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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas                                BEST AVAILABLE C EW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY September 2001 14 pages in 2 sections pages in scccu HERALDZEITUNG 255 Serving New Braunfels and Gomal County since 1852 50 cents End of an era Gramm announces his retirement FROM WIRE AND STAFF REPORTS Phil after serving Texas for 25 years in announced Tuesday he would not seek reelection next The 59yearold senator told the Associated Press he had no qualms about leaving his seat knowing that the country is in good hands and knowing that a Republican will win my seat in the Gramm becomes the third senior Republican senator to announce he will not seek Senators Jesse Helms of North Carolina and Strom Thurmond of South Car olina also will not seek another term in the Sen Gramm made up his mind during the weekend to retire but did not inform his associates until Tues the Associated Press Republican political con sultant Charles Black told the Associated Press that Gramm decided not to run again because he already accomplished what he set out to when he first ran for balance the bud get spending under control and rebuild the mil itary to defeat Phil Gramms decision not to seek reelection signals a sad day for Texas His departure from the Senate will mean the loss of an intelli dedicated Rick Perry would give him the highest possible praise He is respect ed and He will be missed in the Kay Bailey Hutchison Associated Press Phil with wife Wendy at his calls on reporters after announcing he will give up his Senate seat and not seek reelection during a news confer ence on Capitol Hill Black also said Gramm took his age under consider ation and how a career switch might be more diffi cult if he waited another six Gramm reportedly has been considered to succeed Ray Bowen as president of Texas but officials would not disclose more definite career Gramm taught economics at the university for 12 years before entering Susan Repub lican Party of Texas Chair man Phil Gramm has faithfully dedicated the past 25 years of his life in service to the people of He will leave office just as he came in respected and embodying the very ideals of a Texas states man and Henry Bonilla With Tuesdays deci our state loses one of its greatest advocates and strongest Senator Gramms decision leaves big shoes to Bonilla said he would con sider running for Gramms senate Comal County Republican Chairman Don Hensz said he was sad to see Gramm but Bonilla would be an outstanding person to replace is going to be in the Senate in spirit for a long but we have a lot of con servative candi dates to fill the Hensz an also said if speculation about See Phil Gramm could see the handwriting on the So he decided to retire him self rather than be retired by Phil Gramm decided it would be easier to throw in the towel rather than put up a losing Molly Beth Texas Democratic Party From cutting taxes to balancing the bud get to stopping no one in Congress has had a greater impact than Senator John president of the National Center for Policy City releases updated costs for annexation BvAMYCLARKSON Staff Writer Original figures on property tax revenues for areas target ed for annexation failed to take into account homestead didnt include all the areas currently under con sideration and used some out dated tax New Braunfels released updated figures with lower revenue expectations on Mon The new figures include the taxable values and were calculated including Hunters Creek subdivision and with out the Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis The first thing I noticed when I took a closer look is that there was no homestead he They planning department calcu lated the market not the taxable That has the effect of overstating the tax New figures estimating the revenues and expenses of annexation show a difference of more than than the ones originally The first released in claim the city will earn a total of in property tax f The most recent figures released by Chief Financial Officer Chet Lewis show the city stands to earn in property taxes without includ ing the Hunters Creek area or with the Hunters Creek filed a law By the numbers Figures of all areas to be annexed includes Hunters a subdivi sion that filed a temporary restraining order to prohibit the city from voting to annex them With Hunters Creek Revenues Property taxes Sanitation Recycling Total Expenditures Sanitation Recycling New sanitation truck Total City makes a profit of Without Hunters Creek Revenues Property taxes Sanitation Recycling Total Expenditures Sanitation Recycling New sanitation truck Total City makes a profit of Taking out Hunters Creek makes a difference of suit that includes a tempo rary restraining order pro hibiting the city from includ ing it in annexation A judge will rule on the See ANNEXATIONS Commission tackles towers BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer New Bruanfels Planning Commission agreed to make changes to the citys ordi nance regulating communi cations towers at its meet ing Tuesday The group plans to change city ordinances to ban com munications towers in resi dential neighborhoods and to require stealth towers whenever The suggestion to change the ordinance comes after Towers of Texas leased land to put up a 150foot tower on residential Zink one of the citys oldest neighbor The New Braunfels City Council moved quickly to block more towers with a 90 day moratorium to give the Planning Commission the chance to develop an ordi nance to better control com munications how they look and where they can be built inside the New Braunfels city JESSIE A new communications tower in one of the citys old est arees caused city coun cil and the planning commis sion to discuss changes in ordinances regarding towers near We had to grant the per mit for that one on Zink Interim Planning Director James Vaughan But we could go the route other cities have and control where they are Chairman John Dierksen recommended caution about any language that could ban the communications Tve had a little bit of expe rience with he And we just need to be care ful that we arent trying to ban them from being Vaughan said suggestions to council might be language that required stealth tow built inside church steeples or on top of tall He also said the ordinance could ban them from residential instead of merely from areas that are zoned The tower on Zink is placed on land that is zoned light although it is in a largely residential Vaughan Some council members sug gested changing the zoning Picnic in the park CHRIS People help themselves to sausage and other favorite dishes at the German American Societys annual picnic and welcome back party in Landa Park About 175 peo ple showed up to drink beer and listen to German The New Braunfels Village Band provided entertainment for the and society members provided the Man dies from plane crash injuries FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN ANTONIO The youngest of two McAllen brothers injured in an 23 plane crash died Friday evening at Fort Sam Brooke Army Medical Center spokeswoman Norma Guerra report ed that Gary died at Khnck died of multiple organ failure secondary to his Guer ra Gary Klinck had thirddegree burns over 83 percent of his His remains in critical condition in the intensive care unit of the hospitals burn treatment Guerra He is being treat ed for thirddegree burns to 41 per cent of his The Klincks were burned in the crash of a sixseat Piper Malibu plane moments after takeoff from Kestrel Air Park in A rancher pulled Gary Klinck from the wreckage and helped the brothers escape the explosion that Jan Klinck is a McAllen city com INSIDE Key Code 76 District to decide on election today FROM STAFF REPORTS Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will meet today to decide whether to order its Novem ber confirmation The board meets starting at at Bulverde City 30070 281 Suite Directors for the groundwater dis trict postponed ordering the because the recently passed Senate Bill 2 does not allow for the election to be called before The district adopted its boundary plan this past to prepare for the election to make the district per Voters in the four director districts will elect one board The fifth board member will be elected at large from the entire Voters also will decide whether the water district will have taxing The district wants to charge a 2 property valuation which would not take effect until See   

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