New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20, 2003
SPORTS PURTLE POWER
That s what New Braunfels' Jerry Purtle will try to drop on Kerrville Tivy when the teams meet up Friday for playoff action.
FORUM 'NO CLOTHES'
Allie Burke-Young opines on the dissent and unrest plaguing the administration of NBHS Principal Rickey Williams. Pogo
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$300,000 was left from old 4A fund
By Dylan Jimdnoz
New Braunfels District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil has an extra $300,000 to spend on street repair in her district.
The sum matches
the amount budgeted
for minor street repair
across the entire city.
was money left in the
old 4A fund,” she said.
_ , _ ... Several months ago,
Gale Pospisil Distric, , Coun^,.
woman Sonia MuAoz-Gill told Pospisil she thought the money was there.
Pospisil discovered the funds after Mufioz-Gill reminded her last month to check on it.
The 4A fund was the city’s economic development account fed by sales tax dollars. The 4A program was replaced with the city’s 4B board.
When New Braunfels voters decided to eliminate the fund in 2001, the funds were split equally among Districts I, 3, j and 6.
Council members in those districts have
Students study for their GED at The Learning Center with the guidance of Mary Ann Woody, standing. Below, at the The Learning Center, former
Photos by DAVID INGRAM and REBECCA S. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitunq
New Braunfels High School principal Mike Fitsko counsels Anabel Gutierrez, as he does others like her, on options for continuing education.
Expanding class options bring education closer to home
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By Dylan Jimdnoz
New Braunfels high school graduates no longer have to leave home to begin their college careers.
They don’t even have to commute in the region. Colleges and universities are bringing their services here.
Beginning this spring, the University of the Incarnate Word will offer a college program from a satellite office at the Scooter Store in New Braunfels.
The university has been recruiting in the area since the summer.
“We’ve had a very good response,” said Vince Porter, UIW dean of the extended studies school.
Forty people have signed up for the program’s four courses in the spring.
“It’s a small start, but we have to shewed New Braunfels needed more start somewhere," Porter said. post-secondary education opportu-
There is a definite market in the nities, although several higher edu-New Braunfels area for higher edu- cation institutions are nearby,
cation opportunities. UIW hopes to help fill that need,
The city's comprehensive plan Porter said.
While UIW students are starting classes in New Braunfels, Alamo Community College Distric t officials will be planning curriculum and marketing for the Central Texas Technology Center being built near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
Next summer, ACO) will begin offering core curriculum college classes at New Braunfels First higher education institution.
The center will provide training manufacturing and high tech industries, like welding, industrial manufacturing, computer technology, auto mechanics and even nursing.
There are plans to expand the building to include an aircraft training wing when the new $4 million facility reaches capacity.
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GBRA-Bulverde water project on track
$50 million pipeline continues despite federal lawsuit; water on tap by spring ’05
By Ron Malonoy
BULVERDE—The Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority is on schedule for its $50 million project to bring Canyon Lake water to Bulverde in 2005 — despite a lawsuit that could delay ft.
GBRA trustees heard a progress report on the project Wednesday and authorized General Manager Bill West to assist the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a federal lawsuit filed in October by Friends of Canyon Lake.
Bulverde Mayor Bill Cole said it was “excellent news" that the pipeline could bring water to his community beginning early in 2005.
“I’m very happy with the progress they have made so far," Cole said.
FOOL, which lost state court cases that dis
puted a state permit that would allow GBRA to draw more water from the lake, has sued in federal court alleging the Corps of Engineers did not conduct necessary environmental impact studies before approving the plan.
The suit seeks to have the studies conducted and halt work on the project.
West said during a break in the meeting that GBRA would offer legal assistance to the the corps. x
“The corps is well represented by federal attorneys,” West said. “Our attorneys will offer support if needed."
Project Manager David Welsch and consultant Jonathan Pressman briefed the GBRA on progress of the project.
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An underground pipeline would follow FM 3159 to Texas 46. The pipeline would split near U.S. 281, providing water for Bulverde, Fair Oaks Ranch, Boerne and other users — including the San Antonio Water System, which is helping finance the project.
As demand increases in western Comal County, water being supplied to San Antonio would be reduced for use here under an escalating pricing arrangement with San Antonio. Welsch reported everything is on track. GBRA hopes to put construction out for bid early in 2004 and award the contracts by March or April.
"We're pretty good on schedule for surveying and right-of-way acquisition," Welsch said.UPDATES
Tracking the news
LAST WE KNEW: The city hired a consultant in September to recruit a new parks director to replace fired Parks Director Iris Neffendorf.
LATEST: The deadline for applications is Friday.
NEXT: Th© city will begin interviewingGOMEZ TRIAL
LAST WE KNEW: The trial on organized crime and aggravated robbery charges of Rodolpho Gomez was postponed LATEST:: Gomez, 40, remains in Comal County Jail.
NEXT: Assistant District Attorney Joe Soane said the Gomez trial has been reset for Jan. 24, 2004
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