New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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County forging ahead with entity, despite its limited powers
By Erin Magruoer
Comal County Commissioners decided “something was better than nothing” Thursday when they approved plans to begin the creation of a temporary groundwater conservation district that will have little authority to protect the fragile Trinity Aquifer.
A law passed this year by the state legislature allow ed the county to create the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.
However, it was only a piece of the multicounty district commissioners had hoped for before this most recent legislative session.
County officials sought to create a conservation district that would include other areas that relied heavily on the aquifer, such as Kendall, Blanco, Hays and Bandera counties.
The commissioners’ efforts were not rewarded when the counties declined to support the proposed multi-county district, Commissioner Jay Minikin said.
The pursuit of a single-county water district also fell short of expectations when the request was lumped with 22 other water districts in a bill sponsored by State Senator --J.E. “Buster” Brown.
That legislation, Senate Bill 1911, created temporary districts with limited authority, Minikin said.
The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will have the authority to appoint temporary directors; control well permitting fees over the aquifer; enter public or private property to inspect wells; and regulate, but not prohibit, transfer of groundwater out of the district.
The district will not be allowed to conduct elections, have eminent domain, make long-term management plans, assess taxes, issue bonds or annex and consolidate districts.
To get the ball rolling, commissioners said they would appoint five temporary directors of the water conservation district next Thursday at the regular meeting of commissioners’ court.
Several residents who attended Thursday’s meeting voiced concerns about selecting the right individuals to represent the county’s interest in protecting the aquifer.
County Judge Danny Scheel said community members who would like to be considered for appointment to the district should contact their county commissioners before next Thursday.
Once the water conservation district is formed, its activities will include well construction standards, well spacing, production regulation, well permitting, water level monitoring, water quality/quantity management, water quality testing, data collection and distribution and public education, Minikin said.
Commissioners said they would seek a permanent water conservation district with more authority in the next legislative
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River of Lights ready for streams of cars
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Holiday lights once again will brighten Cypress Bend Park for the city’s third annual drive-through light display, which kicks off tonight.
The 52-day Holiday River of Lights, which runs until Jan. 2, features more than 40 large luminous, animated displays positioned along a 7/10-mile trail.
“Visitors will be amazed at the artistry and brilliance of each display,” Holiday River of Lights spokesman Luke Speckman said.
WAI Li/HerakJ-Zeitung Local residents and visitors mak-Guests were invited to a sneak preview hay ride organized by the city mg their way through the park this
Thursday night as part of the Sponsor Reception and Media Preview of the
1999 Holiday River of Lights at Cypress Bend Park. See LIGHTS/5A
■ WHAT: Holiday River of Lights
■ WHEN: Tonight through Jan. 2
■ HOURS: 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays; 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Eve
■ WHERE: Cypress Bend Park on Peace Avenue at Common Street
■ TICKETS: Admission is $7 for up to eight-passenger vehicles; $15 for nine- to 24-passenger vehicles; and $40 for buses.
Canyon volleyball players Beth Cowan (4), Jessy Herrera (21), Ashley Bird (24) and teammates celebrate Thursday’s victory against Smithson Valley in the Class 4A Region IV championship at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio. The win qualified the Cougarettes (26-7) for the Nov. 19-20 state championship round in Austin. Smithson Valley finished the year 31-10.
County makes road wish list
Students honor local veterans
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
One message — written in a child-like scrawl with marker on white poster board — captured the theme of the day: “Veterans Day means people think enough of veterans to honor them in a time when the world is safe from war.”
The words, spoken by a local veteran, were written by a New Braunfels Middle School student as part of the school’s Veterans Day mural.Veterans Day in photographs— Page 14A
The mural, created by NBMS students, was presented to local veterans at a ceremony at the school’s flagpole Thursday morning.
The mural included black and white photographs of students’ relatives who served in the military and 49 names of area veterans who served their
Demetria Cummins, principal of NBMS, said students interviewed local veterans about the significance of Veterans Day and wrote some of their messages on the mural.
One message read, “Veterans Day gives me the time to reflect on all of my close friends who did not make it back from Vietnam.”
Local students throughout Comal County, many of whomSee VETERANS/5A
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth addresses students at Bill Brown Elementary.
By Erin MAGRUDER
Comal County Commissioners approved a laundry list of roadway improvement projects Thursday that they hope will be selected by the Texas Department of Transportation.
TXDoT will conduct its annual rural public involvement meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Avenue.
All residents who have concerns about state highway roads are asked to make suggestions in the public forum. County Engineer Tom Homseth said.
Projects selected will be included in the Rural Transportation Improvement Program—TXDoT’s three-year, basic planning documents that guide development.
Roadway projects recommended by commissioners’ court included the creation of an outer loop for New Braunfels and many improvements to sections of Texas 46, including an overpass at Farm-tg-Market Rqqd 2722;
In addition, the county suggested improvement of the Guadalupe River bridge on U.S. 281 and road improvements from the bridge to the Blanco county line.
Replacement of the Guadalupe River bridge on Rebecca Creek Road also was suggested.
Commissioners listed the widening of the shoulders on FM 306 from Interstate 35 to U.S. 281 as a high priority.
Other improvements to FM 306 also made their way into the resolution, and commissioners requested FM 482 be improved.