New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Driver indicted for fatal rollover
By Ron Maloney
A former New Braunfels resident faces an intoxicated manslaughter charge in connection with a rollover accident in January.
Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Harold Chilson, 43, was indicted by a grand jury
All tubed up
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
The Infrastructure/ Improvement Corporation will have to replace two members, one of them its chairwoman.
thing else, she said.
“Something had to go,” she said. “As much as I enjoyed the 4B Board, to do it right takes a fair amount of time. And I didn’t want to do it halfway. It’s been fun and challenging, especially since
Intoxicated manslaughter is a second-degree felony punishable by two to 20 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Thomas suffered head injuries in the Jan. 26 crash on East Common Street. Police Lt. John Wommack said police believed Chilson, who was driving the car, was speeding.
Chilson’s 1992 Ford Probe reportedly struck a curb on the north side of Common Street and flipped onto its top before going through a garden, across Ridgecrest and into another curb. The car was catapulted into the air and came to., rest on its top, Wommack said.
Thomas died instantly. Chilson was pulled horn the vehicle and flown to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was treated for a broken neck.
Wommack said blood tests taken at University Hospital showed Chilson had a .18 percent blood-alcohol level — more than double the legal limit of .08 percent.
Chilson reportedly moved to the Pennsylvania area.
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Where in Texas is Chuck George? KPRC-TV Houston’s daybreak meteorologist George is at Schlitterbahn, preparing for a live broadcast from the Boogie-Bahn and other rides this morning. The Houston meteorologist has been traveling the state to broadcast live from various intriguing Texas sites. Viewers voted on the final destination and George said Schlitterbahn was “far and away the No. 1 choice.” After visiting places such as the Bob Bullock History Museum, Ripley’s Believe or Not and House of Wax and Sea Turtle, Inc., in South Padre, George said he was “most looking forward to the Boogie-Bahn.”
Texas 46 backlog blamed on traffic light
By Amy Clarkson
The New Braunfels office of the Texas Department of Transportation fielded calls Thursday morning from slow-moving commuters on Texas 46.
Drivers on the state highway grew frustrated and
Canyon High School Principal Bob Wiegand (left) is reunited with college classmate and Canyon graduate Leroy Hardy Thursday.
annoyed at the delay caused by a traffic fight malfunction near Oak Run School.
“We received 19 calls so far,” said Michelle Kopp, assistant area engineer at the New Braunfels office. ‘We have this problem every time there is a foggy mom-mg.
Early morning fog appar
ently causes the traffic light to malfunction, Kopp said. The fight cycles through each of its signals — regardless of whether a car is there.
The office plans to send members of its signal crew to view the problems firsthand for the next few days.
Thursday morning was not the first time the office had
dealt with the problem.
“We have this problem every time there’s a fog,” she said. ‘We’re not sure why — it’s probably something with the camera and the software. But the contractor that installed the fight has been notified. We’ve told him that we expect the company to See BACKLOG/5A
to the city this week, tendering their resig-nations from the 4B board, named for its enabling legislation.
Brockman resigned because he took a position with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce as its director of economic development.
“In an effort to prevent any question about a conflict of interest, I feel it necessary to act on this request expeditiously,” Brockman wrote. “It has been my pleasure to serve on this board .... I wish each of you much success as you continue in your service of the city and citizens of New Braunfels.”
McDonell, who owns Treefrog Ed in New Braunfels, said personal and professional obligations led her to resign. She plans to open a second store selling children’s educational toys in San Antonio’s Alamo Heights in August.
“This opportunity just fell in our laps,” she said. “We probably wouldn’t ifave chosen to do it at this time, but it was an opportunity we couldn’t pass up. So that’s going to keep us very busy over the summer.”
McDonell also will kick off the entrepreneurial program aimed at disadvantaged middle school students as part of the Westside Community Center this summer.
The two projects, along with caring for ailing parents, leave little time for any-
ivicuonen oversaw meetings in which the 4B board allocated funds for city and community projects.
Most recently, the board agreed to borrow $10 million in certificates of obligation on behalf of the city for streets and drainage improvements. The 4B board agreed to pay up to $1.1 million annually to pay off the certificates of obligation.
‘It’s a great group of people,” McDonell said. “And I wish them the best. I hope they get some good people to replace Rusty Brockman and me. It’s a great board, and it does a great service to the community.”
The city will start accepting applications for the two vacancies on the 4B board immediately. Applications will be accepted for the next 30 days. The council can choose replacements as early as its June ll meeting, City Manager Mike Shands said.
Council members have the choice to interview prospective board members for the 4B Board, but previous councils have chosen not to do so, Shands said.
“The two of them will clearly be missed,” he said. “They are very dedicated and very concerned about the community. They have served the board and the city well. Their expertise and experience on the board will be missed, but it is a strong board and it remains a strong board.”
Vice President Bill Morton will represent the 4B Board at Monday’s city council presentation, recommending expenditures for the 4B board.
CHS outstanding grads reflect on life’s lessons
By Martin Malacara
Dictionaries define it as having an aptitude for making desirable discoveries by accident.
Kevin Eyres and Leroy Hardy are two individuals who can attest to the word’s meaning.
Tl^ese two Canyon High School graduates discovered their own personal
touchstones, setting off a chain reaction of experiences that resulted in worlds far removed from New Braunfels.
Yet, neither could forget fife’s lessons learned at CHS.
Both men returned home as two of Comal Independent School District’s 2001 Outstanding Graduates. They received the honor Thursday at a special ceremony.
For Eyres, his serendipitous moment
came during a track race his sophomore year. He managed to briefly overtake a senior. In his astonishment, Eyres gave up the lead and the senior managed to win the race.
Eyres’ coach, David Simmons, gave him some advice that instilled the necessary confidence to last throughout his fife.
“He told me to take two words and reverse them,” Eyres said.
CL water supplier’s plans tied to GBRA permit
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners proved Thursday that the county’s new water availability subdivision rules are not a rubber stamp process.
Commissioners voted to accept certification that the Canyon Lake Wafjer Supply Corporation, the county’s second largest water purveyor,
has enough water to support development in its service area.
Under the county’s new subdivision rules, developers must show that water exists to serve new projects that require platting. In
areas served by utilities such as CLWSC or New Braunfels Utilities, the utility must show it has capacity to meet its needs for 20 years.
That certification must be updated every three years by utilities serving more than 1,000 connections. NEU submitted its report two months ago.
Certification for CLWSC came Thursday after an hour and a half of discussion.
Mentioned in the discussion was the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission decision Wednesday to delay action on a permit amendment application by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority.
If approved, that permit could provide an additional 2,000-acre feet per year of water to CLWSC.
The delay and the implications for Canyon Lake resi
dents if the GBRA does not get the permit were of concern to county commissioners.
Another concern was recognition of the importance of the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District.
What became clear Thursday was that CLWSC and county officials have reached a level of understanding that See WATER/3AInside
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