New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
* FRIDAY March 14, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 104 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Deputies to continue work at Canyon Lake parks
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
CANYON LAKE — Comal County and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Thursday renewed a nearly two decades old agreement to provide law enforcement in Canyon Lake campgrounds and parks.
During the summer
months, the Corps of Engineers augments the rangers who operate and patrol the parks around Canyon Lake with reserve sheriff’s deputies.
The deputies work during peak park-use periods, enforcing state laws, park rules and local ordinances.
Corps of Engineers Lake
Manager Jerry Brite presented the newest draft of the agreement to commissioners.
“This is the 19th year we have had this program,” Brite said. ‘It’s a cooperative agreement between the United States of America and Comal County for the provision of additional law enforcement
Grant would help CL fire department meet mandate
By Ron Maloney
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS is looking for money to enable the agency to report medical aid calls to the Tbxas Department of Health.
Fire Chief Shawn Wherry went to Commissioners’ Court Thursday asking for a resolution supporting his department as it seeks a $29,900 grant. The money would be used for computers and related equipment that would enable the department to comply with state reporting requirements.
Previously, fire departments were only required to
report to the state calls involving trauma. The 77th Texas Legislature in 2001 passed law requiring that all calls for emergency medical service be reported.
“It’s almost ironic, but Texas has never known how many EMS calls they have in the state,” Wherry said.
Canyon Lake Fire/EMS answers about 2,000 calls each year for medical aid in its 250 square mile area, which encompasses about 20,000 residents around the lake in the northern reaches of the county.
Between 30 and 40 percentSee GRANT/7 A
Brite said the Corps was contracting for between 1,446 and 2,078 hours of service between April 4 and Sept. 28.
Under the contract, the maximum the Corps would spend is $48,292.72.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Richard
Bennie said the contract would pay the county $23.24 for each hour worked by the reservists — which includes $7 per hour for a patrol car assigned to each deputy.
“It provides some extra manpower for the Corps of Engineers in their parks and helps us by paying for extra
personnel in those areas,” Bennie said.
Regular deputies are heed up to work the roads and river, Bennie said.
“This gives us the extra personnel we need in the summertime, and doesn’t cost the county anything for the manpower,” Bennie said.
At a glance
To find out if you have an outstanding Comal County warrant, call 620-3411.
From Canyon Lake, call 885-4883.
To find out if you have an outstanding New Braunfels traffic warrant, call 608-2145.
Regional ‘roundup’ clears up old warrants
By Ron Maloney
Local law enforcement officials report great success with the weeklong, region-wide war-rants roundup completed this past Sunday.
The New Braunfels Police Depa rt-ment and Comal County Sheriff’s
Office were two of dozens of law enforcement agencies between Round Rock and San Antonio that participated in a roundup in the Interstate 35 corridor.
Locally, more than 200 outstanding or unpaid traffic warrants were paid off, and dozens of arrests were made of suspects who had either failed to appear in court to answer charges, or had failed to abide by previous payment agreements.
Sheriff’s Sgt. Max Worn mack commands the county’s Warrants Division. He periodically conducts local warrant sweeps with the help of reserve deputies and constables Ben Scroggin and Randy Galindo.
This is the first time his office has participated in such a large, weeklong effort involving so many agencies.
“Going into it, we weren’t sure how it would work, but it went really well. Including the ones who responded to media attention and came in to pay their fines voluntarily, we cleared 99 warrants,” Wommack said.
Nearly half (47) were cleared by arrests, and 14 individuals went to jail, Wommack said.
“The whole objective was to get people to alme in and pay their fines rather than us having to go and arrest them. I think we saw a pretty good success rate,” Wommack said.
“I think this was a good joint effort. I’d
Rail depot earns historic designation
By Dylan Jim£nez Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commission approved the designation of The Railroad Depot as a historic site Thursday — the first step in protecting the structure.
The depot is located on land owned by Union Pacific though the building is owned by the city and leased to the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers Society.
Don Offerman, landmark commissioner, said the designation is several years in the making.
He said the NBHRMS wants to protect the property from being demolished or
“They have fears that the railroad is going to come in,” Offerman said, and they would like to make the public more aware of (the depot’s) historical significance. So hopefully, if the railroad tries to come in and do something with the railroad depot, at least someone might give it some thought before they demolished it.”
The railroad museum currently has no property rights to the building.
International and Great Northern Railroad laid the track on the property in Nov. 1880, and a depot was built in 1885. The present depot was built in 1907 to accommodate increased rail traffic.
In 1984 Union Pacific gave the building to the city but the railroad maintained ownership of the land.
The railroad wanted to relinquish any liability issues with the old structure.
At the time, several ideas spread about how to use the building, it was even suggested it be turned into a McDonald’s restaurant.
It became a museum of railroad history in 1986 to be run by the newly chartered NBHRMS. The railroad society is now restoring the building and trying to protect its future by applying for city designation.See DEPOT/7A
The Dads Club
Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Susan and Brian Dickens (left) and their daughter, Ashley, (far right) visit with neighbor Lorraine C. Jankins and her sons, Brandon and Blake, while waiting for parents to drop off cans for recycling. Brian Dickens says he and other members of the M.H. Specht Elementary Dads Club hope to use the money they raise to provide the newly built school with park benches, a walking trail and other simple extras the school does not yet have. More than that, Dickens says, “It’s to get people involved.”
Informal group helps elementary school
By Sean Bowlin
In today’s both parents must work, multitasking world, there’s a group of men who decided it would be a good idea to show they can help their kids — and their children’s school, too.
They call themselves the Specht Elementary School Dads Club.
And Specht Elementary Vice Principal Sean Maika is glad the fathers are lending a hand.
“They’re wonderful,” Maika said. ‘They’re always willing to do anything we need them to do.”
Things like building a playground.
“Because we’re out in the Hill Country and we don’t have a lot of level ground, we don’t have a lot of field
area for kids to run and throw footballs and things like that,” said Maika. “We have a playground area, which is somewhat O.K. The dads talked to CPS and Cemtex homes and they found some fill dirt for free. So they’re building us a playground area.
“They’ve done library nights; they’ve done skating nights. They’re just really active and they want to do it. It’s neat to see dads doing it.”
Maika admitted that often it’s the mothers who are most involved in support groups such as the FTA. But to see dads who are involved with their education, extracurricular fun and helping the school get excited is rarer.
Social Studies teacher George Barrera drops off a few more pounds of cans as Brian Dickens, his wife, Susan, and daughter, Ashley, prepare to wrap up the can drive for another week. This is the second collection for the Dads Club. The first, says Dickens, netted them a little more than 100 pounds.