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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas f l NEW HERALDZEITlJlNo Vol 148 No 33 12 pages in 1 section January 5 1999 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Freeman tries judges robes for size ROBIN Judge Brenda Freeman right goes over paperwork with Yolanda DAntuono court coordinator for Comal County courtatlaw Monday afternoon at the courthouse BY BILL OCONNBLL Staff Writer Peers often admire those who climb the ladder of success When that success copies rel atively early in life all the more so Brenda Freeman has experi enced both Formerly an attor ney with a practice on South Seguin Avenue the 34yearold New Braunfels native was sworn in last week as Comal County CourtatLaw judge Youth and ambition served Freeman well last year as she campaigned against Nathan B Rheinlander before the April runoff election She received nearly 57 percent of the vote then ran unopposed in the November general election Freeman said the campaign was hard work but preparing for the job she officially started Fri day was even mote grueling The judgeelect had eight months to close her private practice and get ready for her new job but the transition required balance It turned out to be kind of a tricky situation to handle because I had to make sure I had enough work to eat between April and the end of the year without taking on things that would last past Freeman said Marketplace donates to flood relief BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Several retail stores at New Braunfels Marketplace proved cus tomer service means more than just clearance sales and bargain prices New Braunfels Marketplace 651 donated to the American Red Cross in New Braunfels after the devastation of the Oct 1718 flood Melissa Krause property manager and regional marketing director for the Marketplace said the idea for the donation evolved as management at the shopping center became increasingly concerned about the welfare of employees and local residents We had 14 employees who lost their homes or had severe flooding in their homes so we wanted to do something for Krause said Krause said shopping center employ ees set up an empty suite in the com plex to serve as a dropoff site for clothing and food donations Marketplace employees got to go through the merchandise first and pick out the things they were really in need of but the bulk of the donations which filled up an entire suitcase went to the Salvation Army and Community Service she said The Marketplace corporate office decided to take the flood relief efforts one step further by contributing a matching donation to the American Red Cross New Braunfels Marketplace is owned by Rothchild Realty and man aged by Charter Oaks Partners The idea was that the would be earmarked for flood victims and we would encourage retail stores in the Marketplace to match our donation with one of their Krause said Marketplace management contacted the corporate offices for each retail store to ask for cash or merchandise Turn out the lights ROBIN New Braunfels Utilities employee Skippy Burt pulls Christmas lights from the trees at the Main Plaza Monday afternoon NBU workers and city workers will continue removing the Christmas decorations from the Main Plaza today Mrs Dole hints at presidential race WASHINGTON AP Elizabeth Dole wife of 1996 OOP presidential candidate Bob Dole announced her resignation from the American Red Cross today apparently to pursue a potential White House bid of her own Mm Dole 62 in announcing her departure hinted of her aspirations At this important time in our national life 1 believe there may be another way for me to serve our country The Red Cross has been a glorious mission field but 1 believe there may be other duties yet to ful she told employees of the orga nization Friends and allies said she didnt rations while still affiliated with the nonpartisan Red Cross I know she wants the opportuni ty to seriously consider it and you cant realty do that when running a billion nonprofit laid Jenna Dora president of the National Health Museum and a Dole friend One Dole adviser speaking on condition of anonymity said mere were plans to form a presidential exploratory committee within the next month Mrs announcement comes as another GOP hopeful appears to be getting a case of cold feet Sen John Ashcroft a conservative former governor has told at least one backer he is not likely to run INSIDE 8 Buying groceries shouldnt be a problem any longer Freeman will earn this year as judge of a court system mat aver ages criminal filings per year The county courtatlaw also handles civil and probate cases Freemans additional duties will include going to the county jail to review bail bonds and appoint attorneys for the accused Freemans ascension to the judicial level of government marked the first time a woman had been elected courtatlaw judge in Comal County She said she considered it an honor to be a courtatlaw judge but downplayed the personal signif icance of becoming the first woman to hold that office I think its more of a mile stone for women id professional roles in general man opposed to a personal milestone or a per sonal she said Freeman graduated from the University of Texas in 1987 with a liberal arts degree and received her law degree from Baylor in 1992 She was a clerk for sever al months in the Austin office of the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals before returning to New Braunfels and practicing law with her father attorney Jack Borchers City eyes bond for drainage TALCOTT open talks for May election BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer New Braunfels city leaders could propose a May bond election in an effort to fund improvements to the munici palitys stormwater drainage problems A dis cussion tonight could be the begin ning of a bond elec t i o n process as city offi cials gath er for the latest of a series of meetings intended to address the topic Im really planning on looking carefully at a bond councilwoman Cathy Talcott said The cost of fixing New Braunfels drainage problems has been estimated at several million dollars Talcott said The funds are way out of the citys she said Talcott heard citizens com plaints about drainage trouble areas during a town meeting in February 1998 Council recently agreed to spend from a Com munity Development Block Grant on drainage improve ments Council also could appropriate sales tax funds from the city Corporation Solving die citys drainage woes traditionally has been a piecemeal effort as individ ual projects were done throughout the city Some city residents said that was the wrong approach Ive actually seen the city make it said Stan Cun ningham of Edward Jones drainage workshop WHEN 6 today WHERE Municipal building 424 South Castell Ave WHY City council will discuss solutions to the citys drainage problem Drainage problems at big property at 650 Landa St were similar to what other residents experienced for years Sandwiched between an ele vated railroad track and a res idential neighborhood Edward Jones Investments continues to experience varying degrees of flooding whenever it rains Two large drains installed by the city run underneath Landa Street and connect with drains from Albertsons nearby Debris sometimes clogs the drains and causes backups but Cunningham said he was more concerned about the safety hazard the drains posed to neighborhood children My issue is this sixfoot deep drain at my place that a child could fall It just scares me to death to think about a kid drowning in that Cunningham said Rainstorms create natural water attractions at the drains Cunningham said and chil dren routinely play near his property despite warnings Other city residents share Cunninghams frustration Drainage improvements that dont adequately handle water runoff as well as parts of the city with drainage problems that have yet to be fixed have plagued New Braunfels for years City residents at last years town meeting com plained about drainage prob lems at Alves Lane Landa Street Seminole Drive and Hueco Drive City leaders approved drainage ordinances in 1984 and 1981 but thaw guideline SM