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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALD iNG Vol 148 No 249 26 pgs in 3 sections November 3 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD seat belongs to Hahn Former chamber president joins Edwards as trustee succeeding Weaver Campos BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Sue Hahn will replace trustee Steve Weaver on the New Braunfels Independent School District board after she won 61 percent of District 5 votes in Tuesdays election About 15 percent of registered voters in District 5 762 of cast ballots for the trustee election Hahn with 464 votes beat opponent Jim Gabbard who had 298 votes About the same number of voters went to the polls as turned out for early vot ing Oct 1829 On Tuesday 389 voters went to the polls with 224 voting for Hahn and 165 for Gabbard During early voting 373 voters cast their ballots with 240 votes for Hahn and 133 for Gabbard District 5 extends west of Texas 46 including the Hunters Creek subdivisions and the area around Hue co Springs Loop Road Hahn who was spending PRECINCT 5 RESULTS Sue Hahn 464 61 percent Jim Gabbard 298 39 percent 100 percent of precinct reporting election night at Wurstfest said by phone she was delighted with the results There are four new board member training sessions coming up and Im ready to go to she said I want to thank the voters and a terrific campaign Hahn owns CruiseOnem New Braunfels and previously served as president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc She has one child in NBISD schools and three of her children graduated from New Braunfels High School Gabbard said he did not know if he would run for the trustee position in the future I want to thank the voters who came and voted and Im dis appointed with the ones that he said Gabbard is a high school assistance program counselor for the North East Independent School District in San Antonio He has a daughter at Seele Elementary and has lived in New Braunfels since 1986 Lee Edwards unopposed for the District 3 seat also will take his place on the board succeeding Carlos Campos Weaver and Campos were elected in August 1996 and each served one threeyear term They both said Sept 1 they would not seek reelection Hahn cited 23 years of business background and communi ty involvement as qualities that would serve the board well See NBISD WAI New Braunfels resident Bud Dallmann casts his vote in the Texas Constitutional Amendment election Tuesday at the Precinct 1 polling place inside the Comal County Senior Citizen Center 655 Landa St Voters across turned out sparingly both locally and statewide for the election See page 3A for more election day coverage Bexar County approves arena for Spurs rodeo BY MADELINE BARO DIAZ Associated Press Writer SAN of a tourist tax to pay for a new million arena for the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs claimed victory Tues day evening in a referendum election With 31 percent of the votes counted or 60 percent of Bexar County residents who voted approved a hike in hotel and rental car taxes to pay for the proposed basketball are na while or 40 per cent voted against the ref erendum The vote on increasing hotel taxes from 15 percent to percent and car rental taxes from 10 per cent to 15 percent coincid ed with the Spurs opening game against the Philadel phia 76ers The Spurs won their first title in the 26year his tory of the franchise by defeating the New York Knicks4l in June Arena backers and the Spurs who could leave town if the new arena is not built hoped excite ment about San Antonios championship would generate support for anew cfehtet Spurs chairman Peter Holt was pleasantly sur prised by the early returns Our expectation is that we would win by 1 per cent or less and thats how we put together the cam he said during the Spurs game Obviously we feel great about the early returns Im skeptical right now We need to see what the other votes The proposed stateoftheart arena is to be shared with the San Antonio Livestock Expo sition three weeks a year with the Spurs hoping to play in it by 2002 and controlling most of the rev enue generated there Supporters said the Spurs need a modern arena with more lucrative luxury suites to produce revenue crucial to remaining competitive in the expensive world of pro basketball The Spurs plan to manage the building and over see construction of the countyowned arena and lease it from Bexar County for 25 years Tuesdays Game Spurs 89 76ers 76 Records San Antonio 10 Philadelphia 01 More on the Spurs season opener ring ceremony 89A CISD begins work on new SVHS entrance BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District is moving forward on building a second entrance to Smith son Valley High School Roy Linnartz director of maintenance said a local engineering firm was working on bid doc uments for construction of the side entrance to SVHS on Smithson Valley Road FarmtoMar ket Road 3159 just south of Texas The second entrance is the districts part of an overall plan involving county and state officials to reduce traffic congestion along Texas 46 near the high school CISD and Comal County officials met with Texas Department of Transportation engineers in July to discuss ways to create a safer environment near SVHS where about students attend classes TxDOT district engineer John Kelly outlined a plan that would divide traffic to the high school between the schools main entrance off Texas 46 and a side entrance on Smithson Valley Road The plan also involves major improvements to the main entrance and at Texas 46 and FM 3159 TxDOT officials said they would handle all highway projects but the county would be asked to complete work on Smithson Valley Road The district is responsible for completing the new driveway CISD had to consider buying property near the Smithson Valley Road entrance to complete the project On Oct 14 CISD trustees approved buying 16 acres near the school for about Linnartz said the district bought the land con tiguous to the schools northwest side for expan sion projects The owner of the property donat ed an additional 6 acres five of which will be used to build the side entrance One acre was donated to the district for improvement projects Linnartz said he did not know when work See SVHS WAI Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Pat OConner directs traffic Tuesday afternoon at the entrance to Smithson Valley High School on Texas 46 This Is his second year on duty at SVHS Forum will discuss possible airline service to Texas cities BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Local residents wishing to fly to Dallas or Houston without having to drive to San Antonio or Austin might want to attend a public meeting on the issue on Thursday As part of a study sponsored by the Texas Department of Transportation Avi ation Division a consultant team is com ing to New Braunfels to seek public input on possible commuter service in and out of the city The forum is scheduled for 9 in the citys municipal building 424 PHILLIPS being considered S Castell Ave Were looking to see what the market New Braunfels Munic ipal Airport manager Darrell Phillips said Service to Houston was one possibility he said but service to cities such as Austin or San Antonio was not See INSIDE Key Code 76 Hummel foreclosure sale postponed for 30 days FROM STAFF REPORTS A foreclosure sale scheduled Tuesday on the Hummel Museum was postponed 30 days to give officials more time to negotiate with the notes holder John Lovett Hummel Museum president said several individuals were negotiating with Chase Bank of Texas the lender for the mort gage on the museum to buy the note The museum 199 Main Plaza has housed one of the worlds largest collections of his torical Hummel figurines on public display since 1992 The more than figurines are based on the drawings of Sister Hummel a Fran ciscan nun The museum has been plagued with financial difficulties this past year In December 1998 officials said the muse um had a longterm debt of and might be forced to close its doors The museum fought to stay open through See