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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS HERALDZ Vol 149 No 80 14 pages in 2 sections March 9 2000 THURSDAY Serving Gomal County since 18sS2 50 cents CityOKs Loop 337 zoning change BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer New Braunfels Planning Com mission approved a zoning change Tuesday that would allow construc tion of a convenience store and oth er retail businesses next to New Braunfels Christian Academy The commissions recommenda tion will be forwarded to city coun cil which will make the final deci sion Applicant Randy Taylor said he planned to build office buildings on the Loop 337 site but wasnt locked into that plan Office buildings typically generate about 411 trips a day while a retail store could average more than city records show Kent Toppert board president for New Braunfels Christian Academy asked the commission to consider a special use permit to limit land use to office space rather than a rezoning to neighborhood business district Realize there are children who back up to the property and are play ing out there all day virtually all he said Taylor didnt comment on the pos sibility of a special use permit but said he believed the rezoning allowed a better use of the land Currently the three acres at Loop 337 and Ridge Hill Drive are vacant and zoned for multifamily district Surrounding property is zoned singlefamily district singleand twofamily district and ily district Neighbors dont want a multifam ily development he said And given its proximity to Loop 337 such a development probably wouldnt be ideal he said Taylor said he didnt consider the request what youd call controver The city sent 14 notices to neigh bors living within 200 feet of the subject property and received only three back all in favor The citys director of planning Harry Bennett said he didnt know whether a special use permit was necessary We have no reason to think hell put anything but offices he said The city recommended the pro ject listing no cons for it The com mission approved it unanimously In other action the commission approved a subdivision plat for Cotton Crossing a proposed 101acre neotraditional neighbor hood development off Gruene Road The proposed use for the See INSIDE Key Cote 76 Faithful reminder K Jessie Zeitung Deacon Ben Wehman places ashes on the forehead of Amanda Scroggin while her sister Katherine waits her turn Saints Peter Paul Catholic Church had a standingroom crowd at the 7 Ash Wednesday service The service marked the beginning of the Lenten season NBISD eyes possible budget cuts Officials take preliminary look at 20002001 figures BY HEATHER TODD I Staff Writer i i New Braunfels Independent School District admin istrators told trustees Tuesday night budget cuts might be necessary to address increased costs next year j NBISD trustees took a preliminary look at the 2000j 2001 budget Tuesday night including anticipated property tax and state funding revenues The budget workshop was a first step in the budget process which will culminate in trustees adopting a 20002001 budget sometime in May Trustees are expected to conduct a public hearing on the budget and a proposed tax rate in June Trustees will adopt the 2000 tax rate in late June David Rastellini business manager for NBISD said administrators and trustees are anticipating keeping a flat budget next year with no increases hi budget expenditures As part of the plan administrators discussed the need to closely align campus budgets with campus goals next year We would like to see budget dollars align with campus goals which are of course tied in with trict Rastellini said Rastellini said the district took a similar approach during the 19992000 budget process Administrators and trustees also discussed several additional costs facing the district next year that could require some budget cuts There are areas where we really could have some cost increases and the way we have to deal with that is by taking funds from other Rastellini said Rastellini said areas that could potentially mean additional costs for the district include additional per sonnel higher utility costs and rising fuel costs Rastellini also said if the Cpmal Appraisal District increased its budget next year it would impact all local taxing entities We all share in the costs of the Comal Appraisal Districts operations and if their budget increases it will be passed down to all the taxing he said The district also will have to absorb costs for operat ing the Reading Recovery program next year Judson Independent School District previously shared the costs with the district but now plans to develop its own program Rastellini said In terms of revenue next year Rastellini said if the district kept the same maintenance and operations tax rate and property values went up it could mean addi See In the shadows Middle school students get glimpse of working world by following city officials HEATHER Canyon Middle School student Brandy Chumchal plays with an exhibit Wednesday at the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels 651 N Business 35 Chumchal spent the day working with children and setting up exhibits BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Dressed in heavy fireresistant clothing and loaded down with gear eighthgraders Nick Childers and Tiago Hillertan learned Wednesday what it was like to be a fire fighter But it will take a little more practice to learn how to put it all on in less than a minute Childers a New Braunfels Middle School student and Hillertan a Canyon Middle Schools student shadowed officials at New Braunfels Fire and Rescue Wednesday for the annual spring Shadow Day program sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Cpmmerce Inc Other students spent the day shadowing veterinarians health care workers doctors police officers Comal County commission ers and local attorneys While their peers sat in classrooms Wednesday morning Venus Baggarly Bran dt Chumchal and Josh Mendez played with miniature cars and building blocks Chumchal a CMS student and Mendez and Baggarly who are from NBMS learned the ins and outs of running a local nonprof HEATHER New Braunfels Rre Marshal Elroy Friesenhahn shows eighthgraders Nick Childers second from left and Tiago Hillertan far left a 1952 Ford fire truck stored at the New Braunfels Fire Museum at New Braunfels Fire and Rescue central station 169 S Hill St it organization when they shadowed Julie Im interested in a job working with chil Swift executive director of the Childrens dren I have a lot and I like to go out Museum in New Braunfels and play with she said Chumchal said she chose the Childrens Museum because of her love of children See   

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