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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                8RT AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY February 2001 pages in 1 sections HERALDZEITUNG 89 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents States contract policies reviewed BY CONNIE MABIN Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP The states 250 agencies handle billion worth of contracts but there is no statewide pol icy or oversight of such expen sive It is a big risk I for the said Cindy a manager at the State Auditors We do see a lot of The allegation that state health workers negotiated a bad contract with National Heritage Insurance resulting in millions of dol lars of overcharges to the state has brought the topic front and NHIC called the allegations The Texas comptroller has recommended the Legislature require the State Auditors attorney Texas Department of Infor mation Resources and the General Services Commission to develop contract manage ment guidelines and a train ing curriculum for all state contract The eTexas report released in December states it is impossible to estimate exact ly what fiscal impact the pol icy would but said even minimal improvement in management skills would equate to at least million of annual We have oftentimes in state government people negotiating multibillion or multimillion contracts who Im not sure have the exper tise to be able to do said House Appropriations Com mittee Chairman Rob The State Auditors office has uncovered a number of contract failures in the past two including at the Department of Protective and Regulatory Texas Tech Texas Work force Commission and the statewide 911 emergency phone Junior Miss Thirty area girls compete for coveted title JESSIE The Junior Miss Pageant takes place at the New Braunfels Civic Center today and Saturday Contestants are competing for more than in collegegranted FROM STAFF REPORTS The 40th New Braunfels Junior Miss Scholastic Scholarship Program takes place at 7 beginning today at the New Braunfels Civic The winner will be announced Saturday Thirty largest group are competing for more than in collegegranted scholarships and more than in cash prizes New Braunfels has won the award for the most money given in a local program in the state at the Texas Junior Miss Tickets will be on sale at the door for per person and also can be bought from Katy Wurzbach is the reigning 2000 2001 New Braunfels Junior The standards and format used to select winners are the same at state and national Categories include fit ness and All cash donations and silent auction items have been donated by Comal County residents and Comal County seeking funds for health inspections DAWSON BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commis sioners took one more step Thursday toward health inspections for restaurants outside New County Nurse Karon Preiss will apply for state mon ey that will help the county either cre ate a posi tion for a health or enter into agreement with an outside agency to provide the What were asking you to do is give your blessing to applying for a grant for a health Preiss told The moneys We need to write our ticket for what we want in the position and apply for the Comal County belongs to Public Health Region which includes 23 Preiss One sanitarian and several food inspectors serve the 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson said he believed the county could provide a better service arid better protect the public health than a state agency serving 23 he Dawson said he talked to the man responsible for restaurant inspections in unincorporated areas of Comal he He told There are places in Comal County Ive never Dawson You can get a permit to operate a food service here kind of like you get a corre spondence The county could initiate its own public health pro gram or enter into an inter local agreement with anoth er county or the City of New Preiss New Braunfels sanitarian Whats Up Comal County is pursu ing state grant money to cre ate a health inspection department or contract with like the city of New Comal County restau rants outside the city limits of New Braunfels are sup posed to be inspected by Public Health Region 8 Region 8 has only one sanitarian and several food inspectors covering 23 coun New Braunfels sanitari an Joe Lara reports that fees collected through inspec food service certifi cates and other services could pay for a health inspection after initial startup costs are cov Joe Lara confirmed Thurs day afternoon that a public health office could pay for itself through fees for per mits and That fee money otherwise would go to the Texas State Department of In New Lara his office tries to inspect all restaurants at least twice a Day cares and other facilities get inspected as If there are complaint we look at them whenever they come he Lara said he had heard the county was interested in establishing its own pro I think what may be pre cipitating this is the Hepati tis A incidents weve been having he Of when we have any thing like we work with the These kinds of incidents dont stop at coun ty Lara said the need for increased services was dri ven by growth in the city and the This areas getting pretty pretty Lara NBMA exhibit showers attention on fountain JESSIE Brooke Mackenzie knows she has the support of the com munity behind her and the Picturing which opens Saturday at the New Braunfels Museum of BY JUSTIN BRASWELL Staff Writer New Braunfels Museum of Art visit ing curator Brooke Mackenzie asked local What does it mean to be from here The answer she got was more than she probably And thanks to that the museums fountain will be ready for the big show opening Picturing an exhibit of local childrens will open at 7 at NBMA on the Main The exhibit features artwork from children ages 1014 from 13 area More than 450 children sub mitted artwork for the The childrens art classes were Whats Up Picturing artwork from 450 children ages will open at 7 Festivities will start at 6 with a celebration of Dia De La the Mexican Flag at the band stand on the Main After that the celebration will move to the museum where visitors can view the childrens Admission is approached by Mackenzie and were What does it mean to be from here Teople always ask where you are Mackenzie That is one thing that will never An artwork by Hannah Crocker fea tures the fountain in front of the After she told me what is I told her that the fountain did not Mackenzie mom called and said they wanted to get the fountain They showed up wearing galoshes and carrying she Zelime Crocker and her children cleaned the Then cooks from the Huisache Grill used power See Committee studies proposed drainage rules for county BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County is working on a sec ond draft of subdivision regulations that will set water drainage stan dards for County Engineer Tom Hornseth and the Waterwise Growth Study Committee are working on drainage rules that would require developers to Prepare an engineering design Prove that a proposed develop ment will have no negative flooding impacts on properties downstream Show plans for storm water drainage improvements Show that proposed drainage under roadways in a subdivision will handle a 10year flood without allow ing water to overrun the surface of the road and Show the 25year storm water drainage rate in floodplain areas of a storm water drainage manage where water is planned to cross a ment plan that includes a 100year proposed flood The Waterwise committee is look ing at drainage and impervious cov er guidelines to include them in future subdivision the committee has devel oped new water certification rules and reviewed this past years regu lations for onsite sewage The committee was formed after Comal County declared a ninemonth moratorium on small lot construc tion in unincorporated areas during this past summers The moratorium ends in The drainage rules will expand the countys regulations on drainage The current rules largely apply only to drainage improvements and infrastructures in rights of Hornseth said the draft of possi ble drainage rules would be a depar ture from the current rules in a cou ple of he the proposed rules would seek to regulate storm water runoff inside subdivisions and not just at streets or The other essential change will be ensuring that new development does not adversely affect anyone downhill or downstream of Hornseth INSIDE Key Code 76   

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