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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG 50 cents JESSIE Janet the new executive director of the Brauntex Performing Arts set tles into her new Brauntexs director started as volunteer BY ANN COUSIN HeraldZeitung Correspondent Janet Allen attended an information meeting about the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in December A month she was in charge of Now just more than a year she is executive director of the organization that is converting the old movie theatre on San Antonio Street into a performing arts center in downtown New Allen has served as a board member and marketing director of the theater since this past Before becoming executive she worked for 10 years with the San Antonio Performing Arts Association and four years with Art San She also worked with the San Antonio Symphony and was admin istrative assistant for the Greater New Braunfels Arts I like to do good for the and Im just drawn to the she She was instrumental in helping the Brauntex reach its first fundraising goal of which included a grant from the Kronkosky We have been extremely fortunate to have so many people wanting the Brauntex to Allen It is easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm to restore the historic building to a state of the arts center that will benefit all of New Benefit performances are a major source of income for the Performances by the San Antonio the New Braunfels Community the Music Study Circle Arts the Hill Country Chorus and the New Braunfels Theatre Company have enabled the Brauntex to keep the doors We have had 10 performances so and seven of them were sold Allen Allen will do a little bit of everything as executive She plans to send out a major survey to see what people want to see at the Brauntex and how they want to be involved It was a major leap of faith for them to hire an executive she We have many and I will spend the first few months getting to know their tal ents in an effort to effectively direct their I am excited about the future of the Brauntex 54 16 pages in 2 sections January 2001 O yi rpr Serving Comal County since 1852 Comal ISD launches search for new chief Majors last day as superintendent 9 CHRIS Hospice Administrator Joyce enjoys the open house Friday night of the new Hospice facili ty with social nurses counselors and other Laurie a San Antonio harp performs Friday night at the new Hospice New home Hospice starts a new chapter to a new building BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A redcarpet path lighted by the soft glow of paper luminarias led visitors into Hospice New Braunfels new the beaming faces of staff and creators electrified the Life Tran sition Center and staff Hospice celebrated the nearend of more than a year of construction on its new facility Friday night during its open A Night of New Begin I didnt have any idea that it would get to be this John Manthey Manthey was the Hospice boards first Back when we we thought had lots of mpney if we had more than two weeks of payroll in the bank and we only had one All of us are going to die one but we can make that a quality expe he Hospice started in a steering com mittee in and has grown expo Today the organization services about 160 clients a supports 45 employees and has more than 150 vol If the heart of Hospice is the then its backbone is the From the construction manager and his time to Friday nights silent auction it is clear New Braunfels has fallen in love with On the auction attendants could bid for dinner for rounds of golf and a See MAJOR BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees are on a tight schedule to find an interim and they begin interviewing interim superintendent applicants Superintendent Jerry Major will leave the school system 9 to begin his new job as superintendent of Waco Independent School Dis Waco ISD trustees chose Major to fill the empty spot in their front office on CISD board president John Clay called a special meeting Thursday so board members could decide what to do and negotiate with who has two years left on his contract with the The trustees emerged from behind closed doors after consulting with their attorney for more than three hours about land contract Majors contract and the boards options for replacing this is all new to Clay said after the Waco We will hit the ground We have a lot of projects were work ing and Jerrys left us in a good Trustees voted unanimously to accept his resignation with a few stipulations Major has to complete performance evaluations for staff members who answer to him and CISD prin as well as submit recommendations for contract renewals and He also must stay on at least five days with his interim WISD has been without a superintendent since the end of and school officials there said they wanted to get Major settled in CISD has about three weeks to conduct interviews and find an interim superintendent if Major leaves 9 as His replacement would have to be named by 2 so Major could fulfill the fiveday obligation to work with his See Waterwise group studies drainage ordinances BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The committee that is drafting rules to protect the countys water from the impacts of growth continued its course on drainage issues An engineer who helped New Braunfels draft the drainage ordinance it adopted in November explained its highlights to Comal Countys Waterwise Growth Study Committee at its weekly meeting Friday The Waterwise committee was formed in early fall to study waterrelated growth and development issues and help the county develop rules to deal with A ninemonth moratorium was declared on small lot construction in the county to give the committee time to do its That moratorium runs out in This is the third challenge the Waterwise committee has been tasked In its early meetings in it reviewed and approved new county regulations for onsite sewage In it finalized new subdivision regulations requiring developers to prove water exists to servethen the committee has moved on to impervious cov er and drainage This past it heard a presentation on Austinls deal ings over two decades with impervious cover and Comal County is working to increase its regulation of drainage issues in its subdivision the county only regulates road runoff to the extent that it requires engineered drainage ditches on roads the county will take The chapter of the Texas Local Government Code that regulates subdivision requirements was expanded in 1999 to allow counties to go See INSIDE Key Coda 76 Coming Sunday Bring wildlife to your backyard to liven up these dreary winter Experts offer advice for luring birds and other critters with plants and 1C Experts fail to sell water pitch at forum Local officials dont buy elimination of junior water rights BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY A panel of water experts presented reasons Thursday why a key provision of Senate Bill 1 should be About 50 people attended the discus sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women A number of Bulverde area and Comal County officials were also Thursdays topic was the elimination of the junior water rights provision and what it could mean for Texas by equal izing the pressure on surfaceand groundwater In Comal where wells ran dry this summer and the Guadalupe River slowed to a it was a tough Most who attended the forum at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coopera tive auditorium were not interested in statewide Their concerns were much closer to They wanted to know what the provision might mean to this county were it to make it any easier to move Guadalupe River water Another concern was how big a straw San Antonio ultimately might sink into Canyon 2 Comal County Commissioner Jay MiUikin is a vocal opponent of the elimination of the junior water rights pro vision because of its possible effects on Comal He challenged Susan San Anto nio Water System director of water resources on a groundwater issue as well Thursday This past wells were drilled into See
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