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Vol. 148, No, 231
24 pages in 2 sections
October 8, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsCity extends flood cleanup contract for West EndSan Antonio firm now cleaning tributaries of Dry Comal Creek
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
The city of New Braunfels extended a contract recently on flood-related cleanup work to help limit flooding in the west end of town.
Ramon & Sons of San Antonio, which recently completed work on the Dry Comal Creek, is now working on cleaning out various tributaries of the creek.
The city also hired D & M Services of New Braunfels to help with the work.
This debris cleanup will address some of the problems the West End experienced in the October 1998 flood.
“A lot of debris caught up on the Walnut Street bridge and formed a dam there where water backed up,” city engineer C.A. Bol-
ner said. “That debris created more flooding on the west side that will be limited now due to the cleanup efforts.”
Ramon & Sons’ original $ 177,000 contract was to clean up the Guadalupe River between Faust Street and Grant Avenue, which will be completed in about a week, and to clean up the Dry Comal Creek between Landa Street and Altgelt Avenue.
The Dry Comal Creek project has been completed.
Ramon & Sons’ contract has been
extended to include $39,000 worth of work on various tributaries, as well as cleanup on the railroad from Guenther Avenue to the Landa Street bridge.
D & M also will help with these projects. Their contract is for $11,600.
Natural Resources Conservation Service is funding 75 percent of the projects; the city is funding 25 percent.
The tributary and railroad projects should be completed in two to three weeks, Bolner said.
But some of the work they're completing needs to be ongoing, he said.
“You can cut down cane in the fall and it will grow back 6 feet tall by spring unless we treat it,” Bolner said. “And this is what we’re looking for to keep it down.”
Bolner said the city was looking for suggestions as to how to completely eliminate cane from areas along the railroad.
Homes and businesses in the area of the railroad were deluged by flood waters of more than six feet.
WORD, GBRA nearing end of negotiations for diversion
By Erin Magruder Staff Writer
Negotiations between the Water Oriented Recreational District and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority might end soon, representatives for both parties said Thursday at a regular meeting of Comal County Commissioners’ Court.
On Sept. 8, WORD board members voted to contest GBRA’s amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to divert more water from Canyon Lake.
The permit would allow GBRA to increase its authorized water diversion from Canyon Reservoir from 50,000 aere-feet per year to an average of90,000 acre-feet per year. In addition, GBRA is seeking authorization to use 11,000 acre-feet per year outside the Guadalupe River Basin.
One of WORD's primary concerns was that the proposed 40,0(K) acre-feet per year average increase would significantly decrease the recreational flows needed from the Guadalupe River downstream from Canyon Lake to New Braunfels.
In the past two weeks, GBRA and WORD representatives have met to address and clarify issues. Although WORD board members told county commissioners they were close to an agreement with GBRA, members said they wanted clearer wording in the proposal.
“I believe that both GBRA and WORD are looking for a quick resolution to this,” said David Welseh, GBRA director of project development. Because WORD board members are appointed by Commissioners’ Court, it has a right to approve, disapprove or take no action regarding the protest.
The court decided Thursday by a vote of 3-2 to take no action, meaning the WORD protest will continue until an agreement is reached. County Judge Danny Scheel, Commissioners Moe Schwab and Jack Dawson voted to take no action, while Commissioners Cristina Zamora and Jay Minikin were opposed to the idea.
The no action vote meant the court could no longer pass judgement on what WORD decided to do. Had the court voted to disapprove, the WORD protest would have ended.
“The WORD board has a right to question the GBRA application,” Dawson said. “I don't see why we shouldn’t stay out of this dogfight.”
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Shrimpfest organizers ready for hungry crowd shrimpfest
By Erin Magruder
CANYON LAKE — Organizers of Saturday’s third annual Canyon Lake Noon Lions Club Shrimpfest promise a good time.
The event will feature a Cajunstyle dinner with cold, boiled shrimp, special red sauce, boiled potatoes and com on the cob.
In addition, participants can enjoy live music, an arts and crafts show with 36 booths, a silent auction and homemade deserts.
“This is our biggest fund-raiser of the year,” said Noon Lions Club member Candice Peyton. “It is going to be a great time. The Shrimpfest will be right smack in front of the dam — that’s not bad scenery.”
Shrimpfest coordinators said they expected big crowds this weekend, and purchased 800 pounds of shrimp — enough to feed more tiian 1,000 mouths.
“Last year we only bought 600 pounds of shrimp, and we ran out of food,” Peyton said.
Besides die grub, 90 items will be up for auction, including time in a condo in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. Festival goers also can groove to the live music of a South American Inca Mayan group.
The Lions Club is the largest service organization in the world and exists in 185 countries, Peyton said.
“The Lions Club donates IOO percent of the profits from every single fund-raiser back into the community,” she said.
Money raised from the $7 meal tickets will be used for internation
al, national, state and community activities.
In addition to the many service activities, Noon Lions Club sponsors a mobile screening-available after January 2000 that will provide free sight and hearing screenings along with blood pressure and Diabetes testing to people of all ages in the community.
The club also contributes to the Canyon Lake Action Center, libraries and a camp for children who are handicapped or have Diabetes.
WHEN: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Food will be served from noon to 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Dam Red Barn, South Access Road I at Canyon Lake.
HOW MUCH: Meals are $7 per person and will be available at the gate | on the day of the event or from any Canyon Lake Noon Lion. Admission and parking are free.
Library architect says gallery is centerpiece of new city building
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
The general public must wait another week to view one of the most prized areas of new public library — its gallery.
“It’s the focal point of the library,” architect and local resident Ken Rehler said.
And it is one of many elements designed to give the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St. — scheduled to open Oct. 16 — a grand, public building sort of look, he said.
Rehler and his design team of architects from RVK of San Antonio as well as city staff and library7 board members worked for six months on the design of the new building.
The Chicago-based architectural firm of Hammond, Beeby & Babka, Inc. served as library design consultants on the project.
“They didn’t want it to look like a school or a shopping mall or a church,” he said. “They wanted it to look like a library.”
These goals already are apparent to most of the public by the exterior, built of limestone and accented with features such as ornate columns and an arched entryway.
“Almost all of the buildings in New Braunfels that are more than I OO years old are either yellow brick or limestone,” Rehler said. “We were trying to blend it into the community.”
The architects chose the metal roof for similar reasons.
But other features add to the building’s uniqueness.
The two hand-carved stone pillars at the front add “character,” Rehler said.
“It’s like a piece of artwork,” he said.
Same with the custom-made copper light fixtures hanging over the entryway and the mosaic-
Above, New Braunfels architect Ken Rehler shows off his latest design, the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St. Left, the library’s interior features low-maintenance items such as large windows and limestone walls. The new library will open on Oct. 16.