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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY JULY LIFE PRODUCE Use these tips for using fresh fruits and vegetables to make a greattasting healthy summer meal Page IB ZEITUNG Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 several Comal County teams bring home medals from recent national clay target shooting competition Page SA 14 pages 2 sections CK 130 rain chance High Low 92 72 Details2B DEARABBY SB CLASSIFIEDS COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 46 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 56A TV GRIDS 68 City attorney says CVB petition invalid By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil killed a petition to make the convention and visitors bureau a city department because it was invalid District 6 Councilman Ken Valentine who spearheaded the petition was outvoted 6 1 Monday after City Attorney Charlie Zech advised coun cil a petition could not be used to create a city depart ment Valentine hoped to get three petitions on the Nov 2 ballot including petitions to ban aluminum cans on local rivers and to designate the Comal County fairgrounds a city park Council voted 43 Monday to put the fairgrounds issue on the November ballot and 70 to let voters decided whether to ban aluminum cans Valentine noted council had a maximum of 10 days to act on the petitions after they were certified and presented by the city secretary M three petitions were pre sented to council at 9 on July he said They waited until the very last hour to act on the A petition to freeze proper ty taxes for seniors will also be on the November ballot Valentine argued the con vention and visitors bureau which is operated by the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce would be more costeffective as a city run department But Zech said the petition was invalid because it would create a new city department which is an administrative See PETITION Page 3A Dress code sends SVHS parents back to the store Dora Gonzales Comal Indepen dent School District trustees voted unani mously Tuesday to appoint a trustee to fill the spot vacated by the June 22 res ignation of Dora Gonzales The unfulfilled term ends May 2006 and must be filled by December Rather than pay for a special election Nov 2 board members asked staff to adver tise the position The appointed trustee will retain the posi tion until the next regular CISD elec tion May 7 2005 I would suggest we move as soon as possible to appoint ing someone to fill her said District 2 Trustee Dan Krueger Her shoes are a lot big ger than they The application deadline is Aug 19 Trustees will inter view applicants and make an appoint ment Aug 26 Applications are available from the district office 1421 North Business 35 By Brand Grissom Staff Writer Laura Turk and her two children who attend Smithson Valley High School will be shopping for school clothes again Comal Independent School District trustees Tuesday declined to postpone for one year enforcing at SVHS a dress code banning all graphics on clothes except for high school or universityrelated items District administrators recommended postponing enforcement at SVHS because parents were notified of the change in July whereas parents of Canyon High School students were notified as early as May lurk said she was disappointed withthe boards decision Her freshman daughter loves her sports logo shirts and her junior son has several racing Tshirts At about apiece they wont be cheap to replace Im not saying there shouldnt be a dress Turk said I definitely think there should be a much more stringent dress code but just let us CISD Superintendent Nancy Fuller said she recommended the compromise because SVHS parents did not have as much time to conform to the new dress code as CHS parents But trustees worried allowing different standards would be inequitable The school district has talked so much about equality and it bothers me that we have to have different rules for one school I think its going to be an open door to oth er issues in the said District 5 Trustee Rose Cervin Charles Burt district 6 trustee said he believed postponing enforcement at SVHS was appropriate because those parents did not receive equal notification I cannot support a program that basi cally ambushes a set of parents and says Were sorry we didnt tell you all about this but were going to make you live by these rules Burt said We have enough battles to fight with parents that we dont have a lot of choices on We dont need to start adding to those battles over things we can easily Photos by DAVID Hope Hospice s new Executive Director Joe McGrath goes over a company manual with Performance Improvement Director Heidi Wall in his office Tuesday afternoon New Hope Hospice director McGrath no stranger to town UPDATES New Hope Hospice Executive Director Joe McGrath talks with Director of Spiritual and Psycho Social Services Carol Johnson Tuesday afternoon By Linda C Jacobson Special to the HeraldZeitung When Joe McGraths coworkers at XLHealth in San Antonio threw a going away party for him it was bittersweet It always feels good to know that you have made an impact on McGrath said You may say that you dont want them to make a fuss over you but it sure feels good when they After nearly six years as director of Texas operations for the disease man agement company McGrath packed up his office and said his goodbyes July 14 The following Monday he started his new job as the executive director for Hope Hospice of New Braunfels When this opportunity came along it was a onceinalifetime he said I have lots of friends who volunteer for Hope Hospice Every person Ive talked to has absolute wonderful praise for Hope Hospice I just really felt like I needed to be a part of While McGrath may be new to Hope Hospice hes no stranger to New Braun fels He and his wife Tracy moved here in 1993 Tracy McGrath has been running her business Simply Nails on San Anto nio Street for the past 10 years The McGraths have three 12 Brenden 11 and Shelby 4 McGrath brings a solid combination See DIRECTOR Page 3A Tracking the news TRAIN WRECK LAST WE KNEW Nathan Love 29 of Seguin was injured Monday afternoon when his dump truck was struck by a train off FM 482 in Bracken LATEST University Hospital officials Tuesday said Love was in stable condition NEXT DPS Trooper Joel Machost said Love would be cited for disregarding a stop sign NBU New chemical won t affect waters taste From Staff Reports New Braunfels Utilities will change the disinfectant it uses in water treatment from chlorine to chloramines to meet new state requirements Chloramines are produced through a combination of chlorine and liquid ammo nia sulfate NBU officials said chlo ramines will further reduce the levels of disinfection byproducts This change is intended to benefit NBU customers by reducing the levels of disin fection byproducts in the sys tem while still providing pro tection from waterborne dis said Gretchen Reuwer communications manger Roger Biggers executive director of water services said the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality set newlimits for disinfection by products called tri halomethanes in public drinking water supplies While THM levels have always remained well below required limits in the NBU water supply converting to a treatment process that uti lizes chloramines will enable NBU to reduce the amount of chlorine used in the treat ment of drinking Big gers said Ultimately we wUl be able to further lower the levels of NBU officials said the changeover would be pletebyAug 9 Biggers said consumers would not notice changes in their drinking water Using chloramines will not change the color or taste of the water consumers he said Biggers said concerns about health effects from longterm exposure to high levels of THMs prompted TCEQ to set lower limits for these byproducts Chloramines can cause problems for persons dependent on dialysis Biggers said A condition known as hemolyt ic anemia can occur if the dis infectant is not completely See Page 3A Check us 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