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Vol. 148, No. 153 12 pages in I section
June 15, 1999
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50 centsComal judge lifts bum ban; aerial fireworks still prohibited
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Weekend thunderstorms delivered a temporary reprieve for county residents needing to bum brush this week.
On Monday, County Judge Danny Scheel lifted the bum ban he ordered this past Thursday because of drought conditions in the county.
“We’ve had a nice rain, but there are still some places that look a little dry in the county,” Scheel said.
Scheel said county residents should take
advantage of the window of opportunity to bum accumulated brush. He said commissioners’ court likely would review drought conditions every Thursday at regular meetings and could reinstate the bum ban at any time.
County Fire Marshal Lin Manford said he consulted with officials from the Texas Forest Service and made calls to determine rainfall levels in various areas in the county before recommending the bum ban be lifted.
He said weekend rainfall varied from
‘We had a nice min, but there are still some places that look a little dry in the county” County Judge Denny Scheel
about .5 inch in New Braunfels to 1.5 inches in Spring Branch and almost 3 inches in Garden Ridge.
‘We got some moisture that gave us some relief for a while,” Manford said.
Fourth of July aerial fireworks still are subject to a ban approved by commissioners this past week.
“The (lifting of) the bum ban has nothing to do with the fireworks ban,” Scheel said. “If it rains 2 inches on July 2, we’ll be glad to take of the fireworks ban. But until it does, the fireworks ban is still in place.” The ban on aerial fireworks prohibits the use of pyrotechnics that contain fins, rodders or sticks and can become airborne,
officials said. Bottle rockets and missile-type fireworks are banned, but firecrackers, sparklers, Roman candles and pedestal-based fireworks that shoot colored comets into the air are allowed under the ban. officials said.
Residents wishing to perform a controlled bum should contact the sheriff's dispatch at 620-3400 so area fire departments could monitor the bums, officials said.
Fireworks and outdoor burning are illegal inside New Braunfels city limits.
Council makes proposals for river funds
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
More trash cans and park rangers could become features along the riverbanks in New Braunfels — if the city’s parks and recreation department follows council’s recommendations.
Council approved Monday a list of several ways the city could spend $20,000 earmarked for river cleanup. The list will be forwarded to Iris Neffendorf, die parks and recreation department director, who will decide how the money will be spent.
In other action, council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would effectively eliminate new construction of gas stations in the western part of the city.
District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson started discussion on river cleanup by presenting council with her ideas on spending the $20,000.
"This is just an idea," she stressed, asking for input.
Watson’s plan included money for IO new trash cans and park rangers who would focus on cleaning the river. These rangers would work from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Sunday for the rest of the summer.
If possible, rangers could be interns from a local university and receive college credit for work, Watson said.
She suggested the rangers be given radios to communicate with lavs enforcement as well as kayaks to traverse the rivers.
District 2 councilman Larry Alexander argued the city didn’t need to spend any more money on patrolling the river, as council budgeted $41,000 specifically for this.
Alexander initially made the motion to amend the city’s budget to include the $20,000 specifically for river cleanup.
New Braunfels City Council j took the following actions Monday night:
■ Approved second reading of an ordinance expanding the city of New Braunfels’ | extraterritorial jurisdiction to
I include property along Farm- ! I to-Market Road 1863 and | 3009.
■ Approved second reading of an ordinance lowenng the speed limit on Business 35 from mile post 0 southerly to Hidalgo Avenue from 45 to 40 mph.
■ Appointed John T. Dierksen, James H. Dunks and Cameron Bradfute to the planning commission for terms ending May 31. 2002
■ Appointed Edward E. Kirkham Jr. and Jim Biedermann as regular members and Joel D. Guajardo
I and David Hochanadel as ; alternate members to the , zoning board of adjustment for terms ending May 31,
2001, and Thomas C.
Johnson as an alternate member for a term ending May 31. 2000.
■ Appointed Betty
I Martinez to the Housing I Authority Board of | Commissioners.
■ Appointed Matt Kyle to I Building Standaids
■ Approved the first read-i ing of an ordinance extending the number of days New Braunfels Utilities Customers have to pay their billsTejano Democrats form NB chapter
By Chris Crews
A new group created to promote political awareness among the Hispanic community will have its organizational meeting in New Braunfels Wednesday night.
Randy Galindo, one of the organizers of the New Braunfels chapter, said the group had about 6,000 members statewide with the highest concentration in Houston, Dallas and Austin.
“There are chapters opening up virtually every week. By the
end of next year, it* going to be really big,” Galindo said.
One of the most influential legislators in the state, Sen. Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin), is the state chairman for Tejano Democrats.
Barrientos is slated to attend the meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Landa House
in Landa Park.
Galindo said Hispanics in New Braunfels had very low rates of voter registration and voter turnout as well as limited political influence in the community.
“We want to get people involved in the schools and the condition of the streets and other areas of common interest to the community,” Galindo said.
Galindo said die meeting was open to everyone but was geared toward issues involving the Hispanic community.
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SA man drowns in lake
From staff reports
A 33-year-old San Antonio man drowned in Canyon Lake Saturday.
Pete Sosa became Comal County’s first drowning victim of the year during a family outing at Fort Sam Houston recreation facility.
Family members told officers Sosa was playing football in the lake when he went to retrieve a ball that had been overthrown.
Witnesses said Sosa flailed in the water while retrieving the bail, but they believed he was playing a dick and did not respond immediately.
Officials said two of Sosa’s brothers pulled him from the water.
Shenff’s dispatch received the call reporting the incident at 5:14 p.m. C anyon Lake Fire/EMS also was dispatched and performed resuscitation efforts on Sosa.
An EMS unit transported Sosa to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was pronounced dead at 6:20 p.m.
Family members reported Sosa had only two hours of sleep the previous night and had been dnnking most of the day.
Stars and stripes
Above: Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1791 member Jack Sanders bums the non-serviceable American flags during a Flag Day ceremony on Monday. Below: Boy Scout Troop 757 member Jozeph Grubbs carries the American flag during the Elks Lodge No. 2279 patriotic ceremony on Sunday.
Elks, Knights flay homage to Star-Spangled Banner
By CHRISTINA Mmor Staff Writer
With speeches, celebrations, programs and flames, New Braunfels residents and organizations commemorated Flag Day on Sunday and Monday.
New Braunfels Elks Lodge No. 2279 had a patriotic ceremony on Sunday with Elk member Martin Steger of Seguin as the guest speaker. The Boys Scouts of America troops 757 and 320 helped in posting and retiring the colors. The IO beys also led the pledge of alle
“This is our third year to do this,” said Bums Cleland, scoutmaster for Troop 757.
For most of the boys, this was their first Flag Day ceremony.
“I tike it here better than any other place,” Jonah Grubbs said
Flag bearer for the ceremony was Jozeph Grubbs.
“I liked coming to this,” he said.
Bill Stove, exalted ruler of the Elks,