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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas V NEW 20332 MO09 SOWEBT MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YONDELL DR EL PR SO TX 79903 73 EITUNG Vol 148 No 176 24 pages in 2 sections July Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Williams Gas spill helps push for storage tank ban Staff An 800gallon gas spill that might be its way into the Edwards Aquifer has made New Braunfels mayor even more determined to prevent new gas stations from going up over the aquifers recharge here The spill occurred near the Comal Coun ty line when a motorist backed over a pump a Texaco station owned by Ram Stores on US 281 and Borgfeld Road About WILLIAMS in the area are four gallons of gasoline spilled onto the ground About 400 feet below 800 to 900 gallons of gasoline escaped from cracks in the line and leaked into the Trinity Aquifer before an auto matic safety shutoff was engaged At least two residents without water after their private wells were contaminated Its exactly what weve been talking Mayor Stoney Williams said Thurs day New Braunfels City Council considered an ordinance in June prohibiting all under ground storage of regulated hazardous sub stances in the Edwards Aquifer Recharge move that would have effective ly stopped new construction of gas stations in the western part of the city The Edwards Aquifer supplies water for several cities including New Braunfels San Antonio and San Marcos The ordinance passed one reading but men died in a tie vote The issue was brought up again at the July 12 meeting altered so that the ordi nance only applied to the citys corporate limits Council again had a tie vote At that meeting Williams warned coun cil he would bring up the issue again when everyone was present to cast their vote District 1 councilman Juan Luis Mar tinez was absent on July 12 After the spill Williams said he might bring it up sooner that he had planned perhaps at the Aug 9 council meeting No matter how safe you are theres always something you he said But District 2 councilman Larry Alexan der who has consistently voted against the proposed ordinance said preventing new gas stations from going up would not help the situation See Volunteers wanted Red Cross director looking for able helpers BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Two weeks ago Cristina Smith walked out her back door and took 293 steps to her new office at the American Red Cross 100 Main Plaza Living just around the comer from the office Smith said was easier for her to walk to work man drive The new director of the New Braunfels chapter of the Red Cross said she planned to put that same sort of effi ciency and common sense to work as she increases volun feerism at the service center About 95 percent of the work is done by Srnithsaid 3 want Smith wants to start a junior Red Cross volunteer pro gram to teach children about pet first aid and provide other safety training For pet first aid the children use a stuffed dog and cat to practice CPR and to splint injuries If we teach the kids about the responsibility of pet care they will Smith said We have had so many tragedies involving youth I want them to learn and give them an outlet No matter what they do they will fit in at the service Smith said she has a must should may list for service center priorities I must take care of the disaster education programs then I should work on the health and safety programs then I may work with the hospital volunteers pet first aid and youth she said The may list is the fun On Thursday Smith asked the county to let her turn the back room of the Red Cross once used for storage into a classroom for disaster and training classes including babysitting CPR and first aid and disaster response The room would hold up to eight people Smith said We have about four classes a County Judge Danny Scheel also gave Smith a parking space for a service vehicle in the courthouse parking lot on Mill Street The Red Cross has two vehicles including the disaster initial response trailer which serves as a portable service center during manmade or natural disasters Smith plans to use the parking space for a new vehicle an emer gency response vehicle which provides refreshments to emergency personnel during disasters Smith who worked at Hospice New Braunfels for 10 years became interested in the Red Cross following the October 1998 flood She decided to volunteer because she wanted to help the community My phone was out and I couldnt drive anywhere so I decided to go down and help out I stayed all she said My background is in social work You could say Im a people Smith canceled her vacation and spent the next week See A American Red Cross director Cristina Smith reads flies from volunteers who provided help following the October 1998 flood Smith said 99 percent of the organizations services were done by volunteers She encouraged those who helped with the flood to assist in health and safety services Student takes plea agreement Teen will spend year at Bastrop County camp BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A 14yearold New Braunfels boy will spend one year at a therapeutic boot camp outside Bastrop and serve three years probation for his role in an April 20 shooting incident As part of a plea agreement reached Wednesday Ihe Canyon Middle School student accused of deadly conduct also will not be allowed to attend school in New Braunfels or Comal independent school districts The teenager pleaded true Thursday to alle gations he was involved in the incident at the homes of two CMS teachers The teachers who attended Thursdays hear ing agreed with the punishment but said they were hoping for something more I think it the plea agreement is more than said one teacher who did not want to be identified But an apology on his behalf would have helped We have yet to see any sign of The other teacher who also did not want to be named said He has disrupted the lives of two families the school district and the cam pus but we have yet to get any kind of apolo gy from him or his The juvenile now will spend the next 12 months at Woodside Trails Therapeutic Camp in an isolated wooded area between Bastrop and Smithville After serving one year at the camp he will be on probation until he turns 18 and will have to pay more than in restitution Jonathon Wolf program director at Wood side Trails said juveniles performed a lot of physical work at the camp were required to sleep outdoors and were under 24hour super vision He also said juveniles attended school at the camp and received therapy The 14yearold will be allowed to visit his family but under the plea agreement he will not be allowed to enter Comal or Guadalupe counties during his oneyear stay Comal County assistant district attorney Melissa Smith said He will have to perform community service and he will be under intense supervision during his Smith also said the juvenile would have to be homeschooled or attend a private school after Tax reform group stops in NB BY PERI STONBPAIMOUIST Staff Writer Motorists honked and pedestrians signed petitions at Main Plaza in the name of low er taxes and less government control More than 100 people turned out at a booth set up by the Twos Citizens for a Sound Economy across from Naegelins Bakery on Seguin Avenue Many signed petitions one saying there should be no taxation through litigation and we urging Cristabell West Allene Wofforti right and Texas Citizens for a Bound Economy director Carol Jones urge pasaerapy to sign a peti tion for tax reform on Thursday at Main Raza of taxation and adopt a simple and fair system of Drivers obliged a banner that read Hook if youre for lower taxes and less Local volunteers and field director Carol Jones of the Austin office passed out pamphlets yoyos coffee mugs buttons and Tshirts reading Mr President tax this We are concerned about local organizer Cristabell West said We need to make people The groups literature encourages citizens to get involved with politics by writing their legislators and signing petitions Citizens for a Sound Economy started in Wash ington in 1984 Its Texan chapter started See A INSIDE 5B Key code 76
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