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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels .THURSDAY February 27, 2003 12 pages in 2 sections •mam* __    12    pages    in    2    seemHe R ALD-Z E ITU NG Vol. 152, No. 91 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fire marshal finds dozens of violations at CISDOn the ’Net To see the summary of the inspection of Comal Independent School District, and click'orT St^e"Rre*^00™ Marshal’s report of inspection of CISD. Says it's not uncommon for large districts By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Dozens of fire-code violations found during a series of state fire marshal’s inspections must now be addressed by the Comal Independent School District. The district received its fire-prevention progress report Feb. 20 from the state fire marshal’s office. The summary of the inspection of 19 district cam puses, office and maintenance facilities completed over three weeks in January shows the district has some makeup work to do. The state fire marshal’s office plans to inspect the district again in 120 days. Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford sought the inspections after conducting a pair of inspections at Smithson Valley High School, after which he raised serious concerns about fire safety. The report, prepared by state Deputy Fire Marshal Mike Menthols and released Wednesday, asks the CISD to address the concerns, which include: ■ Use of extension cords; ■ Obstructed exits or hallways; ■ Improper door locks; ■ Fire doors blocked open; ■ Improper storage; ■ Faulty' emergency or exitSee VIOLATIONS^ Center’s staffers dispute Valentine By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer More than a dozen retirees came to the Council Chambers at city hail Tuesday to defend the referral practices of the New Braunfels Highway Visitors Center. At a special city council meeting Tuesday night. District 6 Cou ncil-man Ken Valentine proposed the city, not the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, be the visitors center’s primary funding and management source. He presented a chart showing that the visitor center is now funded mainly by the chamber, which is a private organization. The result, he said, was that only chamber members get referrals from the visitors center and possibly lowering revenue due to loss of business. His chart asserted that if the visitors center was funded by hotel occupancy tax, which is public money, the result would be an equal amount of referrals from the visitors center and a potential for increased sales tax revenue and lower property tax. He said there would be no change in staff. Valentine said his main contention is that the center, which is located on public property, exclusively advertises for chamber members. Four staff members spoke out against Valentine’s accusations. Judith Davis said visitors See VALENTINES VALENTINE Flume 4B initiative goes to voters on May 3 ballot By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer An ordinance giving the voters the chance to divert economic development funds to street repair is on its way to the ballot. Citizens can vote May 3 on an initiative that would reduce the 4B tax and set a tax of a similar amount to be devoted to street repair. New Braunfels City Council approved the third reading of the ordinance during a special meeting Wednesday night. Though the ordinance was being considered in response to a petition signed by more than 1,000 residents, the initiative had to be read and approved by city council before making the baUot. Council heard Monday night the first reading of the ordinance with contenders and supporters urging the public to educate themselves on the issue before voting in May. Mayor Adam Cork said Monday he would open the item for discussion though council had “no option but to accept and put (the item) forth to ballot." District 2 Councilman Larry Alexander said Monday he would not do anything to stopSee BALLOTE Inside Abby .. ................5A Classifieds ...............2^8 Comics............... ................8A Crossword......... ................5A Forum 6A Local/State........ ...............4A 1 Movies ................5A Obituaries.......... ................3A Sports .............1-2B Today ................2A Key Code 76 • ■ 56825 0 3001 1 Swim, Iredale file in CISD race By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer Bill Swint and Lee Iredale have filed to run for the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees. Swint, of Garden Ridge, is seeking the District 7 seat; Iredale has filed to run for the District 5 seat. District 5 Trustee Deraid LaRue has not yet announced whether he plans to run for re-election. Iredale, a transportation director for the Judson Independent School District, said revenue generation and cost control are two of his main areas of concern. He also is interested in developing long-range goals to handle the rapid growth of the district IREDALE Swint and Iredale join Dora Gonzales, Rose C e r v i n , board President Dan K. Krueger and Randy Pawelek in announcing election campaigns. Pawelek was appointed to the school board in November 2002 to replace District 7 representative John Clay. Clay resigned after he and his family moved to Schertz, outside the district’s boundaries. Clay had represented the Garden Ridge area since 1996. His original term was good through May 2004. Candidates interested in filing for one of the four seats up for election can do so between now and March 19. The election is May 3. 'Hie school district is divided into seven single-member districts. For 2003, only patrons in Districts I, 2, 5 and 7 will vote rn the CISD election. Anyone interested rn filing for the election must be a registered voter; live in the single-member district they are filing for, and have been residents of the district for six months. Early voting starts April 16 and ends April 29. Polling locations will be announced later. Roundup time Goats, swine kick off 2003 livestock show By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer At a glance Comal County Junior Livestock Show TODAY ■ 8 am — Market goats and showmanship judged ■ noon to 7 p.m. — sheep and cattle arrive ■ 2 p.m. — Market hogs and showmanship judged ■ 4 to 7 p.m. — broilers and turkeys arnve, weighed, sifted and prejudged ■ 6 to 7 p.m. — sheep weighed K. JESSIE SLATEN/HeraW-Zeitung These little piggies went “wee" all the way to their pens. Several helping hands were needed to get these stubborn pigs to their assigned pens Thursday afternoon as arrivals began at the fairgrounds for today’s beginning of the livestock show. Show participants might take TARS at fairgrounds By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer About 200 Comal Independent School District students involved in the Comal County Junior Livestock Show might take TARS tests today at the Comal County Fairgrounds. CISD officials received written guidance from the Texas Education Agency at 5 p.m. Wednesday enabling students in grades four, seven, nine, IO and ll to take the test at the fairgrounds. CISD spokesperson Kari Hutchison said the district would determine this morning the exact time and location of the test, and that options included the Exhibit Hall at the fairgrounds or a nearby school. The students will have the entire day to take the tests. 'Hie Exhibit Hall will have tables and chairs, Hutchison said. And the hall is windowless, which should keep the students from being distracted. Hutchison said the district was told it had to offer the test today because it was See TAKS/3A The official arrival, check in and pen assignments for goats to be shown in the 35th annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show began at noon Wednesday. Pickups with trailers began backing into the Comal County Fairgrounds entrance early Wednesday. As temperatures hovered near the freezing point, children and parents unloaded young goats and pulled and carried them into pens near the main exhibit arena. Excused from school to participate in the show, the children wrapped their goats in cloth and denim to protect them from the cold. Tw o of the more than 200 goats registered for the show, Lucky and Loner, butted heads with the goats in the pen next to them. “It’s a good thing they See LIVESTOCK^ K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zertung Tiffany Schmidt and Laura Beth Hardin play a game of fish while watching their animals Wednesday afternoon as their parents and others talk about the TAKS test the students are scheduled to take Thursday. Parents were concerned that the new test would prohibit students from showing their animals in the annual livestock show today. ;