Saturday, July 10, 2004

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 10, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas SPORTS MB ON TOP Minors win loop title 9 and 10yearolds closer to crown as Little League playoff series continues Page 5A FORUM GUEST COLUMN David Hartmann says Dorothy Vollbrecht believed making New Braunfels better was her civic responsibility Page 4A ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 Vdl 153 No 208 14 pages 2 sections CLICK i WWW K 50 chance of rain High Low 92 73 Details1B DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 448 COMICS 28 CROSSWORD 28 FORUM 4A OBfTUARIES 3A SPORTS TV GRIDS Activist group NBU permit plan stinks WATER WOES HISTORY I South Kuehler Wastewater Treatment Plant was built in 1992 I NBU has been operating the plant under a permit granted in I That permit expired in 2002 No new permit has been granted because PLDA and other have contest ed the plants dis charges into the A new permit for the plant would be good for two years hinging on a study of phos phorus levels in the leak By Brand Grissom Staff Writer The million gallons of treated water discharged into the Guadalupe River from the South Kuehler Wastewater Plant is dan gerous to people and to the local economy say members of the Pre serve Lake Dunlap Association At a public meeting Thursday the group plans to oppose the Texas Commission on Environ mental Qualitys plans to renew a permit to New Braunfels Utilities for the treatment plant near the intersection of FM 725 and Inter state 35 The plant they say is releasing excessive levels of phos phorus into the river encouraging algae growth making drinking water unhealthy and bad tasting NBU officials however say stud ies have not conclusively proven the plant is the source of phos phorus in the river PLDA officials hope enough pub lic outcry at the meeting will cause TCEQ to initiate a contested case hearing before a judge TCEQ commissioners will review comments from the public meeting and decide whether to grant the permit renewal send the case to a judge or return the permit to staff for revision PLDA President Kent Kottler said NBU should either reduce phos phorus levels or divert water away from the river We really want TCEQ to put additional restrictions on how much treatment is done on the so itll take out some of the See PERMIT Page 3A DAVID On a typical summer weekend thousands of tubers will clog the Comal and Guadalupe rivers Psychologists say people tend to lose their inhi bitions in large crowds and act in ways they might not normally such as throwing beer bottles on lawns or urinating in public STAND OUT IN A CROWD THE REPUTATION AN ATTRACTION HAS CONTRIBUTES TO THE KIND OF BEHAVIOR PEOPLE EXPECT TO PARTICIPATE IN AND REPUTATIONS DIFFICULT TO MICHAEL BAUMANN UTSA organizational psychologist Pack mentality influences individual behavior By Scott Mahon Staff Writer As recreational areas like the Comal River attract more crowds experts say the subtleties of crowd behavior become more recogniz able and more difficult to control A lot of things happen when a person is in a crowd and indi viduals tend to engage in behav ior they normally wouldnt engage said Stella Garcia Lopez a social psychologist at University of Texas at San Anto nio Inhibitions decrease indi viduals think they are anony mous and people tend to think they have less individual respon sibility in crowds They do things they normally wouldnt do like throwing beer bottles on lawns or urinating in GarciaLopez said one theory of social psychology explained why individuals were less aware of personal responsibility Being in a large crowd draws attention away from ones she said If crowd behavior is in motion then individual aware ness decreases and people begin to associate their own behavior with the crowds behavior What ever the crowd is doing then its OK to do especially during leisure activity because people are relaxed and theyre having Rolf Edward Moore a Landa Park advisory board member said he has studied crowd psychology There are a lot of studies on the said Moore who is also a graduate student at Texas State University Many places have had the same or similar problems that New Braunfels has and the same patterns are recognizable For instance large crowds affect the quality of the attraction and threaten the loss of control by law enforcement People in overcapacity crowds lose their inhibitions vandalism and minor criminal behavior increases and eventually the See CROWD Page 3A No place for garden homes in Garden Ridge city says By Brendf Qrwwwn Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Two years of debate here came to an end Wednesday when city councilmembers decided there would be no garden homes in Garden Ridge at least for the time being Councilmembers voted unanimously to disapprove homes to be built on one quarter acre lots City zoning requirements currently allow lots no small er than threequarters of an acre The decision came after a in May revealed residents j opposed the I I said they were not in favor of l liililt Page 3A Garden Ridge Police Chief Walt Myers announc ing his retirement effective July 30 Council promot ed Lt Victor Malta to the chief position The final plat for a sub division Wild Wind was approved and construction is set to begin with in to month A city ordinance out door burning was tabled to give coun cilmembers time to review the proposed ordinance and to organize a town meeting with officials from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Feibel man said the ordinance would not be ready tor at least two more months County fair opposes Valentines park plan Scott Mahon Staff Writer More than 200 members of the Comal County Fair Association voted unani mously Wednesday to oppose District 6 City Councilman Ken Valentines peti tion to designate the fairgrounds as a city AIR IT OUT KGNB 1420 AM will air a discus sion of this topic today at 9 Guests will include Arlon Hermes District 6 City Council man Ken Valen tine and Gary Henry park Arlon Hermes fair association execu tive board member said his members felt designating the fairgrounds a city park would be too restrictive Mr Valentines petition doesnt serve the best interest of the fair associa he said There are a multitude of city ordinances and state laws that would affect the use of the property if it were designated a city Valentines petition would call for a Nov 2 vote on making the fairgrounds a city park He initiated the petition drive after Schlitterbahn president Gaiy Hen ry made an offer to swap a 41acre parcel See FAIRGROUNDS Page 3A bcdl set for man deputy shot By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SAN Comal County Jus tice of the Peace set a bail Thurs day on the man accused of trying to shoot a Comal County Sheriffs deputy Tuesday Sheriffs detective Sgt Tommy Ward said Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder set the bail in an arrest warrant for John Edward Morris alleging the man committed attempted capital murder in a shotgun confrontation with sheriffs Deputy Brett Smith Smith 43 escaped injury but fired six shots at Morris Three shots struck the sus pect in the chest Morris is being treated at University Hospital in San Anto nio Citing a confidentiality order hospi tal officials refused Friday to release his condition Law enforcement officials said he was not conscious Friday Morris was magistrated by proxy Friday by Bexar County officials Comal County Sheriffs deputies continue to guard him in an intensive care unit John Edward Morris