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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New <®8aH!s'JFELSHerald-Zeitungunn zzz^zzzi. : zn ■: ; nnKm Vol. 150 No. 2    14    pages    in    2    sections    November    14,    2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents In Other Action In other action Monday, the New Braunfels City Council, • denied final approval to an ordinance banning all new underground storage tanks of regulated substances over the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone. • gave initial approval to an ordinance setting the maximum water and wastewater impact fees charged by New Braunfels Utilities at $936 per living unit equivalent and $1,545 per LUE for wastewater. • gave first approval to an ordinance prohibiting council members from attending closed session meetings of any city board of commission.NB City Council grants pay increases By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council granted large pay increases to a number of city employees Monday. But the council did so without hearing from 18 firefighters at Monday’s council meeting who had concerns about the study used to implement the raises. Council normally offers an opportunity for the public to comment on issues it discusses during the council meeting. However, the council did not open up the discussion on the salary issues to the public Monday. Councilwoman Juliet Watson asked if the council would allow others to speak on the issue. Mayor Stoney Williams responded, WILLIAMS “Staff is not going to discuss this.” Williams still was in the meeting late Monday night, so he could not be asked for additional comment about the statement he made during the council meeting. Darren Brinkkoeter, president of the New Braunfels Firefighters Association, said that 18 members of his organization attended Monday’s meeting and wanted to speak to the council. “We would have liked to have spoken, but it wasn’t opened up for dis cussion,” Brinkkoeter. The city council on Monday considered four possible scenarios for increasing salaries of more than IOO employees. The scenarios were based on a survey of what IO entities pay their employees: Comal County, Georgetown, Kerrville, New Braunfels Utilities, Round Rock, San Antonio, San Marcos, Seguin, Schertz and Temple. However. Brinkkoeter said the salary See COUNCIL/5ANBU, parks board meet to discuss Camp Comal By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Deciding the future of the land where six of the New Braunfels' ballfields are located is more than just a game. The outcome could affect the amount of land the city has for parks. It also could affect the rates of New Braunfels Utilities customers and plans for future utility expansion. The city’s parks and recreation advisory board recently asked city council to designate the land known as “Camp Comal” as park- The city’s parks and recreation advisory land. Council directed the board to discuss board and the NBU board of trustees will the issue with New Braunfels Utilities.    See    CAMp    COMALV5A What’s Up WHO: New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees and the city parks advisory board. WHAT: Discuss Comal park property WHEN: 7 p.m. Wednesday WHERE: Landa Haus, Landa Park Inside Abby.......................... ......7 A Classifieds................... ...4-6B Comics....................... ......8A Crossword.................. ......7 A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......;.................. ......7A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... ..1-2B Today.............................. 2A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 Clinics ■ WHAT: Flu shots ■ WHERE: Comal I County Office of Public I Health, 178 E. Mill Street, : Suite 210. For appointments or information, call I 608-2015. ■ CLINICS. Friday, Comal County Senior Center, 655 Landa St.; Dec. 1, Canyon Lake I Action Center. Both open I to persons age 60 or I older. Hours 9-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-4 p.m. Inside Florida secretary of state holding tight to 5 p.m. deadline today/8A Gore urges patience to make sure results are not tainted/ GORE    8A What local officials think about machine counting versus hand counting/8A '7 am not under an illusion I am the last word on this, and I am rather grateful for that" Donald Middlebrooks, federal judge hearing Gov. George W. Bush’s case to stop the manual recountThey’ve got spirit Unicorns ride high with volleyball team on to state, football squad in playoffs CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels High School freshman Kimberly Weaver, left, completes a spirit sign Monday night while freshmen Ashley Witten and Candra Adams, center and right, put on the finishing touches on theirs. New Braunfels High School student council members work on spirit signs Monday night. By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Two big wins by two Unicom teams this past week are giving New Braunfels High School students two reasons to celebrate school spirit. First, the volleyball team advanced to the University Interscholastic League State Tournament on Tuesday after beating the San Marcos Rattlers in two games for the Class 4A Region 4 title. Three days later, the varsity football team added a second reason to cheer when they beat Boerne High School 21 -7 the same day. Now the school has a week to bolster their teams in school spirit before sending them off to their respective games this weekend. “I think everyone’s excited, certainly with both teams in the playoffs — that’s something that every school wishes they could have,” one Unicom fan said. School spirit organizers scheduled a dual pep rally for 2:10 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Avid NBHS sports fans breathed a sigh of relief when the game schedules came out. Both games were scheduled for Friday, and the possibility that fans would have to choose one event over the other worried some NBHS sports followers. The volleyball team squares off against Friendswood High School Friday at 5:30 p.m. in San Marcos at the Strahan Coliseum. The Unicom football team will play Medina Valley High School in the first round of playoffs at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Seguin Friday. Judge rejects GOP effort to stop manual recount By Ron Fournier AP Political Writer Flu vaccine arrives in Comal By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The flu vaccine is in, and Comal County officials are working to vaccinate seniors and those at highest nsk for contracting influenza. The Comal County Office of Public Health has scheduled flu vaccines this week for seniors and other high-risk clients. “Even though the vaccine is late in arriving, we are certain that we have plenty of time to vaccinate you before the flu season hits,” Comal County Nurse Karon Preiss said. The vaccine needs about two weeks to take effect, Preiss said. Comal County got its entire vaccine order, and Preiss said she expected to get everybody vaccinated by the second or third week in December — in plenty of time for the flu season, which usually hits in January. So far this season, Texas has only one reported flu case in Texas, and that was in the Dallas area, Preiss said. Already Monday, Preiss said county officials had been inoculating high-risk clients. See FLU/5A The fight for the White House tumbled into the courts Monday as a transfixed nation witnessed the historic entanglement of presidential politics and the judiciary. George W. Bush fought on two fronts to block recounts that threatened his 388-vote lead in Florida, employing what Al Gore’s lawyers called BUSH    “arbitrary    and unreasonable” tactics. Amid a whirlwind of political and legal maneuvers, Bushs lawyers sought a federal court order barring manual recounts in Florida — a state whose 25 electoral votes will almost certainly determine the nation’s 43rd president. A federal judge rejected the request, and Bush was deciding whether to appeal. Separately, the state’s top elections official — a Republican who campaigned for Bush — said she would end the recounting at 5 p.m. Tuesday. “The process of counting and recounting the votes cast on Election Day must end,” said Secretary of State Katherine Harris. Gore immediately appealed the ruling, making his first major legal push, and Bush joined the case on behalf of Harris. As new vote totals dribbled in from scattered counties and recounts were under consideration in other close-voting states. Gore confidant Warren Christopher said Republicans were rushing to judgment when “the presidency of the United States is at stake.” Tile pressure weighed on Donald Middlebrooks, a federal judge appointed by President Clinton who predicted the struggle would continue outside his courtroom. “I am not under an illusion I am the last word on this,” he said, “and I am rather grateful for that.” He heard arguments in much the same terms the two sides have used in public statements since the Florida dispute flared in the hours after See JU DG E/5 A ;