New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
CISD students’ decathlon win makes us all proud. Page 4
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 146 years ■ Home of Kmi Carpenter
14 pages in one section ■ Thursday. January 23.1997
R.H. Miller was contracted by the district to renovate Lone Star Primary. The project was to be completed by Sept. 12,19%, with $300 assessed for liquidated damages for each addition' a1 consecutive calendar day. The building was substantially completed Dec. 5.
“Even today, everything is not complete,** said internal auditor Rosanne Keeton. “There are still punch list items to complete.**
Lone Star principal Merry White said the delays and problems with leaks ruined supplies, books and a piano. She said they also created an inconve-NBISD considers damages against main contractor
not handled properly” said MacDonald. “It should have been handled better ” Board vice president Carlos C ampos told Miller he was not happy with the delayed completion, anti agreed with the mtcnm superintendent that the distnct is not responsible for the subcontractors “Whether this project is profitable for you or not is not any concern of mine or this board,*’ said Campos,
The board voted to postpone acting on the item until February, when Uxinie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finance, could be present to offer his opinion on the project.
contractors, and the project actually cost him money.
“I feel like I operated and worked in good faith with the school district," said Miller. “I feel like I don’t deserve to be punished any more by assessing the liquidation damages."
Construction coordinator Jim MacDonald said the project did not go exactly as the construction company was predicting. He said at one point it looked like the subcontractor lost interest and had fewer workers on the project at the end “My personal opinion is that it was
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nicncc for teachers.
“We spent many long and late nights up there mopping and cleaning up teachers’ rooms,” said White. “It was a very discouraging first semester.”
In a recommendation to the board Tuesday, the administration asked for a total of $20,400 in damages for the late completion date.
Rick Miller said he dealt fairly and honestly with the distnct. He said there were problems with supplies and subMfthdiy with#* front th# IhvilMMtiHttl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Michelle Cardenas, David Daugherty, Ken Carpenter, Joyce Kaderti, Mike CaUia, Karen Morris, Brent Holcomb, Mario Gutierrez, Kenneth Piper, Richard WOson, Randy Adams, Rubin (Pekin) Montanez, Ninfa Solis, Erica Schmidt, Steven Heynis, Sterling be Mortem (4 yearn old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Jake and Natalia Hartman, (9 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.By DENISE DZIUK
A construction compony renovating a school in the New Braunfels Independent School District may have to reimburse the district for missing the targeted completion date.GB RA joins in
(Saw RNMund In parts par cubic malar of air. Ii aormaiori prodded by Or Frank I tampa!)
Comal River — 206 cubic leat per second. same aa Tueeday Edwards Aquifer Percher Canyon Wet — 623 61teet above sea level, same Canyon Dam discharge —177 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —196 cfs Canyon Lake level — OO014 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
Board pledges $10,(KH) to aquifer irrigation suspension program
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MHU reports pumping 3.411 maori gaunt of turtaoa water Wednesday, and 3103 mMon galena of IMI water were ueed.
The Guudaiupe-Hlanco River Authority committed Wednesday to spend $10,000 in support of the Edwards Aquifer Authonty Irrigation Suspension Program,
OBRA General Manager Bill West said the action by the nver authority’s board of directors shows that it wants the program to work and succeed.
“We feel it is very important for the whole region to support this program,” West said. “It represents the first step for all people in the region to show support for the program.”
T he Irrigation Suspension Program is a first-year pilot program which is designed to conserve witter in Edwards Aquifer during possible drought conditions
The program pays farmers not to irrigate a certain number of acres with aquifer water for a year As a result, Ital! tile aquifer water used to irrigate a farmer’s crops would stay iii the aquifer while the other halt would he used by tither aquifer users Hie aquifer users are paying for the program
lite E AA needs farmers to pledge at least IO,(HK) acres of land for the program to work “We think in the long term that the program should be supported by and administered by the E AA in cooperation with tilt* Natural Resources I on-nervation Service and the IJ S lush and Wildlife Department,” West said Hie National Resources ( onserva-tion Service was formerly the U.S. Soil and Conservation Service.
West said he is trying to convince downstream Guadalupe River water users to throw their support behind the project
“The city of Victoria, subject to council action, I understand will commit $3,000,” lie said "We are soliciting and trying to get others to participate .such as the chemical industries Dupont, Union Carbide and lf P Chemical .”
All three chemical industries arc located iii the Victoria arca “They are unfamiliar with the program,” West said “We live, eat and sleep the Edwards situation Dunging them the importance of the situation takes time."
The EAA said 27,000 acres of land have been offered by 123 fanners for about $8 million The EAA has nar-rowod the list to 40 fanners and 10,000 acres of land
The Completer s Oft* rn altering Boduy# and applications
for tho Texas Tomorrow Fund The program allows Texas families to provide for their children's future college education at a current fixed cost.
The current enrollment period ends Feb. 18.1997.
Fa more information a an application, contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445-GRAD (4723), or Rep Edmund Kuenrv pel s office at (512) 463-0602
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It's Girt Scout Cookie time. The sale will run through Feb 14.
Girls will be selling the ever popular thin mints and seven other varieties at several local businesses and door to door.
Proceeds support local Girl Scouts For information call Karen McDonald at 625-9548 or Tanya Caldwell at 629-1901.
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AARP/IRS volunteers will provide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first come basis beginning Fob 1
This is a free service Please bring supporting paperwork (W2 and 1099s) and last year's tax return.
Times and sites are 10 arn to 2 p.m. Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Dittlinger Memorial Library, 1 to 5 pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a m. to 1 p m Saturdays at the Senior Center, and 1 to 4 p m Wednesdays and 9 a m to noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Center
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SQC. Enteh director Gladys Barding sud the ing.
wpnion la the kitchen area ii naadtd met. *Wc’rc enlarging our kitchre and brmgmg it up
"XbejxrokMow are really handicapped trying to fffliwifrriil for our home meals,”
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lava axMfk room in INB." She said the renovations will also provide more
Shirley KfUafraas, a nutritioniit who mareaes room for cuiiuit and future services. Barding said
Rte kittens cereteons, ired the current prap4ietion tpatf Mink Atwin1 prevent the center from being
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tetetfcVtefes rem make it crammed. Than. are 11 added space will help
fjwjjphlted refrigerators pieced dnfteMt the The entire expansion protest, which ie expect-
ijflfteTteiNfeOite* resee It fritted, rey edto be oomptetad in rtx to eight mcndis, will cost
*Wa plan about five days out,*' said Killer- roughly $680,000. Dawson said a third of that
fete."!*** fem, you dont remember (in which Burney he* already been faired and “many, many
refhfrtittor supplies are located), you just go spacial events we planned” for the near Alture to
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KaHareiau —kl the expansion will double the One of the And raisers waa a “Car for AM Sea-
size of the kitchen and include a large walk-tn sons.” Universal Motors donated four cars lo be
f rerMteawufc-mtofljpsretor.Shsiaidfheeco- driven during s year’s period. Hector Tamayo's
currently prepares 50 to 60 home delivered doughier, who lives in California, won the raffle,
resell a fey, plus meals for individuals# the cen- andgave the priao to her parents. The raffle ratted
W.Kailarmfln said the new tatohtei will be able to more than $8,000 for the expansion.
Life After Loss is a group support program of the American Cancer Society designed to help bereaved people better understand the grief process, their emotions and how to cope. Eiospice New Braunfels is pleased to offer this special support group for community members who are living with grief. The two-hour sessions will meet from 2 lo 4 p m every Wednesday for five weeks from Wednesday through Feb 26. There is no charge. Reese call 625-7500 for more Information
Herald /attung photo by Michael Darned
un* of ma lonovor trout from I routlast ar swims tnrougn snaiiow wstsr Wsdnssday at the Lands Pack 8prtng-fsd Pool. Offlclsia plan to soil th# leftover fish to the public Friday.
Girls basketball playoff races winding down. See Page 10