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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Herald ^ a. <* ----     :---------- Vol. 148, No. 224 16 pgs. in 2 sections September 29, 1999 Wednesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Dittlinger Memorial Library to loan its last book at 6 p.m. on Friday By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer While most patrons of Dit-tiinger Memorial Library recall fond memories of the 30-year-old building, they also admit to space problems — both in the library itself and the parking lot. The promise of a spacious new library, therefore, tempers most feelings of sadness as library officials prepare to close Dittlinger for good at 6 p.m. Friday. The old library, 373 Magazine Ave., will operate its normal business hours — IO a.m. to 6 p.m. — on Friday. At that time, New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams will check out the last book. Library employees then will spend the next two weeks packing and moving to the New' Braunfels Public Library, 700 Common St., scheduled to open Oct. 16. “I have conflicting feelings,” library director Vickie Hocker said. “Bul we outgrew it.” On Tuesday morning, the parking lot yielded no empty spots, and inside, children recently let out of story hour swarmed the circulation desk and cramped children’s section. “Tm anxious to see the new library,” New Braunfels resident Peggy Podgurski said. She’s been coming to Dittlinger for 23 years, bringing her daughter and now the children she baby-sits to story hour every week. Podgurski balanced several videotapes on one arm and several books in the other, all the while guiding four talking children through a mass of people to get in line at the circulation desk. “There will be more room in the new library,” she said. “More room for the children’s section.On The Move • Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave., closes for good at 6 p.m. Friday. • New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams will check out the last book. • No items are due during the time the library is closed, but library users can continue to return library materials in the book drop at the Dittlinger until the new library opens. No books can be checked out during the closing. • Library employees will spend the next two weeks packing and moving to the New Braunfels Public Library, 700 Common St. • The new library is scheduled to open Oct. 16. • Mayor Williams will check out the first book. And more parking space.” The space is needed Hocker said. While library use has increased the building remained the same since its opening on Oct. 11,1969 — minus technological additions, such as computers and a photocopier. Bruno Dittlinger and Alfred and Franziska Liebscher, as well as the city and a matching federal grant, helped make the 11,000-square-foot building a reality. The small library collection was moved from across the park-See LIBRARY/3 ALibrary gets ready to check out WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels resident Peggy Podgurski visits with a staff member at the Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave., on Tuesday. The library will close for good at 6 p.m. on Friday. Bid received for Dittlinger; final offer expected soon By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer The Dittlinger Memorial Library might not remain vacant after all. The city of New Braunfels recently received a sealed bid for the lease purchase of the 11,000-square-foot building on Magazine Avenue, which ceases to be the public library at 6 p.m. Friday. The New Braunfels Public Library, 700 Common Street, is scheduled to open Oct. 16. The city started seeking bids for the purchase or lease of the old library in May, but no one responded by the June I deadline. The fair market value of the property has been established at $570,000. No one made an offer on the property until recently, city manager Mike Shands said. The group that made the offer requested 30 days to inspect the building, a process which has already started. “They want to make sure it suits their needs,” Shands said. Once the inspection period is over, the group can make a final offer. New Braunfels City Council then would take the matter into consideration. The bid won’t be made public until council considers it in a meeting, Shands said. He said he expected the group to make a final offer by mid-October. The Dittlinger Library, which opened in October 1969, replaced the Emmie Seele Faust Memorial Library, which had served the community since 1938. The Faust Library is across the parking lot from the Dittlinger building. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Roy Linnartz pays a visit to Canyon High School, where he taught architectural drawing from 1973-75 and won the Outstanding Industrial Arts Program award in 1975. He will retire in November, ending a 30-year career. County commissioners call special meeting to discuss future water supply, availability By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Future water availability and water quality will be discussed Thursday at a special meeting of Comal County Commissioners’ Court. Members of a regional water planning group and concerned residents will exchange ideas about how to supply water to meet the demands of a growing population. The regional water planning group is the result of comprehensive water legislation enacted two years ago by the 75thMeeting Comal County Commissioners’ Court Special meeting to exchange ideas about water demands 2 p.m. Thursday in the old tax office, 150 N. Seguin Ave., Suite 101 session of the Texas Legislature, Commissioner Jay Minikin said. In response to the stated susceptibility toSee MEETINGS Man of many hats plans to hang his up Linnartz retiring after 30 years in Comal ISD By Heather Todd Staff Writer Roy Linnartz has worn many hats — as a teacher, bus driver and principal — during his 30 years with Comal Independent School District. But Linnartz will hang up his hat as director of maintenance and operations on Nov. 3 when he officially retires from his long and distinguished career with the district. Linnartz said he would continue to work with the district on a part-time basis on real estate projects. But those who have worked closely with Linnartz said his daily dedication to the district and the education of CISD students would be greatly missed. Rusty Brockman, purchasing and maintenance coordinator for CISD, said, “He gives I IO percent. If he doesn’t know about something, he studies it hard and becomes familiar with it. He does that with every job that he tackles, and I learned to pick that up from him.” Superintendent Jerry Major said, “He will be missed. He has come up through the ranks in the district and done an excellent job at every level of operation.” CISD employees are sponsoring a retirement celebration party at IO a.m. Thursday at the CISD Warehouse, 278 Loop 337. Brockman said the public was invited. WAI Lt'Herata-Zertung Roy Linnartz (right) visits with Canyon High School drafting teacher Paul Kocian, who teaches in his old room. Linnartz said he wanted to allow more time for other personal matters. “I have some other investments in real estate property, and that takes up a lot of See LINNARTZ/3A Inside Abby.......................... ......5A Classifieds.................. ...4-8B Comics......................... ......2B Crossword.................... ......5A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports........................... ...7-8A Today........................... ......2A Television................... .....2B Key Code 76 Authorities still looking for man By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Law enforcement officials remain battled by the disappearance of a critically ill man who has been missing for nearly three weeks. How/ un.7    R°Ser Dale McCown’ JLi    55, was last seen Sept. IO aa    3t ^c^umann ran°h* rage 4A    located northwest of New Braunfels off Elm Creek Road, Detective Tommy Ward of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department said. Residents of the ranch, where McCown lived in a trailer, said he did not look well on the day of his disappearance. McCown was last seen nude on the ranch property, Ward said. He reportedly was taking several different medications to treat serious health problems at the time of his disappearance. A law enforcement MCCOWN search of the Schumann ranch area this past Saturday turned up nothing. Ward said. “A couple of officers, volunteers from the Heidi Search Center and two or three dog See MANICA ;