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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAYNew Braunfels «,nr* *—«««    mmmfmmmmmmmama    14    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 227    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    .    50    cents grow. The district did not divulge the location of the tract after the vote, taken in a closed-session meeting to protect real estate negotiations. Board president Lee Edwards said the property is east of 1-35. “It’s in an area of residential growth. I’d be nervous about saying more before we have the seller’s signature,” Edwards said. NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said he would speak with the seller today or Thursday. “I’m going to get the contract to him (Wednesday). As soon as the seller signs the purchase agreement, we’ll publish the particulars,” Reaves said. Tfexas law requires the district to disclose purchase information 60 days before it buys real property, Reaves said. The superintendent said he could not reveal the price Tuesday night. “We’re working from an old survey. The final price will be based1 on the final survey,” Reaves said. Edwards, who is a realtor, said the price would be similar to the cost of comparable properties. Reaves said the district is making the purchase to prepare for future growth. “We’re just trying to be proactive. We’re looking at a residential growth area, where we’re going to need to expand in the future,” Reaves said. ,    Photos by K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Outside Peggy Sue’s Diner on Texas Avenue, Patty Thompson (far left) and Anita White (far right) show off their talents with the hula hoop, while Marsha Kiesling (center) shows Tate Korpi another way to use the hoop. National Night Out block parties bring neighbors together for safety By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The menu at Peggy Sue’s Diner on Tfexas Avenue was something out of the distant past. Pot roast with all the fixings: 99 cents. Two pieces of fried chicken, fries and a root beer float: 99 cents. A hot dog, chips and a float: 25 cents. You couldn’t buy any of it, though. Josh and Kristy Gomez served up the hot dogs and floats Tuesday night for free. Tfexas Avenue was one of nearly 50 New Braunfels neighborhoods — and another 15 in the county — that had block parties for National Night Out Against Crime. The neighborhoods were among nearly 10.000 communities across the country and in Canada where neighbors turned on their porch lights, met their neighbors and talked about shutting out crime.    , Tile theme on Tfexas Avenue was “Making Crime a Thing of the Past.” Tough guy Tate Korpi enjoys one of the house specialties at Peggy Sue’s Diner, while his mom, Shealynn Korpi, hangs out at the soda counter during National Night Out. Included were ’50s and ’60s cars, ’50s tunes and a hula hoop contest. The party, the neighborhood’s 10th, was conducted at the home of Ibm and Marsha Kiesling. “The diner was my idea, but my husband decided he needed to build the front,” Marsha said. At Ute Tbwnsend’s on Oak Grove in Mission Valley Estates, the atmosphere was more laid back. About 20 people pulled up lawn chairs in a big circle at the Tbwnsend place. “This year, we decided just to have it and not have a theme,” Tbwnsend said. "This has been the best turnout we’ve had.” In Mission Valley Estates, residents welt* asked only to bring a donation for the SOS Food Bank. Comal County Sheriffs Public Information Officer Lt. Mark Reynolds and Crime Prevention Officer CpL Tim Kolbe talked to Mission Valley Estates neighbors about the sheriff’s office and how to avoid becoming crime victims. "The more you get to know your neighbor, the safer your neighborhood is,” Kolbe said. “You know what’s going on in your neighborhood and who belongs here. Don’t hesitate to call us. We’d much rather be called to investigate suspicions than to have to come out later on a burglary call.” Over in New Braunfels’ West End, a Lee Street neighborhood didn’t need any visits from police — many of the block party goers See NIGHT OUT/3A Hoopin’ it upVoters to decide how CISD pays ‘Robin Hood’ tax By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Comal Independent School District owes the state $1.4 million to be distributed to poorer school districts under the state’s “Robin Hood” law. Voters will decide how that money will be paid in September. After weighing multiple options, CISD trustees decided to pay the money directly to the state. For that to happen, voters must choose “yes” Sept. 13. “The decision to send money back has already been made by the state of Texas,” said Abel Campos, CISD assistant superintendent of business. “The only decision that needs to be made is how we’re going to send this money back.” Voters will be asked to authorize GONZALES CISD trustees “to purchase attendance credits from the state with local tax revenues,” according to a CISD press release. If voters reject that proposal, the decision on how to pay the money will be left up to state officials. “The biggest concern I have is the voters may think the election is like a bond issue election, where they have the power to decide whether the money goes out or not,” Campos said. Board president Dora Gonzales was worried voters might be confused abdut the issue. She said trustees picked what they felt was the easiest, most straightforward repayment option. “Some of the options can be rather significant if the state makes the decision for us,” Campos said. For example, the state could choose to permanently detach property from CISD and give it to another district. Or the state could forceSee CISD/4AAH about Robin Hood Comal Independent School District has scheduled meetings to educate the public about the upcoming election concerning “Robin Hood.” All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. ■ Aug. 26, Mt. Valley School Cafeteria ■ Aug. 27, Canyon Intermediate Cafeteria ■ Sept. 2, Bill Brown Elementary Library ■ Sept. 3, Comal Elementary Cafeteria NBISD authorizes property purchase By Ron Maloney Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees Tuesday authorized the board president and superintendent to buy a 154-acre tract of land. The property will provide the school district room to Spring Branch fire chief dies at 43 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH — Spring Branch Fire Chief Perry Trammell fought fires in Comal County with too few men, too little equipment and a whole lot of heart. Monday afternoon, Trammell succumbed to lung cancer, at age 43. His family, fellow firefighters and friends were at his bedside in a San Antonio long-term care hospice. Survivors include Tram mell’s wife, Beth, his two children and her two children. Volunteer firefighter Nathan Oxhandler, who also serves on the board of the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department, said a memorial service would be conducted at IO a.m. Saturday at the firestation at Farm-to-Market Road 311 and U.S. 281. “We’d love to have everybody,” Oxhandler said. Bob Walker has been appointed interim fire chief. See FIRE CHIEF/3A TRAMMELL Inside Dear Abby.............38 Classifieds..............3-6B Comics  ..............6A Crossword.............6A Forum  ..........5A Sports, ...........7-8A Today.................2A TV...................2B www.herald-zeftung.comResidents question thoroughfare plans By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer A few Comal County residents concerned or curious about future street development had their say before the New Braunfels Planning Commission Tuesday night. The commission is revising the city’s 1999 master thoroughfare plan. Melanie Schulze lives on lakeside Pass just south of New Braunfels. The latest draft of the plan shows two alternate routes for an outer loop near her property. She said she was worried possible traffic would create harmful air quality for her neighborhood. “A road there would make it unlivable there,” she said. Schulze said she had heard about the possibility of an extension to the loop for sever al years, and the uncertainty had kept her from making improvements on her home. ‘Is this going to be in my lifetime?’ she asked. Commission Chairman John Dierksen said the city was “closer than ever” to realizing these plans but a timeline was too uncertain. Curt Saur, who lives on Saengerhalle Road, said a proposed highway that would run along Saur Lane connecting Farm-to Mar-ket Road 306 to FM 758 would run through his property. He said after the meeting he was concerned new, large roads would lead to rapid large-scale commercial development near his home. Other residents asked for clarification of issues being considered in revising the thoroughfare plan. Dierksen said existing homes and utility See PLANS/3A ;