New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishos from tho Horald-Zoitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Jeremy Williams, Chris Delavan, Betsy Caldwell,
Jose Valdez, Janie Bar boza (Monday), Gwen Mills (Monday), Esther Morales (Monday), James Smith, Christopher Strickland,
Ken Mullins (40 years old Monday).
Happy anniversary to Jerry and Sarah Jean Barganier (25 years), Robert and Glenna Harmon (50 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Good day to curl up by tho Bro with a book Today — Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Highs in the 70s.
Monday — Mostly cloudy, breezy and cooler with a chance of rain. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
Tuosday — Partly to mostly cloudy. Lows in the 40s.
Highs in the 60s.
Cal Thomas speaks In Now Braunfels
Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Comal County Pro-Life Foundation's fund-raiser banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at New Braunfels Civic Center. For tickets and information, call either a local church or Crisis Pregnancy Center at 629-7565.
Jim’s Video conducts food drive
Jim’s Video will have a food drive benefiting SOS Inc.
Food Bank. Collection of nonperishable food Kerns will last through Nov. 18 at Jim's Video For information, call 629-2128
Veterans Day ceremony slated
The students of Sts Peter and Paul School and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35 will observe Veterans Day on Tuesday. The ceremony will be at 9 a m. in the Sts. Peter and Paul parking lot. For information, cali 625-3233.
Check before you do buiinosB Tuesday
Some local entities will be closed Tuesday, in observance of Veteran s Day. Others will operate as usual B US Post Office closed B Local banks closed B City offices open B County offices open B NBISD open B CISD open
Bandes League plans
$5,000 Night Tuesday
New Braunfels Service League members plan to raise some $12,000 through their $5,000 Night ticket sales Tuesday beginning at 7 p m at Gruene Hall. At the end of the evening, one lucky winner will walk away $5,000 richer. The remaining funds will benefit charitable organizations in the New Braunfels community. NBSL members expect 450 people to attend this year’s event, themed County Elegance Contact chairman Cary Corbin for further details at 609-1932
IMP Hr— cf LM# help homeless vets
Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November, with the help of Librado’s restaurant Drop off non-perishable items in the box at the entrance to Ubrado’s through Friday. For information, call 629-2963
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CISD voters say no four times
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
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Administrators and trustees solemnly shook their heads as results were slowly phoned in, showing all four propositions in the Comal Independent School District $92 million bond election failed.
“I’m disappointed,” said Kale Mathis, co-chairwoman of the Keep Improving oust District Schools group. “I think the kids are going to be hurt terribly.”
CISD voters were deciding Satur-' day the fate of four different propositions that would have addressed growth for five to seven years. The propositions called for major expansions and renovations at existing campuses, three new schools, an upgrade in technology and improvements and additions to different campuses. If approved, the average taxpayer would have paid $330 for the new bond issue over a seven-year period. In the first year, taxes would have increased by $24 for the bond issue.
Early voting numbers were high as 2,731 but of the district’s approximately 33,600 voters cast ballots. Election day turnout was just as strong, with 9,488 votes cast. The Mountain Valley Elementary School polling site had the largest election day turnout, with approximately 800 voters showing up. Voters waited there up to one hour during the morning.
“I’m pleased with the turnout,” said CISD superintendent Jerry Major. “Regardless of whether the result is good or bad, it’s great that folks are showing that kind of interest.”
All four propositions were voted
Voter* stood in (in* for up to an hour at Mountain Vallay Elementary School Saturday In the Comal Independent School District bond election.
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down at every polling site, erasing the slight lead Propositions 1,3 and 4 had at the completion of early voting. Proposition 2, which called for a new high school and. two new elementary schools, failed by the largest amount. Voters turned down the proposal 3,125 votes to 1,954. The tallies on other propositions were closer, but they still failed. The proposition for technolo
gy upgrades had the narrowest'margin, being turned down by slightly more than 500 votes.
“I’m encouraged by the big turnout because people arc being involved in their school district,” said Krueger. “However, on the other side of the coin, I’m disappointed.”
Krueger said that while the new school issue was controversial, he
Judge appoints Bulverde’s temporary government
Mayors, aldermen and marshals will serve three Bulverde cities until May 2 election
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
A district judge in New Braunfels appointed Friday the first mayors, aldermen and marshals to serve in incorporated Bulverde.
District Judge Jack Robison approved the appointment of the new interim officers.
Nominations were submitted by incorporation supporters.
On Tuesday, residents in all three areas voted 906 for and 151 against incorporation. Comal County Commissioners Court canvassed the results and made the incorporation official Friday.
Linnell Hinojosa, county elections administrator, said the interim council could serve until the next election on May 2, 1998.
Blaylock said it was urgent that an interim city
government be set up in the incorporated areas.
“If we didn’t have the officers appointed now, then we would have to wait until Jan. 17 (fra* an election),” Blaylock said. “We want to avoid that to get things up to speed.”
Blaylock said his next objective was to meet with the appointed aldermen and marshal in Bulverde South and establish a government.
Martin said most of the appointed officers from all three incorporated areas were to have met Saturday at Bulverde Public Library. She said they were to ask Comal Appraisal District to provide tax numbers and appraisals for each city.
“They will let us know what our tax base is,” Martin said. “We have to determine what the tax rate will be, and we will be working on a budget.” Since the incorporation took effect Friday, Martin said Bulverde’s half-mile extra-territorial jurisdiction already was established.
“We thought we had to write an ordinance but it is automatically done,” Martin said. “The ETJ is functioning the instant we were incorporated. Anybody living within a half-mile of the city limits is in the ETJ. That means they are protected from San Antonio (ETJ).”
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These are the interim municipal officers appointed by District Judge Jack Robison for Bulverde East, Bulverde North and Bulverde South on Friday. The officers will serve until elections can be conducted May 2, 1998
Mayor: Stan Blaylock
Aldermen: Bruce Friesenhahn.Ken Fiedler, Arleen Bennett, Chet Ludka, Bill Krawietz Marshal: Frank Herzig
Mayor: Bob Barton
Aldermen Wallace Berkholtz, Gail Gamboa Janice Anderson, Jacque Patton, Jim Lif-fick,
Marshal Bob Wagoner
Mayor: Warren Alston Aldermen: Janet Best, Jerry Beene. Diana Schwind, Vicky Martin, Bill Wilson Marshal: Chuck Brangers
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New Braunfels remembers veterans
From staff reports
Many activities will be conducted Tuesday in New Braunfels to com-merate Veterans Day and honor the men and women who served in the armed forces and died for their country
• American Legion Post 179, 410 W. Coll St., will have a program honoring veterans who have been members of their post for 50 years. The doors will open with a social hour at 5 p.m. The program will start at 6 p.m. with a spaghetti supper served after the program. Veterans and their guests are invited to attend. For information, call 625-0179.
• Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 71 IO, 600 Peace Ave., will have a flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m.
• Canyon High School, will have a program and reception beginning at 9
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thought at least the expansions and renovations proposition and technology proposition stood a chance of voter approval. Rejecting the technology proposal put students at a disadvantage, he said.
“It’s disappointing that the taxpayers don’t want their kids to get the technology they need to take them into the
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a.m. in the Cougar Den for area veterans. The 30-minute program will feature Capt. Frank Van Hora, a CHS graduate and Air Force Academy graduate, as the featured speaker. The American Legion Color Guard will present the colors, and the choir and the band will play patriotic music.
• Smithson Valley High School will have its ceremonies recognizing area veterans at 9:56 a.m. in the gym. State Rep. Edmund Kucmpel will be part of the presentation.
• Canyon Middle School will have ceremonies honoring veterans at 9 am in the gym. The ceremony will feature presentation of colors, presentation of veterans, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
• Canyon Intermediate School will have a reception at 7:45 am. with a
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Confused voters fill CISD polls
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Confusion about where to cast a ballot combined with a long wait in line left a bad taste in the mouths of many Comal Independent School District voters.
Freda Walker, election judge at the Mountain Valley Elementary polling site, said turnout had been heavy since polls opened at 7 am. In fact, more than the usual number of people had cast ballots on the $92 million bond proposal.
“We’re inundated,” she said. “We haven’t had a break all day.”
In the morning, voters waited up to an hour to exercise their nght to vote.
For some, that wait was a little too long, and they left. Walker said. But those votes weren’t lost, she said.
“All intended to come back later, and I’m quite sure they did,” she said.
Voters heading to the polls later in the day waited 15 to 20 minutes. John Fountain said the wait was “long enough to make friends."
For those at the polls in the afternoon, the biggest complaint was the confusion about where to go to cast a ballot.
“If I hadn’t read the paper (Fnday),
I wouldn’t have known where to vote,” Fountain said.
Billie Albrecht lives just outside of Gruene, and went to Frazier Elementary to vote. No one was at the polling place when she got there, so she went to the CISD administration office, where she was told she would have to go to Canyon Lake.
“If it hadn’t been such an important election, I probably wouldn’t have voted,” she said. "They’ve messed up, if you ask me.”
CISD business director Abel Campos said that in May of 1994, the first trustee election was conducted using the single-member district method. At that time, voting lines were drawn and have not been changed since. He said changing where people voted would have required approval by the original committee that established the district lines, the CISD board of trustees and the federal government.
“Since May of 1994, everyone has voted at the same location,” he said.
Campos said the confusion was caused by the fact that voters in CISD election do not vote at the same place they do for the city, county and state elections. For example, a resident who might have voted at Canyon High School for the Nov. 4 state election would have had to vote at Mountain Valley Elementary in the bond election.
“If these people have not voted in a school election in a while, it might be new to them ami cause some confusion,” Campos said.
Some voters saw the problems as a way for the district to deter possible votes of opposition. Lynn Fountain
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