Friday, July 30, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 903 0 EITUNG Vol 14fct No 181 24 pages in 2 sections July FRIDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Chief Faulty gauge affected water pressure Collier maintains problem didnt affect Tfeday fire BvPERlSTOMEPAUHOOlST Staff VVrfteV A faulty gauge was to low water pressure at the site of a fire fee local life chief told residents Thursday at a New Braunfels Utilities board meeting But even if the gauge had been working the outcome would have been the same at 1639 Allison Drive New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Collier said Based on 25 years of experience I feared Home repair help is now available Federal program assists families with the basics BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Lowtomoderate incomelevel families in New Braunfels might be eligible for up to in home repair assistance Individuals or families meeting project requirements can apply for the federallyfund ed Community Assistance and Repair Pro It helps with problems that affect health and safety such accessibility roof repair electrical and plumbing repair and foundation repair They can use it for essential Kathy Puchek Community Development Block Grant CDBG Program director said But not for paint or Applications are available at the CDBG office in the New Braunfels Municipal Build ing 424 S Castell Ave A lot of homes and families should be in this office Puchek said Driving around I see a lot of homes that could benefit from Requirements dictate that property taxes are paid up to date the owner lives in the residence and the owner hasnt received Federal Emer gency Management Agency or Depart ment of Housing and Urban Development funding in the past five years In addition the home must be a singlefam ily dwelling owneroccupied by a lower income family unable to afford needed repairs Qualified contractors must do all the work funds will not be provided for homeowners to make their own repairs Total household income cannot exceed the following amount One person people people Five people people Seven people people The Community Assistance and Repair Pro ject is a HDDsponsored program distributed through the citys CDBG program New Braunfels is one of 57 Texas cities considered a CDBG entittemenf city See A the structure would be a total he said More than 20 firefighters fought the fire in the Walnut Estates subdivision east of Interstate 35 The blaze reported at Tuesday destroyed the Solis family home and its con tents valued at more than i James Solis a former firefighter and now a teacher hi Comal Independent School District said in an interview Tuesday he watched fire fighters use one hose to fight the fire that destroyed his home He called the water pressure from the fire hydrant 200 feet from his house Elaine Cardenas a nextdoor neighbor asked Collier on Thursday who decided the structure was a loss Cardenas was one of about five peo ple attending the meeting to voice concerns with low water pressure Tm not a firefighter but it seemed like there was a lot of standing she said Collier said firefighters were at the scene five minutes after the blaze was reported When youre waiting there watching a house burn it seems longer than it he said The reason the fire got a jump start on the firefighters he said was because flames got in the wall and ran the length of the attic before any one knew there was a fire See AMANDA New Braunfeis Fire Chief Jack Collier responds to questions at Thursdays New Braunfels Utilities board meeting Collier said a faulty gauge was blamed for low water pressure at a house fire Man with a plan HEATHER Comal Independent School District trustee Lester W Jonas developed a plan to shorten bus rides for students separate elementary and high school students on buses and decreasatransportation costs The new bus routes will begin no later than the spring 2000 semester hopes changes to bus routes will save time for kids money for CISD BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District students could see shorter bus rides and later pickup times in the near future under a new transportation sys tem CISD trustees approved changes to bus routes drive times and driver pay that should when fully implemented reduce the amount of time some stu dents spend on buses and save on trans portation costs Trustee Lester W Jonas who devel oped the plan said the adjustments would create a more effective system over a 527square mile area using the districts current resources CISD students will begin the school year under last years bus schedule which has some students on twohour bus rides and others catching buses around 6 Beginning no later than Jan the district will reduce all bus routes to one trip in the morning and afternoons with the exception of the Goodwin Elementary bus route That route will require two bus runs Jonas said the reduced routes would effectively end the current practice of longer ones Currently bus drivers must trans port elementary students to and from school before picking up secondary students In years past at the secondary schools students who get out of class es at are still waiting at for buses to take them home because the buses are out running other routes Its not an effective he said Transportation officials said a short age in buses and the districts large geographical area made the double routes necessary But Jonas said the new system would work using the districts fleet of 147 buses Beginning next spring each geographical area would get sep arate buses for elementary and sec ondary students ending long waits and saving money on bus mileage he said Jonas said the longterm goal was See Business card seen as illegal Bulverde Northwest candidates violated Texas Election Code BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Six of the nine candidates in the Aug 14 Bulverde Northwest election soon will be notified that business cards print ed and distributed in the county are con sidered illegal The names of Mai MeClinehie a can didate for mayor and alderman candi dates Carolyn Benham Charlie Lebrecht Harry Trappe Nancy Wehrung and Jim Winegar all appear on a business card that had been distributed in the area The card indicated those people were in office despite the fact the citys first election had not taken place Assistant Criminal District Attorney Ellen Salyers said knowingly misrepre senting ones status on campaign litera ture was a violation of Section of the Texas Election Code They need to clearly indicate they are candidates and not elected Salyers said Salyers said all the candidates would be notified of the situation by mail and sent a copy of the statute She said that if persons named on the card stopped dis tributing them and retrieved those in cir culation they were aware of no further action would be taken McClinchie said he would alter the wording on the cards and comply He was surprised there would be confusion over his status With all the publicity I dont think I could be accused of being mayor when everyone knows that is not the McClinchie said He said all copies of the business card were distributed with a short biography of himself clearly stating he was a can didate for mayor Mayoral candidate Paul Joseph Mau rer and alderman candidate Michael Leslie Maurer were not listed on the business card McClinchies son Kip is the only candidate for town marshal Former Unicorn leads Army band OHW8T1HA MWOBAteraMZeitung Maria Lulsa De u Cerda plays ptecolo in the Army Band The 1879 New Braunfels High School graduate Is the first female drum major for the ceremonial group BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Members of the United States Army Band know music is their life Sgt First Class Maria Luisa De La Cerda formerly of New Braunfels fits right into that category After joining the US Army in 1990 De La Cer da became a member of the band playing piccolo her instrument of choice The best part about the band is the she said De La Cerda heard about the band through the National Flute Association of which she is a mem ber She attended a national audition and was one of two chosen for membership from Texas At the time she was performing with the MidTexas Sym phony and teaching privately I joined the military because of the De La Cerda said Itfc a special band Our only two oblig ations to stay in the band are to keep our weight limit and pass our physical examinations twice a De La Cerda recently was chosen to serve as a drum major for the ceremonial band which per forms at funerals at Arlington National Cemetery Being the first female drum major her responsibili ties include making sure music is playing when the INSIDE 4B Key code 76