New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 6, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY June 6, 2003
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Vol. 152, No. 175Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
50 centsFormer Spur a player in subdivision debacle
By Ron Maloney
Retired San Antonio Spurn superstar George Gervin came to Comal County Thursday.
He posed for a few photos with fens in the Commissioners’ Court Building.
He spoke with County Engineer Ibm Homseth and Precinct 4 Commissioner .Jan Kennady.
He autographed the “Go Spurs” poster on Precinct 2 Commissioner Jay Minikins office door.
But this year’s NBA finals weren’t the only thing on his mind.
“The Iceman” has found himself a player in a dispute over an unplatted — and therefore potentially illegal — subdivi
sion in the northernmost part of Comal County.
Gervin and his wife, Joyce, bought 26.59 acres offend near the Spring Branch Meadows subdivision.
“It’s beautiful property. We want to move there,” Gervin said.
He isn’t going to be able to build right off, though. Right
now, Gervin can’t get a county septic permit because the property and the unimproved, quar-ter-mile road that leads to it haven’t been platted.
In commissioners’ court Thursday, Comal County Judge Danny School argued that the developer, Guillermo de Alba Brewster, Gervin and two other property buyers should have
been aware of the county’s laws.
The judge gave the developer one week to submit a completed plat application — or face possible criminal charges.
Failure to comply with platting requirements is a class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,(KH) and up to six months in county jail. LocalSee SUBDIVISIONS
Bankruptcy court OKs Moll reorganization
By Dylan Jimenez
With overwhelming support from creditors, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in San Antonio approved Moll Industries Inc.’s reorganize tion plan.
Moll officials plan to emerge from bankruptcy under the new plan June 22, said Ray Battaglia, of the law firm Oppenheimer, Blend, Harrison and Tate Inc., lead bankruptcy council for Moll Industries.
“The company will emerge healthier, with a better balance sheet, plenty of cash
available and lean and mean and ready to go out and compote for new customers,” Battaglia said.
Fart of Moll’s reorganization was consolidating San Antonio and Austin facilities into one plant, located in New Braunfels,
The New Braunfels facility already employs HO people, und officials plan to hire about IOO more.
City leaders offered the bankrupt company incentives to move into the former Flextronics building.
Though some criticized the incentives, city leaders
insisted they were never in the dark about Moll’s economic viability or the plans to restructure debt.
Bill Teeple, Molls chief financial officer, said the company was able to decrease most of its debt out of court.
The company will have gone from $250 million in debt to about $60 million after emerging fro rn bankruptcy.
He said the company did not lose any customers because of its bankruptcy.
“Our business has been
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Banner flap draws ire of businesses in Bulverde
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Uh a banner day for businesses in Bulverde — at least for now.
Reacting to local businesses’ concerns, the city declared a 90-day moratorium on enforcing part of its four-year-old sign ordinance t hat regulates banners.
The action came after a May 27 city council meeting when several business operators complained about a letter telling them they had to remove temporary banners from in front of their establishments.
The letters were sent to 47 of the more than 70 businesses that operate in the Bulverde city limits.
The business owners who attended the May 27 meeting complained the tone of the letter seemed heavy-handed and that removing the banners would negatively impact their businesses.
Aldermen called an emergency meeting Monday to vote in the moratorium, and officials said Thursday they would work with business owners to find an amenable solution to the dispute.
The enforcement moratorium allows
CISD will have fewer teachers next school year
By Sean Bowlin
Comal Independent School District will lose some teachers before t he start of tho next school year.
Thursday night, after hearing a rejxirt that 17 fewer teachers were budgeted at secondary schools for 2003-04 than in 2002-03, trustees voted unanimously to re* a lineate some of those positions.
After two failed attempts, trustee Charles Burt moved to give back the equivalent of 1.5 teachers each in the form of so-called “teacher units,” or teachers who divide their time between campuses to Smithson Valley Middle School and Canyon High School. To replace teachers lost to budget cuts, Spring Branch Middle and Canyon Middle
John Tysdal gets help from mom, Michelle, at Landa Park Thursday after the Concerts in the Park performance was can-coled. John, Cason Heffing-ton (below) and other kids were taking advantage of the extra time and space in the park.
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Incoming New Braunfels High School freshman Miguel Loyola keeps his eye on the bar performing chin-ups Thursday morning. Loyola was taking part in the Marine Corps Junior ROTO Summer Leadership Camp.
JROTC camp introduces younger kids to rigors, discipline of program
By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer
Marine Corps Junior KOTC (’amp at New Braunfels High School is more than push-ups, running and marching.
ROTC Camp is a leadership laboratory for 41 aspiring ROTC cadets and their four cadet instructors.
“They work us hard; we work them hard," said Cadet First Ll. dias Waters.
“Us” and “we” are Waters, Cadet Sgt. Jeff Simmons, Cadet Maj. Jennifer Llamas and Cadet Sgt. Maj. Evan Powell.
‘They” and “them” are 41 New Braunfels inde|>endent School District third- through eighth-graders going through RC JTD camp, where they spend a week seeing the ROT(' unit ckise up before choosing to join it.
'Fhe camp also gives the students a routine — something new to many of them cut adrift from the order of the classroom after school ended fest week.
'ITiat routine started Monday, which was a day of lntnxiuctions to subjects such as flag detail, physical fitness “PT’ training, uniforms, drill, first aid and rifle range safety. The rest of the days build (in those topics.
The camp also include swimming
Photos by DAVID INQRAM/ttorakJ /ertung
(Above) Rachel Medrano calls out the count as the platoon performs its “daily seven" exercises. (Above left) Cadet Sgt. Maj. Evan Powell, one of four NBHS JROTC camp instructors, demonstrates proper chin-up technique.