Friday, January 22, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20332 M009 SOWEST E YONDFLL DR EL PRSO TX 79903 76 Vol 148 No 46 20 pages In 2 sections January FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents WORD questions commissioners moves Officials criticized for veto of tax increase BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Questions about whether Comal Coun ty officials had softened their stance on patrolling the Guadalupe River this sea son were raised Wednesday by both busi ness owners and members of the Water Oriented Recreation District County commissioners were criticized for their recent veto of a proposed tax increase on lodgings located within the special recreation district Members of the WORD board of directors said the district needed the money to fund in law enforce ment on the river Were either going to get the money or were going to decrease law enforce ment by said WORD presi dent Bill Mayo The Mayo referred to was the estimated amount of revenue the district would lose as a result of commissioners action Commissioners court on Jan 14 rejected part of a WORD proposal to use tax increases to pay for extra securi A look a the WORD budget PageSA ty patrols on the river Commissioners struck down the WORDs decision to raise taxes assessed to lodgings within die special district from 2 to 4 percent The taxes also known as user fees collected by the district are actually passed on to customers and are used to fund the districts operating budget The WORD board scheduled a spe cial meeting for next Wednesday to con See Spill slips up 135 traffic ROBIN Texas Department of Transportation work crews clean up spilled hydraulic fluid Thursday on Interstate 35 just south of New Braunfels A dump truck operated by an Ingram Readymix employee slammed into the barricade on the northbound lanes and jackknifed The truck then hit the bar ricade on the left side of the road The crash closed both southbound lanes as workers moved the barricades to clean Up the spilled oil Ingram Readymix dump truck jackknifes causes long delays Thursday BY HEATHER TODO Staff Writer An Ingram Readymix dump truck headed for New Braunfels took a detour Thursday when it jackknifed into a barricade on northbound Inter state 35 and blocked southbound traffic for parts of the afternoon and early evening A dump truck operated by an fqgram Readymix employee slammed into the righpbarricade about then jackknifed and hit the left barricade just south of the Engel Road exit The impact moved the left barricade into the southbound lane and spilled hydraulic fluid about 100 yards along both southbound lanes A truck driver headed for Dallas said the driver of the dump truck who was traveling in the right hand lane slammed on its brakes when the car in front of him stopped suddenly I was driving behind him and he hit his brakes The front end hit the right wall and then he jack knifed and went another 20 feet and the middle of the truck hit the left Dallas resident Roger Cummings said Cummings said the truck had a kink in the middle connecting the drivers compartment with the bed mat caused it to hit both walls One end of the truck had to go he said Cummings said the truck was traveling 55 to 60 miles per hour Comal County Sheriffs officers Department of Public Safety troopers and New Braunfels Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene DPS trooper Jim Shea said the accident did not involve other vehicles and no one was injured The dump truck was not carrying anything at the time of the accident but hydraulic fluid from the truck spilled when it hit the wall Shea said Shea said it was possible a citation might be issued to the driver of the Ingram Readymix truck for a traffic violation Traffic along northbound 135 was narrowed to one lane as Texas Department of Transportation work crews cleaned the fluid and removed pieces of concrete from the roadway Southbound traffic was detoured to the frontage road at the Engel Road exit and was backed up to Walnut Avenue even an hour after the accident TxDOT crews brought in sand to spread along the slick southbound lanes John Hood engineer ing technician for TxDOT expected it would take crews one to two hours to sand the entire area Members of the Water Oriented Recreation Dtetrtot are questioning the recent veto of a lodging tax Increase by Comal County commissioners Were either going to get the money or were going to decrease law enforcement by president Bill Mayo said ROBIN HeraklZWtung ROBIN Louis Gonzales hangs another photograph Thursday morning inside the Comal County Courthouse lobby in preparation for todays 100th anniversary celebra tion The festivities are set to begin at out side the courthouse which was formally dedicated on Jan exactly 100 years ago celebration set for today FROM STAFF REPORTS One hundred years ago today Comal County Court house was dedicated officially to the citizens of the coun ty Beginning at today the countys residents can join in wishing the grand old courthouse a happy 100th birthday Main Plaza will be closed to traffic from to 3 for the parade All three of the coun tys high school bands will play alongside vin tage cars and horse drawn vehicles The parade will begin in the 100 block of Castell Street turn left on West San Antonio Street and travel around the plaza A Germanlanguage choir and barbershop group will provide the songs to complement a reading of the activi ties at the dedication from Jan Commemorative pins will be available to buy at the cer emony for each The courthouse will close for noon tojay so employees can join in the celebration The rotunda of the courthouse will be open for tours and its walls be adorned with photographs chronicling the county PARTY ON WHAT Comal County Courthouse 100th birthday cel ebration WHEN WHERE today Main Plaza WHY To commemorate the dedication ceremony on Jan years ago NOTE The Main Plaza will be closed to traffic from to 3 today for a parade INSIDE CISD preparing for battle over teacher salaries Study Districts pay far lower than others in area BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Comal Independent School District will fight in a tugofwar for teaching staff next year in the face of higher salaries and new positions in surrounding districts A reseat study by a district retention com mittee found CISO teacher salaries were lower than districts in bom Bexar and Comal counties The retention committee was formed in October 1998 to investigate the districts turnover rate and retention of CISD per sonnel Information provided by Carol Weroli director of human resources for CISD showed the districts entrylevel teacher salary for an employee with a bachelors degree was Surrounding school districts have com parably higher salaries for teachers with no New Braunfels ISO North East ISD Northside ISO SchertzCiboloUniversal City ISD and Seguin ISO Starting salary for teachers with a degree but no experience was in CJSD Surrounding school districts also have higher minimum teacher salaries for per Northside ISD Universal City ISD and Seguin ISO Employees are looking around at other districts and seeing whats Wernli said Teachers can drive down the rrfld and be in another school with a much more ravoraile salary Wwnlialso neighboring school tridS hiohar arinaaHa mA alanJMr VHNMP v