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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY T pages in two sections Thursday August sets up reward fund in pawn shop shooting Page 4A iinfels SraldZeit Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Cynthia Bseobodo 50 CENTS Vol 145 No 191 Inside Slam m I i sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Scott Forester Shirley Spin ney and Cynthia Escobedo 18 To have a birthday or anniver sary lifted here call 6259144 Pollen Count Pigweed 4 Poten measured in parts per cube meter of air Infomrafon provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 706 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 Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used p Strong chance off rain enters forecast Tonight increasing clouds with a 60 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms locally heavy rain falj possible Lowjn the mid wind 510 mph Friday mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms locally heavy rainfall possible High in the low 90s South wind 510 mph Saturday through Mon day partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s near 70 Hill Country Highs 90s Visit museums rummage sale The Historic Museums Association is conducting its annual mammoth rummage sale today at the New Braun fels Civic Center In addition to mammoths the association will be selling furniture cloth ing and just about anything else you might imagine Proceeds from the sale which continues through 5 today will benefit the Heritage Society the Sophienburg Museum and Archives and the Conserva tion Society Al Barlow and Friends perform If you are looking for an inexpensive entertainment option tonight try the Concert in the Park to be held at the Landa Park Dance Slab Tonights free performance features local favorite Al Bar low and Friends The show begins at Glass containers are prohibited and pets must be on a leash Recycle old telephone books Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books Comal Countys recycling center 4755 Texas 46 West accepts phone books and is open from 8 to Mon day to Friday Other items accepted are No 1 and 2 plastics tin cans aluminum cans clear glass brown glass newspapers maga zines junk mail brown bags corrugated cardboard and chipboard Rulverde eyes incorporation By DAVID OEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE To incorporate or not to incorporate that is the question many Bulverde residents are pondering Several years ago Bulverde was a place to get away from it ail People from San Antonio set tled in Bulverde because they wanted to get away from the traffic congestion noise pollu tion and high taxes that are part of the bigcity life Ironically those same things are encroach ing on the peaceful solitude Buiverde residents have taken for granted As new subdivisions and homes pop up in the Bulverde area and traffic gets heavier along the 281 corridor issues such as traffic quality of life pollution growth and water avail ability have been raised The Bulverde Area Chamber of Commerce is considering incorporation and will have a town hall meeting on the subject Aug 28 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative The time will be set later The possibility exists that one day Bulverde residents will wake up and find themselves no longer a distinct community but a part of San Antonio County Commissioner Danny Scheel said that possibility could cme true within the next few years Scheel said San Antonios extra territorial jurisdiction is already only a few miles from Bulverde on 281 and on East Ammann Turn to Bulverde Page 2A It wasnt that hot The sign at the Exxon station at Farmto Market 306 and Interstate 35 must have had a mind of its own Wednesday after noon when it read 155 degrees The temper ature did reach 99 degrees but the heat index which factors in humidity was calcu lated at 106 degrees HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall School signup HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Blanca Figueroa with her mother Mary registers for classes at New Braunfels Middle School Wednesday schools currently are registering students for the 1997 school year Utility city map out drought ordinance By ABE LEVY Staff Writer NBISD trustees mull teacher pay raises Board debates percent increase versus 6 percent hike By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Just like good students at the beginning of the school year New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees brought its school supplies to Tuesdays meeting The only item the trustees needed to bring was a sharpened No 2 pencil with a really really really big eraser The trustees must erase an estimated deficit between the proposed 1997 1998 budget and anticipated revenues for the coming fiscal year At Tuesdays meeting the board discussed budget items including reduc ing a proposed teacher pay raise that might be trimmed in an effort to balance the financial books for next year Assistant Superintendent for finance Lon nie Curtis presented a plan to the board propos ing a 6 percent increase in teachers salaries for the coming year Curtis said such an increase Voting tonight The public is welcome to todays NBISD meeting at 7 at the NBISD Education Center 430 West Mill St would raise teachers salaries by an average of about a year He added that a 6 percent increase as opposed to a percent increase previously considered by the board would save about for the district Local Texas State Teachers Association Pres ident Irma Alvarado said she wasaware of the reduction in the proposed pay increase and would discuss the matter with district teachers today She said that while the teachers would natu rally like to have the larger pay increase NBISD teachers were aware of the budget shortfall facing the district Alvarado said her group would be well rep resented at todays 7 board meeting when trustees are expected to cast final votes on the proposed budget In addition to teachers pay the board dis cussed budget items line by line in an attempt to find other savings The board had to delineate between items considered necessary expendi tures items that could wait for another year and luxuries Board Vice President Carlos Campos pro vided one personal example of the tough deci sions facing the board One proposed expendi ture up for discussion was new lockers for the boys dressing room at the middle school My boy is going to be playing seventh grade football this year and I guess he can use the same lockers I Campos said referring to the equipment he said he used in the 1960s Some budget items brought up a pay now or pay more later dilemma One item in the budget called for to resurface and repaint the track at the high school Curtis said that it was not absolutely necessary to rework the track this year but further deterioration might require replacement of the track for greater than Other items considered for the chopping block included three language labs at the high school a concert piano for the high school choir and a visitors press box at the football stadium This summer the Guadalupe River flowed so high tubing was prohibited and people swept excess water from their living rooms in Bulverde from one of the worst floods to hit the county in recent years but some were absorbed by the question of how to best sur vive a drought A committee of concerned citizens and city staff have been composing a drought management ordi nance for the past eight months to replace the current policy The proposal went before the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees in April The NBU Board approved the plan and it is expected to go before the city coun cil in about a month If the proposal passes three read ings in council it will become effective The proposed plan would be only for severe drought conditions when springflow and aquifer levels are in jeopardy Were on the leading edge of water conservation and we are the first to go dry at Comal said Jeff Thompson NBU assistant general manager of adminis tration and finance and chair of the committee This is a drought plan This is for when were facing conditions like last year They are commonsense The drought of 1996 wreaked havoc on local farm ers and ranchers and caused NBU and the city of New Braunfels to enact emergency drought measures Drought conditions created enough alarm that the Edwards Aquifer Authority conducted emergency meetings and public hearings across the aquifer region in an effort to determine whether the drought was an emergency that merited more severe measures Today conditions are not nearly as local leaders see the need to conserve water which is vital to the areas longterm economic livelihood officials said The committee was on track to propose an ordi nance before this summer but June the pres sure off and committee members decided to do more research before they wrote a proposal Currently city and NBU attorneys are reviewing the proposal to make sure the enforcement clauses are practical One problem members said was that the city was unable to enforce the current ordinance where NBU offers service outside the city limits Twenty percent of NBUs meters are outside the city representing 42 percent of its revenues The proposed enforcement method is for NBU to assess a fee to users who break the staged reduction requirements It calls for fees as high as for instance for Turn to Drought Page 2A Balancing rights of customers business owners can be tricky matter By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Weighing a persons right to freedom of expres sion and a business right to refuse service is dif ficult local police said The Constitution and state law say while business owners can refuse service to a person they cannot legally discriminate based on race religion age gender or a persons handicap It can get tricky police said when customers think a person is acting in an offensive manner Thats what makes it so difficult Sometimes the Supreme Court cant agree on this so how can local communities determine this said New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas Sometimes its a gray area where my rights stop and start Its very difficult to interpret those points especially in the heat of the One week ago police arrested David Gonzalez a 17yearold New Braunfels resident for disor derly conduct at WalMart He was wearing a Tshirt with an upsidedown cross a naked woman and a expletive referring to Christ police said Police made the arrest based on complaints that the shirt was offensive Gonzalez was taken to the Comal County Jail where he posted bond the next day Jay Jacobson executive director of the state office of the American Civil Liberties Union said Wednesday he was waiting for approval of the ACLUs state legal panel to see whether the organization would support a legal chajlenge by Gonzalez Gonzalez is scheduled for arraignment Aug 12 at Municipal Court for the Class C misdemeanor charge Gonzalez could not be reached for comment Police said business owners usually ask cus tomers to leave if they are not acting appropriately or are causing problems Many business owners post signs that say they reserve the right to refuse service A person can be arrested for criminal trespass if a property owner asks a person to leave and the person does not comply Disorderly conduct lists 12 violations that could be the basis for an arrest They include using vulgar language to incite an immediate breach of and making an offensive gesture or display to someone At least two business owners interviewed said they had never had a problem with customers wearing clothes that could be offensive Other business owners said they did not want to comment Karen Van manager for Le Creuset in the New Braunfels Factory Outlet Mall said she allowed customers to wear whatever they want ed and she onee served a customer clad in a bikini We havent had a policy that you cant wear whatever you want to she said As far as a customer coming in and wearing an offen sive Tshirt I may not like it but I would defi nitely treat him Thats his High school football teams begin practice Page 1B election polling places listed Page 2A
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