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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY April 23, 2003 14 pages iii 2 sections mrnmmm «—mmm    14    pages    in    2    SCCHerald-Zeitung MMU‘ll ll Vol. 152, No. 137 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 SO cents Check change might add up Switch could save county thousands By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commis-Hionern Thursday will decide whether to try a purchasing program its banker Hays could Have the county $276,000 per year. Other action Comal County * Commissioners’ Court meets at 8:15 a.m. Thursday. Commissioners will; ■ Consider a proclamation honoring the county’s high school swim teams; ■ Consider resolutions regarding proposed legislation before the 78th Texas Legislature; ■ Review county notary policies, and ■ Consider use of bioter-ronsm funds for attending the Domestic Preparedness Conference County Treasurer Susan Patterson said Wells Fargo Bank has offend the county a purchase card program that could bi? used by department heads to make authorized expenditures. The system would enable the county to streamline its purchasing and accounting procedures and realize big savings, Patterson said. “Its a new thing, its experimental, and it’s not costing the county any money to try it," Patterson said, “Its more efficient, uses a lot less pa|M*r, and we’ll save money on top of that. It s kind of a neat deal.” Patterson said the county plans to lest the pilot program May I through Doc. 31. At the conclusion of the test, commissioners will see how the county did and decide whether to stay with the program. How does it work? Th** county would issue the curds to its department heads. Tho system has numerous safeguards against abuse. “We ll get a purchase card See CHANGE/4A County wants city help with recycling program By Rom Maloney Staff Writer Comal County is looking for ways to streamline its rural recycling program and could seek an answer by increasing its cooperative relationship with New Braunfels. Changes being explored would make the program more efficient and would enable the county to increase the amount of recyclable* being collected and diverted from the county landfill, according to County Judge Danny School. “I’ve met with (recycling foreman) Dennis Koepp, and we’re looking at changes in our recycling programs,’’ School said. What the county wants to do is make better use of its manpower and equipment. In some instances, the sec vice will have to be less personalized than it was in the past, Seheel cautioned. “We’re stressed to the hilt trying to keep up with demand. We’re anxious to expand and improve the recycling program,” he said. “It may inconvenience some {**> pie, but we hope they will se** the big picture.” School said Koepp and C o u n t y Engineer To rn Homaeth are looking at ideas See RECYCLING/4A Inside Abby  ..................  SA Classifieds  ...........4-6B Comics................    2B Crossword  ...............2B Forum ......   ,6A Movies     ..SA Obituaries  ....................3A Sports...,,.,.......  „„„7-8A Today  ...............    ^A TV Grid ...... Key Code 76 56825 00001 Phones could be out until Thursday By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Mobile and land telephone service in western Comal County and the Canyon liike area was cut and restored Tuesday afternoon, A second telephone outage, caused when workers dug through a telephone cable in New Braunfels, affected neigh bor hoods in the west and north ends of the community. It was i’Xpocted 'I\s*h day night to take longer to fix. According to a recorded message on SBC’s toll-free line for reporting telephone problems, it could In* until ll p.rn Thursday before the problem is fixed. HIK * spokesman Steve Le** said the New Braunfels out age was caused by a telephone line a utility crew cut at (’rows Street and Chestnut Avenue around 1:30 p.m. “It wasn’t a crew affiliated with SBC,” IxH* said. "We’re working on it right now,” he said at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. “It doesn't affect a broad aren.” New Braunfels Police Department Support Services Supervisor Kelly Holder said SBC hadn’t notified emergency services of the problem or how long it would take to fix. “We had problems earlier this afternoon with (an) alarm system over on Business HI,” Holder said. “I know it g s*s across Walnut. It’s a pretty big area.” New Braunfels Police Deportment Patrol Et. John Villarreal said 'lliesday night that he and Holder had Ixith notified city dispatch and patrol supervisors to devote careful patrol attention to the affected areas. “I alerted dispatch, as did Kelly, and I let the duty supervisor know so that la* could convey it to the oncoming sergeant tonight and they could pass it on in t he morning,’’ Villarreal said, Villarreal said Walnut Avenue down to the Urma Vista area and a wide area around it appeared to he affected, “We’ve been told maybe it wouldn’t la* repaired until Thursday, I’ve been told Wal-Mart and McDonalds’ have See PHONES/4A Mike Fitsko’s got ‘the best job in the world,’ BUT HE’S CALLING IT QUITS (Above) Fitsko takes time out from his lunch with Assistant Principal Bob Rodriguez to talk with junior Samantha Zigler. (Left) Fitsko shares a laugh with students in the NBHS cafeteria. Fitsko said daily interaction with students, parents and teachers is what he’ll miss most about his job. New Braunfels High School Principal Mike Fitsko retires at the end of the school year after 36 years in education. Before becoming the principal at NBHS, he held the same position at the OakRun Sixth Grade Center. Principal’s days walking NBHS halls numbered Story By Sean Bowlin Photos by David Ingram Uncharacteristically, Mike Fitsko wasn’t managing by walking around Wednesday morning. But he was doing what he likes the most — helping a kid get ahead in life. “You did great on your SATs; you are sharp. You’re cool on that,” Fitsko said to the young man. The principal at New Braunfels High School was helping the student get dual college* credit, and the community college needed Homo paperwork. “Get me those numbers,” Fitsko urged the student, asking him for copies of his SAT’ score, leaning over a small conference table toward the student, the bear-1 ike principal said, “You know I’m working for you.” And he was, In fact, for more than three and one half decades he has worked for thousands of students — as a teacher and an administrator. I n a couple of months, he won’t he* doing that any mon*. Fitsko announce last wee*k that he is ret iring. “I have real mixed feelings about this,” he said. “It’s going to Ire tough after 36 years not to get up and go ter school with the kids.” But he* may not turn his hack on the educational Field just yet. “I’m only 57. That’s not old, is it? And I’ve got a young wife*. Shes not going to let me* sit around,” Fitsko said, smiling. “But Bacca null is happy See FITSKO/3A ;