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Vol. 148, No. 99 18 pages in 2 sections April 7, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Get out the word
CISD trustees take bond issue message to the voters
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Getting out the word to more than
34.000 residents in a 600-square mile area can be tough, but local school district officials say they’ll get it done one patron at a time.
Comal Independent School District board of trustees and central administrative staff are launching a public relations campaign to get information about a $141 million bond issue to district voters in five counties.
CISD patrons living in areas of Comal, Bexar, Hays, Kendall and Guadalupe counties will go the polls May I to vote on a two-proposition bond package designed to handle district growth until 2008.
Fliers outlining the districts two bond proposals have popped up regularly in mailboxes, student report caids, businesses and schools since the board approved the bond package in November 1998.
Large poster blow-ups of the bond package adorn hallways in all district schools, and direct mailings of bond information also have gone out to senior citizens, secondary school parents and elementary school parents since January.
“We are sending a message out to the patrons that we are willing and wanting to go out to the neighborhoods to inform people about this bond election and to do all we can to sell it,” trustee Lester Jonas said.
The district now is distributing
20.000 copies of laser-printed fliers outlining the bond proposal to businesses, neighborhood groups and residences throughout the district.
The district's recent push to increase communication between patrons and school officials is in response to sharp criticism from frustrated taxpayers after ClSD’s failed bond election in 1997.
During a board meeting in January about a proposed elimination of the district’s 20 percent homestead exemp-
The major components of the $141 million bond package that goes before voters in the May 1 election are:
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Brittany Uecker, 8, waits for her mother to pick her up from Comal Elementary School Tuesday afternoon. She was doing her homework below one of the 2000 & Beyond posters explaining the May 1 bond issue. Many parents who come inside to check into the school read the posters whle waiting for their children.
don, a crowd of district patrons told the board that trustees did not make a strong effort to inform taxpayers about important issues.
“I know that the bond issue has to happen, but the information is not getting out to patrons,” resident Ed Tennyson said at a recent public forum about the bond issue. “There are people out there who don't know there even is a bond election.”
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major and several board members recently have lobbied for voter support at public forums, organization meetings and neighborhood gatherings.
Trustee John Clay, who will present information about the bond issue at a Garden Ridge city council meeting Thursday, said recent efforts to talk one-on-one with district patrons was a good-faith effort by the district to prevent mistakes similar to those made in 1997.
“During the 1997 bond, everyone was out with different numbers about project costs - different taxpayer groups, the district, and even the architects. The patrons were confused, and they didn’t get straight information,” he said. “Now, we’ve got a finished
• Three new prekindergarten through sixth-grade elementary schools with enrollment of 800 students each;
•Expansion of Smithson Valley High School to 2,000 students;
•Expansion of Canyon High School to 1,750 students;
• Expansion of Canyon Middle School to 1,000 students;
• Expansion of Comal Elementary School to 800 students;
• District-wide facility renovations for health and safety code compliance;
• District-wide technology needs; and
• Fund-balance reimbursement for pending or inprogress projects.
• Construction of a new high school for 2,000 students with construction to begin 2002 and open in 2004; and
• Phase two of technology needs
• Early voting starts April 14.
Comal man’s sexual assault trial begins
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
A Comal County jury heard opening arguments and testimony Tuesday in the aggravated sexual assault trial of a 43-year old Canyon Lake man.
Roy Glenn Adams is accused of sodomizing a Canyon Lake woman and threatening her with a butcher knife at the woman’s residence south of Canyon Lake on Jan. 13, 1998. If convicted, Adams could face two to 99 years in prison or life in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000.
Adams was indicted on the aggravated assault charge in April 1998
and remains in jail in lieu of $10,000 bond.
The eight-woman, four-man jury was selected Monday. State District Judge Charles Ramsey is presiding over the case.
Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip told jurors in his opening argument that the defendant, who has been identified as the victim’s ex-boyfriend, allegedly tried to break into the victim^ home, then pounded on the door until the victim opened it.
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Dunlap VFD flies ribbons for U.S. servicemen
From Staff and Wire Reports
Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department is showing its support by placing on its flagpole a yellow ribbon for each of the three U.S. servicemen being held by the Serbians.
Staff Sgt. Christopher J. Stone, 25, Staff Sgt. Andrew A. Ramirez, 24, and Spc. Steven M. Gonzales, 21 were captured by Serbian forces on March 31 near the Macedonian-Yugoslavian border.
Master plan hearing to be televised
By Chrm Crews Staff Writer
In an effort to reach the masses, Thursday’s public meeting to discuss the city’s master plan will be televised on TCI CaWevision.
City Manager Mike Shantis said the city and the cable company worked together to get the program on die air to provide as much information to the public as possible.
“This is a once-every-20 years event, and it seems like there is a lot of community interest in the master plan,” Shantis said.
The meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
More than 300 residents have worked on nine subcommittees to develop the plan. The latest version of the plan was revised by the city’s consulting firm, Wilbur Smith Associates, Inc., after a forum on March 16.
The city hired the consulting firm in 1997 to write a plan recommending how to manage city resources through 2020.
As chair of the master plan steering committee and the cilyk planning and zoning commission, John Dierksen has been involved intimately in the creation and direction of the master plan. He said public input at Thursday’s meeting was necessary so the plan would reflect the community.
“What we are attempting to do is establish a vision for the community,” Dierksen said. “lf people don’t give us their views on how we should develop, the community will not reflect their vision.”
Dierksen said the transportation element had been revised since the March 16 forum. The Texas Department of Transportation has a plan to extend Loop 337 east of Interstate 35 in the next IO to 20 years. The master plan projects another loop outside of Loop 337.
Dierksen said the relationship of the two loops would be much like Loop 1604 and Loop 410 in San Antonio.
Dierksen said developers
■ WHO: New
Braunfels City Council
■ WHAT; Master plan forum
■ WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Thursday
■ WHERE: municipal building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
■ WHY: To get public input on the revised comprehensive plan
■ TELEVISION: TCI Cabievision Channel 16
Comal County Courthouse, Guadalupe County Courthouse, Dittlinger Memorial Library, the city’s munid-pai building, New Braunfels Utilities, and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
would need to make note of the outer loop when planning future developments.
While a date has not been scheduled for council adoption of the master plan, the item could be addressed as early as the April 26 council meeting. Shands said the plan did not have to be adopted before the May I council election.
Shands said the master plan likely would be approved as a resolution rather than as an ordinance because a resolution would be much easier to mend than an ordinance.
The city % planning committee, steering committee and several comprehensive plan sub-committees recommended council adopt the master plan as a resolution.
Local residents can review modified copies of the comprehensive plan at the Comal County Courthouse, Guadriupe County Courthouse, Dittlinger Memorial Library, the city Ii municipal building, New Braunfels Utilities and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
RO—I CORNETT* froU-ZoiunQBob Garrott, a volunteer fireman with Lake Dunlap, stands tai with the three yellow ribbons recently hoisted onto the volunteer fire department flag pole.
The ribbons, donated by stay up until some kind of soiu-
Lenise’s Floral Creations, went don is reached, volunteer fire-
up this past Saturday and will See RRERQHTERSOA