New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No. 238
Birthday wishes from he Herakl-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Enrique Urbina, Shannon Schmidt (15 years), Aaron* Anthony Ledesma (seven years), and Jina Hill. Happy anniversaries to John and Maureen Jaas (20 years, and Brett and ammi Smith (nine years).
River end aquifer information
Comal River -266 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.86 feet above sea level, down .01. Guadalupe River — 104 c.f.s.
New Orleans Night in Gruene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene, Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty rice with sausage, blackened chicken, complimentary beer and wine and more. The event will benefit the ACS, and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets by calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.
Antiqua Show and sale
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S. Seguin St. Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale. The show and sale will be open three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 13-15. Hours will be from 11 a rn. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is still only $2.50, which is good for all three days For more information, call 625-0612 or 620-4934
Lake Dunlap VFD avant Saturday
Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department will hold its annual barbecue-auction-raffle at the River Bend Clubhouse, starting at 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 14. Adult plate* $4.50, child s plate - $3.50. Anyone with items to donate for auction or raffle, call Tammy at 609-1204 or Betty at 629-0115.
Tasta aff tha Town
Taste of the Town 1995 will be held, Thursday, Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Krueger Chevrolet Building, San Antonio and Academy streets. Tickets at the door are $15. The event benefits the Children's Museum in New Braunfels.
Gorman youth choir hero Friday
A 35-piece youth choir from Germany will sing famous songs Friday, Oct. 13 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Bavarian Village, 212 W Austin Street. Fee, $3. The German-American Society is proud to sponsor the choir, which has performed through-; out Germany, England and ; France
; For information, call Helgard ; Suhr at 625-6330
Stolen goods finding their way home
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Property stolen from area construction sites is finding its way back to some of the owners. “We’ve returned items to four separate owners already,” said Comal County Sheriffs Lieutenant Sumner Bowen.
Cooperation from the public is helping to match the stolen goods with rightful owners, Bowen said.
Tracking down owners of stolen goods can be a painstaking and time-consuming process, Bowen said. “It’s very meticulous and detailed — it’s a paper trail,” he said..
People who had items stolen from construction sites should call the Sheriff’s office at 620-3400 and tell deputies what items they had missing from which site, Bowen said.
“If we can get people involved, we can clear a lot more cases,” he said.
Sheriffs deputies arrested two men they say are key members of a construction site theft ring last Friday. Arrested were Frankie Hinojosa, 31, of New Braunfels, and Robert Koeppe, 21, who recently moved to New Braunfels from California.
Both were arrested on charges of possession of S1,500 to $20,000 worth of stolen property, a state jail felony, koeppe was also charged with burglary of a building.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A cement truck, driven by Wilson Reyes Abrego, struck, and stopped directly on top of, a trailer full of corregated tin yesterday. Police reports state that at about 11:30 a.m., Jimmie Prueser was leaving McCoy's Building Supplies on Loop 337, when the trailer he was pulling came loose and rolled in front of the cement truck, owned by Ingram ReadyMix. Abrego was brought to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
City council appoints board to oversee spending of sales tax money
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Checks from the new half-cent sales tax will be heading into New Braunfels city coffers starting next January. Who will be largely responsible for deciding how that money gets spent was decided at Monday night’s city council meeting.
One-eighth of the sales tax, an estimated $425,000 per year, is slated for economic development, said City Manager Mike Shands. The Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors will look at how to spend this money.
“The five-member board will be recommending various actions to council to enhance economic activity in the city,” Shands said.
The Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation Board of Directors will have two chunks of money to consider — one-eighth for streets and drainage and one-eighth for capital improvements.
Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors and Work Phone Numbers
Ted Alexander — 606-0158 Jonathan H. Hull — 625-8026 Toya Ohlnch-Lindsey — 625-9101 David P. Sansing — (512) 396-4244 Rudy Setdel — 625-8151
Infrastructure/Improvement Corporation Board of Directors and Work Phone Numbers
R. Bruce Boyer — 625-6511
James L. “Jim" Callahan — 498-5014
William F. Havard — (210) 824-9421
Jayne E Jochec — 625-6916
Bert G. Lindsey III — 625-2110
Mike Lindt —(210) 351-2657
Dr. Stinson E. Worley — (512) 245-2157
“Streets and drainage could be anything from paving to whole new streets — maintaining drainage areas to helping build regional detention facilities,” Shands said.
Citizen input will be a key part of the streets and drainage decision-making process, Shands said. “People who have roads that are in bad repair might come in and tell the board,” he said.
The improvement part of the tax revenues can be used for an array of capital purchases from library or police facilities to ambu
lances or fire trucks and more. “Input on the capital acquisition side could come from people on the city staff,” Shands said.
Once the two boards get requests, they will study the merits of each, then recommend to city council how best to spend the money. The city council can then approve the expenditures in one vote.
“I think the council wants citizen input,” Shands said. “The board members are going to want citizen input and then the best decision will be made.”
African Extravaganza Style Show and Dance tickets on sale now
The Black Heritage Society now has tickets on sale for its African Extravaganza Style Show and Dance to be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 28 at the American Legion Hall.
You may purchase your tickets from BaySeas Seafood Restaurant, the Chamber of Commerce office, or any member of the Black Heritage Society. Tickets are $5 for the style show and dance.
Door prizes will be given away. For more information, contact Nathan Millett at 625-4150.
Fate of EAA being decided at Hondo hearing this week
By DENISE DZIUK
The board created by the Texas Legislature to regulate the Edw ards Aquifer is back in court waiting for a judge to decided whether or not its power is legitimate.
I he Edwards Aquifer Authority (EAA) was to assume the responsibilities of the Edwards Underground Water District on August 28. The EAA would have the authority to implement an aquifer management plan, which includes licensing wells, brokering water, and limiting pumping. However, the Medina County Underground
Water Conservation Distnct is challenging the law creating the authonty, saying it is unconstitutional. A temporary injunction has been issued against the board until the legal issue is resolved.
An earlier hearing allowed the members of the board to be sworn in. However, it restricted the board from conducting business other than hiring legal counsel, and set an October hearing date.
The heanng began at 8:30 a m. W ednes-day morning at the Hondo Courthouse, and is expected to last several days. The judge said he wants to have things wrapped up by noon on Fnday.
Garden Ridge ready to put new well into service
By DAVID DE KUNDER
A new water well for the city of Garden Ridge will be in operation once the city conducts three water sample tests for the Texas Natural Resource Conservanon Commission (TNRCC), Mayor Jay P. Minikin said on Tuesday.
“We have been cleaning up the system and purging sand out of the well shaft,” Minikin said. “The TNRCC requires that we take three clean water samples in three consecutive days.”
The new water well, Well#2, was completed in early September when Peerless Pump Company of San Antonio placed the pump 340 feet into the well. Drilling for the well began in December 1994. Minikin said the new well will provide for an adequate backup to Well# I, which is located IOO feet from Well#2. Both city wells are located on a one-acre plot on FM 2252 west two miles from the intersection of FM 3009 and FM 2252. Well #1 was built in 1987.
The pump will pump 1,200 gallons of w atcr per minute. Minikin said the two wells are similar because if they ever need to work on either of the wells, the city can have a backup well.
The costs for the pump, the seal coated pipes and the new well are $160,000. At the well site, the city has a I OO,000-gallon ground storage tank. Minikin hopes the city can add a bigger ground storage tank in the spring.
“By early spring, we hope to add a 200,000-gallon ground storage tank at the site,” Minikin said. “We have it budgeted for fiscal year 1995-%.”
The proposed tank would cost $ 150,000, Minikin said.
“Both of our pumps will be pumping 1,200 gallons of water per minute into the ground storage tanks,” Minikin said. “However, our high surface pumping station can only pump 850 gallons per minute into the city lines, in the future, we will need to upgrade our pumping station so that we will be able to improve the flow of water into the city.”
Minikin said improvements to the high surface pumping station will have to wait at least for two years.
Special education program to get a boost at CISD
By MELANIE GERIK
Comal Independent School District administrators are searching for candidates to fill nine new special education positions.
Richard Moore, director of special education for the district, said three teaching and six assistant positions have been created, and the teachers and aides will be hired “as soon as we can find them.”
The CISD board of trustees approved the $156,000 addition to the budget to
lund the teacher and the stall salaries at the regular meeting on Sept. 27.
Moore said an entry-level teacher holding a bachelor’s degree is $21,(KH) per year and a bachelor-degree holder with five years of experience receives $25,032 per year. Teachers with master’s degrees make $500 more per year Assistant salaries start at around $8,(XX), Moore added.
Moore said the continued growth of the district as a whole increases the number of students enrolled in special education programs.
Thirteen to 14 percent of the dis
trict’s total population is enrolled in special education programs, Moore said.
“In order to maintain the quality of education you have to increase the staff,” Moore said. “lf you look (just) at the numbers, you won’t have quality education.”
The assignment of the teachers and assistants to the different schools depends on the individual needs of the students, not the numbers of students enrolled at each school, Moore said.
“It’s not looking at a 22-to-1 count,” he said. "You have to look at the needs
of the children.”
Debbie Swanson, principal at Bulverde Elementary School, said the addition of her school’s two approved assistants at her school, one of w horn started Thursday, will improve education for students who require special attention.
“With additional aides, we can provide more individual attention to students with special needs," she said.
Tripp Presley, principal at Bill Brown Elementary, said his school, with 130 to 140 students over capacity, is in desperate need of the additional
teacher and assistant.
He said the $14,000 portable building, also approv ed by trustees on Sept 27, is “ready to go,” but it might be December, when many of his teachers will receive special education certification, before a permanent teacher is found.
Comal and Frazier Elementary Schools also will receive one teacher each, while Mountain Valley Elementary, Smithson Valley High School and Goodwin Primary will receive one assistant each.Clever people getting rich off welfare, and you get to pay. See Page 4.