Wednesday, July 16, 2003

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY July 200 J 14 pages in 2 sections 209 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents State sets tag on CISD attendance Robin Hood payoff larger than previously expected More than for 250 BY SEAN BOWUN Staff Writer Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees learned Tuesday if a state funding template is correct CISD will have to pay in Robin Hood Abel Campos said the district will appeal the Texas Education Agencys Omar Garcia of Region 13s Education Service Center told the district May 29 it would pay about to the state under Chapter or Robin a school district fuding formula that takes money from property rich districts and redistributes it to property poor Campos said TEA estimates the average daily attendance for CISD at Campos claims that figure actually is he explains the dis parity between his contention CISD owes the state and the states which says the district owes mil That 259kid difference is worth about Cam pos Campos said CISD was official ly notified of its Chapter 41 status in a July 10 letter from The letter said the estimated wealth per weighted daily attendance is That exceeds the state allowable maximum of Campos said since CISD has been notified it is officially in See ROBIN Weather waiy Officials keep watchful eye on Claudette BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Local officials said theyre prepared and the New Braunfels American Red Cross office is ready to open shelters or offer other assis tance if Claudette necessi tates As the storm hit land its speed doubled to 14 and bands of wind and rain pelted New National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Widelski riaidfthe stormwould dump two to four inches of rain in most places around Comal County and six to eight inch es in isolated Its moving faster than anyone Widelski said Tuesday There will be flooding in bw water crossings and sus tained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 At 6 the NWS office in New Braun fels reported the hurricane had been downgraded to a tropical The storm is expected to run its course in this area by early Tara Ameri can Red Cross branch man ager for New said her agency is ready to pro vide assistance if We have contacted the emergency management coordinators for our areas and contacted the school districts and other facilities we can use for shel Brinkkoeter We dont have anything open but weve contacted our volunteers and let theni know we might need Were ready to go if need Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said the coun JESSIE Emergency Operations Raln mixes with water off the fountain in Main Plaza Tuesday night as bands of isolated storms that formed the front lines of Tropical Storm Claudette started through See the Meteorologists say to expect two to four inches of rain INSIDE Dear Man charged in fatal DWI accident BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Magistrate Ellen Salyers set bail at for the man suspected of drunken driving in an accident that killed a 7yearold Worth Joseph Mitchell of Spring stands charged with intoxicated three counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle and drunken driving in the crash that lulled Matthew Cobble Monday evening on Cobbles remained in University Hospital in San Antonio in stable condition Tuesday after The hoys Gregory was a hospital official Hospital officials would release no infor mation about the condition of Gretchen who was also injured in the acci Department of Public Safety troopers will continue their investigation into the acci in which they believe Conrads north bound pickup crossed the center stripe and collided with the Cobbles minivan about one mile south of Rebecca Creek An accident reconstruction team is expect ed to go to the site to review the collision within a few The case built by DPS trooper Joel Machoat will be presented to the district attorneys office to be submitted to the Comal County grand which will decide whether probable cause exists to indict Conrad on e Conrad had not posted bail late Finance report filing failure could mean fine BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Three candidates in the New Braun fels May election could be fined a day for missing a campaign finance report filing deadline Reports for Gale Valerie More on campaign District 4 Councilwoman Valerie former Councilman Robert Kendrick and former Councilwoman Debbie Flume all missed the 5 If a report is determined to be the person required to file the report is civilly liable to the state for an amount determined by comraission butnot to exceed for each day that the report is according to Texas Ethics Commission Once a campaign treasurer is appoint the candidate is responsible for filing periodic reports until a final report is according to the Texas Ethics Com mission Web A calendar of those filing dates is dis tributed by the Secretary of States office every year to local filing authorities that pass the information on to Candidates were supposed to file with the city secretarys City Secretary Michael Resendez said his office was only a collection point for the reports and was not responsible for reminders or for enforcing See Forgot to file campaign finance reports for 2003 NB municipal FLUME HULL KENDRICK Plan might double some city park fees BY DYLAN JIMENEZ Staff Writer Family fun could soon cost a little more in New Braun city council passed an ordinance raising city park use If approved twice more at separate coun cil usage fees for city park amenities would double in some The ordinance is both housecleaning and an updat ing of the parks department fee The city currently charges for anyone using individ ual picnic tables on Satur Sunday or The proposed ordinance sets indi vidual picnic table rates at for residents and for nonresidents on those Although there are no cur rent fees for some Nef fendorf said the amenities are busy enough to assume the new fees would not dis courage Picnic fees have not been adjusted since the and aquatics fees have not been adjusted since the Parks dont support them FeeMoka hike The following fw group areas and would be In effect on Sunday and holi toys between the first In April and the last weekend in October f or reaWents and every for non residents 4 CVprws Bentf Ernest City Manager Chuck Pinto told He also said he felt the city had short changed the parks depart ment in the Parks officials said increased fees were neces sary to maintain operations and capital It takes a lot of labor to clean Landa park up and put it back in perspective as a beauty spot of John chairman of the parkp and recreation advisory Allen told council it the board several months SeeFEESftlc