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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY 25 Cents Thursday December 1991 11 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY Ultimo ITY Home of Kotylo Ona 14 Pages Guidance of WORD board is questioned By LARRY ROWE Staff Writer Responding to a statement that the Water Oriented Recreation District board is inadequately prepared to handle its the Comal County judge says the Commissioners Court has given them a lot of WORD Administrator Betty who resigned Monday at the request of the chairman of the board of direc said in a public statement that the board docs not have a clear under standing of how to set Walls resigned after an audit of the water districts records indicated unauthor ized It has been a trial and error pro of which I now am being solely held Walls I know that lack of adequate training and preparation for board members to serve under the oversight of commis sioners court has been a part of prob lems facing the County Judge Carter Casteel responded Wednesday by both agree ing and disagreeing with the I think shes probably correct in that the WORD was a new kid on the a new There was probably not a lot of guidance on how to ButCasteel added that on the other since she has been on the There has been an attempt to try to assist them in the understanding of the purpose of the I think Com missioners Court has provided as much guidance as they knew how to The WORD unauthorized expendi tures will not be specified until the audit is finalized later this I dont know whose fault it but it Casteel If theres something that we can do as a court to assist them we will certain ly make every effort to do She said one thing that might help the board with its policies is a manual for fire district I think its applicable to any kind of a district thats in that it speaks to things such as open meet the posting of open the duties and functions of board how members can act only througtithe Re peated attempts to reach Walls were unsuccessful WORD was created by Texas Legislature in 1987 with voter The intent of its creation was to levy a system of user fees on visitors to the Canyon Lake to pay for litter cleanup and law accident Food drive continues The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund drive now has raised The goal of the drive is to raise riioney to provide Christ mas dinners to local residents who are less Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Herald until the delivery Latest contributors arc Max and Janis Wommack and Hclgard Louise Mark and Sally Evelyn Tratfthitf truck at West San Antonio HerakJrZeltung graphic by to pry open tM door and extricate him from theV black gf the New Fire tieni train and truck passed in v We werent if it was punc Pacifi myee We McKenna Memorial Hospital and r i waslater transferred to Northeast declined comment jd T nu T v Union Pacifid am was engine went into the gaso hauling 70 cars from yfatfojo for Union The locomouve pushed the line tank on the front of 4e said Good Day Interstate 35 is pipeline for drugs It will be sunny and cool today with a high temperature around 65 Tonights low will dip down to about 35 The high temperature in New Brnunfcis Wednesday was 61 and ihe over night low was recorded at 30 For more weather infor mation sec page Inside 5 DEAR TV SLOW POUJN ReiNPEER CROSSING niM f jalmu 20 shopping days to Christmas By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Interstate 35 continues to be u major pipeline for drug iruffic from Mexico lo the rest of the United Stutes despite incrcused law enforcemem suid Comul County Sheriff Juck We dont know how much drug traffic goes through this flremer I hope were sending the message tbat they need to take another route and thul we will put oui every effort and all resources to muke sure that jxsople are not hauling large quantities of dope through our Tuesdays of nearly 600 pounds of apparently bound for on Interstate 35 represents a small amount of whai gets Hremer adding thai ihe impact of such a bust is probably so minimal you wwj even flremer is executive director of Ihe Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force The AANTF recently co sponsored u putrol officer narcotics interdiction school to train officers to recognize cluuaciurisiics of drug traf ficking vehicles uud ihe legalities of vehicle Since the middle of August weve almost pounds of mari juana through our suid Sum ner coiuinanclcr of the Uuwcn gdded hut the surge in mar ijuana supply from the full harvest is Enforcement focuses on interdiction late this possibly because sup pliers were trying lo keep ihe markel which incrcused Everything thai were luking off iho streets is very Bowcn Prices huve fallen by us much us u pound recently due to increased The checkpoint on Iniersiuie norih of the Mexican intended to intercept drug and illegal alien is a good tool but is not totally Bremer it catches the people ihe first time theyre through there tutd forces peo ple to really take precautions if they go through there but it doesnt take them long to figure out how to go around the Brcrner Theyve been walking aliens around ihtj checkpoint for Howen added ilwi il is common for un automobile to travel with a uuck to provide un escort uud serve as u The vehicle seized in Conuu1 County on Tuesduy was equipped wilh u cellulur CB radio mid radar deieuor to comnuuucate with the drughauling Were gelling u Tot Bow en Were using techniques uiid technologies that me going to make our jut easier were going to gel of Theyre getting better were getting a lot The drug interdiction program Sumner Bowen known us Operation Pipeline begun in Texas iu in the all luw enforcement agencies send informa tion on drug seizures lo the El Paso Inielligeuce Center The infor mation is sludied lo determine roules of types of vehicle types of false coiupart inents uud smuggling Bow en School officials against rollback By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer One hundred people attended a community meeting at Canyon Middle School Wednesday 10 dis cuss the Comal Independent School Districts financial siluu lion and an ongoing effort to roll back the districts lux We liave u problem our tax es are too said CISD Super intendent Joe Rogers and Abel CISD business reviewed how the suite tuts cut funding to the dis uicl for several years due new school funding Campos also pointed out how the districts fund balance hud been depleted to subsidize years Tonight we ask you not to sup poil the rollback us it would really set us back financially next Rogers U wouldnt help this year as far your taxes uud my taxes but it would benefit you to a degree next year but it would really put us in a terrible Questions from those ia atten dance ranged from what the Coun ty tuluculion District was and how the tax rate for that body was set to why debt service money was not listed in the operating Cumpos explained that the Comal CBD tux rate is determined by a levy set by the CED sets its rate bused on properly val ues to raise the amount of that he Debt service is nol listed in the operating budget because it is sei ip stone and cannot be Whether youre for or against the we need to get involved to get slate funding Some members of the crowd pointed out thul the reason the state classifies CISD us a properlyrich school district is because the Com al Appraisal District uses inflated values for lurid in the county in order to keep lux rules Rogers responded thttl ho would check into thul Richard spokesman for the Comal Taxpayers suid CISD bus the ninth highest lux ruto in llus suue ihis yeur per
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