New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 245 14 pgs. in 2 sections October 28, 1999
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Vehicle inspection fees could increaseAir improvement group requests investigation on maintenance program
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
SAN ANTONIO — More expensive vehicle inspections could be closer than was once thought.
At a meeting Tuesday, the 10-member Air Improvement Resources Executive Committee, made up of area county judges, county commissioners and mayors, said it would like to see an investigation into a vehicle inspection and
maintenance program that could test vehicle emissions, possibly before next summer.
“I think that would be more effective than trying to change people’s daily habits,” Comal County commissioner and committee member Jay Minikin said.
Depending on the type of program implemented, costs for inspections could more than double from the current fee of $12.50.
But something needs to be done to clean
up the air in the San Antonio region, committee member and San Antonio Mayor Howard Peak said.
“Cars emit pollution all year,” said Chris Treutler, a committee advisory member and USAA president. “In the summer, it cooks it into the ozone. But we breathe it all year.”
The committee is considering a measure similar to one that could be implemented anyway, albeit in several years.
The San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Comal, Bexar, Guadalupe and Wilson counties, has exceeded federal airSee FEES/3A
1-35 narrowed to one lane today between FM 306, Ruekle Road
From staff reports
North and southbound traffic on Interstate 35 will be narrowed to one lane today between Ruekle Road and Farm-to-Market Road 725.
Michelle Kopp, assistant area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, said the outside lanes in both directions would be closed at 8 a.m. and then would be opened again about 5 p.m.
Kopp said TxDOT was narrowing the northbound side of I-35 to one lane to patch worn areas. Crews also will be picking up litter and other debris.
The southbound lane will be closed to let road crews pick up trash, including rubber from passing tractor-trailers, along the outside lane.
Kopp said traffic would be returned to two lanes on both sides on Friday.
Group won’t get state funds for hike, bike trail
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
State money won’t fund a hike and bike trail from Landa Park to Walnut Avenue in the near future, but other trails are still in the running for state public enhancement grants.
Comal County Trails, Inc., the nonprofit group working on the grant applications, pulled one of its four proposals recently when the state “asked for things we couldn’t give,” vice-president David Stinchcomb said.
The Texas Department of Transportation, which is administering the
grants, requested approval from all property owners living along the proposed trail route — in this case, along the Dry Comal Creek between Landa Park in front of Wursthalle and continuing to Walnut Avenue.
The group will continue to seek funds for a 3/4 mile Little League access trail, a 4.6-mile Loop 337 trail and a 8.8-mile urban bike network, looping from Landa Park to the Faust Street Bridge to Gruene.
With a tentative blessing from New Braunfels City Council, Comal County Trails, Inc. applied for the funding in
August, but was recently given a two-week deadline to provide “additional details,” Stinchcomb said.
TxDOT officials asked for several items, including a map of the loop project and further clarification from the city regarding its commitment.
In July, city council members tentatively approved the four projects but voiced concern about how much money the city would have to provide.
The state provides 80 percent funding for chose projects and requires 20 percent funding through the city, donations or in-kind contributions.
The letter to TxDOT, signed by Mayor Stoney Williams, said the city was “committed to pursuing specific funding sources upon receiving the grant.”
The actual dollar amount needed from the city will remain uncertain until Comal County Trails knows how much money TxDOT will give.
The three projects total about $2.1 million, which means the group is seeking about $1.68 million in state funds. The rest of the money, $420,000, must come from the city or through in-kind donations.
Compromise forged with GB RA in regard to diversion of water from Canyon Lake
By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer
SATTLER — Water Oriented Recreational District board members unanimously approved a revised contract Wednesday night representing a compromise with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
On Sept. 8, WORD board members voted to contest GBRA’s amendment application to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to divert more water from Canyon Lake.
The permit would allow GBRA to increase how much water it diverts from Canyon Reservoir from 50,000 acre-feet per year to an average of90,000 acre-feet per year. In addition, GBRA was seeking authorization to use 11,000 acre-feet per year outside the Guadalupe River basin.
One of WORD’s primary concerns had been to conserve the natural resources of the district and improve public health, welfare and safety, board member Charles Stephens said.
Initially, board members cited specific concerns about conditions of the amendment application, such as the total amount of water being diverted from Canyon Lake, the amount of water that would be deviated from above Canyon Dam and the amount of water from Canyon Reservoir that would be taken out of the district, board member Scott Watson said.
The contract approved Wednesday night was the result of weeks of negotiations between GBRA, WORD board members and Comal County Commissioners.
Because the WORD board was formed by commissioners’ court, it is subject to supervision.
Commissioners can approve or disapprove any action taken.
For this reason, the proposed contract is between GBRA and Comal County. It will not have final approval, however, until county commissioners take action on it at a special meeting at 3:30 p.m. Friday at the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
One condition of the proposed contract is that GBRA would continue to work with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on a plan to release water more slowly from the
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Keep an eye out for goblins, ghosts
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Parents and motorists are urged to use caution and follow a few safety tips when little goblins and ghosts haunt area streets Sunday night.
Children dressed as their favorite television, movie and storybook characters will be trick or treating throughout New Braunfels for Halloween.
For a safe and fun evening, parents are invited to take their children to New Braunfels Market
place for “Trick or Treat Off the Street.” The shopping center, 651 Business Loop 35, will offer trick or treating from 4 to 6 p.m.
The Holiday Food Drive to benefit the New Braunfels Police Department’s Blue Santa Program also will kick-off Sunday.
Parents can send a non-perishable food item along with their children to donate between 4 and 6 p.m. in front of WestPoint Pepperell Mill Store at the marketplace.
Law enforcement officials said
parents taking their children trick or treating through local neighborhoods should heed a few safety measures.
Sgt. David Wilson with the New Braunfels Police Department said parents should accompany young children or make sure an older sibling comes along.
“If they can’t go with them, then make sure the children go in a group and not by themselves,” he said.
Erie Feuge, 4, is dressed for football but uses his soccer skills during Tuesday’s “Halloween Happening” at New Braunfels High School. Children will be out trick or treating on Sunday night, so drivers are asked to use extra caution in residential areas.
A home donated to the New Braunfels Conservation Society makes its way toward Conservation Plaza on Wednesday from its previous address on Comal Avenue. The building, donated by Wayne and Toni Peters, will be renovated and used an an office.