New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: David Cabello, Anthony Cabello, Alyssa Wommack, Alyssa Wommack (16 years), Forrest Wells, Abigail Edster (ll years), Matthew Hansbauer. Happy belated birthday to Aralia Torres..
River and aquifer information
Comal River -278 cubic-feet-per-second, same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.14 feet above sea level, down .10.
Guadalupe River — 280 cfs
Concert in the Park features Tejano music Thursday
The Texana band brings its Tejano and country sound to the dance slab at Landa Park as the Concerts in the Park series continues Thursday.
The free concert starts at 7:30 p.m.
Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers are allowed.
Christmas in July coming Saturday
The Women’s Fellowship of First Protestant Church invites you to its Christmas in July Bazaar at the Family Life Center (Coll and Seguin streets) on Saturday, July 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for unusual shopping opportunities with child care while you shop.
Bring the family for an oldfashioned potato sooup, sandwich, dessert and drink lunch.
Then get a head start on Christmas preparations.
Proceeds go to mission projects.
Guadalupe Valley School reunion
The annual reunion of the former students of the old Guadalupe Valley School will be held at the Charlie Weidner Picnic Grounds at Spring Branch, Sunday, July 30 at 2 p.m.
Bring sandwiches or sweets; drinks will be furnished. Also bring lawn chairs.
This year, former students of the old Rebecca Creek School, Cranes Mill School, Spring Branch School, Smithson Valley School, Fischer Store School and Sorrell Creek School are also invited.
For information, call 904-4526.
Family Outreach event
Family Outreach volunteer appreciation dinner and installation of officers will be held at Gruene Mansion Inn Restaurant Thursday, Aug. 3 at 7 p.m. RSVP by Aug. 1 to 620-1299.Correction
A Page 1 article about the Monday city council meeting in yesterday's Herald-Zeitung contained some incorrect information
It the Texas Election Code were amended to change whether or not cities can intervene in contested elections, it would not affect whether or not the city of New Braunfels could pay Mayor Paul Fraser's lega fees in the lawsuit brought against him by unsuccesful city council candidate Gary Kahlig.State law is not retroactive.
New assistant principal picked for his commitment to children
By DENISE DZIUK
An assistant principal has been hired in an attempt to better serve the growing number of students in the New Braunfels Independent School District, officials said.
The board voted Monday to approve hiring Kevin Brown as assistant principal for Memorial Elementary and Memorial Primary. Brown will serve part-time at both campuses. NBISD Superintendent Charles Breadberry said several elementary campuses already have a part-time assistant.
“It’s a matter of economics...It’s one of our
major growth areas,” he said.
Brown is coming to New Braunfels with several years of experience as an instructor and as a social studies chair, Bradberry said Brown was originally accepted to the University of Texas Law school. However, he turned it down to teach children. Brown said he decided to make a "bold change in direction” and become a teacher when he taught music as a camp counselor and enjoyed it.
"We were really impressed with his commitment to kids and his desire to do more for them,” said Bradberry. “This guy has the opportunity to do anything he wants and he’s chosen to work with kids.”
Bradberry said hiring Brown to fill the position is also important to the district because he will be a positive male role model for the younger children. Blown said lie applied with NBISD because its philosophy of "kids come first” fit his own personal philosophy. I Ie said he w ill look to the two principals as mentors. However, he believes his job is helping the children iii any way possible, and that is “always a big challenge for administration.”
“I think my primary job is trying to help the teachers so they can better help the students,” he said.
Brown’s appointment becomes effective August I, 1995.
Iii other business, the board also approved the resignation of Cella Bon ack as the New Braunfels Middle School assistant principal. Bol lack is leaving lier position to accept a job in San Antonio as a Spanish teacher for advanced students.
Bradberry said the district wants to fill the position as soon as possible. The search process has begun already, however, the distuct may have to find a temporary replacement until the spot can be permanently filled.
"We want to get someone in the position light away, because school is getting ready to start. We may have to go to some alternative until the search can be completed,” he said.
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Corps of Engineers cuts back river flow in face of dry weather
From staff reports
No rain, declining inflows, and Canyon Reservoir at just above the ‘conservation pool’ of 909 feet mean sea level (msl) are all reasons behind the decision to reduce the reservoir release rate to 280 cubic feet per second (cfs), according to Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) chief engineer Tommy Hill. The new rate took effect at IO a.m. Tuesday, and will continue until further notice.
“This is still a good all-purpose recreation rate,” said Hill. “Adults and children will each find this a very enjoyable flow for both tubing and rafting.”
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin ‘R’ River Rides, said the release from the dam is 280 cfs, but the river is actually running at about 315 cfs from Hue-co Falls down. He said the level is still adequate for floating. He said the only difference that tourists may notice is that the four hour tubing trip will probably take about four hours and twenty minutes at the lower level.
“From 280 cfs to 300 cfs, there isn’t much difference. You can still float everything,” said Rivers.
Hill explained that reservoir level and inflow are the two crucial elements in determining the release rate. The current water level in Canyon Reservoir is 909.33 feet msl, and the inflow
‘This is still a good all-purpose recreation rate. Adults and children will each find this a very enjoyable flow for both tubing and rafting.’
— Tommy Hill
is 123 cfs.
"The reservoir is like a two-part storage chamber,” said Hill. "The lower level, or conservation pool (800-909
feet msl), stores water which is released by GBRA to meet commitments to downstream water users during periods of drought or low river flow. The upper level, or flood pool (909-943 msl), is controlled by the Corps of Engineers. It is kept empty to capture flood waters and protect people and property downstream.”
After meeting with GBRA staff and river outfitters, the Corps of Engineers agreed to a trial extended release of water from the flood pool this summer. The agreement only applies when the flood pool is between the elevations of909 and 911 msl, and the flood pool must continue to empty. By extending the release time, additional
water is available to enhance normal river flows.
Hill explained that with the flood pool almost empty, the release rate will now consist of natural inflows combined with water from the conservation pool that is committed to cities, industries, and other downstream users.
"Water rights holders downstream of Canyon Reservoir have a nght to the natural inflow, even at low flows, and this water is passed through the reservoir,” said Hill. "But stored water that has accumulated in the conservation pool during rainfall or high inflows cannot be used to supplement the natural inflow, because it is already committed.”
CISD may face another bond election
Predicted crowding causes concern a year after passage of $17.6 million in bonds
By DENISE DZIUK
Residents within the Comal Independent School District may soon find themselves faced with another bond election to fund expansion due to the large increase in enrollment.
The district has 11 schools and is building three fifth and sixth grade schools. The three additional schools were approved as part of the September 1994 bond election, and are scheduled to open in the fall of 19%.
Abel Campos, CISD Director of Business Operations, said the previous bond totalled $17.6 million. However, the bond was sold in two parts. He said that by applying current tax rate rules, the impact on the tax rate was between two and three cents per $100 of taxable valuation for each of the two parts,
Campos said he does not know if the board will sell this year’s $17.9 million bond in parts or not. He said the current total tax rate is $1.58. The state has not issued its rules for determining the tax rate for the upcoming budget. However, if the current rules are applied and the bond is sold in two parts, the increase could be three or four cents, he said.
“I have not gotten any direction from the state on how to calculate the tax rate, so I really can’t say for sure,” said Campos.
The bond will be discussed when the board considers approval of a list of IO construction and renovation projects recommended by the district’s Long-Range Planning Committee. This group, consisting of approximately 40 people, evaluated student demographic information and past and projected assessments of facility requirements, and developed a list of recommendations for the board’s consideration. At the top of that list is a new 800-studcnt middle school to help cope with increased enrollment, said the committee.
In a report given to the board at the last meeting, the committee projected overcrowding in the district's middle and high schools by 19%-97. By 1997-1998 school year, the overcrowding is expected to be revere. Student enrollment for CISD is expected to increase from a cur-cnt level of approximately 8,(XX) students to approximately 11,500 students by the year 2000. which is a 44 percent increase “In general, the review and analysis performed by the committee revealed the continuation of rapid growth in student population. Tile west side of the district reported a 13 percent increase in student enrollment from March 1994 to March 1995,” said Bill Van Kleef, Committee Chairman.
Campos said there could be a possibility of only performing some of the expansions and renovations now and holding off on the others. However, he said that was up to the board, and what they feel is appropriate.
“Whether they’re willing to split the proposal into several options or packages is up to the board. There’s no way to tell (what they’ll decide),” said Campos.
Other recommendations in the committee’s report included life safety/code and ADA renovations, mechanical and electrical improvements, four expansion projects, and construction of a transportation facility.
The board will consider the committee’s recommendations and a possible bond election at their next meeting on July 27. The meeting will be at 7:30 p.m., at the district’s central offices at 1421 Highway 81.
Sales tax rebates show steady growth
By DENISE DZIUK
The Texas State Comptroller has handed out July’s monthly sales tax rebates, and a trend shows a steady growth in the economy despite slightly lower retail sales.
“Statewide employment continues to spiral upward to nearly eight million jobs, a 3.6 percent increase in the past year,” State Comptroller John Sharp said in a statement he issued with a report of the rebates.
A total of $ 134 million in monthly sales tax rebates were handed out to 1,076 Texas cities and 111 counties. This is 4.5
percent more than the payments from July 1994. Texas cities received $121 million in sales tax rebates, which is up 4.6 percent over the $115.6 million they received last July.
New Braunfels had a slight increase. This year’s payment was almost $282,000, which was a 0.34 percent over last July’s payment of almost $281,000. Comal County as a whole actually went down from last year. Comal County received a total of $283,000, which was a 1.2 percent decrease from last year, when the total was $286,000.
Overall, Guadalupe County saw a 31.42
percent increase. The total tax rebate for the county went from $203,000 last July to $267,000 this July.
The city of San Antonio received a sales tax rebate of slightly more than $7 million, down 9.1 percent from last July’s payment of $7.7 million. However, last July’s rebate was greatly inflated as a result of a large reallocation into the Alamo City’s coffers.
“The San Antonio metro area’s year-over-year employment gains continue, adding 19,600 jobs for a 3.3 percent increase rn the last year,” said Sharp in his report.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
One injured in wreck
A three-car accident occurred yesterday at 10:15 a.m. on the Interstate 35 frontage road near Kohlenberg Road. A passenger in a 1987 Buick LaSabre driven by Harry David Holden, of Lancaster, was injured. Reports indicate James Davidson of Lancaster was driving his Plymouth Voyager mini-van on the frontage road when he struck the back of Holden's Buick, pushing his car into a Plymouth Aurora driven by James Larson of Burleson. The two drivers from Lancaster were not travelling together, it was just a coincidence that they ran into each other. At top, the injured passenger, Mary Holden is looked over by medics at the scene.