Friday, September 30, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyon Cougars hit the road against powerful Tigers See 8A 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 173 DAYS New Braunfels Herald 16 pages in two sections Friday Sept S 0 W E S T II10 R 0 P U B 1B HIN 0 2627 E YAWDELL DR PASO IX 79903 Setving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of JIMMY 9I8AK Vol 14 No 231 Inside Sports 9A Church 11A River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cfs cubic feet per second Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltunfll The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Jerrika Mai donado Ricky Mufloz Chase Buck 4 Paul Machuca Jessica Nichole Mufloz 6 Jimmy Slsak George Beken Henrietta Castllleja Teresa Jimenez Cherl New man Ruthle Perkins Roger Wilke Mike L Haggard Lawrence Kellerman Joe S Ledbetter Don Ford Ruby Koehler Bud Lokey Jessie Lyons Jack Overstreet Jane Wilson Hector Natal Sr Happy Anniver sary to John Amalea Koval cik 16th Hummel to host volunteer meeting The Hummel Museum will be holding their regular volunteer meeting on Monday Oct 3 at at the museum All volunteers are encouraged to attend For any information please contact Ursula Ehman at the Hummel Museum Childrens Shelter in need of pantry foods The Childrens Shelter is in need of pantry foods such as canned soups vegetables fruits and juices dry items of macaroni spaghetti noodles jello rice and assorted baby foods Individuals or organizations wishing to make food donations are welcome at the shelter 2797 JH35 West Monday to Friday from 8 to 5 For more information call 629 0659 HOSTS needs tutors Be a special friend to a child Only one hour of your week will help two children learn to read and do math The New Braunfels Indepen dent School Districts Help One Student To Succeed program makes a difference one student at a time Call 6207533 NBISD offering cardio step class The New Braunfels Indepen dent School District is offering a cardio step exercise class for all levels beginning Monday Oct 3 from to The class will run Monday Tuesday and Thursday at the Academy Street Gym For more information call 620 6200 Cost is per month or per class Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to sub mit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the commu nity to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint County concerned with electioneering By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer As the November electiondate ncars resi dents will no doubt notice the increase In cam paign ads and signs County Commissioners would like to curtail the use of cars and trucks that park near the court house and display campaign signs County Judge Carter Castccl said she per ceived a buildup in the amount of vehicles mainly pickups that display those signs There is a concern of electioneering and of the traffic blocking the view of she said The court voted 40 Jumbo Evans was Buildup of campaign signs near courthouse draws debate between county commissioners to prohibit electioneering within 30 feet of all outside doors to the courthouse and annex where the main early voting polling place Is located Commissioner Moc Schwab said trying to reg ulate electioneering would be hard to do simply because defining the term is hard to do If were trying to eliminate parked trucks with signs on them 30 feet Is not he said If you want to get technical a sign is not Schwab said somebody could even question the legality of bumbcr stickers as an example of elec tioneering County Attorney Nathan Rhcinlandcr said he looked in the Election Code and found no actual definition of electioneering and that perhaps some sort of parking control might work better than dealing with the Election Code The city has control over parking in the street adjoining the courthouse complex Lt John Worn mack of the police department said there have been no parking time limits since the city took out the parking meters He said the city would have to pass some type of ordinance regulating parking time in order for the police to control this type of activity We do get complaints on it he said Castccl said the order passed Thursday would at least prevent persons from leaving or distrib uting campaign literature inside the courthouse or annex or near the doors Even with the order however commissioners admitted persons would still be able to park in cer tain places with the campaign signs More than 600 divers expected for river clean up By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer One of the largest contingent of divers in the state will gather along the Comal River Saturday for the annual TrashFest The event which Parks Director David Whatley said has been going on about 15 years will include prizes for everything from most cans to most unusual object pulled from the river Every year they pull out about rOiOWpourais of he said Its really amazing how much they get Whatley said the registration area will move to Prince Solms Park this year Registration begins at 8 for any diver wishing to participate Most of the divers come from the Texas Gulf Coast Coalition of Div ing Clubs although he said divers will be here from around the state Its probably one of the largest congregation of divers in this part of the he said Divers will pick up trash from 1 1 to 1 in designated areas and from 13 anywhere along the Comal River Eating it up HeraldZeitung photo by MARK LYON Best Unusual Entry In last weeks Comal County Fair Wildlife Exhibit was won by New Braunfels Keith Warren who entered a 16foot gator shown smiling for the FAA okays funds for improvements to local airport TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer The Federal Aviation Administra tion has approved a feder al grant for safety and expansion pro jects at 13 general aviation nonreliev er airports in Texas a move that could bring a number of new improvements to the New Braunfels Municipal Air port U S Senator Phil Gramm announced Thursday The money will be used to repair and resurface existing runways City Manager Mike Shands said The city was turned town earlier in the year by the FAA on a grant it had applied for to make the repairs The FAA said it had run out of money but that there could be another disburse ment of grant money later in the year Shands said he welcomed the finan cial windfall Gramm Gramm said the funds may be used to improve runways acquire land install light ing systems and visual aids and other safety pro jects by the air ports that will receive the FAA funds The New Braunfels Municipal Air port is important to the entire area and I am hopeful that these funds will be used to enhance the safety and use of thei Gramm said The FAA established in 1958 administers grant programs under its mandate of assuring safety at public use airports and of assisting in the development of airports to meet current and future public demand Fiveyear plan for NBU shows need for belttightening cuts By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer CISD seeking residents to join location and design committees for new schools By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District is inviting any resident of the district to join five committees involving the location and design of the new intermediate schools approved in the latest bond election The CISD will establish two Site Selection committees and three Campus Architectural committees for the three new schools one in the Canyon Lake area one in Smithson Valley and one already selected at the site of the old Canyon Middle School District officials said all committees will have open membership although specific individuals will be named to serve on the committees One does not have to be a committee member to provide ideas and comments Roy Linnartz maintenance director for the district said about 90 people have already shown interest The first meeting of the committees will be Oct at Smithson Valley High There may be as many as two meetings a week for the site selection committees The architectural committees will also be on a tight he said He said interested residents could contact the CISD office at 6258081 and added that residents would be put on a mailing list so they would know the time and place of meetings The New Braunfels Utilities board adopted a fiveyear plan presented by NBU officials that includes no new hiring and a need for belttightening in the immediate future This is to prepare us to look at cashflow for the next five said General Manager Paula DiFonzo NBU included cuts of out of operations and maintenance by not filling two employee positions that had been open Also included is a percent increase in sewer rates Assistant General Manager Jeff Thompson said the utility would have to increase their scrutiny of projects more specifically in the financial aspects of planning for projects and operations He did say the utility would pro vide new service where they could as in the case of new large businesses such as the new HEB on Walnut St We still have to do what we have to he said But we really need to si down and look at planning very care Trustee Robert Orr worried that large projects such as the new HEB might be hurt in the future if financial troubles prohibit extended projects He said the utility depends on elec tricity sales for its revenue We have no revenue from water and he said arc totally dependent on the electric system to carry everything We need to find ways to make it more Orr mentioned one developer he knows who moved his project a mile away from NBU territory so that he could use another electric company but NBU would still have to provide water and sewer service The board earlier allowed bids to go out on four projects including an estimated relief sewer project at Unicorn Heights mainly for the new HEB School districts study incentives for companies to pay taxes early By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Growth in the two county school districts has caused discussion focusing on both present and future needs Officials with the Comal Indepen dent School District presented growth projections into the year 2003 showing both Canyon and Smithson Valley High at more than students by that year The growth projections are midrange New Braunfels also has indicated that several classes such as the fresh man class are the largest in the histo ry of the district CISD Board Member Thomas Bruce opened discussion Monday on ways to deal with future growth and how to pay for it Bruce suggested forming a committee to study the possibility of giving the districts largest taxpayers an option to in effect pay so much up front in return for reduced rates in fol lowing years of a certain period This would he said give the dis trict more money at present so the dis trict would not have to borrow as much We can use that money to pay for facility construction on a pay as you go he said were going to have more kids at the high schools were going to have to start planning for it School officials were asked to research the legality of the issue with the state authorities and report back at the next board meeting Lonnie Curtis assistant superinten dent for finance at the NBISD said his district has a special circumstance whereby they send out tax bills in July and thus have money in the bank when school starts and do not have to borrow money The NBISD is one of few districts to do this because of special legislation passed in the early 1900s when New Braunfels was one of the first school districts to tax themselves Im in favor of every district taxing in the he said Curtis said he would favor a type of plan to give some taxable entity an incentive to pay especially if it allows the school district to obtain money without borrowing as much He said the early taxing period for NBISD in effect gives a break to all the taxpayers The state is currently looking at ways to finance construction for schools especially in poor districts A special Senate committee has pro posed S261 million to finance debt ser vice on new construction an amount Curtis called basically He did say districts around the state are considering endorsing a change in the fiscal year for school districts to begin July 1 instead of Sept 1 He said he hoped that at some point all districts would be able to change their taxing year to earlier start date as well For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 Metro 6060846