New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS NEW STAR
The San Antonio Spurs sign another proven veteran, former all-star Michal Finley. Page 5A
FORUM SPEAK OUT
Readers have their say about the Comal ISD board and whether roads can handle growth. Page 4B
Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852.
Vol. 154, No. 243 12 pages, 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 3B CLASSIFIEDS 4B COMICS 2B CROSSWORD 2B FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS BA TV GRIDS 3B
KMM4B board approves $80,000 for soccer fields
By Leigh Jones
The New Braunfels Industrial Development Corporation (4B) board approved spending $80,000 Wednesday for lights, restrooms and
concession facilities at the Weston Sports Complex.
The funds will be coupled with an $80,000 Kronkosky grant to complete the improvements at the 100-acre site on Doeppenschmidt Road just off Interstate 35.
Several board members, including john Malik, who could not attend Wednesday’s meeting, and Kirk Kistner, who voted against the expenditure, expressed concern about providing money to a facility used mostly by a small number of
competitive soccer teams.
“It defeats the purpose of why we develop these facilities if they are not available to all local kids,’’ Kistner said. “We could provide more opportunities for our kids if we put the money into a city-
Parks and Recreation Department Director Stacey Laird showed board members the master plan for the city’s H-E-B Soccer Complex, which
See SOCCER, Page 2A
Rapid growth forces Memorial Primary to add temp buildings
By Leigh Jones
Memorial Primary School Principal Dan Bolen has a big challenge before him—memorize every student’s name before the end of October.
I tis task is not new, he does it every year, but this year he has I OO more names to work on.
On the first day of school, Bolen welcomed 34 more students to school than he expected. By Riesday, the sixth day of class, he had 55 more students than expected and nowhere to put them.
District officials had two options — bus students to another campus or bring in temporary classrooms.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves opted for portable buildings, an unsightly feature on campus but the only way to keep students at their neighborhood school.
“We didnt know until the students showed up that first day how many we would have. It turns out tile growth happened a little more quickly than we expected,” he said. “In the past, we have sent students to other campuses, hut last spring we made a commitment to keep them in their regular feeder patterns.”
lite two-classroom portable building will hold one kindergarten class and one prekindergarten class.
It will be the first temporary housing for regular classes at Memorial Primary, wtiich was built in 1985, but it probably will not be the last.
The Memorial schools serve the areas in the city of New Braunfels experiencing the most rapid growth, and most of the new houses going up are “starter” homes targeted to families with young children.
See GROWTH, Page 2A
A LONG WAY FROM HOME
The winners are?
Canyon, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley look for victories on the gridiron.
New Orleans family finds safe haven in New Braunfels
By Leigh Jones
Brothers Arthur and Eddie Williams had no idea how long they would be gone when they loaded up their families and joined the mass exodus from New Orleans Sunday morning.
Their only concern was getting out of Hurricane Katrina’s way.
Once the storm passed by, they thought they would return home to clean up the mess and resume their daily lives. But the brothers quickly realized the return journey down Interstate IO would not begin any time soon.
The family caravan, 50 people strong, drove west, passing through Houston and Austin before finding refuge in New Braunfels Wednesday afternoon at Slumber Falls Camp and Retreat Center.
“It s so peaceful here," Arthur told camp administrator Charles Stark after getting a quick tour of the family’s new home. “We are just blessed you could make this happen for us."
Thanks to the generosity of the South Central Conference of the United Church of Christ, which owns the encampment, the Williamses will have a temporary home in New Braunfels free of charge through the end of September.
By then, Eddie said he hoped they would be able to return to their homes in the “Big Easy,” if they were still there.
“We have no idea what we will find when we get there," he said. “All we know is there will be a major cleanup effort."
While Eddie and Arthur finished touring the camp with Stark, the
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
Most New Orleans refugees, including the Williams family, did not bring much with them when the fled their homes.The following items will help make their stay in New Braunfels more comfortable:
■ Toiletry supplies.
■ Sheets and bedding.
■ Cash donations.
■ Satellite television to keep up with relief and recovery efforts back home.
lf you can help with any of these items, call Slumber Falls Camp at (830) 625-2212 or send an e mail to [email protected]
group’s youngsters congregated on the camp’s basketball court.
“We have to remind the kids this is serious," Eddie said, shaking his
See HAVEN, Page 2A
Canyon Lake Water takes its case to the people
By David Rupkalvis
CANYON LAKE — Most of the residents who attended an informational meeting about the proposed sale of the Canyon Dike Water Supply Corporation had one question — how will it impact my rates?’
After listening to presentations by both C1WSC and San lase Water, during which SJW President Richard Roth explained that rates will be frozen for two years even though his company will absorb $20 million in debt, Mary Boden seemed perplexed.
“How in the world did we get $20 million in debt?” Bowden asked. “These people are going to buy us even though we’re $20 million in
■ A third informational meeting is scheduled at 7 p.m. today at Mountain Valley School in Sattler.
debt. I low much are they going to raise our rates to make up for that?” Roth tried to reassure tile residents with his two-year promise, but stopped short of saying rates would not rise after that. Roth did explain that cill rate increases must first be approv ed by the state.
Ray Marsh was still not convinced. “Why in the world are you interested in buying this,” he said. “It has to bf' big bucks, and guess who pays the big bucks eventually—us.”
Ruth did Iris best to ease the fears, saying, “There is no such thing as a
fret* lunch, and we understand that. Our track record shows that we can provide excellent quality water for reasonable rates.”
San lase Water Is working to finalize a deal to buy the company after a preliminary agreement was reached last month.
CLWSC spokesman Robert Case said a deal could be finalized within a few days.
At that point, the issue must be approved by the board of directors from each company. The CLWSC users would then have die final say as two-thirds must approves die sale.
lf the sale gtx's through, San Jose Water would absorb the debt and pay each user the equivalent of one vein s worth of water bills.www.beheardblog.com
AIR QUAI ITVHealth Alert
TheTexas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments has declared today an Air Quality Health Alert Day.
■ Reduce unnecessary vehicle driving.
■ Carpool if possible or combine all errands into one trip.
■ Avoid use of “drive through" lanes or services.
■ Don't refuel during daylight.
■ Avoid use of gas-powered yard equipment
ON TNK WEB:
Pollution levels are posted online at: ww.tnrcc.state.tx.us/
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Eddie Williams, left, searches a newspaper photo looking for a glimpse of his hurricane-ravaged neighborhood In New Orleans while talking with fellow Katrina refugees Kendrick Conerly and Arthur Williams Wednesday in the bunkhouse they will share with others at Slumber Falls Camp. Below, it didn't take Andrea Ruffin and the younger refugees long to discover the volleyball and basketball courts as well as the Guadalupe River in their back yard at Slumber Falls.
Ray Marsh asks questions of the San Jose Water Company Wednesday during a public meeting at Rebecca Creek Elementary School.