Tuesday, May 8, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY May 2001 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 152 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Gruene Road wins again Kendrick abstains from vote this time BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted again Monday night to extend improve ments on Gruene but this time Councilman Robert Kendrick abstained from vot Kendrick owns property on Gruene Road and previously made a motion to extend improvements on the street past his Kendrick said he was unaware that the motion or his vote in favor of the project might be considered a conflict of inter He asked council to address the problem of a potential conflict of interest at Monday nights special council City ordinances say that the council members can vote on an issue if the mem bers interest is the same as that of any other Kendrick said his property on Gruene Road was only a small portion of the land that faces the Mayor Stoney Williams said he felt no action was needed to clear up the prob He advised Kendrick to refrain from voting on the project if it came up at future council Councilwoman Juliet Wat son felt the council needed to clear up any misconcep tions on Kendricks Its a waste of Williams Its my opinion that the motion car ried with a majority See Lone stars Comal County athletes take prowess to Austin JESSIE New Braunfels High School senior Lauren Walker hits a backhand at the State Finals Monday morning in Walker will play for the state title at 9 am For more see page FROM STAFF REPORTS The states swiftest and highest will know about Comal County after this A number of area athletes are competing in various University Interscholastic League state tournaments and meets this New Braunfels High Schools Lauren Walker took to the tennis court Monday to compete while the Canyon Cougarette golf team and Smithson Valleys Julia Best hit the links in the state golf Later this at the state track several NBHS athletes will Among them will be Michelle Crys tal Kendra Sargent and Belinda Vargas in the 800meter relay Martha Rockwood in the meter run and Lau ren Reimer in the long high shot 100meter hurdles and 300meter Smithson Valleys Becca Thomas will compete in the meter See Sports this week for a look at these athletes and how they fare in GBRA dispute goes to Austin Wednesday CL group seeking legal advice BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Only 24 hours stand between opponents and sup porters of the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys request before the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commission to draw more water out of Canyon TNRCC commissioners will meet early Wednesday morn ing to render a decision on granting the river authority the right to draw an addi tional acrefeet a year from the GBRA currently is permit ted to draw The new permit would allow acrefeet to come from the An acrefoot roughly equals TNRCC officials have said the agency received 17 requests for a contested hear ing on the GBRA per m i t Officials declined to GBRA water give the names ing a contested GBRA officials have said the additional water from the lake is a key component of state and regional water plan ning to meet water needs in the next 50 Canyon Lake have spoken out against drawing more water from the citing econom ic and environmental About 58 residents have chartered a bus for the trip to Austin Oth ers will drive themselves to the said Dene Camp owner of The Lodge at Turkey Cove near the Campbell said she pur chased the lodge nine months ago and first heard about See Council votes to oppose contested case hearing BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council voted to oppose a contested case hearing for a permit that would take more water out of Canyon Lake in a special meeting The motion cleared up any legal problems stem ming from an apparent Open Meetings Act viola tion at the councils March 26 Council discussed the GuadalupeBlanco River Authoritys permit request to allow the organization to take up to addi tional acrefeet from Canyon Lake and previ ous action taken by the On March council approved a motion to send questions and com ments to the Texas Nat ural Resources Conser vation Commission pub lic meeting conducted in New Braunfels on See Meeting What Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission meeting When Wednesday Where 2105 Building Room Directions to TNRCC Take I35 North to Exit on Yager The exit will pass over Take a uturn to proceed on the southbound access road of I The TNRCC offices will be on the County seeking funds for flood control dams MARTIN County Engineer Tom Hornseth inspects the spill way at the Krause Dam near the west prong of Dry Comal BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Comal Countys judge is still hopeful the state and governments will assist in financing new flood control Danny Scheel said the states Division of Emergency Management has promised the county about million for dam con Scheel also said the county is seeking assistance from Lamar Smith for We are actively pursuing funds and hopefully well move Scheel Scheel spoke about the project after Commissioner Moe Schwab and County Engineer Tom Hornseth conducted their annual inspection of the countys current dam network Hornseth said the current network reduced water flow during the 1998 flood by 50 Hornseth also said to keep the network county work crews have to clear vegetation from the dams to prevent roots from weakening the Earlier this the county submitted an million proposal to state officials for one new The Federal Emergency Management Administration will have final approval on the Smith previously told county officials leg islation is expected to come out of the House transportation committee this term called Water a nationwide omnibus water which could help flood conservation and other waterrelated pro The county ultimately wants to add four more dams to its existing network of five to reduce flooding in events such as the Octo ber 1998 flood and the spring 1972 K the dams could cost up to mil Dam sites under consideration include one near Sattler locations along Jacobs and Elm creeks and another on a Dry Comal Creek tributary west of the Dit tlinger The dams being considered would not hold water except in extreme flooding See Jury deliberates verdict in child injury case BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer For prosecutor Jane its really about the she laid a portfolio of photos of an 7yearold girl on the rail in front of a Comal County She then spent two hours telling the jury members why they should the girls parents to Defense attorney Roy Minton called for Go back and ask your selves what Joe and Yevette Heiser and when did they know Minton We need a verdict of not guilty two Joseph and Yevette Heis ers child injury trial went to the jury Monday afternoon in its 16th of Liberty aye accused of injuring and endangering their then 7yearold child by nearly starving her to death and failing to find her proper medical The charge of injuring a child is a firstdegree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years in prison and a fine of up to Endangering a child is a state jail felony punish able by 180 days to two years in a state jail and a fine of up to I think we have plenty of evidence of what these peo ples intent was toward this Starnes pointing across the courtroom at defendants Joseph and Yevette Who on earth wouldnt know that this beautiful little girl your beautiful little girl is declining and has changed into this strange looking child Starnes See INSIDE Key Code 76 TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES The HeraldZeitung experi enced technical difficulties with its Konica imagesetter Friday and Saturday Because of many of our readers received their news papers We apologize for the inconvenience and are working to solve the problems so that your copy of the HeraldZeitung will arrive in a timely