New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 1, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. ZZ6 24 pages in 2 sections October I, 1999
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Serving Comal County since 1852
Canyon graduate Shayne McBrearty, from the class of 1989, checks out a new web site for CHS alumni and faculty. The web site contains information about fellow classmates and reunions, such as the class of 1989 reunion in October.
Drainage panel mulls utility fees
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
The city’s Drainage Advisory Committee continued talks Thursday about how it would recommend spending monthly utility fees if enacted.
Members took no action at their meeting.
Two weeks ago, committee agreed it needed more direction about what New Braunfels City Council wanted — fees to fund routine drainage maintenance, fees to cover more expensive construction projects or both.
The committee has been reviewing for several months an ordinance draft that proposes various developer fees; a $10 monthly drainage fee for commercial, indusii; ii and retail uses of land; and $5 monthly fees for residential units.
The committee has not approved these fee structures. The final recommendation will be brought before council for a final decision.
Council took no official vote Monday on what the fees should fund, but District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory .aid he hoped the committee would set ees to fund future infrastructure proems and not worry as much about rec-ifying old problems.
“The bond election will raise money or past sins,” he said.
But the bond doesn’t cover everyone’s oncems, District 6 councilwoman Juli-t Watson said.
“I want to help people who have prob-;ms from past sins,” she said.
Mayor Stoney Williams suggested the ;es address smaller existing problems as /ell as future projects.
The drainage advisory committee
Alumni stay in touch on-line
By Heather Todd
Canyon High School alumni from New Braunfels to New York can get back to Cougar country just by logging onto the internet.
Tonya (Welch) Watterson, a 1990 CHS graduate, created a new site on the World Wide Web exclusively for CHS alumni and faculty to help keep Cougars in touch.
The web site has been available for
only three weeks, but Watterson said more than 200 former students already had registered, with graduation years ranging from 1962 to 2000.
CHS alumni and faculty can reach the site at www.geocities.com/Hearth-land/Hills/1721 /. The web site offers a range of features, including an alumni and faculty search, an alumni and faculty register, a chat room to visit with other Cougars and Canyon news.
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■ Canyon alumni site is at www.geocities.com/Hearthland/ Hills/1721/
■ Alumni can click on high-schoolalumni.com for alumni searches for Canyon, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley.
Buy the book
NBISD goes to polls on Saturday
Three-year-old Rebekah Sikes enjoys a find at the Friends of the Library annual book sale Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Sikes was among hundreds of local residents taking advantage of the bargains at the two-day sale, which continues today from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today. At 4 p.m. today, shoppers can stuff a brown grocery bag with as many books as possible for a cost of $2.
nfantry Band gathering here for 59th anniversary
By Erin Magruder
They played together on one of the bloodiest ages in world history.
Now they are reuniting — 59 years after eir mobilization into World War II.
The 36th Infantry Division Band will have i annual reunion in New Braunfels today rough Sunday.
The army band served in Africa, France, ;rmany Italy and Austria from 1943 to 1945,
said band leader Lorenz Bading.
Formed in New Braunfels, the band spent more than 400 days in combat together — one time playing more than 150 performances in less than one month, Bading, 83, said.
The reunion will include a guided tour of the Schlitterbahn complex, a concert and a memorial service Sunday.
One of the reunion highlights will be Saturday when veteran members of the 155th Field Artillery Service Battery and Medical Detachment join the Division Band of Bavarian Vil- *
lage for ajoint session of New Braunfels Gemutlichkeit.
In addition, the 49th Armored Division Band of Camp Mabry-Austin will perform with its concert and jazz bands.
Bading said he expected at least I OO people to attend the reunion.
Sadly, he said, only 22 of the 64 original members of the army band are still alive. Band members still living in New Braunfels are Bading, Lewis Coldeway, Roy E. Liesman and Clarence Simon.
Both sides encourage strong voter turnout
By Heather Todd
Advocates for and against a $75 million bond package are urging voters to get to the polls Saturday.
About 1,595 registered voters in New Braunfels Independent School District, or 7.5 percent of 21,332 eligible voters, already have cast their ballots in the bond election.
Early voting numbers surpassed the 1,272 voters who cast ballots during the district’s last bond election in 1994.
NBISD board president Bette Spain said she hoped interest in the bond would carry over to election day.
“I’m very pleased with voter response, and I hope it means very good news for the district. I hope that kind of response will continue,” sbe-said. ^Vctfrtgpolls will be open Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:
•District I — Lone Star Primary, 2343 West San Antonio St.
•District 2 — Memorial Elementary, 1900 South Walnut Ave.
•District 3 — Seele Elementary, 540 Howard St.
•District 4 — Lamar Primary, 240 North Central
•District 5 — New Braunfels High School, 2551 Loop 337
Some individuals and patron groups opposed to the bond also hope voters will get to the polls Saturday.
Phillip Leach is among a group of NBISD patrons launching an effort to defeat the bond.
During the past week, Leach has flown his plane over New Braunfels with a banner encour-
New Braunfels ISD patrons can vote 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at: District 1 — Lone Star Primary, 2343 W. San Antonio St.
District 2 — Memorial Elementary, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.
District 3 — Seele Elementary, 540 Howard District 4 — Lamar Primary, 240 N. Central District 5 — New Braunfels High School, 2551 Loop 337
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aging voters to vote against the bond.
Leach said the group was opposed to “any bond in Comal County” because it would raise taxes for those who would not use school facilities.
“Apathy is what causes these bonds to go through. The (Comal Independent School District) bond passed because of an apathetic public,” Leach said.
Many patrons and local organizations have voiced support for the bond, including the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Spain said, “We’ve worked hard to get people out to vote and to express their opinions. I’m very excited, and I hope we’ll see positive results.”
Leach and his group launched a campaign against CISD’s four-proposition $92 million bond in 1997, which failed. C1SD voters approved a $141 million bond in May 1999.
Residents list concerns at regional water plan meeting
By Erin Magruder
Concerned residents had an portunity to voice their water rries Thursday at a special meet-; of the Comal County Commoners' Court.
low to provide a quality water »ply to a rapidly growing popu-on was just one of the problems cussed.
’he purpose of the meeting was get public feedback on key les important to the develop
ment of a 50-year regional water plan.
The regional watei plan is the result of comprehensive water legislation — also known as Senate Bill I — that was enacted two years ago by the 75th session of the Texas legislature. Senate Bill I was passed in an
effort to create a statewide water plan by working from the “ground up.”
In other words, regions of Texas are required to make their own water plans. Those plans then are combined to form one statewide plan designed to meet the needs of all Texas residents in the future.
The bill divides Texas into 16 regions. Each region, or water planning group, is made up of members from all sectors of the community.
Comal County is part of Region
L, or the South Central Texas Regional Water Planning Group.
Representatives from Region L have been meeting since February to establish a common criteria to all of the 21 counties that make up the region.
It will be no easy task, said Scott Elliff, a contractor for Moorhouse and Associates — the company hired by Region L to help with public participation “The counties that make up Region L are very diverse,” Elliff said. “Our job is to make a report
that reflects both the similarities and differences between the needs of each area.”
Elliff asked community members questions about water problems specific to the county and then recorded responses so they could be compared to other parts of the region.
When asked what their current and future water concerns were, responses included:
• the lack of an agency to regu-See WATER/5 A
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