New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following Dirthday wishes to: Meredith towotny (Monday), Kody Williams (Monday), Susan Adams (Monday), Sandra Michael, Elisa Racanelll, Donna Fuqua, Paige Marlar (5 years old), Darlene Sommer Monday), Cheryl Baird (Monday), Carl Schwope (Monday), Shermany Tapley (Monday), Amy Wilson (17 years old Monday), Tony Castillo, Russ Whitehouse, Alice Martinez Monday), Larry Metzger (Monday), Dennis Templeton Sr., )ennis Templeton Jr. and Taunla Barbola (belated).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Buddy and Helen Brahm (50 fears), Mr. and Mrs. Gene Rogers (51 years), Jo and Joe Brophey (Monday) and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chandler (46 years Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Easy on to 1-35, not so easy to get off
Work crews are continuing construction of additional lanes to Interstate 35 between New Braunfels and Schertz. That was the good news. The not-so-good news is that the only exits for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
Special day for dear old Dad one week off
Although they probably desen/e to be honored all year long, there is one day set aside dedicated solely to the men in our lives we call our fathers. Father's Day is only one week away, so you better start looking for that perfect gift that says "Thank You" and "I Love You," whether its a tie, golf clubs or a screw driver.
Day free of rain a fairly safe bet today
Sunday afternoon should see partly cloudy skies with 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. The high is expected to be in the mid to upper 80s and a southeast wind of 5 to 10 mph will be blowing.
Monday basically will be a repeat of Sunday's weather, with partly cloudy skies, high in the upper 80s and a southeast wind at 5 to 10 mph. There will be a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms again Monday afternoon.
Time is now to file for NBISD board seats
Elections for four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will be held Aug. 9, and the filing period is already here.
The election will be held to fill the District 1 and two at-iarge seats. The district 4 seat will also be up for election to find someone to fill the seat for the remaining year on the term. Sylvia Sanchez currently holds the District 1 seat. Jaime Padilla resigned in April from the District 4 seat with one year remaining on his term. Leo Chafin and Bette Spain hold the two at-large seats.
Filing for the election began May 26 and ends 5 p.m. June 25. Early voting will run from July 21 to Aug. 5 at the Comal County Courthouse, the Guadalupe County Courthouse and the NBISD Education Center. Early voting polls at the education center will also be open Saturday, Aug. 2. The elections will be held Aug. 9.
To file for a seat in the election, go to the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
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■ In 1997,1,161 new buildings will have been built in Comal County.
■ The population of Comal County has grown 29 percent since 1990.
■ Sheriff Bob Holder says he will need twice as many patrol officers to keep up with the growth.
■ Most of the growth is taking place in the Bulverde and Spring Branch areas along U.S. 281
■ The growth is forcing county officials to address concerns about roads, emergency .response services and water.
Residents come for peace, quiet
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Four years ago when Arleen Bennett decided to move out of California she was looking for a place where she could have a little bit more breathing room.
Bennett said she and a friend, also from California, visited San Antonio looking for a house to buy. They were not too impressed with what they saw in San Antonio so they drove around some more.
“Well it was sort of an accident,” Bennett said about the place she bought in a Bulverde Hills subdivision. “My friend rented a car, and we randomly were driving around looking at the area and saw a place in Bulverde Hills for sale.”
After looking at other property as far away as El Paso, Bennett and her friend decided to take the scenic lot in Bulverde Hills.
Bennett said it is something she is glad she did.
“I like it,” Bennett said. “It is nice and quiet to sit here. I have coffee on the porch and watch the deer and the squirrels.”
The idea of getting away from it all and being in the country is the reason why many people like Bennett are moving in droves to the Bulverde and Spring Branch area.
Bennett said she decided to get out of California,
‘I like it. It is nice and quiet to sit here. I have coffee on the porch and watch the deer and squirrels.’
— Bulverde Hills resident Arleen Bennett
where she worked and lived for 33 years, because it was getting to the point where she could barely afford the cost of living in the Golden State, especially since she was retired “I kind of picked this area because of the fact there were hills and trees and no desert, and it wasn’t too expensive at the time,” Bennett said. “My neighbors aren’t within 12 feet (of the property). I am retired. If your income goes to one-fourth of what it was, you have to be careful.” But ironically, Bennett may have escaped California’s congestion and population overcrowding possibly to face the same problems in the Bulverde area.
For the past IO years, the Bulverde and Spring Branch area has seen tremendous growth along the U.S. 281 corridor toward San Antonio. County Engineer Tom Homseth can attest to
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Population mostly in western areas
By CHRIS CREWS
In order to grasp where the growth is in Comal County, a person needs only look at where new construction is occurring.
According to preliminary estimates from Comal Central Appraisal Distnct, 1,161 new buildings
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Sheriff says more officers needed to meet growing demands
By ABE LEVY
As next year’s budget talks approach, Comal County Commissioners Court and Sheriff Bob Holder have been pondering the need to hire additional officers to secure one of the state’s fastest growing counties.
In the past five years, Comal
County has grown by 15,000 people to a total of 67,000 people and has a growth rate of 29 percent, according to the Texas State Data Center.
With only 29 full-time officers on patrol duty, the sheriff s office is often strapped for resources to maintain security in the county, Holder said.
Most law enforcement authorities
recommend about two officers to every 1,000 residents, he said, which is far more than the current ratio of less than one officer per 1,000 residents in Comal County.
“That means it takes us much longer to respond to calls because of this tremendous growth,” he said. “We have to grow with the population to meet the safety needs.”
Holder said that response time sometimes was 20 to 30 minutes in areas such as Bulverde, Spring Branch and Sattler.
To counter the problem. Holder said he would like to increase patrol officers this year from eight to 15, which could better address the security needs of the 35,(XX) to 45,000 Turn to Officers, Page 9A
YMCA promises needed programs, not buildings
By CHRIS CREWS
The Young Men’s Christian Association is establishing a presence in New Braunfels, and, fortunately, in no way will it resemble the YMCA of the Village People.
“The idea behind the local YMCA is to provide services to families and chil
dren. Social issues, such as drug abuse and school dropout rates, face kids today and, in many cases, there is simply no place for them to go after school,” said Joe Bueno, executive director of the Northeast San Antonio Branch of the YMCA. “The YMCA strives to provide services to help solve at least part of the problem.”
The local branch of the Y is expect
ed to name a director, its first full-time employee, Tuesday. By the time the organization is fully operational in August, officials expect to employ seven to 12 part-time employees plus many volunteers.
Tim Bnerty, chairman of the New Braunfels YMCA board of directors, said the organization’s initial efforts will be directed toward enrichment programs
for Comal County’s younger citizens.
“In preliminary studies, there was a need shown for after-school programs, and our goal is to till in the gaps and provide what is not already being provided.” Brierty said. “Our short-term goal is to establish a presence in every school in the county, including CISD if
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EAA cuts back proposed well fees
By ABE LEVY
Proposed fees for aquifer well owners were cut by more than half in a revised proposal that the Edwards Aquifer Authority will consider Tuesday, officials said.
The previous proposal would have increased an average monthly water bill by about 80 cents per month and this revised proposal would show an increase of about 35 cents, officials said.
Under this proposal, owners who filed for permits would be allowed 7/12 of the amount of water they claimed at an SI I-per-acre-foot price through the end of the year.
EAA staff said it reduced the proposal because of feedback from well owners during five public hearings regionwide.
The well owners asked for research projects to be cut to free up more money to complete the process of issuing well permits.
“(EAA board members) know that we’re not going to be able to do all the studies now, and we need to do the business of permitting first,” said Greg Ellis, EAA general manager.
More than $3(X),0(X) was cut from research projects, including $30,(XX) from a proposed study to test a New Braunfels Utilities well near Landa Park.
That project was cut from $46,000 to $16,(XX) for the initial phase of the project, which is a water quality test at the well, officials said.
Fees are the only source of income for the almost I-year-old agency that for the first time instituted a permit system for all aquifer well owners in accordance with legislation.
The EAA board, which manages the 176-mile-long aquifer, has not yet certified how much water permit applicants w ill be allotted.
The current proposal would be a temporary permit that officials said would buy more time for the board to review permanent applications for next year.
NBU officials said they would pay $64,166 for their average use of water for the rest of the year under the proposed fee.
That is about $110,000 less than w hat the original proposed fees would have cost NBU.
Roger Biggers, NBU’s assistant general manager of technical operations, said staff members would have to evaluate the final fee schedule to see whether it would affect this year’s budget projections and result in a recommendation of a rate increase.
“Every year we have new costs that come to us through fees or purchasing chemicals that are going up in price and every year we make a projection,” he said. “That’s the process we go through. This fee will deteriorate the amount of surplus. We have to look at the budget and see if we need to increase revenue.”
EAA officials said the proposed fees would generate $2.3 million for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The proposed budget spans 15 months so that EAA staff can begin the 1998 budget in January and start a 12-month, calendar-year budget.City Council makes a good call on a tough decision. See Page 4A