New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns and alumni tie in annual game. See Sports, Page 5.
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Vol. 144, No. 62
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Andreas Lavin, Matthew Hernandez (13 years), Joe Hernandez Jr., Jonathan Burke (IO years), and Teresa Biggs.
Happy anniversary to Curtis and Maria Smith.
Mold —170 Cedar — IOO
(Rotten measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 278 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.82 feet above sea level, down
Herald-Zeitung searches for Eagle Scouts
The Herald-Zeitung is attempting to develop a list of all those in Comal County who have attained Scouting's highest honor, the Eagle.
lf you are an Eagle Scout, please call the newspaper at 625-9144 so that your name may be included. We will request your address, phone number and the year you earned the award.
Creation of a local organization of Eagle Scouts is being considered and, should that materialize, the list compiled by the Herald-Zeitung would be used to contact potential members.
As the list develops, it will be published periodically so that readers may look for the names of Eagle Scouts they know, and may offer the names of those not yet on the list.
See the Spurs
March 2 will be New Braunfels Community Night at the San Antonio Spurs-Philadel-phia 76ers game in the Alam-odome. Sponsored by the Downtown Rotary Club and Vivroux Sporting Co., the event will benefit the New Braunfels Art League Building Renovations Fund. Tickets and seat selections are available at Vivroux Sporting Co., Walnut at IH-35 near HEB. for $10.50, $22.50 and $32.50 each. Another $10 will take care of bus transportation if desired. For more information, call Vivroux at 606-4080.
The New Braunfels Art League is renovating its two-story building with basement as money is available. The NBAL Gallery at 239 W San Antonio St. is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a m. to 5 p.m. Monthly meetings, several classes, workshops and painting groups provide the members with many activities.
Friends of Education to moot
Canyon High School Friends of Education, will meet Thursday, Feb. 8 at 7:30 p m. in the school library.
Bereavement Support Group to moot
Bereavement Support Group meets Feb. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Comal County Senior Center. Call Jan Harrison at 629-8181 for information.
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It’s D-Day for Ingram plant in Bulverde
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Three Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commissioners (TNRCC) today will decide the fate of Ingram Readymix’s proposed concrete batch plant in Bulverde.
“We will have an estimated 50-60 people coming on buses and carpools (to die meeting),” said Citizens League for Environmental Action Now (CLEAN) President Kate Mathis, whose group is opposed to the plant. “We are hopping mad about this.” CLEAN will be represented by. Mathis, Bob Barton, Austin attorney Stuart Henry and other members. Project manager-vice president Gary
Johnson and San Marcos attorney John Hohn will be on hand representing Ingram Readymix.
The meeting will be held'at the TNRCC headquarters in Austin. The three commissioners — Chairman Barry McBee, John Baker and Ralph Marquez — will listen to both sides state their cases before deciding on whether or not Ingram should be granted the standard exemption.
Ingram is planning to build the concrete batch plant at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863.
As many as1,600 residents signed a petition asking the TNRCC to hold hearings on the standard exemption. Plant opponents have expressed concerns relating to air, water and traffic
problems the plant could pose to Bulverde.
The TNRCC grants standard exemptions to concrete batch plants which emit less than 25 tons of particulate matter per year.
Hearings presided over by Administrative Law Judge Bill Ehret were held in September for three days in Austin and at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative. In late December, Ehret recommended to the commissioners that Ingram be granted the standard exemption, stating that they had met the requirements for it.
CLEAN supporters have accused the TNRCC of being biased toward Ingram during the hearing process and helping change 20 pages of the appli
This is a charge that both Bruce Ingram, president of Ingram Readymix, and TNRCC staff attorney Scott Humphrey have emphatically denied. Humphrey said the hearings were held in an impartial and fair way.
“I don’t have any hope (that TNRCC will reject the exemption),” Mathis said. “I think it is a done deal. They (TNRCC) have opened up a can of worms. They rigged the hearings against the citizens and have lined up for the industries. The TNRCC thinks we will go away but the worse they treat us, die more we will keep fighting back.”
Speaking on behalf of CLEAN will be County Judge Carter Casteel, State
Representative Edmund Kuempcl and State Senator Jeff Wentworth.
Wentworth said he is going to attend the meeting to convey the wishes of his constituents in Bulverde.
“My staff and I have worked with them about their concerns.” Wentworth said. “As an elected official, I will be their voice to state their opposition to the plant because they have serious concerns about it relating to water, traffic and air pollutant issues. I believe the 4.2 acre site is too small for what they want to do. Also, there is a lady (Louise Lindsey) who lives 400 feet from the site and who has severe health prob lems.”
Johnson said he would discuss the case after the meeting was over.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Hector Torres tries to drive to the hoop against Hays at the Cougar Den last night. Canyon won 47-40, to keep its playoff hopes alive. The New Braunfels Unicorns and Smithson Valley Rangers are still in the playoff hunt as well. See Sports, Page 5, for full coverage.
Forum focuses on changes in education
By DENISE DZIUK
Various public officials and personnel in education, probation, health and human services from Comal, Guadalupe and Gonzales counties met Tuesday as part of a Community Based Information Series focusing on young people in the community.
The event, which was sponsored by the Education Serv ice Center and Community Resource Coordination Groups, hosted the event to share information regarding recent legislative changes affecting young people.
“Everybody’s in the same boat. There’s not a county that doesn’t have problems,” said Kyle Barrington, executive director of Teen Connection.
Attorney Jim Walsh, of Walsh, Anderson, Underwood, Schulze and Aldndge, was the keynote speaker, and spoke on how Senate Bill I impacts schools. Walsh said Senate Bill I began back in 1993 when the Texas Legislature repealed the entire Texas Education Code. However, the change was made effective Sept. I, 1995, which gave the legislature tune to rewrite it.
“In effect, they gave themselves two years to rewrite the Texas Education Code. They worked on it for those two years, and came up with this,” he said.
Walsh said Senate Bill I is actually smaller than the original education code He said the new code also contains five basic philoso
phies. He said these philosophies have a big impact on school administrators and the actions they can take.
The first philosophy set out by Senate Bill I is establishing local control He said Senate Bill I does a “pretty good job” until it gets to the area of student discipline He said the new law states what the standards are for expulsion and placement in an alternative education program (AEP).
The second philosophy is that more resections have been placed on expulsions.
“We have less local control in student discipline than ever before,” said W alsh. "Despite all the talk about zero tolerance, we actually have fewer avenues for student expulsion.”
Walsh said the third philosophy is that AEP is a major part of education and requires careful planning in establishing it. He said another philosophy is that children in the Al P should be kept separate from the traditional classroom
“The theory is put them in separate set tings, and life will he peaceful and calm for the rest of the students," he said
Walsh said the final philosophy is that edu cation requires cooperation He said this involves parents, agencies, schools, and policy makers.
Following Walsh, representatives from the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission and the Texas Youth Commission spoke about some of the changes facing their agencies, and how they are being dealt with
Bond lawsuit leaves CISD scrambling for cash to finish construction jobs
By DENISE DZIUK
The hoard of trustees for the Comal Independent School District had to change its plans and proceed with preparations to sell and refund outstanding bonds to make funds available for completion of current construction projects.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the board onginally planned to sell the remaining $8.5 million from 1994 bonds and refund the 1974 and 1985 outstanding bond issues with the sale of the 1995 bonds. However, the sale of the 1995 bonds has been delayed due to the appeals process of litigation, he said.
Splitting the older bonds out and issuing them separately will cost the district about $70,000, but the move is needed to avoid halting construction projects already under way.
“(The sale of the combined bond issues) would have been a larger amount that translates into lower interest rates and a better deal,” said Major.
The sale of the 1995 bonds has been temporarily blocked bj a suit filed by two Canyon Lake residents alleging that the bond election violated election and education codes. On Jan. ll, a visiting District Judge dismissed the case. On Jan. 24, the court again dismissed the suit following a request for reconsideration. The judge stated there were no grounds for a retrial or rehearing. However, the district must still wait for the appeals period to end before those bonds can be sold, and Major said there is no way to tell how long the bonds will be tied
up in court.
“I would like to think it will be over in 30 days, but it could be 30 months,” he said.
Board President Jim Middleton said the district could not wait any longer to sell the remaining bonds because the money is needed to complete construction on intermediate schools currently being built.
The board approved allowing the district’s financial advisors to proceed with the preparation of documents necessary to sell the $8.5 million in bonds and refund the 1974 and 1985 outstanding bond issues. Abel Campos, CISD director of finance, said breaking the 1994 and 1995 bond sales apart will cost an additional $70,000. The sale willbe approved at the Feb. 9 board meeting.
In other business, the board discussed possible names for the new schools. The naming committee for the New Braunfels Canyon Area 5th and 6th grade campus recommended the name of Canyon Intermediate School, and suggested the halls, wings, and floors be named after CISD educators. The Mountain Valley area naming committee submitted the name of Mountain Valley Intermediate School for that campus, with Guadalupe Oaks as their second choice. The committee from the Smithson Valley area was not ready to submit a name.
The board also hired several new principals. Leigh Ann Dees will be at Mountain Valley Intermediate, Dr. Hope W. Erickson at Mountain Valley Elementary, Margaret M. Hanna at Canyon Intermediate School, and Frances Penland at the western campus intermediate.
Cost of flood warning system for Guadalupe put at $80,000
By DENISE DZIUK
Representatives from several local entities met Tuesday to discuss plans for an early flood warning system along the Guadalupe River and possible funding sources. However, the system will not be in place by this-summer.
Bill West, General Manager of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, said several entities have shown interest in an early warning system for the Guadalupe River. He said the meeting was a chance to “bring everybody up to date” on its progress, and discuss possible funding measures.
“We need to remember, this isn’t for the benefit of the tourists. It’s for the protection of property and for the safety of the people, and that includes residents,” said County Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo" Evans.
Tommy Hill, GBRA chief engineer, said the Edwards Underground Water District already has seven rain gages and three river gages in place. He said the information from these could be accessed, but four additional gages would need to he installed in the river’s watershed area.
“River gages are nice, but they’re not as critical as the rain and where it’s falling,” said Hill. “With these five sites (including one of the EUWD gages), we think we can get a pretty good idea of what’s going on in a flash flood."
Jean Older is rescued by EMS workers during a flash flood on the Guadalupe River at the end of Memorial Day weekend last year. She was camping along the river.
Hill said a computer system will need to be installed that can gather data from all the Edwards’ sites as well as the new ones. The information gathered would then be sent to GBRA by microwaves. Hill said critical points would be set, such as two inches of rain per hour, and the system would issue an alert at that point.
“It would alert our people in Seguin, and it would automatically dial up your sites,” he said. “You would get redundant notification from the system and from GBRA”
Hill said accessing the EUWD sites would require the use of the same vendor for the equipment. He said the estimated cost of the early warning system is $80,000. He said other options have been looked at, but they did not involve any real savings.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said the cost may not seem so bad if enough entities
get involved. GBRA has $ 15,000 already set aside in their budget for the system. The possibility of getting the City of New Braunfels, the Army Corps of Engineers, The Lower Colorado River Authority, and the Water Oriented Recreation Distnct involved was discussed.
“It would seem to me that WORD might find this is something worthwhile to participate in,” said WORD Manager Jim Inman. Inman said he would discuss the issue with the board.
Hill said he estimates continuous maintenance to cost about $7,500. West said this was an unavoidable cost because the system must be maintained if it is to last.
“If you ignore them, they won’t work when you need them. That’s the bottom line,” he said.
The group will hold another meeting in approximately 30 days.Buchanan rolls over Gramm in Louisiana caucus. See Opinion, Page 4.