New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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22 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, May 27,
1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ROBERT BRISSENDEN
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following )irthday wishes to; Julia Spence, Steven Sanchez Jr. Sharon St. John (Saturday), Robert Bris-senden (Saturday), and George S. Garcia Jr. (Saturday), and a happy belated birthday to April Gutierrez.
Habitat for Humanity shirts to be unveiled
The monthly “General Meeting” of the Comal County Habitat for Humanity, which is open to the public, will be held at 7:30 P.M. at the Dittlingcr Library, Thursday,
At this time the grand prize winner of the Poster Project, Miss Rachel Shipley, will be presented and will be awardee the first official T-shirt of this affiliate using the winning poster.
The other posters also will be on display and winners in each category introduced, if present. Additional T-shirts and hats with the Comal County Affiliate logo will be for sale at that time.
At 7 p.m. that evening, all those who desire to work on the building program who have not had a HFH Safety Briefing are asked to be present. Opportunity will be given for individuals or groups to sign up for specific jobs or phases of construction.
Reports will be given on the present status of the project.
Creative Clay Workshop in Gruene
A Magical Child Creative Clay Workshop will be held from IO a m. to 4 p.m. June 6 at Buck Pottery in Gruene.
The workshop is a benefit for the Children’s Museum. No preregistration is required. Remember to wear old clothes. For more information, call 620-0939.
550 cfs planned for holiday weekend
Rood waters released from Canyon Dam will be reduced to approximately 550 cubic feet of water per second beginning May 26, and remain at that level until Monday evening, according to officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in Fort Worth.
For the latest nver recreation conditions, check with the local professional outfitters.
Prooontation to oxploro Today's Woman'
McKenna Healthlink Wellness program presents Juggling Multiple Roles - Challenges Facing Today s Woman' al 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at the LVN classroom. Call 625-9111, ext. 341 for reservations
Horald-Zoitung to doss for Memorial Day
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeilung office will be closed on Monday,
May 30 in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.
Business hours will resume on Tuesday. All local schools, post office, courthouse and banks will be closed Monday.
(Ihe New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers lo submit items lo Stommtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, ‘'Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community lo gal lur and share the day's happenings We invite you lo share wuh us )
Three water districts to work together
______Edwards, Medina, Uvalde officials sign pact
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Three water districts in the region will once again work together to manage underground water. The Edwards Underground Water District, Medina County Water Conservation District and Uvalde County Underground Water Conservation District signed an agreement Thursday, committing to regional management of the Edwards Aquifer.
In a prepared statement, EUWD Chair Jo Ann Dc Hoyos said “This is one of the most significant developments toward implementing fair and effective regional water management in the Edwards region. It forms a bridge between our three districts and represents the foundation for the first true region-wide consensus among water users and their elected representatives.”
The agreement calls for the development of a drought management plan, a regional water plan with goals to increase water supply and minimize demands, and a promise to develop a legislative package to provide for equal management of the aquifer.
“Those folks out west came to realize they arc under pressure to do something,” said Jack
Ohlrich, EUWD Comal County chair. “Any agreement on regulating pumping, and legislation that is proposed and to get the western counties to come together with us can’t help but help Comal
Ohlrich said that any meaningful legislation would still depend on what San Antonio is willing to do in regard to their water situation.
Medina and Uvalde counties dropped out of the EUWD in 1989 to form their own districts. Comal, Hays and Bexar form the current EUWD.
Water/sewer rate increase request tabled by NSU
Trustees to pursue joint workshop with city council members to discuss matter
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees tabled a resolution last night to ask the city council to increase the water and sewer system rates.
Trustees opted to table the matter until a workshop can be held with the city council and the NBU board.
NBU General Manager Bob Sohn explained that NBU asked the city council to approve an increase in water and sewer rates several years ago He said they received part of the increase they requested but were told to come back later to discuss another increase The increase proposal would add 80 cents to the water rates and SI 32 to sewer rates. The rate increase would not apply to NBU customers who do not live in the city limits or to companies who have contracts with NBU.
Officials said this rate increase still would not cover the cost of capital improvements in the water and sewer programs. Currently revenues from the electric system are used to cover the costs of water and sewer systems.
Mayor Paul Fraser suggested the board meet with the council since there are many new council members on board since the last rate increase was approved “It will be a lot simpler procedure if it hasn’t come to us in the form of a resolution,” he said Trustee Guadalupe Castillo said the water and sewer systems have been supplemented by the electric system and a rate increase is something that has been “needed all along ”
“The funding we have given the city was based on that happening. . This is not a tax increase but it is still an increased outflow ing of money from customers’ pockets,” he said NBU President Gene Momhinweg said the board asked for a rate increase two or three years ago.
“We need to bring the water/sewer rates to the point where the systems will pay for themselves The rates we needed were not approved and we were told it would be a good idea to come back with a smaller rate,” he said.
Jason Hamilton (right) of New Braunfels receives his gold medal for fits first place finish in the 50 mm dash See special feature/pic-torial from staffers Sean Burgess and John Huseth this Sunday
GBRA proposal will not cost city water rights
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Officials with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority said a proposal presented to the Trans-Texas Water Program this week is just a plan and does not mean New Braunfels will lose any water rights.
An article printed in the San Antonio Express-News this week stated that panel members on the Trans-Texas group suggested one plan to be studied is a proposal to “buy out all hydroelectric water rights in the lower Guadalupe River and increase the amount of water that can be withdrawn from the river.”
New Braunfels resident Jim Mooney asked the New Braunfels Utilities board to investigate this proposal According to NBU General Manager Bob Sohn, 6 percent of NBU electricity is generated by the Canyon Dam hydroelectric plant.
Sohn said the sale of hydroelectric water rights would not affect the Canyon dam He said GBRA is required to honor current water rights.
The proposal presented to the Trans-Texas group is just one part of the total study, according to David Welsch, GBRA director of planning and development.
“GBRA has not agreed to anything,” said Welsch
He said GBRA would first be concerned about meeting the hydroelectric water rights of the Guadalupe basin before selling water rights to other entities.
“We still have to honor other downstream rights. . We must honor the need of municipal, industrial and agricultural needs,” said Welsch.
(Top photo) Canyon graduating seniors (from left) Susan Atturn, Matthew Green, Daniel Zunker, Alycia Tretta, Kirsten Oelkers and Cate Baese sing the Canyon High School alma mater during last night's commencement ceremonies held at Cougars Stadium. (Right photo) Canyon Valedictorian Susan Atturn delivered a speech to the graduating class during last night s ceremonies.
Commissioners accept Dierdre Hisler’s resignation
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The Comal County Commissioner’s Court Thursday accepted the resignation of Dierdre Hisler from the board of the Water Oriented Recreation District and decided to place appointment items on the agenda for next week Board member Michael Murphy has also turned in las resignation but Iris resignation acceptance will have to wait until next week Both cital a lack of direction arui displeasure with WORD management as points of conflict County Judge Carter Casteel said Hisler’s resignation was accepted with regret She added that she still believes in WORD and has referred to the district as an ’’ugly baby,” something somebody creates but doesn’t want to look at “It’s an ugly baby but I love it,” she said “. It’s going to be a beautiful baby ”
Board President Guy Anderson said Wednesday that
members of the WORD board alme from various groups with different interests in mind He said the board was purposefully structured to include diverse interests along the river.
“In any amsensus government, you’re going to have different views from different people,” he said “I think they fell on the minority side (of votes) anti they got tired of that ”
Hisler anti Murphy said the hoard lackai direction and that manager Jim Inman was not qualified “They thought the person should have certain criteria such as a degree in a related field,” said Anderson. “I don’t think the rest of the bt lard agreed with that ” Commissioners Court will have to appoint two new members w ith tile acceptance of Murphy’s resignation To keep a diverse range of interests alive, Casteel said she would like to see a homeowner representing the Canyon Lake and Low er Guadalupe areas considered.
On your marks!
Saturday’s Three Parks Run will feature well-known mimers competing for cash
From staff reports
This year’s ITiree Parks Run, Saturday at 8 a rn, promises to be exciting and unusual for many reasons Falling on Memorial Day weekend, the race will honor those who fought for our freedom.
The 5-K race (3.1 miles certified course) begins at 8 a rn near the l.anda Park train station Atter the 5-K race starts, the 5-K walk will begin At 8:45 a m., a children’s 1-K race will start for children IO and younger. First place male and female finishers in the 1-K race will receive one day passes to Schlitterbahn Colorful T- shirts, an honor guard, live entertainment, anti a contest for best patriotic running outitt are all a part of Three Parks Motional Run Proceeds from the run benefit
scholarships and track programs in the New Braunfels area
Well-known runners who will be competing for cash awards include Ruth Nalepa, world record holder for the 3000 rn. in AG , Natalie Nalepa, Robert Vara, Randy Reina; and local standout Juan Bernal Vara Roma and Bernal are fresh from team victories in Corpus Christi at the Beach to Bay Marathon Relay The cash awards draw top athletes from around the state, but most runners come for the great course, fun, and prize draw ings
New' Braunfels Running Club President Susan Phillips is racing director for the event However, all members pitch in to make it work The race has recently gained notoriety in the Dallas and Houston areas and in major running publications For more information, call 625-3776
Ranay Reina, winner of last year's Thrsa Parks Runt will raturn to dafsnd his title.
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