Tuesday, April 8, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Unicom Softball team tightens grip on first place See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels mjamm Mfll Hlfl jjtmmfijL 4fe M HeraldZeitu A j 10 pages in one section Tuesday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Mark Culbertson Vol 145 No 99 Inside Market Dear Stain in tisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Lori Gallion Karen Schnei der Glenn Whitaker 17 years Clyde Keener Lauren Niemeyer 6 years old April Rebecca Resales 1 year Jessica Erben 11 years Stella Calzada Deseree Boyd Happy anniversary wishes go to Sidney and Melba Weyel 27 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Oak Ash Mulberry Pecan 27 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter ot air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Monday and no well water was used Council candidate forum Thursday The Comal Area League of Women Voters is holding a can didates forum for the District 3 and 4 City Council positions at 7 Thursday at the NBISD Education Center Board Room 430 W Mill St The forum will provide time for the candidates to address the audience and for questions to be asked from the floor OakRun Concert rescheduled The OakRun School Choir Concert and Spring Variety Show has been rescheduled to May 6 in the OakRun cafeteria Kinderchor practice slated for today There will be a practice for all Kinderchor members and for any children wanting to be in the Kinderchor at today at the Senior Citizens Center For information call 6291785 Positive personality development The Unitarian Universalists will have Judy Albrecht school psy chologist speak on Building Resiliences A Positive Approach to Personality Development at Wednesday at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 Her information should help to understand attrib utes that should be nurtured in us all Child care is available the public is invited Call 629 4262 for information Bereavement support program offered Hospice New Braunfels will sponsor a fiveweek Bereave ment Support Group for adults starting Wednesday in the rock house behind Hospice The group is open to anyone who has a friend or family member who had died within the past two years Call 6257500 for information Green fee hike on way to council By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Landa Park Golf Course Advi sory Board approved a proposed fee schedule Monday that would make up for a projected budget shortfall and would generate up to an estimated in increased profit The board voted unanimously to increase green fees and cart rentals block out a twohour time slot on weekends for greenfee play only and change special family annual rates to an individual fee for each member at a special meeting at city hall The proposal is scheduled for coun cil consideration at its Monday meet ing and if approved would be includ ed in next years fiscal budget that begins in July The council at a workshop this past week charged the board with coming up with additional revenue in the pro posed budget because of an estimated shortfall in revenue City officials said Monday they reduced that amount to about after a meeting last week in which they eliminated a laborer position and increased income projections on food and mer chandise sales in the proposed budget They also said they calculated into the proposed budget rounds of golf that were not played this year because of drought conditions and new construction on the golf course Itll work for the citizens of New said Jack Abshire a golf board member I think the council will be happy with this City Manager Mike Shands who attended the meeting said he hoped the proposal would bring in at least to the citys general fund by this time next year Shands said he already had received offers to pay the city to run the golf course but that he hopes the board can make at least that amount in future years without privatization This is one of the few opportunities that the city has to make he told the board And it should make a lot of it If youre not making money off of your assets youre subsidizing them with your taxes This sucker can be contracted Many of the board members said the course should show a sizable prof it once the new club house is con structed by midsummer and pointed to the first year of the golf course that showed an annual profit of The meeting drew about 15 con cerned golfers who initially expressed reluctance to propose course fees and engaged the board and members of the city staff in more than one hour of dis cussion before the proposal was offered But by the end of the meeting some PROPOSED LANDA PARK GOLF COURSE FEES The proposed fee schedule includes Blocking out two hours per day on weekends and holidays for daily greenfee players to avoid overuse by annualfee play ers Raising green fees Residents from to on weekdays and from to on weekends Nonresidents from to on weekdays and from to on weekends Raising golf cart rentals from to per round Raising annual fees by elim inating special family designa tions to an individual player sys Residents per person Nonresidents including win ter Texans per person Junior golf fees were not changed and golf board mem bers said they do not plan on proposing changes to that cate gory of the audience raised their hands jok ingly as if members of the golf board who were voting in favor of the proposal on the golf course board s The reason I moved here was because of the golf said For the children HeraldZeitunp photo by Michael Darnall Melissa Armendariz wraps a blue ribbon around a car antenna at Canyon Middle School on Monday morning commemorating National Child Abuse Prevention Week National Child Abuse Prevention Week runs through Friday Changes in store for Texasbase Handy Andys By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer By midMay Texas Handy Andy Supermarkets located in Texas will have been purchased or emerged from bankruptcy status as a standalone com pany but me move should mean little change for the local store and its cus tomers Handy Andy Vice President Ken Murphy said the company filed Chap ter 11 bankruptcy in August of 1994 and at that time was bought by Mega Foods out of Phoenix Murphy said in October of 1996 the Phoenix stores were purchased and bids were now being solicited for the Texas stores This is nothing different that whats been going on for the last six months under Chapter 11 Mur phy said Since that time we have been on the block to be bought out in Texas as Murphy said tseveral companies that had expressed an interest in acquiring the stores but had not made a firm offer He said the only new develop ment in the negotiations was that a deadline of April 28 had been set as the last day to receive bids Turn to Handy Page 2 Desmond Devereux 49 tournament chairman of the New Braunfels Mens Golf Association proposal is good for the residents and very good for snow birds They can still play cheaper here than most other Outflow from lake more than doubled By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Heavy rainfall in the upper Guadalupe River Basin brought an inflow of as much as cubic feet per second into Canyon Lake last week forcing the Army Corps of Engi neers to double trie release rate from the dam Monday afternoon The Corps of Engineers opened the gates to increase the release rates from 750 to cfs at 5 Monday The current inflow at Canyon Lake is cfs The upper Guadalupe River basin and the New Braunfels area received as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain last week Daryl Williams of the National Weather Service said Because of the heavy rainfall approximately 4 feet of water was added to Canyon Lake The conser vation flood pool elevation is 909 feet above mean sea level The four feet of added water increased that level to feet above msl The Corps is responsible for release rates above the 909 msl conservation pool The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority is responsible for release rates below 909 msl Judy Gardner GBRA communica tions assistant said the current release rate could last for a couple weeks It is going to last until the reservoir lake gets to 911 Gardner said If it stays at cfs it should take two Gardner said the Corps of Engineers had the right to increase or decrease the release on a day by day basis When the reservoir reaches 911 there is the possibility the Corps will look at using the water from 909 to 911 feet as possibly running it out more slowly during the summer months for recreational Gardner said School board should get list of potential superintendents next week By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Consultants for the New Braunfels Independent School District superin tendent position search are receiving the remaining applications in the mail and are ready to begin narrowing the field Hank Wheeler director of superin tendent searches for the Texas Associ ation of School Boards said applica tions for the position vacated when Charles Bradberry left in January to become superintendent at Keller ISD needed to be post marked by April 5 so they would continue to come in for a couple of days He said the pool of candidates was impressive and the candidates vary in age education and experience Were very pleased with the cal iber of people the board will have to choose Wheeler said Im glad the boards going to make the deci sion Its going to be chemistry now Theyre all Wheeler would not say how many applications were received until after the board has been given the informa tion However he did say that TASB has already begun to interview 15 to 18 individuals Wheeler said all the applications would be reviewed and the top 10 or 12 would be chosen He said the local board of trustees would be given short summaries of the top candidates Mon day The trustees will then have the option to review any of the applica tions that were received Each trustee will then pick six candidates and the board will discuss everyones choic es Generally two or three will fall out really quick with five or six Wheel er said Then we start talking about the other choices and narrow it Wheeler said the board would also review the interview questions at the meeting He said his office provided sample questions but the board would decide which ones were asked He said every candidate would Answer the same questions so the answerscould be com pared They dont have to use any of our questions but we use them tojog their memory because they may not have done this Wheeler said SEARCH TIME LINE Superintendent Search Calen dar for the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District Feb meetings Feb officially opens April dead line April reviews applications with the board and prepares them for the interviews The finalists will be named this night also April to inter view finalists April and board prepare for followup inter views of finalists April inter views with the top three finalists May visits the home district of the candidate May votes on hiring a superintendent The board is expected to conduct said that if all goes the board three separate interviews with the canwould vote on hiring a superintendent didates in the next month Wheeler at the May 7 meeting Kudos from Page

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