New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jena Montanez, Lucy G. Rosales, David Guerrero, Santiago Guerrero, Ruben Sauceda, Ruben Leal,
Jr. (II years!), james Pace, Wanda Hagan, Louise Redden, Bonnie Tetrault, LaNelle Tidwell, Jack W. Ballantine, Charles H. Schumann, Rose Castilleja, Donna Lelfeste. Happy Anniversary to Ralph Bt Jennifer Casares (Sunday).
Smith rapra—itetlv to spook lit Settlor
A member of Congressman Lamar Smith’s staff will be in Settler Wednesday, Oct. 26, to assist Comal County residents with problems or questions they may have involving federal agencies or programs.
Shelby Graves will be available to meet with constituents from 9 a.m. until noon at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Settler. No appointment is necessary.
Congressman Smith's district office is located at I IOO N.E.
Loop 410, Suite 640, San Antonio, TX 78209. (210) 821-5024.
WurstfMt otters advance tickets
Advance tickets sales for Wurstfest *94 are now on sale at the Wurstfest offices in Landa Park.
Adult admission advance tickets will cost $5 if purchased by 5 p m Thursday, Nov. 3. Adult tickets at the gate cost $6. Children 12 years old and under are admitted free. Admission to the Wursthalle is free.
More than 60 entertainment groups will appear at the 34th annual Wurstfest, a 10-day showcase of German food, dance, heritage and Ain.
Slated this year for Nov. 4-13, Wurstfest is a German/Texas festi val that attracts an estimated 100,000 people from around the world to New Braunfels.
For more information, call 625-9167.
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The Interact Club of New Braunfels High School is planning a food drive to take place Halloween evening Oct. 31. Collected items will be delivered to needy families for Thanksgiving according to Dora Lisa Alvarado, club president.
Interact is a worldwide organization for youths interested in service and international understanding. Locally, the Interact Club is sponsored by the New Braunfels Rotary Club.
New for this year along with the Halloween Food Drive is constructing Christmas decorations for the newly installed downtown lampposts.
"We hope this gives an alternative meaning to Trick-or-Trcat in New Braunfels by helping our fel-ow neighbors who have not been as fortunate, especially at the Thanksgiving season," said Alvarado.
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Council tables Interlocal agreement
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to table a motion to make Doug Miller the city's appointed water representative.
The council acted on advice from its newly hired city attorney, who said she would like more time to study the issue of entering into on interlocal agreement with Comal County and New Braunfels Utilities.
Miller represents Comal County and NBU as their water negotiator at area water meetings.
'Today was the first day I had looked at the proposed interlocal agreement and I just want
New city attorney wants to study pact with NBU, Comal County further
to check a statute to make sure the city is not 'double dipping’ by having an interlocal agreement with the city and NBU," city attorney Jacqueline Cullom said.
Citizens and council members suggested that since NBU rate payers live in New Braunfels and are part of Comal County and since the city just hired a new city attorney the council does not need to pay another person for representation.
Cullom said she does not have a problem in working with Doug Miller and representing the New Braunfels water interests. ‘
Miller, who is paid S55 per hour by NBU and no more than $75 a day by Comal County, said he had mixed feelings about the night’s meeting.
Several citizens in attendance were vocal in support of him, while others at the meeting were opposed his consideration or reconsideration for
'I really hope that in two weeks that the county will come back together and will allow us to be unified instead of sending mixed signals out. I think we need to do it as a team," he said. "I think I can work hand in hand with the city attorney. We did with Barry Moore and Nathan Rheinlander. I don’t know Ms. Cullom but I certainly hope that we can work together on this issue."
The next meeting is Monday, Nov. 14.
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Council opts not to research validity of Goodbread move
By TECLO J. GARCIA
The New Braunfels City Council voted on Monday not to ask the city attorney to research the validity of James Goodbrcads’s appointment to the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees.
By a vote of Four to Three, Mayor Paul Fraser, Tim Walker, Mary Serdd and Chris Bowers voted against the measure to investigate the former mayor’s naming to the utility board.
Jan Kennedy, Brenda Freeman and Ambrosio "Butch" Benitez voted to have the city attorney consult with the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Attorney General’s Office for advice.
Goodbread was appointed to the board two weeks ago at a city council meeting.
Freeman had since questioned the "legality" of his naming. She said even though he never took office after he was re-elected as mayor, he was paid for the position.
Freeman said the city code of ordinances prohibited Goodbread from serving because it does not allow him to hold any paid office until a year after he left his post.
Although Goodbread never served as mayor, once re-elected in 1993, was paid until November of last year.
Goodbread said he the resistance formed against him preventing him from taking his seat were of a "personal nature."
Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers alro told the council he thought the debate involving Goodbread "is politically motivated."
Goodbread will serve a five-year term on the board. NBU‘s next meeting will be tomorrow.
In other city council business:
■ It named Pearly Sowell as chair of the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board. Although the Mayor and city council have solicited for the position, Sowell has been the only person to apply for the board.
■ It palled the 1995 Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitors Bureau Budget. Included in the budget were expenditures for a billboard program, promotions in both Mexico and the United Stales, and administrative cobs.
‘I want to see a light at the end of the tunnel,’ says EUWD member
By CRAIG HAMMETT
While the several representatives of various water organizations meet in San Antonio, forces are positioning themselves to face the Texas Legislature when it convenes in January of 1995.
Several representatives from three regional water alienees IDR wiai fncmoGfs or me Mcnuu*/£itung soul last week to tout the recent agreement between the Edwards Underground Water District, the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District, and the Uvalde County Underground Water District.
The three districts, who used to comprise the Edwards, have formed a confederation, one of the main purposes of which is to have more leverage when the Legislature convenes.
The confederation emphasizes local control with regional coordination. A committee will be formed between them to coordinate the districts.
A panel formed by a federal water monitor is currently considering plans to manage water in the Edwards Aquifer.
This particular confederation will offer its own plan by Nov.
"I want to see a light at the end of the tunnel," said Gene Ames, in, a Bexar County member of the EUWD Board, who added he was tired of the legal activities concerning the aquifer.
"...We don’t want to divide up the pie like a lot of people do."
The agreement calls for Aquifer Management Guidelines by the local districts based on historical usage. Fees would have
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Pumping guidelines include 30,000 acre-feet per year for Comal County, 325,000 acre-feet per year for Bexar County, 120,000 for Medina County and 160,000 for Uvalde County. The Edwards will request another 75,000 acre-feet.
"We have a plan. It’s called Senate Bill 1477," said Doug Miller, water negotiator for Comal County and New Braunfels Utilities, who was not present at the meeting. "...They don’t like 1477 because it puts limitations on them.”
Senate Bill 1477, which among other things, created a regional aquifer authority is currently held up by the Justict Department because members are appointed. Miller was to serve on that board.
The three districts will lobby the Legislature for their own plan instead of SB 1477. They would like to have more local control of their districts.
"This is something Medina and Uvalde districts have agreed to," said Luana Buckner, general manager of the Medina District. “Farmers in Medina County are much more likely to comply with this type of system ”
The agreement also calls for the three districts to regulate the transport of water within a (tenet, with fees for either transport or export imposed by each district.
Miller said SB 1477 allows for localcontrol under the umbrella of regional authority although he said "we'd all like to make modifications to it"
He said the bill and how to manage the aquifer will be a bot topic at the legislative session as parties position themselves.
He said Senate Bill 1477 had wide support both legislators and regional water entities.
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