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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas SUNDAY Buff aloes thunder past Stnithson Valley girls See Page 1B To contribute to the United Way call NewBraunfels Herald I 42 pages in three sections Sunday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas to mutts man 144 years Home of Raul Eaplnosa ing Vol 144 No 275 Slcimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraltfZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes o Jo Lynn Buntin 17 years o Cooper Jessica Luna Salazar belated and Raul Espinosa To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Inside Cheer Fund derations by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to pro vide food for local needy fami lies on Nov 17 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County To dpnate to the Cheer Fund call 6259144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery George and Cheryl Guidroz Anonymous La Mujer Tejana Mary Alice Mendqz Todayls Ctty Council plans ethics workshop a workshop at pm Mon day municipal building 424 S Castell to review an ethics is expected to vote on the policy at its Dec 9 meeting The proposal establishes an ethics commission defines conflicts of interest places lim its on campaign participation and additional employment for ajl City Council members boards commissions and employees For information or to pick up a copy of the 11page pro posal call 6082100 Cookbooks on sale to fund scholarships Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholar ship Fund are now on sale for apiece at Carl Schurz Elementary School For more information call Linda Bingham at the New Braunfels Independent School District Childrens Museum to open new exhibit The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels is having a grand opening for its new exhibit Growing Up in New from 5 to 7 Dec 5 at the museum Reach for a Star needs toys cash Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys cash and time to help give to local chil dren We will be wrapping on Dec 21 starting at 10 and Dec 22 beginning at noon at Red McCombs Universal Motors For more information call 6299387 or 6089406 Advent Vespers takes place today Advent Vespers the annual communitywide choral con cert is set for 4 today at First Baptist Church The New Braunfels Music Study Club sponsors the event which funds music scholar ships Trustees to discuss options for school chief behind doors By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Board of Trustees will meet again on Tuesday to discuss how to select an inter im superintendent and a replacement for departing Superintendent Charles Bradberry At least a portion of that meeting will be behind close doors where the board will talk about who to consider among district employees as an interim superintendent Bradberry accepted a position with the Keller Independent School District near Fort Worth Though he has not officially resigned from NBISD he has announced that he will begin work in the Keller system in January The board met twice the past two weeks to dis cuss possible interim superintendents and a process for selecting a replacement It meets again at Tuesday The meeting will begin with a closed session during which the board will receive information from employees and discuss current employees as the potential acting superintendent Trustee Bette Spain asked for the session She said discussions last week between trustees and Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis about his interest in the interim position which included drawing feedback from other trustees and staff was Trustee Bette Spain asked for the meeting saying last weeks talk with Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis about his interest in the interim superintendent position was inappropriate for an open inappropriate for an open meeting Spain said the closed session will allow the board to talk about particular employees and ask personal questions Unless they give you the authority you cant talk about them out in public like Spain said According to the Texas Open Meetings Act section the board is not required to con duct an open meeting to deliberate the appoint ment evaluation reassignment duties discipline or dismissal of a public officer or However Nancy Monson executive director for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas said not all meetings dealing with discus Turn to NBISD Page 6A Auto fire HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAELDARN ALL The New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a car fire Friday evening on Business Loop 35 near Bluebonnet Motors When firefighters got to the automo bile a 1990 Mercury Topaz It was engulfed in flames Firefighters extinguished the fire in four to six minutes after receiving the call According to fire department reports the driver stopped the car when he noticed it running badly A driver behind him noticed smoke coming from under the car There were no injuries The fire caused in damage HeraldZeltung phptttiw MICHAEL DARN ALL many peopte vtovrad the hospto lighting and Santas arrival Frl Plaza for i Tree lighting attracts thou StaftWriter Hundredsof schoolage children raced each other around the Gazebo at the Main Plaza Friday night 1 v played pidkup games of football and asked mom and pop for food money knowing their parents would be feeling extra generous put up little fight and handerftheir children the money as they leisurely chatted with friends and gazed the hundreds of Christthas lights draped around just about every nonliving object in sight Part of Festtage 96 visitors and residents ajike flocked to the Main Plaza to celebrate the annual hospice tree lighting parade and arrival of Santa Claus and his elves Pam Brandt chairwoman of the tree lighting said up to people attended the festivities Friday night including about 400 children who lined up to tell Santa Glaus what they want for Christmas We had a lot of people that felt it was wonderful to We had a lot of people that felt it was wonderful to visit Everyone was festive and happy and loved the things that we were doing Pam Brandt Festtage96 chairwoman Brandt said Everyone was festive and happy and loved the things that we were doing Brandt said all the money raised Friday goes back into the lighting event for future years Organizers have worked since the beginning of November to set up all the lights for the courthouse Hos pice tree on top of the New Braunfels Utilities building and local buildings and trees Brandt said Canyon Lake San Marcos mull water deal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE San Marcos City Manager Larry Gilley confirmed this past week that he and an official with the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp had talked about a joint venture to build a water transmission pipeline from the lake to San Marcos We have had one discussion about Gilley said I consider it to be extremely Gilley said three to four weeks ago Dale Yates Canyon Lake Water Sup ply Corp general manager came to his office and talked about the possi bility of the water supply corporation treating the citys share of Canyon Lake water which is acre feet and sending it through a pipeline to a point on Ranch Road 12 west of San Marcos The Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation has talked to me about it and indicated to me they had the avail able water supply and were interested in discussing Gilley said CLWSC has plans to build a plant in 1998 near the Canyon Lake Shores subdivision on the north side of the lake to treat 4 million gallons per day The proposed water treatment plant would occupy 16 acres big enough for expansion if needed Yates said We could increase the size of the he said It is an excellent site for delivering water on the northside of Canyon Yates said if CLWSC and San Mar cos should ever enter into an agree ment a proposed pipeline probably would leave the water treatment plant go along FM 306 and follow FM 32 into Hays County before stopping at the delivery point west of San Marcos on Ranch Road 12 San Marcos would pay their pro rate share of the costs which would be for the and the Yates said We would build the treatment plant and do a joint ven ture on the pipeline maybe even a joint venture on the water treatment plant That would need to be worked out We might be able to work some thing out with them in which we could use some of their water They could sell it to us on a temporary basis We have real opportunities for financial he said It could bring costs Through a contract with the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority San Marcos has the rights to the acre feet of Canyon Lake water San Marcos has recently signed an interlocal agreement to develop a joint regional water surface treatment plant with GBRA that would bring water in from Canyon Lake Under the details of that agreement a raw water intake and pipeline would be built by GBRA from Lake Dun lap The water from Canyon Lake would flow down the Guadalupe Riv er to Lake Dunlap and into the pipeline which would transport the water to the citys surface water treat ment plant scheduled to be in operation by the summer of 1999 Turn to Water Page 6A Lak By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE its reorganization three years ago the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services has undergone many changes that have improved the quality of its services to residents in the Canyon Lake area That commitment to quality continues with the units recent purchase of a heart that will help rescue workers in the field EMS board President Robert Reed said The reason it heart monitor is important is because it will allow us to cut a significant amount of time in initiating definitive care to the heart attack Reed said It will greatly enhance the time we can begin definitive care It can diag nose a heart attack in the field and notify the hospital en route and then the hospital will begin preparations We are breaking ground on something that has never been broken here Three years ago the Canyon Lake EMS had no home to call its own The EMS system had put its two ambulances in fire stations at Canyon Lake The ambulances themselves were worn out and were not meeting the needs of the community Reed said Three years ago we were fully voluntary and we had an annual operating budget of less than Reed said Now Reed said the estimated 1997 bud get is projected to be at One turning point came when voters in the Canyon Lake area approved the formation of Emergency Service District which established the authority to tax residents to provide money for EMS operations and services CLEMS has a contract with the district to pro vide medical services Reed said when the needed revenues came in three years ago the first thing the CLEMS board of directors did was to begin looking for a new home for the EMS It found that home in a former welding shop in Saltier We purchased a square foot metal ware house which is centrally he said Then with help from many volunteers bpth in the orga nization and out we spent an additional and added dormitories a kitchen and offices Essentially we turned a empty building into an EMS With dormitories In the building Reed said EMS personnel on duty can spend the night at the station and be ready for any emergency call And the unit now has two reliable stateof theart ambulances to meet the needs of the peo ple in the Canyon Lake area The ambulances were purchased in 1995 and 1996 for apiece Then we hired a fulltime administrator to oversee the daytoday operation of the Reed said CLEMS has 30 volunteers and parttime paid staff members Beginning a year and a half ago we began to staff the ambulances with paid Reed said We created a pool of parttime paid The level of training for EMS personnel has stepped up to another level and gotten better Reed said With parttime paid personnel this guarantees that the CLEMS will have an emergency medical technician or paramedic on duty during the day Reed said the unit has plans to hire additional fulltime help within Ihe next year to provide aroundtheclock coverage and reduce emergency response times
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