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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ,/AV ■ V:7V Yvu/:':1: New jjUsUjlKFE 2 0 3 3 O-Wi 627 E rc:T n . r, •. n / 2 2 / 3 3 iCROPUBLXSHlMb YOH'.0\:3-'    '    -,v El PRSC Yy 7 33 33 Herald-Zeitung —• ?'^Tr"71'....... ',M-.......... Vol. 149, No. 20 18 pages in 2 sections December 16, 1999 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 CUSHANICK WORD hires new manager By Erin Magruder Staff Writer SATTLER — Board members from the Water Oriented Recreation District said goodbye to longtime manager and friend Jim Inman Wednesday evening at their regular meeting and named a 20-year recreation field veteran as his successor. George Cushanick, who recently relocated from Puerto Rico, said he’s ready for the challenges and responsibilities of being charged with watching over    the Guadalupe River. “I met Jim and he told me about what I would be doing, and I said ‘I want that job!’” Cushanick said. “I am looking forward to being out on the river and seeing what needs to be done, and then starting to do the work. I am here to serve.” Cushanick, an avid outdoorsman, is the former recreation director for an Army base in Puerto Rico. “I know this job will be hard work, but the environment also will make it a fun job.” Inman, 64, who is retiring Dec. 31 after eight summers as manager, said he thoroughly enjoyed his tenure with WORD. “I spent a whole lot of years with another firm, and I didn’t have half the fun I’ve had with WORD,” he said. Board member Bill Mayo said Inman is leaving behind some pretty big shoes for Cushanick to fill. “When we were interviewing, the most important thing the candidate needed to know was that Jim loved the river — It was Jim’s river,” Mayo said. “George, I hope you love the Guadalupe River and make it your river, too.” John Schwartze also will retire Dec. 31 from his two-year term as treasurer of WORD. “I really regret my schedule is not going to allow me to continue,” Schwartze said. “WORD is a good board.” In other actions, the board adopted the following district tax rates for die year 2000: • Camping will remain at 5 percent; • Marinas at Canyon Lake will remain at 4.5 percent; • Hotel/motel will remain at 4 percent; • Water recreation at Canyon Lake will remain at 5 percent. The tax on rentals was changed from a 5 percent rate to a fixed user fee of $ I per person. WORD also approved spending $5,000 for trout stocking along the Guadalupe. WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Bonnie Collins, volunteer from the St. Paul Lutheran Church, helps pack various food items for clients of SOS Food Bank of Comal County, 248 Merriweather St. Below: Christine (right), a local flood victim, signs out from the food bank as she receives her food. No one goes hungry Food bank fulfills mission with volunteers, donations By Bryan Kirk Herald-Zeitung Correspondent The SOS Food Bank of Comal County is like your neighborhood grocery store, a place where a stranger gets a warm smile and a handshake. The Food Bank at 248 Merriweather St. is supported by an interfaith organization of churches dedicated to assisting the needy in Comal and surrounding counties. The churches supply volunteers to assist in the storage, stocking and distribution of food. Four of the volunteers, Jack and Amy Overstreet and Jim and Lorene Williams, have been weighing and packaging food for the hungry for tliree years. It is something they love to do. Mrs. Overstreet, 80, smiles when asked why she continues to volunteer for such a laborious job. “I really enjoy it, otherwise I wouldn’t come back,” she said. Overstreet smiles along with his wife. “We’re Santa’s helpers,” he said. All the donated food is sorted, weighed and shelved. Volunteers from various area churches distribute the food to the needy from I p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The stockpile of food comes from a number of sources. Larry Phelps, president of the organization, said grocers such as H-E-B, companies such as Blue Bell Ice Cream and students from New Braunfels High School have donated surplus food or conducted food drives. Phelps said most people who donated food were well-meaning. “Some people give us things we can use, like See FOOD BANK/5 A Staff requests could double city’s tax rate Population growth stretching municipal resources, manpower By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer New Braunfels’ tax rate could more than double in four years even without a bond issue if city council approves city staff requests for additional workers and facilities upgrades. New Braunfels City Council on Monday discussed a city bond issue that would raise more than $38 million to fix streets, improve drainage and buy land. What Council did not discuss on Monday was a list of additional requests from city staffers which, by themselves, could significantly increase the amount of property taxes paid by city residents. Their requests total about $ 14 million for the next four years. Staff requests were for capital projects only. The $14 million proposed did not even address the cost of added manpower. Staffers asked city officials to add 68 new positions during the next four years. The request for capital projects, combined with the as-yet uncalculated cost of 68 new hires by 2004 and the prospect of asking city residents to approve a bond package totaling nearly $40 million, led New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams to say he believed it was time lo start talking about cutting back on spending city money. “It’s completely impossible — tolerance-wise — for every bond project and every staff request to be approved,” he said. Some of the items on staffers’ capital wish list were well beyond what the city traditionally spends. An uncut version of this list was given to council to provide a comprehensive financial picture while council ponders bond projects for a May election, director of finance Chet Lewis said. The parks and recreation department, for instance, typically receives about $ 150,000 a year for capital improvements, but parks officials requested $7.4 million during the next four years. The request included $2 million for land acquisition and development of new park land, $2 million for improvements to Prince Solms Park, $100,000 for a retaining wall in Landa Lake, $75,000 for a new foundation for Landa Haus and $100,000 for a new irrigation system at the H-E-B soccer fields. City staffers told Council the capital projects would cost $14 million, but they were unable to provide cost estimates of the added manpower request. There are currently 325 full- and part-time employees working for the city. Under the recent request, that number would climb to 393. New Braunfels Police Department, for instance, needs 20 more officers by 2004, Chief Ray Douglas said. “The administration of the New Braunfels Police Depart- See STAFFING/3A WILLIAMS For 45 years, county worker took roads most traveled By Erin Magruder Staff Writer During his 45-year tenure with the Comal County Road Department, Clifton Bading has seen more than a few changes. “When I started out in October of 1954, I was hauling water all over the county because the wells went dry during the drought.,” Bading said. After a long career as the road depart- BADING ment construction specialist, Bading, 65, is retiring to enjoy the “good life ” His last day will be Dec. 31. County officials, friends and co-workers will throw a retirement party for Bading at 7 p.m. today at the Comal County Fairgrounds, 801 E. Common Street. In a letter to Bading, Comal County Judge Danny Scheel thanked him for his hard work and commitment to the county- During his career, Bading probably has worked on every road in the county road department system, said county engineer Tom Homseth, who has worked with Bading for eight years. “Cliff has definitely earned his retire ment,” Homseth said. “He has always been assigned the most difficult and challenging projects because he has the knowledge, background and know-how to get the job done right. Bading said he enjoyed his career and friendships with his colleagues. “I liked my work outdoors, because I am an outdoorsman,” he said. “I like my job because it is always changing, and I do not have to do the same thing every day.” CISD considers SVHS entrance plans, dress code changes By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal Independent School District trustees today will consider plans for a new entrance at Smithson Valley High School and changes to a new dress code policy implemented this past year. Trustees could approve conceptual plans for a new access road to SVHS off Smithson Valley Road (Farm-to-Market 3159, just south of Texas 46) when they meet 6 p.m. at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35. A local engineering firm is working on bid documents for construction of the side entrance to SVHS. If approved, the new access road would be part of an overall plan to reduce traffic congestion along Texas 46 near the high school. Comal County Engineer Tom Horsenth and Greg Malatek, resident engineer for the New Braunfels Texas Department of Transportation office, will present plans for modifying Texas 46 at Smithson Valley Road. The improvements are part of a plan to divide high school traffic between the school’s main entrance oft' Texas 46 and the new side entrance. The plan was presented by TxDOT as an alternative to a request by CISD and county officials for a traffic signal at FM 3159 and Texas 46 to control high speed traffic. On Oct. 14, CISD trustees approved buying 16 acres near the school for about $272,000. The owner of the property donated six acres, five of which will be used to build the side entrance. CISD officials said completion of the side entrance would take about four months. In other business, Nancy Cobb, Superintendent Jerry Major’s administrative assistant, will report on the district’s dress code committee. A panel of parents, teachers and students was formed earlier this year to review the 1999-2000 dress code and recommend changes for the next school year.See CISD/3AMeeting Comal Independent School District trustees will meet at 7 p.m. today at Canyon Intermediate School, 1275 N. Business 35. They also will consider the contract for Canyon coach Les Goad, who was placed on leave on Dec. 3. Inside Archives Anonymous.. .....9A Classifieds................... ..5-8B Comics......................... .....8A Crossword................... .....5A Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......5A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports........................... ..1-3B Today........................... ......2A Television..................... .....8A www.herald-zeitung com Key code 76 ;