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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NewB LS Water Restrictions Landscape watering Is allowed from midnight to 10 and from 8 to ana can water 149 No 119 14 pages in 2 sections May 4 2000 THURSDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents CLASS ACTION Canyon Lake shelter moving Saturday Shelter Committee Chairman Gina Archer hugs Baby Dog a mix Dog said she planned to be ready for business Monday morning BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer STARTZVILLE Lake Animal Shelter Society is looking for a few strong backs and they need them now CLASS president Cathy Fredrick son said CLASS will move at 10 Saturday from its current home on FarmtoMarket Road 2673 to a new temporary home a mile or two up the road The home in the batting cages on FM 2673 between Startzville and Sattler is temporary because this summer CLASS hopes to build its own facility on an 1 square foot slab on property donated by William and Roberta Blackman of Canyon move has been K JESSIE Volunteers Shearon Law and Randy Archer help clean the new CLASS office K JESSIE top photo Archer above with Baby i V necessitated by the sale of the facility they now use the old dry cleaners in Startzville which former owner John Klinedorf had allowed CLASS to use rent free for about a year Mr Klinedorf has been a said Leah Kantoff CLASS publicity chairwoman Saturday more than 30 animals dogs puppies cats and kittens and all the accoutrements of an animal shelter must be moved People with pickup trucks would be nice said that wont be the biggest need Saturday when it comes to moving the shelter Its quite an undertaking We need people with strong backs were mostly a bunch of old Fredrickson said See State will monitor NB election PAC spends in campaign against Special Election BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The state will be watching Saturday as New Braunfels residents cast their votes in a bond election city council race and two special elections Because of a request signed by 15 reg istered voters in New Braunfels the Sec retary of State Elections Division is sending an inspector from Austin to monitor the election Elizabeth Hanshaw director of he legal divi sion said state statute required the Secretary of State to send an inspec tor if 15 registered voters made a request with or without a reason But according to the request the resi dents were concerned about qualified vot ers turned away in previous elections Hanshaw said she couldnt release who submitted the request until after the elec tion But Robert Kendrick running for the District 4 council seat against Dave Pryor and Mary Cameron Wall said he was one of the 15 who signed the request This election seems important enough to make sure things were done he said Kendricks neighbors Lee and Eva Hun nicutt were unable to vote in the city council race because an error on their vot er registration cards listed them as living in the wrong singlemember district Kendrick said he couldnt remember if the Hunnicutts signed the request or who else signed it It was people in the he said City secretary Veronica Sarkozi said the city never knowingly turned away qualified voters Weve never had a bad she said Theyve always been Sarkozi said she didnt mind that the Early voting turnout sets record FROM STAFF REPORTS A record number of New Braun fels residents turned out for early voting between April 19 and Tues day Its the largest early voting turnout weve ever city secre tary Veronica Sarkozi said Of the people registered to vote turned out compared to in the election this past May Part of its because of Sarkozi said Part of its because of the bond At the last bond election in 1985 466 residents mailed hi ballots early for absentee voting But inperson early voting wasnt enacted until 1987 state was sending an inspector to monitor the election They do that quite she said Hanshaw said the inspector would wear a badge and monitor polling places all day Theyll observe and see if theres any election If theres some thing major and its not corrected itll be she said Possible violations include voting twice third degree felony punishable up to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed and electioneering or campaigning within 100 feet of the polling place Class A Misdemeanor punishable up to 180 days in jail and a fine not to exceed Hanshaw said Hanshaw said communities often were more at ease with an outside presence at elections People feel like its run more smooth she said Fire chief New station would cut response times lower insurance rates BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Residents in some areas of New Braunfels might have to settle for emergency response times several minutes more than other residents if voters do not approve a new fire station Fire and Rescue Chief Jack Collier said And in an emergency situa tion one minute can mean the difference between life and death he said The new fire station is just one of several requests on the proposed bond package put to voters Saturday The fire station is one of eight items included on a pub lic safety proposition that totals about million By itself the proposition could increase the 31cent per valuation tax rate by cents A resident owning a home with a taxable value of would pay about more on his annual tax bill or instead of This increase would repay the bond debt but the city still would need funding to staff and maintain the new fire station City staff estimates the public safety proposition would require about from the general fund to staff and maintain the facilities If council decided to raise property taxes to boost the gen eral fund the current tax rate could be raised an additional cents Collier said the departments target response time anywhere in the city 24hours a day was five minutes or less Our response times drive all our Collier said We do have areas where we cant make that target response time Out on Texas 46 our response times are getting longer than what I would like to Among those areas are the OakRun Hunters Creek and Mission Valley Estates subdi visions areas that currently settle for response times of at least seven and up to eight ruin See K JESSIE The fire department closed this fire station at Kerlick Lane because of staffing and overlapping response areas recommends overlay districts BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Tte area in danX orange Indleatee boundaries of a new cJowntown i as a htotorto v New Braunfels Plannine Com JSL XL mission set for a Ms tone overlay awmct juesaay ow will include town lots established in Commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday to name the bis toric overlay district the down town district with the intention of protecting preserving and enhancing buildings structures rural importance or value in the downtown area The commission developed the of overlay dis cuggion on a proposed aesthetic OKtownee Council asked for the ordinance W8pon8e to public concerns of metal buildings in older historic neighborhoods Commissioner James Dunks said Weve wasted six months on this metal ordinance No one is on The districts would be used to preserve the integrity of areas like downtown each with restric tions that would not be affected by underlying zoning changes in the future commissioners said Overlay districts would outline certain building restrictions with in defined boundaries An application for a historic preservation disttict would require written consent from SO percent of the owners of the individual INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds 46B Comics 3B Crossword 3B Forum 6A 4A Movies 6A Obituaries 3A Sports 128 Today 2A Television 38 fey ft   

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