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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon Cougars    hit the road against powerful Belton Tigers - See 8A OOUNTDOWNi 173 DAYS Q«A| imIaI* NOY? ofvUnTvIS tnqnlrinfnnSI March 21,1845 mr1 ■'W- ■■: 50 CENTS   ......... •    M    I ■■■■ll.................... New Braunfels 4.1.0 no 16 10/22/99    195 s o - ut e: s r n i c r o f- u b i ... ism in g 2627 E YANDELL DEInside Obkuartea ........................2A Weather........................................3A Opinion.........................................4A Sport! Day.............................SA,    SA Church UT!........................IDA.    11A Comte!.........................................18 Guadalupe Rlvsr..............101 of! Comal Rivsr......................,304    cf! * cfi«cubic fast par second Birthday wiahas from tho Howrtd-IoKunil The New Braunfels Herald-fritung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jarrika Maldonado, Kicky Multo, Chass Buck (4 years!), Paul Machuca, Jessica Nictate Multo (I yaarst), Jimmy Steak, Gamic Baken, Hanriatta Castllteja, Teresa Jimenex, Chari Newman, Ruthte Perkins, Roger WQke, Mika L.lte«Brd, Lament a KaBsi man, Joe S Ledbetter, Don Ford, Ruby Koehler, Bud Lokcy, Jessie Lyons, Jack Overstreet, Jane Wilson, Hector Natal, Sr. Wednesday). Happy Anniversary to John 0 Amaiea Koval-dk (16th Anniversary). Hummol to hoot volunteer mootino The Hummel Museum will be holding their regular volunteer meeting on Monday, Oct. 3 st 3:30 pm. at the museum. All volunteers are encouraged to attend. For any intimation, atemteomaa Unlit Bhman SU the Hummel Museum (625-5636) — L| vniiurmn a anenvt in Hood of pantry foods The Children’! Shelter is in need of pantry foods such as canned soups, vegetables, tauts and juices, dry items of macaroni, spaghetti, noodles, jello, rice and assorted baby foods. Individuals or organizations wishing to make food donations are welcome at the shelter, 2797 IH-35 West, Monday to Friday from 8 arn. to 5 p.m.. For more information, call 629-0659. HOSTS Hoods tutors Bes special friend to a child. Only one hour of your week will help two children learn to read and do math. The New Braunfels Independent School District's Help One Student To Succeed program makes a difference — one student st s time. Call 620-7533. NMD offering eordio Stop ftfetf The New Braunfels independent School Defier is offering a cautio step exorcise dam for all levels, beginning Monday, Oct. 3 from 5:30 pm to 6:45 pm. The dais will nm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday st the Academy Street Gym. For more information, call 620-6200. Cost is $ IO per month or $2 per dias. (The N§w Braunfels Herald-fritting invites its readers to submit items to Siammdsch According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtischu represents a sitting place for members cf the comma airy to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with ut.) This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint ByORAM HAMMITT Staff Writer As the November election date nears, residents will no doubt notice the increase in campaign ads and signs. County Comnissioners would like to curtail the use of cars and trucks that park near the courthouse and display campaign signs. County Judge Carter Casteel said she perceived a build-up in the amount of vehicles, mainly pickups that display those signs. 'There is a conoem of electioneering, and of the traffic, blocking the view of people," she said. The oourt voted 4-0 (Jumbo Evans was absent), Build-up of campaign signs near courthouse draws debate between county commissioners to prohibit electioneering within 30 feet of sill outside doors to the courthouse and annex where the main early voting polling place is located. Commissioner Moe Schwab said trying to regulate electioneering would be hard to do simply because defining the term is haiti to do. "If we're trying to eliminate parked trucks with signs on them, 30 feet is not enough," he said. "If you want to get technical, a sign is not electioneering." Schwab said somebody oould even question the legality of bumber stickers a an example of electioneering. County Attorney Nathan Rhein!ender said he looked in the Election Code and found no actual definition of electioneering and that perhaps some sort of parking control might work better than dealing with the Election Code. The city has control over parking in the street adjoining the courthouse complex. Lt. John Worn* mack of the polios department said there have been no parking time limits since the city took out the parking meters. He said the city would have to pass some type cd ordinance regulating parking time in order for the police to control this type of activity. "We do get complaints on it Every election," he said. Casteel said foe order passed Thursday would at least prevent persons from leaving or distributing campaign literature inside the courthouse ar annex or near the doors. Even with the order, however, commissioners admitted persons would still be able to park in cen tain places with the campaign signs More than 600 divers expected for river cleanup By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer One of the largest contingent of divers in the state will gather along the Comal River Saturday for the annual TrashFest. The event, which Parks Director David Whatley said has been going on about 15 years, will include prizes for everything from most cans to most unusual object pulled from the river. Jvery year, they pull out about idftrash," he said "It's ng how much they get » Whatley said the registration area will move to Prince Solms Park this year. Registration begins at 8 a.m. for any diver wishing to participate. Most of the divers come from the Texas Gulf Coast Coalition of Diving Clubs, although he said divers will be here from around the state. "It’s probably one of the largest congregation of divers in this part of the world," he said. Divers will {rick up trash from 11 ain. to I p m. in designated areas and from 1-3 p.m. anywhere along the Comal River. Eating It up MARK LYON Herald-Zenana cholo bv MAP Boat Unusual Entry In last waak'a Comal County Fair Wildlife Exhtolt was won by New Braunfels' Keith Warren, who entered a 16-foot gator (shown smiling for the camera). FAA okays funds for improvements to local airport TECLO J. GARCIA Staff Writar The Federal Aviation Administration hat approved a $7,047,611 federal grant for safety and expansion projects at 13 general aviation, non-reliever airports in Texas, a move that could bring a number of new improvements to the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, U. S. Senator Phil Grimm announced Thursday. The money will be used to repair and resurface existing runways, City Manager Mike Shands laid. The city was turned town earlier in the year by the FAA on a grant ie had applied for to make the repairs. The FAA said it had run out of money, but that there could Ie another disbursement of grant money later in the year Shands said he welcomed the financial windfall. Qramm Gramm said the fonds may be used to improve runways, acquire land, install lighting systems and visual aids and other safety projects by the airports that will receive the FAA fonds 'The New Braunfels Municipal Airport is important to the entire area, and I am hopeful that these funds will be used to enhance the safety and use of the airport “Grimm Mfd. The FAA, established in 1958, administers grant programs under its mandate of assuring safety at public-use airports and of assisting in the development of airports to meet current and future public demand Five-year plan for NBU shows need for belt-tightening, cuts By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer CISD seeking residents to join location and design committees for new schools By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The Comal Independent School District is inviting any resident of the district to join five committees involving foe location and design of the new intermediate schools approved in the latest bond election. The CISD will establish two Site Selection committees and three Campus Architectural committees for the three new schools, one in the Canyon Lake area, one in Smithton Valley, and one already selected at the site of the old Canyon Middle School. District officials said all committees will have open membership, although specific individuals will be named to serve on the committees. One does not have to be a committee member to provide ideas and comments. Roy Linnartz, maintenance director for the district, said about 90 people have already shown interest. The first meeting of the committee! will be Oct 5,6:30 p.m. at Smithson Valley High. 'There may be ai many as two meetings a week for the site selection committees. The architectural committees will also be on a tight schedule," he said. He said interested residents could contact the CISD office at 625-8081, and added that residents would be put on a mailing list so they would know foe time and place of meetings. The New Braunfels Utilities board adopted a five-year plan presented by NBU officials that includes no new hiring and a need for belt-tightening in the immediate future. "This is to prepare us to look at cash-flow for foe next five years," said General Manager Paula DiFonzo. NBU included cuts of SI 72,1 OO out of operations and maintenance by not filling two employee positions that had been open. Also included is a 6 45 percent increase in sewer rates. Assistant General Manager Jeff Thompson said the utility would have to increase their scrutiny of projects, more specifically in the financial aspects of planning for projects and operations He did say the utility would provide new service where they could, as in the case of new large businesses such as the new HEB on Walnut St. "We still have to do what we have 'n do." he said "But we really need to sr down and look at planning very carefully ” Trustee Robert Ort worried that large projects such as the new HEB might be hurt in the future if financial troubles prohibit extended projects He said the utility depends on dec-tncity sales for its revenue "We have no revenue from water and sewer," he said. " We arc totally dependent on the electric system to cany everything We need to find ways to make it more efficient." Orr mentioned one developer he knows who moved his project a mile away from NBU territory so that he could use another electric company, but NBU would still have to provide water and sewer service The board earlier allowed bids to go out on four projects including an estimated $75,000 relief sewer project at Unicorn Heights, mainly for the new HEB School districts study incentives for companies to pay taxes early By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer_ Growth in the two county school dtetricts baa caused discuarion focusing on both present and future needs. Officials with the Comal Independent School District presented growth projections into the year 2003, showing both Canyon and Smithson Valley High at more than 1,500 students by that year. The growth projections are mid-range. New Braunfels also has indicated that several classes such ss the freshman clast, are the largest in the histo ry of the district. GSD Board Member Thomas Bruce opened discussion Monday on ways to deal with future growth and how to pay for it. Bruce suggested forming a committee to study the possibility of giving foe district's largest taxpayers an option to, in effect, pay so much up front in return for reduced rates in fellowing years of a certain period. This would, he said, give the district more money at present so foe district would not have to borrow aa much. "We can use that money to pay for frailty construction on a pay as you go basis," he laid. "...If we're going to have more kids at the high schools, we're going to have to start planning for it today ." School officials were asked to research foe legality of foe issue with the Bate authorities and report back at the next board meeting. Lonnie Curtis, aasiatant superintendent for finance at the NBISD, said his district has a special circumstance whereby they send out tex bills in July, and thus have money in the bank when school starts and do not have to borrow money. The NBISD is one of few districts to do this because of special legislation passed in the early 1900a, when New Braunfels was one of the first school districts to tax themselves "I'm in frvor of every district taxing in the summertime," he said. Curtis said he would favor a type of plan to give some taxable entity an incentive to pay, especially if it allows the school district to obtain money without borrowing as much He said the early taxing period for NBISD, in effect, gives a break to all the taxpayers The state is currently looking at ways to finance construction for schools, especially in poor districts A special Saute committee has proposed $261 million to finance debt sa- ; j vice on new construction, an amount    I Curtis called basically "peanuts ” He did ray districts around the state    j •re considering endorsing a change in the fiscal year for school districts to begin July I instead of Sept I He said    I he hoped that at some point, all districts would be able to change their taxing year to earlier start date as well.For nows, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846 ;