New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Wednesday, June 27, 2001Local/State
Contact Managing Editoi Margaret Edmonson ai 625-9144 ext. 220.
Dispatch — Top firefighters urge care with fireworks
A 47-year-old San Antonio man sustained serious injury to his hand Saturday afternoon while working on a tractor, a Canyon Lake fire official said.
The man was using an air ratchet to remove a nut from a tractor.
The ratchet broke apart, cutting the man’s wrist through the bone. He was transported by helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio.
►Canyon Lake fires
Canyon Lake fire officials reported two brush fires, one off Farm-to-Market Road 306 and River Chase and another at FM 306 and Mystic Shores, about 3 p.m. Saturday.
Both fires burned about I acre of land.
Spring Branch Fire Department was called in to assist with the Mystic Shores fire.
In another incident about IO p.m. Friday, Canyon Lake Fire/EMS responded to a vehicle fire on FM 306 and Purgatory Road near a convenience store. Fire officials said the brakes on the vehicle caught on fire.
^Crime of the Week
On June 18, someone broke into Fuquay Inc., a construction company in the 4800 block of Old U.S. 81, in Solms.
Taken were a white 2000 Chevrolet van, a red singleaxle PJ brand trailer, a welder, two 4-wheel all-terrain vehicles and miscellaneous power and air tools.
One ATV was a 2001 black and tan Kawasaki, and the other was a red and white 2000 Polaris Trail Boss.
Investigators believe that the items were loaded onto the trailer and driven away by using the van.
The van was recovered the next day, but the rest of the items still are missing.
A vehicle described as a dark colored full size possibly one-ton extended or crew-cab truck was seen in the area around the time of the crime.
Anyone who saw such a vehicle in the area of Fuquay Inc. between 9 p.m. and midnight of June 18, or saw a white Chevrolet van pulling a trailer with the above mentioned items, call the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, at 620-3400. Crime Stoppers will pay a cash reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and grand jury indictment of the people responsible for the commission of this crime. All calls are confidential and the caller will remain anonymous.
CALL 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422.
GUADALUPE-BLANCO RIVER AUTHORITY — board of
directors meeting, 10 a.m. today, Nolte Farms, 2995 Armstrong Lane, Seguin.
NEW BRAUNFELS ETHICS COMMISSION — regular meeting, 5:30 p.m. today, Municipal Building, Conference Room A.
SOUTHEAST TRINITY GROUNDWATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT — regular meeting, 5:45 p.m. today, GVTC Auditorium, 36101 Farm to Market Road 3159, Smithson Valley.
SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL —
Special workshop, 7 p.m. today, Municipal Complex Conference Room, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONER’S COURT — regular meeting, 8:15 a.m. Thursday, commissioners’ courtroom,
Comal County Courthouse NEW BRAUNFELS UTILITIES BOARD OF TRUSTEES — regular meeting, 4:30 p.m., Thursday, NBU Board Room, 263 Main Plaza.
From staff reports
With the Fourth of July holiday just days away, fireworks stands are up and operating in Comal County and elsewhere.
Public safety officials urge caution when it comes to using fireworks — and remind revelers that fireworks are outlawed within New Braunfels and Garden Ridge city limits.
Fireworks currently are not regulated in the county.
New Braunfels Fire Chief Jack Collier encouraged revelers to attend New Braunfels’ city-sponsored celebration and fireworks
show about 9 p.m. July 4 in Landa Park.
“You can't possess fireworks in the city limits. If you purchase them outside the city, you’re in violation of a city ordinance if you bring them back with you,” Collier said.
Bringing fireworks into New Braunfels is a class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of $118.25 up to $500, Collier said.
“Don’t take a chance on a fine or worse, on a kid getting injured,” Collier said. “Things can and do go wrong. Kids every year lose fingers, are blinded and even worse from something
going wrong that they didn’t think was ever going to happen.”
Each year, plenty of fires start with discharged fireworks — especially in drier climates such as Texas.
“People fail to take into account that it is getting dry out there,” Collier said. ‘Vegetation will burn readily”
Garden Ridge Chief of Police Walt Myers said fireworks are totally banned in the city for possession, use or sale of fireworks. Possession is a class C misdemeanor in Garden Ridge punishable by a fine of up to $500.
Play It Safe
Fireworks are illegal in New Braunfels and Garden Ridge. Outside these cities use the following safety measures:
• When shooting fireworks, have a safe place where the vegetation is short and you have a clear area to shoot them off.
• Only adults should discharge fireworks. Children should not do it because it’s too dangerous.
• Aerial fireworks should only be shot into the air, not at someone or a structure.
• Be sure aerial fireworks can drop into a safe zone that doesn’t have a lot of vegetation.
• lf a firework has failed to discharge do not attempt to pick it up. Allow it a reasonable amount of time (a very long time) to burn out.
• Read and obey all safety rules on packaging.
Eight apply for NB planning director job
From staff reports
City Manager Mike Shands hopes to have a replacement for Planning Director Harry Bennett within the next few weeks.
The city’s planning director is responsible for municipal planning, including issuing building permits, overseeing building and restaurant inspectors and planning growth.
Applying for the job are:
• James Stephen Amon. Houston.
Previous experience: Night manager, shipping clerk and employment manager.
Education: Master of business administration, Jones Graduate School of Management and Bachelor of Arts, Rice University.
• G. Reza Golkerford, Houston.
Transportation planner, assistant professor, and planning intern for Houston's Airport Systems; program manager engineer and instructor, Iran Air.
Education: Master of science, transportation management; bachelor of electronics engineering; bachelor of science airway science management; associate aeronautical technology in aviation management; master of science in mathematics.
• Jeanette Honnermann, San Antonio.
Previous experience: Director of community development, city of Leon Valley.
Education: Bachelor of arts, Our Lady of the Lake University.
• Larry A. Koehler, Dallas.
Previous experience: Real estate
and site development, Greenberg Farrow Architecture Development; retail design and construction, AT &
T Wireless; residential and landscape design, Jay Madden Architect, Madden and Ryan Architects.
Education: Bachelor of architecture, University of Houston; master of landscape architecture, Texas A & M University.
• David Hutton. Austin.
Previous experience: Senior planner, city of Cedar Park; land planner, Hutton and Associates; planner, Cunningham-Graves Inc.
Education: Master of science in community and regional planning, The University of Texas, Austin; bachelor of arts in psychology, The University of Texas in Austin.
• Cecil F. Pennington. Austin.
Previous experience: Planning
consultant, local planner and program director at Texas General Land Office; special projects coordinator at Beverly Enterprises Inc.
Education: Bachelor of arts in sociology, Western Maryland College; masters course work in community and regional planning.
• Brian David Smith, Kingwood.
Previous experience: Executive
director, East Montgomery County Improvement District; vice president, Partnership of Southeast Texas; economic development manager, city planner, city of Beaumont.
Education: Masters of urban and regional planning, Texas A & M University; bachelor of science,
Texas A & M University; Economic Development Institute; University of Oklahoma; and certified economic developer from American Economic Development Council.
• Scott J. Sopchak, Tyler.
Previous experience: senior plan-ner/MPO director; city planner; Fort Worth District urban planner; Tyler District Urban Planner; engineering consultant.
Education: Master of public administration, the University of Texas at Tyler; bachelor of science, University of Texas at Tyler; associates of applied science, Southwest Texas State University; Wharton Co. College.
Fifty Rotarians from across the United States gathered Monday night in Landa Park for food and fun. The Rotarians were in New Braunfels as part of the four-day Rotary International convention that began Sunday in San Antonio.
Hispanic chamber of commerce to meet tonight
Members of New Braunfels’ Hispanic community are breathing new life into their chamber of commerce.
The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Braunfels will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Librado’s Mexican Restaurant, 585 W. U.S. 81.
“It’s been around, but it’s been kind of dormant,” chamber member Mike Cruz said.
For information, contact chamber member David Martinez at 625-5546.
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