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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                HERALD Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with address es ending in or 9 can water today before 9 ancrafter 7 Well users with addresses ending In 6 or 7 can water today between 3 and 8 and from 8 to 10 NG Vol 149 No 213 14 pages in 2 sections August 31 2000 THURSDAY nty since 1852 50 cents Bringing beer Bring your manners Cops crack down on misbehavior this holiday weekend K JESSIE Visitors to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels will be closely monitored for good behavior by increased police patrols over the Labor Day weekend BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The message could not be more straightforward If you leave your manners at home you had better bring your bail New Braunfels City Council gave the police department a mandate but no additional money or manpow to increase law enforcement this weekend on the Comal and lower Guadalupe rivers The action came after a decision to put off until March a council vote on a ban of open alcohol containers on New Braunfels rivers At Monday nights council meet ing Labor Day weekend was viewed as a good opportunity to test whether increased law enforcement would clean up behavior of tubers and other revelers District 4 City Councilman Robert Kendrick who lives on one of the rivers called for the vote in response to the complaints he had heard Police patrol Lt Doug Dunlap has been charged with making the city mandate happen People are tired of behavior on the rivers and were going to increase our enforcement on them on an exper imental basis this Dunlap said We want everybody to have a good time but we want them to show lawful Dunlap said 16 officers would work the Comal Saturday Manpower will be adjusted on Sunday and Monday to reflect crowd conditions he said Were dividing the river into four sectors with a number of officers assigned to he said Dunlap said maintaining the river patrols with current funding and staffing would be difficult if not impossible Hopefully everyone will show the expected behavior and things will go Dunlap said The Labor See Aye 35 TxDOT update Highway workers will open Walnut FM 725 to four lanes before Texas 46 work FROM STAFF REPORTS FarmtoMarket 725 and Walnut Avenue both will be open to four lanes when work begins on Texas 46 next year a Texas Department of Trans portation official said Wednesday Greg Malatek resident engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office gave an 135 update during a gathering sponsored by the small business com mittee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Motorists will breathe a sigh of relief to know they will not have to relive the traffic nightmare when Wal nut Avenue and FM 725 both were down to one lane in each direction earlier this summer Dean Word Co is working on a portion of the 135 construction project from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue Dean Word is scheduled to complete the project by May 2002 Deavors Construction is the con tractor for the portion of work from onehalf mile north of Walnut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 A third portion of the project will widen 135 from just south of Texas 46 to FarmtoMarket 306 Malatek said one of the biggest questions from residents is what would happen when Texas 46 is down to one lane in each direction Malatek said Walnut Avenue should remain open to four lanes for another year and a half then will be shut down to one lane in each direction again for the completion of that project FM 725 should be open to four lanes again next summer and will remain open Work on the frontage road and bridge structure over the Guadalupe River should be complet ed at the same time the FM 725 con struction work is done he said TxDOT expects to contract for the Texas 46 project in the fall of 2001 Work will begin in early 2002 By that time FM 725 and Walnut should both be Malatek said As of now there are no major changes or events in the next two CHRIS A construction worker cuts off portions of the bridge with a welding torch Wednesday afternoon on the IH 35 overpass at the Seguin Avenue exit Local chamber of commerce members recently were briefed on highway and road construction in the New Braunfels area months as part of the 135 construction work Dean Word is continuing work on frontage roads from Ruekle Road to Executive Drive Malatek said crews had a majority of the curb gutter and driveways completed Work on the frontage roads should be completed in the next four to five months After Labor Day Dean Word crews will mill up the west frontage road and rebuild the roadway from Ruekle Road south to Solms Road Crews completed half of the bridge See Pole shortage delays signals at NBHS Texas 46 FROM STAFF REPORTS A shortage of metal poles has delayed installation of several traffic signals in New Braunfels until early 2001 A contractor is scheduled to install signal lights in front of New Braunfels High School and Loop 337 and on Texas 46 near OakRun at the entrance of Hunters Creek Greg Malatek resident engineer of the New Braun fels Texas Department of Transportation office said the contractor had five pro jects across the San Anto nio district The contractor informed TxDOT the supplier cur rently cannot provide any metal poles for the traffic signals and work cannot begin on the traffic signals until January 2001 Malatek said Its a statewide problem The suppliers are saying they wont have any more metal poles for five he said Malatek said he under stood residents wanted the traffic signal lights installed as soon as possible but the contractor which ones would be installed first Every signal light being installed is important to another he said TxDOT agreed to install a traffic signal in front of NBHS after a fatal accident in front of the school this past year Jury verdict Adele Hartwig guilty of murder BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A 63year old woman will spend the rest of her life in prison after an 11member jury convicted her Wednesday on a capital murder charge Adele Hartwig sat stonefaced and showed little emo tion in the courtroom when Dis trict Judge Jack Robi HARTWIG son read the verdict and sentenced her to life imprison ment for killing her husband 72year old Harold Hartwig The Comal County District Attorneys office did not seek the death penalty Both sides of the Hartwig family who have been embroiled in the murder case and a civil dispute over Harolds will during the past year react ed emotionally to the verdict Linda Wood the daughter of Harold Hartwig from a previous marriage sobbed and sighed deeply before saying I am so happy she got capital murder and will be in prison for the rest of her Adele waved a tearful good bye to family members sitting in the courtroom before she was led away to be transported to the Comal County Jail Hartwig was convicted of murdering her husband by set ting a fire in their log cabin on Heuco Springs Loop Road in the early morning hours of May The jury began deliberations in the case Tuesday afternoon and reached a verdict Wednesday after more than a week of testimony Judge Robison dismissed one juror because she was physi cally unable to continue jury duty Defense attorney Tom Gar ner said Of course were dis appointed and in all probability an appeal will be Garner praised the work of the Comal County Sheriffs Department the Comal County District Attorneys office Judge Robison and the jury in the case The defense argued Adele suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and battered wives syndrome because of years of physical abuse at the hands of her husband Garner told jurors Hartwig was men tally unstable when she con fessed to the crime The defendant did not testify on her own behalf Garner said Hartwig often was undecided about whether to testify but he ultimately decided she would not take the stand It was my decision and I will take responsibility for he said Comal County chief assistant district attorney Ed Springer said the jury came back with the guilty verdict after careful ly considering all of the evi dence I think the jurys verdict was the absolutely correct he said Springer said he did not believe Adele was physi cally abused but described her as a chronic alcoholic who planned Harolds murder for financial gain He stood between her and the bottle and financial security So she got rid of he said Prosecutors argued Harold planned to divorce Adele and See City closes gate on Gardens BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The gates to New Braunfels remain closed to a local subdivision that wanted to close its gates to the public New Braunfels City Council voted Monday against a petition for voluntary annexation from the Gardens of Hunters Creek Home Owners Association The annexation failed by a vote of 24 with Councilmen Larry Alexander and Lee Rodriguez voting in support of the petition Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Mar tinez Councilwomen Debbie Flume and Juliet Watson and Councilman Robert Kendrick voted against the annexation Mayor Stoney Williams abstained because he has friends and family who own property in the subdivision The subdivision had asked for volun tary annexation with several conditions The homeowners there wanted the city to accept its streets and maintain them However the subdivision is a gated community The homeowners wanted to close those gates between dusk and dawn each day limiting access to the pub according to the subdivisions peti tion That provision killed the subdivisions petition Really the issue would be if we allow them to keep a gated community but See ANNEXATIONS INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Stocks 5A Key Code HOT panel picks ranking system BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels Hotel Occu pancy Tax committee after wrestling over two agenda items for more than an hour Tuesday decided to use a numerical rank ing system to pick who would get bed tax money Members also approved a hotel survey that could be mailed out as early as Friday City council created the com mittee three months ago to rec ommend who should get a piece of more than in hotel tax money marked for increas ing tounsm After tripping over procedur al etiquette several times the committee approved a onepage questionnaire designed to deter mine what brings visitors to New Braunfels and when Theyre hoping to get some information from the hotel industry about what puts heads on said Chet Lewis the citys chief financial officer and the committees staff liaison The committee also took a tentative step toward defining a selection process by agreeing to a ranking system Applicants for bed tax funds will be ranked based on a numerical scale and averages in the final stage of selection For now members agree to rank applicants individually pool the results take the aver ages and then recommend their top choices to city council Before the next meeting on Sept 12 members will draft a list of criteria and questions to consider while evaluating appli cations Applications have been avail able since Aug 8 but so far none have been submitted   

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