New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 13, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS nong ROWtST M1CROPUBL 2627 E YONDFLL DR El PR BO TX 79903 ZEITUNG Vol 148 No 173 12 pages in 1 section July rFl TT Qpv Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Council gives tentative blessing to trails BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council tentatively gave its stamp of approval Monday to four proposed hikeandbike trails that could cost the city in startup costs and a year for maintenance Its not mat much money in the big pic District 6 Councihvoman Juliet Wat son said Suspects attorney seeks help in defense Judge approves courtappointed lawyer for Adele Hartwig BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Capital murder suspect Adele Hartwig is getting help in her defense against charges that she deliberately killed her husband by setting fire to their home earlier this year Judge Jack Robi son of the 207th Dis by attorney John Her rick of San Antonio to appoint an attorney to assist him in preparing a defense for Hartwig Hartwig 61 was HARTWIG arrested on June 3 after she was indicted for the May 4 death of her husband 72yearold Harold Hartwig She is accused of killing her husband by setting fire to their log cab in on Hueco Springs Loop Road State law requires counties to provide for the defense of persons financially unable to provide an adequate defense Counties determine a persons eligibili ty for indigent aid by examining their income and assets Herrick told Robison he had limited jury trial experience and had never tried a capital murder case Herrick said he became Hartwigs defense attorney after he was appointed to help settle the will of her late husband Herrick said I need to have someone to help me prepare a Assistant Criminal District Attorney Jim Noble said it was a little unusual for the court to appoint an attorney to assist a clientpaid attorney but he had no objections to Robisons actions Robison also approved funding for a private investigator to follow up on new information on the case and a psycho logical evaluation of Hartwig Herrick said he could not divulge the nature of the new information he had obtained Ive got to protect that big he said Noble said the prosecutions case was nearly complete but Adele Hartwigs mental health was not an issue She would have to be ruled incom petent to stand trial or insane and we do not believe she is either of those Noble said Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he would not pursue the death penalty for Hartwig If convicted she would face a mandatory sentence of life in prison At her June 15 arraignment State Dis trict Judge Gary Steel lowered her bond from to However Herrick said he had not been able to raise the 10 percent cash to get Hartwig released WATSON But other members of council questioned spending that kind of money on trails when drainage and street issues were more press ing needs I have neighbors whose yards fill up with water every time it rains what am I sup posed to tell them District 2 Council man Larry Alexander asked Eventually Alexander and the rest of council voted to support the plan which means a local nonprofit group will sub mit four plans to the Texas Department of Transportation in a request for 80 percent funding Twenty percent of the funding must come locally through the city private donations or inkind contributions Council wont have to decide for sure whether the city will participate until state funding is granted in November And even then the city would have three years to decide Without councils support the grant mon ey would be taken away Were lucky to get this much of a match ing Watson said suggesting council look into using sales tax revenue to fund construction and maintenance of the trails The million total cost for the four separate proposals could receive up to million in state funds Officials from Comal County Trails the local nonprofit doing the legwork for the proposal said they figure on receiv ing about in inkind contribu tions mostly land which means another must be See Training for life BETTY Judy Baseler trains for a marathon near her house as her husband Neal in cheers her on Below Baseler wears her Leukemia Society of America Tshirt proudly NB woman prepares to walk against leukemia BY BETTY TAYLOR HeraldZeitung Correspondent Often our lives are filled with signs and messages that we overlook We go on with our busy days and ignore the signs that would lead us to a higher sense of purpose and fulfillment Judy Baseler a 56yearold registered nurse decided to pay attention to the sign she received It came in the form of a small colored brochure adver tising a fundraising walk in Cozumel Mexico for the Leukemia Society of America Baseler who never walked a marathon before in her life is planning to participate in the mile marathon in Novem ber The fact that she is recover ing from elbow surgery and still undergoing physical thera py did not dissuade her It looked like she said Its a personal challenge for me I will be 57 when I walk the marathon It takes seven hours to finish the The nurse is part of a group of about 90 walkers and runners in and around San Antonio who are plan ning to make the Mexico trip About 45 bikers from the area are planning to partici pate in the Leukemia Soci etys Bike for the Century event in Las Vegas during November Baseler said she had several reasons for walking in the marathon among them Christianna Claire Mueller a 5yearold San Antonio girl who has acute lymphatic leukemia and is in remission Ray Baseler a family cousin who was diagnosed with leukemia and in memory of Ed Wetzel a family cousin See Trustees OK million budget hike BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District taxpayers will be asked to help pay for a million increase in education costs next year after trustees adopted the 19992000 bud get on Monday NBISD administra tors also rec ommended a 6cent increase on next years tax rate bringing it to REAVES per valua tion in order to balance the million budget Trustees are scheduled to vote on the tax increase on July 20 During a tax rate hearing prior to the budget adoption Monday two patrons spoke against a maximum tax rate an eightcent increase from the current per valuation With the maximum tax rate taxes on the average home in NBISD could increase by or per cent With the tax rate this year the average homeowner paid on a home valued at The average home in NBISD next year is estimated to be worth With the maximum rate the average homeowner could pay New Braunfels resident Bob Janzen said he was concerned about the quality of education taxpayers were getting You dont see the quality of education raising at 8 per cent which is what you want to tax he said Trustees hire new high school baseball coach Page 8 Superintendent Ron Reaves said die increase in the budget was slashed dramatically from a million wish list of budget requests Resident Joseph Hartigan said he did not believe the school district should rely so much on the taxpayers because most of the proper ties were residential NBISD business manager David Rastellini said the maximum tax rate was the highest rate the district could impose but not necessarily the tax rate the board would approve The biggest increases in next years budget came from million for salary increases million to close a budget deficit from the 199899 school year and million for program growth Recent legislation requires school districts to give teachers and counselors a step pay increase from the 199899 salary schedule and a raise of per contract month All other district personnel will receive pay raises this year as well Also Monday trustees decided to keep a budget item to fund a pay differential between teach ers with masters and bache lors degrees The budget also included a request by trustees to fund for a district grant writer Reaves recommended the board cut costs to make room in the budget I do not want us to go any further on the tax Reaves said INSIDE Infectious disease clinic moving down the block BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A local infectious disease clinic that pro vides medical treatment for area HIV and AIDS patients soon will move to new headquarters about a half a block down the street Dr Alison Berry an infectious disease private practitioner has been operating her clinic at the office of Dr James Hicks at 598 North Union Ave since March 1998 However Hicks is expected to relocate his private practice to Austin and Berrys lease for the office space will expire Aug 1 Im probably seeing about 15 to 20 patients infected with HIV or AIDS but whats alarming is that Im seeing new ones each month that have just been diag nosed Dr Allton Barry infactloua dlaaaae practitioner Berry and her staff have spent the past few weeks searching for a new location to continue treating local residents suffering from infectious diseases The clinic will move later this month to office space at 535 North Union Ave next to Comal Drug which was previously Dr Donald Kennadys office Patricia Cole office manager nurse and administrative assistant for Berry said although the lease was up Aug 1 Berry and her staff needed to be out of the office earlier to allow the nevv tenant time to move in Cole said a new local doctor Charles Lano would be leasing the office space at 598 North Union Aye Cole said Berrys office probably would See ;