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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY April 30, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections pages in L SCCHerald-Zeitung ........................................... ......... ........ * iiBmniwiii’iiniiiiMiiiiiiiiiiwiiiimiw Vol. 152, No. 143 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents CISD loans booster clubs their half of turf cost By Seam Bowlin Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees were shocked to learn the districts business manager agreed to loan Smithson Valley High and Canyon High athletic boosters clubs $500,000 — $250,000 each — to pay for artificial turf at the schools’ football stadiums. Under an agreement reached last month, the booster clubs were to pay half the cost of the turf with the district funding the other half. With the loans, the district essentially is footing the entire $1 million cost. Trustee Dora Gonzales asked if it was true that the district was going to loan the Smithson Valley boosters its portion of the turf payment. She said she received phone calls about it. “And I didn’t know what to say,” Gonzales said. “My question is, did Smithson Valley get their funding or not and ... has the school district offered to make a loan in any way to these organizations at some kind of interest rate, which concerns me.” Business Manager Abel Campos said the week after the school board approved the turf agreement, he received letters from the booster clubs’ banks asking the district to co-sign for loans to pay for the turf. “Now, in subsequent discussions I had with the booster presidents and the banks, the district could not co-sign or be a guarantor on any financial transactions, and they’d have to work on something else,” Campos said. “And so ... if the finances don’t work out, its very possible that the district would have to front the money with an agreement between the district and the boosters and put that in writing.” Campos finalized an agreement with the CHS basters Tuesday morning, and he had a meeting with the SVHS boosters later Tuesday. See CISD/3A ELECTION 2003Early turnout a record for city Almost 2,(XX), about 7 percent, cast ballots in municipal races By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A record number of municipal voters cast early ballots in the New Braunfels municipal election. City Secretary Michael Resendez said 1,806 voters had cast ballots by the time early voting closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Saturday is Election Day. Polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. In New Braunfels, District 3 Councilwoman Debbie Hume is running against Gale O’Hara Pospisil. Valerie Hull is challenging District 4 (Councilman Robert Kendrick. In addition, there art* three propositions on the New Braunfels ballot. Comal County voter registrar Karen Saehtleben said there are 25,154 registered voters in New Braunfels. Those who have voted so far represent just more than 7 percent of the? city’s registered voters. Resendez said that meant the city amid expect a turnout of around 14 percent when all the votes are arunU*d Saturday night. “I looked back, and last year about 1,600 voted early and we had 1,500 on Election Day,” Resendez said. Resendez said the busiest early voting day was Tuesday, when 402 voters cast ballots in the city election. Resendez did not have precinct breakouts, but said the activity in Council District 3 has been the busiest. NOTES UPCOMING COVERAGE Thursday: ■ Preview of the Comal ISD election. ■ Candidate questionnaires Friday ■ An in-depth look at Propositions 1,2,3. ■ Candidate questionnaires ■ Preview of the Bulverde municipal election POLLING LOCATIONS City of New Braunfels voting districts are listed on the right side of the voter registration card in the box headed "City." Poling locations by district are: ■ District I — Lone Star Primary School. 2343 W San Antonio St. ■ District 2 — Memorial Elementary School, 1900 S. Walnut Ave. ■ District 3 — Seele Elementary School. 540 Howard St. ■ District 4 — Failh United Church of Christ, 970 N. Loop 337. ■ Districts — Lamar Primary School. 240 N Central Ave ■ District 6 — First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St,, Room 101A (across from the Handy Andy parking lot). Clerk Bernice Martini checks to see what district a New Braunfels resident should be voting in during early elections at the Comal County Courthouse Tuesday. DAVID INGRAM/ Herald Zeitung Council candidates confident before vote Registration cards ‘self-explanatory’ By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ah Election Day in this year’« municipal contest approaches, the candidates for the two contested seats on the New Braunfels City Council expressed optimism Tuesday. Municipal elections will be conducted Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. On the ballot are the District 3 and District 4 council seats occupied by Debbie Flume and Robert Kendrick. Businesswoman Gale O’Hara Pospisil is running against Flume. Valerie Hull, who owns Hull Doors of San Antonio, is seeking Kendrick’s seat. Also on the New Braunfels ballot are three propositions. DISTRICT 3 INCUMBENT Incumbent Debbie Flume is the only lifelong New Braunfels resident among the three candidates for city council. She and her husband, Michael Flume, own a custom homebuilding business. They have two children. She defeated her current opponent, Pospisil, in a three-way race for her seat in 2000, replacing businessman Randy Vanstory, who chose not to seek re-election. About a year ago, Flume said she would not be a candidate for re-election, but she decided to run See COUNCIL;4A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Each election, there an* a few voters who show up at the wrong polling place — particularly in the early election cycles following a redistricting. City and county officials say that much confusion and frustration — can be avoided by a glance at the voter registration card. Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause, whose office also registers voters, said the orange cards quickly tell a voter what precinct he or she lives in. “The voter registration ami At a glance Don't know what district you (iv© in? Call the Comal County Voter Registrar s Office at 620-5520, or the New Braunfels City Secretary's Office at 608 2100, ext. 211 or 251, for assistance Bott! offices will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday Or log onto the city's Web site at www cl new~braunf©ls.tx us, dick on "2003 street index" and scroll down to your street name. The council district you live In is the single digit number on the right very clearly specifies on the right half of the card five See CARDS/3A Partnership’s focus on end-of-life care DAVID INGRAM/Herald Zeitung Kathy Coulihan, coordinator of the Tri-County Partnership For Quality End of Life Care, and Nancy Ackley, director of Hope Hospice, discuss the brochure they are designing to educate the public about the partnership. By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Raising the dialogue on quality end-of-life care in Hays, Guadalupe* and Comal counties is the educational aim of a new partnership that has the support of Hope Hospice. Tri-County Partnership For End of Life Care had its beginnings four years ago when representatives from medical associations started a statewide network called The Texas Partnership For End Of I jfe Care. Hospice Executive Director Nancy Ackley said the group got a $50,(XX) grant to establish 11 partnerships throughout the state, thus localizing the broader effort. Locally, many people get referred to Hope Hospice very late — sometimes in the hist week of their lives. That alone was a reason to have the partnership — to spread the word that end-of-life care shouldn’t just happen in the final days, weeks or months of a life. Ackley said the average citizen dixrsn’t know what a hospice is, doesn’t know what it provides, and doesn’t know that hospice care is only one step of end-of-life care. There are pain and symptom arntrols and a palliative care program, which Hays arui Guadalupe counties do not have, she said, Ackley hopes the partnership can educate the public and medical professionals. She said the partnership plans to use community forums and associations with ch und ies as a means of getting the word out to the public. Ackley is being assisted by Kathy Coulihan, who is membership coordinator. Coulihan [las organized two mount “am* group” meetings in which IO people participated. There were representatives from Hope Hospice, from a hospice in Seguin and nursing homes in Seguin and Wimberley. “It (the partnership) will bring together purple from the three hospitals and the clergy, and get them to say,‘What is the state of end-of life aire in the three counties?* and help them figure out how to raise the bar a little higher,” Ackley said.Inside Abby....................................4A Classifieds.........................36B Comics.............................. 6A Crossword  .....................6A Forum.................................SA Movies.............................„.4A Obituaries...........................3A Sports.............................7-8A Today,,,  .........  2A TV Key Code 76 6i25 00001 I % ;