Sunday, September 3, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Air Quality Health Alert Day Reduce emissions by carpooling and avoiding unnecessary driving today NEW HERALD PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5 6 or 9 can water today before 9 and alter 7 Well users cannot water today For information call 6088925 NG Vol 149 No 216 44 pages in 4 sections September 3 2000 O j TTVJFA ServinK Gomal County since 1852 Bulverde blaze kills pets INSIDE Fair guide The 107th Comal County County Fair kicks off later this month with tractor pulls a baby barnyard fair exhibits and much much INSIDE Wildcats run New Braunfels Christian Academy dipped into unfamil iar waters in 2000 with its first football Night owfe INDEX Week Key code 77 Next time you go to pick up your coffee and rolls at the local doughnut shop say an extra thank you to the person behind the C Atlantic storm remains small MIAMI AP Tropical Storm Ernesto the fifth named storm of the 2000 hurricane season formed early Saturday deep in the Atlantic Ocean but posed no immediate threat to land a meteorologist said Ernestos top sustained winds were near 40 mph Saturday and its tropical storm force winds extended 115 miles from its center The storm was about 600 miles east of the Leeward Islands about miles southeast of Florida and moving northwest at about 15 mph Blake said Ernesto was expected to remain over open ocean at least through Monday BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer BULVERDE A Bulverde familys pets died in a fire that also destroyed their home Satur day A neighbor reported the fire about 3 Saturday said Dar ren Brinkkoeter Comal County assistant fire marshal When fire fighters arrived they found the mobile home at 92 Sun Valley engulfed in flames They were here pretty quick Brinkkoeter said as fire fighters behind him continued to douse the mobile home with water Homeowners Rodney and Sharon Willmann were not at home when the fire started Brinkkoeter said However their two dogs were in a fence behind the mobile home The dogs died in the fire There was no way for them to Brinkkoeter said The blaze started a grass fire in a halfacre area behind the mobile home The fire threatened to spread to three houses nearby Brinkkoeter said He praised firefighters for their successful efforts to stop the grass fire before it jumped to the hous es The cause of the fire was still under investigation Saturday afternoon K JESSIE The Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department led efforts to control the fire Several other area fire departments assisted Petition kicks off Booze ban supporters collect signatures for referendum 4A board wants city to help fund dispatch system K JESSIE SLATEN HeraidZeitung Kathleen Krueger read a prepared statement for Citizens United to Save Our Rivers early Saturday morning at the plaza gazebo Krueger and Robert Kendrick both spoke passionatley about the need to clean up the cities rivers by banning alcohol on the rivers BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Main Plaza became a stomping ground Saturday for opposing views on a proposed alcohol ban on local rivers New Braunfels resident Kathleen Krueger wife of former senator and ambassador Bob Krueger stood in the bandstand surrounded by about 30 others who want voters to decide whether a riv er alcohol ban should be implemented As Krueger and other Citizens United to Save Our Rivers kickedoff their peti tion drive to put the issue on the Novem ber ballot motorists driving in the traffic circle took the opportunity to voice their opinions Some honked in support but not every one agreed with the activists who were working in the heat to obtain sig natures Kruegers group must submit the signatures to the city secretary by Tuesday afternoon Its not the beer thats the one passing motorist shouted Its the See K JESSIE Francisco Siles of Dallas ends his Comal River trip early Saturday afternoon at the last public exit The Guadalupe River was extremely quiet Saturday BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The board overseeing some of the citys sales tax revenues doesn not want to pick up the whole tab for a new public safety commu nications system However board members might be asked to reconsid er On Thursday New Braun fels Infrastructure Improve ment Corp voted to recom mend that city council pay for half of the citys radio system with sales tax revenues Im very surprised that they didnt fund Mayor Stoney Williams said Williams said the council should send the recommen dation back to the board for additional consideration The board recommends how the city spends a one quarter of 1 percent of its sales tax The tax is com monly referred to as the 4B tax after the legislation that allowed the city to collect the tax The money is divided for specific types of projects Oneeighth of 1 percent goes toward improvement projects and the remaining oneeighth of 1 percent goes to street and drainage pro jects Earlier this year voters rejected all but one of seven bond propositions in a million bond election Voters approved a proposition for the emer gency communications sys tem However council decid ed it did not make sense to issue bonds for just that amount of money City staff said going into debt to buy the system would cost twice as much in the long run Council instructed city staff to approach the infra structure corporation for funding through the sales tax for improvement pro jects New Braunfels Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis explained to the board that council thought the communications system fit into the purpose of the sales tax for improvement pro jects council obviously felt this expenditure fit the character of Lewis said Friday Lewis told the board members the city had of unallocated rev enues on the improvement side of the sales tax Board member David Stinchcomb said the voters approved See Watch on TV FROM STAFF REPORTS Members of the New Braunfels Planning and Zon ing Commission will become the citys newest television stars this week The commissions meeting Tuesday will be televised live on the citys local government channel channel 16 or channel Council decided to tele vise the planning commis sion and zoning board meet ings earlier this year The zoning board meets on the fourth Thursday of each month Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager tapes coun cil meetings and also will tape the planning commis sion and zoning board of adjustment meetings The meetings also will be replayed on the citys access channel but those dates have not yet been determined Fer guson said State proposes alternative to families roadside crosses FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS DALLAS State transporta tion officials have drafted a pro posal that could resolve a roadside battle over statesanctioned memorials for drunkdriving vic tims and makeshift crosses put up by family members to remember loved ones Under the Texas Department of Transportations proposal fam ilies would submit an application for a memorial sign and pay a fee Plans for the memorials which would include both drunk driving and other fatalities are rectangular signs with white let ters on a blue background The signs would read In memory of and include the persons name and date of death Crosses are being avoided to keep separation of church and state Richard Kirby director of maintenance operations for the transportation department told The Dallas Morning News in Sat urdays editions From oui standpoint its not in a way a memorial program for that individual although it is cer tainly for the Kirby said Our intent is that it is a reminder to drive The proposal could placate Tylerarea residents who have been angered after removal notices began appearing on makeshift memorials in April TxDOT officials temporarily sus pended the removals in May to review the policy The families of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz had to remove a memorial in front of New Braunfels High School after TxDOT officials said it did not comply with state policy The two students were killed in a collision in front of the school in October 1999 Alcohol was not a factor in the accident Agency officials had said roadside memorials are not per mitted because of a state pro gram to highlight traffic deaths that are caused by alcohol TxDOT only allows properly constructed memorials approved by the state