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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 267 16 pages in 2 sections November 2 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents TxDOT More rain could delay 135 work BY Jo Lee FERGUSON Staff Writer Recent rains have caused some delays in the road construction along Interstate 35 but no major problems Greg Malatek area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation addressed fewer than 20 people Wednesday during a road construction update The business advisory and trans portation committee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce spon sors the monthly update Students compete to name that Wassailman BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer A WassailMan by any other name would be much sweeter New Braunfels Main Street Wassailfest 2000 Committee is asking local students to name the festivals unnamed logo known simply as the Downtown New Braunfels has played host to the annual Wassailfest since 1992 Visitors sample different kinds of Wassail a traditional Precipitation expected in the The weather hasnt cooperated but well take the rain any Malatek said However he said the rain slowed work The contractors working on the three interstate projects are working on tem porary drainage to get themselves out of the Malatek said If we continue to get rain its going to have an effect on he said The meetings will take place in Honors Hall Previous meet ings were at Krauses Caf6 However the MALATEK restaurant recently closed I appreciate everybody turning said Dean Word one of the contractors working on 135 Its not quite as strong a crowd as we had at Work on 135 is divided into three sections under the supervision of two contractors Dean Word Co oversees construc tion from south of Solms Road to a quarter mile north of Ruckle Road and from a quarter mile north of Ruekle Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue Deavers Construction is responsible See School politics CHS sponsors forum debate on election issues age provided by the downtown merchants during the onenight festival When the festival began former Main Street Director Penelope Church Doherty sketched a picture of a man who became known as the Wassailman said current Main Street Director Lynn Fountain The small almost Santa Clauslooking man holds a steaming mug of Wassail and is dressed in traditional German attire He became the logo for the festival and is featured on the Wassail mugs down town merchants sell for the festival each year Hes never had a name before and it gets a little tedious referring to him as the WassailMan or as I did the Wassail Fountain said It seemed to me that the millennium year is probably as good a year as any to name I really dont want him to go another thousand years without a All students through fifth grade at schools within New Braunfels city limits have been invited to participate in the contest to name the WassailMan Fountain said students in New Braunfels and Comal school districts and Saints Peter and Paul School would par ticipate Each student can enter one name Teachers will select the two best names to be forwarded to their campus principals office The principal or another staff member then will select two winners for the cam See CHRIS Bob Krueger top talks with Canyon High School students after the mock debate Wednesday in the Canyon High School cafeteria Damaso Torres a senior at St Marys University represented the Republican Party as he and Krueger debated presidential campaign issues BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Representatives from the nations two major political parties debated the issues in front of more than 200 Canyon High School students Wednesday National Honor Society members hosted the forum to increase student interest and better prepare students for a mock election they will vote in today The real thing takes place Tuesday early voting ends Friday With a little help from teachers the NHS secured lastminute speak ers to discuss party platforms Former US Senator Bob Krueger spoke for Democratic nominee Al Gore and St Marys University stu dent Damaso Torres backed Republican candidate George W Bush No third party platforms were represented After brief statements about some of the issues this election year Krueger and Torres answered stu dents questions Some of those questions and heat ed statements about issues like abortion changed the face of the event into something resembling a debate A newly awakened politics afi cionado senior Katie Krejci said she liked the debatefeel of the event but wished she could have heard some third party issues too At first I thought Oh yeah Im conservative Im But the more I look at the issues I lean more to the Krejci said Both parties tend to avoid straight answers but I was totally blown away how the Republican represen tative did not answer my An animated Torres whipped some of the students into loud clap ping and cheering by touching on traditional GOP issues such as tax cuts and limiting federal control Under the George Bush tax plan everybody gets a tax he told a student who asked whether Bush favored tax cuts only for the wealth iest Americans Krueger disagreed and said To say everybody is getting a taxcut well some get a loaf some get a On the heels of Torres rallylike statements a student tried to draw See CHRIS Bill and Delores Schumann look at one of the proposed maps at the Parks Recreation Departments Master Plan open house Wednesday at Landa Haus Proposals for parks unveiled BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Residents who heard a proposed plan Wednesday for the citys parks expressed excitement but some reservations about the ideas Some were concerned about how the city would react to a proposal to relocate the county fair and convert the fairgrounds into a city park have 9 hunch thats like messing with grandmas the Rev Dr Chuck DeHaven said The city has been working with the consulting firm Carter and Burgess for several months to pre pare a master plan for the citys parks and recreation facilities Carter and Burgess representative Lloyd presented preliminary recommendations for the first time Wednesday during an open house and public meeting at Landa Haus in Landa Park Councilwoman Debbie Flume and Councilman Robert Kendrick attended the open house while Councilwoman Juliet Watson attended the meeting Wednesday Im just really Watson said at the end of Lentzs presentation Im ready to Lentz said the recommendations he presented are Carter and Burgess and have not yet been dis cussed with groups that would be affected by them However he said that is the next step a meeting with the city council on the proposed plan and dis cussions with all the other Those stakeholders include the Comal County Fair Association Were not trying to preclude anyone Lentz said The plan will not be finalized for several more months During that time it will be changed accord ing to the wishes of the community and what the city can afford Lentz said When finalized it will be broken into a fiveto sevenyear plan with possible funding mechanisms The whole idea was to put it out on the table and talk about Lentz said Some of the proposals are controversial he said but explained that he would not be doing his job if he did not present them to the city See Rain likely in area today FROM STAFF REPORTS The National Weather Service predicted that the area has a 70 percent chance of continuing showers and thunder storms today and Friday On Wednesday NWS placed a 14county area that included Comal County under a flash flood watch The watch was scheduled to end at 4 today New Braunfels had received less than an inch of rain before 5 Wednesday However the National Weather Service had said some areas would receive as much 3 to 5 inches of rain overnight Highs are expected in the low 70s today and Friday with lows in the mid to low 60s Expect a soggy weekend as forecasters are predict ing mostly cloudy skies and chance of rain and thunderstorms By Tuesday lows will dip into the 40s and 50s but highs will remain in die 70s INSIDE Key Code 76 River committee draws police plans FROM STAFF REPORTS The river activities committee tenta tively agreed upon three plans to help the New Braunfels Police Department patrol the Comal and Guadalupe rivers during tourist season Committee members deliberated for more than three hours Wednesday night and had not finished sorting through a list of suggestions to control river activity by press time The committee reviewed a NBPD parks and rivers report and interviewed law enforcement officials before decid ing that at least 18 police patrol units were necessary to police the rivers and the Union Street tubers exit I feel very strongly that if we make a presence one two or even three years down you wont have near as much a chief Ray Douglas said All three proposals depend on the police departments ability to hire officers from outside law enforcement agencies The first would ask the city to hire 10 fulltime officers and an enhanced police budget to pay for eight overtime or con tracted officers The second option recommended hiring six fulltime officers NBPD would have to use a combination of 12 overtime or contracted oflficers from another agency The third proposal would ask for three fulltime officers and a combination of contract and overtime officers During the offseason new officers would help the officers on land control crime that follows a population increase as steady as Comal County has experi enced The committee members also dis cussed tapping other law enforcement agencies such as the Texas Alcohol and Beverage Commission and Texas Parks and Wildlife for help during high traffic days like the Memorial Day or Labor Day holidays   

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