New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 15.1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MAYTE GONZALES
Vol. 144, No. 264
Birthday wishos from tho Harald-Zoltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Albert Muniz (Saturday), Kenneth R. Mueller (40 years),
. onathon Post (12 years Saturday), Joy Mazy, Kenneth Mueller, Craig Cloud, Rebecca Allen (6 years). Veda Hall (Saturday), Alma Armendariz (15 years), Mayte Gonzales (16 years Saturday), isa McElroy (Saturday), Shawn Lain (13 years Saturday), Rosemary Carri zales (Saturday), Ster-ing Alroy Espinoza and Kensington Alik Espinoza (2-year-old twins), Kathleen Daily, Karen Mica (33 years), Euphina Alvarez (63 years), Jeff Coleman (39 years), Haley Coleman (9 years Vlonday), Chloe Diaz (belated), • Cidelia Saenz (16 years), Diego Saenz (14 years) and Kaylie braies (2 years).
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Jackie and Dick Cloud.
Mold —782 Cedar Elm — 6 Ragweed — trace
(Poton measured in parts par cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
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Comal River —174 cubic feet per second, up 3 from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed -r- 622.99 teat above sea level, down .02 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam dkMharga —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — ITO cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.49 feat above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 7.583 million gallons of surface water Wednesday, and no well water was used.
Modal-wlnnlng pianist porfonna Sumtay
The Mid-Texas Symphony Society and Texas Lutheran University present Tchiakovsky International Gold Medal pianist Barry Douglas on stage at at 4 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. Douglas was the first western pianist in almost 30 years to win the Tchiakovsky Gold Medal. Tickets are available at the Jackson Auditorium box office or at the door for $15 or $14 for seniors.
Wentworth Is guest of Republican group
New Braunfels Republican Women will meet and elect board members at noon on Monday at the New Braunfels Republican Headquarters on San Antonio Street. State Sen. Jeff Wentworth will be the guest speaker.
Society to gather
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
For more information, calf 606-6936 or Nancy Green at 608-1625.
T.O.P.S. mooting Tuesday night
Take Off Pounds Sensibly meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Laurel Plaza Apartments, 300 Laurel Lane in the recreation room. For more information, call 625-8436 or 625-8860.
Band Boostsm mast in NBHS band hail
New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the New Braunfels High School band hall. The executive board will meet prior to the regular meeting at 6:45 p.m. Those interest ed in supporting the NBHS band program should attend.
Let there be lights!
fteraW-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Milberger Landscaping employee Roberto Velasquez strings Christmas lights on plaza trees Wednesday.
Consolidation plans put on hold by commissioners
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The hot issue of consolidating the County Attorney and District Attorney offices has been put on a back burner to cool.
By a vote of 5-0 Commissioners Court tabled the issue of consolidation atter County Judge Carter Casteel became upset over what she said were under-the-table deals being made by Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip and District Attorney Bill Reimer.
Reimer won the Nov. 5 election for county attorney by promising voters he would abolish the office and consolidate those services with the District Attorney’s office, which Waldrip will take over in January.
Casteel said in Commissioners Court Thursday she found out that an attorney she shares office space w ith had been offered a job to become a civil attorney with the county under a criminal district attorney if consolidation is approved by Commissioners Court.
“I don’t like deals. I don’t like stuff under the table ... This whole thing stinks ... when everybody's got a pot they’re hiding it makes me sick,” Casteel said.
Casteel said the attorney who was offered a job was criminal defense attorney Wade Arledge.
Waldrip said he had talked to Arledge a month ago about the possibility of being a criminal prosecutor in the District Attorney’s office but that no job offer was given
Turn to Consolidation, Page 2A
By TONY SMITH
Associated Press Writer
GOMA, Zaire — An estimated 100,000 Rwandan refugees and displaced Zairians began flocking toward home today, apparently freed from the
See related editorial, Page 4A
control of Hutu militias by a rebel offensive.
Clutching ragged bundles and rolled mattresses, the exiting Rwandans said the Jnterahamwe Hutu militias were retreating westward into Zaire, making it possible for the refugees of the giant Mugunga refugee camp just northwest of Goma to start a trek back to Rwanda.
But at least 30 Rwandan Hutu women and children were killed in a rebel attack on the camp Thursday. Their bodies lay in a tangled mess at the western edge of what was the largest refugee camp in the world.
If confirmed, the end of militia control over the Mugunga camp could be a significant step leading to the return home of the mote than I million Rwandan Hutu refugees in eastern Zaire.
Their return would greatly ease the task of the multinational military force being assembled for a humanitarian mission in the area.
Representatives from Canada, the United States and other countries met at the United Nations into the night Thursday to finalize plans for the 10,000- to 12,000-member force.
The U.N. Security Council meets today to decide whether to authorize the force. An airlift could begin as soon as next week.
The victims of the rebel attack pleaded for mercy but were killed anyway, said a survivor who asked to be identified as Asterid.
“You have killed so many of our people, why should we pardon you now1?” Asterid quoted a soldier as saying.
Facelift for bridge
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Faust Street Bridge project gets go-ahead from county
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal County Commissioners Court voted to ’ proceed with the design phase of the Faust Street Bridge restoration project just a day atter meeting with representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation, New Braunfels officials and other interested parties.
The project calls for restoration of the large 110-year-old bridge as a pedestrian crossing over the Guadalupe River, joining the New Braunfels Factory Stores to a residential area. The bridge has been clotted for years.
Original estimates put the cost of the project at $450,000.
The county was to pay $90,000 toward the project, and TxDOT would pay the remainder through a grant.
Once the project was complete, the city would take over the bridge.
But a preliminary feasibility study estimated the cost of restoration at $570,000.
Law Engineering and Environmental Services Inc., the firm hired to conduct the feasibility study and design the project, then scaled back its plans to bring it back within budget. The revisions included the removal
That Is an arM that ov«r th* years has become somewhat of a crime problem for our
— Don Ferguson Assistant to the city manager, on the need for lights on a restored Faust Street Bridge
of electrical lighting.
lf the commissioners decide not to complete the project once the bids come in, TxDOT would require the county to pay for all expenditures up to that point.
Commissioners met Wednesday to review those plans with various parties involved in the project, including the city.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said the area has already seen problems with vandalism and narcotics.
City officials believe lights are necessary for safety, as well as for a “come prevention tool,” Ferguson said.
Turn to Bridge, Page 3A
On the fast track
Veterans to have van for medical check-ups
By DENISE DZIUK
Heraid-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
City Council member Cathy Taieott dlecueaee Thursday the possibility of a future Amtrak stop In New Braunfels with two Amtrak agents, Griff Hubbard and Jails Padilla. The first challenge at hand la to convince the federal govemmant to preserve the Texas Eagle from Chicago to San Antonio. This decision will ba made on May 11.
The Comal C ounty Commissioners authorized the veterans service officer to begin looking into grant options to purchase a van to transport the county’s roughly 7,500 veterans to medical appointments.
When veterans appeared before the commissioners earlier this year requesting a van, the court requested additional numbers to show the number of people this would benefit. On Thursday, veteran services officer Gus Culwell presented those numbers to the court.
In fiscal year 1995, Audie Murphy Hospital in San Antonio served 525
local veterans for a total of 3,998 appointments. The Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Sun Antonio served 148 veterans during 404 appointments, while 126 veterans went to Kerrville for medical attention.
“The way they get around now is they use their own privately owned vehicle, or they get a friend to take them,” Culwell said.
Hay Robinson, chair of the Comal County Veterans Van Committee, said many of these veterans are left looking for a way to make their appointments.
“There’s a lot of them that are getting up in age and can’t drive anymore, and their family members can’t take them,” Robinson said.
Ingram readies for new hearing
By DAVID DEKUNDER
It’s deja vu for a New Braunfels company hoping to get a permit from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to build a concrete batch plant in Bulverde.
A TNRCC spokesman confirmed on Thursday that a preliminary public hearing w ill he held and administered by the State Office of Administrative Hearings concerning Ingram Readymix’s attempt to get a permit to build the concrete batch plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and PM 1863 in Bulverde.
A preliminary hearing is a heanng which will determine who the parties in the process will be.
“On his own motion, the (TNRCC) executive director (Dan Pearson) has sent it (permit case) to the State Office of Administrative Hearings, which means there will be a hearing,” TNRCC’ spokesman Patrick Shaughnessy said.
Shaughnessy said the TNRCC staff had been looking over a number of letters from Bulverde residents concerned about the impact of the plant on their community.
Ingram Readymix applied for a standard exemption in the spring of 1995 for the concrete batch plant, which would be built on a 4.2 acre site. A standard exemption requires less stringent standards than tiling for a permit.
After 1,606 Bulverde residents opposed to the plant signed a petition and sent it to the TNRCC asking for a public heanng, a series of hearings were held last fall in which the public and Ingram both participated. The hearings were presided over by an administrative law judge from the State Office of Administrative Hearings.
Residents w ho oppose the plant say it will cause traffic, water and environmental problems once it is put into operation.
In February, the issue was brought before TNRCC commissioners who voted 2-1 to reject Ingram’s application for a standard exemption. The commissioners who voted against Ingram’s application cited computer air-modeling evidence collected by plant foes that showed emissions from the plant would go over to neighboring property. Ibis would Itave been a clear violation of the standard exemption.
Ingram then tried for an appeal before the commission but was voted down. In April, Ingram filed a lawsuit against the TNRCC in a Travis County state district court.
Shaughnessy said atter the preliminary hearing is completed, the case will go to an evidentiary heanng.
The date and tune of the preliminary hearing has not been determined as of yet.Holiday panic beginning to take
. See Opinion, Page 4A.