New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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VoK 148, No. 77
12 pages in I section March 9, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
River cleaners taking weekends off
ROBIN CORNETT/Herald-ZeitungWorkers unload equipment from trailers on Monday near the Guadalupe River in Gruene. Debris removal crews will work at different areas in a 15-mile stretch of the river.Guadalupe debris removal limited to weekdays only
By Chris Crews
Debris removal crews in the Guadalupe River will make weekday a choppy adventure for the next few weeks, but the contractor in charge of the cleanup said the river would be wide open for weekend recreation.
“We need to keep them off of the river Monday through Friday, but on Saturday and Sunday they can have the whole river,” said Joe Ramon Jr. of J.R. Ramon and Sons construction.
The river will remain open during the week, but three crews will work at different areas on the 15-mile stretch of river from Farm-to-Market Road 306 to Gruene to remove debris left by the October 1998 flood.
Ramon said safety officers would place orange netting across the river, preventing water recreationists from entering the work areas.
The board of directors of the Water Oriented Recreation District approved an ordinance last week, making it a Class C misdemeanor to float, boat or swim within 200 feet of designated work areas. Violators would be subject to a fine not to exceed $500.
Jake Minton, manager of Gruene River Com
pany outfitters, said weekday tubing would be difficult on the upper part of the river, but the section from Gruene to Cypress Bend Park in New Braunfels would be open on weekdays.
Minton said Ramon was working closely with outfitters to keep the river clear for the busy weekends, when outfitters made most of their money.
“If they’re out of the water on Saturdays, we can go anywhere,” Minton said.
The contract for the cleanup, administered by the federal Natural Resources Conservation Service, allows for 75 days to complete the project.See RIVER/3
Canyon High school freshman Bryan Schneider holds up one of the many chickens that will be shown in this week’s Comal County Livestock Show. Canyon's show chicken project is now it its fourth year.
CHS show chicken project teaches lessons in weather
By Vance Stamey Herald-Zeitung Correspondent
There’s not a lot expected from the chickens in a livestock show besides bulking up and hanging out with other chickens.
“They’re all lazy,” said Scott Wiemers, a 17-year-old junior at Canyon High School. “They just eat, sleep and lay around all day long. That’s about it, as you can see.”
The show chickens’ lives don’t last forever. After their six-week growing period is over, their fate is invariably sealed. Most end up butchered, cleaned and
processed — regardless of whether they finish first or last.
The Canyon High School show chicken project is three years old and is supervised by faculty member Glen Grimm, who also sponsors the students’ lamb projects.
Participating students enter their chickens into competition through the Canyon High School chapter of the Future Farmers of America.
The number of chickens that actually make it to the livestock shows is considerably lower than the number of hatch-
Stock Show Schedule
Swine: arrival, 1:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday: weighing 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday; judging,
2 p.m. Thursday; departure for non-sell animals, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday
Goirts: arrival, noon to 7 p.m. Wednesday; weighing, 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday; judging 9 a.m. Thursday, departure for nonsale animals, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Sheep: arrival, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; weighing, 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday; judging, 9 a.m.
Friday; departure for non-sale animals, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Cattle: arrival, noon to 7 p.m. Thursday; weighing, 6 to 7 p.m.
Thursday; judging, 1:30 p.m. Friday; departure for non-sale animals, 5 to 8 p.m. Friday Rabbits: arrival, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday; weighing, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday; judging, 8 a.m. Friday; departure for non-sale animals, after judging Friday Broilers: arrival, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday; weighing, on arrival Thursday; judging, 8 a.m. Friday, departure for non-sale animals, after judging Fnday Turkeys: arrival, 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday; weighing, on arnval Thursday; judging, 8 a.m. Friday; departure for non-sale animals, after judging Friday
Little League, city officials play hardball
By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer
Squeezing nearly 1,400 baseball players onto five fields — only two of which are lighted — is the quandary faced by New Braunfels Little League officials as a March 22 season opener approaches fast.
In a city that receives up to $3 million in tourism revenue yearly, some local residents have begun questioning where the national pastime ranks among New Braunfels’ list of priorities.
“The kids should be the number one thing on everyone^ agenda,” New Braunfels Little League president Jon Ellis said.
Having endured recent criticism for not supporting youth baseball, New Braunfels city officials plan to set the record straight.
City council members are scheduled to meet with local Little League baseball officials and parks and recreation advisory board members at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
The public meeting was seen by city officials as an opportunity to rebut what city manager Mike Shands called a lack of factual information about the city’s participation in Little League baseball.
“There has been misinformation about the extent of the city’s contribution and support of youth baseball activities,” Shands said.
Shands specifically pointed to two letters that appeared in the Herald-Zeitung on Feb. 28.
He rejected a reader’s suggestion that the city did not contribute “a dime” to the new Little League complex at Loop 337 near Landa Street. Shands said Monday that the city paid nearly $100,000 for the purchase and development of the 43-acre site.
Shands also tried to clarify city policy regarding the maintenance of the new Little League fields. He said the city signed a 20-year lease with local Little League officials giving the baseball group exclusive rights to the complex. Shands said a responsibility to maintain the facilities went along with the authority to use them.
Larry Schwab, a member of the city’s parks and recreation advisory board, said he believed it was unlikely the parks system could maintain the Little League complex.
The financial burden on the parks department after the October flood probably ruled that out, Schwab said.
WHAT: Special meeting between city officials, Little League volunteers and parks and recreation advisory board members WHEN: 6 p.m.
WHERE: New Braunfels municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
WHY: An opportunity to discuss the city’s support of Little League programs
City council discusses, then delays tree issue in mayor’s absence
By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer
New Braunfels city officials, real estate developers and tree preservation advocates discussed a dying tree ordinance Monday night like a group of physicians debating whether to pull the plug on a terminally ill patient would.
In the absence of mayor and chief surgeon Jan Kennedy, council members voted to table die third and final reading of the ordinance until March
22. Kennady reportedly was ill and could not attend Monday’s city council meeting.
The proposed ordinance remained a shell of the document that first went before council in February.
Having removed a number of regulations from an ordinance designed to limit the number of mature trees cut down during residential and commercial development, some council members and area developers suggested further cutting would
improve the document.
“I don’t think we need to add to the cost of building a home in New Braunfels,” said local builder Steven Lange, who proposed exempting residential developers.
Other area residential builders and developers agreed with Lange, saying much of what the tree ordinance intended to guarantee was accomplished naturally.
“The fact is that trees do replace themselves,” said builder Don West.
Some city council members apparently agreed with local developers’ sentiments.
Council member Cathy Talcott said she believed “the out-of-town developers that want to make a fast buck,” were responsible for the relatively large-scale destruction of trees in New Braunfels.
Not everyone in attendance at Monday’s council session agreed with the optimistic prognosis for the local tree population. Members of a
tree preservation ordinance committee that helped draft the document under consideration said they believed local residents backed the proposed policy.
“I feel like the tree ordinance wouldn’t be where it is right now if there wasn’t considerable public support for it,” said committee member Tim Cronin.
The ordinance was revised and approved by council at regular meetings on Feb. 8 and Feb. 22.