New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 14, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 14, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY August 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 236 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents River management report says so so good BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Response to New Braunfels river management program has been pos according to statistics provided by Assistant to the City Manager Don The feedback has been really pos he 1 think the plan needs and there are some things we need to but it seems to be Ferguson presented council with an interim report from the citys new river management plan in their pack ets at Monday nights The biggest part of the plan includ ed a crackdown on rowdy behavior on the The city now provides police protection on the Council approved giving 25 per cent of the fees from citations for riv er behavior back to the river man agement Ferguson But that revenue wont be in until after the cases go to One complaint from residents and outfitters is the amount of trash on the To curb Ferguson said the city passed out mesh bags for outfitters to give tubers who float with The including onetime costs to police boats and put up shade covers at the last public has cost New Braunfels a total of so far this Ferguson That includes about in capital costs and That cost exceeds revenue brought in so far by the river management parking fees at Prince Solms park and shuttle he River management fee figures are available only through JESSIE Tubers exit the Comal River at the last public exit By the Numbers From Memorial Day weekend to 5 Number of arrests 56 Number of citations 145 Amount of trash picked up by city crews 616 the equivalent of city garbage Cost of program as of 8 Revenues as of June 30 Still smilin after all these years New Braunfels resident Kurt Wiedenfeld right has a laugh Monday with Texas Senior Citizens Association State President Lewis Andrews during Wiedenfelds 102nd birthday party at the Comal County Senior Citizen Annexation Council wont promise services Education chief challenges school staff BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Improved education standards will be the key to Texas prosperity in the next 40 the states education com missioner said Jim Nelson told about 800 New Braunfels school district employees at their backtoschool breakfast Monday at New Braunfels High School that they will play a major role in ensuring that Youre in a position to affect the Im calling on you and chal lenging you to do Nelson who was appointed educa tion commissioner by George said New Braunfels was one of only two school districts in the state in which he would address staff at their backtoschool The other school district was Nelsons alma mater in Nelson stressed the importance of the states education known as the Texas Essentials of Knowledge and or The standards put more emphasis on science and social studies to bet ter prepare students for college and the workforce CHRIS Jim Texas Education speaks Monday mom ing to New Braunfels Independent School District faculty and staff in the New Braunfels High School TEKS is the foundation for the new assessment known as the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and or When this years freshmen become juniors in they must demonstrate proficiency in science and history on the first exitlevel TAKS The new test replaces the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills or which only had students demon strate English and math By spring teachers will have the opportunity to field test the Nelson The TAKS trial how will occur separately from next years TAAS and have a followup in the Nelson compared the change in cur riculum to the advent of the telegraph and its impact on the Pony He said those who preferred the Pony Express thought they could breed faster horses to compete with the We cant breed faster This wont accomplish what we need for our he Nelson said about 38 percent of the states high school graduates took the states recommended graduation plan in the 20002001 school year to prepare themselves for The states recommended plan cur rently has students earning 24 credits for Nelson said that plan See Surprise move draws threats of legal action BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil voted Monday to remove any promise of sewer and electrical services to the areas to be a move that surprised and angered Council also voted unani mously not to annex Preiss Heights and the McAlister Ranch area off Texas 46 Councilwoman Debbie Flwme made the motion to remove the two areas from Unlike the other nine which council considered about a year these two were added this year to the annexation list after a workshop in Unmoved by threats of legal council dramat ically changed the service plan to the remaining nine areas targeted for annexa Citing violations of its city Councilman Robert Kendrick said New Braun fels was one of only two cities the other is Kerrville where the municipally owned utility is not under the con trol of most of whom spent the public comment period arguing that state law requires extension of water and sewer lines to each home in an reacted with shock at the Who owns NBU asked residents in the This is a kangaroo hissed another man as he stormed out of the But council held reacting after an hourlong closeddoor session with City Attorney Charlie The charter forbids any involve ment with New Braunfels except for setting the utilitys Zech About it Remaining steps Second reading of the ordi nance 27 third read which sets the effective date Council does not plan to allow public com ment at the second or third readings of the annexation Mayor Stoney Williams allowed 30 minutes at the first reading How an ordinance passes Each ordinance go through three read At each at three different the ordinance must pass by a majority vote of the council members The effective date of annexation is set on the day council passes the last reading of the Home rule New Braunfels is a homerule In terms of that means the city can fix its extend its bor annex areas adjacent to its borders and exchange area with other municipali Other types of city gov ernments do not allow annexation without the per mission of the Other information Landowners with 20 or more acres have two weeks to claim agricultural exemp tions from the which would delay annexation for five Homeowners in newly annexed areas will not be assessed city taxes until Zech also clashed with attorneys hired for North woods and Hunters two subdivisions slated for Randy an attor ney for Hunters immediately went on the asking what the city planned to provide in terms of The city could seek pro See ANNEXATIONS INSIDE Key Code 76 Former county judge announcing bid for Texas House FROM STAFF REPORTS Garter a twoterm Comal County will announce her can didacy for the Texas House of Rep resentatives at 9 today on the steps of the Comal County Court will seek theRepubli can nomination for House District which includes Bandera and Uvalde Canyon Lake resident Diane Dash er already announced her candidacy for District 73 as a BUI also of Canyon announced his candidacy in May as a Republi and later as a but later dropped out of the Casteel also will make an appear ance at the Kendall County Courthouse in Boerne at A campaign kickoff barbecue is CASTEEL scheduled for in New 386 W San Antonio a Hill Country resident for more than 30 has been involved in numerous civic and com munity including Comal County United Comal County Bar Texas Leg islative Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Advi sory Communities In Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Habitat for Texas Historic Courthouse Preser vation Committee and the Battle ship Texas Advisory She served as a public school teacher for 17 years and served for six years as a Comal Independent School District including one term as board Casteel is a graduate of the Uni versity of Texas at South west Texas State University and Marys School of She and her husband Tom have two grown children and three grand ;