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Vol. 153, No. 238 10 pages, 1 section
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Public to discuss Texas 46 future
By Bon Maloney
SMITHSON VALLEY — The Texas Department of Transportation is conducting a public meeting Wednesday night to get advice and input on
future construction of Texas 46.
The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. in the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium located on FM 3159.
Greg Malatek, TxDOT area engineer for New Braunfels, said the purpose of the meet
ing is for transportation planners to present a concept for future improvements on the main east-west road through Comal County — and to hear the public’s suggestions and opinions for the work.
Right now, Malatek said,
TxDOT has funding for building an overpass at FM 2722 and widening Texas 46 by one lane between Loop 337 and FM 2722.
“Those two projects are coming in the next few years,” he said.
No money has been appropriated for work beyond that, although officials anticipate that plenty will need to be done, Malatek said.
“This is our initial meetingSee TXDOT, Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
Public meeting on Texas 46
■ Time: 7 p.m.
Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium. located on FM 3159NBISD to set election for 2 seats
By Leigh Jones
Two New Braunfels Independent School District trustees might be counting down their last days of service on the school board.
When the board I meets tonight, mem-| hers will vote to call an | election on Nov. 2 for I the District 2 and 4 I seats.
Currently, Jorge Mal-i donado, who also is I board president, I serves District 2, and Penelope Biggadike
serves District 4.
Filing for the election began Aug. 2, but no one has announced a candidacy,
See NBISD, Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
I What: NBISD school board meeting
I Tima: 7 p.m.
Education Center Board Room. 430 W. Mill St.
the Homa Commis-skMi an Environmental Quality and the Alamo Ara Council of Governments has dedared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day
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City discusses fiscal year, appraisal vote
By Scott Mahon
New Braunfels Qty Council on Monday approved the second reading of ordinances for the city’s fiscal year 2005 budget and tax rate.
The third and final reading will be Aug. 23, when council is scheduled to adopt a tax rate of $0.4483 per $100 valuation.
The proposed tax rate is almost 8 cents more than the 2004 rate of 37.11 cents, and includes 12.8 cents for debt payment, including a $26 million bond
See COUNCIL, Page 3AUPDATES
Tracking the newsGuerrero improves after accident
LAST WE KNEW: Eustacio Perez Guerrero was struck Wednesday while riding his bicycle on Seguin Avenue.
LATEST: University Hospital officials said Monday Guerrero's condition had improved to fair.
NEXT: Guerrero, 82, will be released from the hospital when his condition permits.
Chris Moos, left, stands on one of the underwater boulders at the mouth of the Prince Solms Tube Chute while his brother Shawn stands on the natural bottom.Brauntex Theatre receives sprucing up for third season
By Leigh Jones
Armed with paint brushes, ladders and a box of doughnuts, nine volunteers entered the lobby of the Brauntex Theatre and went to work Saturday morning.
With less than a month to go before the third season of live performances opens Sept. IO, the workers had a lot of “sprucing up" to do.
“We're doing mainly cosmetic stuff before the season opens,” said Jay Brewer, president of the theater's board of directors. “This is a labor-intensive effort that doesn’t require a lot of capital.”
IWo volunteers clung to ladders outside the building, repainting the ticket booth and poster marquees. Inside, three more painters worked on the balcony walls, which
used to be covered in three different colors.
As Jan Kotylo coated trim in the lobby and the theater with a glossy coat of red lacquer, she recalled the building’s history as a downtown hot spot.
“People come here for the nostalgia,” she said. “They tell us stories of courtships played out in this very balcony This theater is an icon to the revitalization of downtown.” Originally opened in 1942, the theater showed movies until it closed in 1998. The facility sat unused for two years before a group of concerned citizens bought, renovated and opened it as a traditional theater. Now the historic landmark hosts traveling shows with national talent, as well as local performances.
“When people come to
See BRAUNTEX, Page 3A
Recent discoveries in Comal River leave some concerned about safety
By Scott Mahon
During the summer, Charles Reger of Austin drives to New Braunfels each weekend to enjoy the Comal River. But two weekends ago, he injured himself after sliding down the Tube Chute and hitting a submerged boulder.
Reger was taken to McKenna Hospital. He thought he had broken an ankle.
“I’m an experienced tuber, and I’ve been down the Tube Chute a thousand times,” he said. “I knew when I hit that boulder that it was something new, and hadn’t been there before. As it turned out, my ankle wasn’t broken, but I tore a ligament, so I ve been on crutches and in a walking boot.”
Reger said he wanted to be sure no one was injured.
“The rock I hit is a serious danger to tubers, and no one was aware of it,” he said. “A lot of kids ‘surf’ the tube chute and dive in at the end. If one of them were to dive to the left, there’s a real possibility that death could occur if they hit that rock.”
Bill Averyt of Bryan said he was floating down the river and discovered “several steel bars protruding from the river bottom underneath the (Garden Street) bridge, just downstream of Stinky Falls.” “They were about 3 feet long, and bent at right
angles,” he said. “The river where they were was 2 to 3 feet deep, and the current was strong. It'd be very easy for someone to get a foot or leg caught and wedged between the bar and the river bottom.”
Averyt also wanted to prevent future injuries.
“I understand the river has its inherent hazards, and that they will always be there,” he said. “But this particular hazard deserved immediate attention."
Neither Reger or Averyt blamed anyone for their injuries, and city officials agreed with Averyt’s observation that “the river has its inherent hazards.”
“The river isn’t a private business amusement park,” said Qty Manager Chuck Pinto. “It’s a natural resource used for recreation, and subject to natural events, like floods, that move things around and downstream. The river can change every night” City Attorney Charles Zech pointed out that the city’s liability for accidents and/or injuries is limited.
“The Comal River is state property,” he said. “Typically, cities are immune from liability because of sovereign immunity.”
Zech said more than a half dozen state and/or federal agencies could have jurisdiction on the rivers, including
See RIVER. Page 3A
DAVK) INGRAM/ Herald-Z ettung
Susan Brewer, left, and Patty Thompson repaint a poster holder outside the Brauntex Theatre Saturday afternoon.