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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY July 2001 24 pages in 2 sections 24 pages in 2 sectit HERALDZEITUNG 208 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents County burn ban takes effect today BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Citing a spate of recent grass 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab has issued a burn ban to take effect at dawn acting Comal County Judge while Danny Scheel attends a Beaumont issued the burn ban order Thursday Commissioners will vote to ratify the order on The burn matches similar actions in neighboring Schwab The county judge has that author Schwab As dry as its get what I want to do is save a cou ple or three Well ratify it on Monday The decision to issue the order came after Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford reported to com missioners that Canyon Lake had responded to several grass fire calls This year as last Manford a relatively wet spring caused growth that has produced a consid erable amount of fuel for With the hot dry summer weather and the kind of tripledigit tempera tures expected the fire risk is Manford Its getting dry out Weve just been real Manford The fire marshal said he believes county residents are getting more careful about Part of the rea See Pantry in the park Concert in the Park doubles as food drive BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer concerts in the park benefit a select But Thursdays concert in Landa Park benefited around 260 families in Two area musicians joined forces for the Thursday night concert to help the SOS Food Bank put a dent in hunger around the city and the rest of Comal Clay Blaker and Cory Morrow performed for die hard fans and passersby Blaker played songs off his new Welcome to the Blaker said the concert was his fourth one to not only benefit the food but to give something back to his fans for their They can just grab a pic nic enjoy themselves and not have to pay 10 or 15 bucks to see It makes everyone feel like a part of he Blaker got the idea from a songwriting trip to He heard on the radio Emmylou Harris was giving a free concert for any one bringing food to that local food So Blaker stopped off at a convenience grabbed some beef stew cans and saw the JESSIE Darrell Friesenhan brings a box full of food to the SOS Food Bank volunteers Olga Huber left and Armida Gomez right at the Concert in the Park Thursday He decided to try out the idea in New Blaker visited the food bank on Tuesday to see first hand how it He said when his schedule he would like to lend his hand to the volunteer Blaker recently returned from a European tour and will move on to KerrvUle and Halletsville to promote his new Food bank vice president Abel Gomez took time out from collecting food at the concert to personally thank Blaker for his generous Gomez predicted the food bank would collect more than pounds of food during the course of the Whoevers we We dont turn anyone JESSIE Clay Blaker performs for the large crowd at the Landa Park Dance Gomez a restaurant own er in has helped the organization for the past two He said its also his way to give something back to the Sometimes we dont focus a lot on local people in the God has given me a talent and a lot of peo ple need he The most popular dona tions are green beans and Gomez Ranch style beans come in Hamburger Helper is always good to he Gomez said he would not mind seeing next years event get Anyone wishing to donate money or time to the food bank can call The food bank is located at 248 Merriweather Order in the court but not for too long BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council maybe could learn a thing or two about run ning a meeting from County Commis sioner Moe Schwab and commission ers as acting county judge while Danny Scheel and Cristina Zamora attended a conference in presided over a short meeting Thursday but is was not brief enough for Early in the he warned county staff and members of the media to be on time for court Thursday because it was going to be a short Im going for the Schwab All I care about is approving the claims so we get he Of the while was a little longer than that with eight plus the reports from elect ed officials and In his 10 years as a Schwab said the short meeting record stood at nine Out of the Schwab gunned for the new dispensing just for Thursday with the opening formali With a 30 vote and a flourish of the the claims were Acknowledging the two new employ ees in the sheriffs including pat ter about how glad the county was to have took 45 Approving the county treasurers monthly investment report took a 30 vote and about 20 Then Schwab got in and the potential record slipped from his grasp in the agenda report from elect ed officials and Staff members had few or no com Schwab leaned forward in his took a deep breath and See Comal County Assistant Fire Marshall Darren Brinkkoeter changes one of six signs to reflect the bum ban that goes into effect JESSIE Zeitung Neighbors say race track noise too loud BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SEGUIN Neighbors Thursday described how Todd Zampeses River City Raceway has affected their homes and their Zampese testified that he didnt believe his dragstrip caused noise worse than what already existed in its Marion with air force jets regularly flying overhead and a busy inter state He also apologized to the neighbors for running races into predawn hours when he first opened the track a year and a half Zampese and River City Raceway are being sued by neighbors who want the International Hot Rod Asso ciationsanctioned facility either shut down or its operation modified to reduce the noise that reaches their If jurors agree that the track is a visiting 25th Judicial District Judge Don Morgan of Austin will decide what to do about He could order additional measures to mitigate or reduce close it down or choose to do Thursday River City Raceway neighbors Johnny Moreno and Anna Del Luensmann testified about smoke and fuel and rubber fumes Luensmann and other neigh bors claim reach their prop erties from the Roland Edna Rodney Wilton New man and Debbie Newman Zimmer are the plaintiffs in the Luensmann said the fumes from smoke and burning rub ber and the noise have become an unwelcome fact of life at her The smells from I10 are mostly gas But the smell from the track is Luensmann When the wind isnt blow the smell We can hear the cars in the staging area You can hear then if the engines are going to be loud or Moreno amplified the con cerns neighbors have We cant enjoy our back yard any Moreno We have a hot tub and we cant use We cant have friends We have trou ble sleeping because of the Sometimes the lights are so bright I can make out the color of my wifes In the plaintiffs attorney Jeff Nunley called Todd Zampese to testify about what efforts he made to learn about the neighbor hood he wanted to build a racetrack in and why he put it where he Zampese acknowledged under sometimes pointed questioning that he hadnt had professional sound level tests done in the area before he began building the He said he chose the area for its level location near Interstate 10 and San Anto nio and because county offi cials and the neighbors he spoke with beforehand seemed positive and recep he the racetrack and its noise wouldnt adversely affect the neigh The to are putting up with day in and day he citing freeway traffic and jet aircraft from nearby Ran dolph Air Force Did you know that smoke and fumes sometimes roll onto my clients properties when you run these events Nunley asked Tve heard them say yes but I dont believe they Zampese Solid the promoter either contained the smoke or forced it upward away from area During the course of his tes timony and under cross examination from his own See Change in plans could mean more water talks BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Another round of public hearings could be in order to address changes in regional water the Texas Water Development Boards liaison to the South Central Texas Regional Water Plan ning Group said Jorge Arroyo said a change in a plan to bring water from the confluence of the Guadalupe and San Antonio rivers for uoe in Bexar and surrounding counties might be significant enough to require a readoption of the regional planning or Region overall The Region L group met See INSIDE Key Code 76 Police targeting public sexual activity BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels try ing to crack down on homo sexual behavior in the restrooms of city arrested three men this week for alleged lewd In recent New Braunfels Police Department has been conducting under cover operations in local parks trying to curb sexual pickups and acts in park Late in two men were arrested on lewdness charges at Cypress Bend Chief of Police Ray Dou glas said the park investiga tions started because of com plaints about the The main message to these people with this type of intent is if youre going to engage in this type of behav go elsewhere or stay Douglas Dont use public places in New You never know what may Police said a 53yearold New Braunfels man and a 30yearold man who works in New Braunfels were arrested at noon Wednesday in Landa Park and booked for alleged public Public lewdness is a class A misdemeanor under the Texas penal code punishable See   

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