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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Unicorns and alumni tie in annual game See Sports Page 5 Old New Braunfels Academy 16 pages in one section Wednesday February New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS 176 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for TX 79903 years Home of ANDREAS LAVIN jng Vol 144 No 62 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Andreas Lavin Matthew Hernandez 13 Joe Her nandez Jonathan Burke 10 and Teresa Biggs Happy anniversary to Curtis and Maria Smith Pollen Count Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 HeraldZeitung searches for Eagle Scouts The HeraldZeitung is attempting to develop a list of all those in Comal County who have attained Scoutings high est honor the Eagle If you are an Eagle Scout please call the newspaper at 6259144 so that your name may be included We will request your address phone number and the year you earned the award Creation of a local organiza tion of Eagle Scouts is being considered and should that materialize the list compiled by the HeraldZeitung would be used to contact potential members As the list develops it will be published periodically so that readers may look for the names of Eagle Scouts they know and may offer the names of those not yet on the list See the Spurs March 2 will be New Braun fels Community Night at the San Antonio SpursPhiladel phia 76ers game in the Alam odome Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting the event will benefit the New Braunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund Tickets and seat selections are avail able at Vivroux Sporting Walnut at IH35 near HEB for and each Another will take care of bus transportation if desired For more information call Vivroux at 6064080 The New Braunfels Art League is renovating its two story building with basement as money is available The NBAL Gallery at 239 W San Antonio St is open Monday through Saturday from 10 to 5 Monthly meetings several classes workshops and painting groups provide the members with many activi ties Friends of Education to meet Canyon High School Friends of Education will meet Thursday Feb 8 at in the school library Bereavement Support Group to meet Bereavement Support Group meets Feb 8 at 3 at the Comal County Senior Center Call Jan Harrison at 6298181 for information This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint In By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Three Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commissioners TNRCC today will decide the fate of Ingram Readymixs proposed concrete batch plant in Bulverde We will have an estimated 5060 people coming on buses and carpools to the said Citizens League for Environmental Action Now CLEAN President Kate Mathis whose group is opposed to the plant We are hopping mad about CLEAN will be represented by Mathis Bob Barton Austin attorney Stuart Henry and other members Project managervice president Gary Johnson and San Marcos attorney John Hohn will be on hand representing Ingram Readymix The meeting will be heldat the TNRCC heidquarters in Austin The three commissioners Chairman Bar ry McBee John Baker and Ralph Mar quez will listen to both sides state their cases before deciding on whether or not Ingram should be granted the standard exemption Ingram is planning to build the con crete batch plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863 As many as residents signed a petition asking the TNRCC to hold hearings on the standard exemption Plant opponents have expressed con cerns relating to air water and traffic problems the plant could pose to Bul verde The TNRCC grants standard exemp tions to concrete batch plants which emit less than 25 tons of paniculate matter per year Hearings presided over by Admin istrative Law Judge Bill Ehret were held in September for three days in Austin and at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative In late Decem ber Ehret recommended to the com missioners that Ingram be granted the standard exemption stating that they had met the requirements for it CLEAN supporters have accused the TNRCC of being biased toward Ingram during the hearing process and helping change 20 pages of the appli plant in Bulverde cation This is a charge that both Bruce Ingram president of Ingram Readymix and TNRCC staff attorney Scott Humphrey have emphatically denied Humphrey said the hearings were held in an impartial and fair way I dont have any hope that TNRCC will reject the Mathis said I think it is a done deal They TNRCC have opened up a can of worms They rigged the hearings against the citizens and have lined up for the industries The TNRCC thinks we will go away but the worse they treat us the more we will keep fighting Speaking on behalf of CLEAN will be County Judge Carter Casteel State Representative Edmund Kuempel and State Senator Jeff Wentworth Wentworth said he is going to attend the meeting to convey the wishes of his constituents in Bulverde My staff and I have worked with them about their Wentworth said As an elected official 1 will be their voice to state their opposition to the plant because they have serious concerns about it relating to water traf fic and air pollutant issues I believe the acre site is too small for what they want to do Also there is a lady Louise Lindsey who lives 400 feet from the site and who has severe health prob Johnson said he would discuss the case after the meeting was over Bond lawsuit leaves CISD scrambling for cash to finish construction jobs By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District had to change its plans and proceed with preparations to sell and refund outstanding bonds to make funds available for completion of cur rent construction projects CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the board originally planned to sell the remaining million from 1994 bonds and refund the 1974 and 1985 outstanding bond issues with the sale of the 1995 bonds However the sale of the 1995 bonds has been delayed due to the appeals process of litigation he said Splitting the older bonds out and issuing them separately will cost the district about but the move is needed to avoid halting construction projects already under way sale of the combined bond issues would have been a larger amount that translates into low er interest rates and a better said Major The sale of the 1995 bonds has been temporarily blocked by a suit filed by two Canyon Lake residents alleging that the bond election violated election and education codes On Jan 11 a visiting District Judge dismissed the case On Jan 24 the court again dismissed the suit following a request for reconsideration The judge stated there were no grounds for a retrial or rehearing However the dis trict must still wait for the appeals period to end before those bonds can be sold and Major said there is no way to tell how long the bonds will be tied up in court I would like to think it will be over in 30 days but it could be 30 he said Board President Jim Middleton said the district could not wait any longer to sell the remaining bonds because the money is needed to complete construction on intermediate schools currently being built The board approved allowing the districts finan cial advisors to proceed with the preparation of doc uments necessary to sell the million in bonds and refund the 1974 and 1985 outstanding bond issues Abel Campos CISD director of finance said breaking the 1994 and 1995 bond sales apart will cost an additional The sale willbe approved at the Feb 9 board meeting hi other business the board discussed possible names for the new schools The naming committee for the New Braunfels Canyon Area 5th and 6th grade campus recommended the name of Canyon Intermediate School and suggested the halls wings and floors be named after CISD educators The r Mountain naming committee submitted the name of Mountain Valley Intermediate School for that campus with Guadalupe Oaks as their sec ond choice The committee from the Smithson Val ley area was not ready to submit a name The board also hired several new principals Leigh Ann Dees will be at Mountain Valley Intermediate Dr Hope W Erickson at Mountain Valley Ele mentary Margaret M Hanna at Canyon Intermedi ate School and Frances Penland at the western campus intermediate Cost of flood warning system for Guadalupe put at By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Representatives from several local entities met Tuesday to dis cuss plans for an early flood warning system along the Guadalupe River and possible funding sources However the system will not be in place by thissummer Bill West General Manager of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority said several entities have shown interest in an early warning system for the Guadalupe River He said the meeting was a chance to bring everybody up to date on its progress and discuss possible funding measures We need to remember this isnt for the benefit of the tourists Its for the protection of property and for the safety of the people and that includes said County Commissioner Jum bo Evans Tommy Hill GBRA chief engineer said the Edwards Underground Water District already has seven rain gages and three river gages in place He said the information from these could be accessed but four additional gages would need to be installed in the rivers watershed area River gages are nice but theyre not as critical as the rain and where its said Hill With these five sites including one of the EUWD we think we can get a pretty good idea of whats going on in a flash Jean Older is rescued by EMS workers during a flash flood on the Guadalupe River at the end of Memorial Day weekend last year She was camping along the river Hill said a computer system will need to be installed that can gather data from all the Edwards sites as well as the new ones The information gathered would then be sent to GBRA by microwaves Hill said critical points would be set such as two inches of rain per hour and the system would issue an alert at that point It would alert our people in Seguin and it would automati cally dial up your he said You would get redundant noti fication from the system and from Hill said accessing the EUWD sites would require the use of the same vendor for the equipment He said the estimated cost of the early warning system is He said other options have been looked at but they did not involve any real savings Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said the cost may not seem so bad if enough entities get involved GBRA has already set aside in their budget for the system The possibility of getting the City of New Braun fels the Army Corps of Engi neers The Lower Colorado Riv er Authority and the Water Ori ented Recreation District involved was discussed It would seem to me that WORD might find this is some thing worthwhile to participate said WORD Manager Jim Inman Inman said he would dis cuss the issue with the board Hill said he estimates continu ous maintenance to cost about West said this was an unavoidable cost because the sys tem must be maintained if it is to last If you ignore them they wont work when you need them Thats the bottom he said The group will hold another meeting in approximately 30 days HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL BARNAUL Playoff picture Hector Torres tries to drive to the hoop against Hays at the Cougar Den last night Canyon won 4740 to keep its playoff hopes alive The New Braunfels Unicorns and Smithson Valley Rangers are still in the playoff hunt as well See Sports Page 5 for full coverage Forum focuses on changes in education By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Various public officials and personnel in education probation health and human ser vices from Comal Guadalupe and Gonzales counties met Tuesday as part of a Communi ty Based Information Series focusing on young people in the community The event which was sponsored by the Education Service Center and Community Resource Coordination Groups hosted the event to share information regarding recent legislative changes affecting young people Everybodys in the same boat Theres not a county that doesnt have said Kyle Barrington executivedirector of Teen Connection Attorney Jim Walsh of Walsh Anderson Underwood Schulze and Aldridge was the keynote speaker and spoke on how Senate Bill 1 impacts schools Walsh said Senate Bill 1 began back in 1993 when the Texas Legislature repealed the entire Texas Educa tion Code However the change was made effective Sept 1 1995 which gave the legis lature time to rewrite it In effect they gave themselves two years to rewrite the Texas Education Code They worked on it for those two years and came up with he said Walsh said Senate Bill 1 is actually small er than the original education code He said the new code also contains five basic philoso phies He said these philosophies have a big impact on school administrators and the actions they can take The first philosophy set out by Senate Bill 1 is establishing local control He said Senate Bill 1 does a pretty good job until it gets to the area of student discipline He said the new law states what the standards are for expulsion and placement in an alternative education program The second philosophy is that more restric tions have been placed on expulsions We have less local control in student dis cipline than ever said Walsh Despite all the talk about zero tolerance we actually have fewer avenues for student Walsh said the third philosophy is that is a major part of education and requires care ful planning in establishing it He said anoth er philosophy is that children in the AEP should be kept separate from the traditional classroom The theory is put them in separate set tings and life will be peaceful and calm for the rest of the he said Walsh said the final philosophy is thai edu cation requires cooperation He said this involves parents agencies schools and pol icy makers Following Walsh representatives from the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the Texas Youth Commission spoke about some of the changes facing their agencies and how they are being dealt with Buchanan rolls over Gramm in Louisiana caucus See Opinion Page 4
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