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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 150 No 32 30 pages in 4 sections December 17 2000 Or Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Powell picked Presidentelect George W Bush named retired Gen Colin Powell as secretary of state Saturday bringing an American hero an American example and a great American story back into public life River CHy action The Canyon Cougars and the New Braunfels Unicorns took on some tough competition in the River CityClassip boys basketball tournament at New Braunfels Give give give Tis the season for giving and local organizations are making it easy for residents to help their less fortunate neighbors Find out how you can help this holi day Windy weekend BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Strong winds blew over parts of Texas on Saturday but skies otherwise were expected to remain mostly sunny throughout the weekend Soyth Texas is forecast to be mostly sunny on Sunday although some parts may be partly cloudy High tempera tures should be mostly in the 50s and 60s INDEX Week Home of hopes CHRIS Bottom photo A year ago Christmas looked bleak for newly widowed Jennifer McGinley and her three chil dren Above Coma County Habitat of Humanity has made this holiday season much more hopeful with work under way on a new house McGinley is joined at the site by her family and mother Sharon Bittner Young widow getting hand up from Habitat for Humanity BY BETTY TAYLOR Just more than a year ago Jennifer McGinley lost her hus band Shaun in a traffic accident leaving her a 22yearold widow with three small children Its she said People ask How are you doing and you say but youre really Comal County Habitat for Humanity is laying the foundation for a better life for Jennifer McGinley and her children Jennifer and her children Austin 6 Lillie 5 and Star 2 have faced a mountain of finan cial and health problems since her husbands death Both Jennifer and Star are recu perating from hospital stays Lillie also has faced some medical prob lems and all three children are try ing to cope with living without their dad Somehow the family has man aged to survive on a teachers aide salary living in an a month apartment That is why McGinley said a house will help ease what easily could be the weight of the world on her shoulders right now Earlier this year McGinley was accepted as a candidate for a Habitat for Humanity house Since then she has since been working alongside Habitat for Humanity volunteers every Saturday as they cleared the donat ed lot near Canyon Lake While McGinley still will buy the house the reduction in monthly pay ments compared to her apartment rent is something she anticipates It will be much better for McGinley said See REAVES NBISD chief objects to citys new drainage fee BY Jo LEE FERGUSON AND JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writers New Braunfels new drainage ordinance has left New Braunfels Independent School District officials with a bag full of questions Ron Reaves NBISD superin tendent said he did not believe the school district a taxassessing entity should have to pay a drainage utility fee Were going to have to assess our taxpayers to help pay for this Reaves said We feel like as a taxing entity we should be The city council recently approved an ordinance that declares the city drainage system a utility much like water and electricity The ordinance includes a drainage utility fee to be paid on all improved lots Revenues from the utility fee will be used to pay for engineering operation maintenance and admin istration of the citys drainage system Council has scheduled a Jan 8 public hearing to consider a resolution setting the drainage utility fees Reaves said the district could pay more than a year in drainage fees After several conversations with the city engi neer Reaves could not understand what parts of his district would be used to measure the fee The proposed resolution charges different fees for residential and commercial structures As written the proposed resolution would classi fy the school district under the commercial catego ry The proposed fee for commercial buildings would be to a month depending on the square footage of improved structures as determined by the local appraisal districts The drainage ordinance exempts municipal coun ty and state governments Were still working with the city to see if we can better understand how this fee is going to be pre sented to the Reaves said Councilman Larry Alexander said schools had structures that affect drainage The businesses and the homeowners are having to pay I think the churches the school districts and nonprofits still have buildings and they still have drainage and they should possibly take some of the See Meadow Creek going forward without cutting prices Im disap pointed that they re going to keep the price of their homes in the same range I think thats very unfair to the Councilman Larry Alexander Brookshire Homes says houses will meet city requirements BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Brookshire Homes announced Friday that Meadow Creek subdivision homes will meet New Braunfels requirements but starting prices will remain in the Brookshire Homes and the city of New Braunfels have been involved in a legal battle over the future of the subdivision Were excited to announce that Meadow Creek is going to go Brookshire Home spokesman Connolly said Were going to begin an aggressive relaunch Councilman Larry Alexander who rep resents that neighborhood was not happy with the news Im disappointed that theyre going to keep the price of their homes in the same he said I think thats very unfair to the neighbors Im disappointed that theyre going to leave their signs up But the city can do little about that he said Connolly said 45 of the original 60 lots remain in phase 1 of Meadow Creek Plans also are under way for phase II which will consist of about 40 lots and a possible third phase The remaining lots in phase 1 still will be priced in the to price See MEADOW NB school district enlists arborist to save campus trees BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer On the front lawn of Lamar Primary a live oak tree a species known for its sturdiness has shaded students for decades It has survived floods light ning and drought but district officials like trustee Bill Biggadike want to make sure it survives an even deadlier threat construction When you do constriction work around a tree its not about putting orange tape around the Biggadike said A lot goes in to saving a tree At Lamar theyve got some really gorgeous oak and we wanted to make sure what we were doing was going to protect that one big So New Braunfels Independent School District called in a profes sional arborist to figure out how to protect the trees that fill their properties during construction Cheer Fund Volunteer Bob Peterson right delivers food to the Munos Martinez and Ortega family Saturday on Mueller Ranch Road for the annual Herald Zeitung Cheer Fund See the edi torial on Page 6A CHRIS Zeitung
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