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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Unicorn girls battle Roosevelt See Page 5 50 CENTS NewBraunfels in 12 pages in one section Thursday January Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Laura Ann Dtotert Vol 145 No 56 Inside Market Stdm m ti sell Birthday wlslws from ttw HmMZattung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Anna Gonzaks Mary Meder Robert Schima JoAnn Milliard Randy Mclntosh Jamie Mueller Stacy Schmeltekopf James Edwards Nikki Remington 8 years Marl Bocanegra 7 years Steve Mopler Laura AnnDfetert Happy anniversary wishes go to Cleburne and Cleo Hild 50 years To tiave a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MOW 270 Mountain Cedar 45 Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter ol air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 204 cubic feet per sec ond down four from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge 195 ds Canyon inflow 1 51 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation Ntw Braunfels NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Texas Tomorrow Fund program The Comptrollers Office is offer ing brochures and applications families to provide for their chil drens future college education at a current fixed current enrollment period ends Feb 18 fo more information or an appli contact the Texas Tornor roto Fund at 800 445GRAD or Rep Edmund Kuem pels office at 512 4630602 Economic forecast seminar on tap New Braunfels Title Co will sponsor a seminar on the New Braunfels areas economic fore cast from 9 to 1 1 Friday at the Holiday Inn Travis Tultos and Jon Hockenyos of Texas Perspectives Inc will give the presentation For information or reservations call New Braunfels Title Co at 6257553 or stop by any of their three Comal County offices in Canyon Lake and New Braunfels Help with tax returns for senior citizens Taxaid volunteers will provide tax preparation assistance to senior citizens and others on a first come basis beginning Saturday This is a free service Please bring supporting paperwork W2 and 1099s and last years tax return Times and sites are 10 to 2 Wednesdays and Satur days at the Dittlinger Memorial Library 1 to 5 Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 to 1 Saturdays at the Senior Center and 1 to 4 Wednesdays and 9 to noon Saturdays at the Canyon Lake Action Center Young Artist Competition The best and brightest young vocalists in the area hit the high notes Feb 8 as the Young Artist Competition opens to the public at 3 in the Schuech Fine Arts Center at Texas Lutheran University Music students com pete for a first place purse and a contract for one perfor mance with the MidTexas Sym phony in May with renowned conductor David Mairs Vocal ists will perform two selections of contrasting style selected from standard opera oratorio canta ta or spngs with orchestral iGcornpanimenf For information contact Caroline Weston at Q462 Firsttime home buying just got easier By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer A program could be available as ear ly as the beginning of April to help local firsttime buyers with low to mod erate incomes purchase their first home The Alamo Area Housing Finance Corporation held a presentation Wednesday to review the 1997 Single Family Mortgage Revenue Bond Pro gram Financial advisor for the pro gram D Ladd Pattillo of D Ladd Pat tillo and Associates said the goal of the program is to offer assistance in purchasing a home for low and moder ate income families at a below market interest rate Were not talking about low income housing but affordable housing for firsttime said Pattillo Theres no stigma Its not that kind of thing at Pattillo said roughly million will be available for a 10county area including Comal County Beginning April 3 firsttime buyers will be able to apply for the loans Under the guide lines for the program families of two or fewer with an income less than and families of three or more with a income of less than are eligible for the 30year loan Price limits will apply to the homes being purchased with the loan The maximum eligible price foe a home ranges from to depending on the num ber of units and whether it is o new home In addition to the low interest rates down payment assistance is also avail able to those who qualify for a loan The buyer could borrow up to which will be forgiven if the borrower stays in the home for five years or more The one thing that this program has that a lot of other programs dont have is the down payment said Kathi Witt assistant vice president of public finance with Kirkpatrick Pettis For some thats a big Local real estate agent Gale Pospisil of Pospisil Buyers Service said this program will be a real benefit to fami lies who are interested in homes with in the price limits I think its a good said Pospisil We have an awful lot of peo ple who would like to buy a house that cant afford the interest I think this will help a lot of people Rita Kaufmann vice president and manager at First Commercial Bank said people want to be able to call a HHL 4 jlWt computerat the Dittlinger Memorial Library r prefects or jiwt to handto on turfing Mart HereldZeltuno photo by Michael Darnell iilHygoe j fi iW HThe bse the new service is getting is a diverse patrons a Hockersaid its a Mcing country for a report orthe sta f Already the new service is helping library offi am cialsexpand their resources jj A ONLINE GUIDELINES VftfUMU Hocker said a wornan came in Tuesday to look the up the speech given by former President Ronald Afterthe Space Shuttle L v fM service wasable to Jocate fhe speech a printout in less ray fji than three minutes had been calling for about a year to check whether the service was available ypraryjofficials said they expect to expand the Ijiurnber of Internet computers in upcoming plans jo build a larger library facility on Common Street IM Internet computers cost to hook t fa frf and proyide service tlie cost was paid from the libfmys general fund v Friends of the Library which held a book sale f f iwidfor the computersworkstations A r j The Dittlinger Memorial Library at 373 Magzine Ave now offere two computers with access to the Internet A person must have a library card to use the new service Here are the guidelines i Persons younger than 16 must be accompanied by a parent The stations are offered on a first come firstserved basis with a 30mfnute limit If no one is using the computers addi tional time is allowed until another person Is waiting Printouts may be made from web sites at 10 cents per copy computers are to be used to obtain information and not to send or download files or use email Noshows prevent planning panel from taking action By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The citys Master Plan Steering Committee met Wednesday but did not take action because it lacked enough members to make a quorum Only five of the 10 members attend ed and they heard a status report on the search for a planning firm that will assist the committee in compiling a master plan The process is expected to take as long as two years The committee chairman John Dierksen appointed himself Mayor Jan Kennady New Praunfels Utilities General Manager Paula DiFonzo and City Planning Director Harry Bennett to serve on a selection committee Its going to be so critical that we get some grassroots involvement Its such a slow process The community is growing and so much is John Dierksen Master Plan Steering Committee chairman That committee plans to read the five proposals from Houston Austin San Antonio and Dallas firms and then narrow the candidates to three Those three will then be interviewed during a joint meeting of the steering committee and the citys Planning and Zoning board which will make a rec ommendation to the City Council No date was set for that meeting but it could occur by the end of February officials said NBU and the city have each pledged to split the costs for the con sulting work The steering committee is made up of representatives from throughout the city including Comal and Guadalupe counties New Braunfels Utilities the two school districts and two chambers of commerce City officials and committee mem bers will be try to include the public as much of as possible in reviewing trends in land use inside the city limits including zoning transportation util ities infrastructure public buildings annexation and subdivision develop ment At the next meeting the committee is scheduled to discuss the procedure for setting up the numerous subcom mittees they plan to appoint which will study lie various aspects of growth to include in the final master plan Its going to be so critical that we get some grassroots Dierksen said Its such a slow process The community is growing and so much is house their own because it gives them a sense of pride She said this program will help more firsttime buyers realize their dream We arc very interested in the pro said Kaufmann We have to be able to assist the increasing number of people in affording to move from renting to owning their own house This program will do Various lending institutions must decide if they will commit to the pro ject The money will be available begin ning April 3 and Pattillo said that is the earliest applications will be taken Deer panel seeks input Committee plans doortodoor solicitation of ideas to aid proposal By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Do you think the deer population inside the city limits of New Braunfels is a problem The citys Deer Man agement Committee wants to know The 15member ad hoc committee plans to go door to door throughout various neighborhoods asking about the deer situation before its next meet ing Feb 10 i The committee met for the first time Wednesday to elect officers and decid ed to survey residents primarily in the northwest section of town around Lan cia Park where most of the deer sit ings have occurred Members agreed that they need to determine whether the deer pose a problem what is it affecting and what plan for relief is needed The deer committee wants lo know if it is a problem that warrants a said newly elected chairman Larry Anderson If a plan is needed the committee likely will submit a proposal to coun cil for consideration by midsummer so that it could be implemented from October to March when more deer are seen in town The committee was charged by council to study the situation but pro hibited it from proposing the killing of deer through such methods as bow hunting Options under their review include trapping and relocation through the Parks and Wildlife Department pro hibiting feeding ofthe deer or hiring a company to turn the deer into veni son for charitable contributions HOW TO HELP The citys Deer Management Qomrnittee Is soliciting input from New Braunfels residents about whether the deer population inside city limits poses a prob lem and if so what needs to be done Call the city at 6082100 to voice your response The next meeting is at Fib10 at City Hall 424 S pastel Avef The committee plans b review responses at that Coach exemplifies true meaning of sportsmanship Page 4
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