New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Cougarettes march on in playoffs. See Sports, Page 1B.
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 13,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MILTON DOEGE
Vol. 144, No. 262
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Alan Buicks, Milton Doege, Cayce Cantrell (I year old), Leah Williams, Audrey Schluter (11 years old), Jason Purtle (6 years), Cody Chapman (15 years belated), Jesse Garcia, Jr. (9 years) and James Culpepper.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Monty and Tammy Crum-rine (8 years belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144
Mold —890 Grass —Trace Ragweed — Trace
(Posen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 174 cubic feet per second, up 3 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 622 98 feet above sea level, same as Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —173 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.47 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels UtmtiM
NBU reports pumping 7.380 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no well water was used.
Water issues forum slated for Thursday
A public forum hosted by the League of Women Voters to discuss water issues will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Independent School District Board Room, 430 W.
Featured speakers are Bill West of Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, John Ashworth and Steven Densmore of the Texas Water Development Board, and Doug Miller of the Edwards Aquifer Authority.
A question and answer session will follow. For more information, call Rose Marie Eash, (210)980-3188. .
Spacsa available for craft ade Saturday
Craft fair spaces are available for a Nov. 16 fair at Peace Lutheran Church. Call 620-0618 in tile morning or 606-0313 after 6:30 p.m. for more information.
Women’s business group to meet
The next meeting of the New Braunfels Business and Proles sional Women organization is at 7 p.m. today at the Holiday Inn.
Dr. Nancy Logan will be the featured speaker. For reservations, call Kristy Davis at 609-5678
Black Heritage Society to gather
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will be meeting at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library.
For more information, cal! 606-6936 or Nancy Green at 608-1625.
Modal-winning pianist performs Sunday
The Mid-Texas Symphony Society and Texas Lutheran University present Tchiakovsky International Gold Medalist pianist Barry Douglas on stage at at 4 p.m. Sunday at Jackson Auditorium in Seguin. Douglas was the first western pianist in almost 30 years to win the Tchiakovsky Gold Medal.Tickets are available at the Jackson Auditorium box office or at the door for $15 or $14 for seniors.
Administrators express Interest in leaving district
By DENISE DZIUK
Talk has already begun about the possibility of additional administrative departures from the New Braunfels Independent School District following the resignation of Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
Bradbury was offered a 3 I /2-year contract with a base pay of $110,000 and benefits to become superintendent of the Keller Independent School District.
The NBISD Board of Trustees will decide whether to approve Bradberry’s resignation and release him from his con
tract at its next meeting.
If approved, Bradberry will assume his duties at the Keller Independent School District on Jan. I.
See related story, Page 2A
Bradberry said Keller has given him the authority to bring personnel with him to fill any openings, and he said some administrators and teachers could be making a move in the future. Some could leave as early as January, he said.
“Long term, there will probably be three or four (administrators moving to
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Residents’ views mixed about Bradberry departure
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels Independent School District taxpayers and parents had differing views on the departure of Superintendent Charles Bradberry, who will become superintendent of a Fort Worth area school district at the beginning of January.
The Keller Independent School District Board of Trustees named Bradberry as its new superintendent Monday night.
Bradberry was superintendent at New Braunfels for 14 years.
Linda Carden, who has a daughter attending New’ Braunfels High School, said she hated to see Bradberry go but that he did not have any choice.
The current division on the district’s Board of Trustees, a climate that contributed to requests by New Braunfels High School Principal John Turman and Assistant Principal Charles Englcr to seek reassignment to other positions, forced Bradberry' to leave.
‘I don’t think it will hurt because, as in any Job, no
one is indispensable.’
‘I think it could probably hurt the school district.’
— Sue Anhorn
“Personally, one part of me says that I want to be surprised, but the realistic and intelligent part of me says that I am not surprised at all,” C arden said.
Richard Persyn, an NB1S1) taxpayer, said Bradberry jumped to the KIS!) because he saw the writing on the wall.
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Information on indecency case sought
From Staff Reports
The Hays County Sheriff* s Department is investigating a report of indecency with a child involving several teen-age male victims.
A suspect in these cases has been arrested.
Ricardo Garza Martinez, 20, of San
Marcos is charged with one count of indecency with a child.
Bond has been set at $20,(XX), and Martinez was still in custody as of Tuesday afternoon.
The Hays County Sheriff s Department is searching for more leads.
For further information, contact
Detective Jeri Skrocki, Criminal Investigation Division, Hays County Sheriff s Department, 512-396-6166, ext. 126.
Photographs of Martinez are available at the Hays County Sheriffs Department, 1307 Uhland Road, San Marcos.
CISD marks 40th anniversary
By DENISE DZIUK
Tuesday marked the 40th anniversary of the Comal Independent School District. Parents, students, employees, administrators and past officials came together to celebrate its history.
A reception Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary included second- and fourth-graders performing songs for the visitors.
“It was formed 40 years ago for the students,” said CISD Superintendent Jerry Major. “We’re here today because of the students, and I would venture to say we’ll be here in another 40 years because of the students.”
The Comal Rural High School District was established through an October 1956 election. The district’s board on Nov. 12, 1956, approved the consolidation of eight school districts— Bulverde, Danville, Davenport, Fischer, Goodwin, Mountain Valley, Sherwood and Solms.
“When we formed it in ’56, we expected it to have 250 kids at the high school,” said Hugo Nowotny, who was a founder of the district and was on hand for the reception. “I never dreamed it would get this big.”
Nowotny said the biggest change he has seen over the years is that now there are “schools all over the place.”
Nowotny said when the district first began, the Transportation Department’s staff was a student with a station wagon who picked up others on the way to school.
"That was our transportation system,” he said. “Look at it now.”
Over the years, the Comal Independent School District has grown by leaps and bounds and continues to progress daily-
Major said the district began with a small enrollment and now has more than 9,000 students.
With more than 1,200 full-time employees, CISD is also the largest employer in Comal County.
Brandt arrested on theft charge
From Staff Reports
Rusty Brandt, 39, was arrested this morning by New Braunfels police on a w arrant for theft of up to $ 1,5(X). police said.
Brandt, the 1996 Wurstfest Association president who lives at 215 Preston Hollow, was arrested at about 8 a.m. and taken to the Comal C ounty Jail with bond set at $5,(KH).
District Attorney Bill Reinter said Ik became aware of the arrest this morning and has no comment until he reviews the arrest report.
“I haven’t seen any offense report at this time so I don’t know,” Reimer said. “We can’t make any call or statement until we get an investigation on it. It would be premature for us to say or draw any conclusions.’’
At press time, jail officials said Brandt had not posted bond and that they were still in the process of admitting him.
Brandt was the 1995 Small Business Person of the year and former owner of New Braunfels Resorts Property Management. He is president of the Downtown Rotary C lub.
Brandt has been a member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce since 1984 and a former chair of the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.
City, NBU dispute focuses on land
By ABE LEVY
Herald-Zettung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Church Hill School, originally built in 1870, is located on the Goodwin campus. It housed students prior to the CISD consolidation.
Major said the growth will continue to challenge the district for some time.
“I continually see the progress being made,” Major said. “We don’t think (the growth) is going to level out any time soon, so we’re going to continue to improve our campuses and curriculum to serve the students’ needs.”
A second reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Frazier Elementary School and will include musical performances by students and a short presentation.
The public is invited to attend.
“What we wanted to do is have a reception at both ends of the district, which pretty much duplicate each other,” said Dan Krueger, board president. “We really want to get the public to come out. They’re the reason for the whole thing.”
Another celebration scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Thursday is the official renaming of Bulverde Primary School to Rahe Primary School in honor of the Rahe family, which supplied a number of administrators and teachers to the system over its 40 years.
Lawyers for New Braunfels Utilities and the city of New Braunfels plan to request an attorney general's opinion by the end of the year to determine the legal limits of the two governmental entities.
Recent disputes over water rights, transfer of profits and properly ownership have prompted City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom and NBU attorney John Dierksen to seek the opinion.
Much of the debate has focused on which entity controls property that the utility purchases but has not incorporated into its system.
The city’s charter states the city has elected to delegate control and management of its utility system to NBU. While the city owns land NBU purchases for its operations, NBU retains management and control of the purchased land related to utility operations.
Lawyers hope the attorney general’s opinion will deal with the question of control for unused, utility land.
NBU currently owns three pieces of land currently not in use hut earmarked future expansion projects a site on Loop 337 for an electric substation, a water tank site in Solms and C omal Park and a 44.42-acre plot located in east New Braunfels. It also owns land it plans to use for future expansion of its surface water treatment plant.
The debate has focused on Comal Park.
NBU purchased the park property from the San Antonio Public Service • Board in 1969 for $50,(HK).
While NBU has paid for insurance on the land and includes it on a list of real estate assets, the city’s Parks Department lists the land as one its 16 parks and leases its five softball fields and one baseball field to the Adult Soft-
Third party help
Because the two agendas are uniquely tied together, lawyers plan to ask state Rep. Edmund Kuempd, R-Seguin, to make the official request on behalf of NBU and the city.
NBU since at least 1987 also has leased a portion of the land to Miles Garrett for grazing purposes.
NBU lawyer John Dierksen said the utility plans to use the land for possible expansion of the North and South kuehler sewer treatment plants, w hich are adjacent to the park. They also said the land could he traded at a future time to benefit the utility.
The South Kuehler plant was built in the 1930s, and the North plant was built in 1985.
The two plants combine to handle about 90 percent of the city’s sewage treatment or 3.4 million gallons per day.
“In our opinion, when New Braunfels Utility purchased the property, it used ratepayers money and it was done for the ultimate expansion of the sewer treatment plant,” said Dierksen, who heads the city’s Master Plan Committee and Planning and Zoning ('ommission. “I think any public body that has foresight will be doing that, lf you don’t do it, you’re not benefiting the ratepayers.”
Because NBU has not incorporated the land into its system for more than 25 years, the city has the nght to sell the property.
“I’m willing to admit I’m wrong, but I want to know what the relationship is legally,” Cullom said. “I don’t know what the rule would be with
Turn to Dispute, Pago 3ANew Braunfels may be on fast track to passenger train station. See Opinion, Page 4j