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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas UNDAY MAY 16 2004 vALDZEITUNG COUPONS SAVE OVER Find coupons for valuable sav ings from Oakwood Tire New Braunfels Stone Supply Walgreens and Eckerds Inside SPORTS GAME OVER Unicorns end playoff run after dropping two games to KerrvilleTivy 175 and 32 Page IB Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since Vol 153 No 161 34 pages 4 sections www Partly cloudy High Low 84 63 Details36 DEAR ABBY 6C COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B Me BUYING TIME ELECTION RESULTS at a glance CISD CharlesijtartJ3il Swint Garden RidgeJoseph BHtan Bulverde Richard Parker Michael Sorbera Sarah Stevick Bulverde ousts former mayor Britan wins in Garden Ridge DAVID Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Alfonso Alvarez takes a break by the stairwell in the Comal County Courthouse If the building is restored the stairs would be removed County considers courthouse past renovation or restbratibii I On Aug 7 1846 the first County Court of Comal County met in County Clerk Conrad Seabaughs home The county rented the room for a 1 In 1850 a Seguin Street log house was purchased for a courthouse It proved too small and larger quar ters were rented to house district In 1860 a court house was built about at the loca tion where First State Bank now stands 1A jail with quar ters for the sheriff was placed behind the courthouse in 1878 I Renowned court house architect J Riely Gordon designed the pres ent Romanesque Comal County Courthouse in 1898 with four entrances to sit in the middle of Main Plaza but commissioners decided to place it off the plaza 1 Constructed of Comal County limestone with granite entries it cost to build names of the and only three com missioners are on its cornerstone The fourth com missioner refused to allow his name to be on the build ing because he opposed the proj ect The district court room now County CourtatLaw was enlarged and a jail was added in 1930 A small square addition was built to accommodate the county and district clerks recordsjn 19J52 The air condition ing and central heating unit grossly inadequate today was state oftheart when it was installed in Th6 present Comal County Courthouse Annex was added in 1987 The present Commissioners Court Building was added in 2002 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer BULVERDE Voters turned Bulverdes first mayor and most powerful alderman out of office Saturday ending a power struggle that brought the resignations of five offi cials in 2002 In Garden Ridge voters chose a new councilman and returned two unopposed can didates to office In a Bulverde election local officials felt was a repudiation of Bob Barton voters elected a slate of three aldermen sup ported by Mayor Bill Cole who ran unopposed Richard Parker Michael Sorbera and Sarah Stevick were elected to Bulverde City Council Saturday Parker who was voted off council two years ago polled 426 votes to Stevicks 353 and Sorberas 339 Bulverdes city council serves atlarge so the three candidates who polled the highest vote totals were elect ed Cindy Cross a former city planner received 212 votes while Barton received 174 See BULVERDE Page 9A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Commissioners wrestling with whether to renovate or restore the Comal County Courthouse got a good look Thursday at two concepts for completing the job and some indication of what it would cost Architect Tere OConnell reported it could cost mil lion to renovate the courthouse or million to restore it as a his toric site million of which could be offset by a historic preservation grant bringing the two proposals within of each other Restoration at about mil lion out of pocket would still ulti mately be the more expensive of the two options because of what it would cost the county to replace square feet of office space it would lose OConnell who works for the Austin firm of Volz and Associ ates completed a preliminary study that examined the pros and cons of the two concepts To vote on how to proceed commissioners will review restorations and renovations in other counties and then place the question on a future agenda The next round of preservation grants See COURTHOUSE Page 7A DAVID County commissioners Jay Millikin and Jan Kennady discuss the pros and cons of reno vating or restoring the Comal County Courthouse If restored the courtatlaw courtroom would become two stories with a balcony for spectators as shown in this 1929 photo CISD incumbents retain board seats By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN prevailed Saturday in races for two seats on the Comal Independent School District board In Garden Ridge Bill Swint outdistanced challenger Klaus Weiswurm to retain his Dis trict 7 seat which represents Garden Ridge and the Solms area Swint who won an election last year to fill the remaining year of former board pres ident John Clays term after Clay moved out of district got 237 votes to Weiswurms a margin of 90 votes In Bulverde Charles Burt defeated chal lenger Cindy Kelly 197 to 143 votes to retain his District 6 seat which represents the area along 281 North in Bexar and Comal counties Its subdivisions include Timber wood Park Lookout Canyon and Country Place See CISD Page 9A Charles Burt Bill Swint i Schools struggle to keep salaries competitive By Leigh Jones Staff Writer While New Braunfels Inde pendent School District and Comal ISD administrators grapple with next years budg ets they fight stiff competi tion from neighboring dis tricts over teacher salaries Both districts fall short in comparison with districts to the south For the 200304 school year NBISD paid firstyear teachers with bachelors degrees CISD paid its first year teachers Northside ISD in San Anto nio paid Next year it will pay first year teachers NBISD would need to give an percent pay raise to match that amount asp would need to give a percent raise NBISD School board Presi dent Jorge Maldonado said direct competition with higher paying districts would be extremely difficult Its not our intention to compete with districts in San he said There are other benefits to being in See TOAdUM Page 7A TUNNELL INSURANCE HOME AUTO