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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 20332 11009 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHIMG 2627 E Y PI NT ELL DR EL PRG0 TX 6 9 PR SO IX RALDZEITUNG 114 20 pages in 2 sections April 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Early voting draws crowd on last day Election officials say turnout fairly normal for school board races and bond issue ROBIN Two Comal County voters wait in line for early voting Tuesday at the Comal County Courthouse part of the 270 residents who participated in the final day of early City and Comal ISO elections are on BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Registered voters flocked to the Comal County Courthouse Annex Tuesday to cast their votes on the last day of early voting for New Braunfels City Council and Comal Indepen dent School District Residents now have to wait until Saturday to vote for New Braunfels mayoral and city council CISD patrons will head to the polls for trustee elections in single member Districts 3 and 4 and a twoproposition bond Two hundred and seventy local res idents visited the Courthouse Annex on Tuesday to vote for city elections in Districts 5 and 6 and to choose New Braunfels next About New Braunfels res idents are registered to vote in the mayors race and two city council and voters had turned out for early voting since March said Viiginia early voting Thats almost exactly the number of early voters we had in the last city Ortiz Early voting clerks said the voting booths remaining busy up until the voting sites 5 More than CISD patrons headed to early voting polls since March 14 to cast their votes for two seats on the board of trustees and the districts bond Ortiz said 853 voters turned out at the County Courthouse early voting and 820 patrons cast their ballots at the districts three temporary early voting Eleven ballots also were mailed in the school Ortiz said turnout during early voting was fairly normal for school board Crosstown traffic TxDOT officials eyeing options for Interstate 35 BY PERI STONE Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO Texas trans portation officials are close to having an Interstate 35 master plan in their but specific projects and fund ing have yet to be Three possible strategies being con sidered for the master plan were pre sented Tuesday in a meeting spon sored by the Texas Department of Officials from theFederal Highway Administration and the Departments of Transportation in Okla Iowa and Minnesota came up with the strate gies to relieve traffic congestion after conducting an 135 Corridor That study was started in Novem ber of Joe an engineering con sultant for the outlined the three strategies for the approximately 20 people who attended Tuesdays meet ing Congestive relief strategy widen 135 within existing construct elevated lanes where need rely on relief routes Trade focus strategy same as above with the possibility of mov ing 80 percent of trucks to special roads south of Dallas and Fort Worth Combination strategy same as congestive relief strategy with the possibility of moving 50 percent of truck cargo to No one in the audience expressed either support or opposition toward any specific several wanted to know when things were going to happen and how the projects would be fund This is setting the big Guyton adding that local depart ments would determine more spe cific He said a steering committee would meet this summer and review the findings of this springs public ROBIN Cars and trucks move slowly along southbound Interstate 35 Tuesday Construction on 135 reduced the highway to one lane just before Walnut Aveune causing traffic to stall and slow to a crawl throughout the taking place in Texas and P i other The steering committee will then recommend one strategy to state The question were trying to answer Is this a good use of pub lic money Guyton Funding possibilities are being looked he TxDOT currently is developing proposals seeking funds through two new federal programs aimed at addressing trade corridor Another possibility being consid ered to relieve traffic on 135 and provide commuters with an alterna tive mode of transportation is a rail running from Austin to San Anto According to a transportation some sections of 135 would require up to 18 lanes to meet projected demand if additional lanes were Ihe only strategy The study was done by a committee composed of senior transportation officials from the six states through which 135 Because of other alternatives are being including a 110mile commuter Public meetings dealing with the commuter rail will be tonight at the San Marcos Activity 501 Hopkins in San Marcos and on Thursday in San Antonio at the main auditorium of the Downtown Public 600 TRAFFIC TALES Public meetings to discuss commuter rail are scheduled for tonight and 6 San Marcos Activity 501 Hopkins 6 Downtown Public 600 San Antonio Each meeting is scheduled to start at 6 An open house is scheduled for to 6 each Schools beef up interaction BY PERI STONE AND HEATHER TODD Staff Writers As the nation continues reel ing in the Columbine High School local schools are stepping up efforts to prevent such a Wed be fools not to worry about said Don Comal Independent School District public information It can happen any CISD teachers and admin istrators are reassuring students the schools are Clark but also telling them to report anything Similar messages are being spread at schools across the county in light of the April 20 incident when two Colorado teens terrorized Columbine High School in the suburbs of killing 13 before tak ing their own COMAL ISD Heightened concern about school safety after a foiled ter rorist attack at a junior high school in Wimberley and the shootings this past week has prompted CISD officials to beef up security at school CMS principal Nancy Cobb said she was requesting a police officer at the campus for the remainder of the Cobb said the request was in response to an incident this past week when two CMS stu dents were taken into custody after shooting at two teachers houses and shooting out a win dow at New Braunfels High Were showing kids and parents that were doing all we can to keep our schools safe LATEST DEVELOPMENTS Canyon Middle School principal Nancy Cobb is seeking police presence for the rest of the school New Braunfels ISD is developing a School Safety Task The groups is expected to meet with parents and patrons at 6 Tuesday at OakRun School and make our students feel she Clark said the district intend ed to keep offduty officers at the two campuses for the rest of the Ray chief of the New Braunfels Police Depart said his budget was stretched too thin to offer onduty officers to patrol the We dont have the but I think theyre looking into hiring offduty officers as a moonlight job he NEW BRAUNFELS ISD New Braunfels Independent School District is developing a School Safety Task Force comprised of and representatives of area law enforcement agen cies and the business commu John assistant superintendent for pupil and administrative services for said administrators Agencies mull recreational pool FROM STAFF REPORTS All of the players will be at the table Thursday night to discuss a summer program for controlled release from Canyon Dam to accommodate water recreation on the Guadalupe Representatives of the Army Corps of Engineers and the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority will meet with the Comal Water Oriented Recreation Districtv board to discuss both long term possibilities of estab lishing a recreational pool at Canyon The meeting will take place at 7 at Canyon Lake Action 1941 FarmtQMarket Road 2673 in If everybody lays their cards on the we might be able to get something WORD board member Charles Stephens State Edmund Kuempel R County Commissioner Jack GBRA General Manager Bill West and Paul Rod man of the Corps were scheduled to address the INSIDE Key Coda 76 Plant opponents not giving up BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Bulverde residents have lost a but not the against a local cement manufacturers plans to build a concrete batch plant off 281 and Texas near several area Administrative law judge Ker ry Sullivan released his ruling Monday recommending approval of Ingram Readymix Company Is application for a standard exemption after a formal hear ing in The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission will consider Sullivans recommen dation and make a final which is expected to be released June If granted the Ingram would be permitted to operate its facility under less stringent regulatory The TNRCC grants standard exemptions to manufacturers whose emissions are below the maximum Gary vice president of Ingram I think we proved our and the judges decision substantiated hi his executive Sul livan said the plants emissions would comply with ground level concentration and Ingram had demonstrated a rea sonable expectation that ade See PLAN7V3A
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