New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 19, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
Friday, February 19,1993 Serving Comal County/ Home of Allison Rodrick Vol. 141, No. 66 — Daily 50 cents, Sunday 75 centsPLAYOFF SHOT?
Brad Lybrand and the New Braunfels Unicorns play Alamo Heights tonight for a spot in the state playoffs at the Canyon Gym at 7:30 p.m. The two teams tied with Boerne at the end of the season at 12-2 and the winner of tonight s game will play the Greyhounds Saturday at noon to determine No. 1 and No. 2 heading into the playoffs. Boerne is already in the playoffs by virtue of a coin flip. See Sports, page 11. Photo by John Huseth.Operation FireballLions Club tackles Seguin Street underpass
By GARY P. CARROLL Her* kl-Zett ting
Penelope Church, Main Street director, talks with Union Pacific Railroad officials regarding work on the Seguin Street underpass. Photo by John Huseth.
Members of the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club will clean the stones of the underpass on Seguin Street Sunday, in an beautification effort to prepare for the city’s upcoming sesquicentennial.
More than 200 volunteers from the local service organization, along with the Lionesses and Leos, are expected to work alongside a group of New Braunfels firefighters during “Operation Fireball," which is scheduled from 2-5 p.m. Sunday.
“What’s the first thing a tourist sees when they drive in to New Braunfels?” said Joe Worl, president of the Noon Lions Club.
“It’s dirty, dingy, greasy and mildewy — and it desperately needs to be cleaned," Worl said.
One of the most important things about this project, Worl said, is the number of people and groups represented.
Members of the Noon Lions, the Lionesses, the Junior Lions Clubs — or Leos — from New Braunfels and the Comal Independent School Districts will pitch in to clean up the underpass.
Worl said the undertaking is part of the organization’s yearly environmental project, which he said will also prepare the city for its upcoming sesquicentennial celebration in 1995.
“We want things to look good for that".
Worl said the Lions Club approached Main Street Director Penelope Church about a possible environmental project, and she suggested several ideas.
More than 19,000 cars travel through the the underpass daily during the peak tourist season, Worl said, citing a recent study.
Sine? its construction in 1935, it has become extremely dirty, he said.
“As far as we know, the underpass has not been cleaned since its construction almost 60 years ago," Church said.
Along with the numerous service organizations, members of the New Braunfels Fire Department will also be on hand during the clean-up.
Battalion Chief Bob Reed said the department will be supplying a tanker truck for the project.
“We’ll mix the detergent with the water in one of the 500-gallon tanks on the truck and then apply it by spraying it on the rocks," Reed said. “Then we’ll hose it off with fresh water.” Reed said the water will be pumped out of the bottom of the underpass and disposed of elsewhere, and none of the used water or detergent will go into the Guadalupe River.
Even if some should leak into the river, Reed said the detergent is not
harmful and is approved by the Texas Water Commission.
“The detergent wouldn’t hurt the river even if some did get in,” Reed said.
Perry Wingfield Construction also will be supplying a tanker truck in addition to the truck from the city of New Braunfels.
Seguin St will be blocked off around the area of the underpass beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Traffic will be rerouted during the project For those participating in the event, parking has been made available in the following areas: The Old Mud Hut south of the Sonic, Barry’s Underpass Saloon, and Arlon Jonas Radiator Works.
Optical-scan voting to be used in May
Election precincts to be consolidated
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
NEW BRAUNFELS — Commissioners approved the proposed consolidation of election precincts for the May I special election in yesterday’s session of Comal County Commissioners Court.
“A lot of thought was given to convenience for the voters," said County Clerk Joy Streator. “(We) felt it would be good to have (city and county polling places) at the same locations so they were
not confused and (voters) had to run to various locations to vote. Thatfs the reason for the consolidation in the areas that we chose.”
Streator said she consulted with election officials for the city of New Braunfels concerning the city elections so the appropriate polling places could be consolidate.
The court also approved a resolution endorsing a candidate project for funding through the Inter modal SurfaceTransportation Efficiency Act, the
See PRECINCTS, page 2
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
NEW BRAUNFELS — In a 3-2 vote Thursday, Comal County Commissioners decided to use the optical-scan voting machines one more time for the special May I election.
“(Business Records Corporation) has agreed to come in, do some retraining, and do the May election at no cost to give us another look at that situation," said Joy Streator, county clerk.
“Well still have some options open to us if we are not satisfied after that time, so that is my recommendation to the court... that we give them the opportunity to see what we can do about the corrections and some of the things that happened in the last three elections " she said.
The optical-scan system has been used for three elections since it was purchased.
None of those election^was considered a success for various reasons, the most significant of which
was the quality of the printing on the ballots for the November general election.
Due to the poor quality of the ballots, election results for Comal County were delayed to the early morning hours of the following day, according to county officials.
BRC has offered to replace the system with a comparable punchcard system in an even trade, offi
BRC officials have, however, expressed their feeling that the problems thus far encountered can be resolved. Yesterday, an offer was extended to allow the county one more toy with the optical-scan system in the May I election.
Commissioners have been wrestling with the issue because
the paper optical-scan ballots were more “voter friendly" than the punch card ballots.
It is easier for election officials to interpret what a voter intended if the ballot is incorrectly marked by circling the candidate or marking out one candidate and choosing another, officials said.
Sat VOTING, page 2
Krueger sets up hotline for federal employees
Sen. Bob Krueger wasted no time looking for waste in government after listening to President Bill Clinton’s economic plan.
The fledgling senator ran an ad in yesterday’s Washington Post publishing an 800 number and asking fipntrline government employees to report instances of government waste and mismanagement.
“We wanted to go into the federal government’s backyard to get real answers about waste," said Krueger. “Frontline employees ... know where the waste and mismanagement in government is."
Between 4 a.m. and 2 p.m. Thursday, the 800 number in j ,v Austin received 181 calls, according to reports from §1 Krueger’s office.
Calls ranged from a report of over $1 million in salary bonuses being paid to political appointees in the Energy Department to a confession by one employee who reported making $70,000 for a position with no job description and no work requirements.
The phone calls will be analyzed and used to support the passage of a performance audit bill Krueger has proposed.
See KRUEGER, page 2
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Darleen Rothe, Shealynn Kiesling, Bill Kaufman, Gloria Ramirez and Linda Moreno.
Saturday Birthday wishes to Roger Brinkkoeter, Daunita Hodges and Allison Rodrick.
Belated birthday wishes go Domingo Vela Jr.Comal ISD Defensive Driving
Comal ISD Community Education’s Defensive Driving Class, taught by Charlie Rose is scheduled for 6-10 p.m. March 2 and 4 in Room five at Canyon High School More information is available at 625-8576 or 625 8081.University Women
The New Braunfels Branch of the American Association of University Women will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Victoria Bank Building. Police officer Bobby Owens will speak on DARE, which is being carried out in the local schools.Budgeting Workshop
The Comal County Extension Service is offering a program, Budgeting Basics, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22 in the Extension meeting room 132 S. Water Lane. More information is available at 625-9178.
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Dada Wetz, the New Braunfels Unicorns' point guard, was named to the All-District first team this week in District 28-4A. She is one of 10 players from New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley to be mentioned, and the only one named to the first-team.
For the complete list of those honored and special page tor Comal County’s honorees, ase Sports, page 12.
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