Thursday, April 24, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Walker wins fourth regional golf title See Page 7 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 12 pages in one section Thursday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Maria Qarza Vol 145 No 116 Inside Market Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Maria Di Garza Charles Orsag n Joe Roberts Cynthia Fitzsimmons Roy G Young Peter Ulloa Amelia Garza Veronica Ozuna Zackary Whitehead 11 years Joey Judkins 14 years Happy anniversary wishes go to Rocky and Kathy Rust 21 Gary and Julie Erben 21 Walter and Dorothy Mueller 43 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 River Information Comal River 270 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 686 Canyon Lake level 910 feet above sea level Above conservation The Army Corps of Engineers is reducing the Canyon Lake outflow to 800 cfs by 11 today The outflow will be reduced to 700 cfs by the week end New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Bridge at Gruene open today The Canyon Lake release rate will be reduced to 800 cubic fee per second by 11 today according to the Army Corps of Engineers The Guadalupe River bridge at Gruene will be open today Nominations sought for lawman of the year The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 Ed Murphy Memorial Award Lawman of the Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up applications from 8 to noon and from 1 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St Completed nomi nations must be returned to the law office by 5 April 30 Free immunizations at Schlitterbahn Schlitterbahn and the Texas Department of Health will spon sor a free immunization clinic from 10 to 1 Satur day at the Rapids pavailion next to Schlitterbahns Blastenhoff section Needed vaccinations will be given to children through age 17 Each child vaccinated will receive free admission to Schlitterbahn For information call 800 2529152 Bluebonnet Country Music Fest Saturday The first annual Bluebonnet Country Music Fest to benefit the Comal County Senior Center will be noon to midnight Satur day The dance at 9 will feature Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band There will be barbecue beer great food and baked goods as well as face painting live and silent auctions country and line danc ing available all day Water safety cflass Saturday at TLU Texas Lutheran University is offering a Red Cross water safe ty instructors course beginning at Saturday at the area The cost is For more information contact Keith Skogman at 210 620 5303 City charts enhanced airport operations By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City airport officials are proposing that the City Council approve a plan to build a fixed based operation that would sell fuel and oil and provide a pilot lounge at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport The move would aim to promote the city to travelers and prospective industries The cityowned facility could gen erate as much as to in profit the first year and those funds would be returned to the Airport Enter prise Fund City Airport Manager Darj rell Phillips said That fund which currently has about is the sole source of rev enue for the airport and is supported by rental income an agricultural lease 1 percent of the gross receipts on all commercial activities and a 7cent fuel flow fee Phillips said the project could cost about but with the location Darrell Phillips still undecided and final fuel ser vice providers not selected the esti mate could change The plan will go before the City Council this Monday and if approved con struction would begin in about one month with the grand opening possibly in October Phillips said Currently Brauntex Aviation owned by Bayliss Harriss is the only fuel sup plier at the airport Calls to Harriss Wednesday and Thursday morning were not returned City officials hope to break into the airport fuel market by offering low cost fuel service 24 hours a day with a credit card machine The revenue city officials said will keep the city from subsidizing the air port fund with taxpayer money The idea of the project was some thing to provide for extra Phillips said I just want to see the operation pay for bur needs and devel op in the Phillips said the proposed FBO would provide an alternative to pri vate services which will continue to be welcome at the airport Most of the airport users are local business officials of large industries such as the WalMart Distribution Cen ter or the Coleman Company The city already has been planning to build a cityowned terminal at the air port with a 50percent matching grant from the Texas Department of Trans portation The terminal is scheduled for com pletion by 1999 and would cost about city officials said NEW BRAUNFELS MUNICIPAL AIRPORT SERVICES The facility has three runways that are each about long and between 100to 150feet wide The airport includes a termi nal building restaurant 58 T hangars six hangars for aircraft maintenance and repairs two hangars for storage and tiedowns for more than 40 aircraft Parking spaces allow for a total of 123 vehicles The National Weather Ser vice built a station that services the South and Central Texas region The airport is the primary facility for business aircraft from New Braunfels and Seguin and also serves training flights from San Antonio and Bexar County The airport captured to percent of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area including corporate uses by Wal Mart Distribution Center Glastron Manufacturing West Point Pep perell Textile Factories and Outlet Mall ADM General Portland Parker Brothers 3M each from the New Braunfels area and Hol ly Farms Motorola and SMI Inc from Seguin according to a 1985 Texas Aeronautics Commission Study Source New Braunfels Airport Master Plan 1990 Building boom Charges expected in hazing incident By ABE LEVY Staff Writer i o HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Jesse scnievelbien and Leigh Purtle of Construction put the roof frame on a new home in one of the most developed areas of New Braunfels on Dustin Cade Road Council plans to make more room for growth By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials said they are working on a plan to annex about 8 square miles of land inside its extraterritorial jurisdiction to prepare for the future development of the city The proposal including the three sections of land will likely go before the Planning and Zoning Commis sion in June City Planning Director Harry Bennett said Bennett said the commission dis cussed the proposed sites during a December meeting and forwarded them as nonaction items to the City Council which showed no opposi tion Bennett said The proposed sections are primar ily undeveloped and include 3 square miles south of County Line Road in Guadalupe County This section already has water and sewer connections from New Braun fels Utilities and electric service comes from Guadalupe Valley Elec tric Cooperative 3 square miles northeast of the city limits bounded by Interstate 35 Kowald Lane FM 1101 and Kohlen berg Road This section does not include WalMart Distribution Cen ter which is not included in the plan according to an agreement with the city 2 square miles northeast of the city limits and north of the Lifehaus Park in Comal County This area is bounded by Goodwin Lane Con PROPOSED ANNEXATION Iighvay16 loop 33 rads Road and 135 The costs of incoiporating would be minimal city officials said because most of the area in Comal County is vacant farmland and the area in Guadalupe County borders County Line Road where a new fire station recently was built police already patrol and utility water con nections are built City officials said they would not have a cost estimate until department heads and other parties add their input after reviewing copies of the proposal Moreover if the areas were approved they would not extend the ETJ of the city into other ETJs of bordering cities Bennett said The citys ETJ extends 2 miles from the city limits and is subject to city subdivision policies but not its zoning ordinance Bennett said The city voluntarily annexed an area including Newks Tennis Ranch and TBarM Tennis and Confer ence Center on Highway 46 three years ago According to state law the city can annex 10 percent of its square acres or roll over that amount each year up to 30 percent This year the city hopes to end three years of waiting to manage growth better You do annexation not necessar ily for growth but for Ben nett said Annexation gives us that additional control for zoning The concern we have is Do we want development just to happen Thats why were looking at those Bennett said the proposed areas are preliminary and could be reduced after public hearings and review by the planning commission and city council If the areas meet approval by both those boards the land could be annexed as soon as December he said in which case the city would not collect property taxes until 1999 Within 60 days after the effective date of annexation the city would be required to provide police and fire protection solid waste collection street lighting and maintenance of roads maintenance of parks play grounds swimming pools and any other publicly owned facility build ing or service The proposed land would be intro duced as agricultural zoning until further requests are made Bennett said Still because the land in Comal County is situated near existing industry development it could be used to attract more industries and growth near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport Bennett said County Attorney Bill Reimer said that only a misdemeanor assault charge would be filed against a student involved in a hazing incident at Canyon High School because the alleged victims told investigators no sexual assault occurred Original complaints by parents of the alleged victims indicated that coat hangers had been used to sexually assault some athletes as part of a haz ing ritual in October and January School officials have said that they did not find out about the hazing inci dents until late March when parents complained Two sets of parents then filed for mal complaints with the New Braun fels Police on April 7 and 9 Reimer said he initially received one of the reports because it showed the incident could be a seconddegree felony charge of sexual assault After interviewing the victims Reimer said he concluded that the offense was not a sexual assault or any other higher degree of assault He said one of the mothers wanted more severe charges pursued but that he could not unless the victims were willing to reveal more details One lady in particular felt it should be more severe but I told her unless your son is willing to disclose this were he said Reimer said he expected the simple assault charge a class C misdemeanor to be filed today in Municipal Court Comal Independent School Dis trict officials last week announced that they had disciplined nine students and one coach after the school ended its investigation of the hazing A Class C assault charge carries up to a fine but no chance for jail time Police said they have been waiting on parents to sign the complaint in order for the Municipal Court Prose cutor Bruce Boyer to pursue charges Boyer said he told parents that he needed a specific date for the alleged assaults before he could prosecute We have to be able to prove not within a he said We have to have something more specific than I dont view Municipal Court to clean up the he said disciplined students certainly had punishment to some extent imposed by the school district I dont go looking for a person to file a corn Turn to Hazing Page 2A i J i