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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 11 I NEW 2 pin 09 FBI so ui ST nicHOHUBL F YHNDfl DI n pnso iX RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 190 14 pages hi 1 section August jri A V ServinS Comal County since 1852 50 cents Mayoral hopeful Ingram clash again BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Bulverde Northwest mayoral candidate Malcolm McClinchie turned up his heated debate with Ingram Readymix this week by warning the manufacturer to stop preparing a site for its concrete batch plant Ingram Readymix attorneys responded the city could not have rules for commercial development because it had not elected a council or mayor McClinchie and Ingram Readymix have a long history of confrontation and rancor McClinchie has been an active member of an environmental group that fought Digrams plans to build the concrete batch plant near Texas 46 Ingram has fought the incorporation and installation of city officials for Bulverde Northwest On lUesday McClinchie wrote Ingram president Bruce Ingram This letter is to formally notify you that the city of Bulverde Northwest must approve all commercial construction within our city While this letter might not have any legal weight it puts Ingram on notice of our Kip McClinchie Candidate for town marshal Bulverde Northwest The city of Bulverde Northwest has instituted a temporary suspension of all commercial activity until the city has a reasonable time sic to develop and adopt specifics and detailed zoning and land use McClinchie signed the letter as the de facto Mayor of Bulverde Northwest despite the fact he has an opponent in Sat urdays special election Rancher Paul Mau rer is running against McClinchie to be the first mayor of the new city Ingram attorney William Zeis said neither he nor Ingram had seen copies of the ordi nances McClinchie referred to Zeis said no public meetings had been posted and McClinchies letter had no legal authority Ingram Readymix and all the other property owners and residents of the area are entitled to prior notice and the oppor tunity to participate in decisions which could affect our lives and our property Its not just the law its the way decent people Zeis said Dib Waldrip Comal County criminal district attorney said Wednesday that McClinchies letter was not enforceable According to McClinchies letter eyi See Quality time WAI Ray Davira and his 5yearold daughter Destiny cool off Wednesday with a swim at Landa Park Davira said he wanted to spend as much time as he could with his daughter as she will begin school next week Animal control kills familys pet rooster BY PERI STONE PALMQUIST Staff Writer Woody the rooster seemed destined for this years Comal County Stock Show until a bullet tragi cally ended his life this past week The pet chicken was shot and killed by a New Braunfels Animal Control offi cer leaving a family WOnderirig why a more humane approach wasnt used We raised that chicken by Penni Baker said AMANDA Emily Baker 9 stands next to the cage that housed her pet rooster Woody The rooster was killed this past week by New Wed out Mm in our Braunfels Anima Control officers responding to a complaint GISD could approve bond sale Low interest rates make move a priority BY HEATHER TpDD i Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials are getting a jump on historically low interest rates to sell some of the bonds from the May 1 bond issue CISD trustees could approve issuance and sale of the bonds at 6 today at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 North Business 35 The million bonds to be consid ered Thursday will pay for building three new elementary schools and expanding Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools The bond issues second proposition at million will fund a third high school in the Canyon Lake area A covenant with CISD voters prevents the district from selling those bonds until 2002 The board will consider during closed session buying property for one of the new elementary schools The administration recommended building the new elementary schools in the US Creek area the FarmtoMarket Road Lane area and the FM 484 area The districts design firm Pfluger and reviewed several properties in the Creek area The board could select property and authorize negotiations for buying the site School officials said they could not provide information about the properties until after the board vote Abel Campos CISD business man ager said the districts financial advisor would present the board with a recom mended offer for the bonds in the first proposition If the sale is approved pro ceeds would not be received until 20 to 30 days later he said Campos said the amount of the sale MEETING WHO Comal Independent School District board of trustees WHEN 6 today WHERE Canyon Intermediate School 1275 North Business 35 would determine what interest rate the district would have to pay on the bonds That in turn will impact the debt service requirement which will be reflected on the tax he said Campos said the district was selling the bonds now to take advantage of low interest rates and a high bond rating from creditrating agencies The interest rate is historically low right now and it goes in cycles so were taking advantage of that Also with a large bond issue a small change in the See laps and feed him And we had him The family bought Woody the rooster four months ago when he was just a chick And Pennis daughter Emily 9 was consid ering entering her pet into stock shows through Future Farmers of America But Woody will never get that chance On Friday New Braunfels Police Depart ment received complaints of a rooster run ning loose and damaging neighbors prop erty in the 500 block of Booker An animal control officer arrived about Fri day Officer Edgar Dietrich tried to contact the owner of the chicken but no one was home Sgt David Wilson said Dietrich then tried numerous times to catch the chicken A chicken is like a cat its very elu Wilson said Its hard to After trying unsuccessfully to catch the chicken Dietrich resorted to deadly force and fired off two rounds from his 22 cal iber rifle We try to keep away from Wilson said As a last resort however deadly force was a legal solution Wilson said But Baker said it wasnt ethical They relied on one ladys word and they killed my she said They didnt try to find me They didnt leave a note They just blew away my pet Im waiting for them to shoot my The Bakers came home Friday evening and a neighbor told them what had hap pened Baker said an officer could have tried placing a net over the chicken instead of killing it The police department might look into other ways of apprehending chickens Wil son said But the Bakers really shouldnt have had the chicken there at all Residents must live on at least a squarefoot tract to keep chickens inside the city limits Residents living on squarefoot tracts can house up to 50 fowl Baker said Is that really a reason to kill a persons pet If I had a cow out there would they bring an uzi and start shooting And what about all those other chickens in the city Baker said she was unaware of any law stipulating who could or could not own chickens Shes never had a problem with the chicken destroying neighbors property before she said Woody would stay in the fenced yard or go across the street to a neighbors fenced yard to play with chil dren she said Not all the neighbors were friendly with the pet and Baker said that scared her Im ready to move because of she said INSIDE Bulverde City Council OKs 2000 budget exemptions BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer BULVERDE A budget for 2000 and a homestead exemptions for senior citizens were approved by Bul verde City Council on Tuesday The spending plan prepared by Mayor Bob Barton was based on a 16cent proper ty tax rate but council argued in favor of the current rate The tax rate will be adopted on Aug 24 Alderman Wallace Berkholtz said I think we should set it there and see how it goes We need to pin experience then we can always go down I hate to set it low then have to jack it up later Alderman Arleen Ben nett said the lower tax rate might not work with the increased road budget The approved budget hiked the road mainte nance funds from in 1999 to in 2000 Alderman Ken Fiedler who was not sent sent his written comments about the budget BARTON He said council should set an 18cent tax rate until members had a bet ter understanding of the city budget process We need to build our he wrote We also need to honor our pledge to the community to set a tax rate no higher than 18 cents with the tax The reserve which acts as a security blan ket for errors in the budget was set at in the proposed budget If council Road work money nearly doubles 4 BENNETT approves the 18cent tax rate the reserves fund will show an increase of about When the 1999 budget year ends in December reserves will be about The reserve is 25 percent of the annual bud get If the city goes with the 18cent tax rate the city will end 2000 with more in reserves Frank Herzig of Bulverde said As some one who pays less than 18 cents is See