New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Clay Blaker, Whitney Jackson, Sherry Waters (28 years), Kevin Seidel, Carolyn Schmidt and Robert D. Scheel Jr. (22 years). Happy anniversary to Duane and Bobette Williams; and David andViola Jonas.
Bulverde residents battle concrete plant
By DENISE DZIUK
Citizens from the Bulverde area are in Austin this morning to fight a planned concrete plant in their area.
There are currently plans to build an Ingram Readymix batch concrete plant at the intersection of Hwy. 281 and FM 1863. Residents in the area are opposed to the construction and are trying to stop its progress.
Kate Mathis, organizer of Citizens League for Environmental Awareness Now, said residents in the area are concerned with the health hazards the plant may present. Mathis said there is concern over air and water quality, as well as traffic safety-
Neighbors go to Austin to air concerns over possible environmental and traffic problems
“That intersection is th 2 hub of our community. People have to drive through there to get to work and it’s already a death trap,” she said.
Mathis said the purpose of going to Austin this morning is to attend a Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission hearing. The hearing is a preliminary hearing in which the group will be attempting to gain party status. Mathis said groups with party status will then be allowed to present their case at the formal hearing. This will include being able to call witnesses and provide
evidence, she said.
Mathis said it is at the formal hearing that the company will be declared exempt from needing an air pollution permit if they meet all the requirements.
“If they pass the checklist, they got it. So, we’re going to try and stop them on the checklist,” she said.
Mathis said she hopes the issue does not get to the formal hearing stage. Ingram Readymix considered building a similar plant in Dripping
Springs in the past. However, the company decided to pursue an alternate location before the formal hearing was even held. Negotiations were held between the company and landowners in the Bulverde area last week. However, no compromise was reached.
County Commissioner Danny Scheel said the county has no zoning control and is not responsible for the water supply. He said this means there is nothing the county can do.
“The county’s hands are tied. There’s nothing we can do because we don’t control any of it,” he said.
Today’s hearing began at IO a.m. The formal hearing date will be set at today’s hearing.
Bruce Ingram Sr,, of Ingram Readymix, refused to be interviewed on the topic.
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By DENISE DZIUK
Employees and visitors in the Comal County Courthouse and Annex can enjoy an increased sense of security due to the implementation of a security plan.
“What I want is a safe environment for our employees and for the public.
I don’t want something that will lock the building up either,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Casteel said security became an issue following the Oklahoma City bombing. She said that need was questioned even further when upset individuals entered offices in the building on a few occasions and caused a problem by being loud and abusive.
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said the system would go into effect immediately anu would be a starting point for the long-range program. The commissioners appointed John Calen-tine as chief of security. Bremer said that if a problem arises, employees should call Calentine. If they cannot reach him, they should contact the Sheri fps Department dispatcher and they will contact a peace officer.
‘in a few days, we’U have a more long-term system. In the meantime, people just need to know to call John or the dispatcher. If he can’t get to you, heil send someone else,” said Bremer.
A more advanced system should be in place within a week to IO days. There are currently several peace officers in the building. The sheriff’s department will be contacting the department heads to gain permission to use these officers throughout the building, said Bremer.
“We are actively trying to develop an availability list and find out if the department heads will allow us to use those officers,” he said.
There is also consideration underway to install panic buttons. Bremer said there would be a button on all the phones for employees to push if there is a problem. The call will be programmed to go directly to the dispatcher or to Calentine, and both will know immediately who is calling. If Calentine is unable to respond, he can then send someone else, he said.
Bremer said this is not the extent of the security plan and more will be implemented at a later date. He refused to go into any more detail on the plan. “If I set up a security system and tell everyone what it is, they can beat it,” he said.
In other court business, the court approved a motion allowing the Sheriffs Department to obtain 12 1995 vehicles, which Bremer said is expected to be a $2,000 savings per unit.
The court also tabled the discussion and approval of the On-Site Facility Order, which could cause an increase in minimum lot size requirements. The item was tabled until the July 6 meeting when staff members familiar with the order could be present.
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River and aquifer Information
Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon monitoring well — 625.57 feet, down .06 Guadalupe River — 574 cfsConcert in the Park series continues
Quarter Moon will perform at the dance slab in Landa Park at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 29. The concert is free and open to the public. No glass containers allowed. Bring a lawn chair to sit on.Hermann Sons Lodge to meet
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #2 will meet for its regular meeting July 2 at 3 p.m.
Meat will be furnished and members bring covered dishes.City Redistricting Committee to meet
The New Braunfels Redistricting Committee will hold its first meeting at 6:30 p.m., June 29 in Conference Room A/B of the Municipal Building.Farmers Market every Friday
Comal County farmers market is held every Friday at 5 p.m. at the county fairgrounds.Congressional aide to visit Sattler
Shelby Graves, aide to Congressman Lamar Smith, will be available to answer questions concerning federal legislation from 9 a m. to noon June 28 at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler.Barbecue fund-raiser
American Legion Post #179 will be hosting its annual barbecue fundraiser July 4 from noon to 4 p.m. at the Post Home, located at 410 W. Coll St. The menu will include brisket and sausage with choice of two side dishes, bread, pickles and onions, coffee or tea. Advance tickets on sale - $4 for adults and $2 for children 12 and under.
Advance tickets may be purchased at the Post Home or from your local Legionnaire. Tickets at the door will be $4.50 for adults and $2.50 for children. For information, call 625-0179.Correction
Due to a mislabeled file photo, the photograph that accompanied the Sunday Page 1 article on Willis Tinsley Ellis was mistakenly that Tinsley Ellis of R H. Tays
Jr. The correct photo appears above. The Herald-Zeitung sincerely regrets the error.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The New Braunfels Fire Department was called to the workshop of a small business at 1107 Coll this morning at 12:37 a.m. The fire at the business, located at Coll Street and Walnut Avenue, was quickly extinguished. The business makes boot jacks. The cause of the fire is still under investigation and it is considered suspicious, according to Captain Robert Reed of the NBFD.
NBISD residents face higher property tax bills
By DENISE DZIUK
Residents in the New Braunfels school district can expect to pay more in taxes this year thanks to the new 1995-96 budget passed by the board of trustees Monday.
The new budget will have a tax rate of $ 1.50 per $100 of value, compared to last year’s $1.47 tax rate. The new tax rate breaks down into $1.1575 for maintenance and operations and 0.3425 for debt services. However, individuals who received higher property values this year do not need to worry just yet. This year’s tax rate will be based on the values in place in January 1993, said Lonnie Curtis, NBISD Assistant Superintendent for Finances.
“The published tax rate next spring should reflect the new tax values and it won’t take the same tax rate to create what $1.47 did la£t year,” said Curtis. “I would be very surprised if that were not the case.”
Compared to last year, the maintenance and operations has decreased by 0.0175 cents. However, the debt services increased by 0.0475. This increase was due to the sale of the 1995 bonds.
“I would ask that you remember when we went around asking to pass the bond, we said it would take $ 1.5225 and we’re proposing $ 1.50 flat,” said Curtis.
The maintenance and operations consists of all other expenses the district incurs. The biggest expenditure in this year’s $27 million budget is $19 million for payroll. Payroll increased because the district expects I OO additional students in the average daily attendance. In order to maintain a 22 to I ratio between students and teachers, additional personnel will be needed. This budget figure includes 15.5 additional personnel and a four percent pay raise.
“We have to stay competitive salary-wise because we’re going to be competing with those districts around us for the teachers,” said NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
Of the overall budget, 69.88 percent is for student services, which includes transportation, instruction, supplies, and food services. Administrative cost, such as the cost to operate the superintendent's and principals' offices, is 9.435 percent, which is below the state average of 12.5 percent, said Curtis.
“We’re operating on as tight of a budget as possible,” he said.
According to the new tax rate, an individual with a taxable value of $45,000 will pay $675.00 in taxes this year. This is a $13.50 increase from last year, when the same individual would have paid $661.50.
The board passed the budget unanimously and levied the $1.50 tax rate. Taxes will be payable on July I, 1995 and will be considered delinquent if not paid by July 31,1995.
Four audience members addressed the board and all voiced concern and dissatisfaction over the rising tax rate. Bradberry offered to address questions on an individual basis following the meeting.
At part of the New Braunfels Summer Recreation Program, Noland Hoshino, an Air Force recruiter from Lackland Air Force Bate, talked to the children and showed them a video about basic training yesterday. Pictured are Julias Villanueva, Jessie Villanueva, Tony Garza, acting out what he sees on the video, and Rico Gayton.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALLHerald-Zeitung scores at Texas Press Association annual contest
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung won the first place award for news writing at the annual Texas Press Association Better Newspaper Contest. The award was presented at the TPA convention held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Austin Friday.
The Herald-Zeitung also won third place in the best use of photos category. The Herald-Zeitung competed in Division II, which includes all daily newspapers in the state wi;h circulation under 15,000 copies.Defection of Greg Laughlin is the latest blow to Texas Democrats. See Page 4