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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 129 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Snake bite safety JESSIE The Western Diamond Back shown at the Snake can jump half its body making the longer snakes more Jim of the Snake said the best advice is just to stay out of has close encounter with snake in Landa Park BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer For Tiffany a fun picnic in Landa Park nearly turned into a scary trip to McKenna Memorial The 10yearold girl and her fam ily visited Landa Park Tuesday dur ing a trip from Corpus Christi to San She was standing beside the water on the paddleboat dock when a snake slithered out of the water and struck at her It actually bit her said Rudy the girls There wasnt really a puncture but we called the ambulance to check her out just in Ambulance crews and park offi cials crowded around the check ing the banks for the Shaun superintendent of the park rangers at Landa said the snake was The boathouse manager said it was a harmless water Avoiding bites How to avoid being bitten by a snake Be careful in high grass use sticks to avoid stepping on Keep all junk such as rot ten wood but of the Keep lawn r Be careful around landscaped areas where there is Use caution around river banks and under r If a snake bites dont reach down and get bitten Stay Go directly to the hos pital to be Heavey In the snakes many of which are poisonous are crawl ing enjoying the sun and warm weather as much as the rest of the Landa Park visitors encounters with snakes at the park are said Iris Nef director of parks and recre ation for New In the 10 years she has worked at the depart no one has ever been truly People have seen of she Especially this time of you see them sunbathing all the time on the But if you stay away from generally they leave you Tom one of the members of the ambulance crew who respond ed to the said the family decided not to take her to the hospi He said no puncture wound was found and the child was in no real Villareal We wanted her to be checked just to be Its a long drive back to Corpus and we dont want to be surprised on the See Council to ask 4B board for parkland funds BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will ask the Infrastruc to buy parkland and improve parts of Gruene Council voted Monday night to ask the board for to buy parkland when it becomes After a group of citizens described problems on Gruene council also agreed to ask the board for this year to begin the project and next New Braunfels Infrastruc known as the 4B board for its enabling over sees a portion of the citys sales tax David presi dent of the Gruene Home owners present ed a brief slideshow high lighting problems on Gruene Gruene Road from Fairy Other Action In other action Council Accepted a bid for Camp Comal Softball field lights for from Heritage Approved a bid for down town lighting in the amount of Approved a bid for the Sophienburg to buy the steel shelving at the Dittlinger Memorial Library for a bid for resur facing the airport runways and making several other The FAA and Texas Department of Transportation will pay 90 percent of the million price The citys share is 10 Lane to downtown Gruene has deteriorated Hochanadel It is seri ous and in immediate need See Action on GBRA request clarified BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil usually approves minutes from previous meetings with out but Monday the minutes sparked some of the heaviest Council spent more than 20 minutes arguing about the March 26 minutes regarding a proposed GuadalupeBlan co River Authority permit amendment District 5 Councilman Lee Rodriguez asked that the minutes be clarified because he did not mean to request a contested case He provided the second to a motion by District 6 Council woman Juliet said the intent in her motion was perfectly I typed up the comments and she You had I put a star by the contested case It was obvious that I wanted that included as part of the comments and questions at the GBRA public GBRA conducted a public meeting on March to dis cuss the proposed amend ment to its Watson strongly opposes the which would take more water out of Canyon Some of the water about acrefeet would be sold to Bexar An acre foot is about The Texas Nat u r a 1 Resource Conserva tion Com mis sion plans to WATSON vote on the or approve requests for a contested case on May Watson said I even used extralarge I am very disappointed that somehow you all changed your There was noth ing hidden on my Rodriguez and Mayor Stoney Williams spoke at the GBRA saying the city did not intend to request a contested case Rodriguez told the GBRA that WatsOn was not speak ing for the entire When I seconded the it was not my intent to ask for a contested case Rodriguez said Monday I wanted only the comments and not the It was not part of my Other councilmembers including District 2s Larry Alexander and District 1s Juan Luis Martinez also said they did not understand See Track and field Unicom junior Jim Sells brushes his knee on the pole as he vaults Tuesday afternoon at the District 27 4A Track and Field Meet at New Braunfels High For more information on the see the related story on JESSIE HeraldZeliung NB searching for engineer BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels city staff is working to fill an empty desk and another one that will be vacated on The city of New Braunfels is searching for a city engineer weeks after firing C A and Friday is City Attorney Floyd Akers last day en the He accepted a position in Bryan as the municipal court City Manager Mike Shands said the city hoped to have both positions filled by the end of Weve half a dozen applica tions for city he said We havent even started going through them Well probably be scheduling interviews next Bolner was fired in and Shands declined to comment on the He said it was similar to an amicable Bolner said he was frustrated because the city failed to plan for the drainage and street He told the HeraldZeitung he was asked to resign and Several upcoming street and drainage pro jects will require a city and Shands said the city hoped to have someone on the job by the end of Were looking for someone who has munic ipal someone who has a strong background in street and drainage See INSIDE Key Code 76   

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