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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDtgsMwraWPIP wmmmmmm New Braunfels Three Parks 5K Run offers new challenge. See Page 1B. County Courthouse . 16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 5,1996 Hemkl Editorial............................ 4A Sports............................... 1B Comics............................. 3B Market Place.................... 4B-8B Sta nim ti scil Inside Birthday wishes from tho Horakf-Zottung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Mark Allen Brown (3-? years), Candya Kapp (16 years), Julian Morales (belated), and Annie Valverde. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollan Count Mold — Not Available Grass —NA Oak—NA Hack. —NA Pecan —NA Elm —NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter ct air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River —147 cubic feet per second, up 6 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.49 feet above sea level, same as yesterday. Canyon Dam discharge — 83 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 40 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.74 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.) ACS Starlight Gala tickets on sale now Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society Starlight Gala. "A Night in Casablanca" is the theme for this year's Gala, which will feature casino gaming, a gourmet buffet catered by Word of Mouth Catering from Austin, and dancing to the music of tfie Fairmonts. A silent auction will add to the evening and the winner of a year's lease of a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe will be announced. Ticket prices start at $100 per couple. The gala will be June 15 at the Civic Center. For more information, call 629-6153 or 606-4115. Gorman Folk Dancers to hold garage sale The New Braunfels German Folk Dancers will have a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at 1018 Harriet Drive in Canyon Lake Village West. For information, call 899-7042 or 899-3672. Class of *86 to gather New Braunfels High School Class of 1986 wit meet Friday night at the Watering Hole; from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Landa Park, and from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday at Tree Tops. Iglesia Bethel to hold annual rammage sale The annual rummage sale to benefit Iglesia Bethel will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 8 a m. to noon Saturday at 385 Grape St. Reading program offered at library The Summer Reading Program at the Dittlinger Memorial Library is here. Kids ages 3 to 5 can come in for Storytime Tuesdays at 10 a m., and programs for school-age kids began May 30. Programs will run through July 18, and they are all free. Call 608-2150 for information.The Thursday program is on Olympic Games and the June 13 program is “Ready ... Set... Ride." Spotty rains do little By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Sunday’s showers may have helped die aquifer, but local farmers and ranchers need more if it is to have any beneficial effect on their land. County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said the rain on Sunday varied from .7 inches in the Freiheit area to 1.5 inches in some western portions of the county. However, the benefits of the rain vary depending on the farmer or rancher. Taylor said farmers who planted com this year will see a dramatic reduction in yield compared to previous years. He said the com is severely stunted, and the size of the plants in a single field varies from 3 feet to 6 inches. Even additional rains will not help. “At this point, we’re probably going to harvest IO percent of die com that’s out there, if that much,’’ said Taylor. “You can basically write off the com.” Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of CANDYA RAPP However, the grain sorghum has fared a little better. Taylor said even those that are stunted are a little more uniform. He said the recent rain will help, but more is needed in die next IO to 12 days. He said, optimistically, farmers may be able to harvest 40 to 50 percent of a normal yield this year. “It’s way too late for the com, but if we can get a follow-up rain, we can still harvest the sorghum,” said Taylor. As for the ranchers, Taylor said the ifs way too late for tho com, but lf wo can got a follow-up rain, wa can stHI harvest tho sorghum.’ — Joe Taylor, county extension agent rain will result in some grass growth. However, most ranchers will continue to use supplemental feed until addi tional rain is received, because it likely will not be substantial growth. He said ranchers will need rain about every two weeks from now until the fall for continued growth. He said cooler temperatures would also make it easier for grass to grow with what rains are received. “What I’m saying is we’re by no means out of the drought,” said Taylor. “We need some general rains, and not just in isolated areas.” w killed and fly other people injured m tnis accident on I ftpfB en a sMetoar whlia •vnergency workers work on hot. Rollover wreck kills one, sends five to hospitals By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer One teen-ager was killed and five other people were airlifted to area hospitals Tuesday afternoon after a one-car rollover accident on Highway 46, one mile west of FM 3159 near the entrance of Smithson Valley High School. Michael Shane Carroll, 15, of 8801 Cinnamon Creek in San Antonio, was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart at 3:50 p.m. He was taken to Zoeller Funeral Home in New Braunfels. The driver of the 1983 Chevrolet Suburban, Reginal Price, 44, of 8801 Cinnamon Creek in San Antonio was airlifted to University Hospital with chest and head injuries. He was listed in stable condition. One of the passengers, Patricia Schmid, 50, also of8801 Cinnamon Creek in San Antonio, was airlifted to University Hospital with face and arm injuires. She was listed in fair condition. The other three children, Justin Poehls, 11, Christina Fulkes, 12, and Robert Schmid, 15, were all airlifted to Wilford Hall Medical Center where they were all listed in fair condition. Poehls and Fulkes’ address is listed at 12540 Rebecca Creek Road while Schmid’s is listed at 8801 Cinnamon Creek in San Antonio. According to the Department of Public Safety report, the Suburban was traveling east on Highway 46 on the wrong side of the road when Price approached a right curve and apparently lost control of the vehicle. “It looks like he (Price) was not paying attention when he came over the hill,” Trooper J.W. Shea said at the scene. “It looks like he tried to oversteer and it (vehicle) jerked to the right, sending the vehicle into a skid and flipping over several times.” The Suburban flipped over on the passenger side striking a telephone pole on the side of the road. The DFS report said Carroll was partially ejected from the vehicle at the time of the accident, which occurred at 3:15 p.m. Lower river flows could curtains for trout I I Ii*! I I By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint rn TIk trout in the Guadalupe River can survive the low flow in the river now, but if it has to be cut any further no one knows whether or not the trout will survive, a Texas Parks and Wildlife Department official said. “What will happen if it gets down to 35 cubic feet per second is anybody’s guess,” TP&WD Inland Fisheries District Management Supervisor Dave Terre said. “We have no records to go by for that.” The release rate from Canyon Dam into the Guadalupe was cut from 130 cfs to 75 cfs last week. A minimum flow of 35 cfs would be needed to meet the rights of downstream water users. Terre said on Thursday afternoon he went to the Guadalupe River and did some temperature measurements at Canyon Dam and the Third Crossing. Both locations, Terre said, had temperatures in the mid-70’s, which is good enough for the trout, a cold-water fish, to survive. “We are praying for rain so that the flow will go up and the temperatures will go down,” Terre said. Trout were introduced to the Guadalupe River 30 years ago when TP&WD first stocked the river. Terre said TP&WD has plans to stock 50,000 five- to six-inch rainbow trout this summer. But if the river flow is cut again, the stocking will likely be postponed. City takes aim at ethics ordinance By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The city is taking another shot at an old target. The issue was raised three years ago by former councilman Dan Bremer. A 14-member committee wrote a proposed ethics ordinance to clarify personal and business boundaries for city personnel. But it fell to the wayside after council members and citizens agreed die wording was overly detailed and restrictive. The issue will emerge once again when council members Monday night consider appointing seven members to an ad hoc ethics committee, charged with producing a more palatable ethics ordinance. “I think we have a genuine interest in building and securing trust from the public,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. “The goal is to come up with a very easy-to-understand document, something that’s short and simple.”    .    _. Each council member will select a member of the ethics committee from his or her district, and the mayor will select one at-large member. Ferguson and City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom will arm the seven-member committee with model ordinances from cities such as Dallas and Austin, as well as research from national and state associations such as the Texas Municipal League. Committee members will follow an ambitious schedule of meetings twice a month to hand over a proposal for council consideration in September. The ordinance will cover such items as financial management, outside employ- Former Councilman Dan Bremer raised the issue of an ethics ordinance three years ago. ment and volunteer eligibility, and may require mandatory training for city employees Council members hope to avoid the wordiness of the failed proposal, which read more like the card catalogue for the Library of Congress than a usable code of ethics. “It was too thick,” said Mayor Jan Kennady, who along with councilman Paul Fraser was on council during consideration of the former ethics code. “It was trying to cover everything that could be covered. My goal is to have some place to look at of interest.”    * Overall city officials agffcfc thai defining what private interests conflict with public responsibility has been the crux of the debate. “I don’t think it ll be micromanaging,” said Kennady in a telephone interview from Montgomery, Ala. “It is to be a tool for the council when we have questions.” Kennady, who initiated the new measure, said the ethics code will solve whether council members may vote cm items involving non-profit boards that they themselves are serving on. Kennady said currently no city code addresses this issue. NBISD won’t raise tax rate this year Rising property values mean more revenue By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Herald-Zettung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Pe«k-a-boo This fawn was caught hiding in tbs brush along Highway 46, near Farm to Market Road 2252, Tuaaday afternoon. The board of trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District has set the maximum tax rate it will consider for the 1996-97 budget. The public will have a chance for input at a public hearing scheduled for next week. Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finance, told the board the staff is working on a preliminary budget, and the only remaining item to be added to the budget is teachers’ salaries. “We would like to ask you to set the maximum tax rate you would consider for the 1996-97 budget at $1.50,” he said. Curtis told the board that although the rate is the same as it is this year, it is considered an increase due to reappraisals. Since property values increased in the last year, the district would raise more money in taxes with the same rate as last year. Curtis said Tuesday's vote does not mean the tax rate will be $ 1.50. He said it simply means that is the highest the board can go when forming the budget. He said the staff will work on reducing the rate. The board unanimously approved the recommendation. “This does not set it at $1.50. What it does is put a cap on what we can do,” he said. “We’re trying everything we can to get it down to lower than what we had this year.” Curtis said it is likely that the final tax rate could be closer to $ 1.455. However, he said he requested the higher maximum to give them “a little more flexibility,” especially in trying to fit in raises for teachers. Because of reappraisals, taxes on the average home would increase by $48.47, or 5.14 percent, under the proposed $ 1.50 rate. Curtis said taxes for individual homeowners will increase at different rates depending on the change in the taxable value of their property. NBISD Superintendent Charles Brad-berry said he is not concerned with placing a cap on the tax rate before completing a preliminary budget. He said he believes it can be done within this rate, and hopes the rate can even be reduced. “We’re close enough (to forming a budget) that we know where we are,” he said. “Our goal is to keep it the same or lower it...We may not be able to do everything we wanted to, but no one is able to do everything they would like.” A public hearing on the proposed tax rate is set for 7 p.m., June 13 at the Education Center on W. Mill Street. Final budget approval could come as early as June 17.Labor partner just wants to help his wife. See Opinion, Page 4A. ;