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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Donattom so tar To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 Canyon shuts down Dripping Springs See Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald 16 pages in two sections Friday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of Borfo Dtotcrt Jr Vol 144 No 284 Inside Market Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Andrea Carrizales Bodo Dietert Foster Lucy Castilleja Vernon Effenberger Stephen Holbrook 40 Dorothy Goebel Lindel Bittick Roger Weaver James Boyd Lyndell Bankston David Crockett Tara Smith 7 years Elizabeth Pfeuffer Alisha Williams Natalie Duval 16 years Dale McFarlane Bernadine Wilson Nancy BennettConkling Satur Jay Bueche James Moos 16 years Danna Korbell Happy anniversary wishes go to Alvin and Johnnie Bertram Susan and Robert Hunt 10 years and Martha and Art Dreinhofer 7 years on Saturday have a birthday or anniversary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold485 Mountain Cedar Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Thursday CanyorrDam discharge 189 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and no well water was used Cheer Fund donations sought by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families on Dec 21 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County Timothy J Cronin and Susan Tate Mary and Fred Curry Todays total New total Jingle Bell Run set for Saturday More than 450 runners and walkers are expected to partici pate in the Red McCombs Fam ily Outreach 5K Run Walk Kids Ks and Auction which start at 9 Saturday in Landa Park in New Braunfels Registered participants are invited to enjoy a gourmet break fast cold beer and a silent auc tion Early registration costs while registration Saturday morn ing costs The cost for the Kids K is with a shirt or without one The packet pickup is at Com prehensive Fitness through Fri day Bring a canned good or toy to help give someone a Christ mas Residents along the race course which starts in the park and runs along portions of Elizabeth Dallas Mulberry Klingemann Edgewater Union end Torrey streets are asked to move their vehicles off the streets For more information call Susan Phillips at 6095030 Socials set for public look at potential school chiefs By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer If you want to meet the two candidates for the New Braunfels Independent School District inter im superintendent position you are invited to informal socials on Saturday and Tuesday The successful candidate will temporarily replace Superintendent Charles Bradberry who is leaving to become the superintendent Jan 1 at Keller Independent School District in the Fort Worth area He tendered his resignation on Tues day and the Board of Trustees accepted it The board met in executive session Monday night and interviewed Gonzalo Garza and Thomas Moseley for the position of interim superintendent The board will meet with Thomas Moseley on Saturday and Gonzalo Garza on Tuesday and the public will have opportunities at those meetings During the executive session at Tuesdays regu lar action meeting the board continued discus sions about the two candidates and board Presi dent Jaime Padilla said the board narrowed it down but refused to release the name After talking with an attorney with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas Padilla released that name saying the board was leaning toward Garza and had asked him to return for a second interview on Saturday But Garza is unable to attend Saturdays meet ing because of a prior engagement Now the board is meeting with both candi dates Bradberry said Moseley will attend Saturdays meeting to farther discuss the position during an executive session The meeting will then recess for a very infor mal social so the public can meet with the can didate Bradberry said If someone happens to be there and wants to talk to them while having cookies and coffee they Bradberry said Bradberry said Garza would attend a meeting set for Tuesday that will follow the same pat tern Saturdays meeting is scheduled for at the Education Center board room 430 W Mill St Tuesdays meeting is set for 6 at the Education Center board room The board also will consider a bid for Phase II of the New Braunfels Middle School roofing project discuss and possibly approve the boards goals and receive a report on the middle school renovations 1k frpf HeraWZeltuna photo by MICHAELDARNALL Joshua run ttirouyh a IteM of at Santas Forest looking for that centerpkce I resh start ID DEKUNDER ago bylgroWing her first trees She began 1 selling ttees five years ago on the 35acre II M i Tarnit K locking Christmas tbe Mercer said imported precut Christinas ffesnwes s fatctor a local tree trees art they have been kept in grower shade and watered continuously t Dorothy Mercer ownef of Santas Forest Then there is another way to get that Christmas tree farm on Hunter Road said if tnx ur impbrfant for it to have water every day will stay healthy Mercer said wiltfcpme output most will When you get home you saw off one r Said The twiCS should not mnre inch of the trunk and nut in water yy juu jgct ivHvuivj jrviu OWTT vit vtiv said should not more inch of the trunk and put in water and th branch shppd be soft and pji she said fA rresli tree is t HeraWzeituni t Santa years Turn to Trees Page 2A forest cuta a tri HeraWZeitung photo byMICHAELDABNALU owner of Santas cuts a tree for making wreaths Opposition rises against Honey Creek trails By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK A proposed plan by state park officials to open the Honey Creek State Natural Area to horseback riding and mountain biking is being met with opposition from a group concerned about the environmental impact Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are considering a pro posal to open the Honey Creek State Natural Area which is consid ered an environmentally sensitive area to more public access Honey Creek State Natural Area encompasses acres The land was bought from the Nature Conservancy in 1985 The Nature Con servancy still has a management agreement with the parks and wildlife department for the land The state natural area is adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park and public access is allowed only through guided tours and interpretive activities Henry F Wagner president of Friends of Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area said he opposed opening the area to horseback riding and mountain biking Turn to Trails Page 2A Commissioners mull shortterm solution for transporting vets By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Carnal County commissioners on Thursday began looking for a short term solution to transporting veterans to medical appointments in San Antonio The county commissioners agreed last month to con sider the possibility of seeking grant money available to transport the countys more than veterans to and from medical appointments in San Antonio and Ker rville However on Thursday commissioners heard what might be a shortterm solution until the financing is Turn to Veterans Page 2A Final fever by MICHAEL DARNAU State Unjvertjty an4 Karon 1 Pane Committee finishes ethics code proposal By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The citys Ethics Committee put the finishing touches on a proposed code of ethics for all city officials at a second workshop with the City Council Thursday The proposal prohibits gifts that might reasonably tend to influence an official but stopped short of setting a monetary limit The proposal indicates that the value and nature of the gift are components to determine whether the gift should be prohibited It also suggests that a gift may be donated to a charita ble organization or be presented to the City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said she did not rec ommend a monetary limit because gifts would affect people differently according to the situation including the per sons economic background The proposal also includes wording that would keep council members from vofing on funding requests from nonprofit boards that they serve on The 11 page proposal is the result of meetings since June by the ethics committee and sets a code of ethics for city officials including boards commissions and city council members The proposal is expected to be on the councils agenda for its Jan 13 meeting and requires approval by council on three readings Council members and committee members focused most of the workshop on a proposed ethics commission that would serve as an independent body to review alleged vio lations of the proposed ethics code The commission would review written complaints that people would submit to the city attorney The commission would then have the option of dismiss ing the complaint or recommending sanctions including a private or public reprimand suspensions and removal from office The recommendations would require approval by the council If the allegation is against a council member the com missions finding would be final and could include a repri mand and a recommendation for a recall Committee members decided that the only time a finding would be sent to local media for announcement is when a let ter for recall is issued Committee members expressed concern that the confi Turn to Ethics Page 2A City conduct draft exempts NBU workers Panel to wait for attorney generals opinion By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Members of the citys ethics committee opted Thursday to remove wording that would have included New Braun fels Utilities employees in its draft of ethics standards until after an Attorney General opinion is rendered Two NBU trustees president Guadalupe Castillo and vice president Gene Mornhinweg attended Thursdays ethics workshop and made the request The proposed code now would only affect NBU trustees and general manager who then would deal with ethics com plaints within the utility committee members said Workshop participants agreed to remove the wording in light of an AG opinion that the city attorney and NBU attorney are seeking to clarify the relationship between the NBU and the city Recent disputes over water rights transfer of profits and property ownership have prompted City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom to ask NBU attorney John Dierksen to seek the opinion Cullom said the request letter should be ready by the end of the year Turn to NBU Page 2A Harvest from the Heart organizers offer their thanks See Opinion Page 44
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