New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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EL PASO., TX 79903-
24 pages in two sections I
Friday, November 7,1997
Serving Coma! County and surrounding areas for more than 145 yeais ■ Home of Tiff arty Tschoepe
Vol. 145, No. 257
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Tiffany Tschoepe (5 years), Stole Barnes, Fran Baughn, Ernesto Casas, Tonya Farts, Keith KoerUn, Claudia Mendenhall, Dina Hess (Saturday), Bonnie Overpeck (Saturday), Jarolyn Popp, Adam Carpenter, Buster Bowers, Helen Marie Voss, Lesley Soh wind (12 years) and Nathaniel Rodriguez (6 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 530
Ragweed —12 Cedar Elm — 8
(Rotan measured in parts per ate meter of air. Mamaton provided by Dr. Frank Hampel) River Information
Comal River —312 cubic feet per second, same as Thursday.
Eckvards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 625.74 feet above see level, down .01 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —183 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.96 feet above
New Braunfels Utilities
NBD reports pumping 6.556 miion gallons of surface water Thursday and 190,000 gallons of wen water
Rain chances 90 up Sunday, Monday
Tonight — Mostly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s to upper 40s,
Saturday — Partly to mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s. Saturday night, mostly cloudy Lows near 60, lower 50s.
Sunday — Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs in the 70s.
Monday — Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool et with a chance of ram. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
Tuooday — Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows in the 40s. Highs rn the 60s.
Hsrald-Zsttung soaks photos, assays
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is looking for a few good photographers to take photos of goings-on in Comal County today. Bring the photos and outline information to the Herald-Zeitung offices at 707 Landa St by Nov. 14
Also, the newspaper is soliciting essays from local residents telling us about their neighbors and the special things they do. These essays also are due by Nov. 14. Call Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 220 for information
Veterans osvsmony ptarmad Tbssday
The students of Sts. Peter and Paul School and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35 will observe Veterans Day on Nov. 11 The ceremony will be at 9 a m. in the Sts. Peter and Paul parking lot For information, call 625-3233.
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Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November, with the help of Libraries restaurant. Drop off non-perishable items in the box at the entrance to Librado’s until Nov. 14. For information, call 629-2963.
Comal ISO voters head to polls
$92 million bond proposals on ballot
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Voters will decide Saturday whether die Comal Independent School District will get a $92 million bond package to address student growth into the next century.
According to projections, student enrollment will reach 11,313 by the end of the 2000 school
Pumping rules go under microscope
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Pumpage and transfer rules published recently by the Edwards Aquifer Authority have satisfied many in Comal County but still present a lot of red tape to others.
The rules affect well owners who have applied for permits to withdraw Water from the highly embattled Edwards Aquifer, which supplies 971 municipalities, industries and irrigators throughout the region.
How permit applications will be processed, how the EAA will calculate withdrawal amounts, handle water-rights transfers and manage proposed permit holders’ authorized withdrawals are at stake.
During an Oct. 30 EAA board meeting, members approved publishing rules that had been heavily revised since June. The board had been hard-pressed in formulating a set of regulations that would please irrigating ranchers, environmentalists and residents of Bexar County, whose sole source of water is the aquifer.
The proposed rules will be published in the Texas Register for public comment for 30 days after publication. The authority will conduct public hearings in the five counties in its jurisdiction — including Comal — in December, according to Tammy Valentine, EAA public information officer.
“The hearings are for people to express how they feel,” said Valentine, “and may present a problem we’re not aware of.”
So far, the published rules are
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year. In 2002-2003, enrollment is expected to approach 13,797.
The $92 million bond package is broken into four propositions on which voters can pass individually. The propositions include expansions and renovations at existing campuses, construction of three new schools, an upgrade in technology and various other improvements to campuses.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday.
CISD director of finance Abel Campos said the bond would result in a $24 increase in taxes next year for the new bond issue. Over a seven-year
period, residents would pay about $330 in taxes for die bond issue, averaging slightly mote than $40 a year.
Trustee Scott Watson said based on projected growth, the bond package, if approved should handle those new students for at least five to seven years. Watson said the first two propositions were the most vital to the growth package.
“If (the technology proposition) is not funded we still have classrooms for kids,” he said. “We just don’t have computers in those classrooms.”
Watson added that it was unfortunate that the Turn to Voters, Page 2A
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■ BW Brown Elementary, Texas 46 A U.S. 281
■ Startz Cafe, 10350 Start? Road
■ Comal Elementary, 6720 FM 482 ■Garden Rugs Municipal Building, 9357 scnoentnat rtoaa
■Canyon tfigh School,1510 l-H 36 East ■Mountain Valley Elementary, 1166 Settler
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Apartments collect food, clothing
By DAW) DRKUNOER
Five apartment complexes have come together to sponsor a food and clothing drive to benefit the local women’s and
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The food and clothing drive will start Monday and run through Non . 24 al Laurel Heights, River Park, Langtry Village,
Torrey Place and Grand Cypress apartments.
hems raised from the drive will be used to help both the Comal County Women’s Center and the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter.
People ate srawuwged lo drop off nonperishable food items, toys, furniture, household goods or clothing items at the apartment offices or at Property Man
agement Professionals, Inc., 130 W. Jahn St.
Leila Caddell, assistant manager at River Park, said this is the first year Property Management Professionals and the apartment complexes have participated rn a project of this type.
For information, contact Property Management Professionals at 625-8065 or the apartment complexes.
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Cardboard recycling kicks off
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Tons of cardboard were collected Wednesday as part of a recycling program between the city of New Braunfels and Comal County.
Wednesday w as the first day of a pilot program between the city and Comal County Rural Recycling to collect commercial cardboard for recycling Commissioner Moe Schwab said the amount of cardboard collected was good.
“We wound up with 16 participants (businesses),” Schwab said. “We got 1,100 pounds of cardboard. Next week we expect that to double.” During the pilot program, the county will pick up the cardboard at participating businesses in the city every Wednesday morning. Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said.
The pilot program is scheduled to last six weeks until Dec. 17.
At the end of die pilot program, Schwab said he would ask commissioners court to extend the program if it showed good results.
City Manager Mike Shantis said the city decided to participate in the recycling pilot program because it offered several advantages.
“Right now we have a residential recycling program, but we don’t have a commercial recycling program,” Shantis said. “No. I, we wanted to see if there was an interest in the community for commercial recycling which apparently there was Number two, we wanted to do it with something that hi» commodity values and cardboard ii worth some money .”
He added,’Hlie obvious benefit to the city is that
it doesn’t go to the landfill,” he said. “The benefit to the businesses is that it will be an additional pickup and it will not fill their dumpsters. The city and businesses are helping to save the landfill, and the) have a stable commodity that can be reused, so that you are not using virgin materials and not turning the cardboard into waSte.” Ferguson said the going rate for cardboard is $35 a ton.
John Holm, plant manager of Burkei, Inc., said his company wanted to take advantage of the recycling program “From the practical standpoint we want to be a good corporate citizen,” Holm said. “We have to pay for every bit of trash we haul. If we can reduce the waste stream through recycling, then that is to our benefit and the benefit of the community .” Holm said Barkel Inc., which manufactures upholstered furniture, probably generates about eight truckloads of cardboard a year. He said a majority of thai cardboard came from Barkers suppliers.
Schwab said there was no extra cost to the taxpayers for the pilot program, because a county road department employee was handling the recycling dimes, along w ith a part-time city employee The pilot program is a good example of cooperation between the two local governments. Shantis IHI id
Schwab said businesses throughout the county can still take their cardboard to the recycling sites set up in the county Any business in New Braunfels warning to participate in the program can contact Schwab at 620-5508.
CISD seniors get grad wishes
SVHS to conduct ceremonies in SA; Canyon stays home
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Seniors from Canyon High School will maintain a tradition in May when they graduate at Cougar Stadium, while seniors from Smithson Valley High School will start a tradition of receiving their diplomas in an indoor facility outside district lines, Comal Independent School District trustees decided Thursday.
The board directed administrators in July to reserve the Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio for commencement exercises for both high schools However, trustees voted Thursday to keep CHS graduation at Cougar Stadium for another year.
The move was suggested because of the constant threat of inclement weather, lf it rained on the day of graduation, ceremonies were moved indoors to the gymnasium and the number of family memoers able to attend was limited.
Last month, student representatives from the two high schools addressed the CISD board. The SVHS representative said the school’s facilities were not large enough to accommodate the number of people w anting to attend, and students were in favor of moving the location to San Antonio. The CHS representative said students were willing to nsk having to move the ceremonies indoors if it meant continuing the tradition of receiving a diploma on the CHS football field.
“Basically, it boils down to Canyon High School seniors want it at Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School seniors wanted to have it ai Blossom Athletic Center,” superintendent Jerry Major told the board. “If that's what the students want and that's w hat the board wants, that’s w hat we ought to do.” The board unanimously approv ed keeping CHS graduation at Cougar Stadium and moving SVHS ceremonies to San Antonio. However, Major pointed out that changing the location would be considered again for the following year’s ceremonies. He said administrators w ould begin trying to reserve Strahan Coliseum in San Marcos when a date is set.
Trustee John Clay said he supported the decision, but wanted to make sure parents and students understood what their decision meant in the event of rain CHS principal Will Kneg said students had already beal informed that they would only be allowed five or six tickets to attend graduation if the ceremonies were moved indoors. He said he would reiterate that point to students and parents.
SVHS principal Dan Geroy said 300 letters explaining the rome were sent to parents. Of those, he said he heard from two parents, and both thanked trustees for the decision.
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