New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 237 14 pages in 2 sections September 28, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
Water meeting draws crowd for comment
Ron Maloney Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO — About 400 people attended the third public hearing on the draft of the 50-year water plan for the 20-1/2 county region that includes Comal County.
The meeting, conducted in the Laurie Auditorium at Trinity University, was intended to receive comments on the plan prepared by the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning group.
Most of the concerns expressed early in the meeting centered on the cost of the proposed plan, w hich some speakers placed at S400 million per year by 2050.
Others sought additional conser-vation measures or a heavier emphasis on conservation as a lower-cost alternative to some of the more expensive and sometimes high tech solutions included in the plan’s latter decades.
Others called for emphasis on recharge or re-circulation of Edwards Aquifer water or augmenting the water flow in the Comal River to protect endangered species so more water could be pumped from the Edwards.
Public comment and written responses to the plan for Region L will be accepted through Oct. 6. They can be sent to project manager Steve Raabe, San Antonio River Authority,
P.O. Box 839980, San Antonio, TX 78283-9980. Raabe’s phone number is (210) 227-1373; fax: (210) 227-4323.
Many of the positive comments centered on the plan including no major reservoir projects.
“Your plan shows no new reservoir projects and that’s a big change. Congratulations and great work,” said Phil Ross, a former plumber and attorney who is a veteran of San Antonio’s wars over Applewhite Reservoir and a later catfish farm.
“I wish I could stop there,” Ross said, “but your draft plan would See WATER/8A
Bulverde mayor keeps eye on big water users
By ANASTASIA ClSNEROS-Lunsford
BULVERDE — Heavy water users in the city of Bulverde, beware: Someone is watching you.
Mayor Bob Barton has been keeping a close eye on the gallons pumped in the city and is considering publishing the names of high water users. “We still have some people who are not water conscious,” Barton said.
Water records from Bexar Metropolitan Water District, which provides water for the Bulverde Hills area, indicate more than 1.5 million gallons of water was hauled in August. This was slightly down from July records, which showed more water was hauled than pumped by an average of more than 60 percent.
Barton, who did not have fig-
ures readily available from Apex Water Services, the water provider for the Oak Village North subdivision, said the average water user there remains high at about 13,(XX) gallons per month. Some individuals have been billed for water usage as high as 89,000 gallons per month.
Bulverde City Council declared a water emergency in July and continues to urge its residents to conserve. Publishing the names of excess water users could help them achieve that goal, Barton said.
“Perhaps those people who don’t realize they are high users will cut down on their use,” he said. “Since the city doesn’t own the water companies, we can’t put out water conservation (guidelines). We can only urge users to conserve.”
During the council meeting, Alderman Bill Krawietz said private well owners in the area also might have been using excessive water amounts during this year’s drought.
But Barton said that was irrelevant because the city did not regulate their water use.
City to create river group
By Jo Lee Ferguson
New Braunfels City Council will appoint seven members to a river activities committee at its next meeting.
Each council member, including the mayor, will appoint one member.
The appointees do not have to live in the distills of the council members who appoint them. However, they must be city residents.
The committee w ill address such issues as signage, litter, restrooms, shuttle services and a possible approved container for the rivers. The group also will work with the transportation and traffic advi
sory board on shuttle-related issues.
During Monday’s council meeting, Councilman Larry Alexander originally proposed that the committee include six people who would have applied for appointment.
Then, members would have been selected so that three of them lived near the rivers. Also, one representative each would have been named from among the river outfitters, hotels and store operators.
Alexander said that maybe this committee would not need the “one” vote that would give one group a majority over the other.See RIVER/8A
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CISD mulls arrested teacher’s status
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District trustees have a mixed bag of reports and decisions to make at tonight’s meeting, which includes redistricting, bond construction and what to do about a Canyon High School teacher who was arrested earlier this month.
It is the first regular board meeting since trustees decided to meet monthly instead of bimonthly, and will be conducted at 6 p.m. at Bill Brown Elementary, 20410 Highway 46 in Bulverde.
After conducting an unannounced Canyon High School campus security search on Sept.
13, police arrested special education teacher Joel L. Brown. They charged him with possession ofMeeting■ WHO: CISD Board meeting
■ WHAT: Redistricting, personnel■ WHEN: 6 p.m■ WHERE: Bill Brown Elementary
less than two ounces of marijuana and possession of w eapons in a prohibited place.
School officials suspended him w ith pay, and police officials on Wednesday said they have filed the report with the district attorney.
The board w ill hear its legal options in closedSee CISD/8A
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Artists, homemakers, chefs, farmers and ranchers showed up all day Wednesday with their entries for the fair. The chickens arrived early, along with this batch of chicks for the youngsters to play with.
Comal kicks up heels at Night in Old New Braunfels
By Jaclyn Steele
KID’S MUSIC NETWORK — 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. COMPANIE DE DANZA FOLKLORICA — 11 a.m. to noon BALLET FOLKLORIC© FESTIVAL - noon to 1 p.m.
J&R GYMNASTICS -1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
NEW BRAUNFELS DANCE STUDIO - 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. COMMUNITY BAND — 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
(Sponsored by Harry’s Complete Auto Service and Repair) WILD CARD — 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., Admission: $7
New Braunfels police will barricade San Antonio Street early Friday for the annual parade, which will traverse San Antonio Street from Santa Clara Avenue to Prince Solms Park.
RHYTHM OF THE ROAD 8 p.m. to midnight Admission: $6
LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL BANDS — 1 to 3:45 p.m. — Canyon High School, New Braunfels High School, Smithson Valley High School Free admission GABBIE NOLEN 8 p.m. to Midnight, Admission: $7
BALLET FOLKLORICO FESTIVAL — noon to 1 p.m.
(Sponsored by Harry’s Complete Auto Service and Repair) CHILDREN’S BEST WESTERN DRESS CONTEST — 2 to 4:30 p.m. T C. TAYLOR — 6 to 10 p.m., free admission
Polka dancers move to the music of the band Cloverleaf as part of the dance contest Wednesday at the Comal County Fair’s Night in Old New Braunfels.
“Night in Old New Braunfels” is an event steeped in tradition and an integral part of the l()7-year-old Comal County Fair.
Young and old came out to celebrate Wednesday night and to carry on the custom that originated in 1963.
“It’s the traditional kick-off of the fair,” Comal County Fair Association President Jennifer Sue Bush said. “That’s when all the omas and opas come out.”
Organized in January 1893, the Comal County Fair Association has weathered many
James and Miriam McArthur performed in the Kinder Tanzen Wednesday night.
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