New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, April 4,1996
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mary Alice MacNauI (SO years), Andy Hartman, Ysidoro SanteUan, Tom San Miguel, Brenda Baetge and Oscar Smith.
Happy anniversary wishes to Ina and Nod Lovett.
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Mold —1,370 Ash-6 Oak—156 Mulberry —6 Sycamore —23 Hackberry—6 (Polen measured in parts per cubic meter ol air. needjnps taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal River—230 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Farther Canyon Wei —624.12 feet above sea level, down .02.
In one reference in a Page 1 article yesterday on proposed new rules for trout fishing on a portion of the Guadalupe River, it stated that the rules would ban use of artificial lures. In fact, the proposal would ban the use of live baits.
Qardan club reschedules meeting
The Comal Garden Club will not have its usual meeting April 4. Instead, the club will mset April 18 to travel to Fredrlcksburg to tour an herb farm. Members will meet at the Oaks Shopping Center at 9 a.m. April 18.
Hermann Sons meet
Members of the Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Lodge will furnish ham and members bring a covered dish. The Easter Bunny will bring Easter eggs for the children.
Family Choice TV Day
lf you want better television programming for children and families, make a pledge to tune out violence on April 5. Join the Texas Association for Family and Community Education's Family Choice TV campaign by calling, toll free, 1-888-335-TFCE and requesting your name be added to the FCE pledge sheet.
Friends of tho Library to moot
Friends of the Library will meet Saturday, April 6 at Dit-tlinger Memorial Library at 10 a m. Public invited. .
Members will meet to sort the donated books on Tuesday. April 9 at 8 am. at the new sorting location.
Qood Friday service
A Good Friday service will be held at First United Methodist Church in the sanctuary at 12:15 p.m. to 1 p.m. tomorrow. Area ministers will read 'Christ's Seven Last Words,' answered by hyms sung by the congregation.
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Bulverde chamber studies incorporation
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The only way Bulverde can avoid uncontrolled growth and the reach of San Antonio is through incorporation, the head of a Bulverde Chamber of Commerce committee studying the issue said.
“The important thing is we do it properly,” committee chairman Bob Hieronymus said. “The challenge of the community is to educate people to the rad threats of big city politics and bureaucratic control. The real opportunity for us is to control our own destiny.”
Hieronymus cited talk by the city of San Antonio and Bexar County to consolidate their governmental services, and rampant growth as reasons why incorporation should be seriously considered by Bulverde residents.
’There is great concern that San Antonio will expand its control in die area into Comal County and of course into die Bulverde area,” Hieronymus said. “This concern is only heightened by ongoing attempts by San Antonio and Bexar County to consolidate their governmental entities. If this happens, it will extend San Antonio's ETJ (extra territorial jurisdiction) to even one mile north of San Antonio. So, if Bexar and San Antonio consolidate, the ETJ would start at the county line.”
There is great concern that San Antonio will expand its control in the area into Comal County...’
— Bob Hieronymus
With this additional ETJ, Hieronymus said San Antonio would be able to “exert control over what we can do with our property.”
During the recent fight over the Ingram Readymix plant in Bulverde, Hieronymus cited Comal County Judge Carter Casteeel in town meetings as saying incorporation was the only way to stop undesirable growth in the area.
“The (Comal) county itself can’t protect us,” Hieronymus said. “We need some form of zoning ordinances and as San Antonio presses northward, we will have some uncontrollable industrial growth along Highway 281. If this growth is not controlled, we will see property values drop. Safety hazards and unsightly development will be the order of the day. It would drastically affect the quality of life in this area.”
Incorporation would allow Bulverde to control the increased growth in the area, Hieronymus
“Without incorporation, you have no say in what’s happening and then you have uncontrolled growth,” Hieronymus said.
Kate Mathis, president of CLEAN (Citizens League for Environmental Action Now) which fought the Ingram plant, said her group is studying the issue of incorporation.
“We haven't been actively involved in it,” Mathis said. “We have been busy fund-raising.” Mathis said CLEAN members are researching and looking into three different options for controlling growth in the Bulverde area: increased county ordinance powers, incorporations and a water district, which was rejected by voters last year, but which Mathis believes could have a second chance because of Ingram’s attempt to build a concrete batch plant near die Trinity Aquifer and the Edwards Aquifer.
“We are trying to educate ourselves by researching the pros and cons of each issue,” Mathis said. “We've got to do our homework. It will be interesting to find out what they (chamber committee) come up with.”
“We don’t want to frighten people with the specter of another layer of government,” Hieronymus said. "But you will get it with the ETJ (from San Antonio) or with incorporation.”
released on bail
Man is charged in January murder of deputy constable
By MELANIE GERIK
NBISD plans construction of new school
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District is looking at preliminary plans for a new school that should be completed just in time for an influx of students.
Superintendent Charles Bradber-ry said the land was bought about six years ago at “bargain-basement prices.” It was purchased using past bond money, and was bought in anticipation of the growth in student population.
“We try to stay ahead of the curve as much as possible by purchasing the land ahead of time instead of waiting for when we’re overcrowded and the prices are exorbitant,” said Bradberry.
The new school will be located on South Walnut Street, across from the Memorial schools. Bradberry said the proposed plan is to make Memorial Primary pre-K through first grade, Memorial Elementary second and third grade, and Memorial Intermediate fourth and fifth grade. He said consideration is also being given to setting boundaries for Carl Schurz. The Carl Schurz area would probably stay on one side of Interstate 35, with students on the other side attending the new school. However, that has not been approved by the board yet. Bradbury said tire new school would be very similar to the current Memorial schools.
“It’s designed basically on the same ideas that the rest of the schools in that area are based on,” he said.
Architect Herb Crume, with Jessen and Associates, told the board the designs include separate entrances for cars and buses and a courtyard in the center to provide the library with natural light. The preliminary design also allows the gym, library, cafeteria and administration area to be accessed after hours without providing access to the classroom areas. Crume said the design also has room for future expansion.
“You’re probably going to be adding on in three or four years, or less. You’ll save a lot of money (planning ahead),” said Crume.
Bradberry said he is hopeful that groundbreaking can occur as early as June. He also said he is being “very optimistic” in saying the project could be completed as early as August of 1997. He said the district will be in real need of the extra room by that time.
“We’ve planned it pretty close. By that time we’ll be pretty tight and need the room,” said Bradber-fy
HvMd-Zttuny photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A San Antonio man received minor injuries Wednesday after falling off a trailer at Aztec Rental, 451 W. Highway 01. Milton Brown suffered from lower spine and pelvis injuries. He was transported by AirUfe helicopter to University Hospital in San Antonio, where he was treated and released.
Brown fell while a charry picker crane was tieing loaded onto a trailer in the Aztec Rental parking lot.
No other injuries were reported.
The man charged with the January stabbing death of a deputy constable was released on bond Tuesday.
Paul Scott Ullrich, 38, was released from the Comal County Jail on $30,000 cash Tuesday.
Ullrich’s bond was originally set at $600,000, but was cut in half March 28 by 207ft) District Judge Jack Robison.
‘H he violates any conditions of his bond, he could lose his $30,000 and be subject to airest.’
—Martin Allen, district court administrator
Defense attorney Wade Ari edge asked for the reduction and the opportunity to pay IO percent of the bond in cash at a pretrial hearing.
Ullrich was charged with murder in connection with the Jan. 22 stabbing death of Benjamin Kiesling, chief deputy constable for Precinct I, behind Champ’s Food Mart on State Highway 46.
Ullrich, the ex-husband of Kiesling’s wife, had been issued a temporary restraining order to stay siway from the Kieslings three days before the murder.
According to written provisions of his release, Ullrich is undo* full house arrest and must wear an electronic monitoring device. He also cannot have any contact with Kies-ling’s family.
Other provisions include reporting to a probation officer, participating in random urinalysis testing and not consuming drugs or alcohol.
“If he violates any conditions of his bond, he could lose his $30,000 and be subject to arrest,” said Martin Allen, district court administrator.
A preliminary hearing for Ullrich has been set for May 6, said Mark Mault, chief deputy district clerk.
Parents, students give block scheduling mixed reviews
By DENISE DZIUK
Three people addressed the board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District during open forum Tuesday night regarding accelerated block scheduling, and their reactions were mixed.
New Braunfels High School uses accelerated block scheduling.
This means students take four classes a day for an hour and a half each. The students complete the entire course in either the fall or spring term, rather than taking it all year.
Bob McKinley appeared before the board, representing the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch. He told board members that the accelerated block scheduling was highly beneficial to the ranch because it allowed students time to be “challenged in the classroom, as well as on the courts.” He said this scheduling allows more time for practice.
“(Going back to the traditional schedule) would inhibit our program in a large degree because kids wouldn’t be able to finish class in time to get out on the courts,” said McKinley.
He also added that he spoke with two students and both were very pleased with the scheduling. One student, who is excelling at her studies, told him she felt the schedule has given her the opportunity to do well in her studies and tennis. McKinley also added that as a parent, he was excited about the program.
“We at the John Newcombe Tennis Ranch are very much in favor of keeping the accelerated block scheduling,” he said.
New Braunfels High School Vice Principal Chuck Engl jr said he knows of several students who are excelling in college after having been part of the accelerated block scheduling, and the district is recognized by several universities.
He said he is very much in favor of the current
schedule, and has received positive feedback from a lot of the parents and students in a recent survey. He said die schedule gives him more flexibility to help the students.
“ITI live with what the majority of parents and taxpayers want That’s our duty,” said Engler. “But, I can tell you, (the district) is better today than it was in 1963.”
Dr. Carlos Campos also addressed the board, and said he was not in favor of the schedule. He said there are a lot of parents who are not, and encouraged school board members to attend a meeting on April
“Block scheduling it not good for everyone," said Campos.
A parent meeting is planned for April 15 at 7 pm at the high school cafeteria regarding accelerated block scheduling. All parents are invited to attend. The meeting is designed to answer any questions parents may have.
Fashion, Art and Dinner Show raises money for scholarship
If it is fine fashion and art you are looking for, the Canyon Lake Women In Business Club will be putting on its fourth annual Fashion, Art and Dinner Show at the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club on April 11.
“The general public is invited and encouraged to attend,” Canyon Lake Women in Business publicity spokeswoman Wanda Truchsess said. “It is a big tradition which is always well attended.”
Doors for the show will open at 6 p.m. and run until 8 p.m. Reserva
tions for the show, which are $ IO per person, must be made by calling either Ann Casimir-Bartlett at (210) 964-4072 or Etoyle McKee at (210) 964-4077. Tickets can be picked up at the door.
The proceeds raised from the show will be used to help fund a scholarship for a graduating Smithson Valley High School senior.
Raffle tickets to be sold for an art work are $1 each and six for $5. Art works at the show will be made available for purchase.
Today is the final day to register to vote in city elections
Today is the last day to register to vote in the May 4 city elections.
To register, New Braunfels residents need to go to the tax assessor/collector’s office in Suite 101 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin St.
Although applications are available in other areas such as the Dittlinger Memorial Library and the Texas Department of Public Safety office, the forms must be turned into the tax office by 4:45 p.m. today.
Voters who have moved into a dif
ferent precinct also need to change their addresses today.
For the first time, all New Braunfels residents can vote for mayor. Coun-cilmembers for the newly-created Districts 5 and 6 also will be decided May 4.
Voters living inside the new districts do not have to change their registration status. “We’ve changed it for them,” said Karen Sachtlebcn from the tax assessor/collector’s office, adding new cards have been printed for the voters in the districts.Are you paying more property taxes than you owe? See Opinion, Page 4.