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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 2 14 pages in 2 sections November 14 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents IN OTHER ACTION In other action Monday the New Braunfels City Council denied final approval to an ordinance ban ning all new under ground storage tanks of regulated substances over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone gave initial approval to an ordinance setting the maximum water and wastewater impact fees charged by New Braunfels Utilities at per living unit equivalent and per LUE for wastewater gave first approval to an ordinance prohibiting council members from attending closed ses sion meetings of any city board of commis sion NB City Council grants pay increases BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council granted large pay increases to a num ber of city employees Monday But the council did so without hear ing from 18 firefighters at Mondays council meeting who had concerns about the study used to implement the raises Council normally offers an oppor tunity for the public to comment on issues it discusses during the council WILLIAMS meeting However the council did not open up the discus sion on the salary issues to the pub lic Monday Councilwoman Juliet Watson asked if the council would allow others to speak on the issue Mayor Stoney Williams responded Staff is not going to discuss Williams still was in the meeting late Monday night so he could not be asked for additional comment about the statement he made during the council meeting Darren Brinkkoeter president of the New Braunfels Firefighters Associa tion said that 18 members of his orga nization attended Mondays meeting and wanted to speak to the council We would have liked to have spo ken but it wasnt opened up for dis Brinkkoeter The city council on Monday con sidered four possible scenarios for increasing salaries of more than 100 employees The scenarios were based on a survey of what 10 entities pay their employees Comal County Georgetown Kerrville New Braun fels Utilities Round Rock San Anto nio San Marcos Seguin Schertz and Temple However Brinkkoeter said the salary See COUNCIU5A Theyve got spirit Unicorns ride high with volleyball team on to state football squad in playoffs CHRIS New Braunfels High School freshman Kimberly Weaver left completes a spirit sign Monday night while freshmen Ashley Witten and Candra Adams center and right put on the finishing touches on theirs New Braunfels High School student council members work on spirit signs Monday night BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Two big wins by two Unicorn teams this past week are giving New Braunfels High School students two reasons to celebrate school spirit First the volleyball team advanced to the University Interscholastic League State Tournament on Tuesday after beating the San Marcos Rattlers in two games for the Class 4A Region 4 title Three days later the varsity football team added a second reason to cheer when they beat Boerne High School 217 the same day Now the school has a week to bolster their teams in school spirit before sending them off to their respective games this weekend I think everyones excited certainly with both teams in the playoffs thats some thing that every school wishes they could one Unicorn fan said School spirit organizers scheduled a dual pep rally for Thursday in the gym Avid NBHS sports fans breathed a sigh of relief when the game schedules came out Both games were scheduled for Friday and the possibility that fans would have to choose one event over the other worried some NBHS sports followers The volleyball team squares off against Friendswood High School Friday at in San Marcos at the Stratum Coliseum The Unicorn football team will play Medina Valley High School in the first round of playoffs at Friday in Seguin Friday lam not under an illusion I am the last word on this and I am rather grateful for Donald Middtebrooks federal judge hearing Gov George W Bushs case to stop the manual recount Judge rejects GOP effort to stop manual recount BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer The fight for the White House tumbled into the courts Monday as a transfixed nation witnessed the historic entanglement of pres idential politics and the judiciary George W Bush fought on two fronts to block recounts that threatened his 388vote lead in Florida employing what Al Gores lawyers called BUSH arbitrary and unreasonable tactics Amid a whirlwind of political and legal maneuvers Bushs lawyers sought a federal court order barring manual recounts in Florida a state whose 25 elec toral votes will almost certainly determine the nations 43rd presi dent A federal judge rejected the request and Bush was deciding whether to appeal Separately the states top elec tions official a Republican who campaigned for Bush said she would end the recounting at 5 Tuesday The process of counting and recounting the votes cast on Elec tion Day must said Secre tary of State Katherine Harris Gore immediately appealed the ruling making his first major legal push and Bush joined the case on behalf of Harris As new vote totals dribbled in from scattered counties and INSIDE Florida secretary of state holding tight to 5 deadline Gore urges patience to make sure results are not 8A GORE What local officials think about machine counting versus hand recounts were under consideration in other closevoting states Gore confidant Warren Christopher said Republicans were rushing to judg ment when the presidency of the United States is at The pressure weighed on Donald Middlebrooks a federal judge appointed by President Clinton who predicted the struggle would continue outside his courtroom 1 am not under an illusion I am the last word on he said and 1 am rather grateful for He heard arguments in much the same terms the two sides have used in public statements since the Flori da dispute flared in the hours after See NBU parks board meet to discuss Camp Comal BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Deciding the future of the land where six of the New Braunfels1 ballfields are located is more than just a game The outcome could affect the amount of land the city has for parks It also could affect the rates of New Braunfels Utilities customers and plans for future utility expan sion The citys parks and recreation advisory board recently asked city council to designate the land known as Camp Comal as park land Council directed the board to discuss the issue with New Braunfels Utilities WHATS UP WHO New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees and the city parks advisory board WHAT Discuss Comal park property WHEN 7 Wednesday WHERE Landa Haus Landa Park The citys parks and recreation advisory board and the NBU board of trustees will See CAMP COMAU5A INSIDE Key Code 76 Flu vaccine arrives in Comal BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The flu vaccine is in and Comal County officials are working to vaccinate seniors and those at highest risk for contracting influenza The Comal County Office of Public Health has sched uled flu vaccines this week for seniors and other high risk clients Even though the vaccine is late in arriving we are certain that we have plenty of time to vaccinate you before the flu season Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said The vaccine needs about two weeks to take effect Preiss said Comal County got its entire vaccine order and Preiss said she expected to get everybody vaccinated by the second or third week in December in plenty of time for the flu season which usually hits in January So far this season Texas has only one reported flu case in Texas and that was in the Dallas area Preiss said Already Monday Preiss said county officials had been inoculating highrisk clients See CLINICS WHAT Flu shots WHERE Comal County Office of Public Health 178 E Mill Street Suite 210 For appoint ments or information call 6082015 CLINICS Friday Comal County Senior Center 655 Landa Dec 1 Canyon Lake Action Center Both open to persons age 60 or older 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