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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BBT AVAILABLE COW NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY April 2001 12 pages in 2 sections 12 pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 140 Serving New Braunfels and Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Storms drop 23 inches of rain Wet weather brings power losses to area BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Thunderstorms rolled through New Braunfels dumping heavy rain in the morning Nezette Rydell of the National Weather Service in New Braunfels said thun derstorms brought at least 2 to 3 inches of rain to the Systems like this will dump this much Rydell A cold front pushed through the firing off the Comal and Guadalupe counties were under flash flood warnings throughout the early part of the The Bracken Volunteer Fire Department reported four inches of Rydell said the area did not receive nearly as much rain at the same time this past In April the area received about inches of The storms also brought hail through Bexar The weather caused at least one car wreck in the At a 23yearold Austin man was injured when his car rolled over on northbound Inter state 35 near Canyon High He was taken to Bracken ridge but his injuries were not life threat A New Braunfels Fire Department spokesman said firefighters and paramedics were dispatched on a num ber of weatherrelated calls Monday At fire fighters went to a single family home in the 1500 block of Mission Valley Road to investigate a reported lightning The homes alarm system was shortcir JESSIE New Braunfels Police Officer Mike Penshom looks over a refrigerator truck that over turned Monday morning on northbound Interstate 35 just before exit and the home smelled of At another light ning strike sent firefighters to a Mission Drive A bolt of lightning damaged a chimney and blew out a set of glass fireplace The rain caused flooding on county said Coun ty Engineer Tom Its typical with the storm we The usual low water crossings were flooded for a short period of he All were reopened by Monday The storm also caused a power loss Monday for resi dents living on the hill above Landa Park and West End a New Braunfels Utilities spokesperson Their power was restored later in the The forecast for today calls for mostly cloudy skies with a few sprinkles then becoming partly Highs will be in the 70s with winds from the north at 10 to 15 miles an Tonight will be mostly clear with lows between 47 and 50 Council OKs funds for fire administration BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer A proposal to move the fire administration from the New Braunfels Municipal Build ing sparked a heated debate about plans to expand the New Braunfels Civic Center at Monday nights City Coun cil The Council voted to add up to to the 2002 budget to move the fire The funds include a feasibility study to either move the department into a vacant building across the street or to add on to the existing Municipal Councilman Robert Kendrick suggested moving the fire administration across the street into the vacant building that previously housed the police adminis The recommendation had been made at the bud get workshop held with city staff members and city coun cil March City staff members esti mated the cost to remodel the building at That cost was merely an said Fire Chief Jack He said the fire administra tion would make that amount work if it would give them more We need more he That building would be a good We could use the parking lot for If you agree to give us the mon well make it Collier said he was not opposed to expanding the Municipal Building to give his administration more Some council members questioned the cost of reno vating the old police build Mayor Stoney Williams said the cost would be too I think is he The building needs It needs air con Basically you just have walls in Its been Other Action Late Monday the Council still was debating a motion to rescind a request to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for a contested case hearing for a water use The issue has been a contentious one for the council with a faction of the council claiming that they did not intend to vote in favor of a contested case The vote to rescind takes a twothirds majority of the Various civic and business leaders were pre sent at the meeting to voice their opinion of the permit The council also passed the first reading of an ordi nance to create a river man agement fee of to be charged to anyone who rents waterrecreation equipment and uses any of the public exits inside city The fee also applies to people who have their own equipment but whom ride citypermitted The council passed the first reading of an ordinance setting the proposed 2002 tax rate at about 31 Trie rate is 3 percent higher than the effective tax rate of 29 This years tax rate is 32 but higher valuations forced the tax rate down for the 2002 bud City Manager Mike Shands said that if the Civic Center received funds needed to then the building would be torn down for addi tional Some council members questioned the need for the Im interested in police and fire and public said Councilwoman Juliet The chief has expressed a need for more and we need to answer that See Defense delves into Heiser nvestgaton BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Defense attorneys on Monday chipped away at the investigation that led to the arrest of a Williamson County couple on charges they injured and endangered their 7yearold The disciplinary practices in the home of Joseph and Yevette of Liberty also were The who defense attorney Roy Minton said dont believe in spanking reportedly used an escalating system of sanc tions with their The system started with loss of progressed to time out and a last to making the 38pound child hold a pair of dumbbells over her head for up to 10 CL man dies in collision CHRIS A tow truck operator Inspects a car involved in a fatal two vehicle wreck Monday afternoon on FM BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE 51yearold Canyon Lake man died Monday afternoon when his car collided with a pickup on a rainslick ened Department of Public Safety Trooper Jason Freedman said Rudolfo Falan died in the 5 wreck on FarmtoMarket Road just north of Longhorn Falan was southbound on FM 306 in his late model Mazda when Gary northbound in a oneton Chevrolet lost control of his vehicle in a Storms dumped several inches of rain on the area and another DPS trooper said Stebbins reported he was rounding the curve when his truck skidded on the wet road and went sideways across both The man in the Mazda had nowhere to a sheriffs deputy Falans car struck the pickup broadside at the point where its cab meets the bed breaking the trucks frame and spinning it The truck came to rest against an embank ment and then rolled down onto the top and hood of the pinning the drivers of both Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pro nounced Falan Stebbins was flown by helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in His injuries were not life Freed man said Monday night the wreck still was under New city engineer to start work May 7 BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer When Michael Short and his visited relatives in she fell in love with New Years the Shorts not only live in the recently was selected to work City Manager Mike Shandg Michael Short to be the new city engi replacing who candidates for the positi My wife just fell in love with New Short She always said if we moved to Texas to be near my she wanted to live in New Arid it is outstanding that we not only get to live here but that I was hired by the We could nt be The Shorts moved here 10 months ago from Boulder near Las Michael said they moved after Foil the past 10 he has com muted to where he has worked as project manager and engi neer for Consort On May he plans to join the ranks of the city employees as city Although he has been in the city less than a Short said he was aware of the streets and drainage problems he would face as After talking with Mike I think the biggest problems are streets an4 he I know about See INSIDE Key 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