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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas >AV jvewjLLJJ 7 4 FELS Herald S°;fi VONDELL 9 62 f' DR iii? ___--- ^J"'-11'.   '■-■•" , JI'J ZZZ] Vol. 148, No. 215 16 pgs. in I section September 16, 1999 Drainage committee puts work on hold By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer The Drainage Advisory Committee decided Wednesday it would put all work on hold until New Braunfels City Council provided more specific directions. “I’d like to find out what they expect to come out of this committee,” president Hal Herbelin said. The committee spent nearly two hours discussing whether it was to focus on drainage maintenance issues, drainage capital improvement projects or both. The seven-member committee has not accepted any proposed fees but continues to review an ordinance that suggests a possible fee structure to raise money for both maintenance and construction of drainage facilities. City council will have the final say on any fee structure; the committee makes recommendations to council. “We still have the cart before the horse,” committee secretary Mary Cunningham said. “We need to know exactly or have some idea what the costs are of how much money we need to raise ... I find it difficult to budget for something when we don’t know what we’re budgeting for.” City engineer C.A. Bolner said, “You’re correct, we don’t know what we’re funding yet.” Bolner handed out a list of drainage projects New Braunfels City Council might place on a future bond election — all pricey capital improvement projects. But some committee members said they thought the fees they were addressing were to fund only maintenance projects, which would cost about $250,(XX) a year, according to the city’s master plan. “Maybe we should address this as a maintenance-only ordinance,” Herbelin said. Cunningham said the committee should ofter funding suggestions for the bigger capital improvement projects as well.See DRAINAGE/5 Thursday^ Comal County since 1852 50 cents Annual river clean-up is Saturday By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Comal County residents will have a chance to pitch in Saturday at the ninth annual Lower Guadalupe River clean-up. Volunteers will remove trash from about 20 miles of river from Farm-to-Market Road 306 at Canyon Dam along River Road to New Braunfels. The event is organized by Friends For Rivers, a local group formed to promote a balance between the conservation and the use of both the Comal and Guadalupe rivers, active member Julie Swift said. More than 1,700 people came out this past year to pick up litter from along the shoreline and in the river.See RIVER CLEAN-UP/5 If You Go What To Wear• Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for swimming or wading and shoes that will protect their feet from sharp objects.• Land-based volunteers should wear high top boots or shoes with non-skid soles.• Long pants and long-sleeved shirts are advised. What to Bring• A flotation device or life jacket for each person, as the river is deep in some places.• Sunscreen• A long fish net, golf ball pick-up stick or gig to pick up trash• Lunch and drinks What Not to Bring• Too many items or anything that cannot be replaced• Dogs or other animals• Children shorter than 3 feet tai! Who to Ask For Help• Coordinator volunteers, who will be stationed all along the river wearing Friends For Rivers staff T-shirts.Gunman opens fire at churchEight die, seven injured in Fort Worth sanctuary FORT WORTH (AP) — Eight people died and seven others were injured after a man dressed in black walked into a church service filled with teen-agers Wednesday night, pulled a gun and began shooting before fatally shooting himself, police said. Fort Worth police Lt. David Ellis said three teenagers and three adults were shot to death inside the church in the city’s southwest comer. Another victim died at a hospital. The shooter appears to have been in his 30s. Seven others went to hospitals with injuries, some of which appeared extremely cntical. Ellis said. No victim names were available. A pipe bomb exploded on a balcony inside the sanctuary after the 7 p.m. shooting and a bomb squad was inspecting several suspicious packages found at the church, Ellis said. Shortly after 8 p.m., police told reporters and bystanders to get inside an elementary school across the street from the church because of the explosives. Five wounded were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, two to Harris Methodist Hospital and one 12-year-old went to Cook Childrens’ Medical Center, fire officials said. Witness Christy Martin, 17, told KDFW-TV, “He was very calm and looked normal and was smoking a cigarette. “The man walked into the sanctuary, pulled a gun and began firing,” she said. “I just saw him point the gun and shoot.” Scores of teen-agers attended Wednesday night's weekly serv ice because of the annual “See You At The Pole” ceremony. The annual gathering, where students affirm their faith and concern for the problems of society by holding prayer time around their school’s flagpole, began in IWO as an emphasis of the Texas Baptist Convention. It takes place on the third Wednesday of September. Dux Hughes, the church’s college minister, said at least 150 young people were inside the sanctuary when the gunman arrivedSee GUNMAN/3Smile for the camera AMANDA BECK/HerakJ-ZertungRayden Ritcher, 18 months, and his grandmother, Fritzie Ritcher, test out a sewer camera Wednesday night at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. Business Trade Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center. The camera was on display at the Southwest Plumbing booth. Plumbers use the camera to find problems in sewer lines. The annual Business Trade Show concluded its two-day mn on Wednesday. EAA directors approve habitat conservation plan From staff reports SAN ANTONIO — The Edwards Aquifer Authority board of directors recently approved a $225,000 contract to develop the first phase of a Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP). The plan will address the protection of species considered endangered or threatened in Comal and San Marcos springs, two of the largest natural discharge points. The plan also will address species that could become listed as endan gered or threatened by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Without the plan, the EAA could be prosecuted under the federal Endangered Species Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service officials said. Phase I of the HCP, which includes public participation, data collection and analysis, is expected to be completed by Jan. 31, 2000. Phase 2, which includes preparing and submitting the plan, is scheduled to be completed in March 2002. Inside Abby............................ ........7 Classifieds................... .13-16 Comics....................... ........8 Crossword................... ........7 Forum.......................... ........6 Local/Metro.................. ........4 Movies......................... ........7 Obituaries.................... ........3 Sports........................... ...9-10 Today........................... ........2 Television...................... ........9 Key code 76 Woman was moving into home one day before fire damaged it By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer A woman had started moving into a home on Morningside Drive the day before fire ravaged it. New Braunfels Fire and Rescue officials reported that 2912 Morningside Drive had been vacant, but Shelley Thompson said she started moving in on Sunday, one day before a fire caused $40,000 in damage. Thompson said she had moved out three months ago but started to move back on Sunday. A cursory inventory revealed she lost all of her business records, a television, videocassette recorder, refrigerator, stove, dining room table, recliner and toys belonging to her three children, ages 4, 10 and 13. I'hompson is owner of Wolfgang^ Keller Restaurant and Bar, 295 E San Antonio St. “I start to think about something I need and then I realize I lost it ” she said. 1’hompson said her trustbuster, left recharging in the kitchen, started the fire. The Dustbuster experienced an internal short, sparking flames that engulfed nearby shelving and traveled into the attic of the wooden house. wmk ■MBI ...    ..    u.    ........ WB El mm ' € WAI Ll/Herald-ZeitungFriends for Rivers volunteers (clockwise from bottom right) Matt Jennings, Tom Talcott, Ginny Daniel, Bums Cleland, Amanda Slaughter, Billy Wofford, Dusti Blalock and Zero Rivers will pitch in and clean the Guadalupe River Saturday. ;