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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY 50 CENTS The County Courthouse New Braunfels Herald I i I 8 Pages in one section Tuesday June Serving Comal County for more than 143 years home or CLAY HLAKEH Vol 143 No 162 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Clay Biaker Whitney Jack son Sherry Waters 28 Kevin Seidei Carolyn Schmidt and Robert D Scheel Jr 22 Happy anniversary to Diiane and Bobette Williams and David andViola Jonas River and aquifer information ornal River 294 cubic feet per second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well feet down 06 Guadalupe River 574 cfs Concert in the Park series continues Quarter Moon will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park at Thursday June 29 The concert is free and open to the public No glass containers allowed Bring a lawn chair to sit on Hermann Sons Lodge to meet New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will meet for its regu lar meeting July 2 at 3 Meat will be furnished and members bring covered dish es City Redistricting Committee to meet The New Braunfels Redistricting Committee will hold its first meeting at June 29 in Conference Room of the Municipal Building Farmers Market every Friday Comal County farmers mar ket is held every Friday at 5 at the county fairgrounds Congressional aide to visit Sattler Shelby Graves aide to Con gressman Lamar Smith will be available to answer questions concerning federal legislation from 9 to noon June 28 at the Canyon Lake Action Cen ter in Sattler Barbecue fundraiser American Legion Post will be hosting its annual barbecue fund raiser July 4 from noon to 4 at the Post Home located at 410 W Coll St The menu will include brisket and sausage with choice of two side dishes bread pickles and onions coffee or tea Advance tick ets on sale for adults and for children 12 and under Advance tickets may be pur chased at the Post Home or from your local Legionnaire Tickets at the door will be for adults and for children For infor mation call 6250179 Correction Due to a mislabeled file photo the photograph that accom panied the Sunday Page 1 article on Willis Tinsley Ellis was mis takenly that of Tays Tinsley Ellis Jr The correct photo appears above The HeraldZeitung sin cerely regrets the error Buherde residents battle concrete plant By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Citizens from the Bulverde area are in Austin this morning to fight a planned concrete plant in their area There are currently plans to build an Ingram Readymix batch concrete plant at the intersection of Hwy 281 and FM 1863 Residents in the area are opposed to the construction and are trying to stop its progress Kate Mathis organizer of Citizens League for Environmental Awareness Now said residents in the area are concerned with the health hazards the plant may present Mathis said there is concern over air and water quality as well as traffic safe ty Neighbors go to Austin to air concerns over possible environmental and traffic problems That intersection is the hub of our communi ty People have to drive through there to get to work and its already a death she said Mathis said the purpose of going to Austin this morning is to attend a Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission hearing The hearing is a preliminary hearing in which the group will be attempting to gain party status Mathis said groups with party status will then be allowed to present their case at the formal hearing This will include being able to call witnesses and provide evidence she said Mathis said it is at the formal hearing that the company will be declared exempt from needing an air pollution permit if they meet all the require ments If they pass the checklist they got it So were going to try and stop them on the she said Mathis said she hopes the issue does not get to the formal hearing stage Ingram Readymix con sidered building a similar plant in Dripping Springs in the past However the company decid ed to pursue an alternate location before the for mal hearing was even held Negotiations were held between the company and landowners in the Bulverde area last week However no com promise was reached County Commissioner Danny Scheel said the county has no zoning control and is not respon sible for the water supply He said this means there is nothing the county can do The countys hands are tied Theres nothing we can do because we dont control any of he said Todays hearing began at 10 The formal hearing date will be set at todays hearing Bruce Ingram of Ingrain Readymix refused to be interviewed on the topic HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Workshop destroyed The New Braunfels Fire Department was called to the workshop of a small business at 1107 Coll this morning at the fire at the business located at Coll Street and Walnut Avenue was quickly extinguished The business makes boot jacks The cause of the fire Is still under investigation and it Is considered suspicious according to Captain Robert Reed of the NBFD NBISD residents face higher property tax bills By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Residents in the New Braunfels school district can expect to pay more in taxes this year thanks to the new 199596 budget passed by the board of trustees Monday The new budget will have a tax rate of per of value compared to last years tax rate The new tax rate breaks down into for maintenance and operations and for debt ser vices However individuals who received higher property values this year do not need to worry just yet This years tax rate will be based on the values in place in January 1993 said Lonnie Curtis NBISD Assistant Superintendent for Finances The published tax rate next spring should reflect the new tax values and it wont take the same tax rate to create what did said Curtis I would be very surprised if that were not the Compared to last year the maintenance and oper ations has decreased by cents However the debt services increased by This increase was due to the sale of the 1995 bonds I would ask that you remember when we went around asking to pass the bond we said it would take and were proposing said Curtis The maintenance and operations consists of all other expenses the district incurs The biggest expen diture in this years million budget is million for payroll Payroll increased because the district expects 100 additional students in the average daily attendance In order to maintain a 22 to 1 ratio between students and teachers additional person nel will be needed This budget figure includes additional personnel and a four percent pay raise We have to stay competitive salarywise because were going to be competing with those districts around us for the said NBISD Superin tendent Charles Bradberry Of the overall budget percent is for stu dent services which includes transportation instruc tion supplies and food services Administrative cost such as the cost to operate the superintendents and principals offices is percent which is below the state average of percent said Curtis Were operating on as tight of a budget as possi he said According to the new tax rate an individual with a taxable value of will pay in taxes this year This is a increase from last year when the same individual would have paid The board passed the budget unanimously and levied the tax rate Taxes will be payable on July 1 1995 and will be considered delinquent if not paid by July Four audience members addressed the board and all voiced concern and dissatisfaction over the rising tax rate Bradberry ofYered to address questions on an individual basis following the meeting Summer recreation program As part of the New Braunfels Summer Recreation Program Noland Hoshino an Air Force recruiter from Lackland Air Force Base talked to the children and showed them a video about basic training yesterday Pictured are Jullsa Villanueva Jessie Villanueva Tony Garza acting out what he sees on the video and Rico Gayton HeraldZollung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL HeraldZeitung scores at Texas Press Association annual contest The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung won the first place award for news writing at the annual Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Con test The award was presented at the TPA convention held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin Friday The HeraldZeitung also won third place in the best use of photos cate gory The HeraldZeitung competed in Division II which includes all dai ly newspapers in the state with circu lation under copies County increases courthouse security By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Employees and visitors in the Comal County Courthouse and Annex can enjoy an increased sense of secu rity due to the implementation of a security plan What I want is a safe environment for our employees and for the public I dont want something that will lock the building up said County Judge Carter Casteel Casteel said security became an issue following the Oklahoma City bombing She said that need was ques tioned even further when upset indi viduals entered offices in the building on a few occasions and caused a prob lem by being loud and abusive Cornal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said the system would go into effect immediately ana would be a starting point for the longrange program The commissioners appointed John Calen tine as chief of security Bremer said that if a problem arises employees should call Calentine If they cannot reach him they should contact the Sheriffs Department dispatcher and they will contact a peace officer In a few days well a more longterm system In the meantime people just need to know to call John or the dispatcher If he cant get to you hell send someone said Bremer A more advanced system should be in place within a week to 10 days There are currently several peace offi cers in the building The sheriffs department will be contacting the department heads to gain permission to use these officers throughout the building said Bremer We are actively trying to develop an availability list and find out if the department heads will allow us to use those he said There is also consideration under way to install panic buttons Bremer said there would be a button on all the phones for employees to push if there is a problem The call will be programmed to go directly to the dis patcher or to Calentine and both will know immediately who is calling If Calentine is unable to respond he can then send someone else he said Bremer said this is not the extent of the security plan and more will be implemented at a later date He refused to go into any more detail on the plan If I set up a security system and tell everyone what it is they can beat he said In other court business the court approved a motion allowing the Sher iffs Department to obtain 12 1995 vehicles which Bremer said is expect ed to be a savings per unit The court also tabled the discus sion and approval of the OnSite Facil ity Order which could cause an increase in minimum lot size require ments The item was tabled until the July 6 meeting when staff members familiar with the order could be pre sent Defection of Greg Laughlin is the latest blow to Texas Democrats See Page 4   

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