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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Canyon grad gets picked by Houston Astros See Page IB 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 20332 11009 SOWEiJT HICROPUBLlSIllMi 2627 E VAN DR EL PASO TX 7990S 83 16 pages in two sections Wednesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Howard Ike Betty Elckenhorst Vol 145 No 145 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The Aevv Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Tillie Moreno Happy anniversary wishes to Hoiward Ike and Betty Eick enhorst 50 To have a birthday or anniver sary fisted here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold grass 28 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 278 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs decreasing to 0 cfs by noon when the Corps of Engineers will switch to the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority plant The flow then will be increased to cfs by late Canyon Lake inflow Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation Get out and enjoy the outdoors New Braunfels will continue to enjoy sunny skies and warm weather today and Thursday For today the National Weather Service forecast says it will be partly cloudy with a high of 89 degrees Tonight it will be partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms with a low of 70 degrees and a light northeast wind Thursday will be a carbon copy of todays forecast partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms and a high of 89 degrees Thursday night will be fair with winds from the northeast at 5 to 10 miles per hour and a low of 68 degrees Today is another ozone action day The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission has notified the San Antonio metropolitan area which includes Comal County that today is an ozone action day Peiople should do what they cap to make the air cleaner including avoid driving and reduce driving by carpooling Using small gas engines such as lawn mowers and small generators should not be used If possible motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 so that the emis sions from the gas will not go into the ozone Watch for young bicyclists Its summer and bicycle enthusiasts young and old have hit the streets again Please remember to look both ways when exiting driveways riders are known to travel in both lanes of traffic some times against traffic National Night Out sets planning meeting The National Night Out Against Crime organizers are conducting a planning meet ing at 7 Thursday at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Neighborhood watch leaders and any other interested persons are invited to attend the meeting City considers Gruene Bridge By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council is poised to hear public comments on a proposal to reconstruct the Gruene Bridge and make a final decision at 7 Thursday at the Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave The council postponed action on the proposal last week in a move to buy more time for public input and to study the matter fur ther city officials said City staff recommended going ahead with the proposal to address increasing traffic and concerns for If you go New Braunfels City Council w take public comments and make a decision at 7 Thursday at the Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave water recreational safety The Texas Department of Transportation and the federal government are offering to pay 90 percent of the project that is estimated to cost up to with the city picking up the rest of the tab City officials want to take advantage of the offer that could save the thousands of dollars and funds would not be available again for another five to 10 years City Manager Mike Shands said Local merchants and residents in Gruene have urged the city not to reconstruct the existing bridge because of the scenic view it pro vides local residents and tourists throughout the year They have said the bridges position in a valley provided an attractive view for residents and tourists TxDOTs design plan would raise the bridge by several feet on both sides of the Guadalupe Riv er and widen the road Small business person of the year HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Pam Kraft thanks a crowd of friends fami ly and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce members Tuesday at Honors Hall where she was recognized as Small Business Person of the Year Extending their hours Downtown merchants leaving out welcome mats longer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Johnnie Rodriguez of the Tobacco Haus on Seguin Avenue changes the hours on one of the signs in front of the store Tobacco Haus and many other downtown businesses have extended their hours for the summer Businesses working to get word out By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer In a move to revitalize the downtown shopping district many downtown mer chants have extended their hours of busi ness to draw New Braunfelsers and tourists to the center of the city Our goal is to unify downtown mer said Lisa Repka owner of Tobacco Haus on San Antonio St and cochairwoman of the Downtown Retail Merchants Com mittee of the Downtown Association We need to get the word out to summer visitors and the local residents that the downtown businesses are open Repka said participating downtown mer chants will extend their normal hours to include the hours from 5 to 8 on Thurs day Friday and Saturday nights and Sunday until 5 Repka likened the downtown revitalization effort to that of Gruene and Fredericksburg emphasizing widespread advertising as the means to make the project successful for merchants and shoppers Were looking to get our literature in the bed and breakfasts hotels and the visitors Repka said She added the group hopes to have in the near future a billboard along Interstate 35 and a Web site promoting the downtown shopping district Repka said that starting this week all par ticipating businesses can be identified by their display of large banners reading Mark Lauer owner of the Plaza Diner and secretary of the committee said the extended hours program is part of a larger program to promote downtown New Braun fels The response has been fairly positive and the stores that have stayed open later have seen an increase in Lauer said Its going to take a commitment over a long period of time to make the project suc NBISD taps team to lead campuses By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved a husband and wife team to serve as top administrators for New Braunfels High School and Memorial Intermediate School Keith Garinger hired as high school principal has been principal of Jane Long Middle School in Bryan ISD since 1992 His wife Debbie has been principal of Sam Houston Elementary principal since 1990 Debbie was hired as the principalelect of Memorial Intermedi ate which is under construction While the schoolis being completed Debbie will serve as assistant principal at one or more of the NBISD campuses Were a package deal and we wanted to make sure we were in the same Debbie said Were really excited about it Its going to be a The couple said they looked into moving to New Braunfels because of the reputation of the district and they fell in love with the community students and staff Although neither has worked with incoming superin tendent Ron Reaves Keith said he was looking for ward to working with him He said they shared common philosophies and both were Ive got to tell you hes one of the main reasons were he said Im real excited about learning from Although the boards action fills the top position on the high school campus three assistant principal posi tions remain vacant Keith said he already has been working with NBISD administrators to fill the positions He said they will look both inside and outside the dis trict and he will rely on local administrators expertise In the meantime he said he wants to begin working with his new staff finding out what it wants from him as a principal The top priority for me is for me to meet with the fac he said The first thing we have to do is get great teachers in front of our At Memorial Intermediate campus the staff also will be the first priority Debbie said she wants to get talent ed and energetic teachers into the classrooms and she already had met several teachers who fit this profile She said one of her main strengths had been her abil ity to build morale and a happy climate and she was looking forward to doing that at the new school She said this helped teachers and students Turn to NBISD Page 2A Whats the plan The citys Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee will meet every third Monday of the month for the next 18 months to write a Master Plan Several public hearings and neighbor hood meetings will be sched uled soon to allow more public input city officials said For more information call the city at 6082100 Up to 337 people will serve on the following nine subcommit tees to provide the heart of the plans content Economic Development Education and Population Land Parks and Recreation Public Service and Finance Transportation Source City of New Braunfets Master plan volunteers take initial steps By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Sitting in a circle of concerned citi zens who had signed up to serve on an advisory subcommittee to draft the citys Master Plan temporary chair Skip Stratemann Jr asked the group for an agreeable time to hold its first meeting How many are for he asked which drew a showing of 10 hands How many for 7 oclock OK there are also He paused a second and then asked How about A consensus was reached It was a simple process but one that city officials foresee as an inevitable and critical element in the 18month process of writing a worthwhile Mas ter Plan More than 300 people who applied Theres an element of risk in starting out a process like this but thats the way a democracy ought to consultant Michael McAnelly to serve on nine subcommittees gath ered Monday night in the Civic Center to hear what the journey of public par ticipation in the process would be like It doesnt mean youre going to give up something youre not ready to give up but finding a solution that everybody can live said Michael McAnelly the citys planning consul tant hired to oversee the project and provide technical assistance Theres an element of risk in start ing out a process like this but thats the way a democracy ought to work Im excited to see how the groups will Terms such as mutually satisfac tory solution and cooperative prob lem solving were heard frequently during the nights discussion The subcommittee Stratemann tem porarily chaired Monday night will gather public input on issues pertaining to environment natural resources util ities and drainage Members of that subcommittee decided to separate into another three subcommittees citing the breadth of each of the subjects they were assigned to study The more than 300 people who actu ally showed up for the kickoff meeting broke up into respective subcommittees across the Civic Center floor to meet each other and agree on times dates and places for their next meetings The experience was like a first date for some Lets not be bashful in this meet Stratemann former New Braun fels mayor and utility board trustee told members of his subcommittee That group included a Canyon High School teen a real estate agent and several retired people Speak up Please dont hesitate to Most of the subcommittees are made up of 30 to 40 people They are expect ed to meet six to seven times before turning their work over to the citys Comprehensive Plan Steering Com mittee which oversees the entire pro ject officials said Specifically the subcommittees focus will be to identify issues goals objectives and policies pertaining to the topics they are studying officials said They will review draft reports from the consulting firm and make Turn to Master plan Page 2A Dance students get ready to tap their   

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