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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY January 25 2003 14 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 153 No 63 1 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Shop fire at quarry injures one K JESSIE New Braunfels officials and AirLife personnel pre pare to transport Paul D Gliadon a Colorado Materials worker who was injured during a fire at the stone quarry off FM 2349 Friday afternoon BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 30yearold New Braun fels man was burned in an accident and fire at a stone quarry north of New Braun fels Friday afternoon Paul D Gliadon was flown to Brooke Army Medical Cen ter in San Antonio with first and seconddegree burns on his face hands legs and feet He also reportedly suffered inhalation burns His condi tion was not known Friday night i A Colorado Materials com pany official refused media inquiries at the facility refus ing to give even his name or his supervisors name Im not at liberty to dis cuss the employee said of the incident Firefighters were called to Colorado Materials in the 5000 block of FarmtoMar ket Road 2439 at Friday for a reported fire in a heavy equipment mainte nance shop New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said Schwab wins Bessemng NEW BRAUNFELS K JESSIE 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 years winner of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerces 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 Chambers 84th Annual Chamber Banquet This is sincerely a great great honor But you dont do these things by 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 com munity 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 K JESSIE program in Texas Its also Ramon Chapa 2003 chairman of the board of the used as a model across Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce accepts the gavel of leadership from immediate past chair John Lovett 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 tank of diesel fuel oil and grease Those tanks and products are utilized to maintain heavy Brinkkoeter said The exposure of the mas sive amount of diesel fuel complicated the firefighting effort When firefighters arrived flames were lapping CISD extends Grunerts 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 build ing 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 prop erty was not known Friday See 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 Grunerts contract Grunerts contract which was originally scheduled to end in June 2005 was extended until June 2006 His annual salary is CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchison said But earlier in the meeting trustees listened as audience members complained about conditions at Specht Ele mentary School where the meeting was held One Specht parentteacher association member Kathy Russell asked if the sixth graders could be moved to another school Another par ent Cindy Kelly alleged that the playground at Specht con tained 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 cava lier attitude about Kel ly said of the CISD adminis tration Kelly said two girls first graders had recently bro ken their arms one by falling across the barrier and anoth er by falling from a play structure onto the play ground which she said lacks enough fill material 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 restrict ed to play is banen 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 dis trict had planned for Specht when in light of recent build ing there were three unoc cupied classrooms In other business Audience members heard as the names of three new assistant 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 Svobodas place at Spring Branch Middle School Trustees voted to the 200102 exter nal audit report on CISD Auditors said the district was financially strong but the million of savings it has falls short of the Texas Education Agencys recommended mini mum percentage of 25 per cent of the operating budget of million Approve an almost contract with Columbia Contracting Inc of San Antonio to expand the districts central warehouse The squarefoot expan sion will give the district addi tional space to store ware house items for its 19 schools County praises high school athletes who made it to state BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Thursday was high school sports day at commissioners court Commissioners honored the members of the New Braun fels High School Unicorns var sity football and volleyball teams and the Smithson Val ley Rangers varsity football program All three went to the state finals in their division this past season A squad from each team was on hand to hear procla mations read by commission ers during court Thursday Precinct I Commissioner Jack Dawson acting county judge in Danny Scheels 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 youve heard it so many times but thank you once again for the achieve ments you have attained To compete for the state champi onships of your various divi sions is a great Precinct 4 Commissioner Jan Kennady read the reso lution recognizing the NBHS volleyball team See INSIDE Church Key Code 76 e i 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 regions air About 35 people attended the meeting which was con ducted in the AACOG board room in San Antonio Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikin said It was the second public meeting on the plan this year The next will be conducted at 9 Feb 22 at the AACOG headquarters in San Antonio Topics of discussion at the Wednesday night meeting were the regions clean air plan and Early Action Com pact a contract with state and federal officials to find local solutions for cleaning up this regions 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 AACOGs 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 weve con ducted in New Millikin said Most of those he said attended to chastise local gov ernment agencies for pass ing 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 Mil likin said They perceive it is an entry into vehicle emis sions testing I understand nobody is happy about But Millikin noted no one   

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