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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEwAbUiKFELs rIlYTvUs HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 226 24 pages in 2 sections October 1 1999 Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Canyon graduate Shayne McBrearty from the class of 1989 checks out a new web site for CHS alumni and facul ty The web site contains informa tion about fellow classmates and reunions such as the class of 1989 reunion in October HEATHER Drainage panel mulls utility fees BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The citys Drainage Advisory Com mittee continued talks Thursday about how it would recommend spending monthly utility fees if enacted Members took no action at their meet ing Two weeks ago committee agreed it needed more direction about what New Braunfels City Council to fund routine drainage maintenance fees to cover more expensive construction projects or both The committee has been reviewing for several months an ordinance draft that proposes various developer fees a monthly drainage fee for commer cial industrial and retail uses of land and monthly fees for residential units The committee has not approved these fee structures The final recommendation will be brought before council for a final decision Council took no official vote Mon day on what the fees should fund but District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said he hoped the committee would set fees to fund future infrastructure pro jects and not worry as much about rec tifying old problems The bond election will raise money for past he said But the bond doesnt cover everyones concerns District 6 councilwoman Juli et Watson said I want to help people who have prob lems from past she said Mayor Stoney Williams suggested the fees address smaller existing problems as well as future projects The drainage advisory committee See FRIDAY Alumni stay in touch online BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Canyon High School alumni from New Braunfels to New York can get back to Cougar country just by logging onto the internet Tonya Welch Watterson a 1990 CHS graduate created a new site on the World Wide Web exclusively for CHS alumni and faculty to help keep Cougars in touch The web site has been available for only three weeks but Watterson said more than 200 former students already had registered with graduation years ranging from 1962 to 2000 CHS alumni and faculty can reach the site at The web site offers a range of features including an alumni and faculty search an alumni and fac ulty register a chat room to visit with other Cougars and Canyon news ALUMNI SEARCH Canyon alumni site is at Alumni can click on high for alumni searches for Canyon New Braunfels and Smithson Valley Buy the book AMANDA Threeyearold Rebekah Sikes enjoys a find at the Friends of the Library annual book sale Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sikes was among hundreds of local residents taking advantage of the bargains at the twoday sale which continues today from 9 to 5 today At 4 today shoppers can stuff a brown grocery bag with as many books as possible for a cost of NBISD goes to polls on Saturday Both sides encourage strong voter turnout BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Advocates for and against a million bond package are urging voters to get to the polls Saturday About registered voters in New Braunfels Independent School District or percent of eligible voters already have cast their ballots in the bond election Early voting numbers sur passed the voters who cast ballots during the districts last bond election in 1994 NBISD board president Bette Spain said she hoped interest in the bond would carry over to election day Im very pleased with voter response and I hope it means very good news for the district I hope that kind of response will POLLING PLACES New Braunfels ISO patrons can vote 7 to 7 Saturday at District 1 Lone Star Primary 2343 W San Antonio St District 2 Elementary 1900S Walnut Ave District 3 Seele Elementary 540 Howard District 4 Lamar Primary 240 N Central District 5 New Braunfels High School 2551 Loop 337 Sample ballot Page 5A Infantry Band gathering here for 59th anniversary BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer They played together on one of the bloodiest stages in world history Now they are reuniting 59 years after their mobilization into World War II The 36th Infantry Division Band will have its annual reunion in New Braunfels today through Sunday The army band served in Africa France Germany Italy and Austria from 1943 to 1945 said band leader Lorenz Bading Formed in New Braunfels the band spent more than 400 days in combat together one time playing more than 150 performances in less than one month Bading 83 said The reunion will include a guided tour of the Schlitterbahn complex a concert and a memo rial service Sunday One of the reunion highlights will be Satur day when veteran members of the 155th Field Artillery Service Battery and Medical Detach ment join the Division Band of Bavarian lage for a joint session of New Braunfels Gemutlichkeit In addition the 49th Armored Division Band of Camp MabryAustin will perform with its concert and jazz bands Bading said he expected at least 100 people to attend the reunion Sadly he said only 22 of the 64 original members of the army band are still alive Band members still living in New Braunfels are Bading Lewis Coldeway Roy E Liesman and Clarence Simon polls will be open Sat urday 7 to 7 at 1 Lone Star Pri mary 2343 West San Antonio St 2 Memorial Ele mentary 1900 South Walnut Ave 3 Seele Elemen tary 540 Howard St 4 Lamar Primary 240 North Central 5 New Braunfels High School 2551 Loop 337 Some individuals and patron groups opposed to the bond also hope voters will get to the polls Saturday Phillip Leach is among a group of NBISD patrons launching an effort to defeat the bond During the past week Leach has flown his plane over New Braunfels with a banner encour aging voters to vote against the bond Leach said the group was opposed to any bond in Comal County because it would raise taxes for those who would not use school facilities Apathy is what causes these bonds to go through The Comal Independent School Dis trict bond passed because of an apathetic Leach said Many patrons and local orga nizations have voiced support for the bond including the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Spain said Weve worked hard to get people out to vote and to express their Im very excited and I hope well see positive Leach and his group launched a campaign against CISDs four proposition million bond in 1997 which failed CISD voters approved a million bond uv May 1999 j Residents list concerns at regional water plan meeting BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Concerned residents had an opportunity to voice their water worries Thursday at a special meet ing of the Comal County Com missioners Court How to provide a quality water supply to a rapidly growing popu lation was just one of the problems discussed The purpose of the meeting was to get public feedback on key issues important to the ment of a 50 year regional water plan The regional water plan is the result of comprehensive water legisla tion also known as Sen ate Bill I that was enact ed two years ago by the 75th ses sion of the Texas legislature Senate Bill 1 was passed in an DAWSON effort to create a statewide water plan by working from the ground In other words regions of Texas are required to make their own water plans Those plans then are combined to form one statewide plan designed to meet the needs of all Texas residents in the future The bill divides Texas into 16 regions Each region or water planning group is made up of members from all sectors of the community Comal County is part of Region L or the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group Representatives from Region L have been meeting since February to establish a common criteria to all of the 21 counties that make up the region It will be no easy task said Scott ElUff a contractor for Moorhouse and Associates the company hired by Region L to help with public participation The counties that make up Region L are very EUiff said Our job is to make a report that reflects both the similarities and differences between the needs of each EUiff asked community mem bers questions about water prob lems specific to the county and then recorded responses so they could be compared to other parts of the region When asked what their current and future water concerns were responses included the lack of an agency to regu INSIDE Key cote 76