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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas YHURSDA Area    football teams set tot tonight's scrimmages — Page 1B 50 CENTO * xx X X * * * X- X -X- X X X X X X X I- >'i' * V . k ' -aunfels yidd-ZeitiL X X X X X X X X 16 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, August 28,1997    Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than    145 years ■ Home of Joy and Chart— Schrtowor 20332 MOO? 10/22/99 SO-UEST MICROPUBL.ISHING 2627 E YANDELL. DR EL PASO, TX 79903 SI Vol. 145, No. 206 Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1B-2B Comics.........................................6A Marketplace.............................2-6B Dear Abby....................................3A SLimmtisi h Birthday wistiss frotn Ila Herald TaitiiyT The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Melody Carlisle, Kathy Cook, Claris Neef (ll years), Thomas larajr. (29 years), Mary Lou >bai, Barbara Girlando, oaquin Hernandez (21 years), hail Vttanueva and Loam Kostroun (7 years). Happy Anniversary wishes go to , oy and Charles Schriever (46 rears) and Roland and Roma lob (32 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Inside boden Count Molds —2,830    Grass —4 Ragweed —14    Pigweed —trace (Rolan rn—wri rip— per abc meter of ar. Mansion provided by Dr. Rack Hampel) River Information Comal River — 306 cubic feet per second, down 4 from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 625.47 feet above sea level, down .04 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge — 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 311 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.87 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) NQU reports pumping 6.960 rrafcn gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 2.464 mBon galore of we! water were used. WajallP Partly cloudy, highs In th* 90s Told gill — Partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s South winds near 10 mph. Friday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the upper 90s. South winds near 10 mph. Outlook, for I pfior Doy wooliQWd — Partly cloudy. A slight chance of showers or thunderstorms Labor Day. Lows in the mid 70s. Highs in the mid and upper 90s prc ii Mini PRW I nu aal McKenna Memorial Hospital now has a new address. The old address. 143 E. Garza St., has changed to 600 N. Union Ave. City cofnvnittss hosts meeting* eeyyio m The city of New Braunfels’ Community Development Advisory Committee will hold neighborhood meetings on Sept. 2 at the cafeterias of Lone Star School, 2343 W. San Antonio St., at 6 p.m. and Lamar School, 240 N. Central Ave., at 7:30 p.m. to discuss social services and projects needed in neighborhoods. For information, call 608-2100. Dunlap spWgats gets cleaning The water level in Lake Dunlap will be about 18 inches below normal so the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority crews can conduct a “washout and inspection” of one of the three spillgates. Work will be finished by Friday Road woifc Texas Department of Trans portation work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. Numerous exits will be closed, but traffic lanes should remain open. Crews also will be applying a new overlay on I-35. Northbound lanes will be reduced to one lane today. New campus needs - • / Just-opened CISD campuses still have room for improvements By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Ever notice how even a new home isn't perfect and needs some improvements and changes? That is a lesson Comal Independent School District administrators are learning about three intermediate schools that opened in December and January. Included in Comal Independent School District's Long-Range Planning Committee recommendation for dealing with growth were renovations requested by various campuses in the district. Although Mountain Valley, Canyon and Arlon Seay intermediate schools have not been open a year, school officials are requesting changes. Even Spring Branch Middle School, which won’t open until January, has a requested for $855,000 in renovations. “I’m confident everything on there is needed,” said CISD superintendent Jerry Major. “Some are just more critical than others.” Kent Niemann, with planning consultants Pfltiger Associates, said campus representatives and pnncipals were given questionnaires about what was needed at each campus. He said survey teams also went to each school to look at code compliance and needs. “That allowed the staff to have good and bad input into what they needed or wanted,” he said. Niemann said (ha lists of requests were prioritized by school officials and consultants who ranked them into three priority categories. Only top priority items currently are being considered. “I think these items are getting looked at one, two, three and four times, so nothing’s really going to get by without several passes,” Niemann said. Board president Dan Krueger said having a complete list of what it would take to make an ideal campus was helpful. However, he said that did not mean ideal campuses would materialize. The subcommittee created last week was looking at only top priority items, he said. “The committee will scrutinize everything to see if we really need Turn to Nttdi, Page 2A Herald-Zettung photo Damall Lait then a year old, Canyon Intarmadiata School baa found naed for items such as rubber treading for the stairways and a safe wad along tho stairwell to increase safety. Top requests CANYON! S Covered pity area SOOHOO (pri- ority C) B Special education office area— $40,000 (priority B) ■ Entrance to parking lot onto Churchill Drive—$40,000 (priority A) MOUNTAIN VALLEY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL ■ Add 4,000 s.f. covered play area—$60,000 (priority C) ■ Add special education office area—$40,000 (priority B) ■ Shared auto and bus drop with elementary—$140,000 (priority B) ARLON SEAY INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL B Carpet classrooms—$70,000 (pn-orityC) B Add 4,000 s.f. covered play area—$60,000 (priority C) ■ Asphalt in lieu of 2-course for drives—$60,000 (priority B) * fists of various requests The principals at three new Comal Independent School District campuses arc ready to explain their requests. Canyon Intermediate School principal Maggie Hanna said once students arrived cm the campus in January, she was able to get a better idea of where sidewalks were needed and what kind of improvements should be made. She said she would not have known where children would cut across the grass or how much mud they would track in until they were actually on campus for a while. “You almost have to be in a school for a while before you find ‘You almost have to bo in a school for I while before you find out some of His floor points of traffic move — Canyon Intermediate principal Maggie Hanna out some of the finer points of traffic movement,” Hanna said. Hanna’s campus, which has priority I requests totaling $77,000, is Turn to Campy—, Page 2A Amtrak talks get on rail with city NB, train officials discuss day trips , By ABE LEVY Staff Writer AUSTIN - The New Braunfels Eagle? Maybe not, but for $6,200 each round trip, this city could have the red, blue and silver of an Amtrak train roll into downtown for a one-day trip from San Antonio. City and Amtrak officials met at an Austin hotel Wednesday for about two hours to negotiate the possibility of creating a one-day charter service to tap into the San Antonio tourist market. The train would leave San Antonio at IO a.m. and leave New Braunfels at 4 p.m., providing passengers with at least four hours to spend money at downtown stores, museums and restaurants. The idea would take advantage of a Texas Eagle train that sits idle in San Antonio Mondays and Saturdays en route to such locations as Fort Worth. The day-trip idea would use the downtown train depot museum operated by the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modeling Society. The meeting was the first time Amtrak named its price for the idea. City officials, local organizations and business owners plan to meet soon to discuss their next step. The city would pay Amtrak $6,200 for each round-tnp train service, a crew and insurance but would not include marketing, food and bev erage service. Those services would be left to the city and would require a united effort from the community to ensure the plan’s success, city representatives said. A group of six city representanves at the meeting included Mayor Jan Ken-nady, officials from the New Braunfels Clumber of Commerce and downtown business owners, who expressed support for the idea. “This is a real possibility,” Kennady said. “Anything is doable in this community if the citizens want to do it. We have to be sure there’s a real mar-Tum to Amtrak, Page 3A CISD budget forces penny pinching By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Kenny Franklin is one of several department heads who plan to pinch every penny of this year’s Comal school district budget in an effort to make up a $168,000 shortfall. The director of transportation for one of the fastest growing school districts in the state makes sure about 6,000 children can say “here” at the start of each school day. He said he hoped more money would not be requested this year from the Comal Independent School District Board, but realistically, he said, it could happen. “For us in transportation, it’s difficult,” Franklin said. “There’s going to come a time when we run out of fuel money and we’ll need help.” CISD trustees unanimously approved a $46,938,349 general fund budget Wednesday night that included a 9-cent increase in the proposed property tax rate. A tax rate hearing is set for Sept. 15, then the board will consider adopting a tax rate at its regular meeting Sept. 24. The money in the budget can be spent starting Sept. I. Board president Dan Krueger said he Turn to Budget, Page 3A Financial facts The CISD budget approved Wedneeday included: ■ Salary increases for teachers, nursts end librarians were an average of 5.7 percent. ■ Pay bikes for other staff wars 5 ■ The budget’s proposed tax rate is $1.73 per HOO of valuation: A $100,000 home with a $15,000 exemption and CiSO's optional 20 percent exemption would coat $1,124.50 in taxes, a decrees* of $106.50 compered to last year. Offices closed for Labor Day In observance of the Labor Day hokby, amouli tyi ofBcee w« be doped, to start running those errants now is vvpbtop oiishtom * ar a* » Bitte Now Braunfels Municipal Building and the Comal County Courthousa tdi ba doead Monday. B City «an$ptfon end \    dMNBki    bpt gflRP UF|giNI and trash cane out as aartv aa ooaatote. I SB bs ss ■ Th# county rural recycling program wM dosed Monday. ■ Postal units will bo closed on Monday adh tho acception of tho Airport Mall Facility in San Antonio. Thole wB ba no distribution to Post Office boxes on Monday. Mail si not bt ooHsct- hom ootocbon boons on Mon-unlsss a holiday odledion is indicated on tho label. Mott banks el ba doaod. have an anend to Mkt „ on Monday at a business [ feted hero, you ■ii ail i Iii IMI Morales to attend Triad ceremony Texas Attorney General Dan Morales will attend a signing ceremony of the Comal County Triad organization at 3:15 p.m. today at the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Center, 655 Landa St. in New Braunfels. Texas now has some 70 Triads around the stale. “Texas has more Triad organizations than any other state in the country,” said Morales. Although the Triad program is nationwide, it is organized at the community level. It is a partnership among three groups concerned with protecting senior citizens from crime. The groups are local police chiefs, sheriffs and senior leaders, including members of foe American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). Easy way to go mm T dr ' >'    Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Damall Tsnnsr Dsbsrry takas a rids on mom Krthy’s cart white making dakvsrtes on San Antonio Shoat WadnaadayArchives Anonymous — Page 10A; student news and photos — Pages 8-9A ;