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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW BRAUNFELS TUESDAY June 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 sectu HERALDZEITUNG 194 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Main Street director going to Gainesville Fountain fourth city worker to leave in past three months BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Main Street Director Lynn Fountain is bidding farewell to New Braunfels after five and a half Fountain accepted a position in where she will lead its fledgling Main Street She leaves at a difficult time for the as it has come under fire for decisions in recent I dont really know what will of she But my hope is that the city will move cautiously and replace me and continue the I hope that with me gone and the lightning rod removed that the city will see what weve done here and continue The Gainesville board courted her and invited her to apply for the she Her last day in New Braunfels is July They called and at first I said I wasnt she But they wouldnt take no for an They paid for me to go and interview I was just blown away by their Gainesville is a smaller city but has big plans for the city using the Main Street she They have a very ambitious she Theyre just starting up the and thats always an exciting Theyve done wonderful things with their preservation and have a really positive With her See AMY Main Street Director Lynn Fountain is leaving New Braunfels for Justices mum on affirmative action suit BY LARRY MARGASAK Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP The Supreme Court remained silent Monday on raceconscious admissions policies in higher refusing to hear Texas chal lenge to a ruling that its law school affirmative action pro gram discriminated against Without the decision not to take the case showed the justices are not yet ready to break years of silence on preferential admis sions in public This might not be the last because chal lenges to the University of Michigans preferential poli cies could reach the court in the October The high court hasnt spo ken definitively on the issue since the divided 1978 Bakke when the majority said universities can take race into account in admis States across the country are wrestling with ways to keep up minority enrollment in public and sever al are operating under court orders or negotiated agree ments to end discrimination in higher While the Texas case involved the law school it had a much broader effect in the Once the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down the the state devised a new system for all its public Todays order resolves University of Texas law professor Douglas Lay cock We are disap but sooner or later the court will decide this In the we will explore our remaining legal Look out below CHRIS Vincent from San jumps from the rope swing Monday afternoon at the Lancia Park springfed Landa Park pools are hopping with activity this summer as visitors and residents alike seek respite from the hot NBISD debates student participation fees BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels school trustees will consider today assessing a participation fee for students who take part in extracurricular activ The fee would be reduced to annually for students whose families qualify for free or reduced The school board meets at 5 on the second floor of The Education 430 Mill Superintendent Ron Reaves During bud getary the board asked us to look for additional rev enue sources to help supple See Trinity board mulls conservation FROM STAFF REPORTS BULVERDE Southeast Trinity Groundwater Con servation District will con duct a workshop on conser vation fees on The workshop will be part of the districts regular meet at at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone 36101 Farm to Market Road 3159 in Smith son The district wants to col lect conservation fees by district manager Ray Lax on Laxon said the district would seek input from water purveyors to set up a system to monitor high volume The fee applies to non exempt production wells capa ble of pumping more than gallons a The fee the district will charge is 17 cents per The district also will con duct a public hearing at the beginning of the flaeeting to listen to comments on its pro posed rule changes concern ing well drilling or modifica tion permits and well pro duction permit Anyone wishing to review the proposed rules and rule changes can contact Laxon at 830 The rules also are available at District offices are inside the Justice of the Peace Court Bulverde INSIDE 4B Key Code 76 Council splits on contract with chamber BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer New Braunfels city council voted Monday to renew for two years its contract for eco nomic development services with the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of But the 43 vote along familiar lines did not happen before chamber President Michael Meek spent nearly an hour under questioning from two council Members Sonia Munoz and Larry Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez and May or Stoney Williams cast the aye Councilmembers Juliet Robert Kendrick and Debbie Flume cast the dissenting The vote also came after another part of the 4B board resolution calling for spend ing to buy a piece of parkland was split off for sep arate On the chamber Watson said she was con cerned that the city was not getting the best possible bang for its economic development In a deal in which the chamber through its partnership matches the citys expendi ture dollar for Watson questioned why the services had not been put out to Flume questioned an old direct mail flyer that she said offered tax incentives and bragged on a good work ethic and low area wages as an incentive for businesses to locate She also ques tioned whether 4B board money could be used to fund economic City Attorney Charlie Zech said it most assuredly The directors of the citys also known as the 4B board for its enabling voted unanimous ly June 20 to recommend allo cating in sales tax money to the chamber in 2002 and in The money will pay the chamber to promote New Braunfels and provide eco nomic development services to the Watson asked whether the services in the contract had been offered out to She was told that they had Watson said that construc consultations and other work were put out for and she thought econom ic development services should as Zech said there was no legal reason why the city had to request Watson said the available 4B board money should be used to fix drainage City votes to buy parkland BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer In its first public discus sion on the New Braunfels City Council Monday night approved a controversial parkland proposal that is not on the citys parks Supporting a recom mendation by the Improvement council voted 43 to spend for five acres of land in Robert Kendricks district for a future park site Mayor Stoney Williams voted with Debbie Flume and Juliet Watson to buy The a pecan orchard at Torrey Street and Gruene became controversial more than a week ago when City Manager Mike Shands signed an earnest money contract proposal before it was ever men tioned or voted on pub Mayor Pro Tern Lee Rodriguez agreed the land was an attractive piece of but he didnt know whether it was worth the asking and She noted that most of the big ticket indus trial employers attracted to the area were located in the Comal Independent School District rather than New Braunfels She suggested that tax abatements that brought them there were in part responsible for that dis tricts higher tax Meek blamed that on the homestead which he said is only offered by a few and the districts building Monroe a 4B board said the was about threetenths of 1 per cent of the million the Corp spent on quality of life in New Braunfels in The chambers services couldnt really go out to he because no other orga nization does all the things the chamber does in terms of inter est in education or attracting businesses to the The chamber does it Miller Td ask you all recognize what was very considered vote by the mem bers of the 4B board who youve selected because of their business   

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