Saturday, July 21, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas H8T MNLA61E COW NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY July 2001 16 pages in 2 sections pages in scctti HERALDZEITUNG 216 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Construction zone Hospital construction project enters next phase BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospitals million ren ovation and construction program essentially will see the entire facility rebuilt or in the final phase of that renova tion and enlargement of the hospitals dining room and kitchen is proceeding alongside work to install a stateofthe art Magnetic Resonance The MRI will perma nently replace a series of devices that have been housed in trailers on the hospital grounds during the past three months into the million phase of the work will con tinue into next Allen McKennas chief financial said McKennas new MRI would be the equal or better pf any in the Therell be no reason to get a scan anywhere Strickland Ours will be the top of the Its a quantum jump in Strickland said upgrad ing facilities made this an important time for McKenna although there were inconve McKenna patients and team members or staff personnel are bearing with the inconve niences of hallways that are boarded I want the community to know we really appre ciate their patience with You cant do additions and addons without inconveniencing Strickland JESSIE Slightly shielded from the suns heat by an overhead Manuel adds fuel to the fire as he welds a flange onto a threeinch chill pipe on the roof of what will be the new cafeteria at McKenna Hospital Friday When we finish with this everything will either be brand new or newly Allen Strickland McKennas CFO But probably no one is being inconvenienced like McKennas staff While construction contin McKennas 800 employ ees have no place to eat on the The kitchen and dining hall are which is a major Strickland Everyones kind of doing what they can and making This just isnt the kind of business where you can take hourandahalf lunch he On the nurs ing you eat when you And you Many employees are pack ing Others order out or drive to fast food places when they McKennas 75 patients are being fed three meals a day that are prepared by hospital See JESSIE Jose Lara moves a tall piece of shaftwall paneling into position at McKenna Hospital Friday Part of frontage road opens over bridge BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Theres good news and bad news on the Interstate 35 road construction front First the good The new northbound frontage road bridge over the Guadalupe River is now giving local motorists their first taste of what it will be like to not have to detour to Business 35 to continue northbound on the frontage road from FM Now the bad The northbound FM 725 exit is closed for the fore seeable future while the northbound main lanes are Motorists will have to either take the Walnut Avenue exit and drive north to FM 725 or the Schmidt Antonio Street exit and take Business 35 or 81 up to Seguin The change is not going to be a convenient acknowledges Greg area engineer for the Texas Department of Its one of those things to where with the interstate shifted onto the center there isnt access to the Malatek What well have is infor mation to let people know the ramp is Everybodys going to have a different route to but to avoid Walnut as busy as it people might want to take a different ramp a little further The northbound frontage road bridge across the Guadalupe on the other opened early Friday and ready for use for anybody wanting to head northbound from FM Of if youre north bound on FM 725 and going keep going Malatek If they need to get around a little they can use the bridge to get to the Malatek City gets peek at redistricting plan BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will get its first look at redistricting plans during a special workshop During a workshop begin ning attorneys from Gwinn and Morrison will give the council a progress report on redistrict Its basically just a progress City Man ager Mike Shands The advance information we have is only that there is a need for redistricting in some Shands said until Monday the city would not know which districts grew during the past which would force the city to redraw district The redistricting process is based on the 2000 Census figures released this While specific information was not Shands said he believed one area that needed to be redrawn was District I would say Larry Alexan ders is an area especially out by County Line Road that has seen a lot more growth than an area like District Shands But thats just a Council will ask questions about and the See INSIDE Abbv 5A Classifieds Comics 4B Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A 5A Obituaries 3A Sports Todav 2A Key Code County names lake committee BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County commis still stung by a deal struck earlier this week by the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and Trout Unlim named members of a committee that will advise county and GBRA officials on Canyon Lake The committee would have no veto power over GBRA but the agency has agreed to consider its recom mendations about Canyon The move to name its taken at Commis sioners Court on came less than two days after GBRA reached a settlement with Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited intended to head off a contested case hearing on a proposed GBRA permit The permit amendment would increase the confirmed annual yield of Canyon Lake from acrefeet per year and allow GBRA to pump acrefeet per year for water Under the agreement with the trout the GBRA promises during the summer months to release water from Canyon Dam at a rate of up to 200 cubic feet per second on any year where the lake level is above 909 feet above mean sea The increased flow is an effort to keep Guadalupe Riv er water cold enough for rain bow which are a non cold water fish The trout have been Trout Unlimited to replace native species whose habitat was destroyed by Canyon Dam and the cold er water that flows down stream out of the County officials believe the Unlimited agreement violates a 1999 agreement between Comal County and the GBRA because the river authority didnt con sult the SCHEEL county when it made the The GBRA has made a number of other promises to the county some codified in the 1999 agreement under which Comal County chose not to seek party status on the permit amendment appli and some Among them are to spend to conduct a year long study of the potential economic and environmental impacts of drawing more water from the lake and par ticipating in an advisory com mittee on lake County commissioners named members of the com mittee at court They are See CHRIS Gladys former social service director for the Comal County Senior Citizen hugs a guest during her retirement party Friday evening at the center in New Bartling retires after 10 years at Senior Center BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer After 10 years of working to improve the lives of Comal County Gladys Bartling has decided its time to pamper Bartling will retire as social service director of the Comal County Senior Center on July I just want to do those things I havent been able to I dont want to be on any Bartling Friends and senior center staff gathered Friday at the center to honor Bartling and her She said she could not help feel embarrassed about the but I consider it a par ty for the Ill do any thing to highlight the Senior center president Bernie Dillon Shes been to a large measure directly responsible for every worth while effort at the cen She will be sorely but I hope she visits fre Dillon said he hopes the rest of the centers staff and volunteers can continue the good work Bartling Senior center director Kathryn Walker Gladys is a Its an amazing thing that she Bartling has worked for the center since She also helps out with the AIDS task force and the SOS Food Bartling was the centers first employee when it relo cated from Comal to its present 655 Landa She remembers people working through the last See