New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, August 14,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Guadalupe N. Dias
Vol. 145, No. 196
Birthday wishas from th# Harold ZaHunql
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Tim Beton, Barbara Flana-gam Nfesha Lingamfdter, Elvira Moreno, Elizabeth Trevino, Michelle Tysdal, Guadalupe H. Diaz <66 years), Kathy League (18-plus), Frank Heynis and Leslie Lane.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds—1,321 Grass —32 Pigweed —6
(Rolan measured in parts per cubic motor of ar. Irtoronfeon prodded by Or. Hark HampeL) River Information
Comal River — 306 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon WeN — 625.90 feet above sea level, down .04 from Wednesday
lyon Dam discharge — 1,635 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 910.59 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumpng 6.478 rrcion gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 4.090 mMon gallons of wet water were used.
Hot days, warm nights remain trend Tonight — partly cloudy wfth a less than 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the upper 70s. Southerly winds near 10 mph.
Friday — partly cloudy, Highs in the upper 90s Southerly winds 10-15 mph. Saturdey through Mon ey — partly cloudy with hot days and warm nights. Highs in the 90s, near IOO west. Lows in the 70s.
The high Wednesday was 97 degrees while the low was 74 degrees. The heat index was calculated at 106 degrees.
Look for possible delays when traveling in these areas because of road work:
■ Landa Street between Walnut and Loop 337 B Between Loop 337 and Wood Road on Walnut Avenue Drivers are urged to slow down and follow the instructions of road signs and any construction worker or simply take an alternate route For more information, call 609-0707.
Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for information regarding the man who brutally shot local businessman Michael Kivlin on Aug. 2.
The Herald-Zeitung and Norwest Bank, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased.
To participate, send your donation to the “Michael Kivlin Reward Fund" at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa.
Anyone with information about this crime should call 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422.
Capital projects make use of half-cent sales tax revenue
in (tow Braunfels. That fact that tha cit beans adopted the safes tax was a godsend ’
Club house, library, police station top list of improvements
By ABE LEVY
Mayor Jan Kennady
New Braunfels taxpayers are in the process of paying for several capital improvement projects that will change he face of the city.
Three main building projects under way include:
• a club house for the Landa Park Golf Course,
• a new police station off Farm-to-Market Road 725 and
• a new library on Common Street.
Other projects include buying vehicles and equipment and making street and drainage repairs throughout the town.
City officials thank the half-cent sales tax increase that voters approved by a 2-1 margin in May 1995 for allowing the city to pay for many of the high-priced projects.
“Great things are happening in New Braunfels. That fact that the citizens adopted the sales tax was a godsend,’' said Mayor Jan Kennady.
The increase generated an extra S1.96 million
in its first year and is on track to produce S2.03 million this year, city officials said.
The increase in revenue was separated into four equal funds to pay for I) property tax reduction, 2) economic development, 3) streets and drainage improvements and 4) capital building improvements.
With about $500,000 in each fund annually, the city has paid for 25 street and drainage projects worth a total of $978,000 and 11 equipment purchases worth a total of $1 million.
“It’s provided us with an avenue to fund things we never had in the past.” said city Finance Turn to Projects, Page 2A
TxDOT unveils proposal for Borgfeld, U.S. 281
H«ratd-Z«itung photo by Michael Darnaii
The Infer—ebon at US. 281 and Borgfeld Road soon wtN ba seeing yellow. Tax— Department of Transportation officials have decided to place flashing yellow lights at tha intersection.
By CHRIS CREWS
The Texas Department of Transportation announced Tuesday its plans to improve safety at the intersection of Borgfeld Road and U.S. 281.
TxDOT plans to install flashing yellow lights at the intersections of U.S. 281 and Bulverde and Borgfeld roads.
TxDOT spokesman David Otwell said the plans were a direct response to a public meeting conducted last month to discuss plans to improve the intersection.
School buses from Comal Independent School District and commuters and shoppers from western Comal County cross the intersection on a daily basis. The intersection was the site of a crash involving a C1SD bus earlier this year, heightening already-existing concerns about the safety of the intersection.
TxDOT claims to have records indicating that flashing lights will slow traffic by an average of about 5 miles per hour
Otwell said the lights should be installed by the end of the year.
A second phase of improvements includes widening U.S. 281 and
‘Bravo to (TxDOT) thorn. Any improvement will bo a welcome beginning. It may not bo a final solution, but it is a good start.’
— County Commissioner Jack Dawson
installing a marked nght-tum lane onto Borgfeld Road. TxDOT officials said the turn lane will help drivers on Borgfeld Road more easily identify oncoming traffic and allow for safer access onto U.S. 281.
Otwell said work on the marked turn lane should begin in about six months.
Current plans do not call for closing the crossover at the intersection, Otwell said, but closing the crossover was still under consideration. He said such a closure would keep eastbound traffic on Borgfeld Road from turning north onto U.S. 281.
Cars turning from Borgfeld onto U.S. 281 northbound created one of the most hazardous traffic patterns at the intersection, according to Otwell.
Otwell said TxDOT would conduct more speed studies after the lights were installed, lf the studies
indicate a lower average speed. TxDOT might consider lowering the speed limit from the current 70 mph.
County residents and elected officials who attended the July 31 TxDOT meeting said that lowering the speed limit was the key to improving safety at the intersection.
CISD Director of Transportation Kenny Franklin said lowenfig the speed limit and adding an acceleration lane from Borgfeld Road onto southbound U.S. 281 were the keys to improving safety at the intersection.
Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson said TxDOT’s announcement was a direct result of the activism of comity residents and elected officials.
“Bravo to (TxDOT) them,” Dawson said. “Any improvement will be a welcome beginning. It may not be a final solution, but it is a good start.”
Master plan group mulls park foundation
By ABE LEVY
Lee Thomas is concerned about the neighborhood parks in New Braunfels. He wants to make sure money and labor for their upkeep are used efficiently.
Master plan committee meeting schedule — Page 3 A
Thomas, a 67-year-old semi-retired financial planner from Houston, moved to Greene a year ago and serves on the parks and recreation subcommittee to help wnte the city’s master plan.
The subcommittee is one of nine that are giving public input to the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan Steering Committee. The committee will recommend a master plan to the city council in about a year
“I have a big interest in providing a platform for citizens to contribute funds for parks.” said Thomas, whose subcommittee met for an hour Wednesday night. “It is one that won’t be sidetracked into (the city’s) general operating fund."
To do this, he and his subcommittee are reviewing the idea of creating a parks foundation as a chantable organization for the enhancement of neighborhood parks.
The foundation could facilitate community service that local judges could assign to juvenile offenders, Thomas said.
Moreover, he said he felt a foun-danon could improve parks more efficiently than the city and could benefit from a non-profit tax status.
It is one of many ideas his subcommittee is tossing around for inclusion in the final master plan that will serve as a guide for future dev elopment of the city.
City Planning Director Harry Bennett has attended many subcommittee meetings since they began discussions in June.
“(The discussions) are going fine. Each one approaches the task differently,” he said. “Some are more for-
Meeting of the minds
Th© city in June embarked on an 18-month effort to write a Comprehensive Master Plan for future development of New Braunfels.
Nine subcommittees are helping the Comprehensive Steering Committee by providing public input and discussing issues to be included in the final plan. The following is a list of the subcommittees and their chairs, vice chairs and secretaries respectively. For
Lend Use and Zoning
Regulations - John Lovett, Harlan H. Kraft. Ann Kuehler. Parks and Recreation - L. Carl Fox, Jeff Van Kieef, Janis Hendrix.
Naturel Resources, Environment Utilities and
Drainage - O.A. “Skip" Stratemann, Jr., Paula DiFonzo, Alice Hernandez.
Economic Development - Bill Cone, the Rev. Daryl C. Higgins. Susan Granzin.
Transportation - T.L. Walker, Kenny Franklin, Bonnie Tetrault. Code Ordinance and Annexation - Ted P. Cook. Cheryl K. Scott, Rick Mynck. Urban Design, Mein Street and Historic Preservation - Onn C Patton, Mike Dieted, Sallie DeViney.
Education, Population and Youth - Rita Kaufmann, Dana Gold, Connie Cone.
Public rerilitiee and Tsrvlcss. Finance and CIP - Dennis Heitkamp, Ramon R. Chapa, Sr , Rusty Brockman.
mal, but all of them are brainstorming and thinking about the issues of their subcommittees. ”
Thomas’ group kept with the trend of other subcommittee meetings, which have included guest speakers.
Many groups found the speakers spark deeper conversations as com-
Tum to Master plan, Page 2A
Comal ISD mulls ways to cut expenditures
By DENISE DZIUK
Raise the tax rate by more than a dime or cut $3 million out of the budget — that’s the ultimatum the Comal independent School District board of trustees heard at a workshop Tuesday.
Superintendent Jerry Major walked board members through the drab budget they have been reviewing for about a month. In that draft, the 1996-97 budget of $42.6 million was provided as a reference for this year’s budget.
The proposed budget includes pay raises to bring teachers above the new state minimum
about 5 percent to 8 percent, or $ I JKK) to $2,500 a year for each teacher.
The increase added $1.18 million to the budget, Major said, and raising teacher pay to the state minimum would cost $850,000.
“So if we don’t do another thing in this budget, we’ve got to raise $850,000,” he told the board.
Bin, balancing the budget will not be simple. The board has already approved 101 new positions in the district, for a cost of about $3 million. Growth is expected to add an additional $ 160,000 to the bdl.
The proposed budget calls tor a 5 percent pay increase for all non-teacher positions in the district and an additional $150,000 in funding for Communities in Schools.
Turn to Comal ISO, Page 2A
Soaking some shade
Avoiding the heat Wadnaadey afternoon under* shady tree at Canyon Lake Ie Nathan Carmona. Carmona tied hie tuba to a Ba* ao ha would not drift Into tha raya of tha sun at Jacobs Croak Park. Jacoba Croak and North Park ara tha only two parks that ara not OMI ctoaad bacauaa af flooding.
NBU warns customers about criminals posing as utility employees
Recent criminal activity in San .Antonio rn which individuals have posed as San Antonio Water System employees in order to gain access to peoples’ homes is leading New Braunfels Utilities to send a w arning to its customers.
NBU cautions its customers to not allow anyone claiming to be an NBU employee to enter their homes.
“NBU employees will not show up at your door asking for access to your home,” spokesman Jeff Thompson said.
All necessary repairs to electric, water and sewer services can be made without entering a customer’s home.
“Access to a home should only be made at the customer’s request,” said Thompson.
“To our knowledge, we have not had recent occurrences of this type of activity in our service area.
Turn to Warning, Page 2AFind out when you Cain meet the teachers in NBISD — Page 8A