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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas i i r t IN EWJiBBBtti8iBKFELS TX HERALDZEITUNG 149 No 48 14 pages in 1 section January 25 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents ichool locations BY HEATHER TODD S5 Staff Writer v school board president ttem Krueger said he hoped a spe cial meeting Wednesday would bjjng together a sharply divided btiard on the controversial topic of where to build a new elementary school Comal Inde pendent School District trustees are scheduled to meet 6 Wednesday at the CISD human resource services build ing 1419 N Business 35 to discuss buying land for new schools Krueger said possible land sites for a new elementary school in the US 281 and Cibolo Creek area would be discussed will discuss buying land in closed session No action will be taKen at the meeting At the heart of the board split is a piece of land offBorgfeld Road on the west side of 281 in Beyar County Three trustees and many CISD patrons want the district to build a new elementary school there but four trustees want the district to consider other locations Trustees John Bertelsen Lester W Jonas and Dora Gonzales are in favor of building the school on the east side of 281 which is part of a proposed alternative bond plan by Bertelsen Bertelsens plan includes moving the new elementary school to the east side of 281 and a new high school to the west side of 281 He said the plan would solve wfiat he saw as problems such asltransportation and school feed er patterns with the current bond The board agenda states trustees Will adjourn into closed session Wednesday to discuss purchase exchange lease or value of real According to the Texas Open Meetings Act school trustees can Quiy conduct meetings in closed session to discuss real estate per sofonel issues discipline of a stu dent consultation with an attor ney or other legal issues said Bertelsens plan coild be discussed Wednesday if it involves the actual purchase of pperty am concerned because the See Young thespians K JESSIE The Civic Center was barely large enough for all the youngsters that turned out to audition for Wiz of the a touring childrens production that casts local children as characters in the play Shelby Stevens 8 was one of more than 100 youth that turned out to show off her talents City approves new site for Walgreens BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Building a Walgreens at Busi ness 35 and Walnut Avenue is poor planning District 6 coun cilwoman Juliet Watson told New Braunfels City Council on Monday But no one else agreed Council agreed to give Wal greens a spe Council trims from bond cial use per mit that would allow the drug store now at San Antonio Street and Walnut Avenue to build at the new site The property is currently zoned multifamily Its poor planning on my part to vote for it thats what I was Watson said Why cant they go anywhere else but that intersection At previous meetings offi cials with Walgreens had said for different sites but Business 35 and Wal nut was the best option The current location gives them no room to expand they said I dont want this town to be a bunch of empty Watson said And allowing Walgreens to build at an already busy comer sets the wrong precedent she said Watson was the only council member to vote against the zon ing change Mayor Stoney Williams was absent because of illness In addition to approving a zoning change for Walgreens EARLY DEADLINE Because the Herald Zeitung press is moving to Industrial Drive the HeraldZeitung is being published in Seguin which means earlier deadlines For a quick roundup of Mondays city council action see our web site at For a com plete report see Wednesdays Herald Zeitung We apologize for the inconvenience to our readers council also approved a zoning change for a new 240unit apaftjnent cornplexoff Inter state 35 and Water Lane No one spoke against the zoning change in a public hear ing The change was for a 15acre lot from R2 Single and Two Family District to R3H Multi family High Density District Some community members once hoped the property would house affordable homes but federal funding fell through The proposed apartments would be rented at market price developer John Seidel said Council was scheduled to discuss the bond issue and how to spend its tax rev enue but no action was taken by press time Ctiinbs pitches Texas processing to local GOP BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer The long Texas drought and diversifying the states agricultur al economy were some of the top ics addressed by Texas Agricul ture Mondayafternoon at the annual membership luncheon of the New Braunfels Republican Women Combs met with a roomful of local Republican supporters can didates and city and county offi cials at Wesley Hall of the First United Methodist Church 572 W San Antonio Street There are 20 million people liv ing in Texas right Combs said If we can convert all people in Texas to buy Texan then these farmers and ranchers can survive If we dont actively support them then your choices for buying in Texas will be Combs said farmers who made up percent of Texans should take advantage of lucrative eco nomic opportunities such as pro cessing agricultural products Right now we only process 10 percent of what we she said If we increased that by only 1 percent it would be a billion dollar per year economic benefit to Simply chopping up salad greens and putting them in bags or cutting flowers could help growers corner the market on processing instead of losing the revenue to other states such as Florida and California We have traditionally large commodity Combs said We need to continue to do this Everything now is processed Convenience equals Combs also said water avail ability for agriculture in Texas was one of her biggest concerns espe cially because the drought had been predicted to continue until spring If we dont find ways to keep a source of water for agriculture it will absolutely dry she said Combs said the economic sta bility of an area was highly depen dent on the conservation and avail ability of water and that finding viable sources of water would con tinue to be a challenge as the pop ulation grew in the future She said brush control was a very effective method to relieve the strain on the local water supply and the Edwards Aquifer The one way to capture water is to get rid of as much of the brush as you she said K JESSIE Texas Agriculture Commissioner Susan Combs addresses the New Braunfels Republican Women Monday Jail addition gets commissions OK JrjBpector Mark Wilson with the Texas Commteston on Jail Standards times the response of the smoke alarm system in the how jail expansion on Monday BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer The Texas Commission on Jail Standards said a 144bed housing addition at the Comal wns ready to open for Honday The commission did a thor ough inspection of the new facility Building B and gave the county the godhead to begin housing federal prison ers a practice that could bring in a much as million in county revenue per year Deputy Chief Richard Bennie said The housing addition is a mens dormitory facility that is divided into six rooms each with 24 bunks The building also includes a small recreation area for the inmates and a new See INSIDE Abby 7 Classifieds 1114 Comics 7 Forum 6 4 Movies 7 Obituaries 3 Sports 910 Today 2 7 Key Code 76 Press move causes some headaches The moving of the HeraldZeitung press from 707 Landa St to 1342 Industrial Drive in New Braunfels caused delivery delays for many newspaper customers on Sunday The HeraldZeitung which is being published at the Seguin Gazette Enterprise for the next two weeks was late coming off the press because of technical problems with the Seguin press The HeraldZeitung apologizes for the inconvenience caused by Sundays technical problems and for any other delays related to the press move
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