New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, June 21, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

June 21, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas I NEW PELS HERALI Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending In 3 or 4 can water today after 7 Well users with addresses ending In 4 or 5 can water today after 8 FUNG Vol 149 No 153 18 pages in Z sections June 21 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents NBU water usage up despite conservation FROM STAFF REPORTS Steady growth in the number of New Braunfels Utilities Customers has paused an increase in water usage this despite watering restrictions designed to conserve local water sup plies i Local residents have been under Stage III watering restrictions since Garden Ridge maintains tough water last number of a homeowners address Despite recent rainfall New Braun fels Utilities spokeswoman Oretchen Reuwer said restrictions had not been lifted tearly May They provide for watering They will remain in place until the two days a week depending on the 10day rolling average of the J17 well or Comal spring flow is above trigger she said The well measured feet above mean sea level Tuesday The trigger level is an average of 650 feet Despite water conservation efforts water usage is up this year compared to the same time last year In May 1999 NBU had an average usage of million gallons per day and a total consumption of mil lion gallons for the month This past May NBU had an average usage of million gallons per day and a total consumption of mil lion gallons for the month Paula DiFonzo general manager of business services for NBU said increases in water usage could be attributed to an average of 4 percent growth on the system each year See Silent jbeus Funding runs out for therapeutic program BY BETTY TAYLOR StaffWriter Every Monday for the past twoandahalf years a group of residents and employees from Eden Home have gathered in the main dining room for the sole purpose of making music with bells and chimes Eden Home administrators said the Bell Ringers Program offered greater benefits than they have seen in any other program Everything is put on hold at two oclock on said Stella Jimenez personal care manager describing the pro gram Faces light up and onceunsteady hands confidently raise bells high in the air to fill the room with rings of joy But these same faces wore expressions of surprise and sadness Monday after residents learned that the Bell Ringers program might not continue because of a lack of funds James was close to said resi dent Oleane Clark when describing how James Wagner cofounder of the Bell Ringers Program took the news Clark has been with the program for two years and said the program was not only fun but also therapeutic When I joined I didnt use my right hand Now I she said It was a big part of my life I sure will miss it I didnt know I had any music in my blood but I Clark said that in the past she didnt even sing to herself because she didnt like to listen to her own singing but that the program gave her a new sense of musical accomplishment She has taken part in several performances including musical costumed productions Sue Kolath executive secretary at Eden Home and organiz er of the Bell Ringers said loss of the program Would mean much more than the simple loss of an activity The Bells and Chimes Program has given an entirely new dimension to the meaning of afternoon she said It is very physically therapeutic and also mentally therapeutic Sev eral shy residents have been given a renewed purpose in life As an example of the impact this program has on our resi dents one performer who had been unresponsive to his sur roundings wheelchair bound and seemingly uncaring joined the group out of curiosity and quickly regained a sense of purpose taking responsibility for the group becoming active in all areas of his care and even began walking once Kolath said there are many similar success stories associated If you would like to help keep the Bells Ringers Program alive call Eden Home at 6256291 ext 246 CHRIS Eden Home resident Lydia Grahm above plays hand chimes with other residents during practice Top Jim Wagner conducts the final performance of Eden Homes residents Each musician plays a hand chime tuned to a specific note with Wagner pointing to each individual when it is their turn to play MICHAEL Brookshire Homes Ltd plans to develop homes on land off Pahmeyer Road and is fighting a stop work order given by the city of New Braunfels Developer files suit against city Brookshire NBs stop work order abuse of power BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A San Antonio developer recently filed a lawsuit against the City of New Braunfels alleging that the citys stop work order on the Meadow Creek subdivision is discriminato ry and an abuse of the citys power Brookshire Homes a company that owns and is currently developing 50 residential properties in the Meadow Creek subdivision off Pahmeyer Road filed the lawsuit Friday in Comal County District Court 274th Judicial District Brookshire is represented by San Antonio attorney Stephen P Allison The lawsuit alleges the citys denial of building permits for the construction of four homes in the development is arbitrary capricious unreasonable and a clear abuse of the citys On Monday May 22 the city issued building permits to Brookshire Homes to build four homes in Meadow Creek On Friday May 26 the city informed Brookshire Homes president Greg H Barrineau the building permits were put on hold because the proposed homes violated city ord nance In a letter to Barrineau City Planner Harry Bennett said the proposed development violated Section of the City of New Braunfels Code which states no structure should be constructed erected or moved into or onto any location in the City of New Braunfels if such structure does not conform with the sanitary health and building regulations of such location or is not in keeping with the average value construction type and size of established property in any such Bennett said the proposed homes had to be the same price and square footage as existing homes in the area and use similar building material such as brick on at least 75 percent of each residence Bennett also said no future building permits would be accepted or approved unless changes were made to the building plans Barrineau said The city is arbitrarily trying to enforce a code that has never been interpreted like this before See CISD trustees see budget draft FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal Independent School District trustees received lues day a 400plus page draft of a million budget proposal for the 200001 academic year that includes more than million in pay raises for dis trict employees The proposed budget is pbout million more than the current adjusted budget C1SD Business Manager Camr a pay raise and a large chunk of the remainder would go toward increased transports tion costs As drafted the budget is about over revenues which means outs will have to be made in coming weeks In other business the board voted to delay action on plans for driveway and traffic improvements at Bill Brown Elementary School in Bui piofthei INSIDE Schurz principal resigns BY RON MALONEY StaffWriter Kevin Brown works with people he loves in a job he loves But in a couple of weeks he will wajUUwey from it A fiveyear employee in the New BraunfeJs Independent School Dis trict principal of Carl Schurz Elementary School for the past three has resigned his position to take a job as personnel director in the Alamo Heights school district effective Hie end of this month going to be difficult to Brown said Tuesday Ive had a people here This staff is second to none At the same time Ive had a wonderful oppor tunity come my way to go to another very good district It s a new experience and new chal lenges Im really excited about this opportunity but its very difficult to say goodbye to these he said Education is a peopleoriented BROWN About six months ago I decided 1 wanted to start working on my superintendence Brown said I decided it was a career path I was interested in If I was going to be a principal for the rest of my life this is the place I would Brown said one of the things he enjoyed at Schurz was helping the people he works with build a strong neighborhood school Ive enjoyed personnel work and finding talented people If I have one strength as an administrator thaft what it is finding t 1 ve been able to da u here andl1 aide to do it in Alamo Heights as See to the people you worn with ;