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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZRTTT TNG Vol 150 No 13 44 pages in 4 sections November 26 2000 CJT AV Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Red Raider Texas Tech sophomore quar terback and former New Braunfels quarterback Kliff Kingsbury earned a spot on the second team AllBig Diabetes info The Institute for Public Health and Research in New Braun fels is writing a prescription for diabetic patients to lead longer and better Smith to direct Advent Vespers FROM STAFF REPORTS Tim Smith will step onstage at 4 today to direct the 41st annual Advent Vespers Massed Choir Concert at First Bap tist Church on Cross Street Smith will continue the tradition begun by the late Melitta Frueh who died in June at age 82 This years concert is a fulfillment of a promise made by friends of Frueh to keep the tradition alive and also is dedicated to Fruehs memory by the New Braunfels Music Study Club Smith organist and choir director at St Lukes Episcopal Church in San Antonio has rehearsed with the local music group and is set to direct the concert this noon David Getty will perform a prelude on trumpet and the Cross Lutheran Handbell Choir will perform as well The concert will be broadcast on KGNB and will be televised on TCI Cablevi sion at a later date The public is invited to attend this con cert enjoy the sacred music of Christ and honor the memory of the con certs founder Melitta Frueh SMITH INDEX Week fey 77 Officials continue quest for alcohol ban BY Jo LEE FERGUSON j Jo LEE Staff Writer The search for a way to ban alcohol on New Braunfels rivers continues despite a setback before the Texas Alcoholic Bever age Commission in October Earlier this year trouble with behavior on local rivers prompted a petition drive for an alcohol ban on the rivers The petition drive led the city council to submit a request to the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a central river business district on the Comal and Guadalupe Rivers inside the city limits The council asked for a ban on open alcoholic beverage containers and con sumption of alcohol inside the business district However the TABC expressed doubt about whether the citys proposal met the definition of a central business district as defined by law The threemember TABC commission took no vote on the issue in October but indicated it probably would not approve implementing it KENDRICK the proposal as written Since then Council man Robert Kendrick and others have contin ued to look for ways to implement that ban Its still alive and well and were work ing on Kendrick said Its not going to be dropped until all pos sible legal ways of are explored If its impossible to be done then the next thing will be to make sure that if we on the local level are going to have to pro vide enforcement for something that they basically tell us we dont have any author ity over theyre going to have to come in and help Kendrick and City Attorney Floyd Akers recently met with TABC General Counsel Lou Bright to discuss the issue Kendrick said Texas Senator Judith Zaf firini DLaredo also attended the meeting See Weve moved Comal County Clerk relocates to Annex no have office8 in courthouse buwn9 GORE BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County and New Braunfels have been growing for decades Once a sleepy backwater between Austin and San Antonio this is now one of the fastestgrowing regions in Texas For local governments the situation has been much the same A county government once housed entirely in the Comal County Court house on the Main Plaza has pushed outward during the last two decades In the nearly eight years since County Clerk Joy Streater took office her department has grown from an old time paperpushing and filing archive to an automated power house processing with a staff of 10 500 documents in one day The way they have done it is by computerization Automation has allowed us to do Streater said We enter their documents today and pass them right back over the counter to the people they belong Soon Streater her staff and their computer system will be doing it somewhere else For the first time since there has been a Comal County Courthouse there will not be a County Clerks office there Streaters operation except for the county courts upstairs and Linnell Hinojosas election offices will move next door to the County Courthouse Annex The vacated space will be used for meetings and as a polling place Streaters is far from the first department forced by growth to move out of the historic and ornate but cramped County Courthouse Old timers at the Sheriffs Office can remember when the Comal County Jail was located in the court house just upstairs from the court system that sent over inmates In the 1980s the Courthouse Annex was built next door More recently the county tax lectors offices moved across Seguin Avenue leaving the first floor of the Annex vacant except during elec tions This year a branch county office was constructed in Sattler and others are planned And as soon as county carpenter See Drainage ordinance set for hearing Jo LIE FEROUBOM Palm Beach board toils in overtime Gore promises to challenge outcome BY KARIN MEADOWS Associated Press Writer WEST PALM BEACH Fla AP Weary crabby and still fac ing thousands of disputed presidential ballots Palm Beach County election offi cials worked overtime to meet a Sunday recount deadline Frustrated Democrats who asked for the count in the first place said they will contest the outcome You may be here all canvassing board member Carol Roberts warned reporters early Sat urday It was a warning that turned out to be well found ed The board agreed to work straight through the night The board will send par tial results to the state if it fails to complete the hand count by 5 EST Sun day although the state canvassing board hadnt decided whether to accept partial totals Were going to have to make a determina tion on said Ben McKay spokesman for the secretary of state The three county board members all Democrats have examined more than of some ballots in dispute because voting machines could not clearly read a presidential choice The results released so far from 305 of 637 precincts overall have disappointed Democrats who had hoped to pick up hun dreds of additional votes for Al Gore By evening the partial recount figures released by the board had given Republican George W Bush a net gain of 10 votes over the last machine count Bill Buck a Democratic Party spokesman said party observers have Gore up 78 votes based on 415 precincts counted Bush spokesman Scott McClellan estimated that Gore had a net gain of 86 votes through 428 precincts Whatever the result it will be challenged Gore lawyer David Boies said Palm Beach County will be added to others where the vice president will contest the results because Democrats want a looser standard for count See BUSH Jo UE FERGUSON Staff Writer posed in the ordinance The fee is now called the drainage utility fee for existing The New Braunfels City Council will improved property although it was origi conduct a public hearing on a proposed nallv the watershed management drainage ordinance Monday utility fee The hearing is during the councils me a fee is something that has to do meeting at the New Braunfels Munic with Usa8e Kendrick said ipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Third Things that are for the general good to me and final approval of the ordinance will should be paid for with be considered later in the meeting The proposed ordinance states that the Councilman Robert Kendrick previousdrainage utility fee would recover the citys ry said he opposed one of two new tees procost of service for rurnishing drainage The second fee is a storm water devel opment fee for new developments The two fees would be used to maintain the citys drainage system to pay for the design study and engineering of a storm water program and to pay for construction of drainage facilities Kendrick said the development fee was valid because the people paying it would be connecting to existing infrastructure But the other form of fees would See DRAINAGE ORDINANCE Would declare system to be a public utility Developer of property responsible for storm drainage Upon approval would go into effect after 60 days Drainage utility fee and stormwater development fee to pay for maintaining system