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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas I 4 NEW 73 EL EITUNG Vol 148 No 175 14 pages in 1 sectioft July rTVrT f t A V Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Catching some air NBU board prepares for more growth iBond issue service upgrade could provide extra funds BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities might use a million bond issue to fund projects associated with growth a solution that could be repeated in a few years unless NBU customers pay more in rates or devel opers pay more in fees current water and sewer customers was not enough to fund projects new CTtttomeifSjNBU financial systems manager Cheryl Land said at a board meeting on Tuesday NBU water connections have increased percent in the past three years general manager Paula DiFonzo said Sewer con DIFON7O nections have increased percent and electric connections have increased percent NBU must extend water and wastewater lines to new developments which will cost an estimated million over the next three years Instead of having customers now pay for these projects a bond would spread it out over the Land said The bond would be repaid over 20 years at an interest rate of 5 percent This would allow the growing customer base to pay for those construction Lands said bond also could fund enhance jiients to NBUs current system If we dont enlarge some of me piping to keep up with the growth we just cant have any more cus water systems manager Wesley Hunt said onWednesday Those enhancements would use about mil lion of the bond money Another million would be spent on electric system extensions The NBU board will decide whether a bond is the way to go in the coming months possibly in August That recommendation will be taken to New Braun City Council for final approval The issue would not be brought before voters as jit would not affect property tax rates Land said a bond issuance would not mean increased rates for NBU customers although it will jbe paid back through revenue collected from cus tomers But that does not mean increased rates arent on i Unicom Football Camp partici pants practice agility drills Wednesday at New Braunfels High School See page 7 for more high school football news LESLIE HeraldZettung Housing credit decision delayed TDHCA meeting now scheduled for JiMy 30 BY PERI STONEPALMGUIST Staff Writer Braunfels residents and real estate developers will have to wait anoth er week before finding out if a proposed lowincome housing complex will receive tax credit The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs rescheduled its July 23 board meeting to on Jury 30 The meeting will be conducted at 507 Sabine in Austin in the fourth floor board room TDHCA spokeswoman Heather Tindall said the meeting was postponed due to sched uling conflicts and staff members unex pectedly Come she said Itll be The turnout was locally for a June public hearing in San Antonio About 45 New Braunfelsers stood to sup port the Evergreen Townhomes project at the hearing New Braunfels District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander District 4 Councihvoman Jan Kotylo and Comal Coun ty Pet 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora among them Fifteen residents from New Braunfels stood in opposition to the project includ ing those who live close to the proposed 5 acre site on South Water Lane off Interstate 35 People from Del Rio Victoria Seguin See A community effort How To HELP Anyone interest ed in donating time or money to Communities in Schools of Comal County is asked to call 6204247 Related story Page 4 LESLIE Albaro Urbina 13 makes repairs to a riding lawn mower on Tuesday at Andys Repair Shop 303 Elm St Urbina is learning mechanical skills this summer under the supervision of Sherman Stryker left through Communities in Schools Team to Earn program Communities in Schools seeking more support for programs activities BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Faced with additional cuts in state funding and rising juvenile crime Communities in Schools of Comal Coun ty is asking for community support in its efforts to keep area youth in school Statistics on high school dropouts paint a bleak picture with 30 to 35 percent of Texas students dropping out before the 12th grade Ninety percent of inmates in the Texas prison system never graduated high school and the state spends billion on each class of dropouts throughout their lifetimes state officials said Despite these figures Com munities in Schools staff say they are making a difference in the lives of Comal County students Last year 99 percent of CIS students stayed in school while 100 percent of eligible CIS students graduated Also 96 percent of students were promoted to the next grade level Communities in Schools the nations largest stayin school network for atrisk students served students at 19 program sites here during the 199899 school year Another students received ongoing casemanaged services Despite its continued success in six years the CIS program in Comal County is expecting a 10 percent cut in state funding after a 22 percent reduction in funding in 1998 CIS director Chris Douglas said state legislators recent ly increased funding to statewide programs by million during the next two years But current allocation formulas decreased funding to Comal Countys CIS programs she said Because of the formulas they use it actually hurt many programs last year especially small rural pro grams who had their funding taken Douglas said The Texas Workforce Commission which determines how much money each program receives increased funding last year to larger CIS programs in urban areas such as Houston Dallas and San Antonio Douglas said Local CIS president Ray Schoch met with state officials in June in an attempt to change the funding formulas See INSIDE Abby 5 Comics Crossword s 0 4 Movies 5 Obituaries 3 Snorts 10 Today 2 Television 9 Key cote WORD board tables decision on its polystyrene ban BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Oriented Recreation District board members tabled action Wednesday night on changing its ordinance on die Guadalupe River On the advice of attorney Holly Gillman the board of directors will conduct a public hearing at its Aug 18 meeting and approve changes to the ordinance in place since 1994 They also will address an exception for the Waterwader a polystyrene product The Waterwader is a high density foam polystyrene ice chest that fits inside an inner tube and has a plastic encapsulated locking lid It was designed to carry beverages on waterways such as the Guadalupe River Foam polystyrene commonly known as Styrofoam is a lightweight material used to make ice chests The Waterwader was given a trial exemp tion from the polystyrene law before the Memorial Day holiday but reports of broken units and problems with the locking device gave the WORD board cause to reconsider their approval The sheriffs office and district attorneys office also voiced objections They said enforcing the ordinance was difficult when a foam polystyrene product was exempted from it Bill Lowman representing the manufac turer appeared at meeting as an advocate for the device He said here were about 600 units in use on the river since Memorial Day and only 10 had been replaced Lowman demonstrated a rubberized coat ing he said could improve the structural strength of the device Paul Rich owner of Mountain Breeze out fitters and a WORD board member said the device did not spill its contents into the river as readily as conventional ice chests Charles Lackey manager of Gruene Riv er Company said the locking device needed to be improved for it to be effective He said the lugs used to lock the lid onto the body were easily broken in the current design Board member Scott Watson said he had seen units that sustained significant dam age in two months He said the manufactur er claimed they would last for three years The Waterwader was not doing what it was represented to Watson said
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