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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY August 10 pages in 2 sections 232 Serving New Braunfels and Gbmal County since 1852 cents Supreme Court rules against Republicans SPECIAL SESSION On the Web Texas Legislative Council BY APRIL CASTRO Associated Press Writer partisan fight over redistricting erupted on two fronts as Texas Demo crats sued to block Republicans effort to redraw the states polit ical and the Texas Supreme Court refused to order Democ rats to end their Senate Democrats were pleased the Supreme Court stayed out of the political We believe strongly that the Supreme Court has no jurisdic tion with respect to Senate said Eliot DE1 Texas Attorney General Greg on behalf of Rick Perry and David the Supreme Court to order Senate Democrats back from selfimposed exile in New Their absence pre vented the Senate from consid ering a GOP plan to redraw the states congressional The court offered no explana tion for its decision to reject the PerryDewhurst I am very disappointed that the Supreme Courtdid not resolve this pending constitu tional Perry Perry said Democrats need to return to Texas and get back to He said Texans expect elected officials to draw congres County to seek bonds for building flood control dams sional district rather than leaving the work to federal Before the Supreme Court Senate Democrats moved ahead with a federal law accusing GOP leaders of pushing their plan through the Legislature without adequately See BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said Monday he would ask voters to OK issuing bonds for the first two in a series of proposed dams designed to reduce impact of future river floods in New 1 would think we could con ceivably move forward on these projects within the next Scheel told commissioners dur ing a special commissioners court County officials have been working with state and feder al authorities since 1998 to build a series of five flood con trol If all five dams in the pro posed flood control system are it could cost more than The county has completed historic and environmental impact studies for the first dam on the Dry Comal Creek near The Federal Emer gency Management Agency authorized a million grant toward its Were getting ready to move on that as soon as FEMA releases the Scheel He estimated the total cost of the project could be Preliminary discussions have been held with property owners for a second dam on Elm Creek Scheel Tom county engineer is doing some pre liminary We feel this project will move much because were not using federal Scheel As work Scheel said he would sk county voters to OK bonds for flood See Four candidates remain in superintendent search BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The search for a new Comal Independent School District superintendent was narrowed to four CISD trustees interviewed candidates last week and are trying to schedule a time to bring back the final CISD Board President Dora Gonzales Were striving to have all the board members she Right were checking our calendars for a time for call The boards goal is to hire a superintendent before the end of the when cur rent superintendent Jim Grunert retires from the Trustees say they are on GONZALES Gonzales said the board will narrow the list further after more Ifll still take a few weeks to find the right she Trustees said they are look ing for a unifying leader who work ing in a school district the size of Tve been impressed with the quality of CISD trustee Charles Burt Burt said he was pleased with the progress the group had made in building a The trick will be to find the person who best fits the needs and goals of the dis Gonzales Everyone has something to Its been Gon zales They all have tal ents and their Plan for improvement Above County Judge Danny Scheel shows county officials the fire box for the old water heating system in the Comal County Courthouse Scheel said the county might have to renovate the courthouse with little or no help from the Right Courtat law Judge Brenda Chapman and Precinct 1 Commissioner Jack Dawson take a tour through the morgue at the courthouse Renovation plans call for the room to become judges Photos by DAVID County judge seeks support for updating historic courthouse BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Commissioners who visited the historic courthouse Monday had the opportunity to see things most tourists never County Judge Danny Scheel said the county might have to renovate its signature structure with little or no state Seeking support to begin plan ning that Scheel showed county officials some of the build ings The building needs more court room new windows and new heating and air Scheel said Monday he did not know how much the improvements but he believed it is time to begin planning for the You allknow how much I hate to spend but I think itis time to hire said whose tightfistedness is nearly leg endary and sometimes joked in the 1 think we need to do a master plan for ren ovating and repairing the court Scheel touted a plan County CourtatLaw Judge Brenda Chap man proposed to construct a sec ond county court on the third floor of the Both judges feel that move would allow more effective use of space for court clerks and for record Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana who now occupies the space on the third will move to the West San Antonio Street courthouse now used by Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace William The county is building a new facility for him off Texas 46 in front of the county road The Comal County Courthouse was designed in 1898 by architect Riely Built of cut the courthouse had a three story high center atrium that aided ventilation in the days before central air Gordons design also included a twostory district court with a bal cony for The courtroom is now a single See New Braunfels park fees increase DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Picnic table fees in New Braunfels parks will New Braunfels City Council passed revisions to the citys parks Thfl pyijfafliyp for nonresidents from to per It sets a charge to reserve the Dance Slab or Gazebo in Landa Park Yearround rental fees for Ernest Eikel Field Pavilion and SoJms Pavilion will be and Caress Bend Pavilion will cost for Residents will pay those fees Sunday and Tne ordinance reduces annual swim ming ppol pass fees from to It extends dy alcohol and glass bev erage container regulations to new park Also residents ignored a public hearing on Comal Countys sex ually oriented business order revision The public hearing opened and closed with no community The order regulates sexually orient ed businesses in unincorporated areas of the District Attorney Dib Waldrip told council the public hearing was important because New Braun fels residents will be affected by the countys SOB City Manager Chuck Pinto pulled from the agenda council discussion about giving the county power to review and approve plate in the citys extraterritorial INSIDE Storms produce little damage locally FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS High winds south of Castroville destroyed a hangar complex and damaged at least 10 planes Monday afternoon while the area was under a tornado in eastern Medina is about 20 miles west of San There were no immediate reports of injuries in the In New Braunfels and Comal Coun officials reported a few downed trees and branches in Monday after noons storm but little it didnt affect said New Braunfels Fire Department Bat talion Don I thought we were going because we had a bt of sustained lightning but we didnt even get a call from A Comal County Sheriffs Office dis patcher reported no major We had a bunch of home Alarms go off because of thunder and There was a tree down on River Road but no damage from The lights at 281 and FM 1863 lost power for a little but thats At the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire a firefighter reported no problems at 6 It was raining but the suns the firefighter Rain was reported along a line from Cameron to from Mason to north of Mineral and over parts of Southeast Texas and the Hill
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