Sunday, July 8, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Lifestyle Splash around in local swimming C 8E8TA LEISURE This Week Artists band together to celebrate NEW BRAUNFELS American Profile Roadside produce across SUNDAY July 2001 44 pages in 5 sections 44 pages in 5 scctu HERALDZEITUNG 150 205 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 City digs into new park plan BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Coun cil will get its first look at the Parks Master Plan Monday night after approving funds for it more than a year earli Hiking a new recre ation new neighbor hood playgrounds and an indoor pool top the list of needed according to the master The Parks and Recreation Board approved the plan at its meeting this past Mon Council already started working to fund new parks and hiking it bought land at Torrey Street and Gruene Road to Whats What New Braunfels City Council When Monday Where Municipal council 424 Castell create a neighborhood which is not listed on the master Council also approved hi matching funds to help Comal Trails get a grant from the Texas Depart ment of If the grant would pay for a network of hik trails connecting downtown with the historic village of The plan serves two pur City Manager Mike Shands it meets the require ment of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department that we need a plan before we can seriously be considered for he it provides a guide with a series of recommendations for everything from proper ty to land development whether its for ball trails or City councilman Robert Kendrick said he believed the plan was vital for the parks My understanding is that it is absolutely necessary to go for certain kind of fund he I think its essential to have a plan for what were doing and to coor See all say the city is annexing for My understanding is that it is illegal to annex solely for But who can fight city hall Mel Goodenough Mission Valley homeowner Annexation agitation Homeowners looking to keep their property out of citys expanding borders CHRIS Sam Allen works on the sprinkler system Saturday at his home in T Bar M which is one of the subdivisions being considered for annexation by the city of New who says he will have to abandon a recent septic system he is concerned about the it will cost per house to run water and sewer lines and a possible traffic increase when the private roads of his neighborhood become BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Some residents in areas slated for annexation in New Braunfels sought legal others passed around peti tions still others are relatively quiet waiting for the first public hearing on Very vocal homeowners from Preiss Mission Valley Estates and Northwoods met with city officials after the planning commissions annexation Concerned residents from T Bar M and FM 1101 even spoke at a planning commission meeting when the panel set the areas and calendar for Other homeowners are taking their complaints and questions directly to city staff Sam administrative assistant for the planning said she had heard comments from nearly every Stonegate and Alves barosa Road were the only areas where riot a single phone call had been she Sarske is taking calls dealing with annexation because the planning director position is Harry Bennett resigned in I had some very vocal calls from area See ANNEXATIONS conference targets small weapon trafficking BY EDITH LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS AP The United Nations is holding its first international conference on the illegal trade of small used in 90 per cent of the worlds conflicts and the biggest global killer apart from But getting the 189 member states to agree on ways to fight and ultimately eradicate trafficking in pis assault machine guns and other light weapons is going to be if not diplomats and arms experts The problem is that many countries whether major warravaged buyers or suppliers of arms have different ideas on how the illegal trade should be As a the program of action to be adopted at the end of the twoweek confer enqe that starts Monday is unlikely to include any of the tough measures hi the latest Among the most hotly debated proposals are calls for governments to pass laws to control the legal manufac and possession of small arms and to agree to standardize export 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 gov ernments are also likely to come under a proposal to seri ously 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 I think that perhaps the document is not going to be as strong as we would have but it is a step in the right Secre taryGeneral Kofi Annan It is a recognition by the international community that we need to do something about these Many offi and antigun activists agree that at a the conference will spotlight the proliferation of these easily transportable When you look at the his tory of the last 20 years or See JESSIE John Sharp facing visits with other Democrats Friday at a reception honoring Gloria former coun ty tax Sharp is running for Sharp Education will equal economic boon New GISD Superintendent settling in Grunert touts family philosophy as way of bringing district together BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer financial wizard and fam ily That describes Jim Grunert in a Comal Independent School District trustees recently hired Grunert as the new superin Grunert replaces Jerry who left hi February to become superintendent of the Waco School Grunert said he would start but he already participated in his first school board meeting this past Board trustees have asked an iiiiependent 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 Right Grunert will settle for remembering where his new office is Im still finding my way in the adminis tration he Besides learning his way around district Grunert will spend more time looking for a new home somewhere in the I was here with my wife last week and looked at much of the WeU also look See INSIDE Key Code 77 BY MARTIN MALACARA Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Edu cating 18through 21year olds across South Texas will provide the state with an eco nomic a future candi date for Texas lieutenant gov ernor said John Sharp visited with Bexar and Comal County Democrats gathered at The Vineyard in Garden Ridge to honor longtime Democrat Gloria Sharp said education would be the primary focus of his campaign for the lieutenant governors Through edu he the state could shift its economy from nat ural resources to human He told fellow Democrats he had a hard time under standing why the state pro vided new facilities for pris oners while some school dis tricts have to use portable buildings to handle over crowded The future is not in build ing new prisons its getting the best teachers in front of Sharp If we produce enough 18to 21 yearolds with the best edu cation in the well see an economic boon 15 years from now bigger than oil or Sharp specifically pointed to young adults living from Brownsville to Corpus and from San Anto See