New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149 No. 199 14 pages in 2 sections August 15, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
The baby abandoned at McKenna Hospital Friday was introduced Monday with her new name: McKenna Hope.
K. JESSIE SLATEN
‘McKenna Hope’ takes center stage
infant faring well
By Heather Todd
Wrapped in a pink blanket and
nestled in the arms of a McKenna Memorial Hospital employee, the four-day old baby recently named "McKenna Hope" was oblivious to the attention she was getting Monday afternoon.
The Hispanic baby girl who was
abandoned outside McKenna Memorial Hospital sometime Friday was too content to sleep while television cameras rolled and bulbs flashed during a press conference on her behalf.
A McKenna team member on her
way to work between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Friday found “McKenna Hope" behind a concrete bench outside the employee entrance on Union Street.
The newborn baby girl, who See INFANT/5A
Hitting the books
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Frazier Elementary teacher Diane Winkelmann greets Paula and Matiah Keigley as Matiah settles in to her second-grade seat. Below left: Casey Kneese was feeling “pretty good” about his first day back to school Monday morning as dad Mark helped him find his classes. Bottom right: An anxious Mark Alvarez, 9, says good-bye to Mom Blanca and baby bother Jacob on his first day at Frazier Elementary School.
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Despite some traffic jams and torn-up parking lots from construction work, the first day of school for thousands of Comal Independent School District students seemed to go oft'w ithout a hitch Monday.
About 10,670 students were expected to go back to class in schools throughout the district and most administrators reported no major problems, except for a few teary-eyed parents of little ones.
At Comal Elementary School, parents had to park across the street from the campus on Farm-to-Market 482 because of on going construction work on the parking lots.
Mike McFalls, principal of Comal Elementary, an early childhood through fourth-grade campus, said the new parking lot should be completed in a few days.
“We’re doing good here.” he said, while
Comal ISD taking comment on proposed tax rate Thursday
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By Heather Todd
Comal Independent School District taxpayers could see a lower tax rate in the 2000-2001 school year, but it won’t necessarily mean they will pay less taxes.
C1SI) taxpayers are invited to voice their opinions about a proposed $ 1.85 per $100 valuation tax rate during a public hearing I p.m. T hursday at Canyon Middle School, 2014 Farm-to-Market I IOU
The proposed 2000-2001 tax rate is lower than the current $1.88 per $100 valuation tax rate.
Abel Campos, business manager for t'ISD, said higher property values allowed the district to lower the tax rate while
bringing in the same amount of revenue.
He also said the state is giving Comal ISD another $200,000.
“Because of the surplus, the state is giving out more money and it is supposed to be used to lower the tax rate on the debt service side,” he said.
But, some residents still might pay higher taxes next year depending on the appraised values of their property.
In early May, about 39,000 property owners in the C omal Appraisal District received notices that the appraised values of their properties had been increased.
“It all depends on an individual^ situation mid whether the value on their property
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Sophienburg wins lease
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
The Sophienburg Museum and Archives won a long-term lease of the unused Dittlinger Memorial Library at a bargain price Monday.
The New Braunfels City Council unanimously voted to grant the Sophienburg Museum a 50-year lease of the library building with a 50-year renewal option for $1 a month.
But the council included an option in the agreement that it has the right to ask for an audit every five years to determine if the museum is fulfilling its mission to preserve local history with the building. If not, the lease could be voided.
“We have so many things we want to do, but we’re very limited with our space,” said Anna Lee Hicks, president of the museum s board of directors.
The museum originally had asked the city consider a property trade.
The museum planned to borrow money and buy the Float Inn property next door to the city’s tube chute at Prince Solms Park. The museum would then trade that property to the city for the unused library building, which has been vacant and for sale for more than a year following the opening of the city's new library. TTie former library is next door to the museum.
If the city' didn’t want to trade the two properties, the museum offered to buy the library for $325,(HK).
The Schlitterbahn Waterpark Resort is now buying the Float Inn property. And museum representatives surprised the council Tuesday by withdrawing its ofter to purchase the building and instead requesting a long-term lease at a “nominal" fee.
Attorney John Dierksen said the Sophienburg’s members indicated they preferred to get the building at a nominal fee and then use the organization's capital to improve the facility.
The former library will be used for storage on a short-term basis,
and then it w ill be used to expand the museum’s exhibits and offer more speakers and programs from children, Hicks said.
While the vote to award the lease was unanimous, some council members expressed misgivings about the arranged deal.
Councilwoman Juliet Watson led a failed eft'ort to delay Monday’s vote. She said she wants the Sophienburg to have the library' building.
“I’ve always felt that way, but I liked the offer last time better,” she said.
Councilman Robert Kendrick also expressed concerns about long-term leases previous councils awarded.
“I’m not sure (the proposal) makes good sense from a business standpoint,” he said. “From an emotional standpoint, it’s a little different”
But Councilman Larry Alexander said he is “proud” to agree to the lease for future generations of New Braunfels residents.
Also on Monday tile city council officially set an election for Nov. 7 to detemiine the future of die two types of sales tax the city collects — the 4B tax for streets and drainage and other improvement projects and the 4A tax for economic development.
The election includes two propositions. The first asks residents to allow the 4B money to be used to build and maintain amateur and youth sports facilities.
The second proposition asks residents to abolish the 4A tax and rededicate that one-eighth of I percent tax to the 4B fund.
The same proposition includes a provision to eliminate the caps on expenditures in the pool of money from the 4B sales tax. lf approved, there would be no limits placed on the amount of money spent on streets and drainage projects or any other legal project for the 4B sales tax.
The second proposition also asks residents to allow the 4B tax to be used for everything the law allows, including economic development and affordable housing.
New Braunfels Police Department Sergeant John Wommack and Manuel Guajardo survey the damage to an 18-wheeler that rolled over Monday morning at IH 35, just south of Rueckle Road.
K. JESSIE SLATEN