Wednesday, May 7, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY NBMS boys sweep golf tournament See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 20X32 11009 8 0 W E 8 T IlIC R 0 p B L T S ll T hi 2627 t YANDEX L DK EL PASO IX 79903 BO 24 pages in two sections Wednesday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Tom Lattery Vol 145 No 125 Inside Market Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Marilyn Buckner Marilyn Buffington Bob Templeton Lynn Syphers Ronnie Ruhl 10 years Bob Kiesling 60 years Joshua Ryan Resales 6 years Tom Laffery Manuel Garza Taylor Lucke meyer 8 years Russell Jonas Isaiah Jordan Aguirre belated May Happy anniversary wishes to Margaret and Gilbert Per sohn 52 Pollen Count mold oak trace mulberry grass Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 274 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and million gallons of well water were used Take time to thank a nurse this week This week would be ideal to thank a nurse if you get the chance One of the lesserknown cel ebrations of the year Nursing Week began Monday and is a time to appreciate nurses who often go unnoticed in the med ical world Still they work closely with patients providing handson treatments and emotional sup port said Susan Bell coordi nator of vocational nursing pro gram at the New Braunfels extension of St Philips College It is also a time to inform people of the diversity of services that nurses provide depending on whether they are RNs or LVNs LVNs or licensed vocational nurses work at the bedside of patients and provide basic treat ment while RNs or registered nurses usually supervise and manager the overall care If nothing else you can impress someone with this tidbit of knowledge Corps gets OK to deviate from norm The Army Corps of Engi neers has received approval to deviate from the plan of regula tion for water releases from Canyon Dam effective April 1 to September 15 The charge only affects releases made between lake elevations 909 to 911 feet mean sea level The following rate releases apply unless rainfalls in the area or inflow rates dictate otherwise and could impact downstream control limits 909 to 911 mslrelease 100 cubic feet of water per second cfs more than requested by GuadalupeBlanco River Author ity but not more than 350 cfs 910 to msl release 700 cfs daily to 911 cfs during the week and reduce rate to 700 cfs on the weekends 911 msl and above nor mal flood releases according to the plan of regulation For current information con cerning flow rates on the Guadalupe River contact the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce at 800 572 2626 NBISD board fails reorganization attempt Board vote splits on three nominations for president By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer After four nominations and three failed votes to fill the position of pres ident for the New Braunfels Indepen dent School District board of trustees board reorganization reached a stale mate Nominations of board members Leo Chafin Bette Spain and Carlos Cam pos for president all failed Chafin with Bette Spain Carlos Campos drew his name after he was nominated The vote was tied for Spains and Cam pos nominations On a board with an even number of members a tie trans lates into a no vote The board split along the same line that divided it during votes on the ini tial superintendent reseating issue hir ing a search consultant and organiza tion of the board after the August 1996 election Board members Spain Chafin and Miller often voted as a group and Campos Padilla Sanchez and Weaver often voted together Former board president Jaime Padil la resigned from the board at the begin ning of April citing personal reasons for his resignation The board voted unanimously to leave the seat vacant until the August election Trustee Anne Miller asked last week that the six members left on the board reorganize at Tuesdays meeting Even with a shift in who holds the presiden cy members will still have to work together to make any progress the president has no more voting power than the other five members Board Vice President Carlos Cam pos who currently acts as the presiding WHO VOTED FOR Leo Bette Chafin Anne Miller Bette Campos Sylvia Sanchez Steve Weaver Carlos Campos Sylvia Sanchez Steve Chafin Anne Miller Bette Spain officer at meetings said that after talk ing with an attorney with the Texas Association of School Boards there was a question of whether the board even wanted to reorganize The board is mandated to reorga Fourcar collision HeraldZaitung photo by Michael Darnall A fourcar accident on Interstate 35 South past Schwab Road left five people injured and backed up traffic for 2 miles this morning A red Chevy Blazer was trying to enter the highway from the access road near Schwab Road around when the driver lost control of his vehicle and rolled on top of a blue Chrysler said Shertz police A Volvo trying to avoid the accident braked and a Mercury Capri smashed into the bumper of the car according to Schertz police Fire departments as well Schertz Comal County and Department of Public Safety officers responded to the scene The five victims were sent to area hospitals San Antonio AirLife on its way to the scene but was recalled to its base because of bad weather County reaches deal in suit re hi res clerk By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit that claims a clerks civil rights were violated when the newlyelected county attorney fired her in Janu ary Clerk and docket coordinator in the county attor neys office Yolanda DAntuono during her free time last year helped assistant county attorney Stephanie SmithBurris campaign for county attor ney Bill Reimer defeated SmithBurris in the pri mary elections by a narrow margin After his election in November Reimer gave both women termination notices effective Jan 1 During a commissioners court workshop on Nov 13 regarding the consolidation of the county and district attorneys offices Reimer was asked by DAntuonos husband if the termination was polit ical and Reimer responded Yes Her last day was Dec 31 The suit filed in the District Court on Dec 31 contends that the termination was a violation of DAntuonos civil rights because it violates both the First and 14th amendments The suit requested million for slander lost benefits and wages civil rights violations and punitive damages DAntuonos attorney Sam Katz said the parties involved reached an agreement on Friday According to the agreement DAntuono would receive a mod est monetary settlement and would be given a job in the county couitatlaw office Katz said she will not be reporting to either the county or district attorney once she is in her new position DAntuono said she enjoyed working with the county and liked her coworkers She said she is glad it is over and that she can return to a county position Im glad its she said We both wanted it settled and the county made a fair offer It wasnt about money It was about County Judge Carter Casteel said the monetary award would give DAntuono back wages plus a lit tle extra However Casteel would not disclose the actual amount of the award She asked that that not be made public and we Casteel said Casteel said it is not unusual for cases to be settled She said the settlement was favorable for both the county and DAntuono and said the county is ready to return the focus to serving the public She said the settlement does not indicate any guilt on the part of the county As in most civil cases they get Casteel said Thats what happened in this When contacted Tuesday morning Reimer was not aware that a settlement had been reached How ever he said he does not have a problem with it It doesnt matter to he said I never had anything against the lady If the county wants to hire her again thats fine with Casteel will report back to the commissioners about the settlement on Thursday and the court wil take the appropriate actions to finalize the set tlement DAntuono will begin work in the newlycreated position on Monday HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Final round Canyon High School senior Jimmy Walker contemplates his shot on the 18th green at Roy Kizer Golf Course in Austin on Tuesday Walker finished second at the UIL stato champi onships See Sports Page 1B nize when there is an election or an appointment Campos said In this case we have an option to Trustee Leo Chafin questioned whether or not the wording of local Turn to NBISD Page 2A Council freshmen add insight empathy By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Moving from Houston to New Braunfels in 1981 Jan Kotylo wasnt sure if shed fit in An advocate for youth and elderly alike Kotylo then 42 was glad to set tle here but soon realized her age group was in the minority Fifteen years later Kotylo not only found a cir cle of friends she will be sworn in to serve for three years as the District Jan Kotylo 4 city council mem ber Monday replacing Paul Fraser At first you move in and youre middleaged and you wonder where youre slot is and then 1 discovered my slot is with said Koty lo whose husband Bill is president of Standard Casualty Insurance in New Braunfels You dont have to have your age group to fit in With about a 21 margin of victory voters have affirmed that the retire ment activity director has done more than just fit Joining her as a new face on the council will be Randy Vanstory co owner of Quick Align Brakes and Sus pension who will succeed local attor ney Brcnda Freeman for the District 3 spot Vanstory who along with his wife Roxi moved to Randy Vanstory New Braunfels in 1987 from Mid land was sur prised upon hear ing he also had won by a 21 margin over for mer mayor Rudy Seidcl Vanstory has served on the Plan ning and Zoning Commission and the citys ethics ordinance committee and anticipates growth as the top priority facing this area The key to it is not only input but also education because sometimes its easy to say want a road here and the flip side is how you are going to pay for he said Because council members have begun to work together better already Vanstory said decision making would be easier than in previous years A lot of people have a perception that council membership puts you on the spot but the people on the coun cil are really unified and Im excited about being a part of he said Vanstory said during the campaign he had heard that people called him a puppet of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Turn to Council Page 2A An issue of personalities See Page 4A