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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALD Watsr Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus torrjsrs with flddrsMMsndino In 5 can water today after 7 Kn WOT users wftn address ending In 4 or 5 can water today after 8 UNG Vol 149 No 133 18 pages in 2 sections May 24 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents New Braunfels Police Department detective John Vlllarreal left receives the Ed Murphy Memorial Award for out standing ser vice in law enforcement from Breakfast Lions Club member Ron Zipp HeraldZeltung Public no shows at hearing FROM STAFF REPORTS Meetings intended to give the public a chance to comment on New Braunfels Independent School Districts proposed budget and tax rate were over in about eight minutes Monday night No one showed to give their 2cents worth on the million from last years million budget or the per of assessed valuation tax rate up from NBISD is expected to set its budget for fiscal year 2000 in an adop tion vote sched uled for Tuesday night Of the tax rate the same as last year and two cents below the state mandated maxi go to maintenance and operations The remaining cents will go to debt service NBISDs debt service is cents higher than last year with the issuance of the first million of last years million bond for district ren ovations and upgrades The cents will be applied toward retiring that debt This years budget was cut about million during the past few weeks to balance it It hasnt been an easy job NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said I think the board has done a very good job in reviewing the budget and making some very hard choices in cut ting it 1 million so we could balance Reaves said We know the cutbacks caused concerns Well have to be cre ative well have to find some ways to do some things NBPD detective honored for outstanding service WHATS NEXT Adoption vote on the new mil lion NBISD budget and tax rate Tuesday May 30 in The Education Center 430 W Mill St BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Friends and coworkers of New Braunfels Police Department detec tive John Villarreal say he has nev er been one to seek the spotlight But behind the FBI National Academy graduate has been working meticulously for more than 19 years to curb the criminal element and keep the city of New Braunfels safe for its resi dents And as a tribute to his efforts the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club honored Villarreal Tuesday morning with its annual Ed Murphy Memorial Award for outstanding service in law enforcement at Krauses Cafe 148 S Castell Ave The breakfast lions were joined by NBPD Chief Ray Douglas and NBPD Lt Mike Rust who rec ommended Villarreal for the award Outside the office I call him my friend and inside the office he has the most tenacity Ive ever Douglas said You dont want to be the bad guy in one of his cases He is a mans man and a police mans Villarreal has successfully inves tigated many felony cases includ ing murder and organized crime and also is an expert in the science of fingerprinting The award is named in remem brance of an officer with the Comal County Sheriffs Office who was killed in a helicopter crash in 1981 while in the line of duty said break fast lion Ronald Zipp who chaired the award selection committee Were glad to have someone of Villarreals type of stature win this Zipp said Were blessed in this community to have a lot of very skilled very good law enforcement Villarreal said receiving the award was significant because he was acquainted with Murphy through his work in local law enforcement I appreciate the opportunity to be here this Villarreal said This award has a special attachment to NBPD detective Sean Gabbard who has worked with Villarreal for six years said his coworkers ded ication and tenacity was admirable Besides being a personal friend he is one of the best investigators I have ever worked Gabbard said He earned this recognition with the work he has done overall in the Watching the river flow Good not ideal weekend expected K JESSIE Tuesday afternoon saw a handful of people braving the cool water of the Guadalupe River for a slow ride Thanks to needed rainfall officials will release 100 cubic feet per second from the dam throughout the weekend BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Those coming to the New Braunfels area Memorial Day weekend with dreams of floating down the Guadalupe River wont be disap pointed although conditions likely wont be ideal Thanks to the recent rainfall that gave a muchneeded boost to Canyon Reservoir GuadalupeBlanco River Authority officials said Monday GBRA would release about 100 cubic feet per second or greater from the dam throughout the annual seasonal kickoff weekend The news might come as a relief to those worried seasonal tourism might all but dry up due to stubborn drought conditions The beefed up flows should be enough to allow adequate and safe recreational releases for the masses expected to crowd the river said Water Oriented Recreation District manager George Cushanick Its not going to eliminate the shal low areas entirely but the river will be Cushanick said The riv ers higher than its been in six months Its flowing good now and people are still going to have a good Persistent drought conditions and declining levels at Canyon Lake prompted GBRA to implement feder allymandated drought release provi sions April 30 to conserve the stored water supply of the reservoir GBRA general manager Bill West said Releases will be limited despite predicted rainfall in the normally wet month of the lake returns to the normal conservation level 909 feet above mean sea level said Judy Gardner GBRA director of education and communication As of press time Tuesday Canyon Reservoir elevation measured feet above mean sea level GBRA officials said flows would not dip below 90 cfs throughout the weekend vast improvement over recent flows that dipped as low as 60 cfs an insufficient release rate for recreation officials said And tourists and residents planning INSIDE Abby 6A Classifieds 56B Comics 26 5A 0A 4A f Mil Ml tMf If Obituaries 3A Sports 78A Tafcy 2A Oberkampf household still dry BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Alice Oberkampf is still schlep ping water from Landa Park and New Braunfels Utilities officials are stttl trying to figure out how to help her stop Obeikampf who has been Ing gallon jugs of water out of the park for about four years was the subject of a story that ran in the a few weeks ago NBU haint hooked her to the municipal system because the Texas of Transportation for At that time various officials expressed surprise that Oberkampf whose well water has been shown in tests to be unsafe to drink Oberkampf s Highway 46 proper ty was annexed into New Br in 1981 She said shes been told j would get city services but my pal water has been a long time i ing At first it didnt bother Oberkampf said I wasnt pu for it because I preferred my water But weVe had it checked i line under FarmtoMarket Road 1863 to give her water but the Texas Department of Transportation wont allow them to cut through the road way Roger Diggers NBU assistant iog a hole under the roadway ran upwards of so NBU had decided it couldnt afford the expense FM1863 is stated for reconstruc tion perhaps as early as next year Biggers called Oberkampf when he WBS told of her situation and told tor he would try to wodt things put Alternative funding debated for Prop 2 BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer New Braunfels residents will likely not have to pay back bonds for a new public safety communications system after New Braunfels City Council decided Monday night to seek funding through existing revenue City council voted unanimously Monday night to enter into a contract with the Lower Colorado River Authority to purchase the communications system Council also direct ed city staff to approach the New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation 4B board for funding The LCRA is offering the city a stateof theart communications system for with an annual lease of Of the seven bond propositions the com munications system was the only one approved at the polls May 6 At the com munications system also was the cheapest bond proposal Because of the cost of the radio system city staff said funding it through a bond issue would be cost prohibitive City Manager Mike Shands said funding it through a bond issue could cost twice as much over the longterm Chet Lewis chief financial officer for the city also said the cost of issuance for a bond would be between and The interest on a 20year bond at 6 to percent would be an additional to And issuing bonds would automatically increase the tax rate by a little less than cent District 6 councihvoman Juliet Watson said she would prefer using money out of the citys general fund rather than exhaust 4B funds I dont want to take all the money out of she said The city currently has an excess of mil lion and only million is anticipated for future commitments See COUNCIU3A Alice Oberkampf lugs water from Landa Park to her home where the well water is unfit to drink She pays city taxes but doesnt roosjivedty water flte Photo
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