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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                78 3 MlCROPUBLl1 I II OW fHHHHHn JP ULS S0 27 SR HERALDZEI TUNG Vol 1478 No 41 20 pages in 2 sections January 15 1999 FRIDAY Serving Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Spill drill ROBIN Above A volunteer firefighter looks on as the Upion Pacific hazardous material drill wraps up Thursday morning Below Trying to keep her hands warm New Braunfels Fire Department Lt Stacie Zercher keeps the walkietalkie pressed against a videocamera as she videotapes the hazardous materials drill Thursday behind city hall UriitinPacific trains firefighters on hazardous materials cleanup BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Union Pacific railroad officials this week made their latest attempt to satisfy local concerns about public safety after the reac tivation of a second track in New Braunfels And while New Braunfels fire officials said they appreciated the training in hazardous materials abatement city manager Mike Shands said the railroad had not done enough to address safety concerns City fire department crews received classroom instruction and handson training this week on how to combat accidental haz ardous materials spills involving Union Pacific equipment Fire crews were taught the health dangers of different chem icals how chemicals were identi fied on railroad tankers and pro cedures for locating and closing valves to stop hazardous materials spills The likelihood of an emer gency with all the safety factors that are built into these tank cars carrying hazardous materials is very low but the preparedness aspect is very Union Pacific regional chemical trans portation safety manager Herby Bart said The nations largest railroad company provided four days of hazardous materials instruction week to the New Braunfels Fire Department at no cost Were very happy to oblige any Bart said City officials said the training was helpful but did not address all environmental and public safety issues tied to the reactivation of the MissouriKansasTexas line this past November This is certainly better than Shands said Still to be resolved according to Shands were safety concerns such as railroad crossings without traffic gates and protective mea sures for areas where railroad tracks crossed creeks and rivers Shands said negotiations between the city and Union Pacif ic led him to believe the railroad decided not to take a proactive approach to safety This hazmat training is an example of the kind of minimal See TNRCCsets hearing for Ingram permit SVHS reports case of bacterial meningitis PageSA BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BULVERDE State officials have set Jan 25 as the start of a formal hearing on Ingram Readymix Companys plans for a concrete batch plant on Texas 46 Gary Johnson vice president of Ingram Readymix said the Texas Natural Resources Con servation Com mission would have a formal hearing starting at 10 Jan 25 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative facility north of Smithson Val ley High School Ingram Readymix has applied for a permit with TNRCC for a new concrete batch plant in the Spring Branch and Bulverde area Johnson said the hearing was part of the formal procedure The concrete batch plant is slated to be built about miles west of 281 and Texas 46 a mile away from Bill Brown Ele mentary School Arlon Seay Intermediate School and Spring Branch Middle School The Bracken Christian School and three daycare centers are also in an area close to the proposed plant site The hearing was scheduled to run three or four days and will be HEAR YE WHO Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission WHAT Public hearing WHEN Jan 25 WHERE Quadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative 36101 FarmtoMarket3159 WHY State environ mental regulators will conduct a formal hearing related to the local com panys request to build a concrete batch plant about a mile from three Comal ISO school cam puses The hearing is expected to last three to four days tivelawjudge appointed Texas State Office of Adminis trative Hearings Area residents and Comal Independent School District board members voiced concerns about the proximity of the pro posed concrete batch plant to local students CISD trustees adopted a resolution opposing the location of die plant because of its proximity to campuses Man brings pet tiome county delays decision BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer With television cameras rolling in Comal County Commission ers Court Thursday the saga of a man and his dog continued Or is it the saga of a man and his wolf Or a man and his wolf dog hybrid Jim Higdonls fouryearold pet Shadow had been living in exilet at a friends house since Higdon received a citation from county animal control officer Steve McKin in December for keeping a wild animal as a pet Higdon of Canyon Lake went before countys commissioners court Thursday to seek a vari ance from a 1989 county ordi nance prohibiting the keeping of See Bulverde votes on incorporation BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer BULVERDE The residents of Bulverde East will go to the polls Sat urday to decide whether they want to be part of the consolidation effort that could lead to formation of a single city with residents The process began in November of 1997 when the cities of Bulverde North South East and West voted to incor porate Since that time consolidation elections have taken place so all that remains is Bulverde East and Bulverde South If Bulverde East votes to consolidate with Bulverde South the citizens to the south will go to the polls in May to decide whether to consolidate with the city to the east Election judge Vicky Martin said more than 60 voters cast their ballots INSIDE Year later Tshirt teen goes to college during the early voting period Tm hoping thafis a good sign that we will have a good turnout Martin said She said the cities needed to consol idate to provide effective representa tion for its residents None of the cities standing alone is really big enough to be a Martin said Residents can vote from 7 until 7pm Saturday at the polling site in the fire station at 6950 Circle Oak Drive in Oak Village North BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Eighteenyearold New Braun fels resident John Schroeder accompanied his mother Olga into HEB one year ago today It doesnt sound like an event worth remembering in fact its what many local residents do everyday However the routine excur sion into the local grocery store swept the Schroeders and the city of New Braunfels into a storm of controversy and media attention John Schroeder was arrested Jan by New Braunfels ment rights and the reac tion it gener ated from public inter est groups such as the American Civil Liber ties Union ACLU rep resentatives came to Schroed ers defense after his arrest National interest in Schroed case was so great radio jock Howard Stern asked the shock rocker himself about the con troversy during an interview with Marilyn Manson and Johns SCHROEDER policeman Pete Villareal and mother Olga charged with obscene display On April 22 Judge David for wearing a Marilyn Manson Tshirt bearing the phrase I am the god of Schroederfc arrest made lines across Texas and the nation Perkins ended the issue for the Schroeders when he ruled the have found that their experience made an impression on their lives On the one hand the experi ence was unpleasant but I think some very positive things came out of Olga said I stand by my belief that all people should not be judged by a superficial viewpoint I am in no way standing up behind the belief that people con wear whatever they want when ever they want I think we are all aware that there are appropriate things to wear in certain places but I dont think this particular situation is like She also said more was neath the surface of Johns arrest than just one offensive Tshirt If I look around the local community I could see shirts mat offend me but there is no Johns fourmonth battle with the city did not stop him from wearing Tshirts with particu lar band names on them or deterred his plans for a higher education his mother said John graduated from New Braunfels High School and is living at home with his mother while working and taking class es at San Antonio College John plans to study English and his future goals include writing or teaching his mother said Johns mother also said he enjoyed cartoon illustration John declined comment when contacted Olga said the family was not looking for publicity during Johns defense last year but the for its impact on First Amend the national spotlight but they lack of a drawing on the Tshirt censure of the Tshirt industry fell Khort of obscene display and merchants are allowed to The Schroedew are qo longer in questionable Olga I think sometimes through controversy comes compro ihe said   

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