New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 46 20 pages in 2 sections
January 22, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
WORD questions commissioners’ moves
Officials criticized for veto of tax increase
By Bill O'Connell Staff Writer
Questions about whether Comal County officials had softened their stance on patrolling the Guadalupe River this season were raised Wednesday by both business owners and members of the Water Oriented Recreation District.
County commissioners were criticized for their recent veto of a proposed tax increase on lodgings located within the
special recreation district.
Members of the WORD board of directors said the district needed the money to fund $122,800 in law enforcement on the river.
“We're either going to get the money or we’re going to decrease law enforcement by $27,000,” said WORD president Bill Mayo. The $27,000 Mayo referred to was the estimated amount of revenue the district would lose as a result of commissioners’ action.
Commissioners’ court on Jan. 14 rejected part of a WORD proposal to use tax increases to pay for extra securi-
A look a the WORD budget
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ty patrols on the river. Commissioners struck down the WORD’S decision to raise taxes assessed to lodgings within the special district from 2 to 4 percent. The taxes — also known as “user fees” — collected by the district are actually passed on to customers, and are used to fund the district’s operating budget.
The WORD board scheduled a special meeting for next Wednesday to con-
Members of the Water Oriented Recreation District are questioning the recent veto of a lodging tax increase by Comal County commissioners. "We’re either going to get the money or we’re going to decrease law enforcement by $27,000," WORD president Bill Mayo saki.
ROOM CONNETT/ Herald-Zeitung
Spill slips up 1-35 traffic
ROBIN CORNETT /Herald-Zertung
Texas Department of Transportation work crews dean up spilled hydraulic fluid Thursday on Interstate 35 just south of New Braunfels. A dump truck operated by an Ingram Readymix employee slammed into the barricade on the northbound lanes and jackknifed. The truck then hit the barricade on the left side of the road. The crash closed both southbound lanes as workers moved the barricades to clean up the spilled oil.
Ingram Readymix dump truck jackknifes, causes long delays Thursday
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
An Ingram Readymix dump truck headed for New Braunfels took a detour Thursday when it jackknifed into a barricade on northbound Interstate 35 and blocked southbound traffic for parts of the afternoon and early evening.
A dump truck operated by an Ingram Readymix employee slammed into the righPbarricade about 3:30 pm, then jackknifed and hit the left barricade just south of the Engel Road exit.
The impact moved the left barricade into the southbound lane and spilled hydraulic fluid about IOO yards along both southbound lanes.
A truck driver headed for Dallas said the driver of the dump truck, who was traveling in the right-hand lane, slammed on its brakes when the car in
front of him stopped suddenly.
“I was driving behind him and he hit his brakes. The front end hit the right wall and then he jackknifed and went another 20 feet, and the middle of the truck hit the left wall,” Dallas resident Roger Cummings said.
Cummings said the truck had a “kink” in the middle connecting the driver’s compartment with the bed that caused it to hit both walls. “One end of the truck had to go somewhere,” he said.
Cummings said the truck was traveling 55 to 60 miles per hour.
Comal County Sheriff’s officers, Department of Public Safety troopers and New Braunfels Fire and Rescue crews were called to the scene.
DPS trooper Jim Shea said the accident did not involve other vehicles and no one was injured.
The dump truck was not carrying anything at the time of the accident, but hydraulic fluid from the truck spilled when it hit the wall, Shea said.
Shea said it was possible a citation might be issued to the driver of the Ingram Readymix truck for a traffic violation.
Traffic along northbound 1-35 was narrowed to one lane as Texas Department of Transportation work crews cleaned the fluid and removed pieces of concrete from the roadway.
Southbound traffic was detoured to the frontage road at the Engel Road exit and was backed up to Walnut Avenue even an hour after the accident.
TxDOT crews brought in sand to spread along the slick southbound lanes. John Hood, engineering technician for TxDOT, expected it would take crews one to two hours to sand the entire area.
Louis Gonzales hangs another photograph Thursday morning inside the Comal County Courthouse lobby in preparation for today’s 100th anniversary celebration. The festivities are set to begin at 1:20 p.m. outside the courthouse, which was formaity dedicated on Jan. 22,1899 — exactly 100 years ago.
Courthouse celebration set for today
From staff reports
One hundred years ago today, Comal County Courthouse was dedicated officially to the citizens of die county
Beginning at 1:20 p.m. today, the county t residents
can join in wishing the grand old courthouse a happy 100th birthday.
Main Plaza will be closed to traffic from 12:30 pm to 3 pm for the parade.
All three of the county^ high school bands will play alongside vintage cars and horse-drawn vehicles.
The parade will begin in the IOO block of Casten Street, turn left on West San Antonio Street and travel around the plaza.
A German-language choir and barbershop group will provide the songs to complement a reading of the activities at the dedication from Jan. 22, 1899.
Commemorative pins will be available to buy at the ceremony for $5 each.
The courthouse will close for business at noon today so employees can join in the celebration. The rotunda of the courthouse will be open for tours, and its walls will be adorned with photographs chronicling the county^ history.
WHAT: Comal County Courthouse 100th birthday celebration WHEN, WHERE: 1:20 p.m. today, Main Plaza WHY: To commemorate the dedication ceremony on Jan. 22,1899 —100 years ago NOTE: The Main Plaza will be closed to traffic from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. today for a parade
CISD preparing for battle over teacher salaries
lower than districts in both Bexar and ComalStudy: District’s pay far lower than others in area
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Comal Independent School District will fight in a tug-of-war for teaching staff next year in the face of higher salaries and new positions in surrounding districts.
A recent study by a district retention committee found CISD teacher salaries were
The retention committee was formed in October 1998 to investigate the district’s turnover rate and retention of CISD personnel.
Information provided by Carol Wemli, director of human resources for CISD, showed the district’s entry-level teacher salary for an employee with a bachelor’s degree was $23,500.
Surrounding school districts have com
parably higher salaries for teachers with no experience — New Braunfels ISD, $25,000; North East ISD, $25,700; Noithside ISD, $25,776; Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, $26,109; and Seguin ISD, $24,000.
Starting salary for teachers with a master^ degree, but no experience, was $24,000 in CISD.
Surrounding school districts also have higher minimum teacher salaries for personnel with master^ degrees — New Braunfels ISD, $25,000; North East ISD, $27,200;
Northside ISD, $27,292; Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City ISD, $27,359; and Seguin ISD, $24,300.
“Employees are looking around at other districts and seeing what’s happening,” Wemli said. ’Teachers can drive down the road and be in another school district with a much more favorable salary.”
Wemli also said neighboring school districts offered higher stipends and signingSM SALARIES**