New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, October 30,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of WADE BRALY
Vol 144. No 252
Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marisa Villanueva (8 years), Adam Villanueva, Wade Braly, blanche Frey, Rene Garcia, Jr., Geneva Giese, Amos Thigpen, Jessi Perring, Gary Johnson and Cathy Noble.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Luis (Fish) and Carol Gonzales (13 years), Ashley Edgar (11 years) and Barry and Bobbie Brandenburg.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,310 Cedar Elm —34 Pigweed — 6 Ragweed —17
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 174 cubic feet per second. same as Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 622.98 feet above sea level, same as Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 3,217 cfs Canyon Lake level — 907.95 feet above sea level. (Below conservation
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 7.37 million gallons of surface water Sunday, and no welt water was used Sunday.
Chorus rehearsal Sunday in Seguin
Rehearsals for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus begin at 2 p m. on Sunday at Ayers Recital Hall on the Texas Lutheran University campus.
The chorus will be performing parts of Handel’s “Messiah," under Dan Long’s direction. For more information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Halloween fun at NBHS Thursday
The New Braunfels High School Student Council is hosting its “Halloween Happening’’ from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school’s main hall Thursday. NBHS students from various clubs will set up a haunted house, and booths with games, prizes, food and more for area children. This safe time is for trick-or-treaters of all ages. Admission for the haunted house is 50 cents; everything else is free
Qerman folk songs focus of concert
Beethoven Maennerchor presents: “An Evening of German Folksongs at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Beethoven Hall, 420 S. Alamo, San Antonio.
Performing will be the United German-American Choruses o Wisconsin, Steven Joyal director. The Southern District Choruses, under the direction of John Donohue, will also sing. Tickets are $6 at the door, $5 in advance. Cal! 697-0451.
ABM Club to roviow game film Thursday
The Comal County A&M Club will be showing the Texas A&M vs. Texas Tech football game at 7 p.m. Thursday at C.C.'s Pizza. The public is invit ed.
Family Outreach seminars continua
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have their "For Kids' Sake” seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months. This seminar is to teach parents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce.
To register or for more information, call 620-1299.
Jeff Shankle of Crabtree Amusement prepares to set up a carousel at the Wurstfest grounds. Wurstfest begins Friday and continues until Nov. 10.
Rains bring welcome relief to Canyon Lake
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Heavy rains that fell this week in the upper Guadalupe River watershed will add needed water to Canyon Lake, a Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority spokeswoman said.
“The benefit of this rainfall to the area is if the drought continues this year the rainfall will resupply part of the stored water used by water permit holders, cities, agricultural users and industrial users,” GBRA
Public Communications Assistant Judy Gardner said.
Gardner said the reservoir level is at 904.84 feet mean sea level, which is more than four feet below the normal level of909 feet.
Thomas Hill, the GBR A’s chief engineer, said the increased inflows should raise the reservoir level to near its normal level.
Over the weekend, heavy rains and flash floods pounded Kerr, Gillespie and Llano counties. The upper Guadalupe River basin near Kerrville received between 3 and 9 inches of rain.
The Guadalupe River at Spring Branch crested at 24 feet on Tuesday afternoon, and inflows into Canyon Dam were reported at 5,000 cubic feet per second.
Hill said the current release from Canyon Dam into the river will remain at 102 cubic feet per second.
“We may up the flow a little bit in the next couple of days,” Hill said. “We would be talking a small, incremental change, We will be evaluating it during the next of couple of days. Based on the information we have received to date, we don’t anticipate a change.”
‘The benefit of this rainfall to the area is if the drought continues ■ ■■ the rainfall will resupply part of the stored water
— GBRA’s Judy Gardner
Unity touted as key to EAA board’s success
Board to review conduct code later
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Three candidates running for the District 9 seat Mi the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors agree on one thing in solving the region’s water problems — working together is the key.
“We all need to sit down,” said Robert Flume, 47, of New Braunfels. “All the parties need to work together. One person just can’t do it by themselves. All the parties need to work together for a common solution.”
Flume, who works for a food service management company in San Antonio, is running against Doug Miller of New Braunfels, Walter Brown of Bracken and John K. Jarvis of Cibolo.
Numerous attempts to contact Jarvis were unsuccessful.
The district covers Comal County ami western Guadalupe County. The cities of New Braunfels, Garden Ridge, Bracken, Schertz, Marion and Cibolo fall within the district’s boundaries.
Miller, 42, the current EAA board director and
a former New Braunfels mayor, said cooperation will be the key for any regional drought management plan to draw the support of people in San Antonio, farmers in Medina C ounty and residents in the eastern counties of Comal, Guadalupe and Hays.
■ “Well, I think every user has to be respbnsible and attempt to manage the resource in a responsible way,” Miller said. “No one can be exempt from conserving and withdrawal management. Everyone needs to be working together ... whether it’s the farmer Robert Flume m Medina County or the homeowner in Marion, Texas. We all drink from the same aquifer, and we all need to suffer during rough times.”
Brown, a 42-year-old instrument electrical specialist, said he will lend his ears to every group involved.
“My main goals are to listen to others and come up with a goal we can live with,” Brown said. “Everybody needs to be honest and put out what they want on the table and work it out.” Brown stressed that every region in the EAA must come up with a comprehensive drought management plan and enforce it.
“If one (region) fails, all of us fail,” Brown said.
All three men agreed that New Braunfels Utilities should be rewarded under a drought management plan for building a surface water treatment plant that takes Doug Miller water from Canyon Lake.
Other municipalities and suppliers also should .receive credit for investing in alternative water sources.
“Absolutely,” Miller said. “I say that for NBU and for Canyon Regional Water Authority, the only other one who has built a surface water
treatment plant. If we don’t do that, we will bu telling the general public there is no reason to eon serve or find alternative sources to the Edwards ' On the issue of permitting private wells. Browi said he wants to make sure private property own ers are allowed to keep using their wells during; drought.
“People have a veste* interest in their land,” he salt “I want to make sure pc op I get to keep their wells i operation and still be able t pump from their wells an put in new wells.”
People in big populate areas, such as New Drum Walter Brown leis, should not make th only sacrifices during drought, Flume said.
“When we talk about individual private well we are really talking about individual water sy: terns,” Flume said. “There has to be some need I Turn to EAA, Page 4
Topless golf tourney prompts action
By DENISE DZIUK
A proposed golf tournament that planned to have women acting as topless caddies has prompted the C omal County Commissioners Court to pull out the county’s sexually oriented business order for re-evaluation.
An Austin bar held a golf tournament earlier this year that drew about IOO golfers and about 50 topless caddies to the Rebecca Creek Golf Course in northwest Comal County.
Concerned neighbors voiced concerns about a second tournament that was planned for earlier this month.
A lack of participation forced the cancellation of the tournament.
Comal County Judge C arter Casteel said the county was moving to obtain an injunc- Carter Casteel tion to block the tournament when it was canceled.
“The (sexually oriented business order), we felt like. would have prevented them from having that type of tournament,” Casteel said.
But the canceled tournament also left the county commissioners with questions, and on Thursday the court will consider amendments to the county’s sexually oriented business order.
But in light of recent questions, the court will examine the order to see whether there is a need to “beef it up" or make it “clearer,” Casteel said.
“We’re going to look at it and make sure we’re current on it, just so there’s no argument,” Casteel said. “E ven though those people have assured us it won t happen again.”
In other business, the court will consider approval of a lease agreement with George A. Deere for the development of a proposed park near Spechts C rossing on the Guadalupe River.
The court also will consider a proposal for engineering and architectural services for the design phase of the Faust Street Bridge Enhancement Project.
The enhancement project is a joint city county project to restore the historic Faust Street Bridge.
Once it is completed, the city of New Braunfels w ill take over responsibility of the bridge.
The 8:15 a.m. agenda deals with platting. This will be followed by a 9 a.m. workshop meeting and a IO a.in action meeting.
All three meetings are held in the commissioners’ courtroom of the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
By DENISE DZIUK
After spending more than three hours Mi a hearing to appeal the placement of a student in alternative school Monday, the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees decided to take home copies of a possible code of conduct for the board, and discuss it at a later meeting.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry
See related story, Page 4B
said due to the length of the appeal the board did not have time to discuss operating procedures for board meetings.
After a little mare than three boun,
the board unanimously upheld a dent’s assignment to the alternative school.
Instead of prolonging the meeting, the members were given copies of the draft The members were told to study the draft and mark any changes or questions on it. The procedures will thai be considered at a future meeting.
“I think a lot of (die procedures are) going to be something everybody can agree on,” Bradberry said. “It all looks pretty straight forward to me.”
Turn to Board, Page 4BReunion brings mother, daughter together again after 40 years. See Page 5A