New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 8, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Splash around in local swimming holes/1 C SESTA1 LEISURE This Week Artists band together to celebrate creativity/inside New Braunfels American Profile Roadside produce across America/Inside SUNDAY July 8, 2001 44 pages in 5 sections T x    r~M Herald-Zeitung ......- ..................' "'""VT" ----- " -------- 1 1 ................................ .. i,I, iij.m i n pin 11...................mum I im;.mum. . "I.........I------ ' ......'N'HU..... ........................ t ......................................................... ...J......, .....x............................. . .........................:..........:hi Vol. 150 No. 205 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00 City digs into new park plan By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council will get its first look at the Parks Master Plan Monday night after approving funds for it more than a year earlier. Hiking trails, a new recreation center, new neighborhood playgrounds and an indoor pool top the list of needed improvements, according to the master plan. The Parks and Recreation Board approved the plan at its meeting this past Monday. Council already started working to fund new parks and hiking trails. Recently, it bought land at Torrey Street and Gruene Road to What’s Up - What: New Braunfels City Council When: 6:30 p.m. Monday Where: Municipal Building, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave. create a neighborhood park, which is not listed on the master plan. Council also approved $150,000 in matching funds to help Comal Trails get a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation. If approved, the grant would pay for a network of hiking/biking trails connecting downtown with the historic village of Gruene. The plan serves two purposes, City Manager Mike Shands said. “First, it meets the requirement of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that we need a plan before we can seriously be considered for grants," he said. “Secondly, it provides a guide with a series of recommendations for everything from property to land development — whether it’s for parks, ballparks, hiking/biking trails or playscapes.” City councilman Robert Kendrick said he believed the plan was vital for the parks department. “My understanding is that it is absolutely necessary to go for certain kind of funding,” he said. “I think ifs essential to have a plan for what we’re doing and to coor- See PARK/5A “...They all say the city is annexing for taxes. My understanding is that it is illegal to annex solely for taxes. But who can fight city hall?” — Mel Goodenough Mission Valley homeowner Annexation agitation Homeowners looking to keep their property out of city’s expanding borders ---- CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Sam Allen works on the sprinkler system Saturday at his home in T Bar M Estates, which is one of the subdivisions being considered for annexation by the city of New Braunfels. Allen, who says he will have to abandon a recent septic system he installed, is concerned about the $20,000-40,000 it will cost per house to run water and sewer lines and a possible traffic increase when the private roads of his neighborhood become public. By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Some residents in areas slated for annexation in New Braunfels sought legal advice, others passed around petitions; still others are relatively quiet — waiting for the first public hearing on Wednesday. Very vocal homeowners from Preiss Heights, Mission Valley Estates and Northwoods met with city officials after the planning commission’s annexation resolution. Concerned residents from T Bar M and FM HOI even spoke at a planning commission meeting when the panel set the areas and calendar for annexation. Other homeowners are taking their complaints and questions directly to city staff members. Sam Sarske, administrative assistant for the planning department, said she had heard comments from nearly every area. Stonegate and Alves Lane/Bar-barosa Road were the only areas where not a single phone call had been logged, she said. Sarske is taking calls dealing with annexation because the planning director position is vacant. Harry Bennett resigned in June. “I had some very vocal calls from area See ANNEXATION/9A U.N. conference targets small weapon ownership, trafficking By Edith M. Lederer Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is holding its first international conference on the illegal trade of small arms, used in 90 percent of the world’s conflicts and the biggest global killer apart from AIDS. But getting the 189 U.N. member states to agree on ways to fight and ultimately eradicate trafficking in pistols, assault rifles, machine guns and other fight weapons is going to be tough, if not impossible, diplomats and arms experts say. The problem is that many countries — whether major powers, war-ravaged nations, buyers or suppliers of arms — have different ideas on how the illegal trade should be tackled. As a result, the program of action to be adopted at the end of the two-week conference that starts Monday is unlikely to include any of the tough measures in the latest draft. Among the most hotly debated proposals are calls for governments to pass laws to control the legal manufacture, transfer, and possession of small arms and to agree to standardize export criteria. Measures that would require manufacturers to mark all weapons so they can be identified and traced and to supply small arms and light weapons only to governments are also likely to come under fire. And, a proposal “to seriously consider” prohibiting trade and private ownership of small arms designed for military use is vehemently opposed by gun rights activists in the United States and will likely be rejected by the U.S. delegation. “I think that perhaps the document is not going to be as strong as we would have liked, but it is a step in the right direction,” U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said. “It is a recognition by the international community that we need to do something about these weapons.” Many diplomats, U.N. officials, and anti-gun activists agree that at a minimum, the conference will spotlight the proliferation of these cheap, easily transportable weapons. “When you look at the history of the last 20 years or See WEAPON/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung John Sharp (center, facing) visits with other Democrats Friday at a reception honoring Gloria Clennan, former county tax assessor/collecter. Sharp is running for Lt. Governor. Sharp: Education will equal economic boon New CISD Superintendent settling in Grunert touts ‘family philosophy’ as way of bringing district together By Martin MALACARA Staff Writer Superintendent, financial wizard and family man. That describes Jim Grunert in a nutshell. Comal Independent School District trustees recently hired Grunert as the new superintendent. Grunert replaces Jerry Major, who left in February to become superintendent of the Waco School District. Grunert said he would start Monday, but he already participated in his first school board meeting this past week. Board trustees have asked an independent consultant to work with Grunert and interim superintendent Anthony Constanzo on a list of criteria for new attendance boundaries and related planning for a new high school near Canyon Lake. Right now, however, Grunert will settle for remembering where his new office is located. “I’m still finding my way in the administration building,” he said. Besides learning his way around district offices, Grunert will spend more time looking for a new home somewhere in the county. “I was here with my wife last week and looked at much of the district. We’ll also look See GRUNERT/10A Inside Abby.......................... .....2C Classifieds....................... 1-12D Comics....................... .....4B Lifestyle.................. ....1C Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies........................... ......2C Obituaries................... .....3A Sports......................... ..1-3B Today........................... .....2A Stocks............................ 8A www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 77 By Martin Malacara Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Educating 18- through 21-year-olds across South Texas will provide the state with an economic boon, a future candidate for Texas lieutenant governor said Friday. John Sharp visited with Bexar and Comal County Democrats gathered at The Vineyard in Garden Ridge to honor long-time Democrat Gloria Clennan. Sharp said education would be the primary focus of his campaign for the lieutenant governor’s seat. Through education, he said, the state could shift its economy from natural resources to human resources. He told fellow Democrats he had a hard time understanding why the state provided new facilities for prisoners while some school districts have to use portable buildings to handle overcrowded classrooms. “The future is not in building new prisons; it’s getting the best teachers in front of students,” Sharp said. “If we produce enough 18- to 21-year-olds with the best education in the U.S., we’ll see an economic boon 15 years from now bigger than cotton, oil or cattle.” Sharp specifically pointed to young adults living from Brownsville to Corpus Christi, and from San Anto- See SHARP/5A.I, ;

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