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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY qualifies for charity skins game Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels i i i i i i 10 pages in one section Tuesday August Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Barbara Gray Vol 145 No 204 Inside S Li m ni ti sch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Bmunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Betty Council David Mooney Seferino Torres Bar bara Gray Gertrude Teinert 89 Ryan Stange 6 Matt Noble Gene Alves 70 Isaiah Resales 2 years Arnold Feltner Dominga Padilla 80 years and Isabel P Rodriguez To have a birthday or anniver sarv listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Ragweed Pigweed 8 Grass Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Cdmal River 304 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 03 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 465 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 P its going to stay hot Tonight Clear Low in the lower 70s Southeast wind 510 mph Wednesday Partly cloudy and hot High in the mid 90s Southeast wind 10 15 mph Thursday Partly cloudy High in the 90s Friday Partly cloudy Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s to near 100 Saturday Partly cloudy with a chance of afternoon and evening showers or thun derstorms Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s The high Monday reached 92 degrees with the low at 65 degrees Watch for 135 work Texas Department of Trans portation work crews are con tinuing construction of addi tional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz Numerous exits will be closed but traffic lanes should remain open Crews also will be applying a new overlay on 135 North bound lanes through New Braunfels will be reduced to one lane Disaster assistance deadline approaches The deadline for applying for assistance from the Feder al Emergency Management Agency is quickly approach ing Comal County was declared a disaster area after flooding earlier this summer Residents have until Sept 5 to register for aid For informa tion call 18004629029 TTY AQ Morales conning to sign Triad pact Texas Attorney General Dan Morales will be at the Senior Citizen Center Thursday at to sign the Triad pact with Sheriff Bob Holder Dignitaries from the county city of New Braunfels and city of Garden Ridge will be on hand Things are really tight out there Its just a crowded Comal ISO Superintendent Jerry MSjor CISD looks for room HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnall The halls of Smithson Valley High School between classes is like being on a busy rushhour freeway The school has exceeded its capacity of students As SVHS bursts at seams trustees debate next step Part II of By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer When the bell rings more than a thousand students crowd the narrow hallways and commons area of Smithson Valley High School Portable buildings are strategical ly placed around the main building as school administrators try to make the most of limited space Enrollment at the west Comal County high school already has sur passed the buildings capacity as of Thursday students were enrolled on a campus built with a capacity of students Comal Independent School Dis trict superintendent Jerry Major said narrow hallways and limited class room space continue to become more cramped and the cafeteria restrooms and library all are being taxed Things are really tight out he said Its just a crowded SVHSs infrastructure was designed for about to students when classes started in 1988 SVHS principal Dan Geroy said However the campus can accommo date up to stu dents The cur rent enroll ment has the school bursting at the he said Walking the hallways between classes has turned into a game of bumper and faculty and administra tors line the halls to make sure stu dents pass with little incident Its annoying because some peo ple will stand in the middle of the hall talking to friends and it makes it almost impossible to get by said senior Ashley Kuhn Senior Justin Whitney said there needed to be a better route for stu dents to get from one class to anoth er and that would take major reno vations Geroy said school administrators already urge students via the school intercom to use different routes or Today High school issues Need for new elementary scftoote Thursday Update on CISDs newest schools pot pourri of requests in the committee report Students at Smithson Valley High School think fast on their feet to make their way through the crowded hallway walk outside the building Its kind of like going to said assistant principal Sandy Han cock We encourage them to take an alternate Class space also has become scarce Classes are being conducted in conference rooms the commons area and in a room intended to be the attendance office CISD trustees appointed a Long Range Planning Committee in Jan uary to look at growth throughout the district The committee recog nized the crowding problem that has existed at SVHS for the past couple of years and recommended among other things that a new high school be built on the western side of the district However not everyone Turn to SVHS Page 2 County accepts jail report with little opposition Commissioners say they want to be prepared for future By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County officials saying they did not want to be caught off guard when it came to expanding the county jail accepted a jail expansion report Monday The Texas Commission on Jail Stan dards has recommended the county expand the 145bed jail by 191 beds within nine years Under that recom mendation the county jail could have a total of 336 beds by 2006 Commissioner Jack Dawson said it was time to start thinking about the jails expansion plans I think we should go with what the jail commission recommended because trust its judgment Dawson said It is a future forecast and it expansion will help the citizens of Comal County without having to put up with this expense for 20 years if we do it The county requested that architec tural firms submit proposals for the jail expansion Commissioners will hear architectural presentations at their meet ing Sept 4 Jail administrator Jim Middleton said any expansion of the jail needed to meet longterm needs not shortterm Any public facility you need to look at 20 years down the Mid dleton said Middleton said preliminary estimates place the expansion at about S3 million County Judge Carter Casteel said final costs would depend on what com missioners hear from the architects presentation Sept 4 What they advise us in terms of costs will be the guiding Casteel said We are talking around the comer we dont want to get behind the 8 One hundred twentysix inmates were being held in the county jail Mon day When 30 to 40 prisoners are allowed on weekends for weekend commitments and work release pro grams the prison population increases to 156 to 166 greater than the maxi mum capacity of 145 beds The jail expansion will mean hiring more officers Middleton said The jail currently has 36 officers on duty The jail administrator said 12 more offi cers and one clerical position would be added and phased in over a nine year period A projected 52 million would be required to operate the jail in Jail expansion The Texas Commission on Jail Standards has recom mended to Comal County that it expand its jail capacity from 145 to 336 beds by 2006 which would be 191 more beds Preliminary estimates put the county jail expansion at S3 million Expanding the county jail would mean an additional in expenses over a nineyear period for officers salaries utilities food and medical costs The county would have to hire an additional 12 more offi cers and one more clerical person to the county jail staff The county now has a staff of 36 officers at the county jail With expansion would come increased operational costs for officers salaries utilities food and medical costs which would mean an additional expense of about during a nineyear peri od Middleton said The county jail gets money from the federal government to house federal prisoners when space is available The county was projected to get from the federal government this year Sheriff Bob Holder said every bit of the money from the federal govern ment helped What really is helpful is subsidies for federal prisoners keep costs to taxpayers Holder said Figures provided by Middleton showed the inmate population would increase dramatically over the next nine years In 2000 the projected inmate population would be at 221 247 in 2003 and 272 in 2006 Commissioner Cristina Zamora said she believed the jail needed more than 191 additional beds to meet Comal Countys needs The thing about it is at this point the crime is Zamora said Commissioner Moe Schwab said the county originally had plans to expand by 150 beds before the state jail com mission made its recommendation of 191 more beds Schwab said he favored financing the jail expansion through certificates of obligation not a bond issue Certifi cates of obligation would spread the indebtedness over seven years not as long as 20 years as in a bond issue Regardless of how much county expands the jail Schwab said the tax payers would come out winners It will put us ahead of the Schwab said Council approves zoning request despite concerns By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved a rezoning request Monday for development of about 10 acres of land in north New Braunfels despite objections from some neighboring res idents Residents claimed that several con dominiums planned for construction next to the River Acres Subdivision would invade their privacy and were not in an earlier development propos al The land sits between the River Acres and Summerwood subdiv isions off North Loop 337 But in a 61 decision council approved the second reading of the plan and stipulated that developers provide more details for the third and final reading in two weeks Im glad they finally made their said Joe Veytia of August Partners Inc in San Antonio From a developers point of view you have a certain amount of time to go with your Turn to Council Page 3 Castles in the sand HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Amazin Walter and Dennis Barrett of Sons of the Beach Sand Castle Wizards stopped by Rockin R River Rides Monday afternoon to create one of their sand masterpieces CISD trustees mull budget cuts By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The meeting Commissioners say they cant accept veterans van Comal Independent School District trustees will consider SI million in budget cuts when they meet Wednesday The school board will conduct a budget hear inn and con o j suieradoptmg WHAT Budget hear the budget at In9 budQet adoptions WHEN 7 Wednesday WHERE Bill Brown Elementary 20410 Texas 46 West By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer Local veterans will have to keep looking for a way to continue veteran van services Comal County Commissioners Court rejected a proposal last week from veterans officer Gus Cul well to accept a donated van to be used to transport veterans to hospitals Commissioner Jack Dawson said under the Texas Constitution and laws adopted by the state legislature Comal County could not use the van to transport veterans to medical facilities He said the county could accept donated van for other purposes There are three areas the state allows us to transport prisoners to and from programs road crews and the third use probation departments both juvenile and Dawson said But Dawson said the county has set Turn to Van Page 2 7 Wednesday at Bill Brown Elementary at 20410 Texas 46 West A tax rate hearing is scheduled Sept 15 and the tax rate is expected to be adopted Sept 24 Trustees are considering a million budget The budget was mil lion The current tax rate of would gen Turn to Budget Page 2 Childrens Museum serves as example of what is good in New Braunfels Page 44   

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