New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 6, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday. April 6,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of AMANDA PETTY
■ Vol. 142, No. 104Inside
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Special inserts (HEB, Sears, Bealls,
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Helen Mims, Chelsea Moore, Amanda Petty, Kermit Jonas, Edna Bindner,
Ruth F ritzier, Alice Schorn, Caroline Tewes, Charles Veselis, Ronald Walter, Walter E. Sumner.
Plaza Niles to begin tomorrow night
The Plaza comes alive with New Braunfels music each Thursday in April, beginning tomorrow night with the Community Band. The conceit, which begins at 7 p.m. on the bandstand, is the first in the downtown music series "Plaza Nites."
Under the direction of Ken McGuire, the Community Band performs at the July 4th parade and celebration, Wurstfest, Wassails and other local events. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs and friends (picnics are welcome.)
Future concerts will feature Bobby and Jack and Don (locals Bobby Douglas, Jack Williamson and Don Forres), popular favorites, Mogan David and the Grapes of Wrath, and New Braunfels' very talented Rosie y Los Muchachos. The Ate concert series is produced by the Main Street Project.
For information on concert dates or group attendance, or to obtain concert flyers, call Penelope Church at 608-2100.
Candidate's forums sot for local races
The Coma Area Provisional League of Women Voters will hold a candidate's forum featuring CISD School Board Trustee candidates on Tuesday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The forum will be held at G VTO on FM 3159.
The local League of Women Voters will also sponsor a candidate's forum for the New Braunfels City Council candidates on Thursday, April 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the NBISD board room at 430 W. Mill.
The audience will be invited to ask questions at the conclusion of the candidate's remarks. The public is invited to attend both forums.
For more information, call Bill Eash at (210) 980-3188 or Darlene Hicks (210) 629-5167.
Children's Mussum orchestra forming
The Children's Museum Television Orchestra is now forming.
Anyone wanting to be a part of the soundtrack team should call Denise at (210) 497-7782 for more information.
Marion VFC to host pancake breakfast
The Marion Volunteer Fire Department will have an all-you-..an-eat pancake breakfast at the ’re station on Sunday, April IO from 7 am. to 12 p.m..Stammtisch_
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites Us readers to submit Uems to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share wUh us.)
NBISD takes hard look at growth
Enrollment projected at 6,731 by the year 2,000
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Potential growth in Comal County will force the New Braunfels Independent School District to look at meeting that growth says Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
The superintendent discussed future building needs to handle the projected growth of the district before the school board Tuesday night.
He said there are 278 more students in the district this year than last.
High-level growth projections put district enrollment at 6,731 by the year 2,000, about 1,200 more than currently had.
“I’ve heard that developers want to put about
280 new homes in the southern parts of the district,” he said. ‘‘You take growth like that plus other growth and that’s a mw elementary (student number).”
A new elementary is something Bradberry would like to see, plus additions at other schools. He said such plans would take two years if a bond issue was called in the fall, passed by spring, and buildings in place by 1996.
If a new elementary housing fourth and fifth grades could be built across from Memorial Elementary, Memorial Primary would hold pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grades while Memorial Elementary would then hold second
and third grades.
Also, Bradberry called for 14 new classrooms at Lamar Primary, making it pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade.
Lone Star Primary could house second grade and half of third from Seele Elementary, while Seele would house half of third plus fourth and fifth grades.
‘‘This would basically give us some good space at those schools for some time to come,” he said.
New Braunfels High School needs IO extra rooms that could be built on top a building originally built in 1990. Bradberry would also like the
library to be moved to the front of the building as a main showcase, allowing extra space for science classes.
The possibilities of adding athletic dressing facilities for soccer, softball and baseball under the visiting stands at the football stadium, and synthetic turf for the football field as a cost-saver were also addressed.
Current repair needs include roofing projects at Seele, Lone Star and the middle school, and asbestos removal in several schools.
“We’re saying the growth is here,” said Bradberry. “We need the elementary and those classrooms in line by September of 1996. The exception is the high school which we might place to 1997.”Water quality, quantity to be topic Thursday
From staff reports
John Ashworth, a representative from the Texas Water Development Board, will speak Thursday night, 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium.
Ashworth will discuss the quality and quantity of water in Comal county, mainly with respect to the Trinity Aquifer which covers most of the county. He will present charts and graphics explaining the makeup of the aquifer and answer questions.
The presentation is sponsored by the Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters.
No can do
City officials put end to HEB subcontractor dumping dirt in local flood plain
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
A subcontractor working on the construction of the new HEB grocery store will no longer be dumping dirt underneath the Interstate Highway 35 bridge over the Guadalupe River, according to officials with the city of New Braunfels.
City Engineer Bill Dobrowolsld said the city discovered the dirt was being dumped at the location on Sunday and by Monday afternoon the hauling had stopped.
“We discovered it and got a hold of the people doing the hauling and a got a hold of the landowners,” said Dobrowolski.
Dobrowolski said the hauling and dumping is believed to have begun on Friday.
The hauling and dumping was stopped
because the dirt was being dumped in the flood plain, which is regulated by the Federal Emergency Management Association.
Dobrowolski said FEMA regulations state that a person cannot do anything to property that will cause the I OO-year flood waters to increase above or below the property.
The dirt is expected to stay where it is until an engineering study can be completed The study will determine whether or not the dirt will affect the flood plain.
“At this time we are requiring an engineering study. The property owners will be required to adhere to the findings of the study or remove the dirt,” said Dobrowolski.
The engineering study will not be paid for by the city. Instead the property owner or HEB
must decide who will be responsible for the study.
Dobrowolski said the city has received several phone calls concerning the dirt being dumped. He said many of the phone calls have come from homeowners in the area
The property in question is owned by three people. Dobrowolski said HEB’s subcontractor will now haul its dirt to other sites that are not in the flood plain.
He said there are many people in the area who will want to take fill soil.
The new grocery store site is located on the corner of Walnut and Highway 81 in New Braunfels.
It is expected to be completed by the end of 1994.
Poetry in motion
Horekt-Zeitung photos by JOHN HUSETH
Smithton Valley High School softball pitcher Faith Shotwall Illustrates her fireball technique at 9-1 in district 28-5A, sitting k third place and within striking distance of front runner San
during yesterday's waxing of South San Antonio. The Rangers were well ahead of South by Marcos (7-0). The Rangers will play again Friday at Canyon,
the tune of 18-0 when the game had to be cancelled due to heavy rains. The Rangers stand
Recent Attorney General ruling indicates chamber records
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Texas Attorney General’s Office recently handed down an opinion which stated the Arlington Chamber of Commerce and the Arlington Economic Development Foundation are subject to the Open Records Act.
The opinion also states that the Arlington Chamber of Commerce is a governmental body to the extent that it receives support from the Arlington Economic Development Foundation, which is funded by city money.
On June 23,1993, the Attorney General gave
an opinion to the Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce which stated that neither the Greater San Marcos Chamber of Commerce, the San Marcos Economic Development Council or the San Marcos Convention and Visitors Bureau are governmental bodies The opinion went on to state that those entities are not subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act
However in the June opinion, it was stated that the entities may be subject to the Open Records Act to the extent that they receive public funds
Whether or not chambers.of commerce are subject to the Open Records Act and Open Meet
ings Act was a source of controversy in New Braunfels last fall.
However, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce released all of its expenses dealing with the Convention and Visitors Bureau, including the chamber president's salary.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum agreed the opinions are conflicting and the subject is a matter of interpretation.
He said the Texas Chamber of Commerce is pursuing the matter.
Purdum said in his opinion a chamber of commerce is a private organization.are open to public
He agreed the use of the hotel/motel taxes are public record.
However, he said administrative costs should not be open because the city contracts with the chamber and pays them for services rendered
“The moneys paid to us for administering the program are put in the general fund and are not subject to Purdum.
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