New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, January 25, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

January 25, 2003

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY January 25, 2005 14 pages in 2 sections 14 pages in 2 sect I(Herald-Zeitung ......I-__ ...V__________:M......ll.....I................ .................. »:f. <* <. .. t t, ......---J,——,----1 Vol 152, No. 63 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels Fire/EMS officials and AirLife personnel prepare to transport Paul D, Gliadon, a Colorado Materials worker who was injured during a fire at the stone quarry off FM 2349 Friday afternoon. County praises high school athletes who made it to state By Ron MaloneyStaff Writer Thursday was high school sports day at commissioners’ court. Commissioners honored the members of the New Braunfels High School Unicorns varsity football and volleyball teams and the Smithson Valley Rangers varsity footbaU program. All three went to the state finals in their division this past season. A squad from each team was on hand to hear proclamations read by commissioners during court Thursday. Precinct I Commissioner Shop fire at quarry injures one By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A 30-year-old New Braunfels man was burned in an accident and fire at a stone quarry north of New Braunfels Friday afternoon. Paul D. Gliadon was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio with first-and second-degree burns on his |ace, hands, legs and feet. He also reportedly suffered inhalation burns. His condition was not known Friday night. Jack Dawson, acting county judge in Danny Scheel’s absence, praised the young athletes, telling them how proud he was that students from a relatively small county could perform so well in the statewide arena. ‘I know you’ve heard it so many times, but thank you once again for the achievements you have attained. Tb compete for the state championships of your various divisions is a great achievement.” Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady read the resolution recognizing the NBHS volleyball team.See ATHLETES/3A Inside Abby................ ...................5A Classifieds........ ..................3-6B Comics............ ...................7A Crossword...... ...................5A Forum............. .................4A Church Directory................6A Movies............ ...................5A Obituaries....... ...................3A Sports.............. ................1-2B Today.............. ...................2A Key a xie76 s 56825 00001 I A Colorado Materials company official refused media inquiries at the facility, refusing to give even his name or his supervisor’s name. “I’m not at liberty to discuss that,” the employee said of the incident. Firefighters were called to Colorado Materials in the 5000 block of Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 2439 at 1:42 p.m. Friday for a reported fire in a heavy equipment maintenance shop, New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said. They arrived to find the shop, a tire on a road scraper and other material on fire, Brinkkoeter said. “What we had was a large working shop. Behind a wall was a 20,000-gallon tank of diesel fuel, oil and grease. Those tanks and products are utilized to maintain heavy    equipment,” Brinkkoeter said. The exposure of the massive amount of diesel fuel complicated the firefighting effort. When firefighters arrived, flames were lapping CISD extends Gmnert’s contract, hears complaints at the tank, Brinkkoeter said. Firemen put hoses on the tank to cool it and brought the fire under control within half an hour of their arrival. Brinkkoeter said the building was heavily damaged, and a tire on the road scraper was burned. Also lost were equipment and products used to maintain the heavy equipment. Value of the burned property was not known Friday. See FI RE/3 A By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer After hearing audience complaints about issues at Specht Elementary School, Comal Independent School District trustees exited a closed session and announced they had extended CISD Superintendent Jim Grunert’s contract. Grunert’s contract, which was originally scheduled to end in June 2005, was extended until June 2006. His annual salary is $117,000, CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchison said. But earlier in the meeting, trustees listened as audience members complained about conditions at Specht Elementary School, where the meeting was held. One Specht parent-teacher association member, Kathy Russell, asked if the sixth graders could be moved to another school. Another parent, Cindy Kelly, alleged that the playground at Specht contained a barrier, which she said was a trip hazard. And Kelly said the playground needed a water fountain close to the play structures. “These people have a cavalier attitude about this,” Kelly said of the CISD administration. Kelly said two girls — first-graders — had recently broken their arms, one by falling across the barrier and another by falling from a play structure onto the playground, which she said lacks enough fill mateiial to absorb falls. Kelly said the front of the school and an atrium had grass put on it but the area where the kids are restricted to play is barren of grass. GRUNERT Instead, kids are “corralled” into two unsafe play areas. She also said the school, which opened Aug. 19, 2002, is not completely built yet. Others asked what the district had planned for Specht when, in light of recent building, there were three unoccupied classrooms. In other business: ■ Audience members heard as the names of thYee new assLstant principals were announced. They are Donald Wild, new assistant principal at Canyon Middle School; Mary Ann Svo-boda, who is leaving Spring Branch Middle School to become assistant principal at Canyon High School; and Richard Kreiner, who will fill Svoboda’s place at Spring Branch Middle School. Trustees voted to: ■ Adopt the 2001-02 external audit report on CISD. Auditors said the district was financially strong, but the $13 million of savings it has falls short of the Texas Education Agency’s recommended minimum percentage of 25 percent of the operating budget of $69 million. ■ Approve an almost $114,000 contract with Columbia Contracting Inc. of San Antonio, to expand the district's central warehouse. The 2,500 square-foot expansion will give the district additional space to store warehouse items for its 19 schools. AACOG continues air quality series By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The Alamo Area Council of Governments conducted one of a series of public meetings to talk about a plan to clean up the San Antonio region’s air. About 35 people attended the meeting, which was conducted in the AACCX! board-room in San Antonio, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin said. It was the second public meeting on the plan this year. The next will be conducted at 9 a.m. Feb. 22 at the AACOG headquarters in San Antonio. Topics of discussion at the Wednesday night meeting were the region’s clean air plan and Early Action Compact — a contract with state and federal officials to find local solutions for cleaning up this region’s air before the federal government steps in and does it. This is the only region in the United States to seek the opportunity to prove it can clean up its own air. Under terms of the agreement, AACOG must be ready to implement a plan by March 2004. Millikin, who is active on environmental issues, is vice chairman of AACOG’s Air Improvement Resources Committee, which is studying pollution issues and working on developing strategies to deal with them. “We had about 35 people show up — far more than at any other meeting we’ve conducted in New Braunfels,” Millikin said. Most of those, he said, attended to chastise local government agencies for passing the Early Action Compact in the last part of 2002. “If we did not pass by Dec. 31 the Early Action Compact, there would be no discussion about what we will do in March 2004. It would be mandated by the EPA,” Millikin said. “They perceive it is an entry into vehicle emissions testing. I understand nobody is happy about that.” But Millikin noted no orieSee AIR/3 A Schwab wins Besserung K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung John Lovett reads off the long list of reasons former Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab was voted as winner of the Besserung Award for 2002. Former commissioner feted at 84th Annual Chamber Banquet By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer This year’s winner of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce’s Besserung award — an award often referred to as the Outstanding Citizen Award for New Braunfels — is Moe Schwab. Schwab received the award Friday night at the Chamber’s 84th Annual Chamber Banquet. “This is sincerely a great, great honor. But you don’t do these things by yourself,” Schwab said. Lifelong Comal County resident Schwab, a 1950 graduate of New Braunfels High School, said he had always wanted to give something back to this community. One of his gifts was the establishment of the first rural recycling program in Texas — right here in Comal County. That recycling program is recognized as the top such program in Tfexas. It’s also used as a model across See SCHWAB/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Ramon Chapa Sr., 2003 chairman of the board of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc., accepts the gavel of leadership from immediate past chair John Lovett. ;