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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Bodyboard competition coming to Schlitterbahn Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS Her a IdZ M009 SlCROPUBLlBHIHQ 2627 E YANDELL DK EL PASO TX 8 14 pages in two sections Thursday August 14 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Quadalupe H Diaz Vol 145 No 196 Inside Dear Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Tim Behm Barbara Flana gan Niesha Lingamfelter Elvira Moreno Elizabeth Trevino Michelle Tysdal Guadalupe H Diaz 66 Kathy League Frank Heynis and Leslie Lane To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Grass Pigweed 6 Poten measured in parts per cubic meter of st Infotmaticn provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from Wednesday 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 Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used p Hot days warm nights remain trend Tonight partly cloudy with a less than 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms Lows in the upper 70s Southerly winds near 10mph Friday partly cloudy Highs in the upper 90s Southerly winds 1015 mph Saturday through Mon day partly cloudy with hot days and warm nights Highs in the 90s near 100 west Lows in the 70s The high Wednesday was 97 degrees while the low was 74 degrees The heat index was calculated at 106 degrees Road work Look for possible delays when traveling in these areas because of road work Landa Street between Walnut and Loop 337 Between Loop 337 and Wood Road on Walnut Avenue Drivers are urged to slow down and follow the instruc tions of road signs and any construction worker or simply take an alternate route For more information call 609 0707 Reward fund needs donations Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for information regarding the man who brutally shot local busi nessman Michael Kivlin on Aug 2 The HeraldZeitung and Norwest Bank in cooperation with Crime Stoppers have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased To participate send your donation to the Michael Kivlin Reward Fund at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa Anyone with information about this crime should call 620TIPS or 800 6408422 Capital projects make use of halfcent sales tax revenue Great things are happening in New Braunfels That fact that the citizens adopted the sales tax was a godsend Mayor Jan Kennady Club house library police station top list of improvements By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels taxpayers are in the process of paying for several capital improvement projects that will change he face of the city Three main building projects under way include a club house for the Landa Park Golf Course a new police station off FarmtoMarket Road 725 and a new library on Common Street Other projects include buying vehicles and equipment and making street and drainage repairs throughout the town City officials thank the halfcent sales tax increase that voters approved by a 21 margin in May 1995 for allowing the city to pay for many of the highpriced projects Great things are happening in New Braunfels That fact that the citizens adopted the sales tax was a said Mayor Jan Kennady The increase generated an extra million in its first year and is on track to produce million this year city officials said The increase in revenue was separated into four equal funds to pay for 1 property tax reduc tion 2 economic development 3 streets and drainage improvements and 4 capital building improvements With about in each fund annually the city has paid for 25 street and drainage projects worth a total of and 11 equipment pur chases worth a total of SI million Its provided us with an avenue to fund things we never had in the said city Finance Turn to Projects Page 2A Intersection solution TxDOT unveils proposal for Borgfeld 281 HsraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The intersection at 281 and Borgfeld Road soon will be seeing yellow Texas Department of Transportation officials have decided to place flashing yellow lights at the intersection By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Texas Department of Trans portation announced Tuesday its plans to improve safety at the intersection of Borgfeld Road and 281 TxDOT plans to install flashing yellow lights at the intersections of 281 and Bulverde and Borgfeld roads TxDOT spokesman David Otwell said the plans were a direct response to a public meeting conducted last month to discuss plans to improve the intersection School buses from Coma Inde pendent School District and com muters and shoppers from western Comal County cross the intersection on a daily basis The intersection was the site of a crash involving a CISD bus earlier this year heightening alreadyexisting concerns about the safety of the intersection TxDOT claims to have records indicating that flashing lights will slow traffic by an average of about 5 miles per hour Otwell said the lights should be installed by the end of the year A second phase of improvements includes widening 281 and Bravo to TxDOT them Any improvement will be a wel come beginning It may not be a final solution but it is a good County Commissioner Jack Dawson installing a marked rightturn lane onto Borgfeld Road TxDOT officials said the turn lane will help drivers on Borgfeld Road more easily identify oncoming traffic and allow for safer access onto 281 Otwell said work on the marked turn lane should begin in about six months Current plans do not call for closing the crossover at the intersection Orwell said but closing the crossover was still under consideration He said such a closure would keep eastbound traffic on Borgfeld Road from turning north onto 281 Cars turning from Borgfeld onto 281 northbound created one of the most hazardous traffic patterns at the intersection according to Orwell Otwell said TxDOT would con duct more speed studies after the lights were installed If the studies indicate a lower average speed TxDOT might consider lowering the speed limit from the current 70 mph County residents and elected offi cials who attended the July 3 1 TxDOT meeting said that lowering the speed limit was the key to improv ing safety at the intersection CISD Director of Transportation Kenny Franklin said lowering the speed limit and adding an acceleration lane from Borgfeld Road onto south bound 281 were the keys to improving safety at the intersection Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson said TxDOTs announce ment was a direct result of the activism of county residents and elect ed officials Bravo to TxDOT Daw son said Any improvement will be a welcome beginning It may not be a final solution but it is a good Master plan group mulls park foundation By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Lee Thomas is concerned about the neighborhood parks in New Braunfels He wants to make sure money and labor tor their upkeep are used efficiently Thomas a 67yearold semiretired financial planMaster plan committee meeting schedule Page 3A Inside ner from Houston moved to Gruene a year ago and serves on the parks and recreation subcommittee to help write the citys master plan The subcommittee is one of nine that are giving public input to the citys Comprehensive Master Plan Steering Committee The committee will recommend a master plan to the city council in about a year I have a big interest in providing a platform for citizens to contribute funds for said Thomas whose subcommittee met for an hour Wednesday night It is one that wont be sidetracked into the citys general operating To do this he and his subcommit tee are reviewing the idea of creating a parks foundation as a charitable organization for the enhancement of neighborhood parks The foundation could facilitate community service that local judges could assign to juvenile offenders Thomas said Moreover he said he felt a foun dation could improve parks more effi ciently than the city and could bene fit from a nonprofit tax status It is one of many ideas his sub committee is tossing around for inclu sion in the final master plan that will serve as a guide for future develop ment of the city City Planning Director Harry Ben nett has attended many subcommittee meetings since they began discus sions in June discussions are going fine Each one approaches the task differ he said Some are more for Meeting of the minds The city in June embarked on an 18month effort to write a Comprehensive Master Plan for future development of New Braunfels Nine subcommittees are help ing the Comprehensive Steering Committee by providing public input and discussing issues to be included in the final plan The fol lowing is a list of the subcommit tees and their chairs vice chairs and secretaries respectively For more information call the city at Land Use and Zoning Regulations John Lovett Hartan H Kraft Ann Kuehler Parks and Recreation L Carl Fox Jeff Van Kleef Janis Hendrix Natural Resources Environment Utilities and Drainage Skip Stratemann Paula DiFonzo Alice Hernandez Economic Development Bill Cone the Rev Daryl C Higgins Susan Granzin Transportation Walker Kenny Frarikijn Bonnie Tetrault Code Ordinance and Annexation Ted P Cook Cheryl K Scott Rick Myrick Urban Design Main Street and Historic Preservation Orin C Patton Mike Dietert Sallie DeViney Education Population and Youth Rita Kaufmann Dana Gold Connie Cone Public Facilities and Services Finance and CIP Dennis Heitkamp Ramon R Chapa Rusty Brockman mal but all of them are brainstomiing and thinking about the issues of their Thomas group kept with the trend of other subcommittee meetings which have included guest speakers Many groups found the speakers spark deeper conversations as coin Turn to Master plan Page 2A Comal ISD mulls ways to cut expenditures By DENISE OZIUK Staff Writer Raise the tax rate by more than a dime or cut million out of the bud get thats the ultimatum the Comal Independent School District board of trustees heard at a workshop Tuesday Superintendent Jerry Major walked board members through the draft bud get they have been reviewing for about a month In that draft the 199697 budget of million was provided as a reference for this years budget The proposed budget includes pay raises to bring teachers above the new state rninirnura Major said that equaled about 5 percent to 8 percent or to a year for each teacher The increase added million to the budget Major said and raising teacher pay to the state minimum would cost So if we dont do another thing in this budget weve got to raise he told the board But balancing the budget will not be simple The board has already approved 101 new positions in the dis trict for a cost of about million Growth is expected to add an addi tional to the bill The proposed budget calls for a 5 percent pay increase for all nonteacher positions in the district and an addi tional in funding for Com munities in Schools Turn to Comal ISD Page 2A Soaking some shade HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Avoiding the heat Wednesday afternoon under a shady tree at Canyon Lake is Nathan Carmona Carmona tied his tube to a tree so he would not drift Into the rays of the sun at Jacobs Creek Park Jacobs Creek and North Park are the only two parks that are not still closed because of flooding NBU warns customers about criminals posing as utility employees Recent criminal activity in San Antonio in which individuals have posed as San Antonio Water Sys tem employees in order to gain access to peoples homes is leading New Braunfels Utilities to send a warning to its customers NBU cautions its customers to not allow anyone claiming to be an NBU employee to enter their homes NBU employees will not show up at your door asking for access to your spokesman Jeff Thompson said All necessary repairs to electric water and sewer services can be made without entering a customers home Access to a home should only be made at die cus tomers said Thompson To our knowledge we have not had recent occur rences of this type of activity in our service area Turn to Warning Page 2A Find out when yoM can meet the teachers in NBISD Page 8A
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