New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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•14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, August 7,1997
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Vol. 145, No. 191
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Bulverde eyes incorporation
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — To incorporate or not to incorporate, that is the question many Bulverde residents are pondering.
Several years ago, Bulverde was a place to get away from it ail. People from San Antonio settled in Bulverde because they wanted to get away from the traffic, congestion, noise, pollution and high taxes that are part of the big-city life.
Ironically, those same things are encroaching on the peaceful solitude Bulverde residents have taken for granted.
As new subdivisions and homes pop up in the Bulverde area and traffic gets heavier along the U.S. 281 corridor, issues such as traffic,
quality of life, pollution, growth and water availability have been raised.
The Bulverde Area Chamber of Commerce is considering incorporation and will have a town hall meeting on the subject Aug. 28 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative. The time will be set later.
The possibility exists that one day Bulverde residents will wake up and find themselves no longer a distinct community, but a part of San Antonio.
County Commissioner Danny Scheel said that possibility could come true within the next few years.
Scheel said San Antonio’s extra territorial jurisdiction is already only a few miles from Bulverde, on U.S. 281 and on East A&mann Turn to Bulverde, Page 2AIt wasn’t that hot
The sign at the Exxon station at Farm-to-Market 306 and Interstate 35 must have had a mind of its own Wednesday afternoon when it read 155 degrees. The temperature did reach 99 degrees, but the heat index, which factors in humidity, was calculated at 106 degrees.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
NBISD trustees mull teacher pay raisesBoard debates 7.25 percent increase versus 6 percent hike
By CHRIS CREWS
Staff W riter
Just like good students at the beginning of the school year, New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees brought its school supplies to Tuesday's meeting.
The only item the trustees needed to bring was a sharpened No. 2 pencil with a really, really, really big eraser.
The trustees must erase an estimated $800,000 deficit between the proposed 1997-1998 budget and anticipated revenues for the coming fiscal year. At Tuesday’s meeting, the board discussed budget items, including reducing a proposed teacher pay raise, that might be trimmed in an effort to balance the financial books for next year.
Assistant Superintendent for finance Lonnie Curtis presented a plan to the board proposing a 6 percent increase in teachers’ salaries for the coming year. Curtis said such an increase
The public is welcome to today’s NBISD meeting at 7 p.m. at the NBISD Education Center, 430 West Mill St.
would raise teachers' salaries by an average of about $2,000 a year
He added that a 6 percent increase, .as opposed to a 7.25 percent increase previously considered by the board, would save about $ 154,000 for the district.
Local Texas State Teachers Association President Irma Alvarado said she was aware cf the reduction in the proposed pay increase and would discuss the matter with district teachers today.
She said that while the teachers would naturally like to have the larger pay increase, NBISD teachers were aware of the budget shortfall facing the district.
Alvarado said her group would be well represented at today’s 7 p.m. board meeting when trustees are expected to cast final votes on the proposed budget.
In addition to teachers' pay, the board discussed budget items line by line in an attempt to find other savings. The board had to delineate between items considered necessary expenditures, items that could wait for another year and luxuries.
Board Vice President Carlos Campos provided one personal example of the tough decisions facing the board. One proposed expenditure up for discussion was new lockers for the boys' dressing room at the middle school.
“My boy is going to be playing seventh-grade football this year and I guess he can use the same lockers I did,’’ Campos said, referring to the equipment he said he used in the 1960s.
Some budget items brought up a pay now or pay more later dilemma.
One item in the budget called for $40,000 to resurface and repaint the track at the high school. Curtis said that it was not absolutely necessary to rework the track this year, but further deterioration might require replacement of the track for greater than $ 100,000.
Other items considered for the chopping block included three language labs at the high school ($64,000), a concert piano for the high school choir ($13,000) and a visitor’s press box at the football stadium ($12,000).
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Comal River — 306 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well
— 625.92 feet above sea level, down 03 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 706 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.42 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBL! reports pumping 6.696 mtoon gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 3.510 miion gallons of well waler were used.
By ABE LEVY
Strong chance of rain enters forecast
Tonight — increasing clouds with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, locally heavy rainfall possible, lowjn the mid '70s ‘^theast wind 5-10 mph
Friday — mostly cloudy with a 60 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms, locally heavy rainfall possible. High in the low 90s. South wind 5-10 mph.
Saturday through Mote day — partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Lows in the 70s, near 70 Hill Country Highs 90s.Visit museums’ rummage sale
The Historic Museums Association is conducting its annual mammoth rummage sale today at the New Braunfels Civic Center. In addition to mammoths, the association will be selling furniture, clothing and just about anything else you might imagine.
Proceeds from the sale, which continues through 5 p.m. today, will benefit the Heritage Society, the Sophienburg Museum and Archives and the Conservation Society.Al Barlow and Friends perform
lf you are looking for an inexpensive entertainment option tonight, try the Concert in the Park to be held at the Landa Park Dance Slab.
Tonight's free performance features local favorite Al Barlow and Friends. The show begins at 7:30 p m. Glass containers are prohibited and pets must be on a leash.
Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books? Comal County’s recycling center, 4755 Texas 46 West, accepts phone books and is open from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other items accepted are: No. 1 and 2 plastics, tin cans, aluminum cans, clear glass, brown glass, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, brown bags, corrugated cardboard and chipboard.
Utility, city map out drought ordinance
Balancing rights of customers, business owners can be tricky matter
By ABE LEVY
Weighing a person’s right to freedom of expression and a business’ right to refuse service is difficult, local police said.
The U.S. Constitution and state law say while business owners can refuse service to a person, they cannot legally discriminate based on race, religion, age, gender or a person’s handicap.
It can get tricky, police said, when customers think a person is acting in an offensive manner.
“That’s what makes it so difficult Sometimes the U.S. Supreme Court can't agree on this — so how can local communities determine this?” said New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas. “Sometimes it’s a gray area where my righto stop
and start. It’s very difficult to interpret those points, especially in the heat of the moment.” One week ago police arrested David Gonzalez, a 17-year-old New Braunfels resident, for disorderly conduct at Wal-Mart.
He was wearing a T-shirt with an upside-down cross, a naked woman and a expletive referring to Christ, police said.
Police made the arrest based on complaints that the shirt was offensive. Gonzalez was taken to the Comal County Jail, where he posted bond the next day.
Jay Jacobson, executive director of the state office of the American Civil Liberties Union, said Wednesday he was waiting for approval of the ACLU’* state legal panel to see whether the organization would support a legal challenge by
Gonzalez is scheduled for arraignment Aug. 12 at Municipal Court for the Class C misdemeanor charge.
Gonzalez could not be reached for comment.
Police said business owners usually ask customers to leave rf they are not acting appropriately or are causing problems. Many business owners post signs that say they reserve the right to refuse service.
A person can be arrested for criminal trespass if a property owner asks a person to leave and the person does not comply.
Disorderly conduct lists 12 violations that could be the basis for an airest.
They include using vulgar language to “incite an immediate breach of peace,’’ and making an
offensive gesture or display to someone.
At least two business owners interviewed said they had never had a problem with customers wearing clothes that could be offensive.
Other business owners said they did not want to comment.
Karen Van, manager for Le Creuset in the New Braunfels Factory Outlet Mall, said she allowed customers to wear whatever they wanted, and she once served a customer clad in a bikini.
“We haven’t had a policy that you can’t wear whatever you want to wear,” she said. “As far as a customer coming in and wearing (an offensive) T-shirt, I may not like it, but I would definitely treat him. That’s his business.”
This summer the Guadalupe River flowed so high tubing was prohibited and people swept excess water from their living rooms in Bulverde from one of the worst floods to hit the county in recent years — but some w ere absorbed by the question of how to best survive a drought.
A committee of concerned citizens and city staff have been composing a drought management ordinance for the past eight months to replace the current policy.
The proposal went before the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees in April. The NBU Board approved the plan, and it is expected to go before the city council in about a month. If the proposal passes three readings rn council, it will become effective.
The proposed plan would be only for severe drought conditions when spnngflow and aquifer levels are in jeopardy.
“We’re on the leading edge of water conservation and we are the first to go dry at Comal Springs,” said Jeff Thompson, NBU assistant general manager of administration and finance and chair of the committee. “This is a drought plan. This is for when we’re facing conditions like last year. They are eommon-sense reductions."
The drought of 1996 wreaked havoc on local farmers and ranchers and caused NBU and the city of New Braunfels to enact emergency drought measures.
Drought conditions created enough alarm that the Edwards Aquifer Authority conducted emergency meetings and public hearings across the aquifer region in an effort to determine whether the drought was an emergency that merited more severe measures.
Today, conditions are not nearly as bad? but local leaders see the need to conserve water which is vital to the area’s long-term economic livelihood, officials said.
The committee was on track to propose an ordinance before this summer, hut June rains,took the pressure off and committee members decided to do more research before they wrote a proposal.
Currently city and NBU attorneys are reviewing the proposal to make sure the enforcement clauses are practical.
One problem, members said, w as that the city was unable to enforce the current ordinance where NBU offers service outside the city limits.
Twenty percent of NBU’s meters are outside the city, representing 42 percent of its rev enues.
The proposed enforcement method is for NBU to assess a fee to users w ho break the staged reduction requirements
It calls for fees as high as $100, for instance, for Turn to Drought Page 2AHigh school football teams begin practice — Page 1B: election polling places listed — Page 2A