New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 213 14 pages in 2 sections August 31, 2000
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Bringing beer? Bring your mannersCops crack down on misbehavior this holiday weekend
By Ron Maloney
The message could not be more straightforward: “If you leave your manners at home, you had better bring your bail money.”
New Braunfels City Council gave the police department a mandate — but no additional money or manpow
er — to increase law enforcement this weekend on the Comal and lower Guadalupe rivers.
The action came after a decision to put off until March a council vote on a ban of open alcohol containers on New Braunfels’ rivers.
At Monday nights council meeting, Labor Day weekend was viewed as a good opportunity to test whether increased law enforcement would clean up behavior of tubers and other revelers.
District 4 City Councilman Robert
Kendrick, who lives on one of the rivers, called for the vote in response to the complaints he had heard.
Police patrol Lt. Doug Dunlap has been charged with making the city mandate happen.
“People are tired of behavior on the rivers, and we’re going to increase our enforcement on them on an experimental basis this weekend,” Dunlap said. “We want everybody to have a good time, but we want them to show lawful behavior.”
Dunlap said 16 officers would work
the Comal Saturday. Manpower will be adjusted on Sunday and Monday to reflect crowd conditions, he said.
“We’re dividing the river into four sectors with a number of officers assigned to each,” he said.
Dunlap said maintaining the river patrols with current funding and staffing would be difficult, if not impossible.
“Hopefully, everyone will show the expected behavior, and things will go smoothly,” Dunlap said. “The Labor See COPS/8A
Aye, 35: TxDOT update
Highway workers will open Walnut, FM 725 to four lanes before Texas 46 work
From Staff Reports
Farm-to-Market 725 and Walnut Avenue both will be open to four lanes when work begins on Texas 46 next year, a Texas Department of Transportation official said Wednesday.
Greg Malatek, resident engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office, gave an 1-35 update during a gathering sponsored by the small business committee of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc.
Motorists will breathe a sigh of relief to know they will not have to relive the traffic nightmare when Walnut Avenue and FM 725 both were down to one lane in each direction earlier this summer.
Dean Word Co. is working on a portion of the 1-35 construction project from Solms Road to a half-mile north of Walnut Avenue. Dean Word is scheduled to complete the project by May 2002.
Deavors Construction is the contractor for the portion of work from one-half mile north of Walnut Avenue to one-half mile south of Texas 46.
A third portion of the project will w iden 1-35 from just south of Texas 46 to Farm-to-Market 306.
Malatek said one of the biggest questions from residents is what would happen when Texas 46 is dowji to one lane in each direction.
Malatek said Walnut Avenue should remain open to four lanes for another year and a half, then will be shut down to one lane in each direction again for the completion of that project.
FM 725 should be open to four lanes again next summer and will remain open. Work on the frontage road and bridge structure over the Guadalupe River should be completed at the same time the FM 725 construction work is done, he said.
TxDOT expects to contract for the Texas 46 project in the fall of 2001. Work will begin in early 2002.
“By that time, FM 725 and Walnut should both be open,” Malatek said.
As of now, there are no major changes or events in the next two
A construction worker cuts off portions of the bridge with a welding torch Wednesday afternoon on the IH 35 overpass at the Seguin Avenue exit. Local chamber of commerce members recently were briefed on highway and road construction in the New Braunfels area.
months as part of the 1-35 construction work.
Dean Word is continuing work on frontage roads from Ruekle Road to Executive Drive. Malatek said crews had a majority of the curb, gutter and driveways completed.
Work on the frontage roads should
be completed in the next four to five months.
After Labor Day, Dean Word crews will mill up the west frontage road and rebuild the roadway from Ruekle Road south to Solms Road.
Crews completed half of the bridge
Pole shortage delays signals
From Staff Reports
A shortage of metal poles has delayed installation of several traffic signals in New Braunfels until early 2001.
A contractor is scheduled to install signal lights in front of New Braunfels High School and Loop 337 and on Texas 46 near OakRun at the entrance of Hunter’s Creek.
Greg Malatek, resident engineer of the New Braunfels Texas Department of Transportation office, said the contractor had five projects across the San Antonio district.
The contractor informed TxDOT the supplier currently cannot provide any metal poles for the traffic signals and work cannot begin on the traffic signals until January 2001, Malatek said.
“It’s a statewide problem. The suppliers are saying they won’t have any more metal poles for five months,” he said.
Malatek said he understood residents wanted the traffic signal lights installed as soon as possible, but the contractor w hich ones would be installed first.
“Every signal light being installed is important to another community,” he said.
TxDOT agreed to install a traffic signal in front of NBHS after a fatal accident in front of the school this past year.
July verdict: Adele Hartwig guilty of murder
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
A 63-year old woman will spend the rest of her life in prison after an 11-member jury convicted her Wednesday on a capital murder charge.
Adele Hartwig sat stone-faced and showed little emotion in the courtroom when District Judge Jack Robison read the verdict and sentenced her to life imprisonment for killing her husband, 72-year old Harold Hartwig.
The Comal County District Attorney’s office did not seek the death penalty.
Both sides of the Hartwig family, who have been embroiled in the murder case and a civil dispute over Harold’s will during the past year, reacted emotionally to the verdict.
Linda Wood, the daughter of Harold Hartwig from a previous marriage, sobbed and sighed deeply before saying, “I am so happy she got capital murder and will be in pnson for the rest of her life.”
Adele waved a tearful goodbye to family members sitting in the courtroom before she was led away to be transported to the Comal County Jail.
Hartwig was convicted of murdering her husband by setting a fire in their log cabin on Heuco Springs Loop Road in the early morning hours of May 4, 1999.
The jury began deliberations in the case Tuesday afternoon and reached a verdict 4:30 p.m. Wednesday after more than a
week of testimony.
Judge Robison dismissed one juror because she was physically unable to continue jury duty.
Defense attorney Tom Garner said, “Of course, we’re disappointed and in all probability an appeal will be filed.”
Gamer praised the work of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, the Comal County District Attorney's office, Judge Robison and the jury in the case.
The defense argued Adele suffered from post traumatic stress disorder and battered wives syndrome because of years of physical abuse at the hands of her husband. Gamer told jurors Hartwig was mentally unstable when she confessed to the crime.
The defendant did not testify on her own behalf. Gamer said Hartwig often was undecided about whether to testify, but he ultimately decided she would not take the stand.
“It was my decision and I will take responsibility for it,” he said.
Comal County chief assistant district attorney Ed Springer said the jury came back with the guilty verdict after carefully considering all of the evidence.
“I think the jury’s verdict was the absolutely correct verdict,” he said. Springer said he did not believe Adele was physically abused, but described her as a chronic alcoholic who planned Harold’s murder for financial gain.
“He stood between her and the bottle and financial security. So, she got rid of him,” he said.
Prosecutors argued Harold planned to divorce Adele and
City closes gate on ‘Gardens’
By Jo Lee Ferguson
The gates to New Braunfels remain closed to a local subdivision that wanted to close its gates to the public.
New Braunfels City Council voted Monday against a petition for voluntary annexation from the Gardens of Hunter’s Creek Home Owner’s Association.
The annexation failed by a vote of 2-4, with Councilmen Larry Alexander and Lee Rodnguez voting in support of the petition. Mayor Pro Tem Juan Luis Martinez, Councilwomen Debbie Flume and Juliet Watson and Councilman Robert Kendrick voted against the annexation.
Mayor Stoney Williams abstained
because he has friends and family who own property in the subdivision.
The subdivision had asked for voluntary annexation with several conditions.
The homeowners there wanted the city to accept its streets and maintain them.
However, the subdivision is a gated community. The homeowners wanted to close those gates between dusk and dawn each day, “limiting access to the public,” according to the subdivision’s petition.
That provision killed the subdivision’s petition.
“Really, the issue would be if we allow them to keep a gated community, butSee ANNEXATION/3 A
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HOT panel picks ranking system
By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer
New Braunfels’ Hotel Occupancy Tax committee, after wrestling over two agenda items for more than an hour Tuesday, decided to use a numerical ranking system to pick who would get bed tax money.
Members also approved a hotel survey that could be mailed out as early as Friday.
City council created the committee three months ago to recommend who should get a piece of more than $250,OOO in hotel tax money marked for increas
After tripping over procedural etiquette several times, the committee approved a one-page questionnaire designed to determine what brings visitors to New Braunfels and when.
“They’re hoping to get some information from the hotel industry about what puts heads on beds,” said Chet Lew is, the city’s chief financial oft'icer and the committee’s staff liaison.
The committee also took a tentative step toward defining a selection process by agreeing to a ranking system. Applicants
for bed tax funds will be ranked based on a numerical scale and averages in the final stage of selection.
For now, members agree to rank applicants individually, pool the results, take the averages and then recommend their top choices to city council.
Before the next meeting on Sept. 12, members will draft a list of criteria and questions to consider while evaluating applications.
Applications have been available since Aug. 8, but so far, none have been submitted.
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Visitors to the Comal and Guadalupe rivers in New Braunfels will be closely monitored for good behavior by increased police patrols over the Labor Day weekend.