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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW Wiriq MKPELS HERALDZEITUN G Vol 149 No 57 40 pages in 5 sections February 6 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Baseball arrives Area high school baseball teams are gearing up for the 2000 season Coaches offer their thoughts on what lies ahead Americana sound For the fourth consecutive year alocaltadibstation has been nominated for the Gavin Americana Golden race Academy Award nominations will be announced Feb 15 HeraldZeitung columnist Roy Hargrove predicts who will race WEATHER Mild temperatures and a brisk breeze are in store for today Warmer days are ahead with temperatures in the 70s For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Key code 77 Learning to fly Petition fights Amanda Russel Schroeder 9 tries his hand at fly fishing Saturday morning during the City of New Braunfels 12th annual Troutfest at Aquatic Complexs springfed pool in Landa Park The event continues through Feb 13 from 4 to 8 on weekdays and 10 to 8 on weekends There were trout and pounds of catfish released into the pool for the Troutfest which began Feb 3 convention center idea Issue could go before voters BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer More than 30 registered New Braunfels voters have started a peti tion drive asking the city not to spend tax revenue on a convention center Petition supporters began a public effort to collect signatures on Satur day outside the New Braunfels Pub lic Library The petition calls for the city to amend Section of the Ordi nance Code and require the city to spend a minimum of 45 percent of bed tax revenue on Funding a minimum of percent for the enhancement of arts and cultural organizations and pro grams and Funding a minimum of percent for maintenance and improvement of the civic center his torical restoration and preservation projects arts historic downtown and other historic buildings city operated promotional programs allowed by state law With about signatures on a petition or 30 percent of the num ber of registered voters who voted in the last general election council must consider the proposal accord ing to city code Sec If signatures of registered voters are rounded up council either could approve the amended ordi nance as is or call a special elec tion If council votes against the ordinance a special election is auto MEEK matically Council cur rently is consid ering whether to spend part of the citys bed tax revenue on a convention cen ter a plan endorsed by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Currently the chamber gets the largest portion of the citys 7 per cent bed tax revenue 55 percent with no cap Previously the city paid the cham ber percent unless that exceeded a predetermined cap On Jan 24 the chamber asked the city to lower that percentage hoping the leftover money would be used on a convention center Chamber president Michael Meek said a convention center could bring an additional in sales tax revenue and in bed tax revenue a year to the city It could offer the city a more steady source of sales tax revenue which funds streets drainage and various other infrastructure projects he said Currently the city relies on a robust summer season for sales and bed tax revenue Meek said But a convention center would bring in people all year round especially in New Braunfels slower seasons fall and spring Meek said According to a chamberfunded study by PKF Consulting of Hous ton a convention center would be used at least 228 days a year and See ETJ residents seek notification of zoning changes BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A proposed openair market sparked residents living outside New Braunfels city limitsto question a policy of notifying only city residents of zoning change requests Property owners near the proposed mar ket site said residents and nonresidents would be affected equally by the develop ment They say the city should send letters to everyone living within a 200foot radius of the subject property not just city resi dents City officials argue sending personal notification letters to nonresidents who dont pay city property taxes would be a poor use of taxpayers money In the case of Yvonne Crouch the pol icy meant she wasnt notified of a zoning change request that would allow the open air market across the street from her home on Doeppenschmidt Road Just because you live a few feet outside the city limits doesnt mean it wont affect she said City planning director Harry Bennett agreed Thats why I put zoning signs he said But the signs arent good enough Crouch said We are deserving of fair representa she said David who owns an industrial park that abuts the proposed market site said a letter would ensure everyone involved could take part in the planning process David said he didnt find out about the openair market in time to do that We could have been in on the plan he said Then we could have talked about our problems with drainage and New Braunfels Planning Commission considered the zoning change in Decem ber city council has to consider one more reading of the ordinance approving the zoning change David said he doesnt oppose the market just the citys policy excluding nonresi dents I think thats a poor way to do he said Crouch who opposes the market said the city had a responsibility to anyone with a New Braunfels address Bennett said the city would continue See Water district meets with drillers BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer BULVERDE The newly formed Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District con ducted a workshop for about 20 local well drillers Saturday at the Bulverde Fire Station FarmtoMar ket Road 1863 and Cougar Bend The five temporary board mem bers sought input from seasoned drillers as the district creates well regulations for western Comal County member Jill Sondeen said The primary objectives of the dis trict are conservation management and quality of the Trinity Aquifer board members said President Chris Dullnig said The residents businesses agricultural interests tourists arid visitors who live work and enjoy this beautiful area of Texas depend on the avail ability of quality The Southeast Trinity Ground water Conservation District was authorized in the 1999 legislative session by Senate Bill 1911 The temporary board members Dullnig Sondeen Larry Hull Ernie Lee and Star Carey were appointed by commissioners in November and will serve until the next legislative session in 2001 Guest speakers at Saturdays workshop were Russell Persyn of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service which is helping the dis trict in its planning and volunteer consultant Edward Miller a senior geologist with PapeDawson Engi neers Persyn discussed water manage ment and the powers and authority the temporary district will have The legislation that created the temporary districts gave board mem bers limited authority to regulate the aquifer The district will not be allowed to conduct elections have eminent domain make longterm management plans assess taxes issue bonds or annex and consoli date districts Because the district has the authority to permit wells application fees for drilling new wells proba bly will be a main source of the dis tricts revenue The revenue would be used for the basic the operational costs of the district such as staff rent and telephone service The application fee would proba bly be about which Comal County landowners with wells on the Trinity Aquifer would be required to pay prior to drilling See SWT lecture series presents Sally K Ride FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN MARCOS After making a couple of round trips on the Challenger shuttle and spending more than 343 hours in the space former astronaut Sally K Ride will dock at Southwest Texas State University Monday evening to lecture on The View From Ride the first woman in space will deliver the second annual James Lovell Lecture at to a packed house at SWTs Evans Auditorium The soldout lecture is sponsored by the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research in the universitys department of geography Although tickets for the lecture are no longer available residents can buy a ticket to the preceding fundraisT See LECTURE75A RIDE
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