New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MARILYN ZENGLER
Vol 144, No 269
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sandy Wilson, Vicki Deptawa, (Cody Smith, Alyse Parchman (8 years old), Darlene Batey (Saturday), Carol Carlson (Saturday), Chase Cannon (2 years old Saturday), Davis Higginbotham (42 years old), Mary Woodchek, Mauri Ryan Elbel (16 years old). Mary Heaton, Elroy Krackau (74 years old), Taylor Rogers (9 years old on. Saturday), Noah Johnny Gomez (Saturday), Adela Rojo (Saturday), Linda Neugebauer (80 years old), Irene Scholz (Saturday), Benilda Jordan, Hilda Hernandez (Saturday), Margaret Herbrich, Rodger Carson, Ryan Villarreal (20 years old) and Armando Diaz (35 years old.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Betty and David Kopp (2 years), Nell and Gene Davis (48 years on Saturday) and Lisa and Kevin Acker.
To har>e a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollen Count Mold —4,906 Mountain Elm —10 Ragweed —trace Grass—trace
(Rolen measured In parts per cubic meter at air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Infer melton Comal River —177 cubic feet per second, seme as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Farther Canyon Wed 623.00 feet above sea level, same eelhureday.
Canyon Dam decharge —166 cfs Canyon Uke Indow—149 als Canyon Lake level — 906.56 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NSU reports pumping 6.190 mHhon gallons of surface water Friday, and no well water was used.
St*. Peter and Paul reschedules bivigo
Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic School has rescheduled tonight’s turkey bingo for 7 p.m. Saturday night. Participants get a chance at winning a turkey and other prizes. The blackout prize is a 19-inch color television.
Veterans for Christ consoling clothing
The Veterans for Christ Ministry is collecting donations of blankets, adult coats, jackets, sweaters and gloves (men s and women’s) for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach. Call 625-6375 for details.
Lakeside Baptist to seme holiday meal
Lakeside Baptist Church is serving a Thanksgiving meal today in the church's fellowship hall at 2525 FM 725 in New Braunfels. There will be a play and performance by the Rising Star Church Choir, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, call 608-1451
WeHmachtentaflci open to moppers
More than 50 vendors will have their goods on display at the Weihnachtsmarkt, or Christmas market, through Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $3. Proceeds benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. For more information, call 629-1572.
legist Fish Fry to benefit concor center
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will sponsor a fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. on Saturday at Eagles Hall, 257 E. South St.
County hopes to regulate where the wild things are
By DENISE DZIUK
If your neighbor’s pet poodle irritates you, imagine living next door to someone who’s raising hybrid wolves, peacocks or poisonous snakes.
For some residents in the county, this is a reality. 7
But the Comal County Commissioners Court will look at a resolution next week asking for the power to control these activities.
David Young, an environmental enforcement officer with the county, told county commissioners Thursday that he has found people in tire county raising large numbers of cats, cockateel, dogs, hybrid wolves and peacocks.
These animals can create both noise, health
Comal County environ-manta! enforcement officer said he has found people in the county raising large numbers of cats, cockateels, dogs, hybrid wolves end peacocks.
and safety problems.
In most instances, these animals can be found in the middle of subdivisions.
Young’s latest discovery was a resident in a subdivision off U.S. 281 who plans to raise English adders, an extremely poisonous snake, with the aim of selling their venom to a research lab.
“And there’s just not a whole lot we can do about it at present,” County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said.
Rheinlander said it’s not a new problem.
But with more and more people moving into county subdivisions on half-acre lots, it is becoming more evident.
“The urban type problems come hand in hand with the fairly dense population,” Rheinlander said. “And frankly, it’s being experienced statewide.”
Rheinlander told the court there is a statute that regulates shelters and could be applied to these instances.
The law dictates the conditions and methods for operating an animal shelter.
But the statute does not apply to counties with
a population of less than 75,000 “That’s the kind of jurisdiction we really need to keep this kind of stuff out of the subdivision.” Rheinlander said. "Short of that, we have to go oui and find a public health type nuisance.”
Rheinlander said he will bring a resolution to Commissioners Court next week asking that the population requirement be dropped.
If the court approves it, Rheinlander will send the resolution to the Texas Association of Counties to get the issue placed on the legislative agenda for TAC and the Conference of Urban Counties.
He said changes to the wild animal order set a precedent for this kind of change, and he is optimistic the county will receive the power to regulate this type activity in the county.
Set to make their case
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Canyon High School cheerleaders paint signs in preparation for the Cigarettes’ appearance in the state volleyball semifinals at 5:35 tonight. See story on 1B.
Bunton denies class-action suit against aquifer pumpers
By ABE LEVY
By ABE LEVY
Senior U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton III ruled against the Sierra Club’s claim on Thursday that the region’s major pumpers of the Edwards Aquifer, including New Braunfels Utilities, be placed in one class of defendants.
Bunion’s ruling indicated that group
ing the wells together could not be done because each well’s impact on Comal and San Marcos springs can not be measured.
Most of the 16 lawyers for the major pumpers raised that issue during two days of hearings in mid-October in Austin. Defendants argued that a well in Medina County has a different effect on springfiow than a well closer to the
While Bunton denied the Sierra Club’s motion for a class-action suit, he did allow the environmental group to appeal his motion and recognized that aquifer pumpers do impact the spnngs.
The question he found “substantial ground for difference of opinion” on was how much each individual pumper
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The city’s ethics committee has completed its proposed code of conduct for all city employees and officials in an effort to maintain public trust in city government operations.
The proposal is the result of a seven-member group that began work in June to produce standards for all city officials, including City Council members, boards, commission and employees.
City Council is having a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 at the municipal building at 424 S. Castell Ave. to review the ethics proposal and is expected to consider it at the following regular meeting on Dec. 9. City officials said the proposed rules, if approved by the City Council, also would govern New Braunfels Utilities.
No specific ordinance exists that sets out an ethics policy like the proposed rules.
The proposal would require three readings to be adopted and then an additional 120 days before it would take effect.
Each council member nominated a member to represent his district on the ethics committee, and the mayor selected an at-large member.
“I think it is going to be a good tool from City Council on down,” said committee Chairwoman Loraine Kraft, a homemaker and former District 2 councilwoman from 1988 to 1994. “Until now it has left (city officials) very much in limbo with situations that come up. It puts some teeth in some places where there was none.”
Kraft and city officials said the proposal is a starting point and is open to more discussion.
To oversee ethics complaints, committee members propose a seven-member ethics commission that would make recommendations to the council.
Some highlights of the 11-page proposal. For more information or to obtain a copy, call 608-2100.
• Creates a seven-member ethics commission, appointed by the council, that would help investigate complaints by holding hearings and making recommendations and reports to council.
• lf a violation is found, the commission may recommend a reprimand, temporary suspension, removal from office or other sanctions for council consideration.
Conflicts of Interest
• Prohibits accepting improper gifts that “might reasonably tend to influence” city officials.
• Prohibits releasing confidential information that could result in personal gain for a particular official or that would hurt the city.
• Prohibits officials from using city property for any use other than city business.
• Prohibits former employees from appearing before council, boards and commissions for one year in matters relating to their former employment.
Shop ’til you drop
Herald-Zeitung photo bv MICHAEL DARNALL
Cora Jana Walsh examinaa holiday omamanta Tnuraday night at Weihnachtsmarkt at tha New Braunfels Civic Cantar. The market wilt bs open through Sunday.
Parents seek help to correct intersection
By DENISE DZIUK
Parents at another local school are trying to get help from the district and the state in making the entrance to a high schtx)I campus safer for the students.
Parent Calvin Kempin asked the Comal Independent School District board of trustees for their help Thursday night in trying to alleviate problems at the entrance to Smithson Valley High School on Highway 46.
“That intersection is getting more and more dangerous,” Kempin told the board. “For the parents and the residents that live out there, it’s becoming a real critical point.”
Kempin said the 14 percent population growth in the area this year, the 55 percent increase in student enrollment to 1,450 and the increased speed limit in the area have only heightened the danger. He said the intersection, which is between the crest of two hills and around a curve, is a common sight for accidents.
David Kopp, area engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, said he has looked at the intersection every year for a couple of years, and he plans to look at the intersection again this year. However, the intersection currently does not meet any of the requirements for a traffic signal.
“There’s nothing we can do at that intersection at this
City Council to receive ethics proposal ij
The commission would have the power to recommend a reprimand, temporary suspension, removal from office or other sanctions, if a complaint were found to be valid. Council would then have the discretion to determine what action to take relating to the violation.
Don Ferguson, who assisted the
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time,” Kopp said. “It just doesn’t meet any of the requirements for a light.”
Kopp said TxDOT has recommended the students enter and leave the campus using a driveway on Smithson V alley road, which is currently used for buses.
Kempin said parents have written letters and sent petitions to Gov. George Bush saying a traffic light is needed, but have not gotten a response. He told the board any help they could give the parents and students would be greatly appreciated.
“We can make the education process for these kids the best there is...but if we can’t get them into the school to do this or if we have to worry about getting them out of there after a good day at school, then it seems like we’re still missing some piece of the entire puzzle here,” Kempin said.
Smithson Valley student Monica Pilkinton, a student representative on the board, said the student body recognizes the dangers of the intersection, and the student advisory panel would be willing to conduct a student poll if that would help the parents in their fight.
“We’re willing to work with you on this because we’re constantly getting suggestions on what we can do about the entrance,” Pilkinton said.
Trustee Scott Watson questioned whether a lane eonfig-Tum to Intersection, Page 2AWill Congress and president follow a new course this time. See Opinion, Page 4A.if