New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, September 12, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MICHELLE SHIPLEY
Vol. 143, No. 217
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Michelle Shipley, Lucille Pehl, Roxanne Gutierrez (15 years), Susan Griffith and Rosa Hinojosa.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -254 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 8 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 624.37 feet above sea level, up .04.
Guadalupe River — 108 c f.s.
Hearing tonight on NBHS dropout rate
The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will hold a public hearing for the high school staff to present a plan tor reducing the dropout rate at NBHS at 7 p.m. tonight at the New Braunfels High School Cafetorium.
Friends of Education to meet
Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. Mr. Krieg and counselors will speak about the new curriculum and upcoming developments.
Canyon High to hold open house
Tickets may be purchased for the Canyon High School Open House Dinner at Friday’s Canyon home football game. Tickets will be sold for $4 each.
Canyon High School open house is scheduled for Monday, Sept 25. A barbecue dinner will be served between 6:15 p m. and 7:15 p m. The open house program begins at 7:30 p.m.
The dinner is sponsored by the Canyon Music Boosters.
Class of 1943 to meet
NBHS Class of 1943 will meet at Clear Spring Restaurant Sept 16 at noon. For more information, call Rudy at 625-5352.
Project Graduation planning session
The parents of Canyon High School seniors are invited to attend an important meeting Wednesday, Sept. 13 at 7 p m. in room 51, CHS to talk about Project Graduation. For information, call Terry Wiemers at 625-6251 or JoAnn Schumann at 609-0099.
Retired Eagles meet Sept. 17
The Retired Eagles Activities Club will meet Sept. 17 from 2 p m. to 6 p m at Eagles Hall. Members bring sandwiches. Those with a birthday a anniversary this month bring cake or cookies.
About 75 accordionists of all musical types will perform at the Accordion Squeeze-Off from 2 p m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Sept. 17 at Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten, 212 W Austin. Entertainment is free. Food and drinks available. For information, call Barron Schlameus at 625-3615.
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CISD approves moment of silence
By MELANIE GERIK
A Chamber highlight
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Electrician Cliff Fleming gets the Civic Center ready for the seventh annual Business Trade Show, which has grown into one of the Chamber of Commerce's most popular events. More than 60 booths will be set up for the show, which starts tonight at 6 p.m. with the sneak preview, for those who bought advance tickets. The show continues tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets at the door tomorrow will be $2.
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees Monday night voted unanimously to institute a moment of silence for reflection and meditation.
“I think it’s great," said Trustee John Clay at the board’s monthly workshop meeting. “I think all the districts ought to have it.”
Under a provision in Senate Bill I, the reformation of the Texas Education Code, school districts may offer a period of silence at the beginning of the first class of each school day for reflection and meditation. This has already been done in several school districts, including the Northeast and Somerset districts in San Antonio.
In August, U.S. Secretary of Education Richard Riley sent a list of principles regarding religious expression in the schools. The letter docs not mention a moment of silence, but school admin
istrators and teachers may not organize or encourage prayer exercises in the classroom. Students are allowed to pray in a nondisruptive manner during the school day when they are not engaged in school activities, according to the guidelines.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said that these guidelines did not affect his decision to place the approval of a moment of silence on the board agenda, but said that the school district would take precautions to make sure that students’ rights are not violated.
The board is scheduled to vote on an implementation plan for the moment of silence at its Sept. 27 meeting.
Clay, who requested that the item be placed on the agenda, said the school wants to have a plan that is “no doubt I OO percent fair. We want to do everything that is constitutionally correct,” Clay said.
Major said he has heard nothing from districts with a similar policy about how it is working.
City approves Faust Street bridge deal, plans work at Landa Park and golf course
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The city council rolled up its sleeves and dug into an agenda packed with legal and financial detail last night.
After a few word changes, council members gave a nod to the city/county deal to renovate the Faust Street bridge. Last night’s step involved accepting the latest form of an agreement proposed by the county commissioners court. “At this late date, it should be a matter of how we go forward, not whether or not we should go forward,” said Councilman Ray Schoch. “So far both staffs have been working together very well.”
The Texas Department of Transportation gave the county a $400,(XX) grant to refurbish the bndge and the county agreed to kick in an added $9(),(XX) to repair it. Once repaired, the historic bridge will be open to pedestrian and bicycle traffic and possibly hold benches where residents can view the Guadalupe River.
The county now owns the bndge itself, while the city owns the land on which it stands. The county will hand ownership of the bndge over to the city when work on it is complete. This will mean the city picks up the tab for routine maintenance and patrolling of the bndge. The county has agreed to reimburse the city for one-half of major structural repair costs.
The interlocal agreement resulted from a senes of negotiations in which city and county ironed out differences about which entity should maintain the bndge once finished. The agreement also includes city and county shanng costs to build a walking/exercise track at Eikel Field Park.
The agreement and its minor changes now go back to the commissioners court for approval before work can begin.
Work on a major facelift for Landa Park is slated to begin this winter. The city council unanimously approved plans submitted by the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and Rehler, Vaughan and Koone, a San Antonio landscape architecture finn.
The improvement costs are estimated at about $400,000. Half the money will come from a Texas Parks and Wildlife grant and half from user fees from park facilities, which have been saved up for several years.
“We feel that by getting council’s approval tonight we can start construction around December and possibly have it done by Memonal Day,” said Mal Herbelin,
Parks and Recreation Board chair.
The plan includes a paved walking/biking trail through Landa Park, major improvements on the spnng-fed pool, and a new wading pool. The spnng-fed pool will get a play structure, picnic areas and a kiddie water play area at the shallow end of the pool. A diving area and tire swing will be added at the deep end of the spring- fed pool as well. Wheelchair accessible entrances w ill be added at both ends of the pool. The city council also OK’d plans to refurbish the Lancia Park Golf Course, submitted by the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board. Plans include refurbishing the pro shop — gutting the existing building and adding a snack bar and meeting rooms, upgrading the rest rooms, and adding a cart bam and rental carts on Elizabeth Avenue.
The $6(X),(XK) bill for the rehab will be paid through a “certificate of obligation" by the Golf Capital Improvement Fund to the city. The capital improvement fund must pay the city $58,000 a year for the next 15 years.
“I think you’ll be surprised how much revenue the snack bar and cart rental will bring in to offset the costs," said Milton Phair of the Landa Park Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board.
In other business, the city council officially set up the bodies that will govern the use of half the revenues from the new half-cent sales tax. The tax goes into effect in October.
The economic development corporation will oversee an estimated $425,000 per year in revenues assigned to economic development. The infrastructure/improvement corporation will decide how an estimated $425,000 will be spent annually for street, drainage and other infrastructure.
Those interested in serving on either of these corporations should apply now. Applications must be turned in to the city secretary by Wednesday, Oct. 4. The city council will choose directors for the two boards at its Oct. 9 meeting.
City Manager Mike Shands addressed the concern of long construction time for the rest rooms by the Landa Park playground
The delays were caused, he said, by four successive construction companies quitting the job in the middle of the work.
"The construction market is such that it’s hard to get a company to commit to a job this small,” Shands said.
Bulverde residents blast plan for concrete plant
Permit hearings conclude in Austin today
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Bulverde residents opposed to Ingram Rcadynux building a concrete plant at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and Farm to Market Road 1863 made their feelings known before a Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) hearing at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Monday.
“We know you have a tough job in this climate of business at any costs," Citizens League For Environmental Awareness Now President Kate Mathis said to Administrative Law Judge Bill Ehret of the State Office of Administrative Hearings. “But we urge you not to rubber stamp this plant and the effects it would have on the intersection - - the heart of downtown Bulverde.”
The hearings were in their third day. The first two hearings were held in Austin last week at the TNRCC headquarters on Thursday and Fnday. Today is the last day for the hearings, which will be held at the TNRCC headquarters in Austin.
Ingram Readymix, a New Braunfels company owned by Bruce Ingram Sr., is asking the TNRCC for an exemption from getting a permit for the plant. To be granted an exemption, Ingram Readymix must prove to the commission that it can meet air quality rules and regulations set by the TNRCC.
Mathis said that CLEAN is not opposed to growth coming to the Bulverde area But she sees many negative effects on the community if the plant is built at the intersection.
“We welcome community and residential growth that enhances our area,” Mathis said. "But when we have a company who comes in and says it is my
property without regards to the concerns of the people on the issues of air, traffic, and water, we are opposed to that. Mr. Ingram says that he has property rights, but he should take into consideration the property rights of hundreds of people who came in before he did.”
The hearing was attended by dozens of area residents who expressed the same concerns that Mathis did.
There were property owners who expressed concerns to Ehret that the proposed plant would consume too much water and that it would leave emissions of dust and dirt on their land and lower their property values.
The issue of water consumption is a very important one to Bulverde residents because some subdivisions have been under water rationing for some time.
The Highway 281 and FM 1863 intersection is one of the busiest in the county according to statistics issued by the Texas Department of Transportation in New Braunfels.
After the public comment portion of the hearing was completed, the heanng for the pemiit began. CLEAN and its attorney, Stewart Henry of Austin, called on Austin engineering consultant Bruce Wiland to support their case.
Wiland did an air modeling analysis using the emissions numbers submitted by Ingram Readymix to the TNRCC. Wiland put these numbers into a computer model and came to the conclusion that the proposed concrete plant in Bulverde would produce emissions that would violate TNRCC air standards.
Ingram Readymix, which was represented by Vice President Gary Johnson and San Marcos attorney John Hohn, questioned Wiland’s expertise in coming to his conclusions
Hundreds of volunteers to clean Guadalupe Saturday
By MELANIE GERIK
In past cleanups, Cathy Talcott said volunteer garbage collectors have found a Rolex watch, a wallet with several hundred dollars and even a car at the bottom of the Guadalupe River.
On Saturday, 700 to 800 divers and surface volunteers might find similar valuables buried along with tons of other trash at the Fifth Annual Lower Guadalupe River Clean-Up.
The volunteers, ranging from Boy Scouts to church groups to families, will clean about 20 miles of the Guadalupe, from Highway 306 at Canyon Dam along River Road to New
"A lot of people coming in are not necessarily locals,” Cathy Talcott said, adding that a Boy Scout troop from Fort Worth and divers from Houston, Dallas, Austin and San Antonio are planning to attend the cleanup.
Registration will start at 9 a m. at Rockin 'R' River Rides on Loop 337 and Whitewater Sports on Highway 306 The cleanup will begin at 9:30 a m., and continue until 5 p.m. After the clean-up, Friends For Rivers, the organizers of the event, will hold a party for the volunteers at Cypress Bend Park.
This year, Friends For Rivers, along with the clean-up’s sponsors, the City
‘Hopefully, this is more of a public awareness event than anything else.’
— Cathy Talcott
of New Braunfels and Water-Oriented Recreational District, are focusing on cleaning the “mind boggling” amount of trash at the bottom of the river, Cathy Talcott said.
In some places, the divers have to go “up and over the piles of cans,” said her husband and fellow Friends For Rivers board member Tom Talcott
In order to increase the amount that divers can collect and the time they can spend underwater. Tom Talcott created bags made of the orange barricade materials used at construction sites. Scuba divers can use the bags to collect IO times more trash without surfacing than with the old bags, because of the bag’s 4-feet-by-5-feet size.
The divers, who had used mesh bags in previous years, had trouble with “quality” time underwater, because they had to deal with the frustrations of the mesh bags constantly closing, Tom Talcott said.
He said he plans to make 65 to l(X) bags for the divers, and guarantees
"we’ll have more problems emptying them than filling them.” /
Even with the hard work of the hundreds of volunteers, Talcott said Sat-” urday’s cleanup would “barely make a dent” in removing the trash from the Guadalupe.
"Hopefully, this is more of a public awareness event than anything else," she said.
David Davenport, president of Friends For Rivers, agreed that the one-day cleanup and its publicity will help to stop people from dumping their trash in the nver.
“lf we care, then they care,” he said.
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