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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas PELS 20332 M009 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 YflNDELL DP 71 jr 2H7 DR J1R HERALDZBITDINU Vol 148 No 83 20 pages in 2 sections March WEDNESDAY Serving Carnal County since 1852 50 cents Late city election filing creates District 6 race BY BILL OCoNNELL Staff Writer A local attorney breathed life into an otherwise listless city election TUesday by filing for the District 6 City Council seat David L Nighs filing guaranteed city voters will have at least one decision to make at the May 1 election He will run against District 6 incumbent Juliet Watson A lack of candidates threatened to cancel the city election process for the second consecutive year until Nigh filed late Tuesday afternoon City coun cil member Larry Alexander and mayor protern Juan Luis Martinez automatically took office in 1998 when no one filed to challenge them Three council seats will be opened this year May or Jan Kennady has reached the end of her term lim it while District 5 council member Cathy Talcott has said publicly she was moving from her district and would not be eligible for reelection Eligibility requirements require council members to represent districts in which they reside Only one mayoral candidate had filed for election Stoney Williams a mechanical contractor with Gua WHOS IN Candidates for the 1999 New Braunfela city election scheduled for May 1 The fil ing deadline la 5 today Mayor Stoney Williams 33 mechanical contractor District 5 City Council member Lee Rodriguez 39 restaurant owner District 6 City Council member Juliet Watson 32 selfemployed David L Nigh 45 attorney daComa Mechanical could become the citys next mayor if no additional candidates file before todays deadline City council could appoint Williams to the may ors seat by passing a resolution later this year city manager Mike Shands said Restaurant owner Lee Rodriguez is the lone can didate to replace Talcott in District 5 District 5 is a narrow territory bordered on the west by Landa See Signs of spring ROBIN A bee pollinates a flowering bush at Prince Solms Park recently Spring doesnt officially begin until Sunday but flowers of all kinds have been making appearances in recent weeks See page 2A for a complete look at the weather forecast including those final days of winter Post office still delivering for NB Postmaster says improve service BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Mail leaving New Braunfels no longer carries a local postage mark a change that has some residents questioning whether the local post office 686 S Seguin was here to stay New Braunfels postmaster Hernan dez said recent moves were no indication of a loss of services On the contrary the local branch had been revamped to improve cus tomer service A former postmaster in Brownsville and an officer in charge in Laredo Hernandez came to the New Braunfels branch about eight months ago and has implemented a flurry of changes He helped arrange a deal to route all let ter mail leaving New Braunfels through a San Antonio post office Letters originating from New Braunfels now go to San Anto nio even when theyre destined for New Braunfels addresses The volume is too great to handle here Hernandez said adding that millions of dollars in lettersorting equip ment at the San Antonio office led to faster delivery times in New Braunfels Hernandez said some area residents Lamented the loss of the New Braunfels postmark Others said they were satisfied with the way the post office was operating I think theyre doing a good job It doesnt bother me at said city resident Roy Guerrero Hernandez said outgoing mail from New Braunfels filled two tractortrailers daily a tremendous workload for local branch employees who sort mail by hand ROBIN New Braunfels postmaster Hernandez makes a comparison between manual mail sorting and an automated system A postal worker can sort an average of mail pieces per hour while automated equipment processes an hour A postal worker can sort an average of pieces per hour but automated equip ment processes pieces hourly An efficiency study determined that 98 percent of the letter mail leaving New Braunfels arrived at locations in Comal County and surrounding areas the next day In other words about 98 out of 100 letters dropped off at the New Braunfels branch by today would reach destinations in New Braunfels Canyon Lake San Antonio and other nearby areas on Thursday The New Braunfels post office added a prefabricated building this past year to expedite bulk deliveries and another to handle mail going to Canyon Lake The Canyon Lake area will have its own post office by late this year or early 2000 Her nandez said Postal officials also changed mail box locations in parts of the city and presently are considering extending the window clerks Saturday hours at the South Seguin location Sorting through the options when mailing BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Go to the New Braunfels post office at 686 S Seguin Ave to mail a letter or parcel and youll be confronted with three choic es Metered Stamped Papers and Packages Whats the difference Not everyone knows based upon the experiences of New Braunfels postal work ers The three slots offered at the post office may seem selfexplanatory but New Braun fels postmaster Hernandez said cus tomers sometimes drop their mail in the wrong place Yeah they ring the bell and want us to fish out the he said Mail dropped into the three slots in the post office lobby falls into large bins that collect the letters and packages Hernandez said the truth of the matter is that mail will eventually be sorted correct ly no matter which slot postal customers choose Its still going to get he said Nevertheless it would help the post office if patrons chose the right slots The Metered slot is for letters with prepaid postage This is normally where businesses with accounts with the postal service drop their mail Outgoing letter mail with the appropriate postage stamps goes in the Stamped mail slot Papers and Packages is for bundles of mail and small parcels CISD officials getting homework help from budget experts BY HEATHER TOPD Staff Writer Comal Independent School Dis trict officials are turning to the experts for help in reducing the dis tricts financially stropped budget for the 19992000 school year CISD superintendent Jerry Major for suggestions on avoiding a pro posed budget deficit Our employees are in many could be done in a more cost effi cient manner Major said Private industry has recognized the impor tance of good suggestion programs for years We need to tap into that source of information and see how we can use it to improve our opera In an article to all employees printed in the March S edition of the wrote I urge you to provide sug gestions as to how we can do what we do more efficiently or help us to determine if we need to be doing it at all Do you see something that can be streamlined or modified for the better and cost less in the process District officials are in the early stages of developing the budget but one thing already seems cer tain cuts will be needed CISD cannot raise its per valuation maintenance and operations tax rate which pays for school supplies and teacher salaries for 19992000 A stateimposed cap will not allow school districts to raise the maintenance and operations tax rate beyond the rate maximum The total rate including the inter est and rand rate is per valuation Under current state formulas local patrons foot percent of district expenditures while he state provides percent With the possibility of less local al aid coming out of the state legis lature district officials arc expecting levels In August 1998 the board of See INSIDE
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