New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 102
52 pages in 3 sections April ll, 1999 DAY SCrV'ng C°m*1 Coun,y since 1852
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A New Braunfels missionary team is headed for the Reconciliation Walk in Israel. Read about their mission and their supporters./1B
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Local Suivofos pamapaiea in the annual Unicom Relays Friday afternoon in a tune up for district competition this week./11A
Local walkers are enjoying the spoil of volkssporting and are finding it fun for the entire family. / 1B
Warm days and moderate nights are gearing us up for another summer. Expect more of the same for the next few days, with temperatures dipping just slightly. See page 2A.Index
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Bond issue vote looms
Board lobbies for both propositions
By Heather Togo Staff Writer
Overcrowded conditions at Comal Independent School District will become a reality at more than just the high school level if both propositions of a $141 million bond issue don’t pass, trustees say.
About 70 percent of CISD students are in kindergarten through eighth-grade, and projections show
that trend will continue.
Elementary school enrollment will top about 8,800 by 2008, and middle school enrollment will reach 2,600.
Several trustees said overcrowding problems at Smithson Valley High School were critical, but debate about the high school issue often took attention away from other needs.
More than 1,700 students attend the high school, which was built to accommodate 1,200.
“There’s really been too much See BOND ISSUE/16A
Early voting starts Wednesday, for the May 1 New Braunfels and Comal Independent School District elections. Sample ballots, early locations and bond issue information are on Pages 8-9A and Page IGA. The League of Women Voters-Comal Area voters’ guide is in today’s paper, too.
Show of support
Josh Holden with New Braunfels Marketplace fluffs out the yellow ribbons around the base of the marketplace sign Friday. The ribbons will remain until three U.S. soldiers are released by Serbian forces. Lenise’s Floral Creations, 125 W. Hwy.. 81, is distributing yet- *' low ribbons in honor of the soldiers.
While acting as slightly intoxicated cowboy, Rick Alvarez explains to “Sheriff Wayne Lehmann, Sr., right, why he had not paid waitress Krystal Hayes, center, for the beer he drank during a mock shoot out at the Canyon Lake barbecue cookoff at Rio Raft on Saturday.
Jury convicts CL man for sexual assault
By Heather Toro
A Comal County jury convicted Canyon Lake resident Roy Glenn Adams of aggravated sexual assault Friday.
Adams elected to be sentenced by State District Judge Charles Ramsay rather than by the jury, which deliberated four hours Friday.
The date of sentencing has not been set, but Ramsay has 30 days to determine sentencing. Adams could face five to 99 years in prison and a possible fine
of up to $10,000.
The eight-woman, four-man jury, which was selected Monday, convicted Adams shortly before 5 pm Friday after four days of testimony.
The 43-year old man was accused of sodomizing a Canyon Lake woman and threatening her with a butcher knife on Jan. 13, 1998, at the her residence.
Detective Brent Paul I us with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigation division called the case “the most violent, brutal case of sexual assault’’ he had seen.
The victim testified Thursday that Adams, identified as her ex-boyfriend, bound her wrists, neck, and ankles with rope, kicked her into a stooped position, and sodomized her.
During closing arguments, defense attorney Jimmy Parks of San Antonio told jurors Adams was “guilty” of rape.
“She didn’t want it, and he did it. To the charge that he had sex with the victim without her consent, he’s guilty. But, that is not what he’s charged with,” Parks said, arguing that evidence did not prove Adams was
using the knife when he assaulted the victim.
Parks also told jurors the victim staged evidence of both the aggravated assault and an attempted burglary at the residence.
Parks said Adams had no intention or motive to harm the victim, but the sexual assault was the result of “two people being drunk, and it got out of hand.”
Assistant District Attorney Jim Noble said, “This crime either happened exactly as it happened or it was the most elaborate conspiracy in the history of criminal justice.”
Council considers alternatives for Dittlinger building
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
The new New Braunfels library quickly is taking shape cxi Common Street and should be complete by September.
However, New Braunfels City Council must answer the question of what to do with the old Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave.
“It*> time to decide if the council wants to dispose of the property or if the city can find a use for it," city manager Mike Shantis said.
That topic is on the council’s agenda for 7:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building at 424 S. Casten Ave.
Other items to be discussed and acted upon include payment to attorney Stephen Kalish and scheduling a workshop tor members of the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board.
Shantis said many groups would be interested in the Dittlinger property. Existing zoning allows for uses such as libraries, museums and civic organizations.
'There has been general interest about what is going to happen to the building, but no one has come forward to say they wanted to occupy the building tomorrow,” Shantis said.
The fair market value of the property had been established at $570,000, Shantis said. The 11,000-square-foot building sits on slightly more than one acre.
One option being considered is using the existing facility as a children’s library or a satellite library. But Shantis said council would need to add at least $500,000 to the library budget to fund the facility.
The projected budget to operate the library in 2000 is $712,000.
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Developers, residents negotiating Evergreen plans
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Amistad Affordable Housing, Inc. is negotiating with local residents about its proposed affordable housing development, which is set go before city council Monday night.
Mike Fields with said he was communicating with a local resident, who represents some homeowners near the proposed Evergreen Townhomcs complex, about a proposed agreement between residents and developers.
Council unanimously approved the fust reading of an ordinance granting a special use permit for the development on March 22. About 20 New Braunfels residents who live near the proposed housing
Tax-credit housing is not a new concept for this area. Find out how similar developments have fared in Hays and Guadalupe counties —Page 15A
site on the city’s southwest side voiced opposition to the project.
The second reading is scheduled to go before council Monday night. Final approval of the ordinance could come on April 26.
The 80-unit townhome complex for moderate-income wage earners is proposed for development on a 45-acre site on South Water Lane off Interstate 35 behind the Department of Public Safety office.
The salary range for residents in the development is $14,000 to $29,000 depending on the household size.
Fields said a tentative agreement between developers and homeowners was being considered and would be discussed before Monday night’s meeting.
“They (local residents) are looking for a way to support the proposal, from my understanding,” Fields said.
The developers said they were looking to benefit the entire New Braunfels community with the development.
“We are trying to establish a common ground that will benefit all individuals and the neighbors,” Fields said.
Field said he had been talking with a local resident, who did not want to be
named, about a number of concerns homeowners wanted addressed about the effect of the proposed housing development on the neighborhood.
Fields said he did not know how many homeowners the local resident represented or how many were planning to support the proposal.
“First of all, residents want improved water pressure, and for us to reduce the density of the units over the 45-acre site” he said.
Developer John Seidel said the issue of increased water pressure already had been resolved.
“The general engineer at New Braunfels Utilities told me a water tower was beingSee EVERGREEN/ISA