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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 31 20 pages in 2 sections December 31 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Y2K CONTACTS POWER New Braunfels Utilities customers call 6258564 extra employees will be on staff Pedemales Electric Coop cus tomers can call 800 5544732 If the power goes out turn off all appli ances and heating and cooling units to lessen the load on the line CABLE Call Time Warner Cables 24hour customer line at 800 2550501 or 210 2440500 Extra people will be on staff PHONE Officials are asking residents not to use the phone at midnight unless it is an emergency A large number of people testing the telephone at the same time could overload the system Jason Hillery spokesman for Southwestern Bell said residents should not be con cerned if there is a fast busy signal when they pick up the phone after mid night Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative members can call the 24 hour repair hotline at 830 8854050 911 In case of an emergency dial 911 Calls to 911 during the holiday should go through as normal POLICE The communications department will be up and running and residents can call New braunfels Police at 6082179 for nonemergencies and 911 for emergen cies About 10 extra officers will be on duty from 9 to 3 New Years Eve for a total of about 2025 officers SHERIFFS OFFICE Call the sheriffs office at 6203400 for nonemergencies and 911 for emergen cies The sheriffs office will have triple the amount of officers on duty and all other officers will be on standby in case of an emergency FIRE DEPARTMENT New Braunfels Fire and Rescue will beef up its staffing to about 22 personnel New Years Eve Other personnel will be on call in case of an emergency Chief Jack Collier said RED CROSS Red Cross will be up and running New Years Eve in case of a disaster The local Red Cross office 100 Main Plaza can be reached at 6061999 EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER The Comal County Emergency Operations Center at the sheriffs office will be fully staffed from 8 until at least 4 World prepares to ring in millennium Officials Comal ready for Y2K SCHEEL WAI Above American Legion member Chuck Welty volunteers to decorate the clubs dancehall for the annual New Years Eve party About 100 are expected to attend the gathering Top photo Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson is counting down to the new millennium with this handy hat he got from the county road and bridge department Dawson plans to wear the hat tonight at the emergency operations center in the sheriffs office BY CHRISTINA MINOR AND ERIN McGRUDER Staff Writers Go ahead and party Comal County is ready With just hours left until the new millennium key city and county offi cials said they were not predicting any Y2Krelated disasters Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said he was confident the county was ready for whatever the New Year might bring We are per fectly at Scheel said We are doing things to calm public concerns With all the wealth of information available to us we have no concerns about New Years Eve or Local law enforcement also is treating the beginning of Y2K like any other holiday weekend by beef ing up the number of officers on patrol but not worrying too much about a millennium disaster And neither are local residents as they prepare to ring in the New Year with friends and family The Seguin Elks Lodge No 1229 353 Seguin is gearing up for the millennium with a New Years Eve dance from 9 to 1 Country western group Texas Country will perform Cost is per person in advance or per person at the door Children ages 12 and younger are admitted free At the American Legion Comal Post W Coll Street mem bers are invited to a New Years Eve dance from 8 to midnight Music will be provided by Tickets cost in advance and 12 at the door The Comal County Senior Citizen Y2K World Report Some failures bound to Texassize celebrations planned across A People welcome New Year with hope some A Your Y2K disaster A Y2K computer bugs and how to combat A Center 655 Landa Street will have New Braunfels radio personality Jack Kaufmann as master of cere monies Participants can dance to the tunes of yesteryear or enjoy par ty bridge bunco and table top games Blackeyed peas and corn bread will be served Tickets costs for members and for guests Gruene Hall is expecting more than 100 people for its New Years celebration The Groobees take the stage at 7 with Joe Ely per forming at Free tamales and popcorn will be available as well as special New Years Tshirts Both concerts are sold out Saengerhalle will have Clay Blaker perform at 9 Tickets are per person and are available at the door At midnight guests can toast the New Year with champagne and enjoy blackeyed peas and party favors The Enlightenment Group of New Braunfels rented New Braun fels Coffee on Main Plaza from 9 to midnight for a New Years celebration The public is invited to attend For children ages 5 to 12 Gymnastics 1437 S Walnut is having a New Years Eve run night Children are to be picked up between 7 and 9 Saturday Cost for members is for the first child for the second and for other siblings Nonmem bers pay for the first child for the second and 15 for others Parents of first 2000 baby will have hands full BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The proud parents of the first baby born in 2000 at McKenna Memorial Hospital will get the royal treatment thanks to some generous local businesses A local limousine service Limou sines offered to give the first baby of the new year and his or her parents a ride home when they are released from the hospital The limousine ride is just one of several gifts that will be given to one lucky moth er who delivers the first baby after midnight Jan 1 at McKenna Memorial Hospital But the last baby of 1999 wont be left out of the festivities either McKenna Memorial Hospital and local businesses also donated gifts to the parents of the last baby born tonight Betty Welwood neonatal coordinator at McKenna Memorial Hospital said she spearheaded the effort to collect gifts for the last baby of 1999 and the first baby of 2000 this year I just got out and walked the streets and visited with businesses to see if anyone was she said Welwood said this would be the first time in several years McKenna has coor dinated an effort to give the first baby of the New Years gifts and donations from the community Its good community advertising for the businesses and it gives them a chance to be a part of this babys Welwood said And weve had a wonderful In between changing diapers and feed ings local parents of the first 2000 baby will have plenty to keep them busy this year Parents of the New Years baby will get to See Park improvements plans headed back to voters NB rejected bond proposal in 1985 BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Voters rejected a parks improvement bond proposition in 1985 but city officials hope residents will have a different view come May In October 1985 the city presented an million million for park improvements About million in bonds for fire stations streets and drainage improvements were approved Parks staffing needs growing Page 4A But voters rejected bonds for park improvements a civic center new city hall golf course improvements and a cover for the pool in Landa Park The city now is working on finalizing a list of million worth of bond projects including million for park improve ments Just at it did in 1985 the list includes new playground equipment for Haymarket Park and Cypress Bend Park But the similarities stop there In 1985 the park improvement proposition included volleyball courts tennis courts and other recreational facilities The 2000 proposition includes playground equipment for Landa Park and new restrooms for Landa Park Cypress Bend Park Prince Solms Hinman Island Ernest Eikel Park and Haymarket Park Three stalls is just not enough to meet parks director Iris Neffendorf said And the restrooms arent handicap acces sible Neither is the playground equipment she said BOND SERIES Today Park improvement bond projects and staff requests Some of the equipment is she said And it doesnt meet safety stan Council will finalize the bond package by midFebruary and voters will have the final say in May INSIDE Key code 76
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