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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                uu THURSDAY JUNE ZEITUNG SPORTS YOUNG NITTERS Kids learn the ropes of volleyball at Canyon High Schools annual volleyball camp See photos from the event Pago SA FORUM CHARLEY REISE The fates of both George W Bush John Kerry hinge on Iraq something neither can contro Page 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 12 pages 2 sections CK i WWW 30 chance of rain High Low 91 73 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CUSSlFfEOS44B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 64A TV GRIDS 3B Embattled EAA board member Gilpin resigns By Brand Grissom Staff Writer All 12 members of the Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors at the Tues day night meeting seconded a motion to accept the resigna tion of Comal County repre sentative Cheryl Gilpin The board unanimously accepted Gilpins resignation tendered in a May 28 letter Gilpin who has come under fire recently for incurring excessive legal expenses and has long had a tenuous rela tionship with other board members gave no reason in the letter for the decision to vacate the she served in for 19 months Her term on the board that sets policy for management and conserva tion of the Edwards Aquifer expires in December A lot of it Truck kills pedestrian By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 45yearold man died Wednesday night when he was struck by a pickup truck on the Interstate 35 frontage road north of New Braunfels New Braunfels Fire Chief John Herber who assisted paramedics at the scene of the accident just north of the northbound 135 exit at Watson Lane called for a med ical helicopter and then canceled it as it circled overheard Lifesaving efforts were not successful Herber said We called him dead in the ambu Herber said Traumatic arrest He was hit at unknown speed and thrown approximately 50 yards Department of Public Safety Trooper Steve Tippett said the man who has no known address was walking northbound up the frontage road just north of the exit at about when a San Anto nio man took the exit in a Dodge pickup The driver of the exiting vehicle crest ed the hill and didnt have time to Tippett said He swerved to try to avoid Precinct 3 Constable Sgt Robert Rubio said the victim suffered major head and leg injuries and was thrown into a flood ed drainage ditch Plan change ups fiberoptic systems costs By Scott Mahon Staff Writer A fiberoptic system that would connect the city New Braunfels Utilities and the city school district will be housed at the library and cost more to build The New Braunfels City Council approved the cost increase Tuesday 61 Earlier this year council finalized an agreement with New Braunfels Inde pendent School District to connect the city New Braunfels Utilities and NBISD through a fiberoptic network The communications system would allow all city departments including fire and police departments to share com puter databases and phone systems City Manager Chuck Pinto said the first phase of the project was estimated to cost Pinto recommended Tuesday that the systems hub be relocated from city hall to the public library which would increase the cost to Staff is recommending that all the fiberoptic tines or the hub initiate at our library instead of city hall because of the uncertainty of the future of the current location of city he said The change would increase the cost of the first phase by about because of additional fiberoptic tines required See ffUUW Page 3A had to do with how the information was dis tributed the lack of proper information for the decisions the board was Gilpin said I dont believe in voting on issues without proper infor mation in the proper way in a proper amount of time When they dont give us the informa tion we need to vote on these issues I dont think we need to vote on Gilpin said board packets EAA staff distributed to board members in CD format were often incomplete or inopera ble In recent months Gilpin was criticized for heavy spending on legal research From August 2002 to February 2004 Gilpins legal expenses amounted to according to EAA documents received in an open records request by the Herald Zeitung During the same See GILPIN Page 2A Weather wreaks havoc The driver of a Land Rover sonnel to help him back to dry water crossing on FM 1863 just DAVID to the roof of his vehicle as he waits for Bracken Volunteer Fire Department rescue per after his vehicle became trapped by rising flood waters Wednesday evening in a low north of Schoenthal Road High rains wash RVs away homes struck by lightning By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Widespread heavy storms Wednesday that washed away at least four RVs and damaged some area homes were expect ed to trail off today with little additional flood danger New Braunfels police Lt John Villarreal said four RVs parked at the River Ranch campground located under the Interstate 35 bridges in New Braunfels washed away Wednesday evening and a few homes on Pams Path and Kel Way were believed to have taken some water No one was Villarreal said The fire department and some of our people were out there at the campground evacuating The RVs that went into the river will not be recoverable Villarreal said MANDY slew Braunfels firefighters work to assess and cover dam age on the roof of a home in the South Bank subdivision after lightning struck it I In the live Oak area of New Braunfels the Dry Comal Creek had risen to the doorsteps of some mobile homes Police manned the streets of New Braunfels with four shifts of officers in case of fur ther problems Villarreal said It came up pretty quick The mayor and the chief of police have been out check ing on the situation I made the decision of calling in both midnight squads to get a leg up in case we have further Villarreal said Several thousand people who live in floodprone areas were notified through the local telephone notification system to be aware of potential prob lems Villarreal said As of 10 he said the sit uation seemed to have stabi lized Were just praying the rain will taper he said Canyon Lake Capt Mark Montgomery reported a blaze believed start ed by a lightning strike destroyed a Rhinestone home off North Cranes Mill Road early Wednesday afternoon The fire response was com plicated Montgomery said See WEATHIR Page 3A DliiVOU ROAD CLOSURES Road closures as of Wednesday FM 1863 at Cibolo Texas 46 in front of County Yard Altgett Ammann East Blanco East Ammann Bulverde Lane Cypress Cove Road by Rebecca Creek B Fawn Hoffman I Hueco Springs Loop Oasis Old Nacogdc ches at 484 Purgatory Road Rebecca Creek Road River Road at Little Jacobs Creek River Road near est Loop 337 Riyerjyay Creflk Schoenthal Road Schwab Road Smithson Valley Road Spring Branch Road Stahl Lane Tanglewood Trail by boat ramp Wald TURN AROUND DONT DROWN It is illegal to drive around a low water barricade Those who do risk Injury or death AjMOjRne J Paying rescue costs Due to possible mad closures newspaper delivery may be delayed in some areas Commission rules councilwoman didnt violate ethics By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The citys ethics commission voted unanimously that District 1 Councilwoman Sonia Munoz Gill did not violate ethics whe i she voted on an issue regarding Schlitterbahn Burke Harrison a former city mayoral candidate who filed the complaint said MunozGill should have recused herself fror i an April 12 vote to remove a city council agenda item discussing Schlitterbahn Harrison 61 said MunozGill is employed by New Braunfels General Store and because of the companys affiliation with Schlitterbahn she com mitted an ethics violation by not abstaining However after a 20 minute closed session Wednesday commission members said they were Sonia MunozGill employment with NBGS did not present a conflict of interest Sherrie Brammall Schlitterbahns communi cation director said Schlit terbahn was commonly used to refer to Schlitter bahn Waterpark in New Braunfels A number of compa nies are owned and oper advised by legal counsel that NBGS gted by the Henry family but New and Schlitterbahn were separate Braunfels General Store is a totally legal entities and that MunozGilTs separate entity from Waterpark Management Company with its own she said The complaint was referred to a San Antonio attorney Frank Garza rather than New Braunfels City Attorney Charlie Zech because the complaint was filed against a coun cil member Qonmission members said Garza would send council a formal report regarding Wednesdays derision The ethics ordinance requires a report be sent to council within 10 business days following a commis sion hearing orrvrujnications Specialists   

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