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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas A 0002 z i NEW PELS RALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 26 12 pages in 2 sections December 12 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Who let the cold in CHRIS Two New Braunfels ladies take a walk Monday through Landa Park during the dropping temperatures Weather forecast ers are predicting frigid wet weather today and Wednesday Arctic mass brings freezing rain into Hill Country forecast FROM STAFF REPORTS An arctic cold front that slammed into South Texas Monday and dropped tem peratures by 20 degrees in the space of a windwhipped hour was expected to bring much colder weather today Robert Blaha National Weather Service forecaster in New Braunfels said rain expected Monday night or early today could turn to freezing rain We have a really good chance of get ting rain and a good chance the temper atures will go to freezing or just below Blaha said Blaha said New Braunfels and the Hill Country had not seen this kind of frigid potentially icy weather since Christmas week 1998 when ice storms raised havoc on South Texas roads and resulted in a number of traffic deaths statewide The forecaster blamed an arctic air mass for the frigid wet weather expected today and Wednesday Its going to spill down over us and give us a very cold day Blaha said Wednesday we can look for decreasing cloudiness and rain or freez ing rain ending Look for high tempera tures near 40 Comal County Road Department and public safety personnel reported they were braced late Monday preparing for possible weatherrelated problems Comal County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the road department was ready late Monday Weve got our people all geared up and ready to Hornseth said Weve been watching the weather We know were in for freezing temperatures mixed with In this kind of weather bridges freeze first Hornseth said Well be checking those and places where we could have Hornseth said Road crews were prepared to sand bridges and if conditions warranted they would sand roads as well if the Texas Department of Transportation requires sand or support on state highways county crews are ready to do that as well Hornseth said Comal and New Braunfels indepen dent school districts said bad weather could affect some schools Officials rec ommended parents listen to local radio stations or San Antonio television sta tions for possible school closure infor mation For a current list of NBISD school closures call the public information office at 6435720 CISD parents can call 830 9044636 for a tollfree list of closed schools Parents of CISD students also can check the districts web site at However informa tion updates could come more slowly on the Internet so officials recommend See PLAYING IT COOL School Closures For NBISD school closures call 6435720 CISD parents can call 830 9044636 for a tollfree list of closed schools Protecting pipes Keep con stant heat in the home Open cabi nets to make sure that warmer air gets to pipes that might go into or through out side walls Leave water trickling from a vulnerable faucet or fixture Home safety Install main tain and periodi cally check smoke and car bon monoxide detectors Replace batteries twice a year Vacuum cob webs and dust from smoke alarms and test them monthly Have a work ing fire extin guisher Consider installing an auto matic sprinkler system in the home Court hears arguments on Bush v Gore BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer Holding nine crucial votes in Americas election saga Supreme Court justices quizzed campaign lawyers Monday about a muddle of Florida recount laws and the judicial branchs power to settle Bush v Gore the case that might determine the 43rd president Well await the Texas Gov George W Bush said and the nation joined him in suspense after 90 minutes of historic oral argu ments No timetable was set for a ruling that could end Demo crat Al Gores quest for the presidency or throw open the state to recounts jeopardiz ing Bushs officially certi fied razorthin lead Flori das 25 electoral votes would put either man in the White House In case the court rules against Bush Floridas GOP led Legislature moved closer Monday to naming its own slate of electors loyal to the Texas governor Separate House and Senate panels rec ommended the GOP slate after a constitutional scholar told lawmakers the buck stops The Supreme Court rushed against a Tuesday deadline for states to select presidential electors The Electoral College meets Dec 18 and Congress will count electoral votes Jan 6 If left unsettled for much longer the 2000 presidential election could spill into a GOPcontrolled Congress where House Majority Whip Tom DeLay vowed that Republicans would stand up and do our constitutional The candidates watched from afar Bush who has KEY DATES Monday Supreme court hears arguments in Bush v Gore Today Deadline for states to select presidential electors Dec 18 Electoral College meets Jan 6 Congress counts electoral votes Mailstrom Post office gears up for holidays BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer After Dec 20 even Santa Claus will have trouble delivering packages before Christmas through the Unites States Postal Service Monday marked the beginning of the two busiest weeks for post offices with people rushing to get Christmas packages and cards mailed before its too late In New Braunfels Monday cars backed up as they entered the post office parking lot on Seguin Avenue and waited for a spot to come open Some people avoided the bottleneck by just parking on the street Long lines of people stood with piles of packages and letters Monday morning and later that afternoon as people got off work and rushed to the post office Postal work ers hurriedly processed mail Its a zoo said Frank W Chris tensen supervisor of customer service at the New Braunfels post office This Monday and the 18th will be our two biggest People normally tend to ship more items on Mondays anyway he said but it gets even busier as Christmas draws closer Please drive carefully in the parking he said People are in a Christensen advised postal customers to budget an extra two or three days of deliv ery time into their package and cardmail ing schedule He said one of the postal offices best services at this time is priority mail Prior See POST been certified the victor by 537 votes out of 6 million cast talked to his legal team from Texas and said the lawyers were cautiously opti mistic If they are I he said Gore was at his official residence in Washington while three of his children Karenna Kristin and Albert III attended the session Chief Justice William Rehnquist gaveled the ses sion open Well hear argu ment now in number 00949 George W Bush and Richard Cheney v Albert Gore et And off they went Wheres the federal ques tion here Justice Anthony Kennedy asked Bush attor ney Theodore Olson less than two minutes into argu ments over the Goresought recounts ordered by the Florida Supreme Court on Friday In a 54 decision on Saturday the Supreme Court halted the counting Justice David Souter who voted against the Saturday stay seemed to ponder the See Charles Chadwell of Gruene mails off a stack of packages Monday at the post office on Seguin Street during the busiest day for shipping Christmas gifts CHRIS PACE INSIDE Cheer Fund Key Code 76 Contributing to the Herald Zeitung Cheer Fund were Richard and Arelene Buhl Dorothy Johnson The HeraldZeitung seeks donations for its annual Cheer Fund to provide holi day meals for needy resi dents Mail or drop off dona tions at 707 Lancia St in New Braunfels Council votes on payasyouthrow BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels moved a step closer Monday to stricter enforcement on the amount of trash the city will collect City council gave its initial approval to an ordinance implementing a payasyou throw plan for residential trash collection in New Braun fels The ordinance must be approved twice more before it becomes law Council members Robert Kendrick and Deb bie Flume voted against the ordinance while Mayor Stoney Williams Mayor Pro Tern Juan Luis Martinez and council members Larry Alexander Lee Rodriguez and Juliet Watson supported it Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson presented the plan developed by the citys recy cling advisory committee This will not require really any change in the receptacles customers are using he said It will make customers pay extra for trash above what the city allows at each collection he said Residents pay a month for garbage col lection twice a week with trash limited to the equivalent of three 30gallon containers each collection Recyclables are collected once a week for per month The proposed plan would continue to allow res idents to leave the equivalent of three 30gallon cans bags or containers at the curb for the twice weekly collections See MONDAYS ACTION In other action Monday the city coun cil gave final approval to an ordinance prohibiting council members from attending closed sessions of any city board or commission meeting unless invited by the board gave first approval to an ordinance requiring tertiary containment for all new underground storage tanks