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Vol. 148, No. 113
14 pages in I section April 27, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Wimberley schools, parents debate safety issues
By Heather Todd
WIMBERLEY - Parents, students and school staff came together Monday night to search for ways to prevent violence in their schools after the discovery of an alleged planned assault on a junior high school this past week.
More than 200 concerned parents and community members once again gathered at Danforth Junior High School, the site four eighth-grade students allegedlySee related story — Page 4
chose for a terrorist attack, to voice support of the school system and to discuss security options.
Ninety percent of Wimberley Independent School District students attended school Monday after the arrest of five eighth-grade boys at the school Friday, said WISD Superintendent David Simmons. WISD’s average daily attendance rate is 94 to 95 percent, he said.
Simmons also said 60 students spoke with counselors on campus Monday.
WISD students also were scheduled to proceed with the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills tests today, although the district was eligible for a waiver after Friday’s incident.
Simmons said officers had patrolled the district Monday and every locker in the junior high and high school campus had been searched.
Hays County Sheriff Don Montague
announced to community members and the media that everyone involved in die investigation had been placed under a gag order since 1:30 p.m. Monday and could not answer specific questions about the incident or its investigation.
Kathy Compton, Hays County assistant district attorney, said the four juveniles had a detention hearing at 3:30 pm Monday.
’The judge ordered them detained no more than IO working days, in which another hearing will take place,” she said.
However, parents seemed more focused on the future of Wimberley schools, rather than on this past Friday’s incident.
“I commend the way the district has handled this. But, there needs to be more counseling for those who over-tease,” parent Jerry Benedict said.
Other parents said a lack of recreational youth facilities in Wimberley offered children few alternatives to negative activities.
Two seek job of Bulverde mayor
By Rom Maloney
BULVERDE — Bulverde voters will choose a mayor and city council in Saturday’s municipal election and decide whether to set a I cent local sales tax to support the city’s general fund.
Incumbent Mayor Stan Blaylock is seeking another term, as are four of five incumbent city council members. In the city council election, IO candidates are running for the five open slots. Stephen L. Kolars is running unopposed for marshal.
Blaylock is opposed by Bob Barton, the former mayor of now-merged Bulverde North who, like Blaylock, was much involved in the early efforts of incorporation and consolidation of four distinct entities into what observers expect will become on Saturday a single city of Bulverde.
In the election, Bulverde South voters will vote on whether to accept the merger into their community of Bulverde East, which voted in January to be consolidated into South.
In the city council elections, incumbents Arleen S. Bennett, Kenneth J. Fiedler Jr., Siegfried R. Grimed and William L. Krawietz face challenges from Shannon B. Funkhouser, Michael J. Leonard, Wallace W. Berkholtz, Michael A. Romans, Ricky D. Gravens and Christian Dullnig Jr.
Incumbent council member Chet Ludka chose not to seek reelection.
As a Type B municipality under the Texas Local Government Code, all elective offices in Bulverde are for one-year terms.
Blaylock is a retired Braniff Airways pilot who is nearing the end of his second term as mayor of what is for now Bulverde South. He wants another term, he said, to see to completion the job that he,
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Lone Star Primary School crossing guard Becky Flores holds up traffic on San Antonio Street for first-grader Elizabeth Gonzales during a break in Monday morning's rain showers. A slight chance for more of the wet stuff lingers in the forecast until Thursday, but for the most part, expect sunny skies and highs near 90.
Judge sides with Ingram on plant
Sullivan recommends exemption for concrete batch plant
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
A local cement manufacturer’s application to build a concrete batch plant in Bulverde has been recommended for approval to the state’s top environmental agency.
Administrative law judge Kerry Sullivan released his recommendation Monday approving Ingram Readymix Company’s application for a standard exemption to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission.
Sullivan, who was appointed by the Texas State Office of Administrative Hearings, presided over the formal hearing between Citizens
League for Environmental Action Now, a Bulverde organization, and Ingram Readymix Company in January.
Three TNRCC commissioners will consider Sullivan’s recommendation and make a final decision whether to grant Ingram’s standard exemption.
A decision by the commissioners is not expected until May.
A TNRCC spokesman said the judged ruling was not the final word on the issue. TNRCC has denied permits for exemptions based on information presented at the hearings, even though the exemptions were recommended for approval by judges.
A ’’standard exemption” would allow Ingram Readymix to build a new plant in the Spring Branch and Smithson Valley area - about 2.3
miles west of US. 281 and Texas 46.
The proposed plant would be several miles from Bill Brown Elementary School, Arion Seay Intermediate School and Spring Branch Middle School.
Sullivan ruled emissions from the facility would comply with TNRCC concentration requirements. He also ruled adequate water would be available at the proposed site for air emissions control needs.
Area residents and Comal Independent School District officials, who requested the formal hearing from the TNRCC, voiced concern about the proximity of the proposed concrete birtch plant to local students.
Availability of water, increased truck traffic and air pollution also were major concerns cited by area residents.
Search for new CHS principal begins
Krieg resigning after 14 years
By Heather Tooo
Comal Independent School District administrators are scheduled to begin their search for a new Canyon High School principal Thursday with the goal of having a candidate approved by the district’s board of trustees on May 6.
Will Krieg’s 14-year career as the head of CHS will come to a
close at the end of the 1998-99 school year. Krieg’s resignation was approved by the board of trustees March ll.
“This is my 32nd year in education, and I felt that it was time to move on to other things,” Krieg said.
’’As far as I’m concerned, after 14 years at CHS, it was time for a change. I think itfc good for me, and I think change would probably be good for the students,” he said.
Krieg said he did not have any specific career plans for next year.
CHS assistant principals Carolyn Pittman and Charles Adams have applied for Kriegt position.
School officials said interviews would take place Thursday and Friday, with a list of finalists developed next week. A recommendation probably would go before the board at the May 6 trustees meeting.
Pittman, who has been at CHS for two years after serving at Smithson Valley High School, said moving from the assistant principalSee PRINCIPAL/I
City OKs Evergreen, golf fees
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
In a New Braunfels City Council meeting packed with hot issues, citizens voiced no opinions Monday about the 1999-2000 budget but had plenty to say on an affordable housing development and possible increased golf course fees.
City council members voted 6-1 to approve Evergreen Villas, an 80-unit housing complex proposed for a 15-acre site in southwest New Braunfels The apartment complex will be built on South Water Lane near Interstate 35, behind the Department of Public Safety Office.
New Braunfels resident Betty Neumeyer presented the council with packets of information she compiled while visiting low-income housing developments in Sequin.
The information included a list of police calls from Early Bird Townhomes in Seguin. In 104 days starting Jan. I, 103 calls horn Early Bird were made to police on issues ranging from disturbances to drug activities to loud music.
Neumeyer said this showed a direct relationship between low-income housing and increased crime.
Also in Neumeyer’s packet were pictures of various low-income housing units depicting deteriorated neighborhoods, she said.
‘‘(People) just don’t appreciate (their homes) if they dont pay for it,” Neumeyer said.
Mike Fields, a representative from the developer, argued that the housing
Neumeyer looked at was publicly managed by housing authorities, while Evergreen would be privately managed.
Amistad Affordable Housing, Inc., will partially fund construction of Evergreen through a state tax credit program.
“It costs us more to manage undesirable tenants ” Fields said.
Council member Juliet Watson, who voted against Evergreen Villas, said according to the city's master plan, New Braunfels needed affordable housing specifically for those age 65 and older.
Council member Jan Koty-lo said she knew single mothers working double shifts who could really use Evergreen Villas.
“Some of them have to live in slum housing,” she said. “It would be nice to give them an alternative.”
In other action Monday night, council voted 6-1 in favor of new annual golf course fees that would increase from $300 a year to $350 a year for seniors and $400 for residents.
Council also voted in favor of a surcharge that would be added for every round played by an “annual fee” player ($2 per round for weekdays and $5 per round for weekends and holidays).
Council member Randy Vanstory, who presented the motion, said his intention was to charge “reasonable fees for all golfers.”
As is, some annual fee golfers who frequently played the course did so at slightlySee CITY/5
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Canyon High School principal Will Krieg is ready to move on to other things when he leaves CHS at the end of this school year.