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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas t J 1 I 1 L Former Unicorns bring title to soccer team See Page 30 V t Courthouse lie pages In two sections Friday June 14 1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Of MfLLUM MAX WIUKNIN Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wlshos from the ttoraUHMtunfl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Linda Pinson William Max Welborn 8 Victor Caballero Randy Haugh Ash ley Hading 7 Elizabeth Linda Martinez and Tara To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count available Oak Hack Pecan Elm Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 5 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05from Wednesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water and million gallons of aquifer water Thursday County reinstates bum ban today Due to dangerously dry conditions County Judge Carter Casteel has reinstated te burn ban The ban werlt which contains all flames and sparks Violations are punishable by a fine of up to 000 or 180 days in jail Last call for Starlight Gala tickets Today is your last chance to buy tickets for the American Cancer Society Starlight Gala to be held Saturday at the Civic Center Tickets can still be pur chased today at Don Maxwell Chevrolet on the west side of Interstate 35 between Walnut and Seguin Ticket prices start at per cou ple Raffle tickets for a oneyear j lease on a new Chevy Tahoe will be on sale today and Sat urday Quilt Guild to Jazz it Saturday The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild will meet at 9 Saturday at the First Christian Church on Loop 337 Pro gram will be given by Sherrie Spangler Jazz It Up Wear able Public is invited Retired Eagles to moot Sunday The Retired Eagles Activi ties Club will meet from 2 to 6 Sunday at Eagles Hall Meat will be furnished by the club Bring a covered dish Those with a birthday or anniversary this month should bring a cake or cookies Unitarians to hear speaker on Jim Crow The Unitarian Universalists will have Margaret Adams speak on her experiences of 75 years growing up black In New Braunfels The meeting will be at 7 Wednesday at Faith United Church of Christ 907 N Loop 337 Pub lic invited r newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Staff Writer When the new park in the Bulverde Spring Branch area is christened a public official will be honored for die 16 years he has dedicated to county government County Commissioner Danny Scheel made a recommendation to Commissioners Court which was unanimously approved with Evans to name the new cbumy park located off of Highway 281 the Jumbo Evans Sports Park1 after missibner Jumbo Evans Evans is retiring this year after serv ing as county commissioner for Precinct 1 for 16 years 1 thought that with his retirement it was fitting we honor him He has spent the last 16 years of his life out in that said Scheel Scheel said he spent a day in the western portion of the county which was iti Evans precinct for almost 15 years Scheel said he spoke with many business owners and residents about naming the park and everyone sup ported naming it after Evans Everyone thought it was a good idea and appreciated the work he has done for the he said County Judge Carter Casteel said the county is excited about the devel opment of Ae park which will serve as playing fields for several youth groups and said it Seemed appropri ate to name it after Evans All of us were real pleased tobe able to name it after Commission er she said He served that area for most years he served and has always been dedicated to the betterment of the coun Evans said the park is a very very important asset to the county and he is honored that it will bear his name Its very much a surprise I had no idea but Im very he said The park is extremely important What they name it I dont think is that important but Im still honored and of the t Children escape McQueeney fire By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A child playing with a lighter is suspected as the cause of a house fire that occurred at Lake McQueeney the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department responded to the first call at am and arrived at the scene at am It took fire fighters near ly 30 minutes to put the fire out the fire was on Ridge Road in the Lake Creek subdivision off of FM 725 Guadalupe County Fire Marshall Don McFarland said The home belongs to Eddie and Cecilia Sepulveda When the first call came in we were told that four children were in the McFarland said En route to the fire we heard the neighbor who made the first call say that the children had gotten The children range from 4 to 13 years old The children all escaped safely They are Joe and Sepul Thecause of jthe fire wasJa yearold playing with a lighter in the McFarland said At the time of the fire both parents were working he said McFarland said fire fighters acted quickly in containing the fire The damage was confined to parts of the bedroom bathroom roof of the bathroom and McFar land said There was smoke and water damage to the rest of the house HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Fire burned through the roof of a home on Ridge Road at Lake McQueeney Thursday More than 60 to 70 percent of the house was The Lake Dunlap Area Volunteer Fire Department and Seguin Fire Department were called to assist at the scene area By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The county has named one of three safe areas for the use of aerial fireworks which are prohibited in the rest of the The court last week approved an ordinance prohibiting the use of aerial fireworks in rur al areas of the county The ordinance is an attempt to eliminate fires caused by fire works County Fire Marshall Milton Willmann said he looked for areas that can be easily pre pared for use including clearing of brush and controlled burning of excess vegetation and is accessible to the public The first site chosen is thecounty park located off of Highway 281 in the Bui Branch area Willmann is still looking for two more locations one in the Bracken area and one in the Canyon Lake area Its the most convenient site right now and its easily he said The fire departments in the area have agreed to rotating standing by so one department doesnt tiave to do it the whole time Were working on the other sites so were not just inundated at one he said Willmann said the safe area will be open for designated hours likely starting with the beginning pf the fireworks sales period He said a complete list of the sites and hours they are open ty the public will beaftnpunced later Violation of the ordinance banning use of aerial firework in pther areas is a class C misdemeianpr HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL New Braunfels fire fighters finish off the job of putting out a small fire thai broke out at the ADM Flour Mill on San Antonio Street early this morning Flour mill fire doused From Staff Reports An early morning fire caused about damage to a sec tion of the ADM Flour Mill at 398 E San Antonio St Three engine companies of New Braunfels Fire Department arrived on the scene at and extin guished the fire in about five min utes Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said The blaze was started by an elec trical failure in the compressor of an air conditioner unit Friesen hahn said Im glad it wasnt in the actual mill itself because there wpuld have been a dust Friesenhahn said No injuries were reported Redistricting By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Last month the voters of New Braunfels ushered in a reshuffled deck of council members adding two hew districts and electing a mayor for the first time in 30 years from the entire city The deck was cut with hopes of pro viding inbre minority players to the table and an efficient method of rep resenting the citys growing commu The council has met three times so far after the change and voters must wait to see what kind of hand they were dealt Most would agree that the added districts increase representation to the population While this may be true which district representative gets to pull the citys purse strings remains to be theres no good answer We cant give all the money to one Mayor Jan Kennady said We thought tiiis out very carefully I dont fore see any problems with this I dont think any of us has competitiveness We all keep in mind how much we have in our Right now city department heads and boards oversee community needs and foward those requests to the coun cil for approval In addition its still too early to tell what effect the halfcent sales tax will have on the citys six districts Revenue from the halfcent sales tax has empowered the city with mon ey for such items as street and drainage repairs to increasing the number of local jobs The revenue has been designated into four accounts each expected to raise about per year City officials agree it would be near impossible to tally up the amount of dollars spent on each district Because city projects often overlap districts council members said they try to keep city money in perspective We still have to maintain a global picture for our said Coun cilwoman Brenda Freeman who over sees District 3 in northwest New Braunfels People dont work and shop in the same Its dealing with federal and state funds and giving everyone a chance to talk about how Important their area George Korbel former MALDEF official Factoring in an equitable manner to represent all races has also been tricky Thursday the Supreme Court struck down a Texas congressional redistricting plan on the grounds that race was the principal consideration in drawing up the boundaries The citys boundaries were drawn up during a time when the pendulum was swinging the other way and courts demanded race play a major role in drawing the boundaries An incident in which a Hispanic policeman was fired in 1982 led to an eventual lawsuit and further review of the citys sevenmember atlarge council The atlarge districts had been in place since 1966 Hispanic leaders claimed the system kept minorities from being elected and that at least two minority council members should be able to gain seats in light of NeW Braunfels minority population The council set up a charter review committee that recommended a coun cil with three atlarge seats and four smglehiember tee suggested the atlarge seats be elect ed by majority vote Voters approved the measure in April 1983 but the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund filed a lawsuit shortly after claiming the atlarge seats should be chosen from the top three finishers not major ity vote MALDEF claimed majority vote made it more difficult for a minority to gain office We still have to maintain a global picture for our downtown People dont work and shop in the same Brenda Freernian District 3 councilwbrrtan District Court Judge D WSut tle agreed and ordered the method be changed to plurality vote No Hispanic candidate was able to win an atlarge seat a fact that led a federal judge to do away with the at large seats after San Antonio lawyer Rolando Rios filed a suit claiming the election process unlawfully diluted the voting strength of minority voters A redistricting committee was appointed to draw the lines for the present dis tricts which were approved in January Former MALDEF Regional Direc tor George Korbel said plurality at large seats not only set up barriers for minority voters they also inhibit local representation It creates in effect a House of Commons and a House of Lords situ said Korbel It makes His panics into a political party Thats a recipe for Bosnia Its counterdemoc ratic Were not about dividing people but about putting people Korbel who now works as an attor ney for the Texas Rural Legal Aid said singlemember districts provide healthy competition that weeds put frivolous requests within the city Its dealing with federal and state funds and giving everyone a chance to talk about how important their area Korbel said You still need four votes to pass anything A certain amount of politics is good The Fedr eralist Papers talk about those sort pf 0iVersify plan addresses inelusiveness in CISD See Opinion Page 4A
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