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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas No disciplinary actions taken against soccer players, See Page 5 [ COUNTDOWN: DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 New Braunfels  mmrre 410    1*1016 10/22/99    19c.    _ SO-WEST HICROPUBLI SH I NC, 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- ?s in one section ■ Tuesday, March Inside Stammtisch.....................................2 Obituaries.......................................3 Opinion...........................................4 Sports Day......................................5 Comics............................................7 The Marketplace.......................8-10 Herald -Zeitung 14,1995    Serving    Comal    County    for    more than 143 years B Home of BRANDON MUND City eyeing annexation of Sunbelt plant Stammtisch Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zoitung! The New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Brandon Mund (16 years!), Monty Crumrlne, Argaile Chapa, JoAnne Espinoza (Monday), Barnard Sanchez (70 years), Doris Tasto, Travis Lee Ryals, Joe L Hernandez, Mike League (belated), Jos6 Gomez, Emmitt Adams, Amo W. Becker, Hilmor A. Harborth, Leon B. King. Happy Anniversary to Ben & Gloria Gomez (27 years!). Good afternoon! Today's woathor Tonight, fair skies. Low in the mid 40s. Northwest wind 5-10 mph. Wednesday, partly cloudy High in the lower 70s Northwest wind IQ-15 mph. Chamber's Business After Hours scheduled The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce's monthly membership luncheon will be held this afternoon at Victoria Bank & Trust. 1000 N Walnut in New Braunfels This month's mixer is sponsored by Molly Joes Catering. Temp Associates and Vet Ona Bank & Trust New Braunfels The mixer will last from 5 p.m. to 7 pm For more information, call 625-[,2385 Benni* Book ll to •p*ak at CBMC The Christian Business Men s Committee will host their monthly luncheon today at Tree Tops Restaurant, beginning at noon Featured speaker for this month's luncheon will be Bennie Bock ll. automobile dealer, broadcaster, businessman, rancher, politician and attorney Bock recently purchased KWED radio station in Seguin and is also the Ford-Mercury dealer at Seguin Motor Co. He is a former assistant Attorney General and a former member of the Texas House of Representatives ' Cost will be $7 per person No reservations are needed For more information, call Ray Long at 629-1760 or Charley Pooler at 629-5725 Founders’ Day Pray w Breakfast tickets on sal# As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Celebra- * tion. the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a rn at the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21 * The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee The city wide ecumenical | event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21. 1845 Internationally known author-pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker Tickets are $10 per person and are on sale at the Chamber, Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church. For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer To annex or not to annex — that is the question the New Braunfels City Council will consider in the coming weeks. The city council may try to annex an area south of town where the Sunbelt cement plant and several other industries are located. Last night the city council authorized City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom to use city funds to hire a lawyer specializing in environmental law. City can regulate company environmentally by incorporating plant into city limit boundaries The city wants to assure that levels of pollution, noise, etc. are at levels safe for the New Braunfels residents, Cullom said. "In the past we have used contractual agreements with the firms rather than regulation to deal with these issues," she said. The time limits of the contracts have run out. The city has two choices: I) draw up new contracts with the companies south of town or 2) try to annex the area so the companies can be regulated by law. The main concerns are environmental, Cullom said. “Environmental issues are very complicated,” said Cullom. “They’re a legal specialty in themselves. I need some assistance from someone who deals with environmental issues. City pickup of limbs and yard waste from last Monday’s storm began yesterday and is going well, said City Manager Mike Shands. Work crews will make only one pass of the city, so residents are urged to put their storm debris out as soon as possible. “There’s still time to do it," Shands said, “but the trucks will only come once." Residents are urged to be patient if debris is not picked up right away, Shands said. “Under the best of circumstances it would take a week, but it will probably take much longer,” he said, “Just be patient because we are coming." In other action the city council accepted Susan Curtis’ resignation as Chair of the Recycling Committee. “I think she did an outstanding job," said Council member Jan Kennady. “She did a wonderful job under pressure,” Kennady said. “I certainly understand that she has family priorities." Group to study Lake Dunlap problems By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer SEGUIN - Another in a series of workshops concerning the Guadalupe River will be held tonight in Seguin. The Lake Management Workgroup will meet at 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe County Commissioner’s Court Room, 307 West Court Street. The group includes officials from various state organizations and also homeowners or others with concerns about the Guadalupe River lakes. JTojught’s meeting will feature more discussion on the hydnlla problem at Lake Dunlap, including the possible study of using grass carp to contain the plant. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s David Welsch said the meeting had been ongoing and would continue through the next few months. Subjects range from water safety to water quality, and other issues such as hydrilla. “We’ve been through eight weeks on this (hydrilla) alone,” Welsch explained. The public is invited to participate in the meetings, he said. “They are supposed to come and get educated with the rest of us," Welsch said. A new season springing up Aquifer plan shows local interests are ‘outgunned’ San Antonio plan would give big city neighbor distinct advantage in representation By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Heraki-Zettung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Texas Bluebonnets have begun to "spring" up along 1-35 next to Loop 337 and the Linda Dr. exit The blooming of the bluebonnets is one of the first signs of spring and brings color to local highways. Memorial fund set in honor of SVHS teacher By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A memorial fund is being established at Smithson Valley High School in the name of long-time teacher Annette Hanley, who died in an automobile accident last week. Principal Joe Rogers said plans are underway to establish the fund, which will probably go to a scholarship in the field of biology or ecology. Hanley taught in the Comal Independent School District since 1976, mainly in the field of biology. She was very active as advisor to the Ecology Club and also in the creation of xenscapes and the use of native plants. Rogers said the school would probably also plant some trees in Hanley’s name. Also, the CISD school board last night initiated discussion for names of the three new intermediate schools. Board member Douglas Kirk suggested the school in the Bulverde area be named after Hanley. Superintendent Jerry Major said the district would consider names throughout the year arid suggested persons send a profile or biographical sketch of someone to the district office for consideration. Those interested in the memorial scholarship fund can call SVHS at 904-7273 (toll free from New Braunfels) or 885-7273. Comal ISD Trustees approve ’95-’96 calendar By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District Board last night approved a school calendar for next year, one roughly the same as the current calendar School will begin Aug 15, the third Tuesday of August as it did this year, Christmas break will start Dec. 21 instead of Dec. 19, and the district will again have two one-week break periods during the spring, in February and April. "One concern was starting early, but we start only one day earlier than last year," said Superintendent Jerry Major. Dr. Major said all schools must include 183 days, 175 of those in actual class instruction, five staff development days and four workdays.' He said a main goal had been to end the District opts start school year off only one day earlier than last year first semester before Christmas and avoid coming back from a break and beginning exams Chnstamas vacation will begin Dec 21 next year and run through Jan. 3, a few less days than this year Another concern had been the two one-week breaks during the spring. The CISD has one in the third week of February and one in the second week of April, unlike most schools that break for one week in Mareh. Dr. Major said the district chose this route instead of ending school one week earlier. Assistant Superintendent Carol Hall said response had been 50-50 on the spnng holi days. She said the administration wanted to keep the summer break as short as possible and not add the one week in May "There was some question about the two break weeks,” he said. “...It’s just a nutter of where the holidays are dispersed." Dr Major said other school districts had inquired about the two breaks during the spnng. There was some discussion as to why the distncts couldn’t coordinate schedules with the New Braunfels distnct. Dr Major said that had been done in the past but many parents in the western portions of the county wanted coordination with the Northeast ISD, thus no consensus could be gained. The calendar was chosen from two proposals fonnulated by a committee of administration staff, teachers and parents. It was put to a vote of all CISD staff who favored the winning calendar 696-42. lawmakers in Austin continue to wrestle with the question of who w ill control pumping of the underground water in the Edwards Aquifer, historically free to anyone who could put a well in the ground Meanwhile city officials in San Antonio and a federal judge from West Texas are adding their opinions. Rep Robert Puente of San Antonio recently proposed a measure in Austin to create a 23-member panel comprised of the counties over the Edwards Aquifer. There will be a hearing on this bill Monday at the Legislature. In the meantime, a group of San Antonio city officials has proposed a measure to create a 15-member elected board, with distncts drawn to satisfy Justice Department worries about violating the Voting Rights Act. it would replace the Edwards Underground Water Distnct (EUWD). Local water negotiator Doug Miller has been following the developments. He said the San Antonio plan would have seven members from Bexar county, four from the western counties of Uvalde and Medina and four from Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties. "There are two main problems. You still have people who don’t want pumping limits,” he said. "We’ll get four, they’ll get ll. We’re outgunned " The "we" in this case, would be Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties, who sit on the more at-nsk portions of the aquifer. San Antonio, the largest city in the country to rely solely on underground water, and farmers in the western counties, enjoy abundant clear aquifer water. Miller onginally sat on an Edwards Aquifer Authonty (EAA) which never got off the ground because the federal government objected to an appointed board overtaking an elected one, the EUWD. Efforts are still being made to save both, namely a bill by Sen. Ken Annbnster (D-Victoria) and Rep Run Lewis ([> Houston) to retool the bill that created the EAA Also, Reps Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio) and Frank Corte (R-Houston) have filed a bill to give more power to the EUWD. “This bill is just one piece of the puzzle," said Corte through a statement from the Edwards Underground Distnct. “Whatever we do to manage the aquifer wisely, we’re going to need the Edwards (Distnct)..." Meanwhile, a federal judge in Midland, Lucius Bunton, 111, is becoming restless In a four-year-old suit involving protection of endangered species in Comal and San Marcos spnngs, the judge has warned the State l egislature if they c annot find a solution to regulate pumping, he will “The judge is in control,” Miller says. "The Legislature is trying to comply.” Both the federal judge and an appointed water monitor who has been studying the problems of the region, have stated that lower rainfall totals could force problems this summer. "The aquifer is at the same level now as it was in July last year," Miller said. Rainfall totals for January and February were below average May and June typically show the greatest totals, an average of 4.22 and 3.81 inches respectively. Call 625-9144 i, news or advertising information ;