New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Amy Grun-wald, Cindy Bowers, Mike Kivlin. Belated birthday wishes to Terry Rapp, Ben F. Knuep-per (90th), Vickie Brown,
Shawna Krahn, Rick Gomez, Tommy Kiesling, Robert Keoghan.
TOPS meeting set for Thursday, Sept. IS
A meeting of Take Off bounds Sensibly will be held Thursday, Sept. 16 at 6:45 p.m.
The meeting will be held in the Garza Street classroom across from McKenna Memorial Hospital. For more information, call 625-8860.
Family Outreach classes begin today
Family Outreach is beginning a free series of parenting classes (STEP) for parents of children ages 6-11 today (Sept. 14) at 6:45 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. at Dit-tlinger Memorial Library meeting room. Late enrollments welcome if you can't make the first meeting.
The series will meet for nine consecutive Tuesday evenings, ending Nov. 9. Call to register at 620-1299. Book fee $15, scholarships available.
Christian Woman’s Stylo Show Tuesday The Christian Women’s Club will present a Texas Style Fashion Show on today at the Holiday Inn - New Braunfels at 12 p.m.
Soloist and speaker will be Maxine Mays from Poteet, Texas. For reservations, call 620-5205. Comal County Fair Queen’s Contest
The Comal County Fair Queen's Contest will be held on Sunday, Sept. 19 at the Canyon High School Commons.
There will be 22 young ladies from the local area high schools participating in the event. The fair queen's court will be representing the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year.
The cost is $2 per person and audience participation is a portion of the judging.
Canyon Lake Homemakers meet
The Canyon Lake Extension Homemakers Club will meet on Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at the Fischer Store School Community Center.
Pat Rason, Comal Extension Agent - Home Economics, will bring the program Tex-Mex Lite Cookery. The meeting is open to everyone. For further information, call Helen Records at 935-2176 or Regina McKoon at 936-2005.
Canyon Lake Republican Women
The Canyon Lake Republican Women's Club will meet at the Flying Chef restaurant in Sattler on Sept. 15 at IO a.m. The program will be "Republican vs. Democrat Philosophies." A luncheon will be served after the meeting. For reservations, call Patsy Newton at 964-3585.
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Lack of trust aired at C1SD hearing
By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer
The general consensus at Monday night’s public hearing on the Comal Independent School District’s facilities requirements was that it’s not the bond issue but the “trust” issue that is at the core of CISD’s problems.
Several of the patrons that spoke on the facilities requirements made reference to the lack of trust that patrons have in the information provided by the administration. However, after hearing Superintendent Jerry Major’s presentation comparing CISD to other nearby districts at least half the size of CISD, they were generally supportive of maintaining quality education in the district at reasonable costs.
Major said CISD has the biggest enrollment, the second largest budget (a district with fewer students has a larger budget), gets the least amount of money from the state (21.7 percent compared to the district with a larger budget and fewer students that gets nearly 71 percent), is the largest in
The measure is what do you spend per flxed on child. CISD is dead last.’ the same
square miles, has the second largest number of campuses, is third in number of employees, and has the highest ratio (9.3) of students to employees.
‘The measure is what do you spend per child,” said Major.
“CISD is dead last. This is based on our budget that is coming up. We spent $3,750 and nobody
else is in the $3,000s — so we’re dead last. So, you can look at these numbers and others from across the state and say, ‘wow, you’ve really done a good job on less money than anybody else’ — or is our goal to spend less in every category than anybody else?”
Peter Garcia also spoke at the meeting and made a pledge to work with the district to closely examine the budget over the next six months and to support a bond issue if the situation does in
fact warrant it.
“We’re not convinced that every resource has been looked at,” said Garcia. “Year round school, we never talk about possibly employing teachers year around and increasing their salaries (that __w ay.)
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progress and change. Unless some demonstration comes from the school district (about utilizing all existing resources), you are going to have a heck of a time passing a bond issue.”
The board indicated that they were receptive to his suggestion and expressed their appreciation of Garcia’s commitment of time and effort.
Responding to the year around school issue, Jim Middleton, president of the school board, said it had been considered but would buy only about
three years of space in facilities and would increase operating costs significantly. The point was also made that the state funding is limited to nine months and the district would have to pick up the additional salary requirements.
Middleton also said the two high schools were too small to have multi-track sessions and therefore the secondary students would be on a different schedule than elementary students which is difficult for parents.
He said these problems were not unsolvable, but there were significant difficulties with this option. •
Although there were about 54 people in the audience, only about 19 were not employees or spouses of employees in the district.
Two other meetings, seeking suggestions from the public on what can be done to alleviate the facilities requirements and explaining the alternatives that have been considered, are scheduled. One will be held in Garden Ridge and one in New Braunfels.
‘It’s jus a game’
Geri Games competition
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Felipe Castllleja (left) of Oak Crest Inn and Hllmer Burkhart of Eden Home enjoy a friendly game of dominoes during the annual Geri Games competition held this past weekend. The annual games Involved senior citizens from several local resident homes.
Council approves abatement pact
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council approved a resolution Monday night approving an agreement for property tax abatement with Stripling-Blake Lumber Company Inc.
During the meeting, the council also approved the third and final reading of an ordinance declaring the property surrounding the Stripling-Blake Lumber Company as a reinvestment zone. In order to enter into a tax abatement agreement, the area must first be declared a reinvestment zone.
Stripling-Blake requested the tax abatement agreement regarding the construction of truss manufacturing plant at its facility on old U.S. Highway 281.
The project would average to an abatement of approximately 33 percent over a five-year period. This amounts to $2,286. New taxes paid under the agreement should total $4,685. The facility is also expected to provide $40,000 in new sales tax.
The project will be required to meet certain requirements such as it must be completed by December 1993 and must employ at least 25 people.
Mayor Rudy Seidel said he believes this is a win-win situation. “The city will receive new sales tax plus it will employ more people in town,” he said.
■ In other business, the council also appointed 12 people to the Senate Bill 336 (impact fees) advisory committee.
District I Councilman Paul Fraser asked the com-
Two-car accident leaves two injured
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels police responded to a two-car accident Sunday that left two New Braunfels residents seriously injured.
The accident occurred at approximately 5:52 p.m. Sunday in the 2500 block of FM 725 near East Klein Road. Injured in the accident were Laura Ann Limon, 28, and Robert Hayes, 12.
Limon is listed in good condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Robert Hayes was transferred by Airlift to Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio. He is currently listed in critical condition.
Reports show he was not wearing his seatbelt.
According to reports the accident involved a 1977 tan Plymouth station wagon, driven by Usa Lynn Hayes, 37, of New Braunfels and a 1990 blue Mitsubishi Mirage driven by Limon.
Reports show the accident occurred when Usa Hayes, who was driving north on FM 725, lost control of her vehicle after applying the brakes. According to reports, Usa Hayes said a small blue pickup had slowed down in front of her car.
Reports show Lisa Hayes* car spun counterclockwise and crossed the double center stripe striking Limon’s car, which was traveling south on FM 725.
mi nee be placed under the city’s ordinance on committees, boards and commissions. He also asked they be required to turn in semi-annual reports which are required by the legislation forming the board
■ The council approved placing a stop sign at the intersection of Huisache Avenue and Interstate Highway 35 on an emergency basis. The first reading of an ordinance asking other stop signs be installed was approved. These stop signs are located at various places on Northerest Drive, Merriweather Street and Memorial Circle.
■ The council approved writing a letter to attorneys
representing the city in the endangered species litigation in order to decrease legal fees. This letter will also be sent to representatives of New Braunfels
■ The council approved a resolution declaring Comal County Fair First Century Week.
■ Council members appointed three members to the Library Advisory Board for three-year terms.
■ Approved a request for permission to use public space right-of-way at 207 E. San Antonio St.
■ Awarded a bid for property, liability and worker’s compensation insurance.
City council supports kiln ruling
Resolution passed to back adoption of rules
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels City Council members passed a resolution Monday night supporting the adoption of rules by the Texas National Resource Conservation Commission to list cement kiln dust as a hazardous waste if sufficient evidence is shown to prove the substance is harmful.
Several residents and business men spoke out on the issue. Representatives of both Lafarge and TXI Cement spoke to city council members, as well as members of the local chapter of Securing a Free Environment. The issue was brought to the council by SAFE
Paul Pennington, a member of S.A.F.E., said he had come to the council on behalf of the Sierra Club. He said members of the Sierra Club have requested the state of Texas list cement kiln dust as a hazardous waste “In July, the Sierra Club and others made a formal petition to change what is a real loophole in state law,” he said Pennington said a statewide public hearing has been set for Sept. 27 in Arlington to discuss cement kiln hazardous waste policy.
According to Pennington, the effort to gain the support of the petition is not directed at any local businesses. He said neither TXI nor Lafarge are burning hazardous wastes at this time.
“Unfortunately we do not know if they will in the figure,” he said.
Larry Alexander, a representative of Lafarge, said the study surrounding cement kiln dust was prematurely made public and led to misrepresentation and inaccurate conclusion about the product.
“Additional information must be obtained before conclusion scan be drawn,” said Alexander Alexander said studies from the Portland Cement Association show cement kiln dust is not a hazardous waste. He also said the Environmental Protection Agency has not completed their study into the issue and questioned why the city council would consider a resolution on the issue when no final conclusions have been brought forward by the EPA.
Alexander said his concern is not the burning of hazardous waste in New Braunfels but that eventually the council will support more stringent controls and may pass controls on the use of fossil fuels.
Jay Lynn Davis, a representative of TXI, said he also does not believe cement kiln dust is a hazardous waste and could not see supporting resolution stating something is hazardous when it’s not. New Braunfels resident Robert Deschner, an engineer, said he believes cement kiln dust should be treated as an ashFor news, advertising, or subscription information, call 625-9144