New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels September I, 2001
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City, county split chipper cost
By Ron Maloney
The New Braunfels City Council has voted to join the county in buying and operating a wood chipper officials hope could reduce the local waste stream by 30 percent.
Council considered and passed a request horn the county for help at its meeting on Monday night.
The action was taken on short notice because Comal County found out only last week that there was grant money available to pay half
the cost of the $250,000 chipper — if the county was able to act by Friday.
And Pct. 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab, director of the county recycling operation, said the county issued the purchase order on the chipper on TTiursday, after the council action and a final vote by commissioners.
“I hope to have it here within about 60 days,” Schwab said. “They don’t just keep these things laying around in a warehouse somewhere. They See CHIPPER/3A
What’s Up: —
■ WHAT: Livestock brand renewals
■ WHEN: Sept. 1,2001 — Feb. 28, 2002
■ FEE: $11 first brand; $5 each additional
■ Any brand not renewed by March 1, 2002 is void and will become “open.”
Renew 'em or lose 'emRains recede for a while; more might be on wayEngineer: Drainage problems persist; city starting to fix them
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
During the heavy Thursday rains, New Braunfels drainage problems showed no surprises — filling the streets with water and threatening nearby homes.
City Engineer Michael Short toured the streets Thursday afternoon. He said the areas with serious drainage problems still show problems after nearly
a week of rain.
“I saw no surprises,” Short said. “The problems are still there.”
The city’s working on its drainage problems, he said. With $10 million issued in certificates of obligation, Short’s office plans fix some of the most serious drainage areas.
Some of the projects have started and some will start this fall. Construction on one, See DRAINAGES
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungCity drainage crews remove debris that got caught up at a Landa Street drainage ditch Thursday. Police blocked off all but the center of the road as water quickly rose.River businesses wait to see whether weekend is a washout
By Amy Clarkson and Ron Maloney Staff Writers
Wait and see.
That’s the stance many outfitters and river businesses are taking as thunderstorms threaten to spoil the last holiday weekend of the tourist season.
If it stops, the water flows are enough from the rain’s run-off for a good ride down the area’s rivers. If it doesn’t, then it will be a very long
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weekend for the area’s outfitters, campgrounds, restaurants and convenience stores.
Rain showers drifted to the east of New Braunfels early Friday, leaving mostly cloudy skies. Water receded from low-water crossings, but some barricades remained in place.See RIVER/3A
let Schertz use its pipelines
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Six-month brand renewal period begins today
Once each decade, anybody who brands or marks large animal livestock in Texas must rerecord the brand with the county clerk’s office or lose it.
Under the law laid down in the Texas Agriculture Code, that happens every IO years plus one — 1991, 2001, 2011. The six-month renewal period begins on Sept. I and runs through Feb. 28, 2002.
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
New Braunfels Utilities’ board decided Thursday not to allow Schertz to use its pipelines for wastewater from a future treatment facility at the Northcliffe subdivision.
Schertz city manager, Dewey P. Cashwell, is working on an agreement with the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority on dealing with treated wastewater at a future plant for Northcliffe.
Schertz currently has an agreement with NBU, Communications Director Gretchen Reuwer said. But the board chose not to allow the city to increase its capacity in the future.
“Our contract right now is for 300,000 gallons a day,” she said. “They wanted to increase that to I million a day.”
But when NBU looked at the cost of increasing the size of the pipelines and changing its infrastructure, increasing Schertz’s capacity proved to be “cost prohibitive,” she said.
‘When we looked at what that would take in terms of infrastructure improvements, bigger pipelines; it would cost $3 million,” she said.
The GBRA permit is up for renewal by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to allow the river authority to build a second wastewater treatment at Northcliffe. The plant is not needed at this time; but the original permit request allowed GBRA to put treated wastewater into the Dry Comal Creek. Eventually, the water from the creek ends up in the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers.
Originally, the city of Schertz opposed the idea of using the Dry Comal Creek. It has an agreement with NBU to send the effluent to the Kuehler Treatment Plant and into the Guadalupe River.
After the two sides talked, Schertz asked to increase its capacity with NBU. After learning of the prohibitive costs, Reuwer said the two sides were looking at different options.
In a different matter, the board approved an negotiated agreement with the Green Valley Special Utility District for $22,054 as the cost of providing water services to the Dove Crossing subdivision.
Reuwer said Green Valley was the water provider in the area, but Dove Crossing’s developer wanted NBU to provide water.
Normally, the disagreement would require hiring a third party appraiser go to the district, she said. But that can be costly. Instead, NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo and Assistant General Manager Roger Biggers sat down with the manager from GVSUD.
Tile GVSUD board must approve the value of the service. Once it does, Reuwer said NBU will begin constructing lines to Dove Crossing.
Man sentenced to 35 years for robbery, carjacking
From staff reports
John M. Lee made his victims drop to their knees and put his gun to their heads, telling them he was going to kiU someone.
Minutes later in Marion, Lee made good on his promise.
But the victims were two other people — his accomplice in a robbery and car
jacking and an innocent woman whose car he slammed into after escaping New Braunfels police in a high-speed chase on the night of Feb. 5, 2000.
Killed in that accident were Misty Milligan, 37, and accomplice Larry Holt.
In November of this past year in a Guadalupe County Se© SENTENCED/3A
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Bobby Hawkins’ family brand “7 H K” was originally registered in the 1920s around the Seguin area. Once each decade, anybody who brands or marks large animal livestock in Texas must rerecord the brand with the county clerk’s office or lose it.
Anyone who has a registered brand must renew it at the clerk’s office in the county in which it was issued or lose it.
Livestock marking or branding as a way of demonstrating ownership has been around much longer than Texas has. Tbday, much cattle branding is done by more higher tech methods than the red-hot iron used in years gone by, and higher tech, computer age methods still are on the way.
While the times and techniques have changed and rendered some of the older methods nearly obsolete, cattle brands are still very important.
And the brands are a help to sheriff’s deputies who answer “loose livestock” calls on a daily basis. Under the laws of Texas, it is the responsibility of livestock owners to maintain