Friday, July 6, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 6, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW BRAUNFELS FRIDAY July 2001 22 pages in 2 sections PaSes in 2 scctii HERALDZEITUNG 203 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Bush picks Mueller to lead FBI BY SANDRA SOBIERAJ Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON AP President Bush named vet eran prosecutor Robert Mueller to take over the FBI and begin repairing the nations premier law enforce ment agency after embar rassments ranging from bun gled Oklahoma City bomb ing documents to the discov ery of an FBI Mueller has previously won toplevel appointments from Bushs father and from President but both Republicans and Democrats suggested there will be point ed questioning at confirma tion If confirmed by the a 56yearold Repub lican and decorated Vietnam will fill a 10year term as the sixth fulltime director of the Patrick Gray and William Ruck elshaus served as acting directors during the Water gate Louis Freeh retired last two years before his term would have Attorney General John who had champi oned Mueller as a trusted team interrupted his vacation in Missouri to attend Thursdays Rose Gar den ceremony where Bush charged Mueller with assur ing the nation that the FBI is independent of politics and uncompromising in its mis The FBI has a great tra dition that Mueller must now affirm and some impor tant challenges he must con the president The most immediate chal lenge will be winning over senators fed up with what they see as the FBIs we knowbest attitude and with its headlinemaking mishaps the botched investigation of former nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee the mishandling of evidence in the Oklahoma City bombing trial that forced the postponement of Timothy McVeighs execu and the discovery in February that veteran FBI agent Robert Hanssen had been spying for the Russians for more than 15 As lowkey as his reputa Mueller spent just 48 seconds at the microphone He pledged to enforce our nations laws fairly and with respect to the rights of all Senate Judiciary Commit tee Chairman Patrick said Mueller inherits an FBI beleaguered by a series of highprofile mistakes See Stepchild no more New owners plan to give Marketplace more local presence BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The new owner of New Braunfels Marketplace has big plans for the shopping local real estate broker Julio LyBrand Wiggins Company bought the retail outlet 651 North Busi ness Interstate from Charter LyBrand helped put together the deal that might change the future of the Market well have a local presence he Its going to be a major part of the commu nity instead of the step child the way it has always Charter Oaks owned the center for nearly 11 Its tenure ended June when the sale to Wiggins was Pat owner of the Dallasbased compa ny that bought the prop said the Market place had potential to become a major shopping The property has all the critical elements to become the citys premier mixeduse center visibili critical proximity to the high dynamic New Braunfels community and exposure to thou sands of he said in a press release announcing the While Wiggins compa ny still works out the details for plans for the shopping LyBrand said plans are in the works update and tear down some of the build as well as bring in new LyBrand said people would notice the new management and new See JESSIE Evan and Spencer Morrison from left look for some fun shoes at Famous Footwear Thursday Associated Press photo President Bush chose veteran prosecuter Robert to be the new FBI The Senate must still con firm his Budget crunch may cause rise in tax rate BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer County Judge Danny Scheel will spend his week end with a sharp pencil and a very preliminary compi lation of the proposed coun ty budget for next fiscal The deadline for county departments to get budget requests to County Auditor David Renken is and staff is now preparing copies for Scheel and county com Scheel will conduct bud get hearings July and the county will finalize bud get plans the next Next years proposed tax rate will be discussed in commissioners court and a public hearing on the new tax rate will be con ducted 30 along with a hearing to adopt the 2002 A week Comal Coun ty found out it is taking a halfmillion dollar hit annu ally by 18 new positions the state mandated for the county That comes on top of a year in which Scheel not exactly known for being a free spender has asked every department in the county to do whatever it must to hold down spend He also asked department heads except for the posi tions in the sheriffs office SCHEEL to ask for no new employ ees in this The 2001 tax rate is cents per of assessed The countys gen eral fund budget for 2001 was Renken said the two biggest challenges facing Comal County are rising insurance costs and the cost of indigent health which picks up the tab on health care costs for penni less local Three years ago when we got the tobacco settlement we earmarked it to fund indigent health activi ties for as long as it Renken That money runs out this Another bigticket budget item is also related to health Renken Health insurance rates arent getting any See Test drive Customers take their Jeeps for a spin on a special obstacle Please see the JESSIE HeraldZeitung Resident wants second look at plans for new Canyon Lake high school CHRIS Patrick Proattus holds a site plan for an addition to Canyon High School while Bill Swint talks to CISD patrons in the background Thursday at Bracken Methodist BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer One Comal Independent School District patron believes the board of trustees should examine an alterna tive to placing a new high school near Canyon Garden Ridge resident Bill Swint said a plan to place the districts new high school off 281 near the Guadalupe River should get serious con I would like to have the district get with its demog rapher and give it a honest And then well have a good idea to see if it measures up to the districts Swint gave a presentation Thursday at Bracken Methodist Church to bring district patrons up to date on the 1999 bond CISD residents in 1999 vot ed for two bond propositions totaling million Bond money would be spent on building a new high school near the lake and adding three elementary schools for See SCHOOL75A INSIDE Key Code 76