Tuesday, July 29, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas UT goifjob Page 7 50 CENTS IO pages in one section Tuesday July A 990 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Erbcn Vol 145 No 184 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels tierald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Karl Mittwede Julie Erben Pat Douglas Karen Forshage Rosanne Keeton Bev erly Thurman Cody Bevil 3 Carl Davis Riley Renae Martinez 2 Garrett Matocha Edward Glisky and Zephani Jordan Benitez 9 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 313 cubic feet per sec ond down 2 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 06 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water Typical summer weather in store Tonight partly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms Lows in the mid south wind Wednesday partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of late afternoon and evening showers or thunder storms Highs in the upper 90s South wind 510 mph Thursday partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Highs in the 90s Friday and Saturday partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s NBISD offers extra voting day New Braunfels ISO is offer ing voters an additional opportunity to vote on Satur day at the Education Center 430 W Mill St Early voting runs through Aug 5 with the election tak ing place Aug 9 See related story on Page 1A Qet backtoschool immunizations now The time to immunize your school and preschool chil dren is now The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county health department so get a jump start on this For more infor mation call the county health department at 620 5595 Road The Gruene Bfidge will be closed Streets to be closed from 1 to 6 Saturday and Sunday include Union Avenue from Garden Street to Mather Street and Garden Street ffom Comal Avenue to the tube exit All Interstate 35 exits from Solms road to FM near Schertz will be closed CISD approves hiring additional staff By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District board of trustees recently approved 33 new positions at CISD schools despite concerns about how the dis trict will find the funds to pay salaries and other expenses The administration presented the staffing plan to the board at a meeting last month After some discussion about finances and cost of the positions We wont know exactly what our budget Is until sometime next month but some of these are needed before Dan Krueger board president the board approved plan with the exception of 33 positions The administration went back to the board last Week asking for those remaining poiltioiisl The reason we needed these positions was growth and the increase in the number of cam said CISD personnel director Caroline Wernli Of the 33 paraprofessional and auxiliary staff positions 20 are clerical or instructional assistant positions while 13 are in tHe maintenance and custodial area Wemli added that 17 are for the Spring Branch Middle School expected to open in January The other positions are spread out across the district Wernli said the new jobs are expected to cost the district about Board president Dan Krueger said the board spent about 40 minutes discussing the need for the positions and the funds needed to create them We wont know exactly what our budget is until sometime next month but some of these arc needed before Krueger said After we Turn to CISD Page 2A Baby its hot outside HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Marrisa Alexandra Pena touches the slide on the playground at Hinman Island Park Monday to see if it was too hot to coast down She decided that it was too warm Monday itself was warm the high reached 97 degrees National Weather Service officials said today that New Braunfels had not officially seen 100 degrees so far this year but the summer is not over yet City council says it wont sell utility By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council empha sizing that it did not intend to sell New Braunfels Utilities asked at its regular meeting Monday night for increased dialogue and understanding in making decisions concerning the cityowned utility The position came after a city attor ney proposal that included the options of selling NBU refunding pending bonds or issuing a management audit of the cityowned utility City employees had said they were experiencing difficulties in communi cating with NBU and both entities sought an attorney generals opinion to clarify their relationship Council was unified in expressing opposition to the idea of selling NBU and emphasized the need to work together in the future The bottom line must always be serving the public to the best of our abilities None of us nor the NBU board need to be sidetracked from our respective duties I hope everyone hears this This city council has never had an agenda item to sell Mayor Jan Kennady told the audience Monday before discussions began 1 hope we can bury that issue once and for It may benefit everyone now to take a kinder and gentler approach and focus on healing relationships I hope the council NBU board citizens and employees on both staffs will sup port any effort to stay on track so that we can do whats right for those who have put their trust in each Kennady then asked the rest of the council to focus only on the two agen da items posted for consideration a proposal to increase NBUs annual payment to the city and whether future inquiry was needed regarding NBU purchased Comal Park about 44 acres of land in east New Braunfels Council approved the NBU propos al and then took no action regarding questions of ownership of NBU land in east New Braunfels The final decision on the payment proposal will not become final until NBU trustees consider it Wednesday right at their regular meeting The mayor whose job includes serv ing on the NBU board said she was pleased with NBUs proposal for an increased annual payment calling it a giant step The proposal would pay the city an estimated million over the next five years in addition to the current amount which last year was million Numerous NBU officials including past and present board members attend ed the Monday meeting and said they believed open communication was already happening We thought that the board of trustees and the council were working said Paula DiFonzo NBU general manager We were surprised by the city attorney proposal that came out of nowhere and were shocked by many of the comments that were made in there and hope that the coun cil and the board can go NBU board president Lupe Castillo said the councils actions reaffirmed the AG opinion that NBU had man agement and control of utility opera tions including land purchased by NBU but in the name of the city of New Braunfels He also said the situation was char acterized by city staffs attempts to direct policy outside of councils author ity Communication is fine and it still continues to be fine The only prob lem is when we have city staff trying to dictate policy to the he said CL chamber sheriff compiling list of business owners By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SATTLER Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce and Comal County Sheriffs Office are teaming up to protect and secure Canyon Lake area businesses Chamber Executive Director Wanda Truch sess said she was asked by Sheriff Bob Hold er to collect the telephone numbers and names of the owners of all Canyon Lake area busi nesses so that sheriffs deputies would have them readily accessible in their patrol cars It will be a roster of businesses that have storefronts in the Canyon Lake Truch sess said The chamber will be doing the compilation of the information and turning it over to the sheriffs Truchsess said she was to begin compiling business owners names and numbers on Fri day We are hoping to get it out by the end of August or Sept Truchsess said Holder said the business roster will help tremendously his deputies who are out in the Canyon Lake area The sheriff said many times deputies would check if Canyon Lake businesses had their doors locked and secured If a door was left open they would check if there was forced entry into the building If the business owners name and number were not on the door deputies would leave a note on the door Hold er said Some doors have been accidentally left Holder said We have been able to contact the owners and check to see if anything is missing sometimes at 3 The store owners are grateful this is More than vote early Turnout in both the special election and the school board election has passed voters fa the special election to decide whether residents will get an additional on their homestead exemption individuals have voted Voting for this election is tak ing place in room 306 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150N Seguin Ave An election also is being held to fill four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School board of trustees As of Tuesday morning voters had cast ballots Early voting is being held in room 306 of the courthouse annex and at the NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill St NBISD incumbents signs stolen By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Campaign signs supporting the reelection of Bette Spain for New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees were taken from several neighborhoods in town but have been replaced after they showed up in a resi dents yard Don Offermao treasurer tor his daughters campaign said Spain drove up Fredericksburg Road early Saturday morning and noticed her signs were gone from Rosemary Drive to Wal nut Street Oflferman said he then got calls from supporters who said signs were missing from yankon Patio Drive and Canyon Rim Drive In all about 15 signs were missing he said Spain signs were the only ones missing on Fredericksburg and Offerman said Spain initially did not want to do anything about the missing signs but later agreed to allow her father to file a police report Offer man said he filed the report on Monday Sgt John McEachern said today that a theft report was filed Fourteen Spain campaign signs valued at were reported stolen No suspects had been identified he said Monday afternoon a resident called and said she found a stack of Spain campaign signs Turn to Page 2A Just waitin Ian and Seth Daulton wait for the bus Monday after noon Rockin R River Rides on the Comal River HeialdZaitung photo by Michael Darnall School registration information private schools1 supply lists Page 6