New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, July 23,1997
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Beth Bronk, Lola Murphy, Desiree Velasquez (14 years), Brett Nelson, Delia Rake (80 years), Laura Lynne Anderson, Analisa Garcia (13 years), Jimmy Matamoras, Johnnie Mondin (68 years), Cecily Tristan (4 years), Marvin Gooden (26 years) and Oscar Diaz Sr. (belated).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Rey and Lucy Rosales.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli625-9144.
(Rotor) measured in pert! per ntftr. meter ct Ut. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
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Comal Rtosr — 318 cubic feet per second, down 2 from Tuesday.
Ettorards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet — 626.29 tost above aaa level, down 05 from Tuesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 5.180 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 807 cfs Canyon Lake level — 921.58 feet above sea levsMAbove conservation pool.)
NSU reports pumping 6.683 mien galore of surface water Tuesday, and 1730 mason gallons of we! water were used.
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Today — Mostly cloudy morning becoming partly cloudy by afternoon High in the mid to upper 90s. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
■ Tonight — Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy after midnight. Low in the mid 70s
Thursday — Mostly cloudy morning becoming sunny by afternoon. High in the upper 90s.
HBHP cawHddtf to attend forum
The nine candidates running for school board seats in New Braunfels Independent School District will be at the League of Women Voters forum at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Education Center For more information, call Mary Hitch at 609-3275.
Son* 1-36 southbound axite stfl ara doood
Motorists traveling on Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and San Antonio need to keep in mind that some exits and entrance ramps are closed. The only entrance and exit ramps open are Solms Road in Southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market 2252/482 in west Schertz. The Farm-to-Market 3009 exit is also closed. However, all lanes of traffic will be open.
Also, Rebecca Creek Road and Gruene Bridge are closed because of the high-flowing Guadalupe River.
Q§t back-to-schoo! immunizations oariy
School will be starting in less than a month, and children will need to be immunized prior to the first day of school. The last two weeks before the beginning of a school year is a busy time for the county public health department so get a jump start on this. For more information, caH the county health department at 620-5595.
NBISD candidates speak at forum
By CHRIS CREWS
If Tuesday’s voter forum proves a true indicator, the local district is headed toward a kinder, gentler school board.
Insight and passion shared the podium with platitudes and cliches Tuesday night when all nine candidates for New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees met at a voter forum to present their ideas for improving edu
cation in the district.
About IOO teachers and other interested citizens turned out for the forum sponsored by the local chapters of die Texas State Teachers Association and Association of Texas Professional Educators.
In contrast to the rancor evident at many board meetings last year, Tuesday’s meeting was characterized by civility and polite behavior.
Unity in the district, discipline policy, standardized test
responsibility and the quality of the faculty were topics that drew the greatest and most passionate response from the candidates.
After opening remarks by the candidates, each responded to questions submitted in writing by the audience.
Christine Barney, who has three children in New Braunfels schools, said the forum was a good way to compare all candidates.
“I was open-minded when I came here tonight” Turn to Forum, Page 2A
The voting process
■ Early voting in the Aug. 9 constitutional amendment election and the NBISD trustee election is taking place from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Comal County Courthouse annex (third floor), 150 N. Seguin St., and from 8 arn to 5 p.m. at NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
■ A total of 360 people have voted so far in the NBISD election and 353 people have voted in the special election.
■ See related editorial — Page 4A
Pilot suffers broken legs in southwest Comal accident
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Carf Laurie Berino of Ban Antonio suffered two broken lags Tuesday afternoon when hie ultralight aircraft hit a railroad track thrusting it forward onto Its nose.
By ABE LEVY
A San Antonio nun suffered two broken legs and an injury to his eye when the ultralight plane he was flying crashed into a railroad track in southwest Comal County Tuesday afternoon, officials said.
* Carl Lewis Sa vino of San Antonio was taken by AirLife to Brooke Army Medical Center at about 5 pm after his Challenger ultralight plane stalled as he was attempting to land, police and witnesses said.
He was conscious and breathing after the crash.
Savina, 52, was the pilot and owner of the two-seat plane he had recently bought, officials said.
He was flying the plane solo for the first time when he crashed into the Union Pacific Railroad track next to the Kitty Hawk
Flight Park. 20180 Farm-to-Market 2252.
“It wasn’t pretty. He bled off too much air speed,” said Ken Albin, a flight instructor who was the first to the accident scene. “Everything would have beal all right but he hit the track. It wouldn’t have happened had he had a little more training.”
Albin said Savino was practicing to become an ultralight plane instructor.
Ultralight pilots are not required to have a license or register their planes with the Federal Aviation Administration, officials said.
Department of Public Safety officials and Comal County Sheriff s deputies filed incident reports but said they did not plan to investigate further.
A witness who asked not to be identified said Savino was practicing earlier that morning in another plane.
Savino was headed for Zuehl Airport, a few miles southeast of the field across Interne 35 when he circled back to land. the rifeness said.
He was about 30 to 40 feet in the air when he approached the runway and then hit the railroad track with the nose of his plane, foe witness said.
“He turned and came back around,” he said. “I noticed he was getting real slow. He had a nice approach but he was getting too slow. He didn’t make it so we hurried over here”
Savino was listed in serious condition at BAMC at press time.
Emergency personnel who responded were: the Comal County Sheriff s Office, Department of Public Safety, Garden Ridge Police Department, Schertz Police Department, Randolph Region EMS and Bracken Volunteer Fire Department.
AG: City controls NBU land purchases
By ABE LEVY
The city of New Braunfels has ultimate control of land that New Braunfels Utilities purchases, according to a much-anticipated Texas attorney general’s opinion handed down this past week.
The decision ends a six-month wait for the opinion and addresses a long-standing dispute between the city and NBU, who have disagreed on topics such as water rights, transfer of profits, personnel policies and property’ ownership.
City officials said they believed the opinion outlined NBU’s role as a city-owned utility subject to the city council’s discretion.
“NBU is somewhat unique and has broader powers, but sometimes it has acted independently as if council were not involved,” said City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom Murphy, who initiated the effort to request the opinion almost one year ago.
“I think it is a great step forward. It resolves a lot of issues and opens the door to communicate.”
But NBU officials said they believed the opinion did not address a key element that would bnng the question of land ownership to a close.
While city officials say the attorney general s opinion supports their claim that they could sell NBU land, utility official* said the AG’s opinion didn’t specify who has final say whet bond cov enants are involved.
NBU land that is purchased with NBU revenues is subject t bond covenants. In many cases that gives the final decision«. using the land to the NBU board of trustees, not the city council, said John Dierksen. NBU’s attomev
Land can’t be sold until the NBU board of trustees removes the land from its lists of properties that are needed for the utility’s efficient operation, Dierksen said.
“I don’t disagree. I think (NBU land) is legally owned by the
Turn to NBU, Page 2A
Decision could affect fate of east NB property
By ABE LEVY
A recent attorney general’s opinion could have an impact on the use of about 44.42 acres of land that the city-owned utility bought 28 years ago.
New Braunfels Utilities bought Comal Park in east New Braunfels with revenue bonds in l%d for $50,000 from the City of San Antonio Public Serv ice Board.
The land was bought in the name of the city of New Braunfels and earmarked for possible expansion of the North and South kuehler sewer treatment plants, w hich are adjacent to the park NBU trustees also said it could be traded at a future time
Turn to Decision, Page 2A
Comal ISD weighs growth suggestions
By DENISE DZIUK
Coma! Independent School District's long-range planning committee has laid out its plan for dealing with future growth in foe school district to foe CTSD board of trustees.
Trustees now must weigh foe recommendations against the dollars needed to fund the plan.
The committee, which met about a dozen times since it was formed in February, recommended a plan to address growth into foe 2002-2003 school year.
The plan would eliminate intermediate campuses, breaking grade levels info elementary, miAde school end high achoo) campuses. It called for rrnovtioni! and fxptnsrmf at campuses and construction of a new
high school and two new elementary schools. It also called for an upgrade in technology.
Under foe proposal, Goodwin Primary would be converted to an alternative school.
The new grade alignment would also reduce the number of times a student would have to change schools and would aim to maintain neighborhood schools by minimizing the chance of split pea groups between campuses.
The projected cost of the recommendation was $105.5 million.
“While that dollar amount is ova-w helming, we understand we might not get all of it” said committee member Charles Burt. “We felt we needed to let foe board see all of it. The com-Tum to Growth, Page 2A
CLWSC develops emergency plans
By DA VV) DEKUNDER
SATTLER — Hoping to avoid a repeat performance of the potable wata shortage after flooding in June, Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation officials want to revamp its emergency information procedures.
CLWSC board member Larry Ratliff said the corporation would add a separate phone line to keep customers up to date (hiring emer-
“Thri way they won’t have to bother the office staff,” Ratliff said. “It is a coat effective way to disseminate information”
Ratliff said when residents in four Gmyon Lake subdivisions were without wata, impatient customers got a variety of answers from offioe personnel abtwt* when water would be available.
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semination of information was that it was not correct,” Ratliff said. “The
speculation needs to be stopped From now on, we need to tell them simply that there is a problem, the crews are working on it, and it will be fixed as quickly as possible,”
A pipe leading from foe lake to foe corporation’s wata treatment plant on Triple Peak Drive broke on June 23 w hen the pound it was sitting on shifted under 15 feet of flood wata. Divers were sent to fix the leak.
People in four Southside Canyon Lake subdivisions — Triple Peak Ranch Estates, Canyon Lake Village, Canyon Lake Village West and Village Shores — were withal water for as many as three days.
Customers complained that they were not told immediately when the pipeline broke, and that CLWSC (bd na give consistent tunes when service would be reinstated On the third day of the outage, CLWSC trucked in bottled wata for residents of foe affected subdivisions.
General Manager Dale Yates said Canyon Lake property owners associations also would get involved in the
Turn to Emergency, Page 2ASchool registration information; county gets look at county/district attorney budget — Page 3A