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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY May T J w W jjUftmtitjjm ift jn 2 sections HERALDZEITUNG Vol 152 No 151 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents In the spotlight again AUI 4 j DAVID Artist Gail Wendorf adjusts one of the more than 130 paintings she has on display on the second floor of the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Her Waltz Across Texas collection is joined by the Dance Halls and Last Calls exhibit on the ground floor Showtime Museum of Art Music opens year late Upcoming exhibits at The Museum of Art ahdMuolc opening 7 Halls and Uwt baaed on the book by III who WIILpfay attjNji opting and collec tion of rove than 130 paintings by Gall Wendorf Also Included are blackandwhite dance hall photos taken by Bruce Jordan May 18 and Texas Accordion Association Squeeze Off1 with Gulf Coast Playboys Los Plnkya Mlngo Saldlvar Nick Ballarinl Tony Loyello Jim Rommel Greg Sharon Beaton The Jubilee Band Rafael Meras Robert Atwood and Santiago Jimenez y Polka along with the Los Tres Tenors exhibit of Texas photographers that will docu ment 90 years of Texas music Late August Heart and Hands exhibition provided by the Smithsonian Institution by con temporary artists Terry Allan and Jesse Lott A performance series by some of the states blues musicians will be present ed In conjunction with the exhibit V Craft day art featuring Pat Bowel and James Watklns Included will be childrens work shops with local artists Ron Bollng Dee Buck Patty Bums and Danville Chadboume BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GRUENE When the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music opensits doors to the public Satur day it will be almost exact ly a year after officials expected to reopen After selling its former Main Plaza location to Comal County the museum was to build a sparkling new facility in Gruene which it has There was to be a smash grand opening at the end of May 2002 with concerts and a Smithsonian Institution exhibition folk music icon Woody Giithrie It just didnt work out that way What had started as a verbal agreement with the city turned into a permit ting nightmare and then lawsuit since tossed out of district court over parking A deal with Comal Coun ty let the museum out of its prohibitively expensive downtown digs and left it with enough operating cap ital to pay off debt and build the hew facility That almost went for naught in a legal and per mitting battle A verbal understanding with city staff members that a building permit in the 1200 block of Gruene Road would be issued for a facili ty that included parking for See DAVID Theyre all smiles now but its been a long steep road for Craig Hillis Gail Wendorf and New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Executive Director Charlie Gallagher from When the museum opens it will be almost a year late and over budget Road to opening was pretty bumpy BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GRUENE At times this past year it looked doubtful the New Braunfols Museum of Art and Music would ever get into its new building The museum was founded as the Hummel Museum which featured the artwork of Sister Maria Innocentia Hummel a nun in World War II Germany Her paintings of happy chil dren wore later interpreted in plates and figurines famous around the world See Superintendents job on the line at review today BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer Coma Independent School District Superintendent Jim Grunerts job could hinge on the findings presented tonight during a standard midyear evaluation The meeting begins at 6 in the district conference room at 1419 N Business I 35 Trustees plan to hold a closedsession discussion to review Grunerts performance and consult with attorneys about legal questions raised by plans to loan school dis trict funds to athletic booster clubs to help pay for artificial turf at two football fields Comal ISO Public Infor mation Officer Kari Hutchin son said school board Presi dent Dan K Krueger asked that a special meeting a standard midyear evaluation be held to evaluate the Hutchison confirmed trustees would he consider ing the continued employ GRUNERT ment of Grunert Theyll consult with legal counsel regarding legal issues related to employ ment and evaluation of the superintendent in closed Hutchison said Afterward trustees will go into open session Hutchison said Grunerts performance is at least semiannually The last time they reviewed it was in December They reviewed him at least at the same time last Hutchison said In January Grunerts con tract was extended through June 2006 He is paid per year Regarding Grunerts con tinued employment John Bertlesen said trustees were reviewing all Officials tout turf as economical safe BY SEAN BOWLIN Staff Writer A sales representative and an athletic trainer familiar with the artificial turf called Playfield said Thursday that it is both economical and safe Comal Independent School District trustees h a v e approved t h e installa tion of the turf at the football fields at Canyon and Smith son Valley high schools David Visintine a sales representative for TenX turf out of San Antonio the com pany that is installing the artificial turf said fans and school officials will be pleased with the product Its of very high he said The surface of the turf is See Loans legal Texas Education Agency offi cials said Thursday there does nt appear to be a legal statute prohibiting school districts from lending taxpayers money to booster clubs to buy artificial turf But one of the state educa tion agencys attorneys did find a provision under Article 3 Section 52 of the Texas Constitution that raises ques tions about the practice The article deals with lend ing credit on the behalf of pub lic Institutions If you read It It would give you the Impression that it con stitution didnt allow a TEA spokeswoman said after con sulting with the agencys attor neys The spokeswoman said that recent Texas Attorney General opinions have found that In situ ations where money has been lent from publicly elected bod ies lending of credit would be allowable under a twoquestion test Is the expenditure serv ing a necessary school district purpose And are there controls in place to ensure that purpose is carried out Historic new hat in store for NB main street director BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels Main Street Manager Jan Soechting could become the citys first historic preservation officer The citys Historic Preser vation Commission unani mously voted to recommend the designation to city coun cil Soechting already con tributes to the historic des ignation process sitting on the eommiBsion as a city staff member As historic preser vation officer she plans to step up her involvement in a role she is passionate about Im excited the commis sion feela confident in Soechting said Historic Preserva tion Cpm mission members also report ed their progress on a verifi cation sur vey of designated city prop erties For the last two months the commission has been check ing up on landmarks to ensure they are in good con dition and have uptodate signage See SOECHTING INSIDE TV Key Code 76 Lack of water district concerns county BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In Saturdays election Hays County voters by a 21 margin approved creation of a groundwater conservation district in that county Comal County officials warned again Thursday that this county being the only one in the region without such a district has given up control over the Trinity Aquifer and could see its water plundered by out siders It could also see the State of Texas step in to manage the countys groundwater Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Millikiu discussed Thursday in Commissioners Court the Hays County vote and ita MILLIKIN H e ra n through the history of the Hill Country Priority Groundwu ter Man agement Area estab lished by the btute in 1990 and legislation that placed the onus for protecting groundwater on local resi dents and governments On an overhead projector Millikin displayed a map of the counties in the PGMA including the twothirds of Comal County that lies over the Trinity He colored them in one at a time All around us we have groundwater conservation Millikin said In Comal County voters have said twice the most recent time in 2001 that they dont want In November 2001 Conml County voters by u 21 mar gin voted ugaiiwt confirma tion of the Southeast Trinity Grouadwater Conservation District Under the Texas Water Code the district would have regulated groundwater in the Trinity much the same as riv er authorities regulate sur face water The STGCD would have had authority to levy leeu and regulate pumpage had it been confirmed as a perma nent district See   

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