New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYCanyon Lake Action Center reaches out during the holidays. Page 2.
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Vol. 143, No. 248
StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituftg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Ze it ling extends birthday wishes tojulia Soefje, Felicia Lombardo (four years), Dorothy Rhein-lander, Laura Martinez (seven years), Ruben Leal Jr. (12 years). Happy anniversary wishes go out to Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Schneider Sr., and Earl and Marie Heaton (56 years).
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-sec., down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer — 624.69 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 120 c.f.s.Spaghetti dinner
Project Kiss will hold a spaghetti dinner at Eagles Hall at Canyon Lake Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. to raise money for a community youth recreation center. Skits and a silent auction will be held as well. Dinner is $4.Eden Home Country Store
The Eden Home Country Store will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Oct. 27 at the Eden Home Friendship Room. Proceeds benefit the resident council project, a gardening deck off the coffee break room. Your donations of baked goods and garage sale items are needed. Call 625-6291, ext. 274.Jaycees host haunted house
The Jaycees will have a haunted house and carnival Oct. 28 and 29 from 11 a m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Factory Stores to benefit Toys for Tots.Cancer support group to meet
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut.
Anyone with cancer, and their significant other is invited to attend. Call 629-1763.Conservation Society to meet
The New Braunfels Conservation Society’s October meeting will be held Thursday, Oct 26 at 7:30 p.m. in the Forke Store. This will be the last meeting of this Sesquicentenma Year and the group will hold an “Old New Braunfels Night Show and Tell." Bring any antique or collectable item and tell about its history. New mem hers welcome. For information, call 629-2943.Correction
A photo caption on Page 1 of yesterday's Herald-Zeitung misidentified the man pinnec under his truck in an accident on Loop 337. The man was Jason Falkenberg
The winning numbers
Close, but no cigar
Recount narrows margin, but CISD $17.95 million bond package still passes by eight votes
By DENISE DZIUK and MELANIE GERIK
The $18 million Comal Independent School District bond issue passed by eight votes instead of 11, according to a recount Wednesday.
The Oct. 14 bond election passed by ll votes, 1,066 to 1,077. Last Thursday Peter Garcia of Fischer filed a petition signed by more than 75 district patrons requesting a recount of the bond election results.
After the recount, the final vote was 1,075 to 1,067.
The $17.95 million bond issue will
fund a new middle school on the west side of the district and renovations and expansions at existing campuses.
Garcia said the petition was filed because of the possibility of human error.
He added asking for the recount was part of a message to the district to let it know “we’re still watching and we’re still concerned.’’
“It was just too close for comfort,” Garcia said. “Maybe it will slow them down.”
Abel Campos, director of business operations for the district, said a committee of three patrons from across the district counted the votes from 9 a.m. to
11:30 a.m. Also present in the room were a chairman, two observers for the petitioners, Superintendent Jerry Major and Campos, acting for Board President Jim Middleton as the agent of records.
Campos said two petitioners were asked to be counters, but could not make the recount Wednesday.
“We were trying to be as fair as possible,” Campos said. “I think everybody left fairly satisfied with how the recount was held.”
Campos said that any change in the numbers, even if the result does not change, requires the district to recan-vass and recertify the results. The board
will certify the recount at its regular meeting Thursday night.
Campos said the district will move forward to the next phase of the bond issue.
“Our plans are to proceed immediately with the sale of the bonds and start the projects,” he said.
Roy Linnartz, director of maintenance and operations for the district, said his office is sorting through architects and engineers, and will make recommendations to the building committee, composed of three board members, at its meeting Thursday night.
“Once the committee gives us the go-ahead on the consultants, then those
consultants will start to work to give us those timelines,” Linnartz said.
He added the architect and district representatives probably will meet at the end of next month to discuss the design of the new school.
The architect may be able to present the board a preliminary design in December, and finalize a plan four to six months later.
Construction should be complete on the school by mid-1997, but Linnartz said the district will push for an earlier deadline.
“We’re going to try to shorten it as much as possible, because we need it as soon as possible." he said.
Herald-Zeitung photo bv MICHAEL DARNALL
Mr. and Mrs. Jack Krueger and the New Braunfels Fire Department are teaming up to hold a big two-night Halloween party on the 400 block of West san Antonio Street
Safe Halloween coming to San Antonio Street
By DENISE DZIUK
Kids and adults alike can test their courage this Halloween, at a haunted house being held to provide a safe entertainment alternative for kids this year. Organizers say ifs a way for kids to have fun without being on the streets.
The New Braunfels Fire Department and Mr. and Mrs. Jack Krueger are holding a “Safe Halloween” Haunted Haus this year. Children will have a chance to walk through a spooky haunted house, and will receive a little bag of “goodies” to take home with them.
Stacie Zercher, an organizer for the event, said there was a similar event about three years ago. However, there was no place to hold it the past couple of years, so there wasn’t one. She said she and her husband Don, who are both members of the fire department, wanted to provide safe entertainment for children. So, when a building was otTered to them for use, they accepted it, she said.
“We organized it because we were trying to do something to keep the kids off the street and make it safer for them,” said Zercher. “Plus, we have fun with it.”
Zercher said the haunted house will be open from 6:30 to IO p.m. on October 30 and 31. There will also be little bags of “goodies” handed out to the children on both nights. Zercher said
■We organized it because we were trying to do something to keep the kids off the street and make it safer for them. Plus, we have fun with it.’
— Stacie Zercher
there is no charge for the event. However, she said a donation jar will be set out, and any donations collected will go to United Way.
Zercher said the last time the haunted house was held, kids were lined up and down the street. This year, they have bags for about 1,000 kids, which is approximately how many came in the past. However, she said there is no way to know how many will attend, and she hopes the turnout is good.
“You just never know. But, previous ones have been successful, and we're hoping a lot of kids will come join us for the fun,” she said.
She said the members of the fire department and their families are doing most of the work. However, various other businesses and associations have volunteered time and gift items for the event.
The Haunted Haus will be held on the 400 block of West San Antonio on October 30 and 31. Everyone is invited to attend.
This map shows the five bus routes being planned for the city. The route that goes to Gruene is planned to only run on weekends. Buses are expected to pick up passengers at each stop once an hour, except for the Gruene route, where buses would stop every two hours.
Public transit system slated to start Jan. 15
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The word is “go” for New Braunfels to get a public transit system — for a year’s trial, at least. “This is an offer I don’t believe you can refuse,” said Rob Eversberg of the Transportation Committee, as he pitched the system to the city council Monday night.
Two buses will cover four routes — one bus will “butterfly” from one route to its other, said Main Street Director Karen “K.C.” Crandall.
During the week every bus stop will be covered once an hour, Crandall said. A fifth “tourist” route will be added on weekends — and each stop will be covered once every two hours, she said.
“We’re targeting mid-January for a start date — probably the 15th, which is a Monday,” she said.
Fares for the buses have yet to be determined, said Luis Ramirez of the Community Council. The fare will probably end up between 25 cents and a dollar, with transfers available, he said.
The Community Council will absorb about $250,000 of the transit trial’s cost. The cost to New Braunfels — an
unbelievable $10,000 for the year for signs and advertising routes.
How did New Braunfels come by such a deal? The Community Council, part of the Alamo Area Council of Governments (AACOG), now operates a point-to-point, by-request transit system for senior citizens in the area.
“We make 500 trips per month, partly subsidized and partly funded with fees,” said Luis Ramirez of the Community Council.
“The federal government is trying to mainstream these programs,” Crandall said. “If an agency like the Community Council can show that they can touch more of the community, that will make them look good with the federal government and their federal funding is more likely to continue.”
It’s hard to put a true dollar value on what the city is getting, Crandall said, because of the volunteer hours invested. “Over $50,(XX) in marketing money has been donated so far,” she said. “This committee is the most fabulous committee I’ve ever worked with.” This public transit project came about because of overwhelming need, not just because some folks in the city building thought it was a good idea, said Marian Benson, TransportationWe’ll continuously monitor to find out if the community wants and needs this.’
— Rob Eversberg
Committee chair. “The reason this has come before you is that a need arose about five years ago,” she said.
“I have gotten numerous requests, mostly from seniors,” said Councilwoman Jan Kennady.
The Transportation Committee surveyed 300 people about public transit during the fair parade, Crandall said. “Young people that worked said they wanted it.”
After a year passes, the city can decide if there was enough demand for public transportation to continue operating a system beyond the trial “We’U continuously monitor to find out if the community wants and needs this,” Eversberg said. Funding for a continuing public transit system could come from a Texas Department of Transportation expansion grant. The city council gave Crandall the go-ahead to apply for the grant at its Monday night meetingFor subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.