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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels remains under Stage ll water conservation restrictions. Filling new and existing swimming pools is prohibited unless 30 percent of if is a non-aguifer source.H1{RALD-7,?K| i TNG Vol. 149, No. 221    20    pages    in    2    sections    September    9,    2000 Saturday Se tv ll‘F> 50 cents FYI K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Margaret Brazle and Mauna Porter sort books for the upcoming Friends of the Library Book Sale. Books ties that bind library supporters By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The storage units on Wald Road look innocent enough at first glance. Motorists passing by cannot see what is hiding inside, but storage rooms hide deep secrets, mysteries not yet ready for the public’s eye and the answers to age-old questions. Locks on the doors keep the villains, heroes and steamy romances from escaping the boxes they are buried in deep w ithin the storage units. In less than a month, however, Margaret Brazle, Mauna Porter and other members of the Friends of the Library w ill unleash the treasures they have hidden in the storage rooms. The Friends’ annual book sale is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 5 and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 6 at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin. Thousands of books will be on sale at prices so low that calling them just a bargain is an insult. Most books are priced at 75 cents or 25 cents, depending on whether the book is paperback or hardback. The sale marks not the end, but just a new phase, in Brazle’s, Porter’s and others’ work to help the New Braunfels Public Library and spread their love of reading. Brazle is president of Friends of the Library and chairwoman of the book sale. Porter is a past-chairwoman. See BOOKS/10A The Friends of the Library has received several encyclopedia sets that they will give free to schools. The group also has received a Braille Bible. For information on these items, call 625-7151. Turn off your sprinklers EAA restricts lawn watering as spring flows plummet By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities urged customers to comply immediately with a w ater sprinkler ban the Edwards Aquifer Authority' implemented Friday. The 14-day ban prohibits the use of Edwards Aquifer water with any type of sprinkler system in the authority’s eight-county region. The ban includes soaker hoses and applies to residential and commercial Who To Call For the latest information on watering restrictions, call the 24-hour NBL) Water Hotline at 608-8925. The hotline also provides instructions for reporting watering violators. Free New Braunfels water usage guides are available at the NBU Main Office. landscapes. Residents can water with hand-held hoses, buckets and properly installed drip irrigation systems between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. to IO p.m. any day of the week. Whether New Braunfels Utilities fell under the ban, because it has its ow n surface water treatment plant, was unclear Thursday. However, Gretchen Reuwer, spokeswoman for New Braunfels Utilities, said Friday NBU water customers must comply because some of New Braunfels’ water comes from the Edwards Aquifer. New Braunfels City Council on Monday will consider an emergency ordinance allowing the city to enact and enforce the ban locally. Fines for violating the ban could cost residents up to $500. See SPRINKLERS/10A Council bans beer on river Unanimous vote clears the hurdles for booze-free rivers By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Forget about the drought. The New Braunfels City Council declared the local rivers dry. The city council gave its unanimous approval Friday to an ordinance that bans consumption of alcohol and possession of open alcoholic beverage containers on portions of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers. The decision suiprised even organizers of the petition drive that led to the council’s decision. “Actually, I’m stunned,” said Kathleen Krueger, co-chairw oman of Citizens United to Save Our Rivers. “I’m still in shock.” Local rivet outfitters and others already were planning their next move Friday night, according to J.R. Felger, owner of Felger Toob Rental in New Braunfels. “I think its the biggest joke,” he said. A group of people, including Felger, planned to meet w itll their attorneys today to discuss their own petition drive to repeal the law, Felger said. “The wonderful thing about the city council enacting this, is the city council can repeal it,” he said. Krueger's group organized a petition drive supporting the alcohol ban after the council previously delayed action on the issue. She said she thought they could get enough votes to pass the ban, but she did not believe the decision would be unanimous. “I want to thank the city council for responding to the wishes of the community,” Krueger said. The ban is not effective immediately. It still must be approved by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and published in the newspaper before it becomes law. lf approved by the TABC, the ordinance will establish a central river business district on the Guadalupe River between the Gruene Road and Faust Street bridges and on the Comal River between the Lan-da Park Drive bridge and the Comal’s K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels City Council held a special meeting Friday night to vote on adopting a city ordinance that bans alcohol on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers within the city limits. The ordinance was unanimously approved by city council members. confluence with the Guadalupe River The ordinance then bans possession of open alcoholic beverage containers and consumption of alcohol in the river business district. Citizens United to Save Our Rivers submitted the petition to City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi on Tuesday. The petition asked for the proposed ban to go before the voters in November. Sarkozi and her staff'worked since Tuesday to verity the signatures. The group only needed 1,632 signatures for it to be considered by the council. Sarkozi’s staff'verified 1,987 signatures of people w ho provided their voter registration numbers on the petition. Another 586 signatures also were verified even though the voter registration number was not provided for a total of 2,563 signatures. City charter gave the council members two choices after learning enough signatures had been verified Friday. See ALCOHOL BAN/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung “So I don’t lose my freedom to choose,” John Turner joined in asking people to sign a new petition and to show up in force at Friday night’s special city council meeting. Turner and two others manned the main plaza with banners, signs and petitions early in the afternoon, gathering signatures and a lot of thumbs-up from passing motorists. Inside Abby................... ............5A Classifieds............ ..........3-8B Comics................. .............7 A Crossword............ .............5A Forum................... .............6A Local/Metro........... ............4A Movies................... ..............5A Obituaries............. .............3 A Sports.................. ..........1-3B Today................... .............2A Television.................. ...............7A Coming Sunday Key Code 76 Uh temperatures climbing to IOO degrees and above, avid New Braunfels gardeners need not lose hope for colorful — yet water-smart — gardens. /L if es tv! e Garden Ridge residents honor founder By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Garden Ridge honored its first mayor Friday in the park he helped build in the city he helped to incorporate. A new wrought iron and masonry sign proclaiming Paul Davis Park was dedicated by Dee Davis, her family and by Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman. Davis was not there, though. I Ie died in 1987. But he still stole the show Friday. People who spoke of Davis and the early days of Garden Ridge told stones and they laughed a lot. “I’d barely been here before I'd attended a meeting where Paul wanted to organize Garden Ridge, said Calvin Mansell. “It seemed necessary because San Antonio was gobbling up the countryside on the other side of us and Schertz w as interested in expanding out here.” “Paul was unsalaried there was no DAVIS revenue of any kind other than donations. Ile was janitor, yard man, street maintenance, whatever needed to be done,” Harold Miller recalled. And so developed a unique spirit of “volunteerism” in Garden Ridge based on the example Davis set. Today, the mayor is still unpaid. “A group of us would repair roads on Saturdays,” Miller remembered. The beat-up old white Datsun pickup Davis drove became the de facto city vehicle: road department work truck, you name it. Davis ran the city out of a beat-up, 30-See GARDEN RI DG E/4 A Inside Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions. weather, what to do. where to go. road work map. A free concert featuring several brass bands will begin at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten. ;