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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas 199 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Home ritunsj B of Tules one 1 Friday August 1991 One 16 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung wishes happy birthday today to Rita Eugene Joey Lionel Lopez Stephanie Ncuse Patricia Linda Debbie Angelica Maria Louisa Rey naldo Alice Laura Jane Patricia Kery Fritz Bohne Olivia Esquivel and Jcffcry Wayne Happy birthday Saturday to Susan Mary Ann Labows Frank Mcndoza Alton Roland Bactge and Charlotte Belated birthday greetings to Jack Know of a birthday or anniver sary Give our receptionist a call the day before at 6259144 wed like to share in the Garage sale Now Braunfels Police Depart ment Auxiliary is sponsoring a garage sale 7 at the New Braunfels Municipal 424 Castell from 8 to 5 Republican men The Republican Mens Club of Comal County will sponsor Ladys Night on 27 at the Guadalupe Valley Tele phone Cooperative headquar ters community room at The program for the evening will be by Standing Room a quartet of New Braunfels High School choral students who per form at school and civic Members of the group Mika Amy Courtney Hermes and Karen All members of the public are invited to Seniors show A Broadwaystyle show will be presented tonight at 7 at the atrium of Vista Village Retirement Cen 264 Loma All area senior citizens are A donation will be accepted at the For more information or reservations call Parks department The Natures Way program of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is an Intro duction to Canoeing scheduled The session is designed to introduce students to personal floatation self rescue and some methods for the rescue of other The session will be from 911 at Hinman Island Participants must be 10 years old or Class fee is per person or first family member and for the second family member or Registration continues until For more information call Democrat meeting Comal County Democrats will meet 27 at 7 at Molly Joes Restaurant on 81 and Loop Preparations for the March 1992 Primary and redis tricting will be Dinner begins at 6 Society festival The New Braunfels Mexican American Heritage Societys sixth annual Fiesta Mexicans Historica Sttt 2 Good Day The chance for late afternoon and evening showers and thunder storms Highs in the upper 90s and lows in the mld70s are forecast throughout the In New Braunfels Thurs the high was 98 and the over night low was Total rainfall for the 24hour period ending at 7 today was For weather please see Page DEAR RELIGIOUS TV County chooses precinct plan ByMARKWARNKEN Stiff Writer Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday tentatively approved a rcdistricting plan for the four commissioners Consultants will add final touches to the favored redistricting one of 10 before the court con siders the plan for final approval next County Judge Carter Casteel While small in Precinct 3 includes 1990 census blocks in New Braunfels and its immediate where about of the countys or so Hispanics The remaining three precincts divide the remainder of the with Precinct 4 being northeast of the Guadalupe Precinct 2 being southwest of Highway 46 and Precinct 1 between the While the county is required to evenly divide the countys residents into the four pre cincts to meet the Justice Depart ments onevote Casteel But according to other Justice Department the final plan cannot alter the Hispanic majori ty in Precinct which has to be increased in population size to meet the onevote The adopted plan reflected some changes suggested by residents who attended a public hearing Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Casteel Precinct 3 will be total minority population and Casteel Total minority voting population in Precinct 3 will be and Hispanic she Thats the highest that we can Casteel Percentages are down slightly from 1980 because about residents had to be added to the precinct to even out the district population she The total 1980 Precinct 3 minor ity population percentage was about 64 she Another consideration in the redis tricting effort was to include in Pre cinct 3 areas where prominent politi cal and professional Hispanic leaders Casteel Kookie a member of the citizens redistricting committee that proposed several plans to the court after several months of said while the redistricting map has some gerrymandering characteristics in regards to Precinct the approved plan best meets the onevote rule while maintaining the highest possible minority percentage I feel that they approved the very best plan that we could come up Danza Folklorico Dancer Melissa Medrano whirls her way through a rehearsal with Compania de Danza Folklorico for this weekends Fiesta For see story and photo on Page Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder Storm knocked out power in some areas By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Heavy rain and lightning struck the Comal County area late Thursday with rainfall of inches reported in New Braun according to Ken Burke of the National Weather Service in San Yesterday at there were some reports of some damage to trees and wires blown down on River just northwest of New Burke It could have been a tor nado nothing has been It could have been just a strong down burst of high It was a very small storm that was very intense in some Burke Theres a pretty good particularly this of more showers and Beth a River Road resi said she believes there was a The road has been blocked with trees and there were three power poles she New Braunfels Utilities reported numerous power outages related to the We worked from to with the last customer restored to power at said Electric Superintendent Bob DiFonso of We lost a total of six transfor mers in the There were outages in the Green Comaltown and Rivercrest Gruene Road and Post Road areas and some isolated outages in the Bexar Creek Road Most of pur damage was lightning DiFonso A utility pole broke off at the intersection of Carnation Lane and causing a brief outage until crews temporarily braced the A transformer at Solms Road was struck by lightning and blown completely off the pole and caught on fire down at the DiFonso As for as trees on our we only had one treerelated outage up on Dittlinger DiFonso Our treetrimming program has really cut down on our treerelated Group sparks bid for fire marshal By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor In a move toward increased fire prevention and arson detection in the a flame was lit this week tow ard gaining a fire marshal for Comal It will be an asset in the said Glenn fire chief of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Comal County Firefighters just like it wont happen The Comal County Firefighters a group comprised of members of volunteer fire depart menu and emergency medical ser met this week and decided to move forward with pursuing a fire marshal for ihe We wholeheartedly support said Blroy fire marshal for the city of New Braunfels and member of the Its definitely Friesen hahn We have an arson prob We have an arson problem in the county as well as a definite need for a code enforcement person like a county fire marshal to assist in inspections of structures that need an annual license like day cares in the said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy lem In the county as well as a definite need for a code enforcement person like a county fire marshal to assist in inspections of structures that need an annual license like day cares In the Officials now are discussing the actual need for fire marshal and whether that should be a pantime or fulltime position and what entity should fund the Comal County Judge Carter Castell said Commissioners Court is studying the Its something commissioners are probably going to take a look at if not at a fulltime maybe a part time position to start off she Its something that both the dis trict and the sheriffs depart ment and the volunteer firefighters have I think there is some interest on Commissioners Court to do I dont know Theres enough work we think to deal with do the inspections of day care centers and nursing homes out in the county and do some work with maybe the schools on fire pre she I think the big question is who will the fire marshal be responsible Officials are questioning whether the position should fall under Com missioners Court or the sheriffs Precinct 1 Commissioner Jumbo Evans said he thinks a fire marshal for the county is a good I think it should be supported by the rural fire prevention districts along with the he Friesenhahn said the city fire department is willing to help the county in gaining a fire marshal through such as training and helping in organizing the More or less moral he The association will meet at 17 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative FarmtoMarket to discuss the The public is invited to I think we need to sit down with each fire district in the county and see if they support the Mueller There are a lot of issues that we need to discuss before we can present it to the Commissioners Mueller We have just got to convince the people of Comal County that this is a need and a realistic need and sometimes its hard to do right now with the tax Barboza said after the We the committee cut it up every which way but Precinct 3 Commissioner Pat Her nandez said the redistricting plan looked to be as fair as We need to get this over with and get it done right so we dont have to do it all over Hernandez Commissioners also considered redistricting plans for the Justice of the PeaceConstable which also will be considered for final approval next A minority JP district will be Casteel Court still looking into bungee issue ByMARKWARNKEN Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday directed the coun ty attorney to continue looking for ways the county can regulate the con troversial bungecjumping operation in the Preiss Heights subdivision near New After a halfhour executive session to discuss contemplated litigation against Bungy Over Texas on Edwards commissioners took no formal action other than to ask County Attorney Nathan Rheirt lander to continue looking for applic able So his search has uncovered no county regulatory County Judge Carter Casteel has asked Rheinlander to find a way to shut down the the site of which she said is not safe for the publ ic because of building materials lay ing around and safety concerns with a tractor used to pull jumpers back Bungy Over which opened July patrons pay to leap from a metal platform extending from a cliff overlooking the Guadalupe River and free fall about 120 feet before giant elastic cords attached to harnesses they wear snap them up in the first of several The sport is completely operators Adultoriented businesses In other the court held a public hearing on a proposed tighten ing of county regulations on adult oriented The Richard pas tor of Bible Baptist Church in New encouraged the court to be as restrictive as We dont need any more Pee Wee Hermantype things around New Weightman Weve got a good clean and lets keep it that The issue arose several weeks ago when a man stopped by the county attorneys office to request a copy of the county order regulating adult saying he planned to open an adult bookstore along Interstate 35 in Comal We already have an order in place that does prohibit certain and the state Legislature has given us some more which means we can be more and thats our purpose for holding this hearing this Casteel But well have to look very care fully at it because we dont want to violate anybodys At the same we want to do as much as the Legislature allows she When the current county rules were enacted in the state allowed reg ulation of such businesses as nude modeling studios and massage par but has since included book stores and Commissioner will consider adopting stricter regula tions proposed by Rheinlander at a future Polling place consolidation The court also authorized the coun ty judge to appoint a citizens commit tee to study possible consolidation of school district and county polling Casteel will invite participation by the county tax assessor heads of the county Demo cratic ami Republican and representatives from the New Braunfels and Comal school districts and the cities of New Braunfels and Garden The election that just passed was a 2
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