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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW vnnnn ix HERALDZEITUNG 153 12 pages in 1 section June 1999 Tt Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Comal judge lifts burn ban aerial fireworks still prohibited BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Weekend thunderstorms delivered a tem porary reprieve for county residents need ing to burn brush this On County Judge Danny Scheel lifted the burn ban he ordered this past Thursday because of drought conditions in the Weve had a nice but there are still some places that look a little dry in the Scheel Scheel said county residents should take advantage of the window of opportunity to burn accumulated He said com missioners court likely would review drought conditions every Thursday at reg ular meetings and could reinstate the burn ban at any County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said he consulted with officials from the Texas Forest Service and made calls to determine rainfall levels in various areas in the coun ty before recommending the burn ban be He said weekend rainfall varied from We had a nice but there are still some places that look a little dry in the County Judge Danny Scheel about inch in New Braunfels to inch es in Spring Branch and almost 3 inches in Garden We got some moisture that gave us some relief for a Manford Fourth of July aerial fireworks still are subject to a ban approved by commission ers this past The lifting of the burn ban has nothing to do with the fireworks Scheel If it rains 2 inches on July well be glad to take of the fireworks But until it the fireworks ban is still in The ban on aerial fireworks prohibits the use of pyrotechnics that contain rud ders or sticks and can become officials Bottle rockets and missile type fireworks are but Roman candles and pedestal based fireworks that shoot colored comets into the air are allowed under the offi cials Residents wishing to perform a con trolled burn should contact the sheriffs dispatch at 6203400 so area fire depart ments could monitor the officials Fireworks and outdoor burning are illegal inside New Braunfels city Stars and stripes CHRISTINA Above Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1791 member Jack Sanders bums the nonserviceable American flags dur ing a Flag Day ceremony on Below Boy Scout Troop 757 member Jozeph Grubbs carries the American flag during the Elks Lodge 2279 patriotic ceremony on Knights pay homage to StarSpangled Banner BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer With programs and New Braunfels residents and organizations commemorated Flag Day on Sunday and New Braunfels Elks Lodge 2279 had a patriotic ceremony on Sunday with Elk member Martin Steger of Seguin as the guest The Boys Scouts of America troops 757 and 320 helped in posting and retiring the The 10 boys also led the pledge of alle This is our third year to do said Burns scoutmaster for Troop For most of the this was their first Flag Day I like it here better than any other Jonah Grubbs Flag bearer for the ceremony was Jozeph I liked coming to he Bill exalted ruler of the See Tejano Democrats form NB chapter BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A new group created to pro mote political awareness among the Hispanic community will have its organizational meeting in New Braunfels Wednesday Randy one of the organizers of the New Braunfels said the group had about members statewide with the highest concentration in Dallas and There are chapters opening up virtually every By the end of next its going to be really Galindo One of the most influen tial legislators in the Gonzalo Barrientos is the state chairman for Tejano Barrientos is slated to attend the meeting scheduled for 7 Wednesday at the Landa House BARRIENTOS in Landa Galindo said Hispanics in New Braunfels had very low rates of voter registration and voter turnout as well as limited political influence in the com We want to get people involved in the schools and the condition of the streets and other areas of common interest to the Galindo Galindo said the meeting was open to everyone but was geared toward issues involving the His panic INSIDE Key code 76 Council makes proposals for river funds BY PERI STONE Staff Writer More trash cans and park rangers could become features along the riverbanks in New Braunfels if the citys parks and recreation department follows councils rec Council approved Monday a list of several ways the city could spend earmarked for river The list will be forwarded Iris the parks and recreation department who will decide how the money will be In other council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would effectively eliminate new construction of gas stations in the western part of the District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson started discussion on river cleanup by presenting council with her ideas on spending the This is just an she asking for Watsons plan included money for 10 new trash cans and park rangers who would focus on clean ing the These rangers would work from 9 to 5 Thurs day through Sunday for the rest of the If rangers could be interns from a local university and receive college credit for Watson She suggested the rangers be giv en radios to communicate with law enforcement as well as kayaks to traverse the District 2 councilman Larry Alexander argued the city didnt need to spend any more money on patrolling the as council bud geted specifically for Alexander initially made the motion to amend the citys budget to include the specifically for river See COUNCIL ACTION New Braunfels City Council took the following actions Monday night Approved second read ing of an ordinance expand ing the city of New Braunfels extraterritorial jurisdiction to include property along Farm toMarket Road 1863 and Approved second read ing of an ordinance lowering the speed limit on Business 35 from mile post 0 southerly to Hidalgo Avenue from 45 to 40 H Appointed John James Dunks and Cameron Bradfute to the planning commission for terms ending May Appointed Edward Kirkham and Jim Biedermann as regular mem bers and Joel Guajardo and David Hochanadel as alternate members to the zoning board of adjustment for terms ending May and Thomas Johnson as an alternate member for a term ending May Appointed Betty Martinez to the Housing Authority Board of Appointed Matt Kyle to Building Standards Approved the first read ing of an ordinance extend ing the number of days New Braunfels Utilities Customers have to pay their SA man drowns in lake FROM STAFF REPORTS A 3 3yearold San Antonio man drowned in Canyon Lake Pete Sosa became Comal first drowning victim of the year during a family outing at Fort Sam Houston recreation Family members told officers Sosa was playing football in the lake when he went to retrieve a ball that had been Witnesses said Sosa flailed in the water while retrieving the but they believed he was playing a trick and did not respond Officials said two of Sosas brothers pulled him from the Sheriffs dispatch received the call reporting the incident at Canyon Lake also was dispatched and performed resusci tation efforts on An EMS unit transported Sosa to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at Family members reported Sosa had only two hours of sleep the pre vious night and had been drinking most of the   

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