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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 15, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY May 15 2003 14 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 15a No 155 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBFD could close a station BY DYLAN Staff Writer Fire and rescue officials meet Monday to decide whether or not to close one of the citys four fire sta tions Dealing with staffing lim its especially after last months force reduction will be a priority topic at the fire depart ments staff HERBER u Fire Chief John Herber said Herber is considering closing down or reducing manpower at one fire sta tion The decision will be made he said Closing down a station would reduce response time in some areas but the num ber of firefighters on the scene and quality of service would be greater the fire chief said Td rather have three ade quately staffed stations for the delivery of services and safety of Herber said Last month the fire department lost three fire fighters as part of a citywide reduction in staff Among the hardest hit were the already shorthanded police and fire departments Herber said he was sur prised the two departments were hit so hard Though Police Chief Rus sell Johnson asked council for 11 more officers and two detectives he lost four offi cers and an assistant police chief in the budget cuts Understaffed in dispatch records and secretarial help responsibilities are spilling over and bogging people Johnson said Im short everywhere Theres not one area in this department that isnt short of the police chief said In Berbers original budget See Man drowns in Guadalupe Houston man wasnt wearing life jacket when kayak flipped DAVID Top SMART diver Kathy Misiaszek points to a location upstream for her husband and fel low diver Dan to search for the body of a 32yearold Houston man who drowned at Huaco Falls Wednesday afternoon Above A coworker of the victim looks on as members of the New Braunfels Fire Department search for the victims body Tubers floating by seemed to take little notice of the recovery operation Right The victims coworkers comfort each other as divers recover the mans body The men had rented life jackets but werent wearing them BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Houston man drowned Wednesday after the twoman kayak he was in overturned at Muaco Falls just before 1 It was the second drown ing of the season on the Guadalupe Rivor Wo believe tho incident occurred at about Comal County Sher iffs spokesman Corporal Tim Kolbo said Dispatchers received tho call at Precinct 4 Justice of tho Peace Jennifer Saundors pronounced the man dead just before 5 Officials withhold bin pending notification of next of kin Weve contacted tho Houston Police Department and theyre doing what they Kolbo nuid Officials said tho imin was tho single father of an H yearold girl He and throe friends who runted kayaks Wednesday all worked in tho same Houstonurea restaurant When the kayaks they rented went over Huaco Falls a throefoot drop tho victims kayak over turned Hpillinghim and his partner into tho water Tho victim WHH having difficulty swimming Sovor al pooplo tried to keep him up and get him to the ropo hanging from a troo brunch noar whore tho body wan but ho WHH flailing and thoy just couldnt do Kolbo said Bystanders called for help from tho nearby Camp Hua co store Kolbo said Canyon Lake EMS drove down Riv er Road to got to the loca tion Wo realized when we got on Hceno that wo didnt have a rescue wo had a body Kolbo said Tho Han Marcos Area Recovery Team was Sheriffs deputies movod tubers down rivor and diverted tubers and rafters around the area to keep tho wilt from being stirred in tho rivor SMART divers Dan and Kathy arrived at and began inter viewing witnesses Each had a different story about See Some CISD voters crying foul over election results BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer A former Comal Indepen dent School District trustee and a candidate for the Dis trict 5 position are claiming registration card errors could have negatively impacted the outcome of the May 3 elec tion Since the election as many as 75 people have con tacted me the school district or John Zimmerman to com plain that they did not vote because they did not know they said Lee Iredale Iredale ran against Rose Cervin and Zimmerman for the CISD District 5 trustee post Cervin won After the county sent out voter reg istration cards to all registered Iredale said the school dis t r i c t moved some singlemember districts within the The changes were approv ed by federal elections offi cials The school district then sent the changes to the county but did not send notices or new See ZIMMERMAN INSIDE TV I Key Code 76 Neighborhood program expands to city BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A few years ago Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibulman and his brother noticed thoy hadnt heard from their father in a couple of days I got a call one time from my brother and he said Have you talked to dad 1 hadnt since Friday and that was pretty Feibelmun culled his dad who lived in Florida No answer The local authorities were called and asked to force their way into the mans home Sure enough hed had a stroke and had been sitting there all Feibel mantiuid The mayor went to his How to help Volunteers or participants interested In Operation CQYN Check on Your Neighbor can call the Comal County Senior Citizens Center at 6294547 chief of police Walt Myers and said ha thought it might be a good idea if Garden Ridge developed a aystern of checking on residents who are shut in or live ulone I was just tho idea Feibelman said Walt took the idea and ran with That idea developed into the Check on Your Neighbor program and was later implemented in Comal County Now under tho Cornal County Triad a law unforco rnont community partner ship between Myoru Now BraunfulH Chief of Polico Russell Johnson and Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder tho program is coming to Now Braunfols It will operate with volun teers under the sponsorship of the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Nancy Fisher and Judith Wuunsch will coordinate tho volunteer effort that will keep in touch with seniors or others who live alone just to make sure everything is OK Thowo who participate can have information stored on u confidential database at the See
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