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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS J nmvi i n M NJORnlUBI I SI IINO Vol 148 No 61 22 pages in 2 sections February ComaJ County since 1852 50 cents Senate set for impeachment vote acquittal expected WASHINGTON AP With acquittal aistired the Senate talked its way through a final full day of closeddoor delibera tions Thursday at President Clintons impeachment trial set for climactic noon time votes today in the case that one Demo crat called this sordid Olympia Snowe of Maine became the fourth Republican to declare her inten tion to vote to acquit on both charges fol lowing the lead of other moderates who broke party ranks a day earlier Several senators predicted that Susan Collins of Maine would be the fifth although her office declined comment Inside the chamber where Chief Justice William Rehnquist presided the talk was blunt at times Over and over and over again from both sides of die senators denounced the president as a liar OOP Sen Bob Bennett of Utah said later Bennett predicted that Clinton would go down in history as the most accomplished polished liar weve ever had in the White The very name he fore cast will become part of the lexicon as a synonym for an elegant wellcrafted A twothirds vote is required to convict the president and remove him from office and there was no chance of that happening Instead whatever suspense lingered at the end of the fiveweek trial was whether either article of impeach ment would attain a bare majority a psycho logical threshold that had no bearing on Clintons fate Republicans have a 5545 majority in the Senate A steady stream of lawmakers came for ward Thursday to announce their inten tions for the roll calls on perjury and obstruction of justice dividing largely along party lines on presidential guilt or inno cence but offering nonpartisan condemna CLINTON tions of Clintons behavior with Monica Lewinsky In my heart and in my mind I believe to a moral certainty that my verdict is Snowe declared in a written statement There can be no doubt that President Clintons conduct has made a mockery of most of his words or that his example has been corrosive beyond calculation to our culture and to our said Oregon Republican Gordon Smith who said he would vote to convict No one not any senator in mis chamber nor any person in this country will look at this president in the same way said Democrat Dick Durbin of Illinois who said he would vote for acquittal on both charges Sen Joseph Lieberman said he had con eluded mat Clintons wrongdoing in mis sordid saga does not justify making him the first president to be ousted from office in our The Connecticut Democrat had commanded nationwide attention last September with highly critical words about Clintons behavior at a time the White House still hoped to avoid congressional action Among Democrats Senate aides said the only question was whether Robert Byrd of West Virginia a longtime party leader would break ranks Getting it clean County reserves could be drained by cleanup effort BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A drive on River Road gives the Observer an idea of the destruction wielded by last Octobers flood After the cleanup is paid for the destruction also will be felt in Comal Counts I thank the previous commissioners courts for building a large reserve because we are going to need County Commissioner Jack Dawson speaking about the upcoming flood cleanup project estimated at million Resources mated the project to clear the river channel would cost about mil lion NRCS will provide 75 percent of the money with 25 percent coming from the county County Commissioner Jack Daw son said the county likely would dip into the general fund reserves to pay its share I thank the previous commission ers courts for building a large reserve because we are going to need Dawson said Without it we couldnt help anybody or even rebuild our County Auditor David Renken said the countys reserve fund fluctuated between million and million dollars depending on tax collections However the average daily balance was about million See ROBIN Contractors work to clear flood debris from alongside River Road in this November file photo Cleanup work on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers is expected to fully begin later this month after all work bids have been received Initial work expected to begin next weekend BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The first major postflood cleanup effort in the Guadalupe River will take place next weekend local officials said Thursday Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said the GuadalupeBlanco River Author ityagreed to cut the river flow to 125 cubic feet per second beginning next Fri day morning That will allow divers sponsored by the Greater New Braunftls Chamber of Commerce and local outfitters to enter the river and remove small debris and mark large impediments Scheel said This will open the river back for Scheel said Soon after last Octobers flood the county erected signs at river entrances warning dangerous conditions existed and advising against entering the river for recreational purposes Scheel said he hoped the weekend event would allow officials to open the river for recreational use If the river is safe we will take the signs Scheel said The cleanup will cover an area of the river from FanntoMarket Road 306 to Cypress Bend Park in New Braunfels The cleaning event will begin one day after contractors from across the country bid for the cleanup of the river channel Officials said they expected to all bids to be completed by Feb 19 A contract would then be awarded by Feb 22 County Engineer Tom Hornseth said work done earlier might be recognized as inkind service and reduce the countys portion of the cleanup bill The cleanup will be funded with a com bination of federal and county money Paul Rich owner of Mountain Breeze outfitters said river businesses had been assigned sections for the cleanup After that weekend were going to have the channel clean and well be able to put people in the Rich said Rich said outfitters and campgrounds had received a many inquiries for the upcoming tourist season A lot of places are already booked for Memorial Day and were getting a lot of interest for spring he said Hill Street project will give drivers the blues BY CHRIS CREWS AND BILL OCONNELL Staff Writers Motorists traveling through downtown New Braunfels might have to slow down during the next few weeks as railroad crews work on a track crossing Lane closure along two Alnfenio Slreefeould stack ffaffic usual hiring peak drive times starting Wednes day The 200 and 300 blocks of West San Antonio will experience temporary lane clo sures as Union Pacific crews install crossing gates at the MissouriPacific tracks It probably would be worthwhile to avoid that city manager Mike Shands said Greg Malatek area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation said Union Pacific officials informed him this past week that the gates would be installed He said the devices would prevent motorists from hurry ing across the tracks ahead of oncoming trains The railroad project is expected to take three to four weeks The section of Hill Street south of the tracks to Cross Street will be closed to through traf fic Malatek said The section of Hill Street mat runs in front of New Braunfels Fire Station No 1 will remain open Malatek said he had hoped for more notice from Union Pacific The railroad being the railroad theyre coming Malatek said We had hoped for four months notice and got about a week Union Pacific officials said the intersection was designated for safety improvements in 1996 Shands reportedly gave final approval for the project this past year and TxDOT approved the final plans in October Once we get authorization to perform any kind of upgrade it usually takes 12 to 18 months so this is going pretty Union Pacific spokesman Mark Davis said He said the railroad company kept state and local officials informed about the project Since everybody knew about this I dont know who was supposed to be talking to Davis said See BLUESfcA INSIDE Annexation future growth part of comprehensive plan Note Todays story is the sixth in a series on the compre hensive plan for the city of New BY Craws Staff Writer Annexation and how New Braun fels will grow are important ele ments of the comprehensive Braunfels municipal building 424 Annexing land along major farmtomarket roads has been at the forefront of recent expansions Harry Bennett the citys director of planning said hat type ofannex Proposals for the master plan will be discussed at a public hearing at Tuesday at the New The philosophy guiding that was to protect us from encroachment from cities like San Ben A steering committee on ation and economic realities might take future annexation in another direction I think we wM likely start to fill in the inside of the fingers creat ed by annexation along the road Bennett said Running a main line four miles out Farmto Market Road 725 to serve six peo aoononue Interlocal agreements between the city and San Marcos and Scnertz virtually eliminated the threat of encroachment from those cities The city was working on a simi lar agreement with Seguin Ben nett said The city has another source of motivation to develop their annex ation plans as soon as possible Under state law municipalities have two yean to begin supplying services to annexed areas and yew to complete those services The Texas Legislature is studying the possibility of changing those The legislature might be about to rein in some of the powers cities nave regarding nettsaid Copies of the comprehensive plan are available to the public at the municipal building and Dittlinger Memorial Library 373 Magazine Aye
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