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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 22, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY April 22 2003 14 pages in 2 sections EITUNG Vol 153 No 136 Serving New Braimfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents CTTC to provide state of the art labor help DAVID State Sen Jeff Wentworth BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer A state of the art facility like the Central Texas Tech nology Center would give stu dents the technical skills nec essary to succeed in an in creasingly global economy state Sen Jeff Wentworth said Monday Wentworth joined more than 200 other private and public officials at the New Braun fels Municipal Airport for the groundbreaking of the tech nical center Guest speakers besides Wentworth were Texas Assis tant Secretary of State Geoff Connor and state Reps Car ter Casteel and Edmund Kuem pel Texas future depends on our work force being techno logically astute and computer Wentworth said He said those skills are also tied to the futures of those who would attend the facility The CTTC may one day be the center where one student makes a dream into a the state senator said The center a square feet facility to be built just south of the new airport ter minal has been billed as one of the most important invest ments in the economic future of the area By providing a flexible cur riculum of technical skills the CTTC would fill an education al need in New Braunfels and surrounding communities of ficials say The center would help New Braunfels lure new commerce and train the em ployees of businesses already here Other speakers praised the main players in the project for coming together to fill a See TECH Huaco Springs drowning DAVID New Braunfels Fire and Rescue team members Chad Holladay front and Ethan Lindner search the Guadalupe River Easter Sunday for the body of 25yearold Christopher Ybarra while waiting for the arrival of the San Marcos Area Recovery Team divers The San Antonio man drowned in about seven feet of water at Camp Huaco Springs Below SMART team commander Dan Misiaszek flips into the water of the Guadalupe River On board the rescue boat are SMART diver John Cumutt from New Braunfels Fire and Rescue team member Ethan Lindner and an unidenti fied eyewitness to the Death is first at popular camp since 2001 BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A 25yearold San Anto nio man drowned in the Gua dalupe River Sunday even ing San Marcos Area Recov ery Team divers found the body of Christopher Ybarra in about seven feet of water at 15 minutes after they began searching for him Comal County Sheriffs Sgt Jimmy Limmer said public safety officials were dispatched to Camp Huaco Springs just after 6 Witnesses said a swim mer got in trouble over Limmer said point ing from the campground to the far bank of the river The victim was part of a large group of picnickers who visited the popular re creation area on an Easter Sunday outing Limmer said several at tempts were made to rescue Ybarra before officials were called Canyon Lake Fire and EMS and New Braun fels Fire Department fire fighters were dispatched to the scene at the same time as the sheriffs deputies Canyon lake Fire and EMS Capt Mark Montgomery said rescue units arrived within 15 minutes of the call By that time he said a drowning victim has been under water so long that rescue is not possible See Property tax hike possible as city considers layoffs BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels might lay off 18 to 20 staff positions though police fire and other basic city services would be seriously handicapped Monday night city staff presented to council proposed uncut budgets for their de partments And the needs heard caused council to seri ously consider a property tax increase Fire and police department chiefs told council how des perate they are for manpow er They said they are unable to provide basic services to New Braunfels residents and need to add positions to their payrolls It was the same for nearly all city departments Depart ment heads said they were understaffed overworked and needed to add positions But the money just isnt See COUNCIL73A CISD offers early retirement to 97 BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Voluntary incentive retire ment packages would be offered to 97 Comal Indepen dent School District employ ees under a plan adopted Mon day afternoon by board trustees After meeting in a special closed session for almost two hours trustees voted 42 in favor of the plan which was adopted in an effort to avoid layoffs Trustees Nick Nichols and John Bertleson voted against the plan Derald LaRue was absent Eligible employees must meet three criteria 1 Be a fulltime teacher librarian counselor or nurse 2 Have served at least two years with Comal ISD 3 Be eligible for full retire ment benefits under the Teacher Retirement Systems rule of That means the persons age and years of service in public education equal the number 80 or more CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchi son said The 97 eligible employees would be invited to meetings this week to discuss the op tion said Hutchison They would have 45 days to con sider the plan documents and make a decision Those who take advantage of the early retirement pack age would get 80 percent of their 200203 base salary in four annual payments start ing in October of this year CISD Board of Trustees Pre sident Dan K Krueger said the board has requested the administration to provide ad ditional information on other employee classifications We will consider all of the other employees at our next said Krueger We certainly want to do this as quickly as possible one to help them with their retirement benefits but also obviously to help us so that if the employee decides and opts to retire that gives us the opportunity to find the most qualified person to replace INSIDE 5A Abby Classifieds Comics 7A Crossword 5A Forum 6A Movies 5A Obituaries 3A Sports 12B Today 2A TV Grid 3B Key Code 76 Early voting light for Comal ISD Bulverde BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer While early voting turnout has been steady for the City of New Braunfels municipal election officials say voters so far havent beaten down the doors to cast ballots in Bulverde or the Comal Independent School District The election May 3 which is a Saturday will be conducted from 7 to 7 Jo Bender of the New Braun fela City Secretarys Office said Monday that 481 people had cast ballots in early voting since it opened this past Wednesday In the New Braunfels Gale Pospisil is challenging Incumbent District 3 council member Debbie Flume Valerie Hull opposes district 4 council member Robert Kendrick Three propositions are also on the ballot in New Braunfels Early voting in New Braun fels would be conducted from 8 to 5 each weekday through April 29 The early voting location in New Braunfels is Room 104 of the Comal County Courthouse on Main Plaza Early voting will also be conducted in the court house from 9 to 2 Bender reported only seven votes had been cast in the CISD election as of Monday afternoon In CISD District 5 which rep resents Spring Branch four can didates are seeking to replace Derald LaRue who chose not to seek reelection They are Rose Cervin Lee Iredale John Zim merman and writein candidate Randy Shelton In District 7 which encom passes Garden Ridge and Solms incumbent Randy Pawelek is being challenged by Bill Swint and Les Sutton CISD early voting is being con ducted in conjunction with the New Braunfels municipal elec tion in the Comal County Cour thouse In addition the CISD will set up satellite early voting loca tions at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler on Wednesday the Bulverde Community Center on Thursday and at the Garden Ridge Municipal Complex on Monday AU times are from 7 to 7 In Bulverde early voting clerk Elaine Rogers said this election so for is slower than the one this past November Its a little on the slow side I think weve had 34 voters Its been very slow but we had con troversy last time and that brings them Rogers said Four candidates are seeking two at large seats on the Bul verde City Council Incumbent Alderman Charlie Baetz is run ning with Elliott Franklin Cindy Cross and Sarah Stevick Bulverde early voting will be conducted each weekday in Bul verde City Hall located in the Bulverde Marketplace at FM 1863 and 281 Voting hours in Bulverde are weekdays from 8 to 5 through April 29 Voter registration cards list a voters county precinct city coun cil and school districts NOTES INFORMATIONAL FORUMS The League of Women VotersComal Area hosts candidate forums this week in Bulverde and Gar den Ridge The forum in Bulverde starts at 7 Wednesday in the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditori um 36101 FM3159 The Garden Ridge forum starts at 7 Thursday at the Garden Ridge City Hall 9357 Schoenthal Road Comal ISO District 7 candidates have been invited   

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