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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEI Vol 149 No 85 22 pages in 2 sections March 24 2000 FRIDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Convention center cohabitation Residents argue whether two similar facilities can survive in San Marcos New Braunfels BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Some officials agree that similar convention centers could coexist in New Braunfels and San Marcos but some local residents say competi tion would be too stiff If a convention center in New Braunfels doesnt do well local tax payers would feel the heat said New Braunfels resident Bob Watson father to District 6 New Braunfels City Council member Juliet Wat son Either one is going to struggle he said Two cannot live as cheap ly as Others argue the small meetings market can support convention cen ters and if both were built New Braunfels would fare better New Braunfels already has estab lished itself as a tourist Decision 2000 Referendum 1 Bed Tax Debate said PKF consultant David Park er whose firm studied the feasibil ity of a con vention center in New Braunfels In the minds of the meeting planner San Marcos is a college Local residents will have to decide for themselves just what kind of an impact a San Marcos con vention cen ter would have on New Braunfels especially as the May 6 election approaches At that election local residents will vote on a referendum prohibit ing the city from using its portion of bed tax revenue for a convention the public agrees to it in another vote While New Braunfels makes deci sions about bed tax San Marcos City Council will ponder tax abate ments for Texas Country Clubs proposed development including a convention center golf course and hotel valued at more than mil lion San Marcos City Council already has approved the first of three read Commission gives nod to outdoor mural BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The New Braunfels Art Commission agreed Thursday that a percentage of bed tax money should fluid the creation of a second down town outdoor mural chronicling the life of Fer dinand Lindheimer Six members of the commission voted Thurs day night to provide the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery with about or percent of the expect ed the arts commission will receive in tax money for 2000 The commission also voted unani mously to recom mend giving nine organizations the same percentage of funding as last year and allocate funding previously set aside for the New Braun fels German Folk dancers to the His toric Outdoor Art Gallery Arts and heritage organizations receive percent of the citys 7 percent bed tax revenue Out of the percent of occupan cy tax funds 53 per cent goes to arts orga nizations and 47 per cent is allocated to heritage organiza tions The sevenmem ber commission typi cally meets once a year to discuss how tax rev enue a dedicated tax with restricted uses should be spent on arts organizations Their recommen dation will be brought before New Braunfels City Coun cil for final approval This was the first year the Historic Out door Art Gallery requested funding from the arts com BREAK DOWN The New Braunfels Art Commission rec ommended allo cating the project ed in bed tax to the fol lowing groups percent to The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels percent to the Circle Arts Theatre Inc percent to the Compania de Danza Folklorica percent to The Hummel Museum Inc percent to the MidTexas Symphony Inc percent to the New Braunfels Art League percent to the New Braunfels Community Chorale percent to the Barbershop Singers percent to the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery mission The organization has been working four years on outdoor mural projects as way to revi talize downtown and educate the community about the citys history and heritage The organization unveiled its first mural titled City of a on March 21 1999 The 38foot by 150foot mural created by artist Clinton Baermann can be seen along the wall of the New Braunfels Emporium building on Castell Ave Wayne Rahe president of the Historic Outdoor Art Gallery board said the bed tax money would be used to fund part of an See MURAL712A Legislative committee gives congressman Texassized toast Congressman Bill Archer accepts the Texan of the Year award Thursday at the 34th Annual Legislative Conference at the Civic Center The conference continues today with several panel discussions AMANDA Zeitung BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer In the middle of budget talks Con gressman and Texan of the Year Bill Archer left Washington Thursday night and swept into New Braunfels on his private jet just to attend the 34th Annual Texas Legislative Conference and a reception in his honor It was a bad day to leave he said mingling with a crowd of more than 350 in the Civic Center But I wouldnt have missed Texan Legislature conference Advisory Committee Chair Ray Ferryman announced in November that Archer got the award this year Archer said hes been looking forward to the conference since then This is an outstanding he said 1 was really touched by it Im very much a Texan When youre awarded Tex an of the Year it really does something for Archers wife two sons and several fam ily members joined the other esteemed guests Thursday to honor the congress man Archer has served in Congress since 1971 hi January of 1995 he became chair man of the House Ways and Means Com mittee He continues to serve in that capac ity and is chairman of the Joint Committee on Taxation Senator Jeff Wentworth RSan Anto nio said the recognition was long overdue and commended Archer on his sound approach to financial matters on the con gressional Hes frying to simplify the federal tax he said which is in great need of being In Congress Archer is respected for his firm evenhanded leadership of the House Ways and Means Committee his broad knowledge of the complexities of tax law Social Security welfare and trade policy and his freemarket reform agenda He was a key player in getting the 1997 balanced budget with tax relief signed into law and has led Republican efforts to reform Social Security by creating indi vidual investment accounts For years he advocated reforming the welfare system and he authored the welfare reform bill that became law in 1996 Colleagues arent just impressed with Archers accomplishments State Rep Edmund Kuempel RSeguin and former New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennady both described Archer as See Environmental issues on tap at water fair ings of an ordinance establishing a reinvestment zone for more than acres near Posey Road and Old Bastrop Highway down the street from the outlet malls The reinvestment zone is the first step in granting a tax abatement San Marcos Mayor Billy Moore said Council likely will discuss the See Arrest made in building fire case BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SPRING BRANCH A 46 year old Spring Branch man is in custody at Comal County Jail in connection with a recent fire here that destroyed a portable storage building and documents related to a civil lawsuit Comal County sheriff deputies arrested the man on an arson charge Thursday at his residence in the Spring Branch area after he allegedly set fire to a building owned by his employer Cypress Lake Gardens Property Owners Association Inc Justice of the Peace Pet 3 Fred Stewart issued a warrant for the mans arrest on the arson charge Wednesday Bond was set at On Feb 22 Comal County deputy sheriff Gary Haecker was on routine patrol around and found a portable storage build ing 576 Cypress Cove Road in Spring Branch engulfed in flames Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department officials were called to the scene to extinguish the which caused about in dam ages Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford investigated the fire and determined it had been intention ally set Manford was assisted by the sheriffs office criminal inves tigation division and the State Fire Marshals Office Manford said Thursday that sam ples taken from the scene of the fire contained fuel and oil residue Manford would not comment on any evidence that connected the suspect to the fire Manford also said the target of See BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer BRACKEN Those interested in the lat est technology in water conservation or who just want to save water at home might want to tap into the Garden Ridge Water Fair in Bracken Saturday The Comal County Agricultural Extension Service is sponsoring the third annual water fair Harvesting Water for the Future at Bracken Community Hall 18490 Goll in Bracken The event which will run 10 to 4 will feature demonstrations of the latest products in water conservation speakers addressing environmental issues and educa tional booths packed with brochures offering water conservation tips To get to Bracken Community Hall from New Braunfels take Interstate 35 South to the FarmtoMarket 3009 exit Travel north on FM 3009 miles to a fourway stop Turn left on FM 2252 and travel about two miles then turn left on Goll St The community hall is located about one block down Goll St on the left side of the road Marty Gibbs Comal County Extension agent said State Rep Edmund Kuempel would address environmental legislation affecting water and air quality in central Texas from to noon Gibbs said The purpose of the fair is to educate and inform the general public about the need for water conservation and reuse in our Other speakers include Tim Lawyer biol ogist with the Department of Texas Parks and Wildlife and Mark Peterson an urban forester with the Texas Forest Service INSIDE Key Code 76
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