New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, May 21,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Dailey Bishop
Vol. 145, No. 135
Birthday wishes from the HeraM-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dailey Bishop, Juan Guerra, an Martin, Sandra McDaniel, ^ew Simmonds and Nanette Mueller.
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mold —1,968 is —20
(Potter measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 274 cubic feet per second, down 8 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.07 feet above sea level, up .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —714 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —566 Canyon Lake level — 910.54 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 4.900 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 643,000 gallons of well water were used.
Four NBI8D board seats need filling
Ari election will be held the second Saturday in August to fill four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees On Tuesday, the board approved ordering the election for District 1 and two at-large seats. The district 4 seat will also be up for election to find someone to fill the seat for the remaining year on the term Sylvia Sanchez currently holds the District 1 seat Jaime Padilla resigned in April from the District 4 seat with one year remaining on his term. Leo Chafin and Bette Spain hold the two at large seats.
Piling for the election will begin on May 26 and end 5 p.m. June 25. Early voting will run from July 21 to Aug. 5 at the Comal County Courthouse, the Guadalupe County Courthouse and the NBISD Education Center. Early voting polls at the education center will also be open 8 a m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2. The elections will be held Aug 9.
At Tuesday’s meeting, Spain announced she would seek re election, while Chafin announced he was undecided.
Construction causes 1-35 headache No. 5-21*97
Work continues on Interstate 35 this week, continuing to cause southbound motorists to break out the headache medicine. Southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane while crews continue to work on the main lanes. However, main lane closures should be complete by Thursday.
Several exits will also be closed because of construe tion. The Solms Road exit is the last open exit heading south until the FM 2252 exit. The exits in between will remain closec during construction. The FM 3009 exit is also closed.
Enjoy tbs outdoors; rain chances are slim
Pleasant weather is expect ed today and the next few days
Rain only has a slim chance of ruining outdoor activities today and the rest of the week leading up to Memorial Day Forecasters said the overcast should keep temperatures mod orate.
There’s a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms with highs in the 80s and lows in the mid-60s Thursday morning.NBISD hires two administrators from within
By DENISE DZIUK
After accepting the resignation of three more employees, including a principal and assistant principal, the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees Tuesday night appointed individuals from within the district to fill two of the currently vacant principal positions.
The board accepted the resignations of New Braunfels High School Assistant Principal Judy Seifert, Carl Schurz Elementary Principal Dr. Jane MacDonald and Transportation Director Bob Templeton on Tuesday. Seifert and Templeton will take positions in the Keller ISD and MacDonald will move to Wylie ISD.
“I make that motion (to accept the resignations) with a very heavy heart,” trustee Bette Spain said.
The board accepted the resignations
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accepted, the board voted to fill two of the vacant positions. Interim Superintendent Tom Moseley said he has been working “non-stop” with Dr. Ron Reeves, who assumes the superintendent position in July, to fill the vacancies in the district’s administrative team. He said he was making the recommendation on behalf of Reeves, and both agreed with the decision.
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“He believes like I do that if you have qualified people and quality people, you should promote from within when possible,” Moseley said.
With that said, Moseley recommended reassigning Lisa Halter from assistant principal at New Braunfels Middle School to principal of that campus and reassigning Kevin Brown from assistant principal at the high school to principal at Carl Schurz. The board
unanimously approved the changes.
“I think they have the backing, especially at the middle school, of all the teachers,” Spain said. “We know you have the ability and you have this board member’s full support.”
Harter said the “hardest part about this job” was the fact that the promotion would not be possible if current middle school principal Ken McGuire was not leaving. McGuire will also go to work for the Keller school district. However, Harter said she was enthusiastic about the opportunity.
“It’s very exciting because we have a wonderful faculty, and I think bring-
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LL David Oft of the Comal County Sheriffs Office, front, will oversee a six-deputy marine patrol team on Canyon Lake. The up new boat that officers said would enhance their efforts to maintain safety on the lake.
Marine patrol watches boaters9 wakes
By ABE LEVY
Not that the Comal County Sheriffs Office is looking for attention, but when it comes to Canyon Lake law enforcement, it helps.
The idea behind a lake patrol boils down to visibility - the more you can see them, the less likely you are to do bad things.
Toward that end, the sheriff s office traded its old patrol boat with a local marina owner for a new-and-improved model scheduled to begin its tour of duty Memorial Day weekend.
The fiberglass vessel is stripped with the patented Comal County green and has all the fancy gadgets: new siren and radio equipment and 6-
‘Everybody thinks it’s a glory Job. You go out and look at all tho girls in bikinis. It’s not.’
— Lt. David Ott, Comal County Sheriff’s Office
inch decals that say “Marine Patrol” on all four sides.
“This is much more clear,” said Lt. David Ott, who oversees a six-deputy, lake patrol team. “ Just being seen is a big deterrent to the jet skis, the drinking - anybody thinking of anything illegal.”
Deputies worked this past week to prepare the 23-foot deck-boat for duty. With a 4.3 liter V6, inboard-
outboard engine, a retractable, sun cover and seating for about IO, this recreational-tumed-law-enforcement cruiser ought to be ready for action, officials said.
By comparison, the office’s old boat had an outboard engine that was more gas-guzzling and was only able to reach half the speed of the new boat.
Moreover, because the engine is more powerful, it will have a greater capability to tow the other boats or jet skis that often are stranded in the middle of the lake, Ott said.
The boat will assist other law enforcement agencies on the lake, including game wardens, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
The boat will usually be used on
weekends and holidays but also will help in other patrol projects, Ott said.
On most patrols, a paramedic from the Water Oriented Recreation District and one deputy will ride in the boat, he said.
“It’s a lot easier and a lot safer,” Ott said. “Everybody thinks it’s a glory job. You go out and look at all the girls in bikinis. It’s not. These guys will give up every weekend in the summer to do this.”
Sheriff Bob Holder said he was glad the new boat would increase the office’s presence on Canyon Lake.
“It’s highly visible,” he said. “Our main objective on the lake is to provide a deterrent. It will serve our needs. I’m proud of the boat and the even more proud of the personnel.”
Police offer $1,000 reward to locate tree vandals
By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels Police are investigating a report of criminal mischief in Landa Park where several unknown suspects ripped off numerous tree branches in the gazebo circle and threw them into the adjacent lake earlier this month.
A 35-year-old wax leaf privet, a magnolia and four cypress trees lost up to five branches each in this May-10-to-ll incident.
.The suspects removed wire protectors from two of the trees to inflict the damage and also destroyed a water faucet in the area, officials said.
Police said they had never seen this much destruction to Landa Park trees and estimated the damage to be more than $1,500, which makes the incident a class A misdemeanor, criminal mischief offense.
Police have no suspects but said they believed the perpetrators were young and possibly entered the park from Landa l ake.
The New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers is offering up to $ 1,000 in reward money for information that leads to the arrest and indictment of those responsible for the crime.
Call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422. Calls are confidential and names are not requested.
Thu branch*# of a 35-year-oW tnt were thrown Into Landa Late after unknown suspects vandalized the gazabo drda gaily this month.
ing stability to the school is the most important thing,” Harter said.
She said she planned to move die focus back to students and learning, and “if it’s good for kids, we’ll do it.”
Brown was moved from his position as assistant principal at die Memorial campuses to the high school in October 1996 when Assistant Principal Chuck Engler and Principal John Turman were reassigned to other positions in the district. He said since that move, he has learned much from his colleagues at the high school.
“We had a rough year, but everybody stuck together,” he said.
Brown said he was happy to be given this opportunity, and is looking forward to the future.
“I hope I’m up to the challenge, and Jane (MacDonald) — we’re going to spend a lot of time together.”
Lake water to head south
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — The Canyon Lake Water Supply C'orp.last week took the first step in making a pipeline which would supply Canyon Lake water to northern Bexar County and the Bulverde area a reality.
The corporation’s board of directors voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to share the costs to build and operate the 25-mile pipeline.
The line would begin on the south side of the lake, head west to Bulverde and Fair Oaks Ranch along Ammann Road, then turn south on U.S. Highway 281. There it would serve customers of the Bexar Metropolitan Water District and the San Antonio Water System.
The agreement went before the GBRA Board of Directors at a meeting this morning in Seguin for consideration.
Under the project, an 8 million gallon per day water surface treatment plant would be built along the intersection of EM 2673 and FM 3159 near Startzville.
Jeff Branecky, board president, said the agreement with GBRA would be beneficial for future generations who move to Canyon Lake and western Comal County.
“I think it is the best situation for folks in Canyon Lake,” Branecky said.
Under the terms of the joint resolution and agreement, the pipeline construction will be coordinated by ajoint management committee compnsed of two members each from GBRA and CLWSC.
GBRA General Manager Bill West will be the staff director for the committee and will provide information to the committee members.
CLWSC General Manager Dale Yates said GBRA would be responsible for building the pipeline and wholesaling the water to individual systems. CLWSC would retail the water to individuals.
Yates said the agreement marks a significant turning point in the relationship between CLWSC and GBRA, both of which had disagreements in the fall and early this year about who would build the pipeline and supply the water to western Comal County.
“It is a cooperative effort to provide a truly regional water system for the area,” Yates said. “Western Comal County will have a regional system.”
Officials from both entities project that the pipeline will cost between $24 and $25 million, provided that all parties involved participate in the project.
West said the wholesale water rate was estimated between $ 1.50 to $ 1.60 per 1,000 gallons.
Yates said retail users of the pipeline Turn to Water, Page 2AKudos to Frazier Elementary students. See Page 4A.