New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon plays Gonzales in district-clinching contest. See Page 1B
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Birthday wishes from th# Herald-Zeitung!
The Men' Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Earle Thomas, Maxine God* andes, Exa Rugbies, Michele Chandler, Sherry Lindsey,
Rhonda Jones, Rene Hickman,
Jo Free (Saturday), Linda Bon-nema (Saturday), Yumi Lawrence (Saturday), Kevin Wersterfer (Saturday), Alisha Mulkey (Saturday), Corrie Fey, Andreas I JI vin (14 years old), Ronnie McAlpin (18 years old, Saturday), Matthew Hernandez (14 years old), Rhett Higgs (ll years old). Joe Hernandez Jr.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Jack and Angeline Baske (56 years, Saturday), Alex and Mary Ann I jibowski. Chick and Arditi! Mueller (52 yean), Mr. and Mrs. Frank Young Jr. (44 years), Curtis and Maria Smith (13 years, belated, Wednesday), Rene and llieresa Garcia.
Ruben and Gina Gomez.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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The German American Society of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Mardi Gras dance at the Knights of Columbus Hall tonight.
Music will be provided by the Bohemian Dutchmen from 8 p m until midnight Tickets can be purchased from $6 at Centex Office Center. Chamber of Commerce and Lepp Juwelier before the dance Tickets are $7.50 at the door Beer, wine and set-ups are available BYOB For information call Florence Riedel at 625-2760. Helgard Suhr Hollis 625-6330. Elsie Lee Biesenbach (210) 438-3053 or Frances Copeland (210) 494-2107.
Young Artist Competition on tip
The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Saturday as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 p m. in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University Undergraduate and graduate music students compete for a $750 first place purse and a contract for one performance with the Mid-Texas Symphony in May with the renowned conductor Davis Mears
For information, call Caroline Weston at 606-0462,
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The San Antonio Spurs will play host to New Braunfels residents Feb. 15 when they battle the Atlanta Hawks during New Braunfels Spurs Night Tickets are now available at Vlvroux Sporting Goods. Prices range from $15 50 to $32 50.
County seeks plan for future fire, emergency needs
By DAVID DEKUNDER
How will the county meet future fire and emergency needs for the burgeoning population of western Comal County?
That is the task of a committee which will be appointed by Commissioners Court.
County Commissioner Danny Scheel said at Thursday’s Commissioners Court meeting that the committee is needed to address emergency serv ice concerns in the county.
“They are predicting that the population could double by 2010, which is 13 years from now," Scheel said. “I did a quick count. We have eight schools out there and another one is
being proposed. I think we need to look to the future so that we don't wake up one morning and find out we are not prepared.”
The function of the committee will be to look at the number of stations, the location of departments and the number of personnel who can respond in an emergency.
The committee will have two members appointed from each of the county’s four fire districts, two from each EMS district, one from the Bulverde Chamber of Commerce, one from the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce, one from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, one assistant county attorney. County Commissioner Jack Dawson and County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann.
Scheel said the county should look into getting a designated helicopter pad to land helicopters in an emergency.
“I have had a lot of complaints from people of helicopters landing out on the highway,” Scheel said. “When they land they literally shut down Highway 281."
Scheel said the county should approach the developer of a strip mall on Highway 281 and FM 1863 and ask if he is willing to donate land for a helicopter pad.
“It takes six to eight officers to monitor it and a fire truck,” Scheel said. “If we had a designated heliopad for the helicopters to land on then we would have a minimum number of personnel required for the landing."
There are four volunteer fire depart
ments in the county: Bracken, Bulverde, Canyon Lake and Spring Branch.
Willmann said the committee will have to look into the issue of manpower in the county.
“There are two (full-time) people in Bulverde and one in Spring Branch," Willmann said. "The (Bulverde-Spnng Branch) EMS has two on duty.”
The full-time personnel are on duty from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Willmann said volunteers help with coverage during the evening hours.
Willmann said it is hard to recruit volunteers because many people in the communities work in San Antonio.
"We have good relationships with the basinesses who allow their employees to take off and respond when we
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The second day of setaiom profiling the desired candidate for the superintendent position in the tie* Braunfels Independent School District wore held Thursday to get insight from additional community Md staff members.
Search consultant Hank Wheeler, with the Texas Anociation of School Boards, tact wiA principals, andor «*«»***«« Musted principals, former board members Md civic and business leaders to help develop a profile (br the March for a new superintendent. The Marob ie lo find a replacement for former Superintendent Cheries Bradberry, who became the superintendent of the Keller ISD on Jan. 1.
Wheeler said a big part of his job will be to sell NB1SD to prospective The groups
pointed out numerous benefits of the district and the town. High on the list for the second day were community involvoment and commitment, quality of fthtHnfrfm life, icmI pride, and location
’There’s a great deal of flofwiifrmcnt to the kids dffppfMp infef fdlKYtky we provide,” said Lone Ste principal Merry White.
Thursday’s meeting echoed many of Wednesday’s ideas. Members of almost every group said they wanted a superintendent who has integrity, honesty, a high degree of professional inn and financial experience. Many stressed the need for a
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good listener and a strong leader, and someone who is hero for the long haul. Thay also wanted someone who supports traditional education and has a strong academic background.
"lf we’re going to improve education, we have to stet at the fountainhead,” said a member of the se. r citizens and retired teachers group. "That’s why (the superintendent) needs to be sea-demic-onented”
Priority issues varied between groups. The principals said the individual would need to gin to know everyone, develop a long-term vision, begin intervention programs at lower grades and evaluate the current curriculum afid Instruction. Assistant principals were concerned with rebuilding the stability of the district and the sense of family Former board members were concerned with current strife in the district and dealing with the diversity in the community. Senior citizens were concerned with current conflicts Md division, such ss
a lack of respect for the superintendent, the seating chart md micro-managing.
“Unfortunately, the problem going on here now with the relationship between the board and the administration and the community happens more often dim it should. It just happens more here,” said a member of the senior citizen and retired educators group. "It's tough on the kids and the community and it’s divisive.”
The current seating arrangement, which places the superintendent at a table below the dais, was discussed in every session Thursday. Members wanted to know what ramifications, if any, it would have on the number or quality of candidates Wheeler said he is not certain, but that the board could still change its stance if trustees find the candidate they warn who makes that a condition of employment.
*1 still don’t agree with it,” said Wheeler “They may work it out where it’s not that bad and work out a negotiation, or And someone who doesn’t care.”
Wheeler said the comments made in the two days of sessions will be compiled and the IO items mentioned most often will become part of the profile and the brochure given to applicants. Anyone who could not attend the profile meetings, but would like to voice an opinion, can submit-comments in writing to Don Killough and Hank Wheeler, TASB, P.O. Box 400, Austin, Texas 78767-0400.
Safe City OKs address posting improvements
By ABE LEVY
The Safe City C ommission approved a recommendation to require improved posting of addresses throughout the city to help emergency personnel respond to calls, at its Thursday meeting.
The commission’s proposal will be
forwarded for legal review and then to City Council for its consideration
Police and EMS officials have said that finding the locution of an emergency call has been difficult since some addresses skip 20 to 300 numbers and fall out of sequence on certain city blocks.
The commission is recommending that addresses be visible from across
the street, posting be assigned a minimum height and discernible night or day and require posting for residents that arc far from the street’s curb.
Many areas in the city have overgrown brush or weather beaten signs that make the addresses less visible from the street, city officials said.
City officials hope the recommen
dations, if approved, w ill be followed through voluntary compliance and provide more specific guidelines than the current ordinance.
The commission has liegun a door-to-door campaign to educate the public about the current street address ordinance that requires visibility from the adjacent curb.
need them,” Willmann said.
The fire districts set up by the county can tax at a maximum of 3 cents per $100 valuation, Willmann said.
The county contributes $30,000 per year to each fire department.
Willmann said the county’s contributions help pay for the salaries of fulltime fire department personnel.
The toughest part of the committee’s assignment will be to figure out how to fund future emergency services, Willmann said.
“We will need to look into what type of funding mechanisms will need to be put into place,” he said. “Do we need to lobby the Legislature to allow (fire) districts to increase the amount they can charge? Will the county need to earmark more funding for this?"
Spechts Crossing lease gets approval
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Commissioners approved a revised lease Thursday for land near Spring Branch which the county wants to turn into a landing area for tubers and rafters on the Guadalupe River.
The commissioners approved a revised lease with George A. Deere for 8 acres adjacent to Old Spring Branch Road near Spochu Crossing.
"It is a very generous offer, a sincere gesture on Mr. Deere’s bchulf," said Tom Homsethy, County Engineer and Parks Advisory Committee Chairman.
Commissioners approved the initial lease in November. When Beere revised the first lease, two minor changes were made to it.
“We have made a couple of modifications," Homseth said. "Our liability would include injuries. It will be more specific. We added specific language to demolish anything on the property.” Homseth said there is a cabin on the land w hich tile county may want to tear down if it dites not fit in the development plans.
Beere has requested that the site be called Nichols Landing in honor of his mother. The county will pay Beere $ 1,500 a year.
Hie future development of the site is now in the hands of Commissioners Court, Homseth said
( ounty ( ommissioner Mix* Schwab said there is one alternative the county could explore.
“It could be we would do an interlocal agreement with WORD (Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District),’’ Schwab said. “And by talking with the manager (Jim Inman) and members of W( )R1), that is something they have indicated they would be interested in doing. It would be up to the w ishes of the court to see how to manage this thing ”
County Commissioner Jack Dawson said he would like lo see an interlocal agreement with W I JKD pursued.
“We would work with WORD and ask them to pay the $1,500 and to operate the park,” Dawson said The property and the lease become county property when Beere dies WORD has $64,163 dedicated to the project Inman said WORD is ready to work with' the county The county and property owners w ant to clean up the area w Inch was a favorite of families and campers until the county tore out the bridge on (Md Spring Branch Road a year ago and built a bridge upstream
Since then, officials said the area has been taken over by drug users, alcoholics and troublemakers.
In other business:
■ County (Jerk Joy Streator set the the special election to fill the Congressional seat of the late IJ S Rep Frank Tejeda tor March 15. The 28th ( ongressional District covers parts of New Braunfels and includes precincts 8, 12. 13, 14,15, 16. 17,25. 27,28, and 30. The deadline to file as a candidate is Wednesday. Early voting is Feb 24 to March 11
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