New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 275
Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung extends birthday wishes to: Jo Lynn Buntin (17 years old), Jo Cooper, Jessica Luna Salazar (belated) and Raul Espinosa.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Chaar Fund donations sought by newspaper
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund kicked off its 15th campaign to provide food for local needy families on Nov. 17.
The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County.
To donate to the Cheer Fund, call 625-9144 and ask for Carol Ann Avery.
■ George and Cheryl Guidroz — $100
B Anonymous — $10 H La Mujer Tejana, Mary Alice Mendez, president — $25
■ Today’s total — $1.547.48
City Counoil plans . ethics workshop
City Council is conducting a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 424 S. Casted Ave., to review an ethics proposal. Council is expected to vote on the policy at its Dec. 9 meeting.
The proposal establishes an ethics commission, defines conflicts of interest, places limits on campaign participation and additional employment for all City Council members, boards, commissions and employees.
For information or to pick up a copy of the 11-page proposal, call 608-2100.
Cookbooks on saki to fund scholarships
Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholarship Fund are now on sale for $6 50 apiece at Carl Schurz Elementary School.
For more information, call Linda Bingham at the New Braunfels Independent School District.
Chikflron’s Museum to open now exhibit
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels is having a grand opening for its new exhibit, “Growing Up in New Braunfels," from 5 to 7 p.m. Dec. 5 at the museum.
Roach for a Star needs toys, cash
Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys, cash and time to help give to local children.
We will be wrapping on Dec! 21, starting at 10 a.m., and Dec. 22, beginning at noon, at Red McCombs Universal Motors.
For more information, call 629-9387 or 608-9406.
Advent Vespers takes place today
Advent Vespers, the annual communitywide choral concert, is set for 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church.
The New Braunfels Music Study Club sponsors the event, which funds music scholarships
Trustees to discuss options for school chief behind doors
By DENISE DZIUK
The New Braunfels Board of Trustees will meet again on Tuesday to discuss how to select an interim superintendent and a replacement for departing Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
At least a portion of that meeting will be behind close doors where the board will talk about who to consider among district employees as an interim superintendent.
Bradberry accepted a position with the Keller Independent School District near Fort Worth. Though he has not officially resigned from NBISD, he has announced that he will begin work in the Keller system in January.
The board met twice the past two weeks to discuss possible interim superintendents and a process for selecting a replacement.
It meets again at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.
The meeting will begin with a closed session, during which the board will “receive information from employees” and discuss current employees as the potential acting superintendent.
Trustee Bette Spain asked for the session. She said discussions last week between trustees and Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis about his interest in the interim position, which included drawing feedback from other trustees and staff, was
Trustee Bette Spain asked for the meeting, saying last week’s talk with Assistant Superintendent Lonnie Curtis about his interest in the interim superintendent position was inappropriate for an open meeting._
inappropriate for an open meeting. Spain said the closed session will allow the board to talk about particular employees and ask personal questions.
“Unless they give you the authority, you can’t talk about them out in public like that,” Spain said.
According to the Texas Open Meetings Act, section 551.074, the board is not required to conduct an open meeting “to deliberate the appointment, evaluation, reassignment, duties, discipline or dismissal of a public officer or employee.”
However, Nancy Monson, executive director for the Freedom of Information Foundation of Texas, said not all meetings dealing with discus-Tum to NBISD, Page 6A
HerakJ-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The New Braunfels Fire Department responded to a car fire Friday evening on Buelneet Loop 36 near Bluebonnet Motors. When firefighters got to the automobile, a 1990 Mercury Topaz, it was engulfed in flames. Firefighters extinguished the fire in four to six minutes after receiving the call. According to fire department reports, the driver stopped the car when he noticed it running badly. A driver behind him noticed smoke coming from under the car. There were no Injuries. The fire caused $5,000 in damage.
As mony ae 2£00 people viewed the hoepioe tree lighting and Santa's arrival Friday Plaza for Festtage ’96.
Tree lighting attracts thousands
at the Main
By ABB LEW
Hundreds of school-age children raced each other around the Gazebo at the Main Plaza Friday night, played pickup games of football and asked mom and pop for food money, knowing their parents would be feeling extra generous.
Parents put up little fight and handed their children the money as they leisurely chatted with friends and gazed at the hundreds of Christmas lights draped around just about every non-living object in sight.
Pail of Festtage visitors and residents alike flocked to the Main Plaza to celebrate the annual hospice tree lighting, parade and arrival of Santa Claus and his elves.
Pam Brandt, chairwoman of the tree lighting, said up to 2,500 people attended the festivities Friday night, including about 400 children who lined up to tell Santa Claus what they want for Christmas.
“We had a lot of people that felt it was wonderful to
Wa had a lot of poople that fait It was wondarful to visit. Evsryona was festive and happy and loved tho things that we wars doing downtown.’
Pam Brandt Festtage ’96 chairwoman
visit,” Brandt said. “Everyone was festive and happy and loved the things that we were doing downtown.” Brandt said all the money raised Friday goes back into the lighting event for future years.
Organizers have worked since the beginning of November to set 14) all the lights for the courthouse, Hospice tree on top of the New Braunfels Utilities building and local buildings and trees, Brandt said.
Canyon Lake, San Marcos mull water deal
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — San Marcos C ity Manager Larry Ciilley continued this past week that he and an official with the Canyon Lake Water Supply C orp. had talked about a joint venture to build a water transmission pipeline from the lake to San Marcos.
“We have had one discussion about it,” Ciilley said. “I consider it to be extremely preliminary.”
Ciilley said three to four weeks ago Dale Yates. Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp. general manager, came to his office and talked about the possibility of the water supply corporation treating the city's share of Canyon Lake water, which is 5.000 acre feet, and sending it through a pipeline to a point on Ranch Road 12 west of San Marcos.
“The Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation has talked to me about it and indicated to me they had the available water supply and were interested in discussing it,” Ciilley said.
CLWSC has plans to build a plant in 1098 near the Canyon Lake Shores subdivision on the north side of the lake to treat 4 million gallons per day.
The proposed water treatment plant would occupy 16 acres, big enough for expansion if needed, Yates said.
“We could increase the size of the plant,” he said. “It is an excellent site for delivering water on the northside of Canyon Lake.”
Yates said if CLWSC and San Marcos should ever enter into an agree
ment. a proposed pipeline probably would leave the water treatment plant, go along FM 306 and follow FM 32 into Hays County before stopping at the delivery point west of San Marcos on Ranch Road 12.
“San Marcos would pay their prorate share of the costs, which would be for the treatment .costs and the pipeline,” Yates said. “We would build the treatment plant and do a joint venture on the pipeline, maybe even a joint venture on the water treatment plant. That would need to be worked out. We might be able to work something out with them in which we could use some of their water. They could sell it to us on a temporary basis.
“We have real opportunities for financial savings," he said. “It could bring costs down "
Through a contract with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, San Marcos has the rights to the 5,000 acre feet of Canyon Lake water.
San Marcos has recently signed an interlocal agreement to develop ajoint regional water surface treatment plant with GBRA that would bring water in from Canyon Lake.
Under the details of that agreement, a raw water intake and pipeline would be built by GBRA from Lake Dunlap. The water from Canyon Lake would flow down the Guadalupe River, to Lake Dunlap and into the pipeline, which would transport the water to the city’s surface water treatment plant scheduled to be in operation by the summer of 1900.
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Canyon Lake rescue squad shows signs of getting bigger, better
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE —Since its reorganization three years ago, the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services has undergone many changes that have improved the quality of its services to residents in the Canyon Lake area.
That commitment to quality continues with the unit’s recent purchase of a $15,000 EKG heart monitor/defibrillator/pacer that will help rescue workers in the field, EMS board President Robert Reed said.
“The reason it (heart monitor) is important is because it will allow us to cut a significant amount of time in initiating definitive care to the heart attack victim,” Reed said. “It will greatly enhance the time we can begin definitive care. It can diagnose a heart attack in the field and notify the hospital en route and then the hospital will begin
“We are breaking ground on something that has never been broken here be lore.”
Three years ago, the C anyon Lake EMS had no home to call its own. The EMS system had put its two ambulances in fire stations at Canyon Lake. The ambulances themselves were worn out and were not meeting the needs of the community. Reed said.
“Three years ago we were fully voluntary and we had an annual operating budget of less than $50,000,” Reed said.
Now Reed said the estimated 1997 FMS budget is projected to be at $250,000.
One turning point came when voters in the Canyon Lake area approved the formation of Emergency Service District, which established the authority to tax residents to provide money for EMS operations and services.
CLEMS has a contract with the district to pro
vide medical services.
Reed said when the needed revenues came in three years ago, the first thing the CLEMS board of directors did was to begin looking for a new home for the EMS.
It found that home in a former welding shop in Sattler.
“We purchased a 5,000 square Riot metal warehouse which is centrally located,” he said. “Then with help from many volunteers both in the organization and out, we spent an additional $60,000 and added dormitories, a kitchen and offices.
“Essentially we turned a 5,000-square-feet empty building into an EMS building.”
With dormitories rn the building. Reed said EMS personnel on duty can spend the night at the station and be ready for any emergency call.
And the unit now has two reliable state-of-the-art ambulances to meet the needs of the people in the Canyon Lake area. The ambulances
were purchased in 1995 and 1996 for $75,000 apiece.
“Then we hired a full-time administrator to oversee the day-to-day operation of the EMS,” Reed said.
CLEMS has 30 volunteers and part-time paid staff' members.
"Beginning a year and a half ago, we began to staff the ambulances with paid staff ,” Reed said. “We created a pool of part-time paid personnel ”
The level of training for EMS personnel has stepped up to another level and gotten better. Reed said
With part-time paid personnel, this guarantees that the CLEMS will have an emergency medical technician or paramedic on duty during the day.
Reed said the unit has plans to hire additional full-time help within the next year to provide around-the-clock coverage and reduce emergency response times.
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