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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Smithson Valley girls take 2nd at Ranger Relays See Page 5 50 CENTS M009 79 8 0 U K S T MIC R 0 P U B LIS HIN 0 2AZ7 E YAHDELL DR 10 pages in one section Tuesday March EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of John Vol 145 No 79 Market Place pear h Birthday from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to John WIIHams Sujo Boa tright Gary Schtether Barbara Long Patrick Max Wdbom To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 PoMtn Count 782 Elfp 4 Aih32 HMUwny6 4 Pdton rtMWiurtd In parts cubto meter o dr Infemwtton provided by Dr Frank Rlvtr Information Comal 234 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Monday Edwanto Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 today b flnt flnw ataM test April thai the aquifer WM at that level Canyon Dam discharge 988 cfs Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Canyon Lake level 9 11 1 9 feet above sea level Above conservation New Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water were used Qtiktos at Honey Creek State Natural Area Outdoor Classroom envi ronmental education program uriteer from 9 to 2 two or more days per week during For information call 210 980 2311 or 210 4382656 Parent orfjMitatlmt at Canyon High tonight Canyon High School will hold an open house and electives fair from to today at the high school commons Interested parents of eighth grade students can call 625 6251 for more information marts today The Comal County Genealo gy Society will hold an open house from 3 to 5 today at the Sophienbufg Archives 200 N Seguin Avenue for the dedication of a reader in memory of Vernon Strey who passed away in 1996 Hypnotic regression topic of discussion The Unitarian Universalists will have Dr Coletta Long clinical psychologist ordained minister of the Unity Church and director of the Inner Guidance Center In Austin speak on Hypnotic Regression what it is and is not plus its uses in discovering the Whole Self at Wednesday at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 IMIred Toachora mooting slated jvlew Braunfels Area Retired Teachers will meet at 10 Wednesday at the board room of the Education Center on Mill Street Coffee and a social will be at Bob Peterson of the Ameri can Cancer Society will speak olaaaaa on tao WRflpF Classes will begin Wednes day for Child Associates credentials at 1QOO N Walnut Call fpr more Board puts superintendent back on dais NBISt trustees i reach compromise oil seating arrangement By DEftSE DZIUK Staff Writer It took more than 90 minutes of dis cussion in September to take the New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent oft the dais and only 30 minutes of discussion Monday to put him back In September the board spent rough ly an hour and a half debating the seat ing arrangement for board meetings Supporters of a chart which seats the superintendent at a table below the dais saidil was necessary to have some distance between the board and the superintendent so the district could be run as a business Supporters also said it would increase efficiency and communication and not intimidate patrons wanting to speak before the board Those against the arrangement said it was a slap in the face of then superintendent Charles Bradberry The issue has resurfaced several times including when a candidate for the interim superintendent position withdrew because of the seating and when the consultants conducting the superintendent search said it could be an issue for some candidates Interim superintendent Tom Moscley placed the item on Mondays agenda and said the board needed to cither carry out the original plan and move ahead or return to the original arrange ment He recommended the board compromise and place the superinten dent at the end of the dais Whether it should have been or not this was an issue and I applaud the compromise to put this to Mose ley said As long as youre on the same dais it doesnt Several members of the public addressed the board about the seating arrangement They said it was time to put it to rest and move forward with educating students Rocky Hill who was defeated in the August election for n scat on the board said the action shows a change in a decision made in He said board members who originally voted to change the seating and voted differently Monday owed Bradberry an apology The board voted unanimously to rescind the September action and unanimously agreed to seat the super intendent at the end of the dais I think it was a mistake in the first place and I was glad they were willing to trustee Bcttc Spain said Inmate recycling f i r XV HoraldZoltunophoto by Michael Darnall Comal County Jali prlwMwri Gary Hoard Jtfftry Johneon Javier Moral David Moeller participate In a pilot program at the Comal County Maintenance Yard The pten towflak Inmatea the opportunity to take two days off their sentence for every one day they work Work program benefits county inmates Staff Walter A pilot program putting Comal County Jail inmates to work kicked off Monday morning with four inmates dressed in bright orange jumpsuits reporting for work at the rural recycling center Jim Middlcton chief of jail administration said about 15 inmates volunteered to work in program After screening and interviews four lowrisk inmates were chosen to help the recy cling program by baling sorting and stackingcol lected material The goal is to save the county Mid dleton said Its getting something done without using county Corrections officer David Saenz was assigned to guard the four working inmates He said he was there to provide security tojt did not expect any problems with the inmates who is armed said he could radio for backup if needed and that the inmates were a very low risk For the majority of these guys its the first time theyve done anything theyre jailed Saenz said These guys dont have any violent criminal Saenz said the inmates received incentives for participating in the program Me said they received twoforone credit on their sentence and extra rations and privileges They also could spend their days outside being productive You can do something besides stare at the said inmate Gary Heard You can work a little Saenz said this was a great incentive for many of the inmates Mont of the people in jail want to do something because theyre Saenz said They want to be occupied and this gets them out of their Middleton said he had no concern at all about safety 1 think our people will take care of everything and the public will be he said Rural Recycling manager Bob Weatherly said he did not have any qualms about the program Me said it was a great program Itll help a Weatherly said Weve been short handed ever since it started and this will free me up The pilot program will last 30 days After that it will be evaluated to determine its effectiveness and grant money from the Texas Department of Corrections will be sought We want to make sure the program is going to work before we apply for any Middleton said If the program is successful and continues past the trial period Schwab said it would continue lo be utilized by the recycling program Me said it could even be expanded to the road department where inmates would be used to pick up litter along the roads I think its really going to be beneficial in get ting work done without hiring any more people by using people who owe a debt to society I guess you could said Schwab Fencing plants tided nays to deal with deer By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The citys ad hoc deer management committee said the people have ken The deer population inside city limits is an asset thai does not need city action its members said Monday The final results of a neighborhood survey guided the committee to a con clusion it pips to make official at its next meetinfMarch 17 chairman I Plants that deter 2 Iff addition the committee plans to recommend alternative deer ment methods such as fencing and planting natural landscape repellents I think weve got survey results that Anderson said Is there a problem everybody is emotional in the direction that the deer are an asset It looks like were going to rec ommend education and making rec oinmendatiortti on fencing and vegeta The survey isjprimarily the result of a doorto4oor campaign in neigh borhoods where deer have been seen in the city The results showed Sixtyseven percent do not feel the deer are a problem and 80 percent feel the city should do nothing about H Landscaping problems ranked higher than truffle hazards Possible solutions include trap ping and relocating planting deer resistant vegetation driving with more caution putting up fences and installing reflector light systems Committee members said they did not include neighborhoods without a deer population in the survey because they assumed residents would not con sider the deer a problem The committee was formed by the City Council earlier this year to deter mine whether the deer posed enough problems to merit city action While the deer were reported to have caused traffic hazards and eaten resi dential vegetation the council prohibit ed the use of hunting as a recommended method for solving the problems Turn to Deer Page 2 Board president Jaime Padilla said the compromise showed the profes sionalism of the board and its intention to move forward Vice president Carlos Campos who expressed concerns with the superintendent sitting on the dais said the vote reflects a common ground among the board This motion that I made to place the superintendent at the end of the dais reflects a compromise that we certainly understand that there arc dif ferent views on this Campos said But the challenge we as board members have is to find a common ground so we can move forward This reflects a common Consensus sought on river safety City WORD eye plan each finds acceptable By ABE LEVY Staff Writer River safety committee members joked Monday night about posting a huge sign in the middle of the Gundalupc River to mark the city lim its for tubers who coast down the windv ing water trail The idea was offered as a possible solution should the citys river com mittee and Water Oriented Recreation District not reach consensus on a river safety agreement All kidding aside committee mem bers have indicated they prefer a part nership with WORD instead of parting the river with jurisdictional postings The committee was formed as the result of a settlement between the city and parents of a drowned tuber sever al years ago and is charged with rec ommending policy lo enhance the safe ty of visiting rccrcationalists on the Comal and Guadalupc rivers The settlement calls for such action as the posting of safe flow levels stan dards for using life preservers and an orientation program for tubers The settlement dealt with river safe ly inside the city limits but now the committee is considering policy that would incorporate portions of the Guadalupc River in Comal County To that end the committee wants WORD a taxing entity made up of recreational businesses along the rivec to join with them on a uniform policy for river safety That would keep unassuming tubers who start at Morseshoe Falls in north west Comal and continue downstream inside city limits from receiving cita tions by New Braunfels Police offi cers who would be enforcing a com pletely different policy The river committee made up of three WORD board members plans to meet March 17 and decide some specific motions Tliat action will help WORD board members who have a meeting schedule for March 19 to consider whether they want to throw their hats into a combined riversafety agreement City officials said they believe while many groups and agencies in the area have worked on river safety policy the citys committee is the first effort to finalize safety policy for the entirt riv er I think WORD members will be said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom The issue that this committee is addressing has been addressed previously by other groups and entities The city is taking the lead ership role and getting something Still members of WORD have said river safely lias been an ongoing con cern long before the city got involved Theres a finger been pointed at the outfitter as not doing what its sup posed said Zero Rivers an outfit ter and WORD board member I want Turn to Safety Page 2 Time right to liberate China Page 4   

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