New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho Homld-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following rirthday wishes to; WUIie Erben, Earken HIU, Carlos Molina,
. jtsUe Lane (ll years!), Christi Perez (belated), Travis Lee Kyats (belated), Connie Cantu, Jack Christy, Jewel Elliott, Merle Griffith, Hazel Rabenaldt, Jack Humphries, Genie ViBamaL i loppy Anniversary lo Frank A Jo Ann Villanueva (14 yean!)Local chapter off Mid-Texas Symphony Guild to meet
Members of the New Braunfels chapter, Mid-Texas Symphony guild will meet for lunch on Thursday, March 17, from 11:30 ain. to I p.m. at Tree Tops restaurant. Members should make reservations by Tuesday, March 15, by calling Guild President Arlene Buhl, 625-6411.
The Guild sponsors a variety of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony and is planning a Rummage Sale on Saturday,
April 16, at the Children's Museum. The Guild can use household items, tools, books, toys, clothes, furniture and other donations. To donate, contact Meredith Patterson, chairman, at 606-0075 or Pauline Rector at 629-2995.Colonial Dwm to moot March 22
The Comal Springs Chapter of Colonial Dames of the XVIlth Century will meet Tuesday,
March 22 at 9:30 a.m. in the New Braunfels School Administration Building, 430 West Mill Street.
The program “Early Music in the American Colonies” will be given by Professor John Schmidt of Southwest Texas State University.Bushtaoa Altar Hours oat for March 22
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce's "Business After Hours" membership mixer will be held Tuesday, March 22 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Alamo Classic Car Museum (one-half mile south of Engle Rd. exit, on east side of 1-35).Student* raising funds for Project Graduation
The New Braunfels/Comal County area seniors are raising funds for Project Graduation to be held in May.
The event is a chemical-free celebration given the night of graduation for each of the three area high schools.
The project is a safe and fen celebration provide through the efforts of students, parents and members of the business community. Donations may be made to "Project Graduation," NBISD,
430 Mill St., New Braunfels 78130.
Luby*s Cafeteria will donate five percent of any patron's bill to Project Graduation if the patron presents a ticket at the time of payment.
' ickets are available at Accents, The Collection and the Senior Citizens Center at no cost.
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Police investigating drive by shooting
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels police are investigating a drive-by shooting that is reported to have occurred early Friday morning in the 200 block of Farm to Market Road 306.
According to reports, the incident occurred at 12:55 a.m. Friday.
The case is being investigating by New Braunfels police detective Mike Osborne.
Evidence indicates semi-automatic weapon was used in Friday morning incident
Police seized several spent casings and bullets found at the home. Osborne said police believe a semi-automatic weapon was used in the incident.
Osborne said Mine was inured in the incident. He said no information concerning suspects is available at this time.
Damaged in the shooting were windows, a wall of the house and the windshield of a 1979 Pontiac Catalina.
Osborne said New Braunfels has had very few drive by shootings and said this type of drive by had not occurred in a long time. He also said this is the first drive-by shooting that occurred in rur
al area of the city.
Police are also investigating an attempted robbery that occurred near the Brauntex Theater at IO p.m. Friday.
Osborne said the incident occurred when several teenagers left the movie and were allegedly attacked by a group of Hispanic males.
No weapons were used in the incident and no description of the men is available.
Osborne said a silver necklace was stolen in the incident.Vacant car struck by train Sunday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels police officers responded to an accident Sunday morning involving a vehicle that had been struck by a Union Pacific Railroad train.
According to reports, the vehicle was a 1992 Chevrolet Corsica. There was no one in the car at the time of the accident.
Reports show the vehicle was hit at 3:45 a.m. March 13 near die 200 block of San Antonio Street.
The vehicle was reported to be owned by Phillip Neff of New Braunfels. No driver was listed on the police report since the car was unattended.
According to reports, the driver of the vehicle was traveling west on the 200 block of West San Antonio and made a right turn onto the railroad tracks near South Hill Street. Repots show the driver traveled 50 feet before his car became stuck on the tracks.
According tor reports, the driver exited the car in order to find help in getting his vehicle off the tracks. He returned to find his vehicle had been struck by a Union Pacific train traveling south on the tracks.
Reports show the train’s engineer applied the brakes but was unable to stop the train in time. No injuries were reported.
Council votes to join effort to regain costs of Comal Springs lawsuit
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels city council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night to work with the Sierra Club, Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and other plaintiffs and interveners in the lawsuit regarding the Comal Springs to attempt to recover attorneys fees and other costs related to the lawsuit.
The New Braunfels city council met in an executive session with the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees at 6:30 Monday to determine if an attempt to recover the fees should be made.
The NBU board of trustees also approved a resolution requesting action be taken to recover costs of the lawsuit.
New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel said the city and NBU are asking for the recovery of costs incurred before Oct. 11,1993. He said he is opti
mistic the city will successful in its efforts.
“Judge (Lucius) Bunton is in our court right now. He is not happy with San Antonio,” he said.
Seidel said he is hoping between S3 to S3.5 million will be recovered by all the plaintiffs. He explained GBRA has already spent S3.6 million in the lawsuit.
New Braunfels resident Jim Mooney vetoed his opposition to the city pursuing the recovery of fees.
“I stood before the city council before this decision to act as intervener and literally begged that the city not spend this money. I asked that the NBU and city of New Braunfels not join in this lawsuit with the GBRA and Sierra Club because no matter how the federal judge ruled, it would be appealed or legally perpetuated into lengthy litigations that the New Braunfels taxpayers would eventually have to pay for,” he said.
Mooney said he asked a GBRA board member if the board had been able to recover any coats of the lawsuit and he was told they had not.
“If neither the GBRA nor Siena have recovered any monies or legal fees as of this date, I cannot believe that this city council would meet in a special executive meeting... and decide to spend more of the taxpayers’ money to pursue litigation for the recovery of these fees which the GBRA with its expensive law firms had not so far been able to accomplish,” said Mooney, who also announced last night he will be a candidate for the vacant at-large seat on city council.
Plaintiffs and interveners in the lawsuit include GBRA, The Sierra Club, the Qty of San Marcos, the city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities.
Defendants in the case are U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Several other groups
and agencies are involved as interveners.
The lawsuit concerns the Endangered Species Act and the Comal and San Marcos spring flows into the Edwards Aquifer where some endangered species are believed to live.
The case has been in federal court for more than one year. Burton recently appointed a monitor for the Edwards Aquifer in accordance with an order that he made last year calling for the State of Texas to uphold the Endangered Species Act and to protect the Comal and San Marcos springs flow by developing a management plan for the aquifer.
The state developed the Edward’s Aquifer Authority to deal with regulating the aquifer; however, the authority has not met since it is waiting for a decision from the U.S. Justice Department concerning the authority’s legality. The Edward’s Underground Water District is still existence.
New Braunfels Recycling Committee seeking Clean Texas 2000 city status from state program
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
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Mission Valley rebate
Mission Valley Textiles, (ne., of New Brsunfels wss recently swsrded s rebate from New Brsunfels Utilities In the amount of $42,289 for Installing energy-saving lighting In a program sponsored by NBU and tbs Lower Colorado River Authority. Accepting the check (from left) are Bill Morton, president of Mission Valley Textiles, Norman Stephens, Cindy Ruby, Lupe Castaneda of LORA, Steve Lain weber of LORA, and Bob Sohn of NBU.
The New Braunfels Recycling Committee has sent in an application to the state asking that New Braunfels become a Clean Texas 2000 city.
Recycling Committee chairman Susan Curtis told the council the committee is expecting a reply soon concerning whether or not the application is approved.
Clean Texas 2000 is a statewide support program that encourages cities to work toward reducing their waste by 50 percent by the year 2000.
The committee is also working to receive a grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission. The grant funds would be used to start a citywide composting program in conjunction with New Braunfels Utilities.
Curtis said the committee would hope to be able to purchase a chipper and mick to be used to gather composting materials. The grant is due to the TNRCC by the end of the month.
In other business, the council also heard a briefing from representatives from the Lower Colorado River Authority concerning the recent discovery that the amount of arsenic
found in the soil in Lands Park and in the old Comal Power Plant site is not danger to human health or the environment.
LCRA had announced to the council recently that higher than normal levels of arsenic had been found in the soil but further testing showed the levels were normal. The second set of tests were more sophisticated, according to Dennis Daniels, manager of environmental services for LCRA.
Daniels also discussed the Comal Power Plata site. He said it has been determined that there are two asbestos landfills at the site. However, he said they do not poae a risk to people because the material does not migrate in the soil and is only a danger to humans if it is in the air.
“If we unbury it, we would stir it up and put it back into the atmosphere,” said Daniels.
Other items found in the power plant site include petroleum hydrocarbons and PCBS. Daniels said further testing is being conducted by the LCRA and the TNRCC to determine wha type of dean up efforts should be conducted.
The TNRCC and LCRA announced their findings about the arsenic in the soil last week. Additional testing showed other metals were showing up as arsenic in the first tests.Don’t miss Horizons ’94 - Coming March 27 in the Herald-Zeitung!