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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 20 18 pages in 2 sections December 16 1999 TT AW ServinS Comal County since 1852 50 cents CUSHANICK WORD hires new manager BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer SATTLER Board members from the Water Oriented Recreation District said goodbye to longtime manager and friend Jim Inman Wednesday evening at their regular meeting and named a 20year recre ation field veteran as his successor George Cushanick who recently relocated from Puerto Rico said hes ready for the challenges and responsibilities of being charged with watching over the Guadalupe River I met Jim and he told me about what I would be doing and I said I want that job Cushanick said I am looking forward to being out on the river and seeing what needs to be done and then starting to do the work I am here to Cushanick an avid outdoorsman is the former recreation director for an Army base in Puerto Rico I know this job will be hard work but the environment also will make Inman 64 who is retiring Dec 31 after eight summers as manager said he thoroughly enjoyed his tenure with WORD I spent a whole lot of years with another firm and I didnt have half the fun Ive had with he said Board member Bill Mayo said Inman is leaving behind some pret ty big shoes for Cushanick to fill When we were interviewing the most important thing the candidate needed to know was that Jim loved the was Jims Mayo said George I hope you love the Guadalupe River and make it your river John Schwartze also will retire Dec 31 from his twoyear term as treasurer of WORD I really regret my schedule is not going to allow me to Schwartze said WORD is a good In other actions the board adopt ed the following district tax rates for the year 2000 Camping will remain at 5 per cent Marinas at Canyon Lake will remain at percent will remain at 4 per cent Water recreation at Canyon Lake will remain at 5 percent The tax on rentals was changed from a 5 percent rate to a fixed user fee of per person WORD also approved spending for trout stocking along the Guadalupe WAI Bonnie Collins volunteer from the St Paul Lutheran Church helps pack various food items for clients of SOS Food Bank of Comal County 248 Merriweather St Below Christine a local flood victim signs out from the food bank as she receives her food No one goes hungry Food bank fulfills mission with volunteers donations BY BRYAN KIRK HeraldZeitung Correspondent The SOS Food Bank of Comal County is like your neighborhood grocery store a place where a stranger gets a warm smile and a handshake The Food Bank at 248 Merriweather St is support ed by an interfaith organization of churches dedicated to assisting the needy in Comal and surrounding counties The churches supply volunteers to assist in the storage stocking and distribution of food Four of the volunteers Jack and Amy Overstreet and Jim and Lorene Williams have been weighing and packaging food for the hungry for three years It is something they love to do Mrs Overstreet 80 smiles when asked why she continues to volunteer for such a laborious job I really enjoy it otherwise I wouldnt come she said Overstreet smiles along with his wife Were San tas he said All the donated food is sorted weighed and shelved Volunteers from various area churches dis tribute the food to the needy from 1 to 4 Monday through Friday The stockpile of food comes from a number of sources Larry Phelps president of the organization said grocers such as HEB companies such as Blue Bell Ice Cream and students from New Braunfels High School have donated surplus food or conducted food drives Phelps said most people who donated food were wellmeaning Some people give us things we can use like See FOOD Staff requests could double citys tax rate Population growth stretching municipal resources manpower BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels tax rate could more than double in four years even without a bond issue if city council approves city staff requests for additional workers and facilities upgrades New Braunfels City Council on Monday discussed a city bond issue that would raise more than million to fix streets improve drainage and buy land What Council did not discuss on Monday was a list of additional requests from city staffers which by them selves could significantly increase the amount of proper ty taxes paid by city residents Their requests total about 14 million for the next four years Staff requests were for capital projects only The 14 million proposed did not even address the cost of added man power Staffers asked city officials to add 68 new positions during the next four years The request for capital projects com bined with the asyet uncalculated cost of 68 new hires by 2004 and the prospect of asking city residents to approve a bond package totaling nearly million led New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams to say he believed it was time to start talking about cutting back on spending city money Its completely mipossible for every bond project and every staff request to be he said Some of the items on staffers capital wish list were well beyond what the city traditionally spends An uncut version of this list was given to council to provide a comprehensive financial picture while council ponders bond projects for a May election director of finance Chet Lewis said The parks and recreation department for instance typ ically receives about a year for capital improve ments but parks officials requested million during the next four years The request included million for land acquisition and development of new park land million for improvements to Prince Solms Park for a retaining wall in Landa Lake for a new founda tion for Landa Haus and for a new irrigation sys tem at the HEB soccer fields City staffers told Council the capital projects would cost million but they were unable to provide cost estimates of the added manpower request There are cur rently 325 fulland parttime employees working for the city Under the recent request that number would climb to 393 New Braunfels Police Department for instance needs 20 more officers by 2004 Chief Ray Douglas said The administration of the New Braunfels Police Depart See WILLIAMS For 45 years county worker took roads most traveled BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer During his 45year tenure with the Comal County Road Department Clifton Bading has seen more than a few changes When I started out in October of 1954 I was hauling water all over the county because the wells went dry during the Bading said After a long career as the road depart BADING ment construction spe cialist Bading 65 is retiring to enjoy the good His last day will be Dec 31 County officials friends and coworkers will throw a retirement party for Bading at 7 today at the Comal County Fairgrounds 801 E Common Street In a letter to Bading Comal County Judge Danny Scheel thanked him for his hard work and commitment to the coun ty During his career Bading probably has worked on every road in the county road department system said county engineer Tom Hornseth who has worked with Bad ing for eight years Cliff has definitely earned his retire Hornseth said He has always been assigned the most difficult and chal lenging projects because he has the knowl edge background and knowhow to get the job done right Bading said he enjoyed his career and friendships with his colleagues I liked my work outdoors because I am an he said I like my job because it is always changing and I do not have to do the same thing every CISD considers SVHS entrance plans dress code changes BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A local engineering firm is working on bid documents for con struction of the side entrance to SVHS Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees today will consider plans for a new entrance at Smith If approved the new access road son Valley High School and would be part of an overall plan The improvements are part of a plan to divide high school traffic between the main entrance off Texas 46 and the new side entrance implemented this past year Texas 46 near the high school Trustees could approve concep Comal County Engineer Tom tual plans for a new access road Horsenth and Greg Malatek resi dent engineer for the New Braun fels Texas Department of Trans acres five of which will be used to build the side entrance CISD officials said completion of the side entrance would take about four months In other business Nancy Cobb Superintendent Jerry Majors administrative assistant will report on the districts dress code conv The plan was presented by changes to a new dress code policy to reduce traffic congestion along TxDOT as an alternative to a request by CISD and county offi cials for a traffic signal at FM 3159 and Texas 46 to control high speed mittee A panel of parents teachers traffic and students was formed earlier On Oct 14 CISD trustees this year to review the 19992000 portatjon office will present plans approved buy ing 16 acres near the dress code and recommend school for about The changes for the next school year to SVHS off Smithson Valley Road FarmtoMarket 3159 just south of Texas 46 when they meet 6 at Canyon Intermediate for modifying Texas 46 at Smith School 1275 N Business 35 son Valley Road owner of the property donated six MEETING Comal Independent School District trustees will meet at 7 today at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 N Business 35 They also will consider the contract for Canyon coach Les Goad who was placed on leave on Dec 3 INSIDE Archives Key cote 76
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