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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels WEDNESDAY July 16, 2003 ———.p.    .jppMMp    14    pages    in    2    sectionsHerald-Zeitung Vol. 152, No. 209 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 * 50 cents State sets lofty price tag on CISD attendanceTIA agy * I CISLO* isy s ‘Robin Hood’ payoff larger than previously expected Cam- CISD owes the state $1.4 rotten in property taxes earned off an average daily attendance of 13,384 students. i it only owes the state I $243,000 in prop-: arty taxes earned off I an average daily i attendance of I 13,643 students. By Sean Bowlin Staff WriterThe difference More than $1.2 mtton for 250 students. Comal Independent School District trustees learned Tuesday if a state funding template is correct, CISD will have to pay $1,464,093 in “Robin Hood” funds. Abel Campos said the district will appeal the Texas Education Agency’s estimate. Omar Garcia of Region 13’s Education Service Center told the district May 29 it would pay about $832,000 to the state under Chapter 41, or Robin Hood, a school district fuding formula that takes money from “property rich” districts and redistributes it to “property poor” ones. Campos said TEA estimates the average daily attendance for CISD at 13,384. Campos claims that figure actually is 13,643. That, he said, explains the disparity between his contention CISD owes the state $243,000 and the state’s template, which says the district owes $1.4 million. “That 259-kid difference is worth about $1.2 million,’ pos said. Campos said CISD was officially notified of its Chapter 41 status in a July IO letter from TEA. The letter said the estimated wealth per weighted daily attendance is $312,144. That exceeds the state allowable maximum of $305,000. Campos said since CISD has been notified it is officially in See ROBIN HOOD/3A Weather wary Officials keep watchful eye on Claudette By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Local officials said they re prepared and the New Braunfels American Red Cross office is ready to open shelters or offer other assistance if Claudette necessitates it. As the storm hit land Tuesday, its speed doubled to 14 mph, and bands of wind and rain pelted New Braunfels. National Weather Service Meteorologist Ken Widelski said the storm would dump two to four inches of rain in most places around Comal County and six to eight inches in isolated areas. “It’s moving faster than anyone expected,” Widelski said Tuesday afternoon. “There will be flooding in low water crossings and sustained winds of 30 to 40 mph with gusts to 50 mph.” At 6 p.m. Tuesday, the NWS office in New Braunfels reported the hurricane had been downgraded to a tropical storm. The storm is expected to run its course in this area by early Thursday. Tara Brinkkoeter, American Red Cross branch manager for New Braunfels, said her agency is ready to provide assistance if needed. “We have contacted the emergency management coordinators for our areas and contacted the school districts and other facilities we can use for shelters,” Biinkkoeter said. “We don’t have anything open locally, but we’ve contacted our volunteers and let them know we might need them. We’re ready to go if need be.” Comal County Emergency Management Coordinator Carol Edgett said the county’s Emergency Operations K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZaHung Rain mixes with water pouring off the fountain in Main Plaza Tuesday night as bands of isolated storms that formed the front lines of Tropical Storm Claudette started through See WEATHER/3A the area. Meteorologists say to expect two to four inches of rain today. Inside Dear Abby.............4A Classifieds..............36B Comics...............6A Crossword.............6A Forum................5A Obituaries.............3A Sports................7A Today.................2A TV...................2B a "56825 00001    1 Man charged in fatal DWI accident By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Magistrate Ellen Salyers set bail at $115,(XX) for the man suspected of drunken driving in an accident that killed a 7-year-old Fort Worth boy. Joseph Mitchell Conrad, 49, of Spring Branch, stands charged with intoxicated manslaughter, three counts of intoxicated assault with a vehicle and drunken driving in the crash that killed Matthew Cobble Monday evening on U.S. 281. Cobble’s mother, Amy Cobble, 37, remained in University Hospital in San Antonio in stable condition Tuesday afternoon. The boy’s father, Gregory Cobble, 38, was discharged, a hospital official said. Hospital officials would release no infor- Finance report filing failure could mean fine By Dylan JimEnez Staff Writer Forgot to file Three candidates in the New Braunfels May election could be fined $100 a day for missing a campaign finance report filing deadline Tuesday. campaign finance reports for 2003 NB municipal election. I Reports for PACS, Gale PoepteH, Valerie Hu!l/3A I More on campaign c ontnbutionsnrhursday District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull, former Councilman Robert Kendrick and former Councilwoman Debbie Flume all missed the 5 p.m. deadline. “lf a report is determined to be late, the person required to file the report is civilly liable to the state for an amount determined by commission rule, but not to exceed $100 for each day that the report is late,” according to Texas Ethics Commission law. Once a campaign treasurer is appointed, the candidate is responsible for filing periodic reports until a final report is filed, according to the Tbxas Ethics Commission Web site. A calendar of those filing dates is distributed by the Secretary of State’s office every year to local filing authorities that pass the information on to candidates. Candidates were supposed to file with the city secretary’s office. City Secretary Michael Resendez said his office was only a collection point for the reports and was not responsible for reminders or for enforcing deadlines. FLUME HULL See REPORT/3A I KENDRICK Plan might double some city park fees By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer Fe«s take a hike mation about the condition of Gretchen Cobble, 2, who was also injured in the accident. Department of Public Safety troopers will continue their investigation into the accident, in which they believe Conrad’s northbound pickup crossed the center stripe and collided with the Cobbles’ minivan about one mile south of Rebecca Creek Road. An accident reconstruction team is expected to go to the site to review the collision within a few days. The case built by DPS trooper Joel Machost will be presented to the district attorney’s office to be submitted to the Comal County grand jury, which will decide whether probable cause exists to indict Conrad on the charges. Conrad had not posted bail late Tuesday, Family fun could soon cost a little more in New Braunfels. Monday, city council passed an ordinance raising city park use fees. If approved twice more at separate council meetings, usage fees for city park amenities would double in some cases. The ordinance is both housecleaning and an updating of the parks department fee schedule. The city currently charges $5 for anyone using individual picnic tables on Saturday, Sunday or holidays. The proposed ordinance sets individual picnic table rates at $5 for residents and $10 for nonresidents on those days. Although there are no current fees for some areas, Nef-fendorf said the amenities are busy enough to assume the new fees would not discourage use. Picnic fees have not been adjusted since the 1980s, and aquatics fees have not been adjusted since the 1990s. “Parks don’t support them- The following fee schedule for group areas and pavilions would be In effect on Friday, Saturday, Sunday and holidays between the first week in April and the last weekend in October for residents and every day. year-round for nonresidents: ■ Dance Slab, $75 ■ Gazebo, $75 ■ Cypress Fiend Pavilion, $110 ■ Ernest Eikel Pavilion. $75 ■ Selma Pavilion, $75. selves,” City Manager Chuck Pinto told council. He also said he felt the city had short-changed the parks department in the past. Parks officials said increased fees were necessary to maintain operations and capital costs. “It takes a lot of labor to clean (Landa) park up and put it back in perspective as a beauty spot of Texas,” John Allen, chairman of the parks and recreation advisory board, said. Allen told council it toofc, the board several months bpi See FEES/3A ;