New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852Committee off to visionary start
By Gr»g Bowsn
The Herald-Zeitung Members of the new River Ail Hot Committee expressed their visions for the future of the city's rivers Thursday as they began their mission to patch up problems with New
Pospisil VOWS to find a solution to river woes
Braunfels' well-loved but often-troubled tubing mdus-try.
The committee was cre*atecl by city counc il after a sum
mer tubing season f)lagued by crushing crowds, bad tuber behavior, huge litter [)roblems and [x'rplexing traffic trouble's.
"I feel committed to mak
ing this the year we find a solution to our river problems," said committee member Mayor Gale Pospisil. committees have tried
► DAM PROJECT
County wi wait before extension
Foundation builder seeking more time to finish deep wall
By Greg Bowen
Ttie Herald Zeitiiiig A time c*xteiision sought by the struggling builder of tlu‘ Krui'ger C anyon Dam's (l(*ep-wall foundation will have to wait lor contract i.inguagc' to be ironc'd out, hut work continut's at the dam sit(‘.
C'omal C'ounty commis-
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sloners met ihursday to ( onsider a rec|uest that would have given Mary-land-based Hay w a r d Baker Cieot-(' c h n i c a I ( onstruction until Nov. .1 i to finish the slow-going |ol) that originally was slated for completion by Aug.
Ha) ward Baker's work li.is l)(>en slowed bv the tough ground (onditions at tfie sifc' on Dr\ ( omal C reek )ust west of Nc'w Braunfels.
But ailer discussing dam-ri'lated mattc'rs behind closed doors, commission-cMs took no action on the r('c|uc‘st('d contract cliange.
"Thc‘ c hangc' order that we did not take any action on tocl.iy should not impact tfie time that it'll take them to complc'te the job," said (ounfy ludge Sherman Krause.
The lac k of action also should not impact having the next contractor come in to finish the dam project, he said.
"VVc''rc> interc^sted in getting th(' projcH t completed and while we haven't taken ,i vote on it yet — I think wc>'re willing to extc^nd the time* that tiu'y have, but we haven't agreed on the language yet," Krause said.
The liang-up is over verbiage concerning 'Tic|uiclat-chI damages" the county is considering assessing against I layward Baker for not com|)leting the project on tiiiK'.
See DAM, Page 5
GRUENE MUSIC AND WINE FESTIVAL
Riotos by LAURA McKENZIE I The Herald Zeitung
Longtime friends Janet Leonards, left, Delia Spradley and Jane Wail enjoy wine, cheese and fruit while attending the Gruene Music and Wine Festival for the tirsi time on Thursday evening.
WORLD OF mm
Visitors explore New World vintages at festival
By Betty Taylor
I"" hey came with a plan to take on the brave new world ... of wine. The 2 5th Annual Cjruene Music and Wine lest kickt'd off Thursday night at 5:U) p.m. as patrons linc'd up at the grounds of The C'jrapevine to Ix'gin tasting Cjc>r-man and New World winc's and listen to great music all for a good cause, to benc'fit the United Way of Cx)mal County. It was just the beginning of a great night highlighted by a sold out fXTtorm-ance by B.B. King at Gruene Hall.
"This is my second time to attend," said Kathy Steffan of New Braunfels. "It's fun to try the* different vintners. I knew Ryan (Ryan Waguespac k of Acoustic lungle) would be [)laying, so 1 knc'w it
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was going to be good."
Patrick and Kathy Sprague of C'leorgetown were sampling Peter Lehmann Layers White Blend (Barossa Valley, Australia), made with five different grapes.
"We like this one," I’atrick said.
The Spragues heard about the festival the last time they visited Ouene after they saw T-shirts advertising this past year's festival. For last night's "That's Right ^
Craig Cavms is handed a chardonnay sample during the Gruene Music and Wine Festival on Thursday evening.
It's Not from Texas" event, they also brought with them their son, Kevin Sprague, who is currently visiting from Beijing.
Larry and Mary |o Weavc'r of Spring Branc h attended the festival this past year, trying out lexas wines. They wanteci to attend Thursday's c'vent to give the Ntnv World wines a try.
See FESTIVAL, Page 14
before without success to solve the tubing puzzle.
But the mayor said she is hoping this time around for the creation of a river-man-agement f)rogram that all
See RIVER. Page 5
Crowd attends mayor’s forum
LAURA McKENZIE | Herald-Zeitung
Mayor Gale Pospisil talks to attendees at the Mayor's Citizens Forum on Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Convention Center.
By Dalondo Moultrie
Nt'w Braunfels Mayor Cjale f’os[)isil held another of her informal c^uarterly citizens' forums Tliursday night and tieldc'd c|ues-tions on a wide range of to[)ics.
Pospisil talked and answered C]uestions about the c ity's ca[jital improvement plan, the Nov. 8
election, an ad hex river committee and more.
While discussing the upcoming election, Pospisil [)assed out a printed breakdown of the trash Pristine Texas Rivers collec tcxl up until Sept. ,iO on the city's rivers. The mayor said it doesn't matter on which side audience meml)ers fell on the ordinance
banning disposable containers on the rivers: voting is essential.
"It's important, no matter how you ft'el, tor evervone to get out and vote," Pospisil said.
The stat sheet she circulated says Pristine collected 6()5,235 gallons of trash on the rivers and
See FORUM, Page 5
► PUBUC RECORDS
City info on litter contractor requested
Citizen also queries city’s involvement with EARIP
By Greg Bowsn
A Public Information Act re‘c]ucst seeking "any and all communications" regarding the city's river-littt»r contractor, Pristine Texas Rivers, has been filed with C'ity H all.
Rec^uestor K I m Ma I k( Hotter, who identified hcTself on her information r e c| u e s t form only as a c itizen of New Braunfels, also filed a rt^jutst for all communications regarding the city's involvement in EARIP the Edwards Ac^uifer Recovery lmf)lementation Program.
It was unknown Thursday wfiether the* rec^uests were associated with the Nov. 8 referendum on New Braunfels C ity Council's (Mending anti-litter ordinani e that would ban beer cans and other disposable containers on the* c it) 's rivers Ix'ginning Ian. 1.
An attempt to reach Maikoetter via the email address listed on her rt^qut'sf form was not immediately successful.
Opponents of the ban have c]uestioned figures regarding tbc' amount of litter
See REQUEST, Page 5
GOOOWIN FRAZIER ELEMENTARY
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