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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Time to shine T C    c0 MFC r 09 iO/JJ/gqLa    it.fv1 f1ICRopuBLrcHTMr n ‘fc:v F VONDELL DR HINGHerald-ZeiT O IN gVol. 148, No. 78    18    pages    in    2    sections    March    IO,    1999    tit    T    TX-»    a    ^    r    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    SO    cents Wednesday County waits for word on water district By Chris Crews Staff Writer As Comal County awaits word from the Texas Legislature regarding creation of an underground water district, commissioners will hear at their regular meeting Thursday about the day-to-day requirements of operating such a district. Paul Tybor of Hill Country Underground Water District will present an informational session about the start-up and financing of an underground water district Representatives of the County Extension Service from Texas A&M will speak about the role their agency could play. “They will go over with the court what it is like to run a water district and get a general feel as to the issues involved,” assistant district attorney Ellen Salyers said. Much of eastern Comal County is under the jurisdiction of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, but the western section of the county is unregulated. Comal County commissioners sent legislators a resolution seeking creation of a multi-county underground water district over the entire Trinity Aquifer or a single-county district. Kendall and Blanco counties have requested creation of single-county districts. Officials said some support for creation of a multi-county district could be found in Hays County and northern Bexar County, but it probably was too late to get a multi-county district established during this legislative session. .County Judge Danny Scheel said the state identified the atta over the Trinity Aquifer as ft priority groundwater management area. He said the creation of an underground water district was the way to manage the resource with local control. “With the explosion in population, it is incumbent on us to preserve the quantity and quality in the western part of the county,” Scheel said. A 1995 underground water district election failed by a 10-1 margin in Comal County. Scheel said he believed the climate had changed and the proposal to create a district would be approved by voters. “I feel the situation is different in that (the state) has informed us that if we don't take care of the situation that they will, his better with local control,” Scheel said. Salyers said if the legislature approved creation of a county-wide underground water district, it probably would become effective Sept I. The commissioners' court would have 90 days to appoint a temporary district board. The appointees would organize an election to select permanent directors. Such an election probably would take place after the first of the year, Salyers said. In addition to selecting the directors, voters would have to approve creation of the district and approve a tax rate for the agency. Salyers said the maximum tax rate for the district would be 3 cents per SKX) property valuation. 1999 Comal County Junior Livestock Show ROBIN CORNETT/Herald-Zeitung Right, Jan Costiiow of the Texas Department of Agriculture watches steer acale numbers climb as Weldon Preiss and R6nnie Steuben lend their weight to the scale, testing it for tolerance. The scale will be used today to weigh in entries at the livestock show. Above, state officials add weights to the scale as Preiss (left) and Steuben wait patiently. Annual showcase for young farmers begins today; large crowds expected By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Nearly 900 hogs, chickens, heifers and other livestock could change hands by Saturday at the 31 st annual Comal County Junior Livestock Show at the Comal County Fairgrounds. The four-day event begins this afternoon, when goats and swine arrive and are weighed. All other classes of livestock will arrive on Thursday. Show officials said they expected a large crowd this afternoon once exhibitors arrived with their animals. “It’s pretty hectic. There will be a lot of people,” said Paul Kraft, Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association president. Judging of all market animals will take place Thursday and Friday. Bidding for livestock will begin at I p.m. Saturday. Kraft said about 1,000 meals were served to prospective livestock buyers at the 1998 show, indicating a tremendous interest in the event. The stock show is a non-profit event and is free to the public. Its primary purpose is to encourage young county residents interested in raising livestock. “It’s their moment to shine,” Kraft said. Exhibitors are members of area 4-H and Future Farmers of America clubs.Teacher pay raises, graduation requirements top CISD agenda By Heather ToodStaff Writer Comal Independent School District board of trustees is prepared to make some tough financial decisions Thursday night. Facing an estimated $ 1.2 million deficit in the district's proposed 1999-2000 budget, the board also is looking at making profound cuts in district expenditures. Trustees will meet at 6 p.m. at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 North Business 35. The administration is proposing a $3,000 across-the-board pay raise for all district teachers, nurses and librarians for the 1999-2000 school year. The pay raises will cost the district an estimated $2.5 million, based on current staff. The board also will consider an administration proposal to reduce required credits for incoming ninth-grade students under the minimum graduation plan. Under the proposed changes, freshmen in the 1999-2000 school year who opt for the minimum plan would have to complete 22 state-mandated credits to graduate. The cur rent minimum plan requires 24 credits. Students can graduate under three graduation plans — minimum, recommended and distinguished. The proposal would affect only incoming freshmen next year. Current freshmen, sophomores and juniors would graduate in the 24-credit plan. The recommended minimum graduation plan would lose these local credits; one fine arts credit; two foreign language credits; one credit each of social studies and science; and one-half credit of study skills. The half credit of study skills also would be dropped from the recommended and distinguished plans for incoming freshmen. Carol Hall, assistant superintendent for instructional services, said the reduction of local credits would reduce preliminary additional staffing requirements at Canyon High School from 5.5 teachers to one teacher and 16.5 teachers at Smithson Valley High School to 4.5 teachers. The district is sitting at the state-imposed maximum rate — $1.50 per $100 valuation — for maintenance and operations, which pays for supplies and staff salaries. High school graduation credits are only the first of a long line of areas the board will look at cutting in an attempt to reduce the district’s budget deficient next year. Board president Dan K. Krueger said, “This doesn’t affect the other two plans. Students who want to challenge themselves with additional courses and requirements can continue to do so. “Anything that hinders the educational process is a concern to me, but we have a serious budget situation and there are adjustments we need to make.” Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Business...................... ......5A Classifieds................... ...4-8B Comics........................ ......7A Crossword................... ......SA Forum.......................... ......6A Local............................ ......4A Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports.......................... .8-10A Today.......................... ......2A Television..................... 7A One of the drivers involved in a three-vehicle accident on Tuesday at Union and Common streets checks out damage to the front of two vehicles. ROBIN CORNETT/ Herald-Zeitung Three cars collide at accident-prone spot By Heather Tooo Staff Writer A three-car collision at Common Street and Union Avenue Tuesday afternoon sent one woman to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. About 12:45 p.m., a woman driving a Jeep Grand Wagoneer allegedly disregarded a stoplight while heading north on Union Avenue and collided with a Chevrolet pickup truck driven by a New Braunfels man. The man was driving through the intersection toward East Common Street when he was struck by the northbound vehicle. The man said he tried to stop when he saw the Wagoneer but was hit on the side in the middle of the intersection. The force of the impact forced the truck into a car heading westbound through the Common Street intersection. A passenger in a red lsuzu hit by the man s truck said the collision sent the car spinning through the intersection. The passenger and driver of the vehicle were not injured. The man also was not injured. See SPOT/5A ;