New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Henry outlines plans, airs gripes with city
•yDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Long-standing conflicts between the city government and resort owner Bob Henry rumpled the surface of what started out to be a simple report on new developments at the Schlit-terbahn.
Henry and some of his family came to Monday night’s City Council meeting with a slide projector, some blueprints and sketches of facilities now under construction at the popular water amusement park.
The New Braunfels man also took the opportunity to complain about shifting water levels in the Comal
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River, to plug for more support of summer tourism, to ask whether parking might once again be allowed on Liberty Street and to note that the weeds on the municipal golf course side of the river bank are “atrocious.”
“At times in the past, the city’s been on me for not cutting my grass and not keeping the place looking real nice,” Henry noted.
There have also been complaints in . the past about dust from the Schlit-terbahn’s unpaved parking lot. It was apparently some more recent complaints, plus questions about the extensive building going on in the
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Smithson Valley principal's pact not renewed
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The contract of Smithson Valley High School Principal Lilia Mae Cogdill was not renewed by Comal Independent School District trustees Tuesday night.
Mrs. Cogdill’s one-year contract was set to expire June 30, 1983. CISD Supt. Edgar Willhelm recommended her non-renewal, based on his “overall observation in the fall and spring.”
The non-renewal came after a four-hour executive session, in which
contract renewals for administrators, teachers, librarians, nurses and counselors were considered by trustees. Mrs. Cogdill was the only principal whose contract was not renewed.
All teachers’ contracts were renewed for another year, with the exception of Donald Spear at Smithson Valley High School, and Willie Tyler and Ruth Hiser, both from Bulverde Elementary School.
Resignations were accepted from Rick Calhoun, football coach at SVHS; Ruth Puckett, a librarian at Frazier; Suzie Collins, at Bulverde
Elementary School; and Carol Brummer, at Canyon Middle School.
Connie Bremer, principal at Bulverde Elementary School, and Larry Mauldin, principal at Bulverde Middle School, got one-year renewals on their contracts. Principals Darvin Altenhoff (Frazier), Randy Dry (Goodwin), Roy Linnartz (Canyon Middle), Fred McIntyre (Mountain Valley), Barbara Miller (Comal Elementary), and Larry Moehnke (Canyon High) all received two-year contract renewals.
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NBISD trustees pare second bond package
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writar
New Braunfels school officials plan to take a different approach toward getting a bond issue passed for new construction and renovation in their school district.
Tuesday, optimistic trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct called for a May 3 bond election — ll days earlier than originally planned.
The board also voted to split the original 19 3 million bond package, which voters turned down in mid-February , into three separate proposals — new construction, air-conditioning and construction of an administrative office
Although spilt into three proposals, the total amount of the new bond package is almost SI million less than the first bond package. Cost of each proposal is $6 5 million for new construction (that includes a new elementary school); $2 million for air-conditioning all schools; and $350,000 for a new adnumstration building.
Trustees called for the May 3 date — instead of the May 14 date they considered at their last meeting — at the advice of financial advisor Floyd Westerman.
Westemian said new laws concerning bond sales will go into effect in July. And if the district didn’t get all its bonds sold before that time, he said it would be “more costly and expensive" to sell them due to the new requirements.
Upon hearing this, the board moved up the bond date to give Westerman more time to prepare the necessary paperwork for the bond sales (following what they hope will be a sucessful election) to beat the July deadline Supt. O E. Hendricks said he and the district’s architects — Jessen and Associates Inc., — worked to reduce the bond proposal from $9.3 million to approximately $8,421,000 The major portion of the cuts came at New Braunfels High and Middle Schools. Hendricks said. Hie changes involved reducing or remodeling the proposed fine arts facility at Middle School and reducing the rifle range and cafetorium proposed for the high school.
Trustee Rudy Retmer was the first to speak out in favor of the administration building being put on the bond ballot as a separate item.
He also suggested that the district not only consider building a new administration building (where the current one is) but also keep the option open of remodeling the old high school into an administration building “I continue to hear about why don’t we use the space across the street," said Renner. According to the board’s latest proposed bond issue, voters will be asked to approve the funds and let the district’s hoard decide if it would be more feasible and economical to remodel the old high
school into an administrative building or build a new building.
Trustee Garland Lloyd supported the idea of pulling air-conditioning out as a separate bond proposal. “Air conditioning is such a large part — over 20 percent (of the total bond amount),” said Lloyd. "If people really want to come out and vote for air-conditioning they will whether or not its a separate issue.
“But at least we’d be giving the voters more of a choice,” he added.
School borfrd president Margy Waldrip agreed with Lloyd's plan. “I feel like theres a strong case for airconditioning... hrv ever we live in a country where majority rules...the majority can vote for it (as a separate issue) just as well as if it were together,” she said.
Noting that construction of a new elementary school “is a critical issue," she noted that “if air conditioning was a factor in (the first bond issue’s’’ defeat, it’s a serious chance for us to take’’ to include air conditioning in the total package.
Hendricks, noting his hesitation to speak up on the subject, was in favor of including airconditioning in the total package.
“I don’t know of any other profession that requires its professional people to work in un-air conditioned facilities,’’ said
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Dental association backs fluoridation
Fluoridation got a positive vote last week from the New Braunfels Dental Association
In a March 7 meeting, the group of tooth specialists discussed the April 2 election. Voters will decide whether or not to repeal the fluoridation amendment approved two and a half years ago by a 14-vote margin.
Since that time, a fluoridation system worth $79,000 has been installed, the dentists noted. It has been in operation since Feb. 28 of this year.
At an optimum level of .8 parts per million, fluoridated water will reduce tooth decay by 65 percent for children
drinking it in the first 12 years of their life, said the dental association. Children who drink the water between the ages of IO and 16 will see a 50 percent decrease in decay. Their teeth will look better, and the number of decay-free children should increase by a factor of six.
Dentists say that $35 to $65 in dental hills is saved for every dollar spent on fluoridation.
The group also pointed out that fluoridation is endorsed by the Texas Medical Association, the Texas Dental Association and the Texas State Board of Health.
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cool today, with a 30 percent chance of showers, turning colder tonight and decreasing clouds on Thursday. Winds will increase from the north at 20-30 mph this afternoon, causing a lake wind advisory for this area, but dropping down to 15 mph by tonight.
Money for the arts
Arts council divides hotel-motel receipts
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
The City Arts and Cultural Commission split the hotel-motel tax at least five different ways Tuesday night, finally coming up with a unanimous recommendation for the City Council.
“How about we all sign it?" suggested Betty Stratemann, when board members wondered whether the chairman or the secretary should sign the letter to Council. In a group that began with such divided opinions, the all-“ayes” vote seemed quite an accomplishment in itself.
It came after two hours of discussion, several long, thoughtful silences and one defeated motion.
The city council has set aside IO percent of the next two years’ hotel tax for the aid of arts and cultural groups. The arts commission, charged with dividing up that IO percent, received funding requests from eight different organizations.
Of those organizations, the only one not recommended for funding was the Sophienburg Memorial Association. The Sophienburg has received 2.5 percent of the tax in past years, but
some conumssioners felt after looking at a financial statement that the association didn’t really need the money.
Besides, Sophienburg spokesmen indicated that if it came to a choice, they’d rather see the city help the Braunfels Foundation Trust, which is now trying to raise funds for the establishment of the Texas Museum of Handmade Furniture.
Braunfels Foundation didn t get all it wanted, either. It requested five percent of the tax, but the commission cut that to 1.5 percent.
Circle Arts Theatre came out on top of the recommendation, with 3.5 percent of the Im. The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild is to get 3 ptrcent, and the New Braunfels Art league I percent — just what the latter two groups requested
The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council and the Froehlichen Volkstanzer, each of which requested I percent, were cut to one-half and one-quarter percent, respectively. South Texas Sound, the local barbershop chorus, asked for half a percent and got a quarter.
Hotel tax receipts for the coming year are
See ARTS, Page UASenate passes'get tough' bill on drunken drivers
AUSTIN (AP) — Sen. Bill Sarpalius had the statistics and the stories to persuade his colleagues to approve a bill that would increase penalties for drunken drivers.
Statistics: IOO DWI accidents a day in 1981; 1,082 people killed; 27,751 injured; and damages totaling $3.5 billion.
Stories: A 16-year-old boy who was DWI had a wreck that killed his best friend — “something you have to live with the rest of your life," said Sar-paliua. Another 16-year-old DWI victim was paralyzed from the waist down, a 19-year-old in a coma for the rent of her life, a 21-year-old who had to learn to walk and speak after an
“Keep your minds on the cries of your constituents who have been
abused by drunken drivers,” said Sarpalius, D-Hereford.
Sarpalius’ bill, the product of a two-year effort to get tough on drunken drivers, was sent to the House on voice vote Tuesday, with Sen. Craig Washington, D-Houston, voting “no.” Sen. Tati Santiesteban, D-El Paso, offered an amendment that he said “in essence would destroy Sen. Sarpalius’ hill,” but it failed 26-3.
Santiesteban said the major difference in his proposal was that it retained “deferred adjudication,” which gives those convicted of DWI a chance to erase the conviction from their record.
He said Sarpalius’ hill would only crack down on the poor and minorities, because “rich people who can afford it” will hire a lawyer and
get off. “This is not a proper bill for all Texans,” he said.
Sarpalius recounted committee testimony of a Harris County prosecutor who said, "Deferred adjudication is a joke as far as DWI is concerned.”
Under Sarpalius’ bill, first-time DWI offenders would pay a minimum fine of between $100 and $2,000, face possible jail time between three days and one year, and have their license suspended for between 90 days and a year.
His measure, however, would authorize probation.
A second offense would mean a minimum fine of between $300 and $2,000, jail time of between three days and two years, and license suspension for six months to two years.
A third offense would cost between $500 and $2,000, carry a possible jail term of 30 days to five years, and license suspension for six months to two years.
Minors would not be subjected to jail time but would have to pay fines, and the provisions for suspending a driver’s license would be more severe for them. For example, a minor convicted a second time of DWI could lose his license until he reached the legal drinking age, which is 19.
DWI suspects who refused to take breath tests could have their licenses suspended, whether or not they were ever prosecuted for DWI.
The bill also would authorize insurance companies to impose a three-year surcharge on policies of those convicted of DWI.
Sarpalius won an 18-11 vote on his amendment to require counties with a population of 25,000 or more to buy video cameras to tape a defendant’s appearance “within a reasonable time after the arrest.”
Sen. Bob Vale, D-San Antonio, suggested that all counties should he required to have such cameras, but Sarpalius said, "We need to start at the heart of the problem. Most DWIs are where the bulk of the people are.” Sen. Hugh Parmer, D-Fort Worth, offered an amendment that would require all first-time DWI offenders to serve 24 hours in jail or do 24 hours of “public service work,” but it was rejected 22-7.
“The problem is not the first offender,” said Sarpalius, “it’s the repeat offender.”
New Senate terms left to chance
AUSTIN (AP) - LL Gov. Bill Hobby has scheduled a Thursday drawing for senators to fuid out whether they will serve for two or four years.
Each of the 31 senators would draw a number, 1-31, which would be in sealed envelopes. The 16 drawing odd numbers would get four-year terms, the others two-year terms.
The drawing has been delayed while lawyers for the state tried to settle objections to the 1981 Senate redistricting plan. No settlement has been announced
Staff photo bi Dialfry
Arts panel chairman Mike Walker reads a letter from Edward DedekeCutting the pie