New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Bon Maloney
CANYON LAKE — The county’s constables kicked off a two-day warrant roundup in the lake area Sunday with eight arrests.
Precinct 4 Constable Ben Scroggin said eight constables or deputies cleared $3,900 in previously unpaid fines in the effort.
Monday, they were joined by sheriff’s deputies, New Braunfels police and Department of
Public Safety troopers in an effort that led to 48 arrests on 68 warrants.
Comal County Sheriff’s Warrants Division Commander Sgt. Max Wommack planned the warrant roundup—warning local scofflaws a month ago
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to pay their fines before officials came and found them.
Scroggin said he and the county’s constables elected to
begin the roundup at Canyon Lake Sunday — a day earlier than in the rest of the county.
“We began in Startzville, proceeded to Sattler, then we worked the FM 306/Hancock area,” Scroggin said. “From there, we proceeded to U.S.
281 and Bulverde.”
In all, Scroggin said constables went to 75 locations. Many, he said, turned out not to be good addresses, although 21 warrants were cleared.
See WARRANTS, Page 3A
I Church relief team to help Hurricane Ivan victims
Send donations for hurricane disaster relief work to the following organizations:
■ Texas Baptist Men, 333 N. Washington
N Bluebonnet Baptist Association 1424 N. Business 35 New Braunfels 78130
N American Red Cross: www.red-aoss.org
N Salvation Army:
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — Every day, Alex Powell checks the progress of Hurricane Ivan’s slow march through the Gulf of Mexico.
His bags are packed; he is ready to leave home at a moment’s notice.
Rowell is not worried about evacuating from the Canyon Lake area. In fact, he will be headed toward the massive storm, not away from it, when he leaves.
Powell is coordinator of Canyon Lake First Baptist Church’s disaster relief team. His 15-member crew is wait
ing for Ivan to make landfall so it can do what it does best — feed people in crisis.
“The uncertainty is hard,” he said. “We watch weather reports several times a day.”
Waiting for Ivan is particularly hard because Powell’s team was called up to assist victims of Ilurricane Frances, but the team members never made it to Florida.
They left on Labor Day, towing their 22-foot trailer pac ked with enough supplies to prepare 10,000 meals. Three teams that arrived at the Mobile, Ala., staging area before they did continued into the Sunshine State. Powell’s
team was asked to wait to see what kind of havoc Ivan would wreak.
After several nights spent sleeping on a church gymnasium floor, they headed back to Texas.
“We were ready to work,” Powell said. “It was a long drive home.”
On the return trip, the team stopped to leave the trailer at a church in Covington, La.
“We were worried we might have to go back to get it after Ivan started heading in that direction,” Powell said. “But, we were told they would move it for us if the time comes.”
Gary Smith, disaster relief
volunteer coordinator for Texas Baptist Men, said the time would probably come by the end of the week.
“I expect to get a call Friday morning," he said. “The Canyon Lake First Baptist Church team might get sent in with the first responders, but if not, they will definitely go with the second round.”
Texas Baptist Men coordinates a network of 1,000 disaster relief volunteers from around the state who are prepared to respond to an emergency.
The collection of traveling See TEAM, Page 3A
Presentation to offer info on toll roads
By Ron Maloney
Comal County commissioners Thursday will hear a presentation on toll roads and funding for road projects — and they want the public to attend.
Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, will explain how a Regional Mobility Authority works during the workshop portion of the commissioners’ court agenda.
Under recent legislation designed to help fund future highway projects, construction that includes local funding will receive priority from the state. The legislation provides for creating Regional Mobility Authorities, which would have power to issue bonds or charge tolls to help pay for road construction.
Several important Comal County road projects — including upgrading U.S. 281, wideningTexas 46 and an outer loop around New Braunfels, are not on the 25-year planning horizon tor die Texas Department of Transportation because no money exists to pay for them.
Several RMAs have been started around Texas. Comal County is beginning planning to start one here.
Heiligenstein, a former Travis County commissioner, will explain the process of forming a RMA and how it works.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin said he felt the county would be left with no choice but to form its own RMA if it is to address long-term road construction needs.
“I hope the public understands we’ve been elected to lead and not sit back and watch,” Millikin said. “The state legislature is forcing us to get into the highway business.”
County Judge Danny Scheel said Heili-genstein’s presentation would provide a good opportunity for Comal County voters to learn about RMAs and the situation regarding highway funding in this state.
“We want to invite the public to come listen to this,” Scheel said. “It’s important to get educated on flus. Not one of us sitting here is in favor of toll roads, but we might be left with no other choice.”
Scheel said commissioners could not wait to see if the legislature affords it some other binding scenario in die ftiture—particularly with environmental approvals taking years and sometimes decades to obtain.
“We can’t sit back and do nothing with the projected population being 220,000 here within the next 20 years,” Scheel said. “A prudent leader would start planning now because anything we start planning on today is six to IO years into the future before it can happen.”
AT A GLANCE
B What: Commissioner's Court
m When: 8:15 a m. meeting, 8:30 a.m. workshop agenda
• Where: Courtroom, 199 Main Plaza
Catch up on results of Friday night's high school football games.
Times of change, opportunity
Barron Casteel enjoys some appetizers, including shrimp and meatballs, set out at the chamber of commerce BusinessTrade Show.
Almost 800 people attend Business Trade Show kickoff
By Scott Mahon
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce kicked off its annual Business Trade Show Tuesday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Marty Lindley, chairwoman, said almost 800 people attended the preview, which included 60 exhibitors, a silent auction, entertainment and door prizes.
“We were limited to the number of exhibitors because of space,” she said. “But the show was sold out.”
Exhibitors included TXI-Hunter Cement, Color Express, Bank of America, New Braunfels Utilities, McKenna I lealth Systems and Eden Home, among others.
This year’s theme is “Windows of Change, Doors of Opportunity.”
Tickets to Tuesday^ preview were $20 per person, but tickets at the door today will be $5.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said he remembered the first trade show.
“We thought we'd try it for sever
al years to see if it’d catch on,” Meek said “We never dreamed it would be the success it’s become.”
The show is an opportunity for area businesses to display their products and services.
“The New Braunfels trade show is one of the best trade shows in the area,” said Christopher Williams with Advanced Business Systems in San Marcos. “The New Braunfels chamber of commerce is one of the best chambers in the country.” Gretchen Reuwer with New Braunfels Utilities said the show was an opportunity to interact with NBU customers outside business hours.
DD. Ames, a licensed sports nutritionist with McKenna Health Systems, said the show was an opportunity to showcase several of McKenna's proposed projects, including McKenna llealthlinkhildreris Museum and McKenna Village.
Ames said McKenna would sponsor a health enhancement seminar at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“We’ll show companies how to
D.D. Ames, left, a licensed sports nutritionist with McKenna Health Systems, and city council member Valerie Hull mingle at the Chamber of Commerce Trade Show.
save money by incorporating wellness programs,” she said.
Wednesday's show includes a complimentary lunch at noon, door prizes and happy hour from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
“We expect over 1,000 people
Wednesday,” Lindley said.
Wednesday’s show begins with an exhibitor’s breakfast ai 8:30 a.m. and opens to the public at IO a.m.
Door prizes will be drawn at 5:55 p.m.
T he show closes at 6 p.m.