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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels SATURDAY March I, 2003 14 pages in 2 sections mmmmi mmrnmamm    14    pages    in    2    sectuHerald-/eitung Vol. 152, No. 93■■ _Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 centsNBISD finds contractor to finish Memorial work By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District officials said they’ve identified a contractor and are working out legal language issues with their bonding company before work on the Memorial Schools can start. “We’re in the final stretch here, and it’ll be coming to fruition shortly. I mean, that’s what I keep hoping,” NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said after Friday’s hour-and-a-half long meeting. “We keep thinking, and we keep hoping. Right now what’s holding things up are fine points of language between the school district and the bonding company in the tenured agreement between the two. Anytime you have lawyers involved, you have language refinement on these things, and that’s what the problem is now.” Trustees scheduled another meeting for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday. “We’re looking at components to negotiating a contract to try to move toward a settlement, and we still have some unclear issues to resolve,” said NBISD Board of Trustees President D. Lee Edwards. Edwards said fine points of obligation and liability and how to protect the money for the district are issues that need to be worked out. “We’re trying to put the components together between a bonding company, a construction company and us,” Edwards said. “Theres still a possibility of litigation. Theres always a possibility, but we believe that we may See MEMORIALS Resident frustrated with city’s lengthy permitting process By Dylan Jimenez Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Troy Schultzburg threw a party Thursday afternoon to celebrate a building permit that took him more than two weeks to obtain. Schultzburg had been trying to pour a 24-by-12 feet concrete slab since the beginning of February. He said he was appalled at the length and difficulty of securing a building permit to do the project he could have done in an afternoon. “Basically it will be three weeks ’til I have a patio,” he said last week, still frustrated by the wait. Schultzburg. 41, who moved to New Braunfels three years ago, has been a homeowner for 16 years. He said he the permitting process in New Braunfels is the least efficient he has ever dealt with. Schultzburg hired a contractor to pour the patio, but the man forgot to get a permit and was stopped by the city in the middle of the project. When Schultzburg went himself to get the permit, he said he was told he would get the permit in about a week. He filled out some paperwork Tuesday Feb. ll and brought in to the electric and water companies a copy of the survey of his house, exactly illustrating the project. But because Schultzburg was unfamiliar with the city’s permitting process and because of delays at the city permitting department, he poured his patio Thursday. Because his project was halted by the city, the contractor had to bring in a crew to chip the incomplete concrete slab. Though his contract worker has decided not to charge him, the job cost an extra $2(X) because he didn’t get proper city permission in the first place. Aside from being frustrated with the city’s permitting process, he was surprised to learn residents need to go through that process just to paint their house or pour a small patio. “You work all your life to own a home,” Schultzburg See PERMITTING/3A For love and money K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Doing the bidding for the family, Debora Schreiber (center) raises her bidding number again as the price goes past the $500 mark for Cullen Boldt’s handmade cutting board at Friday’s arts and crafts auction. Eventually, the Schreibers purchased the multi-pieced block for $625. Community gives back to kids by paying big bucks for arts and crafts By Ron Maloney Staff Writer It seems surprising, but after two months in the Texas Legislature, Carter Casteel showed Friday night she doesn’t talk any faster than she did before. But Dib Waldrip took a little time off from lawyerin’ at the county’s biggest law firm — the district attorney’s office — to help her out at Friday night’s Comal County Youth Homemaking and Art Fair auction. And he could talk fast enough for both of em. They hosted the annual K. JESSIE SLATENyHerald-ZeitungAuctioneers Dib Waldrip and Carter Casteel work the crowd before auctioning off Madison Kelly’s arts andcrafts project at Friday night’! event that runs each year in conjunction with the Comal County Junior Livestock Show. This year, 136 kids exhibited more than 400 entries. auction. The pair showed from the beginning — auctioning reserve grand champion and grand champion entries of baked goods, art projects, home crafts and industrial arts — that both would have gone a long way in sales or entertainment. Waldrip, wearing a cowboy hat with a bright blue silk bandanna and a brighter yellow shirt, opened the auction explaining how it was to get to work again with a partner who has, well, moved on to bigger and better things. “I was a little worried, I don’t mind saying, with Carter up in Austin this year. She called me on Tuesday, from the house floor it sounded like,” Waldrip said. “I said, You ain’t going to make me fly solo this year,’ and she said,” — here Waldrip switched over to a cheesy imitation of Casteel’s higher pitched drawl — “I wouldn’t miss that for love or money.”’See COMMUNITY/3AInside Abby....................................SA Classifieds...........................3-6B Comics................................2B Crossword..........................SA Forum.................................6A DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung Resident Troy Schultzburg stands on the patch of dirt behind his house that soon will be a patio, after he waited for more than two weeks to obtain a city permit to pour the concrete. United Way falls short of goal; says groups still will get funds Local/Metro.........................4A j Movies,...............................5A    j Obituaries...........................3A    j Sports..............................1,3B    | Today..................................2A    | 56825 00001 By Sean Bowlin Staff Writer That’s $100,000, and it’s expected to come shortly, Hammerstrom said. And there are some other campaigns he’s waiting on. These would push the funds raised to the $500,000 mark — “just over 90 percent [of goalj,” Hammerstrom said. The executive director said a downturn in the economy has made fund-raising more difficult. “The numbers we got yesterday from SBC were down from last year, but SBC’ had a bunch of layoffs last year, so you’ve got to expect we’re going to be down. They’ve got less employees to contribute,” Hammerstrom said. He said United Way agencies across Texas are suffering. “We’re seeing a lot of United Ways across the state that are falling short, and as lot of it is driven by the economy. People in the past that might have given by their capital gains horn their stocks, but if they don’t get that income from their capital gains, obviously their donations are going to bt? smaller," he said. Despite the funding shortfall, Hammerstrom said the United Way of Comal County would still be able to meet obligations to the agencies it supports. These include: Adult Literacy Council, American Red Cross, Boy Sco uts of America, Bulverde Senior Center, Bul-verde-Spring BranchSee FUNDS/4A Key Code 76 K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeilungSummer Bowen, United Way Executive Director Doug Hammerstrom and United Way President Sharia King look over articles and photos from the past year’s projects following a luncheon Friday, announcing Bowen as Volunteer of the Year. The United Way of Comal County’s 2002 fund-raising campaign will miss its $550,000 goal by $50,000. “We just went over 70 percent of our goal, so we’re about $386,000 towards our goal,” said Executive Director Doug Hammerstrom at the agency’s “End of Campaign Celebration” Friday at the New Braunfels Seniors Center. But more money is coming. Hammerstrom said the agency is missing donation totals from people who live in Comal County and who make donations to the workplace giving programs in the San Antonio area. ;