New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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One Section, 14 PagesGuidance of WORD board is questioned
hand, since she has been on the court, “There has been an attempt to try to assist them in the understanding of the purpose of the board.... I think Commissioners Court has provided as much guidance as they knew how to give.”
The WORD unauthorized expenditures will not be specified until the audit is finalized later this month.
“I don’t know whose fault it is, but it happened,” Casteel said. “If there’s something that we can do as a court to assist them ... we will certainly make every effort to do that.”
She said one thing that might help the board with its policies is a manual for fire district boards.
“I think it’s applicable to any kind of a district that’s created, in that it speaks to things such as open meetings, the posting of agendas, open records, the duties and functions of board members,” and how members can act only through the board. Repeated attempts to reach Walls were unsuccessful Wednesday.
WORD was created by the Texas Legislature in 1987 with voter approval. The intent of its creation was to levy a system of user fees on visitors to the Canyon Lake arca, to pay for litter clean-up and law enforcement.
By LARRY ROWE Start Writer
Responding to a statement that the Water Oriented Recreation District board is inadequately prepared to handle its duties, the Comal County judge says the Commissioners Court has given them a lot of guidance.
WORD Administrator Betty Walls, who resigned Monday at the request of the chairman of the board of directors, said in a public statement that the board docs not have a clear understanding of how to set policy. Walls resigned after an audit of the water district’s records indicated unauthorized expenditures.
“It has been a trial and error process, of which I now am being solely held accountable,” Walls said. “I know that lack of adequate training and preparation for board members to serve under the oversight of commissioners court has been a part of problems facing the district.”
County Judge Carter Casteel responded Wednesday by both agreeing and disagreeing with the statement.
“I think she’s probably correct in that the (WORD) was a new kid on the block, a new entity. There was probably not a lot of guidance on how to operate.”
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The pickup truck driven by Baitazar Gonzales was smashed by a Union Pacific train Wednesday. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
Local man survives crash with train
Food drive continues
truck more than 200 yards toward Coll. Sum Aor the collision, which occurred at the West San Antonio Street crossing.
The truck was westbound on San Antonio Street, and the train was southbound on the Union Pacific Railroad line that parallels Hill Avenue. The coupler of the train struck the truck in the passenger door.
“Our people were tiuipg there al ie from of the Ration eating hindi and saw the smoke from the caffre go by,” said CtpL Wesley Meyer of the New Braunfels Fire Department.
The train and truck pealed in from of the New Braunfels Central Fir Station before coming to rest short of Coll Street Severe! firefighters md paramedics im to the scene on foot Meyer said.
“He just ran the cronriiig.'* said the conductor who did not wish to he identified. The engineer declined commem.
“The coupler on the front of the engine went into the saddle (gasoline) tank on the from of the truck.
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A 30-yeanokl New Braunfels man remains in a San Antonio hospital today recovering from injuries he sustained Wednesday when a Union Pacific train struck his pickup truck.
Baitazar Gonzales, 30, of the 2700 block of Pam-to-Market Road 725, was trapped inside his truck after the 12:30p.m. collision. New Braunfels Fire Department md Emergency Medical Service personnel used the jaws of life rescue tool to pry open tie door md extricase him from the black Chevrolet Silverado 4-by-4.
Gonzales suffered a laceration from Ma eyelid to hie forehead ag well rn hack pain md a broken “odortoid process’’ bone in the upper pm of his neck, accoying to EMS repons.
Gonzales was ini daily taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital md was User transferred to Northeast Baptist in San Antonio for specialized neurosurgical care.
The locomotive pushed the
The New Braunfels Herald-Zcitung’s Cheer Fund drive now has raised $3,028.19.
The goal of the drivg is to raise money to provide Christmas dinners to local residents who arc less fortunate.
Tram comes to stop atter pushing truck more than a block
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald until the delivery date, Dec. 21.
Johnye L. Smithec $20
Mark and Sally
Dorothy E. Wimberley ..$10
Mrs. W.M. Rose $25
Evelyn A. Schumacher..$10
ley, Union Pacific spokesman, in a telephone interview. The crew of the tram anted to be relieved at the scene md mother crew continued the trip, he aakL HD. Winding, section foreman for Union Pacific, at the accident Bm TRAM, Papa *
We weren’t sure if it was punctured or not,” Meyer said. “We were ahead and foamed the area. It turned out that it wasn't punctured.”
The Union Pacific train was hauling TO care from Laredo to Little Rock. Ark., said John Brom-
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Good Day Interstate 35 is pipeline for drugs
It will be sunny and cool today will) a high temperature around 63 degrees. Tonight’s low will dip down to about 35 degrees, rile high temperature iii New Braunfels Wednesday was 61 and the overnight low was recorded at 30 degrees, for more weather information sec page 2.
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By ROBERT STEWART Start Writer
Interstate 35 continues lo be a major pipeline for drug uafftc from Mexico to lite rest of lite United States despite increased law enforcement efforts, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
“We don’t know how much drug traffic goes dirough this corridor.” Bremer said. “I hope we’re sending lite message dial they need lo lake another route and dial we will put out every effort and all resources to make sure that [tcople are not hauling large quantities of dope through our county.”
Tuesday’s seizure of nearly 600 pounds of marijuana, apparently hound for Chicago, on Utter state 35 re|Mesettu a small amount of what gels diiough, Brenter said, adding dun lite impact of such a bust is “probably so minimal you can't even believe.” Bremer is executive director of die Alamo Aiea Narcotics Task Force (AANTP), lite AAN I F recently eo^ symboled a patrol officer narcotics interdiction school to tram officers to recognize chai acle! ixtles of diug Hat licking vehicles aud the legalities of vehicle interdiction.
“Since the middle of August we’ve seized almost 2,000 (xmnds of mail juana through our agency," said Sumner Bowen, commander of the A ANTP.
Bowen added dun die surge ut nun ijuana supply from die fall luuvest is
Enforcement focuses on interdiction
late this year, possibly because sup pliers were dying lo keep the market light, which mcicancd prices, “Everything dun we’re taking off the sueels is very fresh,’’ Bowen said “Brices have fallen by as much as $400 a pound recently (due lo increased supply).”
lite checkpoint on Inlet state 35. north of die Mexican border, intended to tiller cept drug and illegal alien uafftc, is a good tool but is not totally effective, Bremer said.
“It catches the people die fuse lime dtey'ie through there and force* peo pie Ut really take precautions if they go duough die ie — bul it doesn’t take dtcm long lo figure out how lo go around the clieckpoutl,” Bremer said “They’ve been walking aliens around die citeekpoiiit for years.' ’
Bowen added drat it is common for an automobile to travel with a truck to provide an escort and serve as a decoy, lite vehicle seized in (’onud County on t uesday was equipped with a cellular telephone, CB radio and radar deiecioi to cuiumumcate with die drug hauling truck.
“We're gelling a lot better,’' Bowen said. “We’re using techniques and tee iutilingics dial are going to make our job easter — were going to get more of them They're geuuig belier — we’re gelling a lea better.”
'Hie drug interdiction program
known as Ppd anon Pipeline began ui t exas in 1986. Ut die progiam, all law cidoicemciii agencies send ii ii or ma lion on drug seizures lo the bl Paso Intelligence Center (EPIC). Ute information is studied lo deter nunc routes of uavel, types of couriers, vehicle ador matron, types of ialse compart merits and smuggling medtods, Bow en said.
School officials against rollback
By ROBERT STEWAR1 SUR Writer
One hundred people attended a community meeting al Canyon Middle School Wednesday to discuss the Comal Independent School Dtsuid’s financial situation and an ort going effort to rollback die distr ids lax tate
“We have a problem — oui taxes are too high,” said CBD Super -uilcncictu Joe Rogers.
Rogers and Abel Campos, OSU business manager, reviewed how the state has cut I landing to the dis-ii ret for several years due to new school funding lormulas Campos also (tonnod out how die disutci’s fund balance hod been depleted lo subsidize past years budgets.
“Tonight we ask you not lo sup-poil the rollback chou, as it would really set us back financ ially next year,” Rogers said. “ll wouldn't help this year as far your taxes and my taxes but it would bene!ti you to a degiee next year — but ti would really put us in a terrible situation.”
Questions horn those ta alien dance longed Bom wiiat the Coeur ty Education District was and how the lax rate for that body was set to
why debt service money was not listed tit the opeiating budget
Campos explained that the Comal CFU tax rule is determined by a levy set by die stale -Mic CFU sets its rate based on property values lo raise die amount of dun levy, he said.
Debt service ut not listed in die operating budget because ii is “ set iii stone” and cannot be avoided
“Whether you’re for or against the rollback, we need to get involved to get state I muling back,” Campos said.
Some members uf the crowd (ioulied out dun the reason die slate classifies CIS!) as a property-rich school district is because tile Comal Appraisal District uses inflated values fur land iii die county in order to keep lax rales low. Rogers responded drat he would check into dun angle.
Richard Lorenz, spokesman for the Comal TaxiNtyers Association, said OSP lias die ninth highest lax
late in the suite this year - $1.73 (lei $100 valuation.
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