New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sgt. Limmer passes polygraph test
By Leigh Jones
Comal County deputy sheriff Sgt. Jimmy Limmer passed the polygraph test he took Wednesday to prove he knew nothing
about his wife’s alleged involvement in embezzlements at First Commercial Bank.
Sheriff Bob Holder told the Herald-Zeitung he was elated.
“We know he is a man of integrity, and we knew it all
along,” he said. “We just had to prove it. He’s now clear.” The questions Limmer answered during the test were designed to find out what he knew about his wife, Lynn’s, situation July I, well before she
resigned from the bank July 19.
“As far as I’m concerned, its over,” I Iolder said. "Jimmy still has a tough road ahead of him, but all we can do is be here for him.”
With Limmer’s polygraph
behind them, the sheriff said his department was through with its involvement in the
“If any local law enforcement See POLYGRAPH, Page 3A
AT A GLANCE
■i First Commercial Bank announces New Braunfels branch has new manager, replacing Lynn Limmer.
See story on Page 3AAir traffic control tower construction hovering on 4B board donation
AT A GLANCE
■ When: 6:30 p.m.
■ City Hall Conference Room A, 424 S. Casten Ave.
By Leigh Jones
Construction on the new air traffic control tower at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport is set to begin in less than a month — as long as the Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board approves the money to pay the contractors.
Board members committed to the project when it was proposed earlier this year and are set to approve $1.5 million Thursday to make it a reality.
Once approved by 4B, the expenditure must be approved by city council before it can be spent.
Airport Manager Andy Spinks said the structure would go up
quickly once construction begins.
“It’s a really short timeframe because it’s really just a big box with a glass room on the top," he said. “It should be finished by Feb. 21.”
By March I, Spinks anticipates planes will be landing at the airport with assistance from air traffic controllers.
The tower is just one part of an extensive plan to turn the city’s airport into an economic development powerhouse.
Current tenant Silver State Helicopters plans to spend $15 million on new hanger and classroom space and a fixed base operations center to increase its presence on the tarmac, and it s not the only company eyeing
New Braunfels for business investment opportunities.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Corporation Director Rusty Brockman said the city continued to see a lot of interest in the airport property.
As part of plans to expand the
See BOARD, Page 3A
CISD to take
doser look at bond issue
A NEW START
By David Rupkalvis
The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees learned a lot more about a potential bond issue Wednesday but stopped short of agreeing to ask voters to approve the issue.
The bond could tot id up to $160 million and trustees could decide to move ahead with a plan in a matter of weeks. In order to get an election before voters in the Nov. 8 general election, trustees would have to approve the bond package by Sept. 7.
While the bond would add increased debt to die district, it would likely have little impact on the district’s tax rate, j Currently, Comal I County residents pay I $1.82 per $100 in i assessed valuations to j the district, meaning a I $100,000 home costs I $ 1,820 yearly in prop-j erty taxes.
With some existing I debt paid off, anticipat-j ed growth and I increased property val-: ues, Communications j Director Kari Hutchi-i son said the tax rate : could actually drop 2 cents next year even if the bond is approved.
“It will have little or no impact on taxpayers," I lutchison said.
I lutchison said the district’s student population was expected to grow from 13,100 this year to 18,645 in 2013.
The proposed bond has been on the drawing board for almost a year as a citizen-led planning committee worked to identify what the district needed to do to deal with rapid growth. Comal ISD has been growing at a rate of 600 to 800 new students each year, roughly the same number of students in an elementary school.
Last month, the Strategic Planning Committee presented its findings and recommendations to the board. Since then, trustees
See BOND, Page 2A
AT A GLANCE
• What: Update plans on the CISD bond issue
U When: 6 p.m. Aug. 25
• Where: Comal Elementary School
• A second meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Aug. 29 at Canyon Intermediate
Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung
Rose Cervin, left, remains seated as the rest of the Comal ISD school board rises to congratulate Dr. Marc Walker on his new position as superintendent of the district after a 6-1 vote in his favor Wednesday evening.
Walker named CISD superintendent by 6-1 vote
Bob Wickman, left, speaks with Dr. Marc Walker Wednesday evening after the Comal ISD school board voted 6-1 to hire him as the district's new superintendent.
By David Rupkalvis
Minutes after he was named superintendent of Comal Independent School District, Dr. Marc Walker went to work as the district discussed a potential bond election.
Walker was appointed superintendent by a 6-1 vote, ending an eight-month process that saw trustees cut down a list of applicants from 69 to just Walker.
Walker comes to Comal ISD experienced with fast-growth districts and especially with bond issues. The former teacher and coach has served as deputy superintendent at Pflugerville ISI) since 1999. During that time, he led two bond issues that were approved by voters.
Walker won t officially take the
job until Aug. 30, but he was active in the discussion Wednesday.
“This is my forte here," Walker said. “I ve done this a lot.” Trustee Rose Cervin voted against Walker’s appointment, saving she could not support any candidate without first seeing a contract oudining what the district was off ering.
“Why are we approving a contract we haven’t seen yet?” Cervin asked. “I requested a copy.” Board President Dan Krueger told Cervin that until the appointment was approved, the board was unable to negotiate a contract. I Ie added diat the final contract would be similar to the one former superintendent Nancy Fuller received.
See CISD, Page 2A
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