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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 17, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALD PELS Vol 148 No 63 ao pages in 2 sections February WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents Planning for 2020 ROBIN Planning and Zoning commissioner James Dunks leans over to speak with Acie McAda while the audience listens to the highlights of the comprehensive plan at Tuesdays public hearing at the municipal building An overflow crowd gathered to hear and comment on the findings of the plans nine subcommittees Packed house criticizes citys comprehensive plan at hearing HEARING HIGHLIGHTS Its time be looking at our plan for the Mike McAnelly project manager for the comprehensive plan New Braunfels estimated population in 2020 was project ed at more than resi dents according to the Census and Texas State Data Center This is the citizens John Dierksen city planning and zoning commissioner Ive read the entire plan and believe it to be very Ernie Lambert city resident Im optimistic that this will be that does hot gath er dust sitting on the Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer Somewhere out there in New Braunfels is a pro posed guideline to be used by city officials in the next 20 years Most people apparently have never seen it Sev eral city residents reacted angrily at a public hear ing Tuesday when they discovered that the docu ment they had been reading the past few weeks was an outdated version of the plan Members of the citys planning and zoning com mission revealed they had not seen the current comprehensive plan either leading some resi dents to question why the public hearing had been called How can we intelligently discuss this asked frustrated city resident Theresa Frasch Its like try ing to hit a moving More than 120 people crammed into the tight confines of the New Braunfels municipal building for Tuesdays hearing City residents offered oppos ing viewpoints regarding the 20year plan Some in attendance criticized a recent draft of the document which was prepared by a national con sulting firm in the form of a technical report on a variety of cityrelated issues We believe mat the technical report is going to require substantial said John Lovett a member of the citys planning and zoning com mission Lovett said the land use and zoning subcom mittee disagreed with some of the recommenda tions made by the consultant Nine advisory subcommittees comprised of about 330 city residents had worked over the past year to help die consultant shape a draft compre hensive plan As chairman of the land use and zoning subcommittee Lovett said his group rejected seven of 35 recommendations made by Wilbur Smith Associates Mike McAnelly project manager for the New Braunfels comprehensive plan cautioned resi dents that the draft plan was not a final proposal Were still in the mode of developing this he said See lN Reena Udkler center listens attentively while discussion is taken about the education tion of the comprehensive plan Udkler she attended the public hearing out of an interest in tree ordinance and drainage issues Apollo 13 commander speaking at SWT Lovell presenting free lecture Thursday FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN MARCOS Lovell the astronaut portrayed by actor Tom Hanks in the 1995 film Apollo speak at Thursday at Southwest Texas State University The free lecture set for SWTs Evans Auditorium is titled A Suc cessful Failure The Flight of Apollo Lovell has the distinction of having traveled farther than any living astro naut He logged more than 600 hours and 7 million miles in space His most famous mission nearly resulted in disaster in 1970 and later was parlayed by Hollywood and Han ks into a popular movie Lovell and his crew were in extreme danger of dying in space when oxygen tanks on board the Apollo 13 space craft exploded LoveUs appearance Thursday and Friday will coincide with the dedica tion of a recently completed academic center at SWT The James and Marilyn Lovell Cen ter for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research officially will be dedicated Friday The center will offer research and office space and an in house library to visiting scholars Additional functions of the center include hosting conferences publish ing papers in international journals and serving as a clearinghouse of infor mation on environmental geography and hazards issues Lovelft address is the first in SWTC Chautauqua Series ROBIN Rev Neal rector at St Johns Episcopal Church is ready to celebrate Ash Wednesday today Season of Lent begins today BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer M Asfi today marks Ife first ilay of Lent a time of penance and prayer in the Catholic Church Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence according to information provided by Holy Family Catholic Church in New Braunfels All believers between the ages of 18 and 59 are limited to one full meal on these days Lent is the time we are called to prayer fasting and alms said Msgr Michael Yarbrough of St Matthew Catholic Ghurch in San Antonio Yarbrough said ashes placed on the foreheads of parish ioners came from palm leaves given on Palm Sunday the year before This a reminder that lifes finite and from dust we came and to dust we will he said The cross made by the ashes is the symbol of the faith and the banner that should be upheld throughout the year Yarbrqugh said Lent has six Sundays the sixth of which is called Pas sion pr Palm Sunday March the beginning of the HolyWeek Lent ends with the Mass of the Lords Supper on Holy Thursday April The Lords passion and death are commemorated on Good Friday April Easter weekend concludes with the Easter Vigil and evening prayer on Easter Sunday April Fridays during Lent also are days of abstinence All who have reached age 14 are recommended to avoid eating meat on Fridays Though there is no obligation to fast voluntary acts of selfdenial are recommended Ashes will be distributed at all Holy Family Catholic Church Masses today at 8 noon ash service only and 7 The church is at 245 S Hidalgo St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther will have Ash Wednesday services at noon and 7 Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church 386 N Castell will have Mass at 7 8 and 7 Ashes will be distributed after all Masses and at 3 First Protestant Church 172 W Coll St will have its ser vice at Service schedules for other area churches were not available at press time Call your church for more specif ic information INSIDE Check it out NBHS students teachers like new library BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The new library at New Braunfels High School is shedding some light on books literally Large bay windows overlooking the front lawn and skylights in the ceiling are only a few of the perks being enjoyed by high school students and staff The new library opened its doors TUesday to already were high Im very impressed with it I really like the skylights and senior Rosa Espinoza said Its a lot bigger than the old one which is what we The old library inside the main building was much smaller and was extremely noisy when two or three classes were in the room at the same time she said They did a better job on it that I thought they senior Boniea Ayala said Its nice and open and gives you a lot more Espinoza and Ayala were two students in a senioFlevel college prep English class getting a head start on their senior research papers The students were the first official class to use the library but will probably not be the last All seniors are required to submit research papers as a graduation requirement I think the new is going to be bet ter for students in the years to come more so dun for my year because it will give them handson experience using the Espinoza said The new library which cost more than million eventually will offer students more technology through an upgraded work system and additional computer equip ment Librarian Dolores Spicer said The com puters are going to be networked throughput the school so students can do research using the library database and print it out while in their classrooms Were also going to offer more computer and search stations and all the