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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FELS 20332 MO 09 SOWEST MICROPUBLISUING 2627 E YONDELL DR EL PRSO TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 195 14 pages in 1 section August tp A XT Comal County since 1852 50 cents WORD tables foam law Board will await meeting between county officials before voting BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer SATTLER Water Oriented Recreation District board members tabled the approval of a revised poly styrene or plastic foam ordinance Wednesday saying it would await the outcome of a meeting between its lawyer the criminal district attorney county sheriff and a board member The prohibition section of the ordi nance rewritten by Criminal Dis trict Attorney Dib Waldrip said unapproved was prohibited on or in water governed by WORD A person commits an offense if they intentionally know ingly or recklessly use any unap proved foam or polystyrene on the river The offense would be a Class C misdemeanor Waldrip said he wanted an ordi nance that sheriffs deputies could easily enforce He suggested WORD create a label or marker that would allow lawmen to easily recognize approved containers Board president Bill Mayo asked Sheriff Bob Holder if he was com fortable with the revisions If hes comfortable with it than Im comfortable with Mayo said Holder said he was Board member Charles Stephens scheduled to meet with Waldrip Holder and WORD attorney Holly Oilman said How are we going to prove someone intentionally violated the law They can claim they didnt know the requirements I think we should use what we have and mark each one That way we have the right to pull each one not Holder said As a citizen I look at the exemption and think this body is WAI The Water Wader a polystyrene ice chest with a coated locking lid is the invention that falls under an exemption in the Water Oriented Recreation Districts ban on foam objects on its rivers WORD board mem bers tabled a revised ordinance on polystyrene at their Wednesday meeting helping to make a better product but are allowing an out It sounds like this body is saying if it doesnt work then we wont use it WORD is publicly setting a Theordinance includes a tempo rary exemption for the Water Wader a ice chest with a coated locking lid that supports 30 pounds of items when turned upside down It can be exempted up to five years and will be subject for review and modification at the end of the 2000 season Bill Lowman who has been involved with the creation of the Water Wader said they were being built to the highest quality We are trying to bring a better product every week every Lowman said We want to stop litter on the river We are trying to find a quality coating that will help prevent litter of the Lowman demonstrated how the Water Wader will still hold 30 pounds or more of contents after its been damaged A lot of credit shouldbe given to the sheriffs office and increased police efforts for helping to stop litter on the river but I think the Water Wader should get a lot of credit Lowman said A brand new ice chest can be on the river but if it turns over it will open and dump its con tents in the river even at about three Board member John Schwartze said he wanted to see a letter sent from WORD to the manufacturer of the approved requirements We wanted a coating on the bot tom as well because the things were coming apart he said But I dont see that in the ordinance I think they all need to be coated by the beginning of next Charles Lackey of Gruene River Company said he rented about eight of the fully coated Water Waders I think some improvements still need to be made butttiey are holding better than he said The lugs locking handles need to be thicker and its not coated on the inside but as long as the manufac turer is trying to make improve ments I think we should keep with Zero Rivers board member and owner of Rockin R River Rides said We knew wed have problems I think most of it if from the rough handling by customers and employ ees We dont have a styrofoam prob lem we have a litter problem Its also a problem with the sheriffs deputies and what do they The WORD board will meet again next month Abstinence seminar aimed at prevention Organizers hoping to reduce teen pregnancy diseases BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies are a reality in Comal County but organizers of an abstinence seminar are hoping to change that trend Comal County Christian ProLife Foundation is sponsoring a free lecture Partners for on Saturday to educate teens and parents about the physical and emotional risks of premarital sex The seminar will feature noted speaker Pam Sten zel and Dr Kurt Frederick from 1 to 5 at New Braunfels High School gym The event is not schoolsponsored Joannie Grumbles director of the Crisis Preg nancy Center said the goal was to give teens and their parents the facts about sexually transmitted diseases AIDS and teen pregnancy to help young people make healthy decisions Statistics on sexually transmitted diseases and teen pregnancies in Comal County speak for them selves In 1998 the Texas Department of Health reported 42 cases of chlamydia six cases of gonorrhea and one case of syphilis among Comal County residents ages 13 to 20 In the first six months of 1999 the program for the Texas Department of Health Region 8 reported 40 cases of chlamydia three cases of gonorrhea and four known cases of HIV infection among all age groups in Comal County The Texas Department of Health also reported 47 AIDS cases in Comal County as of March 1999 which is higher than Guadalupe and Kerr counties Guadalupe County has 29 reported cases of AIDS and Kerr County has 38 cases The Center for Disease Control also estimates that for every known AIDS case there are at least sev en to nine HIV infections According to the CDC estimates Comal County has between 315 and 405 cases of HTV infections Comal Independent School District officials said 25 teenagers were provided with parenting services See WAI Hospice New Braunfels medical director Aaron Malakoff shows an artist1 s rendering of the organiza tions new building which will open in March 2000 Hospice begins expansion plan BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Contractors are scheduled to break ground in the next week on a new building that will help Hospice New Braunfels expand its mission A community and volunteer education room library chapel counseling and administrative offices as well as a Life Transition Center for public use will go into the twostory squarefoot building southwest of the existing offices at 613 N Walnut Ave The transition center will provide resources for anyone in the community experiencing a loss or change a loss of a job change in job diagnosis of a disease Meet Hospices Typically Hospice medical director works with patients with less than six months to live but the transition Page 4 center will allow the staff to help people in all stages of life We hope this will be a very warm and inviting director of development Dana Overstreet said Hospice moved into its existing office on Walnut in the early 1990s from an office on Mill Street Fifteen employ ees set up shop in the building Now 41 employees fill that same space some sharing an office with two others Several staff members have moved into Franks Haus a office on the same lot which is used mostly for staff meetings volun teer training and support groups Donations from the public as well as a grant from The Meadows Foundation are funding the million new building Volunteer Tom Stevenson donated his services as a contractor but all subcontractors will be paid Hospice began its first capital campaign in May 1998 and expected the new building to be completed by this summer But the October 1998 flood changed those plans when water damaged Franks Haus Repairs to the house and to the interior of the main hospice building took precedence over planning a new facility administrator Joyce Fox said But plans are back on track and Hospice officials expect the new building to be completed by March Hospice Thrift Avenue 303 S Castell will move into the existing office on Walnut sometime afterward Landa businesses discuss drainage BY PERI STONEPAUMQUIST Staff Writer Landa Street business owners sought answers to drainage prob lems on their street Wednesday night and city officials offered what they were looking for District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory brought city engineer Bolner to the third gathering of the business owners who experienced millions of dollars of damage when 20 inches of rain fell in New Braunfels this past October LET Us KNOW If your neighborhood Is meeting to talk about drainage issues we want to know Call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144 ext 225 Landa Street were being Comal County officials are drawing up a proposal to apply for Federal emergency Manage ment Administration money for flood control dams The county was notified Mon day of million available for counties and cities affected by the flood Commissioners will discuss the FBMA money at a special meeting Monday Bolner said a dam on the Guadalupe River would be the most effective tool in preventing flood damage on Landa Vanstory said It looks like See INSIDE Abby Classifieds Comics Crossword Forum Movies Obituaries Sports Television Key code Texas Jacobson technician expected back at work on Friday BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer A local worker is expected to return to his job Friday after being struck in the head by a machine on Tuesday Daniel Mendoza 42 of San Anto nio was transported by Airlife heli copter to a San Antonio hospital with a head injury on Tuesday He was treated and released that day Mendoza a process technician at Texas Jacobson Plastics Division 1404 Interstate 35 North was work ing on a piece of machinery when he was struck in the head General manager Hollis Wooldridge said He received some stitches and is doing fine Mendoza had a 4inch laceration on his forehead and was fully con scious Occupational Safety Hazard Administration officials called to examine the accident scene left Wednesday Wooldridge said a report from OSHA would be sent to him
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