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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas hi CRon 11 i iMMr F I f pno TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 94 14 pages in 2 sections March 30 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Developing prospect Donation of land road construction offered with stipulations K JESSIE Developer Rudy Seidel says hes willing to donate land he owns south of Landa Street and east of Walnut Avenue for a road and an activity center if the city agrees to spend about million to help extend Road through the property WHATS UP The latest proposition made to the city by local developers has the developers offering to build a road for free and donate two acres for an activity center if the funds the railroad crossing and builds the bridge over the Dry Comal Creek BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A local developer is offering land to give the city of New Braunfels an alternative to expanding Walnut Avenue Developers Rudy Seidel and son John said they were willing to build a street equivalent to nearly two city blocks if the city would connect that street to Fredericksburg Road at the north and either Guenther or Santa Clara avenues to the south This would take a lot of pressure off Rudy Seidel said estimat ing the cost of the street at to And it wouldnt cost The Seidels portion of the road would stretch from the railroad tracks near Landa Street to the banks of the Dry Comal Creek They own a total of 32 acres south of Landa Street and east of Walnut In exchange for the donation the city would be responsible for a railroad crossing and building a bridge over Dry Comal Creek to connect the road to either Santa Clara or Guenther avenues see Seidel said he estimated the cost of the bridge at and the rail road crossing at The connecting street would give Seidel the kind of access he needs to develop the property and give the city CHRIS Local developers said theyre will ing to donate land to the city to help make one of these routes possible a better cheaper alternative to widen ing Walnut he said But residents on Santa Clara and Guenther might not be so open to the idea city manager Mike Shands said And the project still could require a bond election he said Wed have to go to another bond Developers donate land for activity center BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Thanks to a donation announced Wednesday New Braun fels City Council will consider a more central location for an activity center if voters approve the project at the May bond election Mayor Stoney Williams said Rudy Seidel and son John told the city they would donate two of the 32 acres they own south of Landa Street and east of Walnut Avenue if the city agreed to spend about million to help extend Fredericksburg Road through their property The lands for sale now but no one wants to buy it because its inaccessi John Seidel said If the city agrees to fund both a railroad crossing and a bridge over the Dry Comal Creek the Seidels also would build the connecting road from the railroad tracks near Landa Street to the banks of the Dry Comal Creek The million therefore would provide the city 2 acres for an activity center and a new relief route from Walnut Avenue that some are touting as an alternative to the bond expansion project see related Walnut expansion opponents hope the 2acre donation will serve as an incentive to the city encouraging development of Fredericksburg Road and prompting residents to vote down the Walnut expansion See WILLIAMS Court splits over prayer at football games WASHINGTON AP Prayer in public schools for 40 years a divisive and politically charged issue split the Supreme Court anew as the justices heard arguments Wednesday over letting students lead stadium crowds in invocations at high school football games Where do we draw the line asked Justice Stephen G Breyer adding that the court must decide whether studentled prayers over the public address system fall on the permissive side of the In comments and questions on a Santa Fe Texas school districts nowsuspended policy of allowing such prayers Chief Justice William H Rehnquist and Justice Antonin Scalia were clearly sym pathetic to students free speech rights But Justices David H Souter and Ruth Bader Ginsburg repeatedly por trayed the policy as a breach in the constitu tionally required separa tion of church and state If the courts decision expected by late June were to follow its ideo logical fault line Justice Clarence Thomas would join Rehnquist and Scalia Justices John Paul Stevens and Breyer would side with Souter and Ginsburg The courts newest ven ture into this area of con stitutional law comes as an ABC News poll says twothirds of Americans think students should be permitted to lead such prayers Earlier this month in Texas Republican pri mary 94 percent of vot ers approved a nonbind ing resolution backing studentinitiated prayer at school sporting events Texas Gov George W Bush the presumed Republican presidential nominee filed a brief supporting studentled prayer As in many of the most divisive cases to confront the ninemember court the pivotal votes would belong to Justices Antho ny M Kennedy and San dra Day OConnor Both asked numerous questions Wednesday and appeared troubled by a policy that allows stu dentelected representa tives to give a message or Kennedy worried aloud that such elections might result in schools becom ing a forum for religious Opinions Supreme Court justices could not agree whether students should be able to lead stadium crowds in prayer at high school football games Below is how the court might vote in June if it fol lows its ideological fault line For SCALIA REHNQUIST THOMAS Against SOUTER GINSBURG STEVENS BREYER Pivotal votes KENNEDY OCONNOR County Bulverde officials seek Armys help in annexation battle BY RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent BULVERDE delegation including a Comal County commissioner and the Bul verde mayor is scheduled to meet today with Army officials to voice concerns about San Antonios latest proposed annexation of iCamp Bullis land a ft wide strip along the eastern edge of the military reser vation Bulverde Mayor Bob Barton told the Bul verde City Council Tuesday meeting he and Commissioner Jay Millikin would meet today at Fort Sam Houston with the colonel in charge of reviewing die annexation Barton said the meeting had been arranged by the Fort Sam Houston public affairs office The annexation would extend the extrater ritorial jurisdiction of the nations lOthlargest city further into western Comal County and behind Bulverde This is the second attempt by San Antonio to grab Camp Bullis land A similar annexation in 1987 along the western edge of Camp Bullis was met with a series of lastminute voluntary agreements by affected property owners to join Boernes ETJ to block the extension of San Antonios ETJ northward As a result the area along East Ammann Road has become known as the Boerne Wall To date San Antonio has refused to rec ognize the Boerne ETJ wall and has claimed its annexation should have superseded it Three years ago after years of negotiation Boerne sued over the issue and a final ruling upholding or rejecting the wall is expected shortly in a Kendall County court So far the 216th District Court in Kendall County twice has ruled with Boerne Whichever side wins or loses an appeal is expected Barton said But the situation is like a military maneu ver or a giant chess game where control of terrain is everything and the center of San Antonios northward push points into the lightlypopulated underbelly of western Comal County toward Canyon Lake Bulverde officials who had been watching the situation in Boerne expressed scant sur prise several weeks ago when the newest annexation with its threatened drive into Comal County was announced as part of a package of annexation proposals for the north of San Antonio Comal County and the City of Bulverde both passed stronglyworded resolutions opposing the annexation noting that nobody lives on the property and nobody but San Antonio could benefit from the action We could end up engulfed like Alamo Heights if San Antonio gets behind See ANNEXATIONS INSIDE Key Code 76
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