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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW HERALD BEST AVAILABLE COPY PELS A J NG Vol 149 No 114 14 pages in 2 sections April 27 2000 THURSDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Candidates speak out on bond bed tax BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local candidates running for New Braunfels City Council seats in dis tricts 3 and 4 said they do not sup port all of the propositions in a million bond package on the May 6 ballot District 3 candidates Debbie Flume Don Talley and Gale OHara Pospisil and District 4 can didates Mary Cameron Wall Robert Kendrick and Dave Pryor answered questions from local media and city residents during a candidate forum Wednesday at the Comal County Senior Citizen Center The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung and KGNBKNBT Radio New Braunfels sponsored the forum which was broadcast live onKGNB1420AM New Braunfels residents will vote on a million bond package May 6 and district 3 and 4 residents will elect two new representatives to council New Braunfels residents can vote early from 8 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Comal Coun ty Courthouse annex room 101 through May 2 Special early voting hours will take place 9 to 2 on Sat urday Margaret Edmonson managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung asked the candidates if approving all seven bond proposi tions on the May 6 ballot which would more than double the citys tax rate would be in the best inter est of the city All six candidates said they would not vote for Prop 7 me widening of Walnut Avenue District 3 candidate Pospisil a residential real estate appraiser said she would vote in favor of the six remaining propositions She said the city would still have one of the lowest tax rates com pared to other cities of comparable size Talley a District 3 candidate and special agent with the Immigration and Naturalization Service also said he supported propositions 1 through 6 See AMANDA District 3 candidates from left to right Don Talley Gale OHara Pospisil and Debbie Flume answer questions during a forum as New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Doug Toney center moderates Far right from left to right District 4 candidates Mary Cameron Wall Dave Pryor and Robert Kendrick also participated Womens Center breaks ground today on addition BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer During its first year of operation in 1994 the Comal County Womens Cen ter in New Braunfels provided shel ter days to local victims of domestic abuse or sexual assault That number has grown to shel ter days Daniel Perez director of the Comal County Womens Center said the number of local domestic abuse and sexual assault victims seeking resident and nonresi dent services has increased steadily in the past five years Thanks to a grant from the Kronkosky Foundation a Com munity Block Development grant and raised through donations and contributions the shelter will continue to provide muchneeded services to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault Today the Comal County Womens Center will host a ground breaking cere mony to kickoff an expansion project that will when completed add three bed rooms four offices and an indoor play room to serve local clients Perez said the project which is expect ed to be completed in five to six months will add square feet of space to the foot facility The ceremony will take place at the center 1547 E Common at Perez said the center has seen a 5 per cent increase per year in the number of local domestic violence and sexual assault victims seeking shelter I think it comes from the growth in the county and because people are becoming more aware of the services he said Karen MacDonald volunteer coordi nator for the Comal County Womens Center said the expansion would dou bles the number of people who can stay in the shelter and allow the center to offer more services to nonresident clients Perez said the four new offices would provide space for counseling and legal services Right now the counselors are sharing offices and with the new offices they wont have he said Josh Parada of Canyon Lake sur veys damage to the entry of William Edge Salon 876 W San Antonio at about 3 Wednesday Parada was a pas senger in the vehi cle towing the utill ty trailer that broke loose and slammed into the front door of the Open for business JESSIE Volunteers at the Brauntex are well on their way to a standingroomonly crowd for Saturday nights gala Lois Roberts far left said everyone was working hard to have the theatre up and running Symphony takes stage for Brauntex premiere BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Residents can become part of New Braunfels cul tural history Saturday evening by attending the Pre miere Gala of the Brauntex Performing Arts The ater 290 W San Antonio St The celebrated San Antonio Symphony will take center stage at 8 when the curtain rises at the opening performance which benefits the ongoing restoration and renovation of the theatre Immediately after the performance the gala party will be in full swing with attendees toasting the evening with a champagne reception said Ernie Lee member of the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association Its going to be an uptown performance in down town New Lee said The symphony is supposed to be simply General admission tickets cost Organizers WHATS UP WHAT Premiere Gala WHEN 8 Saturday WHERE Brauntex Performing Arts Theater 290 W San Antonio St TICKETS for show includes champagne reception Call 6270808 recommend buying them in advance of the event to ensure availability but tickets also will be sold at the door Tickets can be bought at the Brauntex office Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc and ChinaNThings in New Braunfels The gala reception ticket price is 100 and includes See Bond issue without a campagn BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Registered voters in New Braunfels will vote May 6 on a million sevenproposition bond package that will fund major capital improvement projects in the city as well as two special elections that could determine future use of the citys tax revenue City staff mailed brochures outlining the bond propo sitions and Special Elections 1 and 2 to every New Braun fels resident with a valid address But unless local residents are members of a civic orga nization or have attended recent city council candidate forums they might know very little about the issues they are voting on Mayor Stoney Williams said the city has made effort to inform the public about the bond election by publishing everything on the ballot including sending a mailer explaining the bond propositions and special elections to every New Braunfels resident The city also has published the bond propositions in the newspaper and aired them on the radio station he said Williams said council members and city staff have giv en presentations to groups outlining the facts of the bond propositions but have not advocated for or against specific propositions But those presentations were given on an invitationonly basis and the city has not sponsored any kind of public forum addressing the bond issues city manager Mike Shands said Local residents had the opportunity to become informed on the bond propositions and the special election issues however during city council workshops and meetings prior to calling the election We are also very cognizant of the Shands said We cannot spend public dollars to promote the bond issue If we had a public forum on city property we dont want to take the chance that people will think we are promoting Private groups such as the League of Women Voters of the Citizens Police Academy could sponsor public forumst about the bond propositions he said City attorney Floyd Akers said council members ojij city staff could not use public funds to advocate for ol against bond propositions For instance council members cannot speak for or against bond propositions during city council meetings i when cityowned television equipment is in use j In their individual capacities they can speak way for or he said But officials win two local school districts said lively talking to residents about bond propositions played Walkins welcome BY RON MAUONBY Staff Writer Walkiiis are always welcome at the William Edge Salon but no more driveins and certainly no drivethrus thank you very much Shortly before 3 Wednesday employees at the beauty salon at 876 W San Antonio St were in the back of the building in a staff meet ing when they heard a loud noise coming from the front entrance customer care director A blockladen rented utility trail er Wing pulled westbound by Chuck Baxley and Joshua Parada had bro ken loose of its hitch crossed the sidewalk and ran through the salonls plate glass door destroying it and its masonry casing Parada said the pair driving a Chevy Suburban went over a dip in the road just east of Churchs Fried Chicken and me trailers tow apparently lifted from L ft feel it at Parada said It popped off of there so fast the next thing I knew Chuck is say ing off Trailers oil Then it was moving right by us It was going faster than we The salon had been closed at 1 for a staff meeting Schuetz said If this had happened during busi ness hours we would have had 30 people in the building and a number of them would have been in the reception ares waitina in chairs by the door WBVttbankfta to God w were closed for our INSIDE 2A Key e   

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