Friday, July 28, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Volleyball standout signs with junior college See Sports Day Page 8 SO CENTS New Braunfels The bid LCRA building 16 Pages in one section Friday July HeraWZ 410 M016 S 0 T MIC R 0 P U B L 1S HIN G E YANDELL OR 184 EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of DEBBIE WILLIAMS Vol 143 No 185 Inside Sports Market Place Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Susan Croteau Debbie Williams Juan Leyba Nico laus Johnson Richard Gutier rez Vivian Moos Karl Mit twede Ray Kaufman Jeff Robertson 16 and Jim mie Rosallo Happy 50th anniversary to Vivian Abbey Moos happy anniversary to Fidencco and Isabel Luna and happy 16th anniversary to Din nis and Doris Fasto River and aquifer information Comal River 266 cubicfeetper second down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 07 Guadalupe River 287 cfs Bicycle Rodeo next Wednesday and Thursday Children bringing their bikes to next weeks Bicycle Rodeo will receive free bike helmets Participants in the Summer Recreation Program are eligi ble for the event The Bicycle Rodeo is at Lamar School next Wednes day and Thursday at 2 Sponsors are McKenna Memorial Hospital the Gomal County Medical Society the Optimist Club Parks and Recreation and the New Braunfels Police Department Christmas in July coming Saturday Begin your Christmas prepa rations this Saturday at the Christmas in July Bazaar at Protestant Church Family Life Center Coll and Seguin streets from 9 to 5 Unique gifts for everyone from quilts to Christmas decora tions plus a delicious lunch for all the family and wonderful tid bits to buy to take home and more Proceeds for mission pro jects Sports booster club to hold breakfast The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will have its membership kick off breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafete ria Aug 4 at 7 Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served For information call Jeff Mund at 6204839 or Danny Zoeller at 6252349 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 RSVP by Aug 1 to 6201299 Find yourself in Sesquicentennial photo exhibit More than 250 photos of the Sesquicentennial parade trail ride and opening ceremonies will be on display at the Senior Citizen Center through Aug 4 The display is open from 8 to 8 Stop by and order some copies for a keepsake of New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Warrants issued in carjacking By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two suspects in the Thursday morning carjacking of a Spring Branch man said Comal County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Ell wood Hoherz Sought for aggravated robbery are Anselmo Junior Galindo 18 of Spring Branch and Edgar Hernandez 18 James Ivey of Spring Branch was driving home from work at about 1 Thursday morning when he saw three young men about 100 yards away Ivey told Sheriffs officials Two approached the car and said My friend is hurt can you drive us to a hospi tal They took about worth of property from Ivey and his car has yet to be found Hoherz said The incident happened on Rolling Creek Drive just west of Highway 281 he said Officials are calling the incident and isolated one Area residents need not be fearful of an escalation of this type of crime in Comal County Hoherz said Id shy away from discouraging people from helping others in a situation of he said Just use good common Texana Band draws crowd to park Above members of Texana belt out a Tejano tune last night at the Concert in the Park at the dance slab in Landa Park At right Elia Duran and Tammy Geokg share a dance Texana played Tejano coun try rock and blues music last night The free concert series contin ues with The Craze Aug 3 The Michael Abernathy Group Aug 10 Matt Toon Aug 17 Al Barlow and Friends Aug 24 and Quarter Moon Aug 31 Third sex offense nets 99year prison term HemUZeltung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer James Calvin Lewis 64 has been sentenced to 99 years in prison and fined for aggravated sexual assault of a child He was charged with the crime in Feb 1991 said Comal County Assistant District Attor ney Dib Waldrip I would expect nothing less and I dont think the citizens of Comal County would expect anything Waldrip said Lewis is in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Jus tice His earliest possible release date would be in 2011 Waldrip said A Dallas native Lewis was earlier convicted of two offenses involving children in the Dallas area Lewis was convicted on the strength and courage of the victims testimony Waldrip said Its very rare that we can secure a conviction without testi mony of he said If a victim of molestation is under the age of 12 that victim can testify by closed circuit TV Waldrip said Not once did she come within the eyesight of the defendant nor did he come within eyesight of he said Victims must come forward in order to break the cycle of sexual assaults Waldrip said If theyre not reported in a timely manner the perpetrator will move and probably commit he said The seriousness of sexual assault often escalates with repeated offenses Waldrip said Every time they com plete an offense and its not reported these perpetrators get a little more he said Lewis made some serious threats to his latest victim Waldrip said Thanks to the victims testimony Lewis was prevented from possibly committing further and worse crimes he said He probably wont ever get out of he said Hot weekend will mean crowded rivers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Temperatures have been sweltering in Texas all week and the weekend promis es to remain at baking temperatures That means many people will be looking for a way to cool off and a day on the river may be just the solution According to the National Weather Ser vice the forecast for Friday and Saturday is sunny and hot with temperatures in between 100 and 102 degrees Saturday night things may cool off but it will only be slightly The low for Saturday night is expected to be in the upper 70s and there will be a south wind at 510 miles per hour However Sunday and Monday will remain hot The low is expected to be in the mid70s and the high should be near 100 That means the cool water in the Guadalupe River will be refreshing to many The current level of the Canyon Lake Reservoir is still a little above 909 feet above mean sea level The release rate is still at 280 cubic feet per second and will not change until next week if even then said David Welsch Director of Pro River Update jects for the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority However he said the release rate is still perfect for all activities on the river and tourists should still find the river wet cold fun and Welsch said this level seems low to many people but they need to remember that in previous years the release rate for July is usually half of the current rate Its less than it has been but is has been extremely good this he said To increase the reservoir level and release rate a heavy rain would be needed above the reservoir A couple of inches would need to fall over a large area to soak everything Then additional inches would be needed over several days It would probably take five or six inches over a weeks span to impact the current figures said Welsch NBU passes budget with no By SUSANFLYNTENGLAND Staff Writer The 199596 New Braunfels Utilities budget sailed through the board unanimously and with little dis cussion last night The budget contains no rate increas es for the coming fiscal year Board members James Goodbread and Mayor Paul Fraser were not present to vote on the financial package The budget does include a million revenue bond issue said Jeff Thompson NBU assistant gen eral manager for administration and finance The city council would have to approve the bond issue Thompson said so NBU had to plan the budget based on the possibility that the bond issue might not happen Thats why we had to assign three lev els of priorities to each he said The bond issue will eventually cause rates to rise he said We dont have a rate increase in this budget but you have to talk about eventual rate increases when you talk about bond The 199596 budget totals about Thompson said Last years budget was O and M operating and maintenance was almost he said from million last year to mil lion this million rate increase Total revenues were up and theyve tried to hold the line on expenses Thompson said New Braunfels may have rights to enough water for the areas future needs after all At least that was the preliminary finding of CH2M Hill the consulting firm hired by New Braunfels Utilities to study future water needs and recommend a water rights acquisition strategy We will suggest you put off permitting proce dures say for 90 consultant Paul Thornhill said NBU agreed to let CH2M Hill study the issue further before pursuing any water permits If you will give us 90 days with your Thornhill said we can probably put together a pack age that can meet the water needs goals at a reduced Thornhill asked and got NBU to commit more to CH2M Hill for more consulting over the next three months Services would include population studies help for NBU employees working on water rights and help in negotiating with the Guadalupe River Authority NBU has already spent about on CH2M Hill consulting Thornhill said but that amount pales in comparison to the or more it would cost to pursue water rights that NBU may not even need CISD board delays action on calling new bond election By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District delayed making a decision on a million bond election to handle growth until the plan could be studied further The board accepted a list of recom mendations from the LongRange Plan ning Committee on how to handle the projected growth in the district The list included million in expan sions improvements and construction Board President Jim Middleton said the list has some good ideas but he is not ready to make a decision on it He said there needed to be more consid eration of the list to see if it can be refined Ive got a few thoughts on what we might be able to do with this I think every board member may have some thoughts he said What we definitely want to do is have a very strong plan to present the Abel Campos CISD Director of Business Operations told the board in a memo last week that according to a tax rate schedule prepared by Floyd Westcrman the tax rate would proba bly increase approximately cents the first year if the bond was sold in its entirety However he went on to say the bond will probably be sold in two installments Therefore he estimates the impact on the tax rate of the first installment would be approximately half of that or cents He said these figures were from a tax rate schedule based on the amount of CISD Super intendent Jerry Major said the issue will be placed on the next meeting agenda for further consideration He said it will be placed on each agenda until the board is ready to make a deci sion on it What we want to do is make sure what were putting together forms a good bond said Middleton In other business the board approved a percent average salary increase which means a pay raise for a bachelors degree with the exception of professionals with more than 26 years of experience A subcommittee proposed a different pay schedule than the one passed and wanted to know why it was not con sidered Campos said the higher subcommit tee proposal could not be guaranteed at this time because he does not have enough information from the state to form a budget I dont want to promise something I may not be able to fund he said The board approved the proposal that was slightly lower than the sub committees proposal but agreed to look at a further increase after a budget could be formed and the board had actual revenue to work with We need a quantum leap to get back competitive and thats a lot to do all at said Major Its not that we dont want to Its just that we have to make things plug in it just Shallow thinking leads state to cut drug rehabilitation for prisoners See Page 4