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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas SDAY Hangerettes host Boerne tonight in 284A tilt 7ll 0 i 2627 Y AND PASO TX 79903 NTS 10 Pages in one section NewBraunfels v w m Herald Serving Comal County Home of LANITA ROSS Vol 141 No 227 Weather Crossword Sports Day Classifieds 3 810 STAMMTISCH lay wis The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes Eola Porterie Les Caffey Domingo Herrera Dolly Varato Matthew G Morales Thomas Barber Shirley BroOks Mario Guajar do Bob Heard Winifred Hurt Kermit Krause John Ready and Beverly Thrift National Depression Screening Day slated Thursday Oct 7 Mental Health professionals from Santa Rosa Mental Well ness Center will offer local resi dents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression at a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Diy Thursday Oct 7 from 10 to 8 at the Wellness Center office Execu tive Plaza Building Suite 201 Comal League off Women Voters forum The Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters will host a forum to acquaint the public with the ballot issues for the Nov 2 election on Wednes day Oct 6 at 7 at the room430 W Giiest speaker will be Dr Tucker Gibson assistant profes sor of political science at Trini ty Universitj The second forum will be held Oct 11 at 7 at the Guadalupe Telephone Cooperative at 10 FM 3159 German American Society meeting Tuesday Oct 5 The German American Society will hold their October meeting Tuesday Octj 5 at 7 pan at American Legion Hall There will pe Dirndl Leder hasen Sale and make plans for the visitors from Dusseldorf on Oct Oct 6 is GermanAmerican Day Rubios to celebrate 34th anniversary Mary Alice and Rudy Rubio will be celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary on Oct 10 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Following t ic wedding mass a reception and dance will be held in their honor sponsored by the couples five children John Rubio Robert Rubio Rosemary Andrews Many Alice Gonzales and Christopher Michael Rubio The groom LJ Rudy Rubio is the investigator for the District Attorneys offjce Mary Alice Nee Torres is the daughter of the late Ramona Puente Stammtisch The New Herald Zeitung invites its readers to submit items lo Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and of the German community Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share ith CLSD board holds tax rate at By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District board of trustees voted to hold the CISD tax rate at Mondays tax rate adoption meeting The result will be a budget under funded by Superintendent Jerry Major had rec ommended rate which still would have left the districts budget under funded by Though Im confident that through prudent spending and buying practices we will reach two or three percent under the budget there are unfore seen things that come up so I have a hard time rec ommending a tax rate that will not fund a budget that this district has said Major I have a hard time saying its the soundest thing to do financially as superintendent I just cannot rec ommend a budget thats not balanced on paper so I recommend Board members Lee Dcels Norman Gerlich and Jim Middleton voted for the rate but the motion failed with Tom Potter Douglas Kirk Don Craighead and Thomas Bruce voting against it On the motion that passed to hold the tax rate at Gerlich Middleton Potter and Craighead voted for and Ikels Kirk and Bruce voted Tom Potter resigns position on board of trustees By ROSE MARIE CASH Staff Writer Tom Potter vice president of the Comal Inde pendent School District board of trustees resigned for the CISD board at Monday nights tax rate adoption meeting My daughter will soon be finishing her stu dent teaching receiving her teaching certifi cate and applying for employment as an ele mentary school teacher at several school dis tricts possibly to include the Comal read Potter for his letter advising the board of his decision She cannot be hired by the Comal as long as I am on the board So as not to influence her decision as to whether or not to apply at this district and so as not to influence the administrations decision as to whether or not to hire her I hereby tender my resignation ftom the Board of Trustees effective October 12 1993 in accordance with Board Policy The Oct 11 board meeting will be Potters last and he said he would have a closing statement to make at that time When I get off this board I will have a lot to say believe said Pot ter Potter served as a board member for eight and a half years and has been actively involved in the dis trict for 20 years Tom Potter He said he would remain involved in the dis trict as a patron and wished the board continued success against Historically the district under spends the bud get by two to three percent However fully fund ing the budget would provide some of the mon ey required at the beginning of the next school year so that the district does not have to borrow as much money to start school Money is borrowed every year to fund the first few months of the school year until tax money is collected If you were to try to build up your fund bal ance and therefore reduce the amount of money you have to borrow at the beginning of every year probably on a break even basis the would be the best said Abel Campos CISD Financial Director If you want to increase the fund balance the most dramatic one would be and you would increase the fund balance by plus whatever you under spend the budget by and probably cut in half the amount of money you need to borrow every September to operate the school district in the The rate will provide an estimated rev enue of Maintenance and operations accounts for of the tax levy and is allocated for debt ser vice The building fund allocation of three cents is not included in these amounts There will be a tax increase on the average home amounting to annually due to an increase in property val ues of about Unlike many surrounding districts CISD home owners do have a 20 percent homestead exemp tion Fest held at Canyon Commons HaraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH The 1993 Comal County High School Choir Fest was held Monday night at the Canyon High School Commons where choirs from Smlthson Valley High School Canyon High School and New Braunfels High School each performed Pictured Perry Dean Director of the Smlthson Valley Treble Choir leads his group through My Johnny Is gone for a Trashfest nets big haul out of Comal River By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Officials estimate pounds of trash was pulled from the Comal Riv er Saturday during the 18th Annual Comal River Trashfest Approximately 550 volunteers par ticipated in the event according to Trashfest CoChairman Sara Baugher Cleanups were conducted both on the banks and in the river Trashfest is a team competition Teams are made up of six divers and a twomember ground crew The area from the power plant to where the river runs into the Guadalupe is divided into sections and teams are assigned a section The Trashfest is sponsored by the Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs TGCC is a nonprofit organization made up of sports scuba diving clubs in the Houston area Baugher said volunteers from all across the state participated in the event She said 2 percent of the volunteers were from the New Braunfels area Baugher said the diving club decid ed to conduct the Trashfest because most of them have dived in the river Its a way to give she said Diving groups attending the event were from Houston Athens Odessa Dallas San Antonio Del Rio etc Totals from the cleanup are as fol lows Bottles cans and cups pounds Pop tops bottle caps and lids pounds Shoes and sunglasses 505 pounds Baugher said some of the most unusual items found during the Trash fest include an old Civil Defense drink ing water container an antique bat tery oil bottle and an old Coca Cola bottle Fire Prevention Week features activities for local children By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Most of the activities during National Fire Prevention Week will be centered around children accord ing to New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Herber Fire Prevention Week is histori cally geared for younger said Herber All area schools will be involved in promoting Fire Prevention Week Activities will include an essay writ ing contest for third and fourth graders a fire truck building contest for first and second graders and video contest for fifth and sixth graders The entries will be picked up on Oct 8 and will be judged by fire department officials said Herber Fire department officials will go out to the schools and honor students with certificates of participation and awards Each class will have a school win ner who will have the opportunity to be chauffeur driven in a fire truck to the fire station The winners will then have a tour of the station and will join firefighters in a fire house meal Herber said between 120 to 150 students are usually present for the meal This years theme for Fire Pre vention Week is Get Out Stay Essays entered in the contest for third and fourth graders should be cen tered around this theme Although no specific activities are scheduled for adults and high school students Herber said he hopes a lot of conversation will occur between both young and older adults about fire safety education Officials from the fire department are also available year round to speak to civic groups said Herber He said fire prevention demonstrations can be provided to organizations or com panies Ethics code sent back for revamping By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels city council mem bers decided Monday night to send the newlyformed ethics code back to the citys ethics committee for further discussion and revamping The ethics code would apply council members members of boards and commissions employees and department heads Council members found several sec tions of the code that needed more clarification and discussion District 4 City Council Member Paul Fraser a member of the ethics com mittee said after further readings he found there were still some things the committee didnt really clean We made some administrative faux he said The whole thing is made up of words and words must be interpret said Council Member Chris Bow ers Bowers said portions of the code leave the door open for more prob lems down the road One item of particular interest to council members and citizens at the meeting was a paragraph stating that if a council member had a property within 200 feet of a zoning request the member must disclose that interest and abstain from voting on the request Mayor Rudy Seidel said he would be concerned about this because he would not be allowed to protect his own property New Braunfels resident Dennis Her mes said he is concerned because vot ers could be disenfranchised if their council member could not vote on an issue District 2 Council Member Dan Bn mer said the point of the code was to have open government and let every body know what is going on behind the I dont see where that is going to harm he said Also of interest was a paragraph stating that a council member officer department head or employee shall not have a financial interest direct or indi rect in any contract with the city or financially benefit directly or indi rectly in thse sale to the city of any land or rights or interest in any land materials supplies or Hermes also expressed concern at this item He said according to code an owner of a business that sells to the city would not be able to volunteer for a board or commission and could not run for city council I want the right to be a fullcitizen even though 1 do business with the he said The ethics code was brought before the city council in August Members of the ethics committee met for several months to form the code For News Advertising or subscription information call 6259144
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