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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY March 2001 20 pages in 2 sections pages m 2 sccti HERALDZEITUNG 119 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Proposed GBRA amendment sparks division BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The public meeting about the pro posed GuadalupeBlanco River Authority amendment to its per mit sparked a public division with in the New Braunfels City Council Thursday While one city council member planned to read a letter officially WATSON asking for a con tested case hear ing to the amend ment others said they were in favor of the changes and did not intend to ask for the contested case The amend ment allows an increase in the amount of water taken from the Canyon Lake Reservoir to increase from acrefeet to acre It also allows up to acre feet each year to be sold outside the GBRAs 10county According to a letter read by Council Member Juliet the city requested a contested case hearing based on Watsons concerns about effects on the lower Guadalupe In the letter from the council reads that if there is not a negative impact on the envi the changes will improve the current flow and not threaten the future water supply in Comal let the GBRA defend and prove their intentions through a contested case But Mayor Stone Williams and Council Member Lee Rodriguez claim the council did not intend to allow Watson to make the state ment on behalf of the city of New they intended only to allow Watson to speak about her own See Judge OKs DNA evidence in murder trial BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Blood and DNA evidence will be presented for jurors to consider when Jack Warren Davis is retried for murder in a district judge ruled Davis and his Stanley asked District 22 Judge Charles Ramsay Thursday to sup press blood and DNA evi dence that New Braunfels police say tie him to the 1989 murder of Kathie a 24yearold elementary school whose first convic tion was set will be retried starting May 29 in Johnson An investigator for Texas Attorney General John Cornyn said evidence that was hot offered in the first Davis trial would be submit On former New Braunfels detectives testified about the crime scene and the evidence They described how it was han dled and submitted Bexar County lab for blood typing and DNA Fred a former tech nician at the was fired and has been investigated in Texas and West Virginia for allegedly falsifying lab Schneider attacked the lab where Zain worked and processed evidence in the Balonis That evidence included blood and clothing Lab quality consultant Janine who audited Zains work at the Bexar County Medical Center Lab said there were seri ous questions about the preservation and documen tation of evidence FBI studies of the lab and its procedures raised serious she and the Davis case was one of eight at the lab in which the FBI identified serious As she reviewed Zains she had more and more she One of the most serious problems that was readily apparent to me was the man agement of she Highs and lows JESSIE Deavers Construction workers align a 150foot beam on Interstate 35 at the GuadalupeRiver bridge Thursday Project manager Darral Sikes said this section of the bridge should be open in with the remainder of the bridges scheduled for completion in Trustees air high school plan details BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials presented a report Thursday night in a special meeting of trustees concerning a new Canyon Lake high The meeting at Mountain Valley Intermediate School included a presentation out lining different including the financial impact of three new elemen tary schools and the new high possible atten dance zones for the new high the districta fiiijEUV cial projections through District officials said demo graphic projections were low er than previously Besides low demographic the district must deal with a shortage of What really impacts the plan is where we are finan Interim Superinten dent Anthony Constanzo Bottom line probably is were million in the Where are we going to get it He said the district would not have enough funds for staffing the new high The district already has reached the states tax cap for maintenance and According to the the financial impact of three ele mentary schools would be million for 2002 through The cost of the new ninth through 12th grade high school for would be the cost of a new sev enth through 12th grade high school would be according to the The presentation also included advantages to both opening and delaying open ing a new high Advantages to opening the new school include Voter credibility and com mitment to the bond election Interest rates on bonds are favorable at this time Decrease in transporta tion time for all students and The new high school is alreadyiione year behind schedule and construction prices continue to rise at about 1 percent a Advantages to delaying construction of the new high school are The district is entering a period of drastic state fund ing cuts which will adversely affect operating a balanced budget Three new elementary schools will require the elim ination of the optional 20 per cent homestead exemption in Sale of Proposition 2 bonds will increase the tax rate by an estimated 6 cents and The next legislature might provide relief via addi tional state funding adjustment to the The new slated for completion in will cost million to million annually oper Trinity water district drawing up well permit standards BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer BULVERDE Comal Countys groundwater conservation district is digging up ideas for permitted well standards in the Trinity Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District met Wednes day in Bulverde to discuss develop ing standards for permitted Under current state permit ted wells are those capable of pro ducing gallons a The proposed standards will not affect domestic THe board is grappling with methodology thats whats board president Stovy Bowlin Bqwlin said options included regu lating pumping according to size of property using water availability studies similar to Comal Countys require ments for subdivisions and based on rainfall and recharge Whichever method the district it must be consistent with the states regional water Bowlin proposed the district con duct a hydrogeologic study specifi cally for Comal County to find sus tainable yield numbers from the A sustainable yield means how much water the Trinity can pro duce on a consistent Bowlin said the Clearwater Con servation District in Bell County had commissioned a similar study for its watershed Its something we need to seriously See Maroon bonnets Bluebonnets come in different if you know where to The Aggie huedvbonnets are soaking up the sunshine at South Hickory Avenue Stonewall JESSIE HeraldZeitung No settlement Slander trial continues BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer The fourth day of the trial in Franklin Foleys lawsuit against William Mayo opened with testimo ny instead of a settlement Attorneys for both sides hinted at a possible settle ment on If no settlement is the tri al could last two more Foley is accusing Mayo of slander and malicious prose cution while Mayos attor neys said Thursday that Foley had a violent back ground and On the trial reopened with testimony from a former Mayo family an employee of the law firm that represented Mayo in his divorce and Mayos Jeannie Mayo3 attorneys tried to introduce testimony that Foley had sued Mayos for mer law but District Court Judge Don Morgan denied their The former family Harry Hi now a resident of testified by video in a deposition taken in April He was asked by Jeannie Mayo to testify in the divorce and he said he dis cussed that testimony with INSIDE Key Code 76 ;