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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEH Vol 149 No 10 14 pages in 2 sections April 18 2000 TUESDAY Serving Gornal County since 1852 50 cents K JESSIE New Braunfels Fire and Rescue person nel prepare a 43year old New Braunfels woman to be transported by helicopter to an Austin hospital Monday Woman cuts off hand in saw mishap BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A 43yearold New Braunfels woman was transported by helicopter to an Austin hospital Monday afternoon after she acci dentally amputated her right hand in a pow er saw accident As of press time Monday Marcell Zavislak was undergoing surgery at Brackenridge Hos pital in Austin to reattach her hand officials said Zavislak is an employee of GymNI Play grounds 1980 N Interstate 35 New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel said the woniafl accidetitally severed her hand while operating an electric power saw used to cut boards The womans hand was in the wrong place on the board when it was cut about by a blade of the by a foot cuts from underneath the lum ber New Braunfels Fire and Rescue person nel said Employees of GymNI Playgrounds declined to comment about the circumstances surrounding the accident The woman was alert and conscious about when she was transported by Star Flight personnel battalion chief Frank Gon zales said The womans severed hand was packed on ice placed in a cooler and airlifted with the woman for possible reattachment at the hos pital New Braunfels Fire and Rescue pet sonnel said Tax day mailing Above Frank Christensen Postmaster Ruben Gonzales and Mike Wilson begin emptying the outside mail bins at Monday Tax Day Our traffic jam was at about Gonzales said Right Those wanting to get returns postmarked by Monday after had to get to the Main San Antonio office by midnight K JESSIE MAIt DEPOSITED AFTER WILL BE POSTMARKED IP YOU NEED POSTMARK PLEASE TAKE IT TO THE MAIN POST OFFICE AT 10410 PERRIN BEITEL SAN ANTONIO TX BEFORE MIDNIGHT City sports facility policy still up in air Just how public facilities will be still unknown BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer On May 6 New Braunfels residents will vote on a million sports complex and a million activity center that could expand significant ly youth athletic facilities in the area Groups that want to use the new com plex and facilities and how But just how often the public will be able to use those facilities and how the city plans to balance the needs of local sports groups and residents has not yet been determined city offi cials said As part of a million bbrid issue city council is proposing to build an activity center and a sports complex at unspecified locations to address what many call a lack of youth sports facilities New Braunfels Youth Sports a nonprofit orga nization for youth athletics would like to build a sports complex on a 100acre site off Doeppenschmidt Road and Interstate 35 The complex would include four boys baseball fields four girls softball fields and 25 acres of soccer fields NBYS president Mike Mullins said The group also proposed building an indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium with ELECTION Early voting in the May 6 city council and bond issue elec tions begins Wednesday and will continue through May 2 at the Comal County Courthouse annex Room 101 Voters can cast their ballots from 8 to 5 Special voting hours will be offered from 9 to 2 on April 29 basketball and volleyball courts The Weston Park Founda tion has leased the 100 acres for 99 years at a year to NBYS and has offered anoth er 50 acres for future growth Mullins said the lease on the land automatically would renew every 25 years as long as the fields were not aban doned Developer Rudy Seidel and son John also have offered two acres of land south of Landa Street and east of Walnut Avenue to build a more cen trally located activity center Council wont approve a site until after the bond election If the facilities become a reality several local youth and adult sports groups including baseball softball volleyball soccer flag football and aquat ic teams have expressed an INSIDE Key Code 76 New Braunfels school officials tighten budget belt FROM STAFF REPORTS Taxpayers in New Braunfels school district are in for some good news when business manager David Rastellini reports on antici pated state and tax revenues for next school year The good news is he wont be seeking a tax increase for mainte nance and operations although residents voted themselves a hefty increase for debt service in this past Octobers million bond election The NBISD board of trustees meets at 7 in the board room of The Education Center 430 W Mill St Next years maintenance and operation rate will stay at the cur rent per of assessed property value while the debt rate increases from 16 cents to cents for a projected combined rate of up from this year Under the possible new rate the combined school tax on an home would be an increase of from this year Rastellini said the school district would hold the line on the mainte nance and operation rate by apply ing some significant belttighten ing Spending will be really tight Were looking at having to make some significant Rastellini said Last year the district realized million in revenues from local property taxes and state fund ing for education This year Rastellini projects revenues of million We think weve pretty much got our state revenues and our tax revenues tied down to give us the rest of the he said Now weve just got to find out how well make it Rastellini said district officials would work in coming months to decide where the cuts would come and how deep they will have to be to balance the district budget Also on the agenda tonight will be approval of a new contract for See WHATS UP WHO New Braunfels Independent School District WHAT Meeting WHEN 7 today WHERE Board room of The Education Center 430 W Mill St CALL 6206200 NBISD foundation launches new campaign Fabulous Fifty effort kicks off today Photo Oscar Smith honorary chairman of the NBISD Education Foundation Fabulous Fifty Founders Campaign visits with NBISD Superintendent Or Ron Reaves standing and fourxiatjon member Arms Miller Doug Milter Members of the New Bmunfels Indepen dent School District Education Foundation are launching its founders campaign today to begin providing a financial link to toe classroom foundation president Doug Miller said Tne foundation ww formed to fund pro jects and within the school district to improve educational opportunities for NBISD Miller swd The founders campaign will be the platform for us to achieve our Members of the foundation expect to raise more than with the Fabulous Fifty Founders Oscar Smith longtime New Braunfels school administrator is serving as hon orary chairman for the founders campaign Money raised for the foundation will be used to fund innovative educational opportu nities advanced technology and software enrichment programs and projects and impact grants for teachers Smith said Education foundations are forming through out the United States to assist school dis tricts to give children the best possible cation by providing funds not available through normal operating budgets Members of the NBISD Education Foun dation are Bill Cone Mike Cruz Carola Davis Roland DeLaRosa Hal David Lamon Anne Miller Doug Miller Susan Phillips Howard Schneider Michael i Spain Barbara Word and Dr Stanley Wood ward NBISD Superintendent Dr Ron Reaves and school board president Bill Biggadike also serve on the board For information contact a board member or call Stephanie Ferguson NBISD public infer nwtion officer at 6206200 ext 5720   

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