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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, August 7, 2003 — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Page 3AObituaries FEHLIS Mr. Harold H. Fehlis, 86, of Plano, died August 5, 2003, in Plano. Mr. Fehlis was bom May 27, 1917, to Walter and Thekla Boenig Fehlis. Mr. Fehlis was united in marriage to Annie Sharp, who preceded him in death in 2000. Friends may call at Feds Funeral Home beginning at I p.m. Friday, August 8, where the family will be present horn 6 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be at IO a.m. Saturday, with the Rev. Carlson Jaku-bik officiating. Interment will follow in the Lockhart City Cemetery. Mr. Fehlis is survived by his son, David Fehlis, of Kyle; daughter, Eileen Fehlis Gros-gebauer, of Plano; brother, Baldwin Fehlis, of San Antonio; and grandchildren, Desiree Grosgebauer, Robbie Grosge-bauer and Charles Eeds Funeral Home PLAT POWER/From 1A John Dierksen said. That opinion was supported last week by the city’s Development Code Steering Committee, which is revising the city’s development code. “Since the city grows into the county, the city has more authority than the county,” said Mike Norris, committee chairman. Dierksen and Norris said they felt the city was capable of reviewing plats in the ETJ, but County Judge Danny Scheel is not so sure. “We felt like we had a little more knowledge. There were a couple of incidencts that brought it to the forefront that we felt were very important that the city had overlooked so we just decided it would be better that we’d do it,” Scheel said. Scheel would not discuss any specific examples of mistakes made by the city. City council will discuss the county’s resolution at its next regular meeting Monday. REDISTRICTING/From 1A most of the day before Democrats met them but “nothing was resolved,” one source said. The two Republicans planned to spend the night in Albuquerque and attempt to meet with all the Democrats Thursday, one source said. Eleven Democratic senators have been in New Mexico for more than a week, after fleeing the Texas Capitol July 28 in opposition to plans to take up congressional redistricting. They left shortly before Republican Gov. Rick Perry called a second special session on the issue. The Democrats’ absence at the Capitol has brought the Senate to a standstill, because, without them, the chamber does not have enough members to conduct business. Duncan is the chairman of the Senate Jurisprudence Committee, which handles redistricting. Staples is the Energy Bills too HIGH? Call Kustom Aire Heating & Air Conditioning _606-1155 4 Hmm    Equipment Seles '«-I .aw i mot    Quality Service OLD US. 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Senate Republican Caucus chairman. Duncan’s office did not return a telephone message left by the AP late Wednesday afternoon. A Staples aide said her boss was at a redistricting meeting but gave no other details. The Democrats refused to comment on the meeting. Republicans, led by U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, have been pushing for state lawmakers to redraw the state’s congressional boundaries, saying voting trends show the state should have more GOP representation in Washington. Democrats say they are resolved to stay in New Mexico for the duration of the second session, which ends at the end of the month, to killLEADER/From 1A _ will not be a “divisive” one. The 4-3 split vote to hire Grunert probably hurt the outgoing superintendent’s ability to effectively unify the district, he said. A stronger consensus on his replacement would get the new superintendent off on the right foot. “I’d like to see us get to a more united majority, so that we’re all on the same page in trying to work for the same things,” Burt said. “If we could get the type of leader who would bring us all together, we could just do amazing things. The hardest part is identifying that person before they are in that role.” Current Superintendent James Grunert announced earlier this summer he would retire, effective Dec. 31. Gonzales said the board started hunting for a replacement soon after. “We knew that to pick a good, qualified individual it would take a lot of time and planning,” Gonzales said. “With Dr. Grunert not exiting until December, we feel that we have enough time that we don’t have to be rushed into making such an important decision.” Although Gonzales would not release the number of applicants, she said trustees reviewed resumes at a meeting in July and plan to shorten the candidate list tonight and Friday. Candidates who “rise to the top” will be asked to come back for another interview at an undetermined date, Gonzales said. Once trustees pick a finalist, his or her name will be released at a public meeting. The finalist can be hired 21 days later, said Kari Hutchison, CISD communications director. “If I don’t see that person in this go around, then well try again,” Swint said. QUARRY/From 1A • Counties don’t have authority to regulate mining operations, Minikin said. ‘People are asking me what I’m doing about this, and I don’t like saying I can’t do anything,” Minikin said. ‘Tve been dealing with quarry blasting since the day I took office four-and-one-half years ago, and this time I heard from people I’d never met before.” Minikin went to the quarry Wednesday to investigate. Rich Weaver, technical director for Buckley Powder Corp., Martin Marietta’s blasting subcontrator, said “overpressure” — a shockwave caused when the exploding force escapes through the face of the rock — was what residents heard and felt. ‘We want every bit of energy in that explosion to fracture rock. In this case, part of it came out the face through the path of least resistance," Weaver said. Neighbors reported it rattled windows in west and south parts of New Braunfels. At least one resident off FM 1863 reported pictures knocked from a wall. Norma Herman and her husband, Mark, live on Forest Trail, a little more than a mile from the blast. “It was loud and vibrant. When it knocks pictures off your walls, that’s pretty shaky,” she said. “If it rattles your house from the sound or from underneath, it’s not good. We’re used to the blasts. We hear them all the time. But they’re becoming increasingly stronger and more disturbing.” Dale Hartman has lived on Bob White Lane just south of FM 1863 for 30 years. He said neighbors have cracks in their brick, sidewalks and slabs. About six years ago, he paid $12,000 to have piers installed under his brick home to shore it up. “I can’t say, ‘There. That damage is from that blast.’ Its been going on for a long time, but it’s getting so bad lately. You can’t continue to shake a house like this without damaging it,” Hartman said. Weaver said blasts are scientifically designed to have no significant seismic effect outside the quarry property line, 3,300 feet from where blasting now occurs. Federal standards are strict, he said, and blasts at the Chemical Lime quarry are formulated below the standard. Hartman is skeptical. About 12 years ago, a seismograph was installed near his home. “The day we had it set up, they’d have a little-bitty boom and no problem. My concern is now that we have Mr. Mil-iikin looking into it, itll taper off until people forget about it,” Hartman said. ‘We don’t want to put them out of business, but something has to be done. If there is some way they can perform their function without rattling us off our foundations, we need to have it looked at.” COURT/From 1A Elbel was arrested June 25, 2002, by the Comal County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team on an aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge after he allegedly discharged a firearm in a dispute with a neighbor over a noisy dog. When officials got onto Elbel’s property, they found 40 to 50 dilapidated cars, discarded air conditioners and other scrap, numerous 55-gallon drums filled with oil or other chemicals and more than 500 gallon jugs of what was believed to be motor oil. Not far from Elbel’s well on the property in the 30600 block of Krueger Road, investigators found an oil pit. Waldrip said the pit covered about 50-square feet and was estimated to be one-to two-feet deep. The resulting cleanup of the dumped oil and other debris cost the county $18,000. Elbel posted $20,000 bai) the day after his arrest and was released from Comal County Jail. He now lives in Medina County. In other cases before Steel Tuesday, Adrian Lagunas, convicted Friday of aggravated kidnapping in the July 23, 2000, abduction of a local woman, was sentenced to 35 years in prison. He will serve half of the sentence before he is eligible for parple. 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