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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW FBI HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 56 18 pgs in 2 sections February 4 2000 FRIDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Commissioners keep eye on San Antonio expansions BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners are keeping a close eye on the legal wrangling between Boerne and San Antonio over the Boerne The result of that litigation most likely will affect the future of Comal County and the threat of annexa Housing grants still up for grabs FROM STAFF REPORTS New Braunfels Housing Authority has one grant and one grant left to give to lowincome homebuyers before May Potential homeowners can use the grants toward buying any new home in New Braunfels But if the money isnt given out by May the Housing Authority must return it to the state So far this year five families have received each from the Housing Authority This funding is making a dif ference for families who have good steady jobs and can make regular monthly mortgage pay ments but who dont have the money saved to put toward down payments and closing Housing Authority executive director Nadine Mardock said To qualify families must meet the following income guidelines One person Two people Five people Six people people Eight people The grant must be repaid if the family sells the home or pays the mortgage in full at any time The repayment clause only kicks in if the family sells or pays off the Mardock said The buyers obtain regular loans must have good credit must be able to make monthly payments and must maintain the homes just as any other homeowner would do Program coordinator Liz Han cock said The difference is the cash We have so many good working class families here who would be excellent homeowners but will never be able to save with the wages they See INSIDE Key Code 76 tion by San Antonio The wall is a section of Boernes extraterritorial jurisdiction that runs along East Ammann Road from Boerne to the Bulverde city limits forming a contiguous corri dor that divides San Antonios ETJ from southwestern Comal County On Thursday commissioners signed two resolutions in opposi tion to an annexation by San Anto nio of Camp Army installation next to Comal County San Antonios planning depart ment is considering annexing a foot wide strip of land near Bulverde and along the western edge of Camp Bullis Comal Coun ty Judge Danny Scheel said The move would extend the ETJ of San Antonio allowing the city to stake its claim five miles into south west Comal County The new ETJ also would provide a window for invasion into western Comal County that county com missioners fear once opened might never close Scheel said his concerns about the Alamo Citys plans for north ward advancement already had been confirmed by a city official I am convinced that San Anto nios sole purpose is the north and eastward march toward Canyon Scheel said In was told by a thenmember of the San Antonio planning department that their goal was to be at the south side of Canyon Lake within 10 years and thats exactly where this is leading Its so obvious the land they are trying to annex is for the sole purpose of including more land within Comal County Texas for further annexation to increase their tax The strip of land next to Camp See Twocar accident K Jessie Zeitung New Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel prepare an 87yearold New Braunfels woman for transport to McKenna Memorial Hospital following a twocar accident in the 300 block of Landa at Thursday The woman was not seriously injured in the accident Parents CISD look at bomb threat issue BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY More parental involvement and better communication are key to ending a rash of bomb threats disrupting local schools law enforcement officials and parents said Thurs day night About 200 parents and commu nity members from the Bulverde area attended the Safe Schools meeting with Comal Independent School District and law enforce ment representatives to discuss solutions to recent problems with false bomb threats Since Jan 13 nine bomb threats were reported at Smithson Valley and Bulverde area schools The latest occurred Thursday morning at Smithson Valley Middle School offFarmtoMarket311 The bomb tlireats all hoaxes started after a pipe bomb was found Jan 10 at Blanco High School There have been four evacua tions at Smithson Valley High School because of bomb threats No explosive devices were found at the campuses Two 13year old male SVMS students a 14year old SVHS male student and a 12year old Arlon Seay Intermediate male student were taken into custody in con nection with the threats They were charged with mak ing a false report or alarm a state jail felony Laura Turk president of the Comal Council of PTAs said the Safe Schools meetings purpose was to find a way for parents schools and law enforcement to make students and staff feel safer in school Parents suggested ways to enhance security at the schools ranging from metal detectors to fingerprinting all students Parents both applauded and crit icized the administrations han dling of the recent threats Some said the district needed to better inform parents and com plained about the recent backpack ban at SVHS SVMS and Arlon Seay Intermediate School Captain David Ott said the ban was a necessary precautionary measure We one of things weve learned about the Columbine attack was that two of the biggest bombs that didnt go off were in he said Parent Jackie Nicholson who volunteers at SVHS urged parents and students to cooperate with the ban and other restrictions CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the evacuation of stu dents and staff would continue in the event of future bomb threats We dont see a better he said Some parents said they were concerned about unexcused absences when they picked up their children early or when students did not feel safe going back to See Art league gala to fund gallery elevator BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Residents can have a great time Puttin On The Ritz Saturday evening while raising money to install an elevator at the New Braunfels Art League gallery 239 W San Antonio St The gala starts at 7 with a sneak preview of artwork from more than 60 of the areas finest artists NBAL publicity chair Pat Deltz said The event also will include silent and live auctions enter tainment food a tour of the new ly renovated second floor and the Great Gallery Heist drawing where participants can win a painting for Renovations on the twostory building that now houses the gallery began about 10 years ago when NBAL now celebrating its 35th anniversary purchased a dilapidated structure they hoped to someday transform into the historical beauty that stands today When we bought the build ing hi 1990 it was trashed with pigeons bats and occasionally had rats and rattlesnakes inhabit ing Deltz said The roof leaked like a sieve and there were a number of broken windows It was a Elaine Felder president of the nonprofit organization said NBAL had a vision to turn the building from beast to beauty We believe we rescued the building as it was in deplorable Felder said The community helped us buy the building and we hope they will attend the gala find a wonder ful work of art they cant live without and have a good time The new elevator will allow access by disabled and other vis itors to the second floor where art classes will be taught Felder said Admission to the gala is a donation of or more at the door Cocktail attire is recom mended and black tie is optional New Braunfels Art League president Pat Deltz shows off the recent lyremod eled sec ond story of the leagues gallery Art featured in the room will be sold during a silent auc tion at the Art Leagues Tuttin on the Ritz gala Saturday night Garden Ridge looks for plan to regulate SOBs BY RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent GARDEN RIDGE officials look ing to make snip clubs adult bookstores and other sexuallyoriented businesses feel unwelcome in Garden Ridge learned a little more about them Wednesday night A pair of San Antonioarea law enforce ment officers told Garden Ridge City Coun cil about the negative affects socalled SOBs have on workers customers and neighbor hoods and what city officials can do to keep the sex industry from seeing Garden Ridge as an attractive place to do business Garden Ridge City Administrator Mike Castro said he had not heard of any SOBs seeking to locate in Garden Ridge but the city wanted to be ready And just in case the city has been work ing on an ordinance regulating SOBs Other communities as well are looking at the issue as a couple of San Antonio area establishments are involved in highprofile See GARDEN   

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