New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 206 20 pages in 2 sections September 3, 1999 p ]3AY SerV*n8 C°mal ("ounty sincc 1852 50 cents
City working on several drainage projects
Flood debris on the Dry Comal Creek at Live Oak Avenue will be cleared next week when the city begins a drainage improvement project.Dry Comal cleanup set to begin Tuesday
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
As the one-year anniversary of die October 1998 flood draws near, local residents wonder when they will see work done to address drainage problems in the city.
“We work on drainage every day,” New Braunfels city engineer C.A. Bolner said.
Every week, the street department works on projects such as clearing debris from the Gardenia drainage channel or under the Lan-
da Street and Walnut Avenue bridges to address runoff problems, he said.
But bigger projects are on the horizon. Starting Tuesday, Ramon and Sons of San Antonio will start flood-related cleanup work on the Dry Comal Creek from Landa Street to Altgelt Avenue — a 60-day project that addresses problems with 100-year flooding.
“They’ll take debris and down trees out of the creek area,” Bolner said. “This will take away obstructions that back up a lot of water.” The contractor also will clean up the Guadalupe River between Faust Street and Grant Avenue, although this project does not address drainage concerns, Bolner said.
Federal Emergency Management Administration is funding 75 percent of the projects; the city is funding 25 percent.
Bolner said the city also was negotiating with Union Pacific to clean up a drainage ditch along the railroad tracks near Landa Street. He hoped to have that project started in a month and a half.
The city advertised for bids Wednesday for repair and reconstruction of Clemens Dam at the Tube Chute on Comal River.
“If you don’t repair it, it could wash out and cause a lot of damage downstream,” Bolner said.See DRAINAGES
While former Canyon High School football coach Carl Gustafson received a warm welcome at San Antonio Churchill, his alma matter, Bob Wiegand, the new principal at CHS, doesn’t figure to be the recipient of quite as many high-fives.
When Wiegand ventures into the football stadium tonight at Castroville Medina Valley, his name won’t be on the pass list. His reserved seat for the past three years will be replaced with a bleacher number on the visitor’s side.
Is that anyway for the school to treat a former principal, the man who directed the school’s administrative policies for the past three years?
It is now — he’s the enemy.
Wiegand’s sixth-ranked Canyon Cougars open the 1999 season at Medina Valley tonight, and there’s no doubt about for whom the principal is cheering.
“They’ll probably try to put me to work and help with security when I show up at the gate, but I’ll be in Canyon colors,” Wiegand said. “I don’t wish Medina Valley any ill will, but I’ll be rooting hard for our kids to get off to a fast start.
“I might have friends at Medina Valley, but I know who signs my checks today.”
In a perfect world, Wiegand would love to see Medina Valley go 9-1 this year. Canyon’s top dog was on the losing side of the field in 1998, when as the Panthers dropped their first game at Cougar Stadium by a 33-6 count.
Unlike some principals, who are casual observers applauding politely and attending games merely to enhance school spirit, Wiegand actually provides new CHS coach Les Goad with football smarts. He would be a
Complete coverage, from area high schools to the NFL, in Sports /1B
• Get the full story from Thursday’s New Braunfels game
• Previews of tonight’s season openers for Canyon, Smithson Valley
• Marion, Navarro ready to go
• Texas Lutheran hits the road
• Southwest Texas begins with a bang
• Cowboys conclude their preseason schedule
Have water, will travel.
Thousands of people w ill flock to Comal County this weekend seeking refuge from the merciless heat.
And law enforcement is ready.
Security will be beefed up at Canyon Lake and both the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in order to ensure the safety of
recreational activities during the Labor Day holiday.
Special river teams from the sheriff's department will patrol the Guadalupe River from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday through Monday, said Lt. Ed Whitson of the sheriff’s department.
The river teams will consist of 35 officers plus an additional 30 volunteer members of civilian security to control die crow ds and watch for any disorderly behavior, drug usage or other illegal activities, Whitson said.
In addition, emergency services will join the effort with a team of four paramedics and four sheriff’s department officers, all of whom are swift-water certified, Whitson said.
Officers from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department also will be kayaking the river to help keep tubers and rafters safe, Whitson said.
The teams w ill patrol about 25 miles of the most congested stretch of river, w hich spans from around Sattler down to the Preuss Heights area, Whitson said.
Although the river should be safer because of the heightened presence of law enforcement, Whitson said officers still expected to see some injuries.
“We usually have several injuries on a holiday weekend — mostly head injuries and broken bones,” Whitson said. “.And then there is alw ays that guy w ho decides to jump from a tree into the water.”
The slow speed of the river this weekend also will increase the amount of injuries and problems, Whitson said.
“When the river is moving slower, people start to run out of beer, get a lot more sunburned and trespass on people’s property a little more,” he said.
• Wear a lot of sunscreen, especially considering current ozone levels.
• Limit alcohol consumption. The intoxicants work faster in the sun and can make people deadly ill.
• Tubers and rafters should check with their outfitters, and find out how far they are going to travel. When the river is slow, it takes longer to get somewhere.
• Make sure vehicles and belongings are secure.
Key code 76
Area lawmen ready for holiday crowd
River teams will be on patrol Saturday through Monday
By Erin MAGRUDER
Same food, new place
Lockhart’s Kreuz Market sets up shop in a new store after a family dispute forced its owners to move on. /4A
It’s out with the old, in with the new for Canyon’s Wiegand
By Wally Gullick Herald-Zeitung Correspondent
New Braunfels High School students cheer for the Unicom football team at a pep rally Thursday afternoon in Unicom Gym. New Braunfels began the 1999 season at San Antonio Marshall on Thursday night. For a complete report from the game, see page 1B.
Canyon High School principal Bob Wiegand tosses his Medina Valley cap aside in favor of the preferred headgear of Cougar fans. Wiegand, who came to CHS from Medina Valley, said there would be no doubt who he’s backing when the two schools play tonight.
valuable pipeline into the Media Valley playbook if Goad would elect to tap into his expertise.
Despite having Wiegand around, Goad has been relying on a steady diet of game film to see how Medina Valley operates.
Don’t let the shirt and tie of the principal’s office fool you. Wiegand’s 22 years in education includes a 15-year stint coaching high school football programs in the Houston area.
Nobody in the stadium tonight, with the exception of longtime Medina Valley coach
Jay Patterson, knows the program any better. Wiegand didn’t miss a football game the past three years, home or away.
“Les (Goad) and I have talked, but I really stay out of the coach’s hair” Wiegand said. “He really comes into a pressure situation. Expectations for this team are so high.”
With a growing enrollment, Medina Valley ventured into Class 4A status after being a perennial power on the 3 A level. This year they’re on a mission to prove they belong in the bigger class, after suffering through a 2-8 mark in 1998.
“They didn’t feel they lived up to their expectations a year ago. They were young, but this year they return some people and they’re out to prove they belong, which makes them dangerous,” said Goad, whose emotions also will be running high.
While Goad won’t have the flashbacks that Wiegand will be going through, its also game one for him in Canyon colors.
“Anytime you’re involved with your first game with a new team, there is added emotion and anticipation to get that first win,” he said.
The new Cougar coach enters the season