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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY 2001 12 pages in 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG 104 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Street plan goes back to 4B board FROM STAFF REPORTS The New Braunfels City Council sent a proposal to tackle six street and drainage projects with certifi cates of obligation back to the draw ing board on The citys 4B board of which oversees a portion of the citys sales tax had pro posed to set aside up to million of its revenues annually to pay back the debt on up to million in certificates of The pro jects proposed for funding with the certificates of obligation are Wright Hill Drive Walnut Avenue reconstruction Comal Avenue storm drainage and recon struction Gruene Road storm drainage and reconstruction Coun ty Line Road extension and Landa Street Drainage The discussion about the propos al endured for hours during Mon days council Late Mon day Council voted unani with Mayor Stoney Williams to send the proposal back to the 4B The group was asked to get more finan cial information from the con sider a counter funding proposal by Councilman Robert reexamine the projects and funding See Other Action Items In other action City Council gave second approval to an ordinance implementing a wristband program on local rivers gave second approval to an ordi nance establishing a permanent hotel occupancy tax committee gave first approval to an ordi nance designating a noparking zone on Lincoln establishing a parkingbypermitzone on Lincoln Washington Avenue and Cross River Street and creating a water recreation shuttle loading zone on Lincoln Street and Union Avenue gave final approval to an ordi nance creating a standing river activ ities committee and gave final approval to an ordi nance establishing a water recre ation shuttle permit fee that is based on seating capacity and setting addi tional shuttle safety Comal population up 50 Census figures reveal what many akeady knew County growing BY Jo LEE FERGUSON AND RON MALONEY Staff Writers The Comal County Cen sus results held little sur prise for local officials when they were released Comal Countys popula tion grew from to between the 1990 Census and 2000 With a percent increase in Comal County fell just out side the states 10 fastest growing Bastrop County ranked at number 10 with a percent from to Collin County McK inney county seat topped the list with an percent population from to The census is conducted every 10 Census wprkersfanned outacross America in early 2000 to count as many people as The Census Bureau began releasing Census figures only after officials decided not to adjust the count based on esti mates of undercounted pop including Hispanic people and Local officials had pre dicted Comal Countys growth rate fairly accurate For a few Comal County Judge Danny Scheel has been using a projected figure of for county Late this past the county began planning for redistricting based on the 2000 Im not surprised at the number of people or the rate of Scheel said Mon day and I cer Traffic around New Braunfels testifies to the percent growth in Comal Countys pop ulation between the 1990 Census and the 2000 Texas has million tainly dont foresee any slow ing down in the Scheel said Comal County government had been work ing to meet the challenges this kind of growth 1 think the growth makes it much more important that we try to manage our nat ural resources as weve tried to he 1 think the public and the county will be very satisfied with the steps weve The prediction is we should have people by about With this rate of I think thats probably going to be pretty Census figures for New Braunfels were not imme diately available The Census Bureaus Web site shows that New Braun fels population count in 1990 was If that number reflects that percent growth of the entire New Braunfels pop ulation would be about But Shands used earlier estimates from the Census to show that the city might not break the lation This past the Census Bureau estimated that the countys population was and the citys population was not quite a 50 percent Shands If that differ ence persists in the final Census New Braunfels will not break the Shands New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams Fifty See Fastest Growing Counties County Collin Williamson Rockwall Bandera Kendall Montgomery Denton Fort Bend Hartley Bastrop Comal 2000 1990 PercentChg Source Associated Press 50 40 30 20 10 Growth Percentage Difference 1990 CENSUS2000 CENSUS Comal Guadalupe Hays Blanco Bexar Meningitis strikes two SV soccer players BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY pair of 16yearold Smithson Valley High School students were hospitalized this past weekend with an illness believed to be bacterial Comal Independent School District Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison said the a junior and a sophomore who are members of the schools varsity soccer are being treated in the intensive care units of San Antonio CISD and Comal County public health officials have not released the the Dorothy Comal County health author said one of the boys was ill Friday night at the High School soccer The other became ill In school district and county officials mount ed a major effort this past weekend to begin antibiotic treatments for close friends and family of the two That included soccer team mates and members of the CHS soccer Overman One of the two students known to be affected has sep an infection of the with menigic occus The other shows evidence of the bacte ria in the spinal Over man Diane Ritter of the Texas Department of Heath said Monday afternoon that both cases were considered possible rather than con firmed meningitis pending the outcome of labo ratory which could be completed today or Wednes Chip TDH regional director for San Antonio said there is no indi cation so far that the SVHS cases are linked to recent ones in San Schertz or Riggins also said there is no increased risk to students in a classroom JUSTIN David Smithson Valley High School head cus disinfects a water fountain Jo prevent the possible spread of About It What Neisseria Meningitis is the bacteria that causes spinal It is very and is car ried in the mouth and It can be spread by Risk Spinal meningitis can be fatal if not treated promptly with In it can cause nerve or brain damage including loss of speech or intelligence or Symptoms Severe body Anyone who might have had contact with an infected person should contact a physician Prevention measures thorough hand Do not share uten drinks or Do not kiss someone who is or might be Avoid overcrowded con You dont get it just from being in the same he Hutchison said Monday afternoon that the sophomore was doing well and respond ing very well to The the was more seriously ill but report edly was showing signs of See Accidental bombing during training exercise kills 5 BY ROBERT BURNS AP Military Writer WASHINGTON AP A Navy jet accidentally a bomb on military personnel during a training exercise Monday at a bombing range in northern killing at least five including four Americans and one New Pentagon officials Details were sketchy and there was confusion among Pentagon offi cials over the number of Officials initially said it was five but then raised the figure to six before going back to Two of the Americans killed were from the Army and two were from the Air said one speaking on condition of Brett a consul at the New Zealand Embassy in Saudi told The Associated Press that a New Zealander was killed in the Ahmed alRahmani of the Kuwait Defense Ministry told TV that six people were killed and some of those injured were in critical He did not A short time later some Pentagon officials who had previously report ed six fatalities said the correct num ber was There was no official Pentagon announcement of the accident or the number killed and Officials gathering details would discuss the matter only on condition of anonymi One Pentagon official said an esti mated 10 people were A sec ond official said no civilians were President traveling in Pana ma Im reminded today of how dangerous service can We lost some servicemen today in Kuwait in a training I hope youll join me in moment of silence for those soldiers and their God The accident happened at the Udairi bombing range in about 28 miles from the Iraqi INSIDE Key Code 76 ;