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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY February 27 2003 T i MV v v pages jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 91 Serving New Braunfcls and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fire marshal finds dozens of violations at CISD Says its not uncommon for large districts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Dozens of firecode viola tions found during a series of state fire marshals inspec tions must now be addressed by the Comal Independent School District The district received its fireprevention progress report Feb 20 from the state fire marshals office The summary of the inspection of 19 district cam puses office and mainte nance facilities completed over three weeks in January shows the district has some makeup work to do The state fire marshals office plans to inspect the dis trict again in 120 days Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford sought the inspections after conducting a pair of inspections at Smith son Valley High School after which he raised serious con cerns about fire safety The report prepared by state Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Mendiola and released Wednesday asks the CISD to address the concerns Roundup time Goats swine kick off 2003 livestock show BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer The official arrival check in and pen assignments for goats to be shown in the 35th annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show began at noon Wednesday Pickups with trailers began backing into the Comal County Fairgrounds entrance early Wednesday As temperatures hovered near the freezing point children and parents unloaded young goats and pulled and carried them into pens near the main exhibit arena Excused from school to participate in the show the children wrapped their goats in cloth and denim to protect them from the cold Two of the more than 200 goats registered for the show Lucky and Loner butted heads with the goats in the pen next to them Its a good thing they See L K JESSIE Tiffany Schmidt and Laura Beth Hardm play a game of fish while watching their animals Wednesday afternoon as their parents and others talk about the TAKS test the students are scheduled to take Thursday Parents were concerned that the new test would prohibit students from showing their animals in the annual livestock show today At a glance Comal County Junior Livestock Show TODAY 8 Market goats noon to 7 sheep and cattle arrive 2 Market hogs and showmanship Show participants might take TAKS at fairgrounds and turkeys arrive sifted and prejudged weighed K JESSIE These little piggies went wee all the way to their Several helping hands were needed to get these stubborn pigs to their assigned pens Thursday afternoon as arrivals began at the fairgrounds for todays beginning of the live stock show BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer About 200 Comal Inde pendent School District stu dents involved in the Comal County Junior Livestock Show might take TAKS tests today at the Comal County Fairgrounds CISD officials received written guidance from the Texas Education Agency at 5 Wednesday enabling students in grades four sev en nine 10 and 11 to take the test at the fairgrounds CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchison said the district would determine this morn ing the exact time and loca tion of the test and that options included the Exhib it Hall at the fairgrounds or a nearby school The students will have the entire day to take the tests The Exhibit Hall will have tables and chairs Hutchi son said And the hall is win dowless which should keep the students from being dis tracted Hutchison said the district was told it had to offer the test today because it was See which include Use of extension cords Obstructed exits or hall ways Improper door locks Fire doors blocked open Improper storage Faulty emergency or exit See Centers VALENTINE dispute Valentine BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer More than a dozen retirees came to the Council Cham bers at city hall Tuesday to defend the referral practices of the New Braunfels High way Visitors Center At a spe cial city council meeting Tues day night Dis trict 6 Council man Ken Valentine proposed the city not the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce be the visitors centers primary funding and management source He presented a chart show ing that the visitor center is now funded mainly by the chamber which is a private organization The result he said was that only chamber members get referrals from the visitors center and pos sibly lowering revenue due to loss of business His chart asserted that if the visitors center was funded by hotel occupancy tax which is pub lic money the result would be an equal amount of refer rals from the visitors center and a potential for increased sales tax revenue and lower property tax He said there would be no change in staff Valentine said his main contention is that the cen ter which is located on pub lic property exclusively advertises for chamber mem bers Four staff members spoke out against Valentines accu sations Judith Davis said visitors See Rume 4B initiative goes to voters on May 3 ballot BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer An ordinance giving the voters the chance to divert economic development funds to street repair is on its way to the ballot Citizens can vote May 3 on an initiative that would reduce the 4B tax and set a tax of a similar amount to be devoted to street repair New Braunfels City Coun cil approved the third reading of the ordinance during a spe cial meeting Wednesday night Though the ordinance was being considered in response to a petition signed by more than residents the ini tiative had to be read and approved by city council before making the ballot Council heard Monday night the first reading of the ordinance with contenders and supporters urging the public to educate themselves on the issue before voting in May Mayor Adam Cork said Monday he would open the item for discussion though council had no option but to accept and put the item forth to District 2 Councilman Lar ry Alexander said Monday he would not do anything to stop See A INSIDE Key Code 76 Swint Iredale file in CISD race BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Bill Swint and Lee Iredale have filed to run for the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees Swint of Garden Ridge is seeking the District 7 seat Iredale has filed to run for the District 5 seat District 5 Trustee Derald LaRue has not yet announced whether he plans to run for reelection Iredale a transportation director for the Judson Inde pendent School District said revenue generation and cost control are two of his main areas of concern He also is interested in developing long range goals to handle the rapid growth of the district IREDALE Swint and Iredale join Dora Gonzales Rose C e r v i n board Pres ident Dan K Krueger and Randy Pawelek in announcing election campaigns Pawelek was appointed to the school board in November 2002 to replace District 7 rep resentative John Clay Clay resigned after he and his family moved to Schertz outside the districts bound aries Clay had represented the Garden Ridge area since 1996 His original term was good through May 2004 Candidates interested in fil ing for one of the four seats up for election can do so between now and March 19 The election is May 3 The school district is divided into seven singlemember dis tricts For 2003 only patrons in Districts 1 2 5 and 7 will vote in the CISD election Anyone interested in filing for ihe election must be a reg istered voter live in the sin glemember distiict they are filing for and have been resi dents of the district for six months Early voting starts April 16 and ends April 29 Polling locations will be announced later
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