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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY M tar To contribute to tno United Way call 6207760 o Rangers clash with Boerne at Unicom Stadium Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald 18 pages in two sections Friday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of MAYTE QONZALES Vol 144 No 264 Inside Stammtiscn Birthday wishes from the rtoraldZattung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Albert Muniz Ken neth R Mueller 40 Jonathon Post 12 years Joy Mazy Kenneth Mueller Craig Cloud Rebecca Allen 6 Veda Hall Alma Armendariz 15 Mayte Gonzales 16 years Lisa McElroy Shawn Lain 13 years Rose mary Carrizales Ster ling Alroy Espinoza and Kerrying ton Alik Espinoza 2yearold Kathleen Daily Karen Mica 33 Euphina Alvarez 63 Jeff Coleman 39 Haley Coleman 9 years Chloe Diaz Cidelia Saenz 16 Diego Saenz 14 years and Kay lie Perales 2 Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Jackie and Dick Cloud Pollen Count Mold 782 Cedar Elm 6 Ragweed trace Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal 174 cubic feet per sec ond up 3 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 frorri Thursday Ganyort Darn discharge 104 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and no well water was used Medalwinning pianist performs Sunday The MidTexas Symphony Society and Texas Lutheran University present Tchiakovsky International Gold Medal pianist Barry Douglas on stage at at 4 Sunday at Jackson Audi torium in Seguin Douglas was the first western pianist in almost 30 years to win the Tchi akovsky Gold Medal Tickets are available at the Jackson Auditorium box office or at the door for or for seniors Wentworth is guest of Republican group New Braunfels Republican Women will meet and elect board members at noon on Monday at the New Braunfels Republican Headquarters on San Antonio Street State Sen Jeff Wentworth will be the guest speaker Black Heritage Society to gather The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will meet at 7 Tuesday at the Dittlinger Memorial Library For more information call 6066936 or Nancy Green at 6081625 meeting Tuesday night Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at Tuesday at Laurel Plaza Apartments 300 Laurel Lane in the recreation room For more information call 6258436 or 6258860 Band Boosters meet In NBHS band hall New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at Tuesday in the New Braunfels High School band hall The executive board will meet prior to the regular meet ing at Those interest ed in supporting the NBHS band program should attend Let there be lights v HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Milberger Landscaping employee Roberto Velasquez strings Christmas lights on plaza trees Wednesday Consolidation plans put on hold by commissioners By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The hot issue of consolidating the County Attorney and District Attorney offices has been put on a back burner to cool By a vote of 50 Commissioners Court tabled the issue of consolidation after County Judge Carter Casteel became upset over what she said were underthetable deals being made by Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip and Dis trict Attorney Bill Reimer Reimer won the Nov 5 election for county attorney by promising voters he would abolish the office and consolidate those services with the District Attorneys office which Waldrip will take over in January Casteel said in Commissioners Court Thursday she found out that an attorney she shares office space with had been offered a job to become a civil attorney with the county under a criminal district attorney if consolidation is approved by Commissioners Court I dont like deals I dont like stuff under the table This whole thing when everybodys got a pot theyre hid ing it makes me Casteel said Casteel said the attorney who was offered a job was criminal defense attorney Wade Arlcdgc Waldrip said he had talked to Arledgc a month ago about the possibility of being a criminal prosecutor in the District Attorneys office but that no job offer was given Turn to Consolidation Page 2A Refugees leaving Zairian camp By TONY SMITH Associated Press Writer An estimated Rwandan refugees and dis placed Zairians began flocking toward home today apparently freed from the See related editorial Page 4A control of Hutu militias by a rebel offensive Clutching ragged bundles and rolled mattresses the exiting Rwandans said the Interahamwe Hutu militias were retreating westward into Zaire making it possible for the refugees of the giant Mugunga refugee camp just north west of Goma to start a trek back to Rwanda But at least 30 Rwandan Hutu women and children were killed in a rebel attack on the camp Thursday Their bodies lay in a tangled mess at the western edge of what was the largest refugee camp in the world If confirmed the end of militia con trol over the Mugunga camp could be a significant step leading to the return home of the more than 1 million Rwan dan Hutu refugees in eastern Zaire Their return would greatly ease the task of the multinational military force being assembled for a humanitarian mission in the area Representatives from Canada the United States and other countries met at the United Nations into the night Thursday to finalize plans for the force The Security Council meets today to decide whether to authorize the force An airlift could begin as soon as next week The victims of the rebel attack pleaded for mercy but were killed any way said a survivor who asked to be identified as Asterid You have killed so many of our people why should we pardon you now Asterid quoted a soldier as say ing Facelift for bridge photo A preliminary feasibility study has put the projected cost of the bridges restoration at more than gets go By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer t 1 1B The Comal County Commissioners Court voted to f proceed with the design phase of the Faust Street Bridge restoration project just a day after meeting with repre sentatives from the Texas Department of Transportation New Braunfels officials and other interested parties The project calls for restoration of the large 110year old bridge as a pedestrian crossing over the Guadalupe River joining the New Braunfels Factory to a residential area The bridge has been closed for Original estimates put the cost of the project at The county was to pay toward the project and TxDOT would pay the remainder through a grant Once the project was complete the city would take over the bridge But a preliminary feasibility study estimated the cost of restoration at IfSW Engineering and Environmental Services the firm hired to conduct the feasibility study and design the project then scaled back its plans to bring it bagk within budget The revisions included the removal That is an area that over the years has become somewhat of a crime problem for our Ferguson Assistant to the city manager on the need for lights on a restored Faust Street Bridge of electrical lighting If the commissioners decide not to complete the pro ject orice the bids come in TxDOT would require the cpurity to pay for all expenditures1 iip to that point Commissioners met Wednesday to review those plans with various parties involved in the project including the city Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager said the area has already seen problems with vandalism and nar cotics City officials believe lights are necessary for safety as well as for a crime prevention Ferguson said Turn to Bridge Page 3A On the fast track HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL City Council member Cathy Talcott discusses Thursday the possibil ity of a future Amtrak stop In New Braunfels with two AmtraK agents Griff Hubbard and Jesse Padilla The first challenge at hand Is to convince the federal government to preserve the Texas Eagle from Chicago to San Antonio This decision will be made on May 11 Veterans to have van for medical checkups By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commissioners authorized the veterans service offi cer to begin looking into grant options to purchase a van to transport the coun tys roughly veterans to med ical appointments When veterans appeared before the commissioners earlier this year requesting a van the court requested additional numbers to show the num ber of people this would benefit On Thursday veteran services officer Gus Culwell presented those numbers to the court In fiscal year 1995 Audie Murphy Hospital in San Antonio served 525 local veterans for a total of appointments The Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in San Antonio served 148 veterans during 404 appointments while 126 veterans went to Kerrville for medical attention The way they get around now is they use their own privately owned vehicle or they get a friend to take Culwell said Ray Robinson chair of the Comal County Veterans Van Committee said many of these veterans are left looking for a way to make their appointments Theres a lot of them that are get ting up in age and cant drive any more and their family members cant take Robinson said Ingram readies for new hearing By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Its deja vu for a New Braunfels company hoping to get a permit from the Texas Natural Resource Conser vation Commission to build a con crete batch plant in Bulverde A TNRCC spokesman confirmed on Thursday that a preliminary public hearing will be held and administered by the State Office of Administrative Hearings concerning Ingram Readymixs attempt to get a permit to build the concrete batch plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863 in Bulverde A preliminary hearing is a hearing which will determine who the parties in the process will be On his own motion the TNRCC executive director Dan Pearson has sent it permit case to the State Office of Administrative Hearings which means there will be a TNR CC spokesman Patrick Shaughnessy said Shaughnessy said the TNRCC staff had been looking over a number of letters from Bulverde residents con cerned about the impact of the plant on their community Ingram Rcadymix applied for a standard exemption in the spring of 1995 for the concrete batch plant which would be built on a acre site A standard exemption requires less stringent standards than filing for a permit After Bulverde residents opposed to the plant signed a petition and sent it to the TNRCC asking for a public hearing a series of hearings were held last fall in which the public and Ingram both participated The hearings were presided over by an administrative law judge from the Shite Office of Administrative Hear ings Residents who oppose the plant say it will cause traffic water and envi ronmental problems once it is put into operation In February the issue was brought before TNRCC commissioners who voted 21 to reject Ingrains applica tion for a standard exemption The commissioners who voted against Ingrains application cited computer airmodeling evidence collected by plant foes that showed emissions from the plant would go over to neighboring property This would have been a clear violation of the standard exemption Ingrain then tried for an appeal before the commission but was voted down In April Ingram filed a lawsuit against the TNRCC in a Travis Coun ty state district court Shaughnessy said after the prelim inary hearing is completed the case will go to an evidentiary hearing The date and time of the preliminary hearing has not been determined as of yet Holiday panic beginning to take hold See Opinion Page 4A
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