New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Slow, steady come welcome rains
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
A tropical storm combined with cold air from the north to drop more than three inches of rain and temperatures to record lows this weekend.
“We had tropical system Keith move up from the Gulf... and the remnants of that has mixed with the colder air coming out of Canada, and that has helped induce the abundant rain we’ve had in the last three days,” said Pat McDonald, a
NBGS taps Sohn to lead riverwalk
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Bob Sohn is putting retirement on hold for a project he said has a “special feel” for him — a proposed riverwalk in New Braunfels.
NBGS International Inc. recently appointed Sohn as the riverwalk project director. Sohn, an independent consulting engineer and project management specialist, will oversee the development of the business plan for the proposed riverwalk, or Wasser Strasse, and Trans-portain-ment system on the Comal River.
“I am very excited, and if I wasn’t excited, I wouldn’t be doing it,” Sohn said. “I don’t need to do it. I’ve got plenty on my mind. I enjoy retirement. I really do, but this thing sort of tweaked my interest.” Sohn will lead the first public town meeting on the proposed project at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Schlit-terbahn Waterpark Resort’s Rapids Pavilion on Lincoln Street. NBGS is a sister company to Schlitter-bahn.
NBGS President Jeff Henry recently received approval from the city council to develop a business plan for the proposed Wasser Strasse and Transportainment system.
Under the proposal, an approximate, two-mi Ie landscaped riverwalk would be built from Landa Street to Garden Street.
The Transportainment System would be a type of water-ride that would at least extend horn the Garden Street exit on the Comal River, across Schlitterbahn property and back to Prince Solms Park.
Tubers on the Comal could either ride the three-mile Transportainment System back to Prince Solms Park or use the Wasser Strasse’s walkway. The Transportainment System also would link Schlitterbahn’s two parks by way of Prince Solms Parks.
Henry presented the proposal as a possible solution to many of the city’s problems on the Comal River.
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Bob Sohn will lead a town meeting on the proposed Wasser Strasse project at 6:30 p.m. Friday at Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort’s Rapids Pavilion on Lincoln Street.
National Weather Service forecaster.
The mixed forces have squeezed out a slow, steady rain since Friday morning, with some areas of Comal County, like Gruene, reporting six inches of rain.
Officials reported the Edwards Aquifer had reached nearly 647 feet by noon on Monday.
The latest rain has pushed precipitation measurements above normal daily and monthly totals, but it has made only modest improve
ments to the amount of rainfall for the year.
The average yearly rainfall is 24.55 inches, and even with the latest rain, this year’s amount still shows drought marks.
“We’re above normal on the daily and monthly rainfall, but we’re still almost 2.91 below normal for die yearly rainfall,” McDonald said.
The rain has had an effect on Comal Springs, which are up 35 cubic feet per second from 180 cfs on Friday to 215 cfs on Monday.
Now a tropical storm in the eastern Pacific Ocean is pushing warm moisture into the area, which will slowly heat temperatures back up by the weekend.
Previously, the lowest recorded high for both days was 65 degrees. On Saturday, the temperature peaked at 60 degrees, and on Sunday, it never warmed higher than 46 degrees.
Monday’s high of 47 degrees was 23 degrees lower than the old record of 70 degrees.
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NBU employees work to clear a clogged storm drain on San Antonio Street. A combination water radder/vacuum was used to clean out the blocked drain which had been flooding the street.
Time to remember
NBHS gathers to celebrate lives of two students
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Students, friends and family gathered Monday night to remember Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz Jr. Below, photographs of the students will hang in the main hallway of New Braunfels High School.
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Rain danced around hand-held candles on Monday night at a vigil to remember two students killed in a car accident in front of New Braunfels High School last year.
Despite dark skies and a 45-degree temperature, a group of students, friends and family of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz Jr. gathered where two crosses built in their memory have been erected.
The two students were killed on Oct. 9, 1999, after returning from a school activity in San Antonio.
With the Mariah Carey song “Heartbreaker” playing, and a stream of sympathizers as steady as the raindrops intermittently wrapped up Farnsworth’s mother, Jeanette Gorski, in a hugs.
“It’s nice to see all the faces,” Gorski said. “A lot of these faces I’ve seen throughout the year. They’re always stopping by after a game or when they think of Shelby
The weather mirrored the somber mood at NBHS earlier on Monday, when more than 500 students and faculty attended a memorial service for the pair. The rain moved the student-initiated ceremony inside to the NBHS gymnasium, 2551 N. Loop 337.
“It was a wonderful tribute, and I was really impressed with the way the kids responded,” Principal Mike Fitsko said.
Four students formed a color guard while two cadets chosen by their peers — Monica Cisneros, a junior, and senior Baruch Almonte — presented Fitsko with two
framed photographs of the students.
“It was a very simple and very straightforward way to remember them,” said Col. Jim Reid, a Marine Corps ROTC instructor.
Cisneros held the photograph of Farnsworth, her classmate and codrill team member.
Three books donated by Comal Independent School District librarians to the NBHS library also were dedicated. Each is engraved with memorial messages, and photographs of Farnsworth and Diaz.
The photographs and books will be displayed in the library until they are moved into the main building sometime next week.
Students quietly filed out of the gymnasium as band director Beth Bronk played “Taps.”
“The kids observed that silent and respectful tone this morning,” Reid said.
A new traffic signal at an intersection of Loop 337 and NBHS will be dedicated at IO a.m. Oct. 17.
City council votes to postpone action on landfill proposal
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Council postponed action Monday on a proposal to acquire land for a future landfill.
Councilman Larry Alexander presented the proposal to purchase about 145 acres within a half-mile of the landfill the city currently uses. He also suggested that the council postpone the issue until the courcil’s next meeting, allowing all council members to have time to look at the land.
“This is something I’ve had on my mind for a long time, even before I got on council — what are we going to do about our future landfill?” Alexander said.
The city previously owned and operated a landfill with Comal County at FM 1101 and Kohlenberg Lane. However, the landfill sold to Waste Management in the 1980s, and the city has a contract to continue using the landfill for the next two years.
The landfill has a life of eight to IO years, Alexander said. However, City Manager Mike Shands previously said the landfill’s life is about five to eight years.
Alexander learned about the available land near the Comal County Landfill from a realtor who brought it to his attention. The land is at Kohlenberg and Schwarzlose roads in Guadalupe County, near the current landfill.
The land would cost $2,800 an acre. The total price for the land would be almost $405,000.
Buying the land would be an investment, Alexander said.
“One of the advantages of having it out here is there is already a landfill here,” he said.
Alexander said he is not sug
gesting the city go back into the landfill business. Instead, he said the city could purchase the land and later sell it or lease it to a land management company.
In other action Monday,
• The council postponed final action on a proposed drainage ordinance and a proposed resolution establishing fees included in the ordinance. Consideration of the ordinance was postponed to allow time to include proposed revisions to the ordinance; and
• gave first approval to an ordinance banning all new underground storage tanks over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone.
• set a public hearing for 6:30 p.m. Nov. 13 on proposed increases to the maximum water and wastewater impact fees charged by NBU.
However, Councilman Robert Kendrick said it seemed more appropriate to instead work on renegotiating the city’s contract with Waste Management.
He also suggested that the realtor selling the land approach Waste Management instead of the city.
Also, Kendrick said the city might consider not using a landfill anymore. Technological advances have made it possible to do that, he said.
Key Code 76
Prevention best way to fight fires at home
Firefighters offer tips for Fire Prevention Week, Oct 8-14
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Cooking fires, clothes dryer fires and electrical fires — area firefighters have been called out for all of them in the past week.
This past weekend, a San Antonio family of four was treated for carbon monoxide poisoning caused by a faulty heating system, turned on for the first time this season in the weekend’s cold, rainy weather.
New Braunfels and Comal
County firefighters have a busy week — actually a busy month — scheduled in area schools aimed at making people more cognizant of safety issues in their homes and teaching children about fire safety and fire prevention.
“We have an active program going on this week, Oct. 8-14 being Fire Prevention Week,”
New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn said. “We’ll be doing puppet shows, demonstrations, tours through the fire stations and lectures for students. By
the end of the month — we had to schedule throughout the month to fit everybody in — we’ll see from 3,000 to 5,000 students in 15 area schools.
Also planned for grades K-2 are a “build a fire truck” contest where children can build a fire engine out of a shoebox. For grades 3,4 and 5, an essay contest is offered. A pair of winners from each category and each school will be announced on Oct. 19.
The topic of the essay contest, Friesenhahn said, is “The Great Escape,” where children describe how to get out of their home in an emergency.
Parents should work with their children to make sure they know
how to get out of their homes in an emergency, Friesenhahn stresses.
“Obviously you need to have an escape plan, you need to teach it to the children and you need to practice exit drills,” Friesenhahn said.
“You need at least two ways out of a bedroom — usually that includes a window. Teach your children how to get up and out of bed if the smoke alarm is going off Don’t stand; crawl out. If the door is closed, feel the back of it with your hand. If it Is hot, use the secondary exit.”
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