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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD FELS 20332 MOOg bV fc OR L PflSO IX 79903 72 Vol 148 No 89 20 pages in 2 sections March WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents Hepatitis case reported at local bowling alley Employee diagnosed with contagious liver disease BY HEATHER TODD AND CHRIS CREWS Staff Writers Comal County health officials issued a Hepatitis A alert Tuesday after a bartender at the Paramount Bowl in New Braiinfels was diag nosed with the highly contagious liver disease Customers who bought drinks at Hoops bar or used the mens restrooms at the bowling alley 1202 Huisache between March 5 and 20 might have been exposed to the virus Officials urged those who might have been exposed to immediately contact the Comal County Health Department at 6082015 Individuals exposed to the dis ease can be given an injection of Immune Globulin within 14 days of exposure to protect them from the disease or lessen the severityof the illness Common symptoms of the dis ease include nausea vomiting poor appetite abdominal pain dark urine lightcolored stool and yel lowing of the skin or eyes Officials said the disease was spread from person to person by improper hand washing following a bowel movement sharing food and drink using a contaminated bathroom or by consuming food or beverage prepared by an indi vidual contagious with Hepatitis A New Braunfels Sanitarian Joe Lara was at the business Tuesday afternoon to provide health infor mation to employees He first became aware of the problem on Monday afternoon and only one ABOUT HEPAHHS A ROBIN Ed Hammack drinks a beer on Tuesday evening at the Hoops bar inside Paramount Bowl 1202 Huisache Ave To his left is an announcement from county health officials informing customers that a bartender at the bowling alley was diagnosed with Hepatitis A a highly contagious liver disease case had been diagnosed thus far Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams said officials did not know people the employee might have been in con tact with during the twoweek peri od It would depend on each indi vidual and what they did when they were in the McWilliams said The countys last official case of Hepatitis A was reported in early June 1998 when an employee of Arbys 185 Interstate 35 West was diagnosed with the disease The county faced an outbreak of the disease from October 1997 through January 1998 when 57 res idents including 28 children and 29 adults contracted it McWilliams said there was no specific treatment to fight off the See Hepatitis A the least serious form of hepatitis usually is contracted by eating food or drinking water that has been contaminated by infected human excrement Infected food handlers can pass the virus on if they do not wash their hands with soap after using the bathroom About people in the United States are infected each year according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Acute hepatitis A usually resolves itself within six months and does not develop into a chronic disease Symptoms jaundice fatigue abdominal pain loss of appetite intermittent nausea diarrhea Prevalence 33 percent of Americans have evidence of past infection At risk contacts of infected persons international travelers persons in American Indian reserva tions or Alaska Native villages Prevention A vaccine is available for the prevention of hepatitis A It is recommended for people who come into con tact with an infected person A common recommendation is to avoid alcohol which as a toxic substance can weaken an already damaged liver Most infections with hepatitis A are acute The infection lasts for less than six months and can eventually be treated ROBIN Dick Carroll right asks New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands a question during the Tuesdays South Texas Flood Recovery forum at the municipal building Flood forum brings questions answers BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer About 30 flood victims gath ered at the New Braunfels Munic ipal Building Tuesday night to discuss problems they experi enced from the October 1998 flood New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands fielded questions from the group for almost two hours Most of the questions focused on the role of the city hi helping citizens solve their prob lems Dick Carroll a Sleepy Hollow 5aidhis bit hard A dumpster cost If we spend on a dumpster thats we cant spend on repairing their Phelps said Shands said balancing the needs of flood victims and the other taxpayers in the city was an ongoing problem The backlash that Im hear ing is that they built on the river so let them clean it up Stop spending my tax Shands said He said the city already had dedicated more than million to flood relief Hayes a field worker by the flood and its results still were evident Carroll said the area was filled with flood debris even though the city had sent garbage trucks to pick it up He asked if or when the city would return for another pickup We wont be back without charging thats the official Shands said The city paid to empty each truckload into the landfill Shands said many contractors and individuals hired private compa nies to provide dumpsters Larry Phelps volunteer coor dinator for New Braunfels Rebounds a nonprofit group dedicated to helping people rebuild their homes said private dumpsters were not an attractive alternative ery Project said the citys response to the flood didnt prop erly serve residents in lower socioeconomic brackets I dont want to see two New Braunfels and I think that is beginning to Hayes said Shands denied the allegation and said the first city response after the flood was to Katy and Michigan streets in the West End It is not a divided community in regard to resources being allo cated to Shands said Shands said one source of relief for residents would be a cleanup on private property funded by the federal and city governments He said residents who had not signed release forms for contrac tors to come onto their property must do so soon Council OKs housing project BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer City officials on Monday took a step toward helping local developers pro Vide affordable housing to moderate income wage earners City council voted 60 in favor of Evergreen Villas an 80unit housing complex proposed for a 15acre site Jin southwest New Braunfels The apartment complex would be built on South Water Lane near Inter istate 35 behind the Department of Public Safety office Council could give final approval of an ordinance granting a special use permit for the affordable housing pro ject on April 26 This complex would greatly assist those New Braunfels Hous ing Authority director Nadine Mur doch told council members Murdoch said about 600 families were on a wait ing list for public housing Amistad Affordable Housing which planned to partially fund con struction of Evergreen Villas through a state tax credit program overcame sig nificant public opposition Monday in securing councils approval Homeowners near the proposed housing site told council they were concerned about increased traffic and crime associated with a highdensity apartment complex I dont think traffic is really going to be much of an codeveloper John Seidel said Ajnistad developers said they planned Evergreen Villas as a controlled gated community with a See CISD patrons discuss bond issues with district officials BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Comal Indepen dent School District officials got a small start Tuesday night in spreading the word about their bond election on May 1 About 20 CISD patrons turned out for a pub lic forum to visit with superintendent Jerry Major and trustee Lester W Jonas CISD board of trustees approved a twopropo sition bond November 1998 in a 52 vote Officials said approval of both propositions which cost million and million each would establish a 10year plan to ensure ade quate facilities for the district Proposition 1 includes construction of three prekindergarten through sixthgrade campuses for 800 students each expansion of Smithson Valley High School to students expansion of Canyon High School to students expansion of Canyon Middle School to SeeBONDftA INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds OB Comics 7A Crossword 5A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Snorts OA Today 2A Teteviitan 8A Key code Texan of the Year wants young people to get involved BY Bu OCoNNBU Staff Writer A longtime proponent of public service Max Sherman made a liv ing encouraging young Texans to get involved in government affairs Sherman served as dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas in Austin from 1983 to 1997 He will be honored as the 1999 Vsw of the Year at a state legislative conference begin ning Thursday evening at the New Braunfels Civic Center J never dreamed that Id be called Theres no way that a person could be more Sherman said Political movers and shakers from around the state will convene in New Braunfels for the twoday event Shermans award reception at 7 Thursday will officially start the conference pant of the legislative conference of this weekV 33rd annual event put a new spin on the conference I felt very Sherman said when asked to describe his honored Sherman said he tried to instill a sense of civic stu dents tee of the more difficult tasks he faced was getting young people excited about seeking elect ed offices Fridays conference schedule begins at Cost for the event is per day or for associate sponsorships Tickets will be available on Thursday and Friday at the civic center and any time at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of merce 390 S Seguin Ave WHATS UP Texan of the Year a ward WHO Max Sherman former dean LBJ School of Public Affaire University of Texas WHEN 7 Thursday WHERE New Braunfels CMc Center 390 8 Seguln Ave TICKETS available at the civic center
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