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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW T x Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers wtth addresses ending In or 2 can water today after 7 well users with addresses ending In 2 or 3 can water today after 8 NG Vol 149 No 132 14 pages in 2 sections May 23 2000 TUESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Jm ammin Americana Music Jam draws crowd t fc JESSIE The crowd at Gruene Hall came early stayed late and had a great time at Sundays benefit for the Westside Community Center project Above right Radney Foster had fans singing along with a country ballad early Sunday evening BY DALE MARTIN HeraldZeitung Correspondent Are you guys ready to rock n roll asked Mattson Rainer program director With that statement the fourth annual Americana Music Jam got under way With a full house already crowded into his toric Gruene Hall shortly after 1 Sun day the jam kicked off to a roar of applause Fred Stockwell general manager for KNBT took the stage earlier to offer up the customary thank yous to this years sponsors the HeraldZeitung Great American Products and Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coopera tive Stockwell turned the day over to Rainer the man who came up with the idea for the jam four years ago Each year the jam donates proceeds to a local charity This year its the Westside Community Center project a facility that will serve local youth once built Rainer and Stockwell selected the pro ject this year after reading an editorial in the HeraldZeitung We always try to pick a worthy Ranier said We especially look at things that benefit the kids Our goal is to reach as many people as possible This year we are hoping to raise at least from the Stockwell said final counts of the amount raised should be available by Wednesday We probably broke last years fig ure which was he said Rainer said he starts choosing bands about three or four months before each jam Over the years Ive become friends with most of acts and I have their home phone he said I usually just give them a call and see if they are available to come down and play I find that my stress level goes way down when I invite friends to perform because theres a lev K JESSIE Like many other parents at the Americana Music Jam Tonya and Lee Heffington came to help a good cause and get an early start at getting their son 3yearold Cason hooked on Americana music el of trust there I admit I pray a lot before each When Two Tons of Steel kicked things off at 1 the audience knew these San Antonio boys came to town to rock With two albums Bunder their belt they set a Ijjtrong pace for the day per fiorming songs from both CDs Highlights were a haunt ing Havana and rocking Versions of Big Big Two Tons Of Steel and King of a One Horse Monte Warden opened with I Take Your Love Everywhere I For the remainder of his set it was one hit after another Your Heart Will Come Its Only Love and even an old Waggoner classic Stout And Jimmy LaFaves 45 minute set opened with One Angel and included several Dylan classics like Just Like A Woman and Highway 61 When The Great Divide hit the stage and invited Susan Gibson of the Groobies to sing on Hung Down the crowd went nuts See Kendrick Flume take council seats BY HEATHER TODD STAFF WRITER During their first night in office District 4 Councilman Robert Kendrick and District 3 council woman Debbie Flume voted down an ordinance that would have placed Citizens Communications at the end of the meeting and approved a resolution supporting an affordable housing complex in New Braun fels Flume and Kendrick were offi cially sworn into office Monday night They were elected by their respective districts May 6 Former council members Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo stepped from council after serving one threeyear term and were recog nized for their public service during a ceremony Monday night The new council elected Juan Luis Martinez to continue serving as Mayor Pro Tern During the regular meeting no one in the audience voiced support or opposition to the proposed Ever green Townhomes project but Dis trict 6 Councilwoman Juliet Wat son voiced several concerns about the proposed complex Council approved the resolution supporting the affordable housing project with Watson as the only dissenting vote She also voted against supporting the project last year Amistad Affordable Housing Inc is once again seeking federal tax credits from the Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs to build an 80unit complex on a 5acre property site in southwest New Braunfels This is the third time Amistad has applied for tax credits The Evergreen project was denied fund ing last year and another project called Huisache Villas off Business 35 was denied taxcredit approval in 1998 Last year many residents living near the proposed site voiced con cerns about crime increased traffic and overcrowding and water avail ability On Monday night Watson voiced concerns how the complex would be maintained How do you know this wont turn into the Rosedale Apartments Watson said City inspectors found more than 150 violations of health and safety codes at the Rosedale Apartments off W San Antonio Street and ordered all residents to vacate Amistad codeveloper John Seidel said the complex was not like Sec K JESSIE Debbie Flume top and Robert Kendrick take their oaths of office Monday night tion 8 Housing because it was pri vately owned operated and man aged And according to stipulations of the tax credit funding the owner would have to operate the complex for at least 30 years Seidel said 38 percent of the pop ulation of New Braunfels fell with in the income range to qualify for the tax credit housing This is good for 38 percent of the people in New Braunfels I dont see why people are opposed to Seidel said Seidel also said New Braunfels is the only community of its size in the state that doesnt have tax credit affordable housing projects The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program which was created by the Federal Tax Reform Act of 1986 allows owners and investors hi affordable housing to use a tax credit to offset a portion of their federal tax liability in exchange for the construction of affordable rental housing The TDHCA has scheduled a meeting July 28 in Austin to announce which applications will receive tax credits In a class by NB Christian Academy graduates first two students BY RON MALQHEY Staff Writer Imagine for a moment having a with numerous civic church and commumty being the valedictorian or salutatorianofyour high school class Your high school Is first graduating themselves The lowdown on area high school night to Ben Engel and Bethany McDonald They were the first grad uates and the entire graduating class of New Braunfels Christian Academy The pair were honored in com mencement ceremonies held at Oak wood Baptist Church that were attended by about 200 people i been here since this high school was said valedicto rian Engel a former Canyon 1 KCVft A INSIDE Car takes swim nobody hurt BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A New Braunfels message to her 16 yeaeold son today is that a car is just a twoton chunk of metal Even a brandnew sports sedan Steve Sigier parked his parents threemonth old Mustang at die Landa Park golf course Sat urday evening set the parking brake left it in gear somehow it still rolled down a hill and into he Comal River Police and parents Mark and Terese Sigier were called to the some a little after 7 after the boy reported the incident OK and I think been a learning is pulled from the Comal River Saturday evening   

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