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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8A O Herald-Zeitung □ Friday, July 25,1997Parks By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer If Comal County Commissioners approve the budget request from the county parks department, negotiations will begin to buy the land to construct a new park in the Solms area, the parks advisory chair said. County Engineer and chairman of the Parks Advisory Committee Tom Homseth asked the court on Tuesday to earmark $60,000 for a park near Solms. He said he had spoken to a Realtor concerning 7.7 acres of land bordered by the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad tracks, Rusch Lane, Farm-to-Market 482 and Krueger Canyon. He said once the money has been designated, talks with the owner could begin. “There’s no action at all at Ais point,” he said. “There have been no negotiations.” Homseth said the proposed site would be large enough to accommodate a soccer field, a baseball field, basketball courts and a possible track around Ae perimeter. He said it would be strategically located in a spot Aat would be beneficial to residents in that area. “This would be a nice neighborhood parte that would be within walking or biking distance for all Ae neighborhood kids to go to,” he said. Commissioner Cristina Zamora said she was glad the purchase of park land was included in the budget request because her constituents had waited a long time for a park. She said Ae proposed site was ideal, and was a reasonable price, considering the asking price went from $100,000 to $59,000. “I’m very much pleased,” said Zamora. “I’ve been working on it since 1993, and I’m pleased it’s moving forward.” In presenting the budget for the road department, Homseth asked for funds for several large projects, including two along Ae Guadalupe River. HomseA asked Ae county to set aside $143,000 for a pedestrian crossing and guard rails at Ae First Crossing Bridge. He said the project was a joint effort between the county, the Water Oriented Recreation District and Ae Texas Department of Transportation. He said the county had already said it would pay for up to $143,000 on the project. HomseA said Ae project was currently in Ae design phase, and he said he expected work to begin on Ae bridge in 1998. “TxDOT is supposed to be working on the designs, and when they have Ae plans ready we’ll put it out for bids,” he said. Work is also being proposed for other crossings on River Road. HomseA asked Aat Ae $45,000 in Ais year’s budget be put in the 1998 budget. He said Ae project called for putting guard rails on the bridges, but he has delayed it until the pldfis from the First Crossing Bridge are complete. He said Aose plans would include similar elements to plans for the other crossings. He sa*d tL* projects might even be bid togeAer. “I would just like to be consistent in Ae design of all Ae bridges, so I’m waiting to get Ae plans from TxDOT,” said HomseA. County commissioners will continue to hear budget requests this week, with the last workshop on Thursday. The final budget will be approved at the end of August, and a tax rate will be set in early September. On Wednesday, the court heard budget ' requests for contract services, including Mental Health and Mental Retardation. MHMR asked the court for $20,500 in funding, up from $10,200 la«t year. The increase is because ^ i vpaire to its grounds and fee1’ cs Ae agency is asking the court to help fund. County Judge Carter Casteel said that like all budget requests, the court would have to take a good look at the MHMR request.Watermelon in the shade Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall Dewayne Phillips tots his feet hang out from beneath his watermelon umbrella after a tough day of swimming last week at the spring-fed pool at Lands Park. IS Tom'out* Dem It Sunday, July 27,5:00 - 9:00 pun.LARRY JOE TAYLOR Advance Ticket Information: Uh Ely...................Jaly    IS* For information call 629-5077Segiv" Iiosts youth rodeo state finals SEGUIN — Seguin will be the host city for Ae Texas YouA Rodeo Association State Finals, July 29-August 2, 1997. YouA from across the State of Texas ranging in age from 5 to 18 years of age will be participating in 22 exciting events. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. nightly at Ae Guadalupe County Fairgrounds covered arena in Seguin. Jason Timmerman of Canyon Lake will be participating in the State Finals. Qualifying rodeos are held from March through July in various cities throughout South Central Texas where contestants accumulate points to participate in the final competition. Some 350 contestants will be competing for over 50 trophy saddles and some 130 trophy buckles. Admission is $5 for adults, youth $3 (7-10 years of age) and ages 6 and under free. A weekly pass may be purchased for $20 adults and youth $10. For additional information call the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce, 1-800-580-7322. McKenna offers safe sitter course Aug. 12,14 McKenna Memorial Hospital is offering one final Safe Sitter course on Aug. 12 and 14. This two-day course educates and trains area babysitters ages 11 to 13. The Safe Sitter program is a medically accurate instructional series that teaches youngsters how to handle emergencies when caring for younger children. The program fee is $40. To register your son, daughter or babysitter, call 606-2170. The goal of Safe Sitter is to reduce the number of accidental and preventable deaths among children being cared for by babysitters. Thousands of young adolescents across Ae country have been trained by Safe Sitter to handle lifethreatening emergencies. All medical information is taught by a certified professional. During the course, students get hands-on practice in basic life-saving techniques so they are prepared to act in a crisis. Safe Sitter participants also receive helpful tips to make them more confident care givers. They learn safety and security precautions, such as what to do if a stranger comes to the door and when and how to call for help. They receive information on child development and age-appropriate activities, and they learn about the business aspects of babysitting. To successfully complete Ae Safe Sitter program, Ae youngsters have to pass a rigorous practical and written test to show Aat Aey have mastered the key concepts and have the skills necessary to handle an (nrwwmrv Three-strike rule OK’d for nursing holies AUSTIN (AP) — The state is within its rights to cancel Medicaid contracts with nursing homes if the facilities are cited three times in two years for senous problems, an appeals court has ruled. The Texas Health Care Association, which represents nursing homes, filed the lawsuit challenging the Texas Department of Human Services’ “three-strike rule.” Under the rule, the agency may terminate a nursing home's contract to provide long-term care to Medicaid-fmanced patients if Ae home has had measures taken against it three times for vs idespread or serious deficiencies. I he nursing home association argued that the •We hold the three-strike rule falls within the rulemaking power delegated in this statute.’ — 3rd Court of Appeals agency went beyond powers given to it by the Legislature in developing Ae rule, according to the opinion. The group said it runs afoul of a legal restriction barring the agency from adopting standards that aren’t in federal or state law. A state district judge ruled for a’gericy, and a three-judge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin agreed Thursday. “We hold the three-strike rule falls wiAin Ae rulemaking power delegated in this statute,” the court said. In a separate case, another three-judge panel of Ae court upheld Ae Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation’s right to use a similar rule. That lawsuit was brought against the agency by Texas Home Management, doing business as Appleby Home, a facility certified to provide services to people who are mentally retarded. Comal County Commissioners Comal County Commissioners Court took the following action at a meeting Thursday: ■ Approved amendment to plat, Oakland Estates, Unit two, combining lots IGI and 102 into lot IGIR. ■ Approved Ae vacate and replat of lots I and 2, Curry Estates, establishing lots IR and 2R. within Comal County. ■ Received a "How Goes It” report from environmental healA. ■ Received a report from the omal County Extension Service. t he report included an update on v arious ser\ *    ,    ’brough    Ae office. ■ Received reports from ciu.. 1 officials and staff. A meeting will be held with homeowners along the Lewis Creek at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ae Bulverde Fire Department. The topic of the meeting will be the county’s proposed plan to clear brush and debris from the creek bed. Residents w ith property damage caused by Ae flood may be able to have their appraisals adjusted. Next week’s agenda will include an item pertaining to the precinct I boat ramps and an item to make a change in the position of parks director. A meeting has tentatively been scheduled for Aug. 7 for city and county officials to meet and discuss an interlocal agreement to coordinate the two recycling programs. The Head Start site I will be moving next monA to the church across from Lone Star School. ■ C onducted a public hearing and approved the cancellation of private road for McCord Road, which is a private driveway. ■ Reviewed and updated Tax Phase-In Policy Guidelines for Comal County and updated targeted and non-target industries list. ■ Adopted resolution 97-27, adopting guidelines and criteria for tax abatements. ■ Adopted resolution 97-26 approving an agreement for tax abatements with Theis Distributing Co., Inc., and auAonzed the county judge to execute Ae agreement. The company, which will be located in Schertz, distributes non-perishable items to H-E-B. ■ Adopted resolution 97-32 to support and authorized a grant application to the Alamo Area Council of Governments Source Reduction and Recycling grant funding for fiscal year 1998 for proposed enhancement of the Comal County Rural Recycling Program. ■ Adopted resolution 97-36 to support and authorize a grant application to the Alamo Area Council of Governments Municipal Solid Waste grant funding for fiscal year 1998 for the Comal County Environmental Enforcement office. ■ Adopted resolution 97-37 to support and authorize a grant application for the city/county household hazardous waste collection project to the Alamo Area Council of Governments grant funding for the fiscal year 1998. ■ Approved Ae re appointment of S.D. David and Elliott Knox and the appointments of John Dierksen and Ramon Chapa, Sr. for four year terms to the Comal County Industrial Development Authority. ■ Approved resolution 97-33 recognizing S.T. Burrus for his hard work, dedication and years of service to the Comal County Industrial Development Authority. ■ Adopted resolution 97-34 authorizing the county attorney to institute a suit against Shaiie and Philip Moore for violation of Sec. 26.121, Texas Water Code. ■ Adopted resolution 97-35 authorizing County Attorney to institute a suit against Richard C. Beare, Richard Beare, Beverly Beare and JudiA Beare for violation of Sec. 26.121, Texas Water Code. ■ Approved a memorandum of agreement between Alamo Community College District and Comal County HealA Department to provide clinical experience to students and authorized the county judge to sign the agreement. ■ AuAorized the Comal County HealA Department to waive fees for routine services for all dependents of Comal County Employees, except fees for adult Hepatitis B Vaccine and adult Hepatitis A Vaccine. ■ Discussed and approved Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network District proposed Fiscal Year 1998 budget. The budget calls for Comal County residents to pay 22 cents a month, up from 18 cents. ■ Approved revision to personnel manual, performance evaluations (para. 2.14), which changes performance report submission from employee’s anniversary date to March (dept, heads) and May (all oAers) of each year. ■ Approved the treasurer’s report for June 1997. ■ Approved a line item transfer for Environmental Health office from capital outlay account to non capital outlay equipment account for purchase of computer software upgrades and approved request for budget amendment. ■ Approved line-item transfer for treasurer’s office from copier maintenance and supplies and reimbursed mileage accounts to telephone and travel and meetings accounts to hind annual subscription for Internet serv ices and approved a request for a budget amendment. ■ Approved a budget amendment for Astrict court from district court miscellaneous costs and transfers out accounts to district court capital equipment and transfers in account to fund a lap top computer. ■ Met in executive session to A sc uss the purchase of real property. 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