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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas INSIDE City Council candidates address issues through HeraldZeitung See Pages COUNTDOWN 326 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennlal March March Inside Letters to the Sports Preferred Readers The Stamnitisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZehung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Robert Moor Albert Gallegos D Baumler Kirkwood Gabrilla Cummings Roland Daigle Doris Stephens Happy Anniversary to Ralph Eliza beth Martinez Pickers Paradise set for Folkfest Antiques collectables vintage linens and other items are avail able at Pickers Paradise at Folkfest which continues today at Conservation Plaza The event will be held from 12 to 6 today Several select antiques will be available through a silent auction Admission to the grounds is Harmonye a mixed chorus group under the direction of Kretzmeier will be singing German songs at Folkfest on stage 2 at pjn today Railroad crossing reconstruction set West San Antonio Street will be totally impassible to road vehi cle traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad CTossingdtf Sunday May 1 from 7 until 6 Detour route from Academy Avenue to Castell Avenue will be via West Mill Street Union cross ing similar to the one existing on West Mill Street at the Union Pacific Railroad Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays of this Program to be given at senior center Taking Control Options to Maximize Your a live video teleconference will explore how people with multiple sclero sis can use exercise Tal Chi nutrition and physical therapy to manage their disease The program will be presented in New Braunfels at the Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa on Saturday Mary 7 from to The public is invited Jahn Street to be closed Monday for construction Jahn Street will be totally impassible to road vehicle traffic at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing on Monday May 2 from 8 to 5 Union Pacific Railroad Compa ny crews will be installing a new wood plank crossing Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays because of this work THtNiw Bmunftlt HtmUZtitung InviUt Hi nadtn to submit ittms to Slammtiich According to tht Sophitnburg Archivu and mtmbtn oftht Gtrman community nprutnisa sil ting plaetfor mtmbtn oflht community l gethtr and ihart tht dayt hopptningt you to than witk The winning numbers LottO 1322 3237 3948 EH million State bound New Braunfels Smithsqn Valley tracksters earn trip to state track meet See 9A SPECIAL RBORT DRUGS YOUTH Surveys interviews reveal how youth feel about drugs New Braunfels Herald 40 Pages in three sections Sunday May SUNDAY 75 CENTS Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of ROBERT MOOR I Vol 142 No 122 rate incentives By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials are urging the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees to study the possibility of offer ing rate incentives to companies that are consid ering moving to the New Braunfels area Chamber President Tom Purdum recently dis cussed the matter with NBU trustees The trustees agreed to allow the NBU staff to study the matter and bring the issue back to the board NBU General Manager Bob Sohn explained to the board that when new companies are consid ering relocating to New Braunfels they are inter ested in what the utility fees and impact fees are Sohn said that in the past the philosophy of the utilities has been to keep the rates low so that com panies would be attracted to the area however he Utility rate incentives could help lure more companies to locate here officials say explained that now companies are looking for giveaways Purdum said some of New Braunfels major competitors for attracting business are offering rate incentives through the utilities Some of the com petitors include San Marcos Seguin George town and Round Rock They are doing much more than we are even suggesting we do We dont want to give away the said Purdum Currently both the city and the county offer tax abatements to prospective industry The schools districts because of difficulties with funding have a hard time giving tax abatements accord ing to Purdum Most businesses will narrow their possible locations down to four or five areas said Putdum After those locations are determined the company then begins looking at ways to lower startup costs Pundum said a prime example of offering incen tives occurred when NBU offered to waive the impact fees for Armstrong He explained this company has since moved but it left an empty building which isnow housing a larger company In order to keep the utility rates low we have we have to have growth and keep business com ing said Purdum We aloo shouldnt forget existing industry We depend on existing industries more than new he said We like to see if we cant help them existing business we can encourage expansion here instead of them mov ing somewhere Bringing new business to the county will create jobs TonV and bring more money into m the area Small businesses will also benefit from new industry Purdum said Purdum also told the board any information from the chamber will be available to NBU In a later interview he said chamber may be asking governmental entities to rethink their incentives as well Kindermasken Ball parade rolls through town 9th Folkfest 94 kicked off with annual parade Top photo from latt Janaan Albracht Hannah Albracht Andrew Albracht and ROM Saiga participated In tht Ninth Annual Folkfaat Klndarmaakan Ball Parada Saturday morning In downtown Naw Braunfala Thalr antry callad Farmara Markat was awardad third plaoa Right photo Erica Hadlock mannad tha flrat placa award with har Spacaahlp antry Folkfaat contlnuaa through today at Conaarvatlon Plaza Tha annual avint la a calabratlon of local har Itaga and cultura a mlxad chorua group undar tha direction of William Kratzmalar will parform today at on ataga 2 at Conaarvatlon Plaza Antlquaa collactablaa and othar Kama will ba available today from 12 to 6 Savaral antlqua Kama will ba available through a allant auction Admlaalon la HonktZfitungplnotot by JOHN HUSETH Early voting continues for Oak Village North residents By JENNIFER ROMPED Staff Writer State approves county bridge overpass funding for coming year ByCRAIOHAMMETT Staff Writer Comal County will receive state funds for bridges and overpasses to the county The State Highway Commission last week approved funding for refur bishment of the Faust St Bridge and the building of a pedestrian walkway at the First Crossing on River Road The two projects were submitted under the Texas Department of Transportation improvement pro gram which is partly funded through a federal surface transportation improvement program said County Engineer Tom Homseth The state will provide 80 percent of the funds for the project Over 100 years old the Faust Bridge renovation will enable the bridge to become a pedestrian walk way The steeltruss bridge is truly a historic bridge said Homseth with wooden planks dating back to its origin Those planks and other oldage fittings are reasons the bridge is considered dangerous People access the bridge even though it is barricaded I think the property owners around there would love the said county commissioner Cristi na Zamora Its going to be lighted The kids that live in the neighborhood have to walk to the library Its dangerous for that right The first crossing pedestrian walkway was need ed due to heavy traffic from river recreation users Those crossings are relatively narrow Two cars and thats about said Homseth This will allow the people to walk across a designated The projects were two of 89 approved projects out of a total 292 submitted from around the state Early voting is continuing in the election to determine if Oak Village North subdivision should become an incorporated city Registered voters in Precinct 10 who live in Oak Village North can cast their ballots between 47 Saturday at Fire Station No 3 located at 6950 Circle Oaks Early voting will continue on May 2 and 3 and will also be from 47 at Fire Station No 3 Early voting began on April 18andthe regular election will be held May 7 According to Election Judge Pam Papsun there is no indication about what the results of the election will be In a past interview Papsun said the movement to study incorporation began last year A petition map and survey were presented to Comal County Commissioners in late November and an election date was set The effort to incorporate stems from the threat of San Antonios extra ter ritorial jurisdiction moving into the Oak Village North area and possible annexation of the area by San Antonio However opponents of incorporation say the likelihood of the subdivision being annexed is slim I am against it because I think that the fear of being annexed is nothing more than paranoia There is little or no chance that San Antonio willbe moving this far said Walter Hoermann a resident of Oak Village North Hoermann said San Antonio will not be interested in the subdivision because it would provide only a small residential tax base Oak Village North includes approximately 450 homes that range in value from to There are no businesses in the area It would cost San Antonio more to provide services than the city could said Hoermann Oak Village North resident Jo Ann Wilson said she supports incorporation because she does not want to pay tax es to the city of San Antonio Wilson said there has been some campaigning on both sides of the issue but she had no idea whatthe possible outcome of the election will be I know there are some people who have lived here a long time and they dont want to see she said For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846
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