New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County Sheriff's Deputy Alfonso Alvarez takes a break by the stairwell in the Comal County Courthouse, lf the building is restored, the stairs would be removed.
at a glance
CISD — Charles Burt, Bill Swint
Garden Ridge — Joseph Britan
Bulverde — Richard Parker, Michael Sorbera, Sarah Stevick
Bulverde ousts former mayor
Britan wins in Garden Ridge
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — Voters turned Bulverde’s first mayor and most powerful alderman out of office Saturday, ending a power struggle that brought the resignations of five officials in 2002.
In Garden Ridge, voters chose a new councilman and returned two unopposed candidates to office.
In a Bulverde election local officials felt was a repudiation of Bob Barton, voters elected a slate of three aldermen supported by Mayor Bill Cole,
who ran unopposed.
Richard Parker, Michael Sorbera and Sarah Stevick were elected to Bulverde City Council Saturday. Parker, who was voted off council two years ago, polled 426 votes to Stevick’s 353 and Sorbera’s 339.
Bulverde’s city council serves at-large, so the three candidates who polled the highest vote totals were elected.
Cindy Cross, a former city planner, received 212 votes, while Barton received 174.
See RULVBRDB. Page 9A
CISD incumbents retain board seats
By Ron Maloney
GARDEN RIDGE—Incumbents prevailed Saturday in races for two seats on tile Comal Independent School District board.
In Garden Ridge, Bill Swint outdistanced challenger Klaus Weiswurm to retain his District 7 seat, which represents Garden Ridge and the Solms area.
Swint, who won an election last year to fill the remaining year of former board president lohn Clay’s term after Clay moved out of district, got 237 votes to Weiswurm’s 147— a margin of 90 votes.
In Bulverde, Charles Burt defeated challenger Cindy Kelly 197 to 143 votes to retain his District 6 seat, which represents the area along U.S. 281 North in Bexar and Comal counties. Its subdivisions include Timberwood Park, lookout (Canyon and Country Place.
See CISD, Page 9A
Billy Dawson and Peter Glawe “have it made” flying sport biplanes.DOES IT PAY TO BE A TEACHER?
Salary comparison for teachers with bachelor's degrees All are for 2003^)4 school year
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Schools struggle to keep salaries competitive
By Leigh Jones
While New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal 1SD administrators grapple with next year’s budgets, they fight stiff competition from neighboring districts over leacher salaries.
Both districts fall short in comparison with districts to the south.
For the 2003-04 school year, NB1SD paid first-year teachers with bachelor’s degrees $31,500. CISD paid its first year teachers $32,000.
Northside ISD in San Anto
nio paid $34,(KH). Next year, it will pay first year teachers $35,020.
NBISD would need to give an 11.2 percent pay raise to match that amount. CIS!) would need to give a 9.4 percent raise.
NBISD School board President lorge Maldonado said
direct competition with higher paying districts would be extremely difficult.
“Its not our intention to compete with (districts in) San Antonio,” he said. “There are other benefits to being in NBISD.”
See TEACHERS. Page 7A
■ On Aug. 7, 1846. the first County Court of Comal' County met in County Clerk Conrad
Seabaughs home. The county rented the room for $3 a month.
* In 1850. a Seguin Street log house was purchased for a courthouse. It proved too small, and larger quarters were rented to house district court.
* In 1860, a courthouse was built about at the location where First State Bank now stands.
* A jail with quarters for the sheriff was placed behind the courthouse in 1878
* Renowned courthouse architect J. Riely Gordon designed the present Romanesque Comal County Courthouse in 1898 with four entrances to sit in the middle of Main Plaza, but commissioners decided to place it off the plaza instead.
* Constructed of Comal County
limestone with granite entries, it cost $36,300 to build.
*The names of the county judge and only three commissioners are on its cornerstone. The fourth commissioner refused to allow his name to be on the building because he opposed the project.
® The district courtroom (now County Court-at-Law) was enlarged and a jail was added in 1930
® A small square addition was built to accommodate the county and district clerks' records in 1952.
® The air conditioning and central heating unit — grossly inadequate today — was state-of-the-art when it was installed in 1966
* The present Comal County Courthouse Annex was added in 1987
• The present Commissioners Court Building was added in 2002.
County considers courthouse past, future with renovation or restoration
By Ron Maloney
See COURTHOUSE, Page 7A
Commissioners wrestling with whether to renovate or restore the Comal County Courthouse got a good look Thursday at two concepts for completing the job and some indication of what it would cost.
Architect Tere O’Connell reported it could cost $3.7 million to renovate the courthouse or $6.9 million to restore it as a historic site — $4 million of which could be offset by a historic preservation grant, bringing the two proposals within $738,000 of each other.
Restoration, at about $2.9 million out of pocket, would still ultimately be the more expensive of the two options because of what it would cost the county to replac e 3,000 square feet of office space it would lose.
O’Connell, who works for the Austin firm of Volz and Associates, completed a preliminary study that examined the pros and cons of the two concepts.
To vote on how to proceed, commissioners will review restorations and renovations in other counties and then place the question on a future agenda. The next round of preservation grants
County commissioners Jay Minikin and Jan Kennady discuss the pros and cons of renovating or restoring the Comal County Courthouse, lf restored, the court-at-law courtroom would become two stories with a balcony for spectators, as shown in this 1929 photo (below).
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