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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW mtjjjm A T HERALDAEl Vol 148 No 62 12 pages in 1 section February TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Filing period opens for May 1 council mayoral races pity to elect new mayor BY BILL OCoNNeu Staff Writer Today marks the beginning of the filing period for the May 1 city elections Three New Braunfels City Council seats can be contested this year Mayor Jan Ken nady District 5 city council member Cathy Talcott and District 6 council member Juli et Watson are at the end of their threeyear KENNADY terms Candidates have until March 17 to file their intent to run for office Kennedy has been on council for six years Her first term began in 1993 as a council mem ber and she was elected mayor of New Braun fels in 1996 New Braunfels term limits prevent an elected official from serving more than two con secutive threeyear terms The city has seen its share of highs and lows since Kennedy took office Among the highs were the renovation of the Faust Street Bridge and the pending comprehen sive plan for the citys future Kennady said The comprehensive plan was something I said I wanted to accomplish when I was she said recently A public hear ing is set for today to discuss the plan which was scheduled for approval by city council this spring Talcott and Watson each are eligible for another term but neither had declared a reelection bid as of Monday Talcott whose district begins near Landa Park and and East Torrey Street and runs eastward past FarmtoMarket 1101 toward the ComalGuadalupe County line has said publicly she planned to move outside of her district to another part of the city which automatically would disqualify her for running for another term Watson has yet to announce her plans for die District 6 seat which covers most of downtown New Braunfels south to Inter state 35 and west just beyond South Walnut Avenue Watson was unavailable for comment Monday Master plan addresses land use BY BILL OCONNEU Staff Writer Some of the hottest debates around New Braunfels lately have centered on the development of real estate within city limits Land use and zoning was just one of several city issues set for discussion at a public hearing at today at the municipal building 424 S Castell Ave The topic of tonights hearing is a com prehensive plan prepared for the city by a national consulting firm 11 input on behalf of about 330 resi dents serving on nine subcommit tees one which specifically addressed land use and zoning the plan could be passed as official city policy this spring According to a 42page section of the comprehensive plan titled Land Use and future city officials will be able to use the ordinance to reflect the com munitys values with regard to how when and where the city should develop in the City officials readily admit the time for an updated comprehensive plan is overdue The most recent plan was adopted by city council in 1978 although the chamber of commerce updated that document in 1984 Recent public meetings on rezoning and land use issues have been highly animated A con tentious series of arguments fol lowed a proposal to convert more than 100 acres of vacant fields near Gruene into a million mixed use development dubbed Cotton by its developers proposal was approved by city council clearing the way for a ISOroom resort hotel near the Guadalupe River Homeowners across the river in the Sleepy Hol low neighborhood objected to the rezoning of the property to allow the mixeduse development but council still approved the project See LAND Link to learning ROBIN Frazier Elementary School student Hailey Dowell carefully links together the answers to her Presidents Day worksheet Monday Dowell and other second grade students in Rebecca Rpjos class spent the afternoon learning about presidents and virtue which tied into learning social studies and Texas Assessment of Academic Skills objectives Year later Murder still unsolved One flies for Comal ISD board seat Taxpayers group officer seeks District 4 post BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Candidate filing for two seats on the Comal Independent School Dis trict board of trustees began Monday with one clear candidate already in sight Positions on the board of trustees for single member districts three and four are up for grabs in a May 1 elec tion Voters also will cast their ballots on a million bond issue Interested patrons can file for a place on the ballot Monday through Friday from 8 to 5 at the Central Administration building 1421 North Business 35 The filing deadline is 5 March 17 John Bertelsen a Canyon Lake resident filed for a place on the sin gle member district four ballot Mon day morning Doug Nail the current representa tive for district four cannot run for reelection because he recently moved out of his district Nail ran against Thomas Bruce a Canyon Lake resident in 1996 Bertelsen is vice president of Con cerned Taxpayers of Comal County an organization of CISD patrons formed after the failed 1997 bond election Bertelsen who said he did not want to discuss his platform yet said he was not aware of any other can didates running for the district four seat Jo Schwab bookkeeper for CISD said Bertelsen was the only candidate officially to declare his intention to run on the first day of election filing Scott Watson the current repre sentative for district three said he See COMAL Lawmen seek clues about womans death BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Comal County investigators have not abandoned a year long search for the killer of a young San Antonio woman Saturday marked the oner year anniversary of the covery of 26yearold Virginia Ybarras nude body in a brushy area near FarmtoMar ket 1863 and Roadrunner Way on Feb Suspects identified almost as soon as Ybarra was found but investigators said this week that some indi viduals had been cleared Ybarra dropped out of sight from her San Antonio neigh borhood more than a month before her decomposed corpse was found by a Comal County resident Family members told criminal investigators that Ybarra last was seen on Jan as she left home to attend a birthday party Her mother reported her missing three days later Students walking to a bus stop near the BexarComal County line on Feb tipped their parents to a num ber of buzzards circling near by A parent checked the area and came upon Ybarras body Investigators appealed to the public this week to help solve the case We need to work with the public to get some Comal County Criminal Inves tigator Tommy Ward said Homicide detectives from Comal County and the San Antonio Police Department have collaborated on the inves ON THE BOOKS Three unsolved deaths remain on the books for Comal County homicide detectives Virginia Ybarra a 26yearold San Antonio woman was found Feb in a brushy area off County Michael Henry a 21 yearold Comal County man was discovered about 7 on July 28 1996 near Farmto Market 306 and Purgatory Road He was beaten and stabbed to death Fermin Flores a 46 yearold Seguin man was found June in a field off Doeppenschmidt Road near the Guadalupe Comal County line A sin gle gunshot wound killed Flores who was a well known produce worker at an HEB supermarket in Seguin tigation for a year Ward said Analyses of evidence gathered at the scene where Ybarra was found came back recently from two crime labs Ward said Ward said interviews he conducted with Ybarras fam ily and friends in the San Antonio area indicated she was a warm single mother who was the victim of a terrible crime Anyone with information about Ybarras disappearance or death can call Crime Stop pers at 6208477 Books in hand New Braunfete High School librarian Deborah Spteer will start checking out books today as the new library opens to dents Students havt not been able to check out books as the library has shifted from the old room Inside the high school to new building in front of the hlflh iohooi Tree ordinance still undergoing changes BYBlllOCOfWEU Staff Writer A draw was declared this past week in what appeared to be Round 4 in a bout over a pro posed tree ordinance for New Braunfels Officials looking to pass a tree preservation ordinance at a Feb 8 New Braunfels City Council meeting spent more than two hours refereeing an ongoing pub lic debate about how much preservation is needed The ordi nance could result in fines of up to for unlawful destruction or removal of trees designated for protection The Feb 8 reading of the ordinance approved by coun cil was the first of three required before it becomes enforceable See INSIDE
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