New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, October 19,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years ■ Home of HILMAR SCHEEL
Vol. 143, No. 244
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Felix Diaz Jr., Stephen Schriewer, Ruben L. Pina (14 years), Hilmar Scheel (80 years), Fernando Diaz, and Daniel Ellis (13 years). Happy belated anniversary to Raymond and Marie Caballerro.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -266 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.73 feet above sea level, down ,02 Guadalupe River — 126 c f s.
Seminar to focus on sexual harassment and sexual assault
The Comal County Women’s Center, Laurel Ridge Treatment Center, Hill Country Counseling Center, and McKenna Hospital's Health-Link will co-sponsor a presentation on Sexual Harassment/Sexual Assault from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Laurel Ridge Treatment Center on 1293 East Common Street in New Braunfels on Thursday, Oct. 19. Both mothers and teen-age daughters would benefit from this presentation.
Descendants of Carl and Elizabeth Ackermann Schaefer are invited to attend the 15th Reunion of the Schaefer Family at the Saengerhalle Sunday, Oct. 22. Registration at 10 a m. Lunch at 12:30 p.m. Bring a meat dish and one other dish of your choice.
Bring serving spoons.
NARFE to meet
National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, will meet at the Senior Citizens Center Friday, Oct. 20, at 9:30 a m.
Garage sale at Kirkwood Manor
Kirkwood Manor will have a garage sale as its major fundraiser for the activity department on Friday, Oct 20, and Saturday, Oct. 21 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Along with the garage sale there will be a bake sale and mini-craft show
Local fat acceptance group to meet
Saturday, Oct. 21, the Hill Country Chapter of the Nation al Association to Advance Fat Acceptance will meet at 7702 Barren Ridge, which is just east of O’Connor at Kitty Hawk. For information, call Johnny at 625-4782. Public welcome.
Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct. 28 at 6 p m. to raise money for a community youth recreation center. Skits and a silent auction will be held as well. Dinner is $4.
The winning numbers
10,23, 30, 33, 36,46
Est. $23 million jackpot
Group to ask for bond election recount
By MELANIE GERIK
Opponents of the $17.95 million tax bond issue that passed by 11 votes Saturday will ask the Comal Independent School District for a recount, one of their leaders said Wednesday.
“When you have a close election, you want to satisfy yourself that the numbers are correct,” said Douglas Kirk, a former school board member and current candidate for county commissioner.
The $17.95 million tax issue, which will fund a new middle school on the west side of the district and renovations at some existing campuses, passed by ll votes, 1077-1066.
Canyon Lake resident Jim Sutton was scheduled to deliver the petition, signed by ll district patrons, to District Superintendent Jerry Major Thursday morning. The deadline to file the petition is 5 p.m. Thursday. The district could not comment on the recount until Superintendent Jerry Major received
After the petition is filed, the district has 48 hours to review the petition for defects, said Melinda Nickless, director of elections administration in the Secretary of State’s office. A committee appointed by Board President Jim Middleton must perform the recount within seven days after approval of the petition.
The cost of the recount is $30 per voting station, which totals $240 in the bond election, Nickless said. The oppo
nents of the bonds will pay the cost.
Dennis Quick, president of the Asso-cation of Citizens for Education, said Monday he thought a recount was useless, but let members decide if they wanted to support a recount.
“It’s time for us to accept that they barely beat us,” he said.
But Kirk said the recount has support throughout the community, calling it a “grass roots effort.”
“What you’re looking for is mathematical errors,” he said.
Quick said his association did not have enough time or money to defeat the bond issue, but in the areas in which members concentrated their efforts, the issue was defeated handily.
“Twelve people and $110 almost did it,” said Linda McElroy, association treasurer.
Abel Campos, director of business operations for the district, said the district did not promote the $ 17.95 million in tax bonds. “The only thing we can do is explain the issue,” he said.
Lake residents brainstorm ideas to combat hydrilla
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A great pumpkin
Clint Campbell searches for th# perfect pumpkin at the Pumpkin Patch at First United Methodist Church yesterday. It is open until Oct. 30, Monday to Friday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 1 p.m.
Concerned residents of lakes Dunlap and McQueeney met with officials from the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TP&W) at the Seguin-Guadalupe County Coliseum on Tuesday concerning the increased growth of hydrilla in their lakes.
The groups compose the Lake Management Group, which has been meeting to deal with the hydrilla on both lakes.
For two years, the hydrilla has blocked public channels and public and private boat ramps in lakes McQueeney and Dunlap. In May, the GBRA and TP&W sprayed selected areas of hydrilla sites with the herbicide Aquathol K.
Debbie Magin. GBRA regional laboratory director, said the spraying was very effective in controling the hydrilla. The spraying gave 90-120 days of relief from the hydrilla on the lakes so that they could be used during the summer months, Magin said. The herbicide is a temporary solution because the hydrilla has grown back and the GBRA cannot legally spray on private boat docks, shorelines or near the Clear Springs water treatment plant on Lake Dunlap, Magin said.
In August, in cooperation with the GBRA and the Friends of Lake McQueeney, the TP&W released 125 sterile triploid grass carp in lakes Dunlap, McQueeney, Placid. H-4 and H-5.
Each lake had 25 carp put into it. The carp are part of an experiment to determine whether or not they will stay in the lakes and control the hydrilla by eating the tops oft'of them. To keep track of the carp, each fish has a numbered identification tag and a radio frequency transmitter implanted in it.
David Welsch, GBRA director of project development, and Steve Prentice, TP&W biologist, briefed the residents on the progress of the carp during the meeting.
“The carp are doing well,” Welsch said. “The Parks and
The carp are doing well. The Parks and Wildlife Department has been tracking the carp weekly and monthly and we have been pleased with their progress.’
— David Welsch, GBRA director
Wildlife Department has been tracking the carp weekly and monthly and we have been pleased with their progress.”
Before a final recommedation is made on w hether or not the carp should be used to control the hydnlla, the carp w ill have to go through two Hood events to see w hether or not they remain at the lakes. Welsch said a flood event is when the lakes are at 3,500 cubic feet of water per second during a four-hour period. These flood events occur after a major rainfall. The last flood event occurred in May, Welsch said.
Peggy McKanna, w ith Friends of Lake McQueeney read a report by Johnson Lake Management Service of San Marcos, which did a study on Lake McQueeney in September. According to the report, the hydnlla liad multiplied 3-4 times since March. In March, Lake McQueeney had 40 acres of hydnlla. By September, that number had increased to 140 acres.
One alternative was presented at the meeting: draining the lakes (Dunlap and McQueeney) and harvesting or burning the hydrilla. However, most residents at the meeting opposed this idea because draining the lake would expose the hydrilla to sunlight, making it grow more. Welsch said that harvesting the hydrilla would take special equipment. The equipment would be pretty expensive, Welsch said.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Welsch told the residents to come to the next meeting on Nov. I with ideas of their own so that those ideas would be discussed.
Early voting underway in state election
By MELANIE GERIK
Time running out to register wells with the EUWD
Early voting began statewide Wednesday for 14 amendments to the Texas Constitution.
The last day to vote early is Nov. 3. Election day is Nov. 7.
“The Secretary of State has predicted about IO percent turnout... so we’re looking at probably IO to 15 percent” in Comal County, said Linnell Hinojosa, deputy Comal County clerk.
Karen Sachtleben, deputy voter registrar for Comal County, said 39,041 arc registered to vote as of the end of September.
Room 306 of the Comal County Annex is the only early voting polling place, Sachtleben said.
Abolishing the state treasury leads the list of amendments. State Treasurer Martha Whitehead campaigned last year cm a platform that she would try to abolish her agency if re-elected.
Amendments also include the issuance of $300 million in general obligation bonds for college loans and allowing money from the Texas growth fund to be invested in corporations that may invest in South Africa or Namibia.
Excluding the current proposals, the Texas Constitution has been amended 353 times since 1879,
With legal battles preventing the Edwards Aquifer Authority from taking over, the Edwards Underground Water District is continuing operations. Because of the continued operations, regulations established by the district remain in effect, which means people living within the district's boundaries are running out of time to register their wells.
In August, the district adopted rules requiring people living within district boundaries to register their water wells. The deadline for registering the wells is Sunday, October 22. There is no fee for registra
tion. However, well owners failing to register their wells are subject to enforcement under the rules. Individuals unable to meet Sunday’s filing deadline may request a variance, and wells already registered do not need to be registered again.
Well owners are required to supply information such as the size, depth, use and location of the well. The goal is to have accurate and complete records on how many wells are in the District, which includes parts of Bexar, Comal, and Hays counties.
“By registenng their wells with the District, well
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Sheriffs car in accident
A Comal County Sheriff’s Department Jeep driven by Deputy Sheriff Cayetano Morales, 56, of New Braunfels, was traveling north on Loop 337 when it was broadsided by a 1992 Ford pickup driven by Juan Maze,30, of New Braunfels, according to police reports. Meza was exiting from Barks! Inc. when the accident occurred at 7:26 a.m. Meza was given a failure to yield the right of way ticket. Morales, Meza and Meza’s two children traveling with Nm received minor injuries.
owners are helping to provide invaluable data for the protection of our water resources,” states Rick lllgner. EUWD General Manager. “We’re counting on their cooperation.”
Copies of the registration forms and rules can be obtained from county courthouses, appraisal districts, main libraries, and health departments in San Antonio, New Braunfels, and San Marcos, as well as at the Edwards Underground Water District's office at 1615 North St. Mary’s. For more information, call (2 IO) 222-2204 or (800) 292-I047.
Kuempel announces Intention to run for re-election
State Representative Hdmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, has announced that he will seek re-election to the Texas House of Representatives, District 45. The district includes Comal and Guadalupe counties.
Kuempel. who serves as chairman of the House Committee on State Recreational Resources, wants to continue his oversight ov cr the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, as well as maintain his fiscally conservative voting record.
“I have appreciated the support of my constituents Their input has kept me informed on ways to make our tax dollars work more efficiently,” Kuempel said.
He pledged to continue to reflect the view s of his constituents.
Kuempel also serves cm the House Committee on Environmental Affairs and the Texas Legislative Council.
Welfare reform bill threatens battered women and their . See