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Vol. 148, No. 194 20 pages in 2 sections August 18, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Worker injured Tuesday at plastics plant
A New Braunfels Fire and Rescue employee attends to a 42-year-old man who suffered a head injury at work on Tuesday.Process technician hit head while working on machine
By Christina Minor
Traffic was stopped on the Interstate 35 North frontage road for about IO minutes Tuesday afternoon as an Airlife helicopter transported a 42-year-old man with a head injury to a San Antonio Hospital.
The man, a process technician at Texas Jacobson Plastics Division, 1404 Interstate 35 North, was working on a piece of machinery when he was struck on the head by one of the arms.
General manager Hollis Wooldridge said, “He was working on the machine while it was running. He got a little too close and was hit on the head.”
The machine operator also was at the scene when the accident occurred.
New Braunfels Fire and Rescut Battalion Chief Don Zercher said Airlife was called because of possible internal damage.
“He received a 4-inch laceration to the forehead,” he said. “Whenever there is a head injury, there’s always a possibility of internal damage, which if gone undetected could lead to a person eventually passing out and maybe even death.”
Wooldridge said the man was fully conscious
following the incident.
New Braunfels Police would not release the man’s identity until family was notified Tuesday afternoon.
The Occupational Safety Hazard Administration (OSHA) was called to examine the scene of the accident.
Wooldridge said, “Safety is our main concern. The machines in that area have been shut down. We didn’t shut down other production.”
The man was transported to University Hospital in San Antonio.
A spokeswoman at the hospital said he was listed in fair but stable condition on Tuesday evening.
Drainage, streets top city bond list
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Streets and drainage — not pools and trails — are the focus of a list of possible bond issues given to New Braunfels City Council recently.
The list was drawn up by the city’s engineering department, complete with cost estimates, and given to council on Aug. 9.
Council has scheduled a public workshop to discuss priorities for a future bond election for 9 a.m. Sept. 11.
District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo said some community members accused the city of not focusing on the most crucial issues facing New Braunfels.
But that s not true, Kotylo said. “Drainage and streets are our top priority,” she said. “Drainage is just a given — it’s got to get done. We’re not going to put a pool or anything else before drainage and streets.”
The list of projects given to council is a “starting point/ Kotylo said. City staff referred to the city’s master plan, adopted in April, to come up w ith the list.
“These are the major ones that would require a bond issue,” city engineer C.A. Bolner said.
Council will analyze each proposed project and prioritize, cutting some projects if necessary and possibly adding others, Kotylo said.
“My mind is not set,” she said. “This is open for discussion.”
Street projects listed included:
• Rebuilding Walnut Avenue from Katy Street to Business 35, making it four lanes w ith a continuous center turn lane ($4 million);
• Rebuilding Walnut Avenue from West San Antonio Street to Business 35 ($3 million);
• Rebuilding Church Hill Drive from Loop 337 to Rusk Street ($1.3 million);
• Extending County Line Road from Pahmeyer Road to Farm-to-Market Road 1044 ($444,337);
• Extending Fredencksburg Road from Landa Street to West San Antonio Street and building a bridge across the Dry Comal Creek ($436,167 w ithout cost of bridge);
• Rebuilding Landa Street from Walnut Avenue to Spring Hills Drive ($1.3 million);
• Rebuilding Live Oak Avenue from Landa Street to West San Antonio and building a bridge across the Dry Comal Creek Street ($1.37 million without cost of bridge); and
• Rebuilding Wright Avenue from Business 35 to
See BOND LIST/5A
Bulverde Northwest council sworn in under controversy
DA’s office might sue to invalidate city’s incorporation
By Chris Crews
Bulverde Northwest now has a mayor and a city council, but the fledgling city might soon face a fight for its very existence.
Mal McClinchie was sworn in as mayor and Carolyn Benham, Charles Lebrecht, Harry Trappe, Nancy Wehrung, James Winegar assumed aldermen positions. Kip McClinchie took office as town marshal.
But the criminal district attorney’s office confirmed Tuesday it was considering filing suit against Bulverde Northwest to invalidate its incorporation of May I.
Visiting District Judge Fred Clarke appointed Lockhart City Attorney Todd Blomerth this past week as criminal district attorney pro-tem to investigate and file the case if a move to dissolve the city was warranted.
Blomerth said he only recently received the information on the case and could not comment.
If the investigation concludes boundary lines drawn for the incorporation election were improperly drawn to take in land abutting major highways, the election will be voided, the new city officers would be ousted and their actions declared null, officials said.
Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he disqualified himself after discussions with Bulverde Northwest residents and representatives from Ingram Readymix, a company planning to build a concrete batch plant in the Bulverde Northwest city limits.
“I had spoken with both sides and attempts to reach an amicable solution have been fruitless,” Waldrip said.
Comal County Judge Danny Scheel congratulates Bulverde Northwest alderman James Winegar Tuesday morning at the Comal County Courthouse. Also sworn in as aldermen were Harry Trappe (third from right), Carolyn Benham (first from right), Nancy Wehrung and Charles Lebrecht (not pictured). Mal McClinchie (center) was sworn in as mayor and Kip McClinchie took office at town marshal.
Some of the newly-elected Bulverde Northwest officials have been involved in a group opposing the batch plant. McClinchie is an officer for Citizens League for Environmental Action Now, which actively but unsuccessfully opposed a state permit for Ingram Readymix to build the concrete batch plant.
Ingram retained the Austin office of the law firm Fulbright md Jawors-ki to handle its legal fight with CLEAN and Bulverde Northwest.
Ingram spent more than $15,000 on a political action committee, Citizens Against New Taxes, to fight the incorporation effort.
Through their attorneys, Ingram successfully fought an attempt to have a district judge appoint tempo
rary officers for Bulverde Northwest.
Ingram attorney Bill Zeis said he was confident the case to invalidate the incorporation would be successful.
Bulverde Northwest officials said the criminal district attorney’s office listened only to Ingram’s side of the story.
“I would not say that something the D.A.’s office would do was frivolous. I assume they have better sense than that. I think Ingram s position is frivolous,” McClinchie said.
Before Saturday’s election, McClinchie said the council would enact zoning laws that would prohibit Ingram from building the plant
In an emergency meeting of the
city council on Tuesday, Bulverde Northwest adopted ordinances controlling building and commercial activities in the city.
Bulverde Northwest council members conducted an emergency meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
Council enacted a ban on all outdoor burning and and adopted a resolution calling for a ban on all unnecessary outdoor watering.
The water conservation measure was adopted in response to the recent gasoline spill at U.S. 281 and Borgfeld Road in northern Bexar County and recent reports of water shortages in the area.
(Managing editor Margaret Edmonson contributed information to this article.)
Police identify man rescued from river
By Christina Minor
New Braunfels Police have identified a man who was pulled unconscious from the Comal River Sunday night.
Alfredo Ramirez of Piedras Negras, Mexico, who is in his mid-20s, was staying at his parents’ home in New Braunfels. His parents are currently in Mexico.
After being informed of the situation by family in Eragle Pass, Ramirez’ brother called from Fort Worth with information for New Braunfels Police Detective John Villarreal.
Ramirez was seen floating from Hinman Island Park to the dam area near the tube chute Sunday
night. Witnesses said he appeared to have been drinking.
About IO boys pulled Ramirez from the river after he reportedly jumped from a nearby tree.
Several employees from the Tube Chute Bar and Grill were swimming around the tube chute after work when the incident occurred.
Cindy Manley, an employee at the Tube Chute Bar and Grill and softball coach at Texas Lutheran University, said she saw him yelling for help.
“By the time I got to him, he had been out of the water for about five minutes,” she said. “I just gave him mouth-to-mouth because I thought he had a pulse.”
Key Code 76
Salvador Ramos directs traffic on North Loop 337 on Tuesday. Seal coat work will continue from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. today. See page 2A for road work information.