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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY LinksCorp acquires Northcliffe with plans for changes See page 5 CENTS The old LCRA building 16 Pages in two sections Wednesday July New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ALYSSA WOMMACK Vol 143 No 183 Inside Sports Arts Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to David Cabcllo Anthony Cabello Alyssa Wommack Alyssa Wommack 16 Forrest Wells Abigail Edster 11 Matthew Hansbauer Happy belated birthday to Aralia Torres River and aquifer information Comal River 278 cubicfeetper second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 10 Guadalupe River 280 cfs Concert in the Park features Tejano music Thursday The Texana band brings its Tejano and country sound to the dance slab at Landa Park as the Concerts in the Park series continues Thursday The free concert starts at Bring lawn chairs but no glass containers are allowed Christmas in July coming Saturday The Womens Fellowship of First Protestant Church invites you to its Christmas in July Bazaar at the Family Life Cen ter Coll and Seguin streets on Saturday July 29 from 9 to 5 for unusual shopping opportunities with child care while you shop Bring the family for an old fashioned potato sooup sand wich dessert and drink lunch Then get a head start on Christmas preparations Proceeds go to mission pro jects Guadalupe Valley School reunion The annual reunion of the former students of the old Guadalupe Valley School will be held at the Charlie Weidner Picnic Grounds at Spring Branch Sunday July 30 at 2 Bring sandwiches or sweets drinks will be furnished Also bring lawn chairs This year former students of the old Rebecca Creek School Cranes Mill School Spring Branch School Smith son Valley School Fischer Store School and Sorrell Creek School are also invited For information call 904 4526 Family Outreach event Family Outreach volunteer appreciation dinner and instal lation of officers will be held at Gruene Mansion Inn Restau rant Thursday Aug 3 at 7 RSVPbyAug 1 to 6201299 Correction A Page 1 article about the Monday city council meeting in yesterdays HeraldZeitung contained some incorrect information If the Texas Election Code were amended to change whether or not cities can inter vene in contested elections it would not affect whether or not the city of New Braunfels could pay Mayor Paul Frasers legal fees in the lawsuit brought against him by unsuccesful city council candidate Gary Kahlig State law is not retroactive CISD may face another bond election Predicted crowding causes concern a year after passage of million in bonds By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer HaraldZeitungpbolo by MICHAEL DARNALL One injured in wreck A threecar accident occurred yesterday at on the Interstate 35 frontage road near Kohlenberg Road A passenger in a 1987 Bulck LaSabre driven by Harry David Holden of Lancaster was injured Reports indicate James Davidson of Lancaster was driving his Plymouth Voyager minivan on the frontage road when he struck the back of Holdens Buick pushing his car into a Plymouth Aurora driven by James Larson of Burleson The two drivers from Lancaster were not travelling together it was just a coincidence that they ran into each other At top the injured passenger Mary Holden is looked over by medics at the scene Sales tax rebates show steady growth By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Texas State Comptroller has hand ed out Julys monthly sales tax rebates and a trend shows a steady growth in the economy despite slightly lower retail sales Statewide employment continues to spiral upward to nearly eight million jobs a percent increase in the past State Comptroller John Sharp said in a statement he issued with a report of the rebates A total of million in monthly sales tax rebates were handed out to Texas cities and 111 counties This is percent more than the payments from July 1994 Texas cities received million in sales tax rebates which is up percent over the million they received last July New Braunfels had a slight increase This years payment was almost which was a percent over last Julys payment of almost Comal County as a whole actually went down from last year Comal County received a total of which was a percent decrease from last year when the total was Overall Guadalupe County saw a percent increase The total tax rebate for the county went from last July to this July The city of San Antonio received a sales tax rebate of slightly more than million down percent from last Julys payment of million However last Julys rebate was greatly inflated as a result of a large reallocation into the Alamo Citys coffers The San Antonio metro areas year overyear employment gains continue adding jobs for a percent increase in the last said Sharp in his report Residents within the Comal Independent School District may soon find themselves faced with another bond election to fund expansion due to the large increase in enrollment The district has 11 schools and is building three fifth and sixth grade schools The three additional schools were approved as part of the Sep tember 1994 bond election and are scheduled to open in the fall of 1996 Abel Campos CISD Director of Business Operations said the previous bond totalled million However the bond was sold in two parts He said that by applying current tax rate rules the impact on the tax rate was between two and three cents per of taxable valuation for each of the two parts Campos said he does not know if the board will sell this years million bond in parts or not He said the current total tax rate is The state has not issued its rules for determining the tax rate for the upcoming budget However if the current rules are applied and the bond is sold in two parts the increase could be three or four cents he said I have not gotten any direction from the state on how to calculate the tax rate so I really cant say for said Campos The bond will be discussed when the board considers approval of a list of 10 construction and renovation projects recommended by the districts LongRange Planning Committee This group consisting of approxi mately 40 people evaluated student demographic information and past and projected assessments of facility requirements and developed a list of recommendations for the boards consideration At the top of that list is a new 800student middle school to help cope with increased enroll ment said the committee In a report given to the board at the last meeting the committee pro jectcd overcrowding in the districts middle and high schools by 1996 97 By 19971998 school year the overcrowding is expected to be severe Student enrollment for CISD is expected to increase from a cur ent level of approximately students to approximately 11500 students by the year 2000 which is a 44 percent increase In general the review and analysis performed by the committee revealed the continuation of rapid growth in student population The west side of the district reported a 13 percent increase in student enrollment from March 1994 to March said Bill Van Kleef Committee Chairman Campos said there could be a possibility of only performing some of the expansions and renovations now and holding off on the others However he said that was up to the board and what they feel is appro priate Whether theyre willing to split the proposal into several options or packages is up to the board Theres no way to tell what theyll said Campos Other recommendations in the committees report included life safe and ADA renovations mechanical and electrical improve ments four expansion projects and construction of a transportation facil ity The board will consider the committees recommendations and a possible bond election at their next meeting on July 27 The meeting will be at at the districts central offices at 1421 Highway 81 Corps of Engineers cuts back river flow in face of dry weather From staff reports No rain declining inflows and Canyon Reservoir at just above the conservation pool of 909 feet mean sea level msl are all reasons behind the decision to reduce the reservoir release rate to 280 cubic feet per second according to GuadalupeBlanco River Authority GBRA chief engi neer Tommy Hill The new rate took effect at 10 Tuesday and will continue until further notice This is still a good allpurpose recreation said Hill Adults and children will each find this a very enjoyable flow for both tubing and Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R River Rides said the release from the dam is 280 cfs but the river is actual ly running at about 315 cfs from Hue co Falls down He said the level is still adequate for floating He said the only difference that tourists may notice is that the four hour tubing trip will prob ably take about four hours and twenty minutes at the lower level From 280 cfs to 300 cfs there isnt much difference You can still float said Rivers Hill explained that reservoir level and inflow are the two crucial elements in determining the release rate The current water level in Canyon Reser voir is feet msl and the inflow This is still a good allpurpose recre ation rate Adults and children will each find this a very enjoyable flow for both tubing and Tommy Hill is 123 cfs The reservoir is like a twopart stor age said Hill The lower level or conservation pool 800909 feet stores water which is released by GBRA to meet commitments to downstream water users during periods of drought or low river flow The upper level or tlood pool 909943 is controlled by the Corps of Engineers It is kept empty to capture flood waters and protect people and property down After meeting with GBRA staff and river outfitters the Corps of Engineers agreed to a trial extended release of water from the flood pool this sum mer The agreement only applies when the flood pool is between the eleva tions of 909 and 911 msl and the flood pool must continue to empty By extending the release time additional water is available to enhance normal river flows Hill explained that with the flood pool almost empty the release rate will now consist of natural inflows cbm bined with water from the conservation pool that is committed to cities indus tries and other downstream users Water rights holders downstream of Canyon Reservoir have a right to the natural inflow even at low flows and this water is passed through the reser said Hill But stored water that has accumulated in the conservation pool during rainfall or high inflows cannot be used to supplement the nat ural inflow because it is already com New assistant principal picked for his commitment to children By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer An assistant principal has been hired in an attempt to belter serve the growing number of stu dents in the New Braunfels Independent School District officials said The board voted Monday to approve hiring Kevin Brown as assistant principal for Memori al Elementary and Memorial Primary Brown will serve parttime at both campuses NB1SD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said several elementary campuses already have a parttime assistant Its a matter of one of our major growth he said Brown is coming to New Braunfels with sev eral years of experience as an instructor and as a social studies chair Bradbcny said Brown was originally accepted to the University of Texas Law school However he turned it down to teach children Brown said he decided to make a bold change in direction and become a teacher when he taught music as a camp counselor and enjoyed it We were really impressed with his commit ment to kids and his desire to do more for said Bradberry This guy has the opportunity to do anything he wants and hes chosen to work with Bradbcrry said hiring Brown to fill the position is also important to the district because he will be a positive male role model for the younger chil dren Brown said he applied with NB1SD because its philosophy ofkids come first fit his own per sonal philosophy He said he will look to the two principals as mentors However he believes his job is helping the children in any way possible and that is always a big challenge for adminis I think my primary job is trying to help the teachers so they can better help the he said Browns appointment becomes effective August 1995 In other business the board also approved the resignation of Celia Boriack as the New Braunfels Middle School assistant principal Boriack is leaving her position to accept a job in San Anto nio as a Spanish teacher for advanced students Bradberry said the district wants to fill the position as soon as possible The search process has begun already however the district may have to find a temporary replacement until the spot can be permanently filled We want to get someone in the position right away because school is getting ready to start We may have to go to some alternative until the search can be he said For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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