New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 234 42 pages in 4 sections September 24> 2OOO
Serving Comal County since 1852
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
A proposal to designate as parkland city-owned property leased by two local organizations worries the Wurstfest Association.
Councilwoman Debbie Flume placed an item on Monday’s council meeting agenda to “discuss and consider designating city owned properties (including the Wurstfest Grounds and the Comal County Fair Grounds) as city park space.”
If the areas were approved as parkland, state law' would prevent the city from disposing of the land, w hether by selling it or trading it, unless the voters approve.
“The future of those properties will remain in the hands of the citizens,” Flume said. “If the city ever decided to sell the property it would have to be put to a vote of the citizens.”
Wurstfest 2000 President David Lamon and Comal County Fair Association Vice President Arlon Flermes said Flume did not tell them about the proposal before she put it on Monday’s agenda.
The council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
“We were somewhat surprised by it,” Lamon said. “I am having a hard time understanding why she wants to do it and w hy now.”
Hermes said it was too early to respond to the proposal.
“We just don’t know what the proposal means at this point,” he said.
Wurstfest’s lease on city property next door to Lan-da Park does not expire for another 30 years, Lamon said. The fair association’s lease on the land it uses expires in 2036, Hermes said.
The proposed park land that would include the area Wurstfest leases spans from [.anda Park Drive between the Comal River and Elizabeth Avenue, to the former M.K. & T Railroad, across the Comal River, and then to the property line between the Lower Colorado River Authority's land and the land leased by Wurstfest.,
The boundaries include the leased Wurstfest Land, some parks department buildings and the Circle Arts Theatre. The theatre also leases its building from the city.
The Guadalupe River, German Creek, North East
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■ WHO: New
Braunfels City Council
■ WHAT: Regular meeting
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
■ WHERE: Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
Water Plan Hearings
m WHO: South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group
■ WHAT: Public hearings to hear comments on the proposed Regional Water Plan
■ WHEN &WHERE:
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, in the Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University, 715 Stadium Drive, San Antonio:
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, in the Sgt. Willie DeLeon Civic Center, 300 E. Main, Uvalde;
• 7 p.m. Monday, in the Victoria Community Center Annex, 2905 E. North St., Victoria.
■ Deadline for written public response of the Initially Prepared Regional Water Plan is Oct. 6.
Water plan feedback
Proposal outlining supply measures up for comment
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Richard De La Cerda cleans the troughs at the New Braunfels Water Treatment Plant. Water is initially pumped in from the Guadalupe River (gravity does the rest of the work) into an alum and air mixing tank. After a detention period, it is sent to the large, trough-divided clarifier tank to mix with sludge. The plant processes up to eight million gallons of water a day.
Key code 77
By Ron Maloney
After two years in the making, the just-completed draft of the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group's 50-year regional water plan for the region goes to public hearings this week in San Antonio, Uvalde and Victoria.
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An old joke about water often attributed to reporter, author and humorist Mark Twain is sounding less and less funny as the years go on and water gets more and more scarce in a growing Texas. It goes: “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting over.”
In Texas, folks were fighting over water when it was relatively cheap. The new plan, called the Region L
Pct. 2 commissioner Jay Minikin displays the three binders that hold the proposed regional water plan up for public hearings this week.
► Far heritage
With horse racing, buggy parking and cushion vendors regulated to images on pamphlets stuffed into boxes, fair organizers cling to living traditions./! C
Cold front here; temps dropping
Most Texans don’t need to look at the calendar this weekend to see that autumn has arrived.
A cold front has accompanied the first day of fall into the state, dropping temperatures as much as 50 degrees in some areas.
The Panhandle was the first part of the state to be greeted with cooler temperatures Saturday as the high in Amarillo fell to a chilly 55 degrees in the afternoon. Central and South Texans can expect to see temperatures drop 10 to 15 degrees Sunday evening.
The front also brings a 50 percent chance of rain for much of the state.
Houston boy presumed drowned
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
CANYON LAKE — Tragedy struck a Houston family on an outing at Canyon Lake late Saturday morning, apparently claiming the life of a 14-year-old boy.
If confirmed, this will be the fourth drowning in Canyon Lake this season.
Comal County Sheriff’s Corporal Clay Garland said the family
was on a pontoon boat out in the lake and the boy was swimming in an area approximately IOO feet deep.
An emergency 911 call reporting the incident was received at 11:23 a.m., but according to one witness, the boy already had been under the water about half an hour by then.
Another deputy said wind gusts were running 25 mph, blowing up white-capped, foot high waves.
James Stovall, a diving instructor with the Trident Diving School of San Antonio was conducting an open water diving class on shore when the incident occurred.
“They were waving and screaming. All we knew was they needed help.”
Stovall and another instructor swam to the boat.
“It was pretty choppy,” the veteran diver explained. “The boy
Capt. Hank Shear (middle), Canyon Lake Fire/EMS scene commander, plans search effort Saturday with rescue divers.
City mulls riverwalk’s next step
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council will determine Monday wheher a proposed New Braunfels river walk will move to the next stage.
Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the New' Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave. The council will consider a request from NBGS International to develop a business plan for a proposed Wasser Strasse, or river walk, and a water-based transportation system along the Comal River.
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founder and CEO Jeff Henry presented the proposed river walk and “Transportain-ment System” to council two weeks ago.
The proposal to develop a business plan has gained the support of several council members.
Region officials express optimism about a draft plan expected to meet this area’s water needs./10A
K. JESSIE SLATEN
The Comal County Fair’s Rodeo queen and her court: (left to right) Kristen Williams, Kristin Koepp, Kristin Barker and Amanda Owens. Barker was named Rodeo Queen 2000-01.
► Still going strong
After 20 years of competing in more than 12 Ironman triathlons, two
duathlons, five world championships and six Olympic Games, New Braunfels native Joanita Reed, 73, prepares for more./! B
► Plan support