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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                HERALDZ Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilises cus tomers with addresses ending in or 2 can water today after 7 Well users wltn addresses ending in 2 or 3 can water today after 8 Vol 149 No 199 14 pages in 2 sections August 15 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents The baby abandoned at McKenna Hospital Friday was introduced Monday with her new name McKenna Hope K JESSIE SLATEN McKenna Hope takes center stage Hospital reports infant faring well BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Wrapped in a pink blanket and nestled in the arms of a McKenna Memorial Hospital employee the fourday old baby recently named McKenna Hope was oblivious to the attention she was getting Mon day afternoon The Hispanic baby girl who was abandoned outside McKenna Memorial Hospital sometime Friday was too content to sleep while tele vision cameras rolled and bulbs flashed during a press conference on her behalf A McKenna team member on her way to work between and 8 Friday found McKenna Hope behind a concrete bench out side the employee entrance on Union Street The newborn baby girl who See Hitting the books K JESSIE Frazier Elementary teacher Diane Winkelmann greets Paula and Matiah Keigley as Matiah settles in to her secondgrade seat Below left Casey Kneese was feeling pretty good about his first day back to school Monday morning as dad Mark helped him find his class es Bottom right An anxious Mark Alvarez 9 says goodbye to Mom Blanca and baby bother Jacob on his first day at Frazier Elementary School BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Despite some traffic jams and tornup parking lots from construction work the first day of school for thousands of Comal Independent School District students seemed to go off without a hitch Monday About students were expected to go back to class in schools throughout the district and most administrators reported no major problems except for a few tearyeyed parents of little ones At Comal Elementary School parents had to park across the street from the cam pus on FarmtoMarket 482 because of on going construction work on the parking lots Mike McFalls principal of Comal Ele mentary an early childhood through fourth grade campus said the new parking lot should be completed in a few days Were doing good he said while See INSIDE Key Code 76 Comal ISO taking comment on proposed tax rate Thursday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School District tax payers could see a lower tax rate in the 20002001 school year but it wont nec essarily mean they will pay less taxes CISD taxpayers are invited to voice their opinions about a proposed per valuation tax rate during a public hearing 7 Thursday at Canyon Mid dle School 2014 FarmtoMarket 1101 The proposed 20002001 tax rate is lower than the current per valuation tax rate Abel Campos business manager for CISD said higher property values allowed the district to lower the tax rate while bringing in the same amount of revenue He also said the state is giving Comal ISO another Because of the surplus the state is giving out more money and it is supposed to be used to lower the tax rate on the debt service he said But some residents still might pay high er taxes next year depending on the appraised values of their property In early May about property owners in the Comal Appraisal District received notices that the appraised val ues of their properties had been increased It all depends on an individuals situation and whether the value on their property See COMAL Sophienburg wins lease BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Sophienburg Museum and Archives won a longterm lease of the unused Dittlinger Memor ial Library at a bargain price Monday The New Braunfels City Coun cil unanimously voted to grant the Sophienburg Museum a 50 year lease of the library building with a 50year renewal option for a month But the council included an option in the agreement that it has the right to ask for an audit every five years to determine if the museum is fulfilling its mis sion to preserve local history with the building If not the lease could be voided We have so many things we want to do but were very limit ed with our said Anna Lee Hicks president of the muse ums board of directors The museum originally had asked the city consider a proper ty trade The museum planned to bor row money and buy the Float Inn property next door to the citys tube chute at Prince Solms Park The museum would then trade that property to the city for the unused library building which has been vacant and for sale for more than a year following the opening of the citys new library The former library is next door to the museum If the city didnt want to trade the two properties the museum offered to buy the library for The Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is now buying the Float Inn property And museum rep resentatives surprised the council Tuesday by withdrawing its offer to purchase the building and instead requesting a longterm lease at a nominal fee Attorney John Dierksen said the Sophienburgs members indi cated they preferred to get the building at a nominal fee and then use the organizations capital to improve the facility The former library will be used for storage on a shortterm basis and then it will be used to expand the museums exhibits and offer more speakers and programs from children Hicks said While the vote to award the lease was unanimous some council members expressed mis givings about the arranged deal Councilwoman Juliet Watson led a failed effort to delay Mon days vote She said she wants the Sophienburg to have the library building Ive always felt that way but I liked the offer last time she said Councilman Robert Kendrick also expressed concerns about longterm leases previous coun cils awarded Im not sure the proposal makes good sense from a busi ness he said From an emotional standpoint its a lit tle But Councilman Larry Alexan der said he is proud to agree to the lease for future generations of New Braunfels residents Also on Monday the city coun cil officially set an election for Nov 7 to determine the future of the two types of sales tax the city collects the 4B tax for streets and drainage and other improve ment projects and the 4A tax for economic development The election includes two propositions The first asks resi dents to allow the 4B money to be used to build and maintain amateur and youth sports facili ties The second proposition asks residents to abolish the 4A tax and rededicate that oneeighth of 1 percent tax to the 4B fund The same proposition includes a provision to eliminate the caps on expenditures in the pool of money from the 4B sales tax If approved there would be no lim its placed on the amount of mon ey spent on streets and drainage projects or any other legal project for the 4B sales tax The second proposition also asks residents to allow the 4B tax to be used for everything the law allows including economic development and affordable housing New Braunfels Police Department Sergeant John Wommack and Manuel Guajardo sur vey the damage to an 18wheel er that rolled over Monday morning at IH 35 just south of Rueckle Road K JESSIE SLATEN mm m   

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