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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                p YriMOFI HERALDZEli UNG Vol 149 No 95 14 pages in 2 sections March 31 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Industry leaders schools agree tech school needed Jijn Davis industrial development committee chair for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce addresses school officials and manufacturing industry leaders at a forum Thursday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer On the heels of New Braunfels City Councils decision to help fund a study on the communitys higher education needs several school offi cials and representatives of the man ufacturing industry agreed Thurs day on the need for a technical school in New Braunfels Representatives of both Comal and New Braunfels school districts and the manufacturing community met Thursday to discuss ways to build a better partnership between schools and the business communi ty Jim Davis chair of the industrial development committee for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the meetings primary was to identify needs of the manufacturing community and the what training schools could pro vide to better prepare students for the workforce The focus of high school voca tional education has Deb bie Fitsko career and technology coordinator for NBISD said It used to be you trained for a specific occu pational area or you went on the academic track Today its more integrated Our job is to raise the level of achievement for all stu We want to give all students high level math science and English skills to prepare them for the work she said Fitsko said both school districts offered vocationalrelated courses and implemented several programs exposing students to the working world Fitsko also said students were encouraged to earn certification in law enforcement or healthrelated occupations in addition to getting diplomas But many manufacturing repre sentatives said the problem wasnt necessarily lack of training but a decrease in work ethic among poten See FOLKFEST 2000 Folkfest grounds are open to 6 Saturday and 11 to 5 Sunday Events are scheduled as follows Kindermasken Lineup Downtown New Braunfels Kindermasken Parade Downtown New Braunfels Costume Judging noon at Folkfest Grounds Indian Dances after Costume Judging dif ferent booths open all day Saturday and Sunday Pickers Paradise all day Saturday and Sunday Food and Drink Booths on the grounds both days All dressed up File photo Its fishing time for some 1999 Kindermasken Parade participants The German tradition has been part of New Braunfels for 150 years The childrens costumed event is slated for 10 on Saturday beginning at the Brauntex Theater where it will proceed down San Antonio Street around the Plaza and end at the Sophienburg Archives Building Children are encouraged to be creative and don a favorite costume for the parade Participants are asked to begin lining up at behind the Brauntex Mayor resident battle over public comments BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A New Braunfels resident is calling on city council to honor freedom of speech after the mayor limited his comments at Mondays meeting Mayor Stoney Williams said he would continue to squelch accusatory com ments and demand professionalism at council meetings even if that meant silenc ing a resident But some believe the mayors silencing has happened too frequently recently It tends to be a said Wal Sears who wasnt allowed to read a statement in its entirety Monday have always thought the citizens have the to free They do Williams said But certain To read Walter Sears full statement see 6A in todays HeraldZeitung behavior is not acceptable at a public meet ing he said I am not going to allow people to accuse council of he said Sears said council wasnt listening Williams said He stated it as a he said The city actually has a decorum ordi nance outlining the rules for public partic ipation that says no personal attack shall be allowed by any Disturbances and disorderly conduct are reasons for the mayor to remove a person from council chambers According to the ordinance the mayor should first call the person to order and explain the infraction then advise the per son that the infraction must stop immedi ately or the person will be ordered to leave the meeting Lastly the person can be ordered to leave the meeting Williams said he wouldnt allow resi dents to bash council or single out a mem ber of council Sears said his intention was not to bash council and he nowhere singled out a council member My comments werent directed at one he said These were perceived Sears said he actually was trying to respond to comments made by District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory and District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo at the previous meeting At that meeting Vanstory and Kotylo gave prepared statements explaining how they were responsive to the public and not influenced by money or the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Promptly after the speeches Williams said he wouldnt allow any public response Members of the public were given a chance to speak at the beginning of the meeting during Citizens City attorney Floyd Akers said council legally didnt have to allow discussion unless the item was a public hearing This was a public meeting not a public he said Sears said he believed public comment was needed after Vanstorys comments He couldnt understand why citizens were Sears said I wanted to explain County wants census to count BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal Countys population could reach in the 2000 census and county officials want to make sure every person is counted Comal commissioners are planning for the redistricting process that will depend upon accurate population figures from the census Commissioners heard a redistricting pre sentation Thursday from David M Guinn a professor at Baylor University School of Law and a partner in the firm Guinn and Morrison The firm was contracted by the county for the 1990 redistricting process Guinn said ensuring an accurate census count for 2000 would be vital for resi dents quality of life in the rapidly growing county As far as county growth is concerned I dont have to tell you how much youve Guinn said Texas University projected the population of Comal County would exceed this year he said I have a feeling it will come closer to Guinn said Judge Danny that would be a mindboggling percent enhancement over 10 Using the forecasted county population figures for 2000 each of the four com missioners would represent precincts of about residents Guinn put the population explosion into perspective by looking at what lies ahead for future generations When the elementary school children out here are 35 years old 34 million people will live in Guinn said The population of Texas already is pre dicted to exceed 20 million in 2000 And Texas University predicted more than people will call Comal County home in 2030 See Fend off rabies with vaccination BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County residents are urged to protect their cats and dogs against the deadly rabies virus Saturday at an annual rabies vaccination drive Comal County Veterinary Medical Association is spon soring a rabies clinic from to 4 Saturday at the Comal County Fairgrounds or Canyon Lake Fire Stations 1 and 2 for a vaccination fee Canyon Lake Fire Station No 1 is located at 1425 Sattler Road and station No 2 is located at 1010 Oblate Dr INSIDE Key Code 76 Yawn Time change nears Spring forward Be sure to set your clocks and watches forward one hour at 2 Sunday April 2 BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer By late Monday afternoon some New Braunfels residents might be a lit tle more wooly than usual A collective yawn from area com muters already could be heard this morning as much of the nation pre pares for Saturdays spring forward time change Okay so everyone gets to enjoy an extra hour of daylight in the evening But in return residents will be down ing extra coffee and droning their way to work long before the rooster crows Im dreading it said New Braunfels mayor protern Juan Luis Martinez who works in Antonio 1 usually get to work around ite going to take me a while to get used to getting up even So what is DaylightSaving Time and whose idea was it anyway The idea for DST was first suggested by none other than Benjamin Franklin in a humorous essay written in 1784 But the United States did not observe DST until more than a century later   

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