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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas VIV J. I New Rf >///HeRALD-ZEITUNG r—i- — — — —Vol. 148, No. 257    50    pages    in    5    sections    November    14,    1999    DAY    SefV*ng    Comal    County    since    1852 $1.00 Inside ► Rangers advance to area round A determined Donnie Couser and his Smithson Valley teammates defeated Fredericksburg in their quest for a state title. Meanwhile, New Braunfels wrapped up its season against Georgetown. For details, see Sports./! B ► Festtage With temperatures in the 80s and bright sunny skies, it might not feel a whole lot like Christmas, but New Braunfels businesses and organizations have just the remedy to get you in the Christmas spirit — Festtage. Find out more about Festtage inside./! 0A-12A. ► Historic hotel Tabatha Dasher lost her leg in a tragic auto accident in 1998, but from that loss came a determination to help others in pain — and Elf Tabatha was born./4 A Weather With fall foliage turning colors, it looks like fall but it certainly doesn’t feel like fall. Highs are expected to hang around in the 80s for the next few days. For the complete forecast, see Page 2A. Index Abby................................... ..........2C Business........................... .......6-7B Classified........................... .....1-12D Crossword.......................... ..........2C Forum................................ ..........6A Local/Metro........................ ..........4A Movies................................ ..........2C Obituaries....................... .........3A Sports.............................. ......1-5B Today.................................. ..........2A Television............................ Montage Key code 77 City not sure about flood dams on bond issue By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Local officials have said dams upstream in the county are key to easing flooding in New Braunfels, but it is unclear whether the city will consider placing this type of project on a future bond issue. WILLIAMS In New Braunfels city council’s packet for a bond meeting Monday, no mention of dams is made in the recommendations. “The dams are a priority to both the city and county,” city engineer C.A. Bolner said Friday. The city already agreed to fund a portion of a $7 million dam and $5.5 million dam on the Guadalupe River and a $5.5 million dam on the Dry Comal Creek in an application for a 75 percent See DAMS/9A Meeting WHAT: New Braunfels City Council bond meeting WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday WHERE: 424 S. Caste!! Ave. Comal recycles Highway department wants input Residents can make wishes known at Tuesday hearing By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer The public will have a chance Tuesday to tell state transportation officials which road projects they think should be priorities. ‘Any request is lis- WAI U/Herald-Zeitung Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab shows glass grains produced by the glass pulverizer at the county’s recycling facility on Texas 46. Collected glass bottles are granulated by the machine, one of two in Texas, and the glass grains are used as a base material for road paving. Leaders, businesses mark Texas Recycles Day By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer Local residents get a chance Monday on Texas Recycles Day to learn just why recycling is so impor tant and how to participate in the national effort for a cleaner, greener future. Participants also might win a $5,000 trip to Costa Rica or a trip for two to Sea World San Antonio if they fill out pledges promising to improve their recycling habits. Home Depot, a national sponsor for America Recycles Day, and Kaderli Materials are hosting activities Monday — a day to celebrate the successes of recycling in Texas and reflect on what more we need to do, said Linda Smith, Texas Recycles Day event co-chair. “Texans are taking pride in their environment and working hard to recycle when they can,” she said. “Texas Recycles Day is a reminder to all of us that recycling means a lot more than just what we do with our used cans and bottles.” The events at Home Depot, 1360 N. Interstate 35, and Kaderli Materials, 8200 N. 1-35, are just two of an estimated 500 events taking place across the state, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission Recycling Celebrations WHAT: Texas Recycles Day WHEN: 10 a.m. Monday WHERE: Home Depot, 1360 N. Interstate 35 WHAT: Basics of Compost (hands-on activity) and open house WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon Monday WHERE: Kaderli Materials, 8200 N. 1-35 More on recycling — Page 12A officials said. New Braunfels’ Recycling Advisory Committee is participating in Home Depot’s event and is encouraging businesses to use the day to clean desks and recycle paper. Committee members, along with city and county officials, will distribute recycling literature at Home Depot’s event. Also, TNRCC commissioner John M. Baker Jr. will speak. In addition, Home Depot will sponsor demonstrations on how to compost, and a can-crushing contest will take place for Canyon Intermediate School. “We want to be a part of promoting recycling for the environment,” store manager Chance Lowry said. Kaderli Materials, also sponsoring activities for Texas Recycles Day, is a regional organic recycling center. “We want to promote recycling in general and show people what we’re all about,” owner Ray Kaderli said. From IO a.m. to noon, the company will host a backyard compost demonstration. The open house, from noon to 5 p.m., is a time for the public to find out more about the facility, he said. “We want to be accessible for schools, churches and garden groups,” Kaderli said. Hearing ■ WHAT: Texas Department of Transportation Rural Public Involvement Meeting ■ WHEN: 7 p.m. Tuesday ■ WHERE: New Braunfels City Council chambers, city’s municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave. tened to and considered," TXDoT resident engineer Greg Malatek said. “And a private citizen is just as important as a mayor or county judge or a county commissioner.” The annual public hearing is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the city’s municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave. Officials with the San Antonio district office will be present to listen to requests. Comal County is one of 12 counties in the San Antonio district. TXDoT’s project request lists go through the San Antonio district office, the state office in Austin and several committees before any decisions are made about funding. MALATEK    Officials    will announce in the spring which projects they have picked for funding. “We only have so many funding categories or pots of money,” Malatek said. Comal County will compete with the other 11 counties in the San Antonio district for money, although Malatek said he was not sure what the total amount was. Even if a project isn’t chosen, public input alerts TXDoT officials to areas they need to analyze. Tuesday’s hearing, he said, will help gear decision makers and local transportation officials in the right direction. “They hear from me all the time saying, ‘We need money for this’ and ‘We need money for that,’” he said. “This justifies requests I make.” New Braunfels city staff and Comal County Commissioners Court both have drawn up priority lists that will be forwarded to TXDoT officials. City manager Mike Shands said the city had nothing new on its list. The city is asking the state consider widening Texas 46 and Farm-to-Market 1863, extending Loop 337 and building a new outer loop. The city’s list also requests that projects already given funding — such as widening and improving Interstate 35 — be given full attention. “We ask that project like 1-35 happen more quickly if possible,” Shands said. Roadway projects recommended by the county included the creation of an outer loop for New Braunfels and many improvements to sections of Texas 46, including an overpass at Farm-To-Market Road 2722. Universal City man dies in River Road accident Friday HUI By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 21-year-old Universal City man was killed Friday evening on River Road after the vehicle he was driving flipped over the side of a bridge and landed upside down in about three feet of water. The 1979 Mercury Marquis, which contained driver Shaun McGinley and three passengers, traveled more than 50 feet in the air before hitting the bedrock bottom of the Guadalupe River at the third crossing, Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy Wells said. The accident occurred about 6:30 p.m. as McGinley and passengers Suzanne Doerr, 17, of New Braunfels; Anthony Cic- cariello, 19, of Canyon Lake; and Jerry “Joey” Cook, 18, also of Canyon Lake, were headed northbound on River Road. As McGinley came out of a slight curve to the left and was approaching a sharp curve to the right, the vehicle drifted off to the right side of the road, Wells said. McGinley apparently over-corrected the vehicle to the left and then to the right before hitting the 10-inch concrete guardrail of the bridge. ;