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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas i k NEW Vol 149 No 121 44 pages in 4 sections May 7 2000 INSIDE on his mind Canyon High School tennis player Jarrett Skrobarcek will com pete in the state tennis meet this weekY1B Clean it up Get organized with some pro fessional ad HZ movie critic Roy Hargrove reviews starring Russell 4C WEATHER Hot and the forecast for the next several days Expect highs to reach into the 90s with overnights only dipping to the low 70s Partly cloudy skies are pre dicted and a chance of rain does not show up until INDEX SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 Flume Kendrick win DEBBIE FLUME BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Local resident Robert Kendrick will sit on New Braunfels City Council for the next three years as mayor as he had hoped in 1999 but as the District 4 council representative Kendrick who lost the may oral race against Stoney Williams this past year defeated chal lengers Dave Pryor and Mary How each district voted on the bond Cameron Wall in the District 4 race Saturday with 55 percent of the vote Kendrick received 582 votes against Pryors 372 votes and Walls 94 votes District 3 candidate Debbie Flume also defeated opponents Don Talley and Gale OHara Pospisil with a little more than 50 percent of the votes Flume received 921 votes while Talley received 185 votes and Pospisil got 725 votes Council members Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo who represent district 3 and 4 respec tively did not run for reelection although they were eligible See ROBERT KENDRICK Voters OK Special Election 1 One proposition communication system passes BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Voters approved Special Elec tion 1 Saturday basically telling New Braunfels city council they want to vote on whether bed tax revenue can be used to fund a convention center The measure was approved by percent of the voters Sat urday sending a message to New Braunfels City Council to listen to the people a supporter said This is one step in taking our city said Betty Dunkin prohibit council from spending its portion of occu pancy tax revenue on a conven tion center until another public vote Dunkin was one of many peo ple collecting signatures for the petition signed by more than registered voters At the polls voters or percent approved Special Election 1 or per cent voted against it Residents voted down Special Election 2 which would have frozen the money for two years a move council can do any way Only or per cent voted for it and or percent voted against it Carter Casteel who helped organize a political action com mittee that spent cam paigning against Special Elec tion 1 said she believed her group Citizens for New Braun fels Future did a good job bringing the issues to toe But that group started out in toe she said Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce Inc president Michael Meek agreed They started votes he said They had a lot of education to do in a short District 6 councUwoman Juli et Watson a supporter of Special Election 1 said the election results indicated toe people want See K JESSIE Betty Dunkin left and Walter Sears right celebrate Robert Kendricks win in the District 4 city council race and the voters approval of Special Election 1 on Saturdays ballot The celebration party took place at the home of Susan Phillips campaign coordinator for Debbie Flume Flume who won the District 3 council seat was in New York Saturday for a different kind of run a 5K event to raise money for cancer research NB votes down 6 of 7 issues BY HEATHER TODD AND PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writers New Braunfels probably wont borrow any mon ey to fund the seven bond propositions presented to voters Saturday the one proposition that passed Of registered voters 23 percent or voters a 50year record defeated six of the propositions and approved only one the cheap est Residents approved the new emer gency communications system by 57 percent of the vote or votes About 43 percent or voted against it Im elated that it passed and Im surprised that out of all the things they could vote for that they supported this I think this is a vote of confidence for New Braunfels Police chief Ray Douglas said Although the voters have authorized the city issue bonds in the amount of for the communication system council could decide to fund that item through tiie general fund Its not big Mayor Stoney Williams said We can handle it with the general Williams said he was surprised at the elections outcome especially the defeat of the million proposition for street and drainage improvements the issue that prompted the bond election in the first place After the flood everyone was screaming about streets and he said I guess our streets arent bad enough I guess our drainage isnt bad At the polls or percent voted for Prop 1 or percent voted against Williams said council might consider bringing another bond ballot before the voters within the the narrowly defeated streets and fire station propositions up for consideration Maybe we need to be more specific on he said Williams said he attributed the defeat to nega tive campaigns claiming the ballot was too vague and increased property valuations See LaRue unseats Jonas in CISD BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer BULVERDE District 5 vot ers dumped incumbent Comal Independent School District trusteeLester W Jonas Saturday in favor of the man he replaced three years ago Former trustee Der ald LaRue received 134 votes to LaRUE Jonass tally of 112 Saturday Rose Cervin trailed both candi dates getting 59 votes Jonas said he was saddened by the results but said he would remain involved in the district We sacrificed a lot of time money and effort into this cam paign and during the past three years Its been rewarding and I believe weve done a lot for the district with the passing of the million he said Jonas said he believed low vot er turnout about 10 percent contributed to the election result I lost by 22 votes That just shows that people did not get out and he said Jonas who has a daughter enrolled in CISD said he now would have more time to become involved in other activities I still want to be involved Now I can sit back and see what he said wish Mr LaRue well I wish him the very best Ive really enjoyed Divers recover body of drowning victim ijftlM BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer or name of the victim or where he was from He said he turned the investiga Witnesses said they saw toe reportedly an avid swimmer dive Divera with toe Canvon Lake Diva ovw to New Braunfels Police into the water but he never came back teamjnMnd toe body of anZiden Officials with NBPD up Herber said The body was recov could not be reached for comment ered in toe area where he last was seen wfcy eyenrofr u er in toe 1200 block of Sleepy Hollow Battalion Chief Johr Herber with about New Brauufels Fire and Rescue said Herber said a group of people includ jfvwil were tubing AlfAMIttfV djvers recovered the body at three hours 1200 block of said not know the age out of his tube to swim Herber said his limited obversations of the body did not indicate any sips of an accident or trauma The coroners office will determine cause of death The dive team from Canyon Lake arrived at the scene about At that point emergency worton were per forming a recovery operation rather than a rescue Herber said
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