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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Vol 149 No 99 14 pages in 2 sections April 6 2000 NEW FBI HERALDZK 11 Ul THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents WHATS UP Chemical Exchange Day This Saturday from 9 am to 3 Behind Fire Station No Loop 337 ReuseRecycle Day Saturday April 15 from 9 to 3 Behind Fire Station No Loop 337 Household chemical exchange program set BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer County residents can rid their homes and the landfill of excess hazardous waste by participating in the ninth annual house hold chemical exchange program Satur day from 9 to 3 behind New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Station No 2 4120 Loop 337 More than 700 households are expected to participate in the toxic waste exchange program sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Comal County and the City of Garden Ridge said project manager Elroy Friesenhahn who also is the New Braunfels Fire Marshal Residents should participate in the event because it is a way to get the chemicals out of the landfills where it could end up in our water or other places and off of the shelves where it could be harmful to the Friesenhahn said One indi vidual can make a difference All residents have to do is drive up well even unload their vehicles for See The Main question City considers downtown expenditures BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Many of those passionate about revi talizing downtown New Braunfels have asked the city to inject more public funds into what they consider the eco nomic and cultural heart of the city But the city already spends more than out of the general fund for a department some say could be doing more And at least one councilman thinks the program should be selfsuf ficient in another five years see relat ed New Braunfels City Council will vote on the first reading of pro posed new bud get at Monday in the New Braunfels Municipal Building council chambers 424 S Castell Ave Currently Main Streets budget is about 80 percent of which funds salaries and wages for the Main Street director and secretary In fiscal year 1999 before the department had a fulltime secretary the budget was Now the city is looking at a budget of including a onetime expense of for capital improve ments such as downtown lighting Council will vote Monday on the first reading of the budget If that budget is approved Main Streets budget will increase nearly 150 percent from the 1999 budget While money spent on capital improvements creates tangible changes for downtown measuring the impact of money spent on Main Street isnt so easy Main Street director Lynn Fountain will be the first to admit her department isnt a A lot of people dont understand what we she said But back in the late 1980s a group of New Braunfels residents decided Main Street was the best mechanism to revi talize downtown she said I see it as a she said Dif ferent communities use different mech K JESSIE Above Lynn Fountain points to the main plaza on a map representing the various districting zones throughout New Braunfels Below Fountain and Planning secretary Sam Sarske discuss business Councilman Downtown should stand on its own BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels city councilman Larry Alexander said he believed the Main Street pro grajtn should be selfsufficient in about five years I do feel down town needs to eventually stand on its he said While the pro ALEXANDER gram had its the busi nesses must make the difference not the city he said Downtown business owner Marty Lindley who serves on the Main See The National Main Street Program started in 1980 with several goals to save and rehabilitate historic structures downtown improve economic man agement strengthen public participa tion and recruit new businesses The Texas Main Street Program started in 1981 Since then it has helped 125 Texas cities New Braunfels was designated a Main Street city in 1991 when the city signed a contract See Landa Station lawsuit dismissed BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A federal civil suit filed by owners of a now defunct bar and live music venue against Comal County and the City of New Braunfels was dis missed Tuesday The suit filed in June alleged that during the 1997 hepatitis A outbreak county and city officials violated the civil rights of Irene and Gary Smith owners of Landa Station and Derrick Tillman a pre vious employee diagnosed with hepatitis A District Judge Orlando Garcia filed the dis missal Tuesday a decision that can be appealed within 30 days although Gary Smith said he was unsure whether he would Austinbased defense attorney Tony Nelson who represented the county called the lawsuit frivo We dont believe theres a basis for an appeal for the case or a basis for the he said Smith said he didnt have a direct comment on the lawsuit More than anything I hate losing our life long he said The Smiths closed Landa Station 381 Landa in September after watching business dwindle for a year because of the hepatitis scare According to the plaintiffs petition former coun ty judge Carter Casteel had a press conference Jan and released the name of Landa Station as employing a waiter with hepatitis A The Smiths say Landa Station suffered irrepara ble economic harm as well as embarrassment humil iation and public ridicule and severe mental anguish requiring medical Irene Smith said they were forced to close their restaurant after the Jan press conference and operate only as a bar dropping business from between and a day to a day In the Jan edition of the HeraldZeitung Casteel said The reason were revealing the name is there is a medical necessity because we dont know whos eaten City attorney Floyd Akers agreed We deny weve done anything wrong We acted for public health and People who ate there could have been infected with hepatitis which causes fever vomiting diarrhea and jaundice Akers said Early detection could be the difference between life and he said Its as simple as Between 50 and 60 cases of hepatitis A were con firmed by the Comal County Health Department in See Biker rides for MS awareness more than ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer California native Thomas Beasley spent many years of his life working toward the dream of competing in the Superbowl of cycling competitions the Tour de France After returning from a crosscountry cycling trip in 1990 Beasley 31 was confronted with a grim reality that would alter his life forever A 29yearold dose friend of fouhtry trips taking hirri to every state but three Multiple Sclerosis The event so impacted Beasley that in 1991 he set a personal goal to raise in ten years to donate to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society During the past nine years three months and four days Beasley has cycled more than consecutive miles through every state except Alaska Vermont and New Jersey He also has worn through 50 sets of tires with three different bicycles hauling more than 65 pounds of gear appeared in more than 100 newspaper articles and raised mare than to donate to Multiple Sclerosis And he is not finished yet Beasley cycled into New Braunfels from San Antonio Wednesday after noon hoping to gain local support for his cause I just like riding a bike and helping people out knowing one day mere might be a cure for MS and I might be one of the reasons Beasley said Everybody always makes their own life and Ive always wanted to do something a little Beasley will be in the New Braunfels area his hotel accommodations Inn 979 N Inter when leaves for INSIDE WJH MpAnM I Kay Code 76   

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