proper guidelines are followed. It is up to foe auditor to make sure all county money is accounted for.
“The auditor’s job is one that requires patience and good sense,” said Bond. “It’s a very key position of county government that is not always understood.”
Bond will step down from his position and Renken will take over an Aug. 1. The job pays $50,270 a year.
Good times on ti Ivor
A camper becks into a spot at tbs Second Crossing Camp Thursday.
Herakt-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
More Than Just Tubing
Campers have lots of reasons to visit the Guadalupe
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Battling misconceptions about the Guadalupe River and the drought, campground owners along River Road and Canyon Lake say they are still attracting decent crowds, but business is down slightly from last summer.
“Actually business is doing well,” said Frances Gunby, manager of the Maricopa Riverside Lodge on FM 306 near Sattler. “Last week was surprisingly good despite that the water was slow.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, the release from Canyon Reservoir was around 50 cubic feet per second, just 20 percent of the water flow tubers enjoyed at this time last year.
Area campgrounds and lodges are hoping the July 4th weekend will bring an influx of tourists to the Guadalupe River and Canyon Lake.
“We have had some cancellations, but we are still putting people in the river,” said Jessie Crenshaw, manager of River Valley Cottages/Rio Raft Co. “Last weekend, we had more than IOO people.”
Debbie Van Scyoc, co-owner of the Canyon Lake Campground and RV Park, said the campground business is down by about 50 percent from last summer, but she believes everything will pick up on the Fourth of July weekend.
“For the Fourth of July, we are booked for rentals and .campsites,”
out young Chadron and not having to worry about them because the level of tho water ie safer.1
— Frances Gunby
Van Scyoc said.
Campground managers and owners complain one thing has kept customers from coming to foe river and the lake — misinformation from the media, especially in Houston, Dallas/Fort Worth and Austin that foe drought has dried up foe river and closed it for the summer.
“People have seen foe media coverage of Falcon Lake (near Laredo)... they think that since Falcon Lake and Amistad are dry that Canyon Lake is dry,” Van Scyoc said.
Van Scyoc said the best way to combat the misconceptions in the media is to tell customers who call her the truth about the conditions in the Guadalupe River and in Canyon Lake.
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority reported this week that foe level at Canyon Reservoir was at 905.22 feet above mean sea level, which is 3.78 feet below the conservation storage level of 909 msl.
On Wednesday, GBRA set the release from Canyon Dam at 45 cubic feet per second.
“While the river is not flowing as fast as we like it, we are still putting
out tubes and having no
complaints. There fs a lot more to do here than just tubing. You can go to New Braunfels, go to Schlitterbahn and visit the museums,” Bob Lohr, manager of the Lazy LAL Campground and Store on River Road, said
Regardless of the river flow, people are still coming out to her lodge, Gunby said.
“People are bringing out young children and not having to worry about them because the level of the water is safer,” Gunby said. “Some come to relax and don’t care what the water (level) is... Some come out and sit by the pool or bar-b-que while others come out to relax and get away from it all.”
Gunby expects the Maricopa Lodge’s business to pick up in July because she said that is when most people take their vacations.
To illustrate how people are still enjoying the river, Crenshaw told a story of how an elderly couple had a good time on their first trip tubing down the river.
“Last week, I took a couple in their 60s down the river,” he said. “They planned to go for two hours. I went to look for them and couldn’t find them. The next thing I know is they are at our landing near the Fourth Crossing. They had gone from Abbott’s to the Fourth Crosssing. They had such a good time. Like I told someone, they were 60 years old when the entered the river and when they got out they were 25 years old.”
NSU proposes water restrictions on businesses
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees unanimously passed a drought conservation plan that would set a surcharge on heavy water users and would subject businesses to the same landscaping restrictions as residential users.
The plan would not restrict businesses from using water for industrial purposes, but would limit their discretionary landscaping use, officials said.
The plan will not go into effect unless the city council gives its approval at the next regular meeting. The proposed ordinance must also be published in a newspaper foe size of foe Herald-Zeitung before it becomes effective.
“We have to be good stewards and the leader in not only providing other sources of water blit also rfecogrtiztng that water is precious,” said fen Kennedy, New Braunfels mayor and NBU board member. “Someone’s going to have to really want to waste water to waste it”
Current Comal Springs levels and water consumption averages meet foe plan’s triggering requirements now.
The plan stipulates a surcharge of $1 per 1,000 gallons of water when more than 25,000 gallons are used in a month.
The surcharge would be effective from July I to Sept. 30, since the peak months of consumption run from July to September.
The surcharge targets heavy users, since the average New Braunfels water customer used 19,114 gallons during
August 1994, the peak month over foe last three years.
A bill for 25,000 gallons per month would be $35.95.
The surcharge would only apply to residences and would combine the gallon total for those who have more than one meter
NBU officials said the surcharge would only affect a few customers and they are in foe process of determining foe number of customers who use more than 25,000 gallons per month.
The triggering factors in the new plan would change the calendar week average to an average of foe previous seven days. The city’s current water ordinance is triggered by a Comal Springs flow that is below 150 cubic feet per second and a seven-day average use of 8 million gallons per day.
It restricts watering landscape between 9 arn and 7 p.m. and stipulates that odd and even addresses alternate days for watering.
The new proposal contains restrictions when the springs drop below IOO cfs and the same seven-day average is met.
The proposed ordinance would assign one weekday to addresses ending in foe numbers zero through nine for landscape irrigation.
Watering with a hand-held hose would still be allowed except between 9 a.m. to 7 p.m..
Gene Momhinweg, the board’s vice president, promised the plan would meet considerable debate at the next council meeting.
“There will be some discussion, I can assure you,” Momhinweg said.
Three injured in Wednesday wreck
From staff reports
A two-car head-on collision sent-three to University Hospital in San Antonio Wednesday evening including a 10-month-old child.
Keegan Armke, 24, was driving his Mazda south down Engel Road Wednesday when he noticed a Dodge van driven by Steven Anderberg, 45, heading down the wrong side of foe road, according to a Department of Public Safety report. Armke tried to move to foe right side of the road and Anderbcig did the same, causing them
to hit head on, the report states. The van rolled after the impact. Ander-berg’s 10-month-old daughter Emily was a passenger in the van and was thrown from the vehicle.
New Braunfels, Bracken and Shertz EMS were all called to the scene. All people involved were airlifted to University Hospital.
The airbags in the Mazda deployed and Armke was wearing his seatbelt. He was treated and released Thursday morning. Anderberg was in undetermined condition after surgery and the child was in fair condition.
Ruling on aquifer suit may be coming
By DENISE DZIUK
The Texas Supreme Court may be close to a decision about which board will have oversight authority for the Edwards Aquifer.
Local water negotiator Doug Miller, who is to sit on the board of directors of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, said yesterday was the last day the Texas Supreme Court planned to release rulings this session.
The lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of a law creating the Edwards Aquifer Authority is one of the cases still (Mi the docket. Until that case is decided, the Edwards Underground Water District will oversee the aquifer.
However, there is still hope a ruling may come before foe end of the summer. Miller said the state Supreme Court is going to issue more opinions Friday morning. In addition, the court has decided to extend its session to July 8
before taking a summer recess, which is very unusual.
“They may still issue a ruling,” said Miller. “We’re just sitting on pins and needles.”
The court heard oral arguments in the cases ahead of schedule. Miller said this, combined with a rumor that the court wants to clear the docket before recessing, is a good sign that a ruling may be coming.
“All of that sounds good. Now we just have to wait and see if we get a ruling,” he said.
The EAA, which would have had the power to enforce pumping limits, broker water and license wells, was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer last August, replacing the Edwards Underground Water District.
However, the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District challenged its constitutionality, and a district judge ordered a permanent injunction against the EAA. It was appealed to the Texas Supreme Court.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL
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