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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas 410    HOI6 10/22/99    178 S 0 - W E S T HIC R 0 P U B LIS1-11N G 2627 E: YANDELL DR TUESDAY Rangerettes    host Boerne tonight in 28-4A tilt COUNTDOWN! 438 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21.1845 March 21.1995 10 Pages in one section ■ Oct.5, INSIDE Weather.......... ......2 Crossword....... ......3 Opinion......... ......4 Sports Day....... .... 7,8 Classifieds....... ...8-10 New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung 1993    Serving    Comal    County ■ Home of LANITA ROSS CISD board holds tax rate at $1.58 Vol. 141, No. 227 The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Eola Porterie, Us Coffey (Monday), Domingo Herrera, Dotty Vanda, Matthew G. Morales, Thomas Barber, Shirley Brooks, Mario Giutfar-do, Bob Heard, Winifred Hurt, Kermit Krause, John Ready and Beverly Thrift National Doprosslon •crooning Day slatod Thursday, Od. 7 Mental Health professionals from Santa Rosa Mental Wellness Center will offer local residents the opportunity to learn about the signs and symptoms of depression at a free screening as part of National Depression Screening Day, Thursday, OcL 7 from IO a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Wellness Center office, Executive Plaza Building, (IH-35), Suite 201. Comal Loaguo off Wonton Voters forum The Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters will host a forum to acquaint the public with the ballot issues for the Nov. 2 election on Wednesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. at the NBISD board room, 430 W. Mill St. Guest speaker will be Dr. Tucker Gibson, assistant professor of political science at Trinity University. The second forum will be held Oct. ll at 7 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative at IO FM 3159. Carman Amarlcan Soc laky maatlng Tuaaday, Oat. • The German American Society will hold their October meeting Tuesday, OcL 5 at7 pm. at American Legion Hall. There will be Dirndl A Leder-hasen Sale and make plans for the visitors from Dusseldorf on Oct. 21.Wednesday, Oct 6 is German-American Day. Rubioa to calabrata 34th annlvarsary Mary Alice and Rudy Rubio will be celebrating their 34th wedding anniversary on Oct IO at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church. Following the wedding mass, a reception and dance will be held in their honor, sponsored by the couple's five children, John Rubio, Robert Rubio, Rosemary Andrews, Mary Alice Gonzales and Christopher Michael Rubio. The groom, Ll Rudy Rubio, is the investigator for the District Attorney's office. Mary Alice Nee, Torres is the daughter of the late Ramona Puente. Stamm tisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, ',Stammtisch,, represents a sit-Uke share We invite you to share with us.) By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District board of trustees voted to hold the CISD tax rate at $ Monday’s tax rate adoption meeting. The result will be a budget under funded by $387,150. Superintendent Jerry Major had recommended $1.60 rate which still would have left the district’s budget under funded by $87,150. “Though I’m confident that through prudent spending and buying practices we will reach two or three percent under the budget, there are unforeseen things that come up so I have a hard time recommending a tax rate that will not fund a budget that this district has adopted,*’ said Major. “I have a hard time saying it’s the soundest thing to do financially, as superintendent I just cannot recommend a budget that’s not balanced on paper, so I recommend $1.60.” Board members Lee Heels, Norman Gerlich and Jim Middleton voted for the $1.60 rate, but the motion failed with Tom Potter, Douglas Kirk, Don Craighead and Thomas Bruce voting against it. On the motion thor passed to hold the tax rate at $1.58, Gerlich, Middleton, Potter and Craighead voted for $1.58 and Heels, Kirk and Bruce voted Tom Potter resigns position on board of trustees By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Tom Potter, vice president of the Comal Independent School District board of trustees, resigned for the CISD board at Monday night's tax rate adoption meeting. “My daughter will soon be finishing her student teaching, receiving her teaching certificate, and applying for employment as an elementary school teacher at several school districts, possibly to include the Comal ISD,” read Potter for his letter advising the board of his decision. “She cannot be hired by the Comal I.S.D. as long as I am on the board. So as not to influence her decision as to whether or not to apply at this district, and so as not to influence the administration’s decision as to whether or not to hire her, I hereby tender my resignation from the Board of Trustees effective October 12, 1993 in accordance with Board Policy BBC.” The Oct. 11 board meeting will be Potter’s last and he said he would have a closing statement to make at that time. Tom Potter against. Historically the district under spends the budget by two to three percent. However, fully funding the budget would provide some of the money required at the beginning of the next school year so that the district does not have to borrow as much money to start school. Money is borrowed every year to fund the first few months of the school year until tax money is collected. “If you were to try to build up your fund balance and therefore reduce the amount of money you have to borrow at the beginning of every year, probably on a break even basis, the $1.60 would be the best rate,” said Abel Campos, CISD Financial Director. “If you want to increase the fund balance, the most dramatic one would be $1.71 and you would increase the fund balance by ($1,562,850) plus whatever you under spend the budget by and probably cut in half the amount of money you need to borrow every September to operate the school district in the fall.” The $1.58 rate will provide an estimated rev- “When I get off this board I will have a lot to say, believe me,” said Potter. Potter served as a board member for eight and a half years and has been actively involved in the district for 20 years. He said he would remain involved in the district as a patron and wished the board continued success. enue of $20,035,568 Maintenance and operations accounts for $ 1.34 of the tax levy and $0.23 is allocated for debt service. The building fund allocation of three cents is not included in these amounts. There will be a tax increase on the average home amounting to $25.09 annually due to an increase in property values of about $2,000. Unlike many surrounding districts CISD homeowners do have a 20 percent homestead exemption. Choir Fest held at Canyon Commons Heratd-Zeitunq photo by JOHN HUSETH The 1993 Comal County High School Choir Fest was held Monday night at the Canyon High School Commons where choirs from Smithson Valley High School, Canyon High School and New Braunfels High School each performed. Pictured, Perry Dean, Director of the Smithson Valley Treble Choir, leads his group through "My Johnny is gone for a soldier." Trashfest nets big haul out of Comal River By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ Officials estimate 10,150 pounds of trash was pulled from the Comal River Saturday during the 18th Annual Comal River Trashfest. Approximately 550 volunteers participated in the event, according to Trashfest Co-Chairman Sara Baugher. Cleanups were conducted both on the banks and in the river. Trashfest is a team competition. Teams are made up of six divers and a two-member ground crew. The area from the power plant to where the river runs into the Guadalupe is divided into sections and teams are assigned a section. The Trashfest is sponsored by the Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs. TGCC is a non-profit organization made up of sports scuba diving clubs in the Houston area. Baugher said volunteers from all across the state participated in the event. She said 2 percent of the volunteers were from the New Braunfels area. Baugher said the diving club decided to conduct the Trashfest because most of them have dived in the river. “It’s a way to give back,” she said. Diving groups attending the event were from Houston, Athens, Odessa, Dallas, San Antonio, Del Rio, etc. Totals from the cleanup are as follows: ■ Bottles, cans and cups — 11,500 pounds ■ Pop tops, bottle caps and lids — 15,600 pounds ■ Shoes and sunglasses — 505 pounds Baugher said some of the most unusual items found during the Trashfest include an old Civil Defense drinking water container, an antique battery oil bottle and an old Coes Cola bottle. Fire Prevention Week features activities for local children By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Most of the activities during National Fire Prevention Week will be centered around children, according to New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Herber. “Fire Prevention Week is historically geared for younger persons,” said Herber. All area schools will be involved in promoting Fire Prevention Week. Activities will include an essay writing contest for third and fourth graders, a fire truck building contest for first and second graders and video contest for fifth and sixth graders. The entries will be picked up on Oct. 8 and will be judged by fire department officials said Herber. Fire department officials will go out to the schools and honor students with certificates of participation and awards. Each class will have a school win ner who will have the opportunity to be chauffeur driven in a fire truck to the fire station. The winners will then have a tour of the station and will join firefighters in a fire house meal. Heiber said between 120 to 150 students are usually present for the meal. This year’s theme for Fire Prevention Week is “Get Out, Stay Out.” Essays entered in the contest for third and fourth graders should be centered around this theme. Although no specific activities arc scheduled for adults and high school students, Herber said he hopes a lot of conversation will occur between both young and older adults about fire safety education. Officials from the fire department are also available year round to speak to civic groups, said Herber. He said fire prevention demonstrations can be provided to organizations or companies. Ethics code sent back for revamping By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels city council members decided Monday night to send the newly-formed ethics code back to the city’s ethics committee for further discussion and revamping. The ethics code would apply to city council members, members of boards and commissions, employees and department heads. Council members found several sections of the code that needed more clarification and discussion. District 4 City Council Member Paul Fraser, a member of the ethics committee, said after further readings he found there were still some things the committee “didn’t really clean up.” “We made some administrative faux pas,” he said. “The whole thing is made up of words and words must be interpreted,” said Council Member Chris Bowers. Bowers said portions of the code leave the door open for more problems down the road. One item of particular interest to council members and citizens at the meeting was a paragraph stating that if a council member had a property within 200 feet of a zoning request, the member must disclose that interest and abstain from voting on the request. Mayor Rudy Seidel said he would he concerned about this because he would not be allowed to protect his own property. New Braunfels resident Dennis Hermes said he is concerned because voters could be disenfranchised if their council member could not vote on an issue. District 2 Council Member Dan Bro mer said the point of the code was to have open government ara! let everybody know what is “going cm behind the scenes.” “I don’t sec where that is going to harm anybody," he said. Also of interest was a paragraph stating that a “council member, officer, department head or employee shall not have a financial interest, direct or indirect, in any contract with the city or financially benefit, directly or indirectly in thse sale to the city of any land, or rights or interest in any land, materials, supplies or service ” Hermes also expressed concern at this item. He said according to code, an owner (rf a business that sells to the city would not be able to volunteer for a board or commission and could not mn for city council. “I want the right to be a full citizen even though I do business with the city,” he said The ethics code was brought before the city council in August Members of the ethics committee met for several months to form the axleFor News, Advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 ;