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Comal, NB denied flood grant funds
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
Federal grant money to fund flood prevention projects probably will not be coming to New Braunfels and Comal County.
The 75 percent federal/25 percent local matching grant money was made available recently for areas hit hard by this past October’s flood.
Jo Moss, spokeswoman for the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said the two local entities had “no chance at this point” to receive any of the $42 million in federal flood grant money.
DEM officials recently finished their priority list and are helping various entities — whose projects fell high on the priority list — fill out applications to forward to the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The city and county’s requests fell into the fourth of six categories of priorities, Moss said. Funding ran out in the second category.
“Our priority was requests to move people out of harm’s way,” she said. “And requests that helped people with no place to live.”
All 44 requests asking for more than $150 million will be given to FEMA, Moss said.
“But chances are, they will go with DEM’s recommendations,” she said.
The top priority category was disaster relief and housing needs; the second priority category was land acquisition.
This second category helps jurisdictions in buying property in floodplains and preventing further development
in those areas.
Moss said she was not sure how many projects DEM recommended for funding.
The city of New Braunfels asked for $38.4 million to use toward various flood prevention projects, including three projects also requested by the county.
The joint projects included a $7 million dam and $5.5 million flood dam on the Guadalupe River and a $5.5 million flood dam on the Dry Comal Creek.
City manager Mike Shands said the city/county projects were the top priority. The two entities would have split the 25 percent cost share, he said.
The county also requested $5.9 million for other projects.
The city requested $20 million in additional projects. ;
“It’s very disappointing,” Shands said Monday. “They must have felt like other areas needed it more... but I felt we had a strong submission.”
Despite this apparent loss, the county might have some money coming its way.
DEM has recommended to FEMA that Comal County receive $ 1.5 million for acquisition projects in the county through a different grant program.
County engineer Tom Homseth said the county would use the money to buy structures in various floodplains in Bulverde, Solms and the Blanco Road/Cibolo Creek area.
But the county’s other projects weren’t so lucky.
“We’re going to press on,” Hornseth said. “We’ll fund these projects one way or another.”Residents roll up their sleeves to fight flu bug
Comal health department urges vaccinations before onset of season
By Erin MAGRUDER
Y2K is not the only bug residents should worry about as they prepare to ring in the New Year.
Another critter is about to pay a visit — bringing with it a rather unpleasant round of fever, chills, sore throat, cough and headache.
The influenza virus causes
thousands of deaths each year — mostly among the elderly, said Nanette Burkhardt of Comal County Health Department.
Flu season runs from November to March or April of each year.
To prevent a nasty bought with the virus, residents are encouraged to get influenza vaccina
tions before the flu season begins.
Because flu shots require two weeks to develop protection, residents are advised to get immunized as soon as possible.
The flu is caused by a very contagious virus that spreads from infected persons to the noses or throats of others.
Although most people are only sick with the flu for a few days, some people can become seriously ill and require hospitalization, Burkhardt said.
In 1995, 2,018 cases of flu were reported in Comal County. Since then, Comal County Health Department has promoted immunization heavily in order to bring that number down, Burkhardt said.
This past year, the health department administered more than 3,000 shots, resulting in only 104 reported cases of flu for the entire county.
The flu vaccine lasts for oneSee FLU/5A
Donald Periiski, 67, gets his annual flu . shot at Walgreens on Monday from Personal Touch registered nurse Brenda Maese.
• Spring forward and fall back should mean more than changing your clocks twice a year — also replace the batteries in your smoke detector and test it at those times.
• Replace your smoke detector every 10 years.
• Plan and practice several home escape routes in case of a fire. Remember you might have to crawl out in the early morning hours when you’re half asleep. Designate a meeting place outside -maybe by the mailbox.
• Feel the door with the back of your hand before opening — if ifs hot, don’t open it. Use another escape route, lf you can use the door, close it behind you to help stall the fire.
• Stay low. Smoke and heat rise.
• Keep the furnace, chimney and appliances in working order.
Fire officials take critical message to local classrooms
New Braunfels Fire and Rescue paramedic specialist Robert Stevenson displays a full set of fire gear to students at
Frazier Elementary on Monday morning.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Firefighters might look like the Star Wars bad guy Darth Vader with all their gear, but kids shouldn’t be scared, New Braunfels Fire and Rescue officials warned Monday.
“Never hide from a fireman, because it makes it really, really hard to find you,” paramedic specialist Jack Ward told students at Frazier Elementary School.
The students didn’t seem too scared Monday morning — instead they eagerly stretched out their hands to touch the uniforms, complete with
boots, pants, vests, hoods, masks and gloves.
Ward and five other employees from Station No. 3 were at the school for Fire Prevention Month — designated to commemorate two major fires in October 1871.
The Great Chicago Fire killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless and destroyed more than 17,400 buildings.
The fire in Wisconsin burned 1.28 million acres and killed 1,500 people.
And now, an average of three children die each day in house fires, Fire Chief Jack Collier said.
To help prevent these travesties, fire and rescue officials from all six stations will visit every school in New Braunfels and Comal school districts during October.
The fire department also is giving tours of the central fire station and sponsoring an essay contest and fire truck building contest.
At Frazier Elementary, Ward used puppet shows to teach students about fire safety.
A blue-capped puppet named Stan sang a rock and roll chorus explaining what to do if you catch on fire: “Stop,
See FIRE/5ACity targets ‘unsafe’ house
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
New Braunfels city officials found numerous health and fire code violations recently in a vacant, unsecured house on Texas 46 — home to rodents, disease and piles of trash measuring two feet deep.
City officials expressed several concerns about the property at 1112 Texas 46 in Guadalupe County.
Because it is unsecured with unlocked doors and gates and broken windows, anyone could access the structure, city attorney Floyd Akers said.
Evidence of rat droppings throughout the house,See HOUSE/5A
Debris piled at least two feet high — and higher in some places —- was found in 1112 Texas 46.Inside
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NBISD to canvass election results
From staff reports
New Braunfels Independent School District trustees will meet tonight to canvass die election returns of the Oct. 2 bond election and to consider canceling the district 3 trustee election.
Trustees will meet 7 at the Education Center, 430 W. Mill St., to appoint a committee from the board to canvass and tabulate the results of the $75 million bond election.
District patrons passed the bond proposition with an almost two to one margin Saturday night The bond
garnered 65 percent of the votes, with 1,688 in support and 902 voting
About 12 percent or 2,590 patrons, of the 21,332 registered voters in NBISD turned out for the election,.
The board also will consider declaring Lee Edwards an unopposed candidate in the district 3 trustee race and approve an order declaring him elected to office.
Sue Hahn and Jim Gabbard are running for the district 5 seat on die board in the Nov. 2 election. Early voting for the election begins Oct 18. ;