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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS SATURDAY March 1 2003 14 pages in 2 sections JT 111 OWVVIV HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 93 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD finds contractor to finish Memorial work BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer New Braunfels Indepen dent School District officials said theyve identified a con tractor and are working out legal language issues with their bonding company before work on the Memorial Schools can start Were in the final stretch here and itll be coming to fruition shortly I mean thafs what I keep NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said after Fridays hourand ahalf long meeting We keep thinking and we keep hoping Right now whats holding things up are fine points of language between the school district and the bonding company in the tenured agreement between the two Anytime you have lawyers involved you have language refinement on these things and thats what the problem is Trustees scheduled anoth er meeting for Wednesday Were looking at compo nents to negotiating a con tract to try to move toward a settlement and we still have some unclear issues to said NBISD Board of Trustees President D Lee Edwards Edwards said fine points of obligation and liability and how to protect the money for the district are issues that need to be worked out Were trying to put the components together between a bonding a construction company and Edwards said Theres still a possibility of litigation Theres always a possibility but we believe that we may See For love and money Resident frustrated with citys lengthy permitting process K JESSIE Doing the bidding for the family Debora Schreiber center raises her bidding number again as the price goes past the mark for Cullen Boldts handmade cutting board at Fridays arts and crafts auction Eventually the Schreibers purchased the multipieced block for Community gives back to kids by paying big bucks for arts and crafts BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It seems surprising but after two months in the Texas Legislature Carter Casteel showed Friday night she doesnt talk any faster than she did before But Dib Waldrip took a little time off from lawyerin at the countys biggest law firm the district attor neys office to help her out at Friday nights Comal County Youth Homemaking and Art Fair auction And he could talk fast enough for both of em They hosted the annual K JESSIE Auctioneers Dib Waldrip and Carter Casteel work the crowd before auctioning off Madison Kellys arts and crafts project at Friday nights auction event that runs each year in conjunction with the Comal County Junior Live stock Show This year 136 kids exhibited more than 400 entries The pair showed from the beginning auctioning reserve grand champion and grand champion entries of baked goods art projects home crafts and industrial arts that both would have gone a long way in sales or entertainment Waldrip wearing a cow boy hat with a bright blue silk bandanna and a brighter yellow shirt opened the auction explain ing how it was to get to work again with a partner who has well moved on to bigger and better things I was a little worried I dont mind saying with Carter up in Austin this year She called me on Tues day from the house floor it sounded Waldrip said I said aint going to make me fly solo this and she here Waldrip switched over to a cheesy imitation of Casteels higher pitched drawl I wouldnt miss that for love or See BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Troy Schultzburg threw a party Thursday afternoon to celebrate a building permit that took him more than two weeks to obtain Schultzburg had been try ing to pour a 24by12 feet concrete slab since the begin ning of February He said he was appalled at the length and difficulty of securing a building permit to do the pro ject he could have done in an afternoon Basically it will be three weeks til I have a he said last week still frustrat ed by the wait Schultzburg 41 who moved to New Braunfels three years ago has been a homeowner for 16 years He said he the permitting process in New Braunfels is the least efficient he has ever dealt with Schultzburg hired a con tractor to pour the patio but the man forgot to get a per mit and was stopped by the city in the middle of the pro ject When Schultzburg went himself to get the permit he said he was told he would get the permit in about a week He filled out some paper work Tuesday Feb 11 and brought in to the electric and water companies a copy of the survey of his house exactly illustrating the pro ject But because Schultzburg was unfamiliar with the citys permitting process and because of delays at the city permitting department he poured his patio Thursday Because his project was halted by the city the con tractor had to bring in a crew to chip the incomplete con crete slab Though his con tract worker has decided not to charge him the job cost an extra because he did nt get proper city permission in the first place Aside from being frustrated with the citys permitting process he was surprised to learn residents need to go through that process just to paint their house or pour a small patio You work all your life to own a Schultzburg See DAVID Resident Troy Schultzburg stands on the patch of dirt behind his house that soon will be a patio after he waited for more than two weeks to obtain a city permit to pour the concrete United Way falls short of goal says groups still will get funds K JESSIE Summer Bowen United Way Executive Director Doug Hammerstrom and United Way President Sharia King look over articles and photos from the past years projects fol lowing a luncheon Friday announcing Bowen as Volunteer of the Year BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer The United Way of Comal Countys 2002 fundraising campaign will miss its goal by We just went over 70 per cent of our goal so were about towards our said Executive Direc tor Doug Hammerstrom at the agencys End of Cam paign Celebration Friday at the New Braunfels Seniors Center But more money is coming Hammerstrom said the agency is missing donation totals from people who Live in Comal County and who make donations to the work place giving programs in the San Antonio area Thats and its expected to come shortly Hammerstrom said And there are some other campaigns hes waiting on These would push the funds raised to the mark just over 90 percent of Hammerstrom said The executive director said a downturn in the economy has made fundraising more difficult The numbers we got yes terday from SBC were down from last year but SBC had a bunch of layoffs last year so youve got to expect were going to be down Theyve got less employees to Hammerstrom said He said United Way agen cies across Texas are suffer ing Were seeing a lot of United Ways across the state that are falling short and as lot of it is driven by the economy Peo ple in the past that might have given by their capital gains from their stocks but if they dont get that income from their capital gains obviously their donations are going to be he said Despite the funding short fall Hammerstrom said the United Way of Comal County would still be able to meet obligations to the agencies it supports These include Adult Liter acy Council American Red Cross Boy Scouts of America Bulverde Senior Center Bul verdeSpring Branch See INSIDE Key Code 76
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