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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW M1CROFUBI 2627 pnso TX RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 189 18 pages in 2 sections August WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Drainage committee debates proposal to fund improvements BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Developers could be required to ftmd drainage improvements and pay an addi tional fee under a proposed ordinance reviewed Tuesday by the citys Drainage Advisory Committee Currently developers are not required to fund improvements or pay any kind of a drainage impact fee But if the committee and New Braunfels City Council adopt the ordinance as written developers would be responsible for fund ing any drainage system improvements on site and offsite adjacent to the development the city deems necessary Developers also would have to pay a onetime fee per lot for residential lots and parcels of land and for all other lots and parcels of land including commercial industrial and retail uses This Watershed System Development Fee would go into a Watershed Manage ment Fund that could be used to fund construction and maintenance of drainage facilities One committee member wondered whether the ordinance put undue burden on the developers If I buy it build a retention pond and have to pay a fee per lot I cant afford to develop Lisa Repka said Committee president Hal Herbelin said Thats the cost of doing Committee vicepresident Rick Myrick agreed This ordinance will not hinder devel he said It might inhibit irre sponsible development but it will promote responsible Myrick said a flat fee per lot would be unfair It needs to be tied to he said Myrick and Herbelin agreed it would be See Childrens center expands Home for abused girls adding three cottages BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer New Life Childrens Treatment Center at Canyon Lake soon will be lighting a new way for more abused and neglected girls with the build ing of three residence cottages The center licensed by the Department of Protective and Regulatory Services currently provides care and treatment for 41 emotionally disturbed girls who have been designated among the more extreme cases Most of the girls that come to us are in the custody of the state because of abuse or executive director How To HELP Janice Matosky said Some are runaways suicidal or dealing with substance abuse and self abusive The first cottage is expected to be com pleted on Oct 15 Other facilities included in the million fiveyear master plan are two more cottages additional classrooms and a chapel The cottages will be divided by a gate into two 10bed Matosky said In the living room we will have an entertainment center with tables and chairs for the girls to sit and sweat suits or other clothing building materials or other items Sponsor a girl for the centers Girl Scout troop for To make a dona tion or sponsorship call executive director Janice Matosky at 830 9644390 CHRISTINA Construction workers roof for thejrst of halls being added to the New Life Childrens Treatment Center at Canyon Lake the building is scheduled to be completed by Oct 15 The new building which was designed to look like a home has cedar paneling on the front and a rock surface on the back The front porch will allow the girls to relax outside Each unit will have one telephone and two computers for games The lighting is going to be better in the new Matosky said Its going to be a sharp contrast to what the girls are used The units also were designed to allow better monitoring by staff The monitoring station will be between the two units allowing both sides to be watched at once Staff member Rhonda Bateman said It will be a nicer environment for the kids and staff It will be easier to monitor each Before construction began several months ago Matosky sent memos to all staff members and residents to find out what they wanted All input was considered during the plan ning process The girls were included in the Matosky said We want to make them feel safe and Each residence hall will have an insignia of a See Teens at New Life find time for work school play BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer Amid the highly structured daily routines of therapy school and chores the teenage girls at New Life Childrens Treatment Center get to participate in typical teen age girl activities Even with the structure the girls said they loved life at the center We have fun one young girl said The girls are allowed to be involved in leisure activities from campouts to fashion shows The facility also has a Girl Scout troop with each girl eligible to join The girls are sponsored by local executive director Janice Matosky said Right now we are seeking sponsors for the girls Even if we dont have a sponsor the girl is still allowed in the troop We dont let not having a sponsor affect Troop 352 attends campouts on the property and earns badges Matosky takes the girls banners home and sews on their badges Summer program coordinator Sue Eakle said the campouts were popular with the girls They planned their menus and prepared she said They each had different responsi bilities from setting up the tents to cooking the One of the Girl Scout members said This is my first campout here I think its a lot of The girls had the opportunity to cook their own meals over a camp fire bathe in the river with swim suits and swim in the pool at night We roasted marshrnallows over the a 15yearold resident said Im also planning the end of sum mer back to school They also started a Big Sister program We have a residential govern ment where representatives are appointed They present ideas to me and the clinical director They the girls decided to start a Big Sister Matosky said CHRISTINA Janice Matosky executive direc tor for New Life Childrens Treatment Center stands in one of three residence halls being built The hall will provide the girls with more space and help staff to monitor each room UKIVERS NEEDED AMANDA School districts are sending the message like this one on a bus at New Braunfels High School to recruit new bus drivers A booming job market has left both Comal and New Braunfels school districts with bus driver shortages Desperately seeking drivers With new school year looming area districts looking for help BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Banners posted on buses and in front of schools across Comal County spell it out loud and clear Bus Drivers With the first day of classes looming Comal County school districts are racing to fill many school bus driver positions Comal Independent School District campuses will open Monday Trans portation director Ken Franklin said the district was short three drivers Right now we have quite a few who are in the process of getting training and once they take the writ ten tests well be on our he said Franklin said the district added 18 new drivers this year to handle existing or new routes The district transports more than students across a roughly 600squaremile area Franklin said the district needed at least 110 drivers to handle about 105 bus routes five of which were added this past year The shortage of bus drivers is more than just a local problem Banners and advertisements for bus drivers are popping up across the state Gary Schlather transportation and safety director for New Braunfels Independent School District said low pay and irreg ular hours often made a bus driver position unattractive The driver pay is one issue along with the fact that it is a See JOB REQUIREMENTS School bus drivers must meet the following qualifications A Class B commercial drivers license with a passenger endorsement Pass a medical exam Pass a drivers license test Pass a criminal history check Pass a drug test and partici pate in random drug and alcohol testing Complete 20 hours of the Texas Education Agency certifi cation program Complete an eighthour recer tification program every three years CISD and NBISD also require an additional 40 hours of in house training Second teenage shooter enters plea offers apology Middle school student will spend one year at Maryland boot camp BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Two Canyon Middle School teachers saw a sign of remorse from a 14yearold boy Involved in an April 20 shooting incident A New Braunfels teenager apologized to the teachers after pleading true to tions that he fired shots from a 21 caliber jifle at their homes As part of a plea agreement the CMS student accused of deadly conduct will spend 18 months at a therapeutic boot camp in Maryland and will not be allowed to attend school in New Braunfels or Comal inde pendent school districts District Court Judge Brenda Freeman accepted the plea agreement between Comal County prosecutors and the juveniles attor ney Wade Arledge of New Braunfels on Aug 5 The teenager also will not be allowed to return to the state during his 18month sen tence and will serve probation until age 18 He also will have to pay in restitution Melissa Smith Comal County assistant district attorney said the teenager apolo gized to the teachers after the hearing He did go over and say he was sorry and asked them to forgive him which I think is a lot better than the other teenager at the last she said In a hearing July 23 another 14yearold CMS student pleaded true to his involve ment in the incident He will spend one year at the Woodside Trails Therapeutic Camp between Bastrop and Smithville After the July 23 hearing the two CMS teachers said they were disappointed the stu dent and his family had not apologized I think it the plea agreement is more than one teacher who did not want to be identified said July 23 But an apology on his behalf would have helped We have yet to see any sign of Smith said the juvenile who pled out Aug 5 confessed to pulling the trigger Smith said the teenagers attorney sug gested sending him to the New Dominion School in Old Town Md After we researched it we decided it was the best place for she said Smith said the juvenile would receive more individualized 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