Wednesday, January 17, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Rangers keep first place with victory over Cougars See Page 8 The Landa Park Gazebo 20 pages in two sections Wednesday January New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more tnan 144 years Home of SHERI WILLIAMS ing Vol 144 No 46 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The Nevif Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sheri Williams Werner Kies ling Antonia Medina Sonia Medina and Jesus Luna Sr 80 Happy anniversary wishes to Stan and Francie Rakowitz 25 Rudy and Gloria Castro 26 and Paul and Ellen Barsch 15 Pollen Count Cedar Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter at air Informal fan provided by Dr Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River 290 Cubic Feet Per Second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same Lake Dunlap property owners to meet The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association general membership meeting will be at Friday Jan 19 at the River Bend Clubhouse For information call Paul at 6095769 or Frankie at 625 3042 Sons of Hermann to meet Spring Branch Lodge Sons of Hermann will meet Sunday Jan 21 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative meeting room for the regular meeting Gather ing at 2 Meeting begins at Members ae urged to attend as plans for 1996 will be formulated Lodge will furnish refresh ments members may bring desserts Chamber Banquet tickets on sale Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Ban quet on Friday Jan 26 at the Civic Center will remain on sale until Friday Jan 19 The banquet whose theme is A Sesquicentennial will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award For more information call 6252385 Canyon Music Boosters to meet The annual spring garden ing short course presented by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will be held at the Comal County Exten sion Service office Thursday Jan 4 at 6 The program is open to the public Thinking about starting a business If you want to start a busi ness or even are just thinking about it then a startup orien tation might just be what you need The session will provide you with basic start up infor mation including Small Busi ness Development Center checklist for going into busi ness startup financing and SBA loan application proce dures and an overview of the business plan outline To register call the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce at 6252385 my win By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer After almost an hour and a half of public comments and in front of a standing room only crowd the board of trustees for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District narrowly approved a oneyear extension to the superintendents contract in a four to three vote Opponents of the extension said it was bad business practice to extend a contract that still has two years on it Several audience members said evalu ations should be done every year but that the actual renewal should not take place until the last year of the contract They also argued that the practice opened the school up to financial risks if the board chooses to terminate a superintendent before the contract is up They said the district could be required to buy out the remaining years on the contract and lose some fund ing in such an instance This is not a Superintendent The day I try to work someplace where they dont want me I dont want to be Superintendent Charles Bradberry Charles Bradberry issue This is a con tract and fiscal responsibility said Carlos Campos Its not a personal issue Its a busi ness issue Its a contract said Phil Steve Weaver told the board that the extended contract was a poor prac tice for several reasons He said it does not create a performancebased con tract waiting the three years is more fair and the extension exposes the dis trict to financial risk He said the renewal should be based on cumulative evaluations at the end of three years and sound business practice should be used It is for these reasons that we ask the board to vote against extending the superintendents Weaver said Board member Bette Spain said the district would only have a financial liability and responsibility to pay sev erance pay if the contract is terminated without just cause for the termination She said a district can terminate a con tract with cause and not pay severance pay or lose funding Those audience members in favor of extending the contract said the vast majority of districts in the state follow a similar practice They said not extending the contract would send out a message that Bradberry was not doing a good job They said experi enced superintendents would also not want to come to New Braunfels if they cannot get a longer contract here What caliber of person would accept a twoyear contract when they This is not a Charles Bradberry issue This is a contract and fiscal responsibility Dr Carlos Campos can get a threeyear contract some where else Certainly not someone of Mr Bradberrys said Memorial Elementary teacher Dianna Flores A vote not to renew Mr Bradber rys contract is a vote to fire said Dr Don Bedford I assure you Mr Bradberry will not have trouble finding a place to go Hes not staying here because of the money I assure Bradberry addressed the crowd say ing a good superintendent does not want his contract paid off He said this hurts his reputation and makes find ing another job difficult However he said he will not stay if the district does not want him and this district will never be stuck with Charles Bradber The day I try to work someplace where they dont want me I dont want to be there I dont want to be in that district any said Bradberry Bradberry also added that he is get ting tired of going over this issue every time his contract extension comes before the board He said it is stressful and does not want to be put through it He said he asked one person to attend the meeting and all others came on their own The board then took the decisive four to three vote to extend the contract another year John Seidel Jaime Padil la and Sylvia Sanchez voted against the extension Board President Leo Chafin said he did not want the issue of the extension to divide the community He said he hopes people can remain objective and continue to support the County applies for grant to help teen shelter By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Commission ers Court approved a grant applica tion that could help defray some of the operating costs for Teen Connec tion Kyle Harrington Executive Director of Teen Connection said the shelter is applying for a grant from the Emer gency Shelters Grant Program The money is provided to help shelters pay for upgrades renovations repairs and other various operating costs Were an emergency shelter that provides services for teens The grant is designed to provide assistance to shelters like ours in providing ser he said Harrington said the shelter applied for the same grant last year It received of the request Bar rington said the grant application will request the same amount as it did last year However he said there is not way to tell how much if any the shel ter will receive It changes from year to year but any amount he said Its that much less that we have to come up with to pay for Comal County Judge Carter Cas teel said the court approved the grant application because the shelter pro vides a great service Harrington said the grant will be used to help operate Teen Connec tions Emergency Shelter for runaway homeless and abused children The shelter provides counseling services for Comal and surrounding counties and runs a thrift shop and Education al Assessment Center Harrington said the money from the first grant was used to defray the costs including those from food an education liaison coun selors phones and a fax machine Any money received from the this grant will be used for the same pur poses he said Local sales show drop from last year By DENjSE DZIUK Staff Wffcfer t HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Dance lessons Andrea Martinez and Renee Davis receive directions from instructor Sara Gibson at a practice at Tobys School of Dance yesterday Appraisal district swears in new officers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two new members and three re elected members to the board of direc tors for the Comal Appraisal District took the oath of office at the boards meeting on Monday Jim Rice was nominated by the city of New Braunfels and replaced Glyn Goff Richard Solis was nominated by the Comal Independent School Dis trict and replaced Harvey Pape The other three members Wayne Brotze Gloria Clennan and Reagan were reelected to the board and took the oath of office for another term The board also elected its officers at the meeting The board reelected Brotze as the chairman Clennan was elected vice chair and Rice was elect ed secretary In other business the board chose to stay with Norwest Bank as the Bank Depository for March to Feb ruary A discussion was also held on the purchase Digital Orthophotography Brotze said Digital Orthophotography is photographs of the entire county that can be overlaid on computer maps to help determine what sort of improve ments have been made on property We cant get access to some Brotze said It gives us a chance to see if anything has been added or built there We decided to pursue The board also received the Chief Appraisers report which included the fact that someone took money out of the petty cash Project KISS knows those pennies can add up By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Children at Mountain Valley Ele mentary School will get a chance to help make the Canyon Lake Commu nity Youth Recreation Center a reality when they start their Pennies For KISS campaign this week This is exciting because the children are raising money for their Project KISS Chairwoman Trish Wyatt said The campaign began Tuesday and runs through Feb 9 Each classroom will have a big Ozarka jug in which they will deposit pennies The top three classes will be awarded prizes Wyatt said she hopes Project KISS can raise from the pennies cam paign Anyone interested in matching the funds the children raise for the project can call Brenda Adair at Victoria Bank and Trust in Sattler at 210 9642265 Discovery of car parts at fire scene sparks investigation By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer What began as a routine brush fire near Canyon Lake on Friday night turned into a discovery of a pos sible chop shop operation a Comal County Sheriffs Department investigator said Tuesday A Canyon Lake man and a few other suspects are being investigated by authorities for their alleged role in the possible chop shop ring Comal County Sheriffs Investigator Lt Sumner Bowen said The investigation is still Bowen said The Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department was called out for a brush fire at a home on Sir Arthur Way at According to the police report Deputy Ken Hamilton went to help the firemen When both the firemen and Hamilton arrived at the scene the fire was determined not to be a threat to spread At the time of the fire the homeowner was not at home and could not be contacted The brush fire was in violation of two codes burning it after 5 and leaving it unattended reports state Deputy Hamilton noticed pieces of car parts in the Bowen said He decided to come back later and contact the homeowner and talk to him about In the meantime Bowen said Hamilton contacted Archie Harbin with the Texas Department of Public Safety Auto Theft Division in San Antonio At around 10 Hamilton and Harbin went back to the residence and contacted the homeowner Hamil ton asked him about the car parts burned in the fire When he Hamilton asked him about the car parts the person gave confusing answers to his ques Bowen said Bowen said Hamilton got permission from the homeowner to search the garage An engine a trans mission wiring harnesses and quarter panels were found in the garage Bowen said Again Hamilton asked the homeowner about the parts His answers were inconsistent from his first Bowen said The homeowner was then read his Miranda The serial numbers on the car parts were checked out and the car parts were connected to a car that had been stolen from San Antonio on Dec 18 Bowen said The homeowner denied any knowledge that the car was stolen and said he was doing a job for a friend Bowen The car parts were seized at the scene but the homeowner was not arrested The state comptrollers office has issued the January sales tax rebates and the numbers are deceiving Despite an increase in the payment sales were actually down in New Braunfels in November compared to a year ago New Braunfels received a rebate payment of for the sales tax cpllected in November This was a percent increase from last year when the payment was We constantly need to be out there promoting our Michael Meek Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the increase is due to the increase of the local portion of the sales tax from one to one and a half cents He said if that increase is accounted for New Braunfels actu ally saw an eight percent decrease He said this is reflective of what the entire country experienced this holiday season Consumers were playing their cards close to their vests and werent spending as much this said Meek Meek said officials always want to see an increase and the extra revenue from the increase in the sales tax is being used to plant some seeds in the future and see that thing go up He said previous years have been extremely good and this may be an indication that the economy is begin ning to level off and proactive steps need to be taken What it tells me is nothing stays the said Meek We constant ly need to be out there promoting our Garden Ridge is also dealing with a decline in the size of its rebate pay ment The payment dropped percent from in January 1994 to in January 1995 Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P Millikin said the drop again this month is still reflective of the two businesses moving out of town He said it will be several months before the numbers no longer reflect those businesses Millikin said he is also working with the comptrollers office to make sure there has not been any book keeping error and the cily is getting the rebate it deserves Guadalupe County saw a total increase of percent in this peri od while Hays County had a decrease of percent The state showed a percent increase in collections Commission calls for singlerate tax system See Opinion Page 44