New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, May 21,1996
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Vol. 144, No. 136
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Birthday wisliei from tha Harald-ZeKung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Loma Boenig, Nanette (Robinson) Mueller, Bessie Preusser (80 years), JAI. (Butch) Allen (belated, 89 years) and Jean SHmpin (belated).
Happy anniversary to Russell and Laura Dieter!, Russell and Kimberly Jonas (two years) and M^Jes and CheUy Cole.
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Mold—420 Grass —trace Oak—0 Hack.—0 Paean—0 Elm—0 (PoMan measured In parts per cubic meter of ak. Ravings (akan yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —162 cubic feat per second, down 6 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.76 feet above sea level, down .05 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam discharge —128 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 46 cfs Canyon Lake level —906.06 feet above i level. (Below conservation pool.)
National Night Out Mooting
Neighborhood leaders throughout the city of New Braunfels are invited to attend a planning meeting on Tues-diyfMay 21, Tor the upcoming celebration of the National Night Out Against Crime. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Municipal Building at 424 S. Casted Ave.
Those residents who are unable to attend next week’s meeting and would like additional information on National Night Out can contact the Safe City Commission at 608-2100 ext. 18.
Cancer support group to meat
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 a.m., Thursday, May 23, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. Call 629-1763 for information.
Public Safety Fair planned Saturday
New Braunfels Emergency Services will present a Public Safety Fair May 25 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Main Plaza in front of New Braunfels Utilities. Fun and games for the kids. Learn about water safety. Free blood pressure checks, dunking booth, face painting, food and refreshments.
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce will have a mixer from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, March 23, at the Country Village Plaza in Sattler on FM ^2673.
Fair Qumo1! contest
Comal County Fair Association is looking for girls who will be juniors at CISD or NBISD this coming school year to participate in the Fair Queen s Contest, lf you are interested, contact Flo weekdays during business hours at 606-6659.
A story on Page 1 of the Sunday Herald-Zeitung should have stated the host for the VFW's 50th anniversary cele bration was R.H. Tays Jr.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Access roads start switch to one way today
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Hank Aguilar pushes a raft off tha rocks on tha Guadalupe River at Slumber Falls. Enjoying tha rids are Kelly and Allene Burger. It took him about four minutes to get the raft to water deep enough to float Every raft that came down the river got stuck at that point Tha Guadalupe continued to flow at about 125 cubic feet of water per second this weekend. River outfitters are hoping more families with children will come to the river on Memorial Day weekend, to take advantage of tha lower-than-average river level.
This morning Texas Department ofTransportation work crews began converting two-way frontage roads into one way. The work crews started at the intersection of Bushless 35 and IH-35 and will work their way to tho south end of town on Loop 337.
“We hope to have everything finished by Thursday, Friday the latest,” Assistant Area Engineer Greg Malatek said.
Malatek said the department hopes to have everything north of the Guadalupe River done by today, which would include Highway 46/Loop 337 near the IH-35 overpass and the frontage road that intersects into Business 35 in front of the outlet stores. Tomorrow, TxDOT officials plan to start working on the frontage roads south of the river.
Area Engineer David Kopp said all the intersections affected - Walnut Avenue, Highway 46 and FM 725 -will still be open, but motorists will have to bear with lane closures and traffic being rerouted.
“In the vicinity they are working at, they may have to reroute traffic,” Kopp said.
During die changeover to one way, TxDOT work crews will replace light cabinets at the intersections with ones that are compatible with a one-way road system. Signs, paving and marking of the lanes will be also done.
Even after the lanes are changed to one way by Memorial Day, Kopp said work crews will still have to finish with paving and marking the lanes.
Sales tax figures show continued strong economic growth
By ABE LEVY
Winter shoppers in New Braunfels didn’t let the chill get to their wallets. This month a sales tax revenue,
which reflects purchases made from
January to March, indicates about a 61 percent increase from last year at this time.
When factoring out the half-cent sales tax increase started in October 1995, city officials estimate the
increase to be from 7 to 12 percent.
“(The increase) is larger than I anticipated. It’s showing that New Braunfels is growing and people are shopping in Nsw Braunfels,”-said Sharon Day,
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New Braunfels collected $497,205 insales tax for the first three months of the year, which is $ 189,257 more than last year.
Overall this year, the city has collected $2,345,610.
If the increase stays on course,
between October 1995 and June this year, the city will have collected about $200,000 more than it anticipated for the general fund and $32,000 more for each of jr^tfrt hy the
half inn IAH IWK “ v
The half-cent sales tax is broken into four accounts that each receive one-eighth of the half-cent tax. The accounts go toward property tax reduction, economic development, streets and drainage improvements and longterm equipment purchases and major
Although City Manager Mike Shands was enthused about the growth in sales, he cautioned that until the Wiley, is Actually collected, it can’t
“Until you meet the annual expected
budget, which will be toward the end of the year, you can’t use (die money),” Shands said In addition the city has collected 10.5 percent more in the first quarter in hotel occupancy tax compared to last
year, according to preliminary reports.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said die extra income from boid tax will help swfor ta dvou-uig campaign to oJBi Et negative messages about low-water levels ii New Braunfels’ springs and rivers.
“(The drought) has wide-reaching negative effects,” Meek said. “We’re trying to get the word out that there’s multiple water recreation in New Braunfels.”
Larry Wenzel picked as Small Business Person of the Year
By ABE LEVY
‘A lot of prestigious
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce announced Monday that Larry Wenzel of Creative Eyewear fay Larry was selected as the Small Business Person of the Year.
The award —
has been given out to small business owners and managers in New Braunfels since 1990.
“I’m honored,” said Wenzel, who has been selfemployed since 1983. “A lot of
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received this award, and to be considered with them is an honor.”
Wenzel was nominated through secret ballot and was one of four finalists.
Creative Eyewear, which started in 1984 and has three full-time employees, sells eyewear and processes prescriptions lenses.
Kenny Franklin, chair of the chamber’s Small Business Week committee, presented the award along with about IO chamber mem-
received this award, and to ba conaldarad with thorn Is
— larry Wenzel
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Creative Eyewear owner Larry Wanzal accepts Ma honor.
bere and friends to a surprised Wenzel at about 2:15 p.m. Monday.
Franklin said the award presentation is part of the celebration of Small Business Week, which will run from June 2 to June 8 .and that Wenzel will be honored throughout the year.
Wenzel is a former president of the Certified Optician Association of Texas from 1990-94. He is also a former Comal Independent School District board member.
Wenzel, who is a chamber board member, removed himself from voting on the award after hearing he was nominated as a finalist Chamber president Michael Meek said Wenzel was “certainly deserving” of this award.
“Larry has come from the ground up,” Franklin said. “He has tremendous respect because of his wanting to help New Braunfels. He has overcome many obstacles.”
State, feds to rescue species at springs
By ABE LEVY
Guadalupe trout no longer dying, but cause still a mystery
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A week after several trout were mysteriously found dead along the Guadalupe River, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists are still looking for answers into the fish kill.
“We are still investigating,” said Cindy Contreras, pollution biologist for TP&W’s Kills and Spills team in San Marcos.
During the weekend of May 11-12, Contreras said at least 30 trout were reported to have been found dead.
“I picked up 12-15 (fish) and someone said they saw 20 downstream,” Contreras said.
Tile size of the dead trout ranged from three to 17 inches. The dead trout were found from Whitewater Sports Campground on Highway 306 to Bean’s Camp.
Contreras believes the kill may be over.
“I was there (ai the river) on Wednesday and I found no more dead fish,” Contreras said. “I think the kill is over. There are no additional numbers to report.”
Last week, a water sample test conducted at the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority lab in
Seguin found standard levels of ammonia in the Guadalupe River, which is not enough to harm any fish, Contreras said.
Some of the dead trout were sent to the Texas A&M Extension Service in College Station to find out if any diseases or tissue damage may have played a role in the trout kill.
“The bacterial work from the tests were shown to be inconclusive,” Contreras said.
Histology tests, which deal with a living organism’s organs and tissues, should be done by the end of the week, Contreras said.
Federal and state officials said they are planning to remove a sampling of endangered species from local springs and rivers to a San Marcos fish hatchery if the drought continues through this week.
The species include the San Marcos Salamander, Fountain Darter, Comal Salamander, Texas Wild Rice, ami the Texas Blind Salamander.
Declining spring flows have also triggered Stage III of the Edwards Underground Water District drought management plan, officials announced Monday.
Stage 111 of the drought plan calls for major water users and supliers in Bexar, Comal and Hays counties to cut consumption by 20 percent, compared to a year ago.
“We’re very concerned about the condition of the species and the aquifer levels,” said Steve Helfert, field supervisor for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Unless we get some substantial rain, we’re pretty much (starting with the removal process).”
The effort would include the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.
TIm species would be retained at the National Fish Hatchery and Technological Center in San Marcos, which is a part of the Fish and Wildlife Service. Hatchery officials are working to gain a permit to collect the animal species due to recent changes in the contingency plan.
The new plan requires permits from individual rivers that flow into to the J-17 well in San Antonio.
Thomas Brandt, the hatchery’s acting director, said the wild rice, which naturally grows around die San Marcos River, has already been collected but that the fish and salamanders will likely be collected next week, after the new contingency plan permit is approved.
Brandt said the new permit operates under a lower well level, but allows collection of more animals.
San Antonio announced it was entering Stage 111 of its drought management plan last weekend. That is a seperate, less stringent plan than the Edwards Underground Water District Stage III, which was put into effect Monday.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144,