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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ELS urn 11009 1R TX EITUNG 50 cents 148 No 223 14 pgs in 2 sections September npj p Serving Comal County since 1852 Council wants drainage fees to fund future projects City leaders see bond election as answer to problems from past BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Proposed drainage fees should fund future projects and address smaller existing problems New Braunfels City Council members told the president of the Drainage Advisory Committee Monday night President Hal Herbelin approached coun cil asking for more definitive direction for the committee which has been meeting since June to review an ordi nance draft that propos es various drainage fees In a recent meeting committee members said they were unclear what council fees to fund routine drainage maintenance or fees to cover more expensive construction projects or both District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory said he was hoping the committee would set VANSTORY fees to fund future infra structure projects and not worry as much about rectifying old problems The bond election will raise money for past he said But the bond doesnt cover everyones con cerns District 6 coun cilwoman Juliet Watson said I want to help people who have prob lems from past she said Mayor Stonesy Williams said We can WATSON rectify some smaller old problems but we dont want unreasonably high The larger projects like Church Hill Drive should be addressed through a bond issue Williams said City officials have estimated the Church Hill Drive drainage project at million Bigger ticket projects like this would dri ve up the cost of fees currently proposed to be paid monthly by every residential unit WILLIAMS and commercial industrial and retail units The existing ordinance also proposes var ious fees for developers Herbelin said councils comments were very helpful Council did not take any offi cial action on the matter The Drainage Advisory Committee meets Thursday at the citys municipal building 424 S Castell Ave Council also took the following action on Monday appointed Bill Morton to the Econom ic Development Corporation See Message on a Tshirt Domestic violence victims string out their feelings BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Its just paint and marker on a T shirt but the words tell the story better than any 200page novel You hit my moms head against a wall in front of He promised he wouldnt hit me again but he Im not afraid of you Thesrarejusfa few of the mes sages survivors of domestic vio lence have written on plain cotton Tshirts to express their anger fear and sadness Each Tshirt tells a different sto ry Some are written by women abused by their spouses or boyfriends while others are from children who experienced or wit nessed violence in the home Karen MacDonald volunteer coordinator for the Comal County Womens Center said many of them had similar messages You hear a lot of said MacDonald pointing to a Tshirt that reads I know Im not crazy even if he says On another Tshirt a victim of domestic violence described how her partner refused to allow her to visit family or friends without him and disabled her car so she couldnt leave while he was at work The center has collected about 50 Tshirts that will be used as part of a visual display bearing witness to violence against women MacDonald said the Tshirts would be used for a clothesline project which will be publicly dis played during a candlelight vigil for victims of domestic violence The Comal County Womens Center is sponsoring the candle light vigil 7 Oct 21 at Landa Park pavilion No 16 Local resi dents are invited to attend the vigil and to view the clothesline of shirts WAI Above Comal County Womens Center volunteer coordinator Karen McDonald shows goods donated to the centers shelter which helps victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Right victims and therapists share their feelings by decorating Tshirts which will be displayed at a candlelight vigil on Oct 21 McDonald said local residents who have been the victims of domestic violence including women children and men were invited to decorate a Tshirt for the candlelight vigil It gives people the chance to tell their story on a Tshirt Then we will hang them all up on the clothesline and during the candle light vigil people will walk by and read McDonald said MacDonald said residents could also take the Tshirts home if they did not want them displayed She also said the shirts could not be dis played if they identified a perpetra tor MacDonald said the purpose of the Tshirts was twofold a form of healing for survivors and a mes sage for the public Anything to gets victims to tell their story is therapeutic Victims of domestic violence tend to think that its not happening to anyone she said McDonald said the center would provide markers paint and T shirts Local residents could come by the center between 9 to 5 or call the center at 6207520 to schedule an appointment The clothesline project originated at a womens center in Pasadena but the idea caught on as a way to make the public more aware of the See ERIN Carnival ticket booths sit on a trailer at the Comal County Fairgrounds on Monday awaiting transport to their next destination County fair a success BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The faintest smell of funnel cake popcorn and sausage was still hanging in the air Monday at the Comal County Fairgrounds as the last of the carnival rides were disas sembled and loaded onto the trucks As the grounds slowly turned into a ghost town fair association members reflected on the 106th annual Comal County Fair By all indications it was a record year for the Nathan Rheinlander fair president said The crowds were as big or bigger than last year With the kind of weather we had aU weekend there was no way we could Besides the good weather highlights included an antique tractor pull arts and crafts show the Hill Country Gun Fighters show live music carnival rides and tons of food The weekend was a wonderful family and community affair said Ruthie PeVey chairwoman of the Canning aftd Food Preservation committee The Comal County Fair is one of the largest best attended fairs in PeVey said One thing that makes it special is how it provides good clean family fun that is Attendance at childrens events was up at this years r said Jackie Smith Comal County Fair executive assistant Eric Leach 13 who attended the fair with his family said the carnival was his favorite attraction The Zipper is the best ride at the Leach See RHEINLANDER INSIDE Kay code 76 NBISD trustee candidates draw for places FROM STAFF REPORTS Jim Gabbard will take the top spot on ballots for the Nov 2 New Braun fels Indepen dent School District trustee elec tion Gabbard andSueHahn are competing GABBARD for the Dis trict S seat on the NBISD board of trustees Hahns name will fol low on the election ballot Gabbard and Hahn drew for their place on the HAHN ballot Monday at the Education Center Seats on the board for Districts 3 and 5 are open Ue Edwards is running unop posed for the District 3 seat which will be vacated by incumbent Carlos Cam pos Campos and District 5 representative Steve Weaver are not running for reelection They both served one three year term EDWARDS Early voting ending today for NBISD bond election FROM STAFF REPORTS Early voting for New Braunfels Independent School Districts million bond election ends today Registered voters in NBISD can cast their ballots from 8 to S at the Education Center 430 W Mill St Early voting also will be available from 7 to 7 at New Braunfels Middle School 659 S Guenther Voters will decide the fate of the districts bond election on Saturday Polling locations in each district will be open from 7 to 7 On election day patrons must vote at the polling location in the district in which they live The following are the election day voting District 1 Lone Star Primaryi 2343 W San Antonio St f District 2 Memorial tary School 1900 S Walnut See 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