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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY June 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in scctic HERALDZEITUNG 195 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents CISD trustees vote 42 to hire Grunert CHRIS The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees discusses hiring a superintendent Monday BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict will have a new superintendent starting July At the districts board of trustees meet ing trustees approved hiring Jim who is the superintendent of Cleburne ISD through has signed a three contract with Comal Were real excited about being Now we see which high school gets the two Grunert he Grunert also said his focus is not pri marily on finances but on If we do well be in great he Trustees Charles John Der aid LaRue and Nick Nichols voted for Trustees John Bertelsen and Dora Gonzales voted against hiring Trustee Dan Krueger was out of town on business and could not attend the meet Grunert replaces Jerry who left the district in February to become super intendent for the Waco School See Fighting fire with caution Marshal Weekend rains could bring more fire danger later BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Recent rainfall might have reduced the fire but Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford says no one should be Weekend rains that dumped 3 inches of water on parts of the region Play it safe with 4A have reduced the immediate risk of Manford but rainfall is a doubleedged sword when it comes to fire While it moistens the it also causes grass es and other vegetation to grow and creates fuel for fire later in the dry Manford said caution should be the even though no burn ban has been called for unincor porated county Wed have been in a world of hurt if we hadnt had that Manford The 1 cause of fires in Texas is controlled burns that get out of Manford More than 41 percent of all fires started that way in 1998 and the secondlargest was responsible for 21 percent of Were fixing to get into grass fire Manford The major cause of wildfires is debris burning these controlled People get out there and This isnt going to hap pen to They get compla Local fire agencies have responded to several small grass fires in recent even with the reduced risk brought on by recent Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said Canyon Lake had a fire call Tuesday morning to help a resident who had set a controlled burn too close to a Comal County officials are working to educate people on fire safety tips and increase fire awareness or make peo ple Brinkkoeter Burning is not allowed in New city officials CHRIS Assistant County Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoetter updates one of the Smokey the Bear fire signs in Comal fire Tips If you must burn the Forest Service rec ommends the fol lowing precautions Check with local officials to ensure a burn ban is not in Burning debris within New Braunfels city limits is there is no burn ban in effect in Comal Postpone out door burning when until after rain or in damp When debris burning is permit establish a wide clear area down to min eral Burn trash in a burn barrel or other firesafe receptacle covered with mesh to contain burning Always have a supply of water readily available to fight the fire if it gets out of Always stay with a fire until it is com pletely extin be sure address numbers are clearly dis played in 3inch let ters at the road or on mailboxes so fire and rescue people can readily respond to a call for Officials urge folks to leave Smokey alone BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Everybody loves Smokey the But a few folks apparently thought so much of him that they stole his likeness three times this past summer in Comal County twice in StartzviUe and once from Texas 46 and 281 in The other two Smokey signs are on the front of the Bracken fire station on FarmtoMarket Road 3009 and at FM 306 and Hunter Anybody who does not think stealing one of Comal Countys Smokey the Bear signs is a big deal could ask an 18 yearold Canyon Lake man who was convicted for stealing one at the Y between Startzville and Sattler this past He paid its replacement cost and another nearly in court costs and will pay in supervision fees during the month he spends on probation in connection with the Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said he hoped this year would not be a The signs were an idea of Dar ren the assistant county fire The reason we started the program is I was driving through New and they had these signs at the parks warning of the fire See Other council Gruene Road plans cost more than budget BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer If New Braunfels decides to repave and place drainage systems along Gruene the cost could go as high as mil Steve of Schultz Group told New Braun fels City Council Monday that the city had three options for Gruene Road and all three cost more than the million the city had The second option is to reconstruct half the section of road and overlay half a from Post to Schultz Wed leave the other side But we have to reconstruct in order to put a hike and bike trail That Schultz would cost about The third option to repair the full width from Common to but repairing nothing from Common to Post on Gruene Road would cost Council decided to allow Councilman Robert City Engineer Mike Short and Schultz to reach an agreement about what can be done within the citys The city has million in certificates of obligation from the ment Corporation for street The five projects including the one on Gruene will repair some of the citys major drainage Texas Department of Transportation grants for hike and bike trails might offset some of the City Manager Mike Shands Focusing the scope of the might also change the he residents want say in design BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Gruene homeowners and merchants want a say in designing the new and improved Gruene The merchants told New Braunfels City Council Monday they were concerned about maintaining the historic atmosphere in while homeowners cited worries about street Cecil a member of the merchants We moved here six years and were fortunate enough to buy the Gruene Mansion And we think that Gruene has its own special Gruenes heart and soul is that it looks Its not supposed to be See NBISD trustees approve new fees for students BY RON StaffWriter New Braunfels Independent School District trustees voted unanimously Tuesday to impose fees on students who ride school busses to extracurricular activities or use district instru ments to participate in The fees will be annually for students whose families are on the federal programs that pro vide free or reduced A liberal payment plan also will be offered as part of the package voted on by trustees Tuesday evening to ensure that no stu dent in the NBISP is excluded froin band or other activities by INSIDE Key Code 76 FM 725 opening to four lanes soon BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer FarmtoMarket Road 725 will open up to four lanes within about a officials with the Texas Department of Transportation reported But the southbound Interstate 35 exit at FM 725 was closed for the duration of the project and access to the northbound FM 725 entrance ramp was TxDOT Area Engineer Greg Malatek updated members of the business com munity on the road construction schedule during a meeting sponsored by the busi ness and transportation committees of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce TxDOT officials and repre sentatives of the Dean Word and Deavers construction companies talked about the progress of the projects now under way on Interstate 35 and what residents and businesses can expect in the coming The best way to prepare is to know whats going on and whats coming down See FM   

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