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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas ism:"' WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 26,20C-    '''' 'i,, ,,, JNG^ Heal* ‘■“"""^^ I W W»wiw»i»iwmiiiit win >*■*»*» mw »WW WWWW! WHiywMWiWWWWWWiWWMWWWWMMMMIComal ISD trustees prepare for the future By Jessica Sanders Staff Writer The location of the Comal Independent School District’s next elementary school will be in the hands of trustees Wednesday as they consider the purchase of land near Borgfield Drive. Dr. Marc Walker, CISD super intendent, said two new elementary schools will be needed in the next three years in order to handle the area’s growth. “The fastest growing area in our district is the Highway 281 corridor,” Walker said. “We have sue schools in the district that are already filled to capacity.” A $189 million bond packages will not go before voters until Dec. 13, but Walker said it is important to buy land now before prices and availability make purchasing more difficult. "We should have allowed for future land development in previous bonds,” he said. “If we buy land today and get plans ready, it will speed up the building process later on.” The $189 million bond package is separated into two parts. Proposition I, for $155 million, would allow for improvements and renovations to existing schools, three new elementary schools and one new middle school. Proposition 2, for $34 million, would allow for two new elementary schools. Walker said he plans to purchase land with money from the fund balance account and reimburse the account with bond proceeds. CISD Communications director Kari Hutchison said the See FUTURE Page 3A AT A GLANCE ■ What: Comal ISD board of trustees meeting ■ When: 6 p.m. today ■ Where: Hoffmann Lane Elementary ■ Of note:Trustees will consider the purchase of land for new schools. A WELCOME CHANGE For one night, turning in a crook is easy By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Ever want to call a cop and tell him about something suspicious going on in the neighborhood? Ever want to turn in your local drug dealer without going through the hassle of filling out a police report or risking having to testify in court? Thursday night’s your chance. As part of annual “Red Ribbon Week” events taking place in school districts and police departments across the country, the New Braunfels Police Department, Comal County Sheriff’s Office, Comal County Crime Stoppers, the Department of Public Safety and the Comal County Metropolitan Narcotics Task Force will be manning See CROOK Page 2A JOIN IN ■ The New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers tip line can be reached at 620-TIPS or toll free at 800-640-8422.To turn in a drug dealer and receive a reward, call from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday — or any time. US military death toll in Iraq reaches 2,000 By Robert H. Reid Associated Press Writer BAGHDAD, Iraq—The American military death toll in the Iraq war reached 2,000 Tuesday widi the announcements of three more deaths, including an Army sergeant who died of wounds at a military hospital in Texas and a Marine and a sailor killed last week in fighting west of Baghdad. The 2,000 mark was reached amid growing doubts among the American public about the Iraq conflict, launched in March 2003 to destroy Saddam Hussein’s alleged weapons of mass destruction. None was ever found. In Washington, the U.S. Senate observed a moment of silence in honor of the fallen 2,000. “We owe them a deep debt of gratitude for their courage, for their valor, for their strength, for their commitment to our country,” said Republican Majority Leader Bill Frist. Critics of the war also acknowledged the sacrifice, even as they questioned the policies of those who lead it. See IRAQ Page 3A SPORTS PLAYOFF BOUND The Smithson Valley volleyball team closes the regular season with a win, prepares for playoff run. Page 7A ELECTION LEARN MORE The League of Women Voters releases its guide for the constitutional amendment election. Pages 5,6A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. Vol. 154, No. 289    I 18 pages, 2 sections 500 56825 00001' Sunny High Low 79 55 Details .... 1B DEAR ABBY 5B CLASSIFIEDS 6B COMICS 4B CROSSWORD 46 FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 7A TV GRIDS 5B Garden Ridge looks forward to new city hall, police station Pilot reunites with ‘Birddog airplane — 45 years after Korean conflict Spooky time Comal County gets ready fortrick-or-treaters, ghosts and goblins at Halloween. By Ron Maloney Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Seen from the street, Garden Ridge Chief of Police Victor Matta has everything the police chief of a small city could hope for. He has relatively new patrol cars with aggressive paint jobs that would make all but the most hardened criminal take notice that Matta’s isn’t your grandfather’s small-town police department. His officers have the best equipment and most modem weapons — including mobile data terminals — and video cameras that document their work. But go into Matta’s cramped offices on the end of Garden Ridge City Hall, and you can see that the city has put its public safety money into people — and out on the streets. The GRPD makes do in dark, cramped and cluttered offices that were carved into a converted two-car garage. “We’re completely out of space,” Matta said. That will begin to change soon. A contract has been awarded for a new $3 million city hall and municipal complex for this city located in southern Comal County. The project, which will be built on property adjacent to the Garden Ridge Community Center, is expected to break ground in November and be completed within about a year. It will include a 10,000-square-foot administrative area, police station and municipal courtroom. The city library, which now has about 1,500 square feet of space on the end of city hall, will be co-located adjacent to the new facility in about 3,150 Photo submitted Troy Cobb, Stuart McLennan, Rob Robinson and Jim Mufvihill stand in front of a 1-19 "Birddog." By Leigh Jones Staff Writer Stuart McLennan had no idea when he posed for an Army photographer in 1960 during his Korean conflict tour that he would have to wait 45 years to get a copy. The photograph, showing McLennan touching down in his L-19 “Birddog,” was meant to show off the new Munsan-ni Army Airfield just south of the Demilitarized Zone, but it did a better job demonstrating just how small the world really is. McLennan’s son discovered the photo in an Army scrapbook and sent it to his father to add to his collection of military history. The pilot is hard to see behind the airplane’s windshield, but the identifying tail number —12386 — is easy to read. Curious to know what had become See AIRPLANE Page 3A Garden Ridge Police Chief Victor Matta works in the two-car garage turned police department offices at the current municipal complex. Below, Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman looks ov the plans for the new municipal complex for the city in his office. square feet of space. The city’s public works department will be built on the nearby site of the EM 3009 water tower. “The situation in the police department is at least half of the reason we wanted to do this,” said Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman. “The police station is terrible. There’s no room in there whatsoever.” The rest of the reason is Garden Ridge is just plain running out of room in the municipal complex it built out of a home purchased by former Mayor Waiter Yohey in 1988. “We could make do in administration, but we need space very, very badly,” Feibelman said. Feibelman’s office also is a meeting room and sometimes is used for employee breaks. “Yesterday, I came in to go to work and they were having a meeting on water easements,” Feibelman said. “I couldn’t even get into my office. And one thing that’s always bugged me in city council is when we go into executive session, See CITY Page 10A ;