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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Rangers want fo add to their gridiron To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 age 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels 18 pages in two sections Friday November M Serving Cofnal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of MARILYN ZENQLER Vol 144 No 269 Inside Slnmmtist h Birthday wishes from the HersMZettuhg The New Bmunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sandy Wilson Vicki Deptawa Kody Smith Alyse Parchman 8 years Darlene Batey Satur Carol Carlson Chase Cannon 2 years old Satur Davis Higginbotham 42 years Mary Woodchek Mau ri Ryan Elbe 16 years Mary Heaton Elroy Krackau 74 years Taylor Rogers 9 years old on Noah Johnny Gomez Adela Rojo Linda Neugebauer 80 years Irene Scholz Benilda Jordan Hilda Hernandez Satur Margaret Herbrich Rodger Carson Ryan Viilarreal 20 years old and Armando Diaz 35 years old Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Betty and David Kopp 2 Nell and Gene Davis 48 years on Saturday and Lisa and Kevin Acker To hone a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MoW Mountain Elm Ragweed trace PoHeh measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Qomal cubic feet per sec dnd same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well qainyoK lie Canyon Lake level feet abovesea level Below conservation Ntw Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Friday and no well water was used Sts Peter and Paul reschedules bingo Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School has rescheduled tonights turkey bingo for 7 Saturday night Participants get a chance at winning a turkey and other prizes The blackout prize is a 19inch color televi sion Veterans for Christ collecting clothing The Veterans for Christ Min istry is collecting donations of blankets adult coats jackets sweaters and gloves mens and womens for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach Call 6256375 for details Lakeside Baptist to serve holiday meal Lakeside Baptist Church is serving a Thanksgiving meal today in the churchs fellowship hall at 2525 FM 725 in New Braunfels There will be a play and performance by the Rising Star Church Choir beginning at For more information call 6081451 Weihnachtsmarkt open to shoppers More than 50 vendors will have their goods on display at the Weihnachtsmarkt or Christ mas market through Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets are Proceeds bene fit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives For more infor mation call 6291572 Eagles Fish Fry to benefit cancer center The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will sponsor a fish fry from 6 to 8 on Saturday at Eagles Hall 257 E South St County hopes to regulate where the wild things are By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer If your neighbors pet poodle irritates you imagine living next door to someone whos rais ing hybrid wolves peacocks or poisonous snakes For some residents in the county this is a real ity V But the Comal County Commissioners Court will look at a resolution next week asking for the power to control these activities David Young an environmental enforcement officer with the county told county commis sioners Thursday that he has found people in the county raising large numbers of cats cockateels dogs hybrid wolves and peacocks These animals can create both noise health Comal County environ mental enforcement offi cer said ho has found peo ple in tho county raising largo numbers of cats cockateels dogs hybrid wolvos and peacocks and safety pfoblems In most instances these animals can be found in the middle of subdivisions Youngs latest discovery was a resident in a subdivision off 281 who plans to raise Eng lish adders an extremely poisonous snake with the aim of selling their venom to a research lab And theres just riot a whole lot we can do about it at County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said Rheinlander said its not a new problem But with more and more people moving into county subdivisions on halfacre lots it is becom ing more evident The urban type problems come hand in hand with the fairly dense Rheinlander said And frankly its being experienced Rheinlander told the court there is a statute that regulates shelters and could be applied to these instances The law dictates the conditions and methods for operating an animal shelter But the statute does not apply to counties with a population of less than Thats the kind of jurisdiction we really need to keep this kind of stuff out of the Rheinlander said Short of that we have to go oui and find a public health type Rheinlander said he will bring a resolution to Commissioners Court next week asking thai the population requirement be dropped If the court approves it Rheinlander will send the resolution to the Texas Association of Coun ties to get the issue placed on the legislative agen da for TAG and the Conference of Urban Coun ties He said changes to the wild animal order set a precedent for this kind of change and lie is opti mistic the county will receive the power to regu late this type activity in the county Set to make their case HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Canyon High School cheerleaders paint signs in preparation for the Cougarettes appearance in the state volleyball semifinals at tonight See story on 1B City Council to receive ethics proposal By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Bunton denies classaction suit against aquifer pumpers By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton III ruled against the Sierra Clubs claim on Thursday that the regions major pumpers of the Edwards Aquifer including New Braunfels Util ities be placed in one class of defen dants Bunions ruling indicated that group ing the wells together could not be done because each wells impact on Comal and San Marcos springs can not be measured Most of the 16 lawyers for the major pumpers raised that issue during two days of hearings in midOctober in Austin Defendants argued that a well in Medina County has a different effect on springflow than a well closer to the spnngs While Bunton denied the Sierra Clubs motion for a classaction suit he did allow the environmental group to appeal his motion and recognized that aquifer pumpers do impact the springs The question he found substantial ground for difference of opinion on was how much each individual pumper Turn to Bunton Page 2A The citys ethics committee has completed its proposed code of con duct for all city employees and officials in an effort to maintain public trust in city government operations The proposal is the result of a seven member group that began work in June to produce standards for all city offi cials including City Council mem bers boards commission and employ ees City Council is having a workshop at 2 at the municipal building at 424 S Castell Ave to review the ethics proposal and is expected to consider it at the following regular meeting on Dec 9 City offi cials said the proposed rules if approved by the City Council also would govern New Braunfels Utili ties No specific ordinance exists that sets out an ethics policy like the pro posed rules The proposal would require three readings to be adopted and then an additional 120 days before it would take effect Each council member nominated a member to represent his district on the ethics committee and the mayor selected an atlarge member I think it is going to be a good tool from City Council on said committee Chairwoman Loraine Kraft a homemaker and former District 2 councilwoman from 1988 to 1994 Until now it has left city officials very much in limbo with situations that come up It puts some teeth in some places where there was Kraft and city officials said the pro posal is a starting point and is open to more discussion To oversee ethics complaints com mittee members propose a seven member ethics commission that would make recommendations to the council Ethics proposal Some highlights of the 11 page proposal For more infor mation or to obtain a copy call 6082100 Ethics Commission Creates a sevenmember ethics commission appointed by the council that would help investigate complaints by hold ing hearings and making rec ommendations and reports to cpypcil If a violation is found the com mission may recommend a repri mand temporary suspension removal from office or other sanc tions for council consideration Conflicts of Interest Prohibits accepting improper gifts that might reasonably tend to influence city officials Prohibits releasing confidential information that could result in per sonal gain for a particular official or that would hurt the city Prohibits officials from using city properly for any use other than city business Prohibits former employees from appearing before council boards and commissions for one year in matters relating to their for mer employment The commission would have the power to recommend a reprimand temporary suspension removal from office or other sanctions if a com plaint were found to be valid Council would then have the discretion to determine what action to take relat ing to the violation Don Ferguson who assisted the Turn to Ethics Page 2A Shop til you drop HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Cora Jane Welsh examines holiday ornaments Thursday night at Weihnachtsmarkt at the New Braunfels Civic Center The market will be open through Sunday Parents seek help to correct intersection By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Parents at another local school are trying to get help from the district and the state in making the entrance to a high school campus safer for the students Parent Calvin Kempin asked the Comal Independent School District board of trustees for their help Thursday night in trying to alleviate problems at the entrance to Smithson Valley High School on Highway 46 That intersection is getting more and more Kempin told the board For the parents mid the residents that live out there its becoming a real critical Kempin said the 14 percent population growth in the area this year the 55 percent increase in student enrollment to and the increased speed limit in the area have only heightened the danger He said the intersection which is between the crest of two hills and around a curve is a common sight for accidents David Kopp area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation said he has looked at the intersection every year for a couple of years and he plans to look at the inter section again this year However the intersection current ly does not meet any of the requirements for a traffic signal Theres nothing we can do at that intersection at this Kopp said It just doesnt meet any of the require ments for a Kopp said TxDOT has recommended the students enter and leave the campus using a driveway on Smithson Valley road which is currently used for buses Kempin said parents have written letters tmd sent petitions to Gov George Bush saying a traffic light is needed but have not gotten a response He told the board any help they could give the parents and students would be greatly appreciated We can make the education process for these kids the best there if we cant get them into the school to do this or if we have to worry about getting them out of there after a good day at school then it seems like were still miss ing some piece of the entire puzzle Kempin said Smithson Valley student Monica Pilkinton a student representative on the board said the student body recognizes the dangers of the intersection and the student advisory pan el would be willing to conduct a student poll if that would help the parents in their fight Were willing to work with you on this because were constantly getting suggestions on what we can do about the Pilkinton said Trustee Scott Watson questioned whether a lane config Turn to Intersection Page 2A WiU Congress and president follow a new course this time See Opinion Page 44
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