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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New UNFELSHerald~7ritung \ol. 149, No. 222    32    pages    in    4    sections    September    IO,    2000 SUiN ;e 1852 $1.00 I J Inside ► Go Texan Watching their carefully tended plants wilt, shrivel and die has discouraged many an avid New Braunfels gardener as temperatures soar./1C ► Witting solo Frank Witting, formerly of Witting & Miller Insurance, has gone solo. and will specialize in health related insurance./! OA ► Trade show This is a big week for business in New Braunfels, when the Chamber of Commerce conducts its 12th Business Trade Show./3A Clouds bring little rainfall By The Associated Press C louds blanketed much of the state Saturday, but only coastal areas and eastern parts of the state received any rain. Thick clouds crept over North Texas, keeping temperatures moderate. Meanwhile parts of eastern Texas saw some early morning showers. But Houston and Beaumont received showers throughout the day. Scattered showers were expected to continue along the coast overnight. It was partly cloudy over deep South Texas and the Panhandle and far West Texas. Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................9-1OA Classified................................1-12D Stammtisch..................................3C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-3B Today............................................2    A Television...........................TV    Week Key code 77 Great Strides CHRIS PACE Herald-Zeitung Lindsey Cate, of San Marcos, cools off under a waterfall below the Blasten Hauf Tower at Schlitterbahn Saturday during the Great Strides Walk. Water park 10 unveil ideas From Staff Reports The parent company of Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort will show city council two ideas about river development on Monday night. NBGS International Inc. will make a presentation about “transportainmenf'' and a possible river walk at the city council meeting to be held at 424 S. Castell Ave. at 6:30 p.m. Mayor Stoney Williams said the council and NBGS were waiting until the meeting before talking about the proposals. “It’s a surprise,” Williams said. “But basically, it’s Watering restrictions Local plant businesses struggle to cope with new watering rules about the future plans of Schlitterbahn and NBGS. We’ve been working together on some things like future plans of the river.” Schlitterbahn representative Sherrie Brammall said the company wanted to wait for the meeting before commenting, because “we want everyone to be able to hear it at once.” Brammall also said the presentation did not involve the land next to the city’s tube chute that Schlitterbahn purchased last August. “I wouldn't say that it (presentation) is related to that, no,” Brammall said. See RIVER WALK/5A Drainage ordinance hearing set By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council w ill hold a public hearing Monday on a proposed drainage ordinance. ,-- CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Leonardo Escobar, a worker at Maldonado Nursery & Landscape off Zip Road in New Braunfels, waters Saturday afternoon. The nursery operates a pump system and recycles its water back into a tank located on the property, which means Maldonado’s is not affected by the 14-day ban on watering. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer The drought doing a number on lawns, plants and everything living could become a double-whammy for nurseries trying to keep their crops alive. At Schumacher’s Hill Country Gardens, owner Chip Schumacher has spent several sweat-soaked days trying to help his typically rugged inventory of potted plants make it through a brutal summer. “If I don’t run my sprinklers tonight, everything I have w ill be dead,” Schumacher said. Nursery owners like Schumacher have to keep up w ith thousands of pages of aquifer regulations, and many rely on each other to understand when restrictions apply to them, and what they mean. When the Comal Springs flow dropped below 150 cubic feet per sec ond last week, the Edwards Aquifer pulled another switch in their water conservation plan: a 14-day ban that prohibits the use of Edwards Aquifer water with any type of sprinkler system. The ban applies to residential and commercial landscapes, and includes soaker hoses. “There’s a lot of talk between nurseries about how to deal with (the drought),” Schumacher said. “A lot of commercial nurseries don't have the option of hand watering. If you sit on 40 acres to expect them to hand water would not be reasonable.” New' Braunfels residents and businesses have to comply w ith the latest Edwards Aquifer restriction, because some city water comes from the underground water source. Schumacher plants are spread out over 5-1/2 acres, and he relies on sprinkler systems to water some of his plants. He estimates that just three days without water would kill about 80 percent of his inventory. “We already have thousands of dead plants,” he said. “We just had to let some of them go” He already spends up to 15 hours a day trying to keep up with his thirsty charges, and lately, he and his crew have been working feverishly to install three rainwater containment tanks. “T his is what we’re having to do to keep things going,” Schumacher said. Closer to tow n on a 1-1/2 acre nursery, Weston Pacharzina and his staff'at Plant Haus Nurseries Inc. are not bothered by the latest restrictions, because they always hand-water or drip irrigate their plants. “I have to pay for the water,” said Pacharzina, whose water bill last month was more than $400. “Why See RESTRICTIONS^ Comal Democrats open headquarters By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer T he grand opening of the Comal County Democratic Party headquarters had the familiar feel of a Texas barbecue. Plates of meat drow ned in sauce piled high w ith beans and potato salad stood their ground for three hours against zealous plastic forks at the group’s home base at 1254 Water Lane. With the Comal County jail serving as a backdrop to the festivities, party faithful watched as a stream of speakers dropped short, spirited speeches aimed at rousing the troops. “We’re going to make a two-party system out of this state,” master of ceremonies Hal Caskey yelled. As they work to regain ground that has slipped away in the past few years, the Comal group plans to block walk and mail newsletters with party information. “This is really a Democratic stronghold and most people feel comfortable coming here,” said Nacho C ampos, the chairman of the Comal County Democrats, about the party headquarters location. T he idea that the Democratic Party is dead in Texas brings the group closer together, headquarters office manager Carole Sutton said. “It’s a pretty much a family, because (members) know we don’t want them because they have money,” Sutton said. The family pulled in tight this year. Precinct 3 County Commissioner Cristina Zamora and her family donated office space and a Democratic precinct chair lives one block away. What’s Up ■ WHO: New Braunfels City Council ■ WHAT: Regular meeting ■ WHEN: 6.30 p.m. Monday ■ WHERE: Council chambers, municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave. ■ WHY: To conduct a public hearing in consideration of adopting a proposed drainage ordinance The ordinance proposes to make the city’s drainage system a public utility and impose two fees to support it. The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the New' Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. Council also will consider giving the ordinance its initial approval. The ordinance must be approved three times before it becomes law. The city's drainage advisory committee spent more than a year developing the proposed ordinance. The proposed ordinance states that its purpose is to: • “Provide for the expenditure of public money for designing, engineering, building, and maintaining flood control and storm drainage and flood protection projects and cleaning sediment out of storm drains, streets, sidewalks and watercourses:” • “Distribute the burden of constructing drainage improvements fairly and equitably throughout the city of New Braunfels; and” • “Establish a means through which the development community can participate in improving the drainage ways to reduce the adverse impacts.” The ordinance also states that those who develop their properties are responsible for all drainage created by the development as well as drainage flowing through the property because of topography. It also requires that those who develop their property manage storm drainage, provide flood protection and prevent erosion and sediment problems through on-site or off-site drainage improvements. A drainage and erosion control design manual the city developed will describe the technical See DRAINAGES K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Former senator and ambassador Robert Krueger checks in and shakes hands at the Democratic headquarters opening. ;