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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Late ratty helps Hays beat Rangers See Page f B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 20332 11009 76 BOWEST MICRO PUBLISH IMCi 2627 E YAM DR 20 pages in two sections Wednesday April EL PAGO IX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Shawn James Vol 145 No 110 Inside Starnmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Shawn James 13 years Gary Gaubatz Terri McCrary Heidi Lawrence Joe Snyder John D Ballard Jeff Dees Kristin Fite 16 years Gabriel Valadez Jared Neuse Victoria Anna Gonzales 1 year Happy anniversary wishes go to Mr and Mrs Antonio Eureste To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold 539 oak mulberry 44 pecan grass 4 Elm trace Hackberry trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 274 cubic feet per sec ond down 1 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 2 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons pf surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water were used City to discuss growth plan Friday Mayor Jan Kennady will be joined by utilities and trans portation officials to discuss the citys Comprehensive Growth Plan from 9 to 11 Friday at the Holiday Inn New Braun fels Title Co and Norwest Bank are cosponsors of the event Admission is free but reserva tions are necessary Call 625 7553 or stop by any of the three Comal County offices Unitarians examine religious extremism The Unitarian Universalists will have Debbie Franks deputy director of the Texas Freedom Network speak on Mobilizing the Mainstream against Reli gious Political Extremism at today at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 N Loop 337 Child care is avail able Republican field trip set for today Canyon Lake Republican Women will take a field trip in lieu of the regular meeting for today The trip will be to Wash ingtonontheBrazos State His torical Park site of the Declara tion of Independence from Mex ico There is a entry fee and luncheon arrangements are being made Transportation will be by car pool telephone com mittee will give details at a later date Author to speak at Dittlinger Library Popular author Susan Wittig Albert will present two programs during National Library Week at the Dittlinger Memorial Library Albert is the author of the China Bayles mystery series which is set ia the Texas Hill Country Her program at 2 Thurs day is Writing from Memory Telling Your Lifes The 7 program is Partners in led by her and her hus band and coauthor Bill Albert For information call 6082150 No stone unturned in master plan process By ABE LEVY Staff Writer San Marcos Profile Page 2A Having put off a comprehensive review of its Master Plan for about 25 years the city of San Marcos embarked on an 18month endeavor to update the citys grid for future development The city which boasts a population of roughly sent out notices in every local newspaper and advertised at city hall in an effort to collect as much public representation as possible As a result 55 people answered the call and formed the Citizens Advisory Committee a diversified assembly appointed by the city council with over sight of drafting the San Marcos Mas ter Plan That was February 1994 and now a little more than one year after its adop tion in January 1996 city officials said the Master Plan has become a working framework for San Marcos whose population is expected to double in 20 HOW TO APPLY Applications to serve on one of 19 subcommittees for the writing of the citys Master Plan will be available at the Municipal Build ing 424 S Castell Ave Sub committee members would be responsible to attend three to six meetings during the next 18 months The deadline for sub mitting the applications is May 2 For more information call City Planning Director Harry Bennett at 6082100 Source city of New Braunfels years Sound familiar The city of New Braunfels also rec ognizes the need to update its 20year old Master Plan and is now embarking on a similar project to handle the esti mated additional residents in three years and a current growth rate of percent In this process New Braunfels city officials are calling on the public to answer two small but vital questions Do they want to serve on one of the 19 subcommittees and what ideas do they have for the future Service and ideas city officials believe will make for a fulfilled citi zenry as an increasing number of peo ple make New Braunfels their home New Braunfels has a 10member steering committee with representa tives from throughout the city includ ing Comal and Guadalupe counties New Braunfels Utilities the two school districts and the New Braunfels and Hispanic chambers of commerce To help coordinate the process the steering committee hired the planning firm Wilbur Smith and Associates of PREPLAN QUESTIONS Four fundamental questions that the San Marcos Master Plan com mittee used to begin writing a comprehensive plan Where are we today as a community existing conditions profile of the community factual information constraints and opportunities and background for planning What are the forces shaping the growth of our community nation al state and regional trends in population the economy and technol ogy Where do want to be in the future vision community priorities goals needs future patterns of development and growth How do we get there methods to see the vision completed pol icy direction and funding Source city of San Marcos Master Plan Houston to provide technical and administrative assistance during the project The firm will also help make rec ommendations and study possible funding methods for suggested pro jects Lastminute filing HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Mary Garza makes the final preparations on her 1040A form at the New Braunfels Post Office on Tuesday Many Americans who put off filing their taxes were out in force all over the nation yesterday licking stamps and addressing their envelopes City county join to observe Earth Day By ABE LEVY Staff Writer In a unified statement of the impor tance of protecting the environment the city of New Braunfels and Comal County are celebrating Earth Day 1997 Tuesday with a week of activities offi cials said Tuesday People are urged to wear green Mon day as part of the activities that also include a composting seminar scrap metal cleanup a city proclamation and county resolution I urge every resident to take part in the Mayor Jan Kennady said We have some exciting and informative things planned This is an ideal opportunity for residents to cele brate our Previously the city and county cele brated the oneday event independent ly but this year they are joining in a weeklong effort officials said My biggest thrill is that the city and county are doing this thing col Comal County Commis sioner Moe Schwab said Its a chance for area residents to take a positive step to protect their The city operates a curbside recy cling program with 50 percent partici pation and the county offers recycling stations with an estimated 35 percent participation officials said Clearly the people of New Braun fels and Comal County have an interest in the said Don Fergu son assistant to the city manager and liaison to the citys recycling commit tee Were kind of a lucky communi ty because we have two HOW TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY The city and county are celebrating Earth Day 1997 with a weeks worth of events Monday Wear green to celebrate Earth Day 1997 even though its not St Patricks Day Tuesday Mayor Jan Kennady is scheduled to read an Earth Day proclamation at Main Plaza Wednesday Grocery Bag Decorating Contest scheduled to begin for area school children April 24 County Earth Day resolution and composting seminar at at the New Braunfels Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The seminar is free and open to the public April 26 Scrap metal collection city materials yard 8 to noon 300 block of S Castell Avenue All refrigerants must be removed from freezers refrigerators and air conditions before the city will accept and county recycling center to 3 4755 Highway 46 West county can accept items with Source city of New Braunfels McKenna system to include a range of therapy options By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Groundbreaking ceremonies are scheduled this week for the new McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabil itation Center on the 700 block of Lan da Street The new center will include expand ed physical medicine rehabilitation ser vices and physical occupational and speech therapy that the McKenna Rehabilitation Network currently pro vides The emphasis of this project was to bring all the services under one roof so folks dont have to travel to San Anto said Laurie Bajich physical ther apist and McKenna network adminis trator The center will feature a fitness cen ter hyperbaric wound care service occupational medicine child care facil ities a natatorium with a hot tub and two Olympicsize pools for patients and the public Bajich said Hospital officials said they have not established the prices for the pools and fitness equipment but said they will offer dis count membership fees when the cen ter opens by January 1998 Construction is expected to begin this month for the networks center that is jointly owned by McKenna Memorial Hospital Warm Springs Rehabilitation System and Baptist Health System The city and NBU have agreed to split the costs of the project in half with each entity pledging up to San Marcos officials are pleased with their end product which began Turn to Plan Page 2A Campos to preside atNBISD By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Jaime Padilla The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tues day unanimously approved accepting the resignation of the board president but delayed discussing what steps will be taken to fill the vacancy until next week Board Presi dent Jaime Padilla said last week that he was tendering his resignation for personal reasons related to his fam ily Padilla did not attend Tuesdays meeting but Board Vice Presi dent Carlos Campos read a letter on his behalf The letter said he had to regretfully resign but asked the board to please know I will continue to sup port the New Braunfels Independent School Padilla who repre sents District 4 went on to say in the letter that he simply could not provide that support in the capacity of trustee His resignation was effective Campos praised Padilla and the1 work he had done for the board but said his resignation should not the boards current task of finding a new superintendent to replace Charles Bradberry who became the Keller ISD superintendent in January I think this is an unfortunate bump in the road but were moving forward in choosing candidates for the super intendent Campos said Interim Superintendent Tom Mose1 ley said any time a trustee resigns the board is left with three options said the board could appoint somei one from District 4 to fill the vacancy until the next regular election inj August at which time residents would vote in a new trustee The board could also choose to leave the seat vacant until the August elections or could call a special election to fill the Campos said the board will discuss the options and which approach would be best at a special meeting next was just a general con sensus to wait for next Campos said Were just sort of digesting that for Campos said the main purpose of the meeting slated for Monday is to discuss candidates to fill the superin tendent vacancy However he said the board will also discuss the board vacancy during the open session por tion of that meeting Padilla served on the board for five years and still had a year remaining on his term He was elected president of the board in August 1996 Campos said he will act as the pre siding officer at the board meetings until the board can fill the vacancy and reorganize Report indicates gambling on rise among teens and adults See Page 4A   

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