New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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_Vol. 148, No. 207 54 pages in 5 sections September 5, 1999 DAY ^efV'n^ ^oma* bounty s>nce 1852
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New library to open Oct. 16
The New Braunfels Public Library, 700 E. Common St., will open its doors on Oct. 16.
Dittlinger will close two weeks before that
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
The New' Braunfels Public Library will open to the public Oct. 16, city officials said Friday.
“We are excited about our library’s new home,” Mayor Stoney Williams said. “Our goal was to design and
construct the most inviting, efficient, economical and low maintenance library possible within the city's budget, and that goal has been met.”
The existing city library, the Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave., will close permanently 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. I.
City-contracted movers will take two weeks to relocate books, equipment and furniture to the new site
at 700 E. Common St.
“We’re trying to keep the close to a minimum,” library director Vickie Hocker said.
The move should be a smooth one, she said.
“We have spent several weeks mapping where things will go.”
During the transition, patrons should return library materials at the
See NEW LIBRARY/5A
At your service
Pete Rosales, a staff member at the New Braunfels Community Service Center, supervises the center’s thrift shop at 132 Caddell Lane. Clothing donated by area residents is sold at discount prices.
Community Service Center fills a void
By Peri Stone-Palmouist
Twenty-five years ago, needy people in Comal County didn’t have a place to go.
They’d stop at church atter Sunday services, sometimes telling the same story and receiving the same items — a loaf of bread, carton of milk, or some money to pay the rent.
Not only did they have to go searching, but churches often duplicated each others’ efforts and resources.
In comes the New Braunfels Community Service Center,
132 Caddell Lane.
Those duplications have become much less frequent, director Suzie Garcia said.
The center acts as a hub for
information and referrals for the community, coordinating with local agencies and churches — a serv ice it has provided since the beginning.
The center was established with a seed grant from Aid Association for Lutherans, but center founder Carl Feltner said he didn’t know how to use the money initially.
“Here we had money and wanted to do something with it but we didn’t know what to do,” he said.
The grant money was an award to the local branch of Aid Association for Lutherans, a national insurance company. Feltner was president of the branch.
Service Center director Suzie Garcia helped out before and after the flood.
Garcia leads the way
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
When the flood came in October 1998, Suzie Garcia was there, coordinating relief efforts and helping people get back on their feet.
When the floodwater recessed, leaving See GARCIA/5A
Fire threat increases in Comal
By Erin MAGRUDER
Life without rain is becoming a lot more dangerous for Comal County residents.
Drought and unrelenting high temperatures for the past three weeks have resulted in an extreme wildfire threat that spans most of Texas.
The dryness of even the living vegetation has reached such critical levels that this past Monday, President Clinton declared a state of emergency in Texas to provide federal assistance to areas struck by the intense fire hazards.
The assistance covers about 200 counties, including Comal. Hays, Guadalupe and Travis counties. Federal aid will be used to save lives, protect property, public health and safety and lesson the threat of catastrophe from fire activity.
To put the wildfire danger into perspective, the Texas Forest Service relies on the Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI), said Mark Stanford, head of the rural fire defense section of the Texas Forest Service.
KBD1 is an indicator of the moisture in the living vegetation, Stanford said. By measuring the amount of moisture in the soil, KBD1 can accurately calculate the fire danger for a particular area.
The KBD1 scale ranges from 0 to 800. and anything measuring between 600-800 points indicates an extreme fire danger, Stanford said.
On Aug. 27, New Braunfels measured 657 on the KBDI scale.
The average index for this time of year is from the lower to mid 500s, Stanford said
For the past week, the drought index has measured an average increase of four points a day in the New Braunfels area.
“Right now, things are very bad in Comal County,” Stanford said. “At an index level of ov er 600. all of the vegetation is extremely dry — not just the dead stuff. This means all of the vegetation can catch on fire, which produces more heat, spreads faster and is harder to put out.”
And if the heavens do not open up pretty soon, conditions could get even worse, said Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford.
“It is so dry out here, all you can see from an airplane is brown and gold,” Manford said. “We need the rain really bad, or next week we could be pushing the maximum on the index.”
Rain forecasts for this weekend predict a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and show ers in New Braunfels, according to the Austin/San Antonio branch of the
See FIRE THREAT/5A
Growth has NBISD concerned about future needs
By Heather Todd
With more than 2,500 new residences on the way within New Braunfels Independent School District boundaries, school officials are hoping a $75 million plan to expand campuses will help stem the tide of growth.
A $75 million bond package to upgrade and renovate district campuses will be put to district voters Oct. 2.
Early voting begins Sept. 15.
School officials said the bond projects were necessary to keep up with a trend of slow, steady growth in the district — a trend that shows no signs of stopping.
In 1990, the U.S. Census Bureau reported New Braunfels had a population of 27,296. The Texas State Data Center estimated the 1997 population for W New Braunfels to be ■KjBPLJB well more than 35,000. REAVES NBISD watched stu
dent enrollment figures steadily climb in the past IO years as new residential developments popped up along the district’s southern and northern boundaries.
In the 1992-93 school year, NBISD had a total student enrollment of 5,319. This
school year, enrollment is more than 6,000 students.
Total Program Management, a school facilities planning and management company, estimated the district would grow to more than 7,400 students in the next eight to IO years.
Superintendent Ron Reaves said he was confident the district’s growth would meet TPM’s projections.
While enrollment at district campuses was not exceeding school capacities, Reaves said overcrowding would be a concern in the next few years.
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Part of a Series
The Herald-Zeitung takes a look this week at the Oct. 2 bond issue for New Braunfels Independent School District. Coming up are:
• TUESDAY — Upgrading older campuses
• WEDNESDAY — Improving campus quality of life
• THURSDAY — Taking care of maintenance, kitchen facilities
• FRIDAY — How will the bond issue affect your taxes
See Page 10A for more.
► Fair section
The Comal County Fair is just around the corner! Find out all you need to know to get your cake, plant, antique, handmade item or livestock entered into the 106th annual Comal County Fair. See our special Comal County Fair section in today’s Herald-Zeitung. /INSIDE
► Wins al around
Smithson Valley and Canyon win their season football openers on Friday, giving Comal County a clean sweep in week one. /1B