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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels THURSDAY July'3, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections mm mmmmam    mmjpmmmmmmmm    pages    in    C    see    ii*Herald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 198Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsNB hires Hinson as chief financial officer CFO takes responsibility for city finances July 16 By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer Jeffery K. Hinson, a certified government finance officer and public accountant, has been named chief financial officer for the City of New Braunfels. Hinson, who is financial director for the San Antonio Symphony, begins work July 16. He has worked as director of finance for the city of Lockhart and was chief accountant for the city of Bryan for three years. He has two years of private sector experience. Rangers to reward law-abiding boaters on July Fourth By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Good boating habits could be rewarded this holiday weekend. Bad habits could be costly. Texas Parks and Wildlife rangers and Comal County Sheriff’s deputies will be patrolling Canyon Like looking for safety violations. Ranger Bill Robinson said Wednesday there would be a “zero tolerance” policy toward violations. Boaters obeying the laws could reap rewards ranging from key chains to T-shirts, he said. “We want to catch people doing something right,” Robinson said. The Comal County Sheriff’s Office will have two personal watercrafts and a boat patrolling the lake. The boat, operated by a sergeant, would include a deputy who is also trained as a paramedic. ‘They’ll make stops for any violations they see, but they also do various checks of vessels for safety equipment as required according to the Texas Water Safety Act,” Lt. Mark Reynolds said. Parks and Wildlife will have three boats on the lake, each attended by two rangers, Robinson said. They check boats for registrations, personal floatation devices, fire extinguishers or throwable devices such as floating cushions, if required. “Boaters need to carry registration on board at all times, and their boats need to be currently registered," Robinson said. Most boats are required to have some sort of sound-pro-ducing device, such as a horn or whistle. Boats used See BOATING/3 A Police out in force this holiday weekend By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local law enforcement officials report they are prepared for this weekend’s influx of holiday drivers, tourists and tubers. Comal (bounty Sheriff’s Lt. Mark Reynolds said the sher-lff’s office would conduct its full range of patrol work this weekend — but those patrols will be augmented for anticipated traffic increases. “We, of course, are going to have a complementary crew that works its normal patrols for the entire weekend. In addition to the river Urn ms, there will be deputies assigned to the roadways such as River Road, as well as those roads that are enroute to Canyon I^ake or other recreation areas,” He replaces Chet Lewis, whom City Manager Chuck Pinto fired in late March -because of “philosophical differences.” Pinto suid Hinson has a reputation with the symphony for openness, attention to detailed and helpfulness. I^ewis’s openness and accuracy impressed Pinto during the interview process. “He understands what makes a city tick from a philosophical point of view,” Pinto said. “It’s OK to know how to do accounting, but you also have to understand how the city works.” “Our thought processes were really similar, which Reynolds said. The county will have eight new radars operating on River Road and around the lake, looking for speeders. Sheriff’s Sgt. Rick Cardenas said there will be 56 deputies and spotters working the Guadalupe River this weekend, along with additional transport officers and supervisors. Parks and Wildlife will also have several game wardens working the Guadalupe River. “We’re ready to go now,” Cardenas said Tuesday. "We look forward to having a safe holiday. That's our whole purpose to be out there, to make sure everyone has a good holiday weekend on the river." ’Hie sheriffs office will have virtually all of its employees See POLIC E/3 A Designation could halt Gruene bridge work By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A state historic designation threatens to kill Gruene Bridge improvements. New Braunfels Historic landmark Commission Tuesday took IXJ action after member Don Offerman said he applied for a his tone designation that would stave off construction work. 'rho bridge became eligible for historic designation in February. New Braunfels City (Council approved the Gruene Bridge project in 1998, and Offerman began to pursue historic designation in 2<X)1. The application was denied then because renovations to the bridge made in the 1930s were not yet old enough. The $1 million project scheduled to go out for bids in October 2004 would replace the current structure with s wilier bridge higher above the water. Greg Malatek, Texas Department of Transportation area engineer for New Braunfels, said a historic designation could kill the project. He said environmentalists advised him that the historic designation would not be possible, but TxLK JT will discontinue the project, if city council so advises. “If there is a pending historic designation application and if there is some new information, I think that changes the whole situation,” Jan Soechting, the city’s historic preservation officer, said. The commission was not as supportive. Chair Chere Stratemann said the group was not prepared to advise council either way. See BRIDGE/3AInside CtatMflfiedB..............A66 Comica   2B Crossword.............2B Dear Abby ............SA Forum................6A Sports...............1,4B Today.................2A TV...................3B 8682500001 really cemented my decision to come to New Braunfels,” Hinson said. Hinson said he faced tough challenges when he took the job with the symphony in March. As the first finance director since the symphony began to outsource its accounting department in 1998, he had to gather pertinent financial information and make projections that ultimately led the symphony’s board to file for bankruptcy. Because the symphony faces an uncertain future under Chapter ll, Hinson decided to get back into government work. “He gathers the information and tells it like it is,” See HINSON/3A Early morning wreck on Zipp Road kills NB man Special to the Herald-Zeitunq A New Braunfels man died early Wednesday morning after he was struck by a pickup shortly after midnight. Magdalene Banca Ramirez, 57, was struck and killed in the IOO block of E. Zipp Road while walking along the road with a family member. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Ramirez was walking west bound in Hie IOO block of Zipp Road to a nearby store on FM 725. A 1991 Mitsubishi pickup driven by Nicholas Taylor, 18, of New Braunfels, was also traveling westbound on Zipp Rood, when he crested a small hill and struck Ramirez from behind. Ramirez was pronounced dead at 12:22 a m. by Guadalupe (bounty Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace larry Moraw-letz. Charges are not expected fo be filed against Taylor, who law-enforcement officials said was traveling below the posted speed limit. DAVID INGHAM/! torakl- 2e*tunqParty welcomes soldiers home from mission (Top) Jordan Edwards plays a video game with his dad, Opt Lea Edwards Jr., while waiting for the party to begin honoring the return of the 4/133 Field Artillery Battalion at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Wednesday (Above) Brittany Nolte, 5, waves the American flag while listening to patnotic speeches during the ceremony. The battalion was stationed in Pueblo, Colo., as part of Operation Noble Eagle ll. By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Shandra Esparza nodded toward her baby and only child, Korhin. “He was gone when I found out I was pregnant, and he wan gone when I had the baby,” she Haul, looking at her husband, Paul. “It was a little? scary.” Most of those worries disappeared W«?dnesday. The smiles on faces of wives and children told the wtory. Husbands and daddies were home. The 169 member* of 4th Battalion, 133rd Field Artillery returned Monday after an 11-month deployment to Pueblo, Colo. Wednesday they were honored at Our I sidy of Perpetual Help Church’s parish hall. Paul Esparza was looking forward to celebrating his first wedding anniversary Sunday. After serving an active duty stint with the U.S. Army in Korea, Paul came back to New Braunfels, married Shandra and joined the National Guard. “So far, the military's been a part of our relationship as long as we’ve been together,” Shan-dra said. That was a familiar theme heard around tables in the parish hall. “When I married him, I married into the military,” said Sylvia Limas of Seguin, talking about her husband, Staff Sgt. Manuel Limas, who was laughing. “I’m glad he’s borne. We’re just glad that they ull came home,” she said. Felix Sanchez, of Seguin, said he had never been away from his brother, Sgt. Robert Sanchez, for such a long period of time. Capt. Mario Davila, of (Converse, a mechanical engineer with Taprite-Fassco in San See WELCOMED ;