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8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, March 19,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MICAELI SMITH
Vol. 144, No. 91
Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Micaeli Smith, Frankie Urias Jr. (seven years), Jonnie Shea, Nancy Jackson (40 years), Leroy Zavala Jr. (eight years), and Katrina Scott (Monday).
Happy I4th anniversary to red and Kathy Doyle.
Mold —Not available Elm — NA
Cedar — NA Ash — NA Mulberry — NA Hackberry —NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 234 cubic feet per second, down 8 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.18 feet above sea level, down .01.
Garage and bake sale planned
The Dorcas Guild of Cross Lutheran Church will hold its 14th annual garage and bake sale Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Brown bag day will be Monday at 10 a m. The location is 172 Hickory St.
Anyone who has items to donate for the sale may call 625-3666 or Patty Scheel at 625-7023. Arrangements will be made for the pickup of items.
Canyon Music Boosters to meet
Canyon Music Boosters will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High School Band Hall. There will be an election of new officers.
The New Braunfels Conservation Society rummage sale will be held from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. March 23 at 521 W San Antonio St.
National VFW commander to speak
The National Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul A. Spera, Texas State Commander Paul H. Duff and other state VFW officers will visit New Braunfels VFW Post 7110, 600 Peace Avenue, from 7:30 a m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, March 25. VFW members, guests and local citizens are invited to attend.
Texas Department of Health Region 8 HIV/STD Education and Prevention Planning Coalition meets 10 a.m. to 3 p m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Rock House behind Hospice New Braunfels, 613 N. Walnut Public invited. Open forum from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For information, call 606-0200.
Flag retirement ceremony
Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 and Auxiliary will hold a flag retirement ceremony Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 a m. at Sts. Peter and Paul School.
The public is invited to attend.
Unserviceable flags are still being accepted. Call Joan at 629-1252.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprintGolf course clubhouse to get $600,000 facelift
By MELANIE GERIK
The Landa Park Golf Course will more than triple the size of its clubhouse, pro shop and cart bam with $600,000 in loans approved by the New Braunfels City Council Monday night.
Construction on a prefabricated cart
bam will begin immediately and should be completed within a few weeks, said Dr. Milton Phair, chairman of the five-member building committee of the Golf Course Advisory Board.
“Once the slab is poured, it’s just a matter of putting it all together,” Phair said.
The council approved a $66,960 bid from Wingfield Construction Co. of
New Braunfels to pour the slab and construct the metal building.
After the cart bam is completed, renovations of the club house and pro shop should begin, Phair said.
All but the stone walls built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration will be tom down.
Phair said the expanded, multi-level club house will include larger meeting
rooms and a grill-type snack bar, something which currently is handled by the pro shop.
“The pro shop can now be involved in golf and not have to dispense sandwiches and beer,” Phair said.
Phair said the current facilities at the golf course, built in the 1930s, were “woefully inadequate, not up to [Americans with Disabilities Act] code and
During the renovations, Phair said golfers should not be too inconvenienced in playing, but the pro shop will be moved into a portable building.
The $600,000 in loans will be paid through the Golf Course Capital Improvement Fund, which includes green and park fees.
Protected left turns for San Antonio and Walnut to be discussed Wednesday
By MELANIE GERIK
Protected left turn signals on the intersection of W. San Antonio Street and Walnut Avenue will be discussed at the city’s Infrastructure Improvement Corporation Wednesday night.
“The main thing we are concerned about is to have a protected left turn in all four directions,” said C. A. Bolner, city engineer.
None of the four signals have a protected arrow for left-hand turns.
The light also will change in response to traffic instead of changing on a timer, according to the recommendations.
“The only control we have [now] on that particular light is to time about how long it takes for traffic to get through the intersection,” Bolner said.
The infrastructure board also will discuss adding a wooden foot bridge across the Comal River in Landa Park, near the Parks and Recreation office.
The bridge would allow visitors ens-
‘The only control we have (now) on that particular light is to time about how long it takes for traffic to get through the intersection.’
— C.A. Bolner
ier access from the main parking lot to park attractions, Bolner said.
Bolner also is proposing repairs on an existing wooden park bridge to stabilize it.
As of Monday afternoon, Bolner said cost estimates were not finalized.
The infrastructure board will decide Wednesday at its 6 p.m. meeting at the Municipal Building Conference Room A/B whether to take the recommendations before the city council.
Test drive goes bad
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A Cibolo man was injured and taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital after a wreck at Walnut Avenue and the frontage road of Interstate 35 Monday afternoon.
Ernest Smith was treated and released from the hospital after he suffered numbness in his shoulders and arms, said Cpl. Russell Bell from the New Braunfels Police Department. Smith was driving a white Jeep Cherokee south on the east frontage road when James Lokey, turned left onto Walnut Avenue.
Lokey, who was test driving a Ford Thunderbird from Bluebonnet Motors, was issued a citation, Bell said. Smith’s wife and two daughters, passengers in the Cherokee, were not injured. A salesman from Bluebonnet Motors, a passenger in the Thunderbird, also was not injured in the accident.
Time running out to register to run for school board
By OEHM DZIUK
Two positions on the board of tnistees for the Comal Independent School District will be up for election in May, and the deadline for filing for the election is almost here.
individuals interested in filing for the May 4 boart of tmsteat election for single member districts 3 and 4 have until 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, to fill out the necessary paperwork, said Jo Schwab. She said that as of 2 pjn. on Monday, two individuate had filed. Scott Watson filed for District 3, and Doug Nail filed for District 4. Thomas Bruoe currently represents District
4, and Jim Middleton represents District 3.
Schwab said rile expects additional candidates to file prior to the Wednesday dead-fine. However, rile said, even if no one else files, an election will still have to be held in May.
"They have to get (me vote, so we have to have an election,” said Schwab. “It would save a lot of money if we didn’t, but we have to have one.”
Schwab said individuals who want to file bot cannot make it into the office due to work schedules can have the application fined to them. However, they will need to fill it out, get it notarized, and return it to the CISD Central Office prior to the deadline.
To be eligible to file, residents must have lived in the single member district they are running in for at least six months and must be a registered voter. The trustees serve a three year term.
Eariy voting will be from April 15 to April 30.
Election day polls will be open from 7 am to 7 p.m. cm May 4, and voters will only be able to vote in the trustee election for their district.
The voter registration cards tell residents which district they live in.
Trustee candidates and voters with single member district questions can call Schwab at 625-8081 or 885-7674.
Scientist touts water-saving idea
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Going once ■■■
Auctioneers from tho Comal County Junior Livestock Association sell off chickens st the auction Saturday. The auction grossed more than $344,000. The most expensive animal sold was a steer showed by Heather Williams, which went for $20,500.
Endangered species presentation Saturday in Guadalupe park
There are several activities coming up at Guadalupe State Park, the Rust Resource Center and Honey Creek State Natural Area, located off Highway 46 west of New Braunfels.
Saturday. March 23 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p m. at the outdoor amphitheater in Guadalupe River State Park, there will be a presentation on Endangered Species of Central Texas, a slide program and discussion with a focus on the golden-cheeked warbler. An activity book for children will be available.
Apnl 13 from 9 a.m. to 11 a m. will see a wildtlower and plant identification walk at the Rust Center.
Marion moves toward new ball field for MYO
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION — The Marion Youth Organization and the Marion City Council agreed on Monday night on the feasibility of putting a baseball field on city property near the city’s public works warehouse on Otto Street.
To iron out the details, Mayor Glenn Hild appointed a committee of himself, Councilmembers Clarence Jackson and Florence Bryant to study the matter. Rep
resentatives from the Marion Youth Organization would also sit on the committee.
“We need to make sure that Kith the organization’s and city’s concerns are addressed,” Hild said.
David Mueller, MYO representative, said the youth league organization needs to build the ballfield because the MYO is outgrowing the capacity of the current Lldns ballfield.
“We are looking at using Lions Field for 23 teams this year and
having 250 kids playing,” Mueller said. “It is getting crowded and that is causing problems with field maintenance and practice time. Right now we aa* trying to find another place to play. ”
Mueller said the field the MYO plans to build would be used by girls fast pitch and slow pitch softball teams and Shetland and Pony baseball teams, which are for kids up to age 12.
“We have a lot of married people moving into the community with young children, we need to
give them something to do,” Mueller said. “We are going to have to aecomnuxlate the growth for them.”
Mueller said the land would have enough space for parking and the possibility of adding another field in the future for older kids.
The responsibility tor the field will lie mainly with the MYO, not the city, Mueller said.
Mueller said he would like to start building the facility as soon as possible.
As the summer approaches and the threat of the Comal Springs drying up increases, more and more attention is being given to how to conserve w ater. A research scientist has developed patnet pending system, that he believes could save millions of gallons of aquifer w ater.
Dr. John Brice, w ho owns a condiminium in New Braunfels, said the falling lev els of the Edw ards Aquifer and the Comal Springs “bother" him. He said the springs have dried up in the past, and there is a strong possibility it could happen again this year if the area sees another hot dry summer. Ile said it is this possibility that concerns him.
“lf the springs stop flowing, you have to wonder if (the springs) are ever going to come back up or not,” said Brice. “I think it’s a more serious problem than people are willing to admit.”
Brice said the current problem is only the beginning. He said the area relying on the aquifer continues to grow in population. The added demand creates a strain on the aquifer He said the question of water supply will only get worse due to these.
“It’s only going to get worse, and it’s just a matter of time" said Brice. “That’s w hy ev en a glass of water saved is beneficial.”
It was these issues that led Brice to look for ways to con-serve w ater, and he has been working on it for the past eight to IO months. He developed a “water conservation system" that is currently patent-pending.
“I thought of the concept years ago, but didnt get around to developing it until lately,” he said.
Brices sy stem saves the tw o to three gallons of w ater per shower that would be go dow n the drain waiting for the water to heat up. This water is stored in a reservoir and put back into the system to be used as cold water. The flow rate is also set at 1.5 gallons per minute, with "less w ater hitting you harder" As the shower goes beyond five minutes, the flow drops to 1.25 gallons per minute. Brice said this brings the total consumption during a five minute shower to 7.5 gallons “without compromising the quality of the stream. He said the system has the potential to save 3 million gallons of water per day in the greater San Antonio area alone.
“Using the conservative number of 425,000 showers a day in the greater San Antonio area alone, if you could sav e even just I gallon of water every time someone takes a shower, that’s 425,000 gallons a day," said Brice.
Brice said the “w ater conserv ation system" will be easy to install, and will be suitable for almost all showers. However, he said the systems are not available just yet. He said he first needs to find an investor to fund the manu-factunng, and they will then be available to the public. Once they become available, he believes people w ill install them
“You have to remember that they never thought they would get people to recycle...they were wrong,” said Brice.
/GOP shortsighted on education, environment, . See Opinion, Page 4.