New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Heather Todd
Two small, white crosses stand side by side against a fence in a bare, open field alongside Loop 337.
They are all that remain of a large memorial once decorated with flowers and notes from friends and family of New Braunfels High School students Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz.
Jeanette Gorski, mother of 16-year-old Farnsworth, said the Texas Department of Transportation took down the memorial site recently
as part of an agreement made with the family earlier this year.
TxDOT requested family and friends remove the memorial, which was in the TxDOT right-of-way, and replace it with two wooden crosses to meet state guidelines.
Farnsworth and Diaz. 15, both cadets in the Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps, died Oct. 9 when their car collided with a 1999 Ford F-250 pickup in front of New Braunfels High School at 2551 N. Loop 337.
For the past nine months, friends and family members maintained the memorial site, about 150 feet from the roadway across the street from
the school just north of the Texas 46 exit. The memorial site was decorated with fresh flowers and religious statues.
State policy allows families to put up a wooden cross no larger than 30 inches by 18 inches for each accident victim at the edge of the right-of-way.
TxDOT policy allows officials to remove a marker if it is placed in the right-of-way without approval or if it does not meet the criteria.
Greg Malatek, resident engineer for the New Braunfels TxDOT office, said the main con-
Council looks at stepping up river security
River Road was one of the most heavily patrolled areas Memorial Day with officers stopping vehicles for speeding, seat-belt violations and a host of other violations.
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
New Braunfels soon could see increased police presence on local rivers.
This week, city council members asked city manager Mike Shands to provide diem information on river security.
“They would like information on essentially security and safety on the river,” Shands said. ‘They’re wanting to know what would be the locations, the times, the frequency and the staffing positions to put police on primarily the Comal River now.”
Council also will consider changes on the Guadalupe River, but Shands said it is concentrating on the Comal River because of the low flow-levels on the Guadalupe. Some council members said Monday the low Guadalupe flow levels have caused increased traffic on the Comal.
Council also will consider the possibility of portable toilets at the Lincoln
Street and Union Street river exits, Shands said.
“We’re going to bring back some costs and provide them w itll the information they asked for, and they can decide if they want to provide additional funding,” Shands said.
The city already is working under its 2000-2001 budget. The council will consider if it wants to increase the amount of money in the budget for police, which in turn would allow increased staffing on the river, Shands said.
“lf they want to have a greater presence on the rivers, they need to increase the funding for police officers. We’re looking at a couple of opt ions,” Shands said.
The city could pay its own officers to work additional hours on the rivers. Shands said this would be the best solution because the city ’s officers were familiar with the area.
“When they write tickets, you don’t have to bring them from someplace else for court,” he said.
Officers from other areas might not be familiar with the area, and they would have to be paid extra to return for court, Shands said. If the officers couldn’t return to court, the tickets they write probably would be dismissed.
Another option would be to use the city’s reserve officers, who also are licensed police officers. Also, some of the city's fire investigators are licensed police off icers, Shands said.
Shands said the city could ask those officers if they were interested in working additional hours patrolling the rivers. That would help decrease the fatigue of the city’s police officers, Shands said.
“(The council members) want the rivers to be safe. They want the rivers to be clean,” Shands said. “It sounds like at this point that they’re certainly willing to look at the additional cost.”
City staff w ill present the council with possible locations, times and days for extra police at the council’s next meeting, 6:30 p.m. July 24.
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Students’ memorial reduced to two crosses
The Texas Department of Trans-
By Ron Maloney
McQueeney — a
roasted rattlesnake lying twisted w here it had writhed in agony to a painful death Thursday morning was the only know n casualty of a fire that destroyed a two-story wood frame home.
Officials were investigating the cause of the blaze Thursday evening, but McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department chief Tim Bogisch said the fire was “suspicious.”
Bogisch said firefighters were called to the home on Rolling Fork Drive behind the Leisure Village mobile home park at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. A neighbor who noticed smoke billowing from the building went to a neaiby utility company worker and used his phone to report the fire.
In all, two dozen firefighters fought the blaze, which was engulfed on both floors and the attic of the round, dome-topped home when the Bogisch and the first crew got there.
“The first floor, second floor and attic all had fire showing when we arrived,” Bogisch said.
He said he did not know w ho the owner or occupant of the home w as and neighbors hadn't said.
“We don’t know,” Bogisch said late Thursday afternoon. The cause of the fire also had not been determined.
Guadalupe C ounty fire marshal, would investigate the cause, Bogisch said. He expected to have more information today.
Travis Emerson, a McQueeney volunteer emergency medical technician and fire fighter, said initially, the fire w as too far along to look for possible victims inside.
“There wasn’t much we could do. Ifs wood frame, and it was fully involved w hen we got here,” he said.
After they knocked down the fire, f irefighters looked around inside as best they could and found nobody, he said.
He pointed to a twisted, singed and blackened rattlesnake in burned grass, its jaws open nearly 180 degrees in what looked like a final scream against the advancing flames. ‘That rattlesnake didn’t make it, though,” Emerson said.
Board discusses taxi rules
By Jo Lee Ferguson
Taxicab companies would have to uniformly color and mark their cars under a proposed new taxi ordinance for New Braunfels.
The city’s transportation and traffic advisory board continued to discuss the proposed changes to the city’s ordinance Thursday night.
Hie board is expected to finalize its proposal at its August IO meeting.
The board then will schedule a public hearing on the proposed new ordinance before it is sent to the city council for consideration.
“(The current ordinance) is a difficult ordinance to administer,” said Assistant to the City Manager Don Ferguson. “There were some holes in it that created some problems.”
The proposed ordinance, which also addresses limousines and vans that carry up
to 15 people, attempts to address those problems, he said.
Under the proposed ordinance, each taxi company operating in the city would have to have its own color scheme and insignia for its cars.
Also, the proposed ordinance would streamline the application process for a taxi operator to receive a penult to operate in the city. The
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portation recently removed all but these two crosses from a memorial in front of New
Seguin ISD trustees approve hire of Keith Garinger
By Heather Todd
Keith Garinger officially offered his resignation Thursday night as principal of New Braunfels High School after Seguin Independent School District trustees approved hiring him as the new director of human resources.
Garinger, who has been principal at NBHS since 1997, said the decision to leave was hard, but he was faced with the right opportunity at the right time.
“This was something that I always wanted to do and a great opportunity opened up,” he said.
The Seguin board of trustees approved Garinger’s appointment Thursday night.
GARINGER Garinger said he would fax his resignation to New Braunfels Independent School District after the meeting.
NBISD trustees now are left w ith the task of finding Garinger’s replacement before school starts Aug. 23, which they cannot do until his resignation is officially approved by the board. The next scheduled board meeting is July 25.
Garinger said he learned about the position about two and half weeks ago and visited w ith SISD Superintendent Dee Carter, w ho was very supportive of his move to the Seguin district.
“It’s very important to me when the superintendent says she trusts you and wants you to be a part of the team,” Garinger said.
Garinger said he always was interested in human resources and recruiting and his career objective was to become a director of human resources.
Debbie Garinger, Keith’s w ife, said she would remain in NBISD as the principal of Memorial Intermediate School.
“We’re not going to move. That was part of the deal I
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