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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 6 NEW 20332 MO09 SO WE S T MIC RO PU BLI SI I T MG 2627 E YfiNDFLL DR EL PRBO TX 79903 72 Vol 148 No 88 pages in 1 section March 23 1999 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 SO cents Neighbors air opposition to Evergreen Villas BY BILL OCONNELL Staff Writer About 20 New Braunfels residents enu merated their objections to an affordable housing proposal at city council chambers Monday night Clad in red Tshirts as a sign of solidar ity they told council members affordable housing in New Braunfels was a good idea so long as it did not end up near their neighborhood Were not opposed to affordable housing We want affordable Morningside Drive resident Billy Bryant said But we want it dispersed throughout the Bryant and a number of private property owners complained to council about Ever green Villas an 80unit apartment com plex proposed for the citys southwest side The site at South Water Lane off Inter state 35 behind the Department of Public Safety office was debated at a public hear ing Monday before city council Council was scheduled to vote Monday evening on a special use permit authorizing development of 15 acres of land for Ever green Villas but the outcome of the vote was unavailable at press time Homeowners near the proposed Ever green Villas complex said they believed the lowcost housing development would lead to increased crime and traffic decreased water pressure in their homes and lower property values in their neigh borhoods I dont know of a case where a public housing project has ever increased proper ty Morningside Drive resident Dan Dean said Evergreen Villas proponents cited the critical need for affordable housing units in New Braunfels and disagreed with the notion that the development would lead to an increased crime rate in the area Crime does not come only from people who live in affordable Loma Vista Street resident Linda Murphey said Designed by Amistad Affordable Hous ing Evergreen Villas reportedly would it prograrn The Texas Department of Hous ing and Community Affairs will award tax credits to affordable housing applicants on July 25 Evergreen Villas would be operated as a gated housing community for moderate income wage earners Tenants whose year ly earnings ranged between and would be eligible for occupancy according to developers Thats dedication New Braunfels marks founding with mural BY TOM ERICKSON News Editor New Braunfelsers marked the 154th anniversary of their citys founding in grand style Sunday evening as the Historic Outdoor Art Braunfels Inc dedicated and lit up its City of a Artist Clinton Baerrnann Comal County Judge Danny Scheel may or protern Juan Luis Martinez and District 6 city council representa tive Juliet Watson gathered around a detonator for a first lighting which brought an explosion of cheers and applause from the large crowd gathered on South Castell Avenue Wayne Rahe president of the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery thanked all who worked to make the more than threeyear project a reality and said he hoped it would be preserved for future generations to enjoy To the citizens of New Braun fels and Comal County we give this mural to Rahe said We ask you to protect it preserve it and save Once the mural is completed vicepresident Sandy Kelley told the crowd it was 95 percent done a sealant will be used to pre serve it for at least 50 years Our purpose is to enhance and the prosperity of down Kelley said We thought of tourists at first but decided this is for us Its a way of edu cating and explaining our history and And City of a Prince is just the beginning Rahe announced plans for three to five more murals as well as some sculptures Qnce the first mural is finished a second chronicling the life and of Ferdinand will be started on the TOM Above City councilwoman Juliet Watson mayor protern Juan Luis Martinez artist Clint Baermann and County Judge Danny Scheel push down the lever lighting the first outdoor mural in downtown New Braunfels on Sunday At right Baermann stands in front of the mural dubbed City of a wall of Comal Flower Shop 337 Main Plaza Rahe said that project would begin in six to eight weeks City of a Prince is 38 feet high and spans more than 150 feet along the New Braunfels Empori um building It depicts significant people and events in the citys founding including a magnificent scroll that tells the story of the journey from Braunfels Germany to the place where the Guadalupe and Comal rivers meet Baermann known for his mural work at the Texas Rangers muse um in Waco also was honored Rahe noted that Baermann used just seven colors in creating the work which uses a wide variety of shades and hues With half of Comal Countys residents having been here less than 10 years Rahe and Kelley said they found it important to bring out New Braunfels history in the form of murals Kelley also announced plans for Tshirts prints and other com memorative items to be made from the murals A limited number of City of a Prince prints were available at the dedication ceremo ny Police chief seeks more officers BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Continued population growth in New Braunfels and traffic problems exacerbated by construction on Interstate 35 prompted New Braunfels Police Chief Ray Douglas to ask for eight new officers for begin July 1 But bud Coarttiotari Setrestric oee related jjons caused story below Douglas to reduce that number to four and that is the number of new officers New Braun fels city council will consider adding to the force in upcom ing budget workshops Even if the four new offi cers are approved by coun cil the department will fall short of the recommended number of officers for a city of this size The Depart ment of Justice recommends officers per every persons With the additions the department would have 61 cer tified officers With an esti mated population of the department would have about officers per residents Douglas said he understood the fiscal constraints city lead ers faced when budgeting for the police department Our population and geo graphic location dictate that we need more officers than we Douglas said But budgetary constraints compel us to deal with the hand we are Adding four new officers will not be an inexpensive proposition for the city The start up costs for adding four WHATS UP New Braunfels City Council is considering adding four new officers to the citys police department Chief Ray Doulas originally asted Two officers will be assigned to the new traf fic division which is assigned to work vehicle accidents and enforce traffic laws Two officers also will be assigned to the patrol division which responds to calls for service and reports of crimes in the city Lt John Wommack has assumed the job of running the traffic divi sion Lt Doug Dunlap a 20year veteran of the department will assume Wommacks duties as patrol lieutenant new officers is expected to be about About of that would be a onetime cost for vehicles and equipment for the officers Douglas said two officers would be assigned to the traf fic division created last year and two would be assigned to patrol duties The new employ ees are subject to formal approval by the city council Douglas said separating patrol and traffic divisions would allow the department to better serve the public The traffic division is assigned to work vehicle acci See Flood victims get forum BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer people who 9X9 still said Connie Hayes an outreach worker i Five months after the tragic flood for the group ThereTs still a lot left of October 17 some flood victims in Comal County still have needs to The group wOl host a flood recoy ijje met ery forum at 6 today at the the message of the South Municipal Building at Castell Texas Flood Recovery Project a si Nf Braunfels Those affect notfor profit group by the ed IMrnd BoniiMy Management E88 Mental flood experience and ask questions of local pmcials 8bout WrestUl hearing from a lot of See FORD W3 INSIDE Abby g 5 Classifieds Comics 7 Crossword g Forum Coeai 4 Obituaries a Sports Today 89 City begins 2000 budget talks BY BlU OCONNEU Staff Writer Adding police officers and firefighters and reducing prop erty taxes are among highlights the municipal building 424 S The extra funding for the Castell Ave police department would add One of the things that proba four new officers to the force bly will stand out the most is an Currently 57 officers are corn increase in public safety num missioned with the New Braun of a proposed 200fbudgef for Braunfels chief finan fels police department New Braunfels cial officer diet Lewis said Fire and emergency manage City council members and staff The proposed budget for fiscal ment expenditures would are scheduled to discuss the bud year 2000 which begins July 1 increase from this year get at a workshop set for calls for nearly million to be ed million to more than Wednesday spent on police patrols The cur million The increase The meeting is opeo to the remveart budget includes about reflects a proposal to add six public and will be conducted at fix patrol spending fighter posi