New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYSmithson Valley, Canyon square off tonight - Sports
STAMM I ISC II
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends Ute following birthday wishes; Alfred Syamken, Sr., Curt Coffey, Gloria Banda, R.C. Banda, Pete Gonzalez, Jr., Daniel Ayala, Jr., Georgo Rosales, Isabel Rosales, Jonathan Af. Rodriguez, Yesnia Herrera. Happy Anniversary to Orlando A Ruby CastUleJa.
Bluebonnet Orange observes anniversary
Bluebonnet Grange will be observing its 15th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Extension Service meeting room, located at 132 Water St.
The Grange is a family service organization for men, women and children 14 year-old and older.
A charter member of the local chapter, Mrs. Vera Hoffman, will be given special recognition at the ceremonies.
Canyon Lake Trade Show on tap Oct. 14
The Second Annual Canyon Lake Trade Show will be held Thursday, Oct. 14 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Woodlands Country Club, located off FM 2673 in Startzville.
Tl»e event is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Women In Business club.
All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for local students.
Canyon Lake Democrats meet
The Canyon Lake Democrats will meet Oct 14 in Saltier at the Hitching Post at 7 p.m.
Community Chorale resume rehearsals
The Community Chorale will resume rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 12 in the Friendship Room downstairs at Eden Home.
Ms. Marshs Carlisle, assistant music professor at SWTSU, will direct music from classical to show tunes as well as music by P.D.Q. Bach. Singers are welcome. Call 625-6420 for more information.
Dame Warden to speak to VFW
Game Warden Robert Wilford will be the speaker for the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #71 IO Auxiliary Safety program, Oct. 13,7 p.m. at the Post Home.
Free parenting classes offered st NBISD
A series of parenting classes are being taught at Carl Shurz Elementary School. Communicating with children is this month's topic. Sessions will include how parents can help their children communicate their needs and feelings, and deal with different emotions appropriately.
The sessions are hee and are offered Tuesday nights at the school library from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tonight's session is titled "Listen to Your Child."
(The New Braunfels Htraid IeHung in vins Us nadirs lo submit nims lo St ammi is ch According to tbs Sophienburg Archils and members of tha German community, “Stammtisch" represents a sating place for members af the community to gather and share the shy's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
EUWD appeal stops catfish farm permit
fudge says he’ll wait for EAA decision
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
A status hearing was held Monday in Midland by U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton to hear from both sides of the lawsuit originally filed jointly by the Sierra Club and the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority against the US. Hah and Wildlife Service.
The suit had charged that the service was not insuring the protection of endangered species found in the San Marcos and Comal Springs. The hearing, which was postponed in June to allow the Edwards Aquifer Authority time to go into effect, was held to determine whether both sides were satisfied with the status of Bunton*! February ruling that the service determine the flow required to protect the species and that the
Texai Legislature adopt a permanent management plan to meet that goal by May 31.
Judge Bunton (Sd not make a decision Monday and said that he would wait to hear the Justice Department decision on a suit brought by UULAC and MALDEF which said fruit the appointment of EAA board members violated the Voting Rights Act That decision is due by the end of this month.
San Antonio and the western irrigators who were intervener* for the defendant U.S. Fish lad Wildlife Service asked that the service be released from Burton’s older saying that it has been met However, the plaintiff*, which include Comal County, lay that until the management authority created by fr* Legislature is in control of the aquifer the order hat not been met
By MARK LYON Managing Editor
The Edwards Underground Water District’s appeal to stop a permit granted to Living Waters Catfish Farm to pump an average of 55 million gallons of water per day out of the Edwards Aquifer may go a long way in preserving the area's water supply, and the level of the Aquifer, during dry summer months, according to EUWD board member Kenneth Ikels of New Braunfels.
The deadline to file an appeal to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission is set for 5 p.m. today. According to Ikels, the appeal filed by the EUWD on Friday has at least allowed either the EUWD or the pending Edwards Aquifer Authority to make a decision on the matter at a later date.
'Tm not sure how the EAA issue will work out, but we thought it was important to file the appeal so that we, or the EAA, will have the opportunity to decide sometime later," Ikels said.
The Oct. 4 trial date for the EUWD’s suit against Living Waters has been post-poned until May 2,1994 and both parties have agreed to outside mediation to attempt a settlement before the suit goes to court. However, the mediators have
not been identified yet, Ikels said "We simply want them to have a plan for more efficient use of the water,” Ikels said. "Their Aum was modeled after a similar term in Arkansas, however that farm recycles it's water and this
one does not Under a the approved permit, the fern only has to average 55 million gallons of water pumped per day, which could possibly have them pumping far less in the winter after heavy usage during the summer, when everyone
else needs it most. We've stopped them for 22 months now. We probably stopped a water crisis that may have been the case during the 65-day dry spell we had a month back had we not acted again* them."
Living Waters has drawn water from a well that ii said to be the largest artesian well existing in the world
Ikels stressed that their suit against Living Waters is not designed to hurt their business, but is based on waste water and the dumping of contaminated water into the Medina River.
Dceli said that all in all, the EUWD has closed more than 106 wells that were either abandoned orftee-flowing.Oneofthose wells, located at Salado Creek and known ss well J-21, was releasing more than 6 million gallons per day before it wa* ctored by fee EUWD, or the equivalent to one day's use by the city of San Marcos.
A decision on the constitutionality of the EAA is still pending a decision from the federal Justice Department. If the justice department decides the EAA is unconstitutional based on an appointed board, the possibility exists for a one-man, one-vote type of board which could yield possibly as many as 24 Bexar County members with possibly only one from Comal County.
Art League’s featured artist
HemldZettung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Angle Banta Brown, tha Naw Braunfels Art Laagua'a featured artist tor September, works on one of her many paintings at the Arte Center Gallery on Walnut Square. She Ie a signature member of the Southwestern Watercolor Society and currently hee two paintings on display In the San Antonio Watercolor Group Juried Show et Trinity University.
Officials call 7th Gruene Music Fest ‘best ever*
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Officials with the Seventh Annual Gruene Music Fest are calling this year’s event one of the beat Music Felts ever.
"All indications are that this ii going to be one of fee best music feats,” said Gruene Music Fest Co-coordinator John Payne. 'Our donation to the United Way should be very substantial"
The exact amount of the donation will not be calculated for several days, according to Payne. Officials at Greene Hall will have to court receipts and gite admissions, etc., he said.
Payne camused feat there were 900 paid admianons to fee event on Sunday, 200 for fee Premiere Party on Sunday, and
Mayor’s committee comes under fire at city council meeting
300 for the concert feasting Johnny Dee and fee Rockst 88a
"In excess of2,000 people paid through the doors," Mid Dick Koegle, co-coordinator of the event.
Koegle said he also believes this year's event is one of the best ever.
"We're hoping the results will dww this is one of the best ever contributions to the United Way also," said Koegle.
The largest contribution from the Greene Music Fest is $9,000. Koegle add he is hoping the event will mise $10,000 this year. He laid $6,000 was raised during the motion and Premiere fluty on Friday night.
Both Payne and Keogle said they heard good comments from the crowds at tbs event. Payne said many people they were glad to see it dis event.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
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A decision by New Braunfels May-or fumy setae! to lore a remain cong committee came under fire Monday night after residents and council menthol voiced their disapproval at not being informed about the Mayor's actions.
Seidel formed the committee last month after New Braunfels resident Aguinaldo Zamora asked the council to reconsider how the mayor is elected and how the election districts are set up. Seidel Mid he told Zamora at that time that he would meet with him in older to find a solution.
The iame of whether or not Seidel should have consulted council members was brought forward by New Braunfels tendon Wilton Wamecke Jr. Warnecke said the members of the committee should have been chosen by all members of the council.
"It founds to me like a power maneuver,** said Wamecke.
"I don't think ifs right," said War-necke. "I think these people (council members) should have a choice.
"Everyone of them have the right - a Consitutional right - to have input into any activity of this council," he said.
Several members of the council agreed with Wamecke s comments.
Mayor Pro Tem Butch Benitez said he had asked the mayor to put the iMue of forming a committee on the agenda. He said he hat had several calls from people in his district who disapprove of the way the committee was formed.
"I would have liked to have input on who we would want on the committee," he said.
Council Members Jan Kennedy and Dan Bremer also said they would have liked to have acme input.
"We weren't even allowed to make a suggestion," said Bremer.
Council Member Paul Fraser announced he was contacted by the mayor and was given the chance to make some recommendations about who to appoint.
Warnecke also said if certain roles from the Justice Department were not fellowed, any decision made by t his committee could be disputed. However, Seidel said the committee was formed only to study whether or not the prooeM should be changed not to make final decisions on changes in districts.
"The committee I appointed is not going to set anything in concrete," he said.
Seidel also said if there was anyone to blame for this committee being set up in this manner it was the "person responsible for us having only six
Sale of city fire station no. 4 on hold for now
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Qty Council tabled a decision last night on whether or not to authorize the city manager to solicit bids for the sale of fire station No. 4 on Keriick Lane.
The motion to table the item was made by Council Member Jan Kennedy. Kennedy suggested the council look * the feasibility of reopening fee fire station and redirecting traffic in that area.
Several city residents spoke in favor of keeping the fire station.
"The solution is to bide time and work for an opening onto the Loop (337)," said New Braunfels resident Leonard Meyer.
Wilton M. Wamecke Mid the fire station was sn active station four years ago.
"It's easier to have a fire station in operation up there on Keriick," he said.'It doesn't have to have 6,7 or 8 trucks."
"Ifs an awful good deal. I'd hate to give it away," said Bob Sohn, a resident of that area and general manager of New Braunfels Utilities
If fee matter had been approved a deed restriction would have beat put in place in order to limit the use of the property to a single fiunily residence.
In other business the conic ii
■ Approved fee seoond reading ut an ordinance of the city council to establish an impact fee advisory committee.
■ Approved the first reading of an ordinance placing regulations on the basic cable rates charged by cable television operators in the city, and related equipment and installation charges.
He said if each council member made one appointment to the committee, there would have been a six member committee. He also said there might have been only one Hispanic and only one woman.
"I thought it would be a fairer group if I appointed them," he said.
Seidel appointed nine people to the committee. They are Zamora, Brenda Freeman, Atanacio Campos, Stacy Goodbread, Betty Lou Rushing, Ai Koako, BUI Bentley, Cher) I s Estella Rodriguez..
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