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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers wtth addresses ending In or 9 can water today after 7 pm Well users with addresses ending In 6 or 7 can water today after 8 HERALDZF NG Vol 149 No 159 14 pages in 2 sections June 29 2000 rVJ County since 1852 50 cents dont understand why somebody out there would want to hurt him The door to his church is always Ellda Villagomez New Braunfels Archbishop released Faithful pray as religious leader is kept hostage for nine hours BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO A man claiming to be armed with a grenade released Archbishop Patrick Flores after holding him hostage for about nine hours Wednesday Flores was taken to the hospital but appeared to be unharmed news reports said something that many in the area had constantly prayed for since Flores was first taken hostage I dont Flores the understand why somebody would want to hurt Eli da Villagomez of New Braun fels said The door to his church is always The suspect who police identified as 40yearold Nelson Antonio Escolero was reportedly upset over his possi ble deportation for driving with a suspended license Police said Escolero was angry with his unemploy ment the return of Elian Gonzalez to Cuba and what he described as his mistreatment by gov ernment authorities over his immigra tion status Escolero who is an El Salvador native and a legal resident of the United States was taken away in handcuffs While Flores was held hostage Vil K JESSIE HeraldZeitung Frank Rodarte came by for an appoint ment at the Chancery office Tuesday but soon found himself pass ing out rosary beads to those praying for Flores K JESSIE Manuel Saldibar and others gathered Wednesday from many different churches across from the Chancery Office in San Antonio to pray for a peaceful outcome to the hostage situation Elida Villagomez top right stands outside Holy Family Church in New Braunfels with a sign asking passersby to pray for Archbishop Flores By late afternoon signs hung all around the churchs fence lagomez her two daughters and mother stationed themselves at Hidalgo Avenue and Spur Street near the Holy Family Church in New Braunfels They held up signs to passing motorists asking them to pray with them for the archbishop Flores has always been there for her Villagomez said Now my father needs someone and I need to gather people to pray for she said Flores was kept hostage at the Chancery Office for the Archdiocese of San Antonio and many there had the same thoughts as Villagomez A group of men women and children of various races gathered across the street from the chancery and recited a constant string of prayers as they clutched rosary beads and pictures of Jesus More than 100 people including local and national media camped on the lawns of the houses across from the chancery See Trustees break ground on SVHS expansion BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Dan Krueger wore a special colorful tie at the ground breaking Wednesday morning for the million expansion at Smithson Valley High School But the former Comal school board pres ident didnt do it to celebrate the new project Instead it was a gesture to honor the late Jim Pfluger the architect who designed the unique project The architect was known for his many colorful ties Krueger said Pfluger of Austin died a month and a half ago in a plane crash Jim poured his heart and soul into this said Krueger vice chair of the Comal school board of trustees The expansion which includes a distinctive rotunda 32 new classrooms a library cafe teria gym band hall and theatre will help SVHS accommodate up to students An incredible amount of manhours of planning went into this Krueger said Its a great layout and design We look Flumes plan could threaten office park BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Officials soliciting private developers for a new office park complex in New Braunfels fear that a proposal to elimi nate the citys economic development sales tax ultimately could kill the Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said councilwoman Debbie Flumes proposal to abolish the 4A sales tax also could threaten devel opment of a higher education facility here pending results of a feasibility study Flume said if the projects were really important council could look at alter native ways of fund ing them At this point though I think our street and drainage projects are more important than an office she said You have to be able to offer a good quali ty of life to attract MEEK whitecollar On Monday Flume proposed asking voters to consider eliminating the eco nomic development sales tax and adopt ing a sales tax in its place for property tax reduction Council voted to post pone any action until its July 12 meeting The Economic Development Corpo ration recommends how the city should spend of the citys sales tax The 4A board uses that money to help existing businesses or to attract new businesses Currently funds from the 4A board are used to help finance a project to develop a new office park complex in New Braunfels as well as a fea sibility study on the communitys high er education needs The chamber and Texas Perspectives See OFFICE Comal Independent School District board of trustees vice chairman Dan Krueger addresses the audience at the groundbreaking Wednesday mom ing for million in expansions and renovations to Smithson Valley High School SVHS JROTC Cadet Seaman Apprentice Ryan Matueka of Bulverde stands at parade rest behind the Texas flag HeraldZeitung INSIDE 7A Word Utility relocations reason for 135 construction delays BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The company responsible for part of the Interstate 35 road construction points to problems with utility relocations as the rea son the project is behind schedule On Wednesday the Business Advisory and Transportation Committees of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce held the first of a series of meetings to update residents on die million project to widen 135 Dean Word whose company the Dean Word Company is responsible for the construction from a halfmile south of Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue attended meeting He hflff struggles with hitting utility lines Right now if you look at the percent complete versus time charge we are behind he said On the surface that may lcxk bad but the fact is that we have not pre sis on the utility holdups that weve encoun tered constantly throughout the The delays will push the completion sev eral months past the original May 2002 com pletion date he said The first phase of the construction is to rebuild the outside of the frontage roads road is where the Uon share of all the buried utilities are Word said aud those utilities The company has had problems hitting telephone cable water and sewer lines Word said that the utility companies plans do not always accurately reflect where the lines are Also the expansion and contraction of the soil may cause the lines to move from their original locations he said However he said the project is finally getting to the stage where we can go in mere and do what we do best which is build Once the outsides of die frontage roads are complete the businesses will have driveways and the curbs and storm sewers will be com plete Im sorry about bow bad its been but really to a large wteat it hasnt been under my control Ive been at the mercy of the util ity Deavers Construction is handling the por tion of the construction project from north of Walnut Avenue to north of FM 725 Word whose portion of the construction is actually two projects said the three projects probably werent designed to be under con struction at the same time New Braunfels has few Interstate 35 cross ings and the construction is straining cross town traffic Word said TxDOT Project Managers Linda Grimsley and Ben Englehardt provided updates on the construction projects Word Construction is building a 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