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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns get ready for soccer game against Mavericks tonight Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS The Mergele House 708 W Mill 14 pages in dne section Firday March 184 JLlt Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of LENA IVEY ung Vol 144 No 94 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Vance Braune Leatrice Saur Brandon Cisco Hernandez and Lena Ivey To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Ash Cedar Oak Sycamore Hackberry trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 234 cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 Train to be a literacy tutor The Guadalupe Bexar and Comal County Literacy Coun cil will hold a training session for those interested in tutoring nonreaders or low level read ers The 10hour workshop will be held Friday April 12 from 6 to 9 and Saturday April13from 8 to at the Adult Education Center located at 703 Curtiss in Schertz Preregistration deadline is April 8 If you would like to tutor or know of an adult who needs a tutor call the Literacy Council at 9456093 Monday Friday from 8 to 2 There will be a registra tion fee and a literacy resource book can be pur chased for For Kids Sake group forms Family Outreach of Comal County will offer For Kids a seminar for divorcing parents which will help par ents realize the damaging effect of divorce on children and enable parents to nurture their children through the tran sition of divorce The fourhour seminar will be offered twice each month from 6 to 10 on the second Tuesday and Wednesday evenings of the month For information call 620 1299 Volunteer work day The New Braunfels Girls Softball Association will have a volunteer work day to get the fields in shape Saturday March 23 starting at 1 Bring shovels rakes ham mers etc A coaches clinic that had also been scheduled for Saturday has been can celled Womens Center needs high chair The Comal County Womens Center needs a high chair and medium and large size dia pers Bring your donation to the Comal County Womens Center at 1547 Common Street or call 6207520 Comal County Democrats to meet The Comal County Democ rats will meet March 26 at 7 at Comal bowl The guest speaker will be from the Womens Center This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint ridership low but officials pleased By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer The two buses may be transporting few passengers now but the numbers will increase when people become more informed about the NBus system the Main Street director said Thursday For the first week of service which started March 11 90 full fares and 40 transfers were sold to pas sengers collecting A passenger donated an extra That is an average of 23 rides per day Ninety percent of passengers ride in the after noon according to figures from Lynn Fountain Main Street director for the city Fountain said the first weeks numbers are very Of course we want more until theyre squished and hanging out the she said The bus system is on a oneyear trial run The Alamo Area Council of Governments funds 96 per cent of the systems cost rountam saia ner ottice has received many calls from senior citizens middle school students and their parents social service agencies tourists store managers and restaurant owners Were hearing by phone the groups we want to hear she said Fountain said many wanting to use the bus system are attracted to the possibility of not having to rely on others for rides to go shopping downtown and around New Braunfels Were talking about independence that they oth erwise wouldnt she said Brian Printy 14 and his friend Eric Hoover 15 agree I can take the bus if 1 need a ride and my parents or brother wont take Printy said We dont have to bug our parents to take us Eric Hoover said The two boys along with Erics brother Andy 13 and Adam Curtis 14 tried the bus for the first time Thursday They said they were testing the system to see if they could get to Schlitterbahn quicker than rid ing their bicycles Eric Hoover said it usually takes about 15 to 20 minutes to ride from their neighborhood to the water park and thats on a good He said it took about an hour to ride the buses around town with a 30minute wait at the Hummel Museum to transfer buses Fountain said transfers can take as few as 15 min utes or as long as two hours especially if nassencers are trying to get from one side of town to another She advised passengers to plan out the quickest route before stepping onto the bus Eric Hoover also said he thinks riding the bus requires a little advanced planning Once we figure out what were doing it will be a lot he said Highway accident HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Siu Tan was driving her 1979 Chevrolet van south on Interstate 35 near the Walnut Street exit when she lost control rolling the vehicle three or four times Two pas sengers and the driver were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment None of the injuries appeared to be life threatening Speed limit to drop on parts of Highway 281 Marion may cancel city election By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer New law allows voting to be called off if candidates have no opponents By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION Under a new state law passed last year the city of Marion would be able to cancel its elections scheduled for this spring because all three of its city council candidates are running unopposed an official with the Secretary of States office said on Thursday afternoon The new law Senate Bill 680 went into affect in September 1995 said Melinda Nickless director of election administration for the Secretary of State it states that if every candidate is unopposed for their office and if there are no writein candidates then a city may cancel the Nickless said If the outcome is going to be known why hold an elec tion and waste the taxpayers money The 5 filing deadline on Wednesday afternoon passed by at Marion City Hall with only the three incumbents Florence Bryant Felix Arambula and Jimmy Schulz filing for three at large seats for the May 4 city council elections Mayor Glenn Hild agreed with Nicklesss assess ment that the elections should not be held if they are not necessary It makes no sense to spend for an election if you dont need to hold Hild said I know a It makes no sense to spend for an election if you dont need to hold Glenn Hild Marion mayor number of cities in Guadalupe County who have uncontested races who are facing the same situa In fact Cibolo located in Guadalupe County and eight San Antonio suburbs either have unopposed can didates or no propositions on their ballots for the May 4 elections Marjorie Lizana a secretary for the city of Marion said that City Secretary Maggie Harding talked to the Texas Municipal League on Wednesday and that the league informed the city that 40 cities across the state were contemplating taking the same action as Marion According to the Texas Municipal League the council would have to pass an ordinance saying that the election would not be Lizana said This notice would then be posted at the polling places on election The next city council meeting will be on April I and the council would decide on passing an ordi nance at that time If the Marion City Council votes to cancel the elections the law requires that a certificate of elec tion shall be issued to each candidate in the same man ner as provided for a candidate elected at the Drivers who have gotten used to speeding through Bulverde at 70 miles per hour on Highway 281 will have to ease off the accel erator because the speed limit will go back to 55 mph pretty soon At Thursdays county commissioners court meeting Commissioner Danny Scheel announced that TxDOT had agreed to lower the speed to 55 mph at the inter section of Highway 281 and FM 1863 the original speed limit before it was changed to 70 mph back in December 1 have been talking constantly with offi cials from TxDOT since they raised the speed Scheel who represents the Bulverde area said 1 have taken video photos of it the It is a dangerous intersection at 55 mph much less 70 mph TxDOT officials called me yesterday Wednesday and said they had agreed to do it The Texas Highway Commission will sign off on it at their meet ing in April You will actually see the drop off in the speed limit by late April or Area engineer David Kopp of the New Braunfels TxDOT office said he agreed with the concerns raised by Scheel Kopp said it was the San Antonio TxDOT district office that raised the speed limit not his office We had received a lot of concerns about the speed Kopp said I was partly one of those people who did not agree with rais ing the speed limit If we still did a study out there it would still be 70 mph but if you take into consideration the number of school buses that cross it and since it is a heavily traveled intersection TxDOT felt it would be better if we lowered the speed lim TxDOT has plans for a grade separation at the intersection in the next couple of years The plans call for an overpass for Highway 281 to be built over FM 1863 so that the traffic flow would go smoothly Scheel said that Commissioner Moe Schwab had met with Kopp on Thursday to discuss the possibility of lowering the speed limit back to 55 mph on Highway 281 between the Blanco County line and the Guadalupe River bridge Moe and 1 are pursuing TxDOT to lower the speed limit to 55 on that stretch because the intersection of Highway 46 and High way 281 near Spring Branch is inundated with traffic coming from Canyon Lake dur ing the Scheel said We are proposing this to TxDOT and we will try to pass a resolution at next weeks commis sioners court Kopp said he will listen to the concerns the commissioners have and pass those concerns on to the TxDOT office in San Antonio Commissioner Schwab as a commis sioner for that part of the area Spring can go on record and pass a resolu tion saying that he wants the speed limit low Kopp said That would put the monkey on our back TxDOT to say that we are letting them dri vers travel that Kopp said Laney receives Texan of the Year Award By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer The speaker of the Texas House of Repre sentatives was honored Thursday night for signifying everything that is great about James Pete Laney a representative from the Panhandle town of Hale Center for 23 years was honored as Texan of the Year at the 30th Annual Texas Legislative Conference The best thing about Pete Laney is that he goes back to Hale Center while the Legislature is in session and works the said Allan Shivers advisory committee chair for the conference He knows the people and the workers of More than 500 state legislators chamber members and public officials from around the state attended the reception at the New Braunfels Civic Center Laney who kept his acceptance speech brief said the Texan of the Year honor is only matched by the honor of being elected as state representative by the people of my dis trict and being elected as speaker of the house by my fellow Laney said he wants to continue to give Texans the kind of government they can respect take pride in and Past recipients of the honor include Lt Gov Bob Bullock Barbara Jordan George Bush Barbara Bush Phil Gramm and Lloyd Texas Speaker of the House Pete Laney addresses yesterday Bentsen After he accepted his award Laney said two of the major issues to be discussed during next years legislative session will be the perennial favorites education and the budget Laney said legislators probably will tweak details of Senate Bill 1 the reformation of the state education code signed into law last year The conference continued Friday morning with discussions about the predictions and issues of the November elections and chang ing the role of Congress Rural recycling gets second grant By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Rural Recycling Program received another grant that will help the county set up the baler recently purchased The county commissioners ratified the signature of Commissioner Moe Schwab Thursday on a grant agreement accepting a grant from the Lower Colorado River Authority Schwab will accept the check from LCRA at on Tuesday March 26 Schwab said the grant is worth and will be used to pay for the actual hookup of the baler He said it includes running cables and tying into transformers Schwab said the funds should be sufficient to cover the costs Whatever we dont use well have to give back said Schwab In other business the court approved beginning the bid process for a new dump truck for the recycling pro gram Schwab told the court that he currently uses a truck from the road department three times a week and an additional truck is needed He told the court he is hop ing to receive a grant to help defray the costs of the truck but wants to go ahead with the process anyway I want to be one jump said Schwab It doesnt For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144