New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ Sept. 10,1993Serving Comal County ■ Home of SARAH FEST
Vol. 141, No. 210
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Sarah Fest,
Judy Tray hand, Daniel Juarez, Maria Ramirez, Jordan McKin• his, Rusty Brandt. Happy Anniversary to Hanno A Helen Janz (53rd on Sol), Tom A Mary San Miguel (Sat.).
Publicity seminar set for Sept. 13
A community-wide publicity seminar, geared for publicity i chairpersons of local non-profit organizations, has been scheduled for Monday, Sept 13 at 5:30 p.m. at Dittlinger Memorial Library.
The seminar will be sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council and will feature publicity tips from New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Mark Lyon.
For more information, call Sharon Neuhaus at 625-6570.
Local realtor group to host course
The New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors will host a 30-hour real estate course starting Sept 13.
The class will be "Successful Agency Relationships" and is approved for prelicense credit and first three renewals.
For more information, contact Sandra Riggle at 625-6954 or Bernie Boamet at 629-5700.
For information and to register, contact Faith Palacios at the San Antonio Board of Realtors at (210)-593-1200.
Benefit garage sale aet for Sept. 11
A garage sale to benefit Beta Sigma Phi, a non-profit corporation, will be held Saturday, Sept.
11 at Sherri’s Floral Creations, 880 Hwy. 81 West.
TOPS meeting set for Thursday, Sept. 16 A meeting of Take Off Pounds Sensibly will be held Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:45 p.m. The meeting will be held in the Garza Street classroom across from McKenna Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 625-8860.
Paronts Without Prrtnors mooting
There will be a Parents Without Partners combo meeting Wednesday, Sept. 15, at the Longhorn Grill on Hwy. 81 near the factory mall.
Members should plan to eat out, and also for general orientation and board meetings. A speaker will address the new laws of 1993. Call (210) 620-5018 for more information.
Christian Women’s Stylo Show Tuesday
The Christian Women’s Club will present a Texas Style Fashion . Show on Tuesday, Sept. 14 at the Holiday Inn - New Braunfels at
Soloist and speaker will be Maxine Mays from Poteet, Texas. For reservations! call 620-5205.
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dispose of hazardous
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel (left) and Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab sign the contract with Laldlaw yesterday at the city municipal building.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
New Braunfels EMS personnel give medical attention to Marla Teresa Ortlz-De Campos and Marla M. Campos, both of New Braunfels, at a wreck which took place yesterday. All were treated and released.
Two-car accident leaves three injured
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels police responded to a two-car accident Thursday that occurred at the intersection of West San Antonio Street and South Chestnut.
The accident occurred at approximately 4: IO p.m. Three New Braunfels residents were reported to be injured in the accident.
Maria Teresa Ortiz-De Campos, 36, Maria M. Campos, 35, and Marco Campos Jr, 18, were all reported to be injured.
According to reports, the accident occurred when DeCampos, who was driving a 1981 Red Chevrolet Silverado pickup, was headed east on West San Antonio Street. Reports show, Daniel Ervin Clements, 36, of New Braunfels, was headed west on San Antonio Street and was waiting to turn south onto South Chestnut Street. Clements was driving a 1981 black Volvo GLT.
In a jointly issued proclamation, Mayor Rudy Seidel of the City of New Braunfels and Precinct 4 Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab announced a program aimed at reducing, recycling and responsibly managing household hazardous wastes.
“Now we can start work on our household hazardous waste collection event,” Elroy Friesenhahn, Assistant Chief with the City of New Braunfels Fire Prevention Bureau. “The first thing is the construction of the collection facility which will be located at Station No 2 on Loop 337 south of town.
Friesenhahn is the local project manager for the program. Schwab and Seidel with county Fire Marshal Milton C. Wittmann and Chief Phil Baker of the New Braunfels Fire Department are the board members who will direct the effort.
“This project kicked off about a year and a half ago,” said Schwab. “The Texas Water Commission wanted to know if we would be interested in a pilot program for household hazardous waste. They picked four towns and they picked two — Corpus Christi and New Braunfels/Comal County and we were the only county to get involved with it We thought it would be a good joint venture. We wanted to have satellite collection stations but that turned out to be impossible, but I think it will work out this way.”
“The first problem we had was finding a location,” said Seidel. “Some of them were over the aquifer and we wanted to stay away from that, so we found a location that is still accessible to all the people in the oounty and the city. It’s off of 337, a good location, not over the aquifer. So, we feel real good about the whole thing .”
According to Friesenhahn, citizens call often looking for methods of properly disposing of household hazardous waste. He encouraged everyone to save such products for collection on the target date of December 4.
The project is provided in cooperation with the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission who provided grant funds to Corpus Christi and New Braunfels/Comal County as pilot programs fix the safe disposal of hazardous household waste.
Laidlaw Environmental Services,
the second _
largest haz- Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
ardous waste Elroy Frlatanhahn, Assistant Firs Chlsf, management william B. Hallam, facility manager for company in Laldlaw, Phil Baker, Now Braunfels Firs the world, Chlsf, Milton Wittmann, Comal County Firs was awarded Marshall, Mo# Schwab, Comal County the contract Commissi oner, and Mayor Rudy Saids! at for disposal THurDClDy signing ceremonies.
of the material for New Braunfels/Comal County.
Typical products which qualify as hazardous household waste include old pairs and paint thinner, nail polish remover, kitchen and bathroom cleaners, suntan lotion whose expiration date has passed, shoe polish, pesticides and batteries These materials must be treated with sophisticated technologies in high volumes. In smaller concentrations they are usually just thrown away and often end up untreated in local landfills that are neither lined or monitored.
The grant program will allow the building of a permanent collection site for the city and comfy and the contract with Laidlaw Environmental for the application of the necessary treatments and technologies to the materials, assuring safe handling and final management. Some of the materials, such as old paint, will be recycled.
Restaurant owners up in arms over reports
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Several restaurant owners and managers in the New Braunfels area have recently expressed their concern over the publishing of health reports in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Members of the restaurant community say they are concerned not only about the way the inspections are conducted but the fact the results of the inspection are published in the Herald-Zeitung.
Health inspections of the restaurants are conducted by city health inspector Joe Lara. The reports, including written comments from Lara, are then published by the Herald-Zeitung.
Lara said his reports are conducted in a completely objective manner.
Bill Knight, of Langston House, said he does not understand why the repons need to be published.
“There is no reason to print it in the paper,” he said.
He also said he believes Lara is a “little picky.” Knight said he could not understand how one of the school district’s cafeteria could have a longer list of comments but had a higher score than his restaurant.
Mark Lauer, of The Plaza Diner, said he believes the problem is not with the way the inspections are conducted but instead with the publishing of them in the paper.
“I was personally inspected months ago
and it was a fair inspection,” said Lauer. “My problem is with the Herald publishing them.
“I agree they (reports) arc public record and need to be made available. . . I don’t have a problem with it being public but those reports cannot be properly interpreted by the general public,” he said..
Lauer said the Herald should post results of follow-up inspections and allow the restaurant owners and manager to rebut or explain what was found.
“That’s what is angering them. The paper we advertise in is publishing negative views,” he said.
June Pace, owner of The Loft Tearoom, said she has a problem with both the manner of the inspections and having them published in the newspaper.
Pace said she was dissatisfied with her inspection for several reasons. According to Pace, she was cited for having a light bulb off in a kitchen in the basement. She said kitchen is only used to wash dishes and that the light in question was recessed and was not needed
Pace said she had talked to Lara when her restaurant was opened and he had discussed several other items with her. She claims he then cited her for these items dunng her inspection.
Pace said publishing the reports in the paper is a problem because the public does not knowhow to interpret them and will get the wrong idea.
Lara agreed that the reports may be difficult to interpret. He said on a point scale a lot of
small items can add up although the items may not be critical.
“Some articles may not be critical but the one-pointers do add up,” he said.
In addition to information given at the regular inspection, a letter containing an explanation of each deficiency is sent to each restaurant, said Lara.
“It (the letter) goes over what everything means,” said Lam.
Lara said when conducting inspections he tries to oomply with Texas’ interpretation cf how the rules should be applied. He said restaurant owners may interpret them differently.
“My interpretation may be different as what they feel may be acceptable,” he said “I try to oomply with the state’s interpretation."
“We try to work with the situation and meet the interpretive definition,” he said.
“I wouldn’t classify myself as strict,” he said ’There are instances when it’s not going to be black and white.”
Members of the Texas Restaurant Association in New Braunfels will have an emergency meeting on Sept. 13 to discuss the inspections and the publishing of the reports.
"Every newspaper I've been associated with published restaurant reports," said Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Mark Lyon. "It's public information, just like a police report or other health inspections. However, restaurant owners have said that they feel the report is unfair. That is why we agreed to publish their side of the story ."
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