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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Canyon ousted from softball playoffs See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeitu V E YAHDELL PR PASO TX 79 90S 20 pages in two sections Friday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years II Home of Vanessa Cabello 7 Inside Editorial Sports Market Stanimtisen Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Virginia Rousseau Forrest McBryde Sherry Maloy Cora Johnston Kristin Butler Danielle Carpenter 3 years Raul Lagunas Sat Emma DeVol Satur James Cole Seanna McBryde 17 years old John Owens Satur Carol Ward 40 years old Vanessa Cabello 9 years Nicole Marie Craft 6 years Van Michael Ander son Melissa Krause Cody Erben 15 years George Padilla Wes Clark Emily Rente Richter 1 year old Sat Happy anniversary wishes go to Bill and Lucy Beneski 60 Gilbert and Gloria Guer rero 26 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count oak pecan 8 mulberry elm 20 grass 6 River Information Comal River 270 Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 Cariycih Dam discharge 700 cfs The Army Corps of Engineers will maintain the outflow at 700 cfs through out the weekend and will reevaluate the discharge Monday morning Canyon Lake inflow 680 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water were used Nominations sought for lawman off 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 nomination applications from 8 to noon and from 1 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 Wednesday Bluebonnet Country Music Fest Saturday The first annual Bluebonnet Country Music Fest to benefit the Comal County Senior Citi zens Center will be noon to mid night Saturday at the Wursthalle 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 auc tions country and line dancing Water Safety class 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 210 379 7773 CISD reopens hazing investigation Austin to conduct 2week probe By ABE LEVY Staff Writer John Clay Officials from the Comal Indepen dent School District announced early this morning that they are hiring an Austin attorney to conduct a twoweek outside investigation into reports of hazing at Canyon High School The announcement came at about Friday after about a three hour executive session with parents of two alleged victims CISD officials said adding that this decision was part of their ongoing investigation into the hazing reports CISD board members said the inves tigation would include other district schools such as Smithson Valley High School but that they have no indication that hazing has occurred else where within the district The investiga tor is Bill Krueger who has worked for the district in recent years to study a claim of discrimination board mem ber Scott Watson said Board members said they planned to meet with Krueger in two weeks to discuss the investigation and empha sized that no new reports have sur faced I think the district has done all the right things since it board member John Clay said This whole thing has been blown major out of pro portion Were trying to prove to our patrons of the district that we want to get to the bottom of this We dont This whole thing has been blown major out of proportion Were trying to prove to the patrons of the district that were trying to get to the bottom of this We dont want this to drag on Its not John Clay CISD board trustee want this to drag on Its not Clay said that he discussed the idea of an outside investigator about two weeks ago with Superintendent Jerry Major who agreed that this action was needed One of the fathers said the closed meeting included very direct discus sion between his attorney and CISD board members and officials The board then asked the parents and their attorneys to leave so that it could talk privately he said The board later announced its plans for an outside investigation members and CISD offi cials really failed to he said They asked us to leave the room and we waited to see what kind of a verdict would come out Until that board meeting no one really said any thing or forced them to do CISD board members said the new investigation was not prompted by the parents but came out of a concern to ensure safety in all of the districts ath letic programs Parents of the two alleged victims said they could not comment further on the matter and are waiting to see the outcome of this outside investigation before deciding on other action They said they had not signed com plaints at the Municipal Court after police concluded that two class C assaults allegedly occurred at the high Free immunizations Saturday HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Tim Zipp Schlitterbahn Operations manager and Brooke Schwiening put up one of the many signs to direct participants at the Shots Across Texas program happening Saturday at Schlitterbahns pavillion next to the Blastenhoff area The free immunizations will be available from 10 to and those who participate get free admission to the waterpark Since infants are admitted free to Schlitterbahn the adult who brings a child age 2 or younger for a shot will receive a free admission certificate to the park Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and an immunization record must be presented Children should eat breakfast before coming for an immunization City wants more cash returned from NBU By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees on Thursday reaffirmed the need to study a proposed increase in the percentage of profits it annually hands to the city officials said although the board took no action The annual transfer payment has been the topic of debate through the utilitys 55year history and the city has requested to talk with NBU about increasing the amount which goes directly into the citys general fund The fivemember utility board responded in the March regular meet ing by deciding to study the transfer amount through a thirdparty consul tant The payment this past year was about million or percent of NBUs operating revenue City offi cials have said they would like it to increase by 2 to 3 percent in keeping with national and state averages Both NBU and city officials said they expect to begin talking about the proposed survey starting with a meet ing scheduled in about a week between City Manager Mike Shands and NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo City officials have expressed frus tration witht the NBU board for being reluctant to talk about the proposed increase Im still begging for some dia said Jan Kennady who as the New Braunfels mayor serves on the NBU board I was told by the NBU board president that he had drawn a line in the sand but I didnt think it was going to be a brick wall 1 feel like a parent to a Board president Lupe Castillo said NBU is a unique operation that requires a survey reflecting its special attributes of low rates and longstand ing reliability with its ratepayers Castillo added that previous city councils have been less than cordial when dealing with NBU We want to see what the future Castillo said You arc not the only one that gets bloodied When we go to city council we get bloodied The decision to increase the transfer amount ultimately will belong to the NBU board Officials expect the process for studying the transfer amount to last for several months HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnalll Seat of honor Wayne Stone and his dog Willy sit on the bench dedicated to Anice Read for her work with Texas historic preservation Read has been hon ored on the Texas Senate floor for her contributions to economic revi talization and enriching Texas history school One of the fathers said he went to the court to sign a complaint but it was not ready for him to sign Since then he said he was going to wait until the dis tricts investigation was complete before contemplating pursuing criminal charges County Attorney Bill Reimer said he sent the report Thursday to the court expecting charges to be filed and did not know that a parent was not able to sign a complaint We wouldnt have sent the report over there unless we felt it was ready to Reimer said adding that he could send the report to a Justice of thePeace court if the parents are not satisfied with Municipal Court action Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said he was unaware of any of the parents coming into the court and said he needed specific dates of the reported offenses before being able to prosecute County to sue over plat dispute By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer County commissioners approved hiring outside legal counsel Thursday to help find a solution to illegal sub division activities that happened near Garden Ridge Were not looking for a fight we just want this County Judge Carter Casteel said Were proceeding with lawyers to get it ready but the developer has 30 days to get it The problem arose when Rolando and Ramona Gomez applied for a sep tic permit in March for their new home built on Valley Park Drive in the Park Lane Estates According to the coun ty engineer developer William Button apparently did not plat the property when he developed it so the lot the Gomez family purchased railed to meet platting requirements The county requires a 40foot ease ment providing access to the property from a public road The Gomez prop erty must be reached by a 30foot strip that crosses a neighbors property The county initially denied the per mit request forcing the homeowners to use a portable restroom Last week the court approved letting the Gomezes use the septic tank on the property for 30 days while they try to hammer out a solution County Commissioner Danny Scheel said that means something is going to have to happen in 30 He said a possible solution was pre sented at Thursdays meeting in which Sutton would buy the 30foot easement from a third party and give it to the Gomez family as a right of way Scheel said the Gomez couple turned the solution down Thats kind of where negotiations Scheel said Attorney Jonathan Hull attended the commissioners court meeting in place of the Gomezes attorney Hull said the proposed solution was a quick Casteel agreed with Hull and said the proposal only created more proglembs She said Sutton created the problem and should be responsible for correcting it Mr Gomez is a victim in all this in my opinion and thats a Cas teel said Attempts to reach Sutton were unsuccessful Casteel said if a solution is not found within the 30day period a law suit could be filed against the devel oper and any other individuals who violated the countys subdivision reg ulations If an agreement is not reached by the time the Gomezes permit expires Casteel said the court would likely work with the couple Casteel said an outside firm was hired to handle the issue because the county attorney said his office did not have the staff to handle it Bluebonnet Country Miisic
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