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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                High school hoops NEWI WEDNESDAY November 2001 pages in 2 sections P1KCS 2 scctii HERALDZEITUNG 13 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 18sS2 50 cents Scooter city face tough deadline for deal Officials push to clear hurdles by years end BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer The clock is ticking away as New Braunfels city officials work on a tax abatement agreement with The Scooter New Braunfels City Councils 52 vote Monday directed city staff to accelerate the process of reaching a tax abatement agreement with the distributor and retailer of mobility equipment before An abatement would give the company an estimated break in city taxes and nearly in county taxes during the next said Doug Harri president and owner of The Scooter The business could generate an additional million in New Braunfels Independent School District taxes duiing the same he Before that can a policy directive and a certain zoning des ignation requiring a public hear ing and three called sessions of the city council must be in The citys tax abatement policy expired in And Michael president of the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of said Tuesday that the 24member chamber board did not want to speed up its economic development That economic development which would See Extended intermission Curtain will rise on better Brauntex after renovations BY BILL FRISBIE Staff Writer When the stage lights dim after the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre holiday extravaganza set for it will not be the last picture theater offi cials It might just seem that The next phase of theater renovation starts in January and is a fivemonth effort fargeting Ariri Brauntex Performing Arts Association vice presi The result will be worth the price of admission as well as the price tag for the Young Patrons will see a much open lobby than from what weve had Young The staircase in the lobby will be opened up to look more open and Were working to match the pattern of the carpet as we replace it as Association officials hired San Antonio architect Sinclaire Black for the Black was responsi ble for the remodeling job at both the Majestic Theater and Empire Theater in San Other improvements at See CHRIS The next phase of renovations for the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre will begin in January with improvements to the restrooms and access for the mobility Gfoundwater district continues dismantling FROM STAFF REPORTS BULVERDE The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District con tinues this week the process of disman tling itself in the wake of its failure to win voter confirmation at election this The district met for mally reviewed the 2 election result and suspended district rules governing well construction Twothirds of Comal County residents who cast ballots voted against confirma tion of the water conservation district and against giving it the authority to levy a twocent tax to pay for Groundwater production fees applied to commercial well operators of 17 cents per gallons of water were sus According to board member Gal Per the districts telephone service will be terminated effective Notice has been filed to end the districts support of the aquifer water level monitoring pro and rental of Bulverde City Hall for meetings will be placed on an as required At Wednesdays STGCD the board will take up termination of its two part time staff An accounting of receivables and bank balances along with a property inventory also will be This is probably going to be our final Perrine County looks elsewhere to see what employees should earn BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County is set to appoint a committee to study employee salaries and com pare that to positions else County department heads and elected officials noted instances during the past two years where theyve lost employees to higher paying jobs in neighboring public agencies or the private Those workers included sheriffs deputies after being trained moved on to more lucrative jobs in Travis County or else To stem the Sheriff Bob Holder sought but didnt get raises of 15 See The HeraldZeitung thanks these contributors to the Cheer Fund Irene Miller Arvel and Iris Schulle Veronica Erven Frederick and Mary Budworth Christian and Laurel Jensen Send donations to the HZ at 707 Landa INSIDE Key Code 76 JESSIE Family members console one another shortly after divers recovered the body of Philip Kranz from the Guadalupe River Tuesday Divers recover body from river BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer When recovery diver Dan Misiaszek found a Holy Bible that belonged to Philip Kranz about 10 feet deep in the Guadalupe River Tues day he didnt believe Kranz would be far Kranz Nearly out of air and on his last zigzag pass of the riv a San Marcos police officer and coordinator of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team SMART res cue found Kranz face down in the middle of the Guadalupe at of San had been missing two days since his Nissan Pathfinder plunged off the northbound Guadalupe River bridge on 281 Sunday Teams of boat volunteer firefighters and sheriffs deputies failed to find Kranz Sunday or Tuesday Comal County Sheriffs and safety crews ready for cold snap BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Public safety and Comal County road crews prepared Tuesday to deal with poten tially icy conditions in answer to the first winter storm watch this National Weather Service Meteorologist Nezette Dell said the likelihood of rain today was 80 percent and it could be mixed with sleet and freezing High tempera tures only will reach the mid dle temperatures plunged from n high in the 60s just after dawn into the 30s by A very strong storm sys tem is sweeping across tho middle United and its coming far enough south to affect us Dell Forecasters predict a 40 percent chance of rain this with precipitation ending sometime after Temperatures will be about 30 perhaps a little Dell things will look up a little we start to By high tem peratures will be in the with a high of around 70 on Dell Driving tips Comal County Sheriffs Patrol Ed Whitson offered the following safety tips for driving during icy conditions Watch for black ice spots on the road Drive watch bridges and overpasses Always wear seat belts Dont break hard touch and release dont oversteer and If stay inside during freezing Comal County Engineer Tom Homseth said road crews were on call and available if needed this our strategy is to put up ice warning signs and put gravel or sand on those structures that Gen thats on overpasses and elevated Hornseth In his the earth does not cool enough to but air gets under those elevated structures and they Homseth said county trucks were loaded with sand and parked in the county As were ready to go if Homseth   

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