New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 9, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

July 09, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New BraunfelsWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 can water today after'7 p.m. Well users cannot water today. For information, call 608-8925 AHerald-Zeitung Potter parties Council not presenting ail sales tax uses to voters By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The legal uses for New Braunfels’ sales tax revenues make up an exclusive club. City council already has agreed to give voters a chance to change that, but the option on the ballot hardly represents the full range of possibilities allowed under state law. No matter how residents vote in November, the city still won’t be able to spend sales tax revenue on affordable housing or recycling facilities — both state-sanctioned uses. At the kist meeting, city councilwoman Debbie Flume recently led the city to call a November election where voters will decide whether the city can spend sales tax money on a sports venue — like the projects voted down in May’s bond election. And at Monday’s 6:30 p.m. meeting, council will vote on adding another proposition to the November ballot — one that would eliminate using sales tax revenue for economic development and replace it w ith a sales tax to reduce property tax. But little discussion has been given to adding See SALES TAX/3A SWB: Call if hardship experienced By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer New Braunfels’ phone problems this past week couldn’t have come at a worse time for the city's housing authority. It was Friday, June 30, and the housing authority needed to submit a required report to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But the report must be submitted over the Internet, and the city’s phone system went down Friday morning. “The phones weren’t working. We couldn't do anything. The fax wasn’t working,” said Nadine Mardock, executive director of the New Braunfels I lousing Authority. “(If the report hadn’t been submitted) that would have resulted in a penalty against us,” Mardock said. Mardock went to the Laurel Plaza Apartments behind her office to see if the phones in the complex, which houses seniors and disabled people, were working. She found only one. Mardock laughed as she explained that her office paid the resident $20 to use his phone line to transmit the report over the Internet. Intermittent phone problems continued through July 4, when the phone system was completely fixed in the morning hours. Southwestern Bell is prepared to discuss the troubles its residential and business customers experienced and how that could affect See PHONE/3A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Bryan Garcia, 11, is one of the first in line to receive his reserved copy of the new R.K. Rowling book, “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire” at Hastings Books, Music and Video, 651 N. Business 35. “The fact that when he’s in a tight situation and always seems to get out of it with a new and creative idea,” is Garcia’s favorite thing about Harry Potter. Vol. 149, No. 168    42 Southwestern Bell officials say they are prepared to discuss any troubles residential and business customers experienced recently./Front page ► Trail map ► Lifestyle Roy Hargrove discusses the forgotten classic musicals now being released Abby.............................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-1    OD Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Television...........................TV    Week www.herald-zeitung.com Key code 77 r~ ~~Z77Z7Z:............................. Right: Hadiyah Mazybolton and Kam Culbreth say the magic words for the magic act at Hastings book store party for the new Harry Potter book release. About 40 kids showed up for the 11 a.m. party Saturday, with even more expected for the 2 p.m. book reading. Inside ► Phone service The nonprofit Comal County Trails has printed 5,000 “vision maps” and is moving forward with its plans for a trail system in New Braunfe!s./4A Boys, IO, 8, allegedly set fire By Ron Maloney Staff Writer pages in 4 sections July 9, 2000 Aunty since 1852 Annexation hearing By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer    I For the residents of the Southbank subdivision south J of Interstate 35, a proposal to make their neighborhood a part of New' Braunfels is filled with questions. If the city boundaries are expanded to include their subdivision, who will maintain their streets? Who will supply their water, sewage service and electricity? Will they be able to maintain control of the clubhouse, tennis courts and swimming pool the Southbank Owners Association maintains for Southbank residents? “The majority of our people who live here are not enamored of annexation, although they recognize Ola. List of areas that could be annexed/8A Schedule of public hearings/8A there are some advantages to it,” said Jim Taylor, president of the Southbank Owners Association. “The reason they aren’t is because we have not yet been able to sit dow n with the city and determine the impact of annexation.” But Southbank residents and residents of nine other areas that New Braunfels is considering annexing will have an opportunity to discuss the proposed annexation with city council members and city staff See ANNEXATION/8A $1.00 Southbank subdivision owners hope to maintain control of their tennis courts, club house and swimming pool if annexed. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Options limited ► Sports on DVD/1 C Index STARTZVILLE — A 10-year-old boy is in deep trouble today after he and his friend, 8, allegedly set a fire that destroyed a vacant home Saturday morning. Comal County Fire Marshall Lin Manford said the 10-year-old, a Mountain Valley Elementary fourth grader who lives in Startzville, was booked for investigation of second-degree felony arson Saturday afternoon by Comal County Judge Danny Scheel. Both boys were released to their parents following magistration. The oldest lives near the burned home. The youngest, from Plano, Texas, is visiting his father, who also lived near the home. The fiancee of the mother of the oldest boy and the father of the younger boy initially brought them to authorities after the incident, Manford said. The mother of the oldest joined them shortly afterwards. According to emergency radio reports, the boys admitted starting the Fire. Under Texas law, the 8-year-old alleged accomplice will not be booked, although both boys are being See FIRE/3A A local 15-year-old heads off to Sweden for soccer tournaments. ne RON MALONEY/Herald-Zeitung Firefighters said this Startzville home was a complete loss. The fire was allegedly set by boys ages 8 and 10. «% « ;

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