New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 146 years ■ Home of Mark Culbertson
10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 8,1997Inside
StammtiscliBirthday wishes from Ilia Herald Zattiaigi
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lori GalUon, Karen Schneider, Glenn Whitaker (17 years old), Clyde Keener, Lauren Niemeyer (6 years old, belated), April Rebecca Rosales (I year old), Jessica Erben (ll years old), Stella Calzada, Deseret Boyd.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Sidney and Melba Weyel (27 years, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 728 Oak —889 Ash —10 Moberly — 81 Paean —27
(Potter measured In parts per cubic mater of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 274 cube feet per second, down 4 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 624.92 feet above sea level, up .03. Canyon Dam discharge —1856 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1892 cfs Canyon Lake level — 914.50 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 4.880 miion gaNons of audace water Monday, and rowelCouncil candidate forum Thursday
Tho Comal Area League of Women Voters is holding a can didates forum for the District 3 and 4 City Council positions at 7 p.m. Thursday at the NBISD Education Center Board Room, 430 W. Mill St. The forum will provide time for the candidates to address the audience and for questions to be asked from the floor.OakRun Coneart
The OakRun School Choir Concert and Spring Variety Show has been rescheduled to May 6 in the OakRun cafeteriaKinds re hor practice slated for today
There will be a practice for al Kinderchor members and for any children wanting to be in the Kinderchor at 6:30 p.m. today at the Senior Citizens Center For information call 629-1785.Positive personality
The Unitarian Universalists will have Judy Albrecht, school psy chologist, speak on “Building Resiliences: A Positive Approach to Personality Development" at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Faith United Church of Christ 970 N. Loop 337. Her information should help to understand attributes that should be nurtured in us all. Child care is available the public is invited. Call 629-4262 for information.Bereavement support program offered
Hospice New Braunfels wi sponsor a five-week Bereave ment Support Group for adults starting Wednesday in the rock house behind Hospice. The group is open to anyone who has a friend or family member who had died within the past two years. Call 625-7500 for information.
Green fee hike on way to council
By ABE LEVY
The Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board approved a proposed fee schedule Monday that would make up for a projected budget shortfall and would generate up to an estimated $150,000 in increased profit.
The board voted unanimously to increase green fees and cart rentals, block out a two-hour time slot on weekends for green-fee play only and change special family annual rates to an individual fee for each member, at a special meeting at city hall.
The proposal is scheduled for council consideration at its Monday meeting and, if approved, would be included in next year’s fiscal budget that begins in July.
The council, at a workshop this past week, charged the board with coming up with additional revenue in the pro
posed budget because of an estimated $194,000 shortfall in revenue.
City officials said Monday they reduced that amount to about $18,000 after a meeting last week in which they eliminated a laborer position and increased income projections on food and merchandise sales in die proposed budget They also said they calculated into the proposed budget 7,000 rounds of golf that were not played this year because of drought conditions and new construction on the golf course.
“It’ll work for the citizens of New Braunfels,” said Jack Abshire, a golf board member. “I think the council will be happy with this situation.” City Manager Mike Shands, who attended the meeting, said he hoped the proposal would bring in at least $100,000 to the city’s general fund by this time next year.
Shands said he already had received offers to pay the city $150,000 to run
the golf course but that he hopes the board can make at least that amount in future years without privatization.
“This is (Hie of the few opportunities that the city has to make money,” he told the board. “And it should make a lot of it. If you’re not making money off of your assets, you’re subsidizing them with your taxes. This sucker can be contracted out.”
Many of the board members said the course should show a sizable profit once the new club house is constructed by mid-summer and pointed to the first year of the golf course that showed an annual profit of $87,000.
The meeting drew about 15 concerned golfers who initially expressed reluctance to propose course fees and engaged the board and members of the city staff in more than one hour of discussion before the proposal was offered.
But by the end of the meeting, some
PROPOSED LANDA PARK GOLF COURSE FEES
The proposed fee schedule includes:
■ Blocking out two hours per day on weekends and holidays for daily, green-fee players to avoid overuse by annual-fee players.
■ Raising green fees:
■ Residents: from $10 to $12 on weekdays and from $12 to $15 on weekends.
■ Non-residents: from $12 to $14 on weekdays and from $15 to $16 on weekends.
■ Raising golf cart rentals from $16 to $18 per round
■ Raising annual fees by eliminating special family designations to an individual player system:'
■ Residents: $300 per person.
■ Non-residents, including winter Texans: $365 per person.
Junior golf fees were not changed and golf board members said they do not plan on proposing changes to that category.
of the audience raised their hands jokingly as if they were members of the golf board who were voting in favor of the proposal on the golf course board. s “The reason I moved here was because of the golf course,” said
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Milton Armendariz wrapt a blua ribbon around a car antenna at Canyon Middle School on Monday morning commemorating National Child Abuse Prevention Weak. National Child Abuse Prevention Week runt through Friday.
Changes in store for Texas-base Handy Andys
By DENISE DZIUK
By mid-May, Texas Handy Andy Supermarkets located in Texas will have been purchased or emerged from bankruptcy status as a stand-alone company, but the move should mean little
change for the local store and its customers.
Handy Andy Vice President Ken Murphy said the company filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy in August of 1994, and at that time, was bought by Mega Foods out of Phoenix. Murphy said in October of 1996, the Phoenix stores
were purchased, and bids were now being solicited for the Texas stores.
“This is nothing different that what’s been going on for the last six months under Chapter 11 reorganization,” Murphy said. “Since that time, we have been on the block to be bought out in Texas as well.”
Murphy said tsevera) companies that had expressed an interest in acquiring the stores, but had not made a firm ofter. He said the only new development in the negotiations was that a deadline of Apnl 28 had been set as the last day to receive bids.
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Desmond Devereux, 49, tournament chairman of the New Braunfels Men’s Golf Association. “(The proposal) is good for the residents and very good for snow birds. They can still play cheaper here than most other places.”Outflow from lake more than doubled
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Heavy rainfall in the upper Guadalupe River Basin brought an inflow of as much as 12,000 cubic feet per second into Canyon Lake last week, farcing the U.S. Array Corps of Engineers to more ^han double the release rate from the dam Monday afternoon.
The Corps of Engineers opened the gates to increase the release rates from 750 to 2,000 cfs at 5 p.m. Monday. The current inflow at Canyon Lake is 2,200 cfs.
The upper Guadalupe River basin and the New Braunfels area received as much as 2 to 4 inches of rain last week, Daryl Williams of the National Weather Service said.
Because of the heavy rainfall, approximately 4 feet of water was added to Canyon Lake. The conservation Hood pail elevation is 909 feet above mean sea level. The four feet of added water increased that level to 914.37 feet above msl.
The Corps is responsible for release rates above the 909 msl conservation pool. The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority is responsible for release rates below 909 msl.
Judy Gardner, GBRA communications assistant, said the current release rate could last for a couple weeks.
“It is going to last until the reservoir (lake) gets to 911 (msl),” Gardner said. “lf it stays at 2,000 cfs, it should take tw o weeks.”
Gardner said the Corps of Engineers had the right to inc rease or decrease the release on a day by day basis.
“When the reservoir reaches 911 (msl), there is the possibility the Corps will look at using the water from 909 to 911 feet as possibly running it out more slowly during the summer months (for recreational purposes),” Gardner said.
School board should get list of potential superintendents next week
By DENISE DZIUK
Consultants for the New Braunfels Independent School District superintendent position search are receiving the remaining applications in the mail, and are ready to begin narrowing the field.
Hank Wheeler, director of superintendent searches for the Texas Association of School Boards, said applications for the position vacated when Charles Bradbury left in January to become superintendent at Keller ISD, needed to be post marked by April 5, so they would continue to come in for a couple of days. He said the pool of candidates was impressive, and the candidates vary in age, education and
“We’re very pleased with the caliber of people the board will have to choose from,” Wheeler said. “I’m glad the board’s going to make the decision. ... It’s going to be chemistry now. They’re all qualified.”
Wheeler would not say how many applications were received until after the board has been given the information. However, he did say that TASB has already begun to interview 15 to 18 individuals.
Wheeler said all the applications would be reviewed, and the top 10 or 12 would be chosen. He said the local board of trustees would be given short summanes of the top candidates Monday. The trustees will then have the option to review any of the applica
tions that were received. Each trustee will then pick six candidates and the board will discuss everyone’s choices.
‘Generally, two or three will fall out really quick with five or six votes,” Wheeler said. “Then we start talking about the other choices and narrow it down.”
Wheeler said the board would also review the interview questions at the meeting. He said his office provided sample questions, but the board would decide which ones were asked. He said every candidate would brewer the same questions so the answers could be compared. v<'‘ -
‘They don’t have to use any of our questions, but we use them to jog their memory because they may not have done this before,” Wheeler said.
SEARCH TIME LINE
Superintendent Search Calendar for the New Braunfels Independent School District
■ Feb. 5-6—Profile meetings
■ Feb. 15—Search officially opens
■ April 5—Application deadline
■ April 14—Consultant reviews applications with the board and prepares them for the interviews The finalists will be named this
■ April 17-19—Board to interview finalists
■ April 21—Consultant and board prepare for follow-up interviews of finalists
■ April 24-26—Follow-up interviews with the top three finalists
■ May 5-6—Board visits the home district of the candidate
■ May 7—Board votes on hiring a superintendent
The board is expected to conduct said that “if all goes well,” the board
three separate interviews with the can- would vote on hinng a superintendent
didates in the next month. Wheeler at the May 7 meeting.Kudos from the MPA. See Page 4.