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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 73 PELS T T HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 67 42 pages in 5 sections February 20 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE short The New Braunfels Lady Unicorns played tough defense and rebounded well but could not make up for cold shooting in the first half against Klein Forest in their area playoff game Back from NYC The Canyon High School Aristocats saw the bright lights of New York this week as they performed their footstompin toetappin routine on national Let us know TVWeek Folks who might be missing Montage will be glad to know we are making changes in the new TV Week Channel num bers will be included in the pro gram listings starting next week and we are considering other changes to make it more readerfriendly We want to know what you think Call 625 9144 ext 209 to leave your comments leave us your name and telephone number so we can call you back Tell us what you like and what you dont like INDEX win BY RON FOURNIER AP Political Writer COLUMBIA AP George W Bush defeated Sen John McCain in South Caroli nas Republican presidential primary Saturday snatching momentum from his insurgent rival as the race heads into a rapidfire homestretch with 18 contests in 17 days McCain was pugna cious in defeat declaring We have just begun to Im said Bush who was rocked by a landslide defeat in New Hampshires leadoff primary nearly three weeks ago Relieved is not the right word Im excited and Forced to regroup McCain both congratu lated Bush for his victory and criticized the negativity of his campaign I cannot wait for the next he said With a third of the vote counted Bush had votes or 53 percent to McCains percent Interviews conducted by Voter News Service indicat ed that Bush won by a lopsided margin among his base supporters conservatives and Repub licans Six out of 10 voters in the primary were Republican and Bush won twothirds of them BUSH Polka fest K JESSIE Polka band leader Dennis Koehler right is the leader of one of 10 bands that played at the 5th Annual Polka Fest at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Saturday See Page 4A Initiative on ballot Voters will decide on bed tax petition twoyear freeze plan AMANDA Mayor Stoney Williams and District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson debate the bed tax petition initiative during Fridays special meeting at the municipal building 424 S Castell Ave BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels residents will decide May 6 how the citys portion of tax revenue should be used City council voted Friday to place both a petition initiative limiting the taxs use and a plan freezing the money for two years on the ballot Residents can vote approve both one or neither on the ballot Although Mayor Stoney Williams allowed no public comment during the meeting residents had plenty to say after ward Neither critics of the petition which if approved would prohibit the city from using its portion of bed tax for a con vention center nor critics of the tax freeze were happy about Fridays out come Mayor Stoney Williams Lar ry Alexander councilman Lee Rodriguez and councilwoman Jan Kotylo voted against the peti tion effectively saying they want ed it on the ballot Councilwoman Juliet Watson voted in favor of the petition saying she wanted it made law immediately Why eliminate from consideration two of the five legal uses of the bed tax funds especially if those uses would aid petitioners purported causes of the arts downtown and historic preserva tion said Dennis Heitkamp chairman of the board of the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce Inc An approved petition would put off any planning for a convention center he said Planning would be dead if the peti tion is Heitkamp said And it takes longer than two years to plan for a project like To take a convention center off the table now is premature he said The community and council hasnt been giv en enough time to research and explore it yet If the petition is approved it could be changed only through another public vote Petition supporters argue that when the time is right council or the public could call another election and let the people decide whether the city needs a convention center See Vanstory Kotylo not seeking reelection May election filing opens on Monday BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Filing starts Monday for can didates interested in running for local city council and school board positions Residents in Comal County will vote in three city elections and one school district race in May New Braunfels City Council Residents in New Braunfels will elect two new representa tives for districts 3 and 4 cur rently represented by Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo respectively While both are eligible to run again neither plan to Kotylo made the announce ment Friday Serving on city council has been most interesting and a very good educational experi ence of the inner workings of the she said However I have decided not to run for a second term to allow more time for other personal interests such as grandchildren and more rewarding volunteer Kotylo said she initially ran because she thought she could represent the entire community without bias or allegiance to See Activity center Indoor pool Bond language leaves proposition unclear some say BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Several members of New Braunfels City Council dont agree with the lan guage that will appear on Mays million bond ballot although they approved the wording at Mondays meeting Mayor Stoney Williams council man Larry Alexan der and council woman Jan Kotylo said they didnt real ize exactly what they approved These same coun cil members as well as councilwoman Juliet Watson and councilman Lee Rodriguez said they thought Proposition 6 was too ambigu ous in its language and didnt really tell residents what they were voting on Councilman Randy Vanstory said Friday We were referring to the pool and gym as an activity This verbiage was used to designate that we wanted both components to be togeth er not Juan Luis Martinez could not be reached for comment If approved Proposition 6 allows the city to spend million on an activi ty center All along council has dis cussed an indoor pool and a gymnasi um but these words do not appear on the bond ballot Oh thats Williams said I didnt know that Everything I saw included an indoor Williams was not at the meeting when council changed this language On Jan 24 Vanstory made a motion to combine the pool and gym into one proposition If approved the city could build the two facilities sharing a wall parking lot and front desk cutting down on the costs he said Larry Wenzel of New Braunfels Youth Sports the driving force behind the sports projects suggested council call it an activity center City attorney Floyd Akers who wrote the bond language said he specifically asked if council wanted to use activity center exclusively without mention of a pool and members agreed I asked that question he said But not everyone understood that See WILLIAMS