New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
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River fee challenged
■ Former mayor, outfitter are plaintiffs in lawsuit against city
By Suzanne Ashe
Former New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams is hanging his tube on the other side of the city council dais these days on the river ordinances issue.
Williams said he was given a citation for violating the cooler size ordinance while floating on the river this past weekend. However, he did it for a reason, he said.
“I took my old standard 48-quart cooler that Ive been floating with since 1989 on purpose,” he said. “It was really a test to see if police were enforcing it (the ordinance)."
Williams is named as a plaintiff in the latest Filing aimed at overturning the city’s river ordinances.
Attorney Scott Tschirhart for Stop the Ordinances Please, an unincorporated group of business owners and other parties interested in the use and enjoyment of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels’ city lim-
“I took my old standard 48-quart cooler... it was a really a test to see if theyd enforce it."
— Stoney Williams,
The former New Braunfels mayor was given a citation Saturday for having an oversized cooler.
its, filed an amended plea to jurisdiction with the Comal County District Court Wednesday.
STOP members named as plaintiffs in the lawsuit include Rockin “R” River Rides, Texas Tubes, Comer Tubes, Inc., Gruene Home Run Batting Cages and Tubing, Rivercrest Food Mart, Tire Repair Supply and Equipment, Tavern on the Gruene, Inc., Stone Randall Williams and Lindsay Michelle Crim, according to the court document.
The latest filing by Tschirhart expands the
See RIVER, Page 3ACorps reducing lake level
By Mark Koopmans
CANYON I AKE — Canyon Dam’s flood gates were gradually opened until a full release of 5,000 cubic feet per second was reached, officials with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday.
The release rate at 8 a.m. Wednesday was recorded at 1,425 cfs., however, by 10:30 a.m. it already had reached 4,746 cfs. The release is expected to remain at this level for about the next IO to 14 days, according to a news release from the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
See CORPS, Page 6A
The last vehicles allowed to cross the Gruene Bridge over the Guadalupe River pass before New Braunfels Police Department patrolmen barricade the road about 4 p.m. Wednesday.The bridge could be closed for up to two weeks as Canyon Lake is lowered by water releases.
Outer loop could traverse state land
■ New route could see loop built further out than proposed on 1990s road plan
A sketch created by Sheldon Properties of San Antonio, which is working with the state ofTexas to prepare more than 1,900 state-owned acres for development along a proposed outer loop north of New Braunfels.
TxDOT Area Engineer Greg Malatek speaks to the crowd on Main Plaza Wednesday morning at a press conference for the New Braunfels Outer Loop Study.
By David Saleh Ratify
1'he final route for the highly anticipated outer loop around the city could be affected by almost 2,000 acres of land along Interstate-35 in New Braunfels owned by real estate investors from the Texas General land office.
State, county and city officials engaging in preliminary plans to construct an outer loop around New Braunfels an1 mulling over the possibility of scoring a valuable chunk of property from the land office and a San Antonio developer — free of charge.
Hie land could be dedicated as a right-of-way for a key segment of the proposed loop, connecting Farm-to-Market 1102, across 1-35, to Farm-to-Market HOLA segment con-necting EM 1102 to Farm-toMarket 306 still would have to be constructed to facilitate
Talk of donating a portion of the land for right-of-way access has attracted attention from everyone involved in the
planning process because of its potential to save the state money. The outer loop project currently is unfunded.
But the new alignment also
would expand the outer loop about 2 miles north of the route currently identified in tile New Braunfels Major Thoroughfare plan. The presum
ably shorter and less expensive alignment near Kohlenberg and Conrad roads was proposed in the late 1990s.
See LOOP, Page 8A
Dairy prices up and could head higher
Emergency training at fairgrounds today, Friday
By David Mercer
Associated Press Writer
CHAMPAIGN, IU. — Liz Kooy loves sharp cheddar cheese and is willing to pay almost any price for it.
“Ten dollars a brick, I’d still buy it" and cut back on other purchases, the 36-year-old social worker laughed as she browsed the dairy aisle in a grocery store near downtown Chicago on Wednesday.
She might want start looking for places to cut back.
Dairy market forecasters are warning that consumers can expect a sharp increase in dairy prices this summer. By June, the milk futuies market predicts, the price paid to farm
ers will have increased 50 percent this year — driven by higher costs of transporting milk to market and increased demand for com to produce ethanol.
U.S. retail milk prices have increased about 3 percent, or roughly a dime a gallon, this year, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
But University of Illinois dairy specialist Michael llut-jens forecasts further increases of up to 40 cents a gallon for milk over the next few months, and up to 60 cents for a pound of cheese.
That would drive the cost of a gallon of whole milk around the country to an average of $3.78, based on the USDA’s
monthly survey of milk prices in 30 metro areas.
Ibices in the last survey, earlier this month, ranged from $2.76 a gaUon in DaUas to $3.86 in Chicago and $4.09 in New Orleans, where the dairy industry has struggled to bounce back from Hurricane Katrina.
Hutjens and others said higher gasoline prices have increased the costs of moving milk from farm to market, and corn — the primary feed for dairy cattle—is being gobbled up by producers of the fuel-additive ethanol. The USDA projects that 3.2 billion bushels of this year’s corn crop will be used to make ethanol, a 52 percent increase over 2006.
“There is no free lunch,” Hutjens said. "That com then has to come away from that dedicated resource."
Chris Galen, a spokesman for tile National Milk Producers Federation, pointed to another factor: Global demand for milk, he said, has grown in the past few years, primarily in the new Asian economic powers.
“China of course is a big story," he said. “They’re consuming more (milkprotein); they’re using more dairy ingredients in animal feed."
Liutjens said the biggest dairy price spikes are likely to come later this summer in the areas farthest from the Midwest grain fields that feed most of the country’s dairy cattle.
The Comal County Fairground will be the site today and Friday of an emergency communications exercise.
“Don’t be concerned if you see emergency personnel, buses and command vehicles from the New Braunfels, Bexar County, San Antonio, Bulverde, Garden Ridge, Converse and Seguin police and fire departments and the Comal County Sheriff’s Department," said Carol Edgett, Emergency Management director for Comal County. “We’re testing emergency communication equipment to make sure we can communicate with each other.”
Edgett said set up of emergency vehicles and communications equipment will begin at 8 a.m. Thursday. She said the exercise scenario will begin at IO a.m. and end around 5 p.m. On Friday, the exercise will begin again at 8 a.m. and go through the afternoon, Edgett said.
The Emergency Operations Center located at the Comal County Sheriff’s Department headquarters will be manned by personnel to “catch calls and requests for assets from the state, such as special equipment, people, radios and perimeter security like we had in the '98 flood," she said.
— Suzanne Ashe
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