New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 93
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Brandon Cisco Hernandez, Clyde Scott, Carmelita (Pinkie) Horan (80 years), and Jennifer Scott
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Mold—539 Elm —0
Cedar — trace Oak — 8 Mulberry — 0 Hackberry — trace (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, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.17 feet above sea level, same as yesterday.
Work starts at Post Office
The U.S. Postal Service has awarded a contract for a project to increase the parking on the north side of the Post Office parking lot on South Seguin Street.
The project will include changes to the outgoing mail collection island.
The drive on the north side of the Post Office, that connects Seguin and Casten streets will be closed during the project, which should be completed in about 45 days The collection boxes have been moved to the north end of the parking lot, where customers can deposit their mail at the exit on Seguin Street
Kindarchor practice tonight
There will be a Kinderchor practice Thursday, March 21 from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at the Senior Citizen Center on Landa Street. For information, call David Smith at 629-1785.
Volunteer work day
The New Braunfels Girls Softball Association will have a volunteer work day to get the fields in shape Saturday, March 23, starting at 1 p m Bring shovels, rakes, hammers, etc. A coaches clinic that had also been scheduled for Saturday has been cancelled.
Women’s Center needs high chair
The Comal County Women s Center needs a high chair and medium and large size diapers.
Bring your donation to the Comal County Women’s Center at 1547 Common Street, or call 620-7520.
Comal County Democrats to meet
The Comal County Democrats will meet March 26 at 7 p.m. at Comal bowl. The guest speaker will be from the Women’s Center.
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Road projects on Loop 337, 1-35 on schedule
By DENISE DZIUK
People driving around New Braunfels have no doubt been inconvenienced by at least one of the road construction projects underway in the area. However, a local official from the Texas Department of Transportation said the projects are progressing nicely-
Area engineer David Kopp said the project on Loop 337 at Common Street, which is estimated to cost $1.3 million, began in September 1995. He said the project is to expand the loop in that area to two lanes in each direction. However, he said the area between this project and Business 35 will remain as is. He said it would cost an additional $1.7 million for this section due to having to expand a bridge.
“There’s going to be a missing piece there,” said Kopp. “We’ve requested funding to expand that area and will expand it when we get it.”
Kopp said the reasoning behind working on this section first was that the Common Street and Loop 337 intersection is “strained” at times. He said there was a need to improve it so it would “function better and be more efficient." Kopp said work in the area is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, when tourists begin coming into town.
“I was out there and I don’t see why we can’t be finished by that date, or possibly even sooner,’’ he said.
Kopp also said the work being performed on the Interstate 35 frontage roads and the exit ramps from Loop 337 to Business 35 should also be completed by Memorial Day. He said this work includes straightening some of the highway exit ramps, changing the frontage roads to one-way, and putting in a “turn around” at Highway 46. He said it may not look like they are on schedule right now, but the paving portion of the work will go quickly.
“What’s helping us on all these projects in that we haven’t had a lot of rain to throw us off, even though it’s not good for our yards,” said Kopp.
Two separate expansion programs on Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels are also in the beginning stages, said Kopp. The first, which is expected to cost $11 million, runs from FM 3009 to FM 2252. The second project runs from 2252 to half a mile south of Solms Road, and will cost about $13.4 million. Kopp said the both projects will be expanding the interstate to three lanes. However, the first one will include changing the frontage roads to one-way, and the second will include running IH 35 under an additional bridge. He said the finished project will look similar to IH35 in Selma.
“These projects have a longer time frame for completion though,” said Kopp. “These are usually a year-and-a-half to two-year projects.”
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Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
They can boogie
Milton Meharg, director of the Travel Services Division of the Texas Department of Transportation (top) demonstrates how even a novice can master the Boogie Bahn. Meharg surprised more than 125 travel counselors from the 11 visitor information centers run by the Texas Department of Public Safety by riding the Boogie Bahn at Schlitterbahn. The travel counselors toured Schlitterbahn, Landa Park, downtown and Gruene yesterday. City officials hope that giving the group a taste of what New Braunfels has to offer will pay off by having the counselors recommend New Braunfels to tourists.
In the photo on the left, Keith Purvis, a Schlitterbahn employee who placed third last year at the annual surfing competition held on the ride, shows the crowd a few of his moves.
The park opens on weekends starting April 27, and opens daily starting May 18.
Texas Supreme Court hears arguments in aquifer case
By DENISE DZIUK
Attorneys for both sides in the Edwards Aquifer debate had one last chance to pitch their side, as the issue of whether or not the law creating the Edwards Aquifer Authority is constitutional went before the Texas Supreme Court. Both sides must now wait for a ruling to come down.
The Texas Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the debate over whether or not the law creating the EAA is unconstitutional Wednesday. Steve
Rogers, an attorney for the EAA, said “things went very well.” He said the court allowed 40 minutes each, which is twice as long as ordinarily.
“(The extra time was) because this is a significant case,” said Rogers. “It’s complicated and it’s important and I think they realized that.”
Rogers said the case presented by the plaintiffs did not include many of the “crazy and wild arguments” made at the trial case. He said one of the arguments “abandoned" by the plaintiffs was that the legislature did not have the power to create the law. How
ever, he said they did maintain they felt their water was being taken away and given to downstream users.
“There were not surprised in terms of what they argued,” said Rogers. “Now the court is going to look at how the different users are affected.”
Rogers said there is no way to tell how soon a ruling will be made, but is hopeful that it will be sooner, with July being the latest. He said it is difficult to say which way the justices will rule. However, he said they could “sever out” just the portions of the law that are a problem, instead of throwing out the
“That’s what they should do with the permits part if they don’t agree with it," said Rogers. “The worst case scenario (of throwing out the entire law) should not happen here.”
Comal County EAA representative Doug Miller said all of the justices asked really good questions regarding various aspects of the case.
He said they also seem very knowledgeable on the case, and as an observer it was hard to tell which way they were leaning.
"I think it went as well as can be
expected," said Miller. “We just have to wait for the nine justices to sort through the information.”
The EAA, which would have had the power to enforce pumping limits, broker water, and license wells, was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer on August 28, replacing the Edwards Underground Water District.
However, the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District challenged its constitutionality, and a district judge ordered a permanent injunction against the EAA.
May 4 races set
The deadline for filing for various city offices, as well as Comal ISD offices, was 5 p.m. Wednesday. Early voting will be from Apnl 15-30, and election day will be May 4. The following individuals filed to run in the May election.
Comal Independent School District:
■ District 3
Lots M. Duggan, 69, store owner
Scott Watson, 45, president of Continental Long Distance
■ District 4
Doug Nail, 39, attorney Thomas Bruce, 47, self-employ-eed (I)
City of New Braunfels
Jan Kennady Cheryl K. Scott.
■ District 5:
Jim Hendricks Cathy Talcott
■ District 6:
Mary Lou Erben Juliet Watson
■ Three at large seats Florence Bryant (I)
Jimmy Schulz (I)
Felix Arambula (I)
Three at large seats
■ Place I Jack Foley (I)
■ Place 4
Georgia Eckhardt (I)
■ Place 5 Russ Sanders (I)
Herald-Zeitung photo tty MICHAEL DARNALL
Lutherans ready for sale
Roland Willmann and Eugene Koenig, of Cross Lutheran Church cut out sales tags for rummage sale items. The church's 14th annual garage and bake sale will be held tomorrow and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A brown bag sale will be held Monday at 10 a.m. The sale is at 172 Hickory St.
Department looks for clues in suspicious Bulverde fire
By MELANIE GERIK
The Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department is searching for clues in a suspicious fire on Brand Road Tuesday afternoon.
The fire started at the edge of the
road in a remote subdivision a half mile south of State Highway 46.
Because of the starting point and location of the fire, Bulverde fire fighters are investigating it as suspicious, said Raylon Schlueder, Bulverde fire chief.
“It had some help, is what it looks like,” Schlueder said.
The fire, which which took two hours to extinguish and burned an acre of cedar trees, several of which were hollow. A hollow tree “acts like a chimney,” blowing up smoke and
embers which can be thrown by the wind to another area, Schlueder said.
He said no matches or gasoline were found on the scene of the fire.
Anyone with information about this fire should call the Bulverde fire department at 438-2900.
Rylander slated to replace DeLay at conference
By MELANIE GERIK
Ole of the three Texas railroad commissioners will speak at the Texas Legislative Conference luncheon Fnday.
Carole Keeton Rylander, the first woman to be elected to the Railroad Commission of Texas in 1994, will fill in for U.S. Rep Tom DeLay. DeLay is tied up on Capital Hill with his responsibilities as majority whip.
Rylander was the president of the Austin Independent School Distnct Board of Trustees in the 1970s, mayor of Austin from 1997 to 1983 and a member of the State Board of Insurance. She was the first woman to serve in all three positions.
Rylander’s luncheon speech is part of the two-day Texas Legislative Conference Thursday and Fnday.
James “Pete” Laney, the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, will be honored as Texan of the Year at 7 p m Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
More than 500 community and state leaders will attend discussions Friday on political issues such as the presidential election and changing the role of Congress.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.