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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPy NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY January 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 scctii HERALDZEITUNG 58 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Inaugural invitation Comal family receives coveted greetings from presidentelect CHRIS Robert and Crissy 15 and of display an invitation they received to the inauguration and an autographed picture of Presidentelect George this is what an invitation to the inauguration looks BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Its kind of a Cinderella Imagine being a couple of average kids in an average town somewhere in America who send letters and exchange Christmas cards with a very busy Imagine them becoming sort of pen pals with a guy one would think would be too busy to write much less remember who they They exchange The photos from the and Robert Hensley of offer their pen pal warm holiday Their Diana sends the man a holiday George Bush sends back thanks for the letters and a photo autographed with his best wishes to Crissy and And the Hensley family got the shock of their lives invitations to the inauguration for the next president of the United Imagine having tickets for the inau guration on Saturday but no way to get The Hensleys are holders of the hottest tickets1 in the country this week but cant afford to While Diana Hensley said she was disappointed they could not she still was very excited to have been I was so excited I even called the I thought this was pretty It made us feel so spe she The relationship between the Hens leys and the presidentelect began with an inquiry Diana Hensley sent to the thengovernor and presidential hopeful in Then Robert wrote the telling him he had a picture of his Diana Robert had a picture of the first Bush to be George Herbert Walker the presidentelects He asked if he could have one of George Bush to go with Bush sent autographing it to Robert and In the Hensleys were surprised with a signed Christmas card that included a photo of the Bush Crissy seniTihepresidentelect a Christmas Diana Hensley My son wrote him and said hed love to see him that was his wish for Robert said he was very sur prised to get the The invitation was Robert I wanted to Sometimes wishes come but sometimes they When they got the they went Diana They how are we going to go I we arent They were kind of My son wanted to wear his ROTC I told my we would have if we could have gotten the Robert works as a clerk at the Everyday convenience store in We just dont have the Diana Hensley Not every Cinderella story can have a happy But the Hensleys dont I felt honored to get an Diana River activities panel considers public exit fee BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer With the clock ticking on a proposal for solving and fund ing riverrelated the river activities committee on Wednesday narrowed its funding options to a river exit fee and increased shuttle per mit The group debated for more than fourandahalf hours Wednesday stumbling over issues such as what amount to charge for the exit whom to charge and how to spread responsi bility for collecting a fee to all the businesses who bene fit from river tourist The committee devised a patchwork scenario late Wednesday that included a exit fee that could be collected at commercial tube rental convenience and grocery The committee also con sidered but made no final decision on a separate fee for residents for a season of river Committee mem bers suggested the fee could make monitoring the wrist band system The resident fee also would show residents were willing to help take care of the rivers in their commit tee member Rodney Fischer The folks on the river should show they are willing to he would ease the perceived pain of the and it just promotes a fairness The group is trying to find enough money to support a more than compre hensive river management plan that includes increased law enforcement and other The committee revised an earlier plan in which only riv er outfitters would have charged the exit fee to include other types of Fis cher said he could see conve nience and grocery stores offering the wristbands as sale The committee called an emergency meeting for 6 today at city 4B board to hear requests BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Members of the infrastruc ture and improvement or 4B will hear what residents think about spend ing proposals for 4B sales tax money The board meets at 7 in conference room A of the New Braunfels Municipal 424 The board will conduct public hearings today on requests for funding various including street and drainage improvements total ing capitol improvement and equipment costs for city the police and fire communica tion system and a new fire engine and data terminals for police Money collected under the 4B tax which voters com bined with the formerly sep arate 4A economic develop ment tax in the November election can be spent on economic streets and afford able job training transportation improvement and other pro Threeeighths of one per cent of New Braunfels sales tax money goes toward sup porting 4B projects and is overseen by the citys infra structure and improvement board of City who are request ing the funds based on a five year opted not to ask for all the 4B money to be The projected 4B funds for 2001 total about mil GBRA agrees to historic water contract with San Antonio BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SEGUIN The Guadalupe Blanco River Authority agreed in principle Wednesday to a contract that could decrease San Antonios dependence on the Edwards Aquifer by a The GBRA board of directors authorized General Manager Bill West to enter into a historic agree ment that for the first time pro vides San Antonio with a source of water outside the Edwards The totaling up to acre feet or billion gallons will come from the Guadalupe River below its conflu ence with the San Antonio River right inside the saltwater A proposed 132mile pipeline will carry the water to Bexar where it will replace water now being pumped from the Edwards Aquifer and provide the San Anto nio area another supply of water for the first The pipeline is planned for completion by Last the San Antonio Water System pumped billion gallons of water from the Edwards Had the pipeline been it would have reduced that figure by 35 officials The water the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority will lease to San Antonio will cost per acrefoot at the diversion which will be right inside the saltwater barri er at San Antonio A clause in the contract allows SAWS to intermittently draw more water for per if more water is The water to be leased to San Antonio will come from existing rights now owned but not used by the said GBRA Deputy Gen eral Manager Fred The water that is the basis of this contract is water under existing permits that is currently not need ed in the Guadalupe River Blumberg Under the agree See NBISD hears abatement request BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer A Houstonbased company trying to build a fourstar hotel inside the shell of the old LCRA power plant is asking New Braunfels Independent School Board for a tax abate On Morgan Hill of Morgan Hill Interests showed the board slides of prelim inary plans to redevelop the abandoned Low er Colorado River Authority The proposed hotel would keep the 1920s but the three buildings that made the old power plant work the boiler and pulverizer houses would be converted into two guest conference rooms and a ball Thats an icon of the Hill A lot of the communitys history is locked into this many other com munities can say they have a sevenstory power plant with a hotel in it Hill is trying to get entities with taxing authority to create a tax increment financing or tax for the 23acre LCRA See INSIDE Abby 5A Classifieds Comics 8A Crossword 5A Forum 6A 4A Movies 5A Sports 2A Stocks Key Code Landa Street wreck CHRIS A young couple huddle together Wednesday after they were involved in a twovehicle accident with a truck on Landa
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