New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, June 11,1997Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 14b years ■ Home of Jennifer Lauren Timmerman
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Vol. 145, No. 150
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jennifer Lauren Timmerman, Marcy Davenport, Jim Moseman, Terri Cannon, Daniel Anderson (12 years), Felix Velez Sr., Jim Rose, Corby Collins, Artal Hermes (49 years), Karen Myrfck, Jose Rodriguez (20 years), Aurelia Villareal, Jeanne Knauth and Linda Goebel.
Happy anniversary wishes to:
Ginger and Al Hafer (3 years), Joan and Leon Helmke (44 years) and Patricia and Roy Martinez.
To haw a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
mold —1,32 grass —6
(Posen measured in parts per cubic meter o» air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 290 cubic feet per second, down 14 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.44 feet above sea level, down .02 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 152 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —1717 cfs Canyon Lake level — 913.10 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) Now Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 6.705 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 1.405 million gallons of well water were used
Sunny skiosi Winn weather on tap
Today's forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. The high is expected to reach near 90, and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph will be helping things stay a little cooler.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with only a light chance of showers or thunderstorms. The low will be in the mid to low 70s and a 5 to 10 mph wind will be blowing from the south.
Thursday’s forecast is a repeat of today’s, with partly cloudy skies in the afternoon, a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms and a high in the low 90s.
Help fight cancer, maybe win a car
The American Cancer Society still has raffle tickets for sale for a 1997 Chevrolet Malibu donated by Don Maxwell Chevrolet.
The winning ticket will be drawn during the ACS’s Starlight in Red, White and Blue gala June 20 at New Braunfels Civic Center.
Tickets may be purchased from local businesses, ACS board members and gala volunteers. Tickets cost $10 each or $25 for three. Call 606-4115.
Guadalupe levels have receded
Although campers along the Guadalupe River had to be evacuated Tuesday, conditions should be back to normal today
Campers were urged to move to higher ground for a couple of hours until high river water from runoff made its way through New Braunfels.
The Comal County Sheriffs Office dispatch said water levels have receded. Gruene Bridge, which typically is closed for high water, is open today.
■ Get rid of intermediate campuses, breaking campuses into elementary, middle and high schools.
■ Eight major additions at Bulverde Elementary, Bill Brown Elementary, Frazier Elementary, Comal Elementary, Canyon Intermediate (Elementary), Smithson Valley Middle School, Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School
■ Three new schools, including two elementary schools for pre-K through sixth-grade at a capacity of 800 and one high school for ninth- through twelfth-grade at a capacity of 1,500.
■ Convert Goodwin Primary to an alternative school
■ Projected cost ranging from $69.5 million to $81.3 million.
Officials expect completion in July
By DAVID DEKUNDER
SMITHSON VALLEY — The new improved Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative headquarters on Farm-to-Mar-ket 2673 is expected to be in place later this summer.
"We don’t know exactly when it will open, but we are anticipating it toward mid-July,” said Tom See, GVTC vice president of support services.
The approximately 15,000-square-foot-addition will house a meeting room-audi-torium and employees for GVTC’s subsidiary Guadalupe Valley Communications Systems.
“It will give us adequate meeting space for employees and free up space in the existing building which will be converted to additional office space.” See said.
When the addition is completed, the new auditorium will almost triple the size of the present one.
"It will have a seating capacity of just over 500,” See said. "The current one is 200.”
The current auditorium will be converted into office space. See said the new addition will be beneficial for not only cooper-
Herald-Zeitung photo by David DeKunder
A construction worker works on the new Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop, auditorium and office building.
ative employees but for its customers as well.
“It will obviously separate the two companies and makes it easier for customers to identify,” See said.
GVTC’s headquarters encompasses 30,000 square feet. Even with that space
the cooperative still needs to grow to meet the demands of new customers coming into its service area.
GVTC covers a service area which extends from Boerne eastward to Canyon Lake, New Braunfels, Bulverde, Seguin and Gonzales. The cooperative covers 11 rural counties.
City sues hotel for overdue bed taxes
Hearing set June 23 in Comal district court
By ABE LEVY
CISD committee finalizes recommendation
By DENISE DZIUK
The Long Range Planning Committee charged with developing a plan to deal with growth in the Comal Independent School District agreed to recommend trustees pursue a large bond election.
Last month, the committee agreed to proceed with a plan that would eliminate intermediate campuses and split campuses into elementary, middle and high schools levels. The plan called for eight major building additions and three new schools, including two elementary schools for pre-K through sixth grade at a capacity of 800 and one high school for ninth- through 12th-grade at a capacity of 1,500. Goodwin Primary would be converted to an alternative school.
The committee discussed the plan Tuesday night, finalizing projected cost figures.
"The district is taking a journey, if you will... and this is the road map,” said Ken Niemann, of Ptluger Associates. "It’s not perfect. ...There are going to be some little pit stops.”
The projected cost of the plan ranges from $69.5 million to $81.3 million, depending on which renovations at existing campuses are added to the plan. That does not include personnel additions or technology for new and existing schools.
That projection also does not include a potential addition of $4 million to renovate or centrally relocate the administrative offices, the food service department, the transportation department or the maintenance and operations department.
Committee members were asked if they want
ed to trim the proposal or present it as is to the board. The committee opted for presenting the board with an entire list of projects.
"I think you did a great job, and you need to present it as is and let the board decide,” said C anyon Middle School principal Nancy Cobb.
The board will present the board with a complete report on its recommendations. The committee also will present the option it did not choose, the reasoning behind the recommendation and a list of concerns to be considered.
Parent Cheryl Westman, who has children in fourth and eighth grade, said she supported the plan because it benefited children throughout the district and not just residents on one side of the district. She said this would help in getting a Turn to Recommendation, Page 3A
EAA sets management fees, gives NBU 50 percent discount
New Braunfels Utilities, who use sur- EAA’s predecessor, Edwards Under-
By ABE LEVY
The Edwards Aquifer Authority approved management fees Tuesday that could increase New Braunfels monthly water bills by about 17 cents, officials said.
The increase could have been about 35 cents but a discount of 50 percent was given to water suppliers, including
face water for at least 50 percent of its demand.
NBU officials have said they use surface water for 90 percent of its demand and the rest from the aquifer.
Most other water suppliers could see as high as an 80-cent increase because of the fees, which currently are EAA’s only source of revenue.
ground Water District, used property taxes to generate income and had a smaller boundary line than EAA.
The management fees will pay for permits that EAA issued on a temporary basis through the end of the year.
A more permanent permit system will be considered in the meantime, officials said.
The approved fee system charges:
■ Municipal and industrial users $ 11 per acre foot of water
■ Agricultural users $2 per acre foot The onginal proposal called for a
$25 charge for municipal and industrial users and a $3 charge for agricultural.
"The fact we started out with a $25 fee and then a $ 15 and then $11, which
is less than half, I think is good for everybody across the region,” said Doug Miller, EAA representative for Comal and Guadalupe counties. "It was a win for New Braunfels. I hope that this sends a message to other users to use alternative sources.”
The approved fees would generate about $2.2 million through the end of Turn to EAA, Page 3A
Comal pitching 281 slowdown
By CHRIS CREWS
Comal County residents and elected officials are poised to descend on San Antonio Thursday evening to express their concerns regarding the speed limit and safety conditions on state highways in the county, especially U.S. 281.
"281 is the highest priority in regards to speed and safety,” said County Commissioner Jack Dawson.
A public forum, set for 7 p.m. Thursday
‘281 is tbs highest priority in regards to speed and safety.’
— County Commissioner Jack Dawson
at the San Antonio district office of the Texas Department of Transportation at 4615 NW Loop 410 and Callaghan Road, will be conducted to discuss how speed limits are determined and to get public
comment on specific locations where safety problems may exist.
In addition to the public input, TxDOT and the Texas Department of Public Safety will participate in the meeting. The San Antonio district is comprised of 12 Central Texas counties, including Comal County.
Dawson said he was not satisfied with state studies that show 70 miles per hour to be the proper speed limit on most of U.S. 281.
“There is a stretch of 281 that begins at Turn to Slowdown, Page 3A
Train accident victims test negative for drugs
From staff reports
A Department of Public Safety spokesperson said no drugs or alcohol were found in the body of New Braunfels High School student Adam Trollinger, 17, who
died after the car he was dnving collided with an Amtrak passenger train earlier this year.
Trollinger, Romina Sanchez, 18, of New Braunfels and Denise Mata, 18, of Mexico, were killed in the accident on March 26 at
the Union Pacific Rail Road tracks at Farm-to-Market 1102 and Conrads Road.
Drug and alcohol tests on the bodies of Sanchez and Mata also turned out negative.
The warning lights came down.
DPS officials said, and Trollinger’s Caman) slowed down but then accelerated in an attempt to beat out the oncoming train.
DPS reported the train was traveling about 68 mph when it hit the car.
The city of New Braunfels filed a suit Monday in a Comal County District Court against a local hotel that it claims owes more than $15,000 in delinquent hotel occupancy taxes.
City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom filed the suit in the 274th District Court where Judge Jack Robison presides. A hearing has been set for June 23.
The suit claims that Ramada Limited Motel at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue has failed to pay taxes for the third and fourth quarter of 1996 and the first quarter of this year.
City officials arc seeking a temporary restraining order against the hotel until all past-due taxes are paid.
The hotel occupancy tax is a 7 percent charge on all room rentals within the city limits. The tax generated almost $1 million last year.
According to state law, the revenue must pay for tourism promotions that attract people to spend the night in New Braunfels hotels and motels.
Almost $735,000 of the revenue goes to Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in an advertising contract.
"They told me they were going to do something, and they didn’t do it,” Cullom said. "Everyone else pays their taxes, and this money goes back to benefit them. Why should everyone else pay theirs, and they don’t?”
The total debt, which includes past due payments and penalties, is estimated at $ 15,145 and is based on reports filed w ith the Comptroller of Public Accounts, officials said.
City officials also obtained a state tax lien cm the hotel for $3,682.88 from the state comptroller dated March 28, 1997.
The suit names Monarch Club Management Limited Company of San Diego, Calif., as an unincorporated association w hose assumed name is Ramada Limited.
Hotel officials in San Diego and New Braunfels could not be reached for comment Tuesday and this morning.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Daman
A car travels down U.3.281, which will ba the focus of a meeting between local officials and the Texas Department of Transportation Thursday in San Antonio.
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