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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZci Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers cannot water today Well users with addresses ending In 8 or 9 can water today after 8 rilii 1 i MG Vol 149 No 172 16 pages in 2 sections July 14 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Students memorial reduced to two crosses BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Two small white crosses stand side by side against a fence in a bare open field alongside Loop 337 They are all that remain of a large memorial once decorated with flowers and notes from friends and family of New Braunfels High School students Shelby Farnsworth and Fer nando Diaz Jeanette Gorski mother of 16yearold Farnsworth said the Texas Department of Trans portation took down the memorial site recently as part of an agreement made with the family earlier this year TxDOT requested family and friends remove the memorial which was in the TxDOT rightof way and replace it with two wooden crosses to meet state guidelines Farnsworth and Diaz 15 both cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps died Oct 9 when their car collided with a 1999 Ford F250 pickup in front of New Braunfels High School at 255 IN Loop 337 For the past nine months friends and family members maintained the memorial site about 150 feet from the roadway across the street from the school just north of the Texas 46 exit The memorial site was decorated with fresh flowers and religious statues State policy allows families to put up a wood en cross no larger than 30 inches by 18 inches for each accident victim at the edge of the rightof way TxDOT policy allows officials to remove a marker if it is placed in the rightofway without approval or if it does not meet the criteria Greg Malatek resident engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office said the main con See Blaze destroys house BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer McQUEENEY A roasted rattlesnake lying twisted where it had writhed in agony to a painful death Thursday morning was the only known casualty of a fire that destroyed a twostory wood frame home Officials were investigat ing the cause of the blaze Thursday evening but McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department chief Tim Bogisch said the fire was Bogisch said firefighters were called to the home on Rolling Fork Drive behind the Leisure Village mobile home park at Thursday A neighbor who noticed smoke billowing from the building went to a nearby utility company work er and used his phone to report the fire In all two dozen firefight ers fought the blaze which was engulfed on both floors and the attic of the round dometopped home when the Bogisch and the first crew got there The first floor second floor and attic all had fire showing when we Bogisch said He said he did not know who the owner or occupant of the home was and neigh bors hadnt said We dont Bogisch said late Thursday afternoon The cause of the fire also had not been determined Don McFarland Guadahipc County fire mar shal would investigate the cause Bogisch said He expected to have more infor mation today Travis Emerson a McQueeney volunteer emer gency medical technician and fire fighter said initially the fire was too far along to look for possible victims inside There wasnt much we could do Its wood frame and it was fully involved when we got he said After they knocked down the fire firefighters looked around inside as best they could and found nobody he said He pointed to a twisted singed and blackened rat tlesnake in burned grass its jaws open nearly 180 degrees in what looked like a final scream against the advanc ing flames That rattlesnake didnt make it Emerson said Council looks at stepping up river security File photo River Road was one of the most heavily patrolled areas Memorial Day with officers stopping vehicles for speed ing seatbelt violations and a host of other violations BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels soon could see increased police presence on local rivers This week city council members asked city manager Mike Shands to provide them information on river secu rity They would like information on essentially security and safety on the Shands said Theyre wanting to know what would be the locations the times the frequency and the staffing positions to put police on primarily the Comal River Council also will consider changes on the Guadalupe River but Shands said it is concentrating on the Comal River because of the low flowlevels on the Guadalupe Some council mem bers said Monday the low Guadalupe flow levels have caused increased traf fic on the Comal Council also will consider the pos sibility of portable toilets at the Lincoln Street and Union Street river exits Shands said Were going to bring back some costs and provide them with the infor mation they asked for and they can decide if they want to provide addi tional Shands said The city already is working under its 20002001 budget The council will consider if it wants to increase the amount of money in the budget for police which in turn would allow increased staffing on the river Shands said If they want to have a greater pres ence on the rivers they need to increase the funding for police officers Were looking at a couple of Shands said The city could pay its own officers to work additional hours on the rivers Shands said this would be the best solution because the citys officers were familiar with the area When they write tickets you dont have to bring them from someplace else for he said Officers from other areas might not be familiar with the area and they would have to be paid extra to return for court Shands said If the officers couldnt return to court the tickets they write probably would be dismissed Another option would be to use the citys reserve officers who also are licensed police officers Also some of the citys fire investigators are licensed police officers Shands said Shands said the city could ask those officers if they were interested in work ing additional hours patrolling the rivers That would help decrease the fatigue of the citys police officers Shands said council members want the rivers to be safe They want the rivers to be Shands said It sounds like at this point that theyre certainly will ing to look at the additional City staff will present the council with possible locations times and days for extra police at the councils next meeting July 24 The Texas Department of trans portation recently removed all but these two crosses from a memorial in front of New Braunfels High School CHRIS HeraldZeitung NBHS chief quits Seguin ISD trustees approve hire of Keith Garinger BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Keith Garinger officially offered his resignation Thurs day night as principal of New Braunfels High School after Seguin Independent School District trustees approved hiring him as the new director of human resources Garinger who has been principal at NBHS since 1997 said the decision to leave was hard but he was faced with the right opportunity at the right time This was something that I always wanted to do and a great opportunity opened he said The Seguin board of trustees approved Garingers appointment Thursday night GARINGER Garinger said he would fax his resig nation to New Braunfels Independent School District after the meeting NBISD trustees now are left with the task of finding Garingers replacement before school starts Aug 23 which they cannot do until his resignation is officially approved by the board The next scheduled board meet ing is July 25 Garinger said he learned about the position about two and half weeks ago and visited with SISD Superintendent Dee Carter who was very supportive of his move to the Seguin district Its very important to me when the superintendent says she trusts you and wants you to be a part of the Garinger said Garinger said he always was interested in human resources and recruiting and his career objective was to become a director of human resources Debbie Garinger Keiths wife said she would remain in NBISD as the principal of Memorial Intermediate School Were not going to move That was part of the deal I See INSIDE Key Code 76 Board discusses taxi rules K JESSIE As owner and driver of Gruene Top Yellow Checkered Taxi Eldyn Branch enjoys meeting interesting people Hustle Bustle and New Braunfels Shuttle are the other two taxi business es that service New Braunfels BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Taxicab companies would have to uniformly color and mark their cars under a pro posed new taxi ordinance for New Braunfels The citys transportation and traffic advisory board continued to discuss the pro posed changes to the citys ordinance Thursday night The board is expected to finalize its proposal at its August 10 meeting The board then will sched ule a public hearing on the proposed new ordinance before it is sent to the city council for consideration current ordinance is a difficult ordinance to said Assistant to the City Manager Don Fer guson There were some holes in it that created some The proposed ordinance which also addresses limou sines and vans that carry up to 15 people attempts to address those problems he said Under the proposed ordi nance each taxi company operating in the city would have to have its own color scheme and insignia for its cars Also the proposed ordi nance would streamline the application process for a taxi operator to receive a permit to operate in the city The
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