New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of AMBER DUNCAN
Vol. 144, No. 137
Birthday wishes from Ilia Herald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Amber Duncan (16 years), Cheryl Koepp, Jason Wade (19 years), John Bevil, Yvonne Marie Moreno and Lyla Cornelius (83 years).
Happy anniversary to Weldon and Dolly Nance (51 years), and FA!, and Lyla Cornelius.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Rotan measured In pens per cubic merer of
sir. fleeting! taken yesterday. Information
provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal River—153 cubic feet per second, down 9 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei —622.70 feet above sea level, down .05 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam dtocharge —128 cfs Carryon Lake Wlore—39 cfs Canyon Lake level —006.01 feet above see level. (Balow conservation pool.)
Bum ban back in place
Due to th® drought conditions, effective immediately, County Judge Carter Casteel has declared a state of disaster for Comal County based on the threat of wildfire and has instituted an emergency order to ban outdoor burning. This bum ban remains in effect until further notice.
Violation of this order may be prosecuted as a misdemeanor, punishable by a fine not to exceed $1,000 or a jail term not to exceed 180 days.
(jinrtr support group to moot
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at - 6:30 a.m., Thursday, 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 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, Saturday, 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 to 7 p.m.. Thursday, at the Country Village Plaza in Settler on FM 2673.
Fair Quaan’s contest
Comal County Fair Association is looking for girls who will be juniors at CISD or NBISD this coming school year to par ticipate in the Fair Queen s Contest. Contact Flo weekdays during business hours at 606-6659.
The Comal County Women’s Center needs large and extra large size diapers, lf you can help, bring them to the shelter at 1547 Common St
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
City plans to beef up water rules
By ABE LEVY
City officials are turning up the heat on the existing water ordinance.
Mike Shands, New Braunfels city manager, is drafting a new water conservation ordinance that could restrict everything from watering lawns to serving water at local restaurants during serious drought conditions.
The measure, which will be presented to city council at its Tuesday meeting, is considered an emergency item, requiring only one reading for approval.
Shantis said the proposal is in response to the worsening drought and anonymous complaints about car washes and the impact of nearby metorpolitan water policies on New Braunfels.
Although the proposal would cut water use, Strands said that since New Braunfels uses mainly surface water horn Canyon Lake, the city does not need water use policies as strict as other area cities, which rely soley on the aquifer for their water supply.
“The fact of the matter is that no matter what we do, since we’re such a minimum user (of Edward’s Aquifer), it’s probably not going to do a whole tot,” Strands said.
Strands said Canyon Lake is fed mainly from rain water and various tributaries.
Strands said the proposal bases its restrictions on spring flow and average daily water use, which for New Braunfels is eight million gallons
The existing ordinance is also based on the average daily use and the water level of the J-17 well in San Antonio. Under the existing ordinance, if the level of the well is below 630 feet, the city manager or mayor is instructed to implement more severe water restrictions.
In effect, the proposal would outline what the necessary restrictions would be when the weH’s water level dips below 630 feet
The well was at 637 feet as of Wednesday morning, a drop of about two feet since last Friday.
The proposal’s restrictions include adding an extra hour to sprinkler limits; limiting the days that sprinklers can be used; turning off public fountains; no longer serving water at area restaurants; and prohibiting runoff into streets from a residence during such activities as washing a car or driveway. The proposal calls for stages to phase in the restrictions, but would not change the yearround water restrictions for sprinkler usage, which are from IO a.m. to 4 p.m.
Marion joins list of cities with tougher drought rules
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION — As of Tuesday, the City of Marion went under Stage IU water conservation measures as mandated by the Edwards Underground Water District.
With action taken at Monday’s meeting, the Marion City Council adopted Stage IU water conservation restrictions for the city. The restrictions went into effect Tuesday.
“We are doing our part in trying to keep the springs (Comal) flowing,” Mayor Glenn Hild said.
Along with many other cities and entities within the Edwards Aquifer area, Marion had to go before the EUWD board earlier this month and explain why it did not meet mandatory requirements set by the EUWD under its Demand Management Plan. Under Stage II restrictions, Marion had cut its water use by IS percent. Now under Stage IU restrictions that figure will go to 20 percent.
When the Stage III water restrictions are enacted, landscape watering will be permitted with an irrigation system or sprinkler on an approximately once every five days schedule. Irrigation watering will be allowed between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. on designated days.
Homes that can do landscape watering will be determined by whether they have an even or odd numbered address. Watering with a hand-held hose, a bucket of five gallons or less or drip irrigation system is permitted at any time.
In other business:
• The city council accepted the resignation of police officer Anthemy Slaughter who has taken a position with the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department.
• Councilman Clarence Jackson said he has been notified that the Baptist Memorial Hospital System has shown interest in using the old post office building near city hall for a medical clinic. A meeting will be set up for Hild and Jackson and hospital representatives in the near future.
Hertkf-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tiffany Lewis, 23, of San Antonio, was still in surgery for multiple injuries at press time after an accident near the Ruekle Road exit of Interstate 35 at about midnight. She was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital because no AJrLlfe Helicopter was available al the time. The Geo Prism she was driving veered off Interstate 35, Becross the median and broadsided a tractor-trailer driven by Vernon Summers, 42, of Nashville, Tenn. Lewis1 passenger, Cassie Hoak, 21, of San Antonio, was treated and released from McKenna Hospital.
ABL recommends avoiding Klan rally
By ABE LEVY
Herald-ZHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells directs traffic through the construction on the Interstate 35 access roed yesterday.
Access road work moves south
This is one day New Braunfels doesn’t want tourists.
June I, the day the Ku Klux Klan stages a rally on the Comal County Courthouse steps, is much anticipated by local officials, not so much for what’s going to happen, but for the relief of when it’s over.
Tuesday night two members of the Anti-Defamation League’s Houston head- HTIlO Kldfi’S quarters briefed about ll influence city and county officials and . -
community leaders on how lOOBy IS to prepare for the coming nothing more
—Jonathan Bernstein, Anti-Defamation League
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Except for traffic delays, everything is going as planned for work crews converting the Interstate 35 frontage roads into one-way systems.
“It seems everything is working smoothly, it is just that they have to work around a lot of traffic,” Texas Department of Transportation Area Engineer David Kopp said. “Everything is functioning alright.”
Yesterday, TxDOT work crews finished work on the frontage roads north of the Guadalupe River, which included the Highway 46/1H-35 intersection. Work is
scheduled to be finished by the Memorial Day weekend,
“Everything north of the river is now functioning as one way," Kopp said.
Today, TxDOT will start working on all frontage roads south of the river to Loop 337. This will include the intersections of FM 725 and Walnut Avenue.
“We are shooting to finish it by (Wednesday), but, at this point, realistically, we want to get to Walnut (today) and finish it on Thursday,” Kopp said.
Sgt. John McEachern of the New Braunfels Police Department said no accidents or problems have reported due to the construction.
Bomb threat empties DHS building
By ABE LEVY
A bomb threat Tuesday morning stopped workers at the Texas Department of Human Services and forced them to evacuate the building for about 20 minutes, DHS officials said.
At abut 10:30 am, Don Landrum, an eligibility specialist with the department, said he received an anonymous phone call from what sounded like a male teen-ager.
The caller said there was a bomb about to explode in the building at 1607 E. Common St.
“I was in shock at first,” Landrum, 43, said. “My first instinct was that it’s a prank call. I took it to the office manager and decided to treat it as a real threat.”
Most of the roughly 30 workers had evacuated by the time police arrived, Lloyd Kunkel, office manager, said.
Sgt. Kevin Clayton said two police offi
cers checked the building for suspicious materials after the workers had evacuated
The incident was fowarded to the criminal investigation unit, but Clayton said finding the suspect will be highly unlikely since there’s no way to trace the call.
The bomb threat was the first for the department, which processes eligibility for medicaid, food stamps and other welfare programs in Comal County and nearby areas.
The New Braunfels fire department was near the scene for about 15 minutes in position for support, fire department officials said..
Landrum said the phone call may have been from a welfare applicant who did not meet eligibility standards.
“With all the welfare reform, there’s people who used to get benefits and so there’s always the potential that you’d get disgruntled people,” Landrum said.
Jonathan Bernstein, the regional director of the ADL, whose visit was put on by the Greater Hispanic
Chamber of Commerce of Comal County, began about 80 years ago to combat the outbreak of white supremist groups such as the KICK.
The rally is slated for 6:30 to 8:30 pm on the courthouse steps and will be led by state Klan director Michael Lowe.
Bernstein warned officials to expect a media blitz from around the state, but said the rally should draw only eight to IO Klan members.
“The Klan’s influence today is nothing more than pathetic,” Bernstein said. “Nevertheless, the Klan can be dangerous.”
Maintaining a consistent public message of avoiding the rally was the primary ADL recommendation, which local officials said they have stressed from the beginning.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel told the ADL the New Braunfels community hopes the Klan’s rally fires blanks, but admitted the outcome is anyone’s guess
“(This community) thinks the whole idea stinks. We’ve spoken at every club we can think of. We’ve tried to do everything.’’ Casteel said. “I think we have covered the bases. We’re holding our hands and saying a prayer.”
The event, Bernstein said, promises to be a test of nerves for some. To combat a possible outbreak of violence, about 60 police officers will line the downtown area and station themselves around the courthouse, Casted said.
Police Chief Ray Douglas said he plans to videotape the Klan rally with one camera on the crowd and one on the Klansmen. He added that he would rent the videos to interested parties.
Douglas told the ADL that local businesses had received faxes from the Klan advertising the rally.
Although the Klan’s rally is protected by the First Amendment, Bernstein said the group’s leader is low on charisma, a factor that weakens his attempts to recruit.
Bernstein cautioned that if a counterdemonstration is inevitable, it should be held at a different location and time.
Local leaders are planning a June 2 “Day of Unity and Reconciliation,” which will include morning church services, publication of a “Unity Proclamation” on the Church page of the Herald-Zeitung Friday and a citywide worship service at Unicom Stadium in the evening.
“I think the most important thing is to demonstrate the community’s rejection of his message and not his right to (free) speech,” Bernstein said.Abstinence-based sex education programs work best. See Opinion, Page 4A.