New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Carol Adams
Vol. 139, No. 206
September 4, 1991
Two Sections, 18 PagesStammtischBeet wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday** today to Emma Morales, George Kcoghan, Emma Morales, Annie Henk, Esperanza Valdez, David Sotelo and Christopher Boyce.
Belated birthday wishes to Kelly Kaynoel Espinoza and Alfredo Rosales Jr.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Bert and Dottie Kent, Jerri and Larry Brumbelow and Un and Kitty Rose.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings. Resltors convention The New Braunfels Board of Realtors has announced its annual mini-convention scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. ll at the New Braunfels Holiday Inn.
The convention will feature a number of speakers including, Wayne Shipley, vice president of the Texas Association of Realtors; Pam Wozniak, public affairs director of San Antonio Board of Realtors and Gary Mahler of the Texas AAM University Research Center.
Fee is $35 for NBBOR member, $40 for TAR members and $45 for non-members. Price includes luncheon. For more information on registration or to set up a booth at the convention relating to the real estate market call Sandra Riggle at 625-6954.Aggie Moms
Comal County Aggie Mom's Club will kick off a new year Monday, Sept. 9 at 7 pan. at Forks Store at Conservation Plaza, 1300 Churchill Drive. All Aggie moms are invited to attend.Garden club
Comal Garden Cub will meet at 9:15 am. Thursday in the home of Jeanne Scrivens, 499 W. Edgewater. The program on “Design Mechanics" will be presented by Claire Johnston of Bandera. She is a master of the Judges Council.Covered dish
Members of the Albeit Kypfer Lodge No. 106, Sons of Hermann, will have a meeting and social beginning at 7 p.m. Friday. Sausage will be furnished, but members are asked to bring a covered dish.Fair volunteers
Volunteer workers for the Comal County Fair will have a picnic a 6:30 pm. Saturday, Sept. 7, in the air conditioned arts and crafts building a the fairgrounds, located on Common Street.Rodeo queen
Contestants interested in running for the title of Comal County Rodeo Queen will meet for the first time 6:30 tonight. For more information call Terry Oene Elliot a 629-7506.
To have an Item listed In Stammtisch. contact Zoning Green or Stephanie Ferguson at 625-9144. Submissions should be of comourn tty Interest but not commercial In nature.Good Day
A strong chance for showers and thunderstorms continues, particularly into the evening. Highs near 90 and lows new 70 are expected to continued with tha chance for rain for the next several days, bi New Braunfels Tuesday, the high was 89 and the overnight low was 67. In the 24-hour period ending a 7 am. today, rainfall was .05 inch a the official National Weather Service collection point. For weather details, please see Page 2A.
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EDUCATION. ENTERTAINMENT HOROSCOPE..... KALEIDOSCOPE OPINIONS PRIME HME RECORDS
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Commissioners Court on Tuesday 'approved a final Comal County redistricting plan for submission to the U.5. Department of Justice.
The map — adopted unanimously by County Judge Carter Casteel and Commissioners Moe Schwab, Pa Hernandez, J.L. “Jumbo” Evans and Nail Craigmile — divides the county into 24 new voting precincts and four commissioner precincts, but the new voting precincts won't go into effect until the March 1992 election, said Mary Hitch, county administrative assistant.
This November's general election remains under the current voting precinct system, and the first November general election under the new voting precincts is scheduled for November 1992, Hitch said.
Officials on Wednesday will mail the plan to the federal government, which should rule later this year whether the Comal County redistricting plan meets federal voting guidelines.
New voting precincts generally won't match the numbers of the current precincts, Hitch said.
Commissioner precincts and the voting precincts and polling places are:
• Commissioner Precinct I — voting 8m DISTRICTS, Page 2A
Following a motor vehicle accident in a parking lot at 205 Interstate 35 E., emergency medical personnel prepare Sally Sotelo of the 1600 block of W. San Antonio for transportation to McKenna Memerial Hospital. She was treated and released. Her 1975 gray Chevrolet pickup truck and a 1974 gray Ford Econoline van driven by David Ortega of the 2700 block of Farm to Market Road 725 collided Monday morning in the Classy Cleaners parking lot. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
NBISD seeks short-term loan
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The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees approved a resolution for a short-term loon of $1J million to cover operating expenses and payroll until tax money can be collected or state funds are received.
This is the first time in 12 years that the district has had to borrow money, said Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance.
“People in the audience want to know what they can do,” said Trustee Dick Robinett. “They can get on the telephone and call Governor Richards, Comptroller Sharp (and other officials) and tell them to send the money to the school districts of Texas. Start calling! Sun writing! Tell them to get the school districts their money now — not Christmas, not December 9. We're having to bor
row money to pay people to teach our children.”
Robinett said that the aute government needs to adjust its priorities and uke care of school district needs.
“I'm trying to sun a movement (of people getting in touch with officials),” he said.
The board also adopted the amended budget for the 1990-91 school year in which the budget was overspent by $2,471,687. However, $2,664,364 went to facilities acquisition and construction that was not budgeted. This means that the budget was actually underspent by $192,677, Curtis said.
Curtis went through the budget explaining overages and shortages in spending including and underspending in the area of teacher payroll.
“When you replace somebody with somebody that has less experience, they get paid less,” he said.
The available fund balance which includes two construction funds, the sinking reserve fund, the maintenance and operational reserve fund showed $276,145 drop, mainly due to $207,000 less in state funding than expected.
“They’re not going to send ys all the money this year either," Curtis said. "They’ve pro-rated for their shortage."
The amended budget passed unanimously with no questions from board members.
“We had a tax increase last year, we had no salary increase and we still dipped $200,000 into reserves,” Trustee Arlon Hermes said. "That is not good."
In other action, the board directed Superintendent Charles Birdberry to look at all options for management and maintenance of buildings md grounds in the district. NBISD’s con
tract with Servicemaster, the company currently providing maintenance service, will automatically expire at the end of December, Bradbeny laid. Servicemaster was paid $84,176.98 more than was initially budgeted last year.
“I just want to lay all the tots out on the table,” Bradbeny said. "We’ll look at if we decide to go in-house, what that’s going to cost us.”
Hiring a supervisor of maintenance for the district, rather than contracting to an outside compmy is one option that will be explored, Bradberry said.
“I will pursue all avenues and bring them to you for you to look at,” he said. “Hopefully (my report) will be sooner than later but it will take some time—probably six weeks.”
“Some key people involved in thinking this through (ae) our principals — they're in chafe of the buildings." Trustee Bob Clake said. Brad-
Schertz approves plans for wastewater facility
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By MARK WARNKEN
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The Schertz Qty Council on Tuesday approved bids on ajoint wastewater treatment project with New Braunfels Utilities.
Schertz, in an effort to bring wastewater service to the northeast part of the city along Inter stale Highway 35, originally seared a permit to build a wastewater treatment plant with a 325,000-gallon-pcr-day capacity and discharge into the dry Comal Creek but abandoned those plans in favor of using New Braunfels Utilities wastewater treatment facilities. City Manager Kerry Sweat! said.
“After negotiating for several years with the city of New Braunfels-New Braunfels Utilities, we felt this represents a much more advantageous arrangement for them and us from an operational and maintenance standpoint,” Sweat! said.
While most of Schertz is served by a regional wastewater treatment plant shared by several cities in the North San Antonio area, the northeastern part of Schertz is in a different watershed that can't economically be served by the regional plant, Swcatt said.
The Schertz Qty Council groved expenses totaling one-quarter, or about $250,000, of the $1.0 million project to extend sewer service from the city's extraterritorial jurisdiction to New Braunfels. Council members voted to concur with the NBU board in awarding the project to M.C.
Ethridge Co. of New Braunfels and will pay annual debt service payments on the Schertz portion to NBU.
Council members then awarded a $119,000 bid to R.L. Jones Company of San Antonio to build sewer lines from the Ethridge project to the actual Schertz city limits. The city will pay the entire cost of this part of the project, Sweat! said.
The council also awarded a $160,000 bid to SA CC Inc. of San Antonio to further extend sewer lines to undeveloped property along the interstate. Property owner Forbes Management will put in escrow the entire cost of this part, but will recoup at least some of its expenses over the next IO years through a capital recovery agreement in which businesses seeking to tap into this part of the sewer line will reimburse Forbes for a share of the installation costs.
Schertz also will pay NBU an annually adjusted central facilities charge based on usage by customers on its end of the line.
In other business, the council:
• Scheduled a Sept. IO public hearing on a proposal to increase the city’s property tax rate from the current 36.89 cents per $100 valuation to a tentatively proposed 40.04 cents for 1991-92, although the final proposed rate likely will he lower.
• Scheduled a Sept. 17 public hearing on the proposed 1991-92 budget, which may be followed by action to adopt the budget.
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Giraffe Laurie Anice tends her offspring, Hilmar.
Birth of new giraffe boosts population at wildlife ranch
The giraffe population at Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch in Comal County swelled by 50 percent last week with the birth of 120-pound five-foot, nine-inch mil Hilmar.
Mother Laurie Anice, 4, after a 15 month pregnancy gave binh Aug. 29 to the newest addition at the ranch, a safari drive-through south of New Braunfels near Natural Bridge Caverns.
The first birth of a giraffe at the ranch lasted about 45 minutes, and there were no complications, ranch spokeswoman Trudy Soechting said. The baby was walking within 45 minutes, she said.
“Most people don’t realize that a giraffe has its baby while standing up and that the baby drops about five feet to the ground. Veterinarians will tell you that’s what brings the first breath into the animal, like a spanking does for humans," Soechting said.
Father Fritz Van Gogh, 9, has been a resident of the ranch since 1983. The mother has been there just more than three years.
Other newly bom native and exotic animals there include zebra, North American elk, ostrich, rheas, wildebeest, warnsi and others.
berry said that he would seek input from the principals.
“My intention is to review snyone who wishes to bid (aid the in-house option),” Bradberry said.
Bndbcgy alto recommended and the board approved a shifting of some job responsibilities.
The coordinator of special programs will oversee chapter one and chapter two funds, state comp, bilingual nHnrjtiiin( gifted talented and other Racial programs. Joe Parra, previously a NBHS English teacher, was chosen for that position.
Tbs coordinator of Racial education to oversee all special education functions and programs will be Charles Morton, previously a Racial education supervisor at NBISD.
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Homemakers School slated
The HeraUFZeitung is pleased to announce that Now Braunfels has been selected for “Today’s Lifestyles" with Homemakers Schools, the 1991 onstage production of Wisconsin-based Homemakers Schools, Inc. These presentations will be conducted in only 300 locations throughout tha 4g contiguous states.
Sept. 30, home economist Lucinda Kshny will bo in New Braunfels to conduct the school. On a recent advance visit, Kahny met with merchants who will serve as local sponsors of Kahny the event.
To be staged at the New Braunfels Civic Center, the show will include food preparation and menu-planning demonstrations. Featured will be both ingredients and kitchen products provided by a variety of national
“Today's Lifestyles" with Homemakers Schools promises to be a popular event for area consumers. Scheduled from 7-9:30 pre., the event is expected to draw about 1,500 Comal County cooks and food fanciers.
While the event is being staged at no charge to participants, tickets will be necessary for admission to the Civic Center's limited seating. Details on obtaining free tickets will be included in Sunday’s Herald-Zeitung