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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY May 16 2003 I J 18 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 156 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Road revamp million more than expected BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The Qruene Road project will cost million more than expected Still officials say the pro ject which has been dis cussed for more than two years could be under way by January 2004 New Braunfels City Engi neer Mike Short said the esti mate given to city council originally was quite a ways from the final cost The project would the road and address drain age issues The road which in some places is breaking apart in chunks is highly traveled by tourists visiting the Gruene Historic District The scope of the project has changed since the original bond package in 2000 when the whole project consisted of a paragraph of descrip Short said Since then the city has con suited with community grdUps like the Gruene Mer chants Association and the Gruono Homeowners Associ ation which have debated various aspects of the project When first proposed to council the projected cost was million That was upped to million in May 2001 Short now projects the cost will be million I wouldnt expect there to be any surprises in Short said But he said if the final cost does creep upward the scope of the project will be scaled back The Shulta Group will fin ish the project feasibility study next month and should have the design ready by November Short said major portions of the roadwork would bo done January February and March of next year to mini mize the impact on the tour Summer gets a jump start Fire dam Comal County Ini tiated a bum ban that took effect Thursday mom Ing Violations are punishable by a fine of between and Extreme conditions force early burn ban BY RON MALONEV Staff Writer Comal County commis sioners implemented a burn ban Thursday in an attempt to stave off possible wildfires caused by this sea sons dry weather The ban went into immediate effect The ban prohibits any outdoor burning except campfires river cleanup projects firefighter training and utility or mining operations unless written permission is obtained from the county fire marshals office Fire Marshal Lin Manford said he would issue few writ ton permits only in hard ship situations The intent of the commis sioners is to allow some relief in a situation where if youre financing home construction youve cleared your land and the debris is in the way of pouring your foundation we could allow it so construc tion can Manford said There will bo stringent safety requirements attached to that he added The ban is in effect until lifted by County Judge Dan ny Scheel Manford went to commis sionerscourt seeking the bap See DAVID Luis Gonzales a construction worker for Jones Brothers takes a water break Thursday afternoon High temperatures have been reaching into the 90s this week a peak normally not seen until June Drought could persist through September BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels will miss out on a rainy May this year A dome of high pressure over northern Mexico has shielded moist fronts from South Texas leaving New Braunfels with exceptional ly hot dry weather that might not let up until Sep tember Because of the blockage the urea is experiencing the kind of heat that usually doesnt start until June and is missing out on rainfall that might not be recovered May is usually the wettest month of the said forecaster Joe Boskin of the Antonio National Weather Service in New Braunfels Wet May weather usually dries off in June but this year has been different We are in an area that has been the driest in tho Baskin said And its not likely to got much better Forecasters say this sum mer could bo hotter and dri er than normal and the occasional day or two of rainfall probably wont be enough to make up tho loss in moisture For May normal highs and lows run in the mid80s and mid608 respectively while four inches of rainfall is nor mal Though humidity levels have remained clone to nor mal this month there bus been little rainfall And tho thermometers have risen accordingly So fur this month New Braunfols has hud inch of rain with an average high of and low of 73 degrees Several record high tem peratures have been reached in the post few days Thursday Austin 96 and San Antonio 96 broke record highs New Bruun fols high wus 97 degrees with a 103degree heat index People need to be careful during the summer months to hydrate themselves while they are enjoying the river season officials said When it gets this hot its impor tant to keep your body cool especially when tho See sist season in the Gruene dis trict District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull said her con stituents were concerned the project might cost more us time wont on because of infla tion or that it might not hap pen That was a major issue See County approves additional jail staff BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commis sioners voted unanimously Thursday to add two super visory positions at the Comul County Jail One of tho now positions will bo a sergeant and the other a cor poral Hourly two years ago tho county hud OTT to hire 18 additional juilcrw to Program Saturday to honor service members families BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Saturday New Braunfels will honor service members and their families in a patri otic festival on Main Plaza The music ministry of St Johns Episcopal Church sponsors the Armed Forces Day celebration Retired Major General Chuck Teeter Itep Lamur Smith retired astro naut Charles Duke and oth er speakers in the twohour program which begins at 10 The Plaza will be closed to traffic A helicopter flyover nun been planned for We have a number of folks coming Im doing a very small piece of it Im going to talk for a few min Teeter said Ive been asked to talk because Im a Teeter a former Army aviator retired to New Braunfela in December 1991 Armed Forces Day IB an important day especially when the nation ia essential ly at war If a a time for us to acknowledge the people who are serving Were very for tunate to live in a town where people are as patriotic INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Look up in the sky bring its 337bod juil up to state standards Added to tho three super visors tho juil now has the now officers will enable administrator David Ott to institute 12hour shifts When I took over the juil in December 2000 I knew I hud scheduling Ott told commissioners He said he talked to admin istrators at nine other county jails who told him 12hour shifts were a bettor system Under the new schedule employees would work 15 days during a month instead of 20 and could have every other Friday Saturday and Sunday off Tho number of work hours is equal to five eighthour days Ott said This is something I WUH looking at when we had to add the new Ott said 1 believe this IB a more efficient way to run tho Commissioners particu larly Precinct 1 Commission er Jack Dawnori had a number of questions about See OA Seguin plane builder and commercial pilot Pete Glawe maneu vers his Hatz blplane over a field near the New Braunfels Airport Thursday after noon Planes were arriving Thursday for the weekend Experimental Aircraft Association K JESSIE HorakJZurtung