Thursday, May 17, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY May 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in sectu HERALDZEITUNG 160 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Annexation moves ahead BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer This past the city chose to do This the New Braunfels Plan ning and Zoning Commission is going to try A package of annexation proposals left over from 2000 that total about square miles are going back to the New Braunfels City Council for possible annexation this Also added to the proposal will be three areas totaling more than 2 square miles that were on the annex ation horizon for this About four dozen concerned resi dents attended the commissions workshop Wednesday to make it pret ty clear that the annexation debate will be a heated and lively one again this The annexation issue took up two andonehalf hours of workshop Planners heard from a number of most from T Bar M Estates or Mission Valley Some ques tioned the costs of providing municipal City of New Braunfels 2001 Annexation Plan Legend V v Rivers Streams City ETJ 2 Miles 5 Year Exemption 2001 sq ml Mllm Year Total Area sq mi sq mi This map shows the basic area New Braunfels is consid ering One along Kowald was removed because the area received an agricul tural The annexation proposal the planning com mission decided to forward to council included about 2 more square Map submitted Lamer than life S artist putting final touches on downtown mural BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The father of Texas Botany once again will take up residence in New No appointments are Anyone washing to see him should go to 165 Seguin Ferdinand Lindheimer will be the one with his back to the Lindheimers accomplishments will be on display for posterity on the side wall of the Hoffman building in a mural painted by San Antonio artist Alex The Historic Outdoor Art Galley BROCHON of New Braunfels picked Brochon to paint the I think this is the pet project for a lot of people who endear him with the establishment of the Brochon Brochon said his work would try to depict the many facets of Lindheimers Brochon derived his inspiration for the project from researching Lindheimer and from other project Theres plenty of subject matter to fill this I could probably do another he When the mural will depict Lindheimer traveling through the Hill Country with the Comanche Indians to gather native plants for his taxonomic The mural also will show Lindheimers work with the original New Braunfels surrounded by plants that now bear his Brochon said the mural was about three weeks behind schedule because of recent but he planned to have it finished by A dedication ceremony for the mural is scheduled for Lindheimers 200th birth who considers himself a realist credits New York muralist Richard Haas with having the most influence on his Brochon learned about art from JESSIE Mural artist Alex Brochon says he is truly inspired to finish the first portion of the Lindheimer his Brochon attended art classes with him at Trinity University as a young Brochon majored in fine art at the University of Texas at San While attending he painted largescale billboards for an outdoor media When he was he worked on a mural painted on the old Hemisfair Arena in San The building was demolished during expansion of the Henry Gonzales Convention I hope to do more murals It seems to me there are quite a few blank walls around that could use he Brochon admits he is more focused on fine art than public art at this point in his but he said he found equal amounts of joy from such I like long projects that take up all your time and Public art is on a scale you can sink your teeth he Brochon said the mural paint selected for the project would last at least 20 After applying about three coats of he will com plete the mural with a clear coat of ultraviolet block to prevent it from PaintCo donated the paint for the Accent Painting Company donated the pressure washing and cleaning for the Everybodys been really Brochon Appraisal notices headed for mailboxes BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Next week will be a taxing time for recipients of more than appraisal notices soon to be sent by the Comal Appraisal Chief Appraiser Lynn Rodgers said Wednesday new notices of appraised value would go out to the owners of pieces of taxable prop erty in the Comal Appraisal Well probably be mailing within a Rodgers Anycme wh6 wishes to dis pute the districts appraisal can do so by notifying the CAD within one month of when the notices are Rodgers said the notices go out each This years have been delayed a few days as officials go through the process of bringing a new computer system on Notices are mailed for each piece of taxable property that increases in changes hands or when an owner requests Rodgers By the entire dis trict must receive appraisal notices every three Next Rodgers the CAD will mail more than The preliminary taxable value of Comal County before any exemptions or appeals this year is billion up about 15 per cent more than this past Appeal within 30 days of the notices mail date by calling the Comal Appraisal District at 6258597 to request an appointment with an appraiser or the Appraisal Review Formal requests or for an appointment with the ARB can be mailed to the Comal Appraisal District at 178 Mill New TX years certified appraised val ue of This past the county likewise grew 15 percent from 1999s certified bil The average home value in Comal County will increase from to 6 Rodgers The range of without any other such as con struction that increases val will be 2 to 10 Rodgers In Comal County during the past 816 new homes were keeping up with growth in the county during the past six The growth has ranged from a low of 777 to a high of In 878 homes were built in the Rodgers said he didnt per See State lawmakers near completion of budget AUSTIN AP Higher state employees and teachers are big winners in the next state But exactly how well the elderly will fare was less clear Wednesday as lawmakers continued to work on finding ways to increase funding to struggling nursing Budget writers had been banking on million from a bill that would levy a per bed fee on all Texas nursing homes in order to draw enhanced Medicaid funding from the federal But Rick Perry oppos es the which he calls a Budget writers should use existing funds to increase payments to nursing Perry See INSIDE 4B board to hear Scooter Store loan request in June BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer The Scooter Store will wait until June to ask the citys Infrastructure and Improvement for a loan for completion of an office The New Braunfels Infrastruc also known as the 4B board for its enabling will consider The Scooter Stores request at its June 20 meet The board oversees a pqrtion of the citys sales tax Bill 4B board vice presi said Scooter Store officials requested the board postpone action until then to give them adequate time to prepare for the presentation to the The 4B board was scheduled to consider action Wednesday on the Scooter Stores request for funding for infrastructure at its office The Scooter Store had approached the board in February to request a The board denied the request and told the company to explore a loan request In exchange for a Scooter Store officials had promised to create at least 200 new contribute million in taxes to the New Braunfels School District during 10 years and increase its participation in the school districts mentoring program from nearly 100 employees to 330 within five The Scooter Store also had previ ously requested a million loan to help build its new offices off Loop 337 and Texas The store withdrew its request in Construction continues on the stores three sto ry office The money would help pay for com pletion of a street to the the building itself and detention and retention ponds for drainage Store officials have cited growth of the company as the reason behind the office The Scooter Store employs 580 peo 330 in New Average pay for the company is a