New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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TUESDAYUnicorns remain in playoff hunt. See Page 6
10 page® m one suction ■ Tuesday, January ?8. 1997
Sofvirtg Comal County and surrounding areas tor mom than 14‘> ynart ■ Homa of Lorena end Lottie Ceding
Vol 14b, No ‘>4
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitunit extend* birthday wishes lo: Lucy Ayala* Patty Divtdwn, Minerva Pern* Mavin Stringer* Beverly Schaake, Adelina Pina, Damon MldklfT(4 year* old). Heather Rangier (IS yearn old). Tiffany Holder (belated), Helen L. Pittman (RO year* old, belated).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: IzMrenz and Ixrftir Hading (5R year*).
To hove a binhilav or anniversary listed here, rail 625 9144
Mold —1,500 Mountain Cedar — 2,803
(Peer wa—wart rn pan* pat cubic malar al dr Mormston prcMdad by Dr Frank Campal (
Comal River — 208 aine (eel per mc-end. down 3 from Monday E&tmnh Aguilar Panther Canyon We!
823 M leat above aaa level , down OO Canyon Dam dacharge — 102 da Canyon Lake inflow —180 cf*
Canyon Lake leva! — OOO 08 leat above •aa level (Above conservation pool)
NOU report* pumping 3 517 mMtan gaAona of sutta* waler Monday and 2 844 me ton gaAona of we! waler were ueed
Hmm Tomorrow Fund program
The Comptrolter's Office e offer mg brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund The program allows Texas families to provide for their children's future college education at a current fixed cost
The current enrollment period ends Fob 18.
For man information or an appl* cation contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445-GRAD (4723), or Rep Edmund Kuern pel's office at (512) 4630802
OIH lo out Contr tai an aWa Mmu0i Fab. 14
It s Girl Scout Cookie time The sale will run through Feb 14 Girls will be selling the ever popular thin mints and seven other varieties at several local businesses and door to door Proceeds support local Girl Scouts. For information call Karen McDonald at 625 9548 or Tanya Caldwell at 629-1901
Holp with fox returns for i sn! or cit lions
AARP/IRS volunteers will provide tax preparation assistant to senior citizens and others on a first come basis beginning Gat ur day
This a a free service FA***) Prig supporting paperwork (W2 and 1000b) and last year's tax return Times and sites are 10 a rn to 2 p rn WedneuJayn ar*1 ! kit ut days at the Dittlinger Memorial Ubrary, I to 5 p rn Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9am to 1 p rn Saturdays a1 the Senior Center, and 1 to 4 p m, Wednesdays and 9a rn lo noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Center
Vaunt Artist Compot Ilion
The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit Hie high notes Saturday afternoon as Hie Young Artist Conipotition opens to the public at 3 p m in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University Undergraduate and graduate music students comfxde for a $750 first place purse and a coretract for one performance with the Mid-Texas Symptiony in May with renowned conductor David Miirs Vocalists will perform two selections of contrasting style selected from standard opera, oratorio, cantata or songs with orchestral accompaniment For information contact Caroline Weston at 806-0462
Deer management committee set to tackle problem
■ City Council aili”aitorney Ti) tfudy tx*/ hunting ordinance / 3
By ABE LEVY
Hic city’* first-ever. Deer Management Flan Committee, will hold it* finn meeting Wednesday rn gill to begin the process of determining how to handle the overabundance of deer that have ventured into street* and eaten residential landscape plant*
I lie group I* made up of the first 15 citizens to wigiiup for the ad hoc committee at the la»l C ity Council meeting two week* ago Member* arc expected to c*tabh*h the schedule for the next few week*, appointing officer* and determining
whether the deer population merit* action by the city (Tty official* already liavc supplied men iller* with initial information about deer management, including other Cltie*' plan* ami trapping data
I lie I Tty ( (Kit ICI I reunited (lie group from selecting how hunting a* a purposed solution, leaving (Item with option* such a* Happing ami relocation or prohibiting feeding citywide, Harry Jaros/ewski, a committee member ami manager of Alamo ( on-crete Product*, said it'* difficult to determine how long the group will
need to meet ta what lite direct ii ai will Ire, until after member* get lo know each other
Jaros/cwski, banter owner of Harry'* Under Pas* Saloon and ail avid Imiw hunter, said lie wanted to lie on lite committee to ensure that the deer arc dealt with in a humane and safe man tier.
He also said lire city needs a consistent plan ha deer management Deer inside city limits may get a message of acceptance from a resident who leeds them, then a message of hostility from a neighlior who may sinai them away
lot cating landscape plants 'T in sure there will Ik- some dis Mission," Jaios/ewski said "I iii sure We ll come up with something We need to sit down and talk t trice* we get all the options, we'll be able to narrow ii down ”
( tty Manager Mike Sham!* said much ol (lie timeframe tot when a plan would Ire submitted for the council lo _ consider, depends on tire committee's progress
He said ii member* detcimme that there is a deer problem, then a plan would need to emerge by midsummer to be implemented by October when Happing season begins
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels ( Tty Council sent the N*Bu* transportation system to its last stop, Monday night, voting unanimously to cml the one-year pilot program on March 11.
“I wish it had worked,” Mayor Jan Kcnnady told the council ami audience members. *T truly wish it had worked Maybe another time it could have worked.**
Council approved the program in October of 1995 with the hopes that it
would determine whether Ihc community needs a permanent public bus system.
Council members expressed reluctance to continue a program Hut did not meet original ridership expectations and that would require an estimated $292,(HK) for capital expenses and $490,000 fin operating expense* in tile first year
The onc-ycar program was paid h*r by the Community Council of South ('cntral Texas in an agreement with the Alamo Arca ('mined of CJovcmmcnt*
Hic cost for tile first lf) months was
■ Pewter gifts firm seeks tax abatements/ 3
Vt 1,627 the estimated cost for the enure trial program was $M0,HOO t he city’s only share of cost was about $15,000 for bus route maps, pitiers, bus stop signs and part-time staff.
Members of the Mainstrect I rans-portation Committee which oversaw much of the program and city officials said they recognized the efforts of the program’s organizers throughout the
past IO months hut that the community as a whole did not supporl the program.
Still, many felt a public transportation system is something to keep in mind in the next few years as growth continues
Project participants also said the information dial resulted from the program will benefit any future endeavors to provide juridic transportation in New Braunfels ‘Ti started oft with the idea that this was a test," said I ynn Fountain, mainstrect director who supervised the pro
ject “It really was bs tin* community to decide We have documentation We tracked it and have the statistics Hie development in the future needs to combine the community with the expertise ’’
Ridership averaged 107 one-way fares pier week iii lire first IO months <*f operation, tile city's final reps si Stowed In cities comparable lo New Braunfels, 98 one-way lares j**r week is i <*n sidered a reasonable average tor the beginning months, however ridership was expected lo average at least 150 in the first year and continue to IOO
City Council cancels N•Bus program
N.B. police officer saves partner from deadly situation
By ABE LEVY
A New Braunfels police officer saved the hic ol Ins (Millier who had become the potential target of a shot gun held by a West I lid man early Monday morning, police said Police arrested a suspect, Nieces Marline/, lr, ll. 1670 W Bridge St, on charges of aggravated as* mb cm a public servant and unlawlnl posse in-sion ol a firearm by a felon Martinez was convicted ol aggravated assault with serious (toddy injury iii 1991 Marline/ was taken lo the I oui.ii ('ounty Jail w frere he poster I Is urds totaling $70,000 at 2 45 p hi Monday < Hiker Stephen Hanna was respond mg to a noise disturbance iii the 1600 blink of Mill Street vc lien Ire iks aled lo check an area one blink north at the I fit XI him k rd West Bridge Street near I ive I Ink Avenue, Hanna said At about I 14 a rn he marie eye conlar. I w ith a man standing next to a red truck paikctl in the driveway rd 1670 W Budge St . he said Music was heard from what seemed to Im-lire (nick's ortho and tire man a| if rear ct I to trend down into the tim k lo turn the volume down
Hanna said Im- was driving Iii-, j tain ii cat |>ast the driveway when nilled Bdl Spence mlmmcd him ihmugh the jm tilt e radio thai die* subjes I was jm or ii mg a gun al hun
Spence, who handles the fir dice’s dog, Hilo, said lie immediately shined lite sjM»l light iii die Marline/’ late, aud (Hunted his handgun lo covet his frail net who was about 70 feel away WIlion seconds. Martinez dmjijred the shotgun he was pointing at Hanna anil allowed police to arrest Inin with oui resistance Spence said
Spence san! tin* sound id Martinez shotgun being rocked was the lust indication that he had a firearm " I lie lust real Hon I hat) was lo stoj* my cai,” Spence said "I t aller I Kit o to a heel and gr.ddred Ins collar I hit the sjmt light immediately By the lune I got nut id the car. lie had already thrown the gun under the Hut k
I lamia, who estimated Ik* was about IO lect away Horn Martinez, said lie slowed down Ins pallid cai aliet Spence inhumed hun of the shotgun adding that lie also heard the sound ol the gun cocking
Both officers estimated di.it the entire incident lasted .iIhmiI 4* to <i0 seconds
Hie two have winked together to patrol the West I nil brr als Mil three years Hanna 2X, wlro tins been wifh the |mthee department for almost five years, baul he was dud at a lew lime* in an inc ident ah rut one year into his carcel anti, Spence, 12 was shirt at just sis months min Ins IO ycai police carcel
When asker! wtial was said .titer Ila.' ordeal, Spence said, ‘ It's an understood thing We’re partner*
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School Bices traffic control problem
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Although an entrance lo • county high achoo! dot* not qualify for a light, *tep* ha vt bawl taken to alleviate the traffic hazard* present there.
■peed Until along other portion* of Highway 46 waa Imnwd, awd dnver* “just don't slow down” m (he achoo!’* entrance Genry mid the second foetor is the number* He mid the area new a 14 percent growth leat year, deray Mid toughly I AQD abaknix currently attend SVHS, and he expect* that number to increase to I,600 next year.
Gamy Mud the third foetor is location He said the entrance ie situated between two crests and two curves, and this reduce* visibility.
It’* not just one thing,” said Gcroy “There's acveral problem* or tnthcauin”
Parent* have trod to get help from the district administration, Texas Department of Transport* lion and the Governor’* office David Kopp, area engineer tor TxDOT. said there is little hfo office can do.
“We study that intersection every year Ut see if it quail Ae* for a traffic signal, and every year, including this yew, it tails,” Mud Kopp “WIkxi you get in the eighth highest hour (which determines die need for a light), it'* like a ghost town with only one or two cars going through ,**
OakRun School rn the New Braunfels Independent School District wa* experiencing similar problem* with rush hour traffic, arui IxDOT installed a new lane configuration Kopp said the layout works at a ’T* intersect a rn, Mal it is rax suitable for the SVHS entrance “That would actually prevent people from getting out of their own subdivision ” Mud Kopp Kopp said he recommended two * aller possible sol ut hsw lo the dnanci in a recent meeting He said the first option was to use the dnveway on Smithson Valley Road
fierily said there are currently over 30 buses using that driveway, ara) directing all traffic that route would create more problems,
‘There’* logistical problems with that,” said Gcroy "We would really create a bigger traffic problem than we have now ”
Kopp's second suggestion was to have a law enforcement officer direct traffic. Geroy said the diane! has hired a constable to direct traffic during the two peak traffic tunes, and lie started late week “What I'm hoping (or is Its ii lo be a budget item next year so it can be permanent until we have ,m<Mhcr solution,” said Iwrroy.
Senior Monica Pilkmion said b<xh student* arid parents were amani* about (he potential dangers at the entrance However, she said. the constable's presence alt cady has made a real difference "I think ti'* helping a bx.” said Pilkmton "We ricer I Mane sort of light, but tor rigid now, this is much better limn the previous situation, ...I think also parents feel better aland it,”
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