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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas More speed lab arrests likely, Page 3/1Fire destroys family's home, Page 3 New Braunfels is New Braunfels. Texas Vol. 134, NO. 37 Zeituna One Sections, 12 Pages Tuesday February 24, 1987 25 Cents tk County finds easy solution for health office: get out of it •y DAVID MAY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners this week found an easy way out of their dispute with City of New Braunfels over the division of monies expected from the issuance of food handler permits — hand over the entire program. Disagreement over a proposed so-so split of food permit revenues stalled final agreements between the two entities for the operation of the City-County Health Depart men! after the city requested that it be relieved of its funding obligation. With commissioners’ approval that the city be allowed to issue 40-day notice of contract termination, the department will become the County Health Department on March I, when city funding ends. The county had balked over the city’s request for an even split of food handler permits because commissioners believed that more than half of the duties involved with administration of the program would be borne by the county "I don't even know why we are in it. That is all their ordinance." County Judge Fred nark said at commissioners meeting Feb 19. The county does not require per mils. “Our interest is to let them run that program. We ars not going to participate because the county is not in a position to subsidize the city’s program," Clark concluded New Braunfels Budget Director Court Thieleman confirmed the mutual accord, saying, "The county will no longer provide any adminstrative support as of See HK ALTH, Page 2 Rainfall totals As of ll im, TuggSgy Royal Pom* (ggot county! • Volley. NB sign control measure receives public reading flgslty (normstool. •»#•••• t» •v DAVID MAY Staff Writer A more compromising crowd than at past meetings on sign control heard New Braunfels City Council Monday night approve a first reading of a proposed ordinance that would amortize portable signs and regulate onpremise signs With Precinct 2 council member Loraine Kraft absent, the rest of the council unanimously approved the first reading, following a public hearing held before a packed house, with modifications to the section regarding por table signage expected before the next meeting March 9. Council did not publicly respond to comments made concerning off-premise sign spacing, set at 2.000 ft. but which would effectively allow a sign every 1,000 ft along highways, or to the regulation allowing one free standing. on premise sign Several members of the business community criticised council for the ordinance's approach to portable signs Section ISA-5 of the ordinance states that at the time the ordinance took effect, no new portable signs would be allowed while such existing signs would be permitted contingent upon registering the sign annually at a cost of SIO Those permits would not be transferrable should the owner sell his property and removal of a portable sign would thereby be amortized or prohibited from being replaced if It is otherwise against the law. Council member Barbara Tieken, a supporter of strict sign control who has spoken out previously advocating bans on portable signs altogether, said that New Braunfels’ tourist industry is going to suffer in the long run if strict sip) regulations are not enacted. "We are going to see a lot of tourists go somewhere dee where there is more of an aesthetic view. We are wrecking the natural beauty of our community." Tieken said. adding. "It seems ironic we have taken an ordinance (advisory committee proposed draft), handed It to city staff, shirked our (council's) rssponsibility, have watered it down se much that I can not support it and want to amend and adjust it one more time." Mayor Ed Sciantareili drew a round of applause from many in attendance when he said in response. "My concern is particularity when government hee become sub- "My concern is particularly when government has become subjective instead of objective. You say there are a lot of poople who don't like billboards and don't like portable signs. Well, there were a lot of poople who didn't like blacks and didn't like Hispanics. It's the same when you change the laws from objectivity to subjectivity." Ed Sciantareili NE mayor jective instead of objective You say there a lot of people who don’t Uke billboards and don’t like portable signs Well, there were a lot of people who didn’t like blacks and didn't like Hispancs. It's the same when you change the laws from objectivity to subjectivity ." Sciantareili and other members of council, including Jamas Goodbraad and George Erben, also voiced con-wiUi the ordinance’s restraint of portable sign City Attorney Barry Moore said staff approached the provisions regarding portable signs with the rnnsgnsm that wanted a ban on such tiguge. He said the city of Round Rock recently banned portable signs without paadfathering those already in existence. He told council that a lower district court In San Antonio had ruled that such a ban was unconstitutional, althoupi that carn was on appeal. "I feel federal court cases already heard uphold the city's rig* to prohibit portable EMM." Moore said. Harvey School, who Is partner In Trf-County 8l0i Cb.. said council was in effect unfairly running hts company out of bulbless and said that compensation from the city would he in order if web restraints on portable olgss remain. "I don’t feel like a couple of council members should decide whether or not I alay to buetaeas. It Is not fair and that Is not your Job as councilmen. The more I talk about it, the more upset I got,” stated School in See HONS, bagel MRVL CUnK/MN I The pilot and passengers of this private helicopter were not seriously injured when their craft's landing rail became stuck in mud Sunday and flipped the'copter on to its side at Sizzlin'steakhouse off IH-35 Sunday. Pilot passengers survive helicopter mishap Sunday Bruno called Werner on that chilly morning and said. "Werner, you've caught a lot of catfish But I want you to come over I do believe I have caught one I want you to see." Bruno. Werner said, had heard of someone else that same day who reportedly had found a dead. 106-pound catfish floating in the same lake, obviously the victim of one too many successful thefts of high-calorie stinkball Tickets for Circle Arts Theatre’s production of ‘ And a Nightingale Sang" are on sale at Krause's Books The play in San Antonio Little Theatre February 27 is the com pany's entry into Texas Non-profit Theaters. Inc . competition for statewide recognition .. This is important A public hearing will be held beginning at IO a rn Thursday. March 5. in Comal Commissioners Courtroom to consider setting the speed limit for the entire length of Marbach Street in the community of Bracken Proposed is a top legal speed of 30 miles per hour All interested persons are in viced to attend or contact Commis stoner Neil Craigmile at 620 5501 before the hearing date ... Sunday’s edition of the HeraldZeitung included a story an flouncing Jacquelyn "Jackie" Schneider as a candidate for the New Braunfels ISI) board of trustees District 5 seat The story incorrectly stated Schneider does not think the school district should commit to thought and planning Schneider actual statement: "With the economy fluctuating as it is at the present, I do not think our school district should commit itself to tremendous expansion without a great deal of thought and planning " The Herald Zeitung regrets the error. TkgMgflU CLASSIFIED............9-1 COMICS.................. CROSSWORD.............I DEAR ASSY............... OBITUARIES.............. OPINIONS................. POLICK RUPORT (PORTS STOCKS WKATHRR Stammtisch \ Anyone interested in obtaining one of the several cats, a dog and a horse found in a deserted, dilapidated residence near Bulverde last week can contact dan Elliott at Comal County Sheriff s Department by calling 625 9141 A horse with not-so-good feet, a dog trapped inside a house for Lord knows how long and a variety of cats with personalities all their own will be given away or. in the case of the horse, possibly auctioned. .. Speaking of cats, the one pictured below is the actual fish caught by Bruno Elbel 25 years ago Feb 20. 1962, out of I,ake Dunlap and re counted in Remember When last Sunday The man pictured holding the monster catfish is Werner Kahe. who is a bit older and chubbier in 1987 but looks a lot better than the catfish by now Giese daughter: 'We had no idea' Property owner’s daughter says she has not seen her father for some time, but she and her sister will try to care for some of the animals found on their abandoned homestead. By SARAH OUKE Staff Writer The daughter of a man wanted in connection with an animal cruelty incident surfaced Tuesday saying she and her sister had nothing to do with capturing the eight cats discovered trapped in an abandoned home near Bulverde. "We bad no idea that anything like that was going on." said Cheryl Giese about Comal County official's discovered a week ago that eight cats were kept in crude traps inside a rat-infested house. Robert Giese. who owns the property, is wanted by officials New Braunfels veterinarian Michael Doherty said the eight cats and one dog found in the house had eaten within weeks of the discovery but had not received any care for several months Cheryl Giese said she and her sister. Janice Giese. own property next to her father’s but they had never been inside the house and had no idea it was the site of animal cruelty. She said she suspects someone else has been coming on to the property to leave the trapped the animals. Giese said she does not know where he father is living and has not seen him for some time, since he remarried following her mother’s death. "My sister and I are the only ones left in the family, ’ ’ she said Giese said she and her sister plan to destroy the small house that was found littered with debris “I never thought someone would Just come on the property . We certainly don't want anyone else coming out getting on the property. " she said Both women live in San Antonio. Cheryl Giese said she and her sister moved away from the Comal County residence after living their for more than 18 years She said the women are planning to drive to the home northwest of Bulverde daily to care for the stray cats left there. She asked SM GIESE, Rate 2 Two N B residents die in weekend car accidents Two New Braunfels residents were fatally injured over the weekend in separate one-car traffic accidents, according to the Department of Public Safety Killed were Giles Arthur Spr-ingstead. 44. of Rf I. Box 397B. in an accident Just west of Seguin early Saturday morning and Rhonda Weber. 19. of 217 Kentucky, early Friday near Bastrop According to a DPS spokesman. Springstead was pronounced dead on arrival at Guadalupe Valley Hospital from head and internal injuries sustained about 12:10 am Saturday when his 1977 pick-up truck failed to negotiate a curve while eastbound on FM 78 about 2 miles west of Seguin The truck left the road, rolled and flipped over several times, throwing Springstead out Weber, seatbelt intact, lost control of her vehicle shortly after midnight Friday while travelling west on Texas 21 three-tenths of a mile west of County Road 1441 Her truck left the road and struck a tree. reportedly killing her instantly In both accidents, the victims were the sole occupants of their vehicles. By DAVID MAY Staff Writer Two passengers ta I hnttoaptar, attempting to take of f in an open field, were aUptay Injured Sunday afternoon when one el the landtag rads become stack ie the mud, ruing the croft ta Up over. Mi eyewitness co ms nscriivpc even mig univ is scattered ail over the area when the propellers repeatedly struck the ground, Meeting mud and Made parts "like somebody was throwing rocks." The copter’s pilot. Ude Haulier. 71, anotalnert a minor cut to the beck of his head while Ms copilot. Danny 8eif. as, received n cut ever Ma rlgt eye- ' Selfs wife Use. SS, cccaped unharmed. None cl the occupants, all Austin wldtai, required transfer to the hnpltal tar examination or treatment. They were attempting to tap** tor Austin after having lunch at the Sizzler gteakhmro ta the OS Mock af Interstate ta West. They had landed the craft In a field owned by a nrtpdmrtag pertinent complex adjacent to the etaekheuee. New Braunfels Police agt. Jimmy Catalllo and Officer Chartae Otderburg died Hanger for lending en aircraft ta en unauthorised area without a per mtt or permission, a mtademoanor offense carrying a maximum w— of SOO. Also cited new helicopter pilots Michael Joooph Rice of KENS-TV and Steven Fugue Tanner of KSAT-TV, both of gen Antonio. who had also landed tatar crafts while severing the ratahap. ■ Partner the hrotosa propeller ended 100 qaarler et antae awny ta a reaidentiel arna heptad the staahheoee, where some say the pilot baa landed bafaro leant. "Wa were trying ta Imp people awny, it was ridiculous," said Frsnsieco Hernandez, aartetant manager an duty at the restaurant. Hernandez and a cnetanmr ruehad from the rtero to aaaiat the helicopter’s occupants. "The motor was etui going and R wee mmhkQ Wa had ta tall the pilot four tanto ta abut It off. He wae Mad of dazed," Hernandez said. "We fatt tim pound Slake a little MI. They were a lucky It could have bean a lot worm." Store manager Tim Gulhan offorod the Injurod men tint ald benda the restaurant. "It could have tam a let wore*. I'm Jus pad that It waan't," Outturn said, acknowledging that the haUceptar'e crew had eaten at the restaurant a couple of tonsa before Gutttan praised EMS and Civil Defense pat tee COPTER, Paper ;