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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Opinion.........................................4A Sports Day................................1-2B Marketplace  ................10-18B Dear Abby „.....................3A suimmtisvh Birthday withes from 1 wishes ild-Zeitui the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Loretta Graham, cieta Todd, June Williams, Susanne Cook, Gary Stidham, Debbie Watson (Monday), Heather Tyler (Monday), Sunni Reimer (IO years Monday), Alex Apostol, Cheryl Timmerman Fonda (Saturday), Christian Myrick (Monday), Jeanne Buck, Kimberly Hoyt, Mary Clark (Monday), Kelly Cope (Monday), Karie Lorenz (Monday), Vicki Mason (Monday), Michael Copelln (13 years), Bob Whitley (40 years Monday), Thelma Schneider (belated), Kim Hartman (belated), Janet Perez, Whitney Daum, Trey Daum (belated), Lory Garner, Jim McCoubrey, Tish Rosales, Scan Anthony Fitzsimmons (5 years Monday), Ruben Valdez (50 years Monday), Christine Kivlin (IO years Monday) and Ramon Perez 111 (2 years) Happy anniversary wishes to: Dana and Brent Carter (6 years), Bambi and Kenny Dossey (6 years), Mr. and Mrs. Jack Heard (41 years Monday), Debra and Kent Hogan (2 years Monday), Jerome and Betty Timmerman (48 years), Silveiio J. and Guadalupe Gonzales (50 years), Mark and Lana Cole (Monday), Lupe and Frances Dominguez (30 years Tuesday), Randy and Beatrice Rodriguez (ll years), Emma and Eusebio Trejo (18 years) and Lillian and Laurence Weber (24 years Saturday). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Enjoy th* summer weather Today and Monday should be typical summer days in South Texas — hot.,:/ Brief early morning clouds will give way to partly cloudy skies today, with only a slight chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. The high is expected to reach the mid 90s, but a south wind at 10 to 15 mph should provide some relief from the heat. Tonight will be partly cloudy and the low will be in the mid 70s. Monday's weather basically will be a repeat of today’s, with partly cloudy afternoon skies and a high in the mid 90s. Some roads still avo closed Although it has been a week since a deluge of rain hit the county, two roads are still closed to travelers. Farm-to-Market 1863 is closed at Cibolo Creek, which is still over the roadway. The Gruene Bridge over the Guadalupe River also is closed. The release rate from Canyon Lake Reservoir was increased to 5,500 cubic feet per second to lower the lake level. This causes the river to flood Gruene Bridge. Lake residents urged to boil water The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has required Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation to notify all customers in Canyon Lake Village, Canyon Lake Village West and Triple Peak Ranch Estates to boil their water prior to consumption. To ensure destruction of all harmful bacteria and other microbes, water for drinking, cooking and ice making should be boiled and cooled. The water should be brought to a vigorous rolling boil and then boiled for two minutes. In lieu of boiling, you may purchase bottled water. When it is no longer necessary to boil water, water system officials will notify you. For information, call Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. at (210) 964-2166 or Dale Yates at (210) 964-3854. X- X- X- X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 11X1.1 SAH ANTONIO, TX 700 * * TEXAS NIXED x x PINK A x- xx xx x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x x ?033; HOO9 10/22/99 2A-7fc f T M1 CR'0PU*L I SH I NG *627 E YANK* Ll. DU ET PASO, TX 79903- SUNDAY $1.00 76 30 pages in two sections ■ Sunday, June 29,1997 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Joromo and Batty Hmm—wan Vol. 145, No. 163 Klko Rodriguez looks at some of the road that has been tom apart in front of his home and workshop because of poor drainage. Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall Residents welcome drainage projects Bergfeld, Veramendi work begins By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Kiko Rodriguez likes to restore classic cars at his shop on the 400 block of Bergfeld Avenue, but he prefers to work in dry conditions. At the bottom of a gradual decline, his property dead-ends into the Union Pacific Railroad tracks in the West End. That’s a problem when rain showers cause water to collect inside the track’s embankment and seep into his shop. The work of city community development officials could bring a solution for Rodriguez, whom they said would benefit from one of two newly-started drainage projects. “Every time it rains, the sewer doesn’t circulate very good,” said Rodriguez, 68, who retired in New Braunfels in 1981. “The water floods all over. There’s a lot of mosquitoes. I’ve been waiting for this for a long time. I still don’t believe it. It’ll fix my place up better.” His 2,000-square-foot house, which is next to his shop, needs some work. The foundation sunk because of flooding underneath, causing the interior flooring to slope and window framings to crack and bend. He plans to build a new house where the current structure sits. City community development officials have developed two drainage projects that target the Bergfeld Avenue area and a section along Veramendi Avenue in Comal Town. They have been working on two projects for four years since the Turn to Drainage, Page 3A Traffic on New Braunfels ’ Main Plaza keeps Going in circles Tor tho locals. It’s no big deal, but it really freaks the tourists out. We’ve seen quite a few ‘fender-ben-ders’ from our window.’ — Jenny Rodriguez, New Braunfels Coffee some Herald-Z«itung photo by Michael Darnall A long exposure at tbs plaza during late night traffic shows how cart move in all direction* around the circular round-about. stop signs in tilers. I Just drove through there for tho first time today, and K looked like a maze. How you can jump into the flow of things — Bruce Gallaher, tourist By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Has this happened to you? You drive up to the Main Plaza, minding your own business, and begin to slow down as you approach one of the yield signs. Your adrenaline begins to pump as you wonder how the heck you’re going to enter the orbit of cars whizzing around the famous gazebo circle. You search for the slightest crack to ease into without causing a delay for drivers behind you. Finally, you make eye contact with an oncoming driver, praying for a little compassion but only finding a facial expression that says, “Don’t you dare.” You take a deep breath and before you can say, “Willkom-men to New Braunfels,” you punch it! OK, maybe you were in the passenger seat or heard this from a friend or cousin. Still, for many New Braunfels motorists, this isn t an isolated episode. Getting on and off the circular path takes more than just casual thought -one that transportation officials have spent many years trying to improve. “If there were an eas> answer, a whole bunch of us would have sug gested it a long time ago,” said Bobbie Hasert, who was the area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation for 33 years and retired in 1993. Hasert said the circle posed several points of conflict with Seguin Avenue and San Antonio Street intersecting with two lanes of traffic. In addition, the circle’s two lanes put drivers who are in the inside lane in a tricky predicament, he said. “As you enter the plaza, there are a lot of things to share your attention. It s marked for two lanes,” he said. “I have to tell that I never drive the inside lane, lf you take the inside, you have to race someone through there.” Despite its flaws, the Main Plaza Turn to Plaza, Page 3A ‘As crazy as it is out thara, it works pretty good. Yielding to traffic on tho plaza is a problem, but it’s pretty calm.’ — Russell Vollbrecht, Vollbrecht's Pharmacy County considers flooding options By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The area still is trying to recover from last weekend’s rains, and Comal County Commissioners Court is considering options to alleviate future flooding. Inside See Page 3A for related story on the Comal Watershed project. Lake Dunlap residents petition against plant expansion By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Lake Dunlap residents concerned about plans to expand a nearby wastewater plant have taken matters into their own hands. Residents circulated petitions Friday to take to Guadalupe County Commissioners Court seeking commissioners’ help to stop the development of Dunlap Wastewater Reclamation Plant. Chuck Thut, who lives on Lakeside Pass, said the expansion could threaten the residents’ drinking water above Lake Dunlap Dam. “Nobody likes sewage in their drinking water,” Thut said. “Everybody deserves the best possible drinking water.” Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority recently approved expansion of the plant, which will serve Long Creek subdivision and Bandit Country Club and Golf Course, which is being developed on Farm-to-Market 725 south of New Braunfels. The development is projected to serve betw een 300 to 350 homes during the next several years. GBRA officials said expansion of the plant was needed to handle the growth. Thut said he and a few other residents would express their concerns about the plant to Guadalupe County Commissioners Court at their meeting Monday at IO a.m. at the courthouse annex on 307 W. Court Seguin. Commissioners will consider approving a permit for placing the sewer line on county right-of-way on Schumann’s Beach Road. Thut said several residents were worried that the wastewater poured into Lake Dunlap would harm the residents’ drinking water. “They are going to double the amount of effluent, however well treated, in the Guadalupe River when it becomes our dnnking water and pumped by the Canyon Regional Water Authority and distributed through Green Valley Special Utility District,” Thut said. The CRWA plant is downstream from the Lake Dunlap wastewater plant. Thut said GBRA was ready to lay the line for the expansion when residents began to gather signatures for the petition in the Lake Dunlap area. He said Turn to Late Dunlap, Page 3A Areas along Farm-to-Market 1863, particularly Oak Village North Subdivision, were threatened by rain-swollen creeks during the recent deluge of rain. Water was several feet high in numerous homes. “It’s an age-old problem,” said Carl Englerth, district conservationist with U.S.D.A. Natural Resources Conservation Service. “It’s not thought about when it’s dry.” Englerth said the ground was not able to soak up the water fast enough, and the drainage did not keep up with the rate of rain. “Really and truly, from the type of storms we had in the area ... that’s not at all uncommon," said Englerth. Englerth discussed with the court on Friday two projects that could alleviate flooding in the county. The first was a short-term plan that could involve removing debris from channels and reshaping stream banks. He said the study could begin almost immediately, and the county could have a response about whether it qual- Tum to County, Page 2A Herald-Zeitung gets TPA honors The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung won three awards in the Texas Better Newspaper Contest at the Texas Press Association’s 118th annual convention Friday in Amarillo. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung competed against dailies with circulations of 7,000 or more and earned two third place honors and one fourth place honor. The Herald-Zeitung placed third in Best Individual Photo for photographer Michael Damall’s photograph of a bikini contest. The contestant was silhouetted, and the picture showed the reaction on faces of the spectators. The paper also placed thud in editorials. The winning editorial, entitled Public’s Right, was about the public’s right to information on the candidate for the mtenm superintendent position at New Braunfels Independent School District. The paper also won fourth place in sweepstakes based on the amount of points earned in competition categories.Interim superintendent says farewell to New Braunfels. See Page 5A ;