New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, Nov. 3,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MATT WALTERS
■ Vol. 142, No. 257
Sports Day.......................... 6
Class of the Week..........................9
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Adelyn Brinkkoeter, Norma Madera, Daniel Balmos, Ernest Hartman, Jr., Todd Gonzales, Diana Alants, Pete Williams, Antonio Garcia, Robert Flores, Sr., Matt Walters.
Mld-Taxas Symphony rehearsals scheduled
The Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus rehearsals will start on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Ayers Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.
For further information, call D *. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Ducks Unlimited tickets still available
Tickets are still available for the New Braunfels Chapter of Ducks Unlimited's annual fund-raiser banquet, set for Nov. 15 at the Knights of Columbus hall.
During the banquet will be an live and silent auction, a raffle and door prizes will be given away. Also, a full-course steak dinner will be served with refreshments. According to chapter president Jim Cook, "something very special" is also set to take place.
To obtain tickets, call Mark H. Brown at 620-4668.
Historical tour of Lands Park scheduled
The City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a “Deutsche (German) Historical Tour of Landa Park.”
Three tours will be given on Nov. 4,1994. Tours will begin at 9 a m., 11 a.m., and 2 p.m.
United Way kudos
We salute he employees of New Braunfels I SD They have raised $10,535 for the United Way campaign. The employee per capita gift was $71. This represents a 25 percent increase over last year's fund-raising efforts Special thanks to campaign coordinator Mike Fltsko Congratulations to the employees of Comal ISO Under the leadership of Rutty Brockman they raised a total of $18,625 for this year's United Way campaign.
The employee per capita gift was $52. This represents an increase of 120 percent over last year's fund-raising efforts.
Cheers to the employees of HEB •tora #198 Under the leadership of campaign coordinator Cheryl Dalton, they raised $4,000 for the United Way campaign The average employee gift was $21 which represents a 21 percent increase over last year's fundraising efforts.
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This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
New water district one step closer
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A hearings examiner with the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission has recommended a petition to create a Comal County Underground Water Conservation District (CCUWCD) be heard by the commission Nov. 30 in Austin.
lf approved by the commission, the order of creation would be given to a temporary board of directors for the district, who would then call an election for district residents. The district must be finally approved by the voters.
“I would not presume to think what any commission would do," said Bulverde resident Cameron Wiley, one of the proposed temporary directors and leading petitioner.
The district would cover roughly 360 square miles of land in the northwest portion of Comal County overlying a portion of the Trinity Group aquifer, about 64 percent of the county’s land mass.
Comal County Underground Water Conservation District would cover 64 percent of the county’s land mass
In 1990, the Commission designated this arca as part of the Hill Country Critical Area regarding ground water.
“They (state) at that time expected counties to solve problems themselves,’’ he said. “...We were the first ones to go ahead and file a petition and take that route."
Water districts arc otherwise created by the state legislature. The TtyRCC said Gonzales was one neighboring county to go through the commission, which they did last year.
Wiley was one of 50 landowners to sign the petition filed on Feb. 12, 1993. An evidentiary hearing was held July 20 and 21. Hearings Examiner Elizabeth Todd said the district “will be a benefit to the land and a public benefit by performing resource conservation functions, some of which only a district can perform, such as com
prehensive water management planning and implementation of water well permitting and reporting programs," according to her report.
The district proposes an initial tax of two cents per SI OO evaluation which generate about S137,800 if the tax base remained at the 1992 level.
Wiley, on behalf of the petitioners, requested limitations on the district including tax rates not exceeding five cents per SI OO, no authority to issue general obligation bonds, and limited power of eminent domain.
Petitioners expressed these limitations with hopes voters would favor these limitations. Todd, the hearing examiner, said the limitations were “not in the public interest.” She said voters would have limitation powers once if the district was approved.
"I agree that Chapter 52 ought to be done as written," said Wiley. "..Once its voted in, I don't think they (voters) want to take some of the powers away."
The Texas Water Development Board estimates the district would include 32 percent of the county's population (16,595) and increaie'to around 26,000 by 2010. The TWDB estimates water demand will increase from 2,733 acre-foet to between 4,200 and 5,400 by the year 2010.
The Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation plans to build water and sewage facilities which they say can bring water from the lake to the area. The CLWSC opposes the district but did say there was a water problem during dry periods and that some benefits such as conservation could be instituted by a district.
Todd said "it would seem unlikely that something as ambitious as constructing new water supply facilities could be undertaken in the early years of the District’s existence (by the district) or at any time without support of the voters...”
hbrald-Ztitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Aud ray Cobb teaches quilting to tho chlldran at Comal Elamantary School during that Gorman Heritage Day, (at loft). Cola Koehler cover* hit taco white I laten log to a story during tho day, (Abova).
Teen-ager free on bail on sexual assault charge
From staff rsports
A Bulverde teen-ager is free from jail on bond after turning himself in to face charges of sexual assault in connection with an incident aboard a Comal ISD school bus.
Shaun Michael Mayfield, 17, turned himself in at the Bexar County Jail on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 1994, said Sgt. David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
Bond was set by a Bexar County Magistrate at $10,000. Mayfield was released late Tuesday upon posting that amount, Ott said
A 14-year-old student claimed she was sexually assaulted Oct. 11,1994 on a bus traveling to the Smithson Valley area from New Braunfels, said Chief Deputy Elwood Hohcrz of the Comal County Sheriffs Department. The alleged offense was report-edOct. 17. A
An arrest warrant for Mayfield was obtained Tuesday from Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart, Ott said, adding that Mayfield will be prosecuted in Comal County.
District Attorney Bill Reinter confirmed the case will be prosecuted.
County treasurer candidates debate need for office
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The county treasurer’s race between incumbent Bart Bartholomew and challenger Jane Abbott offers a comparison to the state race for treasurer.
Abbott, a Democrat, proposes abolishing the office if elected, as does current State Treasurer Martha Whitehead, also a Democrat.
“I feel like it is a duplicate with Auditor’s office,’’ said Abbott, owner of River Bank Outfitters. "I would work to abolish the office...Several counties have already abolished the treasurer’s office " Barthlomew, a Republican, said this is simply a political “sound bite,” and that the Treasurer’s office provides numerous duties such as payroll, revenues, employee benefits and county investments, and
unlike the appointed county auditor, is elected.
"The treasurer’s office part of the checks and balances,” he said. "...The treasurer is accountable to the public. That would take control away from the public.’’
Abbott said the State Legislature must approve any move to abolish the county office, and the county commissioners’ court must first support this move. She said she wants to bring “accountability” to the office.
“I’ve been doing accounting for over 20 years,” she said. “I’m very comfortable with my credentials.”
Bartholomew said much of his office's time has been spent with employee benefits, especially since the change in cover
age at the last approved budget.
He and county commissioners such as Neil Craigmile and Jumbo Evans have argued over the investment of county funds Bartholemew prefers the county treasurer be able to invest funds outside of the TexPool, a quasi-state investment pool used by many public entities.
“I’ve always made more money (for the county) investing outside of TexPool,” he said.
Bartholemew said increasing interest rates create better opportunities for a greater return, although he cautioned the treasurer must know when and where to invest.
He also mentioned that while the county budget has increased, his department budget has increased only 1.4 percent due to pay increases for all county employees.
Arson ruled in early morning Seguin Street building fire
Bock gets approval for Seguin radio station
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Plan to visit Wurstfest ’94, Nov. 4 —13 at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park