New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jacob Haas (5 years), Freddie Leos, Jordan Alexis Clewis and Lori Ann Silva (16 years).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Nelson and Dorothy Roemisch (47 years) and Darrell and Jo-An Jentsch (I year belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 320 cubic feet par second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626 34 feet above sea level, same as Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,248 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 916 cfs Canyon Lake level — 922 40 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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Today wilt be partly cloudy with an afternoon high in the mid-90's. Tonight's low will be in the mid-70s and there will be a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms through the night.
Wednesday will be partly cloudy with a high in the mid 90s and a low in the mid 70s There is a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms We repeat, this is not a recording.
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Summer heat can be dangerous for small children and pets. Make sure younger children have plenty to drink when they are out in the heat, make sure they are well protected. When leaving your house for a while, make sure pets have plenty to drink and shade to keep cod under
Never leave pets in a car without proper ventilation.
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A voter forum will be conducted at 7 p.m. today in the New Braunfels Independent School District Education Cen ter Board Room, 430 West Mill St.
All candidates for NBISD Board of Trustee seats have been invited to attend. Candidates will speak briefly and will be answer questions.
The forum is sponsored by the local chapters of the Texas State Teachers Association and Association of Texas Professional Educators.
■ Rebecca Creek Road and the Gruene River Bridge remain closed because of high flows of the Guadalupe River.
■ All lanes of Interstate 35 toward San Antonio should be open to traffic. However, several exits will remain closed. The only exits for southbound traffic are Sdms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
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Heraid-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Sam Vargas and Kristin Garza splash puddls water on Joasph Garza Monday afternoon. Tbs puddle* ware mads by haavy rains that showered tbs city for about 30 minutes and left with the sun shining-
leads to calls for turn lane
City eyes brakes for some skaters
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
Regulate roller skating? It could happen. Aiea youngsters who like their recreation on wheels are becoming enough of a nuisance to some that the New Braunfels Police Department is considering cracking down on activities such as inline skating, skateboarding, roller skating and bicycling.
Sgt. John McEachem said he was reviewing city ordinances dealing with scooters, roller skating, bicycling and inline skating.
“There is an ordinance in effect regulating some of these modes of transportation but it needs upgrading/* McEachem said.
The current ordinance. Section 126-97, says people who use coasters, skateboards, roller-skates, toy vehicles and similar devices may not use them on:
• any city public street or roadway,
• any public sidewalk where buildings are IO feet or less from the edge of the sidewalk or
• any private sidewalk used by the public where the buildings are IO feet or less from that sidewalk.
McEachem said the police department
■ New Braunfels police are
reviewing the city’s ordinance dealing with scooters, roller skating, bicycling and in-line skating
■ Sgt. John McEachem said the police department has received complaints about in-line skating taking place in parking lots.
■ Downtown business owners had differing views about whether in-line skating was a problem.
has been receiving complaints from residents and businesses alx>ut in-line skating in parking lots.
He said the current ordinance did not give police officers enough power to enforce the ordinance on parking lots and sidewalks.
“Basically, it doesn't give us the tools to effectively control this burgeoning problem,’* McEachem said.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy said her office had not officially looked into changing the ordinance but had provided background information to
McEachem said he did not have a time tabfc for ftmahmg his study or making a recommendation to the city about an ordinance.
A survey of downtown businesses got mixed reactions about whether in-line skating or skateboarding were problems.
“It is no problem," said Susie Russell of Blue Skies, which is located on the plaza. “I see adults Roller-bladtng here. I love it.”
Besides, Russell said, in-line skating and other recreational activities give the kids something to do and keep them out of trouble.
Up San Antonio Street, Tobacco Hails employee Johnnie Rodriguez agreed.
“We personally don’t see a problem with it," Rodriguez said. “It doesn’t do anything to us. Where else could the kids go. They live near here (San Antonio Street).”
Sally A. Shellaby, owner of Shella-by’s Smart Apparel for Men, said she is not against roller sports, but they need to be done somewhere other than downtown. * .
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West Comal residents
also ask for speed limit to be lowered
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SPRING BRANCH — The Honey Creek Grocery was a place of grief and anger Monday afternoon.
The store is across Texas 46 from the site of an accident that killed one teen-ager and seriously injured another late Saturday.
A group of residents gathered to ask why the Texas Department of Transportation had not built a turn lane on the highway.
Sylvia Lopez’s sister Cynthia was killed near the intersection of Texas 46 West and Oak Cliff Drive nearly a year ago in a car accident. Lopez said TxDOT should construct the turning lane before any more accidents happen.
“How many deaths do there have to be?” Lopez said. “How many people need to be buried before anything is done?”
The accident Saturday night claimed the life of Kenneth James McMullen, 16, of Bulverde and seriously injured Steven Rendon, IS, of Bulverde. Rendon was riding with McMullen in a 1992 Pontiac when the accident occurred at about 7 p.m. IO miles west of Texas 46 and U.S. 281.
Monday evening Rendon was listed in stable condition at University Hospital in San Antonio. Andrew Rendon, 7, of San Antonio, w ho was riding with the older Rendon and McMullen, was treated and released from University Hospital on Sunday.
A Department of Public Safety spokeswoman said McMullen was eastbound on Texas 46 when the car stopped on the shoulder of the road and apparently tried to make a U-turn
McMullen's Pontiac was struck by a 1986 Ford driven by David Coggeshall, 31, of San Antonio, also headed east, the DPS spokeswoman said. *
McMullen was declared dead on the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
The trooper s report said none of the people involv ed in the acci-
‘It is not to say a loft turn lane is not a priority. We do have a loft turn lane planned for September or sooner if we can get to it.’
— Greg Malatek
TxDOT interim area engineer
dent were wearing safety belts.
Lopez said she talked to TxDOT officials from the San Antonio district office who she said promised a turn lane as far back as a year ago.
“They need to get on the ball and do w hat they promised to do,” she said.
Lopez, who was with family members at the Honey Creek (iro-cery Monday, said she also circulated petitions to lower the s»peed limit.
Chns Zaiontz, 18, a friend and schoolmate of McMullen’s at Smithson Valley High School, said he agreed that a turn lane was needed.
“If it saves one lite, it’s worth it,” Zaiontz said.
Zaiontz’s mother. Chere, said the speed limit should be lowered from the present speed of 70 miles per hour.
“We shouldn't be losing 16-year-olds,” she said. “They need to put a turn lane here. If the speed limit were lowered, then he (Coggeshall) may have had a chance to respond.”
Greg Malatek. interim area engineer with the New Braunfels TxDOT office, said the department planned to add a rum lane within the next two months.
“We had plans to put a left turn lane but due to the floods, our crews are currently tied up with repair damage,” Malatek said.
“It is not to say a left turn lane is not a priority. We do have a left turn lane planned for September or sooner if we can get to it ."
Malatek said TxDOT also was looking at requests to lower the speed limit.
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Comal asks jail board for expansion OK, mulls budget
Jail administrator seeks additional personnel
By CHRIS CREW8
While awaiting word from the state about expanding the county jail, sheriff's office officials met Monday with county commissioners to hash out a jail budget for 1998.
Chief Jail Administrator Jim Middleton said
that last week he sent a 40-page document to the Texas Commission on Jail Standards to respond to questions about the need for expansion. He said endorsement by the jail commission was preliminary to any discussion with the commissioners regarding funding of an expansion.
Middleton added he expected a response from the jail commission in two to four weeks.
In the budget discussions, Middleton requested two new jail employees. One would be a transport officer, whose job w ould be to transport prisoners and juvenile offenders from the jail to
the courthouse and other detention facilities in the area. Middleton said sheriff s office employees performed the tasks now, and that time spent transporting prisoners took away from the jobs the employees were hired to perform
A second new employee would be a new jailer. Middleton said a new jailer would be needed to meet state mandated pnsoner-to-jailer ratios.
Middleton said more prisoners in the jail meant more money spent to feed them He projected a $32,000 shortfall in funds to feed
inmates in 1997 and increased his budget request for 1998 to cover the extra cost. He said he might have to ask the commissioners in October to transfer money to cover the 1997 shortfall.
On the plus side, Middleton said he w as able to reduce his budget request for overtime pay by $10,000 for 1998. He said he expected the jail to come in more than $ 10,000 below its allotment of $36,750 for this year. He attributed the drop in expenses to all full-time positions at the jail being filled and no! having to rely on employees working overtime to till the gaps.
Vandals deface school board candidate’s signs
By DEMME DZIUK
Vandals have defaced and token signs that promote a candidate in the race for a seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees.
\ Frank Panebtanco said numerous campaign signs had been taken from then locations around town, and one property owner even saw a youngster tunning away with one. He said one jrtcaifd in a prominent location on Fredencksbteg was gny paint
ed with expletives.
‘That’s pretty disgusting,” he said T really don’t have any idea (who would do this or why.)”
Panebtanco said the sign with the expletives does not promote healing between the two sides in the district. He said he does not promote any type of destruction of property, and would hope others would not either.
“It really shows the ignorance of some people and the maliciousness,” he said. “I thought I would leave it up for a day and let people see what the opposition it like.”
Friends recall Startz as landmark of county
By CHRIS CREWS
HaraiO-Zmtung photo by Michael Damall
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NBISD assistant superintendent of finance Lonnie Curtis said he has not received any formal complaint regarding the destruction of signs. However, he said he had heard of one or two cases in regard to one candidate.
“Coramunity-mmded,” “hard-working” and “generous” were among the many adjectives of praise directed toward Lon ne A. Startz, longtime Comal County resident and well-known owner of the Startz Cafe, who passed away last Wednesday.
County Commissioner Jack Dawson said Startz was one of the first people he met when he moved to the county in 1976. He said it was not unusual for her
to work 12 or 14 hours a day at the cafe.
"She was one of the hardest working people I ever knew,” Dawson said.
Dawson said he asked her one day if she was ever going to slow her busy schedule.
“She said I’m not tired of cooking yet. I’ve still got people to feed,’” Dawson said. “She was a landmark for our county.”
Candice Peyton, past president of the Startzville Evening Lions Club, said she remembered Startz’s energy and desire to Turn to Startz, Page 2School registration information, county budget hearing schedule — Page 3