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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Mail carriers sponsor food drive Saturday By Heather Todd Staff Writer Local mail carriers will deliver more than just letters Saturday — they could deliver much-needed meals to local families. In conjunction with a nationwide effort, the New Braunfels Post Office, 686 S. Seguin St., is sponsoring a food drive Saturday to benefit SOS Food Bank, Inc. Donald McBroom, local letter carrier and food drive coordinator, said local residents throughout Comal County could leave nonperishable food items by their mailboxes — w hether they are curbside or on the front porch — or by cluster boxes. Local mail carriers on both city and ruralWhat’s Up ■ WHAT: Food drive to benefit SOS Food Bank, Inc. ■ WHEN: Saturday ■ HOW: Local residents throughout Comal County can leave nonperishable food items by their mail-boxes. routes then will pick up the food and drop if off at the New Braunfels Post Office. Volunteers from the SOS Food Bank then will pick up the food and take it to the pantry at 248 E. Merriweather St. to help feed local families. Abel Gomez, vice president of the SOS Food Bank Inc., said the annual event was the biggest drive of the year for the local food pantry. The event — now in its ninth year — is organized the second Saturday in May each year by the National Association of Mail Carriers, the US. Postal Service and the United Way. During the past eight years, local residents have donated about 130,000 pounds of non-perishable food to help local families, McBroom said. Gomez said, “It helps us out a lot. It really helps stock up the shelves for several months. If it wasn’t for this food drive, we would be struggling every month.” The food bank is staffed by volunteer workers who help store, stock and distribute food. The organization is supported by an interfaith organization of churches dedicated to assisting See FOOD/8AAdoption of well rules postponed By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer BULVERDE — Concerns voiced by water well drillers Wednesday evening prompted the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District board of directors to postpone adopting three rules that would regulate well construction standards and fees. About 25 well drillers and landowners over the Trinity Aquifer attended a 4:45 p.m. public hearing before the board’s regular meeting at the Bulverde Fire Station, Farm-to-Market Road 1863 and Cougar Bend. Board members asked attendees whether any of the proposed rules — designed to regulate and protect the aquifer — would severely impede or prohibit their ability to drill wells. “The district has a tough job, and its hard to satisfy everybody when everybody has a different opinion." H.L. Saur, Spring Water Well Service said restrictions requiring only cement be used to fill the spaces between the well casing and the outer edges of the drilled hole were of particular concern. “I don’t think they need to be cemented all the way down,” said 50-year well drilling veteran Bobby Kutscher. “You need a good seal on the bottom and a good seal on the top.” Kutscher and other drillers cited the financial burden that would be associated with the equipment required to cement wells from top to bottom. Both the second and third proposed rules were met with little opposition, but board members voted to table the rules until the gray areas of the well construction standards could be addressed and sorted out by board members and well drillers. The second rule would require well drillers to register with the district and provide proper certification so board members, could monitor adherence to the rules and the location of new See WELLS/8A The main point of contention surrounded the first proposed rule that would outline across the board standards for well construction to prevent contamination — including the size of the drilled hole, and the depth and type of well casing used by drillers. Several local well drillersMunicipal water — ‘self serve’ Resident hauls water out of Landa Park — for four years Biker rush Kristi Myers, a 16-year-old New Braunfels girl, is leaving motorcross-er competitors in the dust and hopes this weekend will be no different when she travels to California for her first pro race. ■ Find out how she’s preparing for her first pro race./1B ■ Motorcycles run in the family./! B By Ron Maloney Staff Writer You live, relatively speaking, in a more or less rural area. The nearby city comes along and annexes your property into its borders. You pay higher city tax rates, but you accept it because the city lavishes its services upon you: police and fire protection, rubbish removal, water and sewage service. Right? Don’t try to convince Alice Obercampf out on Highway 46. She has a good septic system, so that hasn’t really been an issue, although sewage service would probably be nice. She’ll agree she got the fire and police protection — although she’ll point out that she sees far more Sheriff’s vehicles go by her home than she does New Braunfels Police Department cars. She’ll agree she got the rubbish removal: after she asked for it, five or six years ago. The problem? The only city water she gets is what she or her son, Johnny, carry from Landa Park — in gallon jugs. Not a problem, you say? Having been annexed, she’ll be hooked soon to the water main that runs by her home —just across Highway 46? Don’t try to convince her of that, either. New Braunfels annexed her home, located between the entrance to OakRun School and the intersections of Highway 46 and Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 1863 in 1981. “At first it didn’t bother me so much,” said Obercampf of not being hooked up to municipal water. “We had a good well. Unfortunately now, many of the wells up here are bad — unsatisfactory for drinking. I wasn’t pushing it at the time because I preferred my own water anyhow. But now, we’ve had it checked several times and it’s not fit to drink.” * So, Obercampf and her son started schlepping See WATER/8A RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung Alice Obercampf, whose home was annexed in 1981, fills up gallon jugs in Landa Park. She’s still waiting to receive municipal water service.Herald-Zeitt Water Restrictions ■ Landscape watering is allowed from midnight to 10 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to midnight one day per week. Addresses with a last digit of 6 or 7 can water today. TNG >2    50    cents Vol. 149 No. 124    14    pages    in 2 sections    May ll, 2000    JURS]Neither rain, sleet, beans or potatoes ...Inside Abby................................5A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics...............................3B Crossword........................3B Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-2B Today.................................2A Television.............................3B Key Code 76 Rising water costs, decreasing availability prompts meeting By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — City officials concerned about rising costs — and trying to head off a water crisis — have set a special town meeting for 7 p.m. Thursday and are urging residents to attend. “We’re trying to ward off a potentially serious problem,” Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman said. “We want people to come to this meeting so we can show them what our water needs are, discuss what we’ve done recently, what we plan to do, and explain that all this costs money,” Feibelman said. “That’s the reason our water rates have to go up.” The meeting will be in the Garden Ridge Municipal Courtroom and City Council Chambers, 9357 Schoenthal Rd. “We’ll be presenting pumpage reports prepared by our water engineer. We need to pass on to the city what we’re doing, and answer questions and address concerns,” Feibelman said. “I want people to see why we’re doing what we’re doing.” In Garden Ridge, new water restrictions instituted last week in San Antonio by the Edwards Aquifer Authority including one-day-per week landscape watering — probably didn’t elicit much notice. That’s because they’re the same as local standards initiated back in January by city officials concerned about what they’ve long viewed as pending water trouble. V, •% Vi “We imposed stage 3 restrictions in Garden Ridge in January because we knew it was coming,” Feibelman said. The EAA allots 420-acre feet of water to Garden Ridge. The municipality pumped 601 acre FEIBELMAN ^eet *ast year» Feibel-man predicts that with growth, the demand will rise. “I think 700 acre feet of water is what this city will need to survive in the coming five to seven years,” Feibelman said “If the Edwards Aquifer Authority only allows us 420 feet, then we have to find the additional 280 acre feet of water.” Last month, Garden Ridge decided to seek to lease or buy 118 acre feet of water at a cost of about $63,000 — which will be passed on to municipal water customers with a slight; rate increase, Feibelman said — if the city can find the additional water. An acre-foot of water is about 320,000 gallons: the amount of water it would take to cover one acre of land with water a foot deep. Garden Ridge is seeking to buy additional 75-acre feet of water — at a cost right now of about $800 per acre-foot. It is trying to get a lease for an additional 43-acre feet. “Buying water is the most expensive option, but it makes sure ifs available to us,” Feibelman said. MSM r-y ;