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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FEL 20332 M009 76 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHI NG 2627 E YONDELL DR TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 191 24 pages in 2 sections August 13 1999 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Lawmen to patrol CHS CMS in 19992000 WAI Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Sandy Morales patrols Smithson Valley High School during the school year For an update on security at SVHS see Sundays HeraldZeitung BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Canyon High and Canyon Middle school stu dents could feel the long arm of the county law on campus this school year Comal Independent School District officials are working with Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder to get a commissioned officer to work both campuses during the 19992000 year which begins Monday Sheriffs deputies currently patrol all three sec ondary campuses in the Hill Country Smith son Valley High School Smithson Valley Middle School and Spring Branch Middle School Offduty police officers were placed at both Canyon high and middle schools this past semes ter in response to parent concerns after the Columbine High School shootings on April 20 Nancy Cobb CISD administrative assistant to the superintendent said the addition of a securi ty officer was a precautionary measure We believe all of our campuses are safe but we just want to take additional steps to make sure our kids and staff feel she said Canyon High School principal Bob Wiegand said he welcomed an officer at the campus I think its a winwin situation I think for anyplace place that has a lot people coming and going it can be beneficial These officers work well because they have the right personality to get in and get to know the he said See WHATS UP Comal County Sheriffs Department will provide a commissioned officer to work at Canyon High and Canyon Middle schools this upcoming school year CISD is budgeting for next year to pay for additional security person nel The new officer probably will report for duty later this month During the summer the officer will patrol the Guadalupe River Three lanes to SA For commuters happiness is road construction in their rear view mirrors BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A local man who has spent more than half his commuting life bat tling construction on Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels can breathe a sigh of relief Long waits amidst impatient motorists outoftheway alternate routes and just plain old stress are things of the past for Buck Guinn who has been commuting to San Antonio for five years As far as motorists are con cerned construction on Interstate 35 from Solms Road to Farmto Market Road 3009 is done Contractors still have some work to complete but motorists now can revel in the wide open spaces of three lanes without the threat of lane closures Its very Guinn said Its been a long time in the Dean Word Company of New Braunfels started work on the stretch of interstate from the Farm toMarket Road Market Road 482 overpass to Solms Road in February 1996 Hunter Industries of Hunter started the stretch from FM 3009 to the FM 482 overpass in August 1996 The contractors widened the interstate from two to three lanes and lengthened ramps for more merge time features commuters and other drivers now enjoy While construction was under way Guinn would find an alter nate route home from Sari Anto nio Coming home was he said Id take 281 to Farm toMarket Road 1863 to Texas 46 and spend 10 to 15 minutes extra drive time to avoid sitting in And hes been stuck before at least 10 times Its he said You have no idea whats going on in WAI Three lanes of Interstate 35 south of Solms are free of road construction Commuters who must travel through the city of New Braunfels are having to deal with detours and delays but drivers are breathing easier south of town WHATS NEXT Interstate 35 from Solms Road to halfmile north of Walnut work has begun will be completed in three years Interstate 35 onehalf mile north of Walnut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 up for bid in February 2000 front of Now the drive is consistently 10 to 15 minutes shorter for Guinn who exits on Rueckle Road Its definitely improved my he said But for those who travel past the Rueckle Road exit driving time wont be affected at all Commuter Jaime Becker who makes three trips each week to downtown San Antonio said time really hasnt gotten better for me because now we have construction in Dean Word started work on the interstate from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue in January 1999 a project that will take more than three years to com plete And the Texas Department of Transportation will seek bids for a project onehalf mile north of Wal nut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 in February 2000 The last project from onehalf mile south of Texas 46 to Farmto Market Road 306 will begin in late 2001 Total cost for the 135 city limits expansion is about million The two projects just completed south of town total million funded mostly through federal monies Hunter is on schedule with its project but Dean Word is not which means the company could be subject to fines They are given so many work ing days but weather conditions can move it said Greg Malatek TxDOT resident engi neer When everything is said and done well decide how much Dean Word Phone calls to Dean Word were not returned Daryl Curtis project manager for Hunter said his company planned to be finished this month And for that Becker is glad even though she will have to face interstate construction in the city Its much less stressful to drive to work she said I feel safer Its CISD wants to revamp bus plan BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer More than 40 Comal hide pendent School District bus drivers attended Thursdays school board meeting with concerns about a new trans portation policy adopted by trustees on Aug 12 After hearing those con cerns the board voted 43 to change the transportation pol icy to a plan so trustees and the transportation department can work out problems during the fall semester Trustees Lester Jonas John Bertelsen and Nick Nickols voted against the change while John Clay Dan Krueger Dora Gonzales and Robert Loop voted for the change Clay said We need the rest of the semester to get things ironed out Its easier to amend if its a Amid concerns about routes route times and the lack of lead drivers the bus drivers thanked the board for their pay increase to 10 an hour Bus driver Suzanne Cran dall described several issues drivers had with the trans portation policy What do I do if a child is lost gets on the wrong which always happens the first three weeks of she said Do I just stop and say Sorry my time is and make them get off wherever If Im still on the bus when my time runs out am I still covered by the schools insur ance if an accident takes place If not I shouldnt be in that CISD CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said he saw no flexibil JONAS ity in the policy which both ered him I will move for ward with the policy unless directed otherwise because that is what Im supposed to he said Unless its ille gal unethical or unsafe Ill move forward with the policy on Monday the first day of Trustee Jonas who devel oped the plan said time was built in for a precheck fuel and cleanup The mileage is still the same no matter where the bus is he said Marion Ramey who was a lead driver before changing to the specialeducation route said she preferred to be on her old route and a lead driver I enjoy my she said My job is to pick up children and take them safely to Ramey thanked the board for the pay increase but said she was concerned about the route and hour reduction Im on the bus for six hours but only get paid for four she said Sometimes there is a problem with a child and I have to spend extra time on the bus Im not going to get paid for that By dropping the routes you will have to pay new drivers to complete the route which means more money See BUS Bulverde NW to elect first council on Saturday BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The two candidates for mayor of Bulverde Northwest are as different as the visions they have for the citys future The mayort race is the only con tested election in spe cial election to choose the citys first officials since incorporation on May 1 Carolyn Benham Charles E Lebrecht Harry B Trappe Nan cy Corley Wehrung and James Waiter Winegar are running for the Mayoral candidates legal financial problems See Page 5A five aldermen positions Malcolm U Kip McCUnchie III is the only candidate for town marshal Voting will take place from 7 until 7 Saturday at Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 Texas 46 Voters can vote for write in candidates on the ballots Mai McClincbie one of the organizers of the Bulverde west incorporation election in May said he wanted the city along Texas 46 to incorporate with Bulverde Bulverde Northwest lies along Texas 46 between Smithson Valley Road and Bulverde Road and is one of several communities in that area that have incorporated in recent years to avoid San Antonio annexation Bulverde East North South and West are consolidated into what is now the city of Bul verde Organizers of the Bulverde Northwest incorporation includ ing McClinchie said they wanted to consolidate with the city of Bul verde Mayoral candidate Paul Maur er a 46yearold rancher said he opposed consolidation with Bul verde and questioned motives in opposing a concrete batch plant in Bulverde Northwest Maurer said McCUnchiefc mem See COUNCIU5A AT THE POLLS Voting will take place from 7 until 7 Saturday at Bill Brown Ele mentary School 20410 Texas 46 The mayoral race is the only contested race with Mai McClinchie and Paul Maurer running to be the citys first mayor INSIDE 6B Key code 76
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