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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Abby.......................... .....5A Classifieds.................... ...5-8B Comics......................... ......4B Crossword.................... ......5A Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. .....4A Movies............................ ......5A Obituaries..................... .....3A Sports......................... ..1-3B Today......................... .....2A Coming Sunday Key Code /6 Bring wildlife to your backyard to liven up these dreary winter months. Experts offer advice for luring birds and other critters with plants and shelter/L ifestyle IC Experts fail to sell water pitch at forumLocal officials don’t buy elimination of junior water rights By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — A panel of water experts presented reasons Thursday why a key provision of Senate Bill I should be eliminated. About 50 people attended the discussion, sponsored by the Comal Area League of Women Voters. A number of Bulverde area and Comal County officials were also present. Thursday’s topic was the elimination of the junior water rights provision and what it could mean for Texas by “equalizing” the pressure on surface- and groundwater sources. In Comal County, where wells ran dry this summer and the Guadalupe River slowed to a trickle, it was a tough sell. Most who attended the forum at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium were not interested in statewide implications. Their concerns were much closer to home. They wanted to know what the provision might mean to this county were it to make it any easier to move Guadalupe River water elsewhere. Another concern was how big a “straw” San Antonio ultimately might sink into Canyon Lake. Pct. 2 Comal County Commissioner Jay Minikin is a vocal opponent of the elimination of the junior water rights provision because of its possible effects on Comal County. He challenged Susan Butler, San Antonio Water System director of water resources development, on a groundwater issue as well Thursday night. This past year, wells were drilled into See WATER/3A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Above, Hospice Administrator Joyce Fox, center, enjoys the open house Friday night of the new Hospice facility with social workers, nurses, nurses’ aids, volunteers, counselors and other administrators. Below, Laurie Buchanan, a San Antonio harp player, performs Friday night at the new Hospice building. New home Hospice starts a new chapter in a new building By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer A red-carpet path lighted by the soft glow of paper luminarias led visitors into Hospice New Braunfels’ new facility. Inside, the beaming faces of staff and creators electrified the Life Transition Center and staff offices. Hospice celebrated the near-end of more than a year of construction on its new facility Friday night during its open house, “A Night of New Beginnings.” “I didn’t have any idea that it would get to be this size,” John Manthey said. Manthey was the Hospice board’s first treasurer. “Back when we started, we thought we had lots of mpney if we had more than two weeks of payroll in the bank — and we only had one employee.” “All of us are going to die one day, but we can make that a quality experience,” he said. Hospice started in a steering committee in 1983, and has grown exponentially. Today the organization services about 160 clients a day, supports 45 employees and has more than 150 vol unteers. If the heart of Hospice is the staff, then its backbone is the community. From the construction manager and his time to Friday night’s silent auction items, it is clear New Braunfels has fallen in love with Hospice. On the auction table, attendants could bid for dinner for four, rounds of golf and a mini-refrigerator. See HOSPICES New BraunfelsHerald-Zeitung ..... —-  _ Bi_I —___—_Vol. 150, No. 54    16    pages    in    2    sections    January    13,    2001    O    imTTnrv    A    \    /    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Saturday Comal ISD launches search for new chief K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Janet Allen, the new executive director of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre, settles into her new office. Brauntex‘s director started as volunteer By Ann Cousin Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Janet K. Allen attended an information meeting about the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre in December 1999. A month later, she was in charge of marketing. Now just more than a year later, she is executive director of the organization that is converting the old movie theatre on San Antonio Street into a performing arts center in downtown New Braunfels. Allen has served as a board member and marketing director of the theater since this past January. Before becoming executive director, she worked for IO years with the San Antonio Performing Arts Association and four years with Art San Antonio. She also worked with the San Antonio Symphony and was administrative assistant for the Greater New Braunfels Arts Councd. “I like to do good for the community, and I’m just drawn to the non-profit,” she said. She was instrumental in helping the Brauntex reach its first fund-raising goal of $300,000, which included a $50,000 grant from the Kronkosky Foundation. “We have been extremely fortunate to have so many people wanting the Brauntex to succeed,” Allen said. “It is easy to get caught up in the enthusiasm to restore the historic building to a state of the arts center that will benefit all of New Braunfels. Benefit performances are a major source of income for the Brauntex. Performances by the San Antonio Symphony, the New Braunfels Community Chorale, the Music Study Club, Circle Arts Theatre, the Hill Country Chorus and the New Braunfels Theatre Company have enabled the Brauntex to keep the doors open. “We have had 10 performances so far, and seven of them were sold out,” Allen said. Allen will do a little bit of everything as executive director. She plans to send out a major survey to see what people want to see at the Brauntex and how they want to be involved. “It was a major leap of faith for them to hire an executive director,” she said. “We have many volunteers, and I will spend the first few months getting to know their talents in an effort to effectively direct their energies. I am excited about the future of the Brauntex!” See CISD/3A Waterwise group studies drainage ordinances By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The committee that is drafting rules to protect the county’s water from the impacts of growth continued its course on drainage issues Friday. An engineer who helped New Braunfels draft the drainage ordinance it adopted in November explained its highlights to Comal County’s Waterwise Growth Study Committee at its weekly meeting Friday afternoon. The Waterwise committee was formed in early fall to study water-related growth and development issues and help the county develop rules to deal with them. A nine-month moratorium was declared on small lot construction in the county to give the committee time to do its work. That moratorium runs out in June. This is the third challenge the Waterwise committee has been tasked with. In its early meetings in September, it reviewed and approved new county regulations for on-site sewage facilities. In December, it finalized new subdivision regulations requiring developers to prove water exists to serve their projects. Now, the committee has moved on to impervious cov er and drainage issues. This past week, it heard a presentation on Austin’s dealings over two decades with impervious cover and runoff. Comal County is working to increase its regulation of drainage issues in its subdivision rules. Currently, the county only regulates road runoff to the extent that it requires engineered drainage ditches on roads the county will take over. The chapter of the Texas Local Government Code that regulates subdivision requirements was expanded in 1999 to allow counties to go further. See WATERWISE/3A Major’s last day as superintendent: Feb. 9 By Jennifer Rodriguez Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees are on a tight schedule to find an interim superintendent, and they begin interviewing interim superintendent applicants Thursday. Superintendent Jerry Major will leave the school system Feb. 9 to begin his new job as --superintendent of Waco Independent School District. Waco ISD trustees chose Major to fill the empty spot in their front office on Jan. 4. CISD board president John Clay called a special meeting Thursday so board MAJOR    members could decide what to do and negotiate with Major, who has two years left on his contract with the district. The trustees emerged from behind closed doors after consulting with their attorney for more than three hours about land contract issues, Major’s contract and the board’s options for replacing him. “This is all new to us,” Clay said after the Waco announcement. “We will hit the ground running. We have a lot of projects we’re working on, and Jerry’s left us in a good place.” Trustees voted unanimously to accept his resignation with a few stipulations: Major has to complete performance evaluations for staff members who answer to him and CISD principals, as well as submit recommendations for contract renewals and non-renewals. He also must stay on at least five days with his interim replacement. WISD has been without a superintendent since the end of June, and school officials there said they wanted to get Major settled in quickly. CISD has about three weeks to conduct interviews and find an interim superintendent if Major leaves Feb. 9 as negotiated. His replacement would have to be named by Feb. 2 so Major could fulfill the five-day obligation to work with his replacement. ;