New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 152* No. IOOServing New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Skeletal remains found
Believed to be 52-year-old woman missing since last July
Guadalupe River cleanup delay won’t impact start of tourism season
By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer
Inclement weather and the increased river flows now under way will delay the Guadalupe River cleanup effort by up to two weeks, but shouldn’t affect the start of the tourism season.
Lee Wiederhold, project en-gineer with the Natural Resource Conservation Service, which is overseeing the cleanup, told Comal County commissioners Thursday that contractor Regency Construction of America, LLC, of Slidell, La., is running about IO days behind its schedule.
The NRCS, a division of the U.S. Depart ment of Agriculture, is the same agency that oversaw cleanup of debris after the 1998 flood.
The job is behind, Wiederhold told the court, because of high water caused by water releases of 3,200 cubic feet-per-second from Canyon reservoir conducted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Feb. 14-19 — and a sec
ond one started this past Monday.
Saturday, water was being released at 3,500 cfs.
Wiederhold said eight or IO days of rain and two days of ice had also slowed the work.
This past week, a work crew moved into the Sleepy Hollow area of New Braunfels, and was moving debris out of there, Wiederhold said.
County Judge Danny Scheel asked about the debris piled along the river just outside Loop 337.
“That pile has been there since the flood,” the county judge said.
County Engineer Tom Hornseth said the pile was outside the area Regency is contracted to clean, therefore the contractor would not pick it up.
“It makes me sick every time I see it,” Scheel said. “Ibm, I don’t care if we have to get our own crew in there, let’s get it cleaned up.”
Hornseth assured the judge the area would be dealt with.
4B Board to recommend hiring consulting firm
By Dylan Jmenez
The New Braunfels Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation Board of Directors will recommend Monday night that city council hire TIP Strategies Inc. to help draw Tbyota suppliers to the city.
For $60,000 the consultant firm will develop a five-step plan to identify Ibyota suppliers, match suppliers’ needs with the city’s ability to fulfill those needs and bring those industries here.
At Monday's regular meeting council will also hear a staff report used to determine possible racial profiling. This is mandated by the state for all law enforcement agencies.
According to the report, NBPD records indicate that there “is not any clear indica
tion” of racial profiling by local peace officers.
Mayor Adam Cork will present an item that would require that all city committees be limited in life and reviewed periodically. City ordinance currently does not regulate the duration of committees.
District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick will argue to add stipulations to tax abatements used to draw businesses to the city. Since the city offers tax abatements in exchange for the creation of local jobs, Kendrick wants to ensure those jobs are given to New Braunfels residents.
Some officials are concerned this would handicap economic development at a time when the city has recently lost several hundred jobs.
By Ron Maloney
Comal County officials have tentatively identified scattered skeletal remains found north of New Braunfels Saturday afternoon as those of a 52-year-old woman believed missing since this past July.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Ward said an area resident riding horseback just before 4 p.m. Saturday found the remains beneath a cedar tree just off the intersection of Bretzke Lane and Mountain Laurel Drive.
Ward believes they belong to Cheryl Jennings Saur, whose family reported her missing this past fall. The remains were near the southwest corner of Saur’s property about 200 yards from her home.
“What we have here today is a resident has located what appear to be human skeletal remains. Right now, it appears they have been there for some time,” Ward said.
Found with the bones were tennis shoes, a rain jacket and other articles of clothing.
Keys found in a pocket matched a lock on the Saur property when Ward and County Judge Danny Scheel investigated Saturday evening.
“By the overview of this scene, there doesn’t appear to be any foul play,” Ward said.
Scheel ordered an autopsy*
“We’re going to send the remains to the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office to determine if there are any signs of trauma, and we will obtain records to confirm if these remains are those of the person who is missing from this area,” Ward said.
Back in the fall, family members reported Saur missing, saying they hadn’tSee REMAINS/8A
Above, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel fills out paperwork on the skeletal remains found Saturday afternoon near Bretzke Lane and Mountain Laurel Drive. At left, Comal County Sgt. Tommy Ward (left) and . Detective Mike Weddel collect the remains and effects of the body.
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D-3 incumbent Flume seeks second term
By Ron Maloney
District 3 City Council member Debbie Flume announced Friday she is running for re-election.
Flume, who in 2002 said she expected not to seek a second term, changed her mind at the request of constituents who asked her to continue her effort.
“Over the past few weeks, I have received numerous calls from folks thanking me for my work on city council,” Flume said in a two-paragraph press release.
That work included street and
drainage issues, FLUME parks, youth sports, improving behavior on the rivers and the unsuccessful petition for an alcohol ban on the city’s rivers.
Flume has also worked to address the city’s deer population, neighborhood traffic and parking safety issues, fiscal responsibility and more.
“I am thankful that people see I have tried to make a difference and stand up for what I believe benefits all citizens and makes New Braunfels a better place for future generations.” “After giving it much considera-
Kendrick announces D-4 re-election bid
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
District 4 City Council member Robert Kendrick announced Saturday that he has filed for election to a second term.
District 4 includes the northeast part of New Braunfels, with Gruene, the Loop 337/Common Street and River Road areas.
Voter registration cards reveal each registered voter’s district.
So far, only businesswoman Valerie Hull has announced an intention to run for Kendrick’s seat.
The filing deadline is 5 p.m. March 19.
The municipal election is Saturday, May 3.
In a second term,
Kendrick said Sat-urday he wants to 1_CKinolr|. continue to build in KtNUnlGlN. the gains the city has made in his first term.
“My long-term goal is to raise the expectations of the citizens of New Braunfels so we can become a first-class city and attract first-class development and first-class businesses,” Kendrick said.
“We don’t have to accept second best in New Braunfels, and we don’t have to bribe people to come here because there are so many wonderful attributes this city has to make peo-