New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Sunday, May 14, 2000 — Herald-Zeitung — Page 5A'Garden Ridge ‘ahead of the game’ but still looking for water
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
GARDEN RIDGE —. Anybody who might have confused Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman with the little boy who cried wolf found out they were wrong Thursday night.
About 40 people attended a meeting Thursday to discuss community concerns about the water shortfall in Garden Ridge — and what will come next.
In January, Garden Ridge implemented its own stage 3 drought restrictions — months before any other community in this area began even talking about water problems.
Garden Ridge officials this past month voted to raise water rates to cover the costs of procuring water above that allocated to the community by the Edwards Aquifer
Authority. Minimum water bills for all customers increased by 50 cents — to $18 for customers in the city limits and $33.50 for those outside.
Rates for usage above 15,000 gallons increased by 90 cents per
1.000 gallons, from $1.75 to $2.65 for up to 25,000 gallons; from $2.25 to $3.15 for up to
35.000 gallons, etc.
Feibelman and City Manager
Mike Castro called Thursday night’s meeting to let the public know what’s happening and where they can expect to find the water Garden Ridge will need as it grows.
Former New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller, who represents Garden Ridge on the board of directors of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, gave a presentation on the water demand of municipali
ties who depend on the aquifer. The bad news, he said, is that there isn’t going to be enough to go around if something isn’t done.
The good news, he said, was that the governments of Garden Ridge and Comal County were planning and trying to find more water.
Help could be on the way at the state level in a law that is setting up a framework for finding new water sources.
“You have progressive leadership in Garden Ridge,” Miller told residents. “They and your county government are working hard to address these issues.”
Feibelman sought the watering restrictions early this year to effect repairs to the city’s water tank on Farm-to-Market Road 2252. When the tank was repaired, the mayor asked the
council to approve continuing the restrictions, which allow lawn watering only one day each week.
Feibelman said then he was expecting water trouble later in the year — partly in response to forecasts of another dry summer, partly because Garden Ridge needed 200 acre-feet more water this past year than is expected the city will authorized under its EAA pumping permit.
An acre-foot is the amount of water it takes to cover one acre of land with water one foot deep — about 320,000 gallons. It is the standard of measure in the water business. Garden Ridge, a city with a population of about 2,200, expects to be authorized to pump about 400 acre-feet.
Last year, Garden Ridge pumped 601 acre-feet — nearly 200 million gallons — out of the
Old Ironsides visits Canyon
Keith Mahoney and Chief Petty Officer Bret Collins of the USS Constitution Museum in Boston brought the 1797 U.S. Navy ship to life for Canyon Middle students recently. Students were pulled from the audience to serve as shipmates on “Old Ironsides” and learn, first hand, what it was really like to serve on the ship 200 years ago.
CLASS looking for donations
Edwards Aquifer. City officials estimate about 60 to 70 percent of that went into lawn or landscaping irrigation.
Feibelman said Thursday he was gratified that his caution earlier in the year proved vindicated.
“We’re way ahead of the game,” Feibelman said. “I’ve heard nothing but positive comments for what we’ve done so far.
“Water is the single most important issue facing the city today. It’s very pressing,” Feibelman said. “Finding alternative sources is critically important.”
Feibelman said the population of Garden Ridge was expected to grow to 4,800 at its total development “build out” in 2035, more than doubling today’s 746 water
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connections to about 1,585.
Water usage in 2035 is expected to be 1,025 acre-feet or 343 million gallons.
Supply options include buying or leasing more water, either through cooperative purchases or through individual sales, buying water through a pipeline the cities of Schertz and Seguin are working to build, or sinking a well into the Glen Rose Aquifer, which city officials don’t view as a viable alternative.
“Personally, I think desalinization is the future,” Feibelman said.
Desalination plants, commonly used in Israel and a few other arid places, pump saltwater from the sea and remove the salt from it. That is one water option of many being considered at the state level.
SATTLER — Last weekend, with a lot of volunteer help, they got moved into temporary facilities in the batting cages between Startzville and Sattler.
This week, the Canyon Lake Animal Shelter Society (CLASS) is trying to hit a home run.
CLASS president-elect Cindy Darley is looking to the public it serves for the donations it needs to fund the humane organization’s new building program.
“If each household that gets our quarterly newsletter gave $5 a month — a little over a dollar a week — we would be able to not only build our animal shelter but also maintain it on a level that shelters everywhere would look up to,” Darley said in a news release.
There are 6,900 postal patrons in the Canyon Lake community.
when the high-speed chase started.
Police reports also indicated Pantoja owned a 9 mm handgun used in the robbery. The handgun was found by the Cantaro’s driver seat at the accident scene.
A Comal County grand jury indicted Pantoja on the aggravated robbery charges March I.
He was arrested March 18 and booked in Comal County Jail. He was released March 19 on a $ 100,000 bond.
Pantoja was represented by attorney Paul Finley.
On the night of the alleged car
jacking, New Braunfels Police officers spotted the Camaro and attempted to stop it, but the suspects failed to stop.
Police officers pursued the vehicle into Guadalupe County on Farm Road 725 where Guadalupe County deputies also joined in the pursuit.
The Camaro headed west on FM 78 into the Marion city limits when the driver apparently lost control, skidded sideways and struck a parked, occupied car in a driveway.
Milligan, who was attempting
to back out of a residential driveway, and Holt were both pronounced dead at the scene.
Lee, the driver of the Camaro, also faces murder charges in Guadalupe County for the deaths of Holt and Milligan.
Lee was transported to University Hospital with minor injuries. He was transported to the Comal County Jail that afternoon.
Law enforcement officials estimated the Camaro was traveling at 90 miles per hour during the chase.
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“If you did the math, then you already know what that $5 donation can do,” Darley said. “If not, it comes to $414,000 per year.” Darley acknowledged that that kind of money is “a very high goal to set for ourselves.”
But if enough people respond, “we’ll not only have a great animal shelter, but we’ll have a community drawing together,” Darley said.
CLASS can be reached at 830-905-PETS.
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