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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas \.e ; , ‘ -V A. .    - I t' . : " • • v r ■ AI - v- ¥ «’****■.$ A »•'•>'• • ,«VV-*' -Vw ;4r'r:' A;‘ <• •    H>:-    yi;    A    ^    *,»    ,     _■ _ ... . - Unicorns top Madison in volleyball — Pag Y New Braunfels Herald ly ,0 * 50 CENTS 18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, October 15,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Vol. 145, No. 240Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports................... 1-2B Comics..................‘......................3B Marketplace.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A Stain mtisc hBirthday wishas from the Horald-Zoituvig! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: LoUnda Espinoza, Clay Zientek and Becky Jean Crabifi (15 years) Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Johnny and Theora Mondin (47 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. PoNan Count Molds—1,752 Cedar Elm —142 Ragweed— ISO (PoNan measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River —317 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.72 feet above sea level, up .04 from Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge —169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.18 feet above sea level. (Conservation pod.) New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 5.795 mMon gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no wen water was used. WtoaUP Tonight — Clear and cool. Low in the upper 40s. Light north wind Thursday — Sunny. High in the mid 70s. North wind 5 to 10 mph. Friday through Sunday — Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s to near 50. Highs in the 70s. Oft your mouth randy for Itestg off tho Town The annual “Taste of the Town” will feature more than 20 food and beverage providers who will compete for the Best Taste" plaque This year's event, benefiting the Children's Museum, will be from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday at the National Guard Armory, 2253 IH-35 West. Tickets for the event are $15 Members may purchase tickets for $12 at the museum. Groups of 10 or more tickets are $12 each as well. The Children’s Museum will have Pizza and Raytime for children. Cost is $5 Barly voting starts naxt wash Early voting in two separate elections soon will begin. Early voting for constitutional amendments and Bulverde incorporation elections will begin Monday and run through Oct. 31. Election day is set for Nov. 4 Applications to vote by mail can be accepted through Oct. 28 and ballots can be mailed through Oct. 28 Applications may be delivered in person until the day before the voting starts (Oct. 17). Early voting in the Comal Independent School District bond election, which will be on Nov. 8. will begin Oct. 22 and run through Nov. 4. Qaftfrn Rldgg diicuiiti CISG bood The city of Garden Ridge will conduct a town meeting at 3 p.m. Saturday at Paul Davis Park to discuss the upcoming Comal Independent School District bond issue and tax rate. Ogling for WSstorlos Do you have a story to tell about problems with the Internal Revenue Service? Call Susan Jakobsen at 625-9144, ext. 224.CHS computer lab loses to crowdingBy DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Overcrowding has placed a computer lab at Canyon High School on a back burner. Previously, a small room next to the high school library equipped with 30 old computers provided students opportunity to do word processing. However, limited classroom space caused the computers to he moved out before the start of school in August, principal Will Klieg said. “We needed an additional classroom, so we shut the lab down and put a class in there,” he said. “We needed the space.” former lab. He said the tridents, who must walk through the library to get to foe cramped room, also must be quiet in class because of their proximity to the library. “There’s a minimal amount of conflict because of the library, hut it’s still like being in someone else’s space,” Brown said. Turn to Computer, Page 2A City doles funds to groupsBy SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Block grant funds totaling $442,000 were approved for community development in 1998 by city council members during a Monday meeting. The fonds will be distributed to public service entities in Comal County, including the *98 Summer Youth Recreation, which received $16,158 toward the program; Comal County Violence Shelter, which received $7,000 toward a daily shelter staff position; YMCA of Comal County, granted $5,712 for a school-based support service; Communities in Schools, granted $24,860 for a job skills training program; and paries and recreation, which received $29,150 toward the Ernest Eikel Field Park. Funds also were allotted to public improvements such as the Bergfeld Drainage Project, granted $255,976; housing assistance, $27,777 and fair housing, $75,367, according to Mayor Jan Kennady. All organizations that applied for grants were given funding, according to Gloria Sasser, community development advisory committee chair. A boat dock in the floodway of the Guadalupe River at 1757 Kuehler Ave. was approved for future construction. An appropriate amount of earth will be displaced to compensate for the area the dock will take up, according to city officials. The proposed dock will not result in any substantial increase in flood levels within the community during the occurrence of the base flood discharge, as investigated by city engineering services. ‘ In other business, the purchase of 24 utility pole banners to assist in the promotion of the Hol- Tum to City, Page 2A Palo Alto eyes NB for Texas factory By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Call forma-based industrial design corporation is looking at New Braunfels as a possible site for a factory that would manufacture computer products. Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said Palo Alto Design loc., of Palo Alto, Calif., was < ering New Braunfels among other sites in the area. 'They are in die exploratory phase,” Meek said. “They have several sites in several cities (around the country). I have a feeling some are in the Central Texas area.” Palo Alto Designs, Inc., will submit an application asking the Comal County Industrial Development Authority to issue industrial revenue bonds to help finance a manufacturing facility in New Braunfels, if the city is selected for the site. The industrial development authority will consider the application at a special meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday. The meeting will be in the chamber of commerce Honors Hall on South Seguin Avenue. lngnd Marin, administrative manager for the corporation, said Palo Alto Designs manufactures computer chassis and the plastics that protect the chassis. Mann said the company employs 30 people, mostly engineers, at its facility in California The company has a plant in Taiwan where plastics for the computer chassis are made. Palo Alto Designs already has a connection to New Braunfels. The Lightning Metal Specialties, Inc., plant on Farm-to-Market HOI will begin Turn to Palo Allo, Page 3A Football fever EAA sets pumping limits Comal reps vote for current 450,000 acre-foot guideline By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HurakJ-Zaitung photo by Michael DemeM Sundance Luna ndaaaa a peas bacauan of good define# by Robert Aleman Tuesday afternoon on Katy Street After a week of rain, local youngsters could get some sunshine and enjoy the crisp fall weather. SAN ANTONIO — Despite the pleas of oue board member, the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors Tuesday voted to keep the aquifer's pumping limit to a total of 450,000 acre-feet per year. The aquifer board voted to keep the maximum of450,000 aere-feet per year total for all municipal, irrigation and industrial water users in foe aquifer region. An acre foot equals 325.851 gallons. Both Comal County representatives, Doug Miller and Rita Banda, voted for the measure. The vote came after Bexar County board member Carol Patterson proposed a motion that would have allowed the board to exceed foe 450,000 acre-feet of water that the board can grant to water users and purveyors under Senate Bill 1477 passed by the state legislature in 1993. Patterson urged foe board to add a provision to the proposed rough draft EAA rules allowing the EAA staff* to gather more technical data on how much water is in the aquifer “I would like to create an affirmative duty for the board to do this before cutting people's water." Patterson said. Patterson suggested that foe board of directors make a yearly determination on how much water could be withdrawn from the Edwards Aquifer by water users. Before making a final determination on the amount of water withdrawn for all water users, foe board should ask foe EAA staff* to provide updated figures on the aquifer based on recharge and spnng flows, Patterson said. “There is no technical justification to adopt the (current) cap," she said. Chairman Michael Beldon told Patterson that her motion could be discussed at the board’s next meeting on Oct. 30. The board then proceeded to vote on a motion w hich would allow foe board several legal options to reduce water allocations if the permits exceeded 450,000 acre-feet per year. The board approved foe motion 10-3. Municipal, industrial and w ater users of the Edw ards Aquifer Turn to EAA, Page 3A On the right track City gears up for master plan forum Community to give input Monday at 6 p.m By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Residents of New Braunfels will have a chance to help shape the city’s future during a Monday forum. Scheduled for 6 p.m. in foe New Braunfels High School cafeteria, the forum will focus on the city's cocnpreliensive plan, a guide to orderly growth and development in the community. Its success is dependent on several foetors, but none as important as citizen participation, according to city officials. “The forum is open to everyone," planning director Harry Bennett said. "This is the first time we’ve put forth this kind of effort in a master plan.” The last time a comprehensive plan — dubbed a “master plan” by city officials — was approved was 1977 when New Braunfels’ population was about 15,000, Bennett said. Revised in 1984, foe plan was proposed again bot never approved. In 1994, a master Forum agenda 6:00-6:20 p.m — Registration; pick up name tags; refreshments 6:30-7:00 p.m. — General assembly in cafeteria; welcome by Mayor Jan Kennady and general remarks by John Dierksen, chairman; presentation by Mike McAnelly of Wilbur Smith Associates; overview of draft goals and next steps in plan's process 7:10-7:56 pjn. — Open discussion of ideas on draft goals 6416-6:50 pan. — Open discussion of ideas on draft goals •4)0-0:45 p.m. — Open discussion of ideas on draft goals plan was talked about, but nothing ever came of it. “We’re growing rapidly," Bennett said, estimating a 4 percent growth rate pa year tor New Braunfels. “We’re going to grow taster, too. We’re catching a lot of citizens from San Antonio” and other areas The city’s current population is about 34,000, the planning director said. For the past several months, master plan subcommittees, compnsed of city officials and local residents, have met to determine community values and set goals. Nine subcommittees are studying land use/zoning regulations, public facilities and services/finance, urban design/Main Street/histone preservation, env ironment and natural resources utilities drainage, codes and ordinances/subdi v ision regulations/ annexation, parks and recreation, education youth population, economic development, and transportation. A work program was developed targeting certain dates and milestones to gauge the plan’s progress The first phase of the master plan will come to fruition Monday, when the community’s input will be sought during the forum. Draft copies of subcommittees’ goals and objectives will be presented. Together, the public’s opinion and subcommittees’ research will be critical in formulating the plan, Bennett said. For information, call Bennett ai 608-2115.Area chefs offer some of their best recipes — Page 10A u ;