New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 28, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYVolleyball standout signs with junior college. See Sports Day, Page 8.
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Susan Croteau, Debbie Williams, Juan Leyba Jr., Nicolaus Johnson, Richard Gutierrez Jr., Vivian Moos, Karl Mit-twede, Ray Kaufman, Jeff Robertson (16 years), and Jimmie Rosalia Happy 50th anniversary to Vivian Abbey Moos, happy anniversary to Fidencco and Isabel Luna, and happy 16th anniversary to Din-nis and Doris Fasto.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -266 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.01 feet above sea level, down .07. Guadalupe River — 287 cfs
Bicycle Rodeo next Wednesday and Thursday
Children bringing their bikes to next week’s Bicycle Rodeo will receive free bike helmets. Participants in the Summer Recreation Program are eligible for the event.
The Bicycle Rodeo is at Lamar School next Wednesday and Thursday at 2 p.m. Sponsors are: McKenna Memorial Hospital, the Comal County Medical Society, the Optimist Club, Parks and Recreation and the New Braunfels Police Department.
Christmas in July coming Saturday
Begin your Christmas preparations this Saturday at the Christmas in July Bazaar at First Protestant Church Family Life Center (Coll and Seguin streets) from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. Unique gifts for everyone from quilts to Christmas decorations, plus a delicious lunch for all the family and wonderful tidbits to buy to take home and more.
Proceeds for mission projects.
Sports booster club to hold breakfast
The New Braunfels High School All Sports Booster Club will have its membership kickoff breakfast drive at New Braunfels High School cafeteria Aug. 4 at 7 a m. Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served.
For information, call Jeff Mund at 620-4839 or Danny Zoeller at 625-2349.
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.Find yourself in Sesquicentennial photo exhibit
More than 250 photos of the Sesquicentennial parade, trail ride, and opening ceremonies will be on display at the Senior Citizen Center through Aug. 4. The display is open from 8 am. to 8 p.m.Stop by and order some copies for a keepsake of New Braunfels' Sesquicentennial.
Warrants issued in (smacking
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of two suspects in the Thursday morning caijacking of a Spring Branch man, said Comal County Sheriffs Chief Deputy Ellwood Hoherz. Sought for aggravated robbery are Anselmo “Junior” Galindo, 18, of Spring Branch and Edgar Hernandez, 18.
James Ivey of Spring Branch was driving home from work at about I a.m. Thursday morning when he saw three young men about IOO yards away, Ivey told Sheriffs officials. Two approached the car and said “My friend
is hurt — can you drive us to a hospital?”
They took about $800 worth of property from Ivey and his car has yet to be found, Hoherz said.
The incident happened on Rolling Creek Drive just west of Highway 281, he said.
Officials arc calling the incident and isolated one.
Area residents need not be fearful of an escalation of this type of crime in Comal County, Hoherz said. “I’d shy away from discouraging people from helping others in a situation of need,” he said. “Just use good common sense.”
Texana Band draws crowd to park
Above, members of Texana belt out a Tejano tune last night at the Concert in the Park at the dance slab in Landa Park.
At right Elia Duran and Tammy Geokg share a dance.
Texana played Tejano, country, rock and blues music last night
The free concert series continues with The Craze Aug. 3;
The Michael Abernathy Group Aug. 10; Matt Toon Aug. 17; Al Barlow and Friends Aug. 24; and Quarter Moon Aug. 31.
Third sex offense nets 99-year prison term
Hentd-Zertung photo* by MICHAEL DARNALL
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
James Calvin Lewis, 64, has been sentenced to 99 years in prison and fined $10,000 for aggravated sexual assault of a child. He was charged with the crime in Feb. 1991, said Comal County Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip.
“I would expect nothing less, and I don’t think the citizens of Comal County would expect anything less,” Waldrip said. Lewis is in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. His earliest possible release date would be in 2011, Waldrip said.
A Dallas native, Lewis was earlier convicted of two offenses involving children in the Dallas area.
Lewis was convicted on the strength and courage of the victim’s testimony, Waldrip said. “It’s very rare that we can secure a conviction without testimony of victims,” he said.
lf a victim of molestation is under the age of 12, that victim can testify by closed circuit TV, Waldrip said. “Not once did she come within the eyesight of the defendant, nor did he come within eyesight of her,” he said.
Victims must come forward in order to break the cycle of sexual assaults, Waldrip said. “If they’re not reported in a timely manner, the perpetrator will move and probably commit again,” he said.
The seriousness of sexual assault often escalates with repeated offenses, Waldrip said. “Every time they complete an offense and it’s not reported, these perpetrators get a little more brash,” he said.
Lewis made some serious threats to his latest victim, Waldrip said. Thanks to the victim’s testimony, Lewis was prevented from possibly committing further and worse crimes, he said.
“He probably won’t ever get out of prison,” he said.
Hot weekend will mean crowded rivers
By DENISE DZIUK
Temperatures have been sweltering in Texas all week, and the weekend promises to remain at baking temperatures. That means many people will be looking for a way to cool off, and a day on the river may be just the solution.
According to the National Weather Service, the forecast for Friday and Saturday is sunny and hot with temperatures in between IOO and 102 degrees. Saturday night, things may cool off, but it will only be slightly. The low for Saturday night is expected to be in the upper 70s and there will be a south wind at 5-10 miles per hour. However, Sunday and Monday will remain hot. The low is expected to be in the mid-70s and the high should be near IOO.
That means the cool water in the Guadalupe River will be refreshing to many. The current level of the Canyon Lake Reservoir is still a little above 909 feet above mean sea level. The release rate is still at 280 cubic feet per second and will not change until next week, if even then, said David Welsch, Director of Pro-
jects for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority. However, he said the release rate is still perfect for all activities on the river and tourists should still find the river “wet, cold, fun, and exciting.”
Welsch said this level seems low to many people, but they need to remember that in previous years, the release rate for July is usually half of the current rate.
“It’s less than it has been, but is has been extremely good this summer,” he said.
To increase the reservoir level and release rate, a heavy rain would be needed above the reservoir A couple of inches would need to fall over a large area to soak everything. Then, additional inches would be needed over several days. It would probably take five or six inches over a week’s span to impact the current figures, said Welsch.
NEU passes $48 million budget with no rate increase
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The 1995-96 New Braunfels Utilities budget sailed through the board unanimously and with little discussion last night. The budget contains no rate increases for the coming fiscal year. Board members James Goodbread and Mayor Paul Fraser were not present to vote on the financial package.
The budget does include a $4.9 million revenue bond issue, said Jeff Thompson, NBU assistant general manager for administration and finance. The city council would have to approve the bond issue, Thompson said, so NBU had to plan the budget based on the possibility that the bond issue might not happen. “That’s why we had to assign three levels of priorities to each goal,” he said.
The bond issue will eventually cause rates to rise, he said. “We don’t have a rate increase in this budget, but you have to talk about eventual rate increases when you talk about bond issues.”
The 1995-96 budget totals about $48,250,000, Thompson said. Last year’s budget was $47,500,000. “O and M (operating and maintenance) was almost flat,” he said, “from $7.8 million last year to $8 million this year.”
Total revenues were up, and they’ve tried to hold the line on expenses, Thompson said.
New Braunfels may have rights to enough water for the area’s future needs after all. At least that was the preliminary Anding of CH2M Hill, the consulting firm hired by New Braunfels Utilities to study future water needs and recommend a water rights acquisition strategy.
“We will suggest you put off permitting procedures, say, for 90 days,” consultant Paul Thornhill said. NBU agreed to let CH2M Hill study the issue further before pursuing any water permits.
“If you will give us 90 days with your staff,” Thornhill said, we can probably put together a package that can meet the water needs goals at a reduced cost.”
Thornhill asked and got NBU to commit $20,000 more to CH2M Hill for more consulting over the next three months. Services would include population studies, help for NBU employees working on water rights, and help in negotiating with the Guadalupe River Authority.
NBU has already spent about $65,000 on CH2M Hill consulting, Thornhill said, but that amount pales in comparison to the $800,000 or more it would cost to pursue water rights that NBU may not even need.
CISD board delays action on calling new bond election
By DENISE DZIUK
The board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District delayed making a decision on a $17.9 million bond election to handle growth until the plan could be studied further.
The board accepted a list of recommendations from the Long-Range Planning Committee on how to handle the projected growth in the district. The list included $17.9 million in expansions, improvements and construction.
Board President Jim Middleton said the list has some good ideas but he is not ready to make a decision on it. He
said there needed to be more consideration of the list to see if it can be refined.
“I’ve got a few thoughts on what we might be able to do with this. I think every board member may have some thoughts also,” he said. “What we definitely want to do is have a very strong plan to present the people."
Abel Campos, CISD Director of Business Operations, told the board in a memo last week that according to a tax rate schedule prepared by Floyd Westerman, the tax rate would probably increase approximately 6.9 cents the first year, if the bond was sold in its
However, he went on to say, the bond will probably be sold in two installments.
Therefore, he estimates the impact on the tax rate of the first installment would be approximately half of that, or 3.45 cents. He said these figures were from a tax rate schedule based on the amount of $17,795,000. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the issue will be placed on the next meeting agenda for further consideration. He said it will be placed on each agenda until the board is ready to make a decision on it.
“What we want to do is make sure what we’re putting together forms a good bond issue,” said Middleton.
In other business, the board approved a 4.0 percent average salary increase, which means a $ 1,200 pay raise for a bachelor’s degree with the exception of professionals with more than 26 years of experience.
A subcommittee proposed a different pay schedule than the one passed and wanted to know why it was not considered.
Campos said the higher subcommittee proposal could not be guaranteed at this time because he does not have
enough information from the state to form a budget.
“I don’t want to promise something I may not be able to fund later,” he said.
The board approved the proposal that was slightly lower than the subcommittee’s proposal, but agreed to look at a further increase after a budget could be formed and the board had actual revenue to work with.
“We need a quantum leap to get back competitive and that’s a lot to do all at once,” said Major. “It’s not that we don’t want to. It's just that we have to make things plug in it just right."Shallow thinking leads state to cut drug rehabilitation for prisoners. See Page 4.