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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                20332 M009 SO WES T MIC RO PU I Shi ING 2627 F YON I ELL DR PR BO TX NEW AUtoFELs RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 194 20 pages in 2 sections August WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Worker ini Tuesday at plastics plant WAI A New Braunfels Fire and Rescue employee attends to a 42 yearold man who suffered a head injury at work on Tuesday Process technician hit head while working on machine BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Traffic was stopped on the Interstate 35 North frontage road for about 10 minutes Tuesday afternoon as an Airlife helicopter transported a 42yearold man with a head injury to a San Antonio Hospital The man a process technician at Texas Jacob son Plastics Division 1404 Interstate 35 North was working on a piece of machinery when he was struck on the head by one of the arms General manager Hollis Wooldridge said He was working on the machine while it was ruri ning He got a little too close and was hit on the The machine operator also was at the scene when the accident occurred New Braunfels Fire and Rescut Battalion Chief Don Zercher said Airlife was called because of possible internal damage He received a 4inch laceration to the fore he said Whenever there is a head injury theres always a possibility of internal damage which if gone undetected could lead to a person eventually passing out and maybe even Wooldridge said the man was folly conscious following the incident New Braunfels Police would not release the mans identity until family was notified Tuesday afternoon The Occupational Safety Hazard Administra tion OSHA was called to examine the scene of the accident Wooldridge said Safety is our main concern The machines in that area have been shut down We didnt shut down other The man was transported to University Hos pital in San Antonio A spokeswoman at the hospital said he was listed in fair but stable condition on Tuesday evening Bulverde Northwest council sworn in under controversy DAs office might sue to invalidate citys incorporation BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Bulverde Northwest now has a mayor and a city council but the fledgling city might soon face a fight for its very existence Mai McClinchie was sworn in as mayor and Carolyn BenMm Charles Lebrecht Harry Trappe Nancy Wehrung James Winegar assumed aldermen positions Kip McClinchie took office as town marshal But the criminal district attorneys office confirmed Tuesday it was con sidering filing suit against Bulverde Northwest to invalidate its incorpo ration of May 1 Visiting District Judge Fred Clarke appointed Lockhart City Attorney Todd Blomerth this past week as criminal district attorney protern to investigate and file the case if a move to dissolve the city was warranted Blomerth said he only recently received the information on the case and could not comment If the investigation concludes boundary lines drawn for the incor poration election were improperly drawn to take in land abutting major highways the election will be void ed the new city officers would be ousted and their actions declared null officials said Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he disqualified himself after discussions with Bulverde Northwest residents and representa tives from Ingram Readymix a com pany planning to build a concrete batch plant in the Bulverde North west city limits I had spoken with both sides and attempts to reach an amicable solu tion have been Waldrip said WAI Comal County Judge Danny Scheel congratulates Bulverde Northwest alderman James Winegar Tuesday morning at the Comal County Courthouse Also sworn in as aldermen were Harry Trappe third from Carolyn Benham first from Nancy Wehrung and Charles Lebrecht not Mai McClinchie center was sworn in as mayor and Kip McClinchie took office at town marshal Some of the newlyelected Bul verde Northwest officials have been involved in a group opposing the batch plant McClinchie is an officer for Citizens League for Environ mental Action Now which actively but unsuccessfully opposed a state permit for Ingram Readymix to build the concrete batch plant Ingram retained the Austin office of the law firm Fulbright and Jawors ki to handle its legal fight with CLEAN and Bulverde Northwest Ingram spent more than on a political action committee Cit izens Against New Taxes to fight the incorporation effort Through their attorneys Ingram successfully fought an attempt to have a district judge appoint tempo rary officers for Bulverde North west Ingram attorney Bill Zeis said he was confident the case to invalidate the incorporation would be success ful Bulverde Northwest officials said the criminal district attorneys office listened only to Ingrams side of the story I would not say that something the office would do was friv olous I assume they have better sense than that I think Ingrams posi tion is McClinchie said Before Saturdays election McClinchie said the council would enact zoning laws that would pro hibit Ingram from building the plant In an emergency meeting of the city council on Tuesday Bulverde Northwest adopted ordinances con trolling building and commercial activities in the city Bulverde Northwest council mem bers conducted an emergency meet ing at on Tuesday Council enacted a ban on all out door burning and and adopted a res olution calling for a ban on all unnec essary outdoor watering The water conservation measure was adopted in response to the recent gasoline spill at 281 and Borgfeld Road in northern Bexar County and recent reports of water shortages in the area Managing editor Margaret Edmonson contributed information to this KOTYLO Drainage streets top city bond list BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Streets and drainage not pools and trails are the focus of a list of possible bond issues given to New Braunfels City Council recently The list was drawn up by the citys engineering depart ment complete with cost estimates and given to council on Aug 9 Council has scheduled a public work shop to discuss priorities for a future bond election for 9 Sept 11 District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo said some community members accused the city of not focusing on the most crucial issues facing New Braun fels But thats not true Kotylo said Drainage and streets are our top pri she said Drainage is just a given its got to get done Were not going to put a pool or anything else before drainage and The list of projects given to council is a starting Kotylo said City staff referred to the citys master plan adopted in April to come up with the list These are the major ones that would require a bond city engineer Bolner said Council will analyze each proposed project and priori tize cutting some projects if necessary and possibly adding others Kotylo said My mind is not she said This is open for dis Street projects listed included Rebuilding Walnut Avenue from Katy Street to Busi ness 35 making it four lanes with a continuous center turn lane Rebuilding Walnut Avenue from West San Antonio Street to Business 35 Rebuilding Church Hill Drive from Loop 337 to Rusk Street Extending County Line Road from Pahmeyer Road to FarmtoMarket Road 1044 Extending Fredericksburg Road from Landa Street to West San Antonio Street and building a bridge across the Dry Comal Creek without cost of Rebuilding Landa Street from Walnut Avenue to Spring Hills Drive Rebuilding Live Oak Avenue from Landa Street to West San Antonio and building a bridge across the Dry Comal Creek Street million without cost of and Rebuilding Wright Avenue from Business 35 to See BOND Police identify man rescued from river BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer New Braunfels Police have identified a man who was pulled unconscious from the Comal Riv er Sunday night Alfredo Ramirez of Piedras Negras Mexico who is in his mid2Qs was staying at bis parents home in New Braunfels His parents are currently in Mexico After being informed of the situation by family in Eagle Pass Ramirez brother called from Fort Worth with information for New Braunfels Police Detective John Villarreal Ramirez was seen floating from Hinman Island Park to the dam area near the tube chute Sunday night Witnesses said he appeared to have been drinking About 10 boys pulled Ramirez from the river after he reportedly jumped from a nearby tree Several employees from the Tube Chute Bar and Grill were swimming around the tube chute after work when the incident occurred Cindy Manley an employee at the Tube Chute Bar and Grill and softball coach at Texas Lutheran University said she saw him yelling for help By the time I got to him he had been out of the water for about five minutes she said I just gave him moutbtomouth because I thought he had a INSIDE Key Cote 76 Road work Salvador Ramos directs traffic on North Loop 337 on Tuesday Seal coat work will continue from to today See page 2A for road work information WAI IV HeraMZeitung   

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