New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, July 29
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of JUUE ERBEN
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Residents asked to institute conservation measures
County lodge Carter Casteel called on residents in the western portions of the county to conserve water, as well levels continue to fall.
*There is a critical need to express the fret that wells ate going dry over the Trinity Aquifer,*’ said Casteel.
Casteel said she would check with County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander to sec if the coun-. i — -..........
ty had any options regarding conservation measures.
Under the Texas Disaster Act, which includes orders such as the county outdoor burning ban, the county might be able to declare a seven-day local state of disaster, but Casteel said she is still looking into options.
She asked that residents of the county that use the Trinity Aquifer institute their own conserva
tion measures to insure drinking water for others.
In action, Comal County Commissioners Court accepted a raw water contract with the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority to provide water for hydrants near the boat ramps on Canyon Lake.
County Engineer Tom Homscth said 20-year contract calls for water purchase of three acre feet per year at $53.03 per acre feet.
"The contract actually comes with the county’s
need to put in the hydrants,” he said.
The hydrants would provide water for road construction and fire-fighting.
The court also voted to continue the county outdoor burning ban, which they must do each week until there is no longer a need. The ban prohibits outdoor burning unless confined to such items as enclosed cooking pits.
The court also approved a sheriffs department request to transfer funds to the D A R E. program for the remainder of the 1994 budget year.
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The New Braunfels Herald’ Zetiung extends the following birthday wishes loc Helen Kan, JiHe Erben, Jenny Ranks, Cyadi De La Facade, Dave Gramlich (Canyon Lake), Josephine Farias, David Gram-Bch, Sr., Harold L. Johnson,
Rita Seder, Harold & Brace Boettcher, Detphiae Dykes,
John Malcolm, Edna Paris, Jntene Rein, Annie Schotz. Happy Anniversary to Mr. A Mrs. Franko Fem, Sally & Frank Heynls (44 years!).
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The The Children's Museum of New Braunfels continues its flee first Tuesday program.
Admission for families will be waived on Tuesday, Aug. 2 from I p.m. to 5 p.m.
The CMNB is presenting Joe Scrugg in concert on Monday, Aug, IS a the civie center, start-
Autographed halls to he aaetloiKed tonight
Tonights Comal County MHMR Celebrity Auction will feature autographed bttrbfhy ftom Texas Rangers manager Kevin Kennedy and the Rangers1 two-time botling champion, Juan Gonzales.
The auction is scheduled for tomorrow at the New Braunfels Civic Center, beginning a 6 p.m. More than 130 items have been received for the auction.
Astronauts Charles Duke, Jr., and Charles Conrad, Jr., donated autographed pictures of themselves wearing their moon walk uniforms.
For more information, call Leland Cox a 629-7525 .
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for Aug. 12
The Comal County 4-H dubs are having their benefit dance on Friday, Aug. 12 a the Comal County Fairgrounds from 8 p.m. to 12 am.
Tickets ae available a the county extension office, 132 Water Lane.
Downtown Association to hold mooting Tuesday
The Downtown Association will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 2 a 7 p.m. a Krause's Cafe. Nathan Rheinlander, Comal County Attorney, will be the guest speaker and will talk about hot checks. The public is invited. For more information, call Downtown Association President Connie Worley a 629-4419.
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CISD votes for alternative school
Hiring freeze, new budget get okay from NBU board
Budget is based on proposed rate hike
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The Comal Independent School District voted to join the New Braunfels ISD in a program for an alternative school.
The CISD trustees voted to accept a one-year contract with a private corporation which has been running alternative schools for 20 years.
The Ombudsman™ Educational Services, from Illinois, provides alternative school for school districts. The
company provides the facility and the teachers, the district provides the student and is able to list the Ardent on its daily attendance record, which helps with state fonding measures
The teaching program includes an intensified three-hour session, with students using a heavy amount of computer work in addition to their other studies.
"They can obtain credit at alternative school that will be accepted at the high school,” said Superintendent Jerry
Major. "They must meet requirements of the CISD (to graduate).’’
A person with Ombudsman said the company would work with the district to make sure students were following assigned curriculum “We will do whatever you need us to do,” said Jim Boyle.
NBISD approved the measure in their last meeting CISD will now join the program to become the first schools in Texas to try a privately-run alternative school program
By CHRISTINE MARTIN
New Braunfels Utilities trustees approved last night the NBU 1994-95 fiscal-year budget, but asked that new hires be frozen because of delays in getting approval from city hall to increase rates for sewer and water service.
Trustee Robert Orr made the motion, and also asked for discussion about replacing employees when they leave. “I don’t want to hire somebody and then let them go in six months,” he said “That’s not responsible”
Ort claimed the proposed budget was based on a rate increase NBU planned to get from New Braunfels city council soon The proposed budget had included two new employment positions. Now those positions may not be filled for at least six months.
NBU's planned sewer and water rate increases were delayed couple of
Rate increases must pass three city council readings.
Monday night, the New Braunfels City Council tabled the second reading of the increases. The increases include 3.65 for water users and 6.45 percent for sewer users
The rate increase would have been effective by October if it had received approval Monday night and again at the Aug 8 regular city-council meeting. It may now be November.
NBU trustees also tabled their flve-year-plan for electric, water and sewer facility upgrades and maintenance pending the rate increase. “I think
we’re going to have to go back to the computer and re-work this thing,” Orr said. “We’re going to have to take a serious look at a bond issue, which I was not prepared to do.’’
NBU Trustee Guadalupe Castillo said last night he didn't want to attend a meeting this morning with Kenneth Heels, Ph.D., of the Edwards Underground Water District New Braunfels Mayor Paul Fraser Jr. asked for the meeting to see whether EUWD would extend a fivc-ycar contract with two years left on it under which EUWD now pays for New Braunfels surface-water use “That’s specifically why it [the rate increase) was tabled,” he said City council tabled the rate increase pending results of a meeting with EUWD If the contract can be extended, maybe less of a rate increase would be needed was their reasoning Castillo at the board meeting had a problem with the fact that Fraser had called for the meeting and not the board president (the proper hierarchy). “I would rather we not show up [at the meeting with EUWD],” he said. “I roll think it’s an invalid meeting.’’
At 7:45 am., Fraser, who also serves on the NBU board of trustees, still wondered whether anyone from NBU would show at at the morning meeting with EUWD.
“It’s not a matter of turf, it’s a matter of getting the biggest bang for our buck,” he said NBU Board President E. C. Mom-hinweg had a problem with the timing, saying they should wait until the end of the contract to ask EUWD for the extension “It’s terrible timing,” he said.
CISD trustees approve year-round school plan, await results of bond vote
By CRAIG HAMMETT
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school year-round beginning in the 1995-96 school year should a bond issue to build new schools fail in September.
CISD mattes voted 6-1 Thunder to accept a year-round school proposal for elementary students in the district. Trustee Norman Gertich dissented
If the bond issue should pan, however, the CISD would not institute year-round schools Students would have to accept crowded conditions for one year white new schools are being built.
“lf the bond issue passed, for the 1995-96 school year we would have to get by and be crowded,” said Superintendent Jerry Major.
CISD officials favor passage of the bond issue to build new schools but needed a contingency plan should the
The year-round schools would be put in place for sixth grade and below. The schools would be operated on a multi-track basis.
For example, should four tracks be implemented, four sections of students would start at different points.
Students would go to school around 60 days and then have off around 20 to 28 days, throughout the year. At any given point, roughly a quarter of students would be out of school.
Projections indicate capacity could be reduced up to 33 percent, however GSD officials spy, should growth continue, the distnct would again reach capacity within the next few years.
Sure law says that schools must maintain a student-tcachcr ratio of 22 to I at the elementary levels. Year-round schooling, other than new buildings or portable buildings, is one such solution to the overcrowding, although officials say it is only temporary.
Will you marry me?’
From staff reports
Martin Franz has just one question to ask his girlfriend, Dodie Martinez, of Atlanta, Ga
“WILL YOU MARRY MET’
Franz, a U S Army paratrooper, long range surveillance, stationed in Fort Drum, N.Y. will be in New Braunfels only until Sunday when he must return to his base. His girlfriend, Martinez, is flying in today from Atlanta Time is of the essence "That’s all I have to say," said the nervous one
The 25-ycar-old Canyon High graduate met his girlfriend in Atlanta white training for the U S Army Rangers Franz wanted to get his all-important question asked before he left to go back to the service. He also wanted to pop the question in a unique way. Having missed the Henld-Zeitung’s advertising deadline, he was directed to the newsroom.
"It was an unusual request, but not one I hear very often," said managing editor Mark Lyon. "We're hoping she says yes "
Marlin Franz, In Ute traditional pow tor a proposing young man.For news,advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846