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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels FRIDAY May 16, 2003 18 pages in 2 sections tmamgm    mmpmmmmtmmm    lo    pages    in    2    SCCHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 156Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsRoad revamp $1 million more than expected By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer The Gruene Road project will coHt $1.2 million more than expected. Still, officials say the project, which has been dis-cusHcd for more than two years, could he under way by January 2004. New Braunfels City Engi neer Mike Short said the; estimate given to city council originally was “quit*; a ways” from the final cost. The project would widen the road and address drainage issues. The road, which in some places is breaking apart in chunks, is highly traveled by tourists visiting the Gruene Historic District,. Program Saturday to honor service members, families By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Saturday, New Braunfels will honor service member* and then* families in a pain-otic festival on Main Plasm. The music ministry of St. John’s Episcopal Church sponsors the Armed Forces Day celebration. Retired Major General Chuck Teeter joins U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, retired astronaut. Charles Duke and other speakers in the two-hour program, which begins at IO a.m. The Plaza will be dosed to traffic. A helicopter flyover bas The scope of the project has changed since the original bond package in 2000, when “the whole* project consisted of a paragraph of description,” Short said. Since then, the city has con-sulted with community grdups like* the* Gruene Merchants Association and the Gruene Homeowners Associ-ation, which have debated variems aspens of the; project. When first proposed to council, the projected cost was $3 million. That was upped to $3.8 million in May 2001. Short new prefects the cost will be $5 milliem. “I wouldn’t expect there to be any surprises in cost,” Sheirt said. But he said if the final exist, dews creep upward, the scope of the prefect will be scaled back. The Shultz Greiup will finish the project feasibility study ne;xt month and sheiuId have the design ready by November. Short said majeir peirtions of the roadwork would he done January, February and March elf next year to minimize* the* impact on the* tour- been planner! for 10:30 a.m. “We- have a number of folks coming. I’m doing a very small piece of it.. I’m geimg to talk for a few minutes," Teeter said. “I’ve* be*e*n asked to talk because* I’m a veteran.” Teeter, a former U.S. Army aviator, retired to New Braunfels in December 1991. “Armed Forces Day ih an important elay, especially wheal the nation is essential-ly at war. Its a time for us to Hcknowle*dge* the people whei are serving. We;’re; very fortunate to live in a town where people are as patriotic See SERVICE/10A Inside Abby....................................5A Qasaifiecfc...........................4-8B Comics................................9A Crossword...................  9A Forum.................................6A Movies................................SA Obituaries...........................3A Sports..............................1-2B Today..................................2A TV Grid   3B Key C<xle> /B 5«8?6 00001 Look, up in the sky Hist, season in the Gruene district. District A Councilwoman Valerie Hull said her constituents were* concerned the project might, cost more* as time* went on because* of inflation, or that it might, neit happen. “That was a major issueSee ROAD/10A County approves additional jail staff By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Commis-sioners voted unanimously Thursday to add two super-visory ignitions at the Comal County Jail. One of the new posit ions will he a s e* r g e a n t, and the other a cor-poral. N e* a r I y two ye*ars ago, the county had to hire* 18 additional jailers tee bring its 337 bed jail up to state* standards Added to the* thre*e* supervisees the jail now has, the new officers will enable* administrator David OU to institute* 12 hour shifts. “Wheal I took over the* jail in December 2tKH), I knew I had scheeluling problems,” Ott tole! commissioners. He said he* talked to administrators at nine* other county jails, who told him 12-hour shifts were* a better system Under the new schedule, employees would work 15 days during a month inste*ad e>f 20 and could have* e*ve*ry other Friday, Saturday and Sunday off. The number of work hours is equal to five* eight-hour days, Ott said. ‘This is something I was loeikirig at when we; bael to aelel the new officers,” Ott said. “I be*|ie*ve* this is a more* efficient way to run tho jail.” Com aussie titers particularly Precinct I Commission cr Jac k Dawson had a number of qm*Htiona about SOO JAIL/10A OTT Seguin plane* builder and commercial pilot Pete Glawe maneuvers his Hat/ bi plane over a field near the New Braunfels Airport Thursday afternoon. Planes were arriving Thursday for the weekend Experimental Aircraft Association “Fly-In." K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald /oflung Summer gets a jump start Extreme conditions force early bum ban By Ron Maloney Staff Writer DAVID INGRAM/I Inrald /biti my Luis Gonzales, a construction worker for Jones Brothers, takes a water break Thursday afternoon High temperatures have been reaching into the 90s this week, a peak normally not seen until June Drought could persist through September By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels will miss eiut, on a rainy May this year. A dome* of high pressure over northern Mexico has shielded moist fronts from South Texas, leaving New Braunfels with exceptionally hot, dry weather that might not let up until September. Because* of the* blockage;, the* area is experiencing the kind of heat that usually doesn't start until June and is missing out on rainfall that might not lie* recovered. “May is usually the wettest month of the year," said forecaster Joe* Baskin of the Austin/San Antonio National Weather Service in New Braunfels. We*t May weather usually (Irieis off in June, but this year has been different. “We* are* in an area that has been the; drie*Ht (in the country),” Baskin said. And, its riot likely lei get much be*tte;r. Forecasters say this suin-mer (mild Is* hotter and dri e;r than normal, and the occasional day or two of rainfall probably won’t be enough lei make* up the* loss in moisture;. For May, normal highs and lows run in the mid 80s and mid-80s, respectively, while; four inches of rainfall is normal. Though humidity le*ve*ls have* remained close lei nor mal this month, the;re* has be*e*n little* rainfall. And the* thermometers have rise*n accordingly. So far this month, New Braunfels has had 0.04 inch of rain with an average high of 89.5 arid low of 73 degn**. Several record high tern- peratures have been reached in the* past few days. TTiurselay, Austin (96) and San Antonio (OH) broke record highs. New Braunfels’ high was 97 de*gre*e;s with a 103-degree heat index. People ne*e*d to Is* careful during the* summer months to hydrate* themselves while* they are* enjoying the* rive*r season, officials said. Wheal it ge*ts this hot, its impor-tant to ke*e*p your body <;oe>l, especially when these© SUMMER/1 OA Comal County commis-sioners imple*rm;nte*d a burn ban Thursday in an attempt to stave off possible wildfires causer! by this season’s dry weather. The ban went into immediate effect. The ban prohi bits any outdoor burning, except campfires, river cleanup projects, firefighter t raining and utility or mining operations, unless written permission is obtained from the county fire marshal’s office. Fire Marshal Lm Manford said he would issue few written permits only in hardship situations. “The intent of the commissioners is to allow some relief in a situation when*, if you’re financing home construction, you’ve cleared your land and the debris is in the way of Inuring your foundation, we could allow it, so construction can continue,” Manford said. ‘There will be stringent safety requirements attached to that permit,” he added. The ban is in effect until lifted by County Judge Danny Scil eel. Manford went to ami mis sinners’court seeking the ban Comal County initiated a bum ban thai took effect Thursday mom mg Violations am punishable by a fine of between $50 and $500 See BAN/10 A ;