Friday, July 25, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 8A O HeraldZeltung O Friday July Parks department requests additional park land By DEMISE DZ1UK 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 Hornseth asked the court on Tuesday to earmark for a park near Solms He said he had spoken to a Realtor concerning acres of land bordered by the MissouriKansasTexas railroad tracks Rusch Lane FarmtoMarket 482 and Kiueger Canyon He said once the money has been designated talks with the owner could begin Theres no action at all at this he said There have been no Hornseth said the proposed site would be large enough to accommodate a soccer field a baseball field basketball courts and a possible track around the perimeter He said it would be strategically located in a spot that would be beneficial to residents in that area This would be a nice neighborhood park that would be within walking or biking distance for all the neighborhood kids to go 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 the proposed site was ideal and was a reasonable price considering the asking price went from to Im very much said Zamora Ive been working on it since 1993 and Im pleased its moving In presenting the budget for the road department Hornseth asked for funds for several large projects including two along the Guadalupe River Hornseth asked the county to set aside for a pedestrian crossing and guard rails at the First Crossing Bridge He said the project was a joint effort between the county the Water Oriented Recreation District and the Texas Department of Transportation He said the county had already said it would pay for up to on the project Hornseth said the project was currently in the design phase and he said he expected work to begin on the bridge in 1998 TxDOT is supposed to be working on the designs and when they have the plans ready well put it out for he said Work is also being proposed for other crossings on River Road Hornseth asked that the in this years budget be put in the 1998 budget He said the project called for putting guard rails on the bridges but he has delayed it until the plifAs from the First Crossing Bridge are complete He said those plans would include similar elements to plans for the other crossings He said projects might even be bid together I would just like to be consistent in the design of all the bridges so Im waiting to get the plans from said Hornseth 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 in funding up from year The increase is because of vpairs to its grounds and facrs the 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 iosts youth rodeo state finals SEGUIN Seguin will be the host city for the Texas Youth Rodeo Association State Finals July 29 August 2 1997 Youth from across the State of Texas ranging in age from 5 to 1 8 years of age will be participating in 22 exciting events Performances are scheduled at 7 nightly at the 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 for adults youth 710 years of age and ages 6 and under free A weekly pass may be purchased for adults and youthS 10 For additional information call the Seguin Area Chamber of Commerce 18005807322 Watermelon in the shade HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Oewayne Phillips lets his feet hang out from beneath his watermelon umbrella after a tough day of swimming last week at the springfed pool at Landa Park Threestrike nursing hojnes 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 serious 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 threestrike Under the rule the agency may terminate a nursing homes contract to provide longterm care to Medicaidfinanced patients if the home has had measures taken against it three times for widespread or serious deficiencies The nursing home association argued that the We hold the threestrike rule falls within the rulemaking power delegated in this 3rd Court of Appeals agency went beyond powers given to it by the Legislature in developing the rule according to the opinion The group said it runs afoul of a legal restriction barring the agency from adopting standards that arent in federal or state law A state district judge ruled for agency and a threejudge panel of the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin agreed Thursday We hold the threestrike rule falls within the rulemaking power delegated in this the court said In a separate case another threejudge panel of the court upheld the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardations 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 101 and 102 into lot 101R Approved the vacate and replat of lots 1 and 2 Curry Estates establishing lots 1R and 2R within Comal County Received a How Goes It report from environmental health Received a report from the omal County Extension Service i ho report included an update on various sen ifrpH through the office Received reports from officials and staff A meeting will be held with homeowners along the Lewis Creek at 7 Tuesday at the Uulverde Fire Department The topic of the meeting will be the countys proposed planto clear brush and debris from the creek bed Residents with property damage caused by the flood may be able to have their appraisals adjusted Next weeks agenda will include an item pertaining to the precinct 1 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 interlocai agreement to coordinate the two recycling programs The Head Start site 1 will be moving next month to the church across from Lone Star School Conducted a public hearing and approved the cancellation of private road for McCord Road which is a private driveway Reviewed and updated Tax PhaseIn Policy Guidelines for Comal County and updated targeted and nontarget industries list Adopted resolution 9727 adopting guidelines and criteria for tax abatements Adopted resolution 9726 approving an agreement for tax abatements with Theis Distributing and authorized the county judge to execute the agreement The company which will be located in Schertz distributes nonperishable items to HEB Adopted resolution 9732 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 9736 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 9737 to support and authorize a grant application for the household hazardous waste collection project to the Alamo Area Council of Governments grant funding for the fiscal year 1998 Approved the re appointment of 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 9733 recognizing Burrus for his hard work dedication and years of service to the Comal County Industrial Development Authority Adopted resolution 9734 authorizing the county attorney to institute a suit against Shane and Philip Moore for violation of Sec Texas Water Code Adopted resolution 9735 authorizing County Attorney to institute a suit against Richard C Beare Richard Beare Beverly Beare and Judith Beare for violation of Sec Texas Water Code Approved a memorandum of agreement between Alamo Community College District and Comal County Health Department to provide clinical experience to students and authorized the county judge to sign the agreement Authorized the Comal County Health 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 911 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 which changes performance report submission from employees anniversary date to March dept heads and May all others of each year Approved the treasurers 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 lineitem transfer for treasurers office from copier maintenance and supplies and reimbursed mileage accounts to telephone and travel and meetings accounts to fund annual subscription for Internet services and approved a request for a budget amendment Approved a budget amendment for district 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 discuss the purchase of real property The court authorized the assistant county attorney to write a letter making an offer for the purchase of property The judge declined to comment on where the property was located or what it would be used for NUTRIUTF VITAMINS Independent Distributor IraEearden 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