New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 266 16 pages, 2 sections
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Rebecca Creek Elementary fixing water damage in building
By Leigh Jones
CANYON LAKE — Ten classrooms at Rebecca Creek Elementary suffered severe water damage when a pipe burst Wednesday morning.
Cleanup efforts costing an estimated $275,000 were authorized at an emergency meeting of the Comal independent School District school board. San Antonio water damage restoration specialist Gerloff Company is already working at the school and plans to complete the project in about 60 days.
Investigations into the cause of the pipe’s rupture have been inconclusive so far, but district officials have started combing through contracts with the 2-year-old school’s builder to find out what features are still under warranty.
CISD is using a different contractor for its latest building project, Canyon Lake High School.
Expenses resulting from the leak might continue to grow when Canyon Lake Water Supply determines how many gallons of water were wasted. Com-
munications Director Kari Hutchison said the district also was collecting information from teachers about damaged property to pass along to its insurance company.
“We’re lucky it happened at night,’’ Hutchison said. “When (Associate Superintendent) Nancy Cobb arrived at the school, she found about four inches of water in the classrooms.”
After crashing through the ceiling tiles, the water spread through the classrooms and poured down the hallway into the cafeteria. It continued to gush until maintenance and operations staff shut it off.
Classes requiring relocation have taken up temporary residence in the computer lab and a few empty classrooms. Teachers have also banded together to team teach until the unplanned construction is complete. Individual classes will move hack into their old rooms as soon as they become available.
“The teachers and staff at Rebecca Creek are doing an incredible job of making sure instruction is not severely com-
With plastic down to protect the tile, GCI workers put up a temporary wall while repairs begin on the water-damaged wing.
promised in this situation,” said Superintendent Nancy Fuller in a district press release. “They are
displaying a lot of teamwork and perseverance in the face of adversity."
4B board offer to Blue Moon Solutions to set in 30 days
By Scott Mahon
The New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corporation (4B) gave Blue Moon Solutions 50 days to make a commiunent to relocate
to New Braunfels.
The Lubbock-based broadband company said in April it would move to New Braunfels, but 4B board members said Thursday that company officials indicated they were now considering the Austin area.
“Marty I fale, the chief executive officer of Blue Moon, told me two of las senior executives didn’t want to move to New Braunfels," said Matt I iarri-son, 4B president. “But I think they also didn’t get some federal contracts they were hoping to get.”
The board offered the company a $40,(XX) loan and $35,000 for relocation expenses, but I larrison indicated last week the board’s patience had worn thin.
“Wed like them to move to New Braunfels, but the board decided to terminate the offer on Oct. 15,” he said.
the company specializes in mobile broadband services and planned to expand its service area to South Texas and the 1-35 corridor.
In other business, the board voted to hold a public hearing to discuss whether to fund the second phase of an airport business park study.
In anticipation of the new Toyota plant in San Antonio, New Braunfels Utilities paid $50,000 for a feasibility study by Austin-based I ll’s Strategies to study an airport business park.
TIPS presented its report to NBU and the city council last month.
TIPs consultant Tom Stellman said a 200-acre aiqxirt [lark would cost an estimated $73 million.
Stellman said the park would consist of aviation and auto related businesses.
NBU officials recommended phase two of the study with the implication that the 4B board would fund the study, but Harrison said Thursday the scope of the second study should be defined.
“TIPs did an outstanding job, but! think we should be looking at other potential areas,” he said.
I larrison said because airport property belongs to the city, it could only be leased but not sold.
See BOARD, Page 3A
to serve 5 years
By Ron Maloney
AUSTIN —The pom mogul shut down two years ago when he opened a store in Comal County was sentenced Friday to more than five years in federal prison.
John Kenneth Coil, 62, of Highland Village near Dallas, was sentenced to 63 months in a tax fraud and obscenity case. He was charged with 24 counts, including racketeering, conspiracy to defraud the Internal Revenue Service, tax evasion and mail fraud.U.S. District Judge I larry Lee Hudspeth ordered that Coil pay a $5,(XX) fine, forfeit an estimated $8.1 million in property to the government and be placed under supervised release for three years after completing his prison term.
Citing what his attorney says is a chronic medical condition, Coil will appeal the sentence.
According to the Justice Department, five defendants were members of an organization established by Coil in 1981 that made money operating numerous adult bookstores and arcades that sold and distributed obscene and pornographic materials.Under a plea bargain reached in June, Coil must surrender keys to 27 Texas smut shops. He is principal in AVE Inc., the Flower Mound company that opened an “adult" book and video
See SENTENCE, Page 3A
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality and the Alamo Area Council of Governments have declared today an j Air Quality Health Alert Day.
Infant dies after being run over
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE —■ An infant died Thursday after being accidentally run over iii Tamiga Acres mobile home park.
Comal County Sheriff’s Sgt. Tommy Ward said officers were called to the Bulverde/Spring Branch EMS service on Texas 46 alter Jennifer Tellez, I, was brought to the facility at 2:30 p.m.
“ The child had a severe head injury,” Ward said.
She was taken to Kestrel Air Park and flown to University Hospital, where she was pronounced dead on arrival of massive head injuries, Ward said.
Detective Doug Phillips accompanied Ward to University Hospital, where the girl s family was informed of her death.
“Our investigation at Tamiga Acres revealed the child was accidentally backed over with a vehicle,” Ward said "No criminal charges will be filed.”
Ward said the driver of the vehicle that backed over the girl was her 36-year-old uncle.
“He’s very distraught,” Ward said. “ Hus was a total, terrible accident.”
Rebecca Creek Principal Sharon Richardson (left) speaks with GCI superintendent Jay Murra and Vice Principal David Springer about renovations for the water-damaged wing of the school.