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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas FELS Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 6,7,8 or 9 can water today after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 6 or 7 can water today after 8 p.m. HERALD-akit'UNG Vol. 149 No. 139    14    pages    in    2    sections    June    I,    2000 oti? F YANDELL Uh 2 b a. f r-    v a a 0 J -• 3    ( 2 m EL PASO,    1JdU ........ clinty since 1852 50 cents Boogie time! Mike Wilkinson rides the wave at Schlitterbahn’s Boogie Bahn Wednesday as competitors in this week’s body-boarding competition warm up. Wilkinson finished first in the bodyboarding competition in Arlington this past year, and the 14-year-old New Braunfels athlete will compete in today’s amateur competition. Entries will be taken until 1 p.m. Professionals will compete Friday and Saturday. See Sports on Page 1B for more on the events taking place this week. Plaza Diner closes doors time restaurant employees sweep the hardwood floors or wipe off the cozy tables. With its quaint Bavarian decor and convenient downtown location, the Plaza Diner, next to Chase Bank and Main Plaza Studio, has been a favorite lunchtime gathering place for several years. “Ifs a nice drop-in place. It’s charming and it’s convenient,” said one regular customer who just wanted to be called a “good customer.” See DINER/8A Council interviews P&Z panel hopefuls From Staff Reports New Braunfels City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. today to interview applicants for positions on the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission and Zoning Board of Adjustments. --Council will meet    at the New ~ ,... J,, Braunfels Municipal Building, con- J£u"dJ ** ference room A/B, 4242 S. Casten meet at 6:30 A Ave. themCnfdpal    Dun"g a 22    meetinf’ buildina 424 counci1 approved postponing appoint-S Casted    *n8 new memhers to the commissions ^ve    until council members could inter view the applicants. - Applicants for three    positions on the Planning and Zoning Commission    are Senaida Alvarado, Adam Cork, Rodney R. Fischer, Burke Harrison, John Jacks, Bert Gillette Lindsey III, Robert U. McCurley, Karen Ruth Minton, Robert Nohrn, Sandy Nolte, Susan Phillips, WR. Smith, Tom H. Stevenson, James E. Terlecki, James W. Vanghan and David B. Whitaker. McCurley and Notle are current commission members. The current planning and zoning commission also includes Acie McAda, John Lovett, Cameron Brad-fute, James Dunks, John Dierksen and Russell McDonald. Terms for the new appointees will end May 31,2003. Council also will appoint three regular members and two alternate members to the Zoning Board of Adjustment for terms ending May 31, 2003. Applicants are Bart Baker, Matthew Burtch, David E. Hochanadel, Daniel Hutchison, William A. Kotylo, Bert Gillette Lindsey III, Robert Nohm, Susan Phillips, James E. Terlecki and James W. Vanghan. Hutchison and Kotylo are current regular members of the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Hochanadel is serving as an alternate member and wishes to serve as a regular member. Current members include Russell McDonald, Jim Biedermann and Edward E. Kirkham. Alternate members include Thomas C. Johnson and Joel Guajardo. Council also will consider granting a sewer line easement to Hill Country Restaurants, Inc. to cross city right-of-way. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Longtime customers Pete and Georgia Williams talk with Mark Lauer as the kitchen staff prepares the last order of a tough day.Restaurant serves last meal Wednesday By Heather Todd Staff Writer As of 3 p.m. Wednesday, New Braunfels residents were not be able to stop by the Plaza Diner on Sunday morning for a hearty breakfast or noon on a weekday for a juicy hamburger — at least for now. Mark Lauer, owner of the Plaza Diner, 367 Main Plaza, for the past ‘7 would rather close when we re doing well. I’m going out on top and I think have a positive reputation here.”Mark Lauer owner, Plaza Diner eight years, officially closed up shop and put a sign in the restaurant window advertising the restaurant and building for sale or lease. Inside the restaurant, Lauer left a personal message as his goodbye to local customers. Across a large black chalkboard hanging on the restaurant’s wall, a message written in chalk said, “Thank you, New Braunfels.” “I would like to thank all the New Braunfels customers for supporting me so well,” Lauer said as staff cleaned up the kitchen and eating areas before the 3 p.m. closing. And, depending on the future of the restaurant, that could be the last Consultant to look into mold at CIS From staff reports Comal Independent School District hopes to sign a contract today for a consultant to begin investigating the cause of a non-toxic mold problem at Canyon Intermediate School — and determine whose fault it is. Retired CISD facilities and maintenance head and now district consultant Roy Linnartz said HDR/Simpson Inc. of San Antonio submitted a proposal for conducting an investigation into a mold problem that caused CISD to close two classrooms at the New Braun-fels-area intermediate school in March. HDR/Simpson is a firm that specializes in forensic investigations of construction-related problems, Linnartz said. In discussions related to the proposal for an investigation, district officials said Wednesday night seven staff" members had complained of health concerns possibly connected to the mold. No students were thought to be affected. In March, CISD officials said, the district began looking into a mold problem at the school after a pair of staff members complained of medical problems. Citing med-See MOLD/8A School friends lead NBHS class at graduation By Christina Minor      —;-; — —- staff Writer    Senior    award    recipients/8A erinary Association Award for $500, Robert C. Byrd Honors of $1,500 and a $30,400 scholarship from Louisiana State University. Saad received the University Interscholastic League Scholar Award, Outstanding Achievement in AP Biology, a Dierks Scholarship for $500, a $25,000 scholarship from Wesleyan University and other honors. The girls and their classmates will graduate at 8 p.m. Friday at NBHS Unicom Stadium. See GRADS/8 A CHRISTINA MINOR/Herald-Zeitung Cara Doherty and Angela Saad will lead the NBHS Class of 2000 during graduation Friday. They played together, studied together and now are graduating together — as fu st and second in their class at New Braunfels High School. For valedictorian Cara Doherty and salutatorian Angela Saad - friends since elementary school -the honor is more than just grades and diplomas. “I’ve never really worked toward being valedictorian,” Doherty said. “I was surprised. It’s exciting, but I don’t feel any different because of it.” Doherty received scholarships and awards including the University Interscholastic League Scholar Award, Dr. Ed Grist Memorial, Comal County Vet-NBISD trustees adopt $40.3 million budget, set tax rateSchool board approves pay hikes for entry-level teachers From staff reports New Braunfels Independent School District trustees adopted a $40.3 million budget Tuesday that will not increase taxes for maintenance and operations — although the district’s debt service tax is going up 12.8 cents. Also agreed to as part of the budget will be a raise in district salaries for starting teachers to $28,500 — up $500 from the starting salary this year. That pay raise — in addition to the 2 percent raise for all district employees — comes after concerns raised by Superintendent Ron Reaves about competitive pressures for entry level teachers. “It helps us to remain competitive with our neighboring districts,” Reaves said. “We think our close neighbors will go to this figure.” Reaves didn’t say which close neighbors he was referring to. The starting salary rate in Comal school district this past year was $26,500 for a beginning teacher with no experience. CISD will set its new budget later in summer. Starting salaries in the NBISD this year were $28,000. Reaves told trustees he thought the district might hire half a dozen or so entry-level teachers in the coming year. The raise in starting salaries will cost about $3,000 above the $500,000 already earmarked for pay raises. The $3,000 will come from savings realized in employee turnover. District officials have been feeling pressure from other districts — Judson and the Northeast San Antonio districts were mentioned Tuesday — that offer higher salaries. A few teachers have chosen to leave the district this year for higher pay, trustees were told. Trustees voted unanimously to adopt the budget and a total NBISD tax rate of $ 1.768 per $100 of assessed valuation. Of the tax rate, $1.48 will go to the maintenance and operation costs for the district — 2 cents less than the state-allowed maximum — and 28.8 cents will go for debt service, which is up from the 16 cents taxpayers were assessed for district debt this past year. The NBISD’s debt tax rose 12.8 cents this year with the issuance of the first $22 million of 1999’s $75 million bond for district renovations and upgrades. Last year’s NBISD tax rate was $1.64. The NBISD taxes on a home with a taxable value of $100,000 will be $1,768 next year, up from $1,640. That figure doesn’t include city or county taxes. 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