New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
20 pages in two sections ■ Friday, April 25,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Vhimn C»b»HoInside
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Dear Abby....................................3AStammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald- . Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Virginia Rousseau, Forrest McBryde (Saturday), Sherry Maloy, Cora Johnston, Kristin Butler, Danielle Carpenter (3 years old), Haul Lagunas (Saturday), Emma DeVol (Saturday), James Cole (Saturday), Seanna McBryde (17 years old, Saturday), John Owens (Saturday), Carol Ward (40 years old, Saturday), Vanessa Cabrito (9 years old), Nicole Marie Craft (6 years old), Van Michael Anderson, Melissa Krause, Cody Erben (15 years old), George Padilla Sr., Wes Clark, Emily Refile Richter (I year old, Saturday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Bill and Lucy Beneski (60 years), Gilbert and Gloria Guerrero (26 years, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 270 cfs,same Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 824.90 feet above tea level, up .01. Canyon Dam discharge — 700 cfs The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers wW maintain the outflow at 700 cfs throughout the weekend and will reevaluate the discharge Monday morning.
Canyon Lake inflow — 680 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.59 feet aoove sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 6.773 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 819,000 gallons of wed water were usedNominations sought for lawman of yaar
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 "Ed Murphy Memoria Award — Lawman of the Year." Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up nomination applications from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp, 384 Landa St Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 p.m. Wednesday.Bh—bonwt Country Music Fest Saturday
The first annual Bluebonnet Country Music Fest to benefit the Comal County Senior Citi zens Center will be noon to mid night Saturday at the Wursthalle The dance at 9 p.m. will feature Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Took Band. There will be barbecue, beer, great food and baked goods, as well as face painting, live and silent auc tions, country and line dancingWater Safety class Saturday at TLH
Texas Lutheran University is offering a Red Cross water safe ty instructor’s course beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the rec/poo! area. The cost is $90 For more information contact Keith Skogman at (210) 379 7773.
CISD reopens hazing investigationAustin to conduct 2-week probe
By ABE LEVY
Officials from the Comal Independent School District announced early this morning that they are hiring an Austin attorney to conduct a two-week, outside investigation into reports of hazing at Canyon High School.
The announcement came at. about 12:30 a.m. Friday after about a three-hour executive session with parents of two alleged victims, CISD officials said, adding that this decision was part of their ongoing investigation into the hazing reports.
CISD board members said the investigation would include other district
schools, such as Smithson Valley High School, but that they have no indication that hazing has occurred elsewhere within the district.
The investigator is Bill Krueger who has worked for the district in recent years to study a claim of discrimination, board member Scott Watson said.
Board members said they planned to meet with Krueger in two weeks to discuss the investigation and emphasized that no new reports have sur-faced. “I think the district has done all the right things since it began,” board member John Clay said. “This whole thing has been blown major out of proportion. We’re trying to prove to our patrons of the district that we want to get to the bottom of this. We don’t
This whole thing has boon blown major out of proportion. We’re trying to prove to tho patrons of tho district that wo’re trying to got to tho bottom of this. We don’t want this to drag on. It’s not fair.’
— John Clay, CISD board trustee
want this to drag on. It’s not fair.”
Clay said that he discussed the idea of an outside investigator about two weeks ago with Superintendent Jerry Major who agreed that this action was needed.
One of the fathers said the closed meeting included “very direct discussion” between his attorney and CISD board members and officials.
The board then asked the parents and their attorneys to leave so that it could talk privately, he said. The board later announced its plans for an outside investigation.
“(Board members and CISD officials) really failed to comment,” he said. “They asked us to leave the room
and we waited to see what kind of a verdict would come out. Until that board meeting, no one really said anything or forced them to do anything.”
CISD board members said the new investigation was not prompted by the parents but came out of a concern to ensure safety in all of the district’s athletic programs.
Parents of the two alleged victims said they could not comment further on the matter and are waiting to see the outcome of this outside investigation before deciding on other action.
They said they had not signed complaints at the Municipal Court after police concluded that two class C assaults allegedly occurred at the high
Free immunizations Saturday
Herald-Zettung photo by Michael Darnel!
Tim ZI pp, Schlittertoahn Operations manager, and Brooke Schwiening put up one of the many signs to direct participants at the “snots Across Texas” program happening Saturday at Schlitterbahn’s Pavillion next to the Biastenhoff area. The free immunizations will be available from 10 a.m. to 1p.m. and those who participate get free admission to the waterpark. Since infants are admitted free to Schlitterbahn, the adult who brings a child aga 2 or younger for a shot will receive a free admission certificate to the park. Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and an immunization record must ba presented. Children should eat breakfast before coming for an immunization.
City wants more cash returned from NBU
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees on Thursday reaffirmed the need to study a proposed increase in the percentage of profits it annually hands to the city, officials said, although the board took no action.
The annual transfer payment has been the topic of debate through the utility’s 55-year history and the city has requested to talk with NBU about increasing the amount, which goes directly into the city’s general fund.
The five-member utility board responded in the March regular meeting by deciding to study the transfer amount through a third-party consultant.
The payment this past year was about $1.7 million or 3.3 percent of NBU’s operating revenue. City officials have said they would like it to increase by 2 to 3 percent in keeping with national and state averages.
Both NBU and city officials said they expect to begin talking about the proposed survey , starting with a meeting scheduled in about a week between City Manager Mike Shantis and NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo.
City officials have expressed frustration witht the NBU board for being
reluctant to talk about the proposed increase.
“I’m still begging for some dialogue,” said Jan Kennady, who as the New Braunfels mayor serves on the NBU board. “I was told (by the NBU board president) that he had drawn a line in the sand, but I didn’t think it was going to be a brick wall. I feel like a parent to a child.”
Board president Lupe Castillo said NBU is a unique operation that requires a survey reflecting its special attributes of low rates and long-standing reliability with its ratepayers.
Castillo added that previous city councils have been less than cordial when dealing with NBU.
We want to see what the future holds,” Castillo said. “You arc not the only one that gets bloodied When we go (U) city council meetings), we get bloodied too.”
The decision to increase the transfer amount ultimately will belong to the NBU board. Officials expect the process for studying the transfer amount to last for several months.Seat of honor
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael DarnalU
Wayne Stone and hie dog Willy alt on the bench dedicated to Anice Read for her work with Texes historic preservation. Read has been honored on the Texas Senate floor for her contributions to economic revitalization and enriching Texas history.
One of the fathers said he went to die court to sign a complaint but it was not ready for him to sign. Since then he said he was going to wait until the district’s investigation was complete before contemplating pursuing criminal charges.
County Attorney Bill Reimer said he sent the report Thursday to the court expecting charges to be filed and did not know that a parent was not able to sign a complaint.
“We wouldn’t have sent the report over there unless we felt it was ready to go,” Reimer said, adding that he could send the report to a Justice of the Peace court if the parents are not satisfied with Municipal Court action.
Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer said he was unaware of any of the parents coming into the court and said he needed specific dates of the reported offenses before being able to prosecute.
County to sue over plat dispute
By DENISE DZIUK
County commissioners approved hinng outside legal counsel Thursday to help find a solution to illegal subdivision activities that happened near Garden Ridge.
“We’re not looking for a tight, we just want this settled." County Judge Carter Casteel said. “We’re proceeding with lawyers to get it ready, but (the developer) has 30 days to get it straight.”
The problem arose when Rolando and Ramona Gomez applied for a septic penult in March for their new home built on Valley Park Drive in the Park Lane Estates. According to the county' engineer, developer William Sutton, apparently did not plat the property when he developed it, so the lot the Gomez family purchased failed to meet platting requirements.
The county requires a 40-tbot easement providing access to the property from a public road. The Gomez property must be reached by a 30-foot stnp that crosses a neighbor’s property.
The county initially denied the permit request, forcing the homeowners to use a portable restroom. Last week, the court approved letting the Gomezes use the septic tank on the property for 30 days, while they try to hammer out a solution.
County Commissioner Danny Seheel said that means “something is going to have to happen in 30 days.” He said a possible solution was presented at Thursday’s meeting, in which Sutton would buy the 30-foot easement from a third party and give it to the Gomez family as a right of way. Scheel said the Gomez couple turned the solution down.
“That’s kind of where negotiations stopped,” Scheel said.
Attorney Jonathan Hull attended the commissioners court meeting in place of the Gomezes’ attorney. Hull said the proposed solution was “a quick fix.”
Casteel agreed with Hull and said the proposal only created more proglembs. She said Sutton created the problem and should be responsible for correcting it.
“Mr. Gomez is a victim in all this, in my opinion, and thai’s a shame,” Casteel said.
Attempts to reach Sutton were unsuccessful.
Casteel said if a solution is not found within the 30-day period, a lawsuit could be filed against the developer and any other individuals who violated the county ’s subdivision regulations. if an agreement is not reached by the time the Gomezes’ permit expires, Casteel said the court would likely work with the couple.
Casteel said an outside firm was hired to handle the issue because the county attorney said his office did not have the staff to handle it.Bluebonnet Country Music Fest at Wursthalle Saturday. See Page 4A