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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY March 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 116 Serving New Braunfels and Coma County since 1852 50 cents Two two missing in military crashes WASHINGTON AP military aviation suffered two blows Monday with the fatal crash of an Army plane in Ger many and the disappearance and apparent loss of two Air Force fighter jets in British authorities were investigating a report a caller of an explosion at the exact moment the fighter jets van ished from An Army a twinengine propeller aircraft used to identify and locate enemy radar and electronic crashed in a forest about eight miles from Nurem killing the two pilots on an Army spokesperson There was no initial indication of what caused the At roughly the same the Air Force disclosed that two F15C fighters were overdue on a return flight to their home base at Lakenheath in southern England after conducting lowlevel flight training in Several hours later the Air Force said there had been no word from the two F15 pilots nor any confirmation of their The lack of communication suggested a strong pos sibility that they had officials Inside Today Gladiator won five Academy cast your vote in the New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs 2001 Readers Choice Budget requests include more officers BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Additional police new firefighters and a munic ipal court clerk top the list of budget requests the city coun cil plans to discuss at a work shop April said Chet chief financial officer for the city of New The meeting is set 7 at the municipal build 424 CasteU These are not brandnew Lewis But the city is finally in a position to add new people because weve done a good job balancing expenses and Eight new police officers and six new firefighters are part of the 2002 budget requested by city staff mem Four of the new police officers have already been approved by the city Their job will be to patrol the rivers during the summer tourism The rest of the those officers will patrol city The fire department has asked for seven new positions six firefighters and an assistant said The additional firefighters will reduce the amount of overtime in that Lewis There is a minimum staffing require ment of but the addition al people will give the depart ment some overlap in sched It will really cut down on The request for a municipal court clerk stems from changes to regulations and enforcement of rivers inside the city limits during the summer tourism In the rowdy tourists have caused problems on the leading city council to form a committee and pass several ordinances regarding trash control and other behavior on the The municipal court clerk was added largely because of See A chili day offering up steaming morsels of chili one with and one without Veronica Pelt and the rest of the crew from Eagle Bears Galleria kept adding to the mix as they waited for judging at the annual American Legion Comal Post 179 Chili supporters turned out for beer and sodas Sunday afternoon at the annual Chili JESSIE Wristbands win final approval FROM STAFF REPORTS Tubers who rent equipment and exit the rivers on public property in New summer will have to purchase wristbands to Before voting to pass the ordinance requiring the wristbands on its final reading Monday New Braunfels City Council listened to impassioned statements by river outfitters against the controversial wristband One Kevin proposed an alter nate program he said would raise the money the city seeks by assess ing a flat fee to every customer of a river out fitter in New in much the same way as money is raised for the WaterOriented Recreation District in Comal Webb works for Rockin R River Rides and was a member repeatedly on the losing end of 61 votes of the River Activities Com mittee that recommend ed the wristband pro After Webb made the there were sug gestions that there could be problems with ensur ing that the city got the money it would be enti tled to under Webbs sce Outfitters were outraged at what some considered an attack on their Outfitter who has been doing busi ness in New Braunfels for more than a quarter Its an insult to We dont want to take anything from the We love this city and we love the We want them See Council extends roots of tree ordinance to ETJ BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels Coun cilwoman Juliet Watson didnt get everything she was looking for in changes to the citys tree ordinance at City Coun cil Monday On the first council voted to extend the ordinance into the ExtraTerritorial Juris diction of New Braun The ordinance must be approved twice more before it is The city will not be able to criminally enforce the ordinance in the although it will have recourse in the sub division platting process and in civil much like a property owners association can enforce deed Language reducing the size definition of a heritage tree also was added to the tree ordi In other action In other decisions City Council voted to an ordi nance creating a per manent Hotel Occupancy Tax Committee and Approve a second reading of an ordi nance creating specific no permit parking or shuttle stop areas on streets in connection with river Watson was unable to win approval for lan guage that would have made residential prop erty subject to the ordi which only applies to commercial Were a little closer to See Two die in weekend motorcycle wreck FROM STAFF REPORTS Two New Braunfels men were killed Sat urday night when the motorcycle they were riding ran off a road and struck a New Braunfels Police John Wommack said Mario and Demetrius both of New were dead at the scene of the Wommack said Soto was southbound in the 1400 block of Post Road when he lost control of his 1984 Harley Davidson Sportster and left the The motorcycle slid on grass and struck a propelling Soto and his passenger into the Neither man was wearing a Wommack said safety officials were called to the scene after 11 but he estimated the accident occurred at about Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder pronounced both men dead at the New Braunfels police and fire officials investigated the Autopsies been INSIDE 4B Key Code 76 County passes critical point in meningitis watch BY ROM MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY More than two weeks have passed since two 16yearold boys were stricken with the bacteria that causes spinal and both are There have been no new and public health offi cials are increasingly opti mistic that there will be no cases connected with the out break that showed up in two members of the Smithson Val ley High School varsity soc cer Dorothy Overman is Comal County public health She as well as See
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