Thursday, July 12, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS THURSDAY July 2001 12 pages in 2 sections pages in 4 scene EITUNG 208 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Lawsuit centers on noise debate BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer SEGUIN The trial that could determine the future of a controversial Marion drag racing track opened Wednesday in a crowded Guadalupe County court room with testimony from competing acoustical Neighbors sued the opera tor of the River City Race Todd claim ing the noise the facility gen erates is a nuisance that is ruining their They are seeking to have the operation either shut down or modified to reduce the Jurors will decide whether the track is a If it visiting District Court Judge Don Morgan will decide what to do about Since opening the track in January Zampese built fences to deaden the noise from his quartermile drag He also placed build ings in locations he hoped would cut back on the noise and offered to take other such as sound proofing homes of his closest Under Texas noise impacts on neighbors are now restricted to 85 See Main looking for new direction BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer The Main Street Advisory Board plans to ask New Braunfels city manager and city council to hire an interim director at least until the end of the fiscal After attending meetings with the Downtown Associa the board discussed ask ing the city to hire an inde pendent consultant to run the Director Lynn Fountains last day in New Braunfels is She accepted a job to head a fledging Main Street program in Amid rumors the city coun cil might not continue the the Main Street Board and Downtown Asso ciation discussed strategy to continue downtown programs and Main Street is a statewide program that encourages his toric preservation and eco nomic development in down town New Braunfels is one of more than 75 Main Street cities in Chairwoman Marian Ben son asked that the Herald Zeitung not report on the boards saying she would prefer to discuss it with City Manager Mike Shands and the New Braun fels City Benson said she attended the Downtown Association See Clamor at city hall CHRIS Jeff Mund addresses the City Council Wednesday night in the Municipal Building concerning the annexation of one area off of State Highway Homeowners speak out at first annexation hearing BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer With emotions ranging from resignation to resident after resident from targeted areas spoke against being annexed into New Council chambers filled with people at the first pub lic A group of about 10 protestors held bright green which read NO in front of the nunicipal building as people arrived for the More than 100 concerned residents packed the council chambers about 20 people addressed the crowd voicing their No resident spoke in favor of the annexation An overflow room was set up for the which was also broadcast on cable channel The council asked people who had already spoken to adjourn to the overflow room to let others have their The city is beginning the annexation process for Council voted to halt annex ation proceedings for a year this past summer to allow Annexation target homeowners to negotiate terms with the Homeowners in Mission Valley Estates and T Bar M Estates estimated that the cost of hooking on to city water and sewer lines would be about for each Some residents would have to install lift and pump systems to take the sewer lines up Others would be forced to put the lines in through rocky We do not oppose annex ation in T Bar M resident Roger Tuttle We recognize that city ser vices enhance the value of the if those services are provided at a reasonable This service plan is The taxes assessed without the value of services actually decrease the value of our annexation for us is an unreasonable We esti mate that the cost to our homeowners to be a total of to No service will make that cost Other residents from Mis sion Valley Estates and Preiss Heights handed in petitions signed by those who oppose We voted unanimously at a recent homeowners meet ing to avoid Mission Valley Estates resi dent Jim Rector We know you can annex us without our but theres nothing good from this Theres been a lack of planning from the I cant imagine the impact on some of my neigh We ask that you recon sider annexing Mission Val ley SOUTHBANK TO NEGOTIATE The residents of South involved in the annex ation process for the second resigned themselves to becoming part of the city and hired an attorney to negoti Southbank residents vehe mently opposed annexation this past year and were instrumental in having city council propose the oneyear Jim of Walker Jack is the attorney for the He said the association hoped to negotiate a service plan with the He gave council members a letter outlining the residents con According to the Southbank residents request that the city keep new builders aware of the private deed restrictions and encour age them to build to those Other concerns are trash street street zoning restrictions and police The subdivision also wants a traffic light installed at FarmtoMarket Road It may be the case that TxDOT will ultimately have to approve the letter the city could be of assistance in con vincing TxDOT that a light is warranted at this loca Southbank has separate sewer and electric providers and asked the city to assist in negotiations with New Braunfels See Annexation timeline JULY 2000 City imposes a oneyear moratorium on r JULY 2001 City holds first public hear ing since issuing r JULY Mission Valley and Preiss Heights to hold JULY City holds second public AUGUST 2001 First reading of the annexation Most of the people here oppose annexa said we recognize that it is James Taylor It will take money to fix and we would expect the city to perform for our tax mon Mike Thomson we are I expect certain services from the road improvements and a new fire JeffMund Weve submit ted a petition and asked for a save your time Dennis Gallaher INSIDE Key Code 76 Conservative columnist makes debut in Zeitung FROM STAFF REPORTS Readers of the Herald Zeitungs editorial page will find a new columnist at the bottom of the page The HeraldZeitung will start running syndicated columnist Charley a columnist with the Orlando writes his column from a conservative Its not important to me if people agree or disagree with my point of What I hope my column does is provoke people into thinking about Reese King Features Syndicate distributes Reeses col umn three times a week to more than 150 Reese was born in Wash on He grew up in East Texas and He started his journalism career at the Pensacola News in Florida as a reporter in Reese moved to other newspapers during a 10year period writing everything from sports to Reese started working for the Sentinel in 1971 as assis tant metro He later became assistant to the pub then columnist and edi torial board He has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and voted the best columnist in Florida by the Florida Press Associa tion and the Florida Society of Newspaper According to the a column he wrote on House of a home for abused prompted former Pres ident Ronald Reagan to donate Reese is the author of four including Great Gods of the and was the ghost writer of The Eleventh Hour by