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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas By Bill O’Connell Staff Writer Repairs to one of New Braunfels’ main sources of drinking water should be finished within the next two months, local utility officials said this week. A $500,000 rehabilitation of the city-owned surface water treatment plant began shortly after the October flood and was; expected to con-: elude in late April. New Braunfels Utilities officials said well water had been used to meet local demand since the flood. Utility officials also said getting the water plant operating in about six months was a fairly quick turnaround considering the damage caused by rising waters that swamped the facility at 2356 Grucne Road. NBU water systems manager Wesley Hamff said a $2.2 million contingency fund held by the utility for emergencies proved to be a wise investment. “It allowed us to proceed. I think that really saved us,” Hamff said. NBU crews continued to perform electrical work and other minor repairs this week as the utility awaited delivery of three motor control centers from a San Antonio vendor, Hamff said. The control centers will power the intake and discharge pumps that feed water into the treatment plant and expel filtered sediment from the facility. Utility officials said they expected to recoup about 60 to 70 percent of expenses incurred by flood damage. Hamff said NBU’is insurance company and the Federal Emergency Management Agency would pay for much of the repairs. The availability of an alternate water source allowed NBU to avoid water-rationing tactics employed by other municipalities hit by the flood. ’To be able to go to a secondary supply of water with our wells really helped,” NBU spokeswoman Gretchen Reuwer said. NBU has pumped an average of 5 million to 7 million gallons daily from its wells since the flood, far below the capacity of 18 million gallons. Meeting WHAT: New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees WHEN: 6 p.m. today WHERE: NBU main office, 263 E. Main Plaza WHY: Discussion of new water rate, contract with Artesia Water Company for sale of spring water. Full agenda/Page 2 20332 M00rpnnpuBi" ISHINO c.0-WEST nu,RO ’ ,    0627 F VANDE" 0RN EW ^diblFELS i >c, w (agaBapirc.LaHerald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 69    16    pages    in    I    section    February    25,    1999    rp_    _    __    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Thursday NBU wants water plant repaired by late April Drinking water source was damaged in October flood understand the past by reliving it. Comal Elementary students got the chance to play “cowboys and Indians” with a Buffalo Soldier from the Wild West on Wednesday. Kenneth Pollard with Texas Parks and Wildlife brought history to life with authentic artifacts telling the story of black soldiers — Buffalo Soldiers — with the 9th and 10th Cavalry and 24th and 25th Infantry regiments during the Indian Wars Campaign. Comal Elementary fourth-grader Brian Collins said, “I learned that they were called Buffalo Soldiers by the Native Americans because their bravery and courage was like the buffalo ” Pollard said the Community Services Education and Outreach Program helped educate students about Columnists Roy Hargrove and Carol Bissett celebrate Black History Month on film and in literature „ — Page 10 cultural groups, such as vaqueros, frontier women and Native Americans, who helped to shape the nation’s Western heritage. Pollard demonstrated how both Native Americans and African Americans used the resources available to them on the land to survive. Students were awed by authentic tools from each culture — bows and arrows, drums, writing utensils and toothbrushes made out of animal hair. See HISTORY/5 soldier’s story Elementary students receive ‘live’ history lessons ROBIN CORNETT/Herald-Zeitung Top, Kenneth Pollard with Texas Parks and Wildlife discusses the life of Buffalo Soldiers with Comal Elementary students. Above, Pollard addresses a student during his presentation. “Runaway slaves” Katie Jara and Nick Ortega move stealthily through the hallways of Memorial Elementary, looking for safehouses and avoiding patrollers. The perilous journey to free themselves from slavery will not end until _ they reach the border of Canada — the Memorial Elementary library. The third-£rade students’ reenactment of the Underground Railroad is just one example of how area students are learning about the past through their own imaginations. February is Black History Month. Rather than have students read about our shared history with African Americans, teachers are helping students to By Heather Tooo Staff WriterBulverde preparing for consolidation, sales tax election on May IHieronymys named to city administrator post By Chris Crews Staff Writer BULVERDE — Consolidation with Bulverde East and a I percent sales tax are the two propositions that will appear on a May I special election ballot in Bulverde South. During a regular meeting Tuesday night, Bulverde South city council called for the special election. It will coincide with a general election that will decide races for mayor, five council members and town marshal. Voters must be registered by April I to be eligible to vote in the election. March 16 is the deadline to file as a candidate for the public offices. No dates have yet been set for early voting, recently appointed city administrator Bob Hieronymus said. If the voters approve the consolidation, it will culminate years of planning to stop San Antonio’s encroachment into Comal County, Hieronymus said. ‘To stop San Antonio, we had to draw a long, thick line,” Hieronymus said. Four cities were established about a year and a half ago — in accordance with Texas law — and have been consolidating since then to become one city. After the May I election, there will be one united Bulverde, Hieronymus said. City Secretary Elaine Kass-Thomas said the city’s $350,000 annual budget currently was supported by property taxes. “Having the sales tax will allow us to keep the property taxes low,” Hieronymus said. Kass-Thomas said if the sales tax were approved, paperwork and a required audit by the state comptroller’s office would prevent the city from seeing the tax money immediately. “It will probably take us six months before we see our first check from the comptroller’s office,” she said. Hieronymus, the first and only mayor of the defunct Bulverde West, was appointed city administrator two weeks ago. Bulverde South Mayor Stan Blaylock said Hieronymus’ familiarity with the city* consolidation plans and real estate background made him a natural choice for the position. “Half the things we do around city hall deal with real estate,” Blaylock said.Inside Abby................................7 Business............... 5 Classifieds.....................13-16 Comics...............................8 Crossword..........................7 Forum.................................6 Local...................................4 Obituaries.............................3 Sports............................11-12 Today  .......................2 Television..............................8 ‘Freedom plane’ scans CISD skies By Heather Tooo Staff Writer A group of Comal Independent School District taxpayers got their message across loud and clear on Wednesday. About 3 p.m., a plane bearing an S.O.S. message for ClSD’s 20 percent homestead exemption flew over the central administration building at 1421 North Business 35. The message, orchestrated by Con-Meeting WHAT: Comal Independent School District trustees WHEN: 7:30 p.m. today WHERE: Smithson Valley High School, 14001 W. Texas Hwy. 46 WHY: Open discussion of elimination of 20 percent tax exemption cerned Taxpayers of Comal County, urged district administrator’s to “Keep the Homestead” and also alerted district patrons to a board of trustees meeting tonight at Smithson Valley High School in which the fate of the controversial homestead exemption might be decided. The meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m., but discussion on the homestead will not begin until 7:30. Glenn Wenzel, vice president of the citizen’s group, said the plane had become a message from taxpay- See PLANE/5 ROBIN CORNETT/Herald-Zeduog An airplane pulls behind it a sign encouraging Comal Independent School District patrons to attend a board of trustees meeting today at Smithson Valley High School and keep the 20 percent homestead exemption. ;