Tuesday, December 20, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Braunfels CENTS DAYS Swqutedntennlal March HeraldZeitung t c 3rV ii ii 10 pages In one section Tuesday Deo Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of PAN BRINKKOETER 27 Inside Texas Sports Christmas The Stainmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Karen Schwind Pam Brinkkoeter Rosa E Hill Lorene Cooksey Sandy May nard Penny Nichol son Cynthia Lively Margie Raborn Bertha Cha pa Eliza Natal Mon Eva Hunnicutt Betty Kouri Elizabeth Loeb Ray mond Petrle Dehnar Phillips Ellis Sheer Willard Startz Clif ford Trunk Peggy Zglinicki Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens continue to sub I mil donations to the Herald Zdtungs annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the HeraldZeltung office at 707 Landa caltCbeer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 The drives goal was met Friday however donations for next years project will still be accepted Although 200 food baskets was the original goal this year donations allowed for an extra SO baskets according to Avery Delivery will take place Thurs day afternoon Todays donations include Annonymous can goods Larry Kathleen Pearoe Moore Mr Mrs Frank Weber New Braunfels Police Department Mr Mrs Joe L Guinn Miss Linden N Anderson Mr Mrs Ralph A Koch Business After Hours on tap this afternoon The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce monthly membership mixer called Busi ness After will be held ttxlay at Texas Commerce Bank from 5 to 7 Members are aaked to bring one small toy The event is sponsored by Texas Commerce Bank and Til the Season Year Round Christ mas Village rM hat Chrlttmat rongbookssvillsMt fwjritwandisspoworedby tart roercbanu and buaineasea Thl8 newspaper IB Twovehicle collision HeraklZehung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A San Antonio mans car rearended a New Braunfels residents late model GMC Sonoma at today on 135 as they traveled south near exit 188 The Impact of the crash projected the truck off the Interstate and across the grass Into Business Loop 35 clipping a sign post on the way The truck came to rest facing north In the middle turning lane on the loop road next to the New Braunfels Factory Stores Michael Mendozas Dodge Conquest sustained heavy damage to Its front end The trucks driver whos Identity was not available received minor Injuries and was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital Lead problems at Bill Brown Elementary near end City towers unclear on new law Law designed for trucking leaves towing companies city in dark By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Several building projects in the Comal Independent School District are scheduled to conclude and begin in the near future Maintenance Director Roy Linnartz said the muchdis cussed lead problem at Bill Brown Elementary seems close to a conclusioa SpawGlass the company charged with cor recting the problem will begin placing filters next week in an attempt to eliminate any trace of lead in the sediment found in pipes Linnartz said they hope to have the problem solved by the end of January or first of February On another issue the district is looking at the problem of traffic in front of Smithson Valley High School and Smith son Valley Middle At SVHS Linnartz said the district asked the Texas Department of Transportation to look at possibly moving warning lights further back in the school speed zone We asked them to look at making it a safer said Linnartz He said at least three accidents have occured this year on State Hwy 46 near the intersection of SVHS despite a reduced speed during school hours Linnartz said TxDOT does plan to install warning lights on FarmtoMarket Road 311 in front of SVMS Perplexed state and local govern ment officials are taking a wait and see stance concernihg a federal law that might affect the way they regulate towing companies What has left officials scratching their heads experts say is that the leg islation was not intended for towing companies It was aimed at crosscoun try In August 1994 the Federal Avia tion Administration Authorization Act was signed into law It included a pro vision dealing with motor carriers of property While motor carriers normally refers to trucking compa nies wreckers and towers also fall under that category The law which will go into effect Jan 1 may preempt state and local laws regulating prices routes or ser vicesof motor carriers towing com panies of property Currently the Police Department calls local wrecter service or towing companies on a rotation basis when it needs towing services from an accident or otherwise The law might take away the citys author ity to do so It could force the city to devise another system for non consent towing if towers not included in the rotation want in The inclusion of towers into the law by Congress was inadvertent said Bri an Schaible director of information services at the Railroad Commission which regulates the towing industry in Texas A lastminute attempt to add an amendment to the bill to exclude tow ers was rejected Up until now cities had the oppor tunity to control what towing charges he said There has been some concern recently about how much tow trucks charge and no one can tell the truck what to charge You are not going to have the city and state to protect you he said Acceding to the police department New Braunfels currently does not con trol wrecker service prices for non consent towing such as that from an accident The only regulation imposed by the city is a rotation It keeps eight wrecker services on to respond to acci dents where towing is needed The City of San Antonio which has one towing firm under contract to do all its towing has a ceiling of for a tow excluding special towing ser vices and storage charges City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said the act was not dear and she does not think the legislation was aimed specifically at municipal and county towers The legal bottom line is that mere is nothing I can recommend except to keep the status she said We have to protect the public Cullom said it would be chaotic if the city could not regulate towing because then several wreckers could show up to a car accident or maybe none would respond to late night mishap The current system provides for some organization and stability she said Jermette Rash president of the Texas Towing Association said while the new law will benefit towers it may open up the industry to unscrupulous entrepreneurs who just want to make a Were fighting with everything we can she said We dont want the wrecker industry to get a black eye for this It was congress doing We want the industry regulated We are very concerned about non consent Sylvia Sanchez of Harolds Towing said she could not speak for all local towers but Harolds did not have a problem with the rotational system of calling towers in New Braunfels If no wreckers are an accident then what are you going to do she said It makes sense to keep it the way it Sanchez however was optimistic about the laws deregulation of state services The law will allow towers to pull vehicles across county lines with out requiring a costly permit from the state Sanchez said That is beneficial to us because if you did not have the money to get the permit it would limit you to county she said Im glad it went through because we lost revenue the other Sanchez said during the summer months Harolds turned away dozens of requests for towing to Houston because it did not have an intrastate towing permit Too high for bridge waa done to the rig but not me overpass Comal ISD New Braunfels ISD to send out AEIS reports after Christmas holiday break ByCRAIQHAMMETT Staff Writer The two local school send out their Academic Indicator System AEIS reports after the Christmas break say school offi cials The AEIS reports commonly known as the school report cards will be home with Hudentt when stu dent report cards are released The state has been trying to come up with these for said NBISP Assistant Superintendent Ktren Simpson Each studert will take horaes report card for his or her particular school Ths reports ire based on Texas Assess ment of Academic TAAS and show various comparisons A percentage of passing scores for each school is given for reading writ ing math and combined portions of the test The passing grades are compared to the district average at that level state and group which is a set of 100 other Texas schools that are sim ilar to this according to the report Each school or grades icons are also compered to the previous year although the state just recently started testing all grades in the spring Before some were tested in the rtll and others in the spring Thats one of the reagons the state wasnt able to this Simp The school report cards even go ao far as to break down test results for each school into student groups includ ing AfricanAmerican Hispanic White and Economically Disadvan aged It also shows the characteris tic of the school wch as ethnic make up attendance program enrollment dropout rate and expenditures per stu dent Graphs are also used to show the comparative scores of the various groupi The principals of each school pro vide a pigehighUghting the improve ments of theU respective schools Stepson taid that queations should be referred to the principals of the school Only 5 more shopping days until Christmas Shop New Braunfels First

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