New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, October 21,1997
Vol 145, No. 244
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Birthday wlshas from tho Horahl-Zoitmiy!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Shealee Brumfield, Kerf DuBose, Poppy Hirsch, Viola Jonas, Jessica Upton, Pam Brandt and Mandy Lynn Sanchez (18 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds—1,078 Ragweed —136 Cedar Elm—10 Pigweed —6
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 317 cubic feet per second, up 9 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We! — 625.78 feet above sea level, down .02 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.26 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 6.875 million gallons of surface water Monday and 394,000 gallons of well water
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Tonight — Cloudy with a
30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. Low near 60. Wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph.
Wednesday — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain. High in the mid 70s. Northeast wind 5-10 mph.
Thursday through Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the 70s to near 80. Lows in the 50s to near 60.
Watch for road work in araa
• Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009. No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed. All northbound lanes are open.
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. Expect delays and lane closures, and pay attention to signage and flagmen.
• In addition to routine repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane. The roads will remain open to traffic.
Bcd Ctmc sets open house
Red Cross staff and volunteers at the New Braunfels Service Center, San Antonio Area Red Cross volunteers and staff and folks from Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe and Kendall counties will par ticipate in an open house from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at 100 Main Plaza, suite 110 in New Braunfels.
Get ready for
Smithson Valley High. School will host an area-wide college night from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the school’s commons area. Students from any school in the tri-county area are invited to attend. SVHS is located at 14001 Texas 46 West in Spring Branch.
Forum for the future
Master plan gathering draws moderate community response
On their minds
■ Expending work bound programs (Tech prep)
■ Restructuring consolidation of school districts
■ Establish landscaped buffer zones
■ Need for sidewalks on major roadways
■ Identify public and private funds for housing
■ Develop an entertainment district
■ Secure additional water supply natural resources
■ Reduce and control noise pollution
■ Insure that future housing needs are met
■ Maintain areas for parks and green belts
■ Develop multi-use trails for hiking, biking
■ Consider building soc-
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Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Da mall
Mayor Jan Kannady ipaaka to tho crowd at Maw Braunfels High School Monday night about the city’s comprehensive plan. A crowd of lass than 2S0 turned out for tho community forum.
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Residents of New Braunfels, subcommittee members and local officials gathered in groups at New
Braunfels High School Monday night to combine their visions for the future into a blueprint for progress.
Presented in an open forum to the community for review, discussion and further input by community members, the New Braunfels master plan meeting attracted a modest number of residents and subcommittee members who discussed city growth and development in terms of affordable housing, limited water supply and how to bring more high wage jobs into the county.
About 70 residents, several officials and 160 subcommittee members, who have been studying nine areas that comprise the master plan, converged in NBHS cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. They later met in smaller groups to interact and voice individual concerns.
Participants wrestled with ideas such as restructuring the consolidation of school districts and attracting big business to the community to create better, higher-paying jobs.
Others talked about preserving green space and making bike trails, while some participants focused on
Abow left. Mike McNeMev of Wilbur Smith Amoc. ipeeki to i modest firm will evaluate recommendation* made for the city’s future. Above the community forum.
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cfbgrd about the city plan. The rlgNg the aign points the way to
tourism and accommodations tor the thousands of visitors who affect the city financially each year.
The evening was divided into a formal welcome, then three separate sessions where participants were able to choose from the following. Education, population and youth; codes and ordinances/subdivision/annexation; economic development; environment /utilities/ drainage/natural resources; land use and zoning; parks and recreation; urban design/main street/historic
preservation; public facilities and service, finance and capital improvement programs; and transportation.
“By attending this meeting, people had just as much input as being on a committee,” said Don Forres, a member of the urban design.'main street historic preservation committee.
Dunng one forum on economic development, discussion ranged from how industrial jobs in the county can have a nppling affect to other, lower-paying jobs throughout
the community , to making affordable housing in New Braunfels harder to attain. The group discussed how the city of Austin had been successful in attracting high-paying computer companies to its folds.
“The question is how do we attract companies that provide those kinds of jobs,” said Mike Ybarra, planning commissioner.
The limited water supply from the Edward’s Aquifer could discourage
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Those wanted still have time to
turn themselves in
By DAVID DEKUNDER
People who have outstanding warrants with local law enforcement agencies can clear them up or face being handcuffed during Wednesday’s warrant roundup.
Corp. Max Wommack, Comal County Sheriff s Office chief warrant officer, said the sheriff s office, constables, the Texas Department of Public Safety and the New Braunfels Police Department would participate in a warrant roundup Wednesday.
The roundup will be countywide, Wommack said.
People who believe that there might be a warrant for their arrest need to contact the sheriff s office or the police department by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Wommack said.
He said people w ith outstanding warrants should take advantage of this rare opportunity.
“We may have one (warrant roundup) next week or in a month, but from now on they will not be announced," Wommack said. “We are doing this to get people to turn themselves in. By turning themselves in, it saves them the embarrassment of being arrested at their place of employment or home or wherever we find them. We are trying to give them the responsibility to take care of their obligations to the courts."
Anyone who has outstanding warrants can call the Comal County Sheriffs Office at 620-3400 or the New Braunfels Police Department at 608-2179.
No charges filed against lake man in fire death
By DAVID DEKUNOER
Comal County Sheriffs investigators have not pressed criminal charges against a Canyon Lake man who allegedly wrecked two fire trucks last week.
The loss of the fire trucks reportedly affected firefighters’ response to a tire that cost the life of a Canyon Lake w oman.
Michael Brandon Libel. 19, was still in the Comal County Jail today on charges of burglary of a building and theft of more than Turn to Charges, Page 3
GOP women’s group elects Kennady chief
Roll up sleeves now for annual flu shots
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Mayor Jan Kennady has a new hat to wear. v
Kennady, a native Texan arid lifelong
Republican, was elected president of the Texas federation of Republican Women Oct. 19 at the state convention in Lubbock.
A group of492 delegates from around the state favored Kennady, who worked her way up in the ranks, previously serving as the organization’s by-laws vice chairwoman, first vice-president and district director.
Her term of office as president begins Jan. 1,1998 and concludes Jan. 1,2000.
”1 look forward to it,” Kennady said of her new term of office.
The Texas Federation of Republican Women was federated in 1953 and now has more than 11,000 members across Texas.
The TFRW board of directors consists
of more than IOO women who meet quarterly in different Texas cities. The organization celebrated its 21 st biennial convention this past weekend, with attendees including Kay Bailey Hutchison and Gov. George Bush.
Kennady said her goals for the organization would focus on outreach toward youth ami the elderly.
“Everyone should be involved in the voting process,” she said.
Scholarships for young adults who want to pursue political science careers, raising awareness about cancer and promoting Republican candidates and Texan concerns are also items she said she hoped to achieve.
Kennady said her two-year tom would involve some travel. As TFRW president, she also will be a member of the board of directors of the National Federation of Republican Women, the largest women’s political organization in the country.
However, she maintained these extra
MAYOR JAN KENNADY
duties would not take away from any of her existing ones as mayor tor the city of New Braunfels.
“I have made a commitment to do whatever the job requires, and fulfill it,” she said
After her election Sunday, the New Braunfels Republican Women (tested a reception for Kennady at the convention. At Kennady’s request, Comal County Judge Carter Caried installed the new officers at a closing luncheon at the Lubbock Convention Center.
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
In a few months, the sounds of sneezing, sniffling and coughing will fill the air as flu season descends on South Texas, but acting now could help you fend off'the dreaded flu bug
According to the Texas Department of Health, influenza is a common respiratory illness characterized by an abrupt onset of fever, chills, muscle aches, sore throat, nasal congestion and dry cough.
Comal County public health nurse Shel McWilliams said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention expected the flu season to span from December through March each year. The CDC announced in September that in addition to two virus strains, it expected one of the more danger-Tum to Flu Shots, Page 3
Where to get shots
• Two free clinics will be offered for senior citizens age 60 years and older — Oct. 31 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center and Nov 7 at Canyon Lake Action Center. Hours will be 9 to
11:30 a m. and 1 to 4 p.m.
• Flu shots are offered during the walk-in clinic or by appointment at Comal County Health Department The walk-in clinic is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 to 11 a rn and 1 to 3:30
p m Cost is $10.
• Nurses will also go to places of business upon request by an employer and offer shots at a reduced rate Call 620-5595
Early voting sites and dates — Page 3