New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from tho Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Emily Loyola, (18 years), Antonia C. Alvarez (80 years), and happy belated birthdays to Chiistopher Ybarra (13 years), and Marsha Kiesling. Happy 59th anniversary to Hilmar and Lucille Scheel, and happy seventh anniversary to Roger and Susan Croteau.
River and aquifer Information
Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, down 4 cfs.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.92 feet, up .03.
Guadalupe River — 581 cfsEast Torrey Street closed for two weeks
The City Street Department is reconstructing East Torrey Street from South Union Street :o Lakeview Boulevard. East Torrey Street will be closed to road vehicle traffic at South Union Street and Lakeview Boulevard until about June 16, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Detour route will be via Lakeview Boulevard and Austin Street.
Stores and parking will be accessible as normal.Concert in the Park
Country band Texas Nights will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the Concert in the Park Series continues.
The concert is free. Bring lawn chairs. No glass containers allowed.Register now for Business Trade Show
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reminds trade show exhibitors that they must register and pay deposit by Thursday, June 15 to be a part of the seventh annual Trade Show to be held at the Civic Center Sept. 12 and 13. After that time, registration will be opened to the public.Public hearing on sexual assault program slated
The Comal County Women's Center will hold a public hearing concerning the reapplication for funds for the Center's Sexual Assault Program. Thi6 program is funded in part by the Texas Department of Health. The board of directors will meet on Tuesday, June 13 at 6:30 p.m. at the Forke Store in Conservation Plaza.Canyon Lake avant
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce mixer will be June 15, 6:30 p.m. at the Hill Country. Nursery.Build a flag
The Comal County Child Advocacy Inc. Build a Flag -Help a Child annual fund-raiser is getting ready to start. Your contribution of $10 for a square or $25 for a star will help children in the tri-county area who are victims of abuse or neglect. DonationSYnay be mailed to CASA of Central Texas, PO Box 311832, New Braunfels, TX 78131. Or All 620-5536 for information.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Arrests made after wreck
New Braunfels police were called out to Misty Acres Road just off Highway 46 at about 3:30 p.m. yesterday after a car hit a utility pole. Officers believe the car was traveling about 50 miles per hour when it struck the pole. Julio Jimenez, 20, of Seguin, was charged with several traffic violations, and Roberto Luna, 18, of Seguin was charged with false report to a peace officer. At left, officer Bill Spence and drug dog Rico check the car. Police said only trace amounts of marijuana were found. At top, Jimenez waits in handcuffs as officers David Wilson and Jesse Villarreal wait for word back from dispatchers. Above, right, the car wrapped around the utility pole. New Braunfels Utilities had to go to the scene to repair the pole.
CISD to meet growth with 32.5 more staff members
By DENISE DZIUK
In response to an expected enrollment increase, Comal Independent School District approved adding an additional 32.5 jobs to the 1995-96 budget in a meeting Monday night.
Comal ISD is anticipating a IO percent increase in student enrollment on the West side of the district and a 5 percent increase on the East side.
Caroline Wemli, Director of Person lei, said she was requesting additional staff “as we envision our needs” to serve the increased number of students.
“There’s some very significant needs at the campus level as well as at the administrative level,” said Wemli.
Administrators compiled a list of additional staff members needed in the district. However, the needs were limited by the lack of space and limited financial resources. Of the 69.5 addi-
School board also approves emergency repairs of flood damage
tional staff needed, only 32.5 were requested. The largest request was for nine additional secondary teachers. This did not include the 20 teachers approved by the board of trustees in January, said Wemli.
“If we had he space, we would have requested more, but we were limited in what we could ask for,” she said.
Wemli said the cumulative additional staff for 1995-96 of 52.5 would cost the district approximately $1.5 million.
The board approved the request, which has already been added to the proposed budget.
In other xiard business, the board declared an mergency for the Central Administration Building. The building received extensive water dam
age during heavy rains two weeks ago. The water leaked into the building because the construction of the new roof was not complete, said Maintenance Director Roy Linnartz.
Linnartz said the damage was in the neighborhood of $30,000, not including the ceiling tile and carpet, which the insurance company is privately contracting.
The expenses paid by CISD will be reimbursed by the general contractor’s insurance company. However, when nonbudgeted hinds are spent for emergency repairs or when funds for emergency repairs exceed the bid requirement limit, State law requires the district to declare an emergency. This notifies the public that nonbudgeted funds were spent, said Linnartz.
‘lf we had the space, we would have requested more, but we were limited in what we could ask for.’
— Caroline Wemli. director of personnel
“If anyone hasn’t been down there to the main office, it really is a disaster area,” said board member Lee Ikels.
The repairs should be completed within 15 days. The new roof has already been completed and Saturday’s rains did not cause any additional damage.
“I went down there first thing Sunray and checked to make sure everything was okay,” Linnartz said.
Search turns up missing teen-ager
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A harrowing day on the Guadalupe River had a happy ending for Brooke McLeod — thanks to her resourcefulness, the help of strangers, and cooperation between several law enforcement agencies.
The 15-year-old girl went to the Guadalupe River State park Sunday for an outing with her family, Comal County Sheriffs Department Lieutenant Sumner Bowen said.
McLeod’s parents notified a park ranger that she was missing at about 5 p.m., Bowen said. A sheriffs deputy helped the park ranger search for two hours.
With darkness approaching the search effort kicked into high gear, Bowen said. “We notified the fire marshal and local fire departments for manpower to help,” he said. “We sent a number of deputies to the location plus Baptist AirLife was asked to send up a helicopter.”
“We were obviously concerned about foul play,” Bowen said. “We were concerned that she was in the water.”
A number of Comal Volunteers and Texas Department of Public Safety patrolmen joined the search, Bowen said. Two helicopters equipped with infrared imaging for night vision were brought, one from TxDPS and one from United States Customs, he said.
Meanwhile McLeod had taken a swim on the Guadalupe River in an inner tube. A strong swimmer who competes in the Special Olympics, “she made it all the way to Specht’s Crossing with only bruises on her legs from the rapids,” Bowen said, “two hours down the river."
McLeod found a young man fishing on the river and asked if he could take her back to the park. He said “No, but I can take you to some people who can take you there,” Bowen said.
The young man drove her to a home, where Cynthia Coonrod of Spring Branch agreed to drive McLeod back to the park. McLeod got to the park entrance at about 9:30 p.m., Bowen said, where deputies were waiting.
“She was in good shape and very confident and very responsible in the problem and handled herself well,” Bowen said.
Despite efforts, river cliffs still a concern
By DENISE DZIUK
The death of a young man jumping from a cliff above the Guadalupe River on Saturday occurred at a location many call a problem area.
Steve Barnwell,22, of Alvin, Texas, died Saturday when he jumped from the Preiss Heights cliffs. Barnwell's was the first accident reported to the police this summer at the cliffs. However, it will probably not be the last, said Lt. Sumner Bowen, Executive Officer for the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
“We have several people jump from there each year, and there’s been a number of attempts to rectify the problem up there," he said. “This thing is a nightmare and it’s frustrating. It’s frustrating because these accidents are preventable.”
The land belongs to the city of Seguin, and people on the cliffs are trespassing. There has been barbed wire put up around the area and signs are posted saying 'no trespassing.' However, this does not stop people
from entering the area, said Bowen.
“In one weekend, we arrested around 35 people for trespassing about three or four years ago, but every weekend is bad,” said Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz.
Bowen said the sheriff s department and the Water Oriented Recreation District have invested funds into trying to prevent people from jumping. The sheriffs department has an officer stationed at the cliffs. The officer is scheduled to be on duty during the time the area will have a peak crowd. Bowen said Saturday’s incident happened about 30 minutes before the officer was scheduled to be on duty.
“All we’re doing is taking our limited resources and stretching them as far as possible. We don’t have the resources to be present at all times to stop a potential problem," said Bowen.
The Seguin Police Department was contacted regarding the incident. Any additional prevention measures may have to come from Seguin, said Bowen. •
Businesses see biggest tourist crowds in years
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Chalk up another good tourist weekend, local business owners said. “We’ve had the best crowds in many years,” New Braunfels Resorts owner Rusty Brandt said. “Since Memorial Day weekends have been very good.”
New Braunfels Resort’s numbers reflect the close link between the Guadalupe River and tourist dollars flowing into the local economy. “Probably 90 percent of our guests are coming either to use the river, Schlitterbahn or both,” Brandt said.
The Holiday Inn was full to the gills last weekend — not one of the 140 rooms was vacant Friday or Saturday night, Holiday Inn manager David Hahn said. The Holiday Inn’s occupancy for the whole year is down a bit from last year, “but May was up and I expect June will be also,” Hahn said.
“This was our busiest early June weekend we’ve ever had,” Schlitterbahn Public Relations Director Sherrie Brammal! said. Beside the individual tourists and family groups, Schlitteibahn played host to the Chris
tian Music Fest and three or four large company parties, Brammall said. The kick-off for Girl Scout Week was a factor too, she said.
“There was great weather last weekend,” Brammall said. “When the river’s running well, it’s good for everybody.”
The business owner’s dream can be law enforcement’s nightmare. The drowning at Preiss Heights occupied police for most of Saturday, New Braunfels Police Department Administrative Sergeant John McEachem said. “This weekend wasn’t anything other than a good, average weekend,” McEachem said.
“It was a fairly calm weekend,” Comal County Sheriffs Department Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz said. Arrests are down from last year, Hoherz said “I won’t call it docile, but I don’t think our numbers are up as high as they were last year,” he said.
Tragically, at least two drownings a year occur at Preiss Heights, Hoherz said.
Finding the manpower to deal with those summer tourist can pose a challenge for area businesses and law enforcement. Right now Schlitteibahn
employs over 1,300 people, Schlitterbahn Director of Marketing Rick Faber said. "By the peak season in a few weeks we’ll probably be up over 1,400,” he said.
“We can still use people; we’re still hiring,” Brammall said. Schlitteibahn still has positions open in all areas: lifeguards, food service and the gift shops, Brammall said.
Manpower needs take a huge jump for the NBPD when the tourist season starts, McEachem said. Working overtime during the summer months goes with the job of a New Braunfels police officer, he said. Police patrols jump from two officers at six hours a day in early March to between 80 and IOO officer hours on a weekend like this past one, McEachern said. “Memorial Day weekend was ISO hours,” he said.
“The only way we have of accommodating all the activities is on a overtime basis,” McEachem said. Officers bum out on the long hours by the end of the summer, he said. “It’s on a volunteer basis, but later in the season we get to a place where we have to order people to work,” he said.
Parents need to monitor what their kids read on the Internet. See Page 4A.New Braunfels
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