New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 73
City looks at second
By GARY P. CARROLL HaraM-ZaRung
New Braunfels officials discussed the prospect of building a second municipal golf course Monday, following a report of overuse of the city course at Lands Park,
Dr. Milton Phair, chairman of the golf course «ite selection committee, said the Landa Park golf course is “overused", and the city would benefit from another golf course.
“We have many retired people who live in New Braunfels, and a lot come to this town just because... of Landa Park," Phair said “We have many winter Texans who come to this town every year and spend several months here, and spend a lot of money here... most of them come because of this golf course.” Phair said the city was losing money by not having a second course to accomodate the golfers unable to play at Landa Park, and that the city could financially support a second course, and possibly a third “I understand that we’re turning away anywhere from 45,000 to 60,000 rounds a year,” Councilman Rudy Seidel said. “That would more than support a new golf course."
Phair told the council that a representative from Cen-> Tex Development Company in Dallas made an offer to donate land off Loop 306, providing the company Was able to develop the remaining land not used for the golf course.
The total area of the proposed land is 400 acres, of which approximately 175 would be needed to construct the golf course. The remaining 225 acres would be utilised for a residential development Cen Tex representative Ray Sefzik said his company was in the venture to make money, and was looking for a commitment from the city to go ahead with the construction of the golf course.
“We are prepared to donate the land assuming we can work out some general development guidelines," Sefzik said, “That would be one of the things we would want is the golf course to be laid out in a manner that would facilitate as many homes around the course as possible."
The council voted to continue gathering information on building a second golf course
City Manager Hector Tamayo suggested an agenda item be added to the March 8 council meeting to officially appoint a committee to continue the study.
The council heard also from citrons concerned about the annexation of the property containing T Bar M Tennis
TWC pushes aquifer pumping cut
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-ZeNung
The Texas Water Commission issued their recommendations for management of the Edwards Aquifer on Monday—postponing to 2023 and beyond the acquisition of additional water sources.
Users of the Edwards Aquifer should cut back their pumping and find new water sources in order to protect the underground reservoir, the Texas Water Commission said.
The agency filed a host of recommendations with a federal judge who ruled that endangered species are threatened when water levels drop in Edwards Aquifer-fed
Locals speak out against proposal
Commissioners said their 30-year plan would protect species like the fountain darter, as well as the Central Texas economy.
“They’ve just jessed up their original plan,” said Doug Miller, who represents New Braunfels and Comal County on the issue. "The only significant difference is that they’ve extended the time frame from 15 years to 30 years—to our detriment”
John Specht, general manager of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority agreed with Miller.
The time frame is excessive,” he said.
"Substantial supplies can be made available in just a few years.”
Specht said he also disagreed with file TWC’s setting of an arbitrary limit of 350,000 acre-feat for withdrawal during droughts. He said there was no reason to set a limit since that should depend on the availability of other sources.
Specht also disputed TWCs statement on the frequency of droughts as severe as those in the1960s. TWC says they occur every 200 to 300 years, but Specht said testimony and GBRA’s data indicate the frequency is more likely IOO to 150 years.
"But that doesn't matter when you’re talking about the water supply for human use and economic use — you must plan for the worst possible situation,” Specht said.
Miller said the latest recommendations from tho commission "play to San Antonia” Miller said most of the solutions need to come from San Antonio, but they have continued to ignore the need to acquire additional sources of water—by refusing to implement projects such as the Apple-white Reservoir.
Ho agreed with Speckles assessment of currently available water, saying there is 50,000 acre-feet of water available to San
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Steady growth key to success, manager says
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-ZeHung
Slow steady growth is the key to New Braunfels continued success according to City Manager Hector Tamayo.
New Braunfels has continued to expand via annexation and simple economic growth, but Tamayo said the city's careful planning and conservative policies have allowed it to do so with consistent success.
“Our city is certainly growing,” Tamayo said. "We’re annexing areas and using extra-territorial jurisdiction to guarantee future annexation and growth."
Extra-territorial jurisdiction allows the city to annex areas in strips, and prevents annexation within two miles of the annexed area's boundary.
The jurisdiction will prevent other cities from annexing into the New Braunfels area, especially San Antonio, he said.
Along with an increase in area, New Braunfels continues to witness an increase in housing starts and building permits.
Prom 1982 to 1992, New Braunfels added* 1,300 new single family homes at an average cost per unit of $62,313.
Along with this growth comes an increase in pressure on the city to provide the necessary services, such as utility service and police protection, which can be quite tricky, Tamayo said.
"We try to plan the budget based on what we think we’re going to need," Tamayo said.
Assistant City Manager Mike Shands said the consistent growth in New Braunfels is much easier to handle than a sudden drastic expansion.
“Most people prefer slow steady growth,” Shands said. "It makes it much easier to make plans and budget than when it’s booming.”
Shands said he predicts a steady three percent annual growth with no drastic highs or lows which he said is a "good way to plan and accommodate growth."
Expansion is not as easy as building a house and turning on a switch, Tamayo said. Other procedures are necessary, such as coning ordinances, surveying and engineering and utility extension.
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Probe launched into fatal shooting
By GREG MEFFORD Herald-Zeltung
Guadalupe County officials are investigating the death of a Seguin man who was killed while sleeping at his home early Sunday morning.
The victim, Juan Trvqillo Saavedra, 24, was pronounced dead on arrival at McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels, according to Larry Morawietz, chief investigator for the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department.
An autopsy report released Sunday afternoon by the Travis County Medical Examiners Office in Austin revealed that Saavedra died from three gunshot wounds to the back and an additional wound to the head, Morawietz said.
' The investigator said an assailant apparently entered Saavedra’s home on Henry Lane and shot the sleeping man as he lay in bed.
Saavedra’s wife was away at work, but several children were in the home at the time of file shooting, Morawietz said.
"Somebody went in this guy’s house — and I take it this guy was sleeping,” Morawietz said. "I think there were five kids, but they were all sleeping.
There was one that heard a loud bang ... and that was th# one that called us from the neighbor's house."
Officials from the criminal investigation division of the Comal County Sheriffs Department will be assisting in the investigation, the investigator said.
IMM enforcement and emergency medial officials lush shooting victim Juan Saavadra to a nearby ambulance following a Sunday morning shooting. Saavedra was prounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Photo by John Huseth.
New Braunfels son tackles San Marcos politics
By ROSE MARKI EASH Herald-Zeltung
Adam Laubach, ion of Kenneth and Victoria Laubach of Now Braunfels, has filed as a candidate for Place 4 on the San Marcos City Council.
This city needs a fresh wind, a new face with new ideas,” Laubach said. "San Marcos doesn't need radical changes but a progressive attitude.
"In the past, the city leaders have too often been reaction!™ instead of progressive,” he laid.
*They have waited until problems occurred instead of anticipating them.”
Laubach grew up in New Braunfels and attended Saints Peter and Paul Church and New Braunfels High School
Laubach’s grandparents are Herbert and Dorothy Laubach and Alexander and Marie Hut-nyak.
He lived and worked in San Marcos while attending Southwest Texas 8tate University, and will graduate this year with a bachelor of science degree in
chemistry and a bachelor of arts in German.
Laubach, 23, worked as a teaching assistant and a tutor, and also served as an intern at Dow Chemical Company. Ha is corporate vise president of Franklin Square Townhomts in 8an Marcos, where he has bosn employed since 1969.
Laubach also oamod several scholarships.
He plans to continue his education after graduation by working on his master of business arts degree at 8WT8U.
Laubach seat a wall between
the city and the university as one situation he would address as a council member, think the university and the city have been operating as separate societies with duplicate services, ” Laubach said.
The last college student to seivs on the San Marcos City Council was Bill Cunningham, who was sleeted in 1972.
A campaign rally is planned (br Laubach at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Mardi 2, at tbs San Marcos City Hall.
IN THE NEWS.........
The New Braunfels Herald-Zsitung sends Birthday wishes to Haley Gray and Sonny Heinemcytr. Belated birthday wishes go to Colt Melton, Alvino Guerre Sr. and Felix Vales Jr.
Belated Anniversary wishes go to Arthur and Gwanda Rodriguez.
Comal ISD Community Education's Defensive Driving Class, taught by Charlie Rosa is scheduled for 6:10 p.m. Biarch 2 and 4 in Room Five at Canyon High School.
More information is available at 626-6676 or 626 6061.Friends For Rivers
Volunteers are needed to help dean up a 2J6 mils stretch of River Road off Loop 337 at 9 a.m. Saturday, Bfarch 6. Th# meeting place is along tho fence at the Pit 8top. Moro information is available at 629-2066.Newcomers club
Jot James will bs thsguest speaker at the matting of the Now Braunfels Newcomers Club at noon March 2 at the Holiday Inn. The luncheon will ba fellowed by the installation of new officers far 1993-94.
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