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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas APRIL 20 2004 BASEBALL Canyon High School pitcher Bremer succeeding on baseball mound in the classroom Page SA FORUM GUEST COLUMN Ken Valentine discusses how it is time for the city to discuss a public private parking garage to benefit everyone Page ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 14 pages 2 sections CLICK WWW gpj I cloudy i High Low 81 65 I Details1B I DEAR ABBY 7B COMICS FORUM OBfTUARIES SPORTS TV GRIDS 6B 6ft 4A 30 6A n Seat belt law hinders prosecution of case By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ten months after a 5year old died on Interstate 35 the prosecutor who must decide whether to charge her moth er or the driver in the acci dent is wrestling with what constitutes justice and a vaguely written state law District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Veronica Salas 27 of San Antonio might nev er be prosecuted in the June rollover that injured eight and killed Angelica Quintero Charges Salas or her pas senger Vanessa Rivera 24 of Martindale could have faced ranged from misdemeanor endangerment to felony manslaughter None of the seven children in Salas minivan were belted into the vehicle when it rolled over after a tire went flat on southbound 135 near Schertz although two infants were strapped into safety seats that were not fastened to the vehicle Schertz police sent the case to Waldrip for review and pos sible charges but 10 months later no charges have been filed and Waldrip says the case might never go to the grand jury First he said nothing the state could do to Salas or the adult passenger in the vehi cle who was the mother of the victim would be worse than what they have suffered in die death of the child Theres not a whole lot the criminal justice system can do thats going to punish that woman more than shes already been Waldrip said in August But at the same time depending See LAW Page 3A Bomb threat plan updated By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County has quietly updated its procedures for dealing with bomb threats in county buildings conducting training classes for more than 200 employees Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett whose job includes planning for disasters mass casualty bioterrorism or events involving weapons of mass destruc tion gave the classes this past week in the commissioners courtroom and at the county Road Department We had a bomb threat plan but it was very very Edgett said Weve updated it created a new notification system set out duties and responsibilities and established a chain of The new plan allows the county a flex ible response depending upon the threat received it suspicious and credible well evacuate until we clear it or Edgett said Employees jn the courthouse or tax office across the street would be able to continue their business unaffected except they would be informed of the threat so no one else entered the threatened area The planning is an extension of a secu rity update at the courthouse initiated See PLAN Page 3A Citys fiscal year changed By Scott Mahon Staff Writer After the final reading of a proposed ordinance to change the citys fiscal year the New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously Monday to make the change The citys new fiscal year will be Oct 1 through Sept 30 The citys tax year also will change although no formal action was required Council also held a public hearing on the proposed 2005 budg et and proposed tax rate for fiscal year Chuck City Manager Chuck Pinto explained that changing the fiscal year would require council to adopt a formal budget in August This is the final reading of the ordi nance to change the fiscal he said So now that the fiscal year is changed the tax year will change also and well begin the budget process all over again in Mondays budget hearing included See CITY Page 3A FRONTand CENTER Building a new life for families Photos by DAVID Tom Traill left levels as Christopher and Tammy Preuss hold up the third exterior wall to Preuss new Habitat for Humanity home on Katy Street Saturday morning Habitat for Humanity constructing new houses around county four projects planned for year Tammy and Chrisopher Preuss are all smiles after helping the volunteers from Habitat for Humanity raise the third exterior wall of their new home on Katy Street Saturday morning By Ron Maloney Staff Writer This weekend the walls were going up at the home being built at 1662 West Katy Street Chris and Tammy Preuss will share with their children Sarah Audrey and Jonathan Another new house going up in New Braunfels isnt news But whats different about the Preuss home is how its being built how it will be paid for and how a group of dedicated volunteers who are helping the Preuss family are working to make New Braunfels a better place for everyone The Preuss home which is spon sored by the New Lake Area Association of Realtors is the 10th built by Comal County Habitat for Humanity This year the organization hopes to build four homes for qualifying local families Comal County Habitat for Humanity is the local arm of Habitat for Humani ty International a nonprofit ecumeni cal Christian housing organization Made famous by volunteer and for mer President Jimmy Carter Habitat for Humanity works with people in need to build or renovate decent affordable housing The homes are then sold to the fami ly which must provide at least 300 hours of sweat equity or labor in construc tion of it or another Habitat home as downpayment and then pay off the mortgage which is provided at no prof it and with no interest Volunteers do most of the work and individual and corporate donors pro vide money and materials to build the homes The mortgage payments help Habitat build additional houses Tammy Preuss whose family now lives in a mobile home on a rented lot has never built a house before although shes watched her husband Chris build things See HABITAT Page 3A U HABITAT FOR HUMANITY WANTS TO BUILD FOUR HOUSES THIS YEAR To information to help out program Group needs volun teers and cash dona tions Web site Mail PO Box 310487 New Braunfels TX 78131 0487 Phone 830 625 7005 CISD to look at new report format updated mission statement By Leigh Staff Writer Future Comal ISO financial statements might be easier to read if the school board approves a new report format Thursday Trustee Bill Swim hopes the modifications will improve com munity understanding of the school districts finances I can probably handle just about anything 1 can he said But the report needed to be more user friendly for people in the Swim said the main change was in column layout and amount of data on each page It is simplified he said I think it will be easier to The board also will consider approval of a new mission state ment developed at a leadership retreat in January new statement is not totally Swint sfliH but ifs updated to reflect where we ace yyi wfogr Kan Hutchison CISD commu nications director acknowledged that Superintendent Nancy Fuller provided impetus for the change This was the boards first retreat since Nancy came on she said They did a lot of team build ing and goal setting New leader ship has a lot to do with The current mission statement says Through the commitment of district resources the Comal Inde pendent School District educaiion dents to be successful positive par ticipants and responsible citizens in a diverse democratic community The new mission statement says The mission of Comal 1SD as the foundation of public education is to provide extensive learning opportunities through the com mitment of a broad range of dis trict wide resources to ensure that all students of our diverse com munities have the opportunity to become contributing members of wnfi society
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