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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas *01 1000571 12/30/05 SOUTHWEST Nltt'QPUBLISHEKS 2627 F WADELL DP FL PASO TX 79903 CANYON LAKE MORE HOMES More than 200 homes will be built in the upscale Ensenada Shores subdivision. Page 5A BACK IN SPACE TAKING FLIGHT As the Space Shuttle Discovery heads back to space, NASA watches closely for dangers. Page 2A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 214 14 pages, 2 sections 500 WWW I ’56825 oooor Partly Cloudy High 94 Details Low 71 . . . 2B DEAR ABBY 8A CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6A TV GRIDS 8ACISD trustees pick superintendent finalist By Melissa Johnson Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees has named a superintendent finalist. Dr. Marc Walker, the deputy superintendent of Pflugerville ISO, was named the sole finalist for the CISD superintendent position by unanimous vote in a regular meeting Tuesday night. Pflugerville deputy chosen to lead district Through a series of closed-door interviews over the last five weeks, the board narrowed the superintendent pool from 69 applicants. “I am appreciative and excited that the Comal school board has chosen me to be a part of this school district and the community,” Walker said in a press release released by Comal ISI). “I embrace the opportunity to work with the Comal ISI) community in solving issues and creating a culture in which all students will be successful.” Community meetings with the superintendent are planned for Aug. 4, Aug. 8 and Aug. IO. The district has not released the times and locations for the meetings. The meetings will allow parents and teachers to learn more about Walker during the state- mandated, 21-day waiting period before his official appointment. Dan Krueger, the president of the board, said he was thrilled with tile decision the board made. “We’re ecstatic, he is a great choice,” Krueger said. “We can’t wait to introduce him to our constituents. I le’s just a dynamo.” See CHOICE, Page 3A City council cuts funding for civic center expansion By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The New Braunfels (avie Center expansion is moving ahead full-steam but for slightly less money than originally expected. After retaining RVK Architects Monday to proceed with soliciting design-build serv ices for the project, council members expressed interest in seeing the project’s bottom line reduced. “I would personally like to see it come in at less than $10 million," Mayor Bruce Boyer said Tuesday. “ Avo or three of us said we would like to see the cost reduced.” In April, city council approved an $11.3 million budget for the proposed expansion. With the help of money from the Industrial Development Corporation (4B) Board and I lotel Occupancy Tax fluids, the city has raised almost $9 million so far. If HVK can reduce the cost enough, council would not need to consider pitching in money from the city’s general fund. See CENTER, Page 3A Mayor: Search for city manager could take six months By Leigh Jones StaffWriter The search for a new city manager began Monday when city council voted to hire Ralph Anderson and Associates to find a re -placement for outgoing Manager Chuck Pinto. Mayor Bruce Boyer said RAA was a logical choice because of its history with the city. “We’re familiar with them and vice versa since they were the ones who found Chuck for us,” he said. “They were also the least expensive bid, which was good.” Although the search firm will begin its process right away, Boyer said he did not expect to have a permanent manager in place for another six months. In the meantime, the mayor is unsure what council will do for an interim. Pinto’s last day at city hall is Aug. 31. “We’ve discussed the situation, but we haven’t made a decision yet,” Boyer said. “We also have not ruled anything out." Council members could ask a current city staffer to take over some of the manager’s duties temporarily, or they could hire an outsider on a month-by-month basis. RAA will begin the search for a permanent city manager by interviewing each council member to find out what qualities they want to see in the candidates. “Based on the information we give them, they will gather potential applicants and cull them to what we are looking for,” Boyer said. “Then we will get a smaller group of resumes to look through.’’ See SEARCH, Page 3A Horses galore The Diaz family has turned a love for horses into more than just a career. Legislators reject school finance, tax measures By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer AUS TIN — The Texas House, after rancorous debate and major changes to a multibillion-doUar school funding bill, voted down the measure and accompanying tax legislation Tuesday. Although the move appeared to spell trouble for the special legislative session called by Republican Gov. Rick IVrrv. another school spending hill remained pending in the Senate. The I louse could still consider a similar tax bill this session. The tax bill was intended to provide sch(X)l property tax relief and replace it with an array of taxes, it in large part reflected a proposal Perry made earlier this summer. “This was the governor’s plan. We worked on it. massaged it as much as we could. To be quite frank, we didn’t get there," said See REJECT, Page 3A CISDTrustee Dan Krueger CANYON LAKE I v Y ( I \    7/ X v    r \ / v* \ ( Proposed boundaries    t for the city    V of Startzville riisTI A BATTLE IS BREWING Startzville residents debate plan to incorporate By Ron Maloney StaffWriter STARTZVILLE — The organizers of a petition to incorporate the Startzville area fielded questions posed by residents at an informational meeting Tuesday afternoon. William Wooley, owner of Buckeye’s Ice I louse who circulated a petition seeking to incorporate the community, and attorney Paul Swearingen, who has advised Wooley, attended a second meeting in as many weeks to explain their viewpoints and why they felt like incorporation could be a good idea. Startzville voters will decide the incorporation issue in a Sept. IO special election called by county officials in response to the petition, which contained 62 names. If voters choose to incorporate, a second election will be called to choose a mayor and five aldermen to operate the city government of what would become a Type B Municipality under die Texas Local Government Code. If incorporated, a city of Startzville would be organized in a form similar to Bulverde or Garden Ridge. More than 160 people attended Tuesday’s meeting, which was sometimes punctuated by ap -plause, laughter, loud derisive comments and statements about — but mostly against — incorporation. The meeting was called by Tom Harris, James Steadman and Pete Proctor, all of whom are businessmen and members of the Canyon I .ake Chamber of Commerce. Barly on, Swearingen addressed why he and Wooley weren’t at the first meeting. Their absence had been interpreted by some to suggest they had something to hide. Swearingen said they had chosen A less than happy John Buchanan questions William Wooley's motives for wanting to incorporate Startzville at the second meeting held at the Startz Cafe over the controversial topicTuesday. not to attend the first meeting because its organizers had specifically asked them not to while they compiled a list of questions about incorporation to present to Wooley. "We’re not trying to sneak this in on you,” Swearingen assured the audience, which packed the historic cafe regarded as the center of the community. “Mr. Wooley and I were both prepared to come.” “I was not invited to come,” Wooley said. “I was asked by Mr. Proctor not to come.” Swearingen said he and Wooley would also attend the next meeting, if invited. Proctor assured him they would be. Swearingen described the two years Wooley has considered incorporation and the work that went into bringing the question to a ballot. “Mr. Wooley is not the sole See BATTLE, Page ;