New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Shawn James (13 years old), Jary Gaubatz, Terri McCrary, ieidJ Lawrence, Joe Snyder, John D. Ballard, Jeff Dees, tristin Fite (16 years old), Gabriel Valadez, Jared Neuse, Victoria Anna Gonzales (I year old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Mr. and Mrs. Antonio Eureste.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
mold —539 oak —160 mulberry— 44 pecan —10 ss —4 Elm —trace Hackberry — trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 274 cubic feet per second, down 1 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.04 feet above sea level, down .2 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 5,000 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 1,687 Canyon Lake level — 913.39 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 3.157 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 959,750 galons of well water were used.
growth plan Friday
Mayor Jan Kennady will be joined by utilities and trans portation officials to discuss the city’s Comprehensive Growth Plan from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday at the Holiday inn. New Braunfels Title Co. and Norwest Bank are co-sponsors of the event. Admission is free, but reservations are necessary. Call 625 7553 or stop by any of the three Comal County offices
Unitarians axamlna religious extremism
The Unitarian Universalists will have Debbie Franks, deputy director of the Texas Freedom Network, speak on “Mobilizing the Mainstream against Religious Political Extremism” at 7:30 p.m. today at the Faith United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337. Child care is avail able.
Republican field trip set for today
Canyon Lake Republican Women will take a field trip in lieu of the regular meeting for today. The trip will be to Wash ington-on-the-Brazos State Historical Park, site of the Declaration of Independence from Mexico. There is a S3 entry fee and luncheon arrangements are being made. Transportation wil be by car pool; telephone committee will give details at a later date.
Author to spook i Dittlinger Library
Popular author Susan Wittig Albert will present two programs during National Library Week at the Dittlinger Memoria Library. Albert is the author of the China Bayles mystery series which is set in. the Texas Hil Country.
Her program at 2 p.m. Thurs day is “Writing from Memory Telling Your Life’s Story." The 7 p.m. program is “Partners in Crime,” led by her and her husband and co-author, Bill Albert For information call 608-2150.No stone unturned In master plan process
By ABE LEVY
San Marcos Profile, Page 2A.
Having put off a comprehensive review of its Master Plan for about 25 years, the city of San Marcos embarked on an 18-month endeavor to update the city’s grid for future development.
The city, which boasts a population of roughly 38,000, sent out notices in every local newspaper and advertised at city hall in an effort to collect as much public representation as possible.
As a result, 55 people answered the call and formed the Citizens Advisory Committee, a diversified assembly appointed by the city council with oversight of drafting the San Marcos Master Plan.
That was February 1994 and now, a little more than one year after its adoption in Jaiiuary 1996, city officials said the Master Plan has become a working framework for San Marcos, whose population is expected to double in 20
HOW TO APPLY
Applications to serve on one of 19 subcommittees fa the writing of the city’s Master Plan will be available at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave. Subcommittee members would be responsible to attend three to six meetings during the next 18 months. The deadline for submitting the applications is May 2. For more information, call City Planning Director Harry Bennett at 608-2100.
Source: city of New Braunfels
The city of New Braunfels also recognizes the need to update its 20-year-
old Master Plan and is now embarking on a similar project to handle the estimated 8,000 additional residents in three years and a current growth rate of 4.3 percent.
In this process, New Braunfels city officials are calling on the public to answer two small but vital questions: Do they want to serve on one of the 19 subcommittees and what ideas do they have for the future?
Service and ideas, city officials believe, will make for a fulfilled citizenry as an increasing number of people make New Braunfels their home.
New Braunfels has a 10-member steering committee with representatives from throughout the city, including Comal and Guadalupe counties, New Braunfels Utilities, the two school districts and the New Braunfels and Hispanic chambers of commerce.
To help coordinate the process, the steering committee hired the planning firm, Wilbur Smith and Associates of
PRE PLAN QUESTIONS
Four fundamental questions that the San Marcos Master Plan committee used to begin writing a comprehensive plan:
■ Where are we today as a community? (existing conditions, profile of the community, factual information, constraints and opportunities and background for planning)
■ What are the faces shaping the growth of our community? (national, state and regional trends in population, the economy and technol-ogy)
■ Where do want to be in the future? (vision, community priorities, goals, needs, future patterns of development and growth)
■ How do we get there? (methods to see the vision completed, policy direction and funding)
Source: city of San Marcos Master Plan
Houston, to provide technical and administrative assistance during the project.
The firm will also help make recommendations and study possible funding methods for suggested projects.
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Mary Garza makaa the final preparations on hor 1040A form at tho Now Braunfels Post Office on Tuesday. Many Americans who put off filing their taxes were out in force all over the nation yesterday licking stamps and addressing their envelopes.
City, county join to observe Earth Day
By ABE LEVY
In a unified statement of the importance of protecting the environment, the city of New Braunfels and Comal County are celebrating Earth Day 1997 Tuesday with a week of activities, officials said Tuesday.
People are urged to wear green Monday as part of the activities that also include a composting seminar, scrap metal cleanup, a city proclamation and county resolution.
“I urge every resident to take part in the activities,” Mayor Jan Kennady said. “We have some exciting and informative things planned. This is an ideal opportunity for residents to celebrate our environment.”
brated the one-day event independently but this year they are joining in a week-long effort, officials said.
“My biggest thrill is that the city and county are doing this thing collectively,” Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab said. “It’s a chance for area residents to take a positive step to protect their environment.” The city operates a curbside recycling program with 50 percent participation and the county offers recycling stations with an estimated 35 percent participation, officials said.
“Clearly the people of New Braunfels and Comal County have an interest in the environment,’’ said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager and liaison to the city’s recycling committee. “We’re kind of a lucky commum-
Previously the city and county cele- ty because we have two programs.”
HOW TO CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
The city and county are celebrating Earth Day 1997 with a week s worth of events:
Monday - Wear green to celebrate Earth Day 1997 even though it s not St Patrick s Day Tuesday - Maya Jan Kennady is scheduled to read an Earth Day proclamation at Main Plaza Wadnasday - Grocery Bag Decorating Contest scheduled to begin for area school children April 24 County Earth Day resolution and composting seminar at 6:30 p m at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S Casted Ave. The seminar is free and open to the public.
April 26 - Scrap metal collection: city materials yard, 8 arn to noon, 300 block of S. Casted Avenue (All refrigerants must be removed from freezers, refrigerators and air conditions before the city will accept them); and county recycling center, 8:30 a m. to 3 p m, 4755 Highway 46 West (county can accept items with refrigerants).
Source: city of New Braunfels
McKenna system to include a range of therapy options
By ABE LEVY
Ground-breaking ceremonies are scheduled this week for the new McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center on the 700 block of Lan-da Street.
The new center will include expanded physical medicine rehabilitation ser
vices and physical, occupational and speech therapy that the McKenna Rehabilitation Network currently provides.
‘The emphasis of this project was to bnng all the services under one roof so folks don’t have to travel to San Antonio,” said Laurie Bajich, physical therapist and McKenna network adminis
The center will feature a fitness center, hyperbaric wound care service, occupational medicine, child care facilities, a natatonum with a hot tub and two, Olympic-size pools for patients and the public, Bajich said. Hospital officials said they have not established the prices for the pools and fitness
equipment but said they will offer discount membership fees when the center opens by January 1998.
Construction is expected to begin this month for the network’s center that is jointly owned by McKenna Memorial Hospital, Warm Springs Rehabilitation System and Baptist Health System.
The city and NBU have agreed to split the costs of the project in half, with each entity pledging up to $100,000.
San Marcos officials are pleased with their end product, which began Turn to Plan, Page 2A
Campos to preside atNBISD
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Tuesday unanimously approved accepting the resignation of the board president, but delayed discussing what steps will be taken to fill the vacancy until next week.
Board Presi-dent Jaime Padilla said last week that he was tendering his resignation for personal reasons related to his family. Padilla did not attend Tuesday’s Jakna Padilla meeting, but Board Vice President Carlos Campos read a letter on his behalf. The letter said he had to “regretfully resign” but asked the board to “please know I will continue to support the New Braunfels Independent School District.” Padilla, who represents District 4, went on to say in the letter that he simply could not provide that support in the capacity of trustee. His resignation was effective Tuesday.
Campos praised Padilla and the work he had done for the Uiard, but said his resignation should not hinder the board’s current task of finding a new superintendent to replace Charles Bradberry, who became the Keller 1SD superintendent in January.
“I think this is an unfortunate bump in the road but we’re moving forward' in choosing candidates (for the superintendent position),” Campos said.
Interim Superintendent Tom Moseley said any time a trustee resigns, the board is left with three options. He: said the board could appoint someone from District 4 to fill the v acancy until the next regular election in August, at which time residents would vote in a new trustee The board could also choose to leave the seat vacant until the August elections or could call a special election to fill the seat.
Campos said the board will discuss the options and which approach would be best at a special meeting next week.“There w as just a general consensus to wait for next week,” Campos said. “We’re just sort of digesting that for now.”
Campos said the main purpose of the meeting slated for Monday is to discuss candidates to fill the superintendent vacancy. However, he said the board will also discuss the board vacancy during the open session portion of that meeting.
Padilla served on the board for five years, and still had a year remaining on his term. He was elected president of the board in August 19%.
Campos said he will act as the presiding officer at the board meetings until the board can fill the vacancy and reorganize.Report indicates gambling on rise among teens and adults, See Page 4A