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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 Canyon Smithson Valley girls to start district play See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald 10 pages in one section Tuesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of John Albert Qomn Jr Birthday wishes from HmwMZeRung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes o Cassie England 11 years ack Ehman 60 years old belat John Albert Gomez Rudy Guerrero Sr Chyann leach 1 year old Stacey Lawry and Chase Cochran belat Happy anniversary wishes go to any and Jeanette Ormond 30 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259 44 Inside Pollen Count Mountain Elm Grass trace Rotten measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level dqwn 01 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 229 cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and no well water was used CtMtarFund donations sought by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to pro vide food for local needy fami lies on Nov 17 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County To donate to theCheer Fund call 6259144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery Roger and Patsy Vann Ben and Allene Friedel Ewing Moore Todays total Cookbooks on sale to fund scholarships Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholar ship Fund are now on sale for apiece at Carl Schurz Elementary School For more information call Linda Bingham at the New Braunfels Independent School District Childrens Museum to open new exhibit The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels is having a grand opening for its new exhibit Growing Up in New from 5 to 7 Thursday at the museum Reach for a Star needs toys cash Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys cash and time to help give to local chil dren We will be wrapping on Dec 21 starting at 10 and Dec 22 beginning at noon at Red McCombs Universal more information call 6299387 or 6089406 Family Outreach continue Family Outreach of Comal County pontinues to have its For Kids Sake seminars They will run twice a month for the next two months Jfyt Staff Writer Local business owners and city officials vWssed concern that the New Braunfels Airport be kept in die possession of m cify as its officials respond to a state inves i J of tfo cfty fat has created an oly for tenant fc y 1 v j i 1 iiW equipment tt utef Dba 20 to sat fety the truest by service for Braunfels photo by MICHAEL DARNALL key in attracting rnany lai e that it can be resolved because the airport is a key to our ft port after past City Councils and administrators allowed tenants to secure improper leases for the HmM nvJt EfenlwE are requiring the cnyto change the airport land an agricultural Ste New Braunfels wjth a tenant who has exclusive rights Link an to Venture twoleases return repeated phone callsthis past week to his office f i f f i t tne citv f i August the City Council wrote a set of A wjh of he airport 5d ample wording that restncts dis city yante to rempve an exolusioife criminatory leases that create monopplies on ser acre in turn have been subleased operating and maintaining the airport The five irSnberboard is appointed by the council and ftom rental of land leases 1 percent of gross sates from commercial operation ftie flowage Turn to Airport Page 2 Vol 144 No 276 Council reviews ethics proposal By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In a sometimes heated discussion the City Council conducted a threehour workshop Mon day night with the ethics committee to review a proposed code of conduct for all city employ ees boards commissions and council mem bers The 11page proposal is the result of eight meetings over the Ethics proposal The city council plans another ethics workshop on Dec 11 to discuss the ethics commission Creates a sevenmem ber ethics commission appointed by the council that would help Investigate complaints by holding hear ings and making recom mendations and reports to council city attorney would provide staff assistance to the commission that would have jurisdiction of com plaints involving the mayor council appointed mem bers of city boards and commissions city manager municipal court judge and prosecutor and city attor ney If a violation is found frcW off icei Brother sanc tions for council cbnsidera tion summer and early fall of the ethics committee which is made up of sev en appointees by the council The council must approve the proposal in three separate readings to be adopted The ordinance would require an addi tional 120 days before it would be implemented Officials reviewed sections of the proposal concerning limits for city officials on accepting gifts seeking employment municipal cam paign participation and other potential conflicts of interest Officials also spent much of the time dis cussing rules on accepting gifts but did not set a monetary limit Instead they agreed to leave the proposed wording that prohibits accepting gifts that might reasonably tend to My policy has been if in doubt Mayor Jan Kennady said If I have to give up free Wurstfest tickets for six years I will You have a little feeling You know in your heart when its better to pay for whatever youre Much of the debate also centered on whether council members should abstain from voting on funding requests from nonprofit boards that they also serve on Councilman Ray Schoch said he believed the council should be able to vote on such items since they serve on nonprofit boards as volunteers I dont think its appropriate to restrict a person if they are not compensated for Schoch said boards need good people to make them Still many of the ethics committee said they feel the position would discriminate against other agencies who also are making funding requests No specific ordinance exists within the city that addresses a code of conduct Turn to Ethics Page 2 District attorneyeieCt to resume push to consolidate county offices By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer District Attorneyelect Dib Waldrip will again make his case for consolidation of the County and District Attorneys offices Thursday morning to the Comal County Commissioners Court Waldrip along with County Attorneyelect Bill Reimer went before the commissioners in November to discuss their plans for consolidating the two offices However the discussion turned heated with talks of deals misrepresentations and political games The next day the court voted unanimously to table the approval of a resolution asking the Legislature for the authority to consolidate offices I think were past all the said County Judge Carter Casteel I think now were going to look at the cold hard facts and is it in the best interest of the Casteel said Waldrip would appear before the court at 9 Thursday as part of the workshop agenda She said Waldrip would make a presentation regard ing consolidation options addressing concerns voiced by the court including the quality of services and potential savings I really am hoping for a good exchange of informa Casteel said Hes committed to trying to make it work and I think hes going to address the consoli dation issue and the concerns we The item is just a discussion item and no action will be taken Casteel said depending on how that discussion goes the item could be placed on a later court agenda for action It just depends on what happens that Cas teel said Thousands take flu shots By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Its not too late to join the nearly Comal Coiinty residents who already have received their flu vac cine local health officials said The Center for Disease Control is predicting a bad year for the flu said registered nurse Shel McWilliarns of the Comal County Health Department and vaccines are still available I think people are hearing that and getting their flu McWilliams said I also think people caught the flu last year and dont want to get that sick again this McWilliams said although there have been no confirmed reports of the flu in the county yet this season 100 clinically diagnosed cases were report ed in San Antonio So thats just a given that if its there its here McWilliams said I think people are hearing that and getting their flu shot I also think people caught the flu last year and dont want to get that sick again this Shel McWilliams Comal County Health Department The number of cases usually peaks in late December or January McWilliams said Last year cases were reported in schoolaged children alone in December and the total cases were Turn to Flu Page 2 Regulation of the Internet spurs debate See Opinion Page 4
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