New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
August 23, 1991
One Section, 16 PagesBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today lo Rita Castilleja, Eugene Henne, Joey Arevalo, Lionel Lopez Jr., Stephanie Salazar, E.W. Neuse Jr., Patricia Linda Campos, Debbie Badillo, Angelica Maria Martinez, Louisa Martinez, Reynaldo Gonzales, Alice Mueller, Laura Jane Gonzales, Patricia L. Campos, Kery Noble, Fritz Bohne Jr., Olivia Esquivel and Jeffery Wayne Elbel.
“Happy birthday” Saturday to Susan Banos, Mary Ann Labows-ki, Frank Mendoza Jr., Alton Wuest, Mr. Roland Baetge and Charlotte Soell.
Belated birthday greetings to Jack Alves.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.Garage sale
New Braunfels Police Department Auxiliary is sponsoring a garage sale Sept. 7 at the New
Braunfels Mon iv <a ‘ r ,;r 4M J S. Casten Ave. lrom 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Republican Men’s Club of Comal County will sponsor “Lady’s Night” on Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc. headquarters community room at 7:30 p.m. The program for the evening will be by “Standing Room Only,” a quartet of New Braunfels High School choral students who perform at school and civic activities.
Members of the group include, Mika Elder, Amy Goff, Courtney Hermes and Karen Haass.
All members of the public are invited to attend.Seniors show
A Broadway-style show will be presented tonight at 7 at the atrium of Vista Village Retirement Center, 264 Loma Vista. All area senior citizens arc invited. A $2 donation will be accepted at the door. For more information or reservations call 625-1202.Parks department
The Nature’s Way program of the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is an Introduction to Canoeing scheduled Aug. 31. The session is designed to introduce students to canoeing, personal floatation devices, self-rescue techniques, and some methods for the rescue of other boaters. The session will be from 9-11 ajTi. at Hinman Island Park. Participants must be IO years old or older. Class fee is $4 per person or first family member and $3 for the second family member or friend. Registration continues until Aug. 30. For more information call 629-PARK.Democrat meeting
Comal County Democrats will meet Tuesday, Aug. 27 at 7 p.m. at Molly Joe's Restaurant on U.S. 81 and Loop 337. Preparations for the March 1992 Primary and redistricting will be discussed. Dinner begins at 6 p.m.Society festival
The New Braunfels Mexican-American Heritage Society’s sixth annual Fiesta Mexicana Historica
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The chance for late afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms continues. Highs in the upper 90s and lows in the mid-70* are forecast throughout the weekend. In New Braunfels Thursday, the high was 98 and the overnight low was 68. Total rainfall for the 24-hour period ending at 7 a.m. today was 1.53 inches. For weather details, please see Page 2.Inside:
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Dancer Melissa Medrano whirls her way through a rehearsal with Compania de Danza Folkloric© for this weekend's Fiesta Historica. For details, see story and photo on Page 7. (Photo by Annexes Schlickenrieder)
Storm knocked out power in some areas
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Heavy winds, rain and lightning struck the Comal County area late Thursday afternoon, with rainfall of 1.53 inches reported in New Braunfels, according to Ken Burke of the National Weather Service in San Antonio.
“Yesterday at 6:15 p.m. there were some reports of some damage to trees and wires blown down on River Road, just northwest of New Braunfels,” Burke said. “It could have been a tor-
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
In a move toward increased fire prevention and arson detection in the county, a flame was lit this week toward gaining a fire marshal for Comal County.
“It will be an asset in the long-run,” said Glenn Mueller, fire chief of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department and member of the Comal County Firefighters Association. “But, just like anything, it won’t happen overnight."
The Comal County Firefighters Association, a group comprised of members of volunteer fire departments and emergency medical service, met this week and decided to move forward with pursuing a fire marshal for the county.
“We wholeheartedly support it,” said Elroy Friesenhahn, fire marshal for the city of New Braunfels and member of the Association.
"It’s definitely needed,” Friesenhahn said. “We have an arson prob-
nado — nothing has been confirmed. It could have been just a strong down-burst of high winds.”
“It was a very small storm that was very intense in some areas,” Burke said. “There's a pretty good chance, particularly this afternoon, of more showers and thunderstorms.”
Beth Hamilton, a River Road resident, said she believes there was a tornado.
“The road has been blocked with trees and there were three power poles down,” she said.
lem in the county as well as a definite need for a code enforcement person like a county fire marshal to assisi in inspections of structures that need an annual license like day cares (in the county).”
Officials now are discussing the actual need for a fire marshal and whether that should be a part-time or full-time position and what entity should fund the position.
Comal County Judge Carter Casten said Commissioners Court is studying the issue.
“It’s something commissioners are probably going to take a look al if not at a full-time position, maybe a parttime (position) to sun off with,” she
New Braunfels Utilities reported numerous power outages related to the storm.
“We worked from 5:40 p.m. to 2:30 am., with the last customer restored to power at 2:00 arn.,” said Electric Superintendent Bob DiFonso of NBU. “We lost a total of six transformers in the storm ”
There were outages in the Green Meadows, Comal town and Rivercrest subdivisions, Gruene Road and Post Road areas and some isolated outages in the Bexar Creek Road area.
said. “It's something that both the district attorney, and the sheriffs department and the volunteer firefighters have suggested. I think there is some interest on Commissioners Court to do it. I don't know when.
“There's enough work we think to deal with arson, do the inspections of day care centers and nursing homes out in the county and do some work with maybe the schools on fire prevention,” she said “I think the big question is who will the fire marshal be responsible to."
Officials are questioning whether the position should fail under Commissioners Court or the sheriff’s department.
“Most of our damage was lightning damage,” DiFonso said.
A utility pole broke off at the lnterseciioi of Carnation Lane and Buttercup, causing a brief outage until crews temporarily braced the pole. A transformer at Solms Road was struck by lightning and “blown completely off the pole and caught on fire down at the base,” DiFonso said.
“As for as trees on our system, we only had one tree-related outage up on Dinlmger Street,” DiFonso said. “Octree-trimming program has really cut down on our tree-related outages.”
Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said he thinks a fire marshal for the county is a good idea.
“I think it should be supported by the runtI fire prevenuon districts along with the county,” he said.
Friesenhahn said the city fire department is willing to help the county in gaining a fire marshal through support, such as training and helping in organizing the position “More or less moral support,” he said
The association will meet at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative building, Farm-to-Market 3159, to discuss the issue The public is invited to attend.
“I think we need to sit down with each fire district in the county and see ii they support the idea," Mueller said.
“There are a lot of issues thai we need to discuss before we can present it to the Commissioners Court,” Mueller said. “... We have just got to convince the people of Comal County that this is a need and a realistic need and sometimes it’s hard to do right now with the UU dollars.”
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday directed the county attorney to continue looking for ways the county can regulate the controversial bun gee-jumping operation in the Preiss Heights subdivision near New Braunfels.
After a half-hour executive session to discuss contemplated litigation against Bungy Over Texas on Edwards Boulevard, commissioners took no formal action other than to ask County Attorney Nathan Rhein-landcr to continue looking for applicable regulations. So far, his search has uncovered no county regulatory power.
County Judge Carter Casteel has asked Rhcinlander to find a way to shut down the business, the site of which she said is not safe for the public because of building materials laying around and safety concerns with a tractor used to pull jumpers back up.
At Bungy Over Texas, which opened July 4, patrons pay to leap from a metal platform extending from a cliff overlooking the Guadalupe River and free fall about 120 feet before giant elastic cords attached to harnesses they wear snap them up in the first of several bounces. The sport is completely safe, operators say.Adult-oriented businesses
In other business, the court held a public hearing on a proposed tightening of county regulations on adult-oriented businesses.
The Rev. Richard Weighman, pastor of Bible Baptist Church in New Braunfels, encouraged the court to be as restrictive as possible.
“We don't need any more Pee Wee Herman-type things around New Braunfels,’’ Weighunan said. "We’ve got a good clean community, and let's keep it that way.”
The issue arose several weeks ago when a man stopped by the county attorney’s office to request a copy of the county order regulating adult businesses, saying he planned to open an adult bookstore along Interstate 35 in Comal County.
“We already have an order in place that does prohibit certain things, and the state Legislature has given us some more authority, which means we can be more restrictive, and that's our purpose for holding this hearing this morning,” Casteel said.
“But we’ll have to look very carefully at it because we don't want to violate anybody’s rights. At the same ume, we want to do as much as the Legislature allows us,” she said.
When the current county rules were enacted in 1989, the state allowed reg ulauon of such businesses as nude modeling studios and massage parlors, but has since included bookstores and theaters. Commissioners will consider adopung stricter regulations proposed by Rhemiandcr al a future mecung.Polling place consolidation
The court also authorized the county judge to appoint a ciuzcns committee to study possible consolidation of city, school district and county polling places.
Casteel wilt invite parucipauon by the county clerk, tax assessorial lector, heads of the county Democratic and Republican committees, and rcprescntauvcs from the New Braunfels and Comal school districts and the cities of New Braunfels and Garden Ridge.
“Tile election that just passed was a
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Group sparks bid for fire marshal
"We have an arson problem in the county as well as a definite need for a code enforcement person like a county fire marshal to assist in Inspections of structures that need an annual license like day cares (in the county)/' said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn.Stammtisch
County chooses precinct plan
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday tentatively approved a redistricting plan for the four commissioners precincts.
Consultants will add final touches to the favored redistricting map, one of IO proposals, before the court considers the plan for final approval next Thursday, County Judge Carter Casteel said.
While small in area. Precinct 3 includes 1990 census blocks in New Braunfels and its immediate vicinity, where about 9,500 of the county’s
12,000 or so Hispanics live. The remaining three precincts divide the
remainder of the county, with Precinct 4 being northeast of the Guadalupe River, Precinct 2 being southwest of Highway 46 and Precinct I between the two.
While redistricting, the county is required to evenly divide the county’s
52,000 residents into the four precincts to meet the U.S. Justice Department’s “one-man, one-vote” rule, Casteel said.
But according to other Justice Department requirements, the final plan cannot alter the Hispanic majority in Precinct 3, which has to be increased in population size to meet the one-man, one-vote rule.
The adopted plan reflected some
changes suggested by residents who attended a public hearing Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church, Casteel said.
Precinct 3 will be 62.38-percent total minority population and 59.83 Hispanic, Casteel said. Total minority voting population in Precinct 3 will be 57.7 and Hispanic 54.98, she said.
“That’s the highest that we can get,” Casteel said.
Percentages are down slightly from 1980 because about 3,500 residents had to be added to the precinct to even out the district population counts, she said. The total 1980 Precinct 3 minority population percentage was about 64 percent, she said.
Another consideration in the redistricting effort was to include in Precinct 3 areas where prominent political and professional Hispanic leaders live, Casteel said.
Kookie Bar boza, a member of the citizens redistricting committee that proposed several plans to the court after several months of meetings, said while the redistricting map has some gerrymandering characteristics in regards to Precinct 3, die approved plan best meets the one-man, one-vote rule while maintaining the highest possible minority percentage there.
“I feel that they approved the very best plan that we could come up
with,” Bar boza said after the meeting. “We (the committee) cut it up every which way but loose.”
Precinct 3 Commissioner Pat Hernandez said the redistricting plan looked to be as fair as possible.
“We need to get this over with and get it done right so we don’t have to do it all over again,” Hernandez said.
Commissioners also considered redistricting plans for the Justice of the Peace-Constable precincts, which also will be considered for Final approval next week. A minority JP district will be established, Casteel said.
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