New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 15, 2001

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May 15, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Digging for dinosaurs Clockwise from bottom left, Matt Carl, Calvin Irpy, Payton Purdy and Brett Rychel, from Seele Elementary, participate in a staged dinosaur dig Monday at Landa Park. CHRIS PACE/ Herald-Zeitung•EST AVAILABLE COPY    JNJEw BRAUNFELS TUESDAY May 15, 2001 12 pages in 2 sections ""V”    12    pages    in    2    sectnHerald-Zeitung Vol. 150, No. 158    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Changing of the guard Sonia Munoz takes reins as District I council representative Council denies Watson’s hearing request By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer After the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority agreed to talks with the city council, members voted against asking for a contested case hearing in a permit request to dump treated wastewater in the Dry Comal River. Put on the agenda by Councilwoman Juliet Watson, GBRA’s permit request has two parts — one is a renewal of an existing permit that requires the treated effluent from a wastewater treatment facility in Northcliffe subdivision to be used to irrigate the Northcliffe Golf Course. The other allows water for a new facility to dump treated wastewater into the Dry Comal River if the golf course couldn’t use the additional water. The Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission will consider approval of the permit renewal. The Dry Comal empties into the Comal River. Under the permit, the treated wastewater is put into the Dry Comal IO miles upstream from the Comal River. “I think we need to protect the Comal River,” Watson said. “The Comal River is drinkable water; it’s the Edwards Aquifer bubbling up from the ground. It deserves better than this. And this is our last chance to stop this. We have to request this case hearing by May 17. We can protect the Comal River.” The request for a contested case hearing met with sharp disapproval from Councilman Larry Alexander. Saying that New Braunfels dumps treated wastewater into the Guadalupe River, he cautioned that constantly asking for case hearings could cause other communities to do the same thing when New Braunfels’ permit was up for See REQUEST/3A P&Z mulls CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Mayor Stoney Williams administers the oath of office to new Councilwoman Sonia Munoz during Monday’s city council meeting at the New Braunfels Municipal Building. Munoz replaces Juan Luis Martinez, who was not eligible to seek re-election. Munoz was unopposed in her bid to become the District 1 city council representative. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Sonia Munoz spent her first council meeting tackling major issues, including considering a contested case hearing for effluent discharge and participating in a closed session to discuss city attorney candidates. Munoz is the only new council member from the May 7 election. Mayor Stoney Williams swore her in as the representative for District I at the beginning of Monday night’s meeting. She took the oath of office just before fellow Councilmember Larry Alexander took his — with his wife, Annette, by his side. Later in the meeting, Walter Sears, Alexander’s opponent in the District Two race, congratulated Alexander on his win. “I want to publicly congratulate you on your well-run race,” he said. “I want to thank the people who supported me, and I hope this new election will end the ‘3-4’ split on the council.” The beginning of Munoz’s council career marked the end of another council member’s term. Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez stepped CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Constable Randy Galindo, right, talks with former District 1 Councilman Juan Luis Martinez Monday night at the New Braunfels Municipal Building. Martinez is holding his son, Juan Andreas Martinez. Martinez, whose term on the council expired Monday, was not eligible to seek re-election and was replaced by Sonia Munoz. down Monday night, ending six    time    on    the    council, years on the city council. Williams    “I want to thank everyone from read a proclamation honoring    the district for electing me six years Martinez’s service and commending    ago,” Martinez said. “And I want to his performance. The councilman also was presented a plaque commemorating his thank the city as a whole. The people make this city, and it is the envy See CHANGING/3A annexation, transportation By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer The New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission plans to tackle two major issues Wednesday — annexation and transportation. The commission meets at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at the municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave. Annexation map/3A Much of the same area that council tried to annex this past year will be considered in 2001, Planning Director Harry Bennett said. “We’ve had exemptions for land used for agricultural purposes,” Bennett said. “So we’re considering 6.5 miles instead of the 8.5 miles. But the planning commission will make a decision Wednesday and pass its recommendations to city council. The commission could decide to add or subtract land from the proposal.” The areas under consideration are: T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunters Creek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Kowald Lane/FM HO; Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Meeting WHO: New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission WHAT: Special Workshop to consider annexation and transportation issues WHEN: 5:30 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: Municipal Building Council Chambers AREAS TO BE CONSIDERED FOR ANNEXATION: T Bar M/Mission Valley Road; Hunters Creek; Northwoods; Common Street/Orion Drive; Kowald Lane/FM 110; Alves Lane/Barbarosa Road; Stonegate; Southbank; Klein Road and FM 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engle Road. Road and FM 1044 and Schmucks Road/Engle Road. The areas are part of a five-year annexation plan council approved in November, but the plan is an extension of areas the city annexed in 1998. This past year, the city moved to annex these areas and — amid uproar from See ANNEXATION/3A Fight, stabbing sends man to hospital From Staff Reports A 49-year-old Seguin man was stabbed and critically injured Monday afternoon in a fight at a Seguin Avenue convenience store. The victim, Marcos Guillen, was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston with a knife wound to the neck area, New Braunfels police reported. Public safety officials reported that Guillen had lost a considerable amount of blood. A witness said New Braunfels firefighter/paramedics performed cardio-pul-monary resuscitation at the scene. Late Monday, the police department reported that Guillen was in critical condition at the medical center after undergoing surgery. The incident occurred at the Diamond Shamrock convenience store located in the 500 block of South Seguin Avenue. Rescue workers were See STABBINGS Bulverde VFD bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling funds By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE — The wife of a former fire chief pleaded guilty Monday to embezzling money from the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department. Corinne A Schlueder plead-ed guilty to third-degree felony theft before 207th District Judge Jack Robison. Schlueder is the wife of Ray Schlueder, the former Bul verde fire chief. He resigned his post in June 2000 after his wife was charged with taking more than $30,000 in fire department funds. Three months later, she was indicted by a Comal County grand jury on Sept. 14, 2000, for theft by a public servant, a second-degree felony. Under the agreement reached Monday between Deputy District Attorney Ed Jendrzey and defense attor ney Susan Dvorak, Schlueder could spend up to IO years in state prison. She will pay back more than $30,000 she admitted taking between March I, 1999, and May 15, 2000, but will pay no additional fine. Schlueder also will serve any sentence she gets concurrently with a sentence that could be invoked for violating probation from a 1990 theft case, Jendrzey said. “We’re seeking to have her do the maximum of IO years in the penitentiary,” Jendrzey said. Jendrzey said Robison would determine sentencing in a month or two after reviewing the results of a presentence investigation. On June 14, 2000, Schlueder turned herself in to Comal County Sheriff’s deputies, who were investigating an allegation of bookkeeping irregularities at the fire department. Officials became concerned when Corinne A. Sclilueder, a volunteer bookkeeper, reportedly was reluctant to provide access to financial records. An auditor found that extra payroll checks had been made out to Ray Schlueder and then deleted from the computer system. Ray Schlueder cooperated with the investigation and was not a suspect in the theft, the Comal County Sheriff’s Office reported. 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