New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 5, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 05, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW III1 I I M 1 I K HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 34 16 pgs in 2 sections January 5 2000 WEDNESDAY Firefighters keep watch at CL blaze site Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Firefighters and volunteers continued their vigil against flare ups Tuesday at the site of a Monday wildfire that scorched about 700 acres near a Canyon Lake area subdivision The blaze was contained Monday evening but flare ups continued overnight and all day Tuesday Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Depart ment Deputy Chief Shawn Wherry said The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Texas Forest Service and Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Department Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said The blaze started in the backyard of a res idence near Purgatory Road and Oak Valley Estates Manford said A firefighter reported that two piles of burning brush near the resi dence might have ignited the blaze Dry windy weather also contributed to a fire early Tuesday morning that burned about 60 acres in the Stoney Creek subdivision off Texas 46 near Smithson Valley High School The fire was started by individuals shooting off fireworks in the area Bulverde Volun teer Fire Department Chief Raylon Schlued er said Board Separate parks projects BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council should let residents vote on park related bond propositions sepa rately the citys parks and recre ation advisory board agreed Mon day As is residents could vote on two park propositions a million proposition for new restrooms and playground equipment and a million proposition esti mated for an indoor pool several fields and a gymnasium After deliberation and public input council approved this pack aging at its Dec 13 meeting But council has until midFebruary to finalize the package which will go before voters in May Parks advisory board member Carl Fox made a motion at Mon days meeting that the board rec ommend unbundling the mil lion proposition and let voters decide on the estimated mil lion pool million fields and million gymnasium separate ly Its going to kill it if the city includes Fox said We need to be The motion passed 31 the rec ommendation will be passed on to council Board member David Feltmann cast the dissenting vote He said the pool wouldnt have as good a chance of passing if separated from the other projects Feltmann also serves on the board of the nonprofit New Braun fels Youth Sports the driving force behind the sports complex and has volunteered his time to research the feasibility of an indoor pool NBYS has a 100year lease on 100 acres off Doeppenschmidt Road and Interstate 35 the site where it wants the citys sports complex to be built The group plans to raise money and add extra fields a track a football field hik ing trail and other amenities INSIDE Key Code 76 The partys over AMANDA The last remnants of the holidays started disappearing Tuesday afternoon as New Braunfels Utilities employees began removing Christmas lights at the Main Plaza Constable race draws six hopefuls BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The March primary races are off to a running start with five Republi cans and one Democrat seeking the job of Pet 4 constable The opening of constable Ed Mullins position this year prompted Republican candidates J Ronald Star Carey Lee Hernandez Jim Higdon Wylie I Queen and Ben Scroggin to jump into the primary race Democratic candidate Jim Sutton is running unopposed for his party nomination for the Pet 4 constable position Sutton lost to Mullins in the 1996 election Mullins did not file for reelection He could not be reached for comment Filing for the March 14 primaries ended Monday evening The general election is Nov 7 The last day to register to vote in the primary elections is Feb 14 The first day of early voting is Feb 28 The Pet 4 constable position rep resents the Canyon Lake area List of Comal County candidates Page 4A Several candidates said they filed for the Pet 4 constable position because the vacancy opened an opportunity to run for office Comal County constables are peace officers elected by the precincts in which they reside but their juris dictions extend throughout the coun ty They are not fulltime law officers but are oncall 24 hours a day Con stables in Comal County are paid a yearly salary of County constables are the officers of the justice of the peace courts and assist in serving writs processes and warrants During a Republican Party gather ing Monday night Queen told about 50 guests the Canyon Lake area needed a constable who was a work ing man and who understood the working class We need somebody who is going to stand up for the he said Queen said he had experience in the security business and as a mason ry contractor He also has worked with the local emergency medical services unit and with the volunteer fire department Im out here working with the public every day I listen to the people about what they need and what they want in law enforcement out he said Hernandez who has lived in the Canyon Lake area for more than 20 years said he would like to see more cooperation between the constables and other county agencies such as the sheriffs department For the past three years Hernandez See A Comal County sheriffs deputy and a resident of Oak Valley Estates subdivi sion survey dam age caused by a wildfire Monday afternoon that burned 700 acres AMANDA Zeitung NBU plans to allow competition BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels Utilities plans to open up the local elec tric market to competition vol untarily but just how soon is uncertain general manager Paul DiFonzo announced at a meeting Tuesday We believe there will be a time when our customers should have a she said But we dont know when An open market would allow customers to choose their own electric company a move that could lower rates and ensure better service propo nents say Under Senate Bill 7 investorowned electric utili ties are forced into competi tion by Jan 1 2002 But municipalowned utilities like NBU can decide on their own to participate in competition although not until Jan New Braunfels City Council would have final say NBU probably wont become competitive until it has time to analyze how investor owned utilities handle the change DiFonzo said Although competition is more than two years away NBU wants to start preparing as soon as possible she said At a special meeting Tues day the NBU board approved a potentially pricey staff rec ommendation to form teams to work on a strategic plan that would help guide NBU as it faces issues of competition It will be a plan to make New Braunfels Utilities as effi cient and effective as possible for the she said NBU will form six teams made up of staff board mem bers and possibly members of the community to analyze just about every area of operation The plan also would examine areas not really addressed by NBU currently like marketing We havent done a whole lot of marketing of NBU assistant general man ager of business services Jeff Thompson said Theres a lot to be done DiFonzo said she was unsure how long the study would take At the next board meeting staff will outline more specif ically what the teams will study and present a budget of projected expenses DiFonzo gave a preliminary cost estimate of for the first year Only of this is actually budgeted leav ing a shortfall of The includes costs of consultants and resource materials she said NBU also will need to figure in the cost of staff time devoted to the project This is a big she said Were already tight Mayor Stoney Williams who sits on the board said he thought it was a good plan Its he said Trustee and former NBU general manager Robert Sohn agreed This is a big under he said But I In their presentation to the board NBU staff listed sever al goals the teams would undertake including Creating and testing NBUs market image Launching a marketing and sales plan Streamlining business organization and structure Evaluating the condition of NBUs infrastructure supply resources and information sys tems considering projected growth Restructuring electric rates See Developer plans 240 unit apartment complex BY PERI STONE PALMQUIST Staff writer About 240 apartment units rented at market price could be built on the same piece of property many community members hoped would house more affordable homes New Braunfels Planning Commission approved Tuesday a zoning change on the 15acre tract of land west of Water Lane and south of Interstate 35 from R2 Single and TwoFamily District to R3H Multifam ily High Density District This recommendation will be brought before city council for final approval Developer John Seidel told commissioners that the proposed apartment corn See ;