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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers can water any day of the week before 9 and after 7 Use of handheld hoses soaker hoses buckets or drip irriga tion Is allowed any time HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 255 16 pages in 2 sections October 19 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents INSIDE Dow cant hang on above Social Security checks might get First Lady will not be prosecuted over travel office Clinton vows Cole retribution Department of Defense The Navy guided missile destroyer USS Cole DDG 67 remains moored to a refueling platform in the industrial harbor in Aden Yemen NORFOLK Va AP Alternat ing between words of grief and retribu tion President Clinton sought Wednes day to comfort the sailors and families of the USS Cole He praised the fallen as patriots and sternly warned the hatefilled terror ists whose attack killed 17 aboard the Navy destroyer We will find you and justice will Under a gray sheet of sky Clinton addressed a memorial ceremony at a Norfolk Naval Sta tion pier crowded with destroyers and aircraft carriers Sailors in white dress uniforms lined every deck of every ship listening to Clinton praise the colleagues lost in Thursdays explo sion at a Yemeni harbor as our finest CLINTON Islamic activitists young people fallen soldiers who rose to freedoms They all had their own stories and their own Clinton said In the names and faces of those we lost and mourn the world sees our nations greatest strength People in uni form rooted in every race creed and region on the face of the Rain delays NBHSs traffic signal School officials dedicate lightTxDOT plans to turn on Monday BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Wet weather postponed the activation Wednes day of the traffic signal at New Braunfels High School and North Loop 337 About 100 people including students school and Texas Department of Transportation officials and State Rep Edmund Kuempel gathered in front of the school to recognize traffic safety day at the school The day was designed to increase safety aware ness on the campus and highlight three major changes at the school including a new signal light traffic control arm and flow reroute Organizers of the morning event invited student council representatives and Marine Corps ROTC cadets to attend the 20minute ceremony After two students died in a car accident trying to exit the school oh Oct 9 1999 community and school leaders have worked to improve safe ty at the campus that opens onto busy Loop 337 The new plan cuts the number of exits to Loop 337 from three to one and creates oneway traf fic by the bus barn and the band hall Lightning Metal Specialties Inc donated a traffic arm that will prevent students from exit ing the bus barn driveway and the traffic light will feed vehicles onto the loop After the Traffic Safety Recognition Day cer emony school officials expected to see the sig nal turned on but Mondays rain prevented TxDOT officials from painting stripes that need to be in place before the signal can be turned on The weather is a big factor right now The pavement has to be completely dry and it is sort of said Greg Malatek resident engi neer of the New Braunfels TxDOT office Were shooting for Monday Oct but if it rains then all bets are Once the ground is dry enough and lane lines have been painted the light can be immediately activated See K JESSIE Top left New Braunfels High School Marine Corps JROTC cadets turned out in force for a dedication ceremony of a new traffic light and traffic control arm at Loop 337 and the high school campus exit The ceremony also highlighted traffic safety recognition day at NBHS Above State Rep Edmund Kuempel speaking was one of several community leaders that attended the event Flu vaccine supplies need booster Health department postpones clinics BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A shortage of flu vaccine forced Comal County public health offi cials to postpone flu vaccination clinics until November Karon Preiss Comal County Nurse reports that this years order of flu vaccine has been delayed The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta reports on its website that 75 million dos es of flu vaccine will be available this year but that it will be ready a month later than this past year This past year the CDC reports 74 million doses were distributed nationwide The delay being blamed on poor reproduction of one of the three strains in laboratories causing ship ping delays for the firms that sup ply the vaccine Most doctors in town still havent received it My supplier says well have it in Preiss said Were not really pan icked about it but we would really love to get the vaccine Preiss said the middle of Novem ber was later than she would like but the flu season did not really kick up until midJanuary Allow ing a month to get everybody vac cinated and two weeks for the injec tion to produce antibodies would leave plenty of time Preiss said As soon as the vaccine arrives well march on our campaign to get everybody Preiss said Well work extra hours and well get it done Itll be later than usual but it wont be too late We dont want people to Preiss said physicians she had contacted were telling her they had been told to expect the vaccine within a couple of weeks They See K JESSIE Comal County Health Depart ment Joyce Ramsey anx iously awaits a shipment of flu vaccine VETERANS FLU SHOTS The Department of Veterans Affairs has free flu shots available to all eligible veterans in South Texas absolutely free of charge Flu shots are available at these South Texas Veterans Health Care System loca tions Audie L Murphy Memorial Veterans Hospital 7400 Merton Minter San Antonio Kerrville VA Medical Center 3600 Memorial phone 830 8962020 Frank M Tejeda VA Outpatient Clinic 5788 Eckhert San Antonio Veterans who are not cur rently enrolled for VA health care services will be required to bring in their military dis charge paper form DD214 to verify eligibility For infor mation call 888 6866350 Councilman developers debate impervious cover rules BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A meeting between New Braunfels City Councilman Robert Kendrick and local devel opers this week is leading to a broad look at the citys ordinances that regulate building We made a lot of Kendrick said 1 think we had a lot of positive input 1 think well come up with a lot of really good About 20 people attended the meeting Monday which Kendrick initially called to seek input on a possible impervious cover ordinance Kendrick had worked on the pro posed ordinance but had not introduced it officially because he wanted input from oth er people Impervious cover is paving a house driveway or other material that pre vents the ground from absorbing water Lots of communities around here and across the nation have similar ordi nances to control the growth a little bit so we dont end up with lots that are completely Kendrick said Requirements limiting the amount of impervious cover can ease drainage prob lems recharge groundwater and minimize pollution from parking lots and streets into KENDRICK local rivers he said Kendrick said some developers expressed worries that such an ordinance would drive them out of business However he said that was not his intent Im not doing it on the basis of trying to hurt he said The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission regulates the amount of imper vious cover in the recharge zone However James Vaughan said the commission did not address the issue in other areas Vaughan is an adjunct faculty member at Southwest Texas State University who teach es land use and planning courses Also Kendrick said his proposal for an impervious cover ordinance was not to encourage developers to build homes with larger yards Instead he said he was talking about leaving some land in a development in its natural state Vaughan said he supported that kind of idea Its the kind of common area that doesnt require any Vaughan said One developer who used such a technique actually ended up with a development that was worth more because people liked the open space Vaughan said It really he said Some at Mondays meeting however wor ried that such common areas would require See INSIDE Key Code 76   

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