New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Goal — $335,000
Donations so far — $300,000
To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760Canyon shuts down Dripping Springs. See Page 1B.
16 pages in two sections® Friday, December 13,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of Bodo Dieter! Jr
Vol. 144, No 284
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Andrea Carrizales (Saturday), Bodo Dieted Jr., J.D. Foster, Lucy Castilleja, Vernon Effenberger (Saturday), Stephen Holbrook (40 years), Dorothy Goebel, Lindel Bittick, Roger Weaver, James Boyd, Lynden Bankston, David Crockett, Tara Smith (7 years old), Elizabeth Pfeuffer, Alisha Williams. Natalie Duval (16 years old). Dale McFarlane (Saturday), Bemadine Wilson (Saturday), Nancy Bennett-Conkling (Saturday), Jay Bueche (Saturday),
James Moos (16 years old), Danna Korbell.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Alvin and Johnnie Bertram, Susan and Robed Hunt (IO years) and Martha and Ad Dreinhofer (7 years on Saturday). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —485 ,
Mountain Cedar — 1,083
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Coma! River —197 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well ■ 623.43 feet above sea level, down 01 from Thursday.
Canyon-Darn discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 160 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.84 feet above sea level. (Below ooneervason pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 5.617 million gallons of surface water Thursday, and no well water was used.
Socials set for public look at potential school chiefs
By DENISE DZIUK
Chaar Fund donation* sought by newspaper
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families on Dec. 21.
The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County.
B Timothy J. Cronin and Susan Tate — $50
■ Mary and Fred Curry — $20 B Today’s total — $70
■ New total — $2,917.48
Jingle Boll Run sot for Saturday
More than 450 runners and walkers are expected to participate in the Red McCombs Family Outreach 5-K Run, Walk, Kids’ Ks and Auction, which start at 9 a.m. Saturday in Landa Park in New Braunfels
Registered participants are invited to enjoy a gourmet breakfast, cold beer and a silent auction.
Early registration costs $13, while registration Saturday morning costs $16.
The cost for the Kids' K is $10 with a shirt or $5 without one.
The packet pickup is at Comprehensive Fitness through Friday
Bring a canned good or toy to help give someone a Christmas
Residents along the race course — which starts in the park and runs along portions of Elizabeth, Dallas, Mulberry, Klingemann, Edgewater, Union end Torrey streets — are asked to move their vehicles off the streets.
For more information, call Susan Phillips at 609-5030.
If you want to meet the two candidates for the New Braunfels Independent School District interim superintendent position, you are invited to informal socials on Saturday and Tuesday.
The successful candidate will temporarily replace Superintendent Charles Bradberry, who is leaving to become the superintendent Jan. I at Keller Independent School District in the Fort Worth area. He tendered his resignation on Tuesday, and the Board of Trustees accepted it.
The board met in executive session Monday night and interviewed Gonzalo Garza and Thomas Moseley for the position of interim superintendent.
The board will meet with Thomas Moseley on Saturday and Gonzalo Garza on Tuesday, and the public will have opportunities at those meetings.
During the executive session at Tuesday's regular action meeting, the board continued discussions about the two candidates, and board President Jaime Padilla said the board “narrowed it down” but refused to release the name.
After talking with an attorney with the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, Padilla released that name, saying the board was leaning toward Garza, and had asked him to return for a second interview on Saturday.
But Garza is unable to attend Saturday's meeting because of a prior engagement.
Now, the board is meeting wifh both candidates.
Bradberry said Moseley will attend Saturday's meeting to further discuss the position during an executive session.
The meeting will then recess for a “very informal social” so the public can meet with the candidate, Bradberry said.
“If someone happens to be there and wants to talk to them while having cookies and coffee, they can,” Bradberry said.
Bradberry said Garza would attend a meeting set for Tuesday that will follow the same pattern.
Saturday's meeting is scheduled for 11:30 a m. at the Education Center board room, 430 W. Mill St. Tuesday's meeting is set for 6 p.m. at the Education Center board room.
The board also will consider a bid for Phase II of the New Braunfels Middle School roofing project, discuss and possibly approve the board’s goals and receive a report on the middle school renovations.
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Christmas tree care requires a fresh start
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When looking for that Christmas tree, freshness is the key factor, a local tree grower said
Dorothy Mercer, owner of Santa's Forest Christmas tree farm on Hunter Road, said if people are buying a cut tree off a lot, they must check the tree thoroughly before buying it
“You grasp the tree and pull on it and the needles should stay on it, although a couple of needles will'come out, but most will stay,** Mercer said ‘The twigs should not snap and the branch should be soft and pliable,”
Mercer started Santa’s Forest nine years
ago by growing her first trees. She began selling trees five years ago on the 35-acre farm.
Mercer said imported pre-cut Christmas trees are good if they have been kept in the shade and watered continuously.
Then there is another way to get that Christmas tree.
“We provide the saw,** Mercer said “You can’t get fresher than that”
When the tree is bought and set up, it is important for it to have water every day so that it will stay healthy, Mercer said.
* “When you get it home, you saw off one more inch of die trunk and put in water immediately,** she said “A fresh tree is
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Dorothy Mercer, owner of Bania a a Korea!, cuts a tree for making wreaths.
Opposition rises against Honey Creek trails
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK — A proposed plan by state park officials to open the Honey Creek State Natural Area to horseback riding and mountain biking is being met with opposition from a group concerned about the environmental impact.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department officials are considering a proposal to open the Honey Creek State Natural Area, which is considered an environmentally sensitive area, to more public access.
Honey Creek State Natural Area encompasses 2,200 acres. The land
was bought from the Nature Conservancy in 1985. The Nature Conservancy still has a management agreement with the parks and wildlife department for the land.
The state natural area is adjacent to Guadalupe River State Park and public access is allowed only through guided tours and interpretive ach rides.
Henry F. Wagner, president of Friends of Guadalupe River State Park and Honey Creek State Natural Area, said he opposed opening the area to horseback riding and mountain biking.
Turn to Trails, Page 2A
Commissioners mull short-term solution for transporting vets
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County commissioners on Thursday began looking for a short term solution to transporting veterans to medical appointments in San Antonio .
The county commissioners agreed last month to consider the possibility of seeking grant money available to transport the county’s more than 7,500 veterans to and from medical appointments in San Antonio and Kerrville.
However, on Thursday, commissioners heard what might be a short-term solution until the financing is
Turn to Veterans, Page 2A
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Southwest Taxes Blate University students Suzy and Karen Knauoar study for finals Thursday lit landa Park.
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Committee finishes ethics code proposal
By ABE LEVY
The city's Ethics Committee put the finishing touches on a proposed code of ethics for all city officials at a second workshop with the City Council Thursday.
The proposal prohibits gifts that “might reasonably tend to influence” an official but stopped short of setting a monetary limit. The proposal indicates that the value and nature of the gift are components to determine whether the gift should be prohibited.
It also suggests that a gift “may be donated to a charitable organization or be presented to the city.”
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said she did not recommend a monetary limit because gifts would affect people differently according to the situation, including the person's economic background.
The proposal also includes wording that would keep council members from voting on funding requests from non-profit boards that they serve on.
The 11-page proposal is the result of meetings since June by the ethics committee and sets a code of ethics for city officials, including boards, commissions and city council members.
The proposal is expected to be on the council's agenda for its Jan. 13 meeting and requires approval by council on three readings.
Council members and committee members focused most of the workshop on a proposed ethics commission that would serve as an independent body to review alleged violations of the proposed ethics code.
The commission would review written complaints that people would submit to the city attorney.
The commission would then have the option of dismissing the complaint or recommending sanctions, including a private or public reprimand, suspensions and removal from office. The recommendations would require approval by the council.
lf the allegation is against a council member, the commission’s finding would be final and could include a reprimand and a recommendation for a recall.
C ommittee members decided that the only time a finding would be sent to local media for announcement is when a letter for recall is issued Committee members expressed concern that the confi-
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City conduct draft exempts NBU workers
Panel to wait for attorney general’s opinion
By ABE LEVY
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Members of the city’s ethics committee opted Thursday to remove wording that would have included New Braunfels Utilities employees in its draft of ethics standards until after an Attorney General opinion is rendered.
I wo NBU trustees, president Guadalupe Castillo and vice president Gene Mornhinweg, attended Thursday’s ethics workshop and made the request.
The proposed code now would only affect NBU trustees and general manager w ho then would deal with ethics complaints within the utility, committee members said.
Workshop participants agreed to remove the wording in light of an AG opinion that the city attorney and NBU attorney are seeking to clarify the relationship between the NBU and the city.
Recent disputes over water rights, transfer of profits and property ownership have prompted City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom to ask NBU attorney John Dierksen to seek the opinion. Cullom said the request letter should be ready by the end of the year.
Turn to NBU, Page 2AHarvest from the Heart organizers offer their thanks. See Opinion, Page 4A.