Thursday, July 13, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 13, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZF Vol 149 No 171 14 pages in 2 sections July 13 2000 TH BETTY The citys council chambers didnt have enough space for all the people showing up for an annexation hearing Wednesday Land rab More than 100 residents turn out for hearing BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Those at a public hearing Wednesday about proposed annex ation delivered a clear message to New Braunfels they dont need the citys services And they came in droves to tell the city council just that More than 100 people attended the meet ing They parked in the road and across the street from city hall in the New Braunfels Civic Center parking lot They filled every available chair in the council chambers stood along the chambers walls in the hall outside and even waited out side city hall for their chance to speak The first speaker Mel Goode nough represented the Mission Valley Homeowners Association and set the tone for the rest of the night We are totally opposed to being annexed into New Goodenough said and presented the council with a petition signed by 57 people in Mission Valley are who are against annexation City officials have said annexa tion provides a way to control the areas growth but Goodenough questioned that statement Mission Valley Estates is a 90 percent bui Itout he said There is no land to And Mission Valley doesnt need the services the city would offer if the area becomes a part of the city he said They have well water and private contractors who pick up their trash Their streets were recently resurfaced and theyre happy with the emergency services they receive Goodenough said In short he said the quality of life for residents of Mission Val ley Estates would not be improved See INSIDE Key Code 76 Road work ahead K JESSIE Workers slow down traffic at the closed onramp to Interstate 35 north of FarmtoMarket Road 725 Wednesday afternoon Utilities workers will again be working on the sewage pipe at the ramp today causing lane closures and delays Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses or 9 can water today after Well users with addresses ending in 6 or 7 can County since 1852 50 cents NBHS principal might go Seguin ISO considers Garinger for human resources position GARINGER BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels High School principal Keith Garinger is being considered for an administrative position at Seguin Inde pendent School District a Seguin ISO spokesperson confirmed Wednesday Judy Peschel community involvement coordinator and pub lic information officer for Seguin ISD said Garinger would be recommended to the board of trustees as the new director of human resources at a meeting tonight Seguin trustees meet 6 at the district offices 1221 E Kingsbury St in Seguin Garinger could not be reached for com ment Wednesday Peschel said she did not know any more information about Garingers application to the position other than he was being recom mended to the board Stephanie Ferguson public information officer for New Braunfels Independent School District said Garinger had not officially resigned his position as principal of NBHS His resignation would not be official until it was approved by the board she said Ferguson said she could not provide any fur ther comment on Garingers possible move to Seguin ISD Garinger has been the principal at NBHS since 1997 Before his position at NBHS he worked in the Bryan Independent School District CISD votes down BBES traffic fixes BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The traffic quagmire in front of Bill Brown Elementary School could get worse this fall with the opening of the new HEB grocery store across the street on Texas 46 Comal Independent School District trustees nixed a plan Tuesday to reroute traffic at BBES in conjunction with a traf fic light being installed at the school entrance Engineers with PapeDawson who are working on the HEB project were collaborating with CISD and the Texas Department See Comal jury convicts man in Schertz robbery BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County jurors took less than one hour to convict 39year old Johnny Earl Johnson for his role in an aggravated robbery at a Schertz convenience store this past November A sevenwoman fiveman jury went into deliberations just before 11 and came back with the guilty verdict against Johnson a San Antonio resident a little before noon Wednesday in the 22nd District court District Judge Jack Robison presided over the trial A district judge could sentence Johnson up to 99 years or life in prison on the first degree felony charge A sentencing hearing has not been set Police testified Johnson drove the vehicle that left the scene of a robbery at a conve nience store on FarmtoMarket Road 1103 and Interstate 35 in Schertz on Nov 28 1999 A Schertz police officer parked down the road received a dispatch call about the rob bery and followed Johnsons vehicle as he drove down FM 1103 police said The 911 call described the robbery suspect as a black male Johnson who is black was stopped by the officer but took off again police said Comal County assistant district attorney Ed Jendrzey told jurors two other suspects fled the vehicle but Johnson drove on and continued to evade police Schertz police apprehended Johnson in City Brookshire didnt try hard enough BY Jo UEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels attorneys say Brookshire Homes sued the city without first trying to resolve its dispute through every avenue avail able in the citys administrative process The city filed a response to the companys lawsuit in the 274th Dis trict Court on Friday New Braunfels represented by San Antonio Attorney Charles S Frigerio also is asking the court to award the city its costs involved with the lawsuit including rea sonable attorneys New Braunfels asserts the ripeness doctrine since Brookshire Homes has failed to exhaust his administrative remedies as a mat ter of the citys response said Plaintiffs permits which are the subject matter of this petition are currently being appealed to the board of adjustment of the city of New Brookshire Homes sued the city in June after the city issued stop work orders for four homes off Pah meyer Drive in the Meadow Creek subdivision The city also refused to issue building permits to Brookshire Homes after Meadow Creek resi dents Greg and Gerry Williams sent a letter and a petition signed by 80 residents protesting the proposed development The Williamses said the development significantly would decrease their property val ues City staff said Brookshires pro See the vehicle about midnight on Nov 28 Terry Herron also accused in the robbery was arrested the day after the robbery and booked into Comal County Jail On April 12 a Comal County grand jury indicted Herron on a charge of aggravated robbery The Comal County District Clerks office also issued a warrant for a third man sus pected in the robbery but he has not been arrested Jurors had to find that Johnson promoted See Development at Meadow Creek subdivision off Pahmeyer Drive is now in progress with foundations being poured Brookshire Homes sued the city of New Braunfels in June after the city issued stop work orders for four homes K JESSIE HeraWZeitung