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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas »kkmm*»kmkkmk* ALL FOR ADC 780 MOI 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTHWEST HIC ROFUBLISHERS 2627 I VANDELL DR EL RASO TX 79903 llmlliliililiillnmllmlill Zeitung Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 213 TO pages, 1 section CLICK WWW. j t- * - -r' -I i % I rn ** IP s DEAR ABBY 7 CLASSIFIEDS 8 COMICS 6 CROSSWORD 6 FORUM    4 OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 5 TV GRIDS 7 Council tied up on drainage ordinance By Leigh Jones Staff Writer New Braunfels’ controversial drainage ordinance remains in place for now, after city council debate ended in a 3-3 tie vote Monday. Councilwomen Kathleen Krueger, Beth Sokolyk and Sonia Munoz-Gill voted to keep the ordinances mandatory connection fee, against the recommen dation of City Attorney Charlie Zech. Mayor Bruce Boyer and councilwomen Valerie I lull and Gale Pospisil voted to strike the fee from the ordinance. Councilwoman Lynn Iimmer, who had stated previously she was in favor of taking another look at the document, did not attend the meeting. Limmer could not he reached for com ment in time for this story. With the ordinance still in place, the city is facing a lawsuit from the Greater New Braunfels See CITY, Page 3 Bruce Boyer TUESDAY, JULY 26,2005 SPORTS MEDAL PARADE New Braunfels swimmer Sean Duckworth leads area's medal winners at theTAAF Games ofTexas. Page 5 FORUM COLUMN Betty Clifford writes how Molly Ivins should be united against enemies of the USA. Page 4 HITTING A SOUR NOTE Trustees near choice on superintendent Photos by MANDY REARY Herald-Zeitung Charlie Gallagher, left, and John Payne reminisce Monday afternoon over photographs in the "Austin City Limits" exhibit at the Museum of Art and Music in Gruene.The museum is expected to close its doors Aug. 8. Museum’s musical journey to end Aug. 8 By Bon Maloney Staff Writer GRUENH — A long, hard road for the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music could wind to its end in just two weeks. Officials announced over die weekend they expect to close die museum’s doors at the conclusion of its current exhibit, which highlights the history of the long-running public television show, “Austin City limits.” “We’re Jill terribly disappointed,” said Chuck Teeter, museum board president. “We’ve all worked tenably hard for this.” Teeter said he couldn’t go past Saturday’s press release. “It really covers all the stuff we can discuss at this point,” he said. "Negotiations are ongoing and we still have some hopes we can salvage it, but they’re a bit remote.” AT A GLANCE ■ What: "Austin City Limits: Making Music, Making History ■ When: Through Aug. 8 ■ Information: 625-5636 To say more, he added, would be premature. “We have not committed to any exhibition beyond the current one,” Teeter said. “The whole problem is we’re not meeting our operating costs. Theres just not enough floor traffic.” Executive Director Charles Gallagher said the museum could be an important cultural resource — even in a city rich widi them. But there hasn’t been enough support to sustain the museum. Gallagher and the staff have See MUSEUM, Page 2 Cortney Wunderlich, in headphones, learns how to use one of the interactive kiosks at the Museum of Art and Music in Gruene while her mother, Karen Howell, and youngest son, Parker, 4, watch. Luke Wunderlich, 6, checks out a guitar attached to the side. MEMORIAL DONATIONS I Instead of flowers, Myron Floren's family requests memorials be made to the Myron Floren Memorial Fund of the USO. The address is: USO World Headquar ters, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 1200, Arlington, VA, 02201. Services set for Wurstfest accordionist By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Services have been set for Myron Floren, accordionist and friend of New Braunfels who was the headline entertainer at Wurstfest for more than three decades. Wurstfest spokesman I lerb Skoog said a memorial service will be conducted at I p.m. Aug. 7, at the Ascension Lutheran Church in Palos Verde, Calif. In lieu of flowers, Floren’s family has asked that memorials be made to the Myron Floren Memorial Fund of the USO. Cards and notes can he sent to tile Floren family in care of See FLOREN, Page 3 County faces $1.4M budget shortfall in 2006 By Ron Maloney Staff Writer If any Comal County department head or manager didn’t realize how tough a budget year they faced in 2006, they got an idea last week. After considerable attention with a very sharp pencil, County Judge Danny Scheel said Thursday the county is still faced widi a $1.4 million budget deficit. He asked all of the county’s department heads to shave IO percent off of their budget proposals for next year. Scheel, as head of the county’s administration, is charged with preparing the budget for the county and NEW BUDGET ■ A list of what is in the proposed budget is on page 2A. its elective offices. That budget, tentatively tagged at about $36.3 million, will be presented to commissioners Aug. 4. In budget hearings conducted just more than a week ago, commissioners heard a pretty bleak picture of their finances for 2006. ITtis week, it improved a little with the cuts Scheel has so far penciled in. Scheel said projected expenditures in the general fund were running See BUDGET Page 2 UPDATES Trucking the news Stallings competes in IronMan triathlon. LAST WE KNEW: New Braunfels resident Robert Stallings was headed to Lake Placid, N Y., to participate in his first full-length IronMan triathlon. Stallings said before leaving he hoped to finish the race in 12 hours. LATEST: Stallings finished 517 out of 1,997 competitors in 11 hours, 56 minutes, 23 seconds. NEXT: Stallings said the Lake Placid race likely would be his last triathlon for a while. He and his wife plan to concentrate on starting a By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer For parents and students who have eagerly been following the Comal Independent School District superintendent selection process, the wait might soon he over. Tile GSD Board of Trustees will meet tonight to consider and take possible action on a finalist to be considered for the superintendent position. Board President Dan Krueger said it was possible that the board would announce a name. Board members met in executive session Friday morning to discuss the qualifications of the remaining two candidates after dinner interviews were held the previous weekend. Since late lune, The AT A GLANCE ■ What: CISD School Board Meeting ■ When: 6 p.m. ■ Where: Rahe Bulverde Elementary School 1781 East Ammann Road, Bulverde board has whittled the candidates down from four. Also on tonight’s agenda is an action item concerning the purchase of nearly 32 acres located behind (Canyon Middle School. The property is owned by the Eugene Ebert family and is being sold at an estimated purchase price of $343,000. Board President Dan Krueger said he was pleased See CISD, Page 3 Sweet treats, gifts Chookie Bouquet opens new store in town, offering an alternative to roses, flower bouquet. ;