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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY NB Her f New Braunfels Y in extra Minings Pago 5 50 CENTS TO pages in one section Tuesday July 22 1997 Serving Comal County ana si reas for more than 145 years Home 01 R PASO TX 79905 waratny Roamlsch Vol 145 No 179 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jacob Haas 5 Fred die Leos Jordan Alexis Clewis and Lori Ann Silva 16 Happy Anniversary wishes go to Nelson and Dorothy Roemisch 47 years and Darrell and JoAn Jentsch 1 year belat To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 320 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 916 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water The weather remains the same This is not a recording Today will be partly cloudy with an afternoon high in the mid 90s Tonights low will be in the mid70s and there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through the night Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid 90s and a low in the mid 70s There is a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms We repeat this is not a record ing Beat the heat by taking precautions Summer heat can be dan gerous for small children and pets Make sure younger chil dren have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat make sure they are well protected When leaving your house for a while make sure pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cool under Never leave pets in a car without proper ventilation Forum will feature NBISD candidates A voter forum will be con ducted at 7 today in the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Cen ter Board Room 430 West Mill St All candidates for NBISD Board of Trustee seats have been invited to attend Candi dates will speak briefly and will be answer questions The forum is sponsored by the local chapters of the Texas State Teachers Association and Association of Texas Pro fessional Educators Road closures Rebecca Creek Road and the Gruene River Bridge remain closed because of high flows of the Guadalupe River All lanes of Interstate 35 toward San Antonio should be open to traffic However sever al exits will remain closed The only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farmto Market Road 2252 in west Schertz Rainy days and Mondays HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Sam Vargas and Kristin Garza splash puddle water on Joseph Garza Monday afternoon The puddles were made by heavy rains that showered the city for about 30 minutes and left with the sun shining Fatal crash i leads to calls for turn lane City eyes brakes for some skaters By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Regulate roller skating It could hap pen Area youngsters who like their recre ation on wheels are becoming enough of a nuisance to some that the New Braun fels Police Department is considering cracking down on activities such as in line skating skateboarding roller skating and bicycling Sgt John McEachern said he was reviewing city ordinances dealing with scooters roller skating bicycling and in line skating There is an ordinance in effect regu lating some of these modes of trans portation but it needs McEachem said The current ordinance Section 126 97 says people who use coasters skate boards rollerskates toy vehicles and similar devices may not use them on any city public street or roadway any public sidewalk where buildings are 10 feet or less from the edge of the sidewalk or any private sidewalk used by the pub lic where the buildings are 10 feet or less from that sidewalk McEachem said the police department Whats Up Naw Braunfels police are reviewing the citys ordinance dealing with scooters roller skat ing bicycling and inline skating Sgt John McEachem said the police department has received complaints about inline skating taking place in parking lots Downtown business owners had differing views about whether inline skating was a problem j has been receiving complaints from res idents and businesses about inline skat ing in parking lots He said the current ordinance did not give police officers enough power to enforce the ordinance on parking lots and sidewalks Basically it doesnt give us the tools to effectively control this burgeoning McEachern said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Mur phy said her office had not officially looked into changing the ordinance but had provided background information to McEachern McEachern said he did not have a time tabfefor finishing his study or making a recommendation to the city about an ordi nance A survey of downtown businesses got mixed reactions about whether inline skating or skateboarding were problems It is no said Susie Russell of Blue Skies which is located on the plaza 1 see adults Rollerblading here I love Besides Russell said inline skating and other recreational activities give the kids something to do and keep them out of trouble Up San Antonio Street Tobacco Haus employee Johnnie Rodriguez agreed We personally dont see a problem with Rodriguez said It doesnt do anything to us Where else could the kids go They live near here San Antonio Sally A Shellaby owner of Shella bys Smart Apparel for Men said she is not against roller sports but they need to be done somewhere other than down town It is a nuisance because they will go Turn to Skaters Page 2 Comal residents also ask for speed limit to be lowered By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH The Honey Creek Grocery was a place of grief and anger Monday after noon The store is across Texas 46 from the site of an accident that killed one teenager and seriously injured another late Saturday A group of residents gathered to ask why the Texas Department of Transportation had not built a turn lane on the highway Sylvia Lopezs sister Cynthia was killed near the intersection of Texas 46 West and Oak Cliff Drive nearly a year ago in a cm accident Lopez said TxDOT should construct the turning lane before any more accidents hap pen How many deaths do there have to be Lopez said How many people need to be buried before anything is The accident Saturday night claimed the life of Kenneth James McMullen 16 of Bulverde and seriously injured Steven Rendon 15 of Bulverde Rendon was riding with McMullen in a 1992 Pontiac when the accident occurred at about 7 10 miles west of Texas 46 and 281 Monday evening Rendon was listed in stable condition at Uni versity Hospital in San Antonio Andrew Rendon 7 of San Anto nio who was riding with the older Rendon and McMullen was treat ed and released from University Hospital on Sunday A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said Vic Mullen was eastbound on Texas 46 when the car stopped on the shoulder of the road and apparently tried to make a Uturn McMullens Pontiac was struck by a 1986 Ford driven by David Coggeshall 31 of San Antonio also headed east the DPS spokes woman McMulien was declared dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart The troopers report said none of the people involved in the acci lt 5s not to say a left turn lane is not a priority We do have a left turn lane planned for September or sooner if we can get to Greg Malatek TxDOT interim area engineer dent were wearing safety belts Lopez said she talked to TxDOT officials from the San Antonio district office who she said promised a turn lane as far back as a year ago They need to get on the ball and do what they promised to she said Lopez who was with Family members at the Honey Creek Gro cery Monday said she also circu lated petitions to luwer the speed limit Chris Zaiontz 1S a friend and schoolmate of McMuliens at Smithson Valley High School said he agreed that a turn lane was need ed If it saves one life its worth Zaiontz said Zaiontzs mother Chere said the speed limit should be lowered from the present speed of 70 miles per hour We shouldnt be losing 16 she said They need to put a turn lane here If the speed limit were lowered then he Coggeshall may have had a chance to Greg Malatek interim area engi neer with the New Braunfels TxDOT office said the department planned to add a turn lane within the next two months We had plans to put a left turn lane but due to the Hoods our crews are currently tied up with repair Malatek said It is not to say a left turn lane is not a priority We do have a left turn lane planned for September or sooner if we can get to Malatek said TxDOT also was looking at requests to lower the speed limit Turn to Fatal Page 2 Comal asks jail board for expansion OK mulls budget Jail administrator seeks additional personnel By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer While awaiting word from the state about expanding the county jail sheriffs office offi cials met Monday with county commissioners to hash out a jail budget for 1998 Chief Jail Administrator Jim Middleton said that last week he sent a 40page document to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to respond to questions about the need for expansion He said endorsement by the jail commission was preliminary to any discussion with the com missioners regarding funding of an expansion Middleton added he expected a response from the jail commission in two to four weeks In the budget discussions Middleton request ed two new jail employees One would be a transport officer whose job would be to transport prisoners and juvenile offenders from the jail to the courthouse and other detention facilities in the area Middleton said sheriffs office employ ees performed the tasks now and that time spent transporting prisoners took away from the jobs the employees were hired to perform A second new employee would be a new jail er Middleton said a new jailer would be need ed to meet state mandated prisonertojailer ratios Middleton said more prisoners in the jail meant more money spent to feed them He pro jected a shortfall in funds to feed inmates in 1997 and increased his budget request for 1998 to cover the extra cost He said he might have to ask the commissioners in October to transfer money to cover the 1997 shortfall On the plus side Middleton said he was able to reduce his budget request for overtime pay by for 1998 He said he expected the jail to come in more than below its allotment of for this year He attributed the drop in expenses to all fulltime positions at the jail being filled and not having to rely on employees working overtime to till the gaps Vandals deface school board candidates signs By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Vandals have defaced and taken signs that promote a candidate in the race for a seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Frank Panebianco said numerous campaign signs had been taken from their locations around town and one property owner even saw a youngster tunning away with one He said one located in a prominent location on Fredericksburg Itaad was spray paint ed with expletives Thats pretty he said I really dont have any idea who would do this or Panebianco said the sign with the expletives does not promote healing between the two sides in the district He said he does not promote any type of destruction of property and would hope others would not either It really shows the ignorance of some people and the he said I thought I would leave it up for a day and let people see what the opposition is Friends recall Startz as landmark of county By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The profanities painted on this sign on Fredertcksburg Road have been blurred out of this pho tograph NBISD assistant superintendent of finance Lonnie Curtis said he has not received any formal complaint regard ing the destruction of signs Howev er he said he had heard of one or two cases in regard to one candidate hardwork ing and generous were among the many adjectives of praise directed toward Lorine A Startz longtime Comal Coun ty resident and wellknown owner of the Startz Cafe who passed away last Wednesday County Commissioner Jack Dawson said Stertz was one of the first people he met when he moved to the county in 1976 He said it was not unusual for her to work 12 or 14 hours a day at the cafe She was one of the hardest working people I ever Dawson said Dawson said he asked her one day if she was ever going to slow her busy schedule She said Im not tired of cooking yet Ive still got people to Daw son said She a landmark for our Candice Peyton past president of the Startzville Evening Lions Club said she remembered Startzs energy and desire to Turn to Startz Page 2 School registration information county budget hearing schedule Page 3
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