New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 11, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

June 11, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY AllStar teams begin practices See Page 10 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald 20 pages in two sections Wednesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jennifer Lauren Tlmmerman Vol 145 No 150 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jennifer Lauren Timmer man Marcy Davenport Jim Moseman Terri Cannon Daniel Anderson 12 Felix Velez Jim Rose Corby Collins Arlon Hermes 49 Karen Myrick Jose Rodriguez 20 Aurelia Villareal Jeanne Knauth and Linda Goebel Happy anniversary wishes to Ginger and Al Hafer 3 Joan and Leon Helmke 44 years and Patricia and Roy Martinez To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold grass 6 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 290 cubic feet per sec ond down 14 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Tuesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and mil lion gallons of well water were used P Sunny skies warm weather on tap Todays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms The high is expected to reach near 90 and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph will be helping things stay a little cooler Tonight will be mostly cloudy with only a light chance of showers or thun derstorms The low will be in the mid to low 70s and a 5 to 10 mph wind will be blowing from the south Thursdays forecast is a repeat of todays with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon a 20 percent chance of show ers or thunderstorms and a high in the low 90s Help fight cancer maybe win a car The American Cancer Soci ety still has raffle tickets for sale for a 1997 Chevrolet Mal ibu donated by Don Maxwell Chevrolet The winning ticket will be drawn during the ACSs Starlight in Red White and Blue gala June 20 at New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets may be purchased from local businesses ACS board members and gala vol unteers Tickets cost each or for three Call 6064115 Guadalupe levels have receded Although campers along the Guadalupe River had to be evacuated Tuesday conditions should be back to normal today Campers were urged td move to higher ground for a couple of hours until high river water from runoff made its way through New Braunfels The Comal County Sheriffs Office dispatch said water lev els have receded Gruene Bridge which typically is closed for high water is open today Comal pitching 281 slowdown By CHRIS CREWS StE ff Writer County residents and elected officials are poised to descend on San Antonio Thursday evening to express their concerns regarding the speed limit and safety conditions on state highways in the county especially 281 281 is the highest priority in regards to speed and said County Commis sioner Jack Dawson A public forum set for 7 Thursday 281 is the highest priority in regards to speed and County Commissioner Jack Dawson at the San Antonio district office of the Texas Department of Transportation at 4615 NW Loop 410 and Callaghan Road will be conducted to discuss how speed limits are determined and to get public comment on specific locations where safe ty problems may exist In addition to the public input TxDOT and the Texas Department of Public Safe ty will participate in the meeting The San Antonio district is comprised of 12 Central Texas counties including Comal County Dawson said he was not satisfied with state studies that show 70 miles per hour to be the proper speed limit on most of 281 There is a stretch of 281 that begins at Turn to Slowdown Page 3A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall A car travels down 281 which will be the focus of a meet ing between local officials and the Texas Department of Transportation Thursday in San Antonio GVTC expands offices Officials expect completion in July By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY The new improved Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative headquarters on FarmtoMar ket 2673 is expected to be in place later this summer We dont know exactly when it will open but we are anticipating it toward mid said Tom See GVTC vice president of support services The approximately addition will house a meeting roomaudi torium and employees for GVTCs sub sidiary Guadalupe Valley Communications Systems It will give us adequate meeting space for employees and free up space in the exist ing building which will be converted to additional office See said When the addition is completed the new auditorium will almost triple the size of the present one It will have a seating capacity of just over See said The current one is The current auditorium will be converted into office space See said the new addi tion will be beneficial for not only cooper HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder A construction worker works on the new Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop audi torium and office building ative employees but for its customers as well It will obviously separate the two com panies and makes it easier for customers to See said GVTCs headquarters encompasses square feet Even with that space the cooperative still needs to grow to meet the demands of new customers coming into its service area GVTC covers a service area which extends from Boerne eastward to Canyon Lake New Braunfels Bulverde Seguin and Gonzales The cooperative covers 11 rural counties City sues hotel for overdue bed taxes Hearing set June 23 in Comal district court By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Train accident victims test negative for drugs From staff reports A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said no drugs or alcohol were found in the body of New Braunfels High School stu dent Adam Trollinger 17 who died after the car he was driving collided with an Amtrak passen ger train earlier this year Trollinger Romina Sanchez 18 of New Braunfels and Denise Mata 18 of Mexico were killed in the accident on March 26 at the Union Pacific Rail Road tracks at FarmtoMarket 1102 and Conrads Road Drug and alcohol tests on the bodies of Sanchez and Mata also turned out negative The warning lights came down DPS officials said and Trollingers Camaro slowed down but then accelerated in an attempt to beat out the oncoming train DPS reported the train was traveling about 68 mpli when it hit the car The city of New Braunfels filed a suit Monday in a Comal County District Court against a local hotel that it claims owes more than in delinquent hotel occu pancy taxes City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom filed the suit in the 274th District Court where Judge Jack Robisoh presides A hearing has been set for June 23 The suit claims that Ramada Limited Motel at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue has failed to pay taxes for the third and fourth quarter of 1996 and the first quarter of this year City officials are seeking a temporary restraining order against the hotel until all pastdue taxes are paid The hotel occupancy tax is a 7 percent charge on all room rentals within the city limits The tax generated almost million last year According to state law the revenue must pay for tourism promotions that attract people to spend the night in New Braunfels hotels and motels Almost of the revenue goes to Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in an advertising contract They told me they were going to do something and they didnt do Cullom said Everyone else pays their taxes and this money goes back to benefit them Why should eveiyone else pay theirs and they dont The total debt which includes past due payments and penalties is estimated at and is based on reports filed with the Comptroller of Public Accounts officials said City officials also obtained a state tax lien on the hotel for from the state comptroller dated March The suit names Monarch Club Management Limited Company of San Diego Calif as an unincorporated asso ciation whose assumed name is Ramada Limited Hotel officials in San Diego and New Braunfels could not be reached for comment Tuesday and this morning The proposal Get rid of intermediate campuses break ing campuses into elementary middle and high schools Eight major additions at Bulverde Elementary Bill Brown Elementary Frazier Elementary Comal Elementary Canyon Intermediate Smithson Valley Middle School Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School Three new schools including two ele mentary schools for preK through sixth grade at a capacity of 800 and one high school for ninththrough twelfthgrade at a capacity of Convert Goodwin Primary to an alterna tive school Projected cost ranging from mil lion to million CISD committee finalizes recommendation By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Long Range Planning Committee charged with developing a plan to deal with growth in the Comal Independent School District agreed to recommend trustees pursue a large bond elec tion Last month the committee agreed to proceed with a plan that would eliminate intermediate campuses and split campuses into elementary middle and high schools levels The plan called for eight major building additions and three new schools including schools for preK through sixth grade at a capacity of 800 and one high school for ninththrough 12thgrade at a capacity of Goodwin Primary would be converted to an alternative school The committee discussed the plan Tuesday night finalizing projected cost figures The district is taking a journey if you and this is the road said Ken Niemann of Pfluger Associates Its not perfect are going to be some little pit The projected cost of the plan ranges from million to million depending on which renovations at existing campuses are added to the plan That does not include personnel addi tions or technology for new and existing schools That projection also does not include a poten tial addition of million to renovate or cen trally relocate the administrative offices the food service department the transportation depart ment or the maintenance and operations depart ment Committee members were asked if they want ed to trim the proposal or present it as is to the board The committee opted for presenting the board with an entire list of projects I think you did a great job and you need to present it as is and let the board said Canyon Middle School principal Nancy Cobb The board will present the board with a com plete report on its recommendations The com mittee also will present the option it did not choose the reasoning behind the recommendation and a list of concerns to be considered Parent Cheryl Westman who has children in fourth and eighth grade said she supported the plan because it benefited children throughout the district and not just residents on one side of the district She said this would help in getting a Turn to Recommendation Page 3A EAA sets management fees gives NBU 50 percent discount By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The Edwards Aquifer Authority approved management fees Tuesday that could increase New Braunfels monthly water bills by about 17 cents officials said The increase could have been about 35 cents but a discount of 50 percent was given to water suppliers including New Braunfels Utilities who use sur face water for at least 50 percent of its demand NBU officials have said they use surface water for 90 percent of itsi demand and the rest from the aquifer Most other water suppliers could see as high as an 80cent increase because of the fees which currently are EAAs only source of revenue EAAs predecessor Edwards Under ground Water District used property taxes to generate income and had a smaller boundary line than EAA The management fees will pay for permits that EAA issued on a tempo rary basis through the end of the year A more permanent permit system will be considered in the meantime officials said The approved fee system charges Municipal and industrial users per acre foot of water Agricultural users per acre foot The original proposal called for a charge for municipal and industri al users and a charge for agricul tural The fact we started out with a fee and then a 15 and then which is less than half I think is good for everybody across the said Doug Miller EAA representative for Comal and Guadalupe counties It was a win for New Braunfels I hope that this sends a message to other users to use alternative The approved fees would generate about million through the end of Turn to EAA Page 3A Thinking with yourright brain Find out on Page 64 ;

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