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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                Vol 148 No 69 16 pages In 1 section February THURSDAY Serving County since 1852 SO cents A soldiers story Elementary students receive live history lessons ROBIN Top Kenneth Pollard with Texas Parks and Wildlife dis cusses the life of Buffalo Soldiers with Comal Elementary students Above Pollard addresses a student during his presentation BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Runaway slaves Katie Jara and Nick Ortega move stealthily through the hallways of Memorial Elementary looking for safehouses and avoiding patrollers The perilous journey to free them selves from slavery will not end until reach the border of Canada Elementary library The thirdgrade students reenact ment of the Underground Railroad is just one example of how area students are learning about the past through their own imaginations February is Black History Month Rather than have students read about our shared history with African Amer icans teachers are helping students to understand the past by reliving it Comal Elementary students got the chance to play cowboys and Indians with a Buffalo Soldier from the Wild West on Wednesday Kenneth Pollard with Texas Parks and Wildlife brought history to life with authentic artifacts telling the sto ry of black soldiers Buffalo Sol diers with the 9th and 1 Oth Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry regiments during the Indian Wars Campaign Comal Elementary fourthgrader Brian Collins said I learned that they were called Buffalo Soldiers by the Native Americans because their brav ery and courage was like the Pollard said the Community Ser vices Education and Outreach Pro gram helped educate students about Columnists Roy Hargrove and Carol Bissett celebrate Black History Month on film and in literature Page 10 cultural groups such as vaqueros fron tier women and Native Americans who helped to shape the nations West ern heritage Pollard demonstrated how both Native Americans and African Amer icans used the resources available to them on the land to survive Students were awed by authentic tools from each culture bows and arrows drums writing utensils and toothbrushes made out of animal hair See NBU wants A water plant repaired by late April Drinking water source was damaged in October flood BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Repairs to one of New Braunfels main sources of drinking water should be finished within the next two months local utility officials said this week j A rehabilitation of the cityowned surface water treatment plant began shortly after the October flood and was expected to con elude in late New Braunfels UtuV ities officials said well water had been used to meet local demand since the flood Utility officials also said getting the water plant operating in about six months was a fairly quick turnaround considering the damage caused by rising waters that swamped the facility at 2356 Gruene Road MEETING WHAT New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees WHEN 6 today WHERE NBU main office 263 E Main Plaza WHY Discussion of new water rate contract with Artesia Water Company for sale of spring water Full 2 million contingency fund heldby tiMriraity for emergencies proved to be a wise investment It allowed us to proceed I think that really saved us Hamff said NBU crews continued to perform electrical work and other minor repairs this week as the utility await ed delivery of three motor control centers from a San Antonio vendor Hamff said The control centers will power the intake and discharge pumps that feed water into the treatment plant and expel filtered sediment from the facility Utility officials said they expected to recoup about 60 to 70 percent of expenses incurred by flood dam age Hamff said NBUs insurance company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency would pay for much of the repairs The availability of an alternate water source allowed NBU to avoid waterrationing tactics employed by oth er municipalities hit by the flood To be able to go to a secondary supply of water with our wells really NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said NBU has pumped an average of 5 million to 7 mil lion gallons daily from its wells since the flood far below the capacity of 18 million gallons Bulverde preparing for consolidation sales tax election on May 1 named to city administrator past BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer with Bul verde East and a 1 percent sales tax are the two propositions that will appear on a May 1 special election ballot in Bulverde South During a regular meeting Tuesday night Bulverde South city council called for the special election It will coincide with a general election that will decide races for mayor five coun cil members and town marshal Voters must be registered by April 1 to be eligible to vote in the election March 16 is the deadline to file as a candidate for the public offices No dates have yet been set for early vot ing recently appointed city administrator Bob Hieronymus said If the voters approve the consolidation it will culminate years of planning to stop San Antonios encroachment into Comal County Hieronymus said To stop San Antonio we had to draw a long thick Hieronymus said Four cities were established about a year and a half accordance with Texas law and have been consolidating since then to become one city After the May 1 election there will be one united Bulverde Hieronymus said City Secretary Elaine KassThomas said the citys annual budget current ly was supported by property taxes Having the sales tax will allow us to keep the property taxes Hieronymus said KassThomas said if the sales tax were approved paperwork and a required audit by the state office would pre vent the city from seeing the tax money immediately It will probably take us six months before we see our first check from the comptrollers she said Hieronymus the first and only mayor of the defunct Bulverde West was appointed city administrator two weeks ago Bulverde South Mayor Stan Blaylock said Hieronymus familiarity with the citys consolidation plans and real estate back ground made him a natural choice for the position Half the things we do around city hall deal with real Blaylock said INSIDE Freedom plane scans CISD skies BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A group of Comal Independent School District taxpayers got their message across loud and clear on Wednesday About 3 a plane bearing an message for USDs 20 per MEETING WHAT Comal Independent School District trustees WHEN today WHERE Smlthaon Valley High School 14001 W Texas Hwy 46 WHY Open discussion of elimi nation of 80 percent tax exemption alerted district patrons to a board of trustees meeting tonight at Smith son Valley High School in which the fate of the controversial homestead exemption might be decided The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 but discussion on the home stead will not begin until Glenn Wenzel vice president of the central administration building at 1421 North Business 35 The message orchestrated by Oin eeroed Taxpayers of Comal County urged district administrators to Keep the Homestead and also Comal i i mi T f vw W VW trustees meeting today at Smithson Valley High School and See keep the 20 percent homestead exemption   

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