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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas t I PfVO HERALDZEITUNG 149 No 47 40 pages in 5 sections January 23 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Anchors aweigh New Braunfels mayor Stoney Williams was on hand Friday to help open a Navy recruitment Next victim NBHS became the latest in 14 i 5A to fall to Austin Tearjerker Angelas a new film Abased on a bestselling novel ifails to impress resident movie critic Roy WEATHER t For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX r i County penalizes jail contractor K JESSIE Comal County engineer Tom Hornseth walks through the new jail BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Weary from repeated delays on the Comal County Jail expansion commissioners said Friday they would start penalizing contractor Stoddard Construction for missed deadlines The county will impose a per day charge for liquidation dam ages until two sections of die jail are completed and ready for occupan cy Comal County Judge Danny Scheel said The penalty period began Friday after the San Antoniobased Stod dard failed to meet the latest dead line for completion of the squarefoot housing addition I think penalizing Stoddard is the right thing to Comal Coun ty Sheriff Bob Holder said I think we have been patient and now it is time for Stoddard Vice President Secre tary Stoddard said to the best of his knowledge the company had completed all of the requirements stated in the contract We had to get extensions on the contract for unforeseen Stoddard said The county has been fair with us so far and I am sure they will continue to Stod dard said County engineer Tom Hornseth said Stoddard had completed most of the contract requirements except for a few small details and a defi ciency with the smoke alarm sys tem The million jail expansion and renovation initially was sched uled for completion Sept 2 but the county extended the contract dead line by 102 days Hornseth said that was more than SeeJAIUSA Partnering Up BY CHRISTINA MINOR STAFF WRITER The Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce wants to be your partner in the new That was the theme of the chambers 81st annual ban quet and meeting that took place Friday night at the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter Outgoing board of direc tors chair J Lynn Davis said an active yearfor the Chamber of Commerce The 2000 board of direc tors chair said that the new millennium offers many opportunities for grdwth in New Braunfels Attendees of the banquet were treated to food music and a 1999 in review video presentation as well as the presentation of awards to members of the community who have shown commu nity spirit and a desire for betterment of New Braun fels Six New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Blue Coats who earned their individual life membership in the chamber were Marian Benson Roger Biggers Bobbie Hasert Daryl Hig gins Pam Kraft and David Pfeuifer The chamber also pre sented The Chair of the Board award to three com munity members who have made a significant contri bution to the community through voluntary service Susie Garcia and Larry Phelps were honored in die field of community service and Rita Kaufmann was honored in the field of youth development Rockin R River Rides owner Zero Rivers was awarded the Chair of the Board award for tourism development K JESSIE Iris Schumann far right grasps the plaque she won Friday for the Besserung Award at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Banquet and Annual Meeting Below 1999 chamber board chair J Lynn Davis right passes the gavel to 2000 chamber board chair Dennis Heitkamp Only five other commu nity members have received an award for tourism devel opment in the past 32 years Recipients of the Hall of Honor award were Linden Anderson Dennis Heitkamp and Mary Ann Hollmig The recipients are all active members in the com munity participating in sev eral organizations includ ing the Wurstfest Associa tion and Conservation Soci ety The coveted award of the evening the Besserung Award was presented to Iris Schumann for her dedicated work for the betterment of New Braunfels Schumann was a 1994 Hall of Honor award win ner and a 1985 Chair of the Board award winner Each award recipient was honored because of their ongoing efforts to support the community This is a fastpaced world of Heitkamp said We are going to need all the help we can get to main tain and improve our com munity It takes you to do Council mulls bond numbers BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels City Council did a lot of listening Saturday It met for more than three hours for yet another bond election discussion this time to hear various cost estimates for an indoor pool a gymnasium and athletic fields Council hopes to have a bond befoje vojers in listcurrently totals about million and could more than double the tax rate but several members of council have said they want to pare down that list Council has until Feb 14 to finalize the bond pack age in time for a May election At Saturdays meeting the nonprofit New Braunfels Youth Sports the driving force behind the sports com plex bond issue formally presented their cost esti mates For weeks NBYS representatives have said councils estimates were too high The city has put the project at 12 million which if approved would raise the 31cent per 100 valuation tax rate cents in the next four years NBYS officials said the project including the pool gymnasium and fields would cost mil lion and raise the tax rate cents NBYS representative David Feltmann said this would raise taxes about a year or about a month for a resident owning a home with a taxable val ue of You want a kid to keep so busy he doesnt have any time to get into he told council You can get all of that pool gymnasium and fields for a year Is that too much to ask Thats for the taxpayers to NBYS used ONeill Conrad Oppelt Architects Inc and Rehler Vaughn Koone Inc Architects to come up with their estimates New Braunfels Parks and Recreation director Iris Neffendorf said that the citys numbers were different because city staff made different assumptions For instance the city recommended an indoor recre ation center be a minimum of square feet NBYS made estimates based on a square foot gym By press time council had taken no action But it plans to continue the bond discussion at Mondays meeting All council members were present for the meeting but Mayor Stoney Williams left in the middle because of a family emergency To light or not to light Council decides Monday night Debate over River of Lights comes down to vote BY PERI STQNEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels has spent more than in bed tax money in the past three years to fund the Holiday River of Lights an expenditure some say violates state law But city officials maintain the 52day light display is a perfect ly legitimate project for bed tax money to fund City council will decide Mon day whether to continue spending the dedicated tax on this project The threeyear contract approved by council in 1997 has expired Council also will discuss whether to use hotel tax money to build and maintain a convention center a proposal backed by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc tax by state law is a dedicated tax that can be spent in limited ways Scott Joslove chief of munici pal affairs for the Office of the Attorney General of Texas said hotel tax revenue must directly enhance and promote tourism and the convention and tourism indus It must attract visitors from out side the eity into the city or its vicinity he said The law does not require that those visitors Expenditures funded through bed tax revenue must fit into five categories outlined in the states tax code These include Funding the establishment improvement or maintenance of a convention center or visitor infor mation center Paying the administrative costs for facilitating convention registration Paying for tourismrelated advertising and promotions of the city or its vicinity Funding programs that enhance the arts and COUNCIL MEETING WHAT New Braunfels City Council WHEN Monday city municipal building 424
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