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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 262 22 pages in 2 sections October 27 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents McKenna Blue Cross reach accord BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer McKenna Memorial Hospital and Hill Country Medical Associates will continue their relationships with Blue Shield of Texas as innetwork providers of health care services In a jointly prepared statement issued late McKenna Memorial Hospital and Blue Shield of Texas announced that on Wednesday the board of the only hospital in New Braunfels had accepted an offer made by Blue Cross on Oct 19 Hill Country Medical Associates reached a similar agreement late last week Both sides declined to comment beyond the written statement but McKenna Health System Presi Tim Brierty said he had not gotten everything he would have liked This agreement will provide a greater benefit to the hospital and will assist us in our fiduciary respon sibility to protect the longterm via bility of quality healthcare for every one in our Brierty said Although the agreement does not meet all the needs of McKenna we felt it was important to find a com promise and take small steps toward a future resolution The agreement See BLUE Wurst Bowl New Braunfels High celebrates homecoming in grand style competing against city rival Canyon DPS marker honors fallen trooper Vetter family officers gather to remember NB resident Subdivision regs headed for rewrite AU u i Cynthia Vetter top stands near the monument to her husband at the San Marcos DPS office Thursday morning The Vetter fam ily above gathers with troopers to unveil the memorial Sheri Jentsch below gives Kermit Vetter a hug after the service BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer An early morning fog lifted and turned to mist in time for a memorial dedication for Trooper Randall W Vetter in front of the San Marcos Department of Public Safety building oifInterstate35 Thursday Despite the gray skies and a oneminute rain shower more than 100 people gath ered for the 10 dedication ceremony to honor the trooper who died four days after a motorist shot him during an Aug 3 traffic stop The seemingly senseless shooting Vetter pulled his attacker over for not wear ing a seatbelt struck a chord throughout the country The shooting suspect Melvin Hale of Kyle is in Hays County Jail await ing his capital murder trial After the ceremony Thursday the troop ers father Kermit said Randy was out to make a mark for himself in life I dont think this was his intent or his goal but he certainly has done that made his mark on A group called We the People of the State of Texas donated the marker and etched this statement into the granite We the people of the state of Texas acknowledge and thank Trooper Vetter for the great sacrifice he made to keep the public Proposed regs draw criticism from water suppliers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal Countys proposed subdi vision regulations are headed back to the drawing board after Thurs days public hearing Local officials developers and water utilities representatives packed the com missioners courtroom to hear comments about the current draft of the regu lations After the two hour meeting County Judge SCHEEL Danny Scheel said the county would take the comments into considera tion as it redrafted the rules He also promised the court would conduct another public hearing before adopting any new subdivision rules The new rules will make the avail ability of water a condition of subdi vision approval According to the 1997 Senate Bill 1 counties can require developers to certify that enough water is available to serve proposed subdivisions Commissioners appointed a 13 member waterwise committee to study water and other growthrelated issues The committee includes water purveyors water authority represen tatives developers and others inter ested in Comal Countys water Comal County also approved new onsite sewage facility guidelines which are awaiting Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commis sion approval In the coming months the county will look at drainage and impervi ous cover regulations The entire package Scheel said is designed to protect the countys water supply County Counsel Nathan Rheinlan der and County Engineer Tom Hornseth opened Thursdays hearing with a presentation on state laws and regulations They explained that counties in Priority Groundwater Management Areas have authority to protect their water supplies It 1990 the state declared the Trinity Aquifer in Comal County a priority groundwater management area Hornseth said I think the core issue that runs through this whole thing is the responsibility to make sure were not exceeding the safe sustainable yield of the countys water supply and we have a limited water Representatives from New Braun fels Utilities and the Canyon Lake Water Supply Company told com missioners the proposed rules would not work for them Among their concerns was a requirement for a developer to build in advance all infrastructure for a subdivisions full build out County staff agreed to drop that requirement NBU assistant general manager Roger Biggers also commented on a rule affecting the water suppliers The rules if adopted would require the supplier to certify that enough water is available not only for the proposed subdivision but also full buildout of the suppliers service For NBU that would include all of New Braunfels its extraterritori al jurisdiction and any land the city annexes Biggers said He told commissioners that NBU had rights to more than twice as much water as it needed to serve New Braunfels And while NBU does not actually own all of the water now his utility already knows where the water will come from to serve New Braunfels for the next 50 years Biggers said See SUBDIVISIONS Comptroller notes CISD progress BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer On the receiving end of a report card the Comal Independent School district earned an 87 per cent for implementing sugges tions made in a performance review from the state comptrol lers office A year after outlining 114 ways to improve management and operations in CISD representa tives from State Comptroller Car ole Keeton Rylanders office reported Thursday that 66 had been implemented and 33 were CHRIS Texas Comptroller Carole Keeton Rylanders office released a progress completed report on Comal Independent School District on Thursday We ve stl118ot to work on Its our to keep the report in the Superintendent Jerry Major said The district got its highest marks for implementing changes to improve transportation within its boundaries educational ser vice delivery and technology The lowest scores dealt with how the district manages pur chasing and distribution asset and risk management and per sonnel and financial management The Texas Schools Perfor mance Review a division of Rylanders office has studied the management and operations of 45 school districts in Texas since 1991 Betty Ressel manages the comptrollers Texas School Per formance Review program She released the report on the comp trollers behalf Thursday Ressel described it as a top to bottom review of everything a district does Its very she said Unlike a financial audit that just looks at the books or a curriculum audit that just looks at the curriculum we ask How do they allocate resources Every district in the state will not get a Ressel said Its taken us almost 10 years to INSIDE Key Code 76   

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