New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, June 11,1996
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JOAN and
Vol. 144, No. 151
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Birthday wishes from tho HeraM-ZoKung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Felix Velez Sr., Clara Dietert 90 years), Mary S. Millett, Jeu-■lifer Lauren Timmermann (3 years), Marilyn Schmidt, Arlon Hermes (48 years) and Samantha Desfosses.
Happy anniversary to Joan and Loon Helmke (43 years), and Leo and Marilyn Schmidt To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —754 Grass —trace
Oak—0 Hack. —trace
Pecan — 0 Elm — 0
(Polton measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Readings taken yesterday. Information
provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —133 cubic feet per second, down 11 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 622.27 feet above sea level, down .10 from yesterday.
Canyon Dam discharge —106 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 52 cfs Canyon Lake level —905.60 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 the 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 Saturday at the Civic Center. For more information, call 629-6153 or 606-4115.
BBW to most st
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women's Club will meet Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. Social at 6:45 p.m., dinner and meeting at 7 p.m.
Installation of officers will be held. For more information, call Brenda Sullivan at 625-4545 or Kristy Davis at 609-5678.
Amovfoan G.l. Forum to moot Thursday
The American G.l. Forum will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday at the American Legion Hall on Coll St.
Quilt Guild to 'Joss It up* Saturday
The New Braunfels Area Quilt Guild will meet at 9 a.m., Saturday at the First Christian Church on Loop 337.
The program will be given by Sherrie Spangler, “Jazz It Up — Wearable Art.* Public is invited.
Outfot Mall storo to givo away fudgo
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory will give away a 22-pound fudge top hat for Fathers' Day.
The drawing will be at 2 p.m. Saturday. Entrants must be present to win. Sign up at the store at the Outlet Mall.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Council names committee to draw up ethics rules
By ABE LEVY
The city council chose members to serve on a seven-member commission charged with coming up with an ethics ordinance for all city officials. The action came at Monday's regular meeting.
The commission is an ad hoc advi
sory group that will meet two times a month until September, when it will present a proposed ordinance to the council for consideration.
The members were chosen from each council member’s district and include Randy Vanstory, Lorraine Kraft, Glyn Goff, Carrie Sisak, Ken Frazier and Daryl Higgins.
Councilman Juan Martinez will
name his appointee later this week.
The push to draw up an ordinance is not new.
Mayor Jan Kennady, who initiated the current campaign, served as a councilwoman in 1993 when an attempt was made to outline an ethics code.
An ethics commission, appointed by the council, came up with a rather lengthy list of dos and don’ts, including
restrictions on whether council members can accept a cup of coffee paid for by associates.
The measure died after its first reading.
The new effort will focus on yielding a much more simple document, council members said.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom suggested to the council that she be
the main contact for ethics complaints. She would interpret whether reports of violations are valid and in need of further investigation.
Cullom and Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, will provide the commission with model documents from the Texas Municipal League and material from the Texas Ethics Commission.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The boys off summer
Samuel Clark out- jumps Kyle Bailey and Fabian Leal while catching pop-upe yesterday afternoon in an open field on Wald Road.
CISD test scores show Improvement
By DENISE DZIUK
Test scores on the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills test for the Comal Independent School District have equaled or topped the state average in all but one area, and school officials are pleased.
Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, presented the test scores to the board at the meeting on Monday. She said the scores showed a dramatic increase, and she was pleased with the results. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the improvements were a result of hard work by parents, students, and staff.
(Td like to commend the staff, especially the teachers, for the work they’ve done,” he said. “Our teachers do a good job with a lot of tough conditions.”
Hall said 17 of the 19 subtest scores were at or above the state average. She said the largest improvement was in the area of math, where all of the scores for grades 3 through IO were above the state average and last year’s scores. Reading scores were also three to 11 percentage points
above the state average. The only score below a 76 was the math score for grade IO, which was 67. Hall said the overall scores are encouraging for the district.
“When you compare it to the state, you get more of an idea of where we’re going,” she said. “Overall, the scores made us very happy.”
Hall said the district has taken several measures to improve test scores. She said this includes staff development, curriculum allign-ment, practice exercises, computer software and more. However, despite the impressive scores, she said the staff and faculty will continue working toward improvement.
“We look with principals at why (there was a decline or no improvement) and always work to improve,” she said.
Hall dud the TAAS scores, along with a couple of other factors, are used to determine accreditation rankings for state schools. She said the impressive scores and the decline in the dropout rate indicate that CISD may be in the running for high marks.
CISD TAAS Scores
Source: CISD Office of Public
Driver cited in Friday wreck
Accident sent four to . hospitals, one still critical
By DAVK) DEKUNDER
A San Antonio woman has been cited in a two-car collision that occurred at the intersection of Highway 46 and Highway 281 Friday night, while the passenger who was with her is still hanging on to his life.
Alfred Anderson, 26, of San Antonio, was listed in critical condition with multiple trauma injuries at University Hospital on Monday afternoon.
Anderson was in a 1992 Mazda Protege driven by Heather Michelle Walker, 18, of San Antonio, when the accident occurred at 7:20 p.m.
The Mazda Protege collided with a 1996 Ford pickup driven by David Ray Chapman, 35, of Hunt, and included a passenger, Eugenia Chapman, 57, of Hunt.
The two Chapmans and Walker were taken to University Hospital where all three were treated and released. Anderson was airlifted to University Hospital.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Ricky Alvarez said his investigation showed the accident occurred because Walker failed to yield the right of way to Chapman as she was going westbound on Highway 46.
“It appears die driver (Walker) of the Mazda was traveling westbound on (Highway) 46 and attempted to turn left onto the frontage road on Highway 281 Alvarez said. “The driver of the Mazda failed to yield the right of way to the eastbound truck (going on Highway 46) that belonged to Mr. Chapman.”
Walker was cited for not yielding the right of way.
Guadalupe River flow likely to be cut again
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The amount of water released from Canyon Reservoir into the Guadalupe River will more than likely soon be reduced back to the 75 cubic feet per second range, a Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority official said on Monday. Last week, the GBRA increased the flow above IOO eft.
GBRA Chief Engineer Tommy Hill said GBRA staff and officials were to meet this morning determine whether or not they want to maintain the current IOO cfs, which was put into effect Friday.
“In all likelihood we will probably reduce it,” Hill said.
Last week, rainfall and
increased inflows at Canyon Reservoir were the factors in increasing the water release to IOO cfs. On Friday, Hill said the temporary increase would probably last until the weekend.
“The inflow at Canyon is dropping back again,” Hill said. “I think it was at 50 cfs ... I was hoping we would have more runoff than we did.”
Hill said he is hoping that slight chances for thunderstorms this week will give GBRA the chance to increase the release again. But even at 75 cfs, river outfitters stress there are portions of the river that are fine for tubing, and the lower than average flows make flus an excellent time for families to enjoy the river.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
KayAnn Lang found hor own little rock to occupy In tho middle of tho Guadalupe River Saturday afternoon to catch a few rays and to read a good book. The number of tubers hee bean up ainee leat week's rain.
City budget calls for six-cent cut in property tax rate
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels City Council passed the final reading of next year’s budget Monday, setting the property tax rate at 29 cents per $100 of value.
The rate is six cents less than this year, a move made possible by the half-cent sales tax increase implemented in October.
The new revenue from the sales tax increase is estimated at $425,000 per year for property tax reduction.
Total property values in the city increased 13 percent from $996 million last year to $1.12 billion this year.
The increase is largely due to $54.2 million in new construction this year.
While the tax rate has decreased, valuations for single family residences have increased by an average of 6 to 9 percent this year.
The total budget calls for about $13 million in expenditures and about $14.5 million in revenue for the general operating fund.
Edwards board to consider request for variance from water rules today
From Staff Reports
The board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District will consider, and possibly act, on a variance request from New Braunfels Utilities regarding the district’s Demand Management Plan.
Under the plan, NBU is required to reduce usage based on last year’s figures. NBU has requested that the board take into consideration the city’s use of surface water, and base the reductions on 1990 figures, the last year the city relied soley on aquifer water.
The board will consider the request at today’s meeting. The meeting will be held at 4 p.m. at the Edwards Underground Water District office, 1615 N. St. Mary’s St. in San Antonio.
In the meantime, New Braunfels resi
dents are being asked to adhere to the water restriction ordinance that is in place all year to help alleviate the stress being put on the Edwards Aquifer. Under the ordinance, the following guidelines
■ No use of water sprinklers from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. on any calendar day for either private or commercial property.
■ Hand-held hoses (with a manual or automatic shutoff nozzle), buckets, or drip irrigation systems can be used anytime.
■ Non-compliance with the ordinance can result in a misdemeanor offense, and upon conviction, a fine of between $50 and $500 can be assessed.
■ Each day’s violation constitutes a separate offense.
■ lf conditions worsen, tighter restrictions will be enacted.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.