New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 205 14 pages in I section September 2, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Public workshop helps Bulverde establish goals
By Erin MAGRUDER
BULVERDE — Members of Bulverde City Council and concerned community members convened Tuesday to discuss the future of their community.
The open city council and general public workshop meeting was the first of its kind in Bulverde. Council narrowed its focus to identify key issues to develop a five-year plan for the city.
With the goal of maintaining a high quality rural lifestyle for residents, council agreed upon six major areas:
• community lifestyle;
• scope of service of the city government;
• tax rate in relation to scope of services; and
• city infrastructure needs.
Both the ongoing water shortage in
the area and improving the condition of the roads were listed as the top priority items by Mayor Bob Barton.
“The water availability problem has touched all of the residents out here,” Barton said. “There are some real indications that we might be reaching our limit with this aquifer. When w'e have a drought, the aquifer can go down to 50 percent or even lower to where people can’t even get water.”
Water for the Bulverde area is sup
plied by the Trinity Aquifer.
In July, residents of Bulverde Hills ran out of w ater, and the Bexar Metropolitan Water District had to haul in water for about three days.
One problem is that Bulverde is a hybrid community, composed of some residents who use private wells and other residents who use the water system, Barton said.
Campos, Weaver won’t seek re-election
Incumbent NBISD trustees will vacate seats on board
By Heather Todd
New Braunfels Independent School District patrons will elect two new faces to the board when they cast ballots for the Nov. 2 trustee election.
Dr. Carlos Campos, the current District 3 representative, and District 5 representative Steve Weaver said Wednesday they would not seek re-election for their seats on the board.
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The filing deadline for the Nov. 2 election is Sept. 20. i w New Braunfels resident Lee
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the ring Aug. 20, is now' running unopposed for the District 3 seat. No one has filed in District 5.
Campos, a local family practitioner, said he had multiple reasons for not seeking another three-year term.
“There are all positive reasons. ■ There have been professional jf jgp \ responsibilities and service oppor-* tunities afforded to me that I am really excited about,” he said.
Ik 'WST'# Weaver said increased job responsibilities as chief financial J officer for the Minor Corporation in San Antonio prevented him from serving another term. “I changed jobs two years ago, and the bottom line is the company is doubling in size and expanding into Phoenix and Mexico. I can’t commit to another three-year term. I just don’t have that luxury,” he said.
Both Weaver and Campos have served one term and were elected in August 1996.
Weaver said he appreciated the chance to serve Iris constituents in District 5.
“It has been a fulfilling experience, and I have enjoyed working w ith all of the board members,” he said.
Campos said, “I think the board has worked really well together in the last year and a half, and I think we have good people and good things are happening in the district.”
But Campos said he did not rule out the possibility of running for a trustee seat in the future.
To be eligible as a trustee candidate, NBISD patrons must be U.S. citizens, be 18 years of age or older on the first day of the term, have resided continuously in the state for 12 months and in the districts up for election for six months. All write-in candidates must declare by 5 p.m. on Sept. 27.
Edw’ards, the father of a Seele Elementary student and a New Braunfels High School graduate, owns D. Lee Edwards Realty. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday.
District 3 includes the central downtown area inside Loop 337, including Landa Park.
District 5 extends west of Texas 46, including the Hunter’s Creek subdivisions and the area around Hueco Spring Loop Road.
Area Corvette enthusiasts cruise through New Braunfels Wednesday morning en route to a convention this weekend in Bowling Green, Ky. Leading the caravan from San Antonio to Dallas was Darren Sulfridge, a 1992 New Braunfels High School graduate.
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Area leaders discuss commuting options along 1-35 corridor
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
SAN ANTONIO — Now more than ever, residents of New Braunfels and the surrounding area need to find alternatives to single-vehicle commuting, state and city officials said Wednesday.
“We’re on the threshold of being designated non-attainment cities or bad air cities,” State Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, said.
He spoke via televideo from Austin to a
PERI STONE-PALMQUIST/HeraW-ZertungState Sen. Jeff Wentworth, R-San Antonio, speaks to area leaders via televideo on Wednesday morning.
group of area leaders, including New Braunfels mayor Stoney Williams.
The groups gathered to discuss commuter solutions for Discover CommuterSee COMMUTING/3
Student safety an along County Line
School, city, and law enforcement officials offer these tips to parents to deal with traffic hazards near Memorial schools:
• Have your child ride the bus to avoid walking across busy roadways. The district offers bus transportation in subdivisions off County Line Road.
• lf children walk to school, a parent or guardian should escort them.
• Drivers should use extreme caution when around school zones and watch for children walking to and from school.
• Motorists should observe all traffic laws, including reduced speed limit in school zones.
Memorial parents worried about children walking across busy street
By Heather Todd
Every afternoon, Memorial school students — some with their parents and some unaccompanied — walk or ride their bikes across County Line Road to get to one of many new subdivisions on the edge of the city.
Some parents said they were worried about the safety of children walking to and from school with increased growth and traffic along the busy four-lane road.
Three New Braunfels Independent School District campuses — Memorial Primary, Memorial Elementary, and Memorial Intermediate — sit south of Interstate 35 at Walnut Avenue and County Line Road.
Several subdivisions, including Cornerstone, Town View Estates, New Braunfels Ranch Estates — and many more on the way — sit on the south side of County Line Road in Guadalupe County.
Lisa Schossow, the mother of Memorial primary and intermediate students, said about 30 kids lived on the Guadalupe side of County Line Road and crossed it to get to school.
“I’m here to help my kids across, but some of these kids are latch-key kids and they don’t have anyone to help them across,” she said.
Many students cross in front of New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Station No. 5, at the entrance of Town View Estates.
“It’s scary because this is a blind hill and some of these cars come pretty fast,” Schossow said.
She also said the problem would get worse as more families moved into the area.
At least 22 new subdivisions or expansions on existing subdivisions
Top, Memorial Intermediate students cross County Line Road after school on Wednesday. Above, Memorial Primary first-grader Caleb Schossow walks home with his mother, Usa, as cars approach to the left.
are planned for the County Line Road area, including areas on the Guadalupe County side.
This year, NBISD began offering school bus transportation in many of these subdivisions to address the safety issue.
Debbie Garinger, principal of Memorial Intermediate, said the district began picking up students in the
subdivisions after declaring County Line Road a hazardous area.
“There shouldn’t be a reason for the kids to walk across County Line Road because we have buses that can pick them up,” she said. “If the kids are going to cross County Line Road, the parents either need to escort