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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New Herald FELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 3, 4 or 5 can water today before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 4 or 5 can water today between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. UNG -u -mvrnr"   - "i ■' vi/.’ ' *.......n—’M'fl;;'    w    i ■ V ■V-    i    'm         ■■■■■ "y&pjVty..... Vol. 149 No. 212    16 pages in 2 sections August 30, 2000    DI^ESDAY Law turns up heat on pet owners Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents From staff reports Leaving a pet in a parked car soon could cost New Braunfels residents as much as $500. New Braunfels City Council gave its initial approval Monday to an ordinance designed to protect animals in several ways. The council must approve the ordinance two more times. The proposed ordinance prohibits: • transporting or carrying an animal in a vehicle unless the animal is safely enclosed within the vehicle; • leaving an animal in a standing or parked vehicle in a way that endangers the animal’s health or safety; • leaving an animal in a parked or standing vehicle for 15 minutes or longer when the outside temperature is 85 degrees or hotter; and • confining any animal in a motor vehicle for more than four hours without adequate water. The ordinance also requires people carrying animals in an unenclosed vehicle to confine the animals in vented cages. Or people can use a chain, rope or other device cross-tied to prevent the animal from falling or jumping from the vehicle. Violating the ordinance would be a class C misdemeanor carrying a fine of $1 to $500. The first reading passed by a 4 -2 vote Monday. Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez and Councilman Larry Alexander voted no. “I feel like we have enough laws on the books to take care of things like that,” Alexander said. Comal budget hearings Thursday County mulls $19 million plan From Staff Reports Comal County' commissioners will conduct a pair of public hearings Thursday on a proposed $19 million budget for 2001. The budget includes pay raises for county employees by 3 percent, elected officials by 5 percent and commissioners by IO percent. The pay of County Judge Danny Scheel would be unchanged by the new budget. The tax rate will be unchanged from this years 32.4 cents per $100 valuation, which means the county tax on a $75,000 home will remain at $240. The first public hearing has been set for the end of the regular Commissioners Court meeting at 8:15 a.m. in the courthouse annex, 150 N. Seguin. The second public hearing, which will be followed by an adoption vote, is set for 5:30 p.m. The 2001 budget is up more than 8 percent from this past year’s $ 17.5 million budget, and includes increases in spending for public safety and courts. The county did not have to raise the tax rate because of nearly 13 percent growth in the county’s property values during the past year. Scheel had submitted a budget that sought 2 percent pay raises for employees with 2 percent merit raises for a possible increase of 4 percent. Commissioners increased the raises to 3 percent, with possible merit raises of up to 4 percent. In an early draft of the budget, he had sought even larger pay raises for commissioners than the ones now in the budget — as he said he would this past year. Scheel, a former commissioner, originally was going to seek a 15 percent raise for commissioners. The commissioners’ salary of $35,866 ranks 19th on the list of 23 similarly sized counties in Texas. Commissioners voiced concern about the pay hike and lowered it. The raise, to $39,884, will place pay for Comal County commissioners at 13th —just below median pay for counties in Texas with populations of 50,000 to 100,000. Scheel said Tuesday he hoped for good public turnout at the hearings, which were scheduled so they could be attended by people on day or night schedules. “We’d be happy to listen if people want to come out and give us their views. We want to hear their concerns,” Scheel said. “These hearings are open to the public. This old house CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Mike McChesney works on the initial stages of restoring a house Tuesday afternoon on Mill Street. The house soon will get a new foundation with pier supports and steel beams. CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung The City Council approved a proposition which would make it illegal to keep an animal in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes when temperatures exceed 85 degrees. The proposition will have to be approved by two more council votes before it becomes law. City balks at small-lot moratorium By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Support for a county moratorium on high-density development died on New Braunfels City Council’s table Monday night. A motion of support made by councilwoman Juliet Watson stalled for lack of a second. Ultimately council took no action on a resolution SCHEEL    supporting    a nine-month moratorium on high-density housing development on lots smaller than one acre — and voted down a motion that would have sent the proposal to the city Planning and Zoning Commission. New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams said Tuesday he and other city officials would participate in a county committee that could be appointed this week to study growth impacts on the county and its water supply. Tuesday morning, County Judge Danny Scheel was shaking his head at the action — or lack of one. “I was totally amazed at the vote of the city council on Monday night,” Scheel said. “I felt that the council would have more interest in their community than they showed dunng the presentation. I think it’s important that they remember that what we’re trying to regulate today in the extra-territorial jurisdiction will be part of their city in a very short time.” The moratorium is intended to allow the county time to study the See MORATORIUM/5A County to pick growth study committee From staff reports Comal County Commissioners will consider Thursday a draft mission statement and appointments for a committee to examine growth and how to accommodate it. Commissioners meet at 8:15 a.m. in the courthouse annex, 150 Seguin Ave. A two-page draft “Mission Statement and Operating Protocol for the Waterwise Growth Study Committee” presented to the New Braunfels City Council Monday night outlines what the 13-member committee might do and how it would do it. The committee will be comprised of county residents, developers, New Braunfels city officials and representatives of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority and Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District and others interested in growth and its effects on the water supply and county infrastructure. Its outlined goals are: • Maintaining adequate water supplies; • Preserving property values; • Preserving the “unique character and lifestyle” of Comal County; and • Mitigating the effects of development and urbanization. The committee will meet through June 2001 unless commissioners vote to shorten or extend the time allotted to its work. Inside Abby......................... .......5A Classifieds.................. ...4-8B Comics....................... .......2B Crossword................. .......5A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................. .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................ ....7-8A Today.......................... .......2A Television...................... 8A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 Jury begins deliberations in Hartwig case By Heather Todd Staff Writer It is now in the hands of 11 jurors to decide whether 63-year old Adele Hartwig is a mentally unstable victim of domestic violence or a cold blooded killer who murdered her husband for money. The jury in Hartwig’s capital murder trial will resume deliberations 8:30 a.m. today to decide if she intentionally killed her husband by setting their house on fire May 4, 1999. A five-woman, six-man jury could find Hartw ig guilty of capital murder, murder or arson or find her not guilty of all charges. Hartwig could spend the rest of her life in its case Tuesday. prison if the jury returns a guilty verdict for capital murder. District Judge Jack Robison dismissed one juror Monday because of a heart condition tliat made her physically unable to continue jury duty. The defendant is accused of setting a house on fire last year that caused 72-year-old Harold Hartwig’s death. The trial began August 21 and the defense rested HARTWIG Hartwig initially said someone else set the fire and attacked her. She later confessed to setting the fire. But, the defense argued she was mentally unstable when she made her statements to police. A psychologist testified the defendant was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder and battered wives syndrome because of years of abuse at the hands of her husband. The defense told jurors nothing Hartw ig said was coherent, therefore, jurors could not believe her confession. “She was distraught and she did not have a stable mind,” defense rn attorney Tom Gamer said. “She would have given as many statements or confessions as the officers asked her to.” Jurors could acquit Adele Hartw ig if they determined she set the fire in self-defense. During closing arguments, prosecutors refuted the idea that the woman was a battered wife. “Harold Hartwig did not become a batterer until she confessed,” Comal County assistant district attorney Bd Jendrzey said. Prosecutors described Adele’s actions as methodical and well-planned. “This was no battered wife and See HARTWIG/3A ;