New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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24 pages in three sections ■ Friday, September 5,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Nathan and Barton# Klabund#
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marria Keeling, Claudia Perry, Rebecca Augustin (Saturday), Meghan Lee Noble (3 years), Ora Ramsey (Saturday), Melvin Fetters, Betty Jean Evans (Saturday), Joshua Tuggle (15 years) and Daniel Rojo Jr.
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Nathan and Earlene Klabunde and Don and Jeannine Hermit) years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Rotan Count Cedar Elm—trace
Molds —6,199 Grass —trace
Ragweed — 52 Pigweed — trace
Botan measured in parts per atte meter of air. IntoRTtaon provided by Dr. Frank Hampel) River Information Comal River — 304 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 625.40 feet above sea level, up .04 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge — 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 900.56 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
NOU reports pumping 6.867 mtton gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 90,750 galons of wed water were used
— Fair skies.
Lows in the upper 60s. Light east winds.
Saturday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 90s Southeast winds 5-10 mph.
Sunday through Tis—-day — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 90s. Lows in the 60s to near 70.
Don’t forgot obout Grandparents Day
They shower you with gifts, love and affection all year long, and this weekend is your chance to show them it doesn’t go unnoticed. Sunday is Grandparents Day so take time out to call or visit.
Roads will ba closed for triathlon
Road closures and alternate routes during the cycling and running portions of the 1997 Texas Hill Country Triathlon at Comal Park.
• Drivers should expect possible delays from 8:30 to 10:10 a m. from Old Sattler Road to Farm-to-Market 2673 east
• Traffic might be delayed at FM 2673 and FM 3159
• Drivers will not be able to turn west northbound from FM 3159 onto FM 2673 during the time the bicyclists are coming back to Comal Park.
• No left turns will be allowed south from westbound FM 2673 onto FM 3159
• No right turns south from FM 2673 onto FM 3159.
• Intersection and road closed at the intersection of Dietert Lane, Campbell Drive and Old Sattler Road between 8:15 a m. and 1:30 p.m.
• Possible delays at the intersection of Gallagher Drive and Canyon Bend.
• Motorists can go from Watts Lane north to Gallagher Drive, west to Canyon Bend, then turn south on Canyon Bend and then onto FM 2673 and hit the spur across from Dairy Queen.
Organizers set $370,000 goal
By ABE LEVY
Local residents and business owners: Prepare for this year’s wave of United Way representatives asking for donations to reach the year’s $370,000 goal.
More than IOO people showed up Thursday evening to kick off die 1997 fund-raising drive for die United Way of Comal County at Tree Tops Restaurant.
The effort is an annual campaign to collect money from individuals and businesses that goes to 30 charitable organizations.
The mood was optimistic that this year’s goal would be reached.
Th* Uggast thing is that ws’rs out there supporting agencies that help
— James Dunks campaign chairman
“We’ve got a really good group of volunteers that will be hitting the streets,*’ said campaign chairman James Dunks. “The biggest thing is that we’re out there supporting agencies that help the community .”
Dunks said die secret for the area's success in generating money for the United Way was direct contact with people who believe in helping the less fortunate.
Sam Zook, secretary of the Board
of Directors for the Bulverde Community Organization, said the United Way helped his agency get started more than two years ago.
“It was a big driving force for us to be able to get off the ground,” he said. “We've been able to grow the last two years.”
Zook's group is a cooperative effort of four churches. It received S10,500 of the $335,000 the United Way raised during last year’s drive.
The Bulverde Community Organization gives clothes and food to the needy and makes their utility payments, Zook said.
Dunks announced that the United Way had already received $38.(XX) in advance gifts, slightly more than IO percent of this year’s goal.
The 26-member United Way board of directors plans to recruit five peo-
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How to give
Here are the ways to designate donations through payroN deductions to the United Way:
■ For federal employees who give through the Combined Federal Campaign.
The code is 6000.
■For state employees the code is 416000.
■ For aH others, write United Way of Comal County-825 on the payroll deduction form.
For more information, call 620-7760 or stop by the United Way office, 421 S. Seguin Ave.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Carlie White checks the sizes of the new United Way T-shirts at the United Way kick-off Thursday at Tree Tops Restaurant.
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County hears jail architects’ proposals
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Seniors sew ‘ugly quilts’ to help others
By DAVID DEKUNOER
What became an idea from a magazine article has turned into a way local senior citizens help their neighbors in need.
Ole day Ida Sing was browsing through Family Circle when she came upon an article that interested her. It was by a woman from Pennsylvania who made “ugly quilts,” sleeping bags given to homeless people.
“She offered to send instructions to others who wanted to do it,” Swig, 79, said.
A year and a half later Sing and a couple of her friends celebrated the making of their 100th ugly quih with a party at the Balcones Haus retirement center Thursday. The New Braunfels branch of First State Bank of Austin sponsored the party.
Sing said the sleeping bags were named ugly quilts because the woman from Pennsylvania used anything available to make diem.
‘They were using any old materials,” Sing said. “We have tried to make ours pretty .”
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Proposed tax hike draws resident’s ire
By DAVID DEKUNDER
One Comal County taxpayer spoke out against the proposed 1998 tax rate at a public hearing conducted by Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday.
New Braunfels resident Juan Hinojosa said raising the current tax rate from .29218 cents per $ IOO valuation to .3059 cents would put the squeeze on the taxpayers.
Hinojosa said the proposed tax hike was unfair because it would hurt people who were already hurt by tax increases from school districts and the city.
“I don’t agree with it going up,” Hinojosa said after the public hearing. “I was raising concerns that people have a hard time making ends meet. I think the increase is not justified."
County Judge Carter Casteel said the county has
open records on the budget, and Hinojosa was free to look at them any rime.
“We do have a budget book on how much it takes to operate the roads in the county, to operate the jail and feed the prisoners.” Casteel said.
Commissioner Jack Dawson said compared to other counties in the area, Comal County taxes w ere reasonable.
“Regardless if it is .2921 or .3059, it is the best bargain in town,” Dawson said.
According to figures from the Comal Appraisal District, people under the current tax rate paid approximately $233.74 on a $100,OOO home. Under the proposed tax rate, that bill would go up to approximately $244.07.
Commissioners will vote on adopting the proposed .3059 tax rate at 11 a.m. Thursday at the commissioners courtroom m the county courthouse annex.
Two architectural firms gave Commissioners Court proposed jail expansion designs Thursday
Commissioners heard presentations from architects Wayne Gondeck of Dailey, Rabke and Gondeck in San Antonio and Norris Fletcher of BSA Incorporated of Fort Worth.
Gondeek’s plan would expand the current 145-bed jail jail by 121 beds. Fletcher's proposal w ould expand the jail in increments of % beds at a cost of $3.1 million, 144 beds at $3.8 million and 192 beds at S4.6 million.
Last month, the Texas Commission on Jail Standards recommended that the county expand the jail to 336 beds within nine years to meet projected population growth.
Gondeck’s plan calls for building 12 separation cells; eight more eight-capacity, multi-occupancy cells; two 24-capacity dormitories; and a new w oik release weekend unit •
Gondeck proposed expanding the sally port area (w here the prisoners and inmates are brought in), the kitchen, laundry room and administration, dispatch and records offices. His plans called for a new detoxification room, a holding area for female inmates, a new infirmary , new booking areas, new storage and exercise areas.
For the new cells, Gondeck proposed a podu-lar remote supers lsion set-up in w hich an officer would guard the prison from a control room.
The podular set-up would have two control rooms w ith one officer in each control room along the corridor watching inmates.
There would be a control room for the 14 separation cells and another control room for the 14 eight-capacity multi-occupancy cells.
Gondeck said his design would keep the jail secure.
“We are looking at this type of design in clustering cells around control rooms where you can see the rooms,” Gondeck said. “It reduces the staff requirement and makes it more effective for managing of the facility and reduces inmate-to-mmate and inmate-to-officer assaults.”
Gondeck’s plan would cost taxpayers $4 46
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Committee focuses on improving education in NB
By ABE LEVY
What if leachers took summer internships at local businesses and included that experience in their curricula each year’?
Just an idea, but a result of more dun 25 citizens banging their heads together for an hour to talk about helping the next generation.
The citizens serve on the city’s Education, Popu-lation and Youth subcommittee, which met for the fourth rime Wednesday at St. Paul Lutheran Church.
The subcommittee is made up of teen-agers, teachers, business owners and retired residents and is one of nine providing public input to the city’s Comprehensive Master Plan Steering Committee.
The steering committee began meeting more than a year ago to decide how to wnte a master plan for the
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■ Developers ooutd Mf aside porters of a sub-dMsion tor raws schools.
■ Attracting s junior college or Me school, ta qty tMmk should make a point of working toil schools lo devdoo safe pedestrian cross-ing and traffic flow in neighborhoods.
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future development of the city of New Braunfels The subcommittee is in its “brainstorming” stage
and has conjured up ideas such as building a junior college or trade school in New Braunfels or requesting dial dev elopers set aside a portion of a subdivision for new schools.
“We’ve got to get our teachers and parents to prepare our kids for the real world,” said Rita Kaulmann, vice president and manager of First Commercial Bank and chairwoman of the subcommittee. “It starts at home, but kids are in school for 12 years. We’ve got to work together to make our kids better people and responsible workers.”
The nine subcommittees cover a variety of community issues, including economic development and land use, and have been meeting about two rimes each month since June.
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