New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Georgia Bracks, Cody Moeller, Sherry Forester, Joseph Strickland (13 years), Jimmy Sink, Tony Cantu (21 years) and Kayla Cantrell (6 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mokls — 2.695 Pigweed — 12
Ragweed—410 Grass —20
Cedar Elm —126
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Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, down 5 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 625.39 feet above sea level, up 03 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —184 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 906 60 feet above sea level. (Conservation pool.)
Near Braunfels UttMfes NGU reports pumping 7217 miion gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 1.061 million gallons of wet waler were used
Slight diane* of rain com** Sunday ▼•fright — Partly cloudy. Low in the upper 60s Light east wind.
Thursday — Partly cloudy and warm High near 90 East wind near 10 mph Friday — Brief morning clouds becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 90s.
f Blur day — Fair night skies. Partly cloudy day Lows in the 60s to near 70. Highs in tile 90s.
Sunday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows in the 60s to near 70. Highs near 90.
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The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority reduced the outflow from Canyon Dam to 180 cubic feet per second on Monday and will continue at that rate until further notice by GBRA officials. The current inflow rate at Spring Branch is 202 cfs. The current level at Canyon Lake is at 908 62 feet mean sea level (msl), which falls within the conservation pool level managed by GBRA The present release rate is determined based on natural inflow, plus water from the conservation pool that is already committed to cities, industries and downstream users
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City of New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Oct 10.
Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road Oct. 1 through Oct. 10 . Traffic win be limited to one lane while construction is in progress.
Cypres* iud park closed to tight work
The City of New Braunfels announced today that Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the Holiday River of Lights.
Library patrons can check out designs via computer
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New Braunfels library patrons can stroll into the future library — via computer imaging. The New Braunfels City Council recently voted to name the new library to be built on Common Street “The New Braunfels Public Library.”
On display at the Dittlinger Memorial Library are computer-generated pictures of what the library will look like when it is built.
“They apparently have computer programs that translate their architectural renderings and drawings into a three-dimensional image,” said Library Director Vickie Hocker, “h looks like a photograph of the interior of the library from different positions in the library, and aho some of the outside.”
Features of tm New Braunfels Public Library, to be built on Common Strait, include:
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Those images and the drawings from architects Rehler, Vaughan and Koooe are on easels in front of the big window by the magazine racks in the library, and some are on top of the magazine racks themselves, Hock-
Some who frequent the Ditti niger Memorial Library have already shared their opinions about the library-to-be.
“Overall, patrons are pleased with the design, ” Hocker said, “not only the exterior, but also being able to see Turn to Library, Page 2AGruene Music Fest lines up stars — Page 8A; fair winners, Page 5A
Blaze bums school
Hsratt-Zsitung photo by Michael Damall
Christina Fennell examines fire damage ct Dotes In termed! eta School to Schertz Tuesday afternoon. Fennell ie the heed ruatocMm at Dotes end wee the person the! noticed the fire end evacuated the building. Damage from the blaze wee minimal, and students tate bused to other schools for classes.
Students attend classes in other locations
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
SCHERTZ — Dobie Intermediate School students will attend classes at makeshift locations because of a small fire at the school Tuesday.
Schertz-Cibolo-Umversid City Independent School District officials said fifth-graders will take classes in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Schertz Parkway, and sixth-graders will be. bused to Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate School cm 806 Savannah Drive in Schertz. The students will have classes in those locations until at least
the end of the week, district spokeswoman Louise Houston said.
The fire occurred at the school at about 6:38 a.rn. It was contained to the mechanical room on the school's second floor. Schertz Fire Chief Roger Niemietz said. He said the fire was believed to be caused by electrical means.
Inspectors and electrical engineers were at the school Tuesday afternoon to determine when the building could be used safely for classes again, Niemietz said.
School district officials said they hoped classes at Dobie Intermediate would resume next week.
Niemietz said there was minimal damage in the fire, but the school liad no power.
“There was smoke throughout the entire school complex,” Niemietz said. “Water damage was minimal. The fine
melted a pipe of a water fountain on the second floor and that is where most of the damage was ”
There were no injunes from the fire, because it happened before classes started.
After the fire occurred, students were- bused to the Clemens High School football stadium. There they waited until buses took them to Wilder to begin classes.
The district will provide bus transportation to students who normally walk to Dobie at the Knights of Columbus Hall and Wilder Intermediate. The buses will leave from the Dietz Road side of the campus in Cibolo at 8:15 a.m. Parents who transport their students should take them to either to the Knights of Columbus Hall or Wilder Intermediate.
Meals will still be prov ided to students.
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Grass fire ignites home
No one inside rental house
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SPRING BRANCH — A grass fire is believed to have caused a structure fire that destroyed portions of a rental house Tuesday off of Knoll Schwope Road.
Deputy fire marshal Al Bohne said firefighters from the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department
were able to put but the fire quickly after they got the first call shortly before 5 pm “We did a really good job stopping it,” Bohne said. “There is no damage inside the house other than smoke.”
No one was inside the house when the fire occurred, and no one was injured
Spring Branch Fire Chief Bob Walker said investigators were still looking at die fire.
“It looks like a grass fire started the structure fire,” Walker said “We
are not sure what started the grass
Walker said the fire destroyed only two outside comers of die house and a small part of the attic.
“The house is repairable,” Walker said. “There was very little property damage.”
Bohne said the grass fire that apparently started the structure fire burned around the house and down a hill.
The Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department also responded to the call.
Spring Branch firefighters clean and survey damage at a rent house which caught on fire Tuesday off Knoll Schwope Road.
Herald-Zeitung photo by David DeKunder
Borgfeld, 281 work begins this week
Site of bus accident gets overhaul
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Improvements are scheduled to begin this week at one of the busiest and most dangerous intersections in the Bulverde area
Texas Department of Transportation District Engineer John Kelly said work crews would be out this week installing a flashing beacon light at U.S. 281 and Borgfeld Road.
“They will start the wiring and construction of the trenches (for the light poles),” Kelly said.
The project will take longer than is usually required for other flashing light projects, he said.
“The reason that will take a little bit longer is because they are trenching rock, which is slower than trenching dirt,” Kelly said.
The intersection caused some concerns on May 12 when a Comal Independent School District school bus hit a car driven by a Bulverde w oman. As a result of the accident, the mother and her 12-year-old son had to be taken to hospital with serious injuries.
The school bus had only one student and driver. They suffered only minor injuries and did not need to be taken to the hospital.
Besides the flashing beacon light at the intersection, other modifications will be made.
“We are going to re-adjust Borgfeld Road where it intersects with 281 ” he said. “Because of the realignment we need to readjust the flashing beacon pole placement. Right now Borgfeld Road comes into 281 at an angle. We are hoping
"We are going to re-adjust Borgfeld Road whore it intersects with 281. Because of tho realignment, we need to readjust the flashing beacon polo placement ...We are hoping to make (tho intersection) a right angle where Borgfeld Road intersects into 281 directly.”
— John Kelly, TxDOT district engineer
to make it a right angle where Borgfeld Road intersects into 281 directly.”
Building two additional nght turn lanes from Borgfeld Road onto U.S. 281 and an acceleration lane is scheduled to begin in the first pun of December.
Kelly said construction of the overpass over U.S. 281 and Farm-to-Market 1863 has been rescheduled from this month to January 1998.
Kelly said the contractors on the project did not want to start in December because of the possible cold weather and the Chnstmas holidays.
“We agreed it would be more el Violent for them to start after the new year,” Kelly said.
Even though the project will start a couple of months late. Kelly said it should be finished within the projected two-and-a-halt'-y ear completion time.
“They (contractors) are pretty confident they will make up time when they have started.'' Kelly said.