New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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SERVING NEW BRAUNFELS SINCE 1852Ex-mayor, Krueger debate banWilliams says ordinance is ‘just not legal’
By Greg Bowsn
Former New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams on Monfiay warned that (ity taxpayers would have to toot the bill tor another riv-<‘r-regulation related lawsuit it voters in the Nov, 8 s[)e-t iai election approve a ban on beer t ans and other dis-
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posable containers on the C^)mal and Guadalupe, the city's po|)ular tubing rivers.
former Mayor Pro Tem Kathk'en Krueger cautioned that failure at the ballot box to protect th(> "environment tal purity" of th(> Comal River, home to endangered sf)ecies, could result in a federal takeover that (Ould be draconian compared to
See DEBATE, Page 3
SupportTheBan files ethics complaints
The [political action committc'e suf)-porting the proposed l)an on disf)osabl(' containers on Nc‘w Braunfels' rivers said it has fil(‘d complaints with the Texas rthics Commission against two PA( s which oppose the ban.
The Fthics ('ommission could nol immediately confirm the filing of com-[)laints Monday afternoon.
Su()portTh('Ban.( >rg said it filed ( om-pi.iints against the ( an the Ban PA( and its trc'asurer, Chantc' Ma/y, and ag.iinst Misty Fic'lds, frcMSurer of the Nc'w Braunfels Citizens for Rc'sponsible ('iOvc*rn-mc'nt PAC
ihe complaints allege* viol.itions of Fthic s (ommission reguLitions, Su[)[)ort-TheBan said in a n('ws relcMse. Thc‘y follow last wec'k's d('adlin(' to file with the
See ETHICS. Page 10
Experts lay out options or projects
Consultants quiz council, watershed committee and public on stormwater management strategies
By Greg Bowen
Ihe Hpfak) Zeitunq
C'onsultants helping to develop a new stormwater managc'ment |)lan for New Braunfels sat down with (ity (ouncil members, the Watershed Advisory ( om-mitti'C' and the public Monday evening to |)ick their brains about which strategies to use.
Each grouf) was askc'd to choose its favori tes from a list ot
stormwater ma nage-m V n t strat('gic's.
T h c' i r ( h o i c e s included o [) e n -space (on-servation, [) o r o u s pavement, floodwav building [)r()hil)itions, city inc entives or tc'es, strc'am and river restoration, and many more*.
In sc'parate half-hour dis-(ussions, the groups made their c hoices.
The |)ublic grouf), made up of about eight citizens who had come to sit in on the joint workshop of coun-cil and Its watershed committee, c hose the "retrofit stormwater fac ilities" strategy as its favorite. Fhat option involvc'S upgrading cvxisting city drainage facilities in need of repair.
The watershc'd committee c hose the "flcK)d hazard mitigation" strategy. That's a strategy calling for the c ity "to minimize, expedite c omniunication during, and swiftly recover after, a flood hazard event."
City council also picked flood hazard mitigation as its top strategy.
Residents who'd like to try their hand at choosing their favorite stormwater management strategy can do just that by taking the online stormwater management survey on the city's website.
"The online survey is very similar to what we just did/' said consultant Rebecca Leonard of Design Workshop.
See DRAINAGE, Page 3
OFFICIAL DISCUSSES NEED FOR NEW JAIL
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE Herald Zintunq
Comal County Jairadministrator Ma). John Bell stands near eight empty cells on Monday as he discusses the need to repair an ouidated door operating system at the tacility.
In the jaOhouse now
State gives facility high marks; official says new jail necessary
By Dak>ndo Mouttrie
(omal (^)unty SherifI Bob Holder has said population growth across the county is driving the nc'ed for more jail space.
Rc'c ently, the state commission that inspec ts jails gave the count)''s facility a clean bill of health and found no deficiencies. Fiowever, Holder, his jail administrator Major lohn Bell and the commission's exec utive director said glowing marks do not discount the nc'ed for a new jail.
Adan Munoz, ext“cutive dircxtor of the Texas Commission on jail Standards, said the inspection done Sept. 14-15 wcmt through every aspect of the jail. The inspec tor, Fred St. Amant, made sure ec|uipment was operational, records are [>roperly kept and inmates have no complaints, Munoz said.
He said St. Amant found ever>'-thing in order.
"What they maintain in that jail is ac cording to standards," Munoz said. "They c an Ix' in comf)liance, but they're shipping [)eople out,"
► EARLY SUNDAY
Man dies after hit by train
By Dalondo Mouttiie
A N('w Bra untéis man died (‘arly Sunday atter he lailc'd to Ic'ave (he trac ks and a moving tr.iin hit him, city police said in a nc'ws release.
f’olii (> vvi're told lavier (\istilleja, ", had been drinking bc'tore the me idc'nt, said 11. Hc'ath Purvis ot the N(>v\ BraunU'Is Police Department.
"l! IS unknown whv he was on the track," Purvis said. 1t appears h(‘ had ('ither tallen asU'op or passed out thi>rt'."
Ac ( ording lo the rc-leasc', Nc'vv Brauivtc'Is Police Dc'partnu'iit offu ers and New Braunfels I ire* I )c‘[)art mcMit nieml)(‘rs responded .ibout I; 1 S a,m. Sunday t(f the ar('a ot the 200 bloc k ot West lahn St. and toiind ('astilic|a about 100 K'et trom the' stre'd s interst'c tion with railroad tracks. Inver-gcHKA Mc'du al ServKt' p(,*r-soniH'l treated liim al the* sc(Mie, but ( astilleja was pronouncc'd dead at C hris-tus Santa Rosa New Braunlels, the rc'leasc' said.
Union Pa( itic employees on the train said thc'\ sounded the train's horn to alert ('astiHe)a ot the train's a[)proa( h, ()oIice said. They said he- rcmiainc'd prostrate on tlie trac ks and lhc> train, unable to stop in time, hit Castilleja,
See TRAIN, Page 10 WEATHER, TO
GOOOWIN FRAZIER ElEMENTARY
The staff bathroom tor the bonding and visitation office at Comal County Jail also serves as a place to prepare food and store office supplies because of lack of space.
Sunny and windy
Bell said the inspection looks at fire alarm systems, smoke detectors and other ec|ui[)ment.
"If our fire alarm system's working doesn't mean we don't nc^ed another facility or add-on or however this builcling plays out," Bell said. "Where needing more jail space comes in is in our housing system."
Holder said ( omal sc'nds some of its prisoners to a neighboring countv bc'cause of S|)ace issues, and that [)uts a liardsliif) on ( omal County.
He said, for instanc e*, if a ( omal ("ounty inmate in a neighberring county's facility nc'eds mc'dieal
See JAIL. Page 10
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^ ^ We’re working with what we have. We know as this county grows, and it continues ^ ^ to grow at a steady rate, you can sit back and wait until the roof blows off. Or you can say you know it’s going to happen.”
Major John Hell ] C omal C'ounly Jail adininistrator
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