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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 5 can water y before 9 and after 7 users with addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water today between 3 and 8 and from 8 to 10 UNG Vol 149 No 212 16 pages in 2 sections August 30 2000 TIT j o Law turns up heat on pet owners Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents FROM STAFF REPORTS Leaving a pet in a parked car soon could cost New Braunfels residents as much as New Braunfels City Council gave its initial approval Monday to an ordinance designed to protect animals in several ways The council must approve the ordi nance two more times The proposed ordinance prohibits transporting or carrying an animal in a vehicle unless the animal is safely enclosed within the vehicle leaving an animal in a standing or parked vehicle in a way that endangers the animals health or safety leaving an animal in a parked or stand ing vehicle for 15 minutes or longer when the outside temperature is 85 degrees or hotter and confining any animal in a motor vehi cle for more than four hours without ade quate water The ordinance also requires people car rying animals in an unenclosed vehicle to confine the animals in vented cages Or people can use a chain rope or other device crosstied to prevent the animal from falling or jumping from the vehicle Violating the ordinance would be a class C misdemeanor carrying a fine of to The first reading passed by a 4 2 vote Monday Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Mar tinez and Councilman Larry Alexander voted no I feel like we have enough laws on the books to take care of things like Alexander said Comal budget hearings Thursday County mulls million plan FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County commissioners will conduct a pair of public hearings Thursday on a proposed mil lion budget for 2001 The budget includes pay raises for county employees by 3 percent elected officials by 5 percent and commissioners by 10 percent The pay of County Judge Danny Scheel would be unchanged by the new budget The tax rate will be unchanged from this years cents per valuation which means the county tax on a home will remain at The first public hearing has been set for the end of the regular Com missioners Court meeting at in the courthouse annex 150 N Seguin The second public hearing which will be followed by an adoption vote is set for The 2001 budget is up more than 8 percent from this past years million budget and includes increas es in spending for public safety and courts The county did not have to raise the tax rate because of nearly 13 per cent growth in the countys property values during the past year Scheel had submitted a budget that sought 2 percent pay raises for employees with 2 percent merit rais es for a possible increase of 4 per cent Commissioners increased the rais es to 3 percent with possible merit raises of up to 4 percent In an early draft of the budget he had sought even larger pay raises for commissioners than the ones now in the budget as he said he would this past year Scheel a former commissioner originally was going to seek a 15 percent raise for commissioners The commissioners salary of ranks 19th on the list of 23 similarly sized counties in Texas Commissioners voiced concern about the pay hike and lowered it The raise to will place pay for Comal County commission ers at below median pay for counties in Texas with popula tions of to Scheel said Tuesday he hoped for good public turnout at the hearings which were scheduled so they could be attended by people on day or night schedules Wed be happy to listen if people want to come out and give us their views We want to hear their con cerns Scheel said These hearings aie open to the public This old house CHRIS Mike McChesney works on the initial stages of restoring a house Tuesday afternoon on Mill Street The house soon will get a new foundation with pier supports and steel beams CHRIS The City Council approved a proposi tion which would make it illegal to keep an animal in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes when temperatures exceed 85 degrees The proposition will have to be approved by two more council votes before it becomes law City balks at smalllot moratorium BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Support for a county moratorium on highdensity development died on New Braunfels City Councils table Monday night A motion of support made by council woman Juliet Watson stalled for lack of a second Ulti mately council took no action on a resolution SCHEEL supporting a ninemonth moratorium on high density housing development on lots smaller than one acre and voted down a motion that would have sent the proposal to the city Planning and Zoning Commission New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said Tuesday he and oth er city officials would participate in a county committee that could be appointed this week to study growth impacts on the county and its water supply Tuesday morning County Judge Danny Scheel was shaking his head at the action or lack of one I was totally amazed at the vote of the city council on Monday Scheel said I felt that the council would have more interest in their community than they showed during the presentation 1 think its important that they remember that what were trying to regulate today in the extraterritorial jurisdiction will be part of their city in a very short The moratorium is intended to allow the county time to study the See County to pick growth study committee FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County Commission ers will consider Thursday a draft mission statement and appointments for a committee to examine growth and how to accommodate it Commissioners meet at in the courthouse annex 150 Seguin Ave A twopage draft Mission Statement and Operating Pro tocol for the Waterwise Growth Study Committee presented to the New Braunfels City Council Monday night outlines what the 13member committee might do and how it would do it The committee will be com prised of county residents developers New Braunfels city officials and representatives of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation Dis trict and others interested in growth and its effects on the water supply and county infra structure Its outlined goals are Maintaining adequate water supplies Preserving property values Preserving the unique char acter and lifestyle of Comal County and Mitigating the effects of development and urbanization The committee will meet through June 2001 unless com missioners vote to shorten or extend the time allotted to its work INSIDE Key Code 76 Jury begins deliberations in Hartwig case BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer It is now in the hands of 11 jurors to decide whether 63year old Adele Hartwig is a mentally unstable victim of domestic vio lence or a coldblooded killer who murdered her husband for money The jury in Hartwigs capital murder trial will resume delibera tions today to decide if she intentionally killed her hus band by setting their house on fire May A fivewoman sixman jury could find Hartwig guilty of capi tal murder murder or arson or find her not guilty of all charges Hartwig could spend the rest of her life m prison if the jury returns a guilty verdict for capital mur der District Judge Jack Robison dis missed one juror Monday because of a heart condition that made her phys ically unable to continue jury duty The defendant is accused of set ting a house on fire last year that caused 72yearold Harold Hartwigs death The trial began August 21 and the defense rested HARTWIG its case Tuesday Hartwig initially said someone else set the fire and attacked her She later confessed to setting the fire But the defense argued she was mentally unstable when she made her statements to police A psychologist testified the defendant was suffering from post traumatic stress disorder and bat tered wives syndrome because of years of abuse at the hands of her husband The defense told jurors nothing Hartwig said was coherent there fore jurors could not believe her confession She was distraught and she did not have a stable defense attorney Tom Garner said She would have given as many state ments or confessions as the officers asked her Jurors could acquit Adele Hartwig if they determined she set the fire in selfdefense During closing arguments pros ecutors refuted the idea that the woman was a battered wife Harold Hartwig did not become a batterer until she Comal County assistant district attorney Ed Jendrzey said Prosecutors described actions as methodical and well planned This was no battered wife and See
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