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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Volleyball foams prepare for busy weekend Page 1B 50 CENTS Braunfels T SAN ANTONIO TX x TEXAS x x 26 pages in three sections Friday August 22 1997 A 4 no 11009 no I UK PASO IX Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Milda Schneider Vol 145 No 202 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jim McDonald Sonya Breda Terri Haygood Sat Candice Melone Satur John Orazen 61 Kathy Barr Milda Schneider Ernesto Botelo 76 Lionel Lopez Jr Satur Stephanie Salazar Satur Sara Ann Smith 10 Lisa Schossow Dale Edward Bailey USS Duluth and Laura Jane Gonzales 15 years Happy anniversary wishes go to Paul and Lorraine Sjulson 50 years and Bobby and Sally Voges 10 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen counts Molds 835 Pigweed 1 2 Ragweed 28 Grass 8 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 304 cfs down 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge 594 cfs Canyon Lake inflow available 332 cfs Thursday Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and t used p Rain sneaks back into forecast Tonight Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Low in the mid 70s South wind 5 to 10mph Saturday Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms High in the mid 90s South wind 510 mph Sunday Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Highs mainly in the 90s Monday and Tuesday Partly cloudy Lows in the upper 60s to lower 70s Highs in the 90s The high Thursday reached 100 degrees but it felt a lot hot ter the heat index was cal culated at 106 degrees The low was 72 degrees Pool parks hours wind down for summer The days for enjoying local recreation attractions are wind ing down The Olympic Pool in Landa Park will be closed after Labor Day for the year The pool is open from 11 to The SpringFed Pool is open on weekends from 11 to 7 The Tube Chute at Prince Solms Park will be closed after Labor Day The hours are from 10 to 7 The miniature golf course now is only open from 0 to 10 Saturdays and from 10 to 6 Sun days For more information call the parks department at 6082160 Schltttefbahn Waterpark now is open from 10 to 6 weekdays at the Surfen burg section The entire park is open from 10 to 8 on weekends until Sept 14 For more information call 625 2351 County adopts million budget Spending plan calls for 1cent tax rate hike By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners unanimously approved on Thursday a million budget for 1998 that calls for increased spending and a proposed tax increase of about 1 cent The 1998 budget includes in I donf Ilka to roll dice par ticularly whan Its with tax payers Commissioner Danny Scheel spending up from last year Revenue projects increased from in 1997 to a projected in 1998 The budget will be balanced with the remaining funds coming from the general fund or the countys savings account Commissioners said the approved budget was good and Although a tax rate will not be adopted until Sept 4 the budget calls for a tax rate increase from cents to cents That means the tax bill for a home valued at would increase by Commissioner Jack Dawson said more funds could be taken from the general reserves to avoid the tax rate increase However he said he could Support the higher tax rate if the budget included five more patrol deputies an animal control officer and a possible environmental enforcement investigator He moved to include those items in the 1998 budget but the motion failed for lack of a second I think this budget is beautiful and I think its very he said I just think theres a better way to fund Commissioner Danny Scheel said he did not Turn to County Page 2A Chilly delivery HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Loading half gallons of ice cream into a Blue Bell refrigerated truck is Flash Ramirez Blue Bells distribution office on Farm to Market Road 306 is now open and distributing ice cream and other products to New Braunfels and the surrounding area Jail board OKs Comal expansion Commission recommends addition of 191 beds By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Rep Rodriguez fields constituents questions By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Charlotte Boyd wanted to know whether she qualified for deductions or other tax relief in the federal budget that the Congress recently Now that her two daughters ages 38 and 40 have long since completed college degrees she knows she doesnt qualify for much My children have had an education in col lege I dont have any little ones and I have a low salary job so I cant get any capital gains said Boyd 64 So she asked Rep Ciro D Rodriguez during a public forum Thursday night at Lone Star Primary whether the new budget plan would help her We helped your he told her referring to an item in the budget that gives people with dependents an additional deduction Rodriguez fielded questions from about 20 people who attended the forum Questions from the public ranged from whether the District 28 representative sup ported labor unions to federal health care issues Rodriguez who is from San Antonio filled the unexpired term of the late Congressman Frank Tejeda in April His district includes a section of east New Tumtd Rodriguez Page 2A The Texas Commission on Jail Standards gave Comal County the green light to expand its nearly overcrowded jail Jail administrator Jim Middleton said the state com mission recommended expanding the current 145bed jail Middleton said he sent a facilities need assessment report to the state jail commission recently Their recommendation is that we add 191 more beds to the Middleton said The jail population fluctuates from day to day he said We have a pretty good amount of people right he been at capacity or near capacity for 10 to 12 Historically the county has been below the state aver age of inmates per residents Middleton said But that changed this year The county currently has inmates per residents The swelling jail population can be attributed to coun ty growth Middleton said The more people you have coming in you have more need for he said They jail commissioners are pre dicting because of the growth in the county we will need more growth space by the Middleton said based on the jail commission report Comal County currently has people By 2000 that will jump to and will increase to by 2006 Middleton said the county would collect data from archi tectural firms on how to expand the jail He said he would report to commissioners court at its Sept 4 meeting Jack Crump executive director of the commission said he had been talking to Comal County officials this month about the jail We did a needs analysis for this Crump said It was based on the growth of the general population and incarceration Crump said the 191 more beds would make the jail capacity total 336 beds Commissioners give OK to pool report By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County made its first splash toward getting an indoor swimming pool Thursday when commissioners court voted to accept the report by the indoor swimming pool committee The committee studied the feasibility of an indoor swimming pool for five months It recommended in the report that an indoor pool was needed There is only one swimming pool open to the pub lic in the said County Engineer Tom Hornseth referring to the Landa Park Olympic Swimming Pool Hornseth served as committee chairman There are no other pools open to the Hornseth said the indoor pool was needed for year round instruction fitness and competitions for youth senior citizens and school children There is no instructional swimming offered to any students within the Hornseth said At the Landa Park Olympic pool the city of New Braunfels offers instructional programs and supports the Landa Park Dolphins Swim Team Approximately 300 youths participate in the Landa Park Dolphins and the New Braunfels Aquatic Club The swim teams say they can expand and that they qould handle more Hornseth said The committee report recommends that an indoor facility be able to seat at least 300 spectators and accom modate temporary seating for spectators The Turn to Pod Page 2A Cultural education HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Arellano Libreros and Jose Luis Marquez Sanchez show some of the traditional dances from Mexico Thursday at FrazJer Elementary School Libreros and Sanchez were among eight visiting teach ers from Jalapa Veracruz Mexico who participated in a teachers exchange program with Comal Independent School District from CiSD will be traveling to Mexico next school year Homeowners benchmark rate going up percent AUSTIN AP A key factor in determining how much Texas homeowners pay for insurance is going up by more than 14 percent next year Texas Insurance Commissioner Elton Bomer on Thursday said he was reluctant to allow the statewide homeowners insurance benchmark rise but added that the percent increase is justified It takes effect Feb 1 The statewide benchmark is an average of benchmarks set in 23 insurance rating territories across the state Insurance companies can set their rates from 30 percent below to 30 percent above the benchmark in the areas they cover A rise in the homeowners statewide benchmark likely signals insurance rate increases Pol icy holders should remember that rates vary widely across the state and from company to compa ny and they should shop around for the best deals Bomer said TDI staff had recommended a percent increase to the statewide homeowners benchmark That came after insurance compa nies and consumer advocates rec ommended rate increases from percent up to percent Jerry Johns president of South western Insurance Information Ser vice an industry group said severe weather patterns continue to spark increases Computer models indicate that rapid growth in home construction across Texas makes the potential for weatherrelated losses greater each Johns said If insurers do not have rates sufficient to pay claims for those hit by severe weath er the market in Texas could con strict creating a dramatic problem of insurance availability in this Dan Lambe program director for Texas Citizen Action a government watchdog group said he doesnt think the increases are justified Its a serious blow to Texas con he said They insurance companies know how to work the The news however was better for renters Bomer approved a 7 per cent cut to the statewide tenants insurance benchmark Eagle Scout candidate helps restore states oldest Lutheran church 64
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