New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon High School pitcher Bremer succeeding on baseball mound, in the classroom.
TUESDAY. APRIL 20, 2004
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By Ron Maloney
Ten months after a 5-year-old died on Interstate 35, the prosecutor who must decide whether to charge her mother or the driver in the accident is wrestling with what constitutes justice — and a
vaguely written state law.
District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Veronica Salas, 27, of San Antonio, might never be prosecuted in the June ll, 2003, rollover that injured eight and killed Angelica Quintero.
Charges Salas or her pas
senger, Vanessa Rivera, 24, of Martindale, could have faced ranged from misdemeanor endangerment to felony manslaughter.
None of the seven children in Salas’ minivan were belted into the vehicle when it rolled over after a tire went flat on
southbound 1-35 near Schertz, although two infants were strapped into safety seats that were not fastened to the vehicle.
Schertz police sent the case to Waldrip for review and possible charges, but IO months later no charges have been
filed and Waldrip says the case might never go to the grand jury.
First, he said, nothing the state could do to Salas or the adult passenger in the vehicle, who was the mother of the victim, would be worse than what they have suffered
in the death of the child.
“There’s not a whole lot the criminal justice system can do that’s going to punish that woman more than shes already been punished,’’ Waldrip said in August. "But, at the same time, depending See LAW, Page 3A
See CITY. Page 3A
By Leigh Jones
Future Comal ISO financial statements might be easier to read if the school board approves a new report format Thursday.
Trustee Bill Swint hopes the modifications will improve community understanding of the school district’s finances.
“I can probably handle just about anything I can study,’’ he said. “But [the report) needed to be more user friendly for people
in the community.’’
Swint said the main change was in column layout and amount of data on each page.
“It is simplified now,” he said. “I think it will be easier to read.”
The board also will consider approval of a new mission statement developed at a leadership retreat in january.
"[The new statement] is not totally different,” Swint said, “but it’s updated to reflect where we are and what our direction should be.”
Kari Hutchison, C1SD communications director, acknowledged that Superintendent Nancy Fuller provided impetus for the change.
“This was the board’s first retreat since Nancy came on board,” she said. “They did a lot of team building and goal setting. New leadership has a lot to do with it.”
The current mission statement says: Through the commitment of district resources, the Comal Independent School District educational partnership prepares all of its stu
dents to be successful positive participants and responsible citizens in a diverse democratic community.
The new mission statement says: The mission of Comal ISD, as the foundation of public education, is to provide extensive learning opportunities through the commitment of a broad range of district wide resources to ensure that all students of our diverse communities have the opportunity to become contributing members of a changing society.
FRONTand Centerplan updated Building a new life for families
By Ron Maloney
City’s fiscal year changed
By Scott Mahon
After the final reading of a proposed ordinance to change the city’s fiscal year, the New Braunfels City Council voted unanimously Monday to make the change.
T he city’s new fiscal year will be Oct.
I through Sept. 30.
The city’s tax year also will change, although no formal action was required.
Council also held a public hearing on the proposed 2005 budget and proposed tax rate for fiscal year 2005.
City Manager Chuck Pinto explained that changing the fiscal year would require council to adopt a formal budget in August.
“This is the final reading of the ordinance to change the fiscal year,” he said. “So now that tile fiscal year is changed, the tax year will change also, and we’ll begin the budget process all over again in August.”
Monday’s budget hearing included
Comal County has quietly updated its procedures for dealing with bomb threats in county buildings, conducting training classes for more than 200 employees.
Emergency Management Coordinator C^arol Edgett, whose job includes planning for disasters, mass casualty, bioterrorism or events involving weapons of mass destruction, gave the classes this past week in the commissioners’ courtroom and at the county Road Department.
“We had a bomb threat plan, but it was very, very brief,” Edgett said. “We’ve updated it, created a new notification system, set out duties and responsibilities and established a chain of command.”
The new plan allows the county a flexible response depending upon the threat received.
“If the annex gets a threat and we deem it suspicious and credible, we’ll evacuate until we clear it or whatever,” Edgett said.
Employees jn the courthouse or tax office across the street would be able to continue their business unaffected except they would be informed of the threat so no one else entered the threatened area.
The planning is an extension of a security update at the courthouse initiated
See PLAN, Page 3A
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Tom Traill, left, levels as Christopher and Tammy Preuss hold up the third exterior wall to Preuss' new Habitat for Humanity home on Katy Street Saturday morning.
Habitat for Humanity constructing new houses around county; four projects planned for year
CISD to look at new report format, updated mission statement
ty International, a nonprofit, ecumenical Christian housing organization.
Made famous by volunteer and former President Jimmy Carter, I iabitat for Humanity works with people in need to build or renovate decent, affordable housing.
The homes are then sold to the family, which must provide at least 300 hours of “sweat equity” or labor in construction of it or another I Iabitat home as downpayment, and then pay off the mortgage, which is provided at no profit — and with no interest.
Volunteers do most of the work, and individual and corporate donors provide money and materials to build the homes. The mortgage payments help I iabitat build additional houses.
Tammy Preuss, whose* family now lives in a mobile home on a rented lot. has never built a house before, although she’s watched her husband (Tins build tilings.
See HABITAT. Page 3A
HUMANITY WANTS TO BUILD FOUR
HOUSES THIS YEAR
To information, to help
B Group needs volunteers and cash donations
B Web site:
m Mail PO Box 310487, New Braunfels, TX 78131-0487
m Phone (830) 625 7005
By Ron Malonoy
This weekend, the walls were going up at the home being built at 1662 West Katy Street Chris and Tammy Preuss will share with their children, Sarah, Audrey and Jonathan.
Another new house going up in New Braunfels isn’t news. But what’s different about the Preuss home is how it’s being built, how it will be paid for and how a group of dedicated volunteers who are helping the Preuss family are working to make New Braunfels a better place for everyone.
The Preuss home, which is “sponsored” by the New Bi aunfels/Canyon I .ake Area Association of Realtors, is the 10th built by (3omal County Habitat for Humanity. This year, the organization hopes to build four homes for qualifying local families.
Comal County Habitat for I luinanity is the local arm of Habitat for Humani-
Tammy and Chrisopher Preuss are alt smiles after helping the volunteers from Habitat for Humanity raise the third exterior wall of their new home on Katy Street Saturday morning.
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