New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels water use restrictions
The city’s normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprinkler systems may be used from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time.Unicorns hope to pad district volleyball lead. See Page 5,
12 pages in one section B Tuesday, October 8,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years B Home of WESTON PACHARZINA
Vol. 144, No. 236
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Buch, Lauren Kirkham, Dayna Miller, Darrell Gene leading (belated, 38 years), Amber Somers, Carnie Cardemas, Mike ingel, Caleb Smith and Weston ’acharzina.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Grass —12 Cedar Elm —4 Pigweed —trace Ragweed — 82 (Potter! measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —177 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 623.09 feet above sea level, down .02 from Monday
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 78 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.68 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pod.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 6.966 million gallons of surface water, and no well water was used (figures from Monday).
Aggie gams film to be shown Thursday
The Texas A&M Club will be showing a tape of the Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech game at 7 p.m. on Thursday at C.C.’s Pizza
Hazardous wasts collection Saturday
The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are sponsoring a Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday behind Fire Station #2, 4120 Loop 337, in New Braunfels.
For more information about the collection and what rn aterian may be dropped off, call 608-2120.
Projoct Graduation mooting Wednesday
The first Canyon High School Project Graduation meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in the CHS commons.
Plans will be discussed for the all-night drug- and alcohol-free party to be held following graduation on May 30, 1997.
VFW auxillary plans membership dinner
The ladies auxiliary of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 7110 will have its annual membership dinner at 6 p.m. Oct.
21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille, 444 E. San Antonio St. The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligible and interested in joining. Membership anniversary pins will be awarded. To make a reservation, call Lee Courtade at 609-1636 no later than Monday
Eldsvhostsl program runs through Friday
The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is sponsoring an elderhostel program that runs through Friday. The program offers an opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States. Please join the Community Band and visitors for a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday on the Plaza.
VISTA vduntaar assists disabled
Don Guenther, the VISTA volunteer for Comal County, will be at the Senior Citizen Center from 2 to 6 p.m. this week to assist citizens with dis abilities.
Local man dies in one-car rollover
By ABE LEVY
One New Braunfels resident remains in surgical intensive care Tuesday and another died after the tur-ck they were traveling in Sunday evening hit a light pole on Interstate 35 and rolled over several times, police, hospital and family members said.
Michael Koepp, 21, died Tuesday, according to a family member. The passenger, Crystal Flugrath, 17, is hospitalized at University Hospital in San Antonio.
The two were traveling south on the 2900 block of 1-35 at 10:08 p.m. Sunday in the right-hand lane, police said.
Koepp was attempting to pass another vehicle when toe 1978 Ford pickup truck he was driving swerved and skidded about 350 feet, hit a light pole and rolled nearly 220 feet, police said.
EAA board to study water rules
By ABE LEVY
The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet tonight in San Antonio for the first time after subjecting its draft of emergency management rules to 30 days of public commentary.
Board members will likely indicate whether the feedback is enough to make changes to the draft rules now or wait until after toe Nov. 5 elections of all 15 members.
The authority has until March 3 to revise toe proposed rules that it wrote in about two months during a record drought this past summer. The draft rules would become effective only during drought conditions when aquifer levels and rainfall are low.
Despite recent rains, local water officials and EAA members have said changes must be made within the next few months to avoid a repeat of this past summer's crisis in which no region wide emergency management plan exist-
EAA meeting place, time
The Edwards Aquifer Authority will meet at 6:00 p.m. today at its offices, 1615 N. St. Mary's St in San Antonio.
ed to address record drought conditions in South Texas.
“I think the pressure’s off of the critical period,” said Doug Miller, EAA representative for Comal and Guadalupe counties. “We just need to address the critical period prior to next summer. The whole plan needs to be revisited because it was done in a hurried manner.” Miller said the best hope fen- the area is for the newly elected board to include a majority of members concerned about the region’s interests.
“The election may change the makeup of the board and therefore put a different slant on the issues,” said Miller, who is running for another term against three other opponents. “lf we get past the election and there is a shift
on the board to a more regional perspective, then we stand an excellent chance of revising the critical period management plan.”
Miller warned if the new board is not understanding of regional issues, local water officials would have to rely on the Texas Legislature and federal court intervention to limit pumping of the aquifer.
Miller and other local water officials are seeking to raise the triggering levels at Comal Springs while decreasing the pumping limits in the proposed rules.
A majority of the EAA, not including representatives from the aquifer region's eastern counties, was able to decrease triggering levels to as low as 50 cubic feet per second at Comal Springs during the most severe reduction stage, while increasing the pumping limits to 1.4 times the winter average.
No other drought management plan for the aquifer has eased restrictions as drastically as the proposed rules.
TxDOT to alter intersections on Highway 46 to ease OakRun traffic
By DENISE DZIUK
About 25 parents and residents spoke Monday evening with representatives from the Texas Department ofTransportation about changes to be made on state Highway 46 between OakRun School and Loop 337.
David Kopp, TxDOT area engineer, said his department has received complaints about the Timber Hollow and OakRun Parkway intersections for several years, saying heavy traffic on Highway 46 made exiting the side roads difficult.
Kopp said TxDOT looked at placing signal lights at one of these intersections or the FM 1863 intersection. Only the FM 1863 intersection came close to qualifying for a light, meaning a signal light was not a viable solution, Kopp said.
“It was doing stuff to an intersection (FM 1863) that again has no problem, and it was doing stuff to solve a problem at another intersection,” Kopp said. “That didn’t seem practical.”
Instead of installing traffic lights, TxDOT is altering toe lane configuration on Highway 46 at Timber Hollow, OakRun Parkway and Loop 337.
The speed limit will also be dropped to 50 mph.
Cars turning left onto Highway 46 at Timber Hollow will only have to cross the westbound traffic and cars turning left onto Timber Hollow. Eastbound traffic passing the school will then have to merge with the cars coming out of OakRun School before the right lane becomes a turn-only lane into Hunter’s Creek.
At OakRun and Hunter’s Creek subdivision, there will be a left-tum lane coming from both directions on Highway 46.
There will be two eastbound lanes at Loop 337, with a left-tum lane. Westbound traffic will only have two lanes.
“We have an opportunity here to fix a variety of things,” Kopp said. “Eventually, we will expand this road, but this will work until then.”
Residents spent about I 1/2 hours asking Kopp and other TxDOT representatives questions about what more can be done to remedy the situation.
Concerns dealt with speed, visibility in the area and other safety matters.
The residents said growth and incoming businesses will only increase the problems, and steps need to be taken.
Turn to OakRun, Page 2
Trustees plan discussion of scheduling
By DENISE DZIUK
Individuals who want to discuss accelerated block scheduling with the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will have to wait until next week for the board’s regularly scheduled meeting, a school official said.
A student walkout last week at New Braunfels High School that followed the reassignment of two top administrators at the school over "philosophical differences’’ over accelerated block scheduling prompted board Trustee Leo Chafin to seek a special meeting for tonight.
But Superintendent Charles Brad-berry said the scheduling issue was already on next week’s agenda as a report item, and the board has a training session scheduled for tonight to follow up on an earlier “team-building” session.
“I polled the members, and most of them said they did not have a request for it after they told people block scheduling was already on the agenda for Oct. 15,” Bradberry said.
Anyone wishing to speak to the board about block scheduling at the Oct. 15 meeting can sign up at the beginning of that meeting, Bradberry said.
The superintendent added that a board member requested the report last month as an update on the progress of the committee reviewing the schedule. He said the committee has been working on the issue for some time, and it should reach a recommendation soon.
Where you can speak out
B A board meeting is tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 15. in the Education Center Board Room. To speak to the board regarding accelerated block scheduling, fill out a card when you arrive at toe meeting.
To speak regarding toe reassignments of former Pnncipal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engier, a request must be made at the Education Center to have the item placed on the agenda. The deadline for requesting an agenda item is noon Thursday.
B A public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the high school cafeteria for an update on accelerated block scheduling and discussions on grade weighting. Anyone wishing to speak at the hearing can fill exit a card the night of toe hearing.
Accelerated block scheduling will also be one of the topics of discussion at a public hearing at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the New Braunfels High School Cafeteria.
Assistant Principal Judy Seifert said parents will be updated on what the committee has already done and the work that remains. She said the rest of tile hearing will be spent discussing grade weighting, and how much w eight particular classes carry in determining grade-point averages.
"I think it probably still won’t he about block because everyone will likely address the hoard about it,” Seifert said. ‘ Whatever comes about in the board meeting w ill probably determine w hat is said and discussed at the hearing.”
Students, parents call on board Monday to work for entire NBISD district
By ABE LEVY
A group of about 50 students and parents of New Braunfels I ligh School held an impromptu organizational meeting Monday in Landa Park to gather signatures for a petition, calling for school district trustees Dr. Carlos Campos and Steve Weaver to represent the entire district not just their own districts 3 and 5.
Sylvia Taylor, whose daughter is a senior at the high school, is spearheading the effort along with other parents.
The group is concerned that the school board’s reassignment of former High School Pnncipal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Engier indicates Campos and Weaver are not representing the interests of
the entire school district.
“I do not feel they arc representing all the students in the whole district,” Taylor said. “They keep talking about their separate districts.”
Campos said he and Weaver are keeping in mind the entire district while also weighing the interests of districts 3 and 5.
"That’s the beautiful thing about the public process - they can gather whenever they want,” Campos said Tuesday morning. “I think we are looking at the w hole picture. Certainly districts 3 and 5 elected us. When I noticed that things were going as I thought they should not I did the democratic process to get elected.”
The group has a list of all the registered voters in districts 3 and 5 and are attempting to gather as many sig-Tum to Petition, Page 2More Letters to the Editor on changes at New Braunfels High School. See pages 4 and 8.