Tuesday, February 15, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 63 14 pages in 2 sections February 15 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bond ballot OKd City voting on million issue on May 6 New Braunfels city council chambers filled quickly Monday evening as council members were scheduled to address issues ranging from the May bond issue to the Holiday River of Lights Walnut expansion pulled out as separate issue on ballot BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council agreed Monday to allow residents to vote on the Walnut Avenue expansion as a separate proposition on the bond bal lot Whether council would test alter natives to this proposal before the May 6 election as several residents suggested is unclear Council also unanimously approved seven bond propositions which total million and could if approved May 6 more than double the city tax rate District 3 councilman Randy Vanstory who made the motion in January to lump Walnut with a general street and drainage proposition was absent Resident Carolyn Burrow said I approve of the amendment to keep Walnut a separate But council also should take action on an alter native so people can make an informed vote in Burrow and others suggested coun cil try making Walnut and Hickory oneway going opposite directions The bond plan would have the city would buy 33 properties on the south side of Walnut for the expansion allowing room for four lanes and one continuous turn lane In order for people to really know what they want they need to try the two oneway Burrow said Because the item was not on the agenda council could take no action on the suggestion No one asked at the meeting for the item to appear on the next meetings agenda Since January a group of residents have been circulating a petition presented to council Monday ask ing the city to conduct a public forum and introduce three alternative plans for Walnut If the forum cant be conducted the petition asked council to separate the Walnut proposition from the million proposition and let residents vote on it separately Critics argued Walnut would doom the rest of the proposition or eat up money for the other muchneeded See ON THE BALLOT Proposition No 1 The issuance of of general obligation bonds to construct street improvements including drainage incidental thereto and the acquisition of land and Proposition No 2 The issuance of of general obligation bonds for the acquisition and installation of a communication sys tem for the police and fire department with the expansion capacity of serving all city communication Proposition No 3 The issuance of of general obligation bonds for the acquisition of real property and construction of a new fire station facility and the remodeling of existing fire stations including the purchase of equipment Proposition No 4 The issuance of of general obligation bonds for park improvements to include construction and renova tions to restroom facilities and the purchase of playground equipment for existing city Proposition No 5 The issuance of of general obligation bonds for a sports complex to include the construction of athletic fields the purchase of related equipment and for the acquisition lease of real property for this sports Proposition No 6 The issuance of of general obligation bonds for an activity center to include the construction and the purchase of equipment related thereto and for the acquisi tion lease of real property for this activity Proposition No 7 Added Monday million for Walnut Avenue expan sion Two legends lost Former Cowboys players and the City of Dallas will cohost a public tribute to former Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry at 4 Thursday at the Morton H Meyerson Symphony Center in World mourns loss of Peanuts creator Charles M Council freezes bed tax funds for two years BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer No project will get the city of New Braunfels share of bed tax money for at least two years not the Holiday River of Lights a convention center or historic unless a petition drive goes forward as planned New Braunfels City Council voted Monday to freeze about made torn its 7 percent tax for two decision that could be changed by council at any time or nullified by a petition initiative According to the plan presented by District 2 councilman Larry Alexan der council will save between and mil lion depend ing on the growth rate of the tax and decide ha 2002 how it should be spent We dont want to rush into Alexander said Instead the city should appoint a task force to study the issue in depth he said This freeze will give all inter ested groups time to come up with proposals on how to spend the money District 5 councilman Lee Rodriguez said But we need the money District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said Have you been downtown Downtown business owner Paul Martinka said downtown def initely needed help But I dont just want to see money thrown at he said Jay Rogers downtown associ ation president said the associa tion was working on several pro posals on how to use bed tax money Id rather see it spent wisely in two years than all in a chunk right he said Wed like a fair shot at Watson said shed prefer to freeze the money for a year The vote is not binding Mayor Stoney Williams said If a wor thy project came along council could unfreeze the money he ALEXANDER The vote also could be nullified if residents go forward with a petition initiative A petition now being circulat ed asks the city to spend a mini mum of percent of its bed tax revenue for maintenance and improvement of the civic center historical restoration and preser vation projects arts city operated promotional programs allowed by state law The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc and others in the visitor industry have proposed saving a portion of that money for two years to help fund a down payment for a million convention center Petition organizer Betty Dunkin said petition supporters would go forward with the initiative In two years Im afraid down town will be she said We need the money now We want it to be available for downtown in the next two Chamber president Michael Meek said Dunkin was tying the hands of future councils with the petition which must be consid ered by council once votes or 30 percent of registered voters who voted in the last gen eral election are submitted If signatures of regis tered voters are rounded up council either could approve the See BED New Braunfels resident Margaret Adams remem bers good times and bad growing up in New Braunfels K JESSIE SLATEW HeraldZeitung Resident reflects on black history in NB BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Margaret Adams 79 has lived through a world filled with love and hate As a child growing up in a small house on Austin Street in New Braunfels Adams knew there were certain places she wasnt allowed to go My sister and I played with a Spanish girl and two German she said I remember they could always go to Landa Park but my sis ter and I couldnt We never went to the Dittlinger Memorial library because we werent allowed on that side of town I used to play with friends but was never allowed to go to their house I was always told not to go out at night I didnt know why but I was always afraid to go out at night I came to the conclusion that some people in the town were awful and mean I didnt know why things were the way they were I just thought that was the way it was supposed to Adams who was raised by her grandparents Bob Yell and Texana Wilson attended a small school near Seguin Avenue After spending many years studying from handmedown textbooks and teaching herself how to read Adams graduated from a nonaccredited school in the llth grade While attending school Adams would walk several miles to and from school every day But along the way she made some special friends In those days blacks werent allowed on the she said But we used to sneak down there and use the only public bathroom in the ice cream store at Seguin Avenue and Main Mrs Wiederman would INSIDE Key Code 76