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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas the nighth Page 8 New Braunfels Now Braunfels HcraUi Publishing 707 Landa New Zeituno Texas 78130 USPS 377800 Friday September 25 Cents One 20 Pages Commissioners set hearings to garner input on proposed firearm regulations By DAVIDMAY SlaH Writer Coma County Commissioners have their sights set on deer tumttrs who in the past have been allowed o discharge firearms in populated but unincorporated areas of the county Commissioners later this month will hold public one in the Canyon Lake to garner input from cituens before drafting a resolution hat will make n a C punishable by a fine not to exceed to fire weapons in areas sub divided by lots of It acres or less Senate Bill sponsored by Sen Bill USan approved by legislators during regular session and effective as of Aug empowered county governments to regulate firearms in populated iarge at the insistence u man homeowners Stories alwund nearly every fall of hunters riding through neighborhoods in the backs of rifles firing at deer Reports of stray bullets ricocheting dangerously off homes and property continue This has been a problem for a number of said Canyon Lake resident one of a persons who attended the Thursday session m support of regulating firearms in the county They drive the streets looking for the biggest buck If somebody gets hurt or who do we to Precinct 1 Commissioner Jumbo Kvans said all peace officers would be capable of enforcing er policy the county adopts and noted that the legislation does no pro hibit arehory in Mihdmsions The count can on to all said Church and a former Federal Bureau of In vestigation asked that commissioners extend their resolution to cover any caliber My encouragement is to include all caliber said Lloyd Statistics show that more people are shot by 22caliher weapons than any other Lloyd told commissioners of a group of eight buck last year which ate out of our hands and were looked upon as pets He said all were killed last year by Another lake area Bill who hunts deer religiously and is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Any weapon fired around i anyon Lake is dangerous The senate bill addresses areas divided in to parcels of in acres or less both plaited or intended to be platted Included is a gray area that require an attorney generals ruling as to whether the policy could be en forced on unplatted lots We want to apply it to all tracts of land small in size We might have to have a test case to see whether that is valid or said County Judge Fred The county in tends on having a resolution intact prior to the upcoming hunting season In other commissioners named per sons to serve on the countys Child Welfare Board and Local Emergency Planning Com mittee for Hazardous Materials Manage ment and established a penalty for returned checks Commissioners unanimously accepted the nominations of Babs retired schoolteacher and librarian Margy Han teacher at Canyon Middle School Susan active school volunteer and Dennis sheriffs to serve on the Coma County Child Welfare Also accepted were nominations to the Local Emergency Planning Committee for Hazardous Materials Management The committee will be chaired by Ernie president of the New Braunfels Emergency Communications Club and Comal County Civil Defense Rescue Other members include Sen Judith Commissioner Neil New Braunfels Police Chief Burney Civil Defense Coordinator Herb New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Penny Barbara Mary Harvey Don Jim Webre and Hank Evans extended board representation to include Sheriff Walter Fellers or his designee and the fire chiefs of the three county See Page 2 Canyon Lake youth dies Canyon Lake ucn m in a grinding motorcycle truck Wednesday evciiiMi in tinHanoi k ak MilK diid ot In injuries morning a aii Antonio Hospital Matthiu James MidiileUxi 14 an eighth Mountain alley Middle School was pronounced dead by ltooke Army Medical Center officials Thursday at approximately 11 17 m Mlddlelin uered head and when his iO llotula noorceic mill into the Mde a pu kiip truck driven b Hichaid Uhlllfliart illjUlei Ill hr i iilUsion Accoritmg o of See TEEN 3 Women line up for Comal County WIC WIC nutrition aide Jaim Rmcon and Photo by Deryl Clark The Amei u anisin chairman ot tne Ladies Auxiliary to the of Foreign Post urges everyone to express their patt lolim displaying the I Mate lag mi Lalml la 1he amily Reunion lit Uheld at the HraeMn hut eh i munit Hall Ugmmng at p m Salutdas Hnng a t disti lolitv ami utensils will Inpro nied Folks especially Using in the aiia Kmlrickshurg Koad near Lamia Park are Umg asked to keep an eye out lur a black lahradur who goes the name Hondo Mike and Can dance owners ol Hie say he is friendly and will answer to about anything They are offei ing a reward tor his letuin and they can Ureached a i Ult Page 2 i Uwks like the weather is over for a while but thats OK at least for the LaUu Day weekend Sunny and hot today with a high of and southeast winds at Hi mph Tonight will be fair with a low in the MM and light Saturday will tc most ly sunny with a high in the mid 90s and southeast winds at 10 mph Sunday will In partly cloudy and hot and Monday will have a chance of isolated thundershowers Other grants possible Application for WalMart project funds incomplete By SARAH DUKE Staft Writer Women with young children at their sides and babies in their arms lined up Thursday to take advantage of the Infants and Children program which opened for the first day at the Comal County Health Department Sharon regional director of the WIC program throughout much of Central said she and other health Corkers enrolled 60 people in the program designed to provide nutritional education and food to pregnant and nursing infants or young children with dietary defi ciencies Thats really Porter said of the crowd of people who took ad vantage of the A lot of places we we have to put up posters in laundromats and all over town just to get people And we had this many people come in just from word of she said while relax ing after a hectic day of interviewing women with Porter said she usually screens about 20 to 25 applicants in a day compared to the 60 she and other health workers handled WIC personnel will be in New Braunfels again 10 and After the WIC program officials ex pect to visit the Comal County Health Department four times a To be eligible for the which provides nutrition classes and coupons for persons must meet government income Porter said program workers usually handle about 100 participants during a day at other county That she includes a number of women who take nutrition She did not conduct any nutrition classes Thursday but mere ly tried to screen An addi tional 10 applicants didnt fit into Thursdays schedule and had to be rescheduled for next County Health Nurse Mary Lou Erben said theres still a lot of non knowledge about whats going She added that she hopes to spread the word about the program and have as many eligible women and children participating as Erben said potential applicants are welcome to stop by the health office and pick up Persons in the program receive coupons such foods as infant cereal and The coupons may be used to purchase the food from par ticipating local Porter said persons with questions about the program can call the WIC offices collect in San Thursday marked the end of a long wait for Comal County Local mothers who had sought to join the program in the past had been turned away by surrounding county programs because Comal County was one of the few Texas counties without the nutrition WhUe the 1985 census indicated See Page 2 CISD tax hearing set CLASSIFIED COMICS ctosswoao MAI AMY EMTtllAMHENT KUGKHIS F OCUS swtis 13 SARAH DUKE Stall Wi ilei New Is in line to receive a major goUTiimenl grant lo linance utility extensions to the Wai Mart ditnbulion site city officials then eyes on other grants that could Ixnelil the city in oilier way s City stall is awaiting public comment on an en vironmentu assessment of the distribution center site 1 he assessment was sien as the major hurdle to obtaining economic development funds from the states cotters It s not in the hag yet We still got to meet all the regulations saui City Manager Joe Michie Thurs day Court Thidcnian ot the city managers office saul the public comment period lor the em ironmeiital assessment will end Tuesday As of Thursday after noon no comments had been received He said city New Hraunfels ItilUies staff and Wai Marl engineers have put in a lot ol time preparing the en assessment that found the WalMart distribution center will have no Mgniticanl impact on the environment where the utility extensions and the new building will be Although the city will most likely receive the grant for the Wai Mart the grant ap plication has no been completed Thielcman said the most important grant requirement was the en vironmeiital assessment Now were working on the grant application Once vou get the then the fun starts he City and NBl officials expect lo receive grant funds by Sept 2 Michie explained thai the which originated with the federal Housing and Lrban Development The main test for receiving economic development grant funds is creating new If we get a good prospect thats new to the area and will create then we can apply for We dont have a prospect in handbut were going to Joe Michie City Manager will come to the city through the states discretionary funds The city will then pass the funds on to NBC lo finance utility extensions Federal funds available to WalMart also will fund about 80 percent of the pay for lowto moderate income jobs at the distribution center lor the first Thieleman The funds are designated under the Job Partnership Training which pays for a portion of training for lowand moderateincome workers The distribution center is expected to hire about 400 employees in the irsl year of Thieleman said whether WalMart hires locally or not is up to the The city manager said he and other staff officials are keeping their eyes open for other projects similar lo the WalMart distribution center which will benefit the local economy Theres not anything that ap pears now on the Michie The main lest or the main criteria for receiving economic development grants is creating new If we get a good prospect thats new to the area and will create new then we can apply for We dont have a prospect in but were going to See Page 2 The Comal school districts board of truslees voted setting a tax hearing for to consider increasing the districts tax rate to SI per S100 The proposed tax which represents a percent increase over the current effective tax would raise school taxes for the average Comal County homeowner from to considering general exemptions available to most The board will take no action dur ing the tax Trustees are ex pected to vote on the tax rate on The proposed tax increase is need ed to fund the districts million budget approved by CISD trustees Abel CISDs business said the tax in creases are needed to pay state mandated teacher salary Other school district employees also will receive pay increases under the new The new budget in cludes few other increases except for employee pay and utility Trash incinerator prompts f alarm at Laurel Plata Smoke from a trash incinerator gave residents of Laurel Plaza and New Braunfels firefighters a scare Thursday There was no uncontrolled fire and no injuries were reported from the senior housing complex at 300 Laurel Smoke was actually billowing from inside the buildings incinerator which was either still smoldering from the trash burn Thursday after noon or perhaps garbage caught fire from a lit cigarette tossed down the trash according to officials there There was no fire or damage reported by either fire department or Laurel Plaza New Braunfels fire department received a call of heavy smoke at the center around 11 and answered promptly with a ladder truck and two pumper Volunteer firefighters were summoned but then advised to on the hill probably saw the smoke and reported said Brenda Ritzen of Laurel Plaza this Smoke pouring from the in cinerators smoke stack atop the building gave an eerie effect that it was actually coming from upper floors on the buildings southwest Residents stood outside and on their balconies and watched as fire officials waited for a main tainence worker to
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