New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 149, No. 180 42 pages in 4 sections
July 23, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
► Quiltfest 2000
CISD eyes teacher pay hike
► Track & Field
Comal school district trustees meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 W. Texas 46.
By Heather Todd
Comal Independent School District trustees could decide Tuesday whether to increase starting salaries for teachers, but even with the raise the district still would lag behind area districts Trustees will take a look at pay
raises for all district employees as part of a $60.2 million budget for the 2000-2001 school year when they meet 6 p.m. Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary School, 20410 W. Texas 46.
2000-2001 Teacher Salaries
Throughout the year, the sport of track and field does not absorb as much attention as some of the team sports ... but it can be exciting to watch./1 B
► Family Xmas
The Sanders Family Christmas is playing at the Circle Arts Theatre, 8 p.m. on Saturdays,
3 p.m. on Sundays./2A
Chance of rain across the state
Sales tax proposals put on the line
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Two New Braunfels City Council members will present warring proposals Monday they say could provide more money for streets and drainage.
The council meets at 6:30 p.m. at the Municipal Building, 424 S. Casted Ave.
Councilwoman Debbie Flume will continue her efforts to ask voters to abolish the city’s economic development sales tax. But shes adopted a dif-ferent approach f~' after the council
previously rejected two earlier proposals regarding the economic development sales tax.
She now wants to ask voters to abolish the economic development sales tax and rededicate that money to streets and drainage projects and economic development. However, the money would be under a
--different type of
sales tax currently dedicated to streets and drainage projects and other improvement projects.
“I think streets and drainage are a higher priority,” than economic development, Flume said.
Councilman Larry' Alexander wants to leave the economic development sales tax untouched. Instead, he is proposing to add to the possible uses of the city’s sales tax currently restricted to streets and drainage projects and other improvement projects.
That money is divided into separate pools, but Alexander is proposing to ask voters to combine the pool so it
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■ Hotel tax
Before it gets better
Interstate 35 work to close FM 725/Seguin lanes starting Tuesday
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
The Farm-to-Market Road 725 underpass at Interstate 35 will become even more congested next week as road construction crews close lanes to make way for I-35 improvements.
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Starting Tuesday, residents fed up with traffic congestion at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 w ill face a similar traffic nightmare at Seguin Avenue and Farm-to-Market 725.
The Texas Department of Transportation w ill close Seguin Avenue and FM 725 down to one lane in each direction under the 1-35 overpass.
Ben Engelhard!, project manager for TxDOT, said, “We are going to shift the traffic. The westbound traff ic will move into the eastbound lane, and there will be one lane in each direction.”
The land closures will remain in place for the next year.
TxDOT officials said they hoped to coordinate two phases of the 1-35 project so Walnut Avenue would be back open to four lanes when work started on Seguin Avenue and FM 725.
But Dean Word, the contractor working on the 1-35 project to just north of Walnut Avenue is behind schedule.
Dean Word Company is working on a
struction on that portion of the project was behind schedule and could delay the opening of Walnut Avenue until at least July.
Officials at Dean Word said Friday they hoped to ha\e Walnut Avenue opened to four lanes by mid-August.
Although Walnut Avenue is not open, Engelhardt said Deavers Construction, the contractor for the portion of work from one-half mile north of Walnut Avenue to one-half mile south of Texas 46, could not delay the closures.
“lf we delay the closures, then it w ill delay their project,” he said.
That means motorists w ill have to face traffic congestion on two of the city’s busiest traffic arteries crossing 1-35.
To bypass construction traffic, motorists need to take Texas 46, Schmidt Street or Rueckle Road to get across 1-35, Engelhardt said.
The turnaround at EM 725 also will be closed indefinitely.
Engelhardt said TxDOT was creating a spur street to allow motorists access to Kuehler Lane and Thompson Street.
portion of the 1-35 construction project from Solrns Road to a half-mile north of Walnut Avenue and is schedule to complete the project by May 2002.
The work is part of a $03 million project to widen 1-35 through New Braunfels.
In May, TxDOT officials said con-
Quilters from across Texas will travel to New
Braunfels July 28-30 to participate in Quiltfest 2000, sponsored by the local guild./! C
A high-pressure ridge over Texas weakened slightly on Saturday, setting the stage for a retreat from triple-digit temperatures and perhaps some thunderstorms.
A few storms cropped up in North Texas, but most of the state w as clear or partly cloudy w ith highs in the 80s and 90s.
The storms in North Texas were mostly north of Wichita Falls and along the Red River counties, but some rain did fall in other areas.
Highs were in the 80s and 90s.
Sunday should bring partly cloudy skies w itll a slight chance of thunderstorms.
Highs should be in the 80s to near IOO in the southwest part of the region.
Key code 77
4-H Drill Team on to state
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
It takes a lot more than just great horsemanship skills, coordination and precision to make it to state competition as a 4-H drill team, it also takes nerves of steel.
Thirteen young women from Comal County are on their way to Abilene today to compete in the State 4-H Horse Show competition.
Not too shabby for a team that was only formed this past year.
In fact, the team’s ability to
compete at the state level has even impressed their coach. Rusty Brady, who also serves as youth pastor at Tree of Life Fellowship Church in New Braunfels “It usually takes a couple of years, or at least a year, but these girls have really been working hard,” he said. “They’ve really been working hard to leant how' to ride and to control their horses.” The Comal County 4-H C lub Drill Team has been practicing since September or October 1999 to prepare for both local and
The 4-H club is open to boys and girls ages nine to 18. Members of the drill team, who are all girls, range in age from IO to 15 years old.
In order to qualify for the state competition, the team first competed at a county horse show, then a district show.
Teri James, the 4-11 Club manager and a parent of one of the drill team members, said the team would face stiff competition at the See DRILL75A
Thirteen members of the Comal County 4-H Club Drill Team will compete today in the State 4-H Horse Show Competition. Ti^e team has practiced since last fall